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Richmond Cafes

Summer has hit the RVA and we sure wish The Fan was able to pump out enough air to cool the city. Since we may be stuck under the summer heat for a few months, our real estate agents are taking every opportunity to grab a refreshing iced coffee. If you're looking for a way to beat the heat this season, cool down with a delicious iced coffee at these Richmond cafes.

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Summer Fire Pit

There's no better way to spend a summer evening than gathering around a fire pit with a refreshing beverage, your friends and family, and everything you need to make tasty s'mores. 

A fire pit makes an excellent addition to any property on the list of Richmond homes for sale. If your home is lacking a fire pit, consider creating your own for a custom look. Make your backyard fire pit enjoyable and safe with these tips below.  

  1. Set Your Budget
    Building your own fire pit is a fantastic way to save money. However, depending on the design, the project can cost you anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. Before you get started, decide how much you want to spend on your DIY fire pit. If you're on a tight budget, you can still build a gorgeous firepit. Look around your property and see what items you can repurpose. Old pavers, cement blocks, or retaining wall bricks are perfect materials for building a fire pit. Just a layer of sand to hold the pavers in place. Or, if you have an old koi pond, you no longer use, remove the water and transform it into a fire pit. Just make sure that the rocks in the pond are non-combustible. Should you have a little wiggle room in your budget, there's no limit to the design possibilities for your fire pit. Use concrete and mold to cast an inviting fire pit, or add glass walls to a metal planter for a contemporary look.
  1. Decide on Your Preferred Fuel Source
    Another detail to keep in mind is what kind of fuel you'd prefer to use. If you have your heart set on a wood-burning fire pit, you'll want to check that your fire pit's design provides ample space for the logs and allows enough airflow for the fire to thrive. Gel fuel canisters are another popular fuel source for DIY fire pits. These canisters are available at many home improvement stores and retailers that sell home goods. A benefit of these canisters is that you can use them to customize the appearance of the flame. Just add more canisters for a larger flame. They also work well in smaller fire pits. You can add stones or glass rocks to use with the gel fuel canisters to customize the aesthetics of your fire pit.
  1. Make Sure Your Fire Pit is Safe
    While our real estate agents know the value that a lovely outdoor space can add to a home, it's important that these spaces are safe for your family and your home. Fire pits should be at least 10 feet away from your home or any outside buildings. Make sure the fire pit is in an open area clear of trees, vegetation, or brush. If you plan to house your fire pit on your deck, you'll want to add a fireproof mat underneath the fire pit if you prefer a wood-burning fire pit. This will prevent the flames from damaging your deck or catching it on fire. Or, you can stick with gel fuel canisters that are considered safe for deck usage.

Looking for a new home in Richmond with plenty of outdoor space? Contact us today to start your search!


May & June are going strong in Richmond's Real Estate Market

It's a GREAT time to list your home in Central Virginia because home inventory is low and prices are rising.

The real estate market in our area continues to be extremely active and in the month of May alone, 2,513 homes were listed, and 1,952 homes were successfully sold!The average sales price in our area was $300,826 in May 2020 compared to $288,203 last May – more than a 4% increase!

If you've been putting off listing your home, this could be the perfect opportunity to contact a Napier ERA sales professional, who can give you an accurate assessment of what you can expect in your market.

Contact Napier ERA today to get started!



Fishing Spots in Richmond

National Go Fishing Day is coming right up on June 18, 2020! Our real estate agents are excited for an opportunity to wet a line at some of our favorite Richmond area fishing holes. Be sure to check out some of these incredible local lakes, rivers, and streams for your next fishing trip!

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Break out the sunscreen and dig out the flipflops – summer will be here before we know it! While we all want to hit the beach, relax by the pool, and enjoy hours in the great outdoors, the warm weather also presents an excellent opportunity to tackle a few home improvement projects. Our real estate agents are here to help you create a summer to-do list that includes a handful of projects that will breathe new life into your home. 

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Richmond Bakeries

Richmond homes for sale are in demand, and there are lots of good reasons why.

This safe, close-knit community is a great option for both established professionals and those ready to start a family. Terrific local bakeries are just the icing on the cake ... or the doughnut!

Richmond's dining scene is one of its most attractive features. And friendly, family-owned bakeries are just one more delightful way that Richmond stands out from the rest. 

Whether you're looking for a breakfast pick me up, lunchtime treat, or dessert after eating at one of our world-class restaurants, you'll never run out of options around Richmond. Delectable doughnuts are waiting for you whenever you get a craving.

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