Your New Checklist Before You Buy Your Next Home…

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Home Buying Checklist

The time has come and you are ready to buy, but before you start searching for your next home review this checklist. This list helps you prepare your budget in advance and guide you to financial success in the future.

1. Reduce Debt & Increase Credit Score: Before you start looking for your next home you should request a credit report. This will give you a starting point on understanding your credit score before you request a loan. Your credit score will influence the interest rate of your loan.

2. Save Money to Set Yourself Up with a Large Down Payment: While it is possible to purchase a home without a 20% down payment it’s best to get as close as possible. This will allow you to have a smaller mortgage rate, Avoid PMI, and receive a better rate. If you do not have a 20% down payment you may qualify for a VA or FHA loan.

As you begin the process to find your next home checking these items off your list will provide you with a more successful home buying experience. Our team is here to help you! Let us know the area and/or neighborhood you are looking to live along with your top needs our team of professionals will assist with finding your next home.

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Spotlight On The Redmill Neighborhood In Virginia Beach!

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Nimmo Church

Red Mill is a very sought-after area in Virginia Beach! It has a very Virginia Beach feel to it. On the East end is the Lagomar neighborhood and the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. North is Dam Neck Estates, Pine Meadows and Dam Neck Road. On the West is the Strawbridge neighborhood, Mathews Green and Strawbridge Marketplace. South is Heritage Park and Hell’s Point Golf Club. Access to Interstate 264 is way up North via General Booth Blvd to Oceana Blvd or straight up London Bridge Rd. The Virginia Beach Oceanfront is minutes away, up General Booth Blvd! The Pungo neighborhood is close, and Sandbridge is a tourist beach not far away.You’re in luck if you like parks! All of Virginia Beach is park heavy! Including the area around Red Mill. Red Mill Farms Park is a huge park with 2 baseball diamonds on Sandbridge Rd. Nimmo Church is a beautiful old church that serves as a landmark for the locals. ClickSeeButton.pngThe Nimmo Meeting House for the church was built in 1791 which later became the sanctuary. The Strawbridge Neighborhood Park and the Ocean Lakes East Neighborhood Park both have great playgrounds for children to play! Ocean Lakes North Park is essentially a field. Culver Park has a nice playground and tennis courts!

There is tons of shopping, dining and entertainment in the area! Get your groceries at Food Lion, Walmart, Target, Farm Fresh or Harris Teeter. There is a nice mix of common and uncommon dining options. Check out Chipotle’s, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Firehouse Subs, Chili’s, Schlotzsky’s, Outback Steakhouse, McDonald’s and Panera Bread. But you could also look into these more unique restaurants: Primo Pizzaria, Lago Mar Pizza, Hip Hops Grill, Chowboy Republic, Rigoletto Italian Bakery and Cafe, Masola Bites, Boardwok and Volcano Sushi Bar! Don’t forget all the Starbucks on every block. other businesses include CVS, OfficeMax, HomeGoods, Michaels, T.J. Maxx, Home Depot, Coastal Edge, Dollar Tree and Regal Cinemas Strawbridge. Nightlife includes many of the restaurants and also includes A.J. Gators, Kelly’s Tavern, FIREBREW Bar & Grill, and Whiskey Kitchen!
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Interested in health spots? You are in luck! There is 9Round Fitness, Fitness Together, Anytime Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness, iNLeT Fitness South, Princess Anne Recreation Center, Changing Lives Martial Arts Red Mill Walk, Natural Balance Spa & Yoga, Bayside Yoga Barre, Get In Shape For Women, GNC, Fat Frogs Bike & Fitness and Natural Balance Spa & Yoga!

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You get the idea! There is a large amount of every kind of store here. This doesn’t detract from how calm and pleasant the neighborhoods are here.

I would love to show you more about Red Mill! I can get you in to see any of the homes for sale here. I can call the listing agent and schedule a showing for you. And I can help you negotiate your price and terms! If you would like more information, please call me (Tom) at 757-589-1237 and let’s get started!

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The Bellamy Neighborhood

Bellamy Homes For Sale
Bellamy Homes For Sale

Looking to move to the Bellamy Area? Here are the Bellamy homes for sale in Virginia Beach! The neighborhood is comprised of detached single family homes. It backs up against Ferrell Parkway, but fortunately, does not access it. This makes through-traffic non-existent. It is a short drive to 64 and 264. There is an excellent shopping center very close, but across Princess Anne Road, named Brenneman Farm Marketplace. The neighborhood is in the Kempsville High School District. Nearby neighborhoods include Indian Lake and Buckner Woods.

Search for homes buttonWe have a page with all the homes for sale in Bellamy. Click on this button to see everything currently listed there.  When you find a home you would like to see, please let me know! Call (757)589-1237 and I will arrange a showing! Or, on the property, complete the Find Out More form and click submit. I will get information to you right away!

The Cardinal Estates Neighborhood

Cardinal Estates Homes For Sale
Cardinal Estates Homes For Sale

Looking to move to the Cardinal Estates area in Virginia Beach? Super! Here are the Cardinal Estates homes for sale!

Cardinal Estates is a nice quiet neighborhood near the intersection of of Lynnhaven Parkway and Holland Road. There are limited entrances into the neighborhood which limits through-traffic. The front of the neighborhood empties out at Shipps Corner Road near Shipps Corner Shopping Center. The back of the neighborhood connects withScarborough Square neighborhood. Nearby points of interest areLynnhaven Mall, Lynnhaven Golf Park and NAS Oceana. Other nearby neighborhoods are Magic Hollow,Buckner Farm and Oak Springs. The homes in this area are in the Landstown school district.

Search for homes buttonWe have a page with all the homes for sale in Cardinal Estates. Click on this button to see everything currently listed there.  When you find a home you would like to see, please let me know! Call (757)589-1237 and I will arrange a showing! Or, on the property, complete the Find Out More form and click submit. I will get information to you right away!

The Bentley Park Neighborhood

Bentley Park Homes For Sale
Bentley Park Homes For Sale

Looking to move to the Bentley Park area in Virginia Beach? You have good taste! Here are the Bentley Park homes for sale!

The neighborhood has only two entrances. One is on Roundhill Drive. The other exits into a nearby neighborhood. So there is not a lot of through traffic for the area. Honey Bee Golf Club is quite close. It is near Indian River Road and Independence Blvd. Nearby neighborhoods include Hillcrest Landing and Glenwood. The neighborhood is in the Salem High School District.

Search for homes buttonWe have a page with all the homes for sale in Bentley Park. Click on this button to see everything currently listed there.  When you find a home you would like to see, please let me know! Call (757)589-1237 and I will arrange a showing! Or, on the property, complete the Find Out More form and click submit. I will get information to you right away!

The Beach Borough Neighborhood

Beach Borough Homes For Sale
Beach Borough Homes For Sale

Looking to move to the Beach Borough Area? It is an exciting place to live in the resort area. Here are the Beach Borough homes for sale!

The Beach Borough neighborhood is wildly varied in home prices. The area is basically where Interstate 264 runs into the Atlantic Ocean and therefore quick access to the Interstate. It is walking distance to the beach and all sorts of fantastic festivals! Restaurants and nightlife are everywhere. It is slightly northeast of the Oceana Naval Air Station. It is served by Frank W. Cox High School. Nearby neighborhoods are North End, Shadowlawn, Croatan, Birdneck.

Search for homes buttonWe have a page with all the homes for sale in Beach Borough. Click on this button to see everything currently listed there.  When you find a home you would like to see, please let me know! Call (757)589-1237 and I will arrange a showing! Or, on the property, complete the Find Out More form and click submit. I will get information to you right away!

The Ghent Neighborhood

Ghent: The HagueGhent is a fantastic area! There is always something happening here! On the South end, the Hague is a picturesque body of water with an arching land mass with high end homes lining the shore. The Hague also provides an unobstructed, beautiful view of the Chrysler Museum. Monticello Ave runs the length of the eastern side. The North end of the neighborhood has some interesting boundaries.  23rd street is listed on Google as the last street included in Ghent. There’s Jeff Robertson Park, Weyanoke Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, Lambert’s Creek and the Mallory Country Club. Access to Interstate 264 is going to be straight down Brambleton Ave. Locals will know to turn right onto Waterside Drive which also heads right out to I264. Trying to head North to Interstate 64 or 564? Your best option is to head up Granby to one of the many entrances. Trying to get to Naval Station Norfolk? Head right on up Hampton Boulevard.

Button with Click here to see homes in this neighborhoodThe Weyanoke Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1979 when Audubon members noticed a Purple Gallinule on the land. This was such a super rare visitor to our area, the Norfolk and Southern Railroad gave the land to the Cape Henry Audubon Society. Many birds frequent the park because it’s neighbor, Lamberts Creek is a wonderful place for them to feed. Ghent is park-rich with Jeff Robertson Park, Westover Memorial Park, Graydon Park, Redgate Playground, Yellow Fever Park, Greenway Court Park, Medical Center Park, EVMS Greenspace,  Raleigh Avenue Playground, Riverside Park, Beechwood Park, Botetourt Gardens, Ghent Dog Park, Van Wyck Mews, and Olney Road Park. The residence of Ghent are serious about their parks!

Front of Fairgrounds Coffee in GhentAll of the coolest, hippest businesses are in the area. There’s several Starbucks of course. If you like independent coffeehouses, Fairgrounds coffee is on Colley Ave. Shopping is eclectic. Enjoy large grocery stores, Harris Teeter, Farm Fresh and Fresh Market.  Colley avenue has the Naro Cinema. They play a mix of independent films and oldies. The Ghent neighborhood has plenty to offer in the way of restaurants! There’s Chipotles, YNot, No Frill Bar & Grill, Noodles and Company, Kelly’s Tavern, IHOP, The Skinny Dip, Luna Maya, Papa John’s, Subway, 7-Eleven, Chanellos. Don’t forget about The Taphouse, Red Dog Saloon, Colley Cantina, Peck and Pour, Norfolk Coffee and Tea Company and Doumars! Doumars is a local landmark that has been around since 1904 known for its barbecue and ice cream cones!

Interested in health spots? You are in luck! There is One Life Fitness, Hot House Yoga, The Space Above Yoga Center, Meyer Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Applied Movements, The Yoga Room, The House of Muay Thai International, and Dumbbells Personal Training. Ghent feels like a little bit of a Northern Virginia lifestyle here in Norfolk!

The schools for the area are W.H. Taylor Elementary SchoolBlair Middle School, and Granby High School. Old Dominion University is quite close by. That opens up a bunch more opportunities for food and nightlife. Ghent is a popular neighborhood with alumni and professors!

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At the time of this article, the median home in Ghent is $297,500 with the low end coming in at at $52,000 and the high end coming in at $900,000. So there’s a home for everyone in Ghent! Average days on market is 84 days, almost 3 months. It is very hard to nail down a type of home in Ghent. Square footage ranges from 500 sqft to over 9000 sqft. There are homes from the early 1800s to 2015. There are attached home and detached homes. There are homes from 1 bedroom to 7 bedrooms. My best advice is to take a look at Ghent and see if you like the area. Then we can find you something that meets your needs!

I would love to show you more about this neighborhood! I can get you in to see any of the homes for sale here. I can call the listing agent and schedule a showing for you. And I can help you negotiate your price and terms! If you would like more information, please fill out the form on the right and let’s get started!

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The Carolanne Farms Neighborhood

Carolanne Farms Homes For Sale
Carolanne Farms Homes For Sale

Looking to move to the Carolanne Farms area in Virginia Beach? Super choice! Here are the Carolanne Farms homes for sale!

Carolanne Farms is a nice little neighborhood off of Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach. It is near the Interchange. (Interstate 64 and Interstate 264) So it is minutes away from Norfolk, Chesapeake and most places in Virginia Beach. Shopping is nearby at Kempsville Plaza Shopping Center and Arrowhead Plaza Shopping Center. The southern portion of the neighborhood lines the very eastern tip of theElizabeth River. A cool feature of Carolanne Farms it’s proximity to the Newtown Road Station of theNorfolk Lightrail! nearby neighborhoods include Arrowhead, Fairfield and Kempsville. Homes in this area are in the Kempsville school district.

Search for homes buttonWe have a page with all the homes for sale in Carolanne Farms. Click on this button to see everything currently listed there.  When you find a home you would like to see, please let me know! Call (757)589-1237 and I will arrange a showing! Or, on the property, complete the Find Out More form and click submit. I will get information to you right away!

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Chatham Hall Homes For Sale

Chatham Hall Homes For Sale
Chatham Hall Homes For Sale

Looking to move to the Chatham Hall area in Virginia Beach? Excellent! Here are the Chatham Hall homes for sale!

Chatham Hall is an wonderfully located neighborhood near Kempsville Road and Providence Road. The builder of the neighborhood definitely filled each lot with as much house as would fit. Shopping is nice. Many shops including department stores and grocery stores are a short walk away. Fairfield Shopping Center and  Providence Square Shopping Center are just North. Interstate 264 and Interstate 64 are both about 5 minutes away. Nearby neighborhoods are Fairfield, Bellamy and Indian Lakes. Homes in the area are in the Tallwood High School Zone.

Search for homes buttonWe have a page with all the homes for sale in Chatham Hall. Click on this button to see everything currently listed there.  When you find a home you would like to see, please let me know! Call (757)589-1237 and I will arrange a showing! Or, on the property, complete the Find Out More form and click submit. I will get information to you right away!

The Castleton Neighborhood

Castleton Homes For Sale
Castleton Homes For Sale

Looking to move to the Castleton Area in Virginia Beach? Take a look! Here are the Castleton homes for sale!

Castleton is an affluent neighborhood south of London Bridge Road and NAS Oceana. The neighborhood is filled with luxury homes. The neighborhood is so very clean. You will see what we mean if you drive it’s neatly arranged streets. The homes are rather large 2-story properties. The oldest homes in the neighborhood were built in 1997. Plenty of the houses have pools. Many of the homes are waterfront along several small lakes. Shopping is quite amazing. Landstown Commons is a beautiful shopping center a short drive to the East with over 60 excellent stores. Nearby points of interest are Sentara Medical CenterVirginia Beach Sportsplex, Old Dominion University’s Virginia Beach Center, Virginia Beach’s Municipal CenterVirginia Beach National Golf Club, and the Virginia Beach Amphitheater. Nearby neighborhoods include Prince George Estates, Holland Pines and Ocean Lakes. Students in Castleton go to the Landstown school system in Virginia Beach.

Search for homes buttonWe have a page with all the homes for sale in Castleton. Click on this button to see everything currently listed there.  When you find a home you would like to see, please let me know! Call (757)589-1237 and I will arrange a showing! Or, on the property, complete the Find Out More form and click submit. I will get information to you right away!