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WATERFRONT POOL HOME Priced under 400k

 

This waterfront pool home is an exceptional value priced under $400,000
Located in the Northern Neck’s Mother County, Northumberland, on Bridge Creek and a short run to the Chesapeake Bay

 


Waterfront Pool Home Priced Below $400,00

Dear *|FNAME|*,
This 3 bedroom Waterfront Pool Home home sitting on a prime 1.7 acre waterfront lot with over 200 feet of shoreline has got to be one of the best deals out there today if not the best.
With the many improvements made to this custom built home you will find this home in pristine condition

  • Remodeled kitchen with new cabinets, granite counters, and stainless appliances
  • Master Bath Updated
  • Second Bath Total Replacement
  • New carpet in Bedrooms
  • Hardwood floors resanded and sealed
  • Salt water Pool new vinyl liner and cover
  • Tankless On-Demand Water Heater – Rinnai
  • Lots of glass overlooking the water
  • Pier with boat lift
  • Rip-rapped shoreline
  • Washer and Dyer
  • Large 2 car garage

*|FNAME|*, If you have been waiting for the right time and price I wish you would consider this. I truly believe you can’t go wrong.
Best wishes,
Ken

Joe Self Realty is a full service Real Estate Firm in the Northern Neck.
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Northern Neck Waterfront Sales

Spring Time in the Northern Neck

Dear << Test First Name >>,
Warm weather has finally arrived.
The daffodils have bloomed, the dogwood are blooming, crabs have started to run, the farmer’s markets are opening and waterfront properties have are drawing an interest at a pace that hasn’t been seen in years.
Yes, things have really started to pickup. Last month 17 properties closed in Northumberland and Lancaster alone and 2/3’s of them sold for over 600k.
That 600k price leads me to believe that there is more confidence in the market as clients are buying higher dollar properties than what had previously been closing.
Plan a day to come visit but before you do take time to search the Northern Neck MLS to see if your waterfront dream is out there.
Ken

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Pool Home with pier and deep water, Priced Right

Luxury Waterfront in the Northern Neck

4 of the Most Expensive Luxury Waterfront Homes for Sale Right Now

Luxury waterfront properties can be found in the Northern Neck of Virginia with 1000’s of square footage or unlimited waterfront views. Northern Neck Real Estate is affordable with unique properties that can’t be found less where in this country.

From just a small family get away to the an elaborate luxury waterfront home the Northern Neck has the property you are looking for.

Here are 28 waterfront homes in the Northern Neck with over 3.500 square feet. Compare these prices and properties to the following 4.

 

A private island in the Florida Keys is hard to come by; a private island you can make your own is even more rare. But Pumpkin Key is just that: a 26-acre island with one main home, two caretakers’ cottages, and a dock master’s apartment—leaving plenty of

4 of the Most Expensive Waterfront Homes for Sale Right Now
Time to break the bank. These ultra-luxurious properties, from an 1,800-acre beachfront ranch in Santa Barbara to a private island in Florida, come with price tags to match.

You could drop a cool $250 million on the highest-priced home in America on the market right now. But you wouldn’t be on the beach. And what’s the point of spending all that money if you can’t have your morning coffee with your toes in the sand and sea? With an eye on the ultimate real estate prize—being on the water—here are four gloriously luxurious estates that are among the top 25 most expensive offerings on the market. Check them out, and call your banker.

1. Great Island, Darien, Connecticut: $175 million

2. Las Varas Ranch, Goleta, California: $108 million

In the rolling hills of Goleta, not far from Santa Barbara, this working ranch is a rare piece of California property—1,800 acres, to be exact. Las Varas Ranch has flat pastures, forests, orchards, creeks, a private reservoir, and two miles of beachfront. It also has a large owner’s residence, a guest house, and various outbuildings (some of which are from the 1880s); you can see all its offerings on the property website. Las Varas Ranch is listed by Anthony Punnett of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

3. Pumpkin Key, Key Largo, Florida: $95 million

A private island in the Florida Keys is hard to come by; a private island you can make your own is even more rare. But Pumpkin Key is just that: a 26-acre island with one main home, two caretakers’ cottages, and a dock master’s apartment—leaving plenty of room for customization. It currently has 12 large bay-front lots, a central tennis court (which can also serve as a helipad), and a 20-slip marina, but with an island like this, anything is possible. Pumpkin Key is listed by Russell Post Sotheby’s International Realty.

4. Thimble Islands Portfolio, Branford, Connecticut: $78 million

With this once-in-a-lifetime property, you get eight private islands for one (sizable) price. Scattered across the Thimble Islands of the Long Island Sound, offshore of Branford, Connecticut, this groomed collection has multiple residences, guest houses, and outbuildings—see inside some of these storied properties here. At the center of it all is Rogers Island (pictured) and its 10-bedroom estate. With accommodations scattered across the islands and docks and piers that allow boating among them all, it’s difficult to imagine what this property is lacking. This Thimble Islands collection is listed by Shelly Tretter Lynch of Sotheby International Realty’s Greenwich Brokerage.

Home Inspections

Today, home inspections are almost universally recommended by every real estate professional. When it comes to their clients—especially first-time buyers—many are not familiar with the home inspection process, and what they can expect. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your client for a home inspection.

Choosing a Home Inspector

All home inspections are not created equal. Outline criteria that distinguish a reputable home inspection company, like finding out if a company is licensed and certified (in states where applicable). Encourage clients to look at how professional a company is. Do they have a professional website? Do they arrive in uniform with marked vehicles making them easily identifiable? Do they deliver an electronic report with photos?

home inspections with photos verify the inspectors findings

Select an inspector who verifies his findings with photos

Verify that they have both errors and omissions and general liability insurance, which covers the agent and the inspector. Consider how convenient it is to work with them. Do they make the experience easier with online scheduling? Do they text or email reminders about the inspection? Do they schedule any additional inspections that would be requested by the client, like pest and radon inspections? Each of these criteria will help enhance the client’s overall home-buying experience.

Homebuyer Preparation
Prepare buyers for home inspections by helping them understand the inspection process and how to maintain perspective. Home inspectors are generalists who have a wide range of knowledge that allows them to evaluate the readily accessible systems and components of a home, and having a home inspection enables clients to make informed decisions with confidence. Some buyers are more comfortable when their agent attends an inspection with them. This also allows you to assist with any seller issues and to see how an inspector will deal with call-backs if you or the buyer have any questions about the inspection.

Home Seller Preparation
Listing agents can help their clients prepare for the best inspection possible by reminding them that a clean and orderly home gives the impression of a well-maintained home. Encourage them to have the HVAC serviced and cleaned prior to the inspection. Check plumbing for leaks and examine ceilings for water stains or signs of other water damage. Let the client know that having a pre-sale inspection can lead to a smoother transaction and will likely identify issues the buyer’s inspector would uncover. If the house is vacant, make sure all the utilities are on and be sure the inspector has clear access to the attic, crawlspaces, heating system and garage.

Northern Neck Mortgage Rates – On the Rise?

Will mortgage rates in the Northern Neck rise? Mortgage rates here are tied to whatever the national mortgage rate is and rates are rising.Copy of 20151204_125925

The highest interest rates in well over a year are putting a dent in the mortgage business.

Total mortgage application volume fell 9.4 percent last week versus the previous week, on a seasonally adjusted basis. The Mortgage Bankers Association adjusted the weekly reading to account for the Thanksgiving holiday. Volume was 0.5 percent lower than the same week one year ago, the first annual drop in total volume since January.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 4.23 percent last week from 4.16 percent, with points increasing to 0.41 from 0.39 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans.

That rise was a continuation of a sharper jump following the election of Donald Trump. While refinance volume also fell the previous week, mortgage applications to purchase a home rose sharply two weeks ago. That surge may have been buyers on the fence rushing to get in, fearing rates would move higher, as they did. Purchase volume last week was essentially flat, falling 0.2 percent and volume was just 2.9 percent higher than one year ago.

Mortgage rates edged slightly lower at the beginning of this week but the average rate on the 30-year fixed is still above 4 percent. This is the first move lower since the election, but markets are volatile

Still 4% is a good mortgage rate and in the Northern Neck a rising rate might also strengthen the Buyer’s Market. Search for your Northern Neck Waterfront Property,

Ken Smith is a Northern Neck native and who specializes in Northern Neck Waterfront sales. He works primarily as a Buyers Agent. Call or email Ken and let him direct you you to that waterfront dream home.

Waterfront Home Tips

 

A Waterfront House Can Take a little ‘Plastic Surgery’

 

Suppose you finally came to an important decision—that this fall is going to be the right time for selling your waterfront house. If you had been biding your time, watching other waterfront houses being listed and closed throughout the summer, you may also have been getting a head start on some major maintenance or remodeling projects that you knew would be needed once you put your own place up for sale.

You may even have cleared away some extraneous furniture or décor items that had accumulated through the years, and made sure the landscaping was in good trim. If you had done those things—de-cluttered, spruced up, cleared the decks, etc.—you would have been just about ready to contact an agent to get the show on the road…

But what if even all the prep work nonetheless left you with the feeling that the old place still wasn’t quite ready. What if something still seemed to be missing: something you couldn’t quite put your finger on, but something that you just knew was needed to pep up the showings that would soon be taking place.

Selling a house to yield its maximum value can be more art than science. One of the skills that’s quite important is being able to envision what prospective buyers see. Especially with older properties, selling a house that to you seems filled with comforting familiarity might seem worn out (or just plain used) to others. Although many prospects do prefer older neighborhoods over newer ones, most folks also have a contradictory impulse: they appreciate the allure of the new. They may hanker for the mature landscaping and established community structures of older neighborhoods, yet simultaneously would prefer a place that seems freshly renewed.

Fortunately, taking a few steps to make an older property ‘new again’ needn’t be hugely expensive:

  • Cabinets – It’s relatively easy to put a fresh face on worn cabinet doors and drawers to rejuvenate a tired-looking kitchen. You can find a wide range of reasonably priced panels that fit many cabinets. Sometimes the same effect can be achieved by re-staining—or simply changing the cabinetry hardware (go for stainless or brushed nickel to achieve the look the majority of today’s waterfront buyers prefer).
  • Appliances – Full kitchen remodels can be more expensive than is really practical, but sometimes much of the same effect can be achieved by simply replacing an old range, oven, dishwasher or refrigerator. Re-facing appliances that are perfectly serviceable (especially stainless surfaces that can’t be rescued) is another budget-wise option.
  • Tired-looking sinks and fixtures can all but ‘sink’ the prospects of selling your waterfront house. Sometimes the addition of stylish faucets and some fresh caulking can transform a kitchen or laundry room.

As you close in on the time for selling your waterfront house, sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can help you see what still needs to be done—or, importantly, what doesn’t! It’s a very good reason to give me a call!

Northern Neck Information

Northern Neck Readers Benefit from Real Estate

 

Understanding the Northern Neck factors that come into play when buying or selling a home—or any practical real estate information at all—high school (or even college) graduates are on their own. If any real estate information has even been touched upon, it will have been in the most cursory manner: at best, one line item in a Home Economics budgeting discussion.

That’s one reason why everyone from first time Northern Neck homebuyers to itinerant real estate investors can benefit from the best of today’s how-to real estate books. Here are some of the popular oldies—as well as some valuable newcomers:

100 Questions Every First Time Home Buyer Should Ask is Ilyce Glink’s compilation of insights from top brokers across the country. Northern Neck first time buyers aren’t the only readers who will find this general reference valuable—Northern Neck home sellers who want insight into the concerns of potential buyers will find it a useful resource. The “100 Questions” don’t address every Northern Neck real estate information topic; but on the whole, this book is concise and informative.

Solid, practical information for homeowners readying their property for the Northern Neckmarket can be found in Rhoney and Richard’s Smart Essentials for Selling Your Home. In the same way that 100 Questions book is also useful to sellers, this one would make excellent reading for prospective home buyers who recognize the importance of understanding sellers’ priorities. Smart Essentials is mercifully short: just 92 pages!

For more seasoned readers who might be considering an Northern Neck residential investment, the bookshelves have plenty to offer:

The second edition of Gallinelli’s What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know about Cashflow has been around for a while, but comes highly recommended for its textbook-level explanation of how economists digest real estate information for investment purposes. The formulas are all there, as well as examples that demonstrate how to apply them. Reading it won’t encourage prudent Northern Neck non-CPAs to do their own business tax returns—but will acquaint them with valuable foreknowledge on how their tax advisor approaches maximizing their refund. Its description of four different ways to make money from real estate can be eye-opening.

  1. Scotts’ The Book on Flipping Houses (how to buy, rehab, and resell residential properties) is a roadmap from start to finish on how to go about a lucrative house flip. There are many books on the subject, but this one is the leader of the pack. First published in paperback in 2013, it’s been a real estate information best seller ever since. Part of its wide appeal is the author’s (he’s a veteran flipper) candid step-by-step descriptions of how he executes his own projects. The author’s other book (with co-author Brandon Turner) is:

The Book on Estimating Rehabs. This is a book Northern Neck real estate information-seekers should find well worth its hefty paperback price tag ($22.49 on Amazon). It details a variety of different approaches to projecting a rehab budget, including a breakdown of the 25 components that need evaluating.

Books can provide invaluable background information for real estate newcomers and veterans alike. Another essential is the assistance of a knowledgeable agent: good reason to give me a call!

Unraveling Some Northern Neck Real Estate Jargon

Northern Neck Real Estate Jargon

The Northern Neck real estate listings consist of the lineup of Northern Neck homes that are currently “on the market.” They’re for sale. Offered to buyers. Available for purchase. “On the market” is a straightforward real estate term; end of discussion.

So, you’d think that “off the market” should be equally unequivocal, and it would be, if it weren’t for “off-market,” with which it’s easily confused. And then there’s the fact that what actually happens after a formerly listed property goes off the market can result in a several different outcomes.

Sounds like a dose of contradictory real estate jargon—but it can be sorted out with a little determined effort. Here goes:

In real estate, off the market denotes a property that was listed in the past but currently pulled from the market. It no longer appears in the updated Northern Neck real estate listings, either because the owner has decided not to sell, or because the property is now in the process of being purchased (so more buyers don’t need to be recruited). When phrases like ‘under contract’ appear in a listing, it has the effect of being off the market at the moment, though interested buyers might keep an eye on it in case the sale doesn’t go through. An owner might withdraw a home if they now believe the market is not active enough to warrant more effort at this time, or because some event has caused them to decide to keep the house.

Off the market, in today’s web-centric real estate reality, is not quite as cut-and-dried as in former eras. Because the Internet never seems to forget anything, an off-the-market property may still pop up onscreen when buyers search for new Northern Neck homes for sale (particularly when some of the national sites don’t promptly remove outdated listings). Your Northern Neck Realtor® can keep you up-to-date on the current status of any local property.

On the other hand, Off-market is sometimes used as a synonym for “off the market,” but can be used by some national websites for upcoming properties that are being marketed, but have not yet been listed. More often, off-market is used to denote a property that is for sale but will not be advertised publicly. Since such a property isn’t entered into the Northern Neck MLS at all, most potential buyers will be unaware that it’s available. You might think this is a nutty way to try to sell a home, but there can be good reasons. Celebrity owners may be in a constant battle to stay out of the public limelight, and therefore resort to an arrangement (formal or informal) with a broker to discreetly market their home. Later news will say something like, “Janet Showbiz sold her 18 bedroom Bel-Air estate off-market for $11 million.” Some extremely high-end real estate offerings are offered quietly to other brokers. This is sometimes called a ‘pocket listing.’ When successful, it results in an off market sale.

You don’t have to be a celebrity to want to discreetly search for—or sell—an Northern Neck waterfront home. If you are beginning to think over your Northern Neck real estate options, whenever you call me for a no-obligation consultation, it will always be treated with complete confidentiality.

Northern Neck Real Estate and Mortgage Rates

Mortgage Rates effect Northern Neck Real Estate

The way the media treated last week’s federal funds rate announcement by the Federal Reserve Board was a convincing demonstration of how much importance is placed on that singular piece of the financial puzzle. That rate may not be directly tied to the Northern Neck mortgage interest rates, but since it determines lenders’ borrowing costs, its effect is considerable.
For many years now, mortgage interest rates in the Northern Neck have been comfortably nestled near the bottom of their historical range. Many Northern Neck property owners have enjoyed the resulting low monthly payments on their mortgages. Northern Neck home sellers have likewise benefitted from home loan interest rates that make their properties more affordable than would otherwise be the case.
Real estate repercussions are a major part of the reason that the Fed’s announcement, which came midday last Thursday, had the national media holding its collective electronic breath. With ten minutes to go, one cable network talking head could add little illumination. “Wall Street will be watching the announcement very closely,” was her understatement. Channel flipping with five minutes to go, viewers found the streaming banner at the bottom of one network trumpeting BREAKING NEWS…BREAKING NEWS… before the fact. On CNBC, “the most highly anticipated announcement in years” was awaited by four commentators who had the unhappy challenge of predicting the decision mere seconds before the fact. Above the ever-moving streams of real-time data (oil was down, the stock markets up) panelists chattered about China (“it’s big and mysterious”), inflation targets (“missed again”), and optimism (“a rate hike won’t hurt the economy, it will help”). Only if the Fed “saw something down the road,” it was agreed, would they not raise rates. Then, just 5 seconds to go…then-
The Fed left rates unchanged.
The most highly anticipated announcement in years was, the same one it’s been making since 2008.
Citing concerns over global this and financial that, the Fed said they were going to be monitoring them. The economy expanded at a moderate pace, and housing improved moderately, they said. But since global conditions might cause trouble…
The media’s excitement level flat-lined within minutes. “The markets are not panicking,” said a gentleman in a snappy suit. He looked irritated. “I blew it,” said another, who moments before had thrown in with the majority predicting a rate rise. “They cited uncertainty,” he frowned; then blurted, “The Fed is the biggest source of uncertainty!”
The stock markets didn’t react at all at first. Later, they closed mixed.
The next day, mortgage interest rates crept downward.
What seemed to be an excitement bust for the media was good news for many of the viewers. When the Fed funds rate continually hovers close to zero, there’s ample reason to suspect that mortgage interest rates in the Northern Neck and nationwide might stay put for a while. TheStreet website later reported that they expected rates to rise a bit before year’s end. Given the recent record of expert predictions, it might be safer to stand behind one with a better chance of success: the next Fed announcement, I predict, will be the most anticipated announcement in years.
Meantime, if you have been mulling over whether to buy Northern Neck Real Estate and take advantage of the current balmy mortgage interest environment, I hope you’ll give me a call! (804)366-2325 or email ken@kensmithrealtor.com.

Northern Neck Waterfront Homes offer advantages

For Some Northern Virginia Residents, Incentives Point to Vacation waterfront Homes

To a non Northern Neck property homeowner with sufficient wherewithal, there are some practical, real life incentives for moving the idea from daydream to the ‘to do’ list. The primary motivation is what comes first to mind. Just as a waterfront property is a welcome respite from the day-to-day, a waterfront home needs to qualify as a destination that is pleasurable in itself. Where that could be differs for everyone, but whether it be the beach, in a protective cove, or scenic creek , any Northern Neck waterfront home should be a haven inherently suited to relieving the stress of the workaday world. Although it would seem to be properly classified as a pure luxury expense, waterfront homes can be more financially sensible than that.

The Kiplinger web site has a number of observations for vacation home buyers. It finds that some mortgage interest rates on second homes have lowered to first-home rates. Another alternative is the “favorite source” for all-cash purchases: a home equity line of credit. According to Kiplinger, “Mortgage interest on a second home is deductible on as much a $1 million in principal for both homes combined.” If lenders calculate eligibility via the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guidelines, a borrower’s total debt payments should not exceed 36% of gross income…but if the second home is to be rented, that income can be part of the calculation.

Which brings up some other possibilities. A Northern Neck waterfront home can not only cut down on vacation expenses (hotel and restaurant prices are rising, after all); if rented out some of the time, it can contribute offsets to its cost. To take advantage of IRS rules regarding personal versus rental classification, you should consult a tax expert. Since a quarter of vacation homes are rented out at least some of the year, it’s a tactic that deserves investigation.

Perhaps the advantage that’s talked about most for second home buyers is the contribution it can make toward retirement. If a retiree ultimately converts a vacation home to principal residence, profits from the former home can make a handsome contribution to the retirement nest egg. And if by retirement time that vacation home has been paid for in whole, it can make for an even more pleasing financial picture.

For an area resident with sufficient resources, purchasing a vacation home can be a practical as well as emotionally sustaining venture. If it sounds like an idea worth investigating further, talk it over with your financial advisor—and I’ll be standing by to help with any and all real estate considerations!

Disclaimer Ken Smith is a Licensed Realtor Commonwealth of Virginia

Ken Smith ken@ksmithre.com 804-366-2325
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