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60 Bentridge Court, Lynchburg, VA

🏡🏡😲Come See This Home Sweet Home!! 🔴60 Bentridge Court, Lynchburg, VA 📞📞TEXT 310652 to (434)363-3899 for an AUTOMATIC text message response sent to your phone with more property details and images! 🛏️🛏️🛏️3 bedrooms
🛀🛀2 bathrooms 2,766 sq ft 💰224,900 ☑️Great single level home on a quaint cul-de-sac in the convenient Russell Springs Community. 
☑️Minutes to Wards Road, Restaurants, Downtown & Liberty University. 
☑️Enjoy your large rocking chair front porch as you enter into this immaculate home offering beautiful hardwood floors & complete hard surface throughout the finished terrace level. ☑️The kitchen offers a pantry & large bar and opens to the living & dining room. 
☑️Bright & airy floor plan w/ cathedral ceilings. 
☑️The finished basement offers a HUGE den, office w/french doors, rough in for a future bath plus a large area for storage. ☑️This lot backs up to a wooded area for PRIVACY while you are grilling off your main level deck or concrete area below. 
☑️Fresh paint, newly sealed and painted front porch & a new roof within the next few weeks!

Stefanie Kern

Stefanie Kern

 

919 Leander Drive, Forest, VA [OPEN HOUSE]

🏡🏡💥OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY on this Gorgeous & Luxurious New Construction!! ⭕919 Leander Drive, Forest, Virginia 24551 💰$499,900 🏡🏡🏡🏡🏡5 Bedrooms
🛀🛀🛀🛀4 Bathrooms : 3 full : 1 half  Acres 0.370
🏡3,147 sq ft ✅Stunning new construction with all brick exterior & decorative accents.
✅Hardwood flooring throughout main living area & expansive windows backing up to a private wooded yard
✅Kitchen features oversized island, gorgeous cabinetry, complimenting granite & stainless appliances including a gas cook top.
✅Features built in organized "mud room" with hooks, cabinets and cubby.
✅The formal dining space is customized with intricate moldings
✅Main level master offers spacious walk in closet, master bath with soaking tub & walk in tile shower.
✅Terrace level offers ample storage or expansion opportunities. TEXT 307897  to (434) 363-3899 for an AUTOMATIC text message sent to your phone with more property details and images. 

Stefanie Kern

Stefanie Kern

 

1163 Grand Oaks Dr, Forest, VA OPEN HOUSE

OPEN HOUSE TODAY! 🏡🏡👇👇👇Privacy & elegance in the sought after community of Grand Oaks!  🏡1163 Grand Oaks Drive, Forest, VA 🛏️🛏️🛏️🛏️4 Bedrooms
🛀🛀🛀3 Bathrooms 💰424,900 Enjoy the quality of this beautiful home built by award winning builder, Deitz Lilly! 
✔️Nestled In the heart of a partially wooded lot on a quaint cul-de-sac, this all brick home features a rocking chair porch w/ tons of privacy. 
✔️This well thought out floorplan has a main level den/office with french doors for added privacy. 
✔️The formal dining room was stenciled by a local artist for added elegance.
✔️The main floor master ensuite offers an oversized master & bath!
✔️Custom designed fixtures and 3/4 hardwood adorn the grand stair case and main living areas. 
✔️In the kitchen, enjoy the eat-In Bar, Cherry Cabinetry, Granite Countertops & Stainless Steel Appliances. 
✔️The great room houses a cathedral ceiling, tons of windows & fireplace.
✔️Just off the kitchen enter into the screened porch with access to a large maintenance free deck TEXT 310404  to (434) 363-3899 for an AUTOMATIC text message sent to your phone with more property details and images. 

Stefanie Kern

Stefanie Kern

 

Increase You Home Value With Bathroom Improvements

Many home owners look for ways to add value to their homes through improvements. One of the best ways is to have a go at your bathrooms.  The Almighty Bathroom  Today's bathrooms are wonderful. Showers that "rain" on you, warm air hydrotherapy bathtubs, sinks that look like water worn boulders. You can pamper yourself now and smile on your way to the bank when you sell because homes with good kitchens and bathrooms are in demand. The only caveat is don't make it so grand that it's above your neighborhood's standards. It's hard to get your money out when yours is the most expensive house in the neighborhood.  Explore and Plan  The scope and style of your bath update needs to fit the style and price range of your home and your family, and youíll face space constraints. One way to approach the project is to canvas various places that sell bathroom fixtures, see what you like, comparison shop, and then see if thereís an outlet for your price range with a good design staff to help you on a 'freebie' basis if you buy from them.  Lowe's and Home Depot are useful if you are very price conscious. They carry brands we're all familiar with. It can be fun to explore some of the avant-garde fixtures in some of the high end outlets, and then see if something similar can be achieved for less. And if the budget (and the neighborhood) can take it, go for a truly luxurious spa of a bath.  Simplicity is prized today. I think it may be because life tends to be so rushed and complicated. Simplicity does not mean boring. Far from it. The simple can pamper and provide great visual appeal.  Put together a plan within your budget and you are on your way. Improved bathrooms can actually add tens of thousands of dollars in equity to your home.
 
 

Increase Your Home Value With Bathroom Improvements

Many home owners look for ways to add value to their homes through improvements. One of the best ways is to have a go at your bathrooms.  The Almighty Bathroom  Today's bathrooms are wonderful. Showers that "rain" on you, warm air hydrotherapy bathtubs, sinks that look like water worn boulders. You can pamper yourself now and smile on your way to the bank when you sell because homes with good kitchens and bathrooms are in demand. The only caveat is don't make it so grand that it's above your neighborhood's standards. It's hard to get your money out when yours is the most expensive house in the neighborhood.  Explore and Plan  The scope and style of your bath update needs to fit the style and price range of your home and your family, and youíll face space constraints. One way to approach the project is to canvas various places that sell bathroom fixtures, see what you like, comparison shop, and then see if thereís an outlet for your price range with a good design staff to help you on a 'freebie' basis if you buy from them.  Lowe's and Home Depot are useful if you are very price conscious. They carry brands we're all familiar with. It can be fun to explore some of the avant-garde fixtures in some of the high end outlets, and then see if something similar can be achieved for less. And if the budget (and the neighborhood) can take it, go for a truly luxurious spa of a bath.  Simplicity is prized today. I think it may be because life tends to be so rushed and complicated. Simplicity does not mean boring. Far from it. The simple can pamper and provide great visual appeal.  Put together a plan within your budget and you are on your way. Improved bathrooms can actually add tens of thousands of dollars in equity to your home.
 
 

Increase Appeal to Sell Your Home

There are some tips that this article will give you in order to make your home appealing enough to gain lots of potential buyers and soon you will have the best deal ever.  You have to look or view your home or you can ask a trusted person and appoint that person to approach your door and see things that you may not notice. Do you home need to be repainted, do you need to replace your door, do the doorbell still working, are the faucets working well, are the railings safe, these are few of the things that you should look up to since it can help any interested buyers to decide whether theyíll be interested or not.  Impression is very important, so you have to check out your home and do improvements in order to gain good impressions. A clean and neat exterior can make potential buyers feel that you have maintained your home and it is in good condition.  Windows should also be clean, so you have to make sure to clean it all up or hire window-washing service to make sure that the windows are efficiently clean and free from cobwebs and debris.  In order to add home exterior decoration that can make a home appealing is by planting flowers and hanging potted plants. Make sure to clean the gutter and mow the lawn in order to make sure that your yard is appealing enough for buyers and visitors. If you can't do the work, you can hire professional lawn service which will help you treat unhealthy grass. If you have kids, you have to make sure that their toys are properly stored and do not let it left hanging in your yard or inside your home.  If you have pets, you also have to make sure that they are in their proper places and never let them roam around your home, especially when potential buyers will come to visit. Not all people love pet, so you have to be careful. You have to make sure as well that the house number of your home is visible enough in order for potential buyers to easily locate your home. Working with real estate agent can be helpful but make sure to have the right one. Take time to find the one that has the right skills and experiences in order to make sure that he/she can help you out in selling your home quickly.
 

I'm Almost Ready To Buy A Home, What Should I Do?

Well, the first thing you should do before you shop for your new home is to get a copy of your credit report and credit score! You can obtain a copy of your credit report and score from one or all of the three credit bureaus:   TransUnion, P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA. 19022  www.transunion.com; Equifax, P.O. Box 740256, Atlanta, GA. 30374 www.equifax.com Experian, P.O. Box 2104, Allen, TX. 75013  www.experian.com You may even consider ordering a three in one credit report to see what each credit bureau is reporting about you. You'll want to review your credit report for any potential problems that will need to be cleared up before you start shopping for your home.  You don't want any surprises when you complete your home loan application.  So, it's important to be proactive about getting your credit report first! After you have secured your credit report, the next step for you to consider when preparing to purchase a home is to get pre-approved for your home loan.  That's right, get pre-approved for your home loan not pre-qualified, there's a big difference! Getting pre-approved for your home loan means that you have obtained approval from your chosen lender to pay a certain amount for the home you are about to purchase.   Basically, pre-approval means you already have your money for your home purchase and have the ability to negotiate a better deal with the seller because you have the funds to purchase quickly.  A pre-qualification doesn't have much clout, because you have not secured approval of your home loan from a lender.  A pre-qualification is that you may qualify for a home loan.  So, do your research and secure  pre-approval of your home loan from a lender of your choice before you start shopping for your home!   As you look for your home, you may want to choose a buyer's agent to represent you for your home purchase.  Remember, the sellers agent represents the seller and not you the buyer! That means that whatever offers you make or whatever you tell the sellers agent for the most part must be relayed to the seller.  For example, if you tell the sellers agent that you could pay up to $200,000 for a particular property but relay a bid of $180,000 directly to the agent for the seller, the agent usually has a duty to tell the seller that you would pay up to $200,000 for their property.  This would leave you with no room for further negotiations of the purchase price to the seller.  So, consider getting your own buyer's agent that will represent your interests for the home you are trying to purchase.  Consider getting a buyer's agent that will split or get a portion of the real estate commission for the home sell with the sellers agent so youíre not stuck paying a commission fee directly. If you're interested in purchasing a brand new home, it is recommended that you have your own buyer's agent representing your own interests and not the agent who represents the builder! In most cases, you will find that the terms of the contract for the purchase of the new home presented by the builder's agent, is one sided and may not protect your interest! So, get an agent that will represent you for your new home purchase.  You will find that you may have a better peace of mind during the purchase of your home. Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase you'll make in your lifetime.  It's also one of your bigger investments for your future.  So, it's important that you do your research before you buy and take precautions that will make your home purchase easy going, less stressful and carefree! So go ahead, get started on your home purchase today!
 
 

How to Find a Good Real Estate Investment Property

There are many ways in which you can find a great property for your real estate investment. The problem lies in the fact that many would be investors aren't exactly certain what specific types of investment they wish to make. Unfortunately, the type of investing will greatly affect the type of property that will best suit your real estate needs. This article focuses on finding a great property for the purpose of flipping or rehabbing a property. Seek Bargains This is absolutely a necessary step when it comes to finding properties with excellent potential as flipped properties. Bargains are often sold at bargain prices for a reason. The good news is that many of these reasons are purely cosmetic and quite simple to fix. Finding a realtor that is willing to work with you for lower prices, bargain properties offer an excellent place to begin. If he or she is a knowledgeable professional you should have access to properties that would have been unavailable to you had you continued the search without the assistance of a professional. Another great place to find bargains of this nature is to search through foreclosures, auctions, and homes that are preparing to enter into foreclosure. While not always the case, there are many in these situations that are willing to be a bit more flexible with the price. Never offer full asking price first. Start low and negotiate up. This may lose some properties but in the end it will be a much more profitable venture if you can get the properties you want for a smaller investment. Know the Neighborhood Before placing a bid on a potential property for flipping you need to learn as much about the neighborhood as possible. You do not want to place a family home in the middle of a retirement neighborhood, nor do you want to place a potential bachelor pad in that type of area. You also want to avoid areas that are entering a state of decline, as the rehab efforts are unlikely to achieve the profits you are hoping to receive. Instead, look for bargains in areas that are approaching some sort of renewal or have very low crime and excellent growth potential.  If you are rehabbing a home that is meant to appeal to families make sure the neighborhood is safe, has a relatively low crime rate, access to good schools, and entertainment opportunities that may appeal to families. These things will affect the price you are likely to be able to expect once the rehab efforts have been completed as well as the type of renovations you will need to perform on the property. Buying a property in an area that you know nothing about is like buying a property without an inspection-which brings me to my next point. Get a Thorough Inspection This is one of the most important steps in the process of selecting the perfect property for your real estate investment needs. A qualified inspection will prepare you for any problems that may arise during the course of your work on the home. These are things that will affect the amount of money you should offer on the home, the amount of money you will need to invest in repairs, and the amount of money you can expect once all is said and done.  Failing to have a complete and proper inspection can lead to disaster when the renovations begin costing extra money and time as efforts are undone in order to get to the root of the problems as you go. There are very few things that can save you the time or money that having a decent inspection can manage to save. Inspections can also make you aware of any structural problems, code problems, and other problems that may mean the difference between this property offering a possible profit or a probable loss. It is much better to be armed with this knowledge before ever making an offer on the property in question. Realize That You do not Need to Buy the First Property You See This is an important thing to remember. If the first property doesn't speak to you, move on until you find one that does. This process is part science and part inspiration. If you are uninspired by a property it is unlikely that this property will suddenly take on a life of its own in order to suit your real estate investment needs. Keep searching until you find the property that meets all of your needs in order to find the perfect property for your first or your fiftieth flip.
 

Fix Your Sticking Deadbolt!

Does your front door deadbolt stick when you key-in? The lock needs lubrication, but not with oil, which can attract dirt over time. Squeeze in graphite powder to lube the lock without creating future gunk-ups. And while you've got the tube handy, give any other squeaky hinges or sticking locks around the house a squeeze too.
 

Creating the Best Playroom EVER

Considering making a great looking but very functional play room for your children?  Here are a couple of ideas of things you might not want to leave off the list.  1. Cabinets and Tubs for storage - large, medium and small are all crucial to organize things from Legos to board games.  2. Playroom shelves that can show off your children's accomplishments and creations.  3. A train table is great for fine motor skills, imaginary play, engineering and math skills by having to place it just right to create different track sets. 4. A doll house allows kids to re-enact things that are on their mind, experiences that they’ve had and situations that they may need to work through. 5. Kid's art cart or art wall that neatly stores art supplies and allows children to explore their creative side.  6. Gaming area for electronics consoles and games /DVD’s too. 7. Book shelves full of books of all different genres.  8. Make sure that you have a "cuddly" area, with soft things like bean bag chairs, teddy bears, and soft blankets or maybe even a kids couch.  Don't forget to declutter and reassess the toys in the play room yearly to make sure your play room stays clean or else it'll be overwhelming for both you and the kids.  
 

Setting a Home Renovation Budget

Are you ready to do some renovation projects in your home?  Whether you're hoping to increase your home value or you're trying to keep up with your growing family, you'll want to figure out how to plan a renovation project that doesn't break the bank.   Here are five key steps in planning your home remodeling project. 1. As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn't be spending more on a room than the value of that room as a percentage of your overall house value. For example, a kitchen generally accounts for 10-15%  of the property value, so spend no more than this on kitchen renovation costs. If your home is worth $200,000, for example, you’ll want to spend $30,000 or less. 2. If you're planning to take out a loan for this renovation here are some financing options that might be just the one to help you out.                      a. Depending on your current interest rate, refinancing could help you lower your monthly rates so you can afford your renovation.                    b.  If you have enough equity,  refinancing your existing loan for an amount that’s higher than what you owe, a cash-out refinance, could be an option.                     c. A home equity line of credit works a lot like a credit card that you can borrow a set amount on how much equity you have in your home.                     d. Home equity loan that you can take out a second mortgage on your home if needed.  3. Get multiple quotes from different contractors.  Make sure you're specific down to how you want something done and what materials you want used so there are no misunderstandings about the cost.  4. Make sure you stick to your remodeling plan so you don't keep adding to your budget! 5. Account for hidden home renovation costs that might pop up.  Even the most perfect looking homes can have hidden issues lurking underneath the surfaces.   
 

How to Use Your Equity to Your Advantage

Once you have purchased a home and are making monthly payments, you are in the process of building equity. The opportunity to use the equity you have built up in your home is one of the benefits of homeownership.  The equity you have built up can be used for many purposes on your advantage. Many people will use this equity to draw out cash by refinancing their house; the cash may be use to finance other major purchases such as second mortgage, making major improvement to your property or to fund their children educational expenses.  If you are in bad debt situation, your equity can be the hero in saving you from bankruptcy. You can pledge your equity to apply for a home equity loan which will allow you to borrow a relatively large amount of money to consolidate your debts. As compare to other personal or unsecured loan, a home equity loan is easier to get approve even you are in a bad debts situation; lenders may be more liberal because they view home equity loan as relatively safe. You can't disappear with your house or hide it if you default on your loan, so the lender has a good chance of collecting the collateral.  Besides using your equity for bad debt consolidation, you may use it for other high-interest rates debt consolidation. One of the advantages of home equity loans are they typically have lower interest. And you could you this advantage to consolidate all your high-interest monthly payments into a single loan which had a considerably lower interest rate.  Typically you are allowed to refinance up to 75%, (sometimes 80%), of the value of the property on conforming loans whereas on jumbo loans you are limited to 70% of the property's value. For example, if your home is now valued at $150,000 and your loan balance is $70,000, you might be able to get a new $150,000 x 75% = 112,500 mortgage. That would allow you to repay the existing $70,000 balance and use the $42,500 for your financial needs.  Another possibility to use the equity to your advantage is home equity lines. Many lenders offers home equity lines for homeowners and allow them to draw cash advances with their credit card or write checks up to certain credit limit.  Before using a home equity loan or home equity credit line for any purpose, you should be aware of the pitfalls of these loans. The main thing is that you can lose your home if you fail to meet the payment schedule required by the loan. Therefore you need to consider it carefully before do a cash-out with your equity.
 
 

DIY Fix to a Rattling Window

With the windy Spring days, you might be noticing your windows rattling a little more than usual.  Here is a quick fix to that issue.  The sash lock's cam mechanism is misaligned or broken. To suck a double-hung's sashes together and eliminate rattling—and drafts—remove the center latch and install two new ones instead. Arrange them so that the latches are fully engaged when the cam is turned about halfway.      
 

DIY Fix to a Rattling Window

With the windy Spring days, you might be noticing your windows rattling a little more than usual.  Here is a quick fix to that issue.  The sash lock's cam mechanism is misaligned or broken. To suck a double-hung's sashes together and eliminate rattling—and drafts—remove the center latch and install two new ones instead. Arrange them so that the latches are fully engaged when the cam is turned about halfway.
 

0 Butterfly Lane Lot 4, Amherst, VA

Come Build Your Custom Home!! 0 Butterfly Lane Lot 4  Amherst, VA 24521   💰50,000 😀🏡🏡. 5.8 acres   Beautiful builder ready lot with cleared building site. Mature hardwoods, soil work has been done , nice shed on property.  Horses, chickens and bees welcome!   TEXT 309535  to (434) 363-3899 for an AUTOMATIC text message sent to your phone with more property details and images. 

Stefanie Kern

Stefanie Kern

 

Need More Storage Space in the Bathroom?

Free-standing furniture, like this glass-front cabinet, is an easy way to increase bath storage space without bumping out walls. Check out salvage and second-hand stores for low-cost pieces you can refinish to match your bath
 

How to Buy a Big House with a Small Price

If you are considering buying a house within the next two or three years but are waiting until you can afford the house of your dreams, you may want to reconsider. With housing prices going up as much as 10% per year in some areas, the longer you wait, the farther that perfect house can move out of your reach. Along with the hike in house prices, interest rates are starting to creep up as well. This is even more of an incentive to buy a house now, rather than later. How can you get a big house for a small-house price? The following tips will reveal the secrets to getting a great deal on your dream house. 1. Get to know house values. Before you get started, look at the areas in which you want to purchase a house. Monitor the prices of houses in that area until you are fairly comfortable with those values. Your goal is to know the value of homes so well that a great deal will be obvious to you. 2. Make low offers. Start by making offers that are as low as 65 % to 70 % of the asking price. Rather than making only one offer at a time, make 5  or 10 offers each week. Make sure you write "To be deposited only upon acceptance of this offer" on your earnest deposit check. 3. Expect most of your offers to be rejected. You'll know you are on the right path when your real estate agent complains that your offers are too low. 4. Wait for a great deal. If a seller accepts your offer, or counters with an offer at 80 % or less of the home's value, you've probably found a great deal. You will be able to live in a bigger house than other buyers who didn't take the extra time to find a seller willing to sell for less. This strategy will test the patience of both you and your real estate agent. You will be tempted to think that no one will ever accept one of your low offers. However, when a good offer finally comes along, the extra space you get to enjoy in your new house will make it all worthwhile.
 
 

978 Leander Drive, Forest, VA

😍😍🏡🏡It Doesn't Get More Gorgeous than This Custom Home! ⭕978 Leander Drive 
Forest, VA 24551 🛏️🛏️🛏️🛏️🛏️5 bedrooms 
🛀🛀🛀🛀🛀5 bathrooms 
🏡4700+ sq ft  💰639,900 ☑️Stamped concrete walkways adjoin a 19' brick rocking chair front porch. 
☑️Formal Dining room with custom moldings opens to a Large open concept great room with pristine hardwoods, cozy fireplace & an abundance of natural light. 
☑️Gourmet kitchen with quartz counter tops, custom cabinetry, tiled backsplash, pantry, gas stove & more! 
☑️Main level Master Suite retreat w/ coffered ceiling, walk in closet, & spa-like ensuite; Walk-in tiled shower, deep soaking tub, & dual sink vanity. 
☑️4th bedroom boasts vaulted ceilings.
☑️Oversized bedrooms and recreation room in the upper level, perfect for a growing family. 
☑️Located in the coveted Farmington Community! TEXT 310324  to (434) 363-3899 for an AUTOMATIC text message sent to your phone with more property details and images. 

Stefanie Kern

Stefanie Kern

 

1163 Grand Oaks Dr, Forest, VA

🏡🏡👇👇👇Privacy & elegance in the sought after community of Grand Oaks!  🏡1163 Grand Oaks Drive, Forest, VA   🛏️🛏️🛏️🛏️4 Bedrooms
🛀🛀🛀3 Bathrooms 💰424,900 Enjoy the quality of this beautiful home built by award winning builder, Deitz Lilly! 
✔️Nestled In the heart of a partially wooded lot on a quaint cul-de-sac, this all brick home features a rocking chair porch w/ tons of privacy. 
✔️This well thought out floorplan has a main level den/office with french doors for added privacy. 
✔️The formal dining room was stenciled by a local artist for added elegance.
✔️The main floor master ensuite offers an oversized master & bath!
✔️Custom designed fixtures and 3/4 hardwood adorn the grand stair case and main living areas. 
✔️In the kitchen, enjoy the eat-In Bar, Cherry Cabinetry, Granite Countertops & Stainless Steel Appliances. 
✔️The great room houses a cathedral ceiling, tons of windows & fireplace.
✔️Just off the kitchen enter into the screened porch with access to a large maintenance free deck TEXT 310404  to (434) 363-3899 for an AUTOMATIC text message sent to your phone with more property details and images.   

Stefanie Kern

Stefanie Kern

 

0 Smartview Lane LOT 4, Forest, VA

Beautiful Waterfront Property!! 🔵    0 Smartview Lane LOT 4, Forest, VA 💰99,900 🖼️1.30 acres ☑️Waterfront lot located in the community of Gilfield Village. ☑️County Water, Underground Utilities and Septic! 
☑️This property is privately located on a tranquil cul-de-sac lot with a level to gently sloped lot perfect for a crawl space or basement home. 
☑️The lot boasts a large pond, stocked with fish in the spring/summertime, with dock potential. 
☑️Located in the Forest School District. 📞📞  TEXT 306149  to (434) 363-3899 for an AUTOMATIC text message sent to your phone with more property details and images. 

Stefanie Kern

Stefanie Kern

 

115 Beverly Hills Circle, Lynchburg, VA

🏡🏡👇👇Newly Remodeled Brick Ranch in a Fabulous Neighborhood!!   🔵115 Beverly Hills Circle, Lynchburg, VA 24502   $174,900 🛏️🛏️🛏️3 bedroom 🛀1 bathroom   ✔️This home features a recently new roof, central air, and a new hot water heater ✔️Entire house has been remodeled with ceramic tile and hardwood flooring ✔️Featuring a brand new sunroom, huge maintenance free deck overlooking yard perfect for entertaining! ✔️Remodeled kitchen opens to living room ✔️The bathroom has new tile shower, seamless glass shower doors, vanity and tile flooring. ✔️Crown molding, new lighting, paint throughout, large portion of plumbing and electrical has been upgraded and more.   TEXT 309746  to (434) 363-3899 for an AUTOMATIC text message sent to your phone with more property details and images. 

Stefanie Kern

Stefanie Kern

 

1227 Ty Bluff Road, Forest, VA 24551

🏡🏡😍😍NEW LOWERED PRICE!!! 👇👇👇You've Got to See These Majestic Views!   ⭕1227 Ty Bluff Road, Forest, VA 24551  💰394,900   🏡🏡🏡🏡4 Bedrooms 🛀🛀🛀🛀🛀5 Bathrooms : 4 Full : 1 Half   ✅Beautiful brick home in the Ivy Trace Community ✅Gorgeous mountain views from the front porch and more views from Brand NEW screened back room and beautiful grilling deck.  ✅Spacious 1.16 acre lot across from the Ivy Hill Golf Course.  ✅Oversized formal dining room with triple windows, tray ceiling & wide chair rails.  ✅Kitchen boasts Cherry cabinets plus island & breakfast area ✅Open concept to great room w/ fireplace & hardwood floors though out the main level.  ✅The terrace level features a wet bar, full bath and 3 additional spacious rooms plus plenty of storage.  ✅Spacious master suite has an additional huge walk up attic for additional storage as well as whirlpool tub, double vanity & HUGE walk in closet in the master bath.    TEXT 307118  to (434) 363-3899 for an AUTOMATIC text message sent to your phone with more property details and images.       

Stefanie Kern

Stefanie Kern

 

Things to Remember Before Buying a Home

Are you going through all those anxiety pangs that one normally gets while mulling over the decision of buying a home? Homebuyers are an anxious lot, eager for useful real estate information. It pays to get yourself acquainted with the steps involved in the purchase of a home.  Here is a list of important things to know before buying a home.  1.    The first step is to find out how much you can afford or qualify for. Check your credit report to know your credit worthiness. Clear up problems if any before going to a lender. A good credit rating will result in you receiving lower interest rates. 2.    Get pre-approved for a mortgage from a mortgage broker or lender, with a commitment to fund your mortgage in writing. Look out for frequent payment options and prepayment options, which would help knock off some years from your mortgage. And finally, settle for comfortable monthly payments. Once pre-approved for a loan, you will know your price range to begin shopping for real estate. 3.    You should buy the real estate that is right for you. Make a wish list of all the specifications you want in your home. Prioritize them based on your wants and needs. Then mark out those aspects that you are willing to compromise on, in case you need to. 4.    Get a good, reputable Real Estate Agent to assist you in locating a property in a desirable location. Your Real Estate Agent will know where to help you look for properties, while keeping your preferences and price range in mind.  5.    Once your agent provides you with a list of properties that are affordable, you can drive by to check the neighborhood. Look for a house in a location that has good potential for future appreciation. Consider factors like safety, school districts, freeway access, recreational options, work commute time, shopping facilities etc.  6.    Check out a sufficient amount of real estate until you develop a sense of comparative value of each neighborhood. Your real estate agent can help you with the valuation.Visiting the localities at different points in time during the day is ideal. This will help narrow down the list. You might want to check during the morning commute, or after dark to verify that the neighborhood suits you.  7.    When you have found a house of your choice, compare its price with other houses in the area. Get your real estate agent to assess the value of the home.If all looks good, write an offer! 8.    Lastly, consult your real estate agent to be sure that you obtain any professional inspections necessary to answer any questions you may have about the property.Some concerns may include: the condition of the roof, foundation, walls, plumbing, electrical, windows, etc.Other concerns may be: Is the property in a flood zone, or wildfire area.Is the property subject to Mello-Roos? Are there CC& Rs? Are there any easements on the property, etc. Your professional Real Estate Agent will assist you in answering these and other questions you may have prior to closing escrow on a property.
 

How to Properly "Declutter" You House for Selling

Your real estate agent has come to your house to assess what needs to be done to sell it the quickest.  The word, "declutter," continues to come up.  You assure your agent that you are a very neat person and that everything will be clean when the potential buyers come to view it.  Many sellers encounter the same situation each day.  What agents wish their clients would understand is that decluttering is more than just keeping the baseboards dust-free and the countertops wiped down.  Try some of the following tips and wow your real estate agent, and especially, your buyers. With pen, paper and clipboard in hand, tour the outside of your home, then the inside.  As much as possible, pretend that you don't own the house and even that you've never seen the place.  You will quickly see what your real estate agent meant by decluttering when you use this new perspective.  Write down anything which is the least bit offensive to the eye, including unruly hoses, toys in the front yard, a busy mantle above the fireplace and newspapers stacked up in the laundry room.  The list will seem longer the more times you go through the process.  However, the more you notice, the more prepared your home will be for eagle-eyed buyers. The biggest stumbling block for sellers preparing their home for the market is their lingering attachment to their house.  From repainting a room neutral, to taking family photos off the wall, sellers must accept that their time in that particular house is coming to an end.  To counteract this mental block, take your most personal items out of rooms first.  Get plenty of clear plastic tubs, or boxes to store your items.  Treat the decluttering process as if you are preparing a model home for viewing.  In order to sell your home, you have to give the buyers room to imagine their personal belongings.  Little forward-thinking daydreams about decorating your new abode should also counteract those strong attachments. A good round of decluttering will often leave you with a pile of boxes and bins to contend with.  Although stacking them up in a closet seems like a nice, out-of-the-way option, this may not be the best choice.  Consider that closet space is often one of the key selling points for a home.  Closets should look as impeccable as possible.  This will aid greatly in creating a spacious feeling.  If the closets are crowded and messy, the buyer may think that your home is just not big enough, even if it has the square footage they want. Your garage is the most acceptable place for storage in the mind of the buyers.  Of course, not everyone has this luxury.  If you can convince a family member, friend, or even a neighbor to let you store those boxes and crates, then take advantage of the opportunity.  However, if you really need or want your storage items in the house, then try to stack them up in the least conspicuous place you can find.  A playroom or basement can usually stand to have a few of these bins stashed in the corner.  Better yet, think about renting a temporary storage facility to house these things. Despite all your efforts, be prepared that your real estate agent might tell you that you still have too many belongings cluttering the house.  If this happens, just remember that they're on your side and that they're the expert.  Also, remember that a well-decluttered house is your quickest ticket to a "Sold!" sign.
 

Quick Fix for Curb Appeal

Feeling a bit drab every time you look at the front of your house but you're too tight on a budget to make big changes?  Nothing says “Welcome” to your home like a beautiful exterior. Since the front door tends to be the focal point of anyone that is looking at it, repainting or re-staining the door gives big bang for your buck.  If you have a little more leeway in your budget, consider replacing an old front door for a new welcoming style or type for anywhere between $600-$1000 for a "worth it" upgrade!
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