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By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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Which would you rather fight?  A real fire or a mock fire at Norfolk Station's Farrier Firefighting School?  Most sailors would opt for the mock fire and are glad they have the opportunity.  Fighting a mock fire for the first time in a controlled area is bad enough, fighting a real one for your l...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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"Follow That Trash", a new Indie film was released recently.  No it didn't get to the film festival in Cannes but it is here.  The film was put out by the people at Keep Norfolk Beautiful and should be a keeper for civic groups and science classes.  The writers Holly Carson and Nicole Dutil wrote...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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Deborah Bunn is THE assessor for Norfolk.  She worked in the assessor's office 22 years as a clerk stenographer.  Now she is running the place.  My how times have changed.  She has a staff of 26, 73,000 properties to assess and a problem.  It seems that while the tax rate for the average homeowne...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
Comments 4
Imagine if you just sold a house and get a call from your buyer who says that he went to bed with the window open and woke to the roar of a lion outside his window or the noise of an elephant that can't sleep.  That is exactly what happens to residents in the Riverview section of Norfolk.  You se...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 0
Vinings Marine Group LLC has bought a 60% interest in Taylors Landing Marine Center.  This will be the fourth marina to be owned by the company which is based out of Atlanta.  The company also owns Little Creek, Bay Point and Willough Harbor marinas.  This gives them a total of 711 "wet boatslips...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 6
A forgotten cost of the the new real estate market consisting of vacant short sales and foreclosures is the cost to the city in terms of caring for the property.  The city of Norfolk says the number of properties it cares for is up to 325 from 160 a year ago.  There are three full time employees ...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 0
Chirs Kimmons is leaving his job as the leader of UAW Local 919.  After the Ford plant in Norfolk shut down there is not much need to lead.  The plant is shut down, the workers are gone and his work is done.  The building which housed Local 919 will remain open for a while allowing retirees to co...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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Do you know what is for sale in the city of Norfolk besides residential real estate?  How about the World Trade Center.  The assessed value is $37.5 million  and its biggest tenant is gone in 2010.  No wonder they want to sell it.  How about Town Point Center which has a $9.76 million assessment....

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 1
Another contract was awarded recently for light rail track in Norfolk.  This was for the section going from Harbor Park to the Eastern Virginia Medical Center.  The bid was for $42.4 million which was $15 million more than what is should have been.  Hopefully this isn't a harbinger of things to c...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 1
The newest addition to Norfolks library system will be the Seaboard building downtown and it will also be the main library.  The building is on the corner of Plume and Atlantic and was built in 1900.  Originally the building was for the federal courts and the U.S. Post Office.  It was also the ci...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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The residents of Grandy Village in Norfolk had a view of the Elizabeth River NOT!!.  The usually prime real estate was hidden from view by tall reeds and weeds.  Now the city is bulldozing and weed eating the debris away along with the usual rats and snakes that hide in that of habitat.  I will p...

By Sharon Kinnaird
(Wainwright Real Estate)
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I want to start by saying I LOVE MY NEIGHBORHOOD! I am fortunate to live in the neighborhood for the last 11 years where I was raised. I have fond memories of just going outside to play in my neighborhood, that's what we did back then. As a child I was safe in my little cocoon of a neighborhood, ...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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That is what they are called.  Mummichogs are th canarys of the fish world.  Scientists use them as an indicator of the overall environmental health in a specific waterway.  In our case, the Elizabeth River.  The fish are small, don't go very far and eat worms and algae.  They in turn are fish fo...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
Comments 2
How do the the sailors from Naval Operation Base (NOB) spend their evenings?  On the Spirit of Norfolk of course.  The Spirit boats are a dining and entertainment attraction for both locals and tourists.  If you have not tried it yet please do as it is a super way to spend your evenings in Norfol...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 1
What do the service members at Norfolk NOB do in their spare time?  They go to the Norfolk Botanical Garden and check out the nesting eagles.  Well this week they are in for a surprise as the eagles aren new parents.  The egg they so carefully tended to for 37 days has hatched.  The eagles need t...

By Dennis Blackmore
(Creed Realty)
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Statistics for Norfolk Real Estate Homes and Condos for the month of March 2008 are available below. Also, the Norfolk real estate statistics are compared to year ago, March 2007. This allows you to view changes in Norfolk Real Estate Units on the market, Median List Price, Average List Price, p...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 2
Apparently they can.  A new lab opened at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base is the first of its kind in the Navy and it is here in Norfolk.  Of course the goal is to minimize SEAL's injuries and maximize their time in uniform.  The lab comes by way of the Univesrity of Pittsburg.  The process ca...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
Comments 1
Recently a Rosemont Middle School teacher was selected by internet users as a grand prize winner in a national essay contest.  The teacher is Lillie Lindsay.  The contest is the first Dove Self-Esteem Contest for the most inspiring story of a woman building the self-esteem of herself or others.  ...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 1
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 ai...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 0
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 hidd...

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