Archive for August, 2013

Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013



1748 Jason Ave   Norfolk, VA 23509

Motivated Seller! New construction w/lots of upgrades in Norfolk’s hidden gem, Gowrie Park. Cooks will love the granite island & counter tops. Tile in kitchen, bathrooms & oversized utility room. Large backyard w/patio perfect for BBQ’s. Water views from 2 BR, & fridge is free with full price offer.

Listed by: Lee Cross

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Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013


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2257 Whaleyville Blvd   Suffolk, VA 23434

Brick ranch with over-sized 2 car garage, large den, and eat-in kitchen. Roof is 5 years old, heating & air was updated 3 years ago and carpet is only a year old. Huge first floor master bedroom with walk-in closet and the price makes this a must see home! High speed internet available.

Listed by: Lee Cross

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Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013



6340 Vaughan Ave   Suffolk, VA 23438

Lovingly cared for brick ranch with replacement windows, wrapped trim & permanent propane generator. Lots of attic storage in the house and above the two car detached garage. Huge master bedroom and the price makes this a must see home!

Listed by: Lee Cross


Harry’s Monthly Real Estate Insight

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Great News for Suffolk

Welcome to August with some great news for Suffolk. The dilapidated buildings on the south side of W. Washington St. have been purchased by a major construction company to be rehabbed! Cross Realty was the listing and selling agent on the properties and brought the buyer and city together to make this project a winner for both. I must say it was one of the most satisfying sales I have ever done in Suffolk because of what it means to downtown. This is the best thing to happen to downtown since these building were built!

The buyers plan to do about 64 new apartments and retail area in the lower floors. This brings more people downtown and will help greatly with its revitalization for restaurants and shops. The city was very helpful in making this happen. The city has some other good plans for downtown, so stay tuned!

Our sales are way up for the last few months. I think it is a combination of hard work and a better market. We still have a ways to go to get to a balanced market because the bank owned inventory is still holding prices down. We are headed in the right direction. Not crazy to hear the government talking about getting out of the mortgage business. Over time that will drive interest rates up. More on that as it develops.

How can we help you or a friend? We have been selling homes, managing property and supporting the Suffolk community for over sixty years! Thanks for your continued referrals.

Recipe of the Month

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs with White BBQ Sauce


  • 4 (12-inch) wooden skewers
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon loosely packed orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 skinned and boned chicken thighs (about 1 lb.), cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small summer squash, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • White Barbeque Sauce (recipe below)


  1. Soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Whisk together rosemary and next 6 ingredients in a bowl. Add chicken and next 3 ingredients; toss to coat. Thread chicken and vegetables alternately onto skewers; discard marinade.
  2. Grill kabobs, covered with grill lid, 12 to 14 minutes or until chicken is done, turning occasionally. Let stand 5 minutes; serve with sauce.

White Barbeque Sauce

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt


  1. Stir together mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic, black pepper, spicy brown mustard, horseradish, sugar, and salt. Refrigerate up to 1 week


Southern Living-August 2013

What Goes With You When You Sell Your Home?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

When you are getting ready to sell one of the things you will need to consider is what stays in the home and what goes. There are certain things that are generally considered to be part of the home and others which are often negotiable. Before you put the home up for sale you will want to figure out what things you absolutely want to take with you and what might be up for discussion. If you know where you will be moving to next then you are already one step ahead of the game because you know what is in your new place. If not, or if you are moving far away, it can be trickier to decide what is worth moving or putting in storage and what is worth offering to the buyers of your home.

Generally things that are not attached go with the seller. If there are things you are absolutely certain you want to take with you that are attached, make sure you tell your Realtor and so that they are included in the listing and you don’t end up breaking any potential buyer’s heart.

Some people, especially if they are downsizing or moving far away, may choose to include the furniture as part of the package. This can be tricky because furniture will not factor into an appraisal value so if it adds significant numbers to the sale price then the sale may need to be done separately. These items can also be included as a value add for the potential buyer.

There are several areas which generally feature in this type of discussion:

Lighting: Lighting fixtures are often something that people are attached to because they often reflect personal style. In general things that are attached to the home such as lighting fixtures are generally considered to be part of the home. For example, when I bought my condo, the owners wanted to take their crystal chandelier in the dining room with them. For me this wasn’t an issue, the chandelier wasn’t my style and I was happy with having the chance to replace it with something else. However if I hadn’t known this in advance and I had my heart set on the way the dining room looked with the chandelier it  could have been an issue. Fixtures are to remain in the home unless the seller explicitly stated the item is not to be included in the sale. The seller also needs ensure that the item be removed without damage to the home. Lamps are moveable items and are considered personal items that can be claimed by the seller when they vacate the home.

Appliances: Appliances are often an area where the buyer and seller can negotiate.  In some cases, the buyer may actually prefer that the seller remove appliances because they have their own. Other times, the seller may be ready to take the appliances but could use them as an incentive to get the buyer to pay the list price because the buyer won’t have to pay for new appliances. If you are absolutely certain that you want to take the appliances with you make sure your agent notes that. If you are willing to negotiate let your agent know that too. Most appliances are moveable items that the seller would normally be allowed to remove from the home. Moveable items are considered personal items or possessions of the seller.

Landscaping: Plants, shrubs and trees are items that are affixed to the property and will remain with the home however if you have container gardens or perhaps flower-filled urns on the front porch those can be negotiable. Backyard equipment, such as lawn chairs, tables, swings and grills, are all considered personal items. The swing set may get a bit tricky because it can be claimed that it is attached to the ground in some cases. The seller may often be very willing to sell all of the backyard items for a price.

Window Treatments: Window treatments are another area that can be negotiated. Often window treatments were bought to fit the specific size and shape of the windows and so the seller may not be interested in taking them to a new home. If you are planning to leave the window treatments behind be sure to let your agent know so that it can be added to the listing. This is often a great selling point to use because it means the person can move in and not have to worry about privacy.

The Pros and Cons of Buying the Builders Model Home

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

When you tour a new development, you are often shown the model home. The home has the all the gleaming finishes and perfect layout you desire. The model home is a marketing tool designed to show how beautiful your home can be — so why not buy the model itself? In many developments, the model is sold at a discount, because it isn’t as new as the other, freshly created homes.

Before you sign on the dotted line, there are some things to consider. While the home is new, it has seen a lot of foot traffic and use; it’s generally more “slightly used” than a completely new, untouched home. Another issue to consider: If the development is new, the model may not be available for immediate occupancy, because it is still being used to attract other home owners. It’s always important when moving into any new development to find out how many other owners are currently residing in your new neighborhood.

Pro: The model has the top-of-the-line finishes. Generally the builder will use the most desirable options to outfit the model home, including upgrades that would cost extra in other homes.

Con: The finishes may not work with your decor. If you buy a new, unfinished home, you may be able to choose some of the finishes yourself. Also, while the home is technically new, it is also slightly used. You have no way of knowing how many people have tromped through, flicking on light switches, turning on taps, and metaphorically kicking the tires on the home.

Pro: It’s beautifully decorated. The model home has generally been staged and styled by an interior designer for maximum appeal.

Con: It’s not decorated to your taste. If you don’t like the style of the model home, you may end up spending money redecorating to make the home align with your personal preferences. Also, if you have your own furniture, you may not want to pay for new furnishings. Make sure that the carpet and flooring aren’t too worn. If you notice any wear and tear, build those allowances into your offer.

Pro: The home has been landscaped to provide a more appealing look.

Con: Because the landscaping may be designed for low maintenance and lower water bills, it may not have the lush green lawn you desire. Also consider the location of the home: The model is often in the front of a development, while other homes may offer more privacy.

Pro: The appliances are often included and are generally top-of-the-line.

Con: If the home has been a model home for some time, the appliances may be a year or two old and could be outside the warranty. Ask the builder about warranties on all appliances included in the sale. Because the heating and cooling systems may have been working overtime for months, you may want to get a home warranty to cover any potential issues.

Work with a buyer’s agent who can help you negotiate so that you get the best deal possible. Even though you are buying a new home, make sure it has a through inspection. The model home is often where builders test out new ideas, and you want to be sure that the construction is solid and that no corners were cut.

Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013


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150 River Point Dr.   Suffolk, VA 23434


Listed by: Harry Cross

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Featured Property of the Week

Thursday, August 1st, 2013



319 Lake Dr   Suffolk, VA 23434

Brick ranch with lots of updates. New heat pump, replacement windows, & the roof is only 5 years old. The house has a large sunroom with heat and is located in the family friendly neighborhood of Sadler Heights on a corner lot.

Listed by: Lee Cross


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