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BRFP Real Estate Blog

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Real talk, real info, real estate blog. Lots of information here for buyers & sellers. Also find: market stats, homeownership, renovation, our real estate crush of the week, local info, rants and more.

What to Expect (when you’re expecting real estate) in 2022!

BRFP Jan 2022 Magazine | What to Expect 2022 Meet local plumber Joe Battista | What to Expect in 2022 | Veteran Homeownership | Crack […]

Holiday Tribute to My Dad

Hi! Me again. Hope you are enjoying the season! My Holiday wish for you right out of the gate is that you are doing a […]

BRFP Winter Magazine | Holiday Happenings | Meet Your Neighbors

BRFP Magazine – Holiday Happenings! Our December magazine features local luthier Tom Rodriguez, and is full of holiday fun, shopping, recipes and DIYs. Oh and […]

Chili Today, Hot Tamale…

vegetarian chili forks over knives chili PREP-TIME: 15 MINUTES / READY IN: 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you! This […]

BRFP Fall Magazine | Fall Fun | Unsexy but Necessary

BRFP Magazine – Fall Fun Inside! Pumpkin patches, Halloween haunts & more! Unsexy, but super necessary, info from Shannon. What the heck is an EMD? […]

Photo Tips | Millpond Photography

guest post by Samantha & Jonathan Shover of Millpond Photography Photos tips from Millpond Photography Photo tips for weddings and more: We always tell Dads, […]

BRFP June Magazine – Millpond Photography Photo Tips

BRFP Magazine – Millpond Photography Photo Tips We have some amazing special features this month from Millpond Photography & Cole Troxell – also, get the […]

FAQs – Why Do I Need a Buyers’ Agent?

Why do I need a buyer’s agent? Good question! When you engage a REALTOR® as your standard agent, you have a professional advocate working on […]

Buying Tips in a Sellers’ Market

10 Tips for Success I am offering 10 tips for buyers to best position themselves in a fast market with a lot of competition. So […]

FAQs Friday – Appraisals

What happens if the house I’m buying appraises under the offer price? you have several options: look for errors in the appraisal The market moves […]

Renovations & Repurposing

sometimes it’s easy being green hello all & happy spring! It is a refreshing and invigorating time of year! Flowers are blooming and it’s awesome […]

BRFP May Magazine – Green Issue

BRFP Magazine – Green Issue Green Issue: Renovations & Repurposing, Make Your Home Sustainable, Edible Landscaping, Green Crafts, Sellers are Coming Back, and more! Having […]

Where to Go if You Sell

What’s your number, baby? Ahem, what I mean is – what is the monetary number that would make you sell your home right now? In […]

BRFP Magazine – What’s Your Number?

BRFP Magazine – What’s Your Number? What’s Your Number (to Sell Your Home)?; Spring Maintenance; Weekend Getaway; Millennials: Is it Time for a Bigger Home?; […]

Spring Market is Coming! Or is it?

What does this all mean this year? Hello all, and thanks for hanging in there with us. 2020 was a heck of a year and […]

BRFP Magazine – Buying in a Seller’s Market

BRFP Magazine – Buying in a Seller’s Market 10 GREAT TIPS for buying in a seller’s market; Home Inspections; Staunton Local Love – fantastic places […]

BRFP Magazine – Spring Housing Market

Check out the Inaugural Issue of the BRFP Magazine – Spring Housing Market A new outlook on the Virginia Real Estate market and local interests […]

11 Easy-Up, Easy-Down Decor Hacks for Stress-Free Holidays

Give or take a Scrooge or two, everybody loves the holidays: Decorating the tree, hanging lights, hanging holly … all those things! But you know […]

Crush of the Week – Frank Lloyd “Right”

cotw - frank lloyd "right" We are calling our real estate crush this week Frank Lloyd "Right". Love him or hate him, Frank Lloyd Wright [...]

Crush of the Week – Church

cotw - church! Our real estate crush this week will have you saying church!  This all brick, 1800's Italianate RW Burke house, is a perfect [...]

Crush of the Week – Fairytale of Cville

cotw - fairytale of cville Our real estate crush this week is the magical, one of a kind, fairytale of cville. The cedar sided, fairytale [...]

Crush of the Week – The Point on Smith Mountain Lake

cotw - the point Our real estate crush this week is the incredible retreat, The Point. The property is situated on the 21-acre peninsula (The [...]

Crush of the Week – Fairway to Heaven

cotw - fairway to heaven Our real estate crush this week is on the fairway to heaven! Literally. The almost three acres this gorgeous home [...]

Crush of the Week – Top of the World

cotw - top of the world Our real estate crush this week will have you on top of the world, looking out at creation - [...]

Crush of the Week – Modern Antique

cotw - modern antique Our real estate crush this week is a modern antique. Oxymoron? Not when you see this gorgeous, historic, former Civil War [...]

Crush of the Week – Teeny Weenie

cotw - teeny weenie You could be living in an itsy bitsy, teeny weenie, yellow, purple house... ahhhh...what rhymes with bikini? Regardless, this tiny house [...]

Crush of the Week – Around, Around, Round Top

cotw - around, around, round top Our real estate crush this week, Round Top, will have you turning round and round to see the panoramic [...]

Crush of the Week – Welcome to the Octagon

cotw - welcome to the octagon! Our real estate crush this week is the octagon. This unique piece of architecture is built with a craftsman [...]

Crush of the Week – Modern Rustic

cotw - modern rustic This week we are also crushing on this ranch in Grottoes. It exudes rustic charm with all the modern amenities and [...]

Crush of the Week – Mountain Mama Mia!

cotw - mountain mama mia! Our real estate crush this week will have you saying mountain mama mia! Ok, maybe not, but mama mia! These [...]

Crush of the week | Victorian Secret

cotw - victorian secret Our real estate cotw is a victorian secret - a hidden retreat on 14 acres, just a stone's throw from Charlottesville. [...]

Crush – Take Me to Church St

cotw - take me to church st This week we are crushing hard on this historic, renovated Church St beauty. Italianate design with the original [...]

Crush of the Week – Modern Coolness

cotw - modern coolness Our crush this week is the retro | modern coolness of Charlottesville's iconic "I" house, that was featured on the cover [...]

Crush of the Week – Luxury in Lyndhurst

our real estate crush this week is pure luxury in Lyndhurst!  It is a newly renovated Mid Century Modern with spectacular mountain views! luxury in [...]

cotw – bathroom goals!

Our real estate Crush this week is some serious bathroom goals! This gorgeous, secluded contemporary is a luxury oasis just 15 minutes C'ville! The house [...]

Culture, Values, Equality, & Us

We strive to help people create wealth through homeownership, and we especially commit to assisting marginalized people, previously shut out of the process, how to use this tool as a means to financial freedom. We want to level the playing field with our privilege. This is on our collective and individual radar, all of us.

Need a Mood Boost?

treat y’ self Staunton’s local businesses have all the things to make quarantine comfortable – don’t forget about you! treat y’self! firkin pie Nothing says […]

Crush of the Week – Colorful Cottage

In LOVE with this bright 1950’s Cottage in the desirable College Park area! It has been beautifully renovated – keeping the charm while adding modern touches. Who wants to see this with us?!

Crush of the Week – Kitchen Envy

This 1950’s Rambler is gorgeously renovated, with tons of light and… OMG we have such kitchen envy!!! Let’s go see this charmer before it gets snatched up!

Crush of the Week – Afton Estate

Real Estate Crush of the Week – Afton Estate. Owner/Architect Designed with over 38 acres of field and forest and a gorgeous view from 3 decks.

Crush of the Week – Custom Built Colonial

Hiilside Pl in Staunton, VA – Custom built Colonial! This stately, renovated 1930’s brick colonial is secluded yet close to everything. So many updates you need and the historical charm you’ll love! This house feel like living in your own manor, and you deserve that.

Crush of the Week – Historic Views

those views, tho! crush of the week Our Crush of the Week is this gorgeously renovated & modernized 1898 home in the Newtown Historic District […]

Crush of the Week – Tree Streets Alert!

Our Crush of the Week (tree streets alert!) is this beautifully restored, circa 1910, Historic Home. It has been designed with both American Foursquare and […]

Buying and Selling Real Estate During a Global Pandemic

Never thought I would write that sentence, but here we are. life in the age of covid-19 Unprecedented times, life, and real estate. Fear, preparation, […]

COVID-19 – Update from the Real Estate Front Lines

Covid-19 and Real Estate Procedures Well hello! Happy Earth Day Week, and thanks for tuning back in. We are still here, and we are hoping […]

Thoughts from the Island

and research, research, research! Hey hey, and greetings from my beachy birthday vacation! It seems I am not great at blogging consistently, and though I […]

Top 3 Real Estate Market Myths

there are many conflicting headlines when it comes to describing today’s real estate market. Some are making comparisons to the market we experienced 10 years […]

Make an Impact with Doors

what are tall and flat, often have a surface area of around 800 square feet, and are mostly ignored when designing a house? Your doors. […]

Vacation Time. Au Revoir Mes Amis!

Here we are, in full swing of the Spring Market. Most full-time real estate folks that I know have had at least one round of […]


what do we do with our stuff?! Stuff! It’s an age-old conversation. It’s a relationship, really. How are we with stuff? We get stuff, we […]

Found Your Dream House? Let’s Get It!

how to write a strong offer | a mini class  Hooray! You have found the house that you want! After looking non-stop on the internet and […]

Thinking of Selling?

it’s that time – spring market! Used to be that there was a bit of a break over the winter, maybe until late February or […]

A Look Back! 29 S Coalter St in Historic Gospel Hill

Queen City Concepts acquired 29 S Coalter Street in March 2015, and restoring the home took a bit over a year from start to finish. […]

The Year in Review, Amazingness!

2017 in review Well, here we are. Another year under our belts. Another opportunity to look back, reflect, take inventory, and learn how to be […]

I’m a Nerd, Because this is One of My Favorite Topics

financing a home! Hello and welcome! Today on the Blue Ridge Fine Properties Show we are going to chat for a sec about financing a […]

Western State Hospital

Even today, nearly 50 years after the ivory columns and terraced gardens of Western State Hospital had long cracked and overgrown, a certain gravity hangs […]

Swannanoa: a Secret Treasure

Hidden among undulating Appalachian peaks stands an intricate marble mansion named Swannanoa. A wooded drive away off of I-64 exit 99, it remains open to […]

Yet Another Virginian President

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum remains one of Staunton’s main attractions.1 president woodrow wilson President Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the […]

The Pipeline: an Open Letter to the Virginia Association of REALTORS® – and You

the pipeline and your property I’m bummed. Really disappointed. Been thinking about this for a while, and I guess it’s just time to put it […]

Equal at Last?

Every morning, school children across the country rise, right hands pressed against hearts, to pledge homage to “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and […]

An Architect’s Paradise

Warm summer weather draws with it dozens of visitors to Staunton’s bustling heart, it’s downtown. From locally-brewed coffee to cuisine for any appetite, wine-tasting to […]

Today, a True Community Pool

The patter of wet feet striking damp pavement and the singing of splashing water will soon greet the ears of many a Gypsy Hill Park […]

United We Stand

diversity, inclusion, and queen city concepts In the wake of current events, we all have the opportunity to state our thoughts and feelings about this […]

Local Profile: the Incredible Susan Weeks

about Susan Weeks Owner: The Bard’s NestProprietor: Bonfire Begonia JewelryFront of the House: The ShackFormerly of Pretty Pretty and Rock, Paper, Scissors a staunton fixture […]

A Look Back! 619 W Frederick St

619 w frederick st in historic newtown, staunton According to “Staunton’s Newtown – Portrait of a Historic District”, by Dr. Katharine Brown, 619 W Frederick […]

31 S. Coalter St, Staunton

– Guest Contribution by Morgan Claborn I have an affinity for old houses, so when Shannon asked me if I wanted to paint the interior […]

Landmark Restoration in Staunton’s Beautiful Downtown

landmark overhaul – not to be missed! Meticulous restoration the Landmark, one of Staunton’s most visible and well-known homes. 10 yrs of vacancy almost brought […]

Let’s Remember the Before! 29 S Coalter St

the landmark gospel hill in staunton 29 S. Coalter Street (the Landmark) has been the biggest project that any of us had worked on, and […]

Time, Money, Contingencies

If you and I have worked together, you know the three basic aspects of any real estate transaction are; Time, Money & Contingencies. I tell […]

Interested in Queen City Concepts?

like our designs? Well, you can get Queen City Concepts on virtually anything you like here! How about a QCC mug? Or maybe a lovely […]

Representation in Real Estate

who represents you?do you know what you need to know? Are you in a real estate transaction? Do you know who is represents you? Do […]

The Year of Your Financial Freedom

want financial freedom? say goodbye to paying to monitor your credit Following your credit can create financial freedom! After over a decade, I have canceled […]

Hey Staunton! Show Us Your Chickens!

After a tireless battle, Staunton residents got their wish. They worked hard and earned the right to raise backyard chickens in town. On August 28th, […]

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