Suffolk, VA Real Estate News

By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Partners of VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
One of the fastest growing areas in Viriginia the past decade is the Harbour View area of Suffolk, located in the southeastern part of the state, near Virginia Beach/Norfolk. The Harbour View area, once pastures and farm land, has emerged as a strategic residential area for commuters from both the Southside hampton Roads area and the Peninsula (Newport News/Hampton area). This influx of new homeowners is bringing with it an emerging commercial boom.  Many new retail, medical and business establishments are under construction or have been recently completed. One of the largest projects slated for this area is the Harbour View Town Center, developed by Landonomics Group.  This project will occupy 126 acres, between Harbour View Boulevard and I-664, with a mixed use development that is bei...
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By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Partners of VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
East West Communities is very proud to announce that Sadler Building Corporation has been chosen as one of the Preferred Builders in the Southern Living® Custom Home Builder Program and is one of the top custom builders in Virginia. Sadler Building has been developing and building residential communities in the greater Hampton Roads area for almost two decades. With a background in biology and then real estate, President Ed Sadler began building homes one by one. The Savannah is available for sale for $689,000 in The Riverfront at Harbour View community. Since 1987, Sadler Building Corporation has built hundreds of homes in a wide variety of exclusive neighborhoods, and during this time has established a reputation for honesty and integrity. It is this, that he and his staff are most p...
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By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Partners of VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
 Many Benefits come from living in a golf course community.  Not into golf? Well, many of the families moving into a golf course community actually don't play the game all that often. Why are so many homebuyers choosing to buy into one? It used to be a known fact that if one lived in a neighborhood that had a golf course and club house, their primary for doing so was to be closer to the game they love. Not any more. They like living in a golfing community because of the quality of homes and the other fun recreational opportunities that come by living in the community. At The Riverfront at Harbour View community in the northern part of Suffolk, VA for example, we've seen many families relocate there because of the overall sense of community, the amount of open space, and the other amenit...
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By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Partners of VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
  People are used to imagining luxurious resort living when they go on vacation. But, homeowners at The Riverfront in Suffolk, experience lavish amenities in a spectacular waterfront setting all year around. Located in the Harbor View area of northern Suffolk, VA, The Riverfront at Harbour View features an expansive aquatic complex complete with clubhouse and cabana bar. The community also offers second pool with a dramatic infinity edge design overlooking one of the two community lakes. Other amenities in the community include two waterfront parks, biking/walking trails, a lakefront amphitheater, playgrounds, volleyball courts, tennis courts, and an 18-hole Tom Doak-designed championship golf course. www.the-riverfront.comHere, the best keeps getting better. The new Village Square Plac...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
If you are looking for a smartphone in Suffolk and not sure which one you want, try this website at http://www.tryphone.com/home.seam  It allows you to look at pictures and play with buttons to see what each one can do.  It is not a complete list but can be helpful.  Most of these should be helpful in the real estate market.  
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By Drick Ward Property Management / Broker Assoc, "RealtorDrick" - Experienced Representation
(NEPTUNE REALTY)
This week, it looks like everyone is snapping up the REO's in Suffolk with 16% fewer available bank owned properties than the city had last week.  Suffolk typically has larger houses and lots because people buy there knowing they will have a longer commute but they are willing to make that trade for the right house.  Builders realized this several years ago and built some nice large houses in Suffolk that have been priced below other cities in the area.  Consequently, as we reached the deadline for the tax credit, many of those homes were snatched up contributing to this week's results.  The other cities in Southside Hampton Roads had losses or remained constant with the exception of Chesapeake which had one more REO property available than the week before for a new total of 139. Forecl...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
I was out showing homes in Suffolk recently and saw a pellet stove.  So I did some research on pellet and corn stoves.  These type stoves are convenient and energy efficient.  Although the materials are similiar they require different combustion air/fuel ratios and ash removal rates.  Most stoves that burn corn can burn pellets but not the other way so make sure you buy a dual fuel stove.  The firepot design in the stoves makes them efficient and clean-burning.  Combustion air is drawn into the firepot and all around the pellets and/or corn.  With the high ratio of surface area to weight of the fuel, compared to firewood, the combustion is very complete.  With such high efficiency little heat is left in the exhaust gases so they can be vented outdoors througha s small double-walled meta...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Finally someone cares about the beautiful Nansemond River.  The Nansemond River Preservation Alliance was recently formed to better protect the Nansemond River from more growing pains.  Every new road, every new house in the watershed adversely affects the river in one way or another.  The alliance wants to check poorly planned development which would open more of the river to shellfish harvesting and cleaner waters.  The mission of the group is to work together with government, business and civic organizations to better manage the environmental stewardship of hte Chuckatuck Creek, Bennett Creek, the Nansmond River, tributaries and wetlands.  With all the new development coming online both residential and commercial, it is important to have some group looking over the shoulders of those...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Recently the Jewish Chapel at the Norfolk Naval Station was rededicated.  This Jewish Chapel is the oldest land based chapel in the Navy and was rededicated to Commodore Uriah P. Levy almost 50 years after it was named for him.  The Commodore had quite a career: he chased pirates, wrote books, spent 16 months in a British prison during the War of 1812 helped to end the harsh punishment of flogging.  Just for that he should have had something named after him. 
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
No phone at any speed in Hampton Roads is a safe way to drive but how do you accomplish it?  Use the off button of course.  What if you don't want your teenagers driving and talking when you are not there.  What if you aren't disciplined enough.  What would your insurance company think when you are in an accident talking on the phone with your buyers in the car? There is a service out there called ZoomSafer that uses a phones GPS to determine if a phone user is moving at driving speeds.  If so, the phone is disabled.  The system can be overridden but then an email is sent to the person who set the system up so if it is the kids driving you will know about it.  When driving, you can have ZoomSafer: Activate automatically or manually Auto-reply to text messages, emails and unanswered phon...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Do you have stinky water in Suffolk?  Do you have well water?  What causes the smell and how can the typical homeowner in Suffolk fix it?  Often water pipes are contaminated during construction with soil and the soil is deposited in the bottom of the tank. The soil contains Sulfate Reducing Bacteria (SRB).  The SRB react to the metal rods in the water heater creating hydrogen sufide which is harmless but smelly.  Here are three cures that might help you out. 1.  Replace your current magnesium metal rod in the water heater with an aluminum one.  The rod is used to improve the life of the glass liner but produces hydrogen sulfide as a by product.  The aluminum rod does the same thing but generates less hydrogen gas. 2.  Completely remove the metal rod and put a plug in its place.  This me...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Suffolk has rejected a school site for a new elementary school.  The spot was in Holland just off of US 58 near O"Kelly Drive.  The school is supposed to open in 2012 and will replace Robertson and Southwestern elementary schools.  The School Board has another site in mind but hasn't said where it is yet.   http://www.hamptonroadsrealestate.ws Come and see ALL the Homes for Sale in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, as well as the rest of Hampton Roads. This site is updated daily with new real estate listings, pictures and other information vital to your home search.
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Rents prices rose slightly in Suffolk and Hampton Roads last year.  Good news for landlords and not so good for renters.  They were up almost 1.5% from April to Oct and the vacancy rate is down to 6.9%.  That probably will go up after new figures are in for the next quarter.  More houses were bought and taken out of the rental market.  That should drive vacancy rates down and rents up.  More investors are being foreclosed on at the same time.  Planned new construction for apartments dropped dramatically as well from nearly 3,800 to 1,500.  That is a really big fall off from April 2009. http://www.hamptonroadsrealestate.ws Come and see ALL the Homes for Sale in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, as well as the rest of Hampton Roads. This site is updated daily with new real estate listi...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
EVERNOTE for the DROID is now available.  This is a neat product available for other platforms as well but since the DROID is in my immeadiate future I put a link to that page but you can easily naviagate to others. Capture Everything!!!  Create notes, snap photos, record audio and attach files, PDF, text, audio or images to the notes. Find Your Notes Anytime!!!  EVERNOTE comes with native note browsing for easy browsing.  It syncs to your desktop or web version so you always have the notes handy wherever you are. Different Views!!!  Choose between fancy thumbnails or a simple list view, your choice. Know your location!!!  If you are writing a note about a resturant, EVERNOTE will even capture your current location. Very handy when you are out looking at real estate for your buyers, esp...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
BING the new way to search the internet in Suffolk.  I just opened the browser on my smartphone and it came up with a new name called BING.  I usually use YAHOO so didn't know what that was all about.  It is a new search engine from Microsoft.  It is just crazy useful depending on the phone you have.  On the Blackberry Curve it turns on the phones microphone so that you can talk to it.  YOU DON"T HAVE TO TYPE, JUST TALK (watch out for big brother).  If you have a web site for your real estate listing, a buyer driving by just has to say the address and the listing would pop up.  How cool is that. Being on Verizon this is pretty nifty because you can't use the built in GPS for navigating but you can turn the GPS on and BING will find you.  You can get directions from where you are to wher...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Want to spend just a buck on Xmas this year and do it online while sitting at home in Suffolk?  You can.  Dollar Tree has gone online to sell but you have to buy in bulk.  Want a Santa hat, have to buy 48.  A candy filled Xmas mug, only by the case of 24 but hey each item is a buck or less.  Check out Dollar Tree now. http://www.geneallen.com Come and see ALL the Homes for Sale in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, as well as the rest of Hampton Roads. This site is updated daily with new real estate listings, pictures and other information vital to your home search.
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Macro Video, why didn't I think of that.  The following link is to a video made on a Panasonic Lumix    DMC FZ 38 CAMERA.  This is an upgrade to the camera that I have.  With video being added to cameras you can utilize almost all the features available to the camera to the video.  In this case it is to the Macro capability of the camera.  This one has also a close up filter attached to it.  Now the video is not all that impressive on the small screen but imagine watching it with your five year son on a 50 inch plasma tv.  That would be awesome.  It is also something they could participate in making.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCoJH0PU03U&feature=related   http://www.geneallen.com Come and see ALL the Homes for Sale in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, as well as the rest of Ha...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Tidewater Community College in Suffolk is sitting on some primo land.  It seems they own that big open area of land you see when you first come out of the Moniter Merrimac tunnel from Hampton.  I am talking not only to the right of the bridge but to the left as well.  There is about 389 acres.  When this is sold to developers it will be a huge financial boon to the college.  Interstate access and waterfront property.  Where else in the area is there anything like this left?  There is a small superfund cleanup site on the land but that will all be done by 2014.  http://www.geneallen.com Come and see ALL the Homes for Sale in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, as well as the rest of Hampton Roads. This site is updated daily with new real estate listings, pictures and other information v...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
The Homebuyer Tax Credit has extended and expanded for Suffolk residents.  It has been extended to include current homeowners.  The following are features of the new bill: •·Deadline for current credit is November 30, 2009. •·Deadline for new and improved credit is April 30, 2010, as long as the home is under contract by that date; deal must close within 60 days. •·Eligibility and amount of new credit: •-$8,000 for first-time homebuyers (those who have not owned a home in the last three years). •-Up to $6,500 credit for homeowners who have lived in the home they are selling, or have sold, as a principal residence for five consecutive years in the past eight.   •·Buyers with income exceeding $125,000 for single and $225,000 for married couples are not eligible.  •·Homes valued at more th...
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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
There is a new shotgun training center for Suffolk citizens.  Where can you go to learn how to use your new shotgun and make sure it is working great?  You can carry yourself on down to Moyock to the U.S. Training Center.  They teach handgun, shotgun and carbine.  This used to be the Blackwater center but a new name change for Blackwater (Xe) has resulted in a new name and mission for the training center.  They now are training civilians.  http://www.geneallen.com Come and see ALL the Homes for Sale in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, as well as the rest of Hampton Roads. This site is updated daily with new real estate listings, pictures and other information vital to your home search.
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