Conservation Funds for Fencing, Water, Cover Crops Available

The Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District is currently offering agriculture program conservation funds.

One popular program is a 75-85% reimbursement for water development, rotational grazing and stream fencing. Adding these systems to your farm or land can yield many benefits like extended grazing season, improved soil and water infiltration.

For more information on these funds, contact theThe Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District at (540) 308-6301 or (540) 825-8591.

Orange, Virginia Home Now Part of Virginia Landmarks Registry

Every home has a story, and you never know the true history of a place until you dig a little deeper. Here’s a story from the Orange County Review about “Old Manse,” which sits on 46 acres on Landon Lane in Orange. Click here for the article.

One of the interesting points it makes is why some home buyers, if they can, should consider purchasing older, historic homes to help keep them alive and telling their stories into the next generation.

Old Manse is being considered for the National Register of Historic Places, which is administered by the National Parks Service.

Virginia Home Sales, Prices Continue to Rise

A surge in Virginia’s home sales and prices has pushed sales volume up 20 percent to more than $13 billion in the second quarter of the year, according to a new report form the Virginia Realtors Association.

“Buyer motivation remains very high, and the relatively low financing rates offer great opportunity for market entry,” said Claire Forcier-Rowe, president of Virginia Realtors.

Most areas of Virginia saw an increase in numbers, including Northern Virginia at 5.1% and the Shenandoah at 3.3%. Central Virginia had the largest increases 8.2%.

If you’re looking to sell your home or Virginia horse farm, it’s a good time to start thinking about a fall listing. And if you’re looking to buy, it’s a good time to get into the market before the prices get too much higher.

Source:

http://www.insidenova.com/news/arlington/home-sales-prices-push-higher-in-virginia/article_134b2260-712e-11e7-b3f3-a38f545fc70d.html

Featured Listing: Fauquier Farmland

196 acres of historic Virginia farmland and recreational property in three separate parcels. The land been painstakingly rehabilitated it to its current state, with 2.5 miles of perimeter fence, several new outbuildings, well and electric. Perfect for livestock. Build your country estate or enjoy the deer and turkey that roam the fields, wooded glades and beautiful streams and springs. Click the image below to see the full listing.

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Madison, Virginia Is Becoming a Foodie Town

Never say never, right? Foodie towns, which are towns that value good restaurants, are popping up all over the nation. So, why not in Madison, Virginia?

Three new restaurants have opened there, and the Culpeper Star-Exponent profiles them: Mad Local, Scotties BBQ and The Madison Inn.

“We’ll never be Culpeper’s Davis Street but we could become a Sperryville or Gordonsville,”Madison Local proprietor Jake Floyd said while greeting customers during an interview with the newspaper. “I really believe this.”

We’ve been seeing the towns in our area become more and more sophisticated over the years, making them a destination for families, young people and retirees.

If you’re in the area, stop by these places and see what all the fuss is about.

 

Star Spangled Main Street in Warrenton

July’s First Friday in Warrenton happens today, July 7. The theme is “Star Spangled Main Street.”

Warrenton’s Main Street will be closed and converted into a pedestrian park while shops will remain open late with wine tastings, sales and special events. There will be music, artists, entertainment and dinner specials at award-winning restaurants.

Follow us on Facebook for more details about each event! https://www.facebook.com/ExperienceOTW/

New Tax Credit Helps Virginia Farmers

Virginia farmers with excess products now can get tax relief and help a very good cause.

Starting in the 2017 tax year, those who own and operate Virginia farms can receive up to a 30-percent tax credit for donating excess product to nonprofit food banks.

Commissioner Sandy Adams says that farmers often have more product than they can sell. Farmers are encouraged to take advantage of the tax credit to help supply food banks with more fresh options.

Read more here.

The Best Time of Year to Inspect Your Roof

Even though Virginia is not considered a “northern” state, we do experience cold winters, especially near the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge Mountain ranges. Therefore, a new article from United Country is still relevant for homeowners in our area, or those looking to list a home in for sale in Virginia.

I list plenty of horse farms in Virginia, so for those clients there is more than one roof to consider, including barns, outbuildings and guest quarters.

Here are some of your roofing options from the United Country article:

Asphalt Shingles. The most popular of them all, asphalt shingles are one of the least expensive options and are available in a variety of colors. They are also guaranteed to last for 20-30 years. However, if you want a unique look for your ranch home, asphalt is probably not your best bet.

Wood shingles. If you are looking for a beautiful and unique look to add to your home, wood shingles provide just that. They are smooth and cut to a uniform thickness, but they do tend to fade over time, especially in bad weather.

Metal roofs. This material is very common in barns, sheds and other agricultural buildings. It is cheap, rugged and will last a long time. This material can be very beneficial in northern climates due to its strength and longevity.

Ceramic tile. Ceramic tile roofs are expensive, but could be worth the investment since they last up to 80 years. They can be great in northern climates due to their ability to lock out moisture that could damage the tile when frozen. However, these roofs are also heavily used in warmer climates as well.

Don’t Miss Remington Friday Fun Fest

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Essential DIY Fixes for Your Home

For those looking to list in the fall, or if you listed in the spring and weren’t able to find a buyer, summer is a great time do a few little things to fix problems around your house. Either way, it makes you much happier to live in a home that works for you!

Some of these you won’t want to leave on for a listing (like the rubber band on the door) but the rest are good pointers (like the many uses of WD-40!)

The Virginia real estate market is expected to have a good remainder of the year, so this extra effort is worth it.

Read more here from Lighter Side of Real Estate.