Have you moved recently? Did you update your voter registration?

Central Virginia Home for Sale

Central Virginia Home for Sale

Did you move since the last election?  Don’t forget to update your voter registration!  The deadline to register in The Commonwealth of Virginia remains October 17, 2016 for this November’s election.  Check/Update your Virginia registration.

Need more info on voting in Virginia?  Please click here!

See you at the polls in November!

 

Posted in Central Virginia, First Time Home Buyers, Friendly Real Estate Advice, Moving - Relocation Tips & Resources | Leave a comment

American Tree Farm System

Tree Farm Sign

Tree Farm Sign

My family’s been involved in Tree Farming for years.  In the 1960’s I first learned about Forestry from my grandfather while exploring his Augusta County Tree Farm.  The American Tree Farm System, Virginia Forestry Association and the Virginia Department of Forestry provide lots of online resources for small to large wood lot owners including Tree Farm Management Plan Templates.

Tree Farm Harvesting

Tree Farm Harvesting

Your Tree Farm Management Plan can assist in managing for wildlife by improving habitat, water quality and food supply.  I was on a recently harvested tract of land last week and was surprised by the number of bobwhite quail!  By working with your logger, wildlife diversity and population can be managed.  Remember failing to plan is planning to fail so work on a plan for your Tree Farm.

Central Virginia Tree Farm

Central Virginia Tree Farm

A Consulting Forester can help you develop your Tree Farm Management Plan by listening to your goals and incorporating your desires for forest stewardship into your plan.  If you have questions, let’s talk!  I am here to help.

Posted in Farms, Forestry and Wildlife, Land | Leave a comment

Your Home & Forest Fire Protection

Home Surrounded by Forest

Home Surrounded by Forest

Many homes can be found nestled in Central Virginia’s forest (our home remains surrounded by woods).  For homes located on wells, surrounded by woods and down country roads, forest fire can become a challenge.

When building or caring for your home and land, please include fire prevention in your planning!  The Virginia Department of Forestry continues to share lots of great info on making your home and property safe from wildfire.  Check out Firewise Virginia for valuable tips on Defensible Space, Landscaping and Construction.

With some planning and effort, your home can be a Firewise Home!  Take the Home Fire Hazard Test for your home then corrected any identified challenges.  Consider these 50 Things You Can Do and 25 Firewise Tips.

Remember Smokey the Bear and VirginiaHomesFarmsLand.com want you to be safe in your home!

Smokey wants us to "Protect our Homes"

Smokey wants us to “Protect our Homes”

 

Posted in Central Virginia, Country Living, Forestry and Wildlife, Friendly Real Estate Advice | Leave a comment

2016 Virginia Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours Announced

Our Backyard Turkeys

Virginia Turkeys  

Whether you own 2 acres or thousands of acres or looking to purchase some acreage, explore the land management options & recourses available through various organizations by taking a Fall Forestry and Wildlife Tour.  Our family continues to apply stewardship principles to our tree farms managing for wildlife and timber.  Check out the Virginia Forestry Association, Virginia Tech, Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Virginia Department of Forestry for more good info on Land Management!

If you have questions on land management or buying/selling land or farms, let’s talk! I am here to help.

25+/- acre woods/wildlife parcel

25+/- acre woods/wildlife parcel

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Escape to Lake Anna

Lake Anna Common Area

Lake Anna Common Area

Enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, grilling & relaxing at the Wildwood Common Area.  You can use the boat launch and docks keeping your boat close to your home for fun times on Lake Anna!

Paradise Found

Paradise Found

Lovely 3 bedroom 2 bath home on 3+ acres in gated Lake Anna community of Wildwood (near New Bridge Landing Shopping Center w/ Food Lion & restaurant options).

Large Living Room

Large Living Room

The home features a great split bedroom floor plan, wood floors, living room w/ vaulted ceiling & wood stove, laundry/mud room, kitchen w/ appliances, attached garage & more!

Relax on your rear deck!

Relax on your rear deck!

When not playing on Lake Anna, relax on your rear deck between games of horse shoes or corn hole!  The large deck provides a prime location to chill & grill!

For more information on making this house your home, call James today 1-434-466-4663! Priced to sell under $180,000 w/ many great loan options including no money down USDA-RD loan!

Posted in Central Virginia, First Time Home Buyers, Homes | Leave a comment

Stonefire Station – Barboursville, Virginia

Stonefire Station

Stonefire Station

Converted from a firehouse to an event space in 2005 with a gourmet deli added in 2010, Stonefire Station has over 10,000 square feet of space with many options for use.  The prime location at the intersection of US 20 and US 33 in historic Barboursville, Virginia  or Orange County, Virginia the heart of Virginia Wine Country provides opportunities for many business opportunities.

Floor Plan

Floor Plan

The space can easily be split into three retail venues.  The un-labeled space to the left was originally leased and then converted to Stonefire Kitchen in 2010.  See below for photos of many past uses.  Don’t let this opportunity and prime location pass you by!

Stonefire Station Ballroom

Stonefire Station Ballroom

 

Courtyard Events

Courtyard Events

 

Open Air Courtyard

Open Air Courtyard

Courtyard Games!

Courtyard Games!

Pergola w/ Outdoor Fireplace

Pergola w/ Outdoor Fireplace

 

Pergola Reception

Pergola Reception

Pergola Dining

Pergola Dining

 

Salon Wedding Cerimony

Salon Wedding Cerimony

Salon Reception

Salon Reception

 

Ballroom 1st Dance

Ballroom 1st Dance

Ballroom Dinner

Ballroom Dinner

Come see the value and prime location for yourself.  Give James a call today 1-434-466-4663 or James@VirginiaHomesFarmsLand.com .   Stonefire Station is priced to sell at only $749,797!

Posted in Central Virginia, Commercial, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2015 Real Estate Market Report

3 bedroom 2.5 bath home

3 bedroom 2.5 bath home

2015 proved to be another interesting year in the Central Virginia real estate market!  Click here to view the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS 2015 year end Market Report.  Overall  the report shows an increase in sales (the four year trend continued!) with prices holding stable (better than a decline in home sale pricing!).

The report also shows the inventory of homes for sale remains low.  I experienced this low inventory over the weekend with the buyers I worked with.  Often there was only one home meeting their specific criteria.  If you are considering selling your home, now is a good time to discuss the options.  Please give me a call 1-434-466-4663 or e-mail James@VirginiaHomesFarmsLand.com .  I am here to help!

As always, values remain a factor of location, location, location and location!   Looks like 2016 will have a real estate market similar to 2015 in Central Virginia!  If you have questions about the market, your real estate, buying or selling a home, etc., let’s talk!  Let’s talk is not just an invitation – it’s the first step to reaching your real estate goals!  I am here to help.

374 Shepherds Ridge Circle

374 Shepherds Ridge Circle

Posted in Central Virginia, First Time Home Buyers, Friendly Real Estate Advice, Homes, US Army Rivanna Station-NGIC & DIA, Zion Crossroads | Leave a comment

1st Time Homebuyer Purchase & Sale

Bought and Sold a Condo

Bought and Sold a Condo

Here’s what a Turtle Creek client had to say about working with James Friend Dickerson:

“Jim was my first and second Realtor when I bought and sold my first property in Albemarle Co. He was very good about explaining the process of purchasing and selling a property to soneone who was new to the process. Though it has been many years since our last professional interactions, I highly recommend Jim & his services. I would most certainly use him again should I return to the community he covers. ”

Chris

Turtle Creek Condos

Turtle Creek Condos

Posted in About James Friend Dickerson, First Time Home Buyers, Testimonials | Leave a comment

Lake Monticello Relocation Sale

Lake Monticello Home

Lake Monticello Home

“Jim is an excellent realtor but more than that he is a genuine person that will try and help you anyway he can.  He will listen to your concerns and review your situation and provide you with a range of possibilities and/or alternative solutions.  He is very knowledgeable about the local market and very easy to work with, he is committed to help you obtain your goals.   In my situation I had to sell my house because I was being relocated to another state.  He gave me the best advise to be able to obtain a new house in the new state while keeping my current home.  Unfortunately I could not sell my house by the time I moved and because of the market situation but Jim helped through the entire time I had the house for sale and was always positive and eager to  find a buyer.  His persistence pay off and the house was sold with very little hassle.   Thank you Jim!”
Marisela Perez
Posted in Testimonials | Leave a comment

Flood Insurance

Blue Ridge Mountains

We’ve got lots of water in Central Virginia.  Sometimes we even have hurricane generated  floods (think Hurricanes like Camille , Agnes , and Isabel  ).   The Virginia Department of Emergency Management provides lots of good information on preparing for hurricanes.  

Check out Floodsmart.gov for lots of good information on flooding and flood risks ; the National Flood Insurance Program ; and Residential Coverage.  One page also includes lots of information to help homeowners understand Flood Insurance.

The Rivanna River (Mr. Jefferson's River) in Fluvanna County, Virginia

The Rivanna River (Mr. Jefferson’s River) in Fluvanna County, Virginia

 

Posted in Central Virginia, Country Living, Farms, First Time Home Buyers, Friendly Real Estate Advice, Homes | Leave a comment