Richmond, VA Real Estate News

By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
Parade of Homes Richmond VA 2015 New Construction Cash Back RebatesLooking for new construction around Richmond, VA? Equity First Realty® can help you find a new home. The 2015 Richmond VA Parade of Homes is a showcase of home designs in new construction by 40 or more home builders. This event is presented by The Home Building Association of Richmond. This home show truly is "A Tradition of Building Excellence". This annual tour of Richmond Virginia homes has been a long tradition! The association was founded in order to bring this event to Virginia over 50 years ago and now features homes in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield and surrounding areas. The 2015 Richmond Parade of Homes runs from October 3 - October 18, hours are Monday-Friday 12:00pm to 5pm. Contact the Marcus Rice Team for t...
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By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
This is a topic that has been debated for many years and there seem to be as many explanations as there are unexplained sightings.  Some people believe that UFO’s are exactly what they appear to be, spacecraft from another planet being piloted by an alien race. Others believe that they are secret military aircraft with potential far beyond that which the average person is aware of. Still others say that it is all a trick of the devil himself and that these unidentified craft are nothing less than fallen angels trying to trick us. It’s easy to say that there is no such thing as UFO’s but there have been so many reported sightings over the years that it’s hard to ignore them all. With the advent of digital cameras and now the integration of cell phones with video capability there seems to...
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By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
Whether you are selling your home or in the market for a new one there is no more important “link in the chain” than your real estate agent. This is the person that can make it all happen and is your ambassador to the many other parties that will be involved with the transaction. There’s a lot more to know when buying or selling a home than you are probably aware of and finding the right agent is critical. The question is how do you find an agent that will meet your expectations? I suggest using the same methods that you would normally use when making other big financial decisions in your life; do your research and don’t be afraid to ask friends and relatives if they can refer someone to you.  If you were searching for a good stockbroker or looking to purchase a new car you wouldn’t jus...
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By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
Equity First Realty Cash Back Rebate Recipients Equity First Realty would like to congratulate some of its Cashback Rebate Rewards recipients. We were happy to help these successful home buyers below negotiate, close and save thousands dollars when purchasing their home. After they finished signing the last document at closing table they received their Equity First Realty Cash Back Rebate Check! Please read and watch the videos below for more information on this amazing program:Get a cash back real estate rebate when buying your home. If you are looking to buy a home in Richmond Virginia area, then why not get a cash back home rebate? Just like retail product promotions for rebates where you get money back after you purchase a product, you too can get cash back on your home purchase! Eq...
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By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
ARMY PCS RELOCATION VIRGINIA - FORT LEE MILITARY RELOCATION - PETERSBURG, VA, Fort Lee Virginia Housing & RelocationsThat's why The Marcus Rice Team has worked with various military families and military bases in the Continental United States.  Even more important to you, I'm sure, is the fact that we WANT to work with military personnel to make relocation into your new community is as smooth and pleasant as possible for your entire family. The Marcus Rice Team are local experts who know answers to your questions about neighborhoods, schools, home prices, shopping, organized sports, restaurants and shopping in the area around your new post.  Our team provides articles about real estate and the area that you can read at your own pace.  We provide a link on our website to home searches in...
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By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
 Richmond Virginia Doctor Home Buyer Rebate Program - 1.5% Cash BackAs a medical professional, you have worked for years to join the ranks of an chosen few, and your hard work should be rewarded, not only professionally, but personally. That is why we have created the Medical Professional Home Buyer Rebate Program.Our Richmond Virginia Doctor Home Buyer Rebate Program experience includes:"Concierge Service"from a real estate industry expert who: Complimentary referral service should you need to sell your existing home or purchase anywhere in the country. Will assist in the search, negotiations, purchase of your home Will provide support after the sale to make sure your move is seamless Financing liaisons to many physician loan programs "Specialized Financing" 5% down payment up to $1,10...
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By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
 Richmond Virginia Nurse Home Buyer Rebate Program - 1.5% Cash BackAs a medical professional, you have worked for years to join the ranks of an chosen few, and your hard work should be rewarded, not only professionally, but personally. That is why we have created the Nurse Home Buyer Rebate Program.Our Nurse Home Buyer Rebate Program experience includes:"Concierge Service"from a real estate industry expert who: Complimentary referral service should you need to sell your existing home or purchase anywhere in the country. Will assist in the search, negotiations, purchase of your home Will provide support after the sale to make sure your move is seamless Financing liaisons to many physician loan programs "Specialized Financing" 5% down payment up to $1,100,000 (3.5% options may be availabl...
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By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
 Medical Professional Home Buyer Rebate Program - 1.5% Cash BackAs a medical professional, you have worked for years to join the ranks of an chosen few, and your hard work should be rewarded, not only professionally, but personally. That is why we have created the Medical Professional Home Buyer Rebate Program.Our Medical Professional Home Buyer Rebate Program experience includes:"Concierge Service"from a real estate industry expert who: Complimentary referral service should you need to sell your existing home or purchase anywhere in the country. Will assist in the search, negotiations, purchase of your home Will provide support after the sale to make sure your move is seamless Financing liaisons to many physician loan programs "Specialized Financing" 5% down payment up to $1,100,000 (3...
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By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
VIRGINIA HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (VHDA) 3%  Downpayment Assistance GrantProgram HighlightsQualified buyers may receive up to 3 percent of the purchase price, to help with the down payment on their first home.Buyers must have household incomes at or below program limits.Down Payment Assistance Grant may be used with only the following VHDA purchase programs: Conventional, FHA and Fannie Mae No MI.Grant funds may not be used in combination with other down payment assistance resources (including FHA Plus).Down Payment Assistance Grant has no repayment (no note or deed of trust).The Internet has changed the way real estate is bought and sold. Today's consumers have information at their fingertips. That saves us time and money and we pass those savings along to you with a Home Buyer Re...
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By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
6 Steps to Successfully Buying a Short Sale in Richmond VAWhen you see a home listed for less than the neighborhood warrants, it may be a short sale. That is, the lender is agreeing to accept a discounted loan payoff from a seller in default instead of foreclosing. But short sales are never easy, and may take many months to complete. Before you jump in to make an offer, consider the following steps:1. Do your research. Check the public records to be sure who is on title, whether a foreclosure notice has been filed, and how much is owed to the lender. That may help you arrive at a reasonable offer.2. Hire an agent with short sale experience. An experienced agent like Marcus Rice with the Marcus Rice Team working on your behalf will save time and hassles in negotiating with both the selle...
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By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
SHORT SALE RICHMOND VA - CDPE REALTOR - SHOULD YOU SHORT SALE OR FORECLOSE?Why would a bank or mortgage lender want to do a short sale?A common saying is that banks are in the business of lending money and do not want to own real estate. This is slightly misleading but is essentially true. When a bank takes a property back via foreclosure, it is a long and expensive process and often results in holding the property in their inventory as a non-performing asset. Banks have a limit to the amount of non-performing assets they want to hold. Once this limit is exceeded, they have strong incentive to get rid of the properties at discount prices.For a lender, doing a short sale avoids many of the costs associated with the foreclosure process. Attorney fees, delays from borrower bankruptcy, dama...
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By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
Fort Lee Relocation - PCS to Fort LeeThe Marcus Rice Team is your one-stop source for Military Relocation. Our website richmondvahome.com offers the helpful information and resources for military members and their families relocating/Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to Fort Lee. The web links listed below are provided to help you gather as much information as you need to make your relocation as easy and successful as possible. The Marcus Rice Team fully understands the pressures you feel as a Military Family making moves every few years at the convenience of the government. My team strives first to understand your needs and wants. Then we work to provide the ultimate service in satisfying those desires. We deliver service that far exceeds your expectations you can depend on us for all ...
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By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
We're a full-service Virginia real estate company dedicated to saving our United States Armed Services clients lots of money, as well as providing incredible professional representation for armed services military clients and veterans serving all Virginia Military Bases. We can help you whether you're buying or selling a home. Basically, we give half our commission paycheck when you buy a home through us and we also protect our seller’s equity and profit margins by charging home sellers from 0% to 1.5% on the listing broker side no matter the price of their home. WE JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU! This is what we say to all those who have provided valiant service to our nation in United States Armed Forces. Whether you are currently on active duty at Virginia Military Bases, a wounded warri...
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By Shane Lott
(Lott Realty Group at Rashkind Saunders & Co.)
Near West End Homes in RichmondAre you in the market for a home in the near West End in Richmond, Virginia?  If so you'll need to come out on Sunday (9/28) between 1-3pm to my OPEN HOUSE at 4611 Stuart Avenue in the Near West End.  4611 Stuart Avenue in the near West End was built in 1955 and boasts 3 bedrooms, 1/5 baths and 1,459 square feet.  The price was recently reduced to $289,500.  It's rare to find anything move in ready in the near West End for less than $300,000, so this home is priced to move.  One of my favorite things about this home - you are just a few blocks away from Mary Munford Elementary School (and the amazing playground). If you've got elementary school aged children, skip the bus and walk them to school! UPGRADES INCLUDE: Refinished original hardwood floors rewire...
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By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
There is a well kept secret in the eyeglass industry that insiders will never tell you. By now you must have noticed that the frames cost more than the prescription lenses themselves and that seems counterintuitive, right? That’s because it is not the reality. The truth is that the eyeglass frames that you pay $400 - $500 dollars for only cost between $25 - $ 50 dollars to make. I have long suspected this was the case and now I know it’s a fact.  Have you ever heard of a company called Luxottica? I certainly never heard it before but the truth is that this manufacturer controls 80% of the global eyeglass market, a market that is worth upwards of $28,000,000,000 (that’s 28 billion) a year. As we speak there are an estimated 500 million people wearing their glasses around the world that h...
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By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
GETTING A MORTGAGE TODAY What can you do to help yourself get pre-approved?Remember when getting a mortgage was easy? Now, you need pre-approval. So how can you increase your chances of passing that all-important test?You want a lender in your corner. Sellers and agents don’t want to waste their time working with a buyer who isn’t pre-approved. Why should they contend with uncertainty?A buyer with a pre-approved loan gets respect when a seller gets multiple offers. A pre-approval shows the seller the size and terms of the loan the bank is ready to greenlight. Commonly, a pre-approval is good for 90-120 days.1Pre-approval is a whole different level than pre-qualification. You can supply very basic financial information to a bank or lender and walk out with an estimate of how much mortgag...
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By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
I wonder if you’ve heard of a company called Tesla Motors? Tesla is a car manufacturer that makes some of the coolest cars on the road today. The best part is that they are electric and require no fuel of any kind. But don’t confuse these cars with the battery operated vehicles you’ve seen in the past. The new Model S can go from 0 – 60 in only 2.8 seconds and depending upon the model you choose can travel as far as 270 miles before recharging.  The cars also have a lot of available features including all-wheel drive, AM/FM/HD radio, online radio, Bluetooth, a high definition backup camera, a voice controlled hands free voice system for use with your phone and a built in 17” touch screen to bring it all together.  As impressive as this vehicle is you haven’t heard the best part yet: Th...
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By Shane Lott
(Lott Realty Group at Rashkind Saunders & Co.)
Getting your Richmond home ready to SELL! So you've decided that it's time to sell your home in Richmond, VA -  Congratulations!  For most individuals and families, that's not an easy decision. Now that you've made the decision to sell and move, the rest should be easy, right?  Well ... maybe not? Everyone wants "top dollar" for their home. But maybe your home isn't in "top dollar" condition?   If you are like most of my clients (and myself, for that matter), you have a long list of things that you've wanted to do to your home for years and years - but you just have not got around to doing everything on that list. Have no fear - you may not need to do everything on that list.  The first step should be consulting with a good REALTOR®, who should make recommendations on what you should (a...
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By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
While public schools throughout the country have routinely made some very bizarre decisions over the years, I never expected this to happen in such a conservative state as Texas. Last week a student at Seagoville High School in Dallas was sent home simply because he was wearing a T-shirt with the American flag on it. Am I the only person that is bothered by this?  Apparently an administrator had determined that the shirt violated the school dress code and placed the student on in-school suspension. There was nothing provocative about the shirt; it was nothing more than an American flag design with an eagle around it. It’s worth noting that it was necessary for student Jaegur to pull up the hoodie that he was wearing in order for the administrator to get a good look at it before determi...
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By Valorie L. Easter, Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
(eXp Realty)
If you’ve been using Facebook for any period of time you too have probably seen your share of “odd” posts. Some are funny, some are silly and some are even bizarre but this is the first time I’ve heard of anything like this.  Recently, a woman in Smith County, Texas asked if anyone on Facebook would be willing to shoot her dog. Her exact quote was simply, “I need someone to come shoot my dog. No one here has the heart to do it. We will provide the gun”.  Her reason for such a bizarre request? She informed local animal control officers (who quickly showed up at her home) that she could no longer care for the dog and it kept getting into the garbage.  Cinnamon, her 3 year old Saint Bernard / Bulldog has been removed from the home and placed with a foster family until a permanent home can ...
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