January 2019 Market Update

MARKET UPDATE: Average Sales Price is UP!  The average sales price in the Lynchburg MLS for a Single-Family Home in January 2019 was $191,589. Compared to January 2018 it was only $173,605. This translates to a 9.4% year-over-year increase. In addition the average days on market is down from 87 days in Jan 2018 to 81 in Jan 2019. Give us a call for a complimentary market analysis | 434-439-4211

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Ready For The Next Netflix Series? Kick Your Home Into Perfection

Tidying up with Marie Kondo is the Netflix series we never knew we needed. Has it inspired you to tidy up around your home?

#mariekondo #netflix#indiebrokerage #boutiquebrokerage#gofinest #ourlynchburg #tidyingup #tidyingupwithmariekondo

In Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, viewers get to watch the famed Japanese organizing expert visit various family homes to help them declutter. She implores them to ask difficult questions like, "Should I throw out all my books?" and, "Does this sweatshirt spark joy?" Read More

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Mortgage Rate Drop

⬇️ MORTGAGE RATES FALL to 9 Month LOWS ⬇️ According to the latest data released by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed rate average tumbled to 4.45 %. Many are seizing this opportunity to fetch lower rates on loans, locking interest while they are still relatively low. Are you a buyer in the market that is on the fence? Now is the time to meet with one of our guides to begin your house hunt.

Give us a call today 434-439-4211 

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📉⬇️ Market Update ⬇️📉

The average sales price of a home in Lynchburg, Virginia went down 4.5% in November 2018 compared to October. It seems we are slowing down ever so slightly as we approach the winter season ❄️ Although, our market is still HOT... It's a great time to buy. Call us today and we will match you will one of our amazing agents #434-439-4211 📸 Audra Lynne Creative #buyersmarket#lynchburgvirginia #lynchburgva #marketupdate#marketstats #realestate #realestateagent#principalbroker #buyers #sellers

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Halloween 2017 - Lynchburg's Finest Real Estate

Here's a few of the photos from our client appreciation Halloween event. Thank you to everyone who came out. Also we had 2 winners from our $75 giveaway drawing: Ariel Hildreth of Lynchburg and Jackie Cabell of Madison Heights!! The coloring contest winners were Meredith, Julian and Alex. They each received a $10 gift card to Cold Stone Creamery... Enjoy!

Christmas Giveaway!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At Lynchburg’s Finest, we are excited to embrace this season of joy and sharing by giving back to you, our readers, who mean so much to us.

Now we are encouraging our followers to enter for a chance to win our Stocking Giveaway!

That’s right, we have a stocking full of surprises including the Young Living Essential Oil Collection which features Christmas Spirit, Frankincense and Myrrh! Additionally, it's stuffed with chocolates and gift cards for coffee, shopping and dinner.

Be sure to visit our Facebook page to enter to win. Good luck!

Graphic by: quiltinglines.com

Graphic by: quiltinglines.com

*Participants must live in the Lynchburg, VA area. The contest ends on December 20th, 2016. The winner will be selected and must pick up their prize by December 22nd, 2016 at 113 Goldenrod Place.

 

 

For more prizes and giveaways, keep your eyes on the Lynchburg’s Finest blog.

 

 

Lynchburg's Finest Christmas Flicks

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a list of holiday movies I want to see!

There are so many shows on TV now, it’s nearly impossible to keep track of everything you want to watch. But, Christmas movies are a special exception because they are only aired during this season!

We wanted to be sure you and your family got to see all of your favorite holiday movies this year. So, for your viewing pleasure, we have made an easy to reference evening schedule so you don’t miss any of your holiday favorites throughout the season! All the fun begins on December 1st, so be sure to print this handy calendar so you don’t miss out on our top picks!

Click the image below to enlarge or print our calendar! 

Graphic by: Charissa Cox

Christmas movies warm our hearts and help prepare us for this magical season! We hope you enjoy this list, made especially for you and your family! 

For a complete viewing schedule, click these links:

Freeform 25 Days of Christmas

Hallmark Original Holiday Movies

O' Tannenbaum

On a cold winter evening, you sit on the sofa, snuggled up with a blanket and hot chocolate. There is a cheerful Christmas instrumental playing softly in the background as you bask in the warmth of the roaring fire. Your senses are steadied by the smell of fresh evergreen and the twinkle of soft lights on the tree.

Christmas is truly a magical season, the sights, the sounds, the smells. The weeks leading up to Christmas Day are mesmerizing. In the busyness of the holidays, there is one family tradition that always makes me smile as I reflect on years gone by, and that is the memory of choosing the family Christmas tree!

We know selecting the perfect tree is important, but it can also take time. So, we have compiled a list of local places where you can search and find the best live tree to decorate your home this holiday season. There are many kinds of Christmas trees, but if you long for a real tree, the thrill of the hunt, your home to smell of fresh-cut pine, handcrafted wreaths, and the quintessential tree-shopping experience, you must plan to visit one of these providers:

 

Green Needles Christmas Tree Farm

1175 Yew Tree Lane, Coleman Falls, VA  24536

434-299-5939 - Hours vary, be sure to call ahead!

This hidden gem is located just a few minutes outside of Lynchburg. Open on Fridays and Saturdays beginning the weekend before Thanksgiving, this tree farm is the real deal as guests can roam the property in search of that perfect family tree. Customers have the option to choose pre-cut trees, or select a live tree! Saws are provided, as well as netting and vehicle attachment. Wreaths and gardland are also available for purchase. As a courtesy, free hot beverages are available onsite.

Green Needles Farm is offering a special deal for our Lynchburg’s Finest readers, when you arrive, simply show them you’ve read the blog on your Smartphone or provide a photo of the post from your computer screen to receive 10% off your purchase!

Photo by: greenneedleschristmastreefarm.com

Photo by: greenneedleschristmastreefarm.com

 

Riverbend Tree Farm

1017 Elkton Farm Rd, Forest, VA 24551

540-845-6840

Riverbend Tree Farm is a family owned business that originated in North Carolina. They now have a few locations throughout Virginia, including one just a few miles away in Forest, Virginia! Riverbend offers handmade wreaths, tree stands and fresh cut trees.

As a special thank you to our readers, Riverbend Tree Farm will be offering a 10% discount to Lynchburg’s Finest blog followers! Be sure to show the cashier a screenshot of this article on your Smartphone for your discount.

Photo by: @riverbendtreeslynchburg on Facebook.com 

Photo by: @riverbendtreeslynchburg on Facebook.com 

Smith’s Christmas Tree Lot

6210 Fort Ave, Lynchburg, VA             

434-316-4224

Smith’s is a family owned business located in the heart of Lynchburg. Also featured in the autumn season for their pumpkins and fun fall activities, Smith’s will be providing live Christmas trees this holiday season! At Smith’s, you will get a fresh cut tree, and have it secured to your vehicle before you leave. Additionally, handmade wreaths are available for purchase.

As a special bonus for our Lynchburg’s Finest readers, Smith’s is offering $5 off of any tree! Be sure to show this post on your Smartphone for your discount.

Photo by: smithspumpkinpatch.com

Photo by: smithspumpkinpatch.com

 

There is no doubt this is the most wonderful time of the year! We hope these local tree providers will help you and your family as you prepare for the holidays. The perfect tree sets the mood for the Christmas season, and finding a live tree with those you love will warm your memories for years to come!

 

 

~ Anna Cribb

 

For more information on fun things to do in this area, keep your eyes on the Lynchburg’s Finest blog.

 

From Our Table to Yours!

One of the most anticipated aspects of the holidays is the delicious food we share together. Not only do the smells and tastes of these dishes warm our thoughts all year long, but the family recipes make us feel like we are at home, no matter where we are. From traditional turkeys, to tasty side dishes, fresh rolls, cranberry sauce and desserts, these delights are just days away.

Since family recipes are unrivaled, this year our staff wants to share some of our favorite recipes with you!

To begin, since turkey is the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table, it seems like the ideal place to start!

 

Mary Grace’s Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey with Gravy

2 Tbs dried Parsley

2 Tbs ground dried rosemary

2 Tbs rubbed dried sage

2 Tbs dried thyme leaves

1 Tbs lemon pepper

1 Tbs salt

1 (15 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

2 stalks of celery, chopped

1 orange, cut into wedges

1 white onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 (14.5 oz) can of chicken broth

1 ( 750 milliliter) bottle of champagne or dry white wine.

After you’ve collected the assorted ingredients, follow these directions for turkey perfection!

1. preheat an oven to 350. Line a turkey roaster with long sheets of aluminum foil that will be long enough to wrap over the turkey.

2. Stir together the parsley, rosemary,sage,thyme, lemon pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture into the cavity of the turkey, then stuff with the celery, orange, onion , and carrot. Truss if desired, and place the turkey into the roasting pan. Pour the chicken broth and champagne, or wine, over the turkey, and seal.  Try to keep the foil from touching the skin of the turkey breast or legs.

3. Bake the turkey in the oven for 2 and 1/2, to 3 hours until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear. Uncover the turkey, and continue baking until the skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer.  An instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees. Remove the turkey from the oven, keep covered with aluminum foil and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

4. Drain leftover turkey juices with a fine strainer. Discard the herbs and veggies and transfer the liquid into a sauce pan. Bring the leftover turkey juice to a gentle boil and add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to the pan, stirring constantly until it begins to thicken.  Continue adding small amounts of cornstarch, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you get the desired gravy thickness of your choice. Serve and enjoy.

Photo by: Gleny's Rome and Beyond

Photo by: Gleny's Rome and Beyond

There are many ways to enjoy a turkey this Thanksgiving, we hope Mary Grace’s family recipe will create wonderful new traditions in your family!

Next we will feature a few side dishes to compliment your turkey and thrill your guests!

 

Matt Ferguson’s Squash Casserole

2 cups squash

3/4 stick of butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 small can of evaporated milk

1/4 to 1/2 tsp of salt

1/8 tsp of black pepper

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

1.5 cup crushed Ritz crackers

Cook squash and onion in boiling water until tender. Drain and mash. Allow to cool, then mix the butter, eggs, evaporated milk, salt, pepper and cheese. Pour into 9x13 glass dish. Top with crackers. Bake at 350 for 30 to 45 minutes.

Photo by: allrecipes.com

Photo by: allrecipes.com

 

Cribb Family Sweet Potato Casserole

Casserole Ingredients:

5-6 cups mashed, peeled sweet potatoes

1 cup sugar

1 stick of butter

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup of milk

Topping Ingredients

1 cup brown sugar

¼ cup flour

2 ½ Tbs chopped butter

1 cup crushed pecans

1)   Boil sweet potatoes until fork tender. Mash them.

2)   Mix in the stick of butter while it melts, add sugar, milk, vanilla and eggs.

3)   Put in a casserole dish of your choice, but not larger than a 13x9.

Crumble toppings together and spread on top, place in the oven and bake on 350 for 20 minutes.  

Photo by: cupcakesomg.blogspot.com

Photo by: cupcakesomg.blogspot.com

Side dishes are the best! We are excited for you to try these recipe this year! Now, let’s move to the most delicious, most anticipated event...Dessert!

 

Chrysty Knolwes’ Cranberry Pie

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup white sugar

¼ tsp salt

2 cups cranberries

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 eggs

1 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease one 9 inch pie pan.

Combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the cranberries and the walnuts, and toss to coat. Stir in the butter, beaten eggs, and almond extract. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.  

Photo by: Dishmaps.com

Photo by: Dishmaps.com

 

Ferguson Family Cool Whip Pie

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 small can of crushed pineapple

1 cup chopped pecans

1 (9oz) Cool Whip  (ALLOW TO COMPLETELY THAW)

Mix all the ingredients and pour into two 8" graham cracker crust pies. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving. 

Photo by: wildflourskitchen.com

Photo by: wildflourskitchen.com

Wow, what a delightful looking Thanksgiving Day spread! We want to offer a special thanks to our staff for providing these delicious recipes! We hope these traditional favorites will bless your table this holiday season, but more than anything, we want to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

A Pattern Shift To Colder Weather Ahead

Graphic: WTVR.com

Round up the winter gear if you haven't yet. Whether you are ready for it or not, this seemingly never ending warmth looks to be coming to an end. Right now, long range guidance shows much chillier weather arriving next weekend (11/12, 11/13) and pretty much taking up residence across the eastern part of the United States.

Image shows below normal temperatures in the blue shading.

Anticipate temperatures to be near or below normal for the rest of November into December. Also look for a stormier weather pattern to develop. This will bring much needed rain to the state. With this all being the case, we could possibly see our first snow or ice event before the end of December.

Image shows lower than normal heights across the Northeast = colder than normal

Right now the upcoming winter is likely to be a bit colder than normal. As far as precipitation, there is no real signal for a dry or snowy winter, therefore an average seasonal snow total would be my guess. The average grand total from first snowflake to last ranges from 15 to 20” across the greater Lynchburg area. Of course, only time will tell exactly what is to come.

Lynchburg, VA snow, by The News and Advance

Thank you for reading, 

Meteorologist and Realtor Matt Ferguson

Halloween Party!

Costume boxes are piled into the closet, crazy makeup and face-paint are put away and candy rations have been designated. You survived another Halloween!

Lynchburg's Finest would like to say thank you to all who joined us for our Trick or Treat Party this Halloween! We had a wonderful time celebrating with yummy food, fun fellowship and prizes. We would also like to say a very special congratulations to the winners of our giveaways, Leah Galatro and Jessica Miller who won the Visa gift cards!

Again, thank you to all who came out, we hope you had a “Boo”tiful evening!

Vintage Lynchburg Holiday Sale

Christmas Day is 60 short days away! If you are panicking about gifts, have no fear, Vintage Lynchburg Holiday Sale is next weekend!

On November 5th, the Vintage Lynchburg Holiday Sale begins at 10am and will continue until 5pm.

Are you still looking for gifts for family and friends? More than 80 vendors are already registered to provide a variety of crafts, art, clothes, treats, teas, coffee, jewelry, furniture and more. In addition to the vendors, there will be eight food vendors providing tacos, kettle-corn, burgers and vegan options.

As you browse the vendors and indulge in delicious food, be sure to stop by and participate in a free photo-booth provided by Lynchburg’s Finest! That’s right, a free photo booth for you to enjoy with props and poses for you and your crew! Be sure to enter your name in our raffle and share photos on social media with #vlhs2016 and tag @lynchburgsfinest for a chance to win prizes!

So how can you enjoy this event?

Tickets will be $3 at the door and children are free!

If you are anxious to get first dibs, this year Vintage Lynchburg is offering an Early Bird Special for just $15! Early Bird tickets will allow you to enter the sale at 8am, two hours before the general public, giving you the opportunity to get a jump on all the greatest gifts!

Do you want an Early Bird ticket but you're trying to save for the sale? Lynchburg's Finest is giving away 2 free Early Bird tickets! You can enter to win by going to our Facebook page (Lynchburg's Finest Team) and liking our "Win 2 Free Tickets" graphic! Don't wait, the winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Vintage Lynchburg is a can’t miss for Lynchburg’s locals. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

For more information on fun things to do in Lynchburg, check out the Lynchburg’s Finest blog!

~ Anna Cribb

Trick or Treat!

October 31st is just two weeks away, and aside from ghosts and goblins, there is only one thing children think about that day, and that’s candy! As the crisp day winds down, you scramble to put the finishing touches on costumes, make sure the candy is ready for dispersing and finally, choose the perfect trick or treating route. Though we cannot help with costumes, Lynchburg’s Finest has the perfect solution for your family to find the best treats without the tricks!

Beginning at 4:30 on Halloween evening, the Wyndhurst area transforms to provide a safe and family friendly trick or treating adventure. Families are welcome to make their rounds until 7:30pm, collecting candy for the kids, memories, and a “good ole days” feeling for parents.  

Halloween is the best day of the year for little ones, and anyone with a sweet tooth! While enjoying your evening in Wyndhurst, make sure to stop by Lynchburg’s Finest at 113 Goldenrod Place for candy, snacks and cash prizes! Don’t forget to dress up! We hope to see you there, if you dare!

26th Annual Virginia Garlic & Wine Festival!

The air is crisp, leaves are crunching under foot, pumpkin spice tickles the senses and sweaters and boots abound, this can only mean one thing…it is finally October! Not only is autumn fully underway, but it’s time for the 26th Annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival!

Located just 25 miles north of Lynchburg, the Wine & Garlic Festival is one of the area’s most culturally rich experiences. What can you expect to find at Wine and Garlic Festival? Simply put, all of your favorite things! You will encounter more than 150 craft and art vendors, specialty foods from Central Virginia, four stages providing live music and entertainment throughout the festival, and of course, guest wineries from your favorite vineyards.  

                     Photo provided by thewokoflife.com

                     Photo provided by thewokoflife.com

More than 10 vendors will be providing specialty recipes, highlighting, you guessed it! Garlic!  These hand-selected creations have been intentionally chosen to pair with the wine selections to be featured. The array of delicious morsels includes pizza, Greek dishes, flame grilled delicacies, succulent crab and everyone’s favorite treat, popcorn!

You will also find 10 wineries, each one featuring tastings of their choice selections for the event. More information on tickets to participate in the wine tastings can be found at the conclusion of this post.

                             Photo provided by the washingtonpost.com

                             Photo provided by the washingtonpost.com

Throughout the weekend, a variety of bands featuring folk, jazz, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, pop and country will provide music you are sure to love! You will also be able to see a comedy and magic show, plus solo artists! A complete list of performances can be found on the official website found here.

In addition to entertainment for everyone, you will find 19 vendors providing jewelry, pottery, woodwork, handmade crafts, coffee, pillows, soaps and more!

The festival will begin on Saturday, October 8th and continue on Sunday, October 9th. You can experience the fun from 10am until 5pm on both days.

You will find these tasty dishes, delectable wines, priceless crafts and lifelong memories at Rebec Vineyards, 2229 N Amherst Hwy, Amherst, Virginia.

                 Photo provided by wtkr.com

                 Photo provided by wtkr.com

General Admission: $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

Wine Tasting: $25 in advance and $30 at the gate.

Weekend Pass with Tasting: $35 in advance and $40 at the gate.

Tickets are available through this link.

 

With so much to taste and experience, we hope you will plan to attend this year’s Wine and Garlic Festival! As they say “Eat. Drink. And Stink.” We hope to see you there!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

~ Anna Cribb

 

For more information of fun things to do in the Lynchburg area, keep an eye on Lynchburg’s Finest blog.