Fun Fact

fun fact

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!


It’s A Sellers Market

Have you been thinking about putting your home on the market? Now might be the perfect time. Right now, in our local area, it is a seller’s market (due to the pandemic over the past few months). This means that the demand of homes exceeds the supply, or in other words, the inventory of homes for sale is low.

                What does this mean for you, as a seller? This means you get to have more control. Since the inventory is lower, more people may be interested in purchasing your home, possibly resulting in multiple showings and offers. Think about preparing your home for the market and speaking with one of our Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Select Agents. Our Realtors can help you in locations such as Fredericksburg, Stafford, King George, Colonial Beach, Richmond, Dumfries, and Virginia Beach! Your agent can give you tips on how to get your home ready for the market and advise you on things like listing price and marketing information. Don’t hesitate! Take advantage of this market, and get your home SOLD.


Get Reading

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes reading in neighborhoods across the country. Their mission was to provide easy access to reading materials for anyone, no matter the location. They created book sharing boxes to be put in local areas. These boxes can then be filled with books and novels, and members of the community can take something to read or leave a book for others. It is a great way to read some new material and spread love in the community! This is fun for all ages, children and adults.

In our local area, some locations of these Little Free Libraries are Fredericksburg, King George, Colonial Beach, Richmond, Stafford, Dumfries, and Virginia Beach.  Be sure to check them out, and start reading!

For a complete map of all of the locations, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org. Here, you can also register a new location if you are thinking of starting your own!


What is a smart home?

Wouldn’t it be convenient to be able to control the parts of your home with a mobile device? That is what a smart home can do for you. Appliances, lighting, thermostats, locks, and doorbells are examples of things you can control when you use smart technology. This provides convenience and can even save you money. For example, smart homes can learn your schedule and control the temperature based on if you are home or not, saving you money on your next bill. Smart technology also provides homeowners with more peace of mind, by using services like a smart doorbell or security system with a camera to see who is at your door when you are away.

Some companies that make these kinds of technology are NEST, Ring, Amazon, Google, and Philips. However, there are a TON of companies that makes these kinds of technologies. There are plenty of websites and videos on these technologies to help you decide what you would like for your home.

With the growth of technology, there are many possibilities with smart technology. These services can be used for safety, comfort, or even just convenience. Check all of the possibilities out online and get started on your home!


Tips for making your home stand out

If you are listing your home for sale, there is no doubt you want it to be noticed by potential buyers. Here are a few ways to improve your listing:

  1. Flower Beds or Potted Plants – A trimmed yard and kept up plants are a great way to help your curb appeal. If you do not have the time or green thumb to plant flower beds, get some potted plants for your porch or outside your windows.
  • Fresh Paint – Painting is an affordable and easy way to make your home look good as new. It will clean off the marks/dents from your family living there and overall look fresh and new!
  • Clear the Clutter – Nobody wants to look at photos of your listing and see the rooms full of stuff. Make sure your home stays tidy and take out what clutters up the room. This will make the rooms look cleaner and larger, and potential buyers can envision their own stuff in the home.

Talk to your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Realtor for more ways to help your listing sell!


Moving with your pet

As scary and exciting as moving day is for you and your family, it is just as scary and exciting for your pets. Here are some tips to make sure they stay safe and feel more comfortable.

  1. Keep your pets in a separate room from all of the action – The loud noises of all of the commotion may startle your animals, and the opening/closing of doors when loading up the moving van increase the risk that they might run out and get lost. Keep them safe and secure by putting them in a separate room with the door closed.
  • When driving to your new home, keep your pets near you in the car – Try keeping your pet in their carrying crate or pet car seat in the car near you. Maybe give them a blanket or toy they love to comfort them. Do not open the crate or unbuckle your pet until you have arrived at the house and found a place to keep them away from moving the boxes in. Put them with their toys, food, water, and bed for comfort.
  • Slowly adjust them to their new home – Just like us, pets take some time to get used to major changes. Slowly introduce them into each room of the home and let them explore safely, once the commotion of moving day is over.

After giving them time to adjust and explore, your pets will feel at home again. Give them time to figure things out, and make sure when letting them outside, they are secured, as they may not know where they are now. Pretty soon, everyone will be adjusted and can enjoy the new home together!


The home office is back in style in 2020

With COVID-19, more and more people were, or still are currently working from home. Never again overlook the importance of your home office. When thinking about your next move, you want to make sure the home you purchase has a space for your office. However small or large the room is, you can make it your own.

When choosing an office space, you want something with enough room for what you are using it for. Make sure there is room for storage, as well as your desk and computer supplies. Make your office as homey as possible, so you enjoy being there, even if you have work to do. Choose a comfy desk chair and decorate the room to match your personal style. A fun idea is to decorate with photos, so even when you are working, you can see your loved ones and your memories.

Check out some home office inspiration on Pinterest. There are a TON of organizational tips, design ideas, and ways to make your home office a place you want to work. Next time you think about purchasing a new home, keep your home office in mind. It is something many people do not consider, but now that everyone has been working from home, they are realizing that they may need a change.

When you decide to purchase your next home, keep your home office space in mind!