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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!

 

Call 757-466-1009 for more information!

Meet Phyllis Willoughby, Realtor®

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Meet Phyllis Willoughby, Realtor®

Thank you for visiting my site. I am privileged to have worked with many families both in my local market area and from around the world.  I am educated in real estate, specializing in diverse cultures and countries.  My experience has helped me satisfy the needs and goals of clients and customers around the world. 

I will provide a one-of-a-kind quality of personal service that you’ll want to recommend to all your friends and associates.

Credentials

  • CIPSCertified International Property Specialist (I was the first graduate in Hampton Roads to receive the CIPS designation, and the first African American Woman Nationally to receive it.)
  • CRB – Certified Residential Broker
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist
  • GRI – Graduate Realtor Institute
  • ABR – Accredited Buyer Representative
  • Associate Broker – William E Wood and Associates
  • NAR’s   “AT HOME WITH DIVERSITY: ONE AMERICA”
  • Approved REO Specialist

Background information

I first became a licensed Realtor in 1986 after attending Old Dominion University. I became a licensed Real Estate Broker in 1990. During my career I have sold and marketed hundreds of properties.

Because of my personal sales success and my communication skills, I am frequently requested to teach other Realtors how to effectively sell and market real estate Nationally and Internationally.       I am privileged to have addressed many Universities, High Schools and Non-profit Organizations regarding the buying and selling process.

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Real estate is a personal service business. Don’t hire a company. Hire a person.       Expect knowledge and skill from the Realtor that you hire in the area of financing, contracts, negotiating and marketing. Select a Realtor with a track record of producing results. The right agent makes all the difference.

I specialize in International Real Estate, Cultural Diversity, Creative Financing, Property Management, VA and REO properties, Investments  Buyer Brokering, and I am a fierce negotiator.

Buying and selling a home should not be left to chance and it is not something that you let a “friend try”. Trust the buying or selling of your home only to a professional. Accept nothing less than excellence.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, a homesite, or investment property, I promise results for you and communication along the way. Please let me know how I can assist you.

Call Phyllis to get started! 757-434-5812

Meet Holly Elliot, REALTOR®

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Meet Holly Elliot, REALTOR®

I have been serving my Community in the Real Estate Industry since 2006. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, I am knowledgeable in all the Hampton Roads cities. In 2009 I was the direct assistant to my Broker, Kimberly Plourde, assisting her with listing foreclosure properties for Bank of America, Fannie Mae, Chase, Wells Fargo & more.

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I was in this role until July 2013 when I went on my own and began to work with Investors to buy & flip and buy & hold. These experiences have provided me with the tools & knowledge to continue my career in assisting 1st time home Buyers, move up Buyers, Investors, & Sellers with their real estate needs. I am passionate about real estate & can’t wait to get started helping you!

Call Holly To Get Started! 757-513-3195

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The Most Important Strategy For Selling Your Home…

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When it is time to sell your home, you want to price it to yield as much return as possible. Pricing strategy is one of the most important elements in selling your home.
A market analysis of your home will help you determine value. This involves analyzing the current competition–other like properties currently on the market. I’ll look at properties that have already sold, to determine what people have been willing to pay for similar properties. I will also analyze properties that haven’t sold, some of which are overpriced.

The goal is to price the property accurately for the marketplace. You don’t want to leave money on the table, but you don’t want to overprice your home either. If you overprice the property, you risk having your home sit on the market. Then you may have to drop the price below what you could have received if it had been priced correctly to begin with. Upon seeing a home that is fairly priced, most motivated buyers offer full or almost full price.

When you are ready to sell, I’ll be happy to stop by for a quick view of your home. Together we will price it to sell for top dollar, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of inconvenience to you! Please call us at 757-466-1009 and let’s get started!

The Poplar Hall Neighborhood In Norfolk

Title Graphic: Poplar Hall Houses For Sale
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.

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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.

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

Meet Kisha Prisinzano, Realtor®

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Kisha Prisinzano

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 Prisinzano and get started! 757-943-9211

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

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.

SEE HOUSES FOR SALE IN LARCHMONT!

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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Meet Ruben Vera, Realtor®

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Meet Ruben Vera, Realtor®

Ruben Vera

If you want a studly Tom Cruise look-alike agent, while I’d like to think I come close, that’s not me. If you’re looking for a smooth talker who drives up in the latest model Benz, wearing a custom tailored Brioni suit and Testoni leather shoes… that’s not me either.  However, if you desire a real estate professional that genuinely cares about your needs and is known for hisexperience, honesty, and integrity – that’s me!

“Thousands of Realtors… only one Ruben.” 

I’m is committed to making your real estate experience top knotch; whether your are new to buying or quite seasoned.  Today’s challenging market requires your real estate professional to be savvy, strategic, and looking out for your best interest!!

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The truth is, I love what I do!  I thoroughly enjoy helping my clients achieve their real estate goals.  Since first time homebuyers, distressed homeowners, luxury buyers/sellers, investors, and retail sellers all have different needs, I focus on every client with individual care and attention.  Allow me to combine my vast industry experience, professional & academic achievements, Internet savvy, and overall real estate know how, and put them all to work FOR YOU!

I find great fulfillment in serving my clients well.  However, my greatest joy comes from being with my beautiful wife & three amazing kids, great friends & relatives, and knowing a loving God.  Despite life’s unavoidable challenges and difficulties, I consider myself a blessed man.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR)
  • Hampton Roads Realtors Association (HRRA)
  • Young Professionals Network (YPN)

TESTIMONIALS:

  • “We’re so glad we found you!  We will always remember you for one of the best days of our lives!  You made our family’s dream come true.  Thank you!” — Jamie & Kim Moreria (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • “Ruben kept fighting to make this sale happen even after the point most reasonable people would have given up out of sheer frustration.  The mortgage lenders clearly tried to make things difficult, but Ruben always maintained his professionalism, and found solutions when all hope seemed lost.  I would gladly recommend him to anyone needing to sell their home. —Patrick McReynolds (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • “Ruben was excellent in understanding and dealing with our lender issues.” —Stacin & Lorri Martin (Chesapeake, VA)
  • “In a vast sea of available Realtors, there is one real estate professional that has earned my personal trust, respect, and friendhsip… Ruben Vera.  He has my highest endorsement.” — Dr. Lynne Robbins (Williamsburg, VA)
  • “I was amazed when our house sold in one day; and for far more than we had anticipated!!  You’re the best!” — Joseph & Tiffany Schmidt (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • “We have done two transactions with Ruben so far, and have been thoroughly satisfied.  He is efficient, experienced, and repeatedly went the extra mile on our behalf.  He has definitely earned our future business.” — Jerry & Debbi Smith (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • “Ruben, you’re awesome!” — Darin & Lorene Wales (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • “Thanks a bunch, Ruben!  We sure appreciate your help!” — Kevin & Megan Becker(Chesapeake, VA)
  • “Ruben provided us with tons of information that we will be able to use in the future.” —Janice Crosby (Norfolk, VA)
  • “I want to thank Ruben again for doing what other agents could not.  We love our home and thanks to Ruben, the home buying process was nowhere near the nightmare I’d heard it was.  I was pleasant, fun, fast, and wonderful.  Thank you so much.” — Daniel & Jessica Gossett(Chesapeake, VA)
  • “How relieved I was to know that Ruben was handling everything in Norfolk while I resided in Ohio.  I appreciate the high caliber service.” — Dennis Voss (McClure, OH)
  • “Thanks for helping both us and my friends.  I told them you would be the man for the job!  You have such a great heart and commitment to excellence.” — Derrick & Kerri Frank(Bainbridge, PA)

Call Ruben to get started at 757-581-9058!