Charlottesville, VA Real Estate News

By Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer
(Gibson Management Group, Ltd.)
While many "non-real estate professionals" may not see the trouble brewing here, Tim Harris of Inman clearly sees a problem with the MAJOR MLS data feed to Zillow possibly disappearing in April.   Is the beginning of the end of Zillow?   I receive almost half of my rental inquiries from Zillow/Trulia/HotPads although I do not personally place my rental listings there - my website host... HomeRentals.net ...SYNDICATES their client's listings to these "migration" sites.   The ONLY sites I place my clients' rental listings on DIRECTLY are 1) my HERO website; and 2) Craigslist.....and NO, I do not put my rental listings on our local MLS.   I personally see Craigslist becoming/coming BACK into favor for real estate listings now that their scamming potential has been minimized and their real ...
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By Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer
(Gibson Management Group, Ltd.)
I already have a vew rental homes posted on my web site for occupancy this summer where I know that the residents will be leaving....and ALREADY rental prospects are getting frustrated with the VERY SLIM choices they have.   While I will certainly have more rental homes available after I send out my February rental increases, that will place my increase in inventory directly in line with the new "matches" to the UVa Medical School who need to secure their rental housing for move-in the last week of June.   So when rental prospects who really want a house are not willing to secure it ASAP and want me to hold it for them to view in 3 or 4 weeks when they have time to come into town, they are frustrated when I say...it may be GONE!     ...it may be GONE and there may not be that many for t...
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By Fulton Gaylord, 1st-Time Home Buyer Realtor - Charlottesville, VA
(Keller Williams Realty)
Tips For Getting A Charlottesville Mortgage Sponsored By: Houses In Charlottesville andFulton Gaylord - Keller Williams Realty Are you considering buying a Charlottesville Virginia property as a second home or investment? Perhaps you are looking for a small cottage or apartment where you can escape for vacation, or maybe you want to have another home closer to family. Maybe you want to rent out your second property and make a steady income from your investment. Whatever the reason, a second piece of real estate can be a fantastic investment. However, sometimes getting a mortgage on your second home can be a challenge. Generally, a mortgage lender will have tougher standards for second home loans than primary home loans. This is because usually when you are buying a second home your fina...
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By Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer
(Gibson Management Group, Ltd.)
While I was in the line at a local popular bagel shop recently, a woman and her husband in front of me were lamenting to a friend how HARD homeownership is.   Their plumbing has a leak and she was unsure what to do.  Her quote was..."when she was a tenant, she just called her landlord"....now that she is a homeowner, she has to determine who to call and how much it will cost.  She had not considered this aspect of home ownership when they purchased their home last summer.   Meanwhile, a WORKING single mom w/3 small girls is suffering with a broken heating system that she can not get fixed until February when she gets her tax refund. Her family is staying warm with space heaters loaned to her by friends in her community.   Local community action agencies, utility assistance programs and ...
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By Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
Choosing the Right Type of Equestrian Boots for Horseback Riding If you are getting ready to buy a Charlottesville horse farm, you might need to buy a pair or two of equestrian boots that are perfect for horseback riding. Equestrians in Charlottesville are abundant. Many people ride their horses in different terrains and for different purposes. These people need the appropriate footwear for the type of riding they are going to do. Here is a list of equestrian boots to satisfy the needs of horseback riders: English Tall Boots These boots are perfect for people who ride to hunt, for basic horsemanship and for jumpers. They are best worn with breeches. They cover the lower leg up to the knee. Dress Boots The only difference between field and dress boots are laces. The latter that have lace...
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By Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
Choosing the right features for horse stalls in your Charlottesville horse farm. Horses are majestic, powerful and beautiful but, admittedly, they require a certain level of maintenance—this begins with having the right shelter for your horses in your Charlottesville horse farm. Choosing a horse stall with the right features is an important aspect in caring for your horses. The horse stalls should be in an environment where it can be easily accessed and maintained. Finding the perfect horse stall can be a challenge. Read how to select the right horse stall when visiting horse farms for sale in Charlottesville. Selecting Horse Stalls The barn that you are looking for should have enough room to accommodate all your horses. You are going to need one stall for each horse. The barn should be...
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By Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer
(Gibson Management Group, Ltd.)
Finding out when rental prospects are moving is one of the first questions I ask in my PRE-screening routine.   Prospects coming from a "migration site" like Zillow, Move/Realtor, Trulia (sorry ActiveRain) do not see when a rental property is available so they often go through the FRUSTRATING process of filing out an inquiry form thinking that someone will call them.   NOT IN MY WORLD!  I don't know where they are,  what time zone and if I call them and they don't answer we are in phone tag and they can then call me back AT ANY TIME with the anticipation of a discussion of their rental home needs at 3A - THEIR or MY time.   MY WORLD gets them a return e-mail with the following:     NOTE to ZILLOW, TRULIA, MOVE, Realtor.com& HotPads users....these are "migration sites" and do not contain...
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By Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer
(Gibson Management Group, Ltd.)
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By Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
Do Pasture Horses Need Grain? When looking for Charlottesville horse farms, one must look at the horse’s necessity. Horses naturally eat grass. Grain was only created by man to make the horses heavy. Horses were used to pulling caravans and did not have the luxury of time to graze. Feed bags were invented during this time to supplement the food of horses. Here are several ways to know if a horse should be given grain: Activity Horses are created to survive on grass alone. Giving them grain is a decision that can be greatly influenced by the activity of the horse on a daily basis and amount and quality of pasture that is available. If a horse is reserved for a competition, it would be best to calculate the number of games that the rider wants to enter and its condition. Age Young horses ...
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By Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer
(Gibson Management Group, Ltd.)
In early December, I received the Realtor Emeritus designation from NAR. There were 2 of us awarded this designation out of over 600 members of our association.   To be fair, the NAR emeritus application wanted proof of my continued membership in NAR for the last 40 years.  I almost did not complete the form as I have been an NAR member in 3 states and 4 associations under 3 DIFFERENT last names.   I did have my GRI designation certificate from the University of Hawaii Small Business School from 1973.     In the "olden daze", the GRI designation was actually taught by NAR national instructors and held at colleges and universities.  I took the course as it would lower the number of years I had to be a sales person in order to sit for the broker exam.    ....and since they have added a "s...
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By Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
5 Types of fences for your Charlottesville horse farms. The safety of your horse farm must always be a major priority as a horse owner. That is why when looking for Charlottesville horse farms for sale, you must first educate yourself on what to expect when it comes to fences. The type of fences used in horse farms can greatly contribute to safety, as well as to attractiveness and functionality of the property. Although every kind has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, the 5 types of fences below are the most commonly used by equine property owners everywhere. Wood The first and the most common type of fence in Charlottesville is the wooden fence. You can even see these types of fences in high end properties. Wood is the way to go install if you want something strong and appea...
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By Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
4 Most overlooked questions When buying a Charlottesville horse farm. When one wishes to buy a horse farm, a checklist of wants and needs always comes useful. But sometimes, just like when shopping for a home, there are details a buyer fails to check when choosing the best horse farm for sale in Charlottesville which later on leads to regret. To avoid this from happening to you, consider these 4 items when you look for the most ideal horse farm. How do you get in and out of the place? Depending on your purpose for having a horse farm and horses, the need to take your horses outside may vary. But in any case, you must make sure that access to your property is easy. Try to evaluate if you think there would be a problem getting horses in and out of your property, and what you can do about ...
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By Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
Tips on managing manure in your Charlottesville horse farm for sale. If you have been a horse owner for quite some time now, you should know that a single horse can easily produce a pile of manure. If left unattended, a lot of negative effects might come from it, aside from definitely scaring off potential buyers. This is why manure management is an essential part of keeping your Charlottesville horse farm for sale a well maintained farm. Here are some of the basic tips you might find useful. Decide on a manure management plan If you are just about to buy an equestrian property, then this would be the best time for you to contemplate on how to go about managing your farm, including how to deal with manure when you already have horses. Mostly, people choose to compost, but you can also t...
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By Fulton Gaylord, 1st-Time Home Buyer Realtor - Charlottesville, VA
(Keller Williams Realty)
What if Your Teenager Doesn’t Want to Move To Your New Charlottesville Home? By Fulton Gaylord Sponsored by: Houses In Charlottesville You’ve got a new job offer across the country and you are planning to pack your things, buy a Charlottesville home, and make the big move. However, when you tell your 17 year old daughter your plans, she lets out a mournful wail and cries that it's not fair. How can you possibly take her away from all of her friends, her favorite hangout spots, and the cute boy she just started seeing? Moving house is a difficult transition and it is even more traumatic for teenagers. The teenage years are an important stage where young adults establish their individuality and independence and during this time their social circle is extremely important to them. Being rem...
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By Fulton Gaylord, 1st-Time Home Buyer Realtor - Charlottesville, VA
(Keller Williams Realty)
Questions To Ask Your Charlottesville Home Inspector Sponsored By: Houses In Charlottesville When you buy a Charlottesville home, you need to know exactly what you’re buying. Imagine how frustrated you’d be to find out that the hot water heater wasn’t working—in the middle of a shower! This is why you should have a home inspection before you buy your Charlottesville home. A home inspection is an important part of buying your Charlottesville home. Before you hire a home inspector, ask candidates a few questions to make sure you hire a trustworthy inspector. What does your inspection cover? Not all inspections are the same. Ask for copies of previous home inspections so you can see exactly what they will check inside your Charlottesville home. If you are concerned about something specific...
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By Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
Basic process of buying a Charlottesville horse farm for sale (part 1) Ever dreamed of having a horse farm of your own? Worried about the extent of work it entails to purchase one? Wondering if you have enough money for a horse property? Let us answer these questions for you by walking you through the process of buying a Charlottesville horse farm. Below are the first few steps in horse farm buying which you need to take note of. Find and work with an experienced local agent Residential and horse farms are very different properties. But for both, one of the most important steps to follow is to choose a reliable agent to help you find the best property for you. One must trust somebody who actually has experience in helping people buy or sell horse farms in Charlottesville. This is import...
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By Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
Tips for a healthier pasture on your Charlottesville horse farm. Your pasture is not just an open space for horses, it is their home, playground, training ground and kitchen, so to speak. Moreover, a healthy pasture is attractive to Charlottesville horse farm buyers because aside from making the farm look good, it also gives an impression that it is carefully maintained. Here are some tips you could use to keep your pasture healthy. Consider the layout You can design your pasture in such a way that all the necessary factors needed by the horses are easily accessible to them. Build fences around the equestrian property that could guide and protect horses. Your pasture should have a steady and clean water supply, shelter from bad weather, and enough mineral salt blocks. Check out www.jump...
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By Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
Top tips for a safer Charlottesville horse farm for sale. Many horse farm owners know that such properties are common venues for accidents. Aside from the natural tendencies of horses to not mind about confines when they get frightened, the presence of large equipment and the very makeup of a Charlottesville horse farm can be relevant factors that could lead to danger. As a property owner and seller, following the tips below can be crucial to making and keeping your horse farm a safer place both for horses and people. Planning and construction Careful planning of how your paddocks, barns and fences are constructed can play a vital role in minimizing risks. If you are still in the planning stages of setting up your equine property, look for safety measures on building these things. Do no...
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By Fulton Gaylord, 1st-Time Home Buyer Realtor - Charlottesville, VA
(Keller Williams Realty)
Charlottesville Neighborhoods By Video Submitted By Fulton Gaylord, Keller Williams Realty, Charlottesville, Virginia   We were having one of our semi-monthly fire-pits out in our neighborhood cul-de-sac last Friday night, this time welcoming two new NGIC families that just moved into our community, when discussion revolved around real estate and me being the local Forest Lakes Realtor: I was SO pleased that one of the couples said they had viewed many of my neighborhood videos and it was a driving force for them to pick a rental in Forest Lakes! They also liked my extensive information about many of our Charlottesville neighborhoods that they found at my website--> Charlottesville VA Homes Here is an example of one of my neighborhood videos:   To see ALL of them, GoTo my YouTube site--...
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By SHERRY HAYWARD, Charlottesville Homes and Farms
(KELLER WILLIAMS)
Charlottesville Town Homes For Sale Under $150,000 Search the Charlottesville town homes for sale under $150,000. MLS listings with full details, interior photos, maps and school information. Currently there are 38 Charlottesville town homes for sale in the 22901 zip code.      Featured Charlottesville town home for sale 1781 Webland View Charlottesville VA 22901     Schedule a Showing/Request Info Charlottesville Homes for Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work What is Your Home Worth?   Sherry Hayward Keller Williams Charlottesville 703-655-2223 Questions?Schedule a Showing!   Licensed In:Virginia Information valid for the date of this posting only. Please contact us for the most current information and status of this property. 1781 WEBLAND VIEW CHARLOTTESVILLE, ...
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