Williamsburg, VA Real Estate News

By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Partners of VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
  Sixteen featured Virginia artists will be on display. On Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, an Art Show and open house will be held at the furnished Liberty Ridge model by Charles Ross Homes and the Breakwater model by Michael C. Brown Custom Builder. at LIBERTY RIDGE, Williamsburg, Virginia. The event will be open from 12 noon to 6:00 pm both days. Developed in partnership with one smART gallery, an art events company representing over 300 artists throughout VA, Liberty Ridge is proud to present "Tradition with a Twist", a showing of original art including contemporary & traditional paintings, sculpture and furniture. Works of art by 16 featured artists will be displayed in both homes and buyers that weekend will pay 20% less than traditional gallery prices for every piece on displa...
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By Bill Ness, 55Places.com, Active Adult Community Guide
(55Places.com)
Virginia retirees in search of an award-winning active adult community offering championship golf and world-class amenities will want to visit Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg. This gated 55+ community has won numerous accolades and is ideally located just 50 miles east of Richmond. The area is rich in history and offers a wonderful combination of old and new. There are historic landmarks, charming shops and restaurants, outstanding healthcare facilities and relaxing outdoor recreational opportunities. Built by Lennar, Colonial Heritage Virginia opened in 2004 and is planned for 1,800 homes upon completion. Buyers have the choice of the traditional single-family ranch home or attached duplex style homes. All of the homes offer low-maintenance exteriors and energy efficient features. Al...
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By DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones, The NorthernVARealEstateLady & DMVRealEstateChick
(Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc.)
Register Today for a FREE preschool pass to Busch Gardens good for kids 5 and under. go to http://Buschgardens.com/va to register and then click on special offers. Print your voucher online and to redeem your voucher for your free ticket you will need to bring the voucher and a certified copy of your child's birth certificate to the front gate ticket window and you will be given a pass good to September 5th, 2011. Pass is good at Busch Gardens Williamsburg only. Park is promoting the new Sesame Street themed play land called the Forest of Fun. Filled with characters from Sesame Street and kids sized activities to entertain little people. Don't miss out on your free ticket!!! This info provided by Dee Dee Jones The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady DjonesRealEstate.com Wainwright Real Esta...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
Duke of Gloucester Street is the main thoroughfare in Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg. Here is a 51 second visual impression of what you can expect to see when you visit...at least halfway down the street. We never made it the full length :-) If you haven't visited Colonial Williamsburg and you want an idea if it's your cup of tea, you can take a more  a more leisurely photographic stroll through some of the venues by visiting 2 other shows from our 2.5 day visit. Colonial Williamsburg VA at Christmas A Few Dogs, Innocent Bystanders and Christmas Wreaths   With no traffic, you can make it to Colonial Williamsburg in 2.5 hours from Northern VA. We often take  route 66 west to 29 south to 17 across to Fredericksburg. This avoids the mess that often occurs on 95 south. It took us 4 hours ...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
You should not waste 5 minutes of your time watching the following slide show unless you have an abiding interest in either Christmas Wreath Design of the Colonial period or like to see photos of ordinary people minding their own business while strolling around a major American tourist attraction accompanied by COOL JAZZ . Studies have shown that photos of people (even people you do not know) are more interesting to the average human, than photos of static objects. So I mixed those in with the shots of buildings and decorations. There are at least 4 dogs in these photos for those of you who demand a canine presence in every worthwhile photo show.         In order not too make potential viewers mind numb from over saturation of photos of vacationland, I have broken our 2 day blast throug...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
Jan and I took a couple days off to visit Colonial Williamsburg VA. I haven't been since my parents took me as a kid. My wife and children make pilgrimages here on a fairly routine basis, but when I have time off....I want to go to the beach. Well it's too cold for that, so off we go for a worldwind tour of Williamsburg VA. It is just off  route 64 east about 45 minutes out of Richmond on the way to Virginia Beach. These photos are from last night at the museum, Market Square and Terra, a tappas restaurant.               Tonight we are going to "First Night" New Year's extravaganza at different venues around town. Hope to capture some daylight shots of the main part of town prior to heading for the shows which culminate in fireworks. Obviously you could spend a week here to do the town...
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By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Partners of VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
Hampton Roads' community developer, East West Communities, has been around for awhile and they have a proven track record of developing award winning communities. Many in the Tidewater area thought that Gatling Pointe in Smithfield was its first development in Virginia. It all started over three decades ago. Over thirty-five years ago, East West Communities pioneered the concept of a master planned community with Brandermill, located just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Situated on a 1,700-acre lake, Brandermill was one of the first financially successful planned communities to combine homes with offices, schools, churches, shopping, and a collection of recreational opportunities. Brandermill is an undisputed success. In 1977, East West Communities received the first of many national acc...
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
I recently posted a blog, "What is my Williamsburg Va home worth?", In this blog I noted that when pricing a home it is vital that a REALTOR® understand the local real estate market and trends in order to price a house correctly.   This morning I read a blog by Endre Barath Jr about "reverse offers made by the seller".  Endre describes a situation in which a seller makes an offer on his/her own property to get the negotiating started.  He also notes that if a property is priced correctly in the first place then the reverse offer would not be needed. I couldn't agree with Endre more!  It is vital for a REALTOR® to know his/her local market so well that the listing will be priced to sell quickly.   If you own a home in Williamsburg Va and need to sell it, you may be wondering: "What is my...
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
Five Williamsburg websitesFor information about historical attractions visit: History is fun For a great dining experience: A chef's kitchen To learn about: Musems in Williamsburg If you want a great steak house visit: Opus 9 Steakhouse The following website lists: Williamsburg Attractions I hope these five Williamsburg websites help you to plan a great trip to Williamsburg!    
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
  Check out these websites about Williamsburg Va:   Hotels in Williamsburg Busch Gardens Williamsburg Water Country USA Colonial Williamsburg Williamsburg Attractions     After you visit Williamsburg Va you may decide that you would like to live or retire here so visit this blog for the latest listings in Williamsburg: Williamsburg Real Estate for sale   Visit this blog regularly for more websites about Williamsburg Va.    
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
I  never dreamed that I would be quoted in REALTOR® magazine, but thanks to my blog on Active Rain, it happened.  Yesterday I received the following message from a new member of LinkedIn that I had welcomed: "Sybil,I was reading our NC Realtor Mag. last night and you were quoted. You must be good.Cheers,Rob"   I thought he was talking about a North Carolina Real estate magazine and I was scratching my head as to why and how my quote got there.  The mystery was solved this afternoon when my broker told me to look at page 14 of the April 2010 edition of REALTOR magazine.  The quote was Test The Keys and was taken directly from a blog that I posted on Active Rain in October entitled We depend on keys. By the way to Rob and anyone else wondering: I am a good REALTOR® :-) To read the blog ab...
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
Homeowners with Chinese drywall   I recently posted a blog More good news on Chinese Drywall but I soon learned that what I had originally thought was good news for homeowners with Chinese drywall was really not as good as I had originally thought it was.   I received a call from a local homeowner who owns a home with Chinese drywall who had seen my blog and was calling to give me a little more informtion about what I thought was good news for homeowners with Chinese drywall.  The report stated that money was being made available from the state disaster relief fund to help homeowners with Chinese Drywall.  The fact that there is only $150,000 available from this fund according to the local homeowner who called me made me realize that the news I at first thought was good for homeowners w...
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
Dinner and a movie in Williamsburg Va   Did you know you can have dinner and a movie in Williamsburg Va under the same roof?     The Movie Tavern at High Street is an eight screen dine-in cinema in the middle of the retail section of High Street.  In addition to the typical pop corn, pizza, nachos and candy that you can purchase in a most movie theatres, the Movie Tavern at High Street offers burgers, wings, sandwiches, salads and other light meals.  The beverage menu at the Movie Tavern includes beer and wine along with your favorite soda, lemonade or bottled water.     So the next time you want to have a fun night out, why not go out to dinner and a movie?   For more information about Williamsburg va, contact Sybil Campbell at 757-897-5889 or by email at sybilcampbell@cox.net.    
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
Houses sold in Scotts Pond in Williamsburg, Va These four houses sold in Scotts Pond in Williamsburg, Va in the last four months:     These four houses sold in Scotts Pond in Williamsburg, Va during the last quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010.  Scotts Pond is  subdivision located just a few blocks from the Prime Outlets shopping mall and is a few miles from Colonial Williamsburg.    Colonial Williamsburg is in the center of what is known as the historic triangle area. To the south of Colonial Williamsburg is Jamestown Island where the original English Settlement was established in the U. S.  A few miles to the north of Colonial Williamsburg is Yorktown where George Washington won the battle of Yorktown and our nation began!     For more information about the Historic Triangle...
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
Snow in Williamsburg   We had snow in Williamsburg during the last weekend of January and the first week of February, yes I said snow in Williamsburg in Virginia!               It was so beautiful when we woke up and saw that snow had covered everything!  The latest storm (February 6, 2010) left a layer of ice on the tree branches and snow piled up on the branches of evergreen and pine trees.  It was absolutely spectacular!                The trees that were covered in ice sparkled like diamonds in the sun! But alas the sun began to melt the beautiful ice and snow in Williamsburg quickly.                                      So my hubby and I jumped into his 4 wheel drive (he is a self proclaimed redneck) and headed down to Colonial Williamsburg to take pictures before all of the beauty...
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
In this blog you will find some data on active listing in the Williamsburg area during 2009, you will also see some practical ways that this data can help you with one of your greatest investments, your home.                                           The first chart includes the number of residential units sold in 2009 as well as the number of homes that went pending in 2009. To see this chart from the Williamsburg MLS click here.  It is important that you note that the data includes houses sold in areas that would be considered outside of the Williamsburg area, areas such as Chesterfield, Henrico, Matthews, West Point, Surry, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Newport News, Hampton and Gloucester.   Click on this link for cumulative totals of homes sold in 2009 that were listed in...
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
Homes for sale in Williamsburg are priced lower than they have been in years!  In many areas the home prices are lower than they were in 2004 or 2005.   I often have people ask me if the home sales in Williamsburg are picking up and I try to be honest with them about my observations about our real estate market in Williamsburg, Virginia.   Some property owners who ask about home prices in Williamsburg seem very discouraged when I tell them that I don't think their home's value is going to start increasing significantly very soon.  Based on historic trends in home sales and the predictions of many economists, I believe it may be three to five years before we see home prices in Williamsburg rise significantly.   Real estate trends have always been cyclical and history tells us that the cy...
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
A recent blog noted the homes sales in the Williamsburg area during each calendar year for the past decade.  The data was definitely eye opening. Now as a Williamsburg homeowner you may be wondering what is my home worth in today's real estate market. Let's analyze this data. According to the Williamsburg MLS: 2103 residential homes were listed for sale during 2009 925 homes sold in 2009 That means: 1 in every 2.3 listings sold in Williamsburg 44% of listings sold in Williamsburg   If you are considering trying to sell your home in 2010 you need to be aware of additional factors that will affect the sale of your home: According to some economist's predictions inflation is inevitable in our economy Interest rates are climbing FHA loans have more stringent guidelines for potential borrowe...
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
Are you a new resident of or thinking of moving to the Williamsburg area?  This website is full of helpful information.   The Williamsburg area also includes James City County so if you are interested in a new resident information, click on this link.   Do you want to see what is happening in Colonial Williamsburg right now? This link will show you.  You will find more helpful links on the right side bar of this blog.   If you love history and the beauty of nature, Williamsburg Virginia is for you so why not stop dreaming about moving to the Williamsburg area, call Sybil Campbell today.    The swans in the photo come to Powhatan Creek every year.  My husband estimates that they have a wing span of over seven feet.                                  
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By Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida
I thought it would be interesting to see the number of homes sold in the Williamsburg area during the past decade.  The data is for the number of housing units sold each calendar year begining in the year 2000. The data is for closed sales and is for homes located in the Williamburg Va area with zipcodes 23188, 23185, 23168. The data that I obtained came from the Williamsburg MLS. The data was for closed sales and included: single family detached residential homes attached residential units such as condos and townhomes       Home sales in the Williamsburg Va area             Year            Units sold  2009                925  2008                994  2007                1388  2006                1661  2005                1810  2004                1675  2003                1618  2002   ...
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