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November
23

Warm up with Hot Chocolate at These Richmond Cafes

Richmond Cafes

The weather around Richmond is cooling down, and our real estate agents are ready to cozy up for the winter. One of the best ways to embrace and enjoy the seasonal shift from falling leaves to snow flurries is to grab a hot cup of cocoa when you're out and about. Next time you're spending the afternoon running errands, order up a warm cup of hot chocolate at these RVA cafes.

  1. Stir Crazy Café — 4015 MacArthur Ave., Richmond, VA 23227
    Let's face it, we're all a little stir crazy these days. Thankfully, Stir Crazy Café provides the perfect excuse to get out of the house to trip to the North Side. While we'd normally order up one of their Snowing In Space Nitro coffees or their custom espresso bled featuring three different Latin American beans, the last days of fall calls for a creamy cup of chocolate blended with steamed milk.


  2. Gearharts Fine Chocolates — 306 B Libble Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    When you think artisan chocolate, Belgian or Swiss varieties usually come to mind. Gearharts Fine Chocolates has spent the last two decades working to make his chocolate shop in Virginia one of the world's finest. Their dessert café has freshly baked brownies, cookies, cakes, and other confections, as well as specialty coffees and hot chocolates. We recommend bringing home a bag of their Maya Drinking Chocolate to create the perfect hot chocolate in the comfort of your own home.


  3. Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream — 3600 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
    Crossroads really does put you at a difficult intersection with fantastic flavorful food options. On the one hand, the chilly Richmond weather begs for a cup of their fresh hot chocolate. On the other hand, Crossroads has such decadent ice cream flavors that enjoying a few scoops of their best batches is almost worth the shivering that will follow. Our advice is to grab a scoop and a cup of hot chocolate, alternating between bites to keep your taste buds at the perfect temperature.


  4. Bright Spot Coffee — 6114 Lakeside Ave., Henrico, VA 23228
    Our Henrico homes for sale aren't the only bright spots in town. Bright Spot Coffee in the Lakeside neighborhood invites you to relax and sip on a hot chocolate. If you're on your lunch break and would really like to warm up, you should try their newest menu item: Bright Spot Coffee's award-winning chili.


  5. Les Crepes — 9200 Stony Point Pkwy #152, Richmond, VA 23235
    Les Crepes brings French-inspired cuisine to the RVA using local, fresh ingredients. Whether you prefer a breakfast crepe loaded with eggs, a savory crepe stacked with meat and veggies, or a sweet crepe filled with Nutella, whipped cream, and fruit, Les Crepes has the crepe for you. Add a hot chocolate to your order and take your taste buds on a trip to France without ever leaving the RVA.

Would you love to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate on your own porch or patio? Contact us today to tour our Richmond homes for sale.

November
16

GCSO is so thankful for all of the residents of Goochland County and their constant support! https://www.collegiate-va.org/news-detail?pk=1241949Posted by Goochland County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, November 14, 2020
November
9

National Homemade Bread Day: Bakeries for Delicious Homemade Bread in Richmond

Bread in Richmond

Raise your hand if you've spent the last few months making homemade bread. If you're in the same boat as our real estate agents, then you can agree that it's time to leave it to the professionals. Thankfully, National Homemade Bread Day is right around the corner and we encourage you to visit one of these local RVA bakeries for a loaf of homemade bread on Tuesday, November 17th.

  1. Idle Hands Bread Company – 407 Strawberry St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Baking delicious bread is no easy task; baking the best sourdough in the RVA is even harder! Idle Hands Bread Company specializes in only baking sourdough bread and pastries. Located in the Fan, Idle Hands Bread Company is a perfect place for bread lovers who are also vegan and gluten-free to enjoy a tasty loaf that meets a variety of dietary restrictions.


  2. Antbear Bakery – 1 S. Allen, Richmond, VA 23220
    Chances are high that if you've dined at a few local eateries around the RVA, you've already sampled the fine baking skills from Antbear Bakery. Although their bakery is a single location, you'll find them all around the RVA. From providing their wholesale breads to local restaurants to use across their menu to offering free loaves for those who donate to organizations that better the community, Antbear Bakery breaks bread with the RVA in more ways than one.


  3. Sub Rosa – 620 N. 25th St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Sub Rosa Wood Fired Bakery may have had to suspend their eat-in service, but you can still order your favorite bread for pickup through their website. Check out their updated bread baking schedule to know when their Sub Rosa Classic, Miller's Wheat, Ryes, Polenta, and Pide Flatbreads are ready to grab hot and fresh from the oven.


  4. Montana Gold Bread Co. – 3543 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    For more than 25 years, Montana Gold Bread Company has started each day by milling their own wheat, kneading their own bread, and making all of their products from scratch. Their selection of over a dozen daily breads includes pumpkin bread, banana bread, Blue Ridge Mountain herb bread, Montana 9-grain bread, and honey whole wheat bread. Stop by and pick up a loaf or celebrate National Homemade Bread Day by baking up one of the recipes listed on their website.


  5. Great Harvest Bread Co. – 13541 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    If you're moving into one of our Midlothian homes for sale, you'll surely be stopping at the Great Harvest Bread Company. Their phenomenal bread-making process uses pure, simple ingredients to produce every item from scratch. Great Harvest doesn't rush the process, instead of making bread the way it ought to be baked using traditional methods that have stood the test of time. Trust us, you'll immediately taste the difference that Great Harvest Bread Co. brings to the table!

Are you searching for a house with a kitchen that you can fill with the smells of freshly baked bread? We can help. Contact us today to schedule private tours of our coziest Richmond homes for sale.

November
2

Get Ready to Buy Your First Home With This Checklist

First Home Checklist

Are you ready to buy your first home? Congratulations! This is a major milestone and an awesome accomplishment that you should be proud of. Our real estate agents understand how important this decision is, and we're here to help anyone who feels ready to enter into homeownership. Get ready to buy your first home by using this helpful checklist.

  1. Check Your Credit Score
    First, we recommend all first-time buyers check their credit score, resolve any issues, and increase their score if possible. A few simple tricks can increase your credit score in a matter of months, which may help you secure a better mortgage rate.


  2. Determine Your Budget
    Before you determine how much home you can afford, you should look at how much your rent and bills cost now. This will give you a baseline of what you can afford, which you can then use to determine how much farther your budget can stretch.


  3. Know Your Finances
    As you look at your expenses, you should also determine how you can save for a down payment. See where you can not only cut expenses but find additional ways to proactively save each month to hit your down payment goal.


  4. Learn About Real Estate Transactions
    Educating yourself about real estate transactions is never a bad idea. Learning the lingo, uncovering the "hidden" costs of buying a home (such as closing costs and moving expenses), and understanding how a transaction proceeds from start to finish will better prepare you for your own experience.


  5. See if You Qualify for Assistance
    Many first-time homebuyers qualify for federal, state, or local programs that either provide financial assistance or enable you to secure a lower mortgage rate. You should also look into other assistance programs available to see if you qualify for assistance.


  6. Get Pre-Approved
    Getting pre-approved for a mortgage loan is extremely beneficial. Not only will you discover how much you qualify for before you put in an offer, but you'll also look better in the eyes of the seller when you place an offer that already has pre-approval from a mortgage lender.


  7. Make a Wish List
    Before you begin your house hunt, create a list of what home features you need, want, and can live without. This will help you view each home objectively and not become distracted.


  8. Find a Real Estate Agent
    A knowledgeable, experienced, and honest real estate agent will be your best resource throughout the homebuying process. 


  9. Tour Homes
    It's time for you to begin your home search. Once you've narrowed the inventory down to your favorite homes, schedule private showings with your agent. Be sure to revisit your favorites multiple times at different hours of the day and night so you can truly get a feel for what the property and neighborhood are like throughout the day.


  10. Trust Your Instincts
    Ultimately, you need to trust your gut when buying a home. This is one of the largest purchases you'll ever make, and you must be completely confident and comfortable with your decision. Trust your instincts, and you'll achieve your homeownership goals.

Would you like to schedule tours of our latest Richmond homes for sale? Let us help you. Contact us today to tour the best homes in the RVA.  

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