Condo, Townhome, or Single Family Detached?

When looking to buy a property you will have the option of buying a condo, an attached townhome, or a single family detached home. Each option has it benefits and can appeal to different buyers.

Condo 428 Monroe LnCondos – the low maintenance option
The ownership structure of a condominium is such that you own your individual unit and have a shared ownership of any common areas such as a lounge or pool. Condos typically have higher Association fees than attached or detached homes but in return lower maintenance costs. In a traditional condo you will not have any yard, roof, or exterior building maintenance for which you are specifically responsible.

Condo 1001 E Market StAdditionally the Association fees will typically cover a few of the utilities such as trash removal and water. This makes condos very appealing to several different categories of buyers. First time homebuyers can find the often lower price point and fewer cost variables appealing. Investors love condos for their easy rentability and lower maintenance.

Condo  2695 Barracks RdThose valuing walkability may opt for a condo near downtown or the university. Condos are also very popular among those downsizing. As always it is important to review the Owners’ Association documents carefully to make sure you can use the condo as you wish. Some may not allow pets while others may not allow you to rent the unit.

Townhomes aka Attached homes – the happy medium

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Townhomes are traditionally set up where you enter on the ground floor and own all the way up to the roof. They typically offer more square footage than a condo and can accommodate more bedrooms and bathrooms.

Townhome 1629 SawgrassThese attached homes will always share at least one wall with another unit. It is dependent upon the specific Owners’ Association guidelines how exterior maintenance is handled. Some townhome style properties are actually in a condo ownership structure so review carefully. The higher the Association fees the more that should be covered.

Townhome 109 Old Fifth CircleWith attached homes it is possible to have a garage and even a small yard to yourself. A bigger bang for your buck and moderate maintenance can make attached homes appealing to first time homebuyers, families, and downsizers alike.

Detached Single-Family Homes – freedom of choice

Detached 4980 Summer LnIf you want acreage, a lot of square footage, or a one of a kind of home then a detached house is the way to go.

Within the category of single-family homes there are many different directions you can take. If you appreciate the privacy of a detached home but don’t want the additional maintenance you can choose a subdivision with an Owners’ Association that takes care of all of the yard work.

Detached 1210 Mowbray PlaceAlternatively you may want land for horses, gardening, or just the feeling of being away from it all. Those looking to design a truly unique home will also choose detached whether for new construction or rehabbing and adding on to an existing structure.

Detached 2810 Old Oaks SpurIf you are still unsure which option is right for you, contact me today and we can start looking.


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REALTOR®
sydney@loringwoodriff.com
www.loringwoodriff.com

The Ups and Downs of Using Third Party Websites

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Zillow and Trulia have been in the news a lot the last few months. First for Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia and more recently when word spread that ListHub cut ties with the Zillow Group on April 7th.

Local professionals’ reactions have been mixed. Many agents hope that Zillow’s inaccuracies will become more apparent and buyers will go back to the more reliable sources such as realtor.com, mycaar.com, or individual firm websites like LoringWoodriff.com. Others are worried that Zillow will continue to be a front runner with increasingly inaccurate information.

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Our local association, CAAR, has stated that they are choosing to work with Zillow to feed listing information to their sites in an effort to improve accuracy but only time will tell if things improve.

While these websites and apps can be very useful for buyers in the initial stages of exploring a new area I personally have found they are often more a source of confusion than reliable information. Half of my buyers will inevitably ask me why I haven’t sent them a specific house they found online. Each time it is either because that house already sold or often the information provided is wrong and it doesn’t fit my client’s needs or budget. Wanting to serve my client’s interests to the best of my ability, I always investigate these leads but without fail it is reaffirmed that it indeed is just inaccurate information. One agent was so alarmed the house she helped clients buy over a year ago was advertised for sale she called them up to check. They were just as surprised as she that it was listed for sale.

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Never trust a zestimate. It is impossible for a computer program to understand the nuances that contribute to a property’s worth. Especially in an area like ours where one street’s average price per square foot can vary dramatically from the next street over. Even the basic information can be way off. On one of my listings the county assessment Zillow had listed was over $100,000 less than the real assessment and it had the wrong number of bedrooms and baths. Just comparing information on Zillow and Trulia side by side will often show discrepancies. There are hundreds of examples I could give but the picture is pretty clear that you can’t take anything at face value on these third party sites.

So what should you do to find reliable information? One tool several of my clients have loved is Client Connect. This is a feature of our new MLS system that allows agents to set up a personalized website for their clients. This is a great way to keep track of listings you’ve seen by marking them as favorites, writing notes, and saving searches. This tool can even email you and your agent the minute a new listing comes on that fits your search criteria. Alternatively you can use LoringWoodriff.com, mycaar.com, and realtor.com to find reliable information.

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It is very important to remember though that not every property for sale can be found online. The spring market has taken off and properties are selling at record pace. This means it is important to have an agent with an ear to the ground for upcoming listings. Choosing an agent at the right firm can mean being the first to see a property and the first to put in an offer. Just recently I helped two different clients get the first crack at properties not even listed with our firm by being proactive about contacting other agents. One was under contract within a few hours of being listed.

If you are looking to buy but haven’t seen anything you like, contact me. I may be able to find you the perfect house before it hits the market.


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Sydney Tenhundfeld
REALTOR®
sydney@loringwoodriff.com
www.loringwoodriff.com

Common Misconceptions about Home Inspections

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I was having lunch the other day with friend and local home inspector Robert Foster of Trebor Home Inspections and we were talking about how there are a lot of misconceptions about home inspections.

A home inspection is primarily about providing information. This is the buyer’s opportunity to learn as much about their potential new home as possible, from an experienced professional. Home Inspections are not code compliance inspections. If a house has more than a few years on it, there will likely be items that are not up to current code but are still functional.

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A thorough home inspection provides a handbook to your future home. The HVAC might be fully functioning but could be nearing the end of its expected service life or the attic door isn’t insulated causing conditioned air to escape both in the winter and summer. These are the sorts of things that a home inspector may point out that are good to know but shouldn’t affect the purchase of the home.

Home inspection protocols and regulations vary from state to state. In the commonwealth of Virginia, Home Inspector certification is voluntary with no report standardization, which makes for a wide variety in the services rendered by the profession. Before you get worried about how to find a thorough home inspector, remember your real estate agent has had the opportunity to vet inspectors through previous transactions and can recommend an inspector they trust.

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Buyers, when inspection day arrives do not be shy. Whether this is your first home or you are an experienced home buyer you should ask every question that comes to mind, because every house regardless of age has issues. Home inspectors are there to serve you by answering all of your questions while conducting a thorough and unbiased evaluation of the house. A thorough inspector will point out everything they discover about the house even the small maintenance issues, which can add up to quite a number of items. Try not to get alarmed by the maintenance items. While you are negotiating through the inspection contingency try to stay focused on the larger items that might be deal breakers if the Seller doesn’t agree to correct them or give you a credit to have them corrected yourself. This is a key area that your agent will help you navigate. I always go through the inspection report with my clients to help them evaluate each item found before deciding what we will be requesting.

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Sellers, if the buyer has made a request for deficiencies to be corrected you will also receive a copy of the inspection report. The inspection report can be alarming to someone who has been living in a house for years unaware that deficiencies were present. As you move forward try to focus on what you as the seller would have to correct for any reasonable buyer. There are few problems that can’t be fixed and you are very close to selling your home.

If you have any further questions feel free to contact either me or Robert. We both are more than happy to help.


 

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When To Start Looking

 

Home SearchI’m asked frequently, “when should we start looking?” Some people know they want to buy a house a few years in advance while others need to move in next month. This brings up the questions of when to start looking for your next home. For First time home buyers I think it can be educational to look before you are ready to buy so you get a feel for how quickly houses sell and what your money can really get you.

The risk you run in looking before you are ready to buy is finding a house you love that you can’t buy which can burn you out for the rest of your search.

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To find the optimal time to start looking let’s back track from when you want to close. If you are getting a mortgage you typically need around 45 days to get financing settled. Everything else can be handled in that time.

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Next we must consider how long it takes for a buyer to find a home they actually want to buy. This can vary widely based on the availability of what you are looking for and your decisiveness on knowing exactly what you want. Let’s assume you have done your research and have a very good idea of what you want and can afford.

A serious buyer will often look at 5-10 houses before finding the right property. Spring typically has the highest level of inventory and winter the lowest and that is also in line with popular times for buyers. I tend to work with buyers for a week or two before narrowing down the list to start viewing properties.

Once you have found the perfect place getting from first offer to ratified contract typically takes 2 to 5 days.

Add all of this up and you get about two and half months before move in. This can be sped up or drawn out dramatically depending on your needs but for the typical buyer 2.5 months allows enough time to get to the closing table confident in their purchase.

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If you are not financing your purchase then you can go from under contract to moving in as little as 7 days if you need. Similarly if you are in no hurry and looking for a very specific property it can take years.

If you are ready to start looking today visit our website to start searching!


 

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REALTOR®
sydney@loringwoodriff.com
www.loringwoodriff.com

Charlottesville Gift Guide

Finding the right gift for everyone on your list can be exhausting but luckily there are so many fantastic options in Charlottesville you are sure to find a fantastic gift with a local story.

For Mom
Moms can be tricky to buy for but something handmade is always a hit in my experience. Luckily there are a few options for making a gift that not only comes from the heart but is truly beautiful as well.

OrnCutOut72dpi-258x300Blow Your Own Glass Ornament at Sunspots Studios! This fantastic gift option allows you to put your own spin on a truly beautiful piece of artwork that you can enjoy every year when decorating the tree. Ornaments cost $40-45 and children age 5 to adult can participate.

If ornaments aren’t your thing, The Glass Palette has supplies for you to make jewelry, dishes, and artwork.

Another option for crafting your own gift is Wine and Design. Started as a BYOB step-by-step guided painting class it now offers kids classes too. Join one of the prescheduled classes or get a group together and pick what you want to paint. You’ll love the class and leave with a beautiful piece of artwork for mom. If you think she would enjoy the painting herself a gift certificate would be a great option too!

For Dad
Dads can certainly be tough to buy for so I find it is best to stick to the basic pleasures in life.

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 3.08.24 PMFor starters, food is a generally safe bet. When it comes to food there are few gifts more decadent than A Year of Cheese from Feast!. Each month the recipient goes to Feast! and chats with the cheese monger about this month’s selection. Not only are you giving the gift of fantastic cheese but also an education on how to pair it with other food and drink. If the $200 price tag is above budget consider one of their many other gift boxes.

blue whalteFor the scholarly father, pop into Blue Whale Books on the Downtown Mall. Here you can find special edition books, artwork prints, and beautiful maps. The owner is almost always there and incredibly helpful. I just heard they got a new shipment in of Virginia maps so hurry in before they are all gone.

For the Kids
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Check out the local toy shops for the children in your life. Shenanigans at 601 West Main Street is where I bought my niece her first baby doll. Alakazam on the downtown mall always has loads of fun gadgets and gizmos for the creative child. O’Suzannah just off the mall on 4th street northeast has curated a unique and aesthetically sophisticated collection of children’s books and clothing.

One of my most memorable Christmases was coming down to see a shiny red bicycle with my name on it. If you are looking to give a bike I suggest Blue Ridge Cyclery at 1039 Millmont St.

For Teens & Young Adults
Often the most fickle demographic, teens and young adults can prove difficult to shop for. Fear not though as several local shops can help you find the right gift.

Alb AnglerThis is a very active age for most people so heading to Ragged Mountain Running Shop is a safe bet to find something they need. They have a wide assortment of athletic clothes and shoes as well as running accessories like belts, water bottles, and gps watches.   If you have a hunter or fisher in your life consider The Albemarle Angler to find the right gift.

For the preppy on your gift list you can’t beat Country Club Prep founded by two UVA alum who decided to put their first brick and mortar store on Elliewood Avenue on the corner. Other fun shops around this area include Duo, Finch, and Southern Proper.

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Every year we celebrate not only with my family in Charlottesville but also make a trip to visit family in Louisiana. It has now become a tradition to bring down a basket full of local goodies not available there. We include local candies, jams, granola, sauces, peanuts, honey, you name it! It is a fun way for us to share our daily favorites with them once a year. Just stroll through the local food shops of Main Street Market to fill up your basket at such shops as The Spice Diva, Gearhart’s Chocolate, Albemarle Baking Company, and of course Feast!

Another favorite for our out of town family is local jewelry. Sterling silver dogwood flower earrings from The Virginia Shop were such a hit we got a necklace the next year.

Being UVa alums there is always a stop at Mincer’s to gear up on hats, T shirts, and socks for the family to wear as they root on the Hoos from afar.

Last but not least there are always some new local craft beers and wines to share with the adults as well. Beer Run offers perhaps the most extensive selection in town!

cutest kitty in the worldFor Your Pets
Sammy Snacks is sure to make any pup in your life very happy this holiday season. Visit them at 1055 Millmont St.

Animal Connection is another great shop to pick up something for your furry friend. They are located at 1701 Allied St behind Cville Coffee.

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With the holiday season comes all of the holiday parties and a good guest never shows up empty handed. There are several places in town to pick up the perfect hostess gift.

Again, Beer Run can help you select the perfect wine, beer, or cider for your host.

Gearhart’s Chocolates are an irresistible gift anyone would love to receive. Visit their shop at 416 West Main Street next to Albemarle Baking Company.

Locally roasted coffee from Shenandoah Joes can be a nice gift as well.

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If you are still looking for ideas here are a few more general suggestions most anyone would like.

Two tickets to a show at The Jefferson would be a great idea. Anyone who can appreciate some funky 80s music and a good time would love tickets to New Year’s Eve with Love Canon. Other shows coming up are Corey Smith and Steep Canyon Rangers.

Gift certificates for an evening out are a great idea. I don’t know anyone who could resist dinner at C&O, Mas, or Fleurie.

rock paperAn exquisite pen, stationary, or journal can be a lovely gift for anyone. Visit Rock Paper Scissors in their new location on the downtown mall.

A massage, facial, or pedicure from CitySpa is an unexpected treat.

All of these options make shopping local a cinch so get out there and spread some cheer. Happy Holidays!


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Sydney Tenhundfeld
REALTOR®
sydney@loringwoodriff.com
www.loringwoodriff.com

Celebrate the Holidays In Charlottesville

In my mind the holiday season in Charlottesville hits full steam as a hush comes over the town as students take final exams and return home for a well-deserved winter break. Meanwhile magical events are unfolding all over town.

Here are a few ways to celebrate the season this December.

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Pick Your Own Tree
For many this is a family tradition. Luckily we have several fantastic options for you to select the perfect tree for your holiday celebration.

You will find Pre Cut and Living Christmas Trees at AM Fog.
9264 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920. Phone: (540) 456-7100.

Green Meadows Farm is so idyllic that I actually know someone who proposed here! You’ll enjoy beautiful scenery, hot cocoa, and plenty of Christmas cheer. More info at www.greenemeadowsfarm.com

Xmas 5Enjoy a Christmas Light Tour
The Gingerbread Express Light Show is a great way to see the best neighborhood light displays throughout Charlottesville. Tours are the 12th, 13th, 19th, and 30th at 6, 7, and 8 p.m.  Guests will meet with Mrs. Claus prior to the tour at the Virginia Discovery Museum and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.  Tickets are $5 on sale now at the DBAC office located at 108 5th St. NE or by phone at (434) 295-9073. Children 2 and under sitting in the lap of a ticket holder are free. This is too fun!

NutcrackerSee a Show!
Black Friars Playhouse is putting on A Christmas Carol. It doesn’t get much more classic than this Charles Dickens tale. More information here.

Charlottesville Ballet is performing The Nutcracker Suite for your enjoyment on the 20th and 21st. Get ticket information for this timeless ballet here.

 

Enjoy a Holiday Tour of an Historic Landmark
Montpelier offers many holiday events including a candlelight tour. This event is just filled with Christmasey goodness. The schedule of events for the 13th includes a visit with Santa Claus, Candlelight tour with James and Dolley Madison, and several performances including harp, a capella, and vocal ensemble. Get your tickets here.

See how Jefferson celebrated the holidays with Monticello’s holiday evening tours. This tour offers a rare glimpse at the historic home after dark and includes a tour of the dome room. Get your tickets before it sells out!

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Charlottesville Municipal Band will play December 14th 3:30-5:00 at Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center. Admission is free with a donation of non perishable food item.

The Virginia Glee Club’s Annual Christmas Concert is the 13th at First Presbyterian Church. More information here.

 

This is just a small collection of all of the fun happening in Charlottesville this season. Continue to explore other events through local publications such as Charlottesville Family, Cville Weekly, and DBAC.


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Sydney Tenhundfeld
REALTOR®
sydney@loringwoodriff.com
www.loringwoodriff.com

 

 

A Charlottesville Thanksgiving

The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun in our house and I simply can’t wait to gather around a table filled with delicious local food and drink. We are so lucky to live in an area with plentiful options to fill your thanksgiving table. Here are a few spots I’ll be visiting soon to stock up.

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The Turkey
There are several options for finding the perfect centerpiece for your meal. I just called to reserve mine from The Organic Butcher for pick up on Tuesday. They are getting them in fresh so you don’t have to worry about thawing. At about 3.50/lb for the all natural and 4.50/lb for the certified organic I decided to spring for the organic but I don’t think you could go wrong either way.

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Bread/Stuffing/Dressing
The dish with the most variability from table to table has got to be dressing/stuffing. In my family, it is only stuffing if cooked in the bird and dressing is the same mix baked separately in a dish. So far I’ve managed to make dressing from scratch each year but if you are looking for a helping hand with the biscuits, cornbread, or breadcrumbs you couldn’t find a better place than BreadWorks Bakery and Deli. If you aren’t familiar with their mission here’s a quote from the website, “owned and operated by WorkSource Enterprises which has provided job training and employment to persons with disabilities since 1967.” Can’t beat good food for a good cause.

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Vegetables
I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I love the downtown farmers market. I’ll be stocking up on kale, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, squash and all of my other produce needs this Saturday.

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Dessert
I know some families with as many pies as there are people at their thanksgiving table. While not a fanatic, I have to say it would not be thanksgiving without at least one pie. This year Family Ties and Pies’ apple crumb will be on our table. You can pre order or pick up one of their pies while you are at the farmer’s market.

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Beverages
You can find me in either the downtown or uptown location of Market Street Wine Shop at least once a week between all of their incredible free tastings. On Saturday I chatted with Thad and came up with a full wine list for the evening. Their staff is always so helpful and knowledgeable they will be able to help you pick out the perfect cider, wine, or beer for your holiday get together.

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Among many other things, I am truly thankful for living in a town with a bounty of local farmers and smaller specialty shops that provide such high quality goods. This holiday season I will choose to show my gratitude for what this lovely town has given me by giving back one shopping trip at a time. Happy Thanksgiving!


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REALTOR®
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www.loringwoodriff.com

6 Places to Enjoy the View in Charlottesville

Central Virginia is famous for its beautiful leaf change in the fall. Combine that with gorgeous panoramic mountain views and the scenery is simply stunning. Autumn will be over before you know it so now is the time to get out and enjoy the view at any of these great Charlottesville locations.

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Carter’s Mountain
Open daily from 9-5 Carter’s Mountain is the perfect place for some family fun. There is no better place to enjoy some hot apple cider, go apple picking, find the perfect pumpkin, or even taste some wine all while enjoying the view. This is where my family goes every year for our annual photos as it has great backdrops and afterwards we get to enjoy all of the tasty treats.

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Blue Mountain is much more than a brewery with its beautiful restaurant and great menu. If beer is your thing they certainly won’t disappoint with several solid flagship brews and an ever-changing seasonal menu mixing it up. The food is always great as well. I still dream about the pulled pork, peach, and goat cheese pizza they had a few summers ago. My gluten free friends love coming here too with their accommodating menu and knowledgeable staff.

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Monticello
Thomas Jefferson chose a plum spot for his personal estate. Go for a tour, check out one of their many events, or enjoy the view as a volunteer. They will even host private events for your guests to enjoy the breath taking scenery.

Pippin Hill
pippin-hill-logoOne of central Virginia’s premier vineyards offers some of the most beautiful views in Charlottesville. The lovely setting makes it one of the top wedding venues on the east coast and a must see for any wine enthusiast. Runner up vineyards with great views include King Family, Grace Estate, and Afton Mountain.

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Humpback Rock
One of my personal favorites, this hiking trail offers the best views of the area. It may be quite steep but the climb to the top is worth it. Pack a picnic and perch somewhere sunny on the rock outcrop to rest before heading back down.

Your Own Front Porch
While each of these venues are lovely, there really is nothing like enjoying the view out your own front door. Check out these properties that offer magnificent views.

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This is a front porch where anyone could spend a Sunday afternoon taking in the view.

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This Mediterranean inspired home offers the quintessential mountain view of your dreams.

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River and creek view from the master of Moriah.


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Sydney Tenhundfeld
REALTOR®
sydney@loringwoodriff.com
www.loringwoodriff.com

Coming Home

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Anyone who knows me at all can tell you that I loved my time at UVa more than any person should. I jumped at as many opportunities as I could joining a sorority, internships, being an Orientation Leader, working in labs, studying abroad, volunteering with Madison House, you name it. Though I moved to Charlottesville in high school, it was in my time at UVa that my love for this town really grew and I have appreciated it even more since I graduated.

Since it was just Homecomings Weekend I thought it only appropriate to have some of my fellow ‘Hoos at our firm share how they came to love Charlottesville. Here is what they had to say.

Sally Neill ’85
When I was at UVA I had a VW convertible.  No matter the weather, my friends and I always had the top down, even if we had to have the heat on.  I remember some of the most spectacular views on our “country drives”, and that is really what made me fall in love with Charlottesville.  I got to know every inch of Albemarle County all the way up to Skyline Drive, and to this day, one of my favorite things to do is take a “country drive” and enjoy the beauty of the area.  My husband, Peter and I, feel blessed to have had the opportunity to move back here and raise our children.

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Loring Woodriff ’93
My father and brother preceded me as hometown Wahoos and I really had thought I was going to break the mold but after being away from the area and homesick during boarding school, no other college or University really had a chance. I REALLY fell for  the UVA/Charlottesville dynamic 2nd year, when I lived in a house on Lewis Mountain Road with 8 friends that I made 1st year. What could be better than walking to class, walking to football games, walking to boyfriend’s houses down the street… and making lifelong girlfriends all the while?

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Helen Ascoli ’00
Having grown up in the Charlottesville area, going to UVA was a dream that many children around here do not get to enjoy as reality. As a student of UVA, I learned a whole new facet of Charlottesville. Meeting people from all walks of life, making lifelong friendships, and learning at a top notch school made the UVA experience one that I will be eternally grateful for. Since graduating, life has presented multiple opportunities to leave but my heart and soul are in this town. My hopes are that one day my children may also be able to call themselves UVA graduates, enjoying the dynamic this university offers to the great City of Charlottesville.

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Elizabeth Matthews ’03
It is easy to fall in love with Charlottesville as a student- beautiful grounds, life long friends, and world-class professors.  My roots of seven generations in cville make it easy to call home. This beautiful part of Virginia enriched my love of all things outdoors, but in particular my love of skiing, which took me all over the world. Upon my return to Cville, I never imagined that I would be working side by side with one of the top Realtors in the community for over thirty years Punkie Feil, my Mom (who happens to be a double Hoo). We enjoy the rare privilege of being mother daughter business team.

My husband, also an alum, is thrilled that our daughter, 2 years old, has mastered ‘The Good Ole Song’ just in time for football season…Wahoo Wa!

Lindsay Milby ’85
Originally from Baltimore, my father fell in love with Charlottesville while playing lacrosse and studying at UVA in the early 60’s.  He was determined to make Charlottesville his home.  I was lucky enough to grow up here, attend UVA and raise my children in such a wonderful community.

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Tommy Brannock ’79
I remained in Charlottesville after graduating from UVA due to its incredible sense of community and philanthropy – folks like to give back here.  This is truly a wonderful locality in which to raise a family, and we are blessed to be grounded by The University and its offerings.  Central Virginia enables us to enjoy four seasons, natural beauty and history, sporting events, cultural diversity, and we are within three hours of just about everything.  Friends return to visit, and often comment about how fortunate I am to be a native and to be able to call Charlottesville home. I agree – I would not consider living anywhere else.

Bunny French ’89
My love of riding horses began at a very early age in Long Island New York. It was riding that brought me to the more open spaces of Virginia more than 30 years ago.  The University of Virginia was the perfect environment for me to pursue my studies while successfully competing on the A show circuit between Florida and New York. The ability to go between a culturally rich city and beautiful open countryside, make Charlottesville and “The University” a unbeatable combination!

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Lisa Lyons ’00
I came from Colorado to play basketball for and attend school at UVA.  I had spent very little time on the east coast and was very excited for a new adventure.  I was touched by the welcoming sense of community both at the university and in Charlottesville.  I met so many fantastic professors and life-long friends as a student athlete, including my now husband.  After we had children we decided that Charlottesville would be a great place to call home and raise our family.  We moved back several years ago and have fallen in love with Charlottesville all over again.  While we remain avid UVA sports fans, we have also enjoyed branching outside the university and experiencing all things Charlottesville from the great wineries and breweries, the many great restaurants, the beauty of the outdoors, and of course the wonderful people.

Each person’s story is different but what we all have in common is a love of everything Charlottesville has to offer and an inability to find anywhere better to live. If you want your own piece of Charlottesville, you know who to contact.

Go Hoo’s!


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REALTOR®
sydney@loringwoodriff.com
www.loringwoodriff.com

How to Be a Good Neighbor

These days it is much too easy to disconnect and disengage. We’ve all heard the adage that good fences make good neighbors but what if a tree falls on your property while you are out of town or your dog gets out while you are at work? There are many reasons why it is helpful to have a good relationship with your neighbors but cultivating those relationships is a dying art form.

Here are a few suggestions on how to be a good neighbor.

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1. Be Observant of Your Neighbors’ Lifestyles
Are they up all night with friends over on weekends or do they wake early every morning and go for a jog? Being cognizant of the routine of those around you can help you keep from infringing on the rhythm of their everyday.

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2. Minimize and Inform
If you know your neighbor values their quiet Sundays maybe consider having that garage sale on Saturday or at least let them know when you’ll be having it so they can plan to be out of the house if they choose.

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3. Include your Neighbors When Appropriate
Speaking of a garage sale, why not ask if they want to combine efforts and garner more interest?! You could split the cost of shared improvements like a fence or a fire hydrant. If you want to have your yard sprayed to prevent insects it would be good to see if your neighbors want to get in on it too because you might get a cheaper rate and it means more bug free enjoyment of your yard too.

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4. Look Out for Each Other
If you give your neighbor a call to let them know they left the light on in their car they will be much more willing to return the favor. Similarly if they ask you to bring the mail in or cat sit while they are out of town then you have a convenient backup for when you plan your next trip. Neighbors are the first to know when something happens in your neighborhood so it is good to keep in touch so you stay in the loop.

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5. Don’t Be THAT Neighbor
Pick up after your pet, bring your trashcans in off the road, and keep your yard mowed. No one wants to be the eye sore in the community.

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6. Bring Back Letter Writing
Dropping off a nice card around the holidays or an introduction letter when you are new to the area can be a great ice breaker.

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7. Enhance your Community the Old Fashioned Way
Neighborhood events used to be common place but now it takes greater effort to coordinate schedules and make things happen. If you are feeling ambitious get some neighbors together and organize a block party. In a college town like Charlottesville a tailgate is the perfect way to get to know neighbors. Get creative and think of what works for your community.

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While it can be easy to quietly keep to yourself it may be worth while to get to know the people living next door. You never know when it might come in handy.


 

sydney for blogBy Sydney Tenhundfeld, REALTOR ®
sydney@loringwoodriff.com
www.loringwoodriff.com