Growing up in Virginia Beach, we didn’t have too many occasions to cross the water to Hampton. The annual trip to the Coliseum for the Circus or Ice Capades, and concerts when I was older (really GREAT concerts-I’m talking Aerosmith, Van Halen, The Grateful Dead, Queensryche, TOOL…), but I never drove. It seemed like it was so far away, and then there was the tunnel-what if there was traffic? What if I got lost? I knew absolutely nothing about the neighborhoods and people who lived “over there”.
Oh course, I realize now that my uneasiness was just absurd! Held over memories of conversations between my parents when I was a kid, I feel sure.
Since beginning my Real Estate journey, I’ve searched for many homes in Hampton and Newport News and taken many trips through the tunnel at all hours of the day and I’ve found that (1) there are some amazing homes-big, small, really big, new, old, charming, beautiful homes (2) the tunnel traffic is not a big deal. After taking 2 hours to get home from work in Ghent between flooding and accidents-like 3 times-seriously, and (3) Fort Monroe is very cool. If you haven’t been there since it opened to the public you really have to go! More info here
The Military transferred control of the historic Fort to Virginia on September 15, 2011, ending the Army’s 188 year presence at Fort Monroe. Pretty impressive history and so much to see!
So, I’m truly sorry, Peninsula, for not seeing your awesomeness and how very Virginia you are!
There are some choice properties available in Hampton and Newport News, Download my app here, or visit my website to search-I’m here to help!
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The perennial chart toppers for the highest return on investment are the cheapest to pull off. This year (as last), the No.1 finisher was installing loose-fill fiberglass insulation in the attic. Not exactly sexy, but boy, is it cost-effective! In fact, this is the only project that regularly pays back more than you invest, with an average 107.7% ROI.
Next up is replacing a run-of-the-mill entry door with an attractive yet tough steel replacement at 90.7%, followed by manufactured stone veneer at 89.4%. Glamorous, no. Valuable, very.
On average, in 2017, you can expect to get back 64% on every dollar you plow into home improvements last year.
Last but not least, the 2017 data suggest that “curb appeal” projects (such as new doors and exterior siding) generate higher returns than improvements done on a home’s interior. In other words, it really isn’t what’s on the inside that counts. If you’re trying to sell, pretty up the outside and it’ll pay off in spades.
For more details on this please visit http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/best-and-worst-renovations-to-make-in-2017/
According to myapartmentmap.com, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Virginia is $1,272. That’s $15,264 per year in rent. You might be surprised to know if you bought a home for $255,968, your monthly principle and interest payment would be approximately *$1,200!
There are many times in life when renting is the best option, no doubt. But once you find the area and neighborhood in which you can envision yourself settling in and putting down roots, you don’t have to let the fear of not having the money necessary for a downpayment keep you in that apartment another year!
Many households earn enough to make monthly mortgage payments (many times it’s less than rent) but keep themselves out of the home buying market due to the belief they can’t come up with the downpayment. What you may not know is there are hundreds of downpayment assistance programs around the country that go underused because people don’t know about them. There are many programs available to help mortgage-ready households and requirements might not be as limiting as you think.
In Virginia, downpayment assistance for first time homebuyers is administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VHDA). There are loads of programs through HUD to assist buyers and homeowners in buying and keeping their homes. Check out either above link for details and qualifications for downpayment help.
You could be on your way to building equity rather than building your landlord that new swimming pool Remember, when you’re ready to start the search for your home, I’ll be ready to show them to you!
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* Based on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, at an annual interest rate at 3.85%
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