tips: State Wide Realty Debate: Location Versus House? - 01/27/23 12:25 PM
State Wide Realty Debate:
Location Versus House? VS.
An age old real estate question, which matters more the house or the location?
The House: There is no doubt you have a must have list for your new home such as number of bedrooms, square feet, etc. when you hit the market for that home you realize your budget does not allow for everything and a compromise has to be made. Is a renovation possible down the road to make it more like the home of your dreams? How about a different area of town? These are the questions buyers ask themselves constantly.
The … (1 comments)

tips: What to Look For When Choosing a Listing Agent. - 08/26/22 01:49 PM
What to Look For When Choosing a Listing Agent.
 
Selling your home is a major decision that affects numerous other life factors. This is why finding the right person to list your home is as important and deciding to sell.
When choosing a listing agent, keep these things in mind:
1. Does the agent live and work near my property? An agent that is not familiar with home selling trends for your area will not be able to provide you with good insight on how to effectively market your home and sell it quickly.
                -All of our … (2 comments)

tips: How to Prepare To Own A Home - 01/14/22 01:47 PM
How to Prepare To Own A Home
 
Part of the American dream is to be a Home Owner. We have helped this dream come true for so many in our area. We wanted to provide some information that may help others prepare to realize their home buying dream. 
10 Ways to Prepare for Homeownership
 Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.
 Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list.
 Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, … (0 comments)

tips: No More Busted Pipes!: How to Help Prevent Your Pipes From Bursting. - 01/07/22 09:10 AM
No More Busted Pipes!
How to Help Prevent Your
Pipes From Bursting.
This seems like an appropriate topic to discuss seeing as we are currently experiencing frigid temperatures. When cold weather strikes there is a threat of your pipes freezing and/or bursting. The expansion of the water when it freezes is what causes the pipes to eventually burst. There are several things you can do to PREVENT your pipes from freezing.
1. Make sure all your pipes under the house, in the garage, outside are properly insulated or covered with a weatherproof wrap or sleeve. Consult your plumber or home improvement expert for the best … (1 comments)

tips: State Wide Realty Tips: Buying Rural Land - 12/27/21 12:36 PM
Tips to Buy Rural Land
Whether you're wanting to escape the city or find the perfect retirement spot – the rural land around Farmville, VA can have an appeal as being peaceful and reasonably priced.  However, for the average person buying land can be a confusing process with many hidden expenses.  So here's how to get your dream spot but avoid some of the pitfalls of buying rural land in South Central VA.
Buying Rural Land:
Benefits 
 -Privacy
 -More Open Space
 -Lower cost per acre
 -Cleaner Air
 -Scenic and Peaceful
 -Low crime rate 
Purpose:  First define what you plan to use the land for.  Once, you have this settled then the search can  begin.
Size … (1 comments)

tips: The Importance of Choosing a Local Lender - 12/16/21 01:42 PM
The Importance of Choosing a Local Lender
Financing a home is the largest transaction most Americans will make in their lives. The first time buyer can have lots of questions about the mortgage process. Choosing a lender is one of the most important aspects of this decision. There are many lending options available to buyers - online lenders, national banks, credit unions and more, it can be overwhelming.
Our office recommends that you deal with a local lender.  Not only are they friendly and accessible but most of their policies are designed for rural real estate. It may surprise you that many of the above options will not even consider … (1 comments)

tips: Holiday Hosting: Tips for Making it Less Stressful - 12/09/21 08:08 AM
Holiday Hosting:
Tips for Making it Less Stressful
 
Well it is YOUR year to host the family, friends, etc. for the holidays. What do you do? No; don’t start drinking…Yet. First take care of some business and there will be plenty of time for the drinking (non-alcoholic of course) part once
the guests arrive J.
Break out the Decorations. Do as little or as much as you want but having something that reminds you and your guests why you are gathering will set the tone for the occasion.
Get Ready by Taking Inventory. Look at how much dinnerware you have, table space, chairs, etc to accommodate your invitees. Knowing … (2 comments)

tips: State Wide Realty Co  Answers: When Is The Best Time to Sell? - 12/07/21 07:54 AM
State Wide Realty Co 
Answers:
When Is The Best Time to Sell?
As a Broker, I am always hit with the statement "when I'm ready to sell, I'll call you". Well that leads to the question, how do you decide to sell or not to sell? I have had clients that didn't have a choice and couldn’t sell because they were underwater on their mortgage and then 1 have had some that just wanted to see what they could get and if it sold great if not oh well no big deal. There is a lot to consider when deciding to sell your property or house. … (0 comments)

tips: State Wide Realty Co: Happy Fall Ya'll: Fall Decor - 09/24/21 01:43 PM
State Wide Realty Co:
Farmville, VA
Happy Fall Ya'll
Fall Decor Ideas
Now that the air has started to get cooler and you can smell the pumpkin spice everywhere you go, it is time to decorate for Fall. Here are a few things you can do to get the Fall feel without breaking the bank.
Let nature be your guide. One of the best things about Fall are the beautiful colors that you can find in the things around you. The leaves provide gorgeous hues of reds, oranges, and yellows that can be used to decorate wreaths, tables, bowls, you name it. You can use nuts, … (0 comments)

tips: Home Buying Tip: What "Dangers" To Look For in A Home - 05/26/21 11:11 AM
State Wide Realty Company's
Home Buying Tip:
What "Dangers" To Look For in A Home
It is easy to focus on the major wish-list items when buying a home such as number of bedrooms, bathrooms and location. The harder things to look for are the potential dangers a home may present and how that will effect insurance costs or damage to you or the home.
What to consider for Home Insurance Risks: The rate and even acceptance of your homeowner’s policy will be based on the potential risks the home presents. Some of these risk factors include but are not limited to swimming pools, … (1 comments)

tips: Caution....Roadblocks Ahead! 5 Things That Can Delay Your Closing - 02/25/21 01:05 PM
Caution....Roadblocks Ahead!
5 Things That Can Delay Your Closing
Everyone is anxious to close their first home but many are amazed when they run into delays - first the lenders and the inspections, then the holidays roll around…..you find yourself thinking what's next!?!
….TIME, it can kill a deal like nothing else!
Problems with the lender –This can happen for a number of reasons, ranging from underwriter delays and appraisals not coming in as expected. Find out up front, anything that you may need to provide to your lender to avoid delays. Inspections not completed –Many home buyers think that the home inspection covers it … (1 comments)

tips: Before You Sell: Renovations to Consider - 02/16/21 12:20 PM
Before You Sell:
Renovations to Consider
No one wants to put money into a home you are getting ready to sell but it could save you more down the road and also get you more money from a buyer. You want your home to look its best and a few improvements may really boost your home’s salability.
Painting can make rooms feel new and fresh again, especially if they haven’t been painted in awhile or the walls look dirty.
Flooring can be a big selling point or a huge distraction depending on their shape. Hardwood floors can be sanded and polished to make them shine … (1 comments)

tips: Top 5 Reasons State Wide Realty Co Can Help You SELL Your Property! - 02/01/21 12:38 PM
Top 5 Reasons State Wide Realty Co Can Help You SELL Your Property!
 
The colder weather usually puts a slower pace on the market here in South Central VA. The inventory of houses and properties are at their lowest point of the year after a busy selling season. So what about those that are wanting to sell during the winter months? Are they forced to have to wait until spring to SELL?
OF COURSE NOT!! Here are the top 5 Ways that State Wide Realty Co. can get your property SOLD!
Experience: We have a total of over 400+ years of experiencein Real Estate so … (0 comments)

tips: State Wide Realty Answers: What is Move In Ready Mean? - 01/29/21 08:39 AM
State Wide Realty Answers:
Farmville, VA 
What is Move In Ready Mean?
 
You have probably heard the term “move in ready” more than you care to when it comes to real estate. What does that mean? In the broad sense it means that the home needs no major repairs, is usually a new construction, a recent build or recently renovated and that all you need to do is move your stuff in.
The term “move in ready” is a subjective term which means what that means to one person may not mean the same to another. For example, one family may consider an older … (2 comments)

tips: Common Real Estate Abbreviations & What They Mean - 01/26/21 01:33 PM
Common Real Estate Abbreviations & What They Mean
A realtor may use certain abbreviations when describing their property and we wanted to help you decipher some of the most commonly used ones.
BR: is commonly used to refer to bedrooms.
BA: is commonly used to refer to bathrooms.
FLR: common abbreviation for floors
C/VAC: commonly used for Central Vacuum.
OSP: commonly used for Off Street Parking for example in the city if the home has its own driveway or assigned lot/garage.
FCD YD: commonly used for Fenced Yard.
Det: means detached for example there is a detached garage that is not connected to the home.
PEND: This means that … (0 comments)

tips: Dream Home or Dream Location, What Matters More? - 01/11/21 10:58 AM
Dream Home or Dream Location, What Matters More?
           
An age old real estate question, which matters more the house or the location? Well the reality is that there may have to be compromises on both to stay in budget.
Compromising on the House: There is no doubt you have a must have list for your new home such as number of bedrooms, square feet, etc. then when you hit the market for that home you realize your budget does not allow for everything and a compromise has to be made. Do you stay in the area you like … (0 comments)

tips: Tips for Sellers: Quick and Easy Improvements That Sell - 01/04/21 01:36 PM
Tips for Sellers:
Quick and Easy Improvements That Sell
If you're like most of us, you have a mortgage payment and every month you don't sell is another payment.  So the question is not if you can afford to fix up your home to sell but if you can afford NOT to fix up your home to sell.
Now that you're with me, let’s talk about quick or low-cost fixes….NO big spending because you won't recoup that money!!  Take an honest walk around your house and make a list of minor repairs, if you don't see anything ask your State Wide Realty agent. 
Improvement … (3 comments)

tips: State Wide Realty Co: Things to Do: New Year's 2020 - 12/28/20 10:44 AM
State Wide Realty Co:
Farmville, VA
Things to Do: New Year's 2020
The party might be a little different this year but that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the fun.
Decorate: Put lights and decorations on the outside and inside that remind everyone that it is New Years and a celebration. Party Hats, noise makers, and other celebration items can be placed throughout the house for convenience. Bubbles, confetti, and glow in the dark items are always a big hit. Have a message board to remember things about the night or what you are looking forward to in the New Year. Capture … (1 comments)

tips: State Wide Realty Co: Better Late Than Never….Last Minute Gift Ideas - 12/17/20 10:17 AM
State Wide Realty Co
Better Late Than Never….Last Minute Gift Ideas
Well there are only a week left until Christmas and I'm sure that you are finished buying presents, have them wrapped and they are sitting under the tree awaiting Christmas day. Or you may be like myself and not only haven't finished the initial shopping list but have realized that I had forgotten people (don't judge... these things happen after we hit 40!). Here are some of my last minute gifts that are sure to please:
Gift Cards: To the local supermarket, clothing store or restaurant so the person on the list can … (0 comments)

tips: State Wide Realty: Tips for Keeping Heating Costs Down - 12/15/20 12:18 PM
State Wide Realty:
Farmville, VA
Tips for Keeping Heating Costs Down
When the temperature outside goes down, the temperature inside will need to go up, this can result in HIGH power bills. Here a few things to check to make sure that you don’t get bogged down.
Make sure that any sunlight that can come in DOES! Open the shades so the heat from the sun can provide warmth that your heat pump won’t have to.
Check unlikely sources to save costs. This could be asking an expert if you could turn down your water heater settings or if you could install a switch to … (1 comments)

 
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Farmville, VA

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