Thursday, November 12, 2015

This Weekend in #RVA

Medeology Collective: Alessandro Imperato, Jim Gladman, and Kelly McClung, Bridge of Signs, InLight 2013, photo by Terry Brown.

Runners enjoying the winding and scenic marathon route by the James River, photo from

There are some great happenings this weekend around town, I know I’ll be out and about to enjoy the crisp but sunny fall Richmond weather!

Anthem Richmond Marathon
   Join nearly ALL of Richmond and watch the 39th Anthem Richmond Marathon this weekend!  It’s been ranked nationally as the “America’s Friendliest Marathon” by Runner’s World Magazine and based on the number of accepted entries to the Boston Marathon, one of the top 25 races in the United States used to qualify for that famous race!  To go EVEN further with how cool, scenic and lively this race can be, it was rated in the Top 15 Fall Marathons by the Daily Burn.
     The Anthem Richmond Marathon is sponsoring the Kids Run RVA charity initiative to improve the health of kids and young people everywhere by encouraging routine physical activity and being active on a regular basis.  And you know Missy loves the kids!!!
     Not only will there be live bands, DJs, spirit groups and party zones along the way, there will be a post-race celebration on Brown’s Island with hot pizza and cold beer!

InLight Richmond— A 1708 Gallery Exhibition
     The InLight exhibition is an annual art event featuring light-based art and performance.  Previously only held for one night near their gallery space, this year it has expanded in size and length (that’s what she said ;p)!  This year’s exhibition will be held over 2 nights this weekend: Friday, November 13 from 7 pm— Midnight and Saturday, November 14 from 7 pm— 10 pm.
Performances, sculpture, video projections and interactive projects will be outside on the VMFA Museum Grounds.  The Community Lantern Parade will be the first spectacle to kick off the event at 7:30.  It’s a FREE event and what better way to gather and steal great ideas for your own upcoming holiday lighting endeavors?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Recent Rate Hikes, Refinancing Savvy

     "The average 30-year mortgage rose to its highest level in nearly two years this week," according to an article by Jennifer Warnick for 12 News On Your Side.
     This has actually been an expected hike in rates and a topic of much speculation all year, but especially once August and September hit.  However, with the job report not as hopeful earlier in the season, rates haven't increased until now.  With the most current job report comes this recent hike in rates, and once The Fed gets the ball rolling on rates, an increase will likely be steady based on past trends.  However, according to the article, the "biggest impact on the mortgage market is fewer existing homeowners refinancing their loans."

     If you want to use your equity toward a major home repair, have better credit, or are simply better off than when you first took out your home loan, there are a few key factors to remember when looking to refinance.

     First is that refinancing for a shorter term is what will save you money in the long run.  Taking out another 30-year mortgage even at a better rate will likely end up costing you more in the long run.  Another thing to watch out for is too-good-to-be-true rates.  Some banks offer great rates but with greater closing costs.  Refinancing through a mortgage broker can help ensure better rates along with lower closing costs.

     Last but not least, if you find that your loan will end up costing you more than the original quote, remember that state law gives a three day grace period for you to back out of the deal free and clear.

     Refinancing can be a great financial step forward in your investment!

To read the full article by Jennifer Warnick, click here.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Great Time of Year to Explore #RVA

     Thanks, Wanda Fears, for the great list of events going on in Richmond this month!  I love finding new and exciting things to do around town, especially when the weather gets a little colder and the leaves are almost all turned bright colors.  Any time of year is a great time to explore the city you live in!

November 7th
Brunswick Stew & Stout Festival
11 am— 4 pm
Admission: Free
17th street Farmer’s Market
Arts & crafts, music and adult beverages, even take your favorite stew home with you by the quart! Get there early because stews go quickly!  For tickets visit

November 14th
3rd Annual Richmond Cider Celebration
11 am— 4 pm
Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
17th Street Farmer’s Market
Virginia Ciders are celebrated along with food from local Richmond chefs. Tickets include a commemorative tasting glass, dual wine tote bag, access to educational workshops, live music and 10 cider tastings. For tickets visit

November 14th
Anthem Richmond Marathon
7:45 am
“America’s Friendliest Marathon,” this scenic course runs through historic Richmond neighborhoods and along the James River. Register or cheer on the runners! For race maps, more info or registration visit

November 14th— 15th
Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Trade Show
10 am— 5 pm
Admission: Sat. $5/ Sun. $4
Richmond Raceway Complex
Find wholesale prices on imaginative beads, gems and precious stones!
Visit for more information.

November 21st— 22nd
Craft + Design Show
Events begin Saturday at 9:30 am
Science Museum of Virginia
Put on by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, this Craft and Design Show features 60 local and national artisans exhibiting the finest in contemporary crafts. The event will offer Wine and beer as well as food from Alamo BBQ. For event details, pricing and admission visit

November 26th
Thanksgiving Day!

Nov 27 (through January 11th)
Dominion GardenFest of Lights: H2Whoa!
Nightly, 5 pm— 10 pm
Admission: Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children $8, (under 3 free)
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Altogether displaying half a million lights, decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, complete with a fire pit with s’mores and hot chocolate, this holiday tradition as nightly family activities and more. For event details and ticket purchase visit

Nov 28
The Snowman— the animated film accompanied by Richmond Symphony
11:00 am
Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage
Tickets: $12— $17
The magical friendship of a boy with a snowman with a live accompaniment by the Richmond Symphony. Festival begins at 10 am. More info and tickets at

Theatre, Concert &Event Schedules:
Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center
This month’s performances include George Winston, Richmond Divas and The Richmond Symphony, Masters of Soul: “The Motown Era” and much more on both Center Season and 2nd Stage. Visit for performance schedules.

Altria Theatre
This month’s performances include Newsies, Chris Tomlin, Wild Kratts LIVE!, and Rag Time. For a detailed performance schedule and tickets visit

Richmond CenterStage
Performances by the Richmond Ballet, Richmond Symphony and the Virginia Opera, CenterStage is a great place to celebrate the holiday season! Visit for performance schedules.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Preferred Lending Agent in Henly!

     I have the honor of being the preferred lending agent of the beautiful Atack Properties being built in the Henley Community of Glen Allen, VA.  Henley is an estate community with spacious, elegant landscaping and of course, custom residences to match.  Henrico County is fastly becoming a great destination to build your dream home.  It’s location is in the middle of it all!  Near Short Pump and Downtown Richmond, you’ll have all the amenities you’ll ever need along with some of the best school districts!  

The builder, Corey Atack, along with manager of C&F Mortgage, Mike Mazzola and Jeannette Mock of Remax Realty. 

Me and the Boss Man!

Lots of great things happening for Atack Properties in the metro area!

Framed examples of the gorgeous homes being built along with the Henley neighborhood layout.