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Dec. 14, 2016

Sellers Rejoice - Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads Market Report Nov 2016

Sellers Rejoice...the real estate market has tipped in your favor based on the Real Estate Information Network (REIN), the local Multiple Listing Service provider.  virginia beach real estate stats

To quote REIN:  "In recent months it has been the trend in Hampton Roads for growth of real estate pending and settled sales to outpace that of the active listings. For the most part, November’s statistics followed this same pattern, as active listings continued to decline year-over-year and the change in sales activity held steady in the positive column. One difference, though, is that while Hampton Roads has been able to maintain a balanced market in recent history (typically a 5 to 7 months inventory supply), in November the months' supply dipped below 5 months and has allowed the scales to tip slightly in favor of the sellers."

Virginia Beach and Portsmouth experienced the largest drops in active inventory, falling 11.42% and 10.30% respectively. 

So it now a good time to sell?  YES...Contact me if you need a market analysis or consultation...its free and its PAYS to know your neighborhood.

Posted in market reports
Dec. 11, 2016

GEICO NEW JOBS AND HOMES

Geico announced that they are going to hire approximately 500 more employees for sales, service, and claims at the Virginia Beach office located just off General Booth Blvd and Dam Neck Road.  

This facility is located in the Ocean Lakes school district where affordable homes nearby the facility exist.

Geico new jobs include fast track positions.  

You can view all Geico jobs in Virginia Beach at this company website.

Looking for a home in Virginia Beach?  Contact me here and I will find your dream home.

Posted in ocean lakes
Oct. 31, 2016

3d homes tour virginia beach

A 3D home tour can be the difference in making your home standout from the competition.  Especially if the potential buyers is International or from out of Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads.

A 3D home tour will highlight your home from all angles plus give the buyer a much better perspective of "spaces" and how things may "fit" in your home.  Add high quality photos to the 3D home tour and you have a super product for the home seeker.

 

 

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You can view my example 3D home tour from a recent Sandbridge property that sold here.  You will notice the ability to move around from room to room and present the viewer a total picture of the property.

All my listings now come with a 3D home tour as I am confident this will help your home sell faster plus an added value for your business.   Also, your listing will be syndicated to all the major real estate sites such as Zillow, Trulia, homes.com, Redfin, and much more.

Contact me for more information or schedule an appointment.

Posted in Selling Your Home
May 18, 2016

Sandbridge homes for sale with 3D Photography

Sandbridge Homes for Sale with 3D photography

Ask yourself, I am a homeowner in Sandbridge and want/need to sell my home.  What's the best way to present the home to the widest local and out of town audience?  Everyone can put up some photos or do an overhead DRONE shot.

But...the common thread that out of area Sandbridge home buyers are looking for is an understandable layout of the interior.  This is especially true of the Sandbridge buyer that may be considering an investment/rental property.

Its a 24 hour open house that can be viewed anytime, anywhere.  See the example below and read more at this dedicated 3D interactive photography page.

Just look at this recent Sandbridge home for sale presented with 3D photography:

 

Posted in Sandbridge
May 12, 2016

Homes for sale by Kellam High School

Homes for sale by Kellam High School

This particular high school district (Kellam) is one of the most sought out areas in Virginia Beach.  Super elementary and the middle school compliment what is a great educational environment.  homes for sale by kellam high school

Kellam High School (new) launched in Jan 2014 and features many amenities both environmental and technological.  

Neighborhoods and homes for sale by Kellam High School include (but not limited to ):

Courthouse Estates, Indian River Plantation, Eagles Nest, Victoria Park, Princess Anne Quarter, Highcourt, Sandbridge, portions of Lagomar, Ashville Park, Sherwood Lakes, Heritage Park, portions of Red Mill Farm, Three Oaks, Highgate Green, Pungo, Blackwater, Litchfield Manor, Rollingwood, Princess Anne Woods, Southgate, Mathews Green, West Neck Landing, and many more.

You can view all homes for sale by Kellam high school at this dedicated page (link).

Nearby attractions and amenities include:

Harris Teeter anchored shopping area nearer West Neck and Kellam HS.  The Virginia Beach Municipal Center is next to this shopping center. 

Red Mill Commons featuring all major stores plus restaurants including Home Depot, Wal Mart, Office Max, Primo Pizzeria, fast food outlets, Starbucks, Panera, and much more too long to list.

Just 10-15 minutes from anywhere in the Kellam high school district is one of the finest beaches on the East Coast - Sandbridge and the Back Bay area.  Or, head to the resort area and walk, bike, run on the boardwalk and enjoy the many restaurants at the oceanfront.

Pungo/Blackwater are not far from the high school where numerous recreational opportunities exist including the Munden Point park and boat launch into the inter-coastal waterway.  Or, if heading towards Sandbridge visit False Cape State Park where every kind of wildlife is visible in this pristine area of Southeast Virginia Beach. 

Everything is good in this part of the city.

 

Posted in General Articles
April 20, 2016

Strawberry Picking in Virginia Beach

It's that time of year again to take advantage of all the great strawberries coming to market.  Plus, the fun of picking them with your family.

Below are the phone numbers for the various growers in Virginia Beach/Pungo, etc.   Call first to ensure nothing has changed.  As a Kellam High School district resident I cannot wait for the great crops becoming available.  Of course, it is great to support our local farmers and residents.

More information for the Strawberry festival located at this link.

 

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Posted in General Articles
March 6, 2016

St. Jude Dream House Giveaway

St. Jude Dream Home Giveway The annual St. Jude Dream House Giveaway is back again.   The St. Jude Dream House Giveway open house tour is from March 12 through April 17 with the giveaway date being April 24, 2016.

This year's house is located in the Hanbury Woods neighborhood of Chesapeake. Hanbury Woods is an exclusive custom home development in the Hickory High School District.  

The house has an estimated value of $550,000 and being built by the outstanding Stephen Alexander team.  

Other prizes include a 2016 Chrysler 200 Limited Sedan from Hall Automotive and Southern Bank.  Also, registrants can win a chance for a $5000.00 shopping adventure at Value City Furniture.  Tickets for the dream home giveaway are $100.00 each.  

St. Jude's hospital treats children with catastrophic diseases and this is one of their biggest fundraisers.   Get behind this worthwhile cause and visit the open house tours.  More info at dreamhome.org.  

 

 

Posted in Real Estate News
March 1, 2016

Red Mill Farm Sold In 5 Days

Red Mill Farm Sold In 5 Days

Red Mill Farm is a neighborhood located in both the Kellam and Ocean Lakes High school districts.  It is sought out because of its diversity of homes (ranch and 2 story), plus the affordability in two great school areas.

Contact me here if I can assist you with the Red Mill Farm area or anything of interest.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
Feb. 25, 2016

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Posted in Real Estate News
Nov. 8, 2015

Veterans Day 2015 Discounts Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads

The following information is posted courtesy of Military.com.  It is deemed accurate at time of posting.  Thanks for your service from one Veteran to many others.  veterans day 2015

Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO's include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.

Buy or sell your home and get HUGE $$ discount.  Contact me here.

Veterans Day 2015 Restaurant Offerings:

Applebee’s -- Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, on November 11.

*NEW* Arooga’s -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal from a fixed menu on November 11.

Bar Louie – On November 10 and 11, veterans and active military personnel get a free meal up to a $12 value.

*NEW* BJ’s Restaurant -- Active duty military and veterans receive a complimentary entree under $12.95 on November 11.

Bob Evans -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast from a select menu on November 11.

Bonanza Steakhouses -- Active duty and retired military get a free buffet on November 11, 4 pm to close.

*NEW* Burntwood Tavern -- Veterans and active military get a free lunch or dinner on November 11.

California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military receive a complimentary entrée from a special menu on November 11.

Cattlemens -- Active, inactive, and retired military personnel get a free Small Sirloin Steak Dinner on November 11.

Cheeseburger in Paradise -- Active and retired military personnel receive a complimentary burger with fries on November 11.

*NEW* Chicken Salad Chick -- On November 11, veterans and active duty military receive one sandwich or scoop of their choice of chicken salad, one side, a pickle spear and a cookie.

Chili’s -- Veterans and active military service members get a free entrée from a limited menu on November 11.

Cracker Barrel -- Veterans get a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert during lunch and dinner on November 11.

Denny’s -- Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 11, from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.

*NEW* Figaro’s Pizza -- Veterans and active duty service members get a complimentary medium 1-topping pizza on November 11.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill -- Active duty military and veterans get a free lunch or dinner entrée on November 11.

Friendly’s -- Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Veterans Day,November 11.

Golden Corral -- Golden Corral Restaurants' Military Appreciation Night free dinner will be available on November 11, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

*NEW* Gordon Biersch -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a free appetizer on November 11.

Hooters -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal from a select menu at participating locations on November 11.

IHOP-- On November 11, participating IHOP Restaurants offer veterans and active duty military free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

IKEA -- Veterans get a free entrée from November 8 through 11.

*NEW* Johnny Carino’s -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal with their choice of unlimited soup or salad from a Veterans Day Menu on November 11.

Krystal -- Active and retired military receive a free Krystal Chicken or Sausage Biscuit from 6 AM to 11:00 AM on November 11.

Little Caesars -- Veterans and active military members receive a free $5 Lunch Combo from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. on November 11.

*NEW* Logan’s Roadhouse -- In addition to the 10% military discount offered every day, military and former military guests will also receive a free dessert on November 11.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants -- On November 8, participating McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entree to veterans from a special menu.

Max & Erma's – On November 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering veterans and active military personnel a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.

Menchie's --  All active and retired military personnel will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on November 11.

Mission BBQ -- Veterans and active duty military get a free sandwich and a slice of cake on November 11.

O’Charley’s – Veterans and active duty service members get a free $9.99 meal on November 9, as well as free pie on November 11.

*NEW* Old Country Buffet -- Current and former service members receive a free lunch at participating locations from 11 am until 2 pm onNovember 11.

Olive Garden – On November 11, all veterans and current service members get a free meal from a limited menu. Family members dining with them enjoy 10% off of their meals.

On the Border -- Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” on November  11.

Orange Leaf -- Veterans and active duty military get a free cup of froyo on November 11.

Outback Steakhouse – All active and former service members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on November 11. Outback is also offering active and former service members 15% off their meals Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.

Pizza Schmizza -- Veterans and active duty service members get a free slice of pizza on November 11, between 1 and 4 p.m.

Ponderosa Steakhouse -- Active duty and retired military get a free buffet on November 11, 4 pm to close.

Red Hot & Blue -- Veterans receive a free entrée with the purchase of a second entrée on November 9, 10 and 11. Coupon required.

*NEW* Red Lobster -- Veterans, reserve and active-duty military personnel receive a free appetizer or dessert from a limited menu from November 9 through November 12.

Red Robin – Veterans and active duty military get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on November 11.

Rock and Brews -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side choice throughout the day on November 11.

Ruby Tuesday -- Veterans, active duty and reserve service members get a free appetizer on November 11.

*NEW* Ryan’s -- Current and former service members receive a free lunch at participating locations from 11 am until 2 pm on November 11.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill -- Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill is offering the choice between complimentary hummus served with grilled herb flatbread or garlic cheese bread on November 11.

Shoney's -- Shoney's will offer a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty service members on November 11.

Sizzler -- Sizzler offers active duty and veteran military members a free lunch and beverage from a limited menu on November 11 until 4 p.m.

*NEW* Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill -- Veterans and active duty get a free meal from a select menu on November 11.

Spaghetti Warehouse -- From November 9 through November 11buy one entrée and get the second entrée free. Coupon required.

*NEW* Starbucks -- Veterans, active duty service members and spouses get a free tall coffee on November 11 at participating locations.

Sticky Fingers -- Veterans, active, inactive or retired servicemen and servicewomen get a free entrée up to a $12.99 value on November 11. In addition to the free meal, veterans who dine-in get a coupon valued at $10 to be used on their next visit.

Texas Roadhouse -- Texas Roadhouse locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on November 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military.

TGIFridays -- Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch from a select menu on November 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

*NEW* Tony Roma’s – Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary half rack of Baby Back ribs on November 11.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill – Veterans and active military get a free entrée or individual pizza with an entrée or pizza purchase of equal or greater value on November 11.

Village Inn -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast on November 11 from a select menu at participating locations. Village Inn is also providing a “Thank you For Your Service Card valid for 20% off on the next visit.

Wienerschnitzel -- Veterans and active duty military receive a free Chili Dog and a small Pepsi on November 11.

World of Beer – All veterans and current service members receive a free select draught beer on November 11.

The following discounts were offered in 2014 but have not confirmed yet for 2015:

2014 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:

54th Street Grill -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal (up to $12) on November 11.

Bakers Square-- Veterans and active duty military get a free breakfast on November 11.

Black Angus Steakhouse -- Veterans, active and retired military personnel receive a free appetizer on November 11.

Boston Market – Boston Market is offering a free individual dessert with individual meal purchase on November 11 with military ID.

Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse – Veterans and active duty military personnel receive a $10 gift card on November 10 and 11.

Carlo’s Bakery -- Veterans and active service members get a free large cannoli on November 11.

Carrabba’s – All active and retired veterans get a free appetizerNovember 8 through 11.

CentraArchy Restaurants – Veterans and active duty service members get a free entrée and 25% off to their accompanied family and friends on November 11 at participating restaurants.

Champps -- On November 11, veterans and active duty military get a free cheeseburger.

Chophouse & Tavern -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary craft beer on November 11.

Chuck E. Cheese's – Veterans and active duty military get 20 free tokens from November 9 through November 15.

City Barbeque – All veterans get a free sandwich platter onNovember 11.

Claim Jumper -- On November 10, all Claim Jumper locations will provide veterans with a complimentary meal from a special menu.

Coffee Beanery -- Veterans and active duty military get a free tall cup of coffee on November 11 at participating locations.

Country Cookin -- Active, reserve, and retired military personnel receive a free meal on November 11.

East Coast Wings & Grill -- Veterans get a free appetizer or a free dessert on November 11. Offer good with a minimum purchase of $10.

Famous Dave’s -- On November 11, former and active military receive a free One Meat Salute at participating locations from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.

FATZ Café -- Veterans and active military get a free entrée onNovember 11.

Fire and Ice – Veterans, active duty and their families get a free lunch or dinner on November 11.

Food City – Veterans and active duty military get a free hot bar meal on November 11.

Gordon Biersch -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary craft beer on November 11.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar – Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch or dinner on November 11.

Greene Turtle -- Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a select menu on November 11 at participating locations.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream -- Veterans and active duty military get a free single scoop ice cream cone on November 11 at participating locations.

Hy-Vee -- Veterans and active-duty military members get a free breakfast buffet on November 11.

JJ’s Red Hots – Veterans and active duty military get with an unlimited free meal on November 11.

Kangaroo Express -- Service members visiting between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on November 11 get a grill item for 25-cents.

Krispy Kreme – Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut and small coffee to all veterans on Tuesday, November 11 at participating locations.

LaMar’s Donuts -- Veterans and active duty military get a free donut and 12 oz. coffee at participating locations from 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on November 11.

Lone Star Steakhouse -- On November 11, active duty, reserve and retired service members get a free appetizer.

LongHorn Steakhouse – Veterans and current service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu on November 11.

MOD Pizza -- Veterans and active duty military get a free individual, artisan-style pizza or hand-tossed salad on November 11.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary craft beer on November 11.

Petro Stopping Centers -- On November 11, all CDL drivers who are military veterans eat free at participating full-service restaurants.

Pie Five Pizza -- Active duty, reserve and retired service members get a free customized pizza on November 11.

Pinnacle Entertainment -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal at select casinos on November 11.

Pizza Factory -- Veterans get a free lunch special or a free lunch buffet on November 11.

Port of Subs -- Active duty military and veterans get a free small sub on November 11.

Rib Crib -- Veterans and active duty military eat free at participating locations on November 11.

Rock Bottom -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary craft beer on November 11.

Texas Corral – Active duty service members and veterans receive a free entrée on November 11.

Texas Land & Cattle -- On November 11, active duty, reserve and retired service members get a free appetizer.

Tijuana Flats -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal onNovember 11.

Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop – Active duty military and veterans receive a free donut all day long on November 11.

Travel Centers of America -- On November 11, all CDL drivers who are military veterans eat free at participating full-service restaurants.

Tubby's -- Veterans and active duty military members get a free small Grilled Steak N' Cheese or Tubby's Famous Sub on November 11.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill – Past and current military receive a free shrimp skewer November 8 through 11. They are also offering a Veteran Card on those dates that gives 25% off 4 Churrasco Meals.

Wayback Burgers – Veterans and active duty military get a free Wayback Classic Cheeseburger with purchase of any side and any drink on November 11.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q -- Veterans get a gift certificate for a free entrée with purchase of an entrée on November 11.

Zoes Kitchen – Active duty military and veterans get a free entrée, and family members get 10% off on November 11.

 

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