Archive | February 2012

Ready to leap into buying a home this leap year!

Sitting on the fence wondering if you should buy a home. Take the Leap of faith.

With interest rates starting at 3.75% and up and the best inventory in years it would be ashame to let the opportunity slip by you.    Image

First – Leap into getting pre-approved- through a reputable lender that will supply you with a copy of your tri-merge credit report.  Be sure to address any errors, problems, or discrepancies up front.

Second – Decide on your needs vs wants and develop your search criteria (bedrooms, baths, amenities, etc…). This may include creating a reasonable well thought out budget for your new home payment (PITI- principal, interest, taxes, and insurance) and try paying yourself that payment for a few months to see if you can handle it. Do not forget to budget for maintenance and unexpected repairs.

Third – CONTACT ME and lets go house shopping!!!!

THE HAMPTON ROADS REAL ESTATE LADY!

Call me to buy a home in any Hampton Roads area: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, and now serving York County and the Peninsula.

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true        

success always requires the help and support of others.

Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today,

The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones

Associate Broker / Recruiting Sales Manager Peninsula

Blu Skyy Realty   Virginia Beach, VA

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Buying a Condo with FHA Financing then Listen UP

VA Realtors have a new tool they can use to check for FHA approved condo complexes.

VAREALTOR.com/condocheck  enter zip code or city state and get your answers

In May 2011 every condo complex was de certified and forced to reapply for FHA condo certification status. We are finding most became re-certified but a few have not.  What ever the reason according to the Virginia Association of Realtors, “the end result is that buyers who want a unit in the un-certified condos are ineligible for FHA financing-something many seller don’t discover until late in the process when they learn that their pool of prospective buyers has shrunk considerably….and because the certification process can take months deals fall through. ”

Buyers if you are planning to use FHA financing have your agent check the status of the complexes you want to view preferably before your first initial visit.

For a condo to meet FHA loan guidelines it must:

At least 50% of the units must be owner occupied

Have specific Insurance coverage

No more than 25% of the property’s total floor area can be used for commercial purposes ( so mixed used developments will not usually qualify)

No more than 10% of units can be owned by more than 1 person or entity.

No more than 30% can be financed by FHA

No more than 15% of the total units can be delinquent on their dues more than 30 days past due.

At least 50% of unit in complex sold. (Can not have more than 50% vacancy)

Must maintain a budget with sufficient funds for maintainace of the common areas and required condo project.

If you are interested in buying a condo, condo complex or single family home zoned condo in Hampton Roads then contact me.

 

THE HAMPTON ROADS REAL ESTATE LADY!

Call me to buy a home in any Hampton Roads area: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, and now serving York County and the Peninsula.

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true       

success always requires the help and support of others.

Please send me your referrals.”

 

Visit my website today,

The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones

Associate Broker / Recruiting Sales Manager Peninsula

Blu Skyy Realty   Virginia Beach, VA

http://DJonesRealEstate.com

 

Saturday Free Homebuying Class with Lunch Greenbrier Chesapeake

FREE Home buying Classes for first time home buyers in Hampton Roads, VA!!!!!!!!

width=51Sat Feb 11th, 2012 930-230pm– LUNCH INCLUDED –home

Greenbrier Chesapeake Library Meeting Room

1214 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320 Come learn about the buying process from beginning to end. There will be a loan officer, a real estate agent, a home inspector, and a title agent, on hand to give you valuable information and answer your questions.

If you are serious about buying a home in 2012 then this class is designed for you.  This class will fullfill VHDA, SPARC, and community development education requirement.homeFind out how to get preapproved to buy, how to make an offer, and what to expect in the closing process.

A pizza lunch is included!

Call, text, or email TODAY to RSVP, leave name and phone number.

Must RSVP to Dee Dee Jones 757-831-8294 call, text, or email djoneshomes@gmail.com

Real Estate Investing Think big like the big wigs

3 Virginia Beach Real Estate Stocks  were voted best stocks according to StockScounter’s February report.

Real Estate Investing

The Scouter score is based on how the stock performs in the following criteria: business fundamentals, price behavior, valuation and stock-ownership characteristics appear to predict a rising price in the coming weeks, based on how those factors have influenced stock prices in the past.  REIT’s- are usually formed to finance luxury condo and apartment ventures, strip malls, shopping malls, and commercial buildings that generate income from rents.

Real Estate investment Trust (REIT)- according to Wikepedia- a REIT is a company that owns, and in most cases operates, income-producing real estate. Some REITs finance real estate. To be a REIT, a company must distribute at least 90 percent of its taxable income to shareholders annually in the form of dividends.   This is a great way for the girl next door to buy a piece of the shopping mall down the road or gain a profit from the high rise being built down the street.   Why not own your condo and a peice of the whole block.  When investing in a REIT -you need to think big.

Looking for a place to invest those tax refunds, research more about these stocks. And if all else fells call me to buy a home, condo, or investment property.

The 3 Virginia stocks that topped the list were:

Company

Digital Realty Trust (DLR +0.21%, news)

Sector

Real estate investment trust

Jan price

$70.86

Score

10

Avalonbay Communities (AVB +0.95%) Real estate investment trust $136.01 10
Virginia Commerce Bancorp (VCBI +3.83%, news) Banking $8.86 10

THE HAMPTON ROADS REAL ESTATE LADY!

Call me to buy a home in any Hampton Roads area: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, and now serving York County and the Peninsula.

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true        The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

success always requires the help and support of others.

Please send me your referrals.”

 

Visit my website today,

The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones

Associate Broker / Recruiting Sales Manager Peninsula

Blu Skyy Realty   Virginia Beach, VA

http://DJonesRealEstate.com

djoneshomes@gmail.com