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By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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It looks like Norfolk will have a higher tax assessment this year as will all the cities in the surrounding area.  Norfolk's overall tax increase will be 3.6%.  This is the smallest increase in years and the city is scrambling to deal with the fallout from a smaller tax increase.http://www.denise...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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Once the main attraction downtown, Waterside is a victim of redevelopment.  This used to be the only safe place to go downtown.  Now there is MacArthur Mall, upscale restaurants and entertainment spots to go to.  The mall is still full of business's but the people aren't coming like they used to....

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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Norfolk killed its ban on smoking in resturarnts.  Citing concerns about lawsuits and loss of business the council decided not to ban smoking.  I guess money wins over peoples health.  http://www.geneallen.com/  Come and see ALL the Homes for Sale in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, as well a...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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The eagles are finally back together at Norfolk Botanical Garden.  For a while an interloper had bewitched the couple and at least one egg was lost.  Now it looks the the couple that has been together for a few years are back at and have at least one egg in the nest.  Here is something even coole...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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HRT is proposing charging .50 cents for riding the Norfolk NET.  Up to this point the ride had been free.  Norfolk officials were caught off guard and want to see the NET stay free.  They need to study the proposal and see if there is any way to keep it that way.  The NET is designed for commuter...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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Why is it so hard to be rid of sunk or half sunk boats.  I am guessing cost is a big part of it.  If the cities take care of the boat they bear the cost so they go through a lot to see if the owners can be tracked down.  I guess they don't have VIN numbers like cars but they should.  The boats ar...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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Ghent Station, a $30 million bank and retail complex recently won city approval.  This will add 127,000 of commercial development ah the eastern end of 21st in historic Ghent.  The city will sell about 3 1/2 acres to the developer.  There will be about 96,000 sq ft of class A office space and nea...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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I have been following the saga of the eagles at Norfolk Botanical Garden on the Eagle cam.  Apparently an intruder has been trying to claim the nest and upsetting the nesting pair. Well the intruder has won and the resident female is out of the nest.  There were two eggs in the nest but they were...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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I hadn't seen this before so I thought I would put it out here.  You can do GPS real estate searches from your phone.  It is a service from Smarter Agent that provides rental information and guides you to the rental.  There are plans to roll out recently sold homes and MLS service.  You might wan...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 0
David Wright of the New York Mets recently purchased a condo at Harbour Heights.  One day you may catch him shopping at "The Market at Harbor Heights".  Of course his condo needs to be competed first.  The project is off to a good start with 59 of the 99 units under contract.  He probably asked f...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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No Hampton Roads city has a strong mayor.  The cities have mayors but the day to day running is done by a city manager.  The city manager is a full time businessman and his only job is run the city.  With the strong mayor system  you could end up with someone who is very charismatic but short on ...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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How can you tell the difference between mold and mildew?  Well mildew is almost never inside your house unless it is on your plants.  Mold can usually be detected by smell if you want to get close.  If you suspect you have mold, paint it with a bit of household bleach.  If it changes color or dis...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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Now the police will be armed with Tasers just like the criminals.  The difference is the police are trained in using the device and know what it can do.  Before the device is used, the officers must go through training.  Some of them even get to experience the painful bolt of electricity delivere...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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I have heard of lot of things that cause house fires but this was a new one for me.  A chiminea left burning on a deck ignited a fire that burnt Skip Stiles and Margie Mulholland's home.  It took but one ember that popped out of the chiminea and found some cedar shingles on the home's exterior.  ...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 1
Superintendent Stephen C. Jones annual "State fo the Schools" speech was streamed on-line for the first time last week.  You could have seen it at http://www.npsk12.com/, Norfolk's' official school website.  More video feeds are planned for the future.  If you don't have web access but have Cox C...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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Where do people with chronic back pain or heart failure go who don't have medical insurance.  If you live in Norfolk you can go to Park Place Medical Center for care.  The center is affiliated with the federally funded Portsmouth Community Heath Center and Bon Secours.  The idea is to eventually ...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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ODU's Real Estate Foundation is finding buying real estate around its University Village is more expensive then in the past.  Despite the downturn in real estate, the Norfolk area is rising in value.   This means the money available to purchase homes and properties doesn't go as far.  It also mea...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
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A $40 million contract was awarded recently to start building 4.5 miles of the light rail system.  The contract went to Skanska USA Southeast Inc.  Work should start in march and will run from Old Dominion University to Newtown Rd.  The work will take about 18 months.  Hopefully Virginia Beach wi...

By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
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Not the newest but the newest thing in exercise.  Hula Hoops.  Who would figure.  You can go ask Paula Brown who hangs out at the corner of Cromwell Parkway and Granby St.  It is a common-sense approach to aerobics.  The newer hoops which are made for exercising are heavier than the original plas...

By Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
(Resh Realty Group)
Comments 0
Norfolk City Council found itself in the middle disgruntled taxpayers once again.  The complaint is the city is spending too much money on downtown and not enough on roads, schools and police.  The biggest complaint is the taxes need to come down because of soaring assessments.  These messages we...

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