norfolk: Credit Scores Dip In Norfolk - 10/25/11 08:49 AM
Even with falling debt and fewer late payments the average credit score for Norfolk consumers by by one point.  It went from 741 to 740.  It may not sound like much but in Experians latest "State of Credit" Norfolk fell eight places.  This report is put out yearly by Experian a major credit reporting company.  Their credit score is called VantageScore and is similar to the more widely known FICO scoring system. 
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norfolk: Norfolk, Where Are The Short Sale/Foreclosure Owners Living? - 08/17/10 03:39 PM
Norfolk, where are the former Short Sale/Foreclosure owners living?  It looks like they are living in apartments.  Apartment construction is booming as City Council just approved rezoning for 180 apartments called Meadowood just off North Military Hwy/International Blvd.  This would make the 7th apartment complex that has approval or has opened in the last year. 
More people who would have bought in the past are now renting.  Many military personnel are only here for two or three years and have decided to rent instead of getting into the housing market also.  Of course all of this only adds to the glut … (1 comments)

norfolk: Norfolk Has Apps For Your DROID Or iPhone - 08/02/10 09:12 AM
The city of Norfolk has partnered with SCVNGR to bring a geographic gaming platform to the DROID and iPhone.   SCVNGR is a developer of interactive geographic games.  The games can be played via the downloadable applications or via text message.
There are two walking tours covering Ghent and downtown Norfolk as well as a driving tour.  The games offer location based questions, riddles and challenges about Norfolk and range from Granby Street coffee shops to the Chrysler Museum of Art. 
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norfolk: Nesting Egrets - 06/21/10 03:43 PM
If you have never seen where an egret sleeps and nests here is a blown up picture from my DROID.  They live high up in pine trees if you can imagine that.  Yes all those white things are egrets.  This is in Norfolk just off the Indian River.

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norfolk: Homearama in Nofolks' East Beach - 02/22/10 05:13 AM
This fall the areas Homearama will again be in Norfolks' East Beach.  East Beach was the site of the 2004 Homearama and greatly helped jump start the redevelopement.  With the economy the way it is, East Beach has kind of stopped growing and it is hoped that Homearama will help new buyers come into the area.  Right now there are about 300 homes built with room for 400 more.  There will be about 15 built on 24th St for the upcoming Homearama.  The price range is from the mid $300,000 to over $750,000.  See you all there.
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norfolk: Hampton Roads To Be Silicon Valley Of Wind Energy - 01/16/10 02:14 PM
The mayor of Virginia Beach, William Sessoms, wants the Hampton Roads area to become the Silicon Valley of Wind Energy.  Mayor Fraim of Norfolk would like to turn the old Ford Plant into a manafacuring plant for wind turbines.  There is a new group in town called the Virginia Offshore Wind Coalition and they want to make Hampton Roads a wind energy hub.  Josh Prueher president of Earl Energy estimates that the potential for 10,000 jobs and a net worth of $80 billion to the region is possible.  Of course as with almost anything in the area has to approved by … (0 comments)

norfolk: A Virginia Zoo Elephant and Butterflies - 01/16/10 01:39 PM
The Virginia Zoo has an elephant made out of aluminum butterflies.  Can you believe it!!!  I think it is great and am planning a trip there to check it out soon.  The butterfly on the elephants nose has wings in the shape of an elephant.  The scupture will be at the main entrance to the zoo.  Matthew Gray Palmer of Friday Harbor, Wa received the commission for the sculpture back in 2008.  It cost around $103,000.

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norfolk: Dollar Tree Online in Norfolk - 12/04/09 04:38 AM
Want to spend just a buck on Xmas this year and do it online while sitting at home in Norfolk?  You can.  Dollar Tree has gone online to sell but you have to buy in bulk.  Want a Santa hat, have to buy 48.  A candy filled Xmas mug, only by the case of 24 but hey each item is a buck or less.  Check out Dollar Tree now.
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norfolk: Night Time MLS Picture In Norfolk - 11/12/09 05:19 AM
This is a night time MLS picture I ran into in Norfolk today.  I was scanning for listings for my buyer when I spotted this one.  At least the agent exposed for the window.  The picture could be photo shopped to expose the rest of the house but it would still be a bad picture from the way it was framed to spot the picture was taken from.  The bad thing is he probably makes more money then I do.

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norfolk: Park Place in Norfolk Opens New Condominiums - 11/04/09 12:06 AM
Park Place in Norfolk opens new condominiums at 200 W 31st St.  Metro Housing Group has partnered with Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority to take the once abandoned building and renovate it.  The apartment building is now a condo building and you can purchase one these starting at just $149,900.  There are two and three bedroom units with 10 foot high ceilings, state of the art security entry system, oak floors and new appliances.   Call me if you want to check them out.
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norfolk: Norfolk's Waterside a Farmers Market? - 10/26/09 08:48 AM
Norfolk's Waterside could become a Farmers Market in the not to distant future.  A local developer ,Divaris Real Estate, pitched such a deal to the city the other day.  They would transform Waterside into a farmers market to include arts and crafts dealers along with a high end seafood restaurant.  The city is taking its time and asking for proposals from citizens also.  Look for answers in maybe six months.

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norfolk: The Mother of Plug-In Electrics Comes to Norfolk - 10/10/09 09:30 AM
The mother of all plug in electrics comes to Norfolk.  There aren't many plug in vehicles yet but there are some.  Let me tell about one.  This one has 1.080 lead acid batteries, 1,500 horsepower, cost $1.3 million dollars and only goes in circles.  Norfolk Southern has bought an all electric switching locomotive.  The locomotive can go three shifts before needing to be recharged.  That should really cut down on local emissions. It is truely an amazing feat if you ask me.
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norfolk: Grease is in Norfolk - 09/30/09 12:38 AM
Grease is in Norfolk, Va.  The long running play is in town at Chrysler Hall and will be here thru Oct 4 so get your tickets now and enjoy.  The show has been around since 1972 when Jim Jacobs co-wrote the show.  He seems to think Grease has endured because of the cool cars, rock and roll, Elvis and James Dean.  It was a time when we discovered our parents and authority figures were not always right.  He it pretty much on the head as that is the time I was growing up.  So take so time and enjoy yourself as … (0 comments)

norfolk: Keep Yourself Safe From Scammers - 01/31/09 12:57 AM
All of us have been hit hard by the economy but what can you do in Norfolk to make your life better and stay away from scammers?  One way is to keep track of your credit.  You can get a free report once a year from https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp 
Put yourself on the Do Not Call list to block telemarketing here https://www.donotcall.gov 
Check out the organizations that you want to contribute to at www.vdacs.virginia.gov/consumers/index.shtml 
If you are worried about check scams and bogus lotteries, go to http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov  
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norfolk: Emergency Beacons for Boaters Going Digital - 01/21/09 01:14 PM
For all you boaters in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth, here is some good information.  Along with our tv transmissions going digital soon so are the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) for boaters are going digital on Feb 1.  The coast guard along with other rescue personal will only respond to digital 406-MHZ beacons.  The digital beacons are 50 times more powerful then the analog ones.  Satellites will be able to track the beacon to 100 yards while at the same time the beacons will not give false positives meaning the coast guard will be on station quicker.  
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norfolk: Agents Not Cutting The Mustard - 01/06/09 02:47 AM
I received an email from a buyer the other day.  He wanted information on properties of course.  I asked him if he was working with an agent and he said yes, he was waiting for a response for an offer he had made on a property.  I sent him an email and said I would be happy to help him and so on but did not want to step on the agents toes.  After that I didn't waste much time as he was already working with an agent.  He was back on my site a week later looking for properties so … (3 comments)

norfolk: Virginia Symphony Orchestra Gets A Loan - 01/03/09 08:47 AM
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) in Norfolk is having funding problems like most organizations nowadays.  The Norfolk Economic Development Authority has authorized a $500,000 loan to help with the rough times.  The VSO needs some help from you in the form of contributions.  The link to the site is
 http://www.virginiasymphony.org/
 
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norfolk: Ready, Willing and Able Buyers - 12/29/08 09:05 AM
I was thinking about buyers in Norfolk recently and this article from our Realtor magazine caught my eye with a great article titled "Overcoming Buyer Reluctance." As we are constantly speaking with home buyers about their wants and needs for a new home, but many times especially now they are reluctant to actually go through with a transaction. This article hits the nail on the head in terms of explaining why buyers are feeling this way. A great illustration in the article to allow buyers to visualize the real estate market:
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norfolk: Jet Landing Pad Needed - 12/10/08 11:10 AM
Please don't laugh but I need to know if anyone has heard of an area around Norfolk that allows jets to land in a subdivison?  I have a buyer coming from the area around Chicago where they have a subdivison with an airstrip for the homeowners.  I have seen little Piper Cub type planes in the outer reaches of Suffolk but jets are quite another.  Thanks in advance for any answers, help and so on.
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norfolk: Passing The Party To Charity - 11/24/08 10:44 AM
In the spirit of giving this year, GVA Advantis, of Norfolk is passing on its annual holiday party this year.  The money they would have spent will be given to to the local food bank and ForKids.  This amounts to something like $1,500.  Maybe other companies that are cutting back on charity giving will follow suit and give up the parties to give to charity.  Keep up the good work.
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