Charlottesville, VA Real Estate News

By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
The 2007 TOY LIFT is officially underway in the greater Charlottesville Area!The Toy Lift was started 19 years ago by local business owner Tom Powell to help out families (who are in need) put gifts under the Christmas tree for their kids. The Toy Lift has grown exponentially over the years and now funnels over 17,000 toys into the greater Charlottesville Area at Christmas.There are REALTORS, Affiliates, and CAAR staff volunteering to help out with the Toy Lift at our Fashion Square Mall on December 7th. They are also helping at the sorting warehouse the following weekend! CAAR is looking for additional donations to help: LET'S PACK A POD!So at the CAAR parking lot there is a POD that we are trying to pack with toys!Toy's should be dropped off by Thursday, December 6th. There are just a...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
The Master Bath project is finally complete. The Tile around the Tub has been replaced with Granite.   New Sinks and Granite on the counters for a clean look.  We kept all the same hardware to try and keep the cost down.Next we did a Granite Diamond Pattern on the Shower floor.  We also added a Glass Shower Door...The Bench in the shower also got granite.  A new Mirror (Framed) over the Vanities and that did it for this remodel!I still have a little touch up painting to do but we are pleased with the results.Total cost for Granite, Mirror, Frame, Glass door and labor just under 6K. We used local contractors in Charlottesville!Was it worth the cost? To us it was because we are not selling our home, we are going to enjoy the improvements!  
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
My wife and I have come to the conclusion that "Simple is Best". I used to decorate way over the top but now we do simple displays such as the 2 deer on the side of our driveway:A simple Red Ribbon on each deer and that is all! Of course the one grazing is animated...  We also have a few strategically placed wreaths on the outside of our home with spotlights to accent them at night! The one pictures here is about 3 feet in diameter. Oh and for another idea we put a smaller wreath on the mailbox.   Next is the front door. We have 2 topiaries wit lights and of course another wreath on the front door with a red ribbon....This is very welcoming for visitors! Here is a shot of the front of our home all lite up for Christmas:Notice the CHRISTMAS TREE in the Window on the Right.Not way over th...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
 I have a good friend and neighbor that has asked me if I could help out. I am thinking about it (this is stepping out of my comfort zone).... Heck I already have the Hat!!!I have served meals (cooked a little) at our local Salvation Army... But this is a new request (see below):Please Help the Salvation Army "Bell Ringing" Kettle Drive.... The Salvation Army is seeking "Bell Ringing" volunteers to help raise money for those in need during this Holiday Season.   To volunteer your time, in Charlottesville please contact Ashley Gonzales at 295-4058, ext. 101. Call your local Salvation Army to volunteer!!!My friend told me that this year the salvation army is having a difficult time filling bell-ringing slots.  Since this is the most important part of the salvation army's fundraising effor...
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By Dave Shockley, Putting my clients needs first Roy Wheeler Realty
(Independent Contractor)
Charlottesville, Virginia Grand IlluminationIf you are planning to visit Charlottesville, Virginia over the Thanksgiving Holiday don't miss the "Grand Illumination".This Charlottesville tradition is scheduled for Friday, November 23rd.  Activities begin at 4:00pm with music.  Then around 5:15pm there will be Candlelit Caroling at the City Hall Plaza on the East End.At 6:00pm will be the Grand Illumination at Central Place.  Other activities will include face painting, ornament making, hot apple cider, chestnut roasting, snow for the kids and more.This is a great tradition that everyone can enjoy so bring the entire family.  Have a safe Thanksgiving.
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By Keith Neeley, RE/MAX New Horizons
(ReMax New Horizons)
This week is traditionally a rivalry weekend in college football.  Around these parts there are none bigger then Virginia Tech vs. Virginia.  Kick-off is set for noon in Charlottesville.  This year's outcome is for first place and a berth in the ACC championship game set for December 1 in Jacksonville.  Boston College awaits the winner.  The VT-UVA match-up has never meant so much.  Virginia has over-achieved this year and look to complete a story-book season.  Go Hoos.                                                                                            
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
 When I started to work on my website I came up with a name that would be (what I thought) Easy to remember and something that related to Real Estate and of course Charlottesville (the area I work and live in).So I came up with http://www.mycharlottesvilleagent.com/... Now I thought this was a good name and it seems to be fairly easy to remember... Maybe a little long, but Charlottesvillle is a long name to start with.Fast forward and I get into Blogging... So the next step is to come up with a name for my Blog site. It took about 10 seconds for me to come up with http://www.mycharlottesvilleblog.com/ ... not bad and it fits my theme.So why do I have to have Charlottesville in the name... Well let me show you a picture:ANY QUESTIONS???If you have any question about our wonderful area, t...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
I went to our local CAAR (Charlottesville Association of REALTOR®) this morning for yet another day of class. As many of you know I am in the final stretch of my Brokers License.Something happened today that I wanted to share:When I got out of my Truck I looked around and something looked different... so I grabbed my camera to see if I could capture it.....This was what I saw on the street when driving into CAAR. I still did not think that I captured it with my camera.......... So I looked around and took this picture right over the bed of my Truck:AHHHH, That was it, the True Color of Fall!!! Just Beautiful.... I think this is the best color we have seen in years!I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!Regards from Charlottesville, Charles 
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
There will be a meeting coming up to discuss the Eastern Connector of routes 29 and 20 on November 28 & 29 Wednesday, November 28, 2007Baker Butler Elementary School Cafeteria 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Thursday, November 29, 2007Albemarle County Office Building 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.The City Council and the County Board of Supervisors want to see if there is a reasonable alternative to relieve the congestion on Route 250 Bypass.Over the past several months, the members of the Eastern Connector Study's Steering Committee and their consultants have investigated a number of potential improvement alternatives.This is a good opportunity for the public (you) to find out what they are proposing... Keeping in mind their potential effects on both traffic congestion and the environment.I hope that you...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
Heads up!!! ---- Our Annual Christmas Party is almost here!!! ---- Food, Spirits, Live Music and Singing around the piano (if you dare)   DATE: Saturday, December 1st, 2007   TIME: 6pm - til the "Grinch's heart" is filled with Holiday Cheer!!!   LOCATION: The McDonald's Home Written invites are on their way, we just wanted you to mark your calendars!       Please RSVP - (no gifts please, your presence is our present!)     Looking forward to another fun evening with you all, Happy Holidays! The McDonald's  
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For those of you in Virginia or D.C. area who would like to attend, former UVA Defensive End and New England Patriot Chris Slade will appear on Friday, November 9th, at the Monticello Event and Conference Center at the first annual Hope Foundation Sports Banquet.  The event will benefit the Hope Community Center in Charlottesville, VA and is $250 per table or $35 for individual tickets. Dinner will be included as well as remarks from Chris - and a Drama, too. The Event is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHEN:  November 9, 2007  - from 7 - 9 p.m.WHY:  Celebrating Hope Community Center & Its Future (to provide programs such as teaching English to adults & children who are new to this country, after school homework & exercise for neighborhood children, & more) http://www.rosefellowship.org/work/hope...
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
Last night, my wife and I let the kids pick the movie and guess what they picked?    "TRANSFORMERS"   What a WILD movie, we watched it at home so we missed some of the big screen effects.   The special effects (even on out HDTV) are fantastic and the sounds are well done!    I was on the edge of my seat. Not to give the story line away but my son was quick to point out that MEGATRON is actually a TANK... so as usual Hollywood took some liberties!   There is a lot of fighting but not to much subject matter that the kids can not watch... the little bit when right over their heads... I think!   Movies are a great Family Time and we love to do things as a family!!!   It was a great show and I highly recommend it! With my wife and kids and I together we give it:   8 THUMBS UP!!!   Enjoy
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
 Builders, Builders, Builders…. What are you thinking?  Our Housing market never really seems to stop building. We may have a single builder get out of the game (see: BUILDER calls it QUITS!). But the demand for housing is and continues to be strong for the Charlottesville Real Estate Market. Some of the smart builders and smart developers know this.  We are seeing smaller developments around the city and even have a new development with hundreds of homes in the plan for the southern part of our area (This project is called Biscuit Run).  There is a lot of debate over where and how and why.   However, I want to go on record as saying to builders, "stop building homes that do not have a First Floor Master!"The baby boomers are at an average age of around 60 years old. I can tell you from...
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By Dave Shockley, Putting my clients needs first Roy Wheeler Realty
(Independent Contractor)
In this report for Charlottesville, Virginia & Albemarle County real estate I increased the range just a little.  The selection here is GREAT for anyone looking for a home in this range.Listing Price          # of Listings$200,000 - $250,000       173As I mentioned in the last report.  The inventory is great here.  Almost 8% of these homes are new construction.I realize that there is more to consider than the price range.  You may have some very specific needs.  The number of bedrooms, master on the first floor, garage and close to town.  Using this criteria we could narrow the search down to around 15 homes that you could consider.If you have other specifics that you would like researched visit our web site at www.charlottesvillerealestatebyDave.com and run the search yourself.
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By Prue Shockley, Charlottesville Virginia Real Estate
(Real Estate III)
As Realtors we sell homes for clients all the time but it wasn't until we had our own home on the market that I realized everything that was invloved.  This is a series to help sellers sell their homes quickly, profitably and with-out too much STRESS!  Part One.. Should I sell my House? The question of selling your home is always a tough one. Believeme , it is not fun!  However,i t may be that you have no choice but to sell such as being transferred to a new job area, needing more space for a growing or changing family situation, needing a change of climate, making a good investment decision, or it may be you just want to sell because you are tired of the house you are in or area in which you live.  No matter the reason make no mistake, selling is not an easy thing to do and is not a de...
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By Dave Shockley, Putting my clients needs first Roy Wheeler Realty
(Independent Contractor)
A few years ago this would have been a dream for home buyers in Charlottesville or Albemarle County.  If there was a property under $200,000 it would only be on the market for a few days.If you are in the market for a home in the Charlottesville, Virginia Area, and looking for a home in the $150,000 to $200,000 range you may be interested in the figures below.Below are the statistics for the Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Market.  The information for this report was compiled from information gathered at 11:45am today October 25, 2007.The breakdown is as follows.Listing Price Rante     # of Listings$150,000 - $159,999               19$160,000 - $169,999               23$170,000 - $179,999               27$180,000 - $189,999               33$190,000 - $199,999               25$200,...
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By Dave Shockley, Putting my clients needs first Roy Wheeler Realty
(Independent Contractor)
I usually do not cut and paste information for my Blog.  However, this came out recently from the CEO of our association.  I called and ask permission to use this just as it is.  There is also a link to the news story that was aired recently on one of our local news channel.  I feel this puts a better light on our local market.There are probably other stories outside of the Charlottesville, Virginia area that maybe you would like to share.Five Reasons to Be a First Time BuyerBy Dave Phillips - CEO - Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors®If you are currently renting a home or an apartment, this is an extraordinary time to buy a home.  Here are the top five reasons (not necessarily in order) to buy instead of renting.Link to video of this story: 5 Reasons for First Time Buyers 1.  ...
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By Rick Sergison, Durham Region Real Estate Blog
(EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage)
 PLANNING COMMISSION WORKSESSIONCROZET DOWNTOWN ZONINGOCTOBER 30, 2007 -- 4:00 p.m.On Tuesday Oct 30, 2007 our planning commission will hold a workshop to discuss the Downtown Zoning Project in Crozet. The zoning regulations are to be established for the district. Topics will include: building setbacksbuilding heightland usesrequirement for mixed useparking requirementssidewalkslandscapingbuffer/screening requirementsCrozet is under development and if you are considering the area or live in the area learn more and get involved.While in the area, give me a call to discuss Real Estate options available to you.Best regards, Charles McDonald
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By Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Solutions)
Our local SPCA is a "NO KILL" Organization.   You can find out more by checking out the website at : http://www.caspca.org/   While you are there, check out how to "Adopt a Dog or Cat...or Two!" and how to "Donate" to our local SPCA.    There are a lot of ways to get involved and one way is to just spread the word about the Charlottesville / Albemarle SPCA and it's website.  The main Shelter is at:   Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA | (434) 973-59593355 Berkmar Dr. (off of Rio Road West, just off Hwy 29)Hours: Open every day from 12pm - 6pm   (for complete contact infomation click on this link)     Do you have a home for a pet in your life?   Watch the streaming video of "Whiskers and Tales"
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By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
Oh Jimmy Buffet...  What a wise man.  :)  His lyrics below hit very close to home with my husband and I finally deciding to pick up and move to Virginia from Florida.  With the move, I have started contemplating career choices, and his lyrics begin to sum it up...  I took off for a weekend last month Just to try and recall the whole year All of the faces and all of the places  Wonderin' where they all disappeared I didn't ponder the question too long I was hungry and went out for a biteRan into a chum with a bottle of rum and we wound up drinkin' all night     It's these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes     Nothing remains quite the same     With all of our running and all of our cunning      if we couldn't laugh we would all go insane**A few weeks ago I was talking to an old ...
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