Valley Fall Running Events

Tis the season for autumnal running events!

What better way to enjoy our beautiful valley than to grab your sneakers and walk or run with your friends and family.

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Our area has a plethora of racing events scheduled so make sure to grab your PSL, calendar, and Fitbit and start scheduling your next race!

Check out these two resources for great local events!

 

Area Events

https://localraces.com/winchester-va

 

Local Running Club

http://svrunners.org/

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If you are considering listing, make sure to reach out and we will be happy to answer all your important questions.  The decision to sell your home is a major one, and our team knows how to help you through the entire process.

We have residential, land, and commercial property for sale.  Our team of experts are ready to help you achieve your real estate goals.

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

Fun End of Summer Activity Ideas

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but there are still so many great things to do in our area with our family and friends.   Living in the Shenandoah Valley is wonderful this time of year!

We are reposting a few of our favorite ideas from Jon Lal, Contributor at BeFrugal.com about how to enjoy the end of this great season in an affordable way!

 

Host a potluck: Summer is the perfect time to connect with friends before the busy school and holiday seasons start when everyone’s schedules are packed. No need to go to a pricey restaurant or throw an expensive party – just host a potluck. Assign your guests a type of dish (such as “appetizer” or “non-alcoholic drink”) and you’ll have everything you need for a delicious meal. Bonus: You won’t need to spend any time in a (hot) kitchen and can enjoy the company.

Walking or steps challenge: Start a challenge amongst your family, friends or coworkers to walk a certain amount of steps every day. This is a great excuse to get outside and explore, whether it’s as a group or on your own. You will need a pedometer or other type of tracker to count your steps, but this is a good investment in your overall health. Larger groups might be able to get discounts or packages on more formal programs.

 

Pitch a tent: If you’re feeling adventurous, pack up for the weekend and head off to the wilderness to sleep under the stars. You don’t have to spend much for a camping weekend, depending on the supplies you already have. Keep in mind the cost of travel, site fees and any food you might bring. If you want to keep your costs even lower, or if you have small children that aren’t quite ready for the great outdoors, pitching a tent in your own backyard can be just as fun with less of the hassle.

 

Get out the paintbrush: Take advantage of the nice weather and carry out a few do-it-yourself projects. Look around the house to see what needs a fresh coat of paint, or give a makeover to your latest flea market find.

 

Water balloon fight: This cheap idea is the perfect way to cool off, and the more that join in the more fun it can be. This could be a great way to get to know your neighbors, as well. Just make sure that everyone picks up the discarded balloons at the end and throws them away. They can be a dangerous choking hazard to small children and pets.

What are your favorite tips!!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Enjoy local produce!

Winchester Virginia is surrounded by many orchards and local farmers markets.   Now is the time to enjoy some fresh peaches!   Do you know what season is the best for local produce?

Check out this link for the recommended Virginia harvesting schedule!

Meanwhile… Check out this great recipe from our friends at Betty Crocker Kitchens to slice up a special treat for your family and friends.   Labor Day Weekend is not too far away!

Late Summer Peach Pie

Ingredients

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 to 5 1/2 cups sliced peeled fresh peaches (5 to 6 medium)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 package (12 oz) frozen deep dish pie crusts

3 Easy Steps

  • 1 Place cookie sheet on oven rack. Heat oven to 400°F.
  • 2 In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir in peaches and lemon juice. Spoon into frozen crust. While second crust is still in pan and frozen, remove crimp with a sharp knife. Remove crust from pan and center frozen crust upside down on top of filled pie. Let thaw 10 minutes; crimp edges together. Cut 2 or 3 slits in top crust. Cover edge of crust with a pie shield or foil strips.
  • 3 Bake on cookie sheet about 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice is thick and bubbly. Cover entire top of pie loosely with foil if the crust is getting too brown. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours.

Do you bake or can fresh summer produce?  Comment below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

 

 

How to Clean Area Rugs

When is the last time you gave your area rugs in your home a good deep cleaning?  As we near the end of summer, now is a great time to give your rugs a little TLC before fall sets in.   Here are a few basic steps to make cleaning your rugs a snap!

Find a cleaning partner if you can, especially if you have large area rugs.  This will help prevent injury and help navigate some of the awkward positions the rug will want to fall into when you are taking it outdoors.

Step One– Shake and Beat the Rug.     Dirt will have embedded itself deeply into the fibers.  Using a sturdy clothesline or porch railing, and vigorously shake the larger dirt particles free from the rug.

Step Two– Spot clean areas based on the type of material the rug is made from.   Most rugs can be spot cleaned with a gentle solution of laundry detergent and water, but you will need to make sure that the rug is colorfast. Review any tag instructions.   Use a commercial grade spot cleaner for tough stains.   Spread the rug out to dry.

Step Three–  Sprinkle Baking soda and let sit for at least thirty minutes.   Then vacuum and check any decorative fringe for knots.    Have your cleaning partner help return the rugs and furniture and then celebrate your success!    Rugs should be deep cleaned twice a year to help expand their life.

 

Do you have any special rug cleaning tips?  We would love to hear them!   Share below!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

 

 

 

Back to School Prep

Is your home ready for back to school?   Here are a few tips to help kick off the new school year right.

1.) Clean out the Fridge and make room for lunch-  Give the fridge a good wipe down and load it up with healthy options for your family to easily pack their lunch.

2.) Designate an area for storage and organization-  Give your hall closet a quick makeover, or look for ways to create more storage.   Making sure that coats, bookbags, and other seasonal items have a proper home will eliminate the mess that is usually dropped by the front door.

3.)Create a homework space-   Load up a simple plastic organizer with extra school supplies, paper, art tools, and writing utensils.  Don’t be afraid to go ahead and grab some poster board and presentation supplies as well.  This will help those last minute shopping trips for “emergency” projects.

What are your favorite ways to spruce up your home for back to school?   Share below!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

5 Ways To Fall In Love With Your Home Again

Taking good care of your home is paramount to how you feel when you are there.   If your home is ill kept, suffering from lack of maintenance, or has troublesome environmental issues the place you love can quickly become a place that you loathe.

Here are a few tips to try and restore happiness in your current residence, AND are also great tips if you are thinking of dipping your toe into our HOT local market.

1.) Declutter-   Not enough space or too much stuff?   Decluttering does not have to be about throwing everything away.   Proper decluttering addresses storage issues, and helps your favorite items stand out for you to enjoy.     Not sure where to get started? Check out Pinterest for loads of articles and inspiration.

2.) Lack of Privacy-  Are your neighbors creating stress?  Try this simple trick.   Invest in some rice paper window coverings to block out prying eyes, yet still, let natural light in.   Purchasing a simple white noise machine can tone down loud neighbors and improve your sleep at night.

3.) Paint-  Research neutral but soothing colors to paint your home.  Dark colors can pull down your mood and can make rooms feel smaller. Choose a light and bright pallet and freshen up your interior spaces.

4.)  Environmental Hazards- If you suffer from allergies, research ways to reduce dust and improve the air quality in your home.  Check basements for mold, and other areas in your homes for leaks.  Making sure your home is mold free can improve your overall health and well being.

5.) Turn your bathroom into a haven-  Fluffy white towels, a few Epsom salts, and a new light fixture can make a world of difference in a dark neglected bathroom.   This room has heavy traffic.   Keep natural cleaning supplies close by for quick spruce-ups.  This room needs special attention on a daily basis to combat dirt, environmental hazards, and water damage.

Do you have any suggestions?    Share them below!   We would love to hear from you!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.