Harrisonburg, lovingly called Rocktown or The Friendly City by locals, has earned its reputation as a home for foodies, arts and culture aficionados, and history buffs. Located in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Harrisonburg is the perfect combination of city and rural living.
If you're in the process of searching Harrisonburg homes for sale, and you're questioning about whether to buy or build a home, our real estate agents are proud to say we've helped clients buy existing homes and lots for over 50 years. Harrisonburg has a number of subdivisions with lots ready to build your dream home. We're here to introduce you to the Highland Park neighborhood.
The Highland Park subdivision in Harrisonburg is no exception with its convenient location on the outskirts of Harrisonburg on its beautiful lots. An ideal site for building a home, Highland Park has been around for more than two decades and offers its residents a welcoming neighborhood feel with plenty of mature trees and a softly rolling landscape. The neighborhood has easy access to shopping, schools, and other popular amenities like the Lakeview Golf Course, Shenandoah Lake, and Sentra RMH Hospital.
Building a Home in Highland Park
If you're building a home in Highland Park or any one of the Shenandoah Valley's other communities, there are certain factors you'll need to take into consideration before you start. Here's a checklist of seven things to consider when you're thinking about building a home.
We'd love to discuss your real estate goals and partner with you in locating your perfect home or lot for building. Listing agent Gail Mitchell from our team at Old Dominion Realty to learn more about building your dream home in Highland Park.
If your tax return is burning a hole in your pocket, there are endless ways you could spend it. Sure, you could go on vacation, or splurge on that latest gadget you've had your eye on, but there's a better option.
If you've been dreaming of finally becoming a homeowner, your tax refund could offer a real opportunity. Our REALTORS® have a few ideas on how you could use your refund to make home ownership a reality once and for all.
The more you are able to put down as a down payment for your new home, the less you'll end up paying in interest in the long run. You'll also be less likely to have to pay for private mortgage insurance if you're able to put down the recommended 20 percent down payment. When you get your tax refund, create a separate savings account for it so that you won't be as tempted to spend it. You may even gather a little interest if you let it sit for a while.
Debt makes it hard to qualify for a mortgage, especially credit card debt. Using your tax refund to work on paying off your credit cards and other debts will help boost your credit rating, which will make it easier to qualify for a mortgage with a rate and terms that you can live with.
Some new homeowners are shocked to learn that closing costs, including attorney fees, appraisal and inspection fees, title insurance and escrow costs, often add up to a substantial chunk of change. In a lot of cases, these costs must be paid upfront rather than being rolled into your monthly mortgage payments. Your tax refund can be a great way to take care of closing costs.
Once you own your home, there's still property taxes and homeowners insurance to think about. Putting your tax refund toward these future costs is a great way to ease the financial burden of homeownership.
The costs of owning a home don't end when you're handed the keys and open the door. There are ongoing expenses, many of them unforeseen, that often catch first-time homeowners by surprise. It's important to have a nest egg saved up to deal with the continuing costs of homeownership, and your tax refund can really help out. From monthly mortgage payments and utility bills to unexpected hardships, such as the loss of your job or a sudden and expensive home repair, you'll be glad you had some money tucked away.
Contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more about how you can put your tax refund to good use. Whether you're planning on buying or selling a home, we're here to help!
When most people see the words "as is" in a real estate ad, they act as if the words are a red flag warning them against checking out the property. While there have been times when a house sold "as is" has turned into a dud, you shouldn't dismiss the property without first learning more about it. Sometimes "as is" property's turn out to be a good deal.
When you see the words "as is" in a real estate advertisement, it means that the property's current owner has no intention of making any repairs or updating the home to appease the buyers. If the property has problems, or needs to substantial updating, the buyer must handle the situation after they've closed on the house.
There are a few different reasons why a seller chooses to list the property "as is" as opposed to leaving the door open for buyers to request changes. The most common reason is that the property is foreclosed on and the bank that holds the ownership wants to sell it quickly and with minimal fuss. Another reason may be that the current owners need to move quickly and don't have time to handle home improvement issues, such as replacing septic tanks, updating wiring, or installing a new furnace, that some buyers request before making a final offer.
The reason so many buyers shy away when they see the words "as is" included on a real estate advertisement stems from the knowledge that most houses listed in this manner need a great deal of work, and often the time and money needed to make the property livable is more than they want to invest.
Another reason to be wary when considering buying a house that's listed "as is" stems from the fact that it's difficult to tell exactly how much work the property needs. At first glance it might seem okay, but once you move in, you may find all sorts of problems, such as rotting floor support beams, that it will cost you a bundle.
While you should always approach a property that's listed "as is" with caution, there are times when they can also be a good deal. The best way to determine how much work the property needs is by hiring the services of a professional home inspection expert. They inspect the entire property and make note of its condition and provide you with a detailed report. Based on this information you can decide if the property is a smart investment, or if you should look for sellers who are willing to work on making repairs and improvements before selling the home.
The most important thing to remember when buying a house is to not get your heart set on a property until it's been properly inspected. Contact Old Dominion Realty to work with one of our experienced real estate agents to help you wade through the details of buying a house in "as is" condition.
July and August are hot summer months for swimming, barbeques, and vacations. Did you know more break-ins occur during July and August too? Keep your home safe and secure while you are away this summer with these ten tips for home security from Old Dominion Realty. Knowing your home is well-secured and under proper care allows you to simply relax and enjoy your time away.
While it may sound silly, but an unlocked door or window is a common entry source for potential burglars. Secure all your exterior doors with a deadbolt at least one-inch thick. Install locks on all your windows. Prevent your sliding glass door from being broken into by placing a metal bar in the bottom sliding track and secure the opposite end against the door jam on a diagonal. Of course, remember to lock your doors and windows before leaving for vacation.
Your neighbors are often a great line of defense when it comes to home security. Ask your neighbor to help while you are away. Neighbors can hold a spare key and alarm codes for emergencies, keep an eye on your home, pick up your mail or newspapers, and water your plants.
Keeping your pets at home under the care of a pet sitter or a house sitter may increase home security. A sitter helps make it look lived in and helps your pets stay secure in their own environment. Also, dogs act as a natural burglar deterrent when they bark alerting neighbors to intruders.
It is important to make your home appear lived in while you are on vacation. If you are not using a house sitter or employing the help of a neighbor, there are additional home security measures to follow. Install timers to turn on the lights, televisions, and radios. Invite your neighbors to park in your driveway. Allow your A/C to run on its lowest setting or use a programmable thermostat to switch it on and off throughout the day.
Contact your local Post Office to stop mail delivery while you are away.
In today's digital world, we often post our plans online without a second thought. Avoid mentioning your vacation plans on social media. After all, you do not want to advertise a vulnerability in your home security.
Your alarm is a key tool in home security. Make sure it is set before leaving and make your monitoring company aware you will be out of town.
Closing all your blinds and curtains could indicate you are away from home. Keep things looking normal by positioning window treatments as you normally do during the day.
An unkempt lawn is a key sign that your home is unoccupied. Keep your home safe by hiring someone to take care of the yard while you are on vacation.
Don't forget to unplug your electronic garage door opener before leaving for vacation. This makes it difficult for a burglar to use a universal remote to enter your home. Unplug electronic devices--like the television--to protect them from power surges.
Contact Old Dominion Realty to find homes for sale in eastern West Virginia and the central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Virginia's state slogan, "Virginia is for Lovers" was adopted in 1969. Its "love theme" continues today as seen in communities throughout the state embracing the Virginia Tourism Corporation's LOVEworks campaign. The campaign was originally created to prove that "love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation" by having giant "LOVE" artworks appear up at various locations throughout the state. During the summer of 2012, Virginia cities and tourist destinations joined the campaign creating LOVEworks exhibitions in their communities.
Harrisonburg, VA located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley is one of those local communities. Number 27 on the LOVEworks list, Harrisonburg exhibits a love for their community with its own LOVEworks sculpture. The artists behind LOVEworks Harrisonburg, Nicole Martorana, Jeff Guinn, and Mike Herr, spent four months designing and creating their own labor or love for Harrisonburg.
The mission of LOVEworks is to showcase the strengths of the communities and tourist destinations in which they reside. Each letter in the word "love" provides an interactive, educational representation defining their individual city's characteristics.
Harrisonburg, VA is known for its diversity of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, agricultural heritage, large number of outdoor recreational opportunities, and vibrant arts scene. Each letter represents one of Harrisonburg's four focus areas.
Harrisonburg's LOVEworks exhibit rests on a base of bluestone; the same material used in many signature buildings throughout Harrisonburg. Plaques describing the exhibit, theme, materials used and their local significance as well as the names of local artists who designed the sculpture and contributing community partners are on display with the LOVEworks exhibit.
Harrisonburg, VA is working hard to grow and revitalize its downtown. The Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance plans regular events and supports local businesses to breathe life back into the historic, charming downtown region, making it a place where people love to live, work, shop and play. Their efforts are working, and with events like First Fridays and regularly highlighting local artists and businesses, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is seeing the city come to life.
This is a great time to live in Harrisonburg, and LOVEworks is just one of example of ways the local community comes together to grow their city. If you are looking for a home in Harrisonburg, VA, Old Dominion Realty is ready to help. With headquarters in Harrisonburg, VA, the real estate team at Old Dominion Realty are your area experts. Come and discover Harrisonburg for yourself, and let Old Dominion Realty help you find homes for sale in Harrisonburg, VA.
Old Dominion Realty has been working with home buyers and home sellers since 1962. Many home buyers have opted to buy an existing home while others have decided to build a new one.
Both of these options have their own benefits and drawbacks, and making the choice is not always easy. As you weigh your options, here are some things to consider.
Buying a home carries several benefits, including:
Buying a home has its drawbacks as well. Some of these include:
Building a home is a second option to consider when pursuing home ownership. The benefits of building include:
Buying also has its drawbacks, which include:
Neither option is a bad choice, so the truth is that you will have to decide for yourself whether buying or building makes sense in light of your goals, budget, and desires. So how can you decide? First, make a list of what is most important to you in a home, then compare your options in your price range. This will help you determine which option in your area is the best fit for your needs.
Whether you decide to buy an existing home or build a new home having a real estate agent on your side is important. Old Dominion Realty serves the people of Virginia and West Virginia, offering real estate services focused on the needs of buyers.
Old Dominion Realty has a history working with local many builders like Landmark Home Builders Inc., Milstead Construction, Valley Renovators, Inc., and W. Boutros and Co., Inc. Contact Old Dominion Realty for help determining if buying or building is the right for you.