I'm Jackie Gonzalez, a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty serving Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, and the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads Virginia. I help families achieve their real estate goals in a way that works for them, whether buying or selling. I welcome the opportunity to use my knowledge and resources for you. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I'm Jackie Gonzalez, a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty serving Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, and the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads Virginia. I help families achieve their real estate goals in a way that works for them, whether buying or selling. I welcome the opportunity to use my knowledge and resources for you. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Hampton Roads Market Update – August 2017

Welcome to this month’s market update for Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads. My goal is to provide useful information whether you’re thinking of buying a home, interested in selling your home, or just want to stay current with the real estate market in Hampton Roads.

In August, pending and sold homes are a continuing trend in Hampton Roads, making it a great time for sellers. The reason for this seems to be that listings are on the market for fewer days and available homes for sale are few. The old adage of supply vs. demand has been working on seller’s behalf this year.

There was almost 5 months’ worth of inventory. Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News and Chesapeake have inventories of below 5 months. Portsmouth has the highest months’ supply of inventory at almost 6 months. Only Chesapeake and Virginia Beach saw a slight increase in properties available for sale, while Norfolk and Newport News had the most decreases in available properties for sale at almost 11% and 13%, respectively.

Pending sales for August increased from last year, with many homes going under contract during the month. The average days on the market for a listing were 61 days, as the time on the market continued to decrease over the last 6 months. This is great news for home sellers.

The region’s residential median sales price dropped a little from last month, and the median sales price is $233,000. Of the seven major cities, Chesapeake had the highest median sales price of $284,950 in August, and the lowest median sales price was Portsmouth at $155,000.

Distressed homes (short sales or foreclosures) were 11.47% and 10.08%, respectively. The numbers continue to decrease from the same time last year, although the numbers did rise slightly month over month. More information can be obtained from The Real Estate Information Network.

Cities
Median Residential
Sales Price
Norfolk
Virginia Beach
Portsmouth
Chesapeake
Suffolk
Hampton
Newport News
$188,000
$255,000
$155,000
$284,950
$259,950
$160,000
$172,000

By the way, prices in the neighborhood have gone up and there is a shortage of homes available for sale. It’s good to keep up with the market whether you’re ready to move next month or next year. If you’re thinking of selling, now may be the right time. If you’re curious about how much you could get for your home . .

CLICK HERE OR TEXT “homevalue” to 1-757-610-9766 to receive your free personalized market update.

Home Seller Advice

Get Buyers Attention to Sell Your House Fast

When you sell your home you’d like to get a decent price for your house and sell it in the fastest time possible. The last thing a seller needs is for their house to sit on the market for months with few or no offers. There are some things you can do to make your house the one that buyer’s want to see first. Here are some ways to get the most buyers paying attention to your home without breaking the bank.

Get organized: In general, organized homes get offers faster than homes that aren’t. Virtual staging is becoming popular.  What is that? A photographer takes photos of rooms and then uses software to add attractive furniture. It may appeal to buyers online, but it may not be worth it if the buyer visits the property and it looks nothing like what they saw online. Why not get organized by taking down pictures, especially personal ones, and start packing away unnecessary items that may give your home a cluttered look. Having a clean environment is a lot more genuine than having pictures that don’t give an actual representation of your home.

Curb appeal matters: How your home looks from the outside can boost your property’s sales value. It will pay off in the long run. Keeping the grass cut, mulching or adding a few flowers will help spruce up its exterior value. Don’t forget to clear cobwebs and clean the doors, especially the door knobs or handles. Most people don’t pay attention to these details, but buyers will.

Social Media Rocks!: Most buyers search online for their new home. Your agent should be promoting your listing on Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media sites. Sending Just Sold postcards to people in your neighborhood is old school. It doesn’t offer nearly the amount of people who will be able to view and share your listing as does promoting your property online. A tech-savvy agent can also add video tours and professional photos with a Call to Action message to give buyers information they want now right at their fingertips.

Get Rid of Energy Drainers: Brighten up the space with LED light bulbs, which are getting better all the time. Heavy drapes darken a room, so try lighter ones or use blinds to add natural light. Also, sometimes buyers ask how much the seller pays per month on utilities. Adding a new programmable thermostat, installation and other energy saver devices keeps the home energy efficient, helps save on energy bills, and keeps the house from being drafty.

In the meantime, your agent should be spreading the word about your home by letting other agents and clients know. This kind of marketing may get you an offer before it officially becomes available for sale on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)!

Let’s make time to talk about getting that SOLD sign on your yard fast. Give me a call now.

Find Out Your Home’s Value?

By the way, if you’re ready to downsize, relocate or just are ready for a change and want to sell, give me a call today.

Get your Seller Road Map now.

Property updates:

4004 Richard Lee Ct – sold!

This 3 bdr 2.5 bath had multiple offers and was under contract quickly. Although it was sold as-is, there were no major repairs and the seller was able to move quickly.

If you’re a seller and want to know more about how to sell your home quickly give me a call.

Coming Soon! Living in Cypress Point

Coming soon: A spacious 4 bedroom 2-1/2 bath property in Cypress Point off Haygood Rd in Virginia Beach with patio views of  Lake James from the backyard.  This home is in a golf community and has a restaurant, pool, and – of course – golfing!  Even though it has these features and more, there’s no condo fees!

This home will sell fast! If you or someone you know wants to learn more about this home before it comes on the market, give me a call at 757-943-9184 or email me at jgemailme@gmail.com.

Home Buyer Advice

The Role of the Real Estate Agent

It’s exciting to search for homes, go to Open Houses and tour neighborhoods searching for the perfect home. When you’ve found it you’ll want an agent to guide you and help avoid troubles along the way, unexpected turns and detours. There is so much information out there for home buyers. You may wonder what does a real estate do that will help me towards owning my own home. Let’s consider what an agent will do for you:

  • Before you start touring homes your agent will set aside some time to find out about your needs and wants, the amount you anticipate spending to purchase your home and what moves you to purchase now.
  • A good agent will explain in a way that’s understandable the home buying process and act as your guide along the way. When you see a home you’re interested in, your agent should give information on homes that have sold in that area to enable you to know if it’s a good opportunity for you.
  • Your agent will know different specialists you’ll need during the home buying process such as loan specialists, home inspectors and licensed contractors.
    Having an expert who is looking out for your best interests and who is obligated contractually to work on your behalf to protect you is what you should expect. Buyers should work with an agent whose concern is theirs only and not that of the seller.
  • During the inspection process even the most sensible consumers can end up noticeably troubled when negotiating repair requests. Your agent will deal with these aspects of the negotiation process.
  • A good real estate agent understands the timelines and can help you stay on track towards a successful sale – on time and with the least hassles.
  • Things can happen along the way that can derail the process. The title of the house may not be clear, the bank hasn’t processed the closing documents on time, or the seller may not have done their part in order to close on time. A skilled real estate agent knows to look for snags on the road to home ownership along the way and be able to manage those challenges if they arise.

The role of the agent is changing. Due to the Internet, buyers can search for homes without an agent. Most buyers have been searching for homes, maybe even for months, before they contact an agent. Some buyers have found their own homes without one. Therefore, when you’re ready to buy it’s essential to find a real estate agent you trust and whom you feel great working with. You’re certain to profit by their experience, knowledge of the market and negotiation abilities. I welcome an opportunity to discuss this further if you’re ready to buy a home. Give me call.

This Buyer House Hunting Checklist will help you figure out your home buying needs and wants. Get yours now!

By submitting this form, you are consenting Jackie Gonzalez and/or authorized representatives to contact you even if your name is on the Federal "Do-not-call List."

Find your dream home!

Back to School Time

Back to School Time

Summer is almost over and your kids have gone back to school.  Raising children nowadays is a challenge, so my hat goes off to you. Kudos to you parents! Also, congratulations to all the teachers out there! Have a great year!

Fun Days In September:

  • 5 – National Cheese Pizza Day
  • 8 – International Literacy Day
  • 12 – National Chocolate Milkshake Day
  • 13–Fortune Cookie Day.
  • 13 – National Peanut Day.
  • 16 – Working Parents Day.
  • 18 – National Cheeseburger Day
  • 19 – National Butterscotch Pudding Day
  • 21 – World Gratitude Day.
  • 26 – Johnny Appleseed Day
  • 28 – National Good Neighbor Day
    Although the seasons are changing, the real estate market is still hot. There are lots of good deals out there, so if you or someone you know is interested in selling or buying I’m there to help. Don’t keep me a secret! Feel free to contact me with any real estate questions.

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Your Back-To-School Checklist

The summer is almost over and the first day of school is almost here. Check out these few quick tips to help you prepare!

Supplies To Buy

  • pencils, pens and highlighters
  • binders, dividers, paper
  • sheet protectors and report covers
  • paper clips, staples and stapler
  • glue and/or glue sticks
  • graphing paper and calculator
  • rulers, guides and tape and
  • White-out tape and page markers

Safety Tips

  • If your children walk to school, make sure they walk in groups or are chaperoned
  • Walk the path to school with your children and show them how to obey all the traffic laws

Stay Involved!

  • Know your child’s bus number and schedule
  • Make sure you have a list of your kids’ teachers, back to school nights, sports schedules and school holidays
  • Check the school website and make sure you have an email address on file to receive important information about grades, activities or permission slips

Tips for those who don’t have kids

  • Plan your commute: if you need to leave earlier then get some sleep!
  • Watch out for children who walk to school in your neighborhood.

Hampton Roads School District 2017-2018 Calendars
VB Public Schools Calendar
Norfolk Public Schools Calendar
Chesapeake Public Schools Calendar
Suffolk Public Schools Calendar
Portsmouth Public Schools
Hampton Public Schools Calendar
Newport News School Calendar

Have an Awesome school year! By the way, I’m here year-round for your real estate needs.

 

 

9 Do’s and Don’t Tips When Downsizing

9 Do’s and Don’t Tips When Downsizing

I’m working with a lovely elderly woman who has left her home and moved in with her family. She has adjusted quite well. However, her house shows that she has lived a full life. If you or someone you know has a house that has now become too big for your needs, now may be the time to think about downsizing.

 

 

The first thing to do is to talk to your family about your plans and enlist their help. They may not want your furniture or decorations, but having them there in your corner to help make decisions and use their manpower to get things done is invaluable.

Look around the house to see what you want to keep or give to friends and family. Don’t forget about your photo albums. You can never get those pictures back so be sure to save them. If the items are good they can be donated to charitable organizations or sold at auctions or estate sales.

Here are 9 do’s and don’t tips to review when deciding to downsize:

  1. It takes some time to get used to the idea. The key is not waiting too long. Look at it as a new chapter, an adventure in your life.
  2. Your family and friends are your lifeline. Don’t shut them out of the process. Openly discuss this with the adult children and grandchildren, who will more than likely help you through this.
  3. Don’t worry about leaving some items behind. Focus on special pieces of furniture or decorations that spell “home” to you. There probably won’t be room in your new home for everything, so don’t try to take it all.
  4. Your possessions are priceless to you. To others, probably not. Don’t overprice what you’re trying to sell or get rid of.
  5. Eat your elephant one bite at a time. It takes time to downsize, so don’t overdo it. Relax when tired or give the project to someone who can handle it, especially the stress of moving.
  6. Enjoy a giving spirit. You’re a blessing to all who have touched your life. Be generous and share with those who may need it more than you.
  7. When you allow someone to help you you’re giving them a gift. Let them receive it by offering to help, especially your children.
  8. Try to stay focused. When you’re in your new surroundings there will be so much to look forward to. New friends and experiences await you. Enjoy the ride.
  9. Don’t let fear of change overwhelm you. This is just another phase in life. This too shall pass

Find Out Your Home’s Value?

If you’re selling your home you’ll need a reliable Realtor to guide you through the sale of your home. I enjoy in working with people who are relocating to find a home that’s more suitable for their needs.

Here are some things I do to make your move successful:

  • Help you make moving arrangements, if needed
  • market your home with signs, the Internet, and other advertisements
  • make sure your listing reaches the most qualified prospective buyers through the online multiple listing service (MLS)
  • price your home to sell based on local market data of similar properties
  • guide you through the paperwork and inform you of what’s needed legally as a home seller so you don’t have to worry
  • frequently communicate your needs and negotiate on your behalf to make sure you get the most out of your home sale.

If you’re ready to get the help of a reliable professional agent to sell your home and move, give me a call today.

Find your dream home!

Tips To Help Ease Into The New School Year

Do you remember this Staples commercial? For parents who have older kids they may be able to relate more, but for parents who are sending their children off to school for the first time it may not be as humorous. Separation anxiety can take over both parent and child for the first few days. The beginning of the school year means school lunches, homework, report cards and more. I hope these tips will help as you ease into the new school year.

The First Days of School

Your child may have been able to stay up late during the summer, but now will have to get up early to a different routine. Here are some strategies to help you and your child get comfortable adjusting with the first days of school.

How to get a handle on back-to-school stress and anxiety

For parents, especially those with children going to school for the first time, adjusting for both child and parent can be difficult. In this article there are some issues that may come up as well as recommendations on make it through as smoothly as possible.

Here are some ideas for easy school lunches.

Easy School Lunches on Pinterest

MyActiveChild.com has a list of fun events to help you prepare your kids for the coming school year. Why not share this with someone you know.

The Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. and KAM Kares Foundation are collecting school supplies for children from the Park Place Community in Norfolk from August 5 -25, 2014. The backpack distribution event will be on Tuesday 26, 2014 from 10 AM – 1 PM at James Monroe Elementary School, 520 W. 29th St. Norfolk, VA 23508.

This calendar will help you stay on track during your child’s school year.  Feel free to download the school calendar for your city.

Hampton Roads School District 2017-2018 Calendars
VB Public Schools Calendar
Norfolk Public Schools Calendar
Chesapeake Public Schools Calendar
Suffolk Public Schools Calendar
Portsmouth Public Schools
Hampton Public Schools Calendar
Newport News School Calendar

It’s going to be an Awesome school year! Keep me in mind for your real estate needs.

Hampton Roads Market Update – July 2017

This month’s market update for Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads shows that the real estate market is alive in July 2017.  All seven of the region’s major cities have shown reductions in their inventory of properties for sale, with Norfolk and Newport News having the most reductions.

In July there was about 5 months worth of inventory. Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Newport News have inventory supplies below 5 months, and Portsmouth has the highest months’ supply of inventory a little over 6 months.

Pending residential sales for July are up with many homes going under contract during the month. The average days on the market for a listing were 62 days, which hasn’t been this low for July since 2006 when it was 47 days. That’s good news for home sellers.

The region’s residential median sales price rose 1.95% from $235,000 in July 2016 to $239,579 in July 2017. Of the major cities, July’s highest median sales price was $279,950 in Chesapeake, while the lowest was $155,500 in Hampton.

Distressed homes, those that are either short sales or foreclosure, continued to decrease as a percentage of the market year-over-year, though the numbers did rise marginally month-over-month.

Hampton Roads median sales price rose from $235,000 in July 2016 to $239,579 in July 2017. July’s highest median sales price was $279,950 in Chesapeake, while the lowest was $155,500 in Hampton.

Those that are either short sales or foreclosures continued to decrease, though the numbers did rise slightly month over month. Information was obtained from The Real Estate Information Network.

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Cities
Median Residential  Sales Price
Norfolk
Virginia Beach
Portsmouth
Chesapeake
Suffolk
Hampton
Newport News
$207,500 
$269,490
$157,250
$279,950
$246,750
$155,500
$176,500

For Sale

4004 Richard Lee Ct, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

6227 Wailes Ave, Norfolk, VA 23502

1405 Pebblebrook Way, Virginia Beach 23464

 By the way, prices in the neighborhood have gone up and there are a shortage of homes available for sale. It’s good to keep up with the market whether you’re ready to move next month or next year. If you’re thinking of selling, now may be the right time. If you’re curious about how much you could get for your home . .

CLICK HERE OR TEXT “homevalue” to 1-757-610-9766 to receive your free personalized market update.

It’s that time of year again!

For those who have children going to school, this list of school district calendars may prove helpful.

 


Hampton Roads School District 2017-2018 Calendars

VB Public Schools Calendar
Norfolk Public Schools Calendar
Chesapeake Public Schools Calendar
Suffolk Public Schools Calendar
Portsmouth Public Schools
Hampton Public Schools Calendar
Newport News School Calendar

Home Buyer Advice
Comparative Market Analysis (CMAs)

Whether you’re a buyer or seller, your agent will prepare a comparative market analysis (CMA) based on similar homes within a given search area, using size, age, features, condition and location, whether the homes have sold recently and which are currently on the market.

Buyers use CMAs to help them make offers while sellers use CMAs to help them price their homes for sale or to adjust the price. As soon as a home sells or a new home comes on the market, the previous CMA is no longer relevant and a new CMA needs to be generated.
Prices may vary widely – even between identical homes. One property may offer better curb appeal or more extensive updates. CMAs differ widely by features and benefits like number of bedrooms, views, swimming pools, or a broader search area.

There’s no knowing why a seller undersells or a buyer overpays. Family pressures, relocating, and other reasons won’t be in the comparative market analysis. Instead, consider how quickly homes are selling, whether they sold for list price or above, or whether homes are experiencing price reductions. Your agent will explain how home sales are trending and what strategies may work best for you.

In the meantime, let’s figure out what features and benefits you want most by filling out the form below to get instant access to your Buyer House Hunting Checklist.

By submitting this form, you are consenting Jackie Gonzalez and/or authorized representatives to contact you even if your name is on the Federal "Do-not-call List."

Home Seller Advice
Prepare Your Home for Sale

Making your house shine like the jewel of the neighborhood will draw today’s buyers who want move-in-ready homes that they don’t have to do much work with. It gets buyer eyes on your property, draws the most buyers, and gets an offer quicker.

If the focus is more on the price than how well it shows, you’ll end up with showings and no buyers. You also may end up with a lower sales price. Let’s think of options you have to stage your home in its best light before the first buyers walk through your door. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare your home for sale.

Read More . .  .

Find Out Your Home’s Value?

By the way, if you’re ready to downsize, relocate or just are ready for a change and want to sell, give me a call today.

Get your Seller Road Map now.

Find your dream home!

The “Signs” of Summer

Courtesy of Pixabay

You see signs everywhere that tells you it’s summer. The flowers are in bloom and the days in Hampton Roads have been Hot!!! Also, seeing those “For Sale” signs popping up everywhere in your neighborhood is a definite sign that it’s summer.

We’re right at the most popular time of the year to buy and sell a home. Each season has its own pluses and minuses. If you’re thinking of buying later when the weather and the market cools down, it might good if you’re not in a hurry to move.

There are, however, some advantages to buy and sell a home during the market’s hottest season as long as you can stand the competition.

Home prices usually max out between June and August. The facts are that there are more homes on the market in summer than in the winter, and there are also a higher number of sales in the summer than the winter.

If you’re looking for a particular type of floor plan, feature, or particular school district you’re more likely able to find it now, as there are is a larger inventory and more properties hit the market every week. If you have to walk away from a home, you can be confident that another one is just around the corner.

Buyers are out there in full force during this time of the year. If you need to sell your present home before you can buy another, you’ll have an easier time selling during the summer at a reasonably good price. You’ll be in a better position to buy your new home sooner, making the transition easier for you.

This is the “golden time” of the year. If you’re trying to move and avoid paying two mortgages get your house ready as soon as possible so you can take advantage of the season.

Find Out Your Home’s Value?

Another plus to selling your home in the summer is that the kids are out of school. That may help, as you don’t have to worry about the kids’ lives being turned upside down by a move during the school semester, especially they have to move to another school or district. You can get it done over the summer and be in your house in time for the first day of school.

Have fun at the beach! Enjoy the flowers! Take advantage of all that Hampton Roads has to offer. However, use the summer season to find the home of your dreams or make your move if selling. If you’re curious about how to do that in the shortest amount of time and with the least hassles I’d love to chat with you. Call me!

Find your dream home!

4004 Richard Lee Ct, Virginia Beach VA 23452

4004 Richard Lee Ct, Virginia Beach VA 23452

Nestled in a cul-de-sac, this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath brick townhouse close to Independence Boulevard and Holland Road has lots to offer. You’ll appreciate the appealing front yard, large living room, formal dining area and den with gas fireplace.

The eat-in kitchen has a barely used electric range and microwave. The 3 bedrooms have lots of closet space. The master bedroom is huge and has a bath with shower. The cozy fenced backyard is a great place for entertaining and making memories. Home warranty is offered.

Ideally located, you’ll be glad you came to see this home. Text 4004 to (757) 610-9766 for more info and current pricing.

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6227 Wailes Ave, Norfolk, VA 23502


Close to the Interstate 64, Sentara Hospital, shopping and nearby military bases, this solidly built ranch home in Maple Hall has a brick exterior, wall paneling, kitchen & bathrooms are part of its charm.  Features include hardwood floors throughout and a wood-burning fireplace.

The hallway bathroom has a SafeStep walk-in jetted tub. Master bedroom has bathroom with shower. Pocket doors lead to the in-law suite has which has a living room and bedroom with half bath. Large bonus room in the center of home can be used as den. The dining room next to the eat-in kitchen has a refrigerator with ice and water dispensers.  Carpeted converted garage can be used as office, study, or game room.

In the back yard there’s plenty of room for parking with a carport and 2-car garage. Behind the garage there is a spacious back yard, great for entertaining. 2-10 one-year home warranty.

The schools are Fairlawn Elementary, Lake Taylor Middle and Lake Taylor High. You can get on the highway by going to Virginia Beach Blvd or Kempsville Rd.

The home is very livable, just needs some repairs. Put your signature style on it and make this your dream home to cherish for years to come!

To schedule a showing contact me at 757-943-9184 or to Text 6227 to (757) 610-9766
to view photos and pricing information.

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Hampton Roads Market Update – June 2017

This month’s market update for Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads shows that usually when inventory is low that it’s a seller’s market. However, there has been an increase in pending and closed sales. This shows that buyers are still out there. The usual seasonal increase in real estate activity may soon have a positive impact housing inventory. It’s hoped this will be the case.

The number of distressed homes (short sales or foreclosures) continue to go down. During May 2017 distressed homes made up just 10.56% of all residential properties. This was down 2.51% from the same period of time last year, the lowest percentage since REIN began tracking the data in August 2009. Also, May distressed homes accounted for only 11.43% of all residential closed sales, a decrease of 2.08% from May 2016.

The region’s months’ supply of residential homes inventory is currently sitting at 4.90 months, down 12.81% from May 2016 when it was 5.62 months. Virginia Beach continues to hold the lowest supply of the seven major cities, at 3.92 months in May 2017, while Portsmouth is the highest at 5.69 months. Most real estate economists agree that a 6-month supply of inventory represents a balanced market. Information was obtained from The Real Estate Information Network.

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Cities
Median Sales Price
Norfolk
Virginia Beach
Portsmouth
Chesapeake
Suffolk
Hampton
$189,900
$258,900
$150,000
$250,000
$250,000
$170,000
 437 Hopkins Rd – Sold!

When searching for the right home, sometimes the first choice may not be the best choice. The buyer initially chose a house that was smaller and priced higher. The location was perfect but something just wasn’t right. This home was found and it was perfect for her.  It happened to be a short sale, so both buyer and seller are very happy with the outcome.

Did you know . . . there are 9 ways to avoid foreclosure. Text “CDPE” to 1-757-610-9766 to get instant access to information to help save your home and avoid foreclosure. Feel free to call me if you have questions.

By the way, prices in the neighborhood have gone up and there are a shortage of homes available for sale. It’s good to keep up with the market whether you’re ready to move next month or next year. If you’re thinking of selling, now may be the right time. If you’re curious about how much you could get for your home . . .  

CLICK HERE OR TEXT “homevalue” to 1-757-610-9766 to receive your free personalized market update.

What’s New

Norfolk Premium Outlets has been open for a few weeks. They had a very nice grand opening with gift card giveaways and music. The traffic can be hectic, especially on the weekends. Try using Burton Station Rd if you want to avoid the rush.

Lidl, a German-based supermarket is giving other stores a run for their money. It reminded me of Aldi’s but the layout seemed larger. They have good prices, especially on produce and frozen goods.

The new state of the art Kempsville Recreational Center is now open. Since the weather has been very hot, now is a great time to check it out to enjoy the pool and water play area.

Home Buying Seminar
August 16th

Do you want to know what it takes to buy a home in today’s market? This is the last class of the season, which will be held at the Chesapeake office on August 16th. Click here for Home Ownership – Let’s Make It Happen for more information and to sign up. There is no cost for the class, and a loan officer will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

More Tips for Buying a Home

Home Buyer Advice

The “Signs” of Summer

You see signs everywhere that tells you it’s summer. The flowers are in bloom and the days in Hampton Roads have been Hot!!! Also, seeing those “For Sale” signs popping up everywhere in your neighborhood is a definite sign that it’s summer.

We’re right at the most popular time of the year to buy and sell a home. Each season has its own pluses and minuses. If you’re thinking of buying later when the weather and the market cools down, it might good if you’re not in a hurry to move.

There are, however, some advantages to buy and sell a home during the market’s hottest season as long as you can stand the competition.

Read more . . .

In the meantime, let’s get started on your list by filling out the form below to get instant access to your Buyer House Hunting Checklist.

By submitting this form, you are consenting Jackie Gonzalez and/or authorized representatives to contact you even if your name is on the Federal "Do-not-call List."

Home Seller Advice

Here Are 9 Do’s and Don’t Tips When Downsizing

I’m working with a lovely elderly woman who has moved in with her family. She has adjusted quite well. However, her house shows that she has lived a full life. If you or someone you know has a house that has now become too big for your needs, now may be the time to think about downsizing.

The first thing to do is to talk to your family about your plans and enlist their help. They may not want your furniture or decorations, but having them there in your corner to help make decisions and use their manpower to get things done is invaluable.

Read More . . . .

Find Out Your Home’s Value?

By the way, I enjoy working with sellers that have older homes which, with a little work, can be updated and improved. It’s amazing to see families transform these homes into modern classics. It’s rewarding for both seller and buyer, as they improve the functionality of the home as well as the home’s value. If you have a diamond in the rough or are looking for one give me a call today.

Get your Seller Road Map now.

Find your dream home!