Why have 3rd party energy efficiency certification?

Don’t let home energy costs turn you around!

Home Buyers and Home Owners continue to focus on energy costs as part of the total home ownership cost.  A National Association  of REALTORS (NAR) study shows buyers will pay more for a 3rd party certified energy efficient home! Is your home worth more?What’s the energy efficiency of your home?  Check with my great partner Pearl Certification (a 3rd party that certifies energy efficiency) and find out!  The 1st step is a quick online survey (2-3 minutes) .  If the survey indicates your home qualifies for certification, a Pearl representative will conduct you to schedule a site visit to evaluate and rate your home.  Pearl Certified homes receive a certificate of 3rd party energy asset (Silver, Gold or Platinum) ; a Green and Energy Efficient Appraisal Addendum for the buyers appraiser to use when validating the increased value; an info sheet to be using in inputting the green and energy efficient home features into the Charlottesville Area Association  of REALTORS’ (CAAR) multiple listing service’s (MLS) green fields; information sheets specific to your home that can be uploaded to the MLS documents sections; and house talkers (table tents to use in your home identifying the energy efficient and green features to buyers as they tour your home.  By properly using the green fields, your home will be set apart from the competition!  Your home will be identified as a match when buyers search for specific green features.

Everyone always wants to know the cost, so here goes.  Since I’m a registered Pearl Partner, I can pass savings on to you making the Certification investment less than $300.  If you have questions let’s talk!  I am here to help.  If you’re ready to get started, contact Pearl Certification to begin the process.  By working with Pearl Certification we can justify a higher sale price for your home to buyers, REALTORS, lenders and appraisers.

Would you pay more for an Energy Efficient home w/ Green features?

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Hickory Shad & Herring

Shad & Herring Waters

Last week we took our granddaughter to visit North Carolina cousins.  Two of us slipped away from the family visit, heading to a small coastal river.  The Hickory Shad were beginning their annual spawning run so we planned to catch a few.  I’d never fished for Hickory Shad and was excited to be included in the adventure.

1st Catch Double Herring

We found a great spot in Windsor, NC and fished with several folks playing hooky from work plus a few retired gentlemen of leisure (all names have been withheld to protect my fellow fishermen!).  My 1st catch produced a double herring hook up!  We ended up catching and releasing over 30 herring (They’re protected.  I’d wanted to compare herring and shad roe but it wasn’t meant to be this trip.).

After catching several herring doubles, I landed my 1st Hickory Shad!  Fun fishing on light line.  We ended up catching quite a few shad releasing most but keeping three for the roe and dinner.  The shad are boney so I’ll keep exploring recipes for baking and frying.  When we got back to town to clean the fish, Ava (granddaughter had to inspect our catch).

Ava Inspecting Shad

Ava approved our catch and made Grandpa Jim promise to take her fishing soon. She remained very sad not to have been included in today’s adventure.

Prior to dinner my fishing partner baked the shad roe to perfection.  He’s given me permission to share his recipe:

Bacon Wrapped Shad Roe

Ingredients

Shad Roe Sacks, Bacon, Salt & Pepper, Lemon Juice, No Stick Spray

Preparation

Clean and rinse roe sacks. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each roe sack then drizzle with lemon juice. Wrap each sack in a piece of bacon. Use two pieces of bacon if the roe sack is real big and one piece does not seem to wrap it up well (you never can have to much bacon!). Put a piece of tin foil on a baking pan and spray it with no stick spray. Lay the bacon wrapped roe sacks on the foil and sprinkle with more pepper to garnish. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes or until the bacon is done.

Another great fishing trip in the books! When fishing don’t forget to make memories with children and grandchildren!!!

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Call before you Wire

Burning Brush

Don’t Let Your Wire Go Up In Smoke

If you’re participating in a real estate transaction, don’t get burned with your wire transfer!  Anytime you’re going to wire money, please call the recipient prior to executing the wire transfer to verify the wiring instructions.  I’ve talked several Central Virginia law offices this week and several individuals in our area have fallen prey to scams and lost their money!  Please don’t let this happen to you.  CALL AND VERIFY THE WIRING INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO WIRING YOUR MONEY!!!!!

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Have you moved recently? Did you update your voter registration?

Central Virginia Home for Sale

Central Virginia Home for Sale

Did you move since the last election?  Don’t forget to update your voter registration!  The deadline to register in The Commonwealth of Virginia remains October 17, 2016 for this November’s election.  Check/Update your Virginia registration.

Need more info on voting in Virginia?  Please click here!

See you at the polls in November!

 

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American Tree Farm System

Tree Farm Sign

Tree Farm Sign

My family’s been involved in Tree Farming for years.  In the 1960’s I first learned about Forestry from my grandfather while exploring his Augusta County Tree Farm.  The American Tree Farm System, Virginia Forestry Association and the Virginia Department of Forestry provide lots of online resources for small to large wood lot owners including Tree Farm Management Plan Templates.

Tree Farm Harvesting

Tree Farm Harvesting

Your Tree Farm Management Plan can assist in managing for wildlife by improving habitat, water quality and food supply.  I was on a recently harvested tract of land last week and was surprised by the number of bobwhite quail!  By working with your logger, wildlife diversity and population can be managed.  Remember failing to plan is planning to fail so work on a plan for your Tree Farm.

Central Virginia Tree Farm

Central Virginia Tree Farm

A Consulting Forester can help you develop your Tree Farm Management Plan by listening to your goals and incorporating your desires for forest stewardship into your plan.  If you have questions, let’s talk!  I am here to help.

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Your Home & Forest Fire Protection

Home Surrounded by Forest

Home Surrounded by Forest

Many homes can be found nestled in Central Virginia’s forest (our home remains surrounded by woods).  For homes located on wells, surrounded by woods and down country roads, forest fire can become a challenge.

When building or caring for your home and land, please include fire prevention in your planning!  The Virginia Department of Forestry continues to share lots of great info on making your home and property safe from wildfire.  Check out Firewise Virginia for valuable tips on Defensible Space, Landscaping and Construction.

With some planning and effort, your home can be a Firewise Home!  Take the Home Fire Hazard Test for your home then corrected any identified challenges.  Consider these 50 Things You Can Do and 25 Firewise Tips.

Remember Smokey the Bear and VirginiaHomesFarmsLand.com want you to be safe in your home!

Smokey wants us to "Protect our Homes"

Smokey wants us to “Protect our Homes”

 

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2016 Virginia Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours Announced

Our Backyard Turkeys

Virginia Turkeys  

Whether you own 2 acres or thousands of acres or looking to purchase some acreage, explore the land management options & recourses available through various organizations by taking a Fall Forestry and Wildlife Tour.  Our family continues to apply stewardship principles to our tree farms managing for wildlife and timber.  Check out the Virginia Forestry Association, Virginia Tech, Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Virginia Department of Forestry for more good info on Land Management!

If you have questions on land management or buying/selling land or farms, let’s talk! I am here to help.

25+/- acre woods/wildlife parcel

25+/- acre woods/wildlife parcel

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Escape to Lake Anna

Lake Anna Common Area

Lake Anna Common Area

Enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, grilling & relaxing at the Wildwood Common Area.  You can use the boat launch and docks keeping your boat close to your home for fun times on Lake Anna!

Paradise Found

Paradise Found

Lovely 3 bedroom 2 bath home on 3+ acres in gated Lake Anna community of Wildwood (near New Bridge Landing Shopping Center w/ Food Lion & restaurant options).

Large Living Room

Large Living Room

The home features a great split bedroom floor plan, wood floors, living room w/ vaulted ceiling & wood stove, laundry/mud room, kitchen w/ appliances, attached garage & more!

Relax on your rear deck!

Relax on your rear deck!

When not playing on Lake Anna, relax on your rear deck between games of horse shoes or corn hole!  The large deck provides a prime location to chill & grill!

For more information on making this house your home, call James today 1-434-466-4663! Priced to sell under $180,000 w/ many great loan options including no money down USDA-RD loan!

SOLD 10/24/2016 !!!! Interested in a Lake Anna home, let’s talk!

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Stonefire Station – Barboursville, Virginia

Stonefire Station

Stonefire Station

Converted from a firehouse to an event space in 2005 with a gourmet deli added in 2010, Stonefire Station has over 10,000 square feet of space with many options for use.  The prime location at the intersection of US 20 and US 33 in historic Barboursville, Virginia  or Orange County, Virginia the heart of Virginia Wine Country provides opportunities for many business opportunities.

Floor Plan

Floor Plan

The space can easily be split into three retail venues.  The un-labeled space to the left was originally leased and then converted to Stonefire Kitchen in 2010.  See below for photos of many past uses.  Don’t let this opportunity and prime location pass you by!

Stonefire Station Ballroom

Stonefire Station Ballroom

 

Courtyard Events

Courtyard Events

 

Open Air Courtyard

Open Air Courtyard

Courtyard Games!

Courtyard Games!

Pergola w/ Outdoor Fireplace

Pergola w/ Outdoor Fireplace

 

Pergola Reception

Pergola Reception

Pergola Dining

Pergola Dining

 

Salon Wedding Cerimony

Salon Wedding Cerimony

Salon Reception

Salon Reception

 

Ballroom 1st Dance

Ballroom 1st Dance

Ballroom Dinner

Ballroom Dinner

Come see the value and prime location for yourself.  Give James a call today 1-434-466-4663 or James@VirginiaHomesFarmsLand.com .   Stonefire Station is priced to sell at only $749,797!

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2015 Real Estate Market Report

3 bedroom 2.5 bath home

3 bedroom 2.5 bath home

2015 proved to be another interesting year in the Central Virginia real estate market!  Click here to view the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS 2015 year end Market Report.  Overall  the report shows an increase in sales (the four year trend continued!) with prices holding stable (better than a decline in home sale pricing!).

The report also shows the inventory of homes for sale remains low.  I experienced this low inventory over the weekend with the buyers I worked with.  Often there was only one home meeting their specific criteria.  If you are considering selling your home, now is a good time to discuss the options.  Please give me a call 1-434-466-4663 or e-mail James@VirginiaHomesFarmsLand.com .  I am here to help!

As always, values remain a factor of location, location, location and location!   Looks like 2016 will have a real estate market similar to 2015 in Central Virginia!  If you have questions about the market, your real estate, buying or selling a home, etc., let’s talk!  Let’s talk is not just an invitation – it’s the first step to reaching your real estate goals!  I am here to help.

374 Shepherds Ridge Circle

374 Shepherds Ridge Circle

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