Virginia Beach, VA Real Estate News

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
The Wetlands Board has rejected the Indigo Dunes project in Virginia Beach. This is one of the city's largest stretches of open shoreline and it will remain undeveloped, at least for now. The 1,063 home project to be built by L.M. Sandler & Sons Inc. failed to win approval from the Virginia Beach Wetlands Board on Monday and is stalled. R. J. Nutter who is representing Art and Steve Sandler says he is surprised by the decision.After a five hour hearing in numerous civic leaders and residents were present, the vote was taken.  Even the board chairman, J. Bryan Plumlee voted against the project because of the environmental impact. The Sandlers had proposed creating 6.09 acres of wetlands for the 1.51 acres destroyed under the board's jurisdiction; treating the storm-water runoff from thei...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
OLD-FASHIONED HOUSE IS TUCKED AWAY IN MODERN NEIGHBORHOOD You might not ever stumble across Kenstock, an 1880s farmhouse, tucked away in a neighborhood of modern two-story and ranch houses off Old Great Neck Road. Kenstock's long driveway is more or less unidentifiable, even with columns at the head, because it is wedged between the driveway of one home and the property line of another home next door. Ancient huge trees tower over the house itself, concealing it from nearby streets. Yet if you look closely, you'll see a sturdy old-fashioned shingled farm house, a remnant of old Princess Anne County's agricultural past. Kenstock was the mistress of a farm that once thrived along the shores of Wolfsnare Creek and now is the hidden centerpiece of its namesake, a neighborhood known as Kenst...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Courthouse Estates lies in the heart of Virginia Beach along North Landing road just minutes from the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. Once a stretching slate of farm land, Courthouse Estates consists of fifteen (15) villages with over 1100 single family homes. Each village boasts a lantern lit entrance while the entire neighborhood shares a warm landscaping of hedges and trees.  As you jog or walk along the 2 mile main loop, you will pass by one of the 13 lighted fountains that stand out on the ponds lining each village.   Courthouse Estates offers a safe and warm neighborhood feeling.
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By Sean Schroeder, Century 21 top producers
(Century 21)
It is official, the wonderful city of Virginia Beach has decreased our real estate taxes a whole dime!  The new tax rate is .89 per 100 of the assessed value.  This 10 cent decrease is 11 cents short of  what the grass roots effort Virginia Beach Taxpayer Alliance (VBTA) originally wanted.VBTA held a rally at Mount Trashmore to garner support and received many petitions signed by home owners and yet the City Council only reduced the rate by 10cents. In early May The city of Norfolk voted to reduce the real estate tax rate from $1.27 to $1.11 a savings of 16 cents.  The city of Chesapeake voted to reduce their tax rate from $1.09 per hundred to 1.04 and savings of only 5 cents.   In all three cities the sentiments are the same.  Tax payers are vowing to make their voices heard in the 200...
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By Rosie Koehler
(RE/MAX Allegiance)
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By Rosie Koehler
(RE/MAX Allegiance)
 GOT ROT ? Water and termite damage?  Call A.S.A.P. Construction today!They also do other home repairs.It is a father and son owned company.  Been in business since 1991. Licensed and Insured.They pride themselves on honesty, and perfection.  Most of their business is repeat satisfied customers and referrals.  So if you are looking for someone like this to take care of all of your home repairs at a fair price give them a call today.  Jack and Chris Koehler   757-43-1800 
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By Rosie Koehler
(RE/MAX Allegiance)
Absolutely!!  I believe if a home shows well it will definitely sell faster. There is far too much inventory out there for byers these days.  They will definitely move in and out of your home if it does not show well.  They need to see it as if it is a model home.  Have you ever wondered why new construction sites spend the money and time to have their models staged with furniture and accessories?  A home needs to have the "WOW" factor.  What is so special about your home?  What makes it stand out from other homes in your neighborhood?  You need to start at the curb and work your way into your home. Every little detail counts.  If your yard is need of maintenance that will be an immediate turn off for a potential buyer even if the house looks great.  Remember, First Impressions.  Then a...
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By Ted M. Wheaton, II
(REMAX Alleiance)
Did you know that it is a dismissal offense for a REALTOR to recommend to a consumer that they not get owner's title insurance - no  matter who they are getting it through?  That's their decision and they should get legal advice.  Why?  Recommending to a consumer, for *any  protection*, that they not get it is just too risky *to you*.  For title  insurance, in particular, it crosses over into being legal advice and we do not have licenses to practice law.  I my self would always get enhanced owner's coverage for myself.  It's not worth the risk over a few dollars.Thanks fot the updateShawn BlountArray Title Services
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By Alison Creamer, Realtor,MRP,ABR, CDPE,IMSD,HamptonRoads
(Keller Williams Elite)
Just a quick commnet about this weekends activitys. I think the market  is heaing up seems like alot of people were out looking at homes and 2 of my listings will soon go under contract. Who says the market is dead.2 mosr possiable listings comeing on the market this week as well.  
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Are you looking for a reason to list your home now?  I like to compare market trends, and generally I always find some interesting information durring my analysis.  Using my local MLS I generally compare the number of sold homes between certain periods of times.  In this analysis I am comparing 2006 1st Quarter numbers to 2007 1st Quater numbers. The average numer of days a Virginia Beach home remains on the market  is up by 51 percent, sellers are accepting offers that are 2.5% below the List Price, this is down from 1.39% in the previous year.   With that said, the average price per home sold has increased from $281,619 to $316,073 which represents an average increase of 12%  and the median sell price has increased by almost $20,000.  If it is time for you to sell your home call today...
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By Sean Schroeder, Century 21 top producers
(Century 21)
Princess Anne County, Virginia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Princess Anne County) Jump to: navigation, search Princess Anne County (1691-1963), now extinct, from 1895 Virginia map Princess Anne County is an extinct county which was located in colonial Virginia and the State of Virginia in the United States from 1691 until 1963. Most of the former county is now located within the limits of the independent city of Virginia Beach. Contents 1 Shires, Counties2 Communities in Princess Anne County3 Virginia Beach resort: becomes town in 1908, city in 19524 1963: consolidation with City of Virginia Beach5 See also6 References   Shires, Counties When Admiral Christopher Newport and the colonists of the Virginia Company arrived in 1607, George Percy and his fellow Engli...
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By Sean Schroeder, Century 21 top producers
(Century 21)
Kempsville, Virginia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Kempsville was formerly an unincorporated town which was located in Princess Anne County, Virginia. In modern times, it is a community within the urbanized portion the independent city of Virginia Beach, one of the largest cities in Virginia. The town was originally named Kemp's Landing and was a colonial port at the head of the eastern branch of the Elizabeth River. On November 15, 1775, it was the location where John Ackiss was killed by Royal Governor Lord Dunmore's militia during an incident later called the "Skirmish of Kempsville". Ackiss became the first Virginian casualty of the American Revolutionary War. The Daughters of the American Revolution later erected a plaque near the site. The town of Kempsville, established i...
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By Sean Schroeder, Century 21 top producers
(Century 21)
Virginia Beach with its large, growing population currently has 10 Government ran High Schools and 14 Middle schools.  High SchoolsBaysideCoxGreen RunKellamKempsvilleLandstownOcean LakesPrincess Anne SalemTallwoodMiddle SchoolsBaysideBrandonCorporate LandingGreat NeckIndependenceKemps Landing MagnetKempsvilleLandstownLarkspurLynnhavenPlazaPrincess AnneSalemvirginia Beach
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By Sean Schroeder, Century 21 top producers
(Century 21)
 South hampton Roads housing assessments have gone out and they have gone through the roof.Virginia Beach housing assessmentsAssessments in Virginia Beach have increased the again by double-digits.  This is the 4th such increase in the last 4 years, as the city tries to keep the assessments in-line with the current market.  The city of Virginia Beach increased the assessment by 21.4%.   Norfolk has increased their assessments by 16% and Chesapeake by only 10.2%.In both Norfolk and Virginia Beach we have seen two grass root parties emerge to combat the increased assessments.  Their mission is not to reduce the assessment, but to reduce the tax rate.  The Virginia Beach group is called VBTA ( Virginia Beach Taxpayer Alliance ) and in Norfolk the group is called The Norfolk Tea Party2 . Cu...
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By Sean Schroeder, Century 21 top producers
(Century 21)
 Virginia Beach is made up of 9 Planning areas these are: BayFront, BaySide, Courthouse/Sandbridge, Great Neck, Holland, Kempsville, Little Neck, Oceanfront, Pungo/Blackwater.  Together there are approximatley 438,415 residents in Virginia Bech. Kempsville is one of 9 bouroughs in Virginia beach and is located in the west-central portion of the City. The  Kempsville area is futher divided into 18 census tracks.  93,151 make Kempsville their home.
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By Sean Schroeder, Century 21 top producers
(Century 21)
Virginia Beach is rich in history  and is the 23rd largest city by population and it encompasses approx 258 square miles and is only 12 feet above sea level.   In 1791 the first US Congress built the Cape Henry Lighthouse making it the first federally commissioned public building in the United States. The Cape Henry Lighthouse commemorates the site where the first Europeans arrived in 1607, these early pioneers named the spot after Henry, the Princess of Wales and erected a huge cross in his honor.The former home of the early settler Adam Thoroughgood is now a historic landmark and is recognized as one of the oldest brick homes in America.  Mr. Thorughgood is credited with naming the nearby city, Norfolk. Virginia Beach is home of the Oceana Master air station and is one of only 4 US Na...
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By Dave Macklin
(RE/MAX Allegiance)
 Plant your favorite flowers this spring inside the fenced yard of this 2052SqFt condo in Virginia Beach. Features include 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, master suite with jetted tub and separate shower, walk-in closet for your wardrobe. Second floor laundry for added convenience. Gracious great room with fireplace, beautiful light beige carpeting, bright kitchen with walk-in pantry & 42 inch wall cabinets for the kind of storage you dreamed of, microwave, dishwasher, electric range, breakfast bar for afternoon snacks, sliding glass doors to your Private patio, security system,. Interior freshly painted a soft Cream color, 1-car garage, community pool & club house.Smart decisions are tough, but you won't regret buying this easy-care condo in Virginia Beach. You'll enjoy 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath...
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By Dave Macklin
(RE/MAX Allegiance)
By now, you have received your 2007 real estate tax assessment. The assessment for my home increased 21%. Exorbitant increases in assessments are a burden for everyone, no matter your income level or the value of your home.The Virginia Beach Taxpayer Alliance (VBTA) in cooperation with grassroots' activists throughout the city, have initiated a petition drive to reduce the real estate tax rate from its current rate of $.99 to $.78 per hundred of assessment. Example:2006 assessment:  $300,000 home at $.99 per $100 of assessment = $2,970 tax bill.2007 assessment: $364,200 home at $.99 per $100 of assessment = $3,605 tax bill.Petition proposal:  2007 assessment: $364,200 home at $.78 per $100 of assessment = $2,840Your family will save $765 that can be used for food, college, fuel bills, h...
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By Sean Schroeder, Century 21 top producers
(Century 21)
Ok it is official you are moving to Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake or Suffolk and now you need to know how far your paycheck will go and what your cost of living will be.  Many who relocate to this area find that their current paycheck goes a bit further.  Again, this depends on where you are relocating from, if you are moving here from California you are going to think that the ski is the limit!For example if you are coming from New JerseyOverall you will save 98% Food  96.1Housing 92.1Utilities 138.2Transportation 105.3Health  93.4Miscellaneous 94.3Overall you will find it about 11.7% less expensive to live in Norfolk-Virginia Beach than in Atlantic City new JerseyIf you are moving from Oakland California to Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach, Norfolk)Overall you will save 98.5% Food ...
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By Sean Schroeder, Century 21 top producers
(Century 21)
Are you relocating to Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk or Suffolk?Virginia Beach offers many unique benefits from the beaches on the Atlantic, to the beaches on the bay, not to mention you will only be less then 2 hours from Bush Gardens and Kings Dominion amusement parks, Williamsburg and James town.Allow me to help you start your home buying search in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk or Suffolk by sending you active listings as they hit our MLS!  My goal is to assist you in every step of your relocation process. I will help you select and reserve a hotel, rental car as well as other accommodations that you may need.I will help you write an effective offer to purchase, successfully negotiate the offer, and I will always  protect your interests at all times. To start the process y...
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