The Fredericksburg area’s real estate market remains strong this February with year-over-year increases in total sold dollar volume, median price, and units sold as well as a decrease in average days on market. Inventory is still quite low but that’s good news for sellers, as properties spend fewer days on market and get higher sales prices! Homes priced appropriately are selling much faster than normal due to the scarcity of available properties.
The average sales price in the City of Fredericksburg was $307,797 in March, down 7.1% from this time last year. This makes it a great time to buy, but you may have trouble finding one–homes are spending an average of 86 days on market with only 16 homes sold in March. With so few homes coming on the market, you’ll need to act fast to get your offer accepted.
The average sales price in Stafford County was $343,938 in March, up 11.3% from this time last year. Homes are spending an average of 74 days on market with 85 homes sold in March. It’s a great time to sell in Stafford County so reach out to any of our agents for a free home evaluation!
It’s an awesome time to sell in Spotsylvania County! Average home prices are up 11.2%, with an average sales price of $280,675! While homes are spending 105 days on the market on average, 34 homes were sold in March alone.
The commercial real estate market is also posting positive numbers. Vice President of our Commercial Division, Ben Keddie, comments, “The commercial market has been very active of late. The progress of deals through the sales cycle is still relatively slow but activity and productivity is very high with all signs pointing towards 2018 being a very busy and productive year.”
As many of you may know, our CEO, Kevin Breen, is Irish so we love celebrating all things Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day! It’s almost here so pick out your best all-green outfits, grab some friends and make your weekend plans! Here are our picks for the best St. Patty’s Day events in the Fredericksburg region this weekend:
Bring your friends and family to Riverfront Park in beautiful downtown Fredericksburg for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival on Mar 17, 2018. The event includes music from three exciting bands, food trucks, local vendors, and of course, craft beer from local breweries.
The live music lineup features the Jack Dunlap Band playing traditional Irish music and local favorites Feathered Fish and Cabin Creek.
Participating breweries include Spencer Devon Brewing, Adventure Brewing, and 6 Bears and a Goat, Strangeways Brewing, Ono Brewing Company, Caboose Brewing, James River Brewing, and Right Proper Brewing.
The food truck lineup includes Jaun More Taco, Kool Zone Grille and UFO.
Field games like cornhole, disc golf and can jam will be set up throughout Riverfront Park.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Nondrinkers are free. Tickets include a free festival tasting glass, five six-ounce tasting tickets and an unbelievable concert lineup. Additional beer tickets will be available.
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12pm-A. Smith Bowman Distillery
The 16th Annual Jeff Fitzpatrick St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts off at NOON, includes fire trucks, classic cars, high school marching band, community organizations, Irish dancers, horses, military equipment and local pageant winners. The parade starts at Joseph Mills Dr and Main St in the Bowman’s Industrial Park. The parade ends at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, where we will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Festival including local vendors, live music and entertainment, family-friendly activities, food from local food trucks, and of course, plenty of beer. We will be collecting food for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank
Participating Food Trucks: Beverley’s Ribinator BBQ, 716 Slice, The UFO Truck, Outback Steak House
Music by: Whiskey Revival, Fat Stanley
Participating Vendors: Amy-Lou’s, Auntie Alice’s Kettle Corn, A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Daddy G’s Craft Salsas, Devilish Delights Desserts and Ice Cream, Greyt Hearts Service Dogs, The Lipchic Cafe, Strength & Honor Motorcycle Club, Stubborn Mule Rustic Designs, Twin Peaks Workshop, All About the Beverage, Rivah Southern, Tarica’s Adventures, Independent Damsel Pro Director, Hilary Pullen
Thank you to our Community Partners: Fredericksburg Brew Fest
Ample parking. This event is at the Spotsylvania County Business Park, a mile from downtown Fredericksburg.
If you are interested in marching in the parade or being a vendor please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get ready to get sweaty with Fredericksburg’s homegrown street brass band! The Colonial Tavern is doing it up right for St. Patrick’s Day with music starting and noon and going deep into the night. Elby Brass hits the stage at 9 PM, be sure to be there with your dancing shoes on. $5 cover, 21+ only.
12pm-6 Bears & A Goat Brewery
St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching! We’ll be celebrating the best way we know how…. with great craft beer, music, and food!
*We’ll be releasing our Irish Red: 5.6% ABV/23 IBU. An easy-drinking pint. Malt-focused with an initial sweetness and a roasted dryness in the finish. The perfect way to celebrate.
*Live music from two of our favorites: Marc Allred Music will be kicking things off from 4:30 – 6:30pm. Next, Karen Jonas Music plays from 7:30 – 10:00pm
*Our Pitmaster will also be serving up some amazingly tasty Corned Beef Sandwiches in addition to our regular menu. Nuff said!
Hogshead Cigar Lounge will also be here selling cigars with a lounge set up outside!
The First 100 people in the door get the chance to purchase a special edition St. Patrick’s Day themed pint glass!
See you at the party!
9am-Adventure Brewing South
Raise money for an awesome cause without even breaking a sweat at Adventure Brewing’s 0.5K Couch Potato Run. That’s right– unlike most races, there’s a ZERO and a DECIMAL before the “5”. So whether you’re a seasoned runner or a true couch spud, all are invited to run, walk, skip, jump, blade, or cartwheel down Main Street in your most festive St. Patrick’s Day duds.
$20 entry fee includes a post-race “Kegs and Eggs” breakfast buffet, a free pint glass, (1) complimentary fill of beer, and a generous donation to local volunteer fire and rescue squads.
$15 entry fee (under 21) includes the race and the “Kegs and Eggs” buffet only, with a generous portion of that fee also going to local fire and rescue.
Ages 5 and under are free
Superhero costumes, technicolor tutus, painted faces, pimped out wagons and strollers, and green on your EVERYTHING is highly encouraged! Prizes will be awarded for fastest time, best individual costume, and best group theme.
Get your tickets here: https://squareup.com/store/adventure-brewing-company
We will be giving out prizes!!! 1st place- $25 GC, Best Costume- $25 GC, Best Group- $50 GC
6:30pm-Hard Times Four Mile Fork
It’s the famous St. Patricks Day party at Hardtimes with the Worx. So come early, dress up in green and have some green drinks to go with the outfit. Party starts at 6:30 with the Jerry Wimmer Trio until 9 and 9:30 until 1:30 am with the Worx on the big stage.
7pm-Dockside Restaurant and Tiki Bar
Come get your St. Patrick’s Day Party On??
Starting with DJ Hatch at 7pm! “KLEPTORADIO” takes the stage at 8pm!
☘ST. PATRICK’S WEEKEND☘
MENU TAKEOVER Irish Specials including Bangers n’ Mash, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Scotch Eggs and more all weekend long!! Don’t forget to wear green?
Central Rappahannock Regional Library: Salem Church Branch
What the Health is a groundbreaking film that exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. The film is a surprising investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it. Bring a friend! All are welcome!
Fairfax Area Restaurants
Take a bite out of Fairfax City! Get to know our diverse, independent and evolving culinary scene. Dine out at participating Fairfax City restaurants March 4 through 10, 2018 for special value 3 course meals and dine-in specials.
The Crafty Cottage
We’ll be making 3 kinds of soap: Spring (Lavender, Spearmint & Orange), Clary Sage, and Rosemary Lemon! All three of these are beautiful for springtime. The Spring soap is a very moisturizing favorite of ours. Clary Sage is one of my personal favorites because I adore Clary Sage which is just so soothing! And Rosemary Lemon is refreshing, cleansing, and aromatic! These are hot process soaps and there will be 3 crock pots brewing at once. This is a demonstration of how to melt, mix, cook, color, flavor, and mold the soap. It will then need to sit molded at least overnight. The soap will need to be picked up the next day, or the next weekend, after sitting in the molds and being sliced. The cost of this class is $30, and you will get the recipes and 1 bar from each batch. This class may be paid for ahead of time via PayPal (email@example.com) or at the beginning of class.
Adventure Brewing Company (North)
Bend and Brews with Adventure Brewing!
Join Natalie Selent (200hr RYT) and Downward Dogwood at Adventure Brewing for a 1 hour yoga class, followed by Adventure Brewing Beer! (1 beer included in admission price).
Escape the cold and come sweat, stretch and sip some beers with friends inside a nice warm brewery.
Savasana and then a Stonewall Stout?
Backbend and then a Backpack Wheat?
This class will be suitable for all levels and we welcome any and all first timers!
We are back again this year with our friends from Modified DMV and are ready for a bigger and better year than last season. Come out on our true never prepped track for some true street 1/8 mile action. Bring your friends, bring your family, call out your rivals!! See who has the quickest car in a true street scenario where your tire and driving ability actually come into play!!! Don’t worry about you guys and gals that don’t like dig racing we also do low roll races too. Don’t be scared come out and enjoy some racing along with great food at 118 bar and grill located on the 2nd floor!!! $20 to race all day!!! $5 to spectate!!
9am: 11th Annual Polar Bear Plunge
City Dock Park
Are you ready to brave the frigid temperatures of the Rappahannock River?? Register NOW for the annual Polar Bear Plunge benefiting the EOD Warrior Foundation. Check in opens at 9:00 AM and the plunge begins at 11:00 AM.
Early Registration (until 2/15): $25
Registration after 2/15: $35
Early registrants are guaranteed an event shirt.
Follow the link below to register today!
10:30am: Yoga and Beer
Join us for an invigorating, hourlong flow, accessible to all levels of yogis. After class, you’ll enjoy a tasty pour of your favorite Strangeways craft beer and great company. Ticket includes yoga and one beer. Namaste & Cheers! Register at www.eatyogadrink.com!
Yoga taught by Erin Sonn, RYT, owner of eat.YOGA.drink., LLC.
3pm: 4th Annual Indoor Beach Party
Tim’s at Lake Anna
Wear your best Hawaiian shirt👕 and flip flops👡 to the indoor beach party🏝 ! Take a picture with the Tim’s mermaid 🏖, enjoy some great food 🍗and drink🍹 specials, dance in the limbo contest, win a prize for your beachy attire🏄♂️ and listen to 🎵 Island Gerry 🎶 from 7 til 1030 !
7am: Lucky Road Historic Half Training Team
Lucky Road Run Shop
Join the Lucky Road Run Shop 2018 Historic Half Marathon Training Team, HHTT. A 12 week program to get you ready complete the MCM Historic Half with ease. Here’s what you’ll get:
* Group Runs Sunday morning starting and finishing at the Lucky Road Run Shop.
* Run along the Historic Half course as much as possible.
* Aide station for our long runs.
* HHTT technical shirt.
* Special Clinics with our local experts and Hoka One One.
* The best group of coaches… that money can’t buy. 🙂
All this, and a bag of chips, for only $60. There’s no better deal in town 😉
Registration will be available soon at the Lucky Road Run Shop.
5-8pm: Bridal Show Under the Stars
Inn at the Old Silk Mill
Save the date for The Silk Mill’s Bridal Show Under the Stars! Runway show, music, food, raffle prizes, meet with local wedding vendors, check out some of our bed and breakfast rooms and view the Silk Mill and Chapel in it’s elegant evening atmosphere! Couples and vendors, register on our website www.innattheoldesilkmill.com. Click on Bridal Show Under the Stars. Can’t wait to see you there!
Everyone knows that first impressions are important but when it comes to selling your home, it makes even more of a difference! We’ll go into our top 3 tips for making your home look like a million bucks (without spending a ton!).
It might be cliche but it’s true—buyers will appreciate (and pay more for) a clean and tidy house! For everyday showings, all surfaces and floors should be clean and any clutter picked up and put away. A subtle air freshener placed near the entryway can help set the mood. You may want to re-arrange the furniture in your home so that it’s easier for people to navigate during showings—this will probably be different from how you normally use your furniture but it’ll make a subconscious difference for the buyers!
When you’re getting your listing pictures done, you’ll want to go the extra mile. This may not be sustainable for everyday life but it’ll make a huge difference when people are searching for homes online. Completely clear off the counters—yes, completely. That means hide your toaster/decorative salt shaker collection/anything else you keep regularly on your counters in cabinets. A big clean empty countertop makes the kitchen or bathroom look bigger. The same goes for all types of visual clutter in the house—anything that can be hidden away in closets or cabinets, should be, at least for the pictures.
Shrubs, Flowers and Trees, Oh My
After you finish reading this paragraph, go outside and take a look at your house. Is the lawn mowed? Are the flowers and bushes blooming or struggling? Is there fresh mulch and does the yard look generally well-kept? If you’re lacking a green thumb, this might be a good time to hire outside help. The yard should look healthy and manicured and complement the home’s features.
Nobody has to know that you don’t normally host extravagant soirees and you’re more likely to heat up a TV dinner than whip up gourmet fare. When you’re selling your home, buyers need your help to see its potential, not just what it’s being used for currently. Fresh flowers in the foyer, luxe throws across the sofa and beautiful place settings at the table allow buyers to imagine what their life could be like in this particular home. If you’ve already moved everything out of the home, it may be worth setting up some decor in the entryway or on the mantle—just to accent the home’s features.