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Continued Gains Hint That Recovery Could Be Near For Hampton Roads Real Estate

The Hampton Roads real estate market continues to see positive gains. The number of homes listed for sale, homes that went under contract, and residential settled sales all experienced double digit year-over-year percentage changes. February 2012 also showed signs of improvement in the distressed residential market.

The number of residential active listings in February was down 19% when compared to the same time last year. This marks a full year with continuous decreases in homes for sale. All seven of the major local cities (Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach) saw drops in active listings. With the exception of Chesapeake, all the major cities declined 14% or more. The months’ supply of inventory dropped to 7.46 months from 7.5 in January and continues to decrease as it is directly impacted by the fall in the number of homes for sale.

Residential under contract sales were up 19% in February when compared to the same time last year. Each of the seven major cities experienced year-over-year percentage increases. Only Chesapeake did not see double digit percentage increases, with only a 2% gain. Suffolk and Hampton saw the largest year-over-year increases at 39% and 31% respectively. Increases in under contract sales are often a leading indicator of settled sales activity for the next few months.

Continuing the upward trend in the Hampton Roads real estate market for February 2012 was settled sales. Residential settled sales increased 21% when compared to the same time last year. Portsmouth saw the largest increase at 66% and Hampton had the second largest increase at 33%. Out of the seven major cities, Newport News was the only one not to show a year-over-year increase as it experienced a decline of 10%. Though the median settled sales price was down 3% when compared to February of last year, it marked the lowest year-over-year decline since October 2010 when it fell 1%.

The distressed homes portion of the real estate  market, those that are bank owned or short sales, continue to impact the region’s  market. Distressed homes accounted for 36% of residential settled sales last month. This was lower than the 42% distressed homes comprised in February 2011 and 37% in January 2012

As for the homes for sale market, distressed homes accounted for 26% of active residential listings in February 2012, a 3% increase when compared to February 2011. The percentage of distressed homes as active listings has been relatively flat the past 6 months, ranging from 24% to 26%. Total distressed properties in the residential active market have dropped 16% since their peak count of 2,904 in November 2010.

 

Like what you are reading ? Want to receive updates by email in the future ? Sign up here  banner psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to  Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities,   condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New KentPoquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton,  Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry,  Va Beach, Yorktown  and York County Virginia
You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @  757-254-8136

$5,000 Grant for First-Time Military Buyers

Making Homes More Affordable for Military Families

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation, , a non-profit organization that helps meet the needs of military personnel and their families, has developed the Dream Makers Program to offer financial aid to first-time military home buyers.

The $5,000 grant, which can be used towards down-payments and closing costs on the home, is available for active duty personnel, veterans and retired military members, as well as employees of the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

The program ensures that the people who have helped serve our country, past or present, now have help in buying their first home.

The foundation has had fewer veterans apply for the grant in recent years, due to the economy and lack of awareness about the program. They have made it their mission to make sure as many active duty members and veterans know about the Dream Makers Program as possible. Please share this with anyone you know who may be eligible.

This program is a great service for our nation’s military personnel who are finally able to purchase a home and settle down.

.Find out more here  www.PentagonFoundation.org

Applying for a Dream Makers Grant

You don’t have to be a Pentagon Federal Credit Union member to benefit from Dream Makers, and you can apply the grant to a mortgage from any financial institution.

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Exploring 55+ Communities in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads VA

Active Adult  Communities in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, New Kent,  Smithfield and Williamsburg, Virginia

Hampton Roads Virginia offers many adult-friendly condo & townhome communities for those 55 or better. Below you will find information on most of the more popular choices in the area.

Prices range from the  $150’s to over $400,000.

Here in the state of Virginia we are blessed with a terrific climate that allows us to enjoy a bit of chill, and a few milder days sprinkled in between to make it both enjoyable and tolerable!
Since Southeastern Virginia has so much to offer, why not consider setting down roots here in one of the many beautiful communities .With homes available in cities across Hampton Roads, you can enjoy living in a home to suit your lifestyle whether its single-family, town home or active adult living.

These communities and homes are located near to this area’s finest in lifestyle enhancements from golfing, shopping and dining to museums, art galleries and educational, professional and personal pursuits!  AND, with our fabulous climate, you can practically enjoy these amenities year round!

Williamsburg VA

clubhouse2Colonial Heritage is Williamsburg Virginia’s only gated golf community for active adults age 55+.Search Homes for sale in Colonial Heritage, Williamsburg, VA Encompassing an area of approximately  1500 acres Colonial Heritage offers it’s homeowners a secure community with 24 hour manned gated entry. The Golf Course is a semiprivate club. Golf memberships are available to homeowners, but are not required to use club facilities. More info here

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek Williamsburg VA

clubhouse at the settlementWhen you move into The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, you can sell your lawn mower, rake and outside ladder because you’re finished with most home maintenance chores. Instead, you’ll have time for year round swimming, water aerobics, working out, playing tennis, biking, walking and socializing – just steps from your door.

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is one of three 55+ communities in the James City County area of Virginia. Set on 225 wooded acres bordered by Powhatan Creek. This planned active-adult community for people ages 55+  will feature 400 custom detached and attached  homes once complete. More info here

Villas at Five Forks  Williamsburg VA

villas at five forksThe Villas at Five Forks is a quaint village of just 90 homes offering the finest in upscale condominium living. The award winning homes are designed to offer residents quality, single story living with a variety of condominium services. There are four models available that offer two or three bedrooms. All feature a two car garage as well as a garden patio or veranda. Pricing  starts in the low $290’s.

New Kent Va

Inverness by K Hovnanian Four Seasons New Kent VineyardsThe Four Seasons at New Kent Vineyards—a new, gated Active Adult neighborhood is breaking ground on four new furnished model homes expected to be completed this year. The first section of the neighborhood will include 155 low-maintenance homes designed for those age 55 and better.

The Four Seasons community will also include numerous amenities perfectly suited to the Active Adult lifestyle. A planned clubhouse will offer a fitness center, as well as gathering areas, walking trails throughout the neighborhood will provide a great way to enjoy the outdoors. More info here

Chesapeake VA

detached home at eagle pointeEagle Pointe at Cahoon Plantation in Chesapeake VA  is an active adult community that enjoys a prime location in Southside Hampton Roads and a wide variety of on-site amenities. Eagle Pointe is an age qualified community for active adults 55 years of age and better. Only one of the property owners has to be 55 or older and children coming home from college for the holidays or for summer vacation are very welcome. The community offers a variety of residences, including single-family homes and  attached villas. The spacious community clubhouse contains many amenities that appeal to active adults, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hobby and game rooms. More info here

attached homes at the reteat in greenbrierThe Retreat at Greenbrier, a Chesapeake VA active adult  community for those 55 and older features single-family detached homes, townhomes and ranch-style fourplexes  all within walking distance of an elegant clubhouse, pool and patio

The community, off of Kempsville Road, offers 12 floor plans , all with two-car garages. When completed, The Retreat at Greenbrier will total 184 homes: 102 quads, 40 townhomes and 42 single-family. More info here

cottage row at sommertonSommerton in Chesapeake VA An active adult  community for those 55 and older features single-family detached homes, townhomes and ranch-style fourplexes  all within walking distance of an elegant clubhouse, pool and patio. More info here

Others include : One Ford Place, Legacy at Washington Arms,  Riverwalk, Monarch Walk & The Commons at Hunningdon

Gloucester , Va- Villas at Gloucester- Coming in 2013- Call or email for updates

Franklin, VA-Village at Woods End

Portsmouth, VA-Villas of River Pointe – Portsmouth

Virginia Beach

west neck home The Villages at West Neck is the first age 55 or better community that was built in Virginia Beach. There are eight villages that are built around an Arnold Palmer championship golf course, The Signature at West Neck. Six of the villages contain single family detached homes and two of the villages are composed of condos. All of the villages are completely built out ,with the exception of Rosecrest, which is still being built out by Chesapeake Homes. Upon completion  there will be 528 single family homes and 408 condo units with a total resident population of about 1600 people in the community . More info here

Other VA Beach active adult communities include Bay Village Condos, Chelsea Place, and  Atlantic Shores

Smithfield VA

smithfield va active adultChurch Square  in Smithfield, VA  is an active adult community that enjoys a prime location in Hampton Roads and a wide variety of on-site amenities. Church Square  is an age qualified community for active adults 55 years of age and better. Only one of the property owners has to be 55 or older and children coming home from college for the holidays or for summer vacation are very welcome.

This beautiful community was designed to provide stress-free, low-maintenance living to it’s residents. Read more here


020The Villas of Smithfield Located in the heart of the Town of Smithfield on Battery Park Road,just minutes from downtown Smithfield
Quaint village of just 76 homes offers the finest in upscale condominium living in the Town of Smithfield and Isle of Wight County
Take a step back in time and enjoy the history-rich beautiful town and shops.

The award-winning condominium homes are designed to offer you quality, “single-story living” with a variety of condominium services – a winning combination to help you enjoy a new lifestyle of comfort and convenience. More info here

Yorktown, VA-Rainbrook Villas, Villas at Yorktown

Click here for the current map. I will continue to add new communities as they become available. If you know of any I missed please let me know

If you would like an email with prices and specifications for all homes , town homes, condos in 55+ communities in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA click here

Like what you are reading ? Want to receive updates by email in the future ? Sign up here  banner psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to  Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities,   condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New KentPoquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton,  Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry,  Va Beach, Yorktown  and York County Virginia

You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @  757-254-8136

St Paddy’s Day Activities in Williamsburg & Hampton Roads 2012

St. Patrick’s Day makes us all Irish, regardless of our actual ancestry. In Hampton Roads, the celebration has stretched into more than a week, with plenty of opportunities to drink green beer, model goofy green attire and, for the more athletically inclined, maybe even work up a green sweat.

Here are a few ways for to celebrate the luck of the Irish around the Hampton Roads area.

Williamsburg VA events-

imageThe Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg presents SHAMROCK the BLOCK sponsored by ESG, International. Join us for a blockbuster event! For the second year in a row, we’re throwing a St. Patty’s Day party a little early, Saturday, March 10, 2012. We’ll be celebrating with the popular band,The Fighting Jamesons. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!

Saturday March 10, 2012 – Doors open at 6:30pm –10:00pm
Where: Legacy Hall 4301 New Town Ave Williamsburg
Why: To benefit Avalon, Bacon St and Jamestown 4H.
Ticket Price: Adults $15.00 (must be 21)

Only 300 tickets will be sold.
 more information, click here

Williamsburg VA-‘Poisoned Dwarf’ is back at the Corner Pocket for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Bash at The Corner Pocket in Williamsburg – this year it’s on FRIDAY, March 16th -to kick off a weekend of Irish food, drink and fun. There’s a special menu featuring your favorite Irish fare, and there’s Guinness on tap – as well as other Irish beers and ales. Did I say, Poisoned Dwarf? It’s a party – see you there! $5 cover charge

Quote: ‘Arguably the best Celtic Band in the Region’ – Daily Press 
www.thecornerpocket.us

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, featuring Anthony Fallon @ Kimball Theater

Mar 17, 2012 Saturday,  2:00 PM &  7:30 pm | Saturday

Straight from Dublin, Ireland, four-time Solo World Champion Irish Dancer and former Principal Lead Dancer for Riverdance Anthony Fallon comes to Williamsburg to perform   Fallon has been touring full time with the world-renowned Riverdance since 2004. The show will also feature traditional live Irish music, song, dance and merriment. Irish band “Gann Ainm” from Norfolk and An Cor Rud Irish Dancers will also entertain.

Portions of the ticket price to benefit Angels of Mercy Medical Clinic. Tickets are $22, general admission, $20 for seniors, students and military. Call 800-History for more info.

Kimball Theatre

428 W Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, VA 23187

Newport News -March 11, 2012 – 7:30 pm

The Chieftains: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Ferguson Center

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as the Chieftains mark their 50th year of performances! Six time Grammy winners, The Chieftains, are now recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention. They have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive.

Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries, in their 50 years together The Chieftains have performed with many symphony and folk orchestras worldwide. In doing so, they have broken many musical boundaries by collaborating and performing with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and traditional music in Ireland and around the world.

Newport News

City Center at Oyster Point

The Greening of City Center
Wednesday, March 17, 6 – 8:30 pm
City Center Fountain Plaza

The magic of the leprechauns will transform the Fountain Plaza into a “wee bit” of the Emerald Isle. Activities include children’s Irish mural coloring, take-away crafts, Shamrock Hunt for prizes, and Shamrock face painting.

PERFORMING: Dance troupe from Rhythm of Ireland Performing Company, National Recording Artists – Virginia Coalition and another performers TBA

Event sponsored by 93.7 BOB FM
Free Admission, Free Parking. Food and beverage available for purchase ($)

Norfolk -Shamrockin’ in Ghent Street Party

Keeping the St. Patrick’s Day street party tradition alive, Hope House Foundation in partnership with BOBFM hosts Shamrockin’ in Ghent Friday, March 16, 2012 6pm-10pm. Tis the luck of the Irish we’ll be sharin’ on Colley Avenue, between Shirley & Gates Avenue in the Heart of Ghent, as we welcome all our neighbors to the party of the year, which has been a long standing tradition for the community.

 
In addition to live music by some fabulous local bands, we will be selling various beverages as well as food courtesy of Belmont House of Smoke .

Musical Entertainment Provided By:
The Newport News Police Pipes and Drums
Glasgow Kiss
Barleyjuice
The Deloreans

The street party is free, but proceeds from food and beverage purchases will benefit Hope House Foundation, a local organization that provides independent living services to adults with developmental disabilities. Call (757) 625-6161.


Norfolk-45th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Witness the pride of the Ocean View section of Norfolk at this free annual parade sponsored by the Father Robert B. Kealey Council #3548 of the Knights of Columbus. It will step off at 10 a.m. Saturday near Northside Middle School on Granby Street and run until 12:30 p.m. The parade features marching bands, clowns, floats, baton twirlers and more.

Patrick Schafer, 14, lives near the parade route and has watched it every year of his life. “It’s fun to see all the adults acting crazy even more than the kids,” he said.
Immediately after the parade, the Knights of Columbus on Government Avenue will be open to the public for the after-party. The event features live music from classic rock band Tidewater Drive and beach and dance ensemble F.A.B., plus food and drink specials.

Other Ocean View establishments such as Greenies, The Thirsty Camel and Mojo Bones will also host post-parade parties. (757) 587-3548, www.norfolkparade.com.

Norfolk-After Parade Party  (21- up only)  NOT FOR KIDS-BE PREPARED FOR DRUNKEN FOOLS !

After the parade( 12-4pm)  come and join the action at the Knights of Columbus grounds for live music, food, and fun. There will be a variety of food vendors and live music. This years bands will be:  Hotcakes (inside the Hall) and Bill Deals The Original Rhondels (outside). The party is held immediately following the parade and is hosted by The Columbian Club of Ocean View.  211 W. Government Ave, Norfolk, VA. 

Norfolk-ShamROCK N’ ROLL at Town Point Park

Saturday, March 17, 2012 TowneBank Fountain Park

5pm-9pm The Event is FREE and Everyone is Welcome!

Norfolk Festevents kicks off its 2011 season with its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration March 17 from 5 to 10 p.m. at TowneBank Fountain Park in downtown Norfolk. Local dance band Cheap Thrills will headline, but there will also be bagpipe performances by Tidewater Pipes and Drums and traditional Irish food on the menu. Part of beer and wine sales will benefit the Norfolk Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

For more info, visit www.festevents.org.

VA Beach -The 40th Annual Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend will take place in Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 16-18, 2012.  The St. Patrick’s Day weekend event features a race distance for every member of the family, including the marathon, a half marathon, an 8k, the Final Mile for elementary students, and a 26.2 yard Children’s Marathon for the youngest members of the family.  The 8k and children’s races will be held on Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day!) and the full and half marathon will be run on Sunday, March 18.  The weekend also features a 2-day Sports & Fitness Expo packed with exhibitors and vendors, which will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Friday and Saturday.  A post-race party on each day will feature live music, delicious Murphy’s Irish stew, and plenty of Yuengling beverages.  Add in the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful beaches, and King Neptune and you have the prescription for a memorable family experience!  Gather your green and come to Virginia Beach in March for some Shamrockin family fun!  

Looking for green beer? Here are a few local bars hosting parties, food/drink specials and music.

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub

Friday through Sunday at 2914 Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach. 417-7701.

Jack Quinn Irish Pub

11 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday at 241 Granby St., Norfolk. 623-2233.

 

Did I miss any ? Please comment below if you have a St Paddy’s day event to share.

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.  ~Adrienne Cook

An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.  ~Irish Saying

Sommerton- A 55 or Better Chesapeake Va Community Spotlight

cottage row at sommertonSommerton is an active adult ( 55 & better community in Chesapeake, Virginia built by Stephen Alexander Homes & Neighborhoods.. 

Located on Kempsville Road, the community – which will total 90 units once completed – is reminiscent of older neighborhoods such as Norfolk’s Colonial Place or Ghent. Old World architecture, including metal roofs, stone chimneys and old-fashioned street lights with ladder racks help provide a small-town, historical district feeling.

view all homes for sale in this neighborhoodSommerton residences are available in 12 floor plans, which include quadriplexes, townhomes and detached single-family homes. With each type of home, condominium-style ownership means maintenance free exteriors. Homeowners do not have to worry about landscaping, lawn care, gutter cleaning or other exterior maintenance.

water view in SommertonThe community offers 12 different floor plans , all with two-car garages. When completed, The Retreat at Greenbrier will total 184 homes: 102 quads, 40 townhomes and 42 single-family detached homes.

Standard features in Sommerton homes now include Included

  • Luxury Gourmet Kitchens with Granite
  • Professional Appliances Including Refrigerator
  • Hardwood Throughout the downstairs
  • Upgraded Trim Throughout
  • 10’ Ceilings
  • Two Car Garage
  • Residential Elevator!
  • Maintenance Free Lifestyle
  • Giant spa tiled shower
  • A maintenance-free lifestyle.
  • Priced from the mid $300’s to the $400’s.

Sommerton homeowner fees are approximately $195 per month condo fee. They cover exterior building maintenance, grounds maintenance and trash pickup and condo insurance

The community is conveniently located off Kempsville Rd, near Greenbrier Mall, Chesapeake Hospital, Restaurants, Shopping and more.

Sommerton Amenities

gazebo @ sommertonThose who choose to call Sommerton in Chesapeake home will enjoy the community clubhouse, as well as the outdoor amenities, such as a heated swimming pool and an outdoor lounge area with a fire pit. Community garden plots, stocked fishing lakes and lighted walking trails make it easy to stay active. Yet, when the weather turns cold, the Lakeside Clubhouse provides plenty of space for residents to socialize or attend community events. Hobby and game rooms let residents get together for a game of cards or billiards, the meeting rooms are ideal for social clubs, and fireside seating areas are a great place to chat with neighborhood friends. The Lakeside Clubhouse also contains a fitness center for those who desire a place to exercise and stay in shape. 
rear viewSommerton’s thoughtful amenities continue outside. When the weather is warm, residents can take a dip or lounge beside the heated swimming pool. They can also stroll the lighted walking trails, visit the lakeside gazebo, or socialize in the outdoor lounge area, which is complete with a cozy fire pit.

Stocked lakes – worth fishing in or walking around. Three relaxing lakes with fountains are perfect opportunities to view a turtle sunning, a pair of geese preening, a serene walk or even a little fishing. The lake beyond our Lakeside Clubhouse has a fabulous walking path that really lets you get away, while still at home.

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Set in Chesapeake, Virginia, Sommerton  is conveniently located off of Kempsville Rd and is close to major roadways such as I-64, I-264 and I-464. This makes it easy for residents to travel or explore the immediate surroundings. 

With its great location in the city of Chesapeake Sommerton residents will also find plenty to do outside of the community. The area has a wide variety of shopping, dining and recreational activities to interest any active adult. For golf enthusiasts, Greenbrier Golf Course is right there. Nearby VA beach, Norfolk Yorktown and Williamsburg provide rich cultural attractions, including museums, performing arts centers, and much more

Sommerton Site plan

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Builder/ Developer of Sommerton

Award winning builder ,STEPHEN ALEXANDER HOMES has earned a reputation for excellence through quality craftsmanship, unique design, superior service, and community involvement. A multigenerational family business, the company is committed to developing and building the finest communities in Hampton Roads and is considered one of the area’s leading home builders. The family’s involvement in the construction business dates back many years. Grandfather applied his craft on many of the area’s significant projects. Today, two generations later, he would be proud of the craftsmanship achieved at STEPHEN ALEXANDER.

Sommerton Fast Facts 

Price Range mid:$ 300’s – $400’s

Home Types: Condo-Single Family Attached & detached

New /Resale: New and Resale Homes

Age Restriction: 55+

Construction Dates: 2006 – Present

HOA Fees:  monthly Condo Association fee $195 month

Home Sizes: About 1900 to 2900 square feet

Gated: No

Lot Sizes: Condo.

Amenities: Pools, fitness center, clubhouse..

Schools: N/A

Property Tax Rate: $1.05 per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $300,000 home would be $3150 a year.

Home Styles: Transitional

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  Community Demographics

What does your condo fee at Sommerton pay for ?

Protection of your property value
When the time comes to re-sell, you’ll be glad that a managed, maintained community holds its property values better.

Maintenance of the building exterior
No more painting, caulking, fixing or replacing! Roofs, walls, walkways, porches – everything outside.

Professional care of all the landscaping
No more mowing, watering, weeding and seeding!

Continuous maintenance of the private streets
Cleaning and repair of roadways and parking areas.

Master hazard insurance policy for your entire building
Much less expensive than a normal home owners policy ! All you need is a simple "HO-6" policy for you and your possessions.

Private garbage pick-up
Weekly pick-up and mobile trash receptacle provided

Reserve funds for long-term repair and replacement
When the time comes for major renewal of building components- roofing, siding, paving, etc. – the funds will be set aside.

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Explore Community demographics at Sommerton

Interested in looking at homes for sale at Sommerton in Chesapeake VA ? There are a mix of resale and new construction homes for sale in this 55+ community in Chesapeake, VA.

Directions: Sommerton is located on Kempsville Road in Chesapeake. Take Greenbrier South exit from I-64, go to Kempsville Road and turn left. Site is approx. 1/2 mile down on right

Talk back: Are you a current or past Retreat at Greenbrier  resident?  We’d love to hear about your experiences in the neighborhood. Please leave your comments below.

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The Settlement at Powhatan Creek*  Williamsburg VA

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Are you a civilian working on a naval base in Hampton Roads ? Your boss would like you to take a day off on March 23rd

During the week of March 19-24 emergency responders on Navy installations around the world will engage in Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2012, the largest force protection/anti-terrorism exercise on all naval bases and installations conducted in the continental United States

The service is asking civilian employees who work on base to stay home if they can on March 23, the day of the exercise that the Navy anticipates will include the extra security checks at base entrances. Some civilians are being encouraged to use vacation time that day while others will work longer days earlier in the week or telecommute.

Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2012 has been planned to have the lowest impact on the community and base personnel as possible, but there will be times of heightened alert when the aperture for base entry and exit will be tightened and there will be some disruption to the normal traffic flow.”

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Mortgage Rates @ Historic Lows

For the third straight week, mortgage rates remain at a record low.

This morning, Freddie Mac reported 3.87 percent with an average 0.8 point as the average on a 30-year fixed mortgage. Rates have now been below 4 percent for eleven straight weeks and below 5 percent for 52 straight weeks.

Fixed mortgage rates remained unchanged from last week, according to the weekly market survey from Freddie Mac.

15-year mortgage rates stayed at 3.16%, matching last week’s average and down from 4.27% from 2011.

Frank Nothaft, chief economist for Freddie Mac, said the unaltered rates come amid mixed economic signals, including a decline in consumer sentiment and a four-year high in homebuilder confidence.

imageInterest rates since March 2011

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