Fredericksburg, VA Real Estate News

By Jim Rake
(Century 21 Adventure)
  So, you're looking at a home you're considering purchasing, and you've found a couple of cracks in the home's foundation.   While we might think this is the exception, it is often the case.  We've found a perfectly good home, but we have questions about the integrity of the cement foundation.  Frequently, the cracks are small, but, every now and then, the cracks are much bigger.  Which foundation cracks pose a problem?  All of them?  Any of them? First, concrete cracks sooner or later.  Yes, all concrete cracks.  Many cracks are too small to see without the aid of good light and close proximity.    However, in most cases, for cracks in excess of 1/4 inch, further investigation is probably warranted.  A good source for expert advice is either a home builder/contractor, or, more specifi...
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By Jim Rake
(Century 21 Adventure)
  Locating pertinent information on loans, and specifically, home loans, is an exercise every home buyer attempts in preparing to buy a home.  For military personnel and veterans, a Veterans Administration (VA) loan is often the vehicle of choice.  But, is it the best choice for Vets?  The folks at VAMortgageCenter.com do an excellent job of providing veterans with the information they need to make an informed decision about VA loans and their value.  As a matter of fact, they've provided me with a brief article outlining the benefits of the loans.  Using accurate, factual data is vital to making an informed decision.  And, that's what the article below provides:  Whether you're getting back from deployment and you're ready to make that move from the barracks to homeownership, a little ...
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By Kevin McGrath, Long & Foster Real Estate Companies
(Long & Foster Real Estate Companies- Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania)
I am driving down the road, and for whatever reason, I missed your call. Maybe I was on the phone, maybe I was in Starbucks, or maybe I just had the music turned way up. Whatever. But if I see a missed call, you can bet I'll hit redial and buzz you back. I want to help you right away. But what I don't generally do is call my voice mail while I am driving. In my opinion it is just not worth the risk to myself and other drivers for me to try and drive and write your number down while I am driving. I mean, I can barely read my writing when I have written while it sitting at my desk. But back to my point; I will hit redial and call you right back. But that only works if you have called me from your cell phone, and the call goes directly to you. If you called me from your office phone, and w...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate Earth Day, plan to spend it at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.  Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, & Mary fame will be performing there at 7 p.m. on April 22.  Simply bring a blanket so you'll have a place to sit. Did I mention this is FREE? Can you think of a better way to enjoy Earth Day than by listening to some great songs from the 1960s.  Hopefully Paul will play some of the groups best known hits such as "Early Mornin' Rain" and "Leaving on a Jet Plane". I cannot wait to share this news with my 15 year old grandson. He has discovered a passion for the guitar and to our joy has developed a real talent for it.  Reese loves many of the songs, and groups, from the 1960s and 70s.  Do you know someone that would like to travel...
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By Pat Hallesy
(Coldwell Banker Elite)
. . . since I logged in to blog.  Quite a while.  More than a year, as a matter of fact.  I guess it's easy to do if you don't put yourself on a schedule.  A lot of things have changed in that time - guess I now have plenty of things to write about.    First things first.  My main concentration is now commercial real estate with Sperry Van Ness.  It's been a very steep learning curve.  Fortunately, I've had a great mentor who keeps me on my toes.  One advantage that I've brought over from residential real estate is my willingness to think outside the box.  Don't get me wrong, there are quite a few commercial agents willing to think out of the box.  However, there aren't as many who will go searching for the tools that help get them out of the box. I can also help out my better half with...
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By Jim Rake
(Century 21 Adventure)
    "Doubtless  one man's loss is another man's gain." Walter Scott, 1821 Yesterday's New York Times  featured an article on the influx of first time homebuyer's who've taken advantage of the current real estate market, which is flush with foreclosured homes for sale.  Of course, "foreclosure property" normally means a home priced at a bargain.  The article highlighted a few bright spots in the evolving housing market: 1)  Many families, who previously rented, are now finding bargain prices coupled with rock bottom interest rates, resulting in increased purchases. 2)  The addition of the first time homebuyers tax credit of $8000.00, coupled with bank incentives (like closing cost assistance for buyers) on listed foreclosed homes has encouraged many to purchase a home for the first time....
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Just a quick note to my AR pals to say I've moved to Exit Real Estate Professionals here in Fredericksburg!  I'll miss my pals at my old office in King George, but I'm much happier about the drive. Anyway, I have a new website at http://raynelson.exit-fredericksburg.com/ and a new blog at http://raynelsonrealestate.wordpress.com/.  Check them out, and feel free to congratulate me!  I'm super excited! Seriously though, I feel like this office has the few missing ingredients in my real estate stew.  It is almost perfect, but the tools that Exit provides are above and beyond the industry norm.  I think its a good marriage, and may have some buyers getting ready to climb off the fence!  Let's all look forward to a wonderful spring market.
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By Jim Rake
(Century 21 Adventure)
    Life is full of regrets.  However, my years in uniform aren't one of them. Military health care has taken its share of criticism over the years, but, it has always been there when needed.  Unexpected hospital visits have been challenging to say the least.  Like most families, every now and then, someone in the family has a minor emergency (you know, cut, scrape, broken ankle....skateboard mishap) that requires immediate medical attention.  Often, these occur after normal business hours, or more often than not, on a weekend.  Unfortunately, as a military retiree, we don't have the option of the base hospital/clinic to turn to any longer.  So, for emergencies, until recently, the closest local hospital was the only local hospital, Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. Friday mor...
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By Sue Pirrone
(Pirrones Graphic Designs)
Old Town Fredericksburg is full of small shops and restaurants, it is a charming place to spend an afternoon dining, and enjoying the architecture of some of the older buildings. The town sponsors "First Friday" which is a celebration of the arts.  There will be new exhibits opening in the down town galleries throughout the day.  For more information go to http://www.fredart.org/ Homes for sale in Manassas Virginia Homes for Sale in Haymarket Virginia Homes for Sale in Bristow Virginia Homes for Sales in Catharpin Virginia, Homes for Sale in Dumfries Virginia, Homes for sale in Woodbridge Virginia, Homes for Sale in Leesburg Virginia Homes for Sale in South Riding Homes for Sale in Aldie, Homes for sale in McLean Virginia, Homes for sale in Great Falls Virginia, Homes for sale in Oakton...
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By Jim Rake
(Century 21 Adventure)
   "There's a sucker born every minute."                                                                                        David Hannum Have you ever wondered what separates fact from fiction?  Is there a difference between fact and opinion?  If so, is it simply a matter of personal interpretation?   In the real estate business, we sometimes find that what is advertised may not be exactly what is delivered.  In real estate vernacular, that is often referred to as "puffing" or "puffery".  According to the 17th edition of the textbook, Real Estate Practice, puffing is defined as "a legal exaggeration of a property's benefits or attractiveness."  Apparently, in the sales business, this is an accepted practice!  On the other hand, its evil twin, "FRAUD", is characterized as "the intent...
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By Jim Rake
(Century 21 Adventure)
  One of the many pleasures of life in Northern Virginia is the opportunity to enjoy the well kept history of the Commonwealth.   For U.S. Colonial history buffs, there are more historic sights, sounds, and treats than one could possibly enjoy in a single lifetime.  Fortunately for me, my hometown of Fredericksburg offers a multitude of historic must see venues, some of which are worth stopping in more than just a couple of times a year.   Goolrick's Pharmacy is a combination of drug store and Soda Shop.  While the convenience of a corner pharmacy isn't lost on its clientele, the front half of the store and its old fashioned soda shop is what draws the tourists and keeps many visitors coming back. The assorted sandwiches (on toast if you'd like) include an assortment of the salad (egg, ...
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By Jim Rake
(Century 21 Adventure)
  As a father of three sons, I've been through the "must have" brands a couple of times.  You know, the teenager that turns to you, upon opening a Christmas present, and gives you that look, "You expect me to wear that"?  In other words, if it isn't a brand name, I ain't wearin' it.  Of course, growing up in a family of five boys with a father who worked two jobs to provide for his family, we were simply happy not having to wear hand-me-downs!  However, as we know, times have changed.  Besides, as my sons were probably thinking (just as I was at that age), "What does Dad know"? But, the apparent need to wear brand named clothes brings up a good question, "Do brand names make a difference"?  While many are convinced that the brands make them more hip, are those clothes really any better ...
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By Tom Smith, Your Top Real Estate Agent In Fredericksburg, VA
(Fredericksburg Realty LLC)
I'm currently working with investors. I work as a Realtor for Century 21 Adventure, Inc. My market is in Fredericksburg, VA. It seems that most of my clients have decided to wait to purchase, thinking home prices will decrease another 20%. My perspective is a bird in hand is better than two in the bush. Prices may come down further. They may not. That's a chance they are willing to take. I'm confronted and asked daily about our current market conditions. I explain to them that now is the best time to get a once in a lifetime deal .Investors can make a fortune with flipping foreclosures. I advise my move up sellers that they may take a hit on the sale, but gain back on purchase. As Realtors, many buyers and sellers look to us and our input in their decision making process. We need to emp...
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By Ray Nelson
(Exit Realty Expertise)
Okay, I finally made my first Green Drinks last night and had a great time.  For those of you who haven't heard of it, Green Drinks is a monthly cocktail hour for people in green industries.  It is organized globally via their site, www.greendrinks.org and locally by eco minded folks in the community.  I've been looking for a way to get involved in our local green scene, and this looks like it. I have been trying to go to this thing for at least 6 months, but things kept coming up.  However, since my pal Matt Rathbun was speaking at this one, I made the extra effort to attend.  He is our local real estate board's director of education, and he was there to talk about the Green designation for REALTORs that NAR is now offering. Its a pretty fantastic designation, and I wish I could take t...
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By Sue Pirrone
(Pirrones Graphic Designs)
Before every new years, I try to search out the best and newest event to attend on new years eve..  So, I thought I'd share with my local AR friends some of the events for this years.  First Night in Fredericksburg, will be held in downtown Fredericksburg.  A stage will be set up for performances and activities throughout the evening. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and at 12:00 a.m.  This is a great way for the entire family to enjoy a safe, family freindly event.... Enjoy                
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By SHERRY HANNIGAN
(Coldwell Banker Elite)
I just came across this Video Ad that Pat Ritchey, a RE/Max realtor, created for himself.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-245EHD2mFs Being a golfer, I thought this was great and very creative. Just thought I would share.  
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
For all of those living in the Fredericksburg area and for all of those fortunate to visit please be sure to treat yourselves to more than a peek at one of the very best shops in the area. Although this is not a Christmas store, one would hardly know at this time of year.  It is decked out from head to toe with a vast array of ornaments, stockings, whimsical gifts, and just about anything you can think of that will add to your holiday joy.                                                          If you like what you see here you will be even more excited when you actually pay a visit to Whittingham 1201 Caroline Street Fredericksburg, VA
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
Oh, oh.  There's been a little mischief going on here at home.  Thank goodness I have just the place to go to replace my ornament.  I will just take a quick drive down to 1021 Caroline Street to Old Town Fredericksburg where I'll run into Whittingham's and then.........................well, it will not be that easy.  After all there are so many ornaments to choose from even now.  So if you are looking for the perfect decoration for your home, an unusual ornament for your tree or a unique gift for the special ones in your life, follow me to Whittingham's.  You will  delight in the choices you have.  I suppose I must warn you.  Allow enough time as this is one store it is very hard to simply walk in and back out.  One more thing, before walking through that door take a good long look at ...
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By Ginger Walker, Realtor e-PRO,CSP
(Keller Williams Realty)
I know that I have posted about the HOPE HOUSE in Fredericksburg before, but this is such a great event I wanted to share it with you.  The HOPE HOUSE is a shelter for homeless women and children here in Fredericksburg, VA and they are holding their annual FESTIVAL OF TREES right now! The FESTIVAL OF TREES is the main fundraiser the HOPE HOUSE holds each year.  It is a beautiful display of trees that are decorated by different companies, organizations, or families that are donated for a silent auction.  They are also judged for different categories such as Best in Show, Most Original, Most Patriotic, Best Sports Themed, Best Non Traditional, to name just a few!  It also includes Holiday Bouquets, a tea, a luncheon, a fashion show, and a place to purchase decorations such as wreaths for ...
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By Sandy Bacon
(MacDoc Realty)
If you really love turkeys--and we're not talkng when they are covered in gravy--consider celebrating the all american holiday this year by sponsoring a turkey through Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project.They have been around since 1986 and the sponsorships help the organization rescue and care for the animals at its sanctuaries.  In additions, the group advocates for turkeys and other animals and educates eaters about them.The site features photos of turkeys with names like Faye, and Serendipity that are awaiting sponsoship... In addition to that you can also be part of the Turkey Express Adoption program, which places rescued turkeys in safe, permanent homes.Can't sponsor or adopt a turkey this year?  Here are some great ideas for a Vegetarian Thanksgiving.
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