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The Neighborhood Scoop: Brambleton

Thinking about moving to Norfolk? Check out the neighborhood, Brambleton. The neighborhood is conveniently located in Downtown Norfolk which offers a variety of entertainment and dining options.

 

REAL ESTATE

Brambleton median real estate price is $218,276, which is more expensive than 40.0% of the neighborhoods in Virginia and 54.7% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Brambleton is currently $1,071, based on NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price than 72.9% of Virginia neighborhoods.

Brambleton real estate is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedrooms) to small (studio to two bedrooms) single-family homes and apartment complexes/high-rise apartments. Most of the residential real estate is renter occupied. Many of the residences in the Brambleton neighborhood are newer, built in 2000 or more recently. A number of residences were also built between 1940 and 1969.

Brambleton is located in the heart of Downtown Norfolk. You are a short drive from the new Waterside District with the best dining and entertainment options. Spend the day watching a Norfolk Admirals hockey game, Norfolk Tides baseball game or an NSU or ODU sporting event. There is always something FUN to do around this neighborhood.

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The Neighborhood Scoop: Harbor View

Harbor View in Suffolk, Virginia is a fairly new neighborhood. It is the perfect spot to live for the whole family as there are plenty of amenities offered in this resort-style neighborhood.

REAL ESTATE

Harbor View’s median real estate price is $405,205, which is more expensive than 74.1% of the neighborhoods in Virginia and 80.0% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Harbor View is currently $2,069, based on NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive analysis. The average rental cost in this neighborhood is higher than 77.9% of the neighborhoods in Virginia.

Harbor View real estate is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedrooms) to large (four, five or more bedroom) single-family homes and townhomes. Most of the residential real estate is owner-occupied. Many of the residences in the Harbor View neighborhood are newer, built in 2000 or more recently. A number of residences were also built between 1970 and 1999.

Harbor View is a fantastic place to live and it’s just 15 minutes from Norfolk located right off I-664. The amenities are endless in the new downtown area in Northern Suffolk. You can play a round of golf, shop, dine at numerous restaurants and there is always plenty of entertainment to enjoy. If you’re looking for a home where you have everything you need and never want to leave then Harbor View is your next home destination!!!

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Preparing to Sell Your Home? Here Are 5 Tips To Get Your Home Sold

Are you getting ready to sell your home? Here are 5 suggested tips to make sure your home is ready to go on the market.


1. Update Your Curb Appeal

CURB APPEAL is everything when it comes to selling your home. A potential buyer should be captivated by the outside that they can’t wait to see the inside of your home.

Here are a few things to do around the outside of your home:

  • Make sure walkway to front door is well lit
  • Keep the grass cut and neat
  • Re-mulch your flower bed and replace any dead plants
  • Pressure wash the driveway, front walkway and exterior of your home
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint on the front door
  • Replace home address numbers

2. Schedule A Home Inspection

To avoid surprises, get a home inspection and make any repairs before you list your home. It is better for you to find the flaws of your home first before the buyer, which would give them more leverage to bargain.

3. Replace Flooring and Paint Walls

FLOORING – If you have pets in your home I would consider the option to replace the carpet or get them professionally cleaned to erase the pet odor. You may even want to replace carpet with tile or hardwood floors to make the home more up to date and modern.

PAINTING – Clean up your walls with a fresh coat of paint! Keep your paint colors on a neutral scheme (ex. light grays, beige, whites) Remember to paint the whole wall instead of just touch-up spots.

4. Organize the Basement, Attic and Garage

Get rid of all the clutter!!! Potential buyers should be able to imagine the space in the garage, not all the junk you have in it. Your goal is to get rid of all the junk and make these rooms well-organized and CLEAN. Add shelving or brackets to make sure space is well used.

5. Consult a Stager

Consult a stager, who will walk through your home and make sure it is ready for potential buyers to view. The idea is to get your potential buyer to envision themselves in your home instead of looking at your personal items on display.

The Neighborhood Scoop: Great Bridge

 

Great Bridge is located in Chesapeake, Virginia and the city is known for its history and culture. It is the perfect place if you love the outdoors! If you love spending time, golfing, fishing, biking or kayaking with beautiful scenery this is the place for you!

 

REAL ESTATE

Great Bridge median real estate price is $311,309, which is more expensive than 61.7% of the neighborhoods in Virginia and 70.6% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Great Bridge is currently $1,877, based on NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive analysis. The average rental cost in this neighborhood is higher than 71.6% of the neighborhoods in Virginia.

Great Bridge real estate is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedroom) to large (four, five or more bedroom) single-family homes and townhomes. Most of the residential real estate is owner occupied. Many of the residences in the Great Bridge neighborhood are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. A number of residences were also built between 1940 and 1969.

Real estate vacancies in Great Bridge are 6.5%, which is lower than one will find in 65.7% of American neighborhoods. Demand for real estate in Great Bridge is above average for the U.S., and may signal some demand for either price increases or new construction of residential product for this neighborhood.


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What Not to Do as a New Homeowner?

 

Avoid these easy-to-prevent mistakes that could cost you big time.


#1 — Not Knowing Where to locate the Main Water Shutoff Valve

Did you know that water damage is one of the MOST COMMON of all household insurance claims? A water from a burst can pour DOZENS of GALLONS into your home’s interior in a matter of minutes, soaking everything in sight — including drywall, flooring, and valuables.

Before disaster hits, find your water shutoff valve, which will be located where a water main enters your house. Make sure everyone knows where it’s located and how to close the valve. A little penetrating oil on the valve stem makes sure it’ll work when you need it to.

#2 — Not Calling 811 Before Digging a Hole 

You have a new home and decide that the first thing you want to do is put up your fence or plant a fancy new bush! STOP..or at least wait until you’ve dialled 811 (the national dig safely hotline). The hotline will contact all your local utilities who will then come to your property — often within a day — to mark the location of underground pipes, cables, and wires.

This is a FREE  service that can save you both money and a headache if otherwise ignored. In many states, calling 811 is the law, so you’ll also avoid fines.

#3 — Not Checking the Slope of Foundation Soil

The ground around your foundation should slope away from your house at least 6 inches over 10 feet. Why? To make sure that water from rain and melting snow doesn’t soak the soil around your foundation walls, building up pressure that can cause leaks and crack your foundation, leading to mega-expensive repairs.

This kind of water damage doesn’t happen overnight — it’s accumulative — so the sooner you get after it, the better (and smarter) you’ll be. While you’re at it, make sure downspouts extend at least 5 feet away from your house.

#4 — Not Knowing the Depth of Attic Insulation 

This goes hand-in-hand with not knowing where your attic access is located, so let’s start there. Find the ceiling hatch, typically a square area framed with moulding in a hallway or closet ceiling. Push the hatch cover straight up. Get a ladder and check out the depth of the insulation. If you can see the tops of joists, you definitely don’t have enough.

The recommended insulation for most attics is about R-38 or 10 to 14 inches deep, depending on the type of insulation you choose. BTW, is your hatch insulated, too? Use 4-inch-thick foam board glued to the top.

#5 — Carelessly Drilling into Walls

Hanging shelves, closet systems, and artwork means drilling into your walls — but do you know what’s back there? Hidden inside your walls are plumbing pipes, ductwork, wires, and cables. You can check for some stuff with a stud sensor — a $25 battery-operated tool that detects changes in density to sniff out studs, cables, and ducts.

But stud sensors aren’t foolproof. Protect yourself by drilling only 1¼ inches deep max — enough to clear drywall and plaster but not deep enough to reach most wires and pipes. Household wiring runs horizontally from outlet to outlet about 8 inches to 2 feet from the floor, so that’s a no-drill zone. Stay clear of vertical locations above and below wall switches — wiring runs along studs to reach switches.

#6 — Cutting Down a Tree 

The risk isn’t worth it. Even small trees can fall awkwardly, damaging your house, property, or your neighbour’s property. In some locales, you have to obtain a permit first. Cutting down a tree is an art that’s best left to a professional tree service.

Plus, trees help preserve property values and provide shade that cuts energy bills. So think twice before going all Paul Bunyan.

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