If you've dreamed of growing your own food or raising livestock, purchasing farmland can help you turn your dream into a reality. Our real estate agents know that purchasing farmland is a little different than purchasing a more conventional piece of property. Here's what you need to keep in mind when buying farmland.
As an independent real estate firm, our goal is to provide the best possible service to you and provide comprehensive assistance in achieving your real estate goals. This is true whether you're moving to a Virginia/West Virginia community from across town or across the world. One of the ways that we provide that level of service is through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a worldwide network of top independent real estate brokerages.
If you envision yourself owning a home that stands out from other properties or boasts design details that are rare in modern properties, a historic home is a terrific option to consider.
There are a few things our real estate agents want buyers to know when considering historic homes to help them confirm that the property is right for their lifestyle and property needs. Here's what you need to know.
A combination of low-interest rates, limited nationwide inventory, and pent-up demand has made this year's real estate market one of the hottest in history. In a competitive seller's market, buyers often lose some negotiating leverage and are forced to enter into bidding wars.
However, if you're looking for a home in today's real estate market, all hope isn't lost. The key to finding the right home for the right price is a combination of patience, dedication, and working with an experienced real estate agent.
Getting denied for a mortgage loan may put a temporary halt to your dream of buying a house, but it doesn't have to be permanent. When you find out why your loan application was denied, you can correct any issues and reapply. Here are five common reasons your loan application can be denied as well as suggestions from our REALTORS® on how to fix them:
Moving to a new state is a great way to begin a new chapter of your life while experiencing the diversity our country has to offer. Our REALTORS® understand that many homeowners dream of one day moving to another state but aren't sure what steps to take first. With years of experience helping homeowners relocate across state lines, we've put together this helpful guide with steps to buy a home in a different state without hassle.
No matter the generation, time and again it's proven that homeownership remains a key ingredient in the American Dream. Owning a home provides financial stability, makes it easier to build personal wealth, helps in establishing social stability, and gives you the freedom to plot your own course in life. The community also benefits from homeownership by gaining active, engaged residents who have a stake in the future of each neighborhood. Our REALTORS® know the benefits of homeownership for people, and why it's so important for communities to have a strong base of homeowners.
The Perks of Owning Over Renting
The initial investment required to own a home can be scary for first-time buyers, but there are many long-term financial benefits to owning over renting. Both rent rates and the value of homes tend to rise over time. When rent goes up, only the landlord benefits. When the value of a home that you own goes up, you're the one to benefit. With the variety of assistance programs available for people who want to own a home, the upfront investment isn't nearly as daunting as it seems. Over time, as you make your mortgage payments, your equity in the home and personal wealth build. Add it all up, and homeownership just makes more financial sense than renting.
Buying a house can be challenging. If you are looking for Harrisonburg homes for sale, the perfect home is not likely to just magically appear. In almost all home purchases, those buyers who find their dream home remain firmly in the driver's seat throughout the entire house-hunting process.
With that in mind, you can increase your chances of finding and buying the perfect home for you and your family by following some of the same steps other successful buyers have used.
Do the words "mortgage application" send a chill up and down your spine? It's an understandable reaction, considering the financial and emotional investment that goes into the purchase of a home in Augusta County.
Fortunately, applying for a mortgage doesn't have to be so stress-inducing. Preparation is the key, as our real estate agents share their top tips that pave the way to a streamlined mortgage application process.
When you think about tinsel, mistletoe, and candles all aglow, do you envision yourself decking the halls in a different home? If you're daydreaming about Harrisonburg homes for sale as you plan your holiday shopping, it's time to add "New Home" to the top of your Christmas wish list.
Our real estate agents enjoy sharing their biggest house-hunting secret: The year-end holiday season is one of the best times to buy a home. Here are a few reasons why.
Buying a home is a big step, and there are many details to consider to help ensure that it is a step in the right direction. While commute time is a detail that many people tend to overlook – especially if they find a home or neighborhood they love – our real estate agents know that it's important to factor it into the decision-making process. How much does commute time matter? Taking on a long or stressful commute every day can impact your quality of life in many ways, so keeping commute time in mind as you shop for your home can prevent regrets later.
Commute time can seem like a minor detail among the many things you'll need to look into as you compare Harrisonburg homes for sale. However, unless you're lucky enough to have a very flexible work situation, it's an aspect of life that you will have to deal with day in and day out, usually five days a week. Here are some of the ways that a longer commute could impact your daily life.
Located two miles south of Washington D.C. right between the beautiful Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Harrisonburg attracts new residents every year. It's a great place to move: Up-and-coming professionals, growing families, and retirees all find their way here.
As one of the three top Virginia cities in the area, Harrisonburg is noticeably less expensive than its neighbors Richmond and Alexandria--while still offering truly amazing homes.
Of course, you'll want to start enjoying everything Harrisonburg has to offer as soon as you can. That means taking care of the preliminaries so you'll be comfortable in your new home.
Here's how to navigate some of the most common issues when moving to Harrisonburg:
Hunting is a West Virginia tradition that stretches back centuries to the time before our state was settled, and continues proudly to this day. It's a bonding opportunity for families, a sporting opportunity for competitors, and a key driver of the state's economy, generating nearly $270 million in revenue for West Virginia. Finding the right hunting property is easier when you start your search in West Virginia, because this is one of the best places in the country for deer hunters to call home. Our REALTORS® have all the details on why West Virginia is the place to be for hunters.
James Madison University (JMU), located in "The Friendly City" of Harrisonburg, is a nationally recognized university in Virginia and a plays a positive role in the cultural and economic livelihood of Harrisonburg and its surrounding communities. JMU's seven colleges offer its students 124 bachelors, masters, and doctorate degree programs. The school's athletics program features tennis, swimming, golf not to mention a NCAA Division I Championship football program.
JMU's beautiful campus and surrounding neighborhoods add the finishing touches that create an exciting university lifestyle.
Faculty and staff members--many of whom relocate to Harrisonburg from other parts of the country--search to find Harrisonburg homes close to JMU to enjoy easy access to the university and the numerous businesses and attractions surrounding it. Our REALTORS® have put together a list of the nine best neighborhoods near James Madison University to buy a home .
Don't forget to grab your umbrella when you head out to visit our open houses on Sunday. The weatherman is predicting a 70 percent chance of precipitation with a high of 48 degrees; no better time to be inside getting an up-close look at what could possibly be your new home.
Our local real estate agents know the local Virginia and West Virginia real estate markets inside and out and are ready to show you homes in the area and to answer the questions you may have. Visit our open houses this weekend to find the home you've been dreaming of.
Spring Lakes Subdivision
Sq Ft: 2,250 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open House: Sunday, October 29 from 2PM - 4PM
Sq Ft: 2,000 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open House: Sunday, October 29 from 2PM - 4PM
Sq Ft: 1,610 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) /1 (partial)
Open House: Sunday, October 29 from 2PM - 4PM
It's hard to size up a home at first glance, and even harder to judge an entire neighborhood, but both are important. If you're searching for a home, it's important to remember that your new home isn't just a house; it's a street, a neighborhood, and an entire city. So how do you know that your new neighborhood is the right one?
That's a question that our REALTORS® get asked a lot with many different answers. When you're planning on buying a house, these are the things to look for in the surrounding neighborhood:
Anyone who has shopped for a home knows what it's like to spend countless hours dreaming about your ideal home, scouring every online listing in your area, and attending open houses to get an up-close look at your favorite properties.
These can all be fun activities when you're working to buy a house, and they also present valuable learning opportunities that will help you find the right deal for your needs. But is it still worth it to attend an open house, even if you're not ready to purchase? Our REALTORS® are here to explain why with five reasons to attend an open house even if you're not planning to buy.
A growing number of homes for sale seem to include smart home technology. CNBC.com reported in 2016 80 million smart home devices were delivered worldwide...a 64 percent increase from 2015. Analysts predict despite the industry's growth last year, 2017 will be the year of the smart home because the companies behind the technology will be smarter about educating their consumers.
In a smart home, wireless technology allows you to control various systems and appliances easily using your smartphone, computer, or even voice commands. There is no standard definition of what makes a smart home complete. Exciting new features are hitting the market regularly.
Our REALTORS® have compiled this list of some of the most common smart home features:
Purchasing a home can be an overwhelming process--especially for first-time home buyers. There are a number of factors to consider when you're looking for the right home for you and your family. One of the first things to think about is finding the best financing to match your lifestyle and financial status.
While family and friends may offer well-meaning advice, it's always best to consult a real estate professional to set the record straight when you're buying a home.
When you're ready to start your home search, our real estate agents are here to help. In the meantime, here are five home-buying myths you should stop believing today.
Obtaining approval for a home loan is one of the most important things that you'll do in the process of buying a house – and for many people it's one of the most intimidating. Even if your financial picture is in great shape for obtaining a mortgage, it's not always easy to know where to start, what steps to take, and who you can turn to for advice. Here is a review of what it takes to qualify for a mortgage.
If you've been house hunting for any amount of time, there's a good chance you're all too familiar with the process. You find a few homes, meet the agents, and shake some hands. The conversation moves on to the type of homes you like, the type of neighborhood you're looking for, and maybe even making preliminary plans to visit an open house.
But before things get too far, you get the question that every experienced real estate agent asks of new clients: Are you pre-approved for a mortgage?
For some home buyers, the question comes as a shock. Aren't you supposed to be the one evaluating which real estate agent you want to work with? As it turns out, there are some very good reasons that your real estate agent asks about pre-approval.
Gypsy Hill Park remains a gem in the Shenandoah Valley's treasure chest with almost-nightly entertainment for the entire family. Staunton neighbors come together at Gypsy Hill Park for play, a picnic or perhaps an evening concert. In fact, when it comes to summertime in Staunton, Gypsy Hill Park is the central focus of much that takes place throughout the community. Here's why the park remains one of the top attractions for those who purchase homes in Staunton.
Summer is just around the corner in Staunton and your A/C system will soon be working overtime. There's nothing like stepping through the door of your comfortable, air-conditioned home after a day in the summer sun--the good news is that keeping your home cool doesn't have to break the bank. Our REALTORS® have created these simple, money-saving, home cooling tips so you don't have to sacrifice air-conditioned comfort this summer.
Is buying a house on your bucket list? Saving for a down payment is an important first step. When you make a substantial down payment, it lets you save on your mortgage financing. The larger your down payment, the sooner you'll be able to pay off your home loan.
Staunton, Virginia is a beautiful community with a rich history and vibrant present. Its unblemished historic districts and the breathtaking backdrop of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains are breathtaking, but this thriving community has much more to offer. Not only is it home to the only replica of William Shakespeare's famous Blackfriars Theatre anywhere in the world, it's also the location of Mary Baldwin University and carries the nickname of the Queen City of Shenandoah Valley.
Home shoppers have more resources than ever to research homes, neighborhoods and even real estate agents. The challenge is that with so much information available, it's easy to become disorganized or downright overwhelmed during the process. When faced with a bunch of information, a big to-do list and little time, the best thing to do is to develop an organized plan that will allow you to attack the task with confidence. Our REALTORS® have created these tips to streamline the home search process.
"Don't Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years" is this year's theme for Fire Prevention Week sponsored each year by the National Fire Protection Association. This year's choice of themes came from a recent survey conducted by NFPA, which revealed only a small percentage of homeowners know the age of their smoke alarms or how often they need to be replaced.
Whether you're a current homeowner or someone interested in buying a house, it's a good idea to review the age and location of smoke detectors in your current (or future) home.
Moving can be chaotic and complicated. When clients share their experiences about moving into a new home, we often hear the same types of stories and answer similar questions. Consequently, our team at Old Dominion Realty has compiled this list of the top ten most common moving mistakes home buyers make when moving into a new home with tips on how to avoid them.
Waiting until the last minute to pack and hire movers is a no-no. Save yourself stress by preparing in advance of your moving date. It might be helpful to complete one thing each day so that you are not overwhelmed.
It's exciting to attend an open house. The possibility of finding the home you have been looking for is enough to get your heart pumping. In your enthusiasm, it's easy to forget to ask some important questions that will help you determine whether the home you are looking at will fit your family's needs and financial objectives. When it comes to buying a house, the following are five questions you should remember to ask the next time you attend an open house:
1. Why are the Sellers Moving?
Maybe they got a job offer, or possibly decided it was time to move closer to family. These are great reasons to move. However, if they're moving because they can't handle the noise coming from the neighbor's parties, or the airplanes flying overhead, these are things you want to know about when you are buying a house.