Tina in Virginia - Real Estate and Musings from the Commonwealth

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General thoughts and ideas from Tina in Virginia on real estate in the New River Valley and life in general.
Mountain Lake, located in Pembroke, Virginia, is well-known as the setting for the movie, Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.  This beautiful, 2600 acre mountaintop resort is bustling with activity in the summer and offers rental cabins as well as traditional hotel rooms.  ...
  If you think the $8000 first time homebuyer tax credit should be extended, please vote today!   Hello Rainers! Today, Trulia helped start a Twitition to help extend the $8,000 1st Time Home Buyer tax credit. We're trying to get the attention of congress and need everyone's support to help sprea...
VHDA, The Virginia Housing Development Authority has developed a loan program called Homebuyer Tax Credit Plus.   VHDA designed this program so homebuyers could take advantage of the $8,000 First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit to finance their closing costs and down payment. How does the program work?...
There's NO excuse!!!! One of my very favorite clients grew up in a dirt floor cabin out in southwest Virginia.  When we looked at houses, he would get so frustrated by the lack of cleanliness.  He once said to me, "You know Tina, I grew up poor...extremely poor, with 8 brothers and sisters in a 2...
  Mark your calendars for FREE admission to many places across the nation on September 26th.   Free Museum Admissions Sept. 26 by the Smithsonian Magazine Here is a fantastic opportunity for families and museum lovers.  The Smithsonian magazine is offering FREE admission to museums throughout the...
As we have all seen, the middle aged "trade up" buyers, who dominated the market 5 years ago, have now been replaced by a maturing Generation Y.   Generation Y is not only a large demographic group, they are the drivers of market demand.  They were born between 1977 and 1997 - the children of the...
  Thanks to Bev for the heads up to not waste any time trying to get a White House tour!   Expectations and reality can be so deceiving. We went to tour the White House last week. I have been hounding our congressman's office since December 12, 2008 to get tickets to go. I'm not sure what I expec...
In April of this year, we took a family vacation to Universal Studios Orlando.  We had won tickets to the park and successfully bid at a charity auction for a week's stay in a timeshare in Orlando.  After a couple of days doing the amusement park thing, we were bored.  It's just not our style.  S...
  Great information from Marilyn in the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit!    First-Time Home Buyers - Time is Running Out to qualify for your $8,000 Tax Credit This past month, I've seen headlines proclaiming "120 days left", "115 days left", "95 days left" for the $8,000 First-Time Home Buyer Tax...
Today's mortgage rates are holding flat.  Even though price action in the secondary market was choppy and economic reports were better than expected, conventional 30 year par mortgage rates held steady near 5.00% as prices of mortgage backed securities managed to end the week higher.    The cale...

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