How to Create a Luxury Bath

According to Kitchen and Bath Business, homeowners have higher expectations for their bathrooms than ever before. They want a luxurious, spa-like space like the wealthiest mansion-dwellers enjoy.

So, what are the secrets to achieving a luxurious bath?

Space: Getting ready for the day or night out is done in one large room, with adjoining closets and separate sectors for bathing, grooming, and dressing.

Privacy: A master bath should be inaccessible to any other rooms besides the master bedroom. Separate “his and her” water closets, along with separate dressing areas, help keep the marital romance alive.

Serenity: You’ll find most luxury baths in Houzz.com or Pinterest.com, feature soothing colors, like gentle shades of water.

Quality: Wealthy people choose designs that stand the test of time including high-quality metal fixtures, solid core-doors, and fine wood, stone, and tile.

Remodeling isn’t always practical, but even using one idea will help you enjoy your bath more. Meanwhile, light some candles and dim the lights for a long soak in the tub. You’ll feel like a million.


Sound Surroundings

One of the greatest pleasures of owning your own home is being in better control of your environment, including the sounds you listen to. Imagine waking up to the cheerful melodies of chirping birds, instead of your neighbor’s clanging, banging and muffled conversations.

Consider buying a home with a garden where you can attract songbirds, such as robins, finches, and cardinals. You can create an area to attract birds and other wildlife to your yard.

Create an alluring habitat where the birds can feel at home. Consider planting a few plants, such as bushes or flowers, to help attract them. It definitely helps to purchase a bird-feeder and fill it with birdseed. Depending on what types of birds you would like to attract, there are different blends of seeds you can pick up from your local store.

Birdbaths are great accessories to welcome birds. Moving water, such as small fountains or can create something to catch their eye. They may enjoy cooling off and playing in your birdbath. Over time more and more birds will visit, especially if you keep the feeders and water filled up.


Local Housing Market

Statistics taken from the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors® (FAAR) show that the housing market activity is going up since March. According to the June 2020 housing report, total sales volume for the local area has increased by 42% compared to June 2019. Inventory has gone down, due to COVID-19, making days on the market also decrease. There is less inventory, making the homes that are currently listed sell faster. It is definitely a seller’s market.

Median home price for the area has also increased by 8% from last June, and units sold has increased, as well. Number of homes sold has also increased this year for every county that data was taken from in our area (Caroline, Fredericksburg, King George, Orange, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Colonial Beach).

To see a complete market report and all of the statistics, please visit https://www.faarmembers.com/market/. If you are interested in learning more, or are looking to sell your home in this seller’s market, contact one of our agents here.


Colonial Beach, VA

Thinking of moving to beautiful Colonial Beach, Virginia? Here are some activities you can do if you decide to move to the area:

  1. The BEACH – Of course the main thing to do in this small town is to go to the beach! Lay in the sand, swim with friends and family, or fish on the pier.
  2. Visit local restaurants – Try dining locally. Visit places such as the Colonial Beach Brewing Company, the Riverboat on the Potomac, Dockside Tiki Bar and Grill, The Lighthouse Restaurant, and Wilkerson’s Seafood Restaurant.
  3. Get some outdoor exercise – Enjoy the fresh air and take a walk on the sidewalks around town or go for a bike ride. The Point is a perfect place to bike and get a nice beach view!

Colonial Beach is a smaller town, but there are plenty of things to keep you busy and relaxed. It is a very charming town and is a perfect place for photos. You can even get married or attend events on the beach. Check out Colonial Beach community information and homes for sale here, or Contact one of our agents about seeing homes for sale in the area and come see what life is like at the beach!


Second Home Getaway

Wouldn’t it be nice to have some weekend getaways? Consider purchasing a second home and take your family to visit when you are off from work. It would be relaxing to take trips to the lake or beach. You can get a second home anywhere that interests you. Where you choose to purchase is up to you, but some popular second home getaway choices in our local area are Lake Anna, Colonial Beach, and Virginia Beach!

To help with costs, consider renting out your second home when you are not there and use websites such as Airbnb, which is a marketplace to rent out vacation homes to people looking in the area. You can use the home for yourself whenever you need a getaway and can rent it out from time-to-time to help cover costs.

If you are interested in looking into a second home, contact one of our Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Select agents to help you get started!


Stop the Insanity!

Searching for your Virginia Forever home in todays market? Tight inventory and historically low interest rates has made searching for the perfect home extremely challenging. Your Forever Agent at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Realty is ready to help you with the daunting challenge of finding that perfect place.

Did you know that your Forever Agent often has knowledge of properties not yet on the market? Your agent also has industry connections they can reach out to in order to put feelers out on your behalf. Many of our sales professionals are aware of homeowners who are attempting to sell their home via non-traditional methods without utilizing the MLS at all. If all else fails, your Forever Agent will canvas your desired neighborhood in search of your Forever Home. The best part… all this work doesn’t cost you a thing. The seller typically pays for your agents hard work on your behalf!

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Search all Northern and Central Virginia homes for sale in the comfort of your home via our website, then contact one of our Forever Agents to stop the insanity and help find your Forever home.


Fun Fact

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Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, is a well-known billionaire. Here is something you may not know, though:

Warren Buffett still lives in his home he bought in the 1950s. He paid $31,500 for it (equivalent to $250,000 today), and its estimated value now is $652,000.

Looking for a home that your family can stay and grow in for many years and build wealth? Contact a Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Select Realtor for help getting started! We serve Fredericksburg, Stafford, Woodbridge Virginia, and the surrounding area, and we would be happy to help you find the place to make your memories in!


King George Farmers Market

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the farmers’ market held every Saturday in King George County. It runs from May through October and is a great way to get some fresh air and purchase some fresh veggies!

The market is located at King George Middle School every Saturday from 8am – 12pm. A large variety of vendors show up, selling anything from vegetables, to desserts, to flowers, to home décor, and more! Food trucks will even come from time to time! It is a great way to get our in the community, meet new people, and see what the vendors have to offer. Be sure to visit the market before it closes for the season.

King George, Virginia is a growing county. For more information on the area, or if you are looking to move to King George, contact one of our agents at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Select Realty.


Why Use a Realtor?

When buying or selling a home, you should hire a licensed real estate agent to help you. Here are some of the biggest reasons why you should not do it alone, and should get a Realtor®:

  1. They Give you Tips and Advice – A Realtor® can help advise you on things like listing price and how to prepare your home for the market if you are a seller. If you are purchasing a home, they can help give you tips on things to look for based on what you tell them you would like in a home.
  2. They Advertise for You – When you are looking to sell your home, you want a large audience to be able to find it, to get the most people looking at your home. Realtors® have many advertising tools to help your home be seen. They also will share your listing through their social media, on their websites, and will be telling people they know.
  3. They Are on Your Side – When it comes to making negotiations or bumps in the road that may arise, you want someone on your team, to advocate for you. They have your best interests in mind, and they work for you. They will make sure you are happy with your deal and will do the negotiating for you. You will not have to talk to anyone on the other side, your Realtor® will do it for you!

There are many reasons you will want to use a real estate agent to help you. They will guide you through the whole process and answer any questions you may have. Your agent will make sure your needs are met, and that you are satisfied with your real estate deal! To speak with one of our agents, visit https://www.bhhsselect.com/roster/agents.


Backyard Pool Fun

Now that the weather is getting warmer and summer is near, it is time to start thinking about your home’s swimming pool. Swimming pools are a great way to cool down from the heat and relax with your loved ones. You may even be thinking of hosting a pool party this year. Here are some great ideas for your backyard pool:

  1. Set up Some Outdoor Furniture – Set up a place to hang out near the pool. Get some colorful Adirondack chairs or some cushions and be sure to have a fun umbrella to shade from the hot sun. Not only does this give your guests a place to relax after swimming, but it makes your yard more appealing and cozier as well.
  2. Add some Lighting – Think about putting up outdoor string lights or purchasing some pool lighting. This will allow you to continue your pool parties into the evening when the sun starts to set.
  3. Get Plenty of Rafts and Games for the Kiddos – Taking your children outside to swim? To keep them entertained, consider getting some inflatables or pool toys for them to enjoy. You can even find affordable rafts at your local dollar store.

Above all, you want to make the most out of your swimming pool, because you are only able to use it for part of the year. Don’t have the space for a large pool? That’s okay! You can get a kiddie pool for the kids, or even purchase an adult inflatable pool from Target! Make the most out of summer!