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The Ghent Neighborhood

Ghent: The HagueGhent 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.

Button with Click here to see homes in this neighborhoodThe 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!

Front of Fairgrounds Coffee in GhentAll 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!

The schools for the area are W.H. Taylor Elementary School, Blair Middle School, and Granby 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!

Panorama of Ghent, Houses in Norfolk

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 fill out the form on the right and let’s get started!

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Norfolk EXIT Agents Hard At Work!

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Hard Working EXIT Realty Agents

Our broker, Ronda Morrison, snuck in and caught these nice ladies working hard with big smiles on their faces! Everybody around here seems to wear smiles. Love it! EXIT means safe passage. These ladies are able to help people make their dreams come true day in and day out and enjoy every minute of it! Is it because of our amazing staff that makes our work easier? Is it all the training for new agents and experienced agents alike? Is it the third dimension of real estate that adds residual income to real estate? Is it the amazing energy and atmosphere of our office?  You are just going to have to find out for yourself! Find out more by talking with Ronda Morrison! 757-407-7782

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EXIT Sells Your Home

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EXIT Realty Sells Your Home Faster

EXIT Agents have a huge advantage in selling your house faster and for more money! Our site gathers tons of buyers from all over Coastal Virginia! This is great for you because we get more buyers which turns into more offers, which turns into better price, a faster sale and better terms and conditions for you! Our broker is generous and makes eListings available to us! It is an extremely effective marketing tool which generates beautiful social media friendly marketing pieces including downloadable fliers, virtual house tours, websites, digital magazines and QR codes! All the hard work of making it beautiful is done already. So your EXIT Realty Central REALTOR® spends most of their time looking for buyers for you!

Some real estate companies in Coastal Virginia offer to sell your house for a lower fee. And we totally understand the desire to pay less in fees. But would you rather pay less or end up with more money in your pocket? In today’s market, we are getting multiple offers, many of them are above asking price! Having a well trained REALTOR® is worth it in so many ways.

We do the traditional marketing that other agents do, because that is expected of us so often. But we recognized early on that the trend was shifting. The percentage of buyers going online to find their next home has been closing in on 100 percent for a while now. Most real estate companies are scrambling to get their properties onto the various real estate websites out there. We are already there of course. But we are head and shoulders above the rest thanks to our online marketing system!

Would you like to get information about your home? How much could you sell your home for? Could you rent it out AND buy a new one? Have the prices in your neighborhood skyrocketed or plummeted? We have the data! With just a little bit of information we can get that right to you! No obligation! We are happy to do it for you!

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Spotlight On The Willoughby Neighborhood

Norfolk, Virginia

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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!

ClickSeeButton.pngWilloughby 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.

OceanViewAve01.jpgOcean 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.

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!

3110 Norway Place, Norfolk, VA 23509

Beautiful 3 Story Norfolk Home Near ODU, Naval Bases!

Property Details for 3110 Norway PL, Norfolk, VA 23509

This beautiful 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home has 3 stories. 2 master suites-3rd floor is a large master bedroom suite with sitting area, gas fireplace, and full bath with jetted tub. 2nd floor has a 2nd large master bedroom with balcony and full bath. 2nd floor also contains a laundry room, 2 other large bedrooms, and full bath. Main floor is large open floor plan with a den, living room , dining room, half bath and nice kitchen with all appliances, pantry. 2 car driveway, 2 zone HVAC, fenced back yard with shed. Close to hospitals, ODU, downtown and naval bases.

Listing Details

  •  Single Family
  •  10204876
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Interior Features

  •  4
  •  3.1
  •  3
  •  1
  •  2,572
  •  Cathedral Ceiling, Fireplace Gas-natural, Master BR FP, Scuttle Access; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic
  •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  •  Central Air,Heat Pump,Two Zone
  •  Nat Gas,Programmable Thermostat,Two Zone

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  3
  •  Contemp; 3 Living Lvl, Det Single Fam
  •  Patio, Storage Shed; Fencing: Back Fenced, Full, Privacy, Wood Fence
  •  Vinyl
  •  Off Street, Driveway Spc, Street
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2006
  •  5663 sq ft
  •  Not Waterfront
  •  No Pool

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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

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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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.

 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.

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 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.

 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.

To get started, call Cynthia at 757-237-5326!

8131 Ships Crossing Road, Norfolk VA 23518

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Ocean View Condo With Pool, Clubhouse, Fitness Center!

Property Details for 8131 Ships Crossing RD, Norfolk, VA 23518

This beautiful condo features an upgraded kitchen to include granite counter tops with matching back splash, stainless steel appliances, deep sink and more. Gorgeous OPEN FLOOR PLAN with 2 MASTER SUITES, showcasing HUGE WALK-IN CLOSETS, 2.5 baths, LOFT reading/sitting area, dining area and den. This 2-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom condo is much larger than most other 2 bedroom condos in the area. A tranquil WATERFRONT MARINA COMMUNITY WITH POOL, CLUBHOUSE & FITNESS CENTER. Enjoy your private patio, nearby beaches and easy access to the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story formerly the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek and the Norfolk Naval Base.

Interior Features

  •  2
  •  2.1
  •  2
  •  1
  •  1,533
  •  Bar, Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Vinyl
  •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Microwave, Elec Range, Washer
  •  Central Air,Heat Pump
  •  Heat Pump

Exterior & Lot Details

  •  2
  •  2 Unit Condo
  •  Patio, Storage Shed; Fencing: Other
  •  Aluminum, Brick
  •  Assigned/Reserved
  •  City/County; City/County;
  •  2014
  •  Clubhouse, Dock, Exercise Rm, Ground Maint, Pool
  •  232 0
  •  Deep Water, Deep Water Access, Dock, Lake, N
  •  No Pool

Listing Details

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Why Did We Pick The Name EXIT?

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Exit Realty: What’s In Our Name?

The name “EXIT” is branding genius. Millions and millions of EXIT signs across North America point to the way.
You see EXIT everywhere you go. Think about it…

• EXIT is the most advertised name in the world.
• EXIT signs are always strategically located.
• EXIT signs must be illuminated by law.
• EXIT signs are paid for with other people’s money!
• The word EXIT suggests “safe passage”.
• The Seller is making an “EXIT”.
• Everyone is looking for an EXIT strategy!
• EXIT has a tremendous subliminal effect.
• EXIT is memorable with four letters and two syllables – the real purpose of advertising.

EXIT is illuminated above every corporate door in North America!

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