Award Winning Real Estate Team

Dr. Shep Praises The Choose A Home Team With 25+ Smooth Transactions.

Several years ago, I traveled to Virginia Beach to visit the area for a second time. The purpose of my visit was to see what might be available in my quest for the perfect retirement house to purchase.

Gerry Goodman, a friend of mine who is a realtor in Orange County, California, recommended a realtor named Don Maclary and The Choose A Home Team to assist with my house purchase. Then with William E Wood and Associates that has since merged with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

Before traveling to Virginia Beach from Sacramento, California, I contacted Don, told him my goal, and arranged to meet with him. Every morning at 8 a.m., Don showed up at the timeshare at the beach where I was staying and took me out for the day. Sometimes  even in the evening, to get an idea of the community and the neighborhoods, as well as the homes.

I wanted to have a place with a water view.

We looked at homes on the Atlantic Ocean, on Chesapeake Bay, on the Wolfsnare River, on local lakes, on creeks, on flood run-off streams, and on water holes on golf courses. This amazing realtor “gets inside your head” and figures out what you want, then finds it for you.

Although my original intent had been to just look around for the four days I was in Virginia Beach.

Three days went by and Don had found two of exactly what I wanted! The homes were in different neighborhoods, so I picked the more traditional area, with lots of trees. Now I have a ranch house on a lake, with a dock, as well as a Jacuzzi outdoors. It’s almost like being in a bird sanctuary! It is in a cul de sac, so I feel that my grandchildren will be safe from traffic when they visit.

A few times a year, I travel from my work in Sacramento to my retirement home in Virginia Beach. Where I am happy to be  joined by my family for holidays and family celebrations. Most of the year, the lake house is rented out, so this investment literally pays for itself. When I am ready to retire and make it my permanent home, it will be waiting for me.

Don Maclary is the most thorough, competent, knowledgeable realtor I have ever encountered. This is true whether you are looking for a vacation home or a weekly rental, as well as your forever house to purchase in Coastal Virginia. He answers his phone! If not immediately available, he lets you know he will be right with you. He takes the time to talk with people, and you feel as if you are the only client he has. Meanwhile, he and his team are winning awards for their achievements and their many satisfied customers. If a realtor does not provide quality service he or she is not on Don’s team.

 Don is seldom out of town.

However, when he does leave town he always has a back-up team member who will effectively service the needs of a client in his absence. After all, he does leave the area to go on the reward trips provided for high achievers in his company, the largest in the area, Howard Hanna! When you complete a deal with Don Maclary that is not the end of the relationship. If you ever need assistance with which repair person or handy man to use, or which restaurant to enjoy, or what sights to see, the best beaches, etc., you can always call on Don. He is a man of many talents. With his creative, divergent thinking, he can imagine different ways people can adapt various homes to their needs, ultimately providing them with their perfect place to own. On a rating scale of 1 to 5, Don Maclary scores a 10!

Award Winning Real Estate Team2019-05-22T12:05:51+00:00

Mortgages Made Easy! Use Local Lenders.

Why use a local lender for your house purchase?

You would not use a real estate agent who lived in another state would you? So why would you work with an out of lender to do a loan on your house purchase.
Getting a mortgage with non local lenders and large banks can be a task that is frustrating and time consuming. Not to mention wrought with communicating papers back and forth, to make sure your lender has the correct, up to date, and accurate facts. No doubt you have bee tempted to use those companies that promise, no closing costs, no fees, answers in one hour. Just like everything else, buyer beware. Most of these companies can promise you anything, but can they deliver when you need quick service, answers fast or even to meet deadlines that are the same day, the solution to these problems is simple, use a trusted local lender.

Local lenders know the real estate market, they are familiar with local prices, what homes sell for, and they are available quickly. Most lenders live where they are trying to lend, they have children who go to the local school, and they can discuss various other market differences. Why would you call a lender across the country who has no idea where you are, what the local market is doing. Some lenders are in a different time zone and shut down at five. Most local lenders are more competitive in the interest rate, closing costs and other fees associated with getting a mortgage. Our Choose A Home Team Members are happy to recommend the following trusted lenders to use when you purchase a house.

Local Lenders

Nick Russo Nick consistently goes over and above helping our clients fix problems with credit, working with underwriters, and making use closings go smoothly. He takes pride in a personal touch and works with all types of mortgage loans. VA, Conventional, FHA and VHDA Loans. Ask Nick about a $100 gift card just for getting a second opinion from him.

Bobby Ashburner Bobby partners with us and teaches the lending portion of our free first time homeowners class. The class is approved by the VHDA. His area of expertise includes fixing lower credit scores and working with first time buyers to navigate the paperwork. Many times, after hours he has answered his phone and helped the client with the questions they may have had. Bobby takes pride in all of his transactions. He works with first time buyers to a million dollar beach homes and investors buying multiple properties.

In conclusion, avoid using out of state or big box and online lenders, it makes sense to use local lenders. You will be surprised at the high level of service and savings both in time and money you will have.

Remember Interest rates and home prices are slowly starting to climb so consider getting started!

Mortgages Made Easy! Use Local Lenders.2019-03-26T23:16:51+00:00

Do You Pay $800 or More in Rent?

Anyone Who is Paying Rent Should Take A Minute And Read This!
Are you tired of living with the landlords rules?

More often than not people who rent rather than purchasing a house believe they have no other choice. Thinking they do not qualify due to income, credit or money for a down payment. In Many cases they are wrong.

In reality when you own a place of your own can be as simple as picking up your phone and asking how to get started.

People in general hate to be told no, and they never ask for help from a professional. A well known fact of life is that if you don’t ask you don’t get. Our team of Realtors offer a once a month FREE 6 hour class about the home buying process. There are several options available with low to no money down. The bottom line is it will cost you nothing but choosing one of our Team Members to spend a little time on the phone with and find out what options you may have that you are unaware of.

Some of our clients have gone from renting a room in someones home to purchasing a house and renting the empty rooms to others. Creating a lower cost of living as an owner instead of a renter. One of the most popular reasons people are thrilled to find themselves living where they can paint the walls whatever color they like. Pets by far in our experience is the biggest driving force to own instead of renting. When you pay rent look at it like you are contributing to the retirement fund of your landlord instead of yourself. Consider sitting in on one of our free home buyer classes.

Start investing in your future make home ownership your foundation.

The Moral of this story is Stop Paying Rent and Purchase a House of your own!

Calculate how much of a mortgage your rent payment equates to.

If credit an issue with a score under 600 as of now it is possible.  This option could change in the near future send a request for a call to find out if you qualify.

When you qualify we will  set you up with a lender referral.

 

Do You Pay $800 or More in Rent?2019-02-16T20:52:40+00:00

757 Real Estate Agent Sales

Looking For A House For Sale Coastal Virginia?
Our Team is here to help you, we cover the 757 area from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to Suffolk

Get in touch with one of our Team Agents Today.

Our Team is ready to find you a house for sale.

We are very strong with online marketing and you are reading this so that is pretty clear. However contrary to belief the sale or purchase of a home still today is more hands on or as they say a press the flesh business. Online sales have taken over brick and mortar stores and more and more people shop from home. Use a Real Estate Agent especially if it is your First Time Home!

All to often do we encounter people who have wasted hours upon hours looking online at homes that appear to be for sale. Only to find out they have already been sold or may never be for sale. For example one popular site (however not popular with professionals) shows a long list of pre-foreclosure properties. What does that really mean to the average consumer, well it looks like many homes they might be interested in purchasing. In reality what it means is they are showing pictures of homes that are not and my never be for sale. This gets people’s hope up and has them spending many wasted hours on the computer. Let me simplify this a little. If you were pre-dead like me you are very much alive. If you were pre-pregnant well that means your not pregnant. Defining a pre-foreclosure properly would be a property Not For Sale.

Through a lifetime many large purchases are made, Cars, Furniture etc. These are important but a house is one you should consider getting professional help with.

We invite you to arrange a short meeting with one of our Team Agents and let us explain what really is available when it comes to houses for sale and how the process works. Years past parents would guide their children through the process as they have done it before. Over the last several years the real estate market has changed significantly to where if you have not been actively working through these changes you are at a huge disadvantage. Our team offers a once a month Free Home Buyer Class Ready to buy or your a parent that would like to be brought up to speed on the current way real estate is handled, all are welcome up to room capacity.

 

Please share this information with your friends and family.

Thank You,

Our team is here to assist you.

757 Real Estate Agent Sales2019-05-22T12:07:04+00:00

How important is walkability to you

The urbanization of today’s Real Estate market is made easier by a new tool that can show your “walk score.”

Basically, walkability is an algorithm that awards points based on the distance to the closest amenity in each of several categories, Scores range from 0-100.

For example, if you wanted to know your intended home’s walk score or proximity to different locations. Some examples would be the grocery store, the gas station, school, or doctor, all these locations are plotted on a map. These places are then calculated from your location to determine the score. The higher the number, the more “walkable” the area is. This can also be done for public transportation, biking, or driving. The usefulness of these numbers is another service your Real Estate Agent has access to give you. If you want to live near shopping or the beach this number will give you an idea of its walkability. On the other hand if you like country living you might pick a home with a low walk score.

If you need an example of how this works, go to the Choose My Home Website, under the home resources tab and put in the address you are interested in looking up.  This gives you a score that breaks down the location to various amenities. Use this information to guide you in determining if the home you are interested in is right for you. Any home in the areas of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk or Suffolk is listed in this data base. Call any of our Realtors for more information.

How important is walkability to you2019-04-13T18:30:02+00:00

Military Relocation Professionals on Team.

Military Relocation Professionals

We are proud to announce that we are increasing the number of Realtors on the Choose A Home Team with Military Relocation Professional (MRP) status.
What does this mean to you? It means if you are in the military our well trained professional real estate agents have you covered!

Folks who haven’t yet met the Choose A Home Team of Realtors may not be aware of our reputation like our clients are.

Who Are We?

We are a group of top notch Realtors. We continually set the bar higher for ourselves by staying abreast of regulations affecting the real estate industry. Collectively increasing our knowledge and skills to best advise our valued clients.

Many of us have personal as well as professional ties to the military community. They are our friends, neighbors, and family members who live in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Portsmouth. The sacrifice asked of our amazing military service members and their families is huge. This it made sense for us to do more ourselves to help as many of these special folks as possible.

What we do

In keeping with our SOP three members on The Choose A Home Team have pursued and become credentialed as Military Relocation Professionals (MRP) to better serve you! It’s simply another example of how we voluntarily work in our profession to stand apart by going above and beyond the status quo. Knowledge, competencies and relational abilities are prized tools we apply every day to better advise those we work for.

The awesome families of the armed forces have very different and time sensitive needs that require professional Realtors with the ability to meet all their unique needs. We share many of the same cultural beliefs for example, “Respect, Integrity, Objective-Oriented, Structure Standardization, Discipline, Loyalty, and Service Before Self”.

Service members’ sacrifices are tremendous and as their Realtors we realize the heavy demands routinely faced by this community.

As Military Relocation Professionals, we are even more qualified now to understand, anticipate and provide sound advice, support and guidance. We do this with the goal of easing the burdens related to some of these challenges. Mainly rapid deployments, absent spouses, BRAC, DITY and PPM moves, PCS, VA Home Loan navigation, etc. By the way if you have questions about an upcoming move, check out www.move.mil which is the Department of Defense’s portal for PCS move planning.

We are glad to count so many veterans of our armed forces. Both active duty and retired, and their dependents among our great circle of friends (aka Client-Families). Thank you for the privilege of serving you!

By ~ Susan Kent (aka Agent Kent)

Military Relocation Professionals on Team.2018-11-29T04:24:56+00:00

How to remove mineral stains from well water

Problem Stain Removal

As Realtors, we get a lot of questions from our sellers regarding the best product for removing problem rust and mineral stains caused by well water.

This is important, as a seller wants to present their home for sale in the best possible light. Home  Buyers also when they move to a new home may find unexpected stains caused by rust. Our research and experience has shown that a product called “Rust Stain Remover” by a company called Wink, has shown to be a very effective product for those types of stains. Clients have used this for rust stains in toilet bowls, sinks, bathtubs, and even clothing stained by rust. We strive to recommend to both our homer sellers and buyers products that have a proven track record. You can read testimonials from satisfied customers at www.wink.com. Happy House Hunting.

We would be honored if you chose a member of The Choose A Home Team to help with your first or next house purchase.

How to remove mineral stains from well water2019-02-18T04:14:18+00:00

Coastal Virginia Beach Vacation

Vacation in Virginia Beach this summer in a family friendly vacation spot.

Virginia Beach is packed with oceanfront hotels along the huge concrete boardwalk with all kinds of Free Entertainment, Parks,Music, Movies for kids on the beach at night, Magic Shows and much more.

Not far from the resort area there are many other nearby things for every family member to enjoy. A few examples are Charter Fishing, Jet Skiing, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Golfing choices including Top Golf, Indoor Skydiving, Para-sailing, as well as Dolphin Tours, Ocean Breeze Water Park, Go Carting, The Boardwalk Art Show, and many others – I am sure that I did not include anywhere near all of them.

Now, if by chance the busy boardwalk is not for your family, Virginia Beach has multiple Camp Ground Locations for the budget vacation. Of course a favorite is, for example, a Large Private Beach Home where multiple families can share the cost.

The Vacation Investor.

Some families who live within 200 miles of the beach and go this route, purchase one as a second home and block out the weeks they want for themselves and rent the remaining weeks to other families. This option makes a great investment for the future by having a low cost place for the family with other families paying your mortgage. If you think about it that is why so many are available for rent.

January is when reservations start rolling in for the summer, and some guests even reserve the same week for the following year before they go home. Make your reservations early – some places offer early bird discounts!

Have you thought about purchasing a Vacation Beach Home?

Get in touch with one of The Choose A Home Team Realtors today! We would love to meet with you and show you what is available that fits your needs. Some of our clients like small one or two bedroom condos where the cost is low, and let the family share it at different times during the summer. Splitting time depending on who has time off. Others, especially those from the DC, Maryland and Richmond area, often buy the larger beach properties at what we refer to in Virginia Beach as the North End (quiet and above the resort strip), Croatan (commonly referred to as the quiet family oriented Locals Beach), Chic’s Beach on the Chesapeake Bay, and for those that want to be away from it all, Sandbridge Beach.

Retiring in a few years? Why not buy a second or an investment home at the beach now?

Coastal Virginia Beach Vacation2019-05-31T16:39:13+00:00

How Are Those Knees Handling The Stairs?

Aging Knees Create an increasing Demand Of Single Story Homes.
When Is The Right Time To Think About Logical Real Estate Choices?

Over the last several years we have seen an increased demand for single story homes, and first floor Master Bedrooms.

Our aging population does not always like this. However it but a bad knee or a hip problem are often a part of the aging process. This makes a two story home a painful difficult place to recover from something like a hip or knee replacement. Stairs are not your friend, In a home you pay for the square foot the space they take and then assume the liability for people, kids and adults alike falling down them.

Two story homes are more of a builder budget idea than a love for the design.

Every home needs a piece of land to be built on and land costs money. Therefore a piece of property large enough for a 2500 square foot ranch with a 2 car garage will often be torn down and replaced with two 2100 square foot homes with a one car garage. Now as a consequence potential clients wanting to downsize fear selling the large 2 story home they love. And not being able to find a suitable replacement.

Create A Logical Plan That Makes Economic Sense.

Everyone does not fit in the same basket as there are many factors to consider such as health, both physical and financial. The size of the family and future needs. The world of real estate is not what it was in the past leaving the smartest of people unable to make the right choices simply because they don’t know what the choices are. Many wait to they are not able to physically make any changes and wind up in places they are not comfortable with. Don’t let this happen to you set up a time to discuss logical options you may have. Free information is will often help to avoid the costly consequences of the status quo.

How Are Those Knees Handling The Stairs?2019-05-22T12:10:30+00:00

Best Place To Watch The Super Bowl

Same Question Every Year, Who’s hosting the Super Bowl Party?
Make this year your year to buy a home worthy of Hosting the party!

Every year the super bowl comes around and you wind up at a house you would rather not be at because they own the best place that has the parking and entertainment space to host a party. Sports bars are fun but at the end of the night check your wallet, The average couple that frequently visits a sports bar spends about the same per month as a mortgage payment on a modest home and then go home to an apartment where they continue to pay the landlords mortgage.

Yes sports bars are fun but think about having only your group of friends bring a dish and a six pack for the evening in your den. Think about investing in your future instead of paying rent for your landlord and supporting the local bars.

Before another year goes by and we are ringing in 2019 consider sitting down with a member of The Choose A Home Team or take our Free Home Buyer Class and learn about our little to no money down options for you to become a home owner.

You don’t make it to the super bowl without a solid game plan and you don’t secure your financial future without a game plan. You may decide your not ready to be a homeowner yet however years go by fast and you should at least develop your game plan.

It costs nothing but a little of your time so the best place to start is contact us today and set an appointment

Best Place To Watch The Super Bowl2019-02-10T21:35:31+00:00