virginia: Over 3000 sq ft in Award-Winning School District - Only 15 Minutes to downtown Richmond! - 03/27/08 08:08 AM
1507 Hawkins Wood Circle, Midlothian, VA 23114 View Map Welcome to this spacious, bright, and inviting home. Walk to neighborhood amenities -- pool, clubhouse, lake community trails, and playgrounds. Close to award-winning schools, shopping, Routes 76 and 288, and the heart of Midlothian. A beautiful foyer with hardwood floors and crown molding welcomes your family and guests. Your sunny living room is perfect for entertaining. The dining room has beautiful hardwood floors, formal moldings, and an elegant tray ceiling. Your large open kitchen has tons of cabinet space and a convenient center island. The kitchen opens to a sunny vaulted breakfast … (0 comments)

virginia: New Foreclosure Law - Will it Help? - 03/27/08 07:40 AM
On December 20, 2007 the President signed the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007.  Although the law will help a very specific group of people, it is hardly a cure for what ails many homeowners across America. 
Homeowners who undergo foreclosure or a short sale often face a tax bill on the difference between what they owed, and what the mortgage lender received for their home.  For example:  You have a loan for $300,000, but your house is only worth $275,000.  You sell the house for $275,000 and the lender forgives the remaining $25,000.  However, many homeowners receive a 1099 from … (2 comments)

virginia: Virginia's Top Schools - 03/08/08 05:58 PM
Virginia, which is known for its top schools, has been recognized again.  Seven of the state's schools were recently ranked in the "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplingers Finance Magazine.
#3 - University of Virginia
#4 - College of William and Mary
#14 - University of Mary Washington
#17 - Virginia Tech
#22 - James Madison University
#77 - George Mason University
#91 - Longwood University
Another great reason to make the move to Virginia now!
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virginia: How is the market? - 10/09/07 07:10 AM
The number one question I am asked these days by everyone I come into contact with is "how's the market?"  Well I'm here to inform you of the truth on the current market conditions. Our local and national media are conveying some negative housing reports. We however, in Richmond and surrounding areas, have entered into a normal market.  A normal market is defined by having four to five months supply of homes for sale.  This is a good thing.  It gives the buyer options that they have not had in a very long time.  Any homeowner who has been in a … (0 comments)

virginia: Richmond Va featured in travel section of the New York Times - 09/04/07 12:35 PM
Richmond Virginia was recently featured in the travel section of the New York Times.  To read the entire article, click here.  The article gives an excellent overview of the city's neighborhoods, special features, and overall southern comfort.  It reminds me why I love it so much here!
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virginia: Top state where people say they want to live! - 06/17/07 09:16 AM
Virginia ranked as the #2 state where United States residents say they would like to live according to http://www.statebrandsindex.com/.  For more information on the Richmond, Va area, click here. … (0 comments)

virginia: Richmond Crime Rates Falling - 06/08/07 06:04 AM
Richmond crime rates have decreased 22% in all categories except for arson compared to this time last year.  This is great news for all of us who love Richmond and all it has to offer.  Sometimes Richmond gets a bad rap for having a high crime rate.  But as we who live here know, all cities have their areas that are not, lets say, "family friendly."  Hopefully, with crime rates dropping, Richmond will start getting better press on this issue!
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virginia: Forbes Ranks Richmond. - 05/29/07 01:23 PM
Forbes Magazine ranked Richmond, Va number 7 in the nation with 6.2 percent appreciation for the first quarter of 2007. Our median home price was $223,200.  To read this article click here.  For more information on the Richmond area, click here. … (0 comments)

virginia: Richmond Business in the News - 05/21/07 09:21 AM
The Top 50 Area employers list is now out. The top 10 are:
1. HCA, Inc. (#3 last year)
2. Capital One (#1 last year)
3. VCU Health System (#2 last year)
4. Philip Morris
5. Wal-Mart
6. Wachovia
7. Dominion Resources
8. Bon Secours Richmond Health System
9. Sun Trust Banks
10. Ukrops
All the same players, the only difference were in the top 3. There were 3 newcomers to the top 50:
-MeadWestvaco Corp.: a packaging company that moved its headquarters here from Ct.
-Westminster Canterbury: a retirement community
-World Access: insurance provider
Richmond is also home to 7 … (0 comments)

virginia: What is a buyer's agent? - 05/11/07 08:41 AM
 
Most buyers today begin their search for a home on the Internet, usually at http://www.realtor.com/ or individual REALTOR websites.  Many prospective home buyers then contact the home's listing agent.  Although the listing agent is likely to be extremely helpful, few buyers realize that listing agent primarily represents the home seller, not the buyer.
Other prospective home buyers scan the weekend newspaper homes for sale ads, especially the advertised open houses. No matter how helpful and charming the real estate open house host agent might be, most prospective buyers don't understand that agent legally represents the home seller, not the buyer.
In Virginia, a home's listing agent can also … (0 comments)

virginia: Did you know? - 05/02/07 09:42 AM

I am always coming across interesting information about the City of Richmond and Virginia and I thought this would be a great format to pass the information on to you. Did you know Richmond was voted one of the most liveable mid-sized cities in America?
Did you know Richmond was ranked 3rd by CNN Money Magazine for the cleanest air?
Did you know Virginia ranks 7th in per-capita income?
Did you know Virginia has the 11th largest population increase since 2000 (6.9%)?
Did you know Virginia ranks 4th in lowest unemployment rate at 3.5%?
Did you know Virginia is one of the top 10 coal producers in … (0 comments)

virginia: Radon - What is it and are you protected? - 04/26/07 12:14 PM
Recently I attended a home inspection and had some time to chat with the radon inspector.  He told me that even houses without basements can have radon.  In fact, he found it quite often, even in crawlspaces.  I was surprised.  I had no idea and the agent who sold us our house way back when never mentioned getting an inspection since we didn't have a basement.  I intend to set one up, they only run about $125.  Here is some more information I found online:
You can't see, taste or smell it, but it can pose a serious threat to your family's … (0 comments)

virginia: Summary of Commercial Real Estate Outlook - 04/15/07 05:52 PM
So this is good information for all you investors out there (or aspiring investors).  All investors know that you make the money when you buy the property and this information is necessary before you buy anything.  It would be part of your "due diligence."
Despite the conflict in the residential real estate market, the commercial market is still going strong.  The National Association of Realtors predicts that the flow of capital (both equity and debt) will continue to be strong through 2007.  Office, hospitality, and industrial will continue to be the most sought after type of commercial real estate.  The expanding new supply will … (0 comments)

virginia: Sellers, Who are your buyers? - 04/11/07 09:20 AM
Sellers, do you know who you buyers are?  Wouldn't it make it easier to sell your home if you knew who was buying?  The Virginia Association of Realtors recently published a report telling us this information as it pertains to Virginia buyers: 
- The median age of all buyers is 40, first time homebuyers is 33, and repeat buyers is 45.
-The median household income for buyers is $85,500, first time homebuyers is $71,300, and repeat buyers is $96,600.  These numbers are higher than those for the United States overall.
-29% of Virginia homebuyers are first time homebuyers.  This number is lower than for the … (0 comments)

virginia: April Client Appreciation Program - Home Renovations - 04/07/07 12:53 PM
When renovating your home, it a good idea to consider the resale value of your improvements.  Most people turn first to kitchens and baths excepting the highest return there.  But in Richmond, Virginia, the two renovations that bring the highest percent of cost recovered at resale are basement remodels (105%) and vinyl siding replacements (103%).  The top 10 renovations based on average cost recovered at resale in the Richmond are:
 1.  Basement remodels -- 105%
 2.  Vinyl Siding replacements -- 103%
 3.  Siding replacement with foam-backed vinly - 97.7%
 4.  Attic bedroom remodel - 97.3%
 5.  Bathroom addition - 96%
 6.  Minor kitchen remodel - 95%
 7.  Siding replacement … (0 comments)

 
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