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

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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

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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
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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

 

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Paradise Found

Worked with a great family last year to sell their home (downsizing) and began searching for a new home while they rented.  Recently we found their dream property (after looking for several months).  The two garage/barns, pond, fenced pasture, garden spots and cool home on 14+/- acres meets their needs!

1667 Willow Brook arial

Here’s what the buyers had to say:

Hi Jim,

Thanks for putting up with us the last 6 months while we searched… and searched…. and searched for a home.  You were so patient and never once tried to talk us into something just to get the sale.  I will continue to recommend you to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.  I hope to never use your services again… but if we do decide to sell, I will definitely call you.

If you looking to buyer or sell a home, farm or land or just have, questions, let’s talk!  I am here to help.

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4580 Campbell Road, Troy, Virginia

3 bedroom 2.5 bath home

3 bedroom 2.5 bath home

Lovely 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home on level landscaped 1.6+ acre lot.  Several great loan options including no downpayment low interest fixed rate USDA-RD loan w/ low monthly payments less than rent!

Remodeled Kitchen

Remodeled Kitchen

Kitchen remodeled winter of 2015 including new upgraded appliances and abundant cabinets.  Come take a look!

Family Room w/ Fireplace

Family Room w/ Fireplace

1st level features large living & dining rooms, renovated kitchen, laundry, half bath and family room with fireplace.  2nd level features owner’s suite with walking in closet & attached bathroom plus two large bedrooms and a second full bathroom.

Fenced Rear Yard

Fenced Rear Yard

Relax and grill on the rear deck which is inside the fenced back yard.  The level landscaped yard has room for a vegetable garden, horse shoe pit, and more!  Take the virtual tour to get a feel for the home then call James 434-466-4663 for  personal tour!   Make this house your home!

 

 

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Paradise Found 36+/- Acre Farm

Another view of the home and pasture.

Another view of the home and pasture.

Looking to escape to the country?  Check out this Prince Edward County, Virginia farm.  Pasture currently leased for cattle but barn w/ tack room once used for horses.  Many potential agricultural options.

3 bedroom brick home

3 bedroom brick home

Lovely 3 bedroom brick home w/ wood floors & partially finished basement.

Home, horse barn, equipment barn, storage sheds & fenced pasture

Home, horse barn, equipment barn, storage sheds & fenced pasture

26 +/- acres of fenced pasture surrounds the home w/ barns & storage sheds located behind the home.  There are also 10+/- acres of timber.

Landscaped yard

Landscaped yard

Relax & entertain on your rear deck and enjoy the landscaped yard of your own Walden!

Currently leased for cattle.

Currently leased for cattle.

Lush pasture currently supports cattle but has been used for horse.  Many agricultural options possible.

Please click here to take the Virtual Tour!

Value and prime Southside Virginia location minutes to Farmville between Richmond and Lynchburg.  Priced to sell at only $324,423.  Call 1-434-466-4663 or e-mail  James@VirginiaHomesFarmsLand.com w/ questions or to schedule a personal tour!

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Drones & Real Estate Photography/Marketing

 

Quad Copter taking photos of a Virginia farm.

Quad Copter taking photos of a Virginia farm.

Recently VA Home Pics, my real estate photographers, started offering areal photos using a quadcopter.  This week we took photos of a 35+/- acre Prince Edward County, Virginia farm.

35+/- acre Southside Virginia farm

35+/- acre Southside Virginia farm

I like the perspective gained from areal photography.

Chris prepares the quad copter for take off.

Chris prepares the quad copter for take off.

The quad copter worked well on a windy day providing additional photos of the farm.

Another view from the air.

Another view from the air.

If you closely between the trucks and storage buildings, you can see Chris working the quad copter controls.  We were able to view the photos on the ground as they were being taken in the air.  Pretty cool!

Another view of the home and pasture.

Another view of the home and pasture.

The areal photos give a good representation of pasture, timber, fences, streams, building location, etc. to prospective purchasers before visiting the property.

Cattle during photo shoot.

Cattle during photo shoot.

The cattle were unaffected as the quad copter hovered 150 meters above.  I always try to leave gates the way I find them and not disturb livestock on farms.  I’m glad the cattle didn’t notice the quad copter and begin running!

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Septic Tank Inspection and Maintenance

Many country homes and a few city homes feature septic systems for sewage disposal.

Lovely country home w/ a septic system

Lovely country home w/ a septic system

The 1st home I sold back in the early 1990’s was in Charlottesville, Virginia and had a septic system instead of being connected to the municipal sewer system.  Over the years I’ve heard lots of different ideas on septic system maintenance from placing a dead possum in a new septic tank to get the bacteria going to doing nothing as long as it’s working to pumping ever 3, 5, 15 years.  Both the Virginia Health Department and Virginia Cooperative Extension share info on living with septic tanks & septic tank maintenance.

 

Getting ready for a septic inspection/pumping

Getting ready for a septic inspection/pumping

Several types of septics systems can be found in Virginia:  gravity or pump systems;  Biofilters; Wisconsin Sand Mounds; etc.  Knowing the type of septic system in use remains important to developing a maintenance and use plan.

Inserting the probe/camera into the septic line.

Inserting the probe/camera into the septic line.

The first challenge consists of finding the line from the home to the septic tank and checking it for obstructions etc.  On this day a probe with camera was inserted into the clean out and worked down the line both ways.  We found some roots growing into the main line.

Following the probe in the septic line to the septic tank.

Following the probe in the septic line to the septic tank.

Above ground we followed the probe and located the septic tank.  This eliminated digging multiple holes in the back yard to locate the tank!

Opening/checking the septic tank & distribution box.

Opening/checking the septic tank & distribution box.

After locating the septic tank, the serious digging began!

We found the septic tank!

We found the septic tank!

We opened & checked the tank prior to pumping.

Opening the septic tank!

Opening the septic tank!

This septic tank looked pretty good!

Locating and opening the junction box.

Locating and opening the junction box.

After checking the septic tank, we checked the distribution box which also looked good.

Often homebuyers will have a septic contractor inspect the tank and lines.  During a recent pre-purchase inspection, the contractor inspected the line from the house to the septic tank and from the tank to the distribution box.   The contractor also dug down and opened the tank and box for inspection plus pumped the septic tank.  When buying a home with a septic system, please consider hiring a septic contractor to inspect and pump the system (they might as well pump while on site with the tank open!).

 

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2014 Virginia Department of Forestry State of the Forest Report

Can you see the forest?

Can you see the forest?

The Virginia Department of Forestry just released the 2014 State of the Forest report.  In the Commonwealth of Virginia we often take forestry for granted.  With over 60% of the state in some type of forest (the report shows over 60% of the forests land owned by families/individuals), Forestry continues to play an important role economically and ecologically.  The photo above contains many different types of forests (urban, industrial, private, etc.).   I enjoy taking our grandchildren to the local State and National Forests, trout fishing, walking in the woods plus our family has one tree farm left (we sold one in Augusta County a few years back).  Get our and enjoy a walk in the woods.  If you’re interested in owning a small wood yard, tree farm or rural property, let’s talk!  I am here to help.

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