Archive for June, 2013

Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013



1404 Mill Point Ct   Suffolk, VA 23434

All brick ranch with a great open floor plan, fenced-in backyard, vaulted ceilings, plus a great location for an easy drive to all of Hampton Roads. Huge first floor master with soaking tub. Home on a quiet cul-de-sac street, this home is a must see & priced to sell.

Listed by: Lee Cross

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Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

111 Park Road Front

111 Park Rd   Suffolk, VA 23434

Spacious 2 story with hardwood floors, remodeled kitchen & bathrooms, living room with wood fireplace, formal dining room and a breakfast area. Patio with retractable awning, one car detached garage with great man-cave above.


Listed by: Phyllis Evans


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Harry’s Monthly Real Estate Insight

Monday, June 17th, 2013


Statistics are giving the Suffolk market more good news! According to REIN MLS, pending sales for the month of May have increased by 27.18%, compared to May of 2012. Residential sales increased 5.73% and the medium price is up 1.23% to $205,000.00. Other good news is that the listings are down by 13.42% with a supply of 6.58 months, which is approaching normal. Are we at a “tipping point”? What does this mean?

I think it means we are going in the right direction a little quicker than earlier this year. Distressed sales are 22.41% of our market and that is still negatively affecting our sales prices, but buyers love it because they are buying at the bottom of the current market. Interest rates are creeping up, so if you are considering a purchase best start that process. To have a leap to an accelerating market would take lots of good economic news. Families are still skeptical of the economy but there is an attitude of improvement, overall.

Another factor is, with home prices creeping up, less people are underwater. According to Corelogic, 19.8% of all home owners are underwater in their home’s value. That would be 9.7 million households. They owe more than the home is worth. That number is down almost 20% from the first of the year across the Nation. Now some of the states like Florida and Arizona, lost 45% of value, so their markets have improved greatly and have helped this number. This points to a built up demand for homes that will need to hit the market sometime in the future. It will be interesting!

Have a good 4th of July, God bless America, we are fortunate people to live where we do!

Recipe of the Month

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Buttermilk-and-Honey Chicken Kabobs


  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, grated
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3 pounds skinned and boned chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 10 (6-inch) wooden or metal skewers
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Grilled lemon halves
  • Toasted Pecan Pesto (See Preparation Below)


  1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl until smooth; whisk in buttermilk, next 3 ingredients, and 2 tsp. salt until blended.
  2. Place buttermilk mixture and chicken in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal and chill 3 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes. (Omit if using metal skewers.)
  4. Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Thread chicken onto skewers, leaving a 1/8-inch space between pieces; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt.
  5. Grill kabobs, covered with grill lid, 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until chicken is done.
  6. Serve with lemon halves and Toasted Pecan Pesto.

Toasted Pecan Pesto

  • 2 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper


  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Cover and chill 1 to 8 hours before serving.


Southern Living Magazine-June 2013

Five Reasons Pending Sales Fall Through

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Buying a home can be a very emotional experience, even when it appears to going smoothly. When something goes wrong, it can be stressful. Your agent will likely prepare you for the possibility that a pending sale won’t go through, but when it happens to you, it can be heartbreaking. Help prepare yourself by learning a few reasons that pending sales fall apart.

1. You change your mind. Cold feet or, as it’s often dubbed, “buyer’s remorse,” happens surprisingly often: fear of commitment, fear of being overextended, fear that the house is not “the one.” Sometimes instincts are correct, but often people let the natural anxiety of home buying wrap around the home itself. The best way to prevent this is to prepare yourself before the process starts. Be practical about your needs, and be honest about whether a house meets them. Don’t allow yourself to be pressured into a home that doesn’t feel right. Limit your discussions about the house to your agent, family and close friends. More input and advice, even the most well-intentioned, can cause confusion.

2. You are unable to obtain financing. Sometimes a mortgage loan falls apart.  That’s why it’s important to be prequalified for loans, to avoid last-minute heartbreak. The rejection by a mortgage lender can be based on a poor credit score or negative items on a credit report. A buyer in need of a loan can correct errors on a credit report, but this generally takes a bit of time. Buyers need to be wary about taking out large loans for cars, furniture or appliances, as well as making major purchases on credit cards. These actions could compromise your loan if the lender runs a supplemental credit check.  A buyer can also offer to make a larger down payment, thus reducing the mortgage balance. If you are careful during the loan process, then you should be well on your way to financing your new house.

3. The home failed inspection. Hiring a professionally licensed home inspector can aid in detecting plumbing and electrical issues, roofing and drainage problems, or faulty heating systems. Repairs can often be negotiated into a contract so that either the buyer receives a credit or the seller agrees to make the necessary repair before the closing. Sometimes, however, your inspector can turn up something that is too large to repair, such as a structural issue.

4. You haven’t sold the home you already own yet. If you haven’t sold your house yet, and if your contract with the home owner is contingent upon selling, you may not be able to go through with the purchase. Most people cannot afford to pay two mortgages at the same time. Some buyers are able to take out a bridge loan, a form of short-term financing, to bridge the gap. New home buyers who have not yet put their old house on the market can save money with a home-equity line of credit. In this type of financial agreement, a lender extends a loan for a certain period, during which the collateral is the borrower’s equity in their own house. These two solutions can help you avoid the prospect of losing out on the home you want.

5. Your appraisal comes in too low. The lender will generally loan up to the appraised value of the home, so if the appraisal comes in lower than the potential mortgage, the buyer cannot purchase. At this point it’s time to negotiate. Either the seller needs to reduce the price to the appraisal value or the buyer must come up with the difference in cash.

All of these scenarios demonstrate why it’s important to maintain close contact with your agent throughout the process. The agent has weathered many sales and has probably saved more than a few from disaster. It’s much easier to go through this exciting and emotional life transition with a knowledgeable real estate professional at your side.

9 Simple DIY Weekend Decorating Projects

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

As you look around your home, you’re probably wishing you had some extra time on your hands to make a few renovations or to handle a few extra redecorating projects. But, you already have the time – it’s called the weekend! In that short 48-hour time span, there’s a lot of work you can get done. Even if you pick one task per weekend, that’s four decorating projects completed a month!

Don’t think it can be done? Well just check out these nine simple weekend decorating projects that can each be started Friday evening and wrapped up before you go to bed Sunday night.

1. Organize and Beautify Your Bookcases

If you have a lot of books, videos and collectibles clambering for space on your bookcases, taking a Saturday afternoon to remove, sort and organize everything will instantly make the room look cleaner and tidier. Sometimes successful redecorating isn’t about changing the way things are but more about cleaning up and organizing what you already have. This is also a good time to de-clutter your bookcase. Tossing out old magazines or storing books you no longer want in the garage can go a long way towards making the most of your bookcase’s capacity.

2. Tile the Kitchen’s Backsplash

If you really want to give your kitchen an updated look but you can’t afford a complete renovation, install ceramic tile to the backsplash for an instant update. It may take some time to get up and running, but once you find your swing, you’ll discover this job moves along at a smooth pace. Both weekend days will be required for this job, and you might have to extend the finishing touches over to next weekend, but you’ll be able to get the bulk of the heavy lifting done in one weekend.

3. Transform the Fireplace

The fireplace is the focus of the room during the cold, winter months but what do you do with it for the other eight months out of the year? Once winter’s chill has left, clean out the fireplace and decorate the hearth with a variety of low-maintenance plants and add a touch of vibrancy to the room. Succulents work nicely because they don’t require a lot of watering or sunlight. Use tiered plant pot holders for a truly beautiful look that will also cover up the unsightly cinder stains on the inside of the fireplace. Or, for a complete re-do, you can even consider painting the fireplace!

4. Install Some Molding

Crown molding makes a room feel and look larger than it really is, and it’s not really that difficult to install, especially when you use specially-made corner pieces that eliminate the need for cutting perfect mitered edges. In fact, once you get the hang of it, you might be able to install it in all of your rooms before the weekend is over. While you’re at it, you can also install chair railing or update your baseboards with a newer, more modern style.

5. Unify Your Picture Frames

Odds are the picture frames that adorn your walls have been purchased over a long period of time, so no two probably look alike. But, if you take them all down and paint the frames all the same color, they will suddenly look as if they all belong together. In addition, this will help give your room the color accent it’s been missing.

6. Update the Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Forget about the old brushed nickel cabinet knobs. Today, hardware stores have a ton of different varieties to choose from. Pick a style that best reflects your home and replace the knobs in your kitchen for a quick and easy kitchen makeover.

7. Makeover Your Lamp Shades

Adding some fabric, beads or ribbons to your lamp shades will turn them from drab to fab. Choose a color scheme that compliments the room and your friends won’t stop asking you, “Where did you purchase those beautiful lamp shades and how much did they cost?”

8. Redecorate the Bedroom

All you need to redecorate your bedroom is some fresh paint, some new curtains and a new comforter and voila – you have a freshly redecorated bedroom. The bulk of your time will be spent re-painting the bedroom and that won’t take that long at all, so go ahead and start planning your bedroom’s new look.

9. Add Some Fresh Flooring

If you have hard surface floors, add some color and style to the room by incorporating a few area rugs and/or carpet runners. This is an especially good idea come winter time as the carpet will help keep your feet off the cold floor and help insulate the room.

Featured Property of the Week

Thursday, June 13th, 2013


10360 Ellis Rd   Suffolk, VA 23437

Peaceful country paradise, and the house is only 7 years old. Open floor plan, first floor master with jetted tub, eat-in kitchen w/island, and lots of outdoor living spaces on the 23 acres. The property is horse ready with a 3 stall barn and 2 individual pastures.

Listed by: Lee Cross

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Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

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4375 Whaleyville Blvd   Suffolk, VA 23434

Elegant, brick traditional on 7.74 AC (2+/-cleared). Beautifully landscaped. Large sunroom & 2 decks for entertaining. Fireplace with insert. Maintenance-free ext. with dental trim. 2 car attached & 2 car detached with 2 rooms for office/game room. Total electric , hp-4 yrs, septic sys.-1 yr. 1st & 2nd floor Master bedrooms.

Listed by: June Little


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