Lynchburg, VA Real Estate News

By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
Just a few more days til the start of Baseball season! Come on out to the Lynchburg City Stadium this Saturday, March 22 for the Lynchburg Hillcats Open House. Activities start at 11am and the first five hundred fans through the gate will receive a free hot dog, soda and a bag of chips!   Southpaw will be on hand so come on out to support the Lynchburg Hillcats. I picked my tickets up today-(TEN TICKETS- GENERAL SEATING $50.00) you can go by the stadium anytime during business hours to purchase yours.  Their first home game is April 11, 2008. CLICK HERE for the complete schedule and check out their website. The Hillcats have some great programs planned and are ready for another record-breaking season! Make sure you say hi to Andrew Chesser, got to love a Red Sox Fan!Andrew enters his fi...
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By HomesByOwner of Lynchburg
(HomesByOwner.com)
In June 2007, HomesByOwner of Lynchburg began syndicating home listings from Google Base, which is fed by all of the other major FSBO websites (ForSaleByOwner, Owners, AllTheListings, etc.)  As a result, home buyers in Lynchburg and Central Virginia who are interested in viewing current FSBO homes only need to visit the HomesByOwner of Lynchburg site in order to see the homes from all of the other FSBO sites.In November 2007, we added the "Buyer Match" program which sends home buyers (or real estate agents) an e-mail every few days listing all of the FSBO homes that have been added or changed on the HomesByOwner site, as well as all of the other FSBO sites.  I have been excited about the response that we've gotten to this e-mail alert program, because it gives home buyers (and real esta...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
 What a successful Open House we had this Sunday! A big thank you goes out to Ann Koch of Dewitt Real Estate for planning and organizing the Neighborhood Open House at Leesville Road Estates in Evington. Ann put together an awesome full page ad with a St. Patrick's Day theme. Fourteen homes were held open by six different brokerages. The weather was great, there was a steady stream of cars and people. My broker had 30 groups come through her listing and I had at least 24 groups come through Lot 21 David's Way.  It's all about selling our listings and I love the spirit of cooperation that was shown by Lynchburg area Realtors. Thanks Ann! Posted by:Debbie Malone, Realtor   RE/MAX 1st Olympic 20395 Timberlake Rd Lynchburg VA 24502(434) 546-0369   malone1981@aol.com
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
I want to give a shout out to my friend Rich Edwards. Rich is a Mortgage Loan Officer with the Bank of the James in Lynchburg, Virginia. We served on the Lynchburg Association of Realtors Community Outreach Committee together last year. Rich is very involved in our local community and headed up the effort to raise funds to purchase baby beds for infants who were too ill to travel in car seats.     As I was sitting at my open house this afternoon, wishing I had grabbed a water bottle, Rich stopped by with a box of goodies. He follows the open houses in town and spends his Sunday afternoons delivering these packages to many of the agents. I can expect to get a visit from him every time and I appreciate the support he shows to the local realtor. He is one of the people that make living in ...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
    Casting Crowns will be appearing at Liberty University's Vines' Center on April 12, 2008. Casting Crowns was named "Favorite Artist" at the "2007 American Music Awards" in the Contemporary Inspirational category in November. For their complete concert schedule, click here.  Casting Crowns is a proud supporter and sponsor of World Vision. If you don't already support this great organization, please check out the link.                For ticket information: Saturday April 12- 7PMLiberty University Vines CenterTickets are available to all LU students, faculty and staff for a special rate of only $12 per ticket (limited time, limit 2 per ID).Tickets can be purchased in the Student Activities office Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM. Call 592.3225 for more info.  General Admission t...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
HBO will start their mini series John Adams  this Sunday night. Be on the lookout for my friend and fellow RE/MAX 1st Olympic agent Chris Gulluscio. Chris and his wife Laurie take part in many historical re-enactments. Chris said to keep an eye out for the best non speaking British Soldier! To see a trailer for the mini series, CLICK HERE.  Chris and Laurie own Ivy Cliff, a historical home in New London, Campbell County, Virginia. They have lovingly restored the home and it is now available for sale. For more information, contact Chris at (434) 420-1563.Posted byDebbie Malone, Realtor  RE/MAX 1st Olympic 20395 Timberlake Rd Lynchburg, VA 24502(434)546-0369  malone1981@aol.com     
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
My daughter Kat is a junior in the Residential Property Management program at Virginia Tech. This was the first  Residential Property Management bachelor's-degree program in the country and was started in 1996. Dr. Rosemary Goss was named its first professor and she is still the head of the program.The annual Collegiate Jobs Fair just wrapped up today. Kat attended the fair last year and got a summer internship in Charlottesville. Though she didn't get credit hours, she gained the experience these companies were looking for. I'm so impressed by the professors at VT; I never thought my daughter would consider property management, too many days spent cleaning up after evicted tenants. But she has really thrived in this program. Dr. Rosemary Goss has been so influential as have many of the...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
You can go to the big box stores in town and buy plumbing supplies, but you're not going to get the customer service like they provide at Hooper Plumbing on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg.  We've been doing business with Hooper's for over 20 years and they've saved us time and money on so many occasions. Whenever my husband would do a plumbing repair and needed a special tool, Hooper's lent him one at no charge. We recently finished a complete remodel on a home that has a well. We bought a pump at Hooper's about 6 months ago but within a week of the new tenant moving in, they had no water. My husband went to Hooper's for advice and Dave said let's go check it out. He drove over to the property, helped my husband pull the pump and figured out what the problem was- at no charge! If you're l...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
If you're new to the Lynchburg area or are looking for an insurance agent, I'd like to introduce you to another local businessman, Tom Hodges. Tom owns Hodges Insurance Agency and recently moved into new offices at 6200 Fort Ave in Lynchburg, across from Crown Sterling Restaurant.  He specializes in Individual and Business Insurance, Life & Health and noted that if you want to change your medicare coverage, you must do it before the end of March. What I really like about Tom is his laid back style, no pressure. If you have any coverage questions, Tom is the person to talk to. Tom is a member of the Hill City Money Maker's BNI group. Stop by and say hi to Tom at:Hodges Insurance Agency6200 Fort AveLynchburg, VA 24502 (434)455-0234 O(434)401-1122 C(434)455-0042 Femail twhodges1@aol.comPos...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
Cead Mile Failte' - A Hundred Thousand Welcomes.   Happy St Patricks Day! If you ever have the opportunity to travel to Ireland, you won't be disappointed. Ireland is a beautiful country whose population is increasing and economy is thriving. I often think of our ancestors who left during the famine with the hope of a better life in Canada and America. Our families were from County Cork but even if you're not Irish by birth (Like St. Patrick himself), get into the spirit and wear some green this weekend!       Blarney Castle, Getting Ready To Kiss The Stone View of the Bay in Cobh, formerly Queenstown, last stop for Titanic     In Dublin, make a stop at Trinity College. The Book of Kells is on display here. There is a bronze statue of Molly Malone on Grafton Street. Waterford is famous ...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
Have you been looking for a local insurance agent that cares? You should talk to Don Wechsler at Allstate Insurance Company in Lynchburg. I meet with Don on a weekly basis as part of my BNI group and he is the type of person you'd like to know. Don has been selling insurance in Lynchburg for years and specializes in Homeowners, Condo, Renters Auto and many other types of insurance. Please visit Don at:   Allstate Insurance 2414 Memorial Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24501                                        (434)845-5900 O (434)845-5905 F Posted by Debbie Malone, Realtor       RE/MAX 1st Olympic       20395 Timberlake Rd      Lynchburg, VA 24502 (434)546-0369   malone1981@aol.com  
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
If you're looking for a great little restaurant, check out Donald's Bagels & Bites. I love bagels and this is one of my favorite places to buy fresh bagels (a baker's dozen for $6.50!) and get a great cup of coffee in Lynchburg.       More than just 12 varieties of bagels, they offer Eggs All Day, Pastries, Pizza Bagels, Main Fare Sandwiches, Wraps and Quesadillas, Vegitarian Sandwiches and more. They do catering as well. Located on Lakeside Drive, for more information, call or fax:(434)385-9277 Phone(434)385-9278 FaxHours Monday-Friday 7am-5pmSaturday 7am-3pmClosed Sundays 2225 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501 ( just past the News & Advance, on left)Posted by:Debbie Malone, Realtor           RE/MAX 1st Olympic      20395 Timberlake Rd      Lynchburg, VA 24502(434)546-0369           ...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
This post puts me over the 100,000-point mark, which is cool, but not as cool as spending a week in sunny Florida with my girls, Kat & Megan.  Yes, Spring Break with the Malone's is a bit on the mild side, not many college students are heading to Kissimmee, but that's okay. Both girls will be in college next year at this time and they're both going in different directions for the summer. They are growing more independent each day and this trip was one way to bond and re-connect.  The thing I love about traveling with these two (other than they can share the 12 hour drive) is that they're easy to get along with. Not one spat the entire week!                                Yes, there was heavy drinking ( At Dunkin' Donuts!) Universal Studio's has a great deal: a seven day pass for $79.99 ...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Historic Garden Week in Virginia. Over two hundred homes across Virginia will be opened to the public during this week. I've been attending this event in Lynchburg since I moved to Virginia in 1987 and it's the highlight of my spring! Sponsored by The Lynchburg Garden Club and Hillside Garden Club, several local homes and gardens are opened to the public and it's a delight to walk through perfectly manicured gardens and beautifully decorated homes.  This year, Garden Day in Lynchburg is Tuesday, April 22, 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. The following homes will be on the tour:4411 BOONSBORO ROAD1628 LINDEN AVENUE1013 HARRODS COURT1450 TRENTS FERRY ROAD1340 WAKEFIELD ROAD In addition, the following will be opened at no additional charge: Point of Honor and Swe...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
Several local realtors and I have been frustrated that we couldn't seem to counter the negative national press on the housing market and have become proactive in getting the good news out. I recently wrote a couple of posts about the positive aspects of the local Lynchburg housing market. We've been largely unaffected by the sub-prime crisis. We rank 34 out of 291 metro markets in the country. We have a stable economic base and property has appreciated 45% in the last five years.People in your community are reading your localism posts. A college student who also happens to be a producer at WSET, our local ABC station, contacted me. I was interviewed by her last week and will do the on camera interview next week for her report Lynchburg: A Housing Market NOT In Crisis. Activerain and Loc...
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By Nannette Turner, Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis
(Keller Williams Lynchburg)
The Lynchburg Area Estate is very appealing to the Buyer. There are plenty of deals to be made.From February 1, 2008 to February 29, 2008, there were 55 Single Home Residential Units Sold in Lynchburg City!The Average home in Lynchburg CityList PriceSold PriceSP/LPDOMSquare Ft.$154.706$150,12683.33%-101.98%921868House prices are down in many parts of the country - in our area we have seen some price reductions as sellers are not getting the prices they were getting a few years ago and the market seems to be adjusting to normal.  Our area has seen a consistent increase of 3-4% annually and this seems to be the case now.  Price declines that had been confined to the East and West coasts. 332 houses are listed for sale now, and what is out there represents a 6-month inventory. However, are...
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By Nannette Turner, Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis
(Keller Williams Lynchburg)
Women's Luncheon SeriesMar 12, 200811:30 AM - 1:00 PMWestminster CanterburyLynchburg, VA The quarterly lunch theme is Healthy Choices:  Succeeding in Life and Business.The March program is "It's your choice:  Nutrition, health management & illness prevention."  The speaker is Allison Brooks, Family Nurse Practitioner, Cardiovascular Unit, CENTRA .Statistics show that nutrition and healthy habits impact quality of life and workplace productivity.  Come to the March Luncheon to hear about tips, techniques and healthy living patterns to improve your life, both personally and professionally.  Don't miss this informational and insightful luncheon to learn how to make healthy choices, today, tomorrow and for a lifetime!Cost includes lunch and is $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Reservati...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
  Dan Laslie is a local business owner in Lynchburg, Virginia and his company, Laslie's Auto Body has become the fastest growing auto body repair shop in Central Virginia. Located at 3821 Old Forest Road, their services include mechanical repair, auto detailing and paintless dent repair. They have a reputation for superior service and in addition to body work offer the following: Tune Ups Wheel Alignment Shocks & Tires Brakes Timing Belts Oil Changes Diagnostics State InspectionsFor more information or to set up an appointment, call:(434)385-0292 O(434)385-0299 For email Dan at dlaslie@LasliesAutoBody.comDan is a member of the NO FREE LUNCH BNI group. The HILL CITY MONEY MAKER'S BNI group would like to extend our thanks to Dan for the weekly use of his conference room. BNI is the larges...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
MSN Money recently reported on real estate in 290 metro markets thoughout the country. Though Florida and Califorina markets have been hard hit, Texas, Utah and Washington have seen increases and several Virginia markets fared well. Lynchburg, Virginia is ranked at 34. To read the entire report go to MSN MONEY. Price appreciation as of December 31 -by percentageMetro Area                       Rank                      1 quarter            1 year                    5 yearsLynchburg                    34                    1.37                 5.36                 45.7Charlottesville              45                    .99                   4.77                 70.56Richmond                    74                    .19                   3.75                 61.3Roanoke                    ...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
What a great report to see on the front page of Wednesday's News and Advance. The regions population growth is increasing: since 2000, Lynchburg's population has grown by almost 7%. The Wyndhurst community has had a substantial impact on the growth in the city of Lynchburg. In a related article, the City Council and Planning Commission are working to reach a comprehensive plan to deal with denser growth in the city. Nine percent of the city's vacant land has been developed since 2000. With the new Cornerstone development under construction on Greenview Drive, the population is sure to continue to rise.    Bedford County, Virginia                                  Cornerstone- new Planned CommunityThe UVA demographic report from the Weldon Cooper Center shows local increases of:Amherst Co...
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