houses: Dog Seizer - 04/19/08 12:30 PM
At least 102 dogs, cats and assorted livestock were recently saved from an illegal kennel.  The owners say they have the proper licenses but the ploice siezed the animals until it can all be sorted out.  The animals lacked a license or vaccinations and were in poor condition.  The kennels were in poor condition also.  Animal control has been to the house before with no problems but apparently things are different now.   We will see how this plays out. 
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houses: Female Vets and Charle Falk - 04/19/08 12:23 PM
What do female vets and Charlie Falk have in common?  Probably a few vets have bought cars from his dealership in the Norfolk area but mostly he features them in car ads.  Not real vets but bad portrayls of military women.  Two retired Navy women have been trying to get the commercials off the air.  Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va offices has even been contacted for help.  The Judge Advocates office has sent a letter to Charlie Falk to ask him to take the ads off the air.  The ads have supposedly run their course but there have been sightings of the … (1 comments)

houses: FHA 203K Streamline Help - 04/17/08 09:12 AM
Has anybody actually done one of thiese 203K Streamline loans and would you, could you share some insight in how they actually work.  I have done some research on them but have not found anyone who has actually had a buyer purchase a home and had the work done.  The loan officers have them but actually have not done one yet.  Thanks in advance.
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houses: Recently Remodeled?? - 04/16/08 07:35 AM
I was out previewing houses and came across one I thought would be a good match for my buyer.  The house was remodeled in 2007.  I took some pictures of what I thought added the most value to the house.  Keep in mind this is a $174k duplex type house.  Am I being to picky for a house in this price range? or should I expect a little more reguardless of the price. 
This is the Great Room                                                       This is the Master Bedroom
          This is the only bath upstairs               Is some kind ofspecial paint or mold I can't tell                        
 
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houses: KEEPM - 04/16/08 01:26 AM
KEEPM or fold.  That is the question.  I would rather KEEPM and here is a web site "KEEPM" to help you keep them also, your contacts that is.  It is a free contact manager that is web based called KEEPM.  I always hear people asking about contact management and this one sounds like something to check out.  The company also offers other software so go check them out.
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houses: Community Project Funds - 04/14/08 03:26 AM

What does a JumboTron screen on the Norfolk city owned science center Nauticus have to do with the Virginia Port Authority?  Well it seems that the port authority is providing money, services or other help within reason for local projects.  Which brings us to Nauticus.  The authority gave the city $2million dollars to help with the fix-up at the Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk.  Part of that money will be used to purchase the screen.  The screen will of course advertise upcoming events.  If you know of a worthy cause, give the port authority a call.
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houses: Gift Card Tracker - 04/14/08 03:05 AM
 
As you know gift cards are wonderful gifts.  What you may not know is that they can be worthless if not used.  Some business's have expiration dates and or maintenance fees on the cards.  Did you know that there was 97 billion dollars in gift card value in 2007?  I didn't.  Well here is a site you can go to check out your gift cards.  You do know where the gift cards are don't you?  Go to www.giftcardtracker.com  and check them out.   The site lets you check expiration policies as well as find out if there are any maintenance fees on … (8 comments)

houses: Lillian Vernon Sold Again - 04/11/08 12:58 AM
 
 A mainstay of Virginia Beach, the Lillian Vernon company is being sold for the third time in five years.  The company has not made a profit in 10 years.  There must be something about the brand that keeps investors hanging on.  The first time we bought anything from them in years was this last Christmas and the products we bought were very well done.  I haven't liked buying from them because you used to get put on the mailing list and call list but not this time.  The company is being sold for around $15.8 million depending on the inventory at … (6 comments)

houses: Open Houses In This Market? - 04/10/08 11:32 AM
Open Houses in a Buyer's Market
Is it time to reinvent the Open House in a buyer's market?  I know, Open Houses' don't sell homes-but I read that 48 percent of all Virginia Beach homebuyers go to Open Houses'.  The house can actually become a successful tool for building trust and connecting you and your buyers with their dream home. Once that happens, you can help them connect with the right home financing to ensure that the transaction will close smoothly and on time.
Prospective buyers attend Open Houses' to get a feel for what they do and do not like-not necessarily because they want to buy … (2 comments)

houses: Sell Your Headset and Buy This One - 04/08/08 09:36 AM
Buy the Aliph's Jawbone and not worry about noise again.  I bought one last week and they are great.  In Virginia Beach we often have jets flying over from Oceana Jet base and the person on the other end of the line can not hear them.  It does everything it is supposed to do.  You can listen to the radio, the tv, type or whatever and no sound gets thru except for your voice.  It also plugs into your computer to charge.  How neat is that.  I bought mine at www.buy.com for $80 bucks and no shipping.  I have had severa headsets … (14 comments)

houses: CM Developement Bilked Millions From Investors - 04/07/08 03:10 AM
Two investors claim that a failed real estate company's president repeatedly broke the law in his dealings with them.  Cary McEntee repeatedly kited checks to make it look like the company had money coming in and to keep investors happy.  Multiple code violations on many properties were also hidden from view.  It seemed to be kind of a pyramid scheme where an investor would purchase a fix up home, sell it to another investor and so on.  Eventually the the system collapsed under its own weight and the market slowdown.  The investors are suing to try and relief from the bankruptcy … (0 comments)

houses: No Billing Problems in Suffolk - 04/07/08 02:57 AM
Suffolk residents do have a problem with utility billing even though they weren't supposed to.  HRSD says if there are problems then there are very few but if there is even one that is too much.  The big problem is that HRSD switched billing and over 5,200 accounts were not billed.  Ouch.  The money still has to be paid but now you are four months behind. 
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houses: Golf Course Or Ecological Disaster - 04/07/08 02:45 AM
The Battlefield Golf Club at Centerville in Chesapeake is built on fly ash.  1.5 million tons of it to be exact.  If you don't know what fly ashis it is the by product of burning coal.  The problem with the material is that it contains heavy metals such as arsenic and other metals.  These metals can leach into the ground and that creates a ground water problem.  The developers at the golf course mixed in an ingredient to keep the fly ashfrom leeching into the groundwater.  That may have been ok except there are homeowners in the area that have wells … (4 comments)

houses: Nice Place or Not So Nice Part II - 04/05/08 12:06 PM
I started this a few weeks ago and found another set of pictures I thought was good.  These are the pictures of entrances to condos in Virginia Beach that look good but then several feet away comes the ugly.
 
 
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houses: Assessments Higher - 04/04/08 01:16 AM
It looks like Chesapeake will have a higher tax assessment this year as will all the cities in the surrounding area.  Chesapeake overall tax increase will be 0.7%.  This is the smallest increase in years and the city is scrambling to deal with the fallout from a smaller tax increase.
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houses: Assessments Higher - 04/04/08 01:13 AM
Overall the the increase in assessments this year for Virginia Beach are 2.6%.  That includes residential, commercial and industrial land.  Residential assessments are up 1.3% total.  The assessment is the smallest increase in a decade.  That increase will mean an average tax increase of $37.  Some 17% of the city will see a slight decrease and 40% will see an increase. 
Broken down by districts:
Lynnhaven will increase by .2%
Princess Anne will rise .6%
Centerville, Kempsville and Rose Hall will see an increase of 4%
The Beach district will rise the highest at 5.6%
The city will cope with the decrease in tax revenues by increasing fees … (3 comments)

houses: Low Light Photos - 04/01/08 10:08 AM
I was almost enjoying breakfast when I realized I didn't have any birds chirping outside.  Usually they join me for breakfast.  It was dark and I really couldn't see so I got out my trusty Panasonic FZ 18 to see what the problem was.  It identified the tabby cat who has been prowling around for the last 8 years.  The first picture was taken at ISO 800 in very low light and with 1/8 of a shutter speed.    The second picture was taken at ISO 1600 and 1/4 shutter speed.  Both are hand held.  All I did was crop the picture in … (9 comments)

houses: Real Estate Agent Safety Equipment - 04/01/08 06:18 AM
I ran across this gizmo looking at Field and Stream but thought it may have some application for us.  In my area, Virginia Beach, I am always going to one of the five cities around here and never tell anyone.  We are always going places and not telling anyone (although we should).  It is called SPOT and is a homing device.
There are several modes.  You can just update your position to your family.  You can send a help signal but not emergency or you can use the 911 button.  When you use the 911 button, something like this happens:
You activate SPOT 911 and it will … (1 comments)

houses: Sold in 21 Days, Virginia Beach, VA - 04/01/08 12:21 AM
Sold this Condo in 21 days in Tarleton Oaks.  It was priced with the lowest price home the neighborhood but within 5k of the other homes.  The seller came off the price 2.5k and gave 5k in closing costs.  The agent said the buyer bought this one instead of the other 8 on the market was because it was in the best condition.  The home inspection report had two discrepancies, a toilet that ran longer then it should and a prong stuck in an outside outlet. 
 
 
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houses: Smart Phones - 03/30/08 09:42 AM
Is anyone using the Verizon XV6800  or the Samsung i760 .  I am looking at purchasing one of these two phones and would like feedback please.  I am using just a cell phone at the moment so this would be a big step up.  They seem to be about equal with maybe the Samsung having a better voice quality.  Thank you all very much. 
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