Front Royal, VA Real Estate News

By Craig Alexander, Associate Broker in Virginia
(Coldwell Banker Premier Properties)
2 Days ago my phone rang...it was an appraiser informing me that I had unwanted tenants in one of my vacant listings.  It seems two black snakes took up residence in the house.  The appraiser went on further to say it was the quickest tour of a home that she had ever done before and she had no idea she could take pictures quite so fast.  After doing some research and finding out more than I ever wanted to know about black snakes, I had to find someone to get rid of them.  Snake removal is definitely not in my job description (nor in several local exterminators either...as soon as I said snakes, several did not want to continue our conversation.)  Then I called ASAP Home Services and he said he could start immediately and had recently removed 87 black snakes from a home (now that is cree...
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By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
I typically work as a buyer's broker, but I do take an occasional listing.  Yesterday, I took a listing for a family friend.  It's located at Lake Frederick, a 55+ community just south of Winchester, VA, and it is a beautiful home, and the community is awesome.  Lake Frederick is a 55+ home-buyer's dream. The house is a spacious contemporary with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.  It has a first floor master suite, office, formal living room and large family room which would be great for entertaining and visiting with friends.  The kitchen is state of art and ready for even the most aggressive chefs to prepare their masterpieces. The house speaks for itself, but there is also the neighborhood.  I met numerous residents while I was there today, and they love their community.  While I was visiting ...
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By Craig Alexander, Associate Broker in Virginia
(Coldwell Banker Premier Properties)
FRONT ROYAL SHORT SALE - SUCCESSFULLY CLOSED Another Successful Short Sale - 513 W. 13th Street, Front Royal, VA  22630 - Suburban Heights, Warren County Listed for $104,900 by Weichert, Realtors® Sold for $94,000 by Craig Alexander with Weichert, Realtors® on February 28, 2012!     Great all-brick home in Suburban Heights neighborhood in Front Royal, Virginia and located directly across from Chimney Field Park with tennis and basketball courts as well as 2 softball fields. Walk to the end of the block to Peter Lehew Park with covered picnic area and playground. Covered front and rear porches, wood floors, full basement, 2 fireplaces, 1-car garage, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. This truly was a great deal! For a tour of the Front Royal, Virginia area, contact me today! SEARCH HOMES www.CraigAlex...
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By Craig Alexander, Associate Broker in Virginia
(Coldwell Banker Premier Properties)
A glut of inventory???? After reviewing statistics for our area I realized something was very, very wrong.  Statistics show over 9 months of inventory currently on the market, but after showing houses I just didn't believe it.  These results make the marketplace look a little bit better after I take a much closer look at what is happening in our local multiple listing service. Total Number of Active Listings in Multiple Listing Service                                                                     377 Total Number of Active Listings in Multiple Listing Service that are "To-Be Built"                                     126 The TRUE Number of Actual Homes That An Agent Can Show to Clients           251 One-Third of The Active Inventory in Warren County Does Not Even Exist Yet! WOW --...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
  Inside and outside the wall on Skyline Drive National Park Virginia. Overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. Autumn foliage is close to its peak as of this past Friday's rainy morning. Folks come from all over the world. I took photos for Swedes, Germans. Japanese and British folks as they posed on the wall. For more photos of Virginia farms and land come visit Around Virginia, a little photo site we are putting together of shots we take as we move about our Commonwealth. https://sites.google.com/site/aroundvirginia/
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By Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
So many things to do, so little time.  There is alway something to do in the Shenandoah Valley.  This weekend is no exception.  One of this weekend's events is the Brew and Blues Festival in Front Royal, Virginia.  Downtown Front Royal will be filled with activities from 1 pm to 8 pm.  Twenty plus beer crafters will be sharing their wares throughout the day.  A number of these breweries are Virginia based breweries, but contributors are coming from as far as Belgium and Hawaii.  There will be exhibts, food and music throught the day.  The beautiful Fall day promises to provide a comfortable setting for this annual event.  Tickets may be purchased at the event for $15 for beer tasting.  A commemorative pilser glass will be provided.  Come out and join us for a day of brews and blues. 
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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster Real Estate)
433 Cindy's Way FRONT ROYAL, VA Enjoy the Peace & Solitude of Front Royal in This 4 Year Old Home 2BR/2BA Single Family House $135,000 Year Built 2007 Sq Footage 1,183 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial Floors 3 Parking 2 Car garage Lot Size 1.20 acres HOA/Maint $0 per month DescriptionWhen the hustle and bustle of the Northern Virginia suburbs is just not your speed, it's time to investigate points west. Front Royal is a rural, mountain community that offers peace, solitude and no overbearing Home Owners Association. This raised rambler on 1.20 paritally wooded acres, was built in 2007 and has been lovingly maintained. The quaint covered front porch offers plenty of space for outdoor seating. And the way the front door is angled, you may just miss it from a straight-on view of the...
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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster Real Estate)
433 Cindy's Way FRONT ROYAL, VA Enjoy the Peace & Solitude of Front Royal in This 4 Year Old Home 2BR/2BA Single Family House $147,500 Year Built 2007 Sq Footage 1,183 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial Floors 3 Parking 2 Car garage Lot Size 1.20 acres HOA/Maint $0 per month DescriptionWhen the hustle and bustle of the Northern Virginia suburbs is just not your speed, it's time to investigate points west. Front Royal is a rural, mountain community that offers peace, solitude and no overbearing Home Owners Association. This raised rambler on 1.20 paritally wooded acres, was built in 2007 and has been lovingly maintained. The quaint covered front porch offers plenty of space for outdoor seating. And the way the front door is angled, you may just miss it from a straight-on view of the...
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By Melinda Ball, Licensed Realtor in Virginia and West Virginia
(Coldwell Banker)
                           Locals swear Melting Pot Pizza has the best thincrust pie.  I would have to agree.  This establishment has been in business for 30+ years (138 West 14th Street, tel. 540-636-6146). Next time you are visiting Front Royal, VA make sure you stop in and order a pizza pie along with your favorite pitcher of beer.  You won't regret it.  Most of the servers have worked here for many years and if you are a regular they will remember your order.  That's what small town living is all about. By the way, they are now smoke-free but that doesn't mean you leave without the lingering smells of the best pizza in town on your clothing. Ahhh, Melting Pot, don't miss it!  
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By Jim Gilbert, The Gold Homes Team
(Keller Williams Fairfax Gateway)
Front Royal, Virginia, Single-Family Investment Short Sale Swiftly Approved Copyright (c) 2010 Deanna & Jim's GOLD Team, RE/MAX Olympic Realty      A cute remodeled Cape Cod style home on a hilltop lot near sports fields in Front Royal, Virginia, recently sold to the great relief of its overwhelmed, amateur investor, owners.  The former owners were a young couple who, having updated the home for themselves, decided to move to a new home closer to their employment two years ago.  Feeling proud of their remodeling job and unwilling to sell the house for much less than they owed and had invested, they decided to rent the property out since the real estate market was falling.      The newbie landlords discovered the joys of landlording quickly.  Their new tenants complained steadily, had tr...
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By Melinda Ball, Licensed Realtor in Virginia and West Virginia
(Coldwell Banker)
Hard to believe in this market that my buyers can't find the home of their dreams, isn't it? Well it isn't so hard to believe when you know the details. I have a couple that would love to own their own home.  They have been renting for many many years and are ready to move on. Unfortunately they require a Veteran's Administration loan and most of the homes in their price range will not pass (on condition) for VA financing.  I really feel bad for this couple.  They call me religiously several times a day asking me to look up homes for them that they have driven by or someone has told them about.  They aren't real tech savvy so they rely on me for the "techie stuff" (so they say). They did buy a laptop and internet service and are trying to look on their own. I applaud them for that. Did ...
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By Craig Alexander, Associate Broker in Virginia
(Coldwell Banker Premier Properties)
Lake Front Royal is locately approximately 4.5 miles from the town limits of Front Royal, Virginia.  A mountain subdivision off of Route 522, just south of town, there are approximately 375 lots in this neighborhood, with about 70% of those lots developed.  A 15.5 acre community area greets you at the entrance of the neighborhood, and features the lake and playground area.  Access to the Appalachian Trail is within a very short hike.  Most lots in the neighborhood are 1+ acre and many offer views of the Smithsonian Conservation Center or the surrounding mountains.  It is always fun showing property in this neighborhood when the house has a view of the Conservation Center and folks look out to see camels or zebra -- just what you'd expect to see out in the Virginia countryside! Lake Fro...
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By Melinda Ball, Licensed Realtor in Virginia and West Virginia
(Coldwell Banker)
Warren County, Va Real Estate Market Statistics for May 2010 by REALESTATE BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE.    Warren County, VAReal Estate Market Statistics May 2010 Summary: StatisticValuesYoYMoM Total Sold Dollar Volume 8,631,873 +22.10% +18.64% Total Sales 53 +23.26% +26.19% Median Sold Price 139,000 -6.93% -20.57% Avg Sold Price 162,866 -0.94% -5.98% Avg Days on Market 87 -50.85% -49.12% Avg Sold to Avg List Ratio 91.09% +3.84% -2.97%  
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By Vicky Chrisner
(Fieldstone Real Estate)
Get away from it all!  (Front Royal, VA) This simple chalet is dressed in cedar siding, and found nestled among the trees on Blue Mountain...... in truly "get away from it all" surroundings.......The community, Shenandoah Farms in Front Royal, VA, offers private lakes, picnic areas, and boat access to the Shenandoah River.  So, even if you're living here full time you will feel like you're on vacation every day!  Could you use a life like that?* * * Now only $199,000!   Two Bedrooms * Two BathsHardwood FloorsUpgraded Lighting PackageFull Walk Out Basement w/Rough In For more information, Click HERE!To See The Photo Tour, Click HERE!Schedule your personal tour today: Vicky Chrisner, 703-669-3142, VChrisner@KW.com
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By Vicky Chrisner
(Fieldstone Real Estate)
In November of 2008, LVC built it's first Mountainside Chalet in Shenandoah Farms.  This simple chalet dressed in cedar siding,  is found nestled among the trees on Blue Mountain, in "get away from it all" surroundings.  The community, Shenandoah Farms in Front Royal, VA, offers private lakes, picnic areas, and boat access to the Shenandoah River.  So, even if you're living here full time (as this home buyer does), you're living like you're on vacation every day.  Could you use a life like that?LVC offers many types of chalets in many prices ranges, starting from below $200,000,  and will build on your lot or theirs.  Call Vicky Chrisner, Keller Williams Realty, to find out what homes are currently in inventory, or to get a quote on having a chalet custom built for you.  
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By Vicky Chrisner
(Fieldstone Real Estate)
About an hour from Washington DC, one can purchase a wonderful mountainside chalet or house on the river with amazing views for between $150,000 and $300,000, depending on the size, location and finishes desired.  One local builder, Bo Welch, owner of Licking Valley Construction (LVC, for short), has really found his niche building these homes, and is doing very well, despite the changing economic conditions in past years. His business is located in Front Royal, Virginia and he builds in Winchester, Strasburg, Front Royal and throughout the Shenandoah Valley. About half of the homes he builds are sold as primary residences.  The other half are second homes, or intended to be second homes.... you see, during the construction process, many buyers fall so in love with their new mountainsid...
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By Cathy Valdiviez Baumbusch, I'm Cathy. Agent Cathy.
(eXp Realty)
I have been living in the DC area now for almost 12 years. Every year, one of my favorite things to do is to take the short trip down to Skyline Drive, in the Shenandoah National Park, and spend time in the sun. Yesterday, the weather was perfect for just such a trip. We left the house at 1pm. Kind of a late start, but Skyline is just an hour away, so we still had plenty of daylight ahead. For us, its 11 miles down the Fairfax County Parkway to I-66, head east to Front Royal, and enter Skyline Drive just past South Street. The first thing we noticed was that the prices to enter the park had increased quite a bit. We used to buy an annual National Parks pass every year for $50. I'm not sure when the increase went into effect, but from the last time we bought one a couple years ago, the p...
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By Sharon L. Daniels, ABR,e-PRO, Broker Associate
(Coldwell Banker Premier Properties)
  1918 Khyber Pass Rd. Linden, Va.                        833 Lucke Way, Linden, Va.$299,900                                                              $319,900            330 Brown Ave. Front Royal, Va.                             151 Farm Ridge Rd. Front Royal, Va.  $239,900                                                                $189,000         If you would like more information on these listings, or others in the area, please visit my website at www.SharonLDaniels.com  Sharon L. DanielsWeichert, RealtorsFront Royal, Va. 22630
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By Sharon L. Daniels, ABR,e-PRO, Broker Associate
(Coldwell Banker Premier Properties)
Real Estate is slowly, slowly coming back to life here in Virginia.  Everyone is talking about reaching the bottom.  All indicators are pointing to the fact that we arrived at that point in November, 2006.  Homes incorrectly priced for the 'buyer's market' have been withdrawn or expired finally.  With the reduction of active homes, we now have an absorption rate of 9 months...which means that if no other homes came on the market, at the rate they are selling it would take 9 months to get them all sold.  The highest went to almost 13 months.  With interest rates low and a decreasing amount of active homes, it is time that buyers start taking advantage of some really great deals.  If you'd like to research my market area, I invite you to check it out at www.homesdatabase.com/sharonldaniels.
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By Sharon L. Daniels, ABR,e-PRO, Broker Associate
(Coldwell Banker Premier Properties)
If anyone has clients that are interested in receiving information regarding my coverage area, I'd be glad to send them a relocation kit.  My community has many great features and attractions including the entrance to Skyline Drive, which is part of the Shenandoah National Park. Front Royal is known as the Canoe Capital of Virginia. The Shenandoah River consistantly brings tourists.  This area is a nature lover's delight!! We are also the western gateway to the Nations Capital. For that reason we are a great location to move to.  With Nature's Beauty all around, you must come for a visit! You might like to buy a home!
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