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Meet Cynthia Garrett, REALTOR®

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Cynthia Garrett. Realtor®

Cynthia Garrett believes that the greatest gift she can give her clients is a smooth transaction that results from communication. Working in the field of special education for 30 years has prepared her to be a great listener and problem solver.  She worked in real estate while simultaneously teaching and has put her full effort into real estate since retirement. 

 Cynthia realizes that in a real estate transaction, teamwork is a must.  She is able to work with other agents, mortgage officers, lawyers, title companies, inspectors, contractors, and clients.

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 Cynthia is able to  exhibit patience with clients and other professionals.

 Cynthia holds a bachelor of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master of science degree from Old Dominion University, a Certificate of Completion from Alpha School of Real Estate and is a Certified Military Residential Specialist.  Cynthia has been a licensed real estate agent for over 20 years, and is experienced in the process of buying and selling real estate from beginning to end.   As a native of Hampton Roads, her real estate business is tremendously enhanced by her knowledge of the area.

 When not busy with real estate, Cynthia enjoys being active in the community.  She volunteers with several nonprofit organizations and actively participates in church activities.  She has one adult child, Amber, who is an Opera Singer.  Cynthia enjoys traveling to see her perform across the country.  Even between real estate deals, Cynthia also enjoys viewing properties.

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 Cynthia would like to thank you for giving her the opportunity to serve you.  The next step is to give her a call at (757)237-5326.  You may also email her at cynthia.garrett757@gmail.com. She is looking forward to hearing from you.

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The Ghent Neighborhood

Ghent is a fantastic area! There is always something happening here! On the South end,the Hague is a picturesque body of water with an arching land mass with high end homes lining the shore. The Hague also provides an unobstructed, beautiful view of the Chrysler Museum. Monticello Ave runs the length of the eastern side. The North end of the neighborhood has some interesting boundaries.  23rd street is listed on Google as the last street included in Ghent. There’s Jeff Robertson Park, Weyanoke Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, Lambert’s Creek and the Mallory Country Club. Access to Interstate 264 is going to be straight down Brambleton Ave. Locals will know to turn right onto Waterside Drive which also heads right out to I264. Trying to head North to Interstate 64 or 564? Your best option is to head up Granby to one of the many entrances. Trying to get to Naval Station Norfolk? Head right on up Hampton Boulevard.

The Weyanoke Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1979 when Audubon members noticed a Purple Gallinule on the land. This was such a super rare visitor to our area, the Norfolk and Southern Railroad gave the land to the Cape Henry Audubon Society. Many birds frequent the park because it’s neighbor, Lamberts Creek is a wonderful place for them to feed. Ghent is park-rich with Jeff Robertson Park, Westover Memorial Park, Graydon Park, Redgate Playground, Yellow Fever Park, Greenway Court Park, Medical Center Park, EVMS Greenspace,  Raleigh Avenue Playground, Riverside Park, Beechwood Park, Botetourt Gardens, Ghent Dog Park, Van Wyck Mews, and Olney Road Park. The residence of Ghent are serious about their parks!

All of the coolest, hippest businesses are in the area. There’s several Starbucks of course. If you like independent coffeehouses, Fairgrounds coffee is on Colley Ave. Shopping is eclectic. Enjoy large grocery stores, Harris Teeter, Farm Fresh and Fresh Market.  Colley avenue has the Naro Cinema. They play a mix of independent films and oldies. The Ghent neighborhood has plenty to offer in the way of restaurants! There’s Chipotles, YNot, No Frill Bar & Grill, Noodles and Company, Kelly’s Tavern, IHOP, The Skinny Dip, Luna Maya, Papa John’s, Subway, 7-Eleven, Chanellos. Don’t forget about The Taphouse, Red Dog Saloon, Colley Cantina, Peck and Pour, Norfolk Coffee and Tea Company and Doumars! Doumars is a local landmark that has been around since 1904 known for its barbecue and ice cream cones!

Ghent Row Houses
Ghent Row Houses

The schools for the area are W.H. Taylor Elementary SchoolBlair Middle School, and Maury High School. Old Dominion University is quite close by. That opens up a bunch more opportunities for food and nightlife. Ghent is a very popular neighborhood with alumni and professors!

I would love to show you more about this neighborhood! I can get you in to see any of the homes for sale here. I can call the listing agent and schedule a showing for you. And I can help you negotiate your price and terms! If you would like more information, please give us a call and let’s get started!

 

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Spotlight On The Willoughby Neighborhood

Norfolk, Virginia

Willoughby By The Water

Willoughby is a extremely cool neighborhood! It’s West of Ocean View, South of the Chesapeake Bay,  East of the Hampton Roads Bay Bridge Tunnel and more Chesapeake Bay, and North of Willoughby Bay and Naval Station Norfolk. Those are some basics. Willoughby is a very striking land feature because it’s a spit! It is a mass of land that juts out over the water and is surrounded on three sides by Chesapeake Bay. Beaches surround this area. If you want your own beach, this is one of the ways you can get it in Coastal Virginia.  Shifting sans are continually adding land to the spit in a westward direction. Norfolk created breakwaters and sand replenishment to prevent erosion of the North side beaches. Interstate access is as simple as driving out of the neighborhood. Interstate 64 runs right through Willoughby.

The main attraction of Willoughby is obviously the beaches and the water. While you definitely have plenty of that to enjoy, you have several public parks you can enjoy! There’s Captains Quarters Nature Center and Park, Sarah Constant Beach Park, the interestingly named Monkey Bottom Park, Community Beach Park and Ocean View Golf Course!

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Willoughby Inn Seafood Restaurant is near the tip of the spit and has been there for many years. Most of the locals like it. South of the Interstate is Sunset Grill. This one is highly rated and specializes in seafood. The Ocean View Fishing Pier has it’s own restaurant, and as you can imagine, fishing. Greenies is a legendary Willoughby favorite. And the Thirsty Camel has been around for a long time. There are not too many businesses to ruin the quiet Willoughby feeling. But no neighborhood is complete without 2 7-Elevens. A lot of your shopping will be done further south in Ocean View.

If you have a boat, you’re in luck! there are a bunch of boat slips to the south protected from the bay weather. If you need information for the boat slips, contact me and I will put you in touch with the management.

Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk

Ocean View Beach Park is great every day and often they have festivals there with bands and entertainment. The backdrop is for events here is the beautiful Atlantic Ocean!

Schools for Willoughby are ocean View Elementary, Northside Middle School and Granby High School!

Just a heads up for you. Don’t call the area Ocean View in front of any of the home-owners here. They will be offended.

Willoughby By The Water

Here are the stats for the neighborhood at the time of this article. The median home for sale in the Willoughby area is $236,800. Like a lot of Norfolk, the prices are varied. The bottom end comes in at $49,000 and the high end is $1,599.000. Average days to sell the home were 77, so not bad at all. the oldest house for sale was built in 1910 and the newest was this year! Again, a varied supply of houses here. We can get you some more relevant data if you like. Just please let us know!

I would love to show you more about this neighborhood! I can get you in to see any of the homes for sale here. I can call the listing agent and schedule a showing for you. And I can help you negotiate your pricing and terms! If you would like more information, please fill out the form on the right and let’s get started!

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Your Checklist Before You Buy Your Next Home

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Home Buying Checklist

The time has come and you are ready to buy, but before you start searching for your next home review this checklist. This list helps you prepare your budget in advance and guide you to financial success in the future.

1. Reduce Debt & Increase Credit Score: Before you start looking for your next home you should request a credit report. This will give you a starting point on understanding your credit score before you request a loan. Your credit score will influence the interest rate of your loan.

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2. Save Money to Set Yourself Up with a Large Down Payment: While it is possible to purchase a home without a 20% down payment it’s best to get as close as possible. This will allow you to have a smaller mortgage rate, Avoid PMI, and receive a better rate. If you do not have a 20% down payment you may qualify for a VA or FHA loan.

As you begin the process to find your next home checking these items off your list will provide you with a more successful home buying experience. Our team is here to help you! Let us know the area and/or neighborhood you are looking to live along with your top needs our team of professionals will assist with finding your next home.

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Brock Thompson Helps Military Clients Achieve Their Goals Of Home Ownership

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Brock Thompson, REALTOR®, EXIT Realty Central

One of the greatest joys in a real estate agent’s career is helping our servicemen and women with the purchases and sales of their homes. It’s an honor to serve those who serve our country.

However, this niche does have unique challenges. Many times our military families are asked to purchase a home in an area that they have never visited or know very little about. Often, they are not given a lot of time before they are asked to move to their next assignment.

Because military members often are being transferred from across the country, they usually don’t have the luxury of seeing houses and viewing properties on nights and weekends. Agents must work very hard to communicate with their out-of-town clients via phone calls, email, text, FaceTime and Skype to pinpoint what each buyer is looking for and to provide a long list of potential homes for them to narrow.

One can spend hours previewing homes for his or her clients and then provide them with extra pictures/videos of the properties in which they are interested. This helps the buyers get a better feel of the home than that provided by a general MLS listing. That way, if and when one’s clients are able to fly out to view properties, they can focus on a much more consolidated list of homes that meet the established criteria. The buyers can make their buying decisions with the peace of mind that they are seeing exactly what they want — not wasting time on houses that look good on paper but not in person.

Another Satisfied Military Client with Brock Thompson
Another Satisfied Military Client with Brock Thompson

After a long-distance client has decided on a home and a contract is accepted (usually after they’ve headed back to pack up their current house), it’s the agent’s job to coordinate all the details of the home-buying process. This includes home inspections, repairs before closing and any details that may be more difficult to take care of when one lives 3,000 miles away.

The same care and concern goes for listing a home for our country’s military families.

When the orders come for them to head to their next assignment, we as agents must act quickly to make sure that we get them in the best possible position to sell their home fast and efficiently for a fair market price.

Again, good communication is the key because they may not be here while the house is on the market. Good agents will coordinate and be present at any and all inspections and repair work that needs to be done, see that the landscaping is cared for, and generally attend to the needs of the property in the military member’s absence.

REALTORS® are often the first point of contact for many of our military members when they get stationed here. As REALTORS®, being a local expert is a huge help to those who are coming from out of the area.

Agents for military families do it all from the start to finish, taking care of the details and allowing our servicemen and women to focus on their jobs. This is one small way we can say “thank you” to the brave members of the United States armed forces.

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Brock Thompson is a Realtor with EXIT Realty Central in Norfolk and a member of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association, the Virginia Association of REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®. He has won Top Producer and Agent of the Month awards in his office. REALTORS® are real estate agents who adhere to a strict code of ethics and work to protect and preserve private property rights;  Contact Thompson via www.brockthompsonrealestate.com, by email at brockthompson10@gmail.com or by calling 757-615-6359.

Story Credit goes to The Virginian Pilot Jul 2, 2016

GONE! 527 W 36th Street Unit#202, Norfolk, Virginia 23508

Kitchen of 527 W 36th Street Unit#202, Norfolk, Virginia 23508
527 W 36th Street Unit#202, Norfolk, Virginia 23508

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Great deal close to ODU, EVMS, Norfolk State, Shopping Centers, Waterside and so much more. All units are rented- 1 unit $1050 and 2 units $1025 monthly. Unit 102 will be available for owner occupancy June other 2 unit lease in place until December 2022 & January 2023 They were previously offered as a package deal only & now you can buy 1 or all 3. POF are required before scheduling any showing to limit bothering the tenants as much as possible. Cash offers only, does not qualify for financing.

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Gone! 6600 Pryer Lane, Norfolk, Virginia 23502

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6600 Pryer Lane, Norfolk, Virginia 23502

Investors Package! 20 Townhomes $35,574 per month income. Must be sold as 1 package $6,000,000: 6600, 6601, 6602, 6603, 6604, 6605, 6606, 6607,6608,6609,6610,6612,6614,6616,6618,6620,6622,6624,6626,6628 Pryer Lane. Fully Occupied average units rent for $1800 Sold as is.

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The Poplar Hall Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Poplar Hall Houses For Sale

Poplar Hall is a very nice neighborhood close to Interstate 64 and Interstate 264. (The Interchange) It’s bounded on the west by Broad Creek and the east by Military Hwy. It has access to Virginia Beach Blvd and is fenced in on the south by Interstate 264 and a branch of Broad Creek. Exits from the neighborhood are on Military Hwy and Virginia Beach Blvd. There is also a little known bridge across Interstate 264 to the south! Commuting is simple with such easy access to 2 interstates and Military Hwy.

The median home in Poplar Hall is $175,000 with the low end coming in at $111,000 and the high end coming in at $375,000. (2015-2016) Average days on market for listings at the time of this article was 51 days which is healthy. A lot of homes here were built right before 1960. So this is definitely an established neighborhood. There are a number of newer homes down by the water. And as always, in Coastal Virginia, houses are being torn down to build new ones.

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Spotlight On The Larchmont Neighborhood In Norfolk!

Water view from the Larchmont neighborhood with sidewalk, bulkhead stones, and piers.

Larchmont is a extra beautiful neighborhood which is very ODU-centric. The neighborhood starts on the North side of Old Dominion University and continues North between the Lafayette River and Hampton Blvd. The north end is capped by a body of water called Edgewater Haven which flows into the Lafayette River. Your fastest access to the interstate will be up Hampton Blvd to Terminal Blvd (turn right) which will take you to Interstate 564. About a city block away is Interstate 64 which leads North to Hampton or South to Chesapeake. If you are looking for a nice place to pull your boat up to, you are in luck! There are plenty of homes here on navigable water with a dock!

Bluestone Playground is on the South end. It’s a nice playground right next to Foreman Field. There’s plenty of room for running.

Slightly North of there is the imaginatively named Brick Field. It is a field surrounded by brick. There’s not much more there and it’s good for Frisbee throwing and similar activities. Further North is Virginia Park. It is wooded and has a bench and tended grass. Far to the North is Myrtle Park. Myrtle park has a nice small track to walk around. The track has a nice bridge over the South end of Edgewater Haven. So it has an excellent, relaxing beautiful view!

Panorama of Foreman Field at Old Dominion University showing grass, football field, stands and bleachers.
Foreman Field at ODU

You’re in luck for dining! D’Egg is a treat! They serve excellent breakfast dishes from morning time to early afternoon. Hair of the Dog Eatery is a very highly rated hotspot. ODU, of course, attracts a bunch of businesses that you will be quite close to. There is Subway, Miller’s Neighborhood Market, which sells gas too, Gray’s Pharmacy, Del Vecchios Pizza, No. 7 Chinese Fast Food, Taco Bell, Dunkin’, and CVS. There are so many good options for eating and imbibing in the area. It’s a foodie’s dream!

Be sure to check out Westside Produce and Provisions on Colley Ave. There are usually several food establishments on Colley that tend to change hands over time, so look to see what is there. And as usual, there are at least 3 or 4 7-Elevens nearby.

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Larchmont chart showing a decrease listing numbers.
Larchmont number of active listings for 10 years

Tidewater Gymnastics Academy is across Hampton Blvd and will provide your kids with various health-activity instruction. A little bit South of there is CrossFit 757 which is obviously a crossfit gym.

Schools serving this neighborhood are Larchmont Elementary School, Blair Middle School and Maury High School!

Streets in the Larchmont area, Norfolk

At the time of this article, the median home in Larchmont is around $430,000, with the low end coming in around $170,000 and the high end coming in at around $1,450,000. That’s typical Norfolk with a wide variety of values. Average days on market for homes here in the last year was 70 which is healthy. Homes here wound up selling for 97% of the listing price, which is typical. Currently, there’s actually a home here for sale that was built in 1783. There are also several new construction homes available. A huge variety in year-built is another typical aspect of Norfolk neighborhoods.

Aerial view of the Larchmont neighborhood showing houses, piers, water.
Aerial view of the Larchmont neighborhood

I would love to show you more about this neighborhood! I can get you in to see any of the homes for sale here. I can call the listing agent and schedule a showing for you. And I can help you negotiate your price and terms! If you would like more information, please call 757-466-1009 and talk with a REALTOR now!

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