Archive for August, 2011

Featured Property of the Week!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

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124 Robertson St    Suffolk, VA 23438

Granite, tile, hardwood floors, & replacement windows for $40,000 under city assessment. This home has two master bedrooms, eat-in kitchen, and the appliances are free with a full price offer! View Virtual Tour at:

Listed by: Lee Cross

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Featured Property of the Week!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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1201 Parker Dr   Suffolk, VA 23434

Pristine brick ranch on private corner lot with deck and fenced backyard. Updated kitchen and freshly painted inside and out. New carpet in bedroom and heat pump 5 years old. Sq ft per city. Neighborhood on river with boat ramp for home owners.

Listed by: Barbara Kayes

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Featured Property of the Week!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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22238 Northgate Dr   Carrollton, VA 23314

Not a short sale, very motivated seller. Home is priced 20K below city assessment & thousands less than anything else in the neighborhood. Better than new condition with out any of the headaches associated with new construction. A great opportunity to get into a upscale neighborhood with out the upscale price.

Listed by: Dan Lawson

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Harry’s Monthly Real Estate Insight

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

What the real estate market needs the most is a stable economy. The failure of Congress to simply do its job was devastating to our economy which translates into a setback for the entire real estate environment. I am fed up with a Congress that keeps playing the political game of how to stay in office. If they will not do their job, then it is time that the American voters elect people of integrity to get the business of our nation back on track. I hope you will make your voice heard!

Cross Realty Offers A Program That Helps Sellers with Short Sales!

Clients who are in a “short sale” position need specific help and advice. This program includes having sellers talk with legal council to assess their situation and take the best option for their specific situation. We offer a program that will help. Call any of our agents for more details. The worse thing a family in a short sale position can do is not be proactive.  Call us for individualized help today.

Helpful Hints for Finding the Right Lender

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

It makes sense to shop around when choosing the right lender. Even if you have been pre-approved by one lender you are not obligated to choose that lender.

You’ve decided that it’s finally time to buy a home. You’re excited about the prospect and you can’t wait to start the search process with a real estate agent. One of the biggest decisions that you should make is your selection of a financial institution to handle your mortgage.

Although it is important to begin your search by having a lender prepare a pre-approval letter, that by all means does not indicate that you need to use that particular lender. The choice goes beyond the rate being offered.

A buyer needs to consider all the other variables involved since not all loans are equal. A lender who has the lowest rate could very well have the highest processing fees. That lender might also require a higher down payment or will require points. A point is 1% of the purchase price. This amount is above and beyond the down payment that is required.

As a rule of thumb, a buyer should consult with three different lenders in order to determine the best deal. Keep in mind that a home mortgage is a retail product, no different than any other purchase one might make. Buyers should specifically inform each prospective lender that they are shopping for the best deal and will make their decision only after carefully reviewing each mortgage offer. Thrown into the mix is choosing the type of loan. Conventional? FHA? VA? USDA? There are many variables and it is important to consider each type that is available in order to pick the one that will save the buyer the most amount of money in the long run.

Get excited about your home purchase but keep a businesslike attitude about your loan purchase. Your agent can help you make a good decision about an offer on a home but your agent is not your financial counselor.

Four Ways To Go Green When Renovating Your Bathroom

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Green homes are one of the hottest trends in real estate right now. Even a little bit of
eco-friendly renovation can make a big difference in your home’s appeal on the market.
Below are four ways to update your bathroom into an eco-minded retreat that sellers will love:

If you are remodeling or updating your bathroom to sell, you may want to think beyond the look of your bathroom. In short, you may want to also consider the advantages of turning your bathroom into a “green” bathroom. A green bathroom may mean using recycled or repurposed materials, or it may mean installing water-saving fixtures. Either way, a green bathroom is sure to be appreciated by your buyers. Buyers of today are interested in environmentally sensitive building materials and home supplies, so it will always impress your buyers if you not only update your bathroom, but update it in an environmentally friendly manner. Here’s how:

• Low-flow shower heads – The best thing about today’s shower heads is that you don’t need to sacrifice style for water-saving features. In fact, most of today’s best shower heads are the “low-flow” variety, thereby allowing you to install a great new shower head that uses much less water than shower heads of years’ past. Impress your buyers with a shower head that provides a waterfall effect, or multiple massage speeds

• Low-flow faucets – The same water-saving capabilities are afforded to faucets of today, as well. Replace your old faucets with an attractive new faucet that not only looks better, but saves a considerable amount of wasted water as well. Keep in mind, also, that faucets are quite economical, thereby allowing you to install a beautiful faucet that often provides a great facelift for your bathroom.

• Efficient toilets – Many of today’s toilets are of the low-flow variety, yet they also offer a number of flush options to suit your varying needs. For example, some of today’s toilets offer low-flush for liquids and more powerful flushes for solids.

• Recycled tile – If you want to add beauty to your bathroom floor or tub surround, consider some of the many recycled tiles available today. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they are quite beautiful, as well. Consider recycled glass or recycled ceramic tile, just to name a few.

Recipe of the Month

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


Strawberry Semifreddo Shortcake

Makes 16 Servings
Hands on Time: 30 min
Total Time: 5 hr. 45 min

2 (3 oz.) packages soft Ladyfingers
2 pt. strawberry ice cream, softened
1 pt. strawberry sorbet, softened
1 pt. fresh strawberries, hulled
2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1/2 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow crème
1 cup heavy cream

1. Arrange ladyfingers around sides and on bottom of a 9-inch spring-form pan. Spread strawberry ice cream over ladyfingers, and freeze 30 minutes.

2. Spread softened strawberry sorbet over ice cream. Freeze 30 minutes

3.Process strawberries and powdered sugar in a food processor 1 minutes or until pureed. Reserve 1/4 cup mixture. Whisk remaining strawberry mixture into marshmallow crème until well blended.

4. Beat cream at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold into marshmallow mixture. Pour over sorbet in pan. Drizzle reserved strawberry mixture over top, and gently swirl with a paring knife. Freeze 4 hours or until firm. Let ice-cream cake stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.

Southern Living Magazine-August 2011

Featured Property of the Week!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

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1237 Peachtree Drive  Suffolk, VA 23434

Immaculate brick/vinyl Cape Cod in Nansemond Gardens. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, large master, den with fireplace, sun room, eat-in kitchen, 2 car attached garage and large backyard. Home has been well maintained and shows great.

Listed by: Marion Grigg

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Featured Property of the Week!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

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7608 White Marsh  Surry, VA 23846

This home is “loaded” with excellent features & expert craftsmanship. 2650 sq ft down with beautiful stairs that lead to extra 1300 sq ft floored 2nd story. Bright, open floor plan with 9′ ceilings & 2 zone HVAC to cover upstairs. Well insulated with low utility bills. Country living at its best!

Listed by: June Little

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