Virginia First Time Home Buyers Savings Plan now in effect

July 8th, 2014

Did you know that if you live in Virginia, you can now save for your first home state tax free?  Check out the link below for quick answers and give us a call to discuss more.

http://www.varealtor.com/sites/default/files/FHSP_FAQ.pdf

The PACE of Real Estate Group is hiring! Showing Assistant position

April 8th, 2014

 

 
Our real estate group is growing and we are hiring for the full-time position of Showing Assistant. We are searching for an outgoing and positive person who enjoys spending time with and helping people. This person will be eager to learn, customer service oriented and ambitious with a proven ability to succeed.

This position will be assisting the lead buyer specialist with finding homes that match our buyer clients’ criteria, showing homes to our buyer clients and closing our clients to write purchase offers. This person must have a flexible schedule, be willing to spend a large amount of time driving in the car and be able to analyze clients’ needs to match them to homes. Other responsibilities will include attending home inspections, following-up with buyer clients and scheduling homes to show.

Job Requirements include:
• High School graduate
• Real Estate license (or the ability to obtain one quickly)
• Track record of success

This is a commission sales position with expected earnings of $30,000-$40,000 in the first calendar year and with expected growth increase up to or above $60,000 in the second year.

For more information or to apply, please use the link below.

http://richmond.craigslist.org/rej/4412268045.html

 

New lender guidelines in effect – are you ready?

January 13th, 2014

Here’s a good article from Realtor.com about the new lender guidelines that went into effect the 1st of this year.  Still have questions?  Give us a call so we can put you in touch with an amazing loan officer.

http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2014/01/10/new-mortgage-rules-roll-out-what-will-be-impact?om_rid=AACE4d&om_mid=_BS0C4cB83nem8V&om_ntype=RMODaily

All cash buyers dominate Richmond, VA home sales?

October 25th, 2013

There was an article in the Richmond Times Dispatch yesterday that mentioned that 42% of all residential purchases in the Richmond area were paid with cash in the month of September.  This is up from 25% usually seen in a healthy market.  So if you’re looking to purchase your next home and you need to get a loan, wouldn’t it make sense to have as strong as possible letter from your lender stating you can purchase this home and are approved to do so?  Otherwise the seller will definitely go with the cash buyer.  Call us as we will put you in touch with an amazing lender that will help you get your dream home here in the greater Richmond area.

Amazing Northside Richmond, VA home for sale – $299,950 – 1220 Westminster Ave

October 24th, 2013

2-story Cape Cod classic, ideally located in Bellevue Court.  The floor plan boasts 1st floor gleaming hardwoods, a stylish kitchen makeover w/stainless appliances, cork floor, river rock backsplash and granite countertops that flows to the dining room complimented w/chair railing. Arched passageways connect spaces throughout the 1st floor.  The living area w/wood-burning fireplace is perfect for evening retreats.  At the top of the stairs you’ll find a loft, the master BR and 4th BR which are both good-sized and a renovated bathroom. The privacy fenced backyard with brick paver patio is perfect for entertaining and provides gateway to the 1-car garage. And, for your peace of mind, a 2-10 Home Warranty is in place.   Enjoy peaceful living while being close to shops and schools.

1220 Westminster Ave - Front Exterior

5 Things Homebuyers Should Know, but Don’t…

October 16th, 2013

Saw this great article online today by John Maxwell at The Motley Fool and I thought I would repost it here.  These 5 things are very true whether you are buying a home here in Richmond, Va or in Idaho.  The summary of the 5 points are below.  But do take the time to read the article.  It will be worth your time.

1. When you buy a home, you’re making two purchases

2. Homes are like people — they all have problems

3. Your real estate agent is a partner, not a salesman

4. HGTV does not resemble reality

5. Always think about resale

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/10/13/5-things-homebuyers-should-know-but-dont.aspx

Today’s lending environment – Richmond, VA real estate

October 10th, 2013

Now, more than ever, having a GREAT lender behind you when you’re looking for the right home is imperative.  You need someone who can respond quickly when needed and also has the ability to service your needs at the drop of a hat.  Our local Richmond real estate market has changed and not having a strong pre-approval letter when you right an offer means you won’t be able to compete if there are multiple offers on the table…and yes multiple offers are back.   So call us today so we can put you in touch with talent that will make your home buying process easy.

All brick rancher with unfinished basement & renovated kitchen near Pony Pasture/James River

September 10th, 2013

Here’s the EASY CARE home you’ve been waiting for! This delightful 3 BR/1.5 BA all brick home offers a more casual style of living. Hardwood floors appointed throughout, tastefully renovated Kitchen with Cherry-stained Cabinetry and Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, Utility Room, complete with washer/dryer and the wood-burning fireplace in the Living Area are ready for you to come live and play. Need more room to roam? Then unleash your own personal style when you finish the 45′x25′ heated/cooled waterproofed basement. Occupying nearly one-half acre of a peaceful street local just 5 minutes from Carytown and close to Pony Pasture.

All brick rancher with full unfinished basement

All brick rancher with full unfinished basement

8532 Waxford Rd - kitchen

Fully renovated kitchen with stainless appliances

What a difference a year makes in Richmond Real Estate

July 31st, 2013

Website BannerI’m sure you are aware that our local real estate market has improved dramatically when comparing the 2nd quarter of 2013 to that of 2012. But here are some numbers courtesy of our local MLS.

AREA:                               Price Increase:    Median Price:
Richmond Metro Area:         10%                    $210,424
Richmond City:                       21%                    $209.,900
Chesterfield:                              7%                    $204,000
Henrico:                                     5%                    $208,000
Hanover:                                   13%                   $239,500

For our sellers that is great news. It might make the difference between having to bring money to closing or walking away with some equity. But for those potential buyers out there, should they wait to buy? Will prices drop? We are advising all of our buyers to not wait. Not only are prices on the rise but also interest rates. They have risen a full point over the past 2 months with no sign of going back below 4%.

Give us a call if you have any questions about our local market or if we can help you with buying and/or selling. We would love the opportunity to earn your business.

I Love The Tavern Triathlon presented by Richmond Multisports

July 30th, 2013

I Love The Tavern 2013Congratulations to Jennifer Berdell who won the drawing for the Endorphin Fitness gift card and to Brennan Richie who won the drawing for the 3Sports gift card! We really enjoyed being a sponsor for the I Love the Tavern Triathlon by Richmond Multisports! Congratulations to all who competed!