Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Real Estate Blog by Tom Hubba
Welcome to 3320 Barberry Lane Located in sought after Landstown Meadows
Fresh paint inside and out describes this transitional home in Landstown Meadows. New landscaping and home was just cleaned and ready for your move-in. This home has so many features. The following are only few; Multiple paladin windows, soaring vaulted ceilings in the family room, security system, ceramic tile and laminate flooring. The first floor has a bonus room that can be used for a bedroom/office or den. Call me for more features and to schedule an appointment to view this beautiful home.
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Landstown Meadows is located next to Landstown Lakes in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Located south of Holland road and north of princess anne road Landstown Meadows is within walking distance to the princess anne athletic complex and the Landstown commons shopping center. You're a short car ride to the Virginia Beach ocean front and major interstates. This community is also very close to the Virginia Beach campus of tidewater community college and the new princess anne hospital. You can see why so many people call this area home.
The current real estate market for the Landstown area has been active over the past 6 months. There are currently 10 homes active on the market for sale ranging in price from $212,500 up to $315,000. There are currently 3 homes pending sale and 12 homes that have sold and closed in the last 200 days. To learn more about the real estate market in Landstown Meadows please call me today. 757-647-1417
When you do decide to sell your home, you'll want your home to stand out as prominently as possible. To learn more about my commitment to real estate marketing and how I employ Trulia.com® and Zillow.com to reach more buyers for your home, visit my website at www.hubbahomes.com, or if you prefer, go to http://exitrealty.com/dms to view my other Digital Marketing Strategies.
If you're looking for a home to buy in the Lake shores area then check this home out! The home boast over 2000 Square Feet of living area with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The kitchen has recently been updated with extra cabinets and breakfast bar. This home has hardwood floors and neutral paint throughout. All bedrooms have ceiling fans and large closets. There is a large private patio in the backyard with a workshop with it's own electrical circuit. The property is located on a large corner lot and is across from a natural wooded area. You can walk to Shelton Park Elementary School is you have school aged children. Middle school children will attend Independence Middle School and High School children will attend Bayside High School. Drive through Lake Shores and see for yourself why so many people call Lake Shoes Home. For more features about this lovely home call me today 757-647-1417.
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Lake Shores is located in the northwest section of Virginia Beach. Only Minutes from Little Creek amphibious base and chicks beach. Nestled between Shore drive, independence blvd and north hampton blvd, This community is ideal for the daily commuter. The homes in Lake Shores were built in the 1960's and 1970's. Homes selling in the past 6 months have varied in price from the upper 100,000's to 500,000. For more details about the Lake shores Real Estate market contact me today via phone text or email. Tom@hubbahomes.com
If you want to escape the traffic and city life but want to be close enough to shopping and parks then this is the location you've been looking for. This all brick ranch style home with approx. 1500 square feet of living area is sure to meet you must haves! The following is only a few features that make this home a must see: over sized In ground pool, remodeled kitchen with stainless appliances granite counter tops and maple cabinets, Porcelain tiles in both bathrooms and showers, detached garage, and exterior soffet professionally wrapped with aluminum and the list goes on. North landing farms is a sought after community located off of blackwater road close to the intersection of Mt. Pleasant and fentress airfield rd. Call today to set up an appointment of this beautiful home. Call Tom Now! 757-647-1417
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North Landing Farms is a much sought after Subdivision located in the southeast section of the Chesapeake city. The homes in North Landing Farms were built between the 1970's. Currently there is only 1 home for sale priced in the upper $200's. School age students will attend one of 3 schools; hickory high school, hickory middle or south eastern elementary. North Landing Farms is convenient to parks, shopping, and entertainment. Get ready to fall in love with North Landing Farms. Call me today to schedule private showings of the homes in North Landing Farms.
When you do decide to sell your home, you'll want your home to stand out as prominently as possible. To learn more about my commitment to real estate marketing and how I employ Trulia.com® and Zillow.com to reach more buyers for your home, visit my website at www.hubbahomes.com, or if you prefer, visit http://exitrealty.com/dms to view my other Digital Marketing Strategies.
Looking to move up to a place you can call home? Well the wait is over. This is what home feels like! This home is your blank canvas in which to paint the next years of your life. From the vaulted ceilings in the family room and master suite to the flowing floor plan that you would expect from a ranch style property. This home boast approx. 2000 square feet of living area not including the 75% finished room over the garage. The kitchen is wide open and has a large center island for extra counter top space and cabinet storage. With energy efficient gas utilities you know that your utility cost will be easy to manage for years to come. The home also has a large yard with a screened in back porch to enjoy the spring days to come. The crossings at western branch is a quite community close to shopping and interstates for a quick and easy drive to everywhere you will need to go. Call today for a private showing to see what a sought after community and home looks like. Make your EXIT today! 757-647-1417
The Crossings at Western Branch is a much sought after Subdivision located in the south section of the Greenbrier area. The homes in The Crossings at Western Branch were built in the 1990's. Currently there are only 2 homes for sale ranging in price from $296,000 to $293,000. There is one pending sale at $265,000. School age students will attend one of 3 schools; Western Branch High School, Western Branch Middle or Western Branch intermediate or primary. The Crossings at Western Branch is only a few minutes drive to parks, shopping, interstates and entertainment. Get ready to fall in love with The Crossings at Western Branch.
This Brick Ranch has been very well maintained to include; granite counter tops in the kitchen, Ceramic tile floors, updated bathrooms, newer roof and exterior trim newly wrapped with aluminum for easy cleaning. This home is located on a quite cul-de-sac in the sought after subdivision of Glenwood located just off of battlefield blvd in the Great Bridge area of the city Chesapeake. Just move right in because the landscaping has been done for you. Enjoy the outdoors with the easy to maintain large fenced yard and a huge covered deck just steps away from the pool. Call me today for more features and to set up a private showing. 757-647-1417.
Glenwood is a much sought after Subdivision located off of battlefield blvd south. The homes in Glenwood were built between the 1980's. Currently there are only 2 homes for sale ranging in price from $305,000 to $309,000. 321 Melonie Ct. is the only home sold this year, it sold and closed at $304,900 on February 4th 2014.School age students will attend one of 3 schools; Great Bridge High School, Great Bridge Middle, Great Bridge primary or GreatBridge intermediate. Glenwood is only a few minutes drive to parks, shopping, interstates and entertainment. Get ready to fall in love with Glenwood. Call me today to schedule private showings of homes in Glenwood.
Tom Hubba is the Broker/ Owner of EXIT Realty Professionals. As a full time Realtor and Property Manager, Tom is working hard in the Coastal Virginia area serving Virginia Beach,VA. Chesapeake, VA. and Norfolk, VA. I am here to assist buyers,sellers,and home owners needing to rent there homes. Please call today and lets accomplish our goals together.
One of the biggest improvements that you can make to your home is to bring in more natural light.
Sunlight is a powerful mood enhancer and a home design that brings in a lot of natural light will automatically look and feel much more pleasant. Not only will it boost your mood, bringing in natural light will also increase the value of your home.
So how can you shed some light on your home's interior?
Here are a few ways:
Add More Reflective Surfaces
Whenever you add a light and reflective surface to your home, you increase the number of times that daylight bounces around inside the room.
Try painting your ceilings and walls with light or off-white colours. Matte finishes are actually better than glossy surfaces, as they reflect light in all directions at once. Add some metal accents and some mirrors to the space, which will also reflect the light.
Move Your Furniture Around
Do you have furniture that is blocking natural light from coming in? Move your furniture away from the windows so that it will not get in the way of the sunlight streaming into your home.
Add A Glass Door
Is there anywhere in your home where you can exchange a solid door for one with glass in its design? This will allow the light to flow through the doorway and increase the feeling of brightness in your home.
There are plenty of glass doors with superb security features, so they will be just as safe as any other door. Also, if you have a yard or a patio to look out on, adding sliding glass doors will be a great way to let the light in and enjoy the view.
Expand Your Windows
Is it possible to increase the size of any of your windows?
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) / Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) rose in July.
Home builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes rose six points to a reading of 57. NAHB reports that this was the third consecutive rise in the HMI and its highest reading since January 2006.
Three components used in compiling the HMI reading include current sales, which gained five points for a reading of 60. Confidence in prospective buyer traffic rose from 40 to 45, and sales expectations for the next six months rose from a reading of 60 to 67.
HMI: All Regions Post Gains
Regional data reflected gains in builder confidence for all U.S. geographic regions. Regional data is based on a three-month rolling average of builder confidence in each region.
The Northeast gained four points for a reading of 40; the Midwest gained eight points for a reading of 54. The South gained five points for a reading of 50, and the West gained three points for a reading of 51.
Readings of more than 50 indicate that more builders view conditions as good than poor. NAHB Economist David Crowe indicated that growing confidence is driven by factors including lower prices for building materials and more buyers vying for fewer available homes. A shortage of building space and available existing homes is improving markets for new homes.
Housing Starts Decline In June
In spite of growing home builder confidence, housing starts for June fell to their lowest level in nearly a year. Regional weather conditions contributed to the dip in housing starts, which surpassed June 2012 housing starts by 10.40 percent.
June's housing starts fell to 836,000 on a seasonally-adjusted annual rate, and fell shy of economist's expectation of 950,000 housing starts. Expectations were based on May's original tally of 914,000 housing starts, which was revised upward to 928,000 on Wednesday.
This home has so much to offer a growing family. The floor plan has a large kitchen that opens up to the welcoming family room with ceiling fan and natural gas fireplace. The kitchen has upgraded stainless steel appliances and a tile back-splash. Their is a large laundry room with utility sink. The 2 car garage has fresh paint along with new carpet on the stairs and on the second living level. The master bedroom has a huge sitting room making the total length of the room 28 feet long! The other 3 bedrooms are on the other side of the home including a whole bath with tub/shower combo. Don't miss the chance to own a home on this quite street located in the Royal Park Village section of Castleton. Call me today for more information and to set up a private viewing. 757-647-1417.
Castleton is a much sought after Subdivision located in the London Bridge/Oceana area of Virginia Beach. The homes in Castleton were custom built between the late 1990's and early 2000's. Currently there are only 5 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $299,900 to $419,900. School age students will attend one of 3 schools; Landstown or Ocean Lakes High School, Corporate Landing Middle or Strawbridge elementary. Castleton is only a few minutes drive to parks, shopping, and entertainment. This home is also within 15 minutes of the public beaches. Get ready to fall in love with Castleton. Call me today to schedule private showings of homes in Castleton.
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The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for April indicate that the housing recovery gained ground.
In April 2013 average home prices tracked in the Case-Shiller 10 and 20-city Composites increased by 11.60 and 12.10 percent year-over-year. On a month-to-month basis, the Composites increased by 2.60 and 2.50 percent respectively.
According to David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the S&P Dow Jones Indices' Index Committee, the 10-and 20- City Composites experienced their largest month- to- month gains since their inception: "Thirteen cities posted month- to-month gains of two percent or more, with San Francisco leading with a month-to-month gain of 4.90 percent."
The 10-and-20 City Indices reported the highest year-over-year gains in home prices since 2006. Cities where home prices gained more than 20 percent year-over-year included Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Francisco. Phoenix posted its 12th consecutive month of double-digit increases in home prices while San Francisco home prices increased year-over-year by an average of 23.90 percent. Home prices increased year-over-year in 19 the 20 cities included in the 10-and 20 City Composites, with home prices in Detroit remaining flat.
Mortgage Loan Requirements Showing Signs Of Loosening
Mr. Blitzer also noted that according to the most recent Fed Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey, some lenders are beginning to relax credit requirements for mortgage loans. This good news, along with the availability of adjustable-rate mortgage loans is expected to help with maintaining affordability and providing access to homes for more buyers.
According to the S&P Case-Shiller 10-and-20 City Composites, home prices fell approximately 26 to 27percent from their highest in June 2006 to their lowest in March 2012. As of April 2013, average home prices had recovered by 13.10 percent for the 10-City Composite and 13.60 percent for the 20-City Composite.
More Reports Show Ongoing Housing Recovery
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, reported that home prices increased an average of 7.40 percent year-over-year as of April 2013, and rose by 0.70 percent between March and April 2013.
Foreclosure actions increased by 2.0 percent in May from April's 75 month low point for foreclosure activity according to RealtyTrac's U.S. Foreclosure Market Report released June 11. However, the good news is that May 2013 foreclosure filings were still 28 percent below May 2012 filings.
RealtyTrac reports that approximately one in 885 homes were in some stage of foreclosure in May. This does not mean that 1 in 885 homes was lost to foreclosure, but it does indicate that documents related to some phase of foreclosure (Notice of Default, Notice of Trustee Sale, and Bank Reposession) were filed.
Actual lender repossessions (REO) increased by 11 percent in May, but were down by 29 percent as compared to May 2012. 33 states reported increases in REOs with North Carolina, Oregon and Wisconsin having the highest numbers of REO properties added.
Judicial Foreclosure States Lagging In Clearing Foreclosure Inventory
Foreclosure starts were up by 4 percent in May, but were 33 percent lower than for May of 2012. States using judicial foreclosure proceedings were 5 of the top 6 states for foreclosure filings. The state of Nevada, which uses non-judicial foreclosure proceedings, was second after Florida and ahead of Ohio, South Carolina and Illinois.
In general, judicial foreclosure proceedings take longer to complete than non-judicial foreclosures. This results in homes being unavailable for sale for longer periods of time. Lenders are required to complete the foreclosure process and in some cases, they must await expiration of a redemption period before a foreclosed home can be repaired and sold.
In states using non-judicial foreclosure proceedings, the time between the initial foreclosure filing and the foreclosure sale can be as little as three to four months. Quickly turning over foreclosed homes is helpful for improving regional housing markets and making more homes available for purchase.
Imagine walking into your home and turning off the alarm, locking your doors, opening the windows and starting your coffee maker, all with a few taps of your finger on your smart phone?
What if you had a home security camera that you could monitor from anywhere and a motion sensor that would send you an email when your kids come home from school? What if you could open your blinds or unlock your home for a visitor, even from halfway around the world?
The technology that powers our home security systems is getting more and more sophisticated and in the future, our homes will be more responsive than we could ever imagine.
Rather than a simple line of defense that keeps out burglars, it will be a completely integrated and custom designed automated system that responds intelligently to your needs.
Here are a few of the upcoming technology innovations:
Smart Home Technology
At the moment, prototypes are being developed for integrated home security systems that have individual Internet protocols that can address everything from a fridge to a window to a door. Even your home appliances, like your refrigerator, air conditioning systems and lighting systems may be able to be managed remotely through a smart phone.
This connectivity essentially gives everything in your house an Internet address, so that you can control them and monitor them digitally. Once the system is linked up it can be controlled remotely by Blackberry, Apple or Android.
The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year showcased a number of smart phone apps and devices designed to control everything within your home so that you can master the household with the click of a button.
The Future Is Still On Its Way
Although the technology is being rapidly developed, there is still a long way to go until we all live in automated houses like on The Jetsons.