Posts Tagged ‘Real Estate’

A Day in the Life of a REALTOR

A Day in the Life of a REALTOR

I love my job as a REALTOR, you never know what you will see or who you will meet. Today was a completely unique property and experience, I got to see and pet camels! These camels are pets so they are very friendly, even though I didn’t have cookies to give them.

The New Traffic Pattern at Zion Crossroads

If you drive in or around Zion Crossroads just east of Charlottesville VA you have had to deal with the construction for the last couple of months, well the good news is the project is almost finished!

VDOT has planned an open house to help the public understand what the new traffic pattern will be like since it is the first in the state. The open house will be on February the 5th from 4:30 – 7:30 at the Best Western in Zion Crossroads, to learn more click this link; http://goo.gl/xsXJ2H.

If you would like to see a simulation of what the intersection will look like click this link; http://goo.gl/NkV7pU.Image

Home Upgrades that You Won’t get Your Money Back On

Outdoor kitchen

File these six upgrades under wish fulfillment, not value investment.

Life is a balancing act, and upgrading your home is no different. Some upgrades, like a kitchen remodel or an additional bathroom, typically add value to your home. Others, like putting in a pool, provide little dollar return on your investment.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/home-improvement/home-upgrades-you-shouldnt-do/#ixzz2elSBP1NI

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/home-improvement/home-upgrades-you-shouldnt-do/#ixzz2elS1z6cB

Financial Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

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While it’s tempting to simply enlist the help of a realtor, grab a folder full of listings, hop in the car and start looking at houses, purchasing a home for the first time is a process that requires a lot of planning, budgeting and number crunching. The fun part will be much more fun – and less risky – when you’ve done your homework.

Without a sound financial strategy in place first, you could set yourself up for disappointment or put yourself in a financial hole that may be difficult to escape. Here are three tips for first-time home buyers that can help prepare you for the biggest purchase of your life and live within your means.

To read the rest of the article click here,  http://goo.gl/vMDNHr

10 Best Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Are you thinking about buying a home? Have you been watching home prices and interest rates and think now is the time to buy? Before you start read this article from HGTV,  http://www.hgtv.com/real-estate/10-best-kept-secrets-for-buying-a-home/index.html, and afterwards give me a call to see how I can help you buy your home.

The Victory Garden | Live Green | Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

Budding up behind houses and on rooftops across the country is a blast from the past called the victory garden.

During WWII, victory gardens were promoted by the U.S. government to save fuel and other transportation costs so more supplies were available for the troops. Patriotic citizens were encouraged to live on locally-produced food.

Homeowners planted fruits and vegetables in their ‘victory gardens’ to feed their families and to exchange surpluses with neighbors.  The effort was successful and many people remember with nostalgia the camaraderie of sharing in a common goal.

Today, many homeowners feel there is another war to be won – against high cost, lower quality foods — and they’re reviving the victory garden concept with a few modern twists.

So what’s driving the spade for victory gardens today?

Click the link below to read the entire article.

The Victory Garden | Live Green | Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

With fall just around the corner it is now time to start thinking about getting your home ready for colder weather.

Seal Up Crack and Gaps

Small cracks and gaps can let warm air out and cold air in, increasing your heating bill and decreasing how comfortable you are. Both caulking and weather stripping can be a great help in getting rid of those holes.

Check the following for leaks:

  • Window and door frames
  • Any exterior opening: electrical outlets, phone lines, outside faucets and anywhere cables my come in
  • Around drain pipes in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Around heating and cooling units

 Inspect Your Roof

 Check your roof for minor damage and cracked or broken shingles. Trim back tree limbs that may have grown over the summer and are now rubbing against the roof.

 Clean and Repairs Your Gutters

 Clean debris and leaves out of your gutters, check downspouts to make sure that water is still running freely out of them especially the ones that are buried. If you don’t like ladders or your roof is too high call someone to come and clean the gutters for you.

 Trim Back Bushes and Shrubs

 Trim off any dead branches or excessive growth, leaving some space between the bush and your house. This is a good time to look at the soil around your house to make sure it is still sloping away from the house so water does not run down into your foundation.

Heating System Check-up

Now is a great time to get your heating system checked, if you haven’t done so over the summer, a cold winter’s day is not a great time to have your heat go out. If you heat with or burn wood have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional chimney sweep.

 

Daylight Saving Time is upon us again

This Sunday morning at 2am we will “Spring Forward” into Daylight Saving Time by turning our clocks ahead by 1 hour, of course most of us will do this before we go to bed. Have you ever wondered why we spring forward? Here’s a good site that tells all about it http://www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/b2.html.

Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS Year End Report

Thanks to Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS for the following year end report:

The results in our local market are in line with national figures. Home prices have remained steady andpockets of value are still attractive for buyers. The gradual float down of listing inventory and thestability in Days on Market all support the move towards a sustainable and saleable market. For now,we will continue to watch the inventory of homes for sale and the number of foreclosures coming intoour local market. If we see inventory levels continue to decline and the pace of foreclosures stayssteady, we can expect prices to begin a gradual rise. If inventory climbs again and the regionaleconomy and loan availability both remain stagnant, there is limited opportunity for growth in ourhousing sectors.Price sensitivity is still a key factor in this market and if you plan to sell a home in 2011, be sure tohave a REALTOR® prepare a comparative market analysis (CMA) so that you can price it to sell. And,if you are looking to buy, a REALTOR® can help you understand the current market and evaluateyour options.

To read the complete report click on this link: http://goo.gl/K68Vw

3rd Quarter Market Report, Fluvanna and Louisa

Charlottesville Association of Realtors (CAAR) released the 3rd quarter market report for the entire area, but I wanted to concentrate on Fluvanna and Louisa Counties.

Home sales were up for the first nine months,  Fluvanna (+18.8%) and Louisa (+14.3%), that equaled 227 sales for Fluvanna and 136 for Louisa.  The median prices have remained relatively unchanged, Fluvanna (+1.8%) and Louisa (+5.9%), median prices year to date are in Fluvanna $205,000 and in Louisa $221,818.  The price per square foot went down in Fluvanna from $121 in 2009 to $117 in 2010, but stay at $113 for both years in Louisa.

The average days on market have dropped in both counties, Fluvanna from 122 to 87 and Louisa from 134 to 112, which is good. As we continue in this up and down market it is very important to rely on the expertise of a REALTOR in buying or selling residential or land.

It is difficult to draw a conclusion as to how the year will end up compared to last year, the last quarter will tell that. Just remember that rates are still historically low and prices are very good.

To read the entire CAAR report, click on this link http://goo.gl/x8Gd.