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  • 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 website is 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 Kent, Poquoson, 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 @ 757-254-813
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    • Throwback Thursday: The William Finnie House
      It is not known exactly when the Finnie House was built, but a house of the same shape is depicted on the 1782 Frenchman’s Map.  Located on the south side of Francis Street, the house is named after Quartermaster General Colonel William Finnie who lived there during the American Revolution. In a letter written in ... Continue Reading »
    • Judging a book by its cover
      By Lisa O. Monroe Becoming a bookbinder seemed like a natural choice for Bruce Plumley. Both of his parents were bookbinders. But he and his parents didn’t imagine that he would hone his skills to that of an elite artist at a world-class level. In fact, Plumley has twice won a top international bookbinding prize, and has ... Continue Reading »
    • From the Garden: The Remarkable Turkish Cucumber
      In the year 1737 the late John Custis, member of the Governor’s Council and renowned amateur horticulturist, received from Peter Collinson of Mill Hill, London, seeds for a most remarkable plant. Cucumis flexuosus Mr. Custis responded to the present: “the seeds of the long cucumber you sent ... Continue Reading »
    • An Insider’s View on Field School
      Victoria working at the Bray School Site. Each summer Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary offer two 5-week sessions of an Archaeological Field Methods course.  For the last 3 years the field school has been focused on the Bray Site, a 1760s school for African-American children. ... Continue Reading »
    • Witness Extraordinary Silver in the Cahn Collection
      A temporary exhibition at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg offers a singular perspective on America’s silvermaking tradition. Titled “A Handsome Cupboard of Plate,” the collection showcases 40 rare and beautiful pieces selected from the collection of Paul and Elissa Cahn. This week on the podcast, Curator Janine Skerry describes the collection as an […]
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Top 10 Residential Property Sales in Hampton Roads Va for 2011

2011  MOST EXPENSIVE HOME SALES This time of year it’s always interesting to look back and review the most expensive homes sold in the Hampton Roads VA area. According to data reported by the Real Estate Information Network ( REIN) a Multiple Listing Service that covers the area. In 2011  there were 75 single family […]

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Ford’s Colony in Rocky Mt NC Sold to Halle Companies.

A Maryland company has purchased the financially struggling Ford’s Colony of Rocky Mount, North Carolina for $3.25 million. The Halle Companies, located in Silver Spring, Md., and developer of the Villages of Apex in North Carolina, has purchased the assets formerly owned by Realtec of Williamsburg, Va. In January of 2011, the upscale community’s golf […]

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Homerama 2012 In Chesapeake VA

Homearama, the  TBA (Tidewater Builders Association’s) semiannual showcase of new homes, will be held in May 2012 at the Culpepper Landing community in Chesapeake, Virginia. Culpepper Landing previously hosted the Fall 2009 Homearama and featured 12 homes, ranging in price from about $350,000 to more than $500,000. Since then, the community has grown and now […]

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Fords Colony Country Club in Williamsburg is Up For Sale

Update March , 2012 Prudential has received multiple bids,  some of which were not acceptable for different reasons. Prudential is now at a point where they, along with their broker, will start to clarify their understanding of the remaining bids to determine if one or more meet their requirements. If it turns out that none […]

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BAH Rates For Hampton Roads Military in 2012

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates for Hampton Roads Virginia are decreasing in most pay ranks in  2012  according to new Defense Department data released this week. In our area an E-7 with dependents living in the Hampton / Newport News VA   metro area will receive $1,566 in 2012 compared to $1653 in 2011 for […]

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Hampton Roads Supply of Homes Dips to 8 Months

For the fifth consecutive month, the Hampton Roads real estate market showed strong results in the number of settled sales and under contract sales. In addition, the months’ supply of inventory continued to decline as the number of active homes for sale maintained its steady drop from May 2011. However, the median settled sales price […]

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Special Offers On Bank Owned Homes in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads Va

HomeSteps, the Freddie Mac real estate sales unit, kicked off a sales promotion this week to unload some of its inventory of lender owned foreclosed homes in Virginia and a number of other states. The Winter Sales Promotion for owner-occupant buyers includes: Paying up to 3 percent of the final sales price toward the buyer’s […]

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Settlers Market Announces New Additions To Stores.

As I reported back on Oct 15th a number of leases have been signed for the Settlers Market.  The new owner of the center, Federal Capital Partners has  announced additional lease agreements to bring four additional anchor tenants to Settlers Market, one of the most prominent planned development sites in Williamsburg and the gateway to […]

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Hampton Roads Real Estate Slowly Returning To Normal

In our area real estate market there are four MLS used by real estate brokers. The primary one for Hampton Roads is REIN ( Real Estate Information Network) It primarily covers the Carrolton,  Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry,  Va Beach, Yorktown  and York County Virginia […]

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Norfolk/ Richmond VA Named Earn Top Rankings For Military Retirees to launch new careers.

Hampton Roads and Richmond VA have made it onto a list of the 10 best metropolitan areas for military retirees to launch new careers. The list was compiled by the financial services company USAA and the veterans membership organization Military.com. It is intended to point new military retirees, typically still in their 40s, toward cities […]

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Golden Horseshoe Golf Review-Williamsburg VA

Golf Writer Andy Reistetter takes his exclusive "Play-Write" series on the road north to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. While known for its historical role in the emergence of American democracy, more should be known about its present-day role as a 45-hole world-class golfing destination. Whereas George Washington and Thomas Jefferson walked down the main street […]

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Traditional Golf Acquires Another Course in NC

Traditional Golf Properties and a team of investors acquired Falls Village Golf Club in Durham, N.C., expanding their cluster in the Raleigh-Durham market to three golf courses. Traditional Golf Management, based in Williamsburg, VA will be operating Falls Village along with their current area clubs: The Preserve at Jordan Lake (Chapel Hill, NC) and Chapel […]

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Armada Hoffler to auction off 16 remaining condos at Virginia Beach development

UPDATE Nov 2011 More condos sold at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center Residences auction in about 30 minutes Sunday than during the past two years. Armada Hoffler, the 38-story tower’s developer, hired an auctioneer to sell 18 of the 24 unsold condos at the Westin residences in a bid to stir up interest and […]

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Sunset Meadows, New Homes in Williamsburg Va from the $170’s York County

Ryan Homes has just announced the availability of new homes starting from the $170’s in the Sunset Meadows subdivision of Williamsburg ( York County) For the best mix of affordability and location in new single-family homes in Williamsburg/ York County VA   your #1 choice comes from the area’s #1 Homebuilder –  Ryan Homes. In addition […]

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New Kent Winery Wins Top Award

October 2011-New Kent Winery’s 2009 Reserve Chardonnay has been awarded the 2011 Virginia Governor’s Cup for white wines, the top award given for wines grown in the state. The Governor’s Cup was presented to New Kent Managing Partner Pete Johns and the winery’s winemaker, Tom Payette, by Gov. Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell […]

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2011 Fall Ford’s Colony Parade of Homes in Williamsburg

You are cordially Invited to Fords Colony Parade of Homes, this weekend October 8th and 9th, from 11am to 3pm. Would you like to see homes in Ford’s Colony without a pesky real estate agent taking you around ? Well, now’s your chance. The annual Fall Ford’s Colony Open House Tour will be held this […]

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TOP 10 LOCAL HALLOWEEN EVENTS In Hampton Roads Williamsburg , Richmond VA. and beyond for 2011

Here are a few Spooky Places to Freak You Out in the Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, New Kent, Gloucester and Richmond VA areas during the 2011 Halloween Season. Experience thrills at  haunted houses, graveyards and enchanted woods. Please send me an email if I missed any…. Williamsburg – Sep 24-Oct 31 – Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens […]

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Holly Hills Carriage Homes Cited For Beautification

The City of Williamsburg’s Beautification Advisory Committee presented its 2011 Beautification Award to Holly Hills Carriage Homes, a City neighborhood located at the intersection of Route 199 and Brookwood Drive. Mayor Clyde Haulman presented the award at the Planning Commission meeting on September 14, 2011. Pam Legere accepted the award on behalf of Holly Hills […]

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Parade of Homes In Hampton VA Starts This Weekend

The Peninsula Housing & Builders Association is pleased to present the 2011 Fall Parade of Homes.  This premiere event will showcase homes of the Buckroe Bayfront and East Bay Communities. The Parade of Homes will take place from September 17, 2011 through October 2, 2011. There will be seven single family homes and a four-unit […]

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Cash Savings for Veterans: VA Lowers Loan Funding Fee Rates

I recently learned from a local loan officer  that  VA funding fees are being reduced. Translation… Cash Savings for Active Duty Military or  Veterans either purchasing a new home or refinancing. For example: If you are purchasing a home for $400,000.00, and closing after October 1st, you’ll save $3000.  The difference between the funding rate […]

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First Time Home Buyer Homes Available in James City County

It is a great time to buy a house – Ready to take advantage of historically low mortgage interest rates? James City County’s First-Time Homebuyers Program has several single-family homes for sale in the Ironbound Square neighborhood. The Program offers down payment assistance grants up to 10 percent of the purchase price, forgiven after 10 […]

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Foreclosure Activity Is Falling In Hampton Roads

Foreclosure activity fell in Hampton Roads last month despite jumping across the US, according to a report to be released today. According to RealtyTrac, an online foreclosure-monitoring service based in Irvine, Calif. there were 1,044 foreclosure-related notices in the Hampton Roads VA region in August, down nearly 15 percent from July and down 13 percent […]

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Viniterra Developer to Auction Large Parcels of Land

Boddie-Noell Enterprises, the developer of  Viniterra  a golf course, winery and high-end subdivision in New Kent , VA is auctioning off large parcels of land . A total of almost 800 acres will be sold  on Oct. 15 ,2011. The baseline asking price is $1,495 per acre. North Carolina-based Iron Horse Auction Company will handle […]

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Church Square- A Smithfield VA 55+ Active Adult Community Spotlight

Church 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 […]

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Hampton Roads Real Estate Update Sept 2011

The Hampton Roads real estate market experienced large gains and declines during August 2011. The number of homes that were listed for sale, those homes that went under contract and the number of residential settled sales all had double digit moves when compared to August 2010. The distressed residential market also showed signs of improvement. […]

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The Riverfront–Homerama 2011 TBA Suffolk VA

UPDATE November 2011 Nearly 80,000 who people toured the Tidewater Builders Association’s Fall Homearama in Suffolk’s The Riverfront at Harbour View. When the show had wrapped up, six of the nine homes on display had sold and another was under contract! Organizational House wins Best in Show award Craftsmanship and storage was a winning combination […]

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Running Man- A Yorktown Neighborhood Spotlight by “Mr Williamsburg”

Yorktown, VA is a great place to call home. It’s full of character and culture and  its weather is mild. All these things and more are reason enough to put down stakes in Yorktown  , but with so many wonderful neighborhoods to choose from it can be tough to decide what one is right for […]

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The Settlement at Powhatan Creek in Williamsburg VA- Ryan Homes

Ryan Homes, the largest home builder in the Richmond, Williamsburg, VA corridor is  building new homes at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek a  55+ Active Adult community in Williamsburg Virginia The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is a spectacular active adult community designed for those 55 and better who wish to simplify their lives without giving […]

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Ford’s Colony “ A Williamsburg VA Neighborhood Spotlight by Mr Williamsburg”

For more than two decades, Ford’s Colony Williamsburg has set the standard for gracious private community living, having been voted the Number One master–planned community in America. This 3,000 acre gated golf community offers a superior selection of home styles and neighborhoods, a complete range of country club amenities, the privacy you desire and the […]

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Seasons Trace-Williamsburg VA Neighborhood Spotlight

A longtime favorite of Williamsburg, Seasons Trace is a popular planned community in the area. Combining townhomes, cluster homes, and detached homes there is literally a home for every buyers needs or wants. Local developer  Hertzler Brothers developed Seasons Trace and built the townhomes plus many of the single family homes in the subdivision. John […]

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