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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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Meet Kisha Kelly, Realtor®

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Kisha Kelly

I am a proud Hampton Roads native and have called Coastal VA my home for over 20 years.

I am a dedicated and motivated business woman with over 10 years of property management and real estate experience and enjoy working diligently with my clients.

I am a member and in good standing with the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR), Hampton Roads Realtors Association (HRRA), Real Estate Information Network (REIN), Multiple Listing Service (MLS), Professional Association of Businesses (PAOB) and have actively served with the Hampton Roads Apartment Council (HRAC).

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As Hampton Roads Realtor Associations Circle of Excellence award recipient, you can expect the highest level of service, integrity and commitment.

My business model is effectively built on communication and consideration of my clients needs, which enables a successful property transaction. My passion for building solid relationships with my clients helps me to navigate them through the complexities of today’s real estate market.

Call Kisha Kelly and get started! 757-943-9211

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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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!

Meet Debra Mills, Realtor®

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Debra Mills, Realtor

Debra Mills has experience in real estate for over 20 years as an investor, buyer and seller and now as a Virginia licensed Realtor. Debra specializes and takes great pride in assisting the men and women of the armed services with relocation to and from the Hampton Roads area. She also assists her client seeking to downsize in listing their homes properly for the quickest sale with the most profit. She also gains incredible satisfaction working with first time home buyers and helping them achieve the joy of home ownership.
Debra’s believes that continuing education is paramount to proving exemplary services to her clients and has advanced her real estate education earning the Realtor designation. She also completed an intensive Advanced Individual Training Series covering a broad range of topics from marketing listings for quick sale to helping sellers who are in danger of foreclosure. She also holds a B.S. Degree in Education and Counseling, along with an Honors Certification as a Paralegal, from her alma mater, Old Dominion University.

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Originally born in New York, Debra served her country as the child of an Air Force veteran and later as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy. She relocated numerous times within the United States and to several oversees locations including the Philippine Islands, Guam, and Hawaii. She understands the circumstances that surround military relocations from personal experience and the unique housing needs of our armed services military members.
Debra enjoys tending her organic vegetable garden, reading, cooking, visiting art museums. Her other hobbies include traveling with her husband, Ric, to historical sites throughout Virginia, feeding the hummingbirds at her kitchen window, and learning the practice of Tai Chi.
So when you are ready to sell or purchase a home in the Hampton Roads area, Debra is ready to assist you. You will understand why her clients say, “Our expectations are Debra’s highest priority”.

Call Debra Mills at 757-650-7229 and get started!

Meet Dawn Lee, Realtor®

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Dawn Lee, Exit Realty Central Realtor®

Dawn Lee earned her Real Estate License in 1985. Since then, she has worked with some of the industry’s top agents and coaches to enhance her understanding of the market and all aspects of real estate. Dawn has been investing in the local real estate market since 1988, and has bought and sold over 30 of her own houses. A longtime resident of Virginia Beach, Dawn sells residential and commercial properties in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth,Suffolk and Hampton. Specializing in buyers, sellers, and investors, first time home buyers, military relocation, short-sales and foreclosure, her multi-faceted expertise is of great benefit to her clients. Dawn enjoys taking a direct, hands on approach with her clients and is well supported by her superb office support staff and team at Exit Realty Central. She uses the latest internet technologies to market and find homes expertly to achieve outstanding results.

Dawn believes that education is paramount to success, graduating from Old Dominion University with a Business degree in 2003, as well as completing intensive training covering a variety of topics from marketing listings for quick sale to negotiating contracts and helping sellers in danger of foreclosure. Her constant dedication to service and work ethic has earned her many awards throughout the years. Dawn has had the honor of receiving agent awards from EXIT as well as numerous customer service and management awards in her past career with the Woolworth and Kinney Shoe Corporations.

Dawn is a member in good standing of the HRRA, Hampton Roads Real Estate, VAR, Virginia Association of Realtors and the NAR, National Association of Realtors, and the Multiple Listing Service. Dawn helps the community by donating to the local “FOR KIDS” charity and Habitat for Humanity. To date EXIT Realty has donated $2.25+ Million to the Habitat charity building more than 15 homes. As a military Navy spouse for over 11 years Dawn understands the stresses involved in the buying, selling and relocation process and strives to alleviate these concerns for her clients. Having been born in London England, and raised in Baltimore, she also has lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and has resided in Virginia Beach since 1988.

Dawn feels that the best path to her success is to help others realize their success. Because of her track record of accountability, education, attention to detail, and personal attention, Dawn’s clients become customers for life. She can’t wait to provide you with the same service she has provide to her past clients, making you a customer for life as well. Call, text or email Dawn today.

Here are some of the things Dawn Lee’s clients are saying about her:

“Dawn is an excellent Realtor and very knowledgeable. As first time buyers, we had a ton of questions and concerns about all proceedings, but Dawn made us feel comfortable and fully aware of all details throughout the entire process. Dawn promptly replied to all emails and phone call (and we had a lot) whenever we had questions. Dawn let us know what was going on every step of the way. We highly recommend Dawn for anyone buying, selling or renting a house. Thanks Dawn!”

 “We were in an extreme time crunch and Dawn helped us find a home right away. She was always responsive and knowledgeable. It was our first time buying property and she walked us through each step of the process. I recommend her to all my friends.”

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“Dawn Lee was very professional and helpful in helping me obtain 7453 Maple Hall Lane, Zuni, Va. in 2013. She had great knowledge and expertise in helping me obtain this property. She has also been helpful by sending me listings each day, that she knew I may be interested in.”

 “Dawn has expertise in the many fields of real estate, not limited to selling but also buying, contracting, flipping and investing. I would not trust anyone but Dawn when it comes to any of my real estate needs.”

 “Dawn has helped me with managing my property at 4005 Shelley Court, and she shepherded it through becoming Chapter 8 eligible. She managed all aspects of an extensive renovation, dealt with the city and the tenant too. I would strongly recommend Dawn Lee to manage your property, represent you, or help you find a home!”

  “Dawn was remarkably intuitive at narrowing down the homes for sale in our area, as well as guessing what other options we would be open to. Great communication, stuck with us the whole way and always in out corner-I highly recommend this agent!”

 “I have worked with Dawn Lee on numerous transactions and I have found her to be a very efficient and caring realtor. She always puts the best interests of her clients first. She also makes sure the transaction gets closed.’

“I can tell you first hand that no agent will work harder for you than Dawn Lee! She has the knowledge to help you buy or sell your home regardless of your price point. Dawn is reliable, trustworthy, patient, understanding, and positive! Her professionalism exceeded my expectations. Dawn is highly responsive to all communications and thoroughly answered my questions using her vast experience and knowledge of the Hampton Roads Real Estate Market. THANK YOU DAWN!!’

 “Dawn is an excellent person as well as an agent. She has been available to me and patient with me for almost two years. I have not been able to find my dream house but dawn keeps calling me, emailing me, and also texting me. She has more patient than anyone I know smile. Dawn I love you and thanks for all you do. She will meet you anytime and anywhere. She starting to fit in my family as a matter of fact she and I are working on a family matter at this time. Keep up the good work dawn.”

Call Dawn Lee at 757-403-4287 to get started!

Meet Christina Strobel, Realtor®

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Meet Christina Strobel, Realtor®

Christina Strobel, REALTOR® NC Broker and VA Salesperson

Christina was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She moved to Gates County, North Carolina in 2007. She lives on an 11 acre farm with her husband, a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, and their two daughters. She has invested in real estate since 2007. Christina has been licensed and working full time in real estate since 2013. She covers all of the Southeastern portions of Virginia and Northeastern portions of North Carolina.  In her spare time she enjoys eventing with her ex racehorse and long distance running. She completed her first half marathon in the spring of 2016. Christina prides herself on being familiar with VA loans and the extra steps that come with a military move. She also is very familiar with rural home, farm and land purchases.

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“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal. You do not change your decision to get there. ” Zig Ziglar

Call Christina to get started at 757-831-0341!