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Platinum Status: Achieved!

Cartus Platinum Broker

We are very proud to announce that Napier ERA has achieved Platinum Status in the Cartus Broker Network for 2019!

Cartus is the industry leader in corporate relocation services. We have been working with the Cartus Broker Network for many years and are proud to have the Platinum status for 11 years in a row. 

Napier ERA Realtors congratulates and thanks the Relocation Team and our agents for their outstanding service to our Cartus clients! 


5 Things to Consider Before Getting New Windows

New Windows for Your Home

If you are thinking of home improvement projects to help increase your home's value and comfort level, replacing your windows is an excellent option. Of course, this project comes with a big investment, so it's important to do your research to ensure you get a good deal and the right windows for your home. There are few things to consider before making that final choice. Our REALTORS® share some tips on what you should take into consideration when deciding on new windows.

  1. The Architecture and Design of Your Home
    Whether you plan on listing your Richmond home for sale or you're staying in your home for many years to come, it's important to make sure your new windows aesthetically pleasing in addition to being functional. If you're thinking of replacing drafty old wood-frame windows in a beautiful Victorian home, you don't want to replace them with white vinyl windows that won't match the architecture. 
  2. Materials Matter
    Speaking of window materials, each has its pros and cons. Vinyl frame windows are the most affordable energy-efficient option but have a thicker frame that expands and contracts and deteriorates over time. While aluminum frames are thin but strong, they're not very energy efficient. Composite frames are durable and very energy efficient but can be costly. Fiberglass frames are also energy efficient, but as expensive as well and tend to deteriorate as they age. Wood frame windows are beautiful and energy-efficient but are also the most expensive and require extra maintenance.
  3. Understanding What Energy-Efficient Means
    There are hundreds of types of double-paned windows that are categorized as energy-efficient, but what does it mean, exactly? Although there's no set formula for determining a window's rating, there are a few factors that are taken into account, including: how the window keeps out heat, how much natural sunlight it lets in, how much air leaks through small openings in the window's construction, and the window's ability to repel condensation. 
  4. Your Home's Exposure to Sunlight and the Elements
    Outdoor light, heat, and weather all affect the temperature of your home. Take a look and see how the sun hits your home at different times of the day. Does the wind blow a certain way most of the time? For example, energy-efficient windows will make the side of your home that faces the west more pleasant in the evening when it's hot outside. If you live in a climate that has extreme hot or cold temperatures, it's probably best to get energy-efficient windows all around. There are even window panes that block UV rays, to keep your carpet, floors, photos, and artwork from fading in rooms that get a lot of light.
  5. Safety
    If you have little ones running around, it's important to think about how to keep them safe when the windows are open. Casement and single-hung windows are easy for children to fall out of. If you have kids, your best bet is to go for double-hung windows so you can open from the top and avoid the hazard of them falling from a second story. Old windows often have faulty locks, so replacing them can help you keep your home safe from intruders.

Want to learn more about improvements that increase the value of your home? Whether you're buying or selling a home, our experienced real estate professionals can help. Contact us to get started.


National Chocolate Cake Day: Best Bakeries in Richmond

Richmond Bakeries

It's almost time for one of the sweetest holidays of the year, and chocolate lovers will rejoice with all of the great options for celebrating National Chocolate Cake Day in the Richmond area. This delightful holiday takes place every year on January 27, and local bakeries will undoubtedly be preparing for the big day with their best chocolate cakes. Our REALTORS® are ready to enjoy a slice for National Chocolate Cake Day, and we've got the details on some of the best bakeries to celebrate this special day around Richmond.

  • Shyndigz – 1831 W Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Richmond homes for sale
    make it easy to visit many of the destinations on our list, including the excellent Shyndigz restaurant, bakery, and market. The team at Shyndigz tempers all of its chocolate in the store, creating a huge array of chocolate treats to enjoy. You can grab a slice of chocolate cake, or pick up a Take & Bake kit to create your own delicious desserts.

  • Wicked Whisk Bakery – 2731 Cassaway Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113
    Searching for a cupcake to satisfy your chocolate craving? Then you'll want to pay a visit to Wicked Whisk Bakery. Known for their cupcakes and full-size chocolate cakes, Wicked Whisk is a custom, made-from-scratch bakery, specializing in house-made cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and other sweet treats. Everything is made to order, so you'll want to call ahead for your desserts.

  • Coco and Hazel – 411 North Ridge Rd., Richmond, VA 23229
    What could be better than a big slice of chocolate cake? A chocolate milkshake topped with your favorite cake! At Coco and Hazel, you can satisfy your sweet tooth in a truly unique way, with a massive milkshake topped with a delicious, house-made slice of cake. In addition to those unique milkshakes, this bakery offers cookies, brownies, ice cream, coffee, espresso, donuts, and a delicious breakfast menu.

  • Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery – 11516 Busy St., North Chesterfield, VA 23236
    Cupcakes plus ice cream equals delicious. That's the philosophy at Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery, where you can celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day with the Richmond area's most diverse selection of fresh cupcakes. Smallcakes is a fast-growing chain with an excellent reputation for creating some of the best cupcakes you'll find near Chesterfield homes for sale

  • Pink Belle Cake House – 13211 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    Looking for a gourmet bakery close to Midlothian homes for sale that features fantastic chocolate cakes, including great vegan and gluten-free options? Pink Belle Cake House has you covered, with flavorful, made-to-order gourmet cakes and cupcakes for every occasion. Stop by the store anytime to find some amazing cupcakes and small cakes available, including the ever-popular gluten-free and vegan cupcake.

  • Katherine's Confections – 11356 Ironbridge Rd., Chester, VA 23831
    It's easy to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day around Chester homes for sale, thanks to great local bakeries like Katherine's Confections. You may already know Katherine's Confections for creating some of the best wedding cakes in the area, but did you know you can also sample a different variety of mini-cakes every week? Mini-cakes are available every week from Thursday through Saturday, with plenty of delicious chocolate varieties.

When you call Richmond home, fantastic food is simply part of the package. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Richmond.


Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: Art Classes in the Richmond Area

Richmond Art Classes

The Richmond art scene doesn't end with going to the museum. Many of our REALTORS® love to get in touch with their creative side with hands-on classes offered all over the area. Many arts organizations have a full range of classes for kids and adults.

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day is coming later this month on Friday, January 31. Let's look at some of the best ways you can have fun and unleash your vision with local art classes:

  1. Visual Arts Center of Richmond – 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Not too far from great Richmond homes for sale, you'll find Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Founded in 1963, it's dedicated to helping adults and kids alike explore their creativity. About 40,000 people every year visit its array of 1,000 visual and creative arts classes. With more than 100 volunteer art instructors, it has taught on everything from clay to wood to fiber.

  2. ArtHaus Visual Arts Studio – 1811 Huguenot Road #303, Midlothian, VA 23113
    ArtHaus Visual Arts Studio is one more terrific reason to select Midlothian homes for sale. It offers art classes for students ranging from pre-school to adult. All skill levels are welcome. Ceramic wheel throwing is an especially popular course for adults and older teens. Younger students love the drawing and painting classes. Sewing and mixed media are available, too.

  3. Studio Two Three – 3300 W Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23230
    A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Studio Two Three is known for its unique studio space, creative events, and mobile print truck. Visitors can enjoy a remarkably wide range of classes: Everything from screen printing to weaving to sketching. Every year, the Winter Print Fair offers the best works of the year along with vintage holiday portraits, tomato soup, and a grilled cheese bar.

  4. Hand Thrown Studio – 123 West Brookland Park Boulevard, Richmond, VA, 23222
    Hand Thrown is a ceramics studio with a focus on fostering community. Members have access to the studio space around the clock, but members of the public can still visit for its many events. Fun and fulfilling classes run the gamut from wheel throwing to hand building. For a fraction of the usual cost, you can "give it a shot!" with a 1-day, 2-hour session to see what ceramics is like.

  5. Timothy Judd, Violinist – 2925 Sara Jean Terrace, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    For adults exploring the world of music for the first time, personalized instruction from an expert is the way to go. Timothy Judd, Violinist, can be your guide to the world of performance if you choose Glen Allen homes for sale. A member of the Richmond Symphony with decades of professional playing experience, Mr. Judd shares his passion on Skype or face to face.

  6. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen – 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    All ages will all find something great at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The Center offers more than 40 adult classes in 15 different artistic disciplines. Anyone can enjoy hands-on, creative experiences with everything from jewelry to fiber arts to watercolor. Unlike many other organizations of its kind, it even includes the culinary arts.

Feeling inspired? Let us help you find a Virginia home that will make your heart glad. Contact us today to learn more.


5 Crossfit Gyms in Richmond for Your 2020 Fitness Goals

Richmond Crossfit Gyms

If you're like most Americans, your New Year's resolution will include some fitness or weight loss goal. CrossFit is a popular workout option that is sweeping the nation. If you're looking to reach your goals fast, this is a great way to do it!

Our REALTORS® scoped out some of the best local CrossFit gyms and created this shortlist to help you get started. Lace-up your sneakers and get ready to make 2020 your best year ever! 

  1. DBG CrossFit: 3821 Gaskins Rd. Henrico, VA 23233
    If you're looking for intense, no-nonsense training, DBG Crossfit may be the perfect gym for you. The owner is a former Naval Special Warfare boat operator who knows the value of a "can-do" attitude. Participants are expected to bring this attitude with them to the gym and commit to giving 110% effort during each session.

    In addition to CrossFit, this gym also offers personal training, "DBG Fit" classes, and DuraMater therapy for rapid recovery. Next time you're in the area looking at Henrico homes for sale, stop by and check it out. You can even get your first class free
  2. James River CrossFit: 10910 Southlake Ct, Ste. C Richmond, VA 23236
    If you've been scoping out Midlothian homes for sale, you'll want to check out James River CrossFit. This gym has a large staff of experienced trainers to help you with your fitness journey. They also have a wide variety of class times during the week and open gym on Sundays, so you can easily fit your workouts into your busy day. Want to learn more? Schedule a free class today! 
  3. CrossFit Prelude: 3306 East Marshall St. Richmond, Virginia 23223
    Next time you're in the area looking at Richmond homes for sale, make an appointment to meet with a trainer at CrossFit Prelude for an introductory assessment and goal setting session.
    This gym has everything you need to get into the best shape of your life. They offer a wide array of programs, including group CrossFit classes, endurance, and running programs, personal training, and nutritional counseling. 
  4. CrossFit NewFound: 3930 Castle Rock Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Are you ready for new friendships, support, and training that will make you stronger than you've ever been before? Then you'll want to check out CrossFit NewFound. This 4,000 square-foot facility features top-of-the-line equipment, two full showers, and a fully stocked kitchen. The training at CrossFit NewFound is super effective, and it's also fun
  5. Shockoe Bottom CrossFit: 121 N. 18th St. Richmond, VA 23223
    Shockoe Bottom Crossfit offers both CrossFit and personal training. This 5,000 square-foot facility is conveniently located just east of downtown Richmond in one of the area's oldest neighborhoods. It's also stocked with the latest equipment, including Trueform Runners. Shockoe Bottom's skilled coaches work with members at all fitness levels. As long as you have an open mind and a desire to improve, you'll fit in just fine! You can try your first class for free, so step out of your comfort zone and check it out. 

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home, don't make the mistake of doing it alone! Our team can make the process simple, easy, and stress-free. Contact us today. 

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