Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Vacation Home in Nags Head June 5th special

June 5th -June 12th is available for rent.
Deep discounts
call me at 757-816-7000 for all details.

www.nagsheadfamilyhouse.info

Saturday, May 14, 2011

$209900 / 3br - Totally Remodeled OPEN HOUSE SAT in Churchland (Churchland, Ports Va) (map)

$209900 / 3br - Totally Remodeled OPEN HOUSE SAT in Churchland (Churchland, Ports Va) (map)



Open house Sat May 14 from 12- 3 p.m.


We will be cooking hot dogs and have bottled water.


Come and join us to see this wonderful remodeled house in Churchland


4004 Fir St.


Portsmouth Va 23703


Directions: From College Dr. Turn onto Town point Rd. heading towards Portsmouth city line. Take right on Yaupin then right onto Fir st..






From Portsmouth off 164 bypass take Town point exit take right at end of ramp go to light take left onto Townpoint rd. then take left onto Yaupin then right onto Fir st.






Christine Parrish 757-816-7000


Realtor Keller Williams Realty 
Agent is owner



check us out at       www.4004firstreet.info          Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Drastic price Reduction on Norfolk Home

This property is over 2400 sq ft and located in the Janaf area of Norfolk,  Seller has made a drastic price reduction.  Home has some upgrades and needs some too.  Great opportunity for a military family or first time home buyer who can get a rehab loan.
www.1208janafplace.info

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Window of Opportunity- Rates dropped again!

I wanted to reach out to you before it's too late. You may have heard that home loan rates improved, reaching some of the best levels so far in 2011


But there's one important point you should understand...
The slowing in our economy is one of the main reasons rates have improved recently, but it's important to note that the last time rates hit this level, they jumped significantly higher from here. What's more, signs of inflation are beginning to creep into our economy, and that never bodes well for home loan rates. That's why it's more important than ever to act now.

It will only take a minute to call to see if you will qualify for a loan to purchase a home.  Doesn't cost anything to check it out, and the choice o f moving forward will be up to you. 



You may look at properties on my website at www.christineparrish.com

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Totally remodeled brick ranch in Churchland area

New Listing in Churchland area close to Harbourview, Suffolk, Va

Bethany Hamilton interview on the movie of her life Soul Surfer

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Homeownership Still Considered Best Long-Term Investment
The housing crash seems to have had little impact on consumer confidence, as 81 percent of adults believe buying a home is the best long-term investment a person can make, according to a recent report by Pew Research.
Read more.
U.S. Home Prices Drop in February
U.S. home prices dropped in February, according to the Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Index for 20 large U.S. cities. According to housing insiders,foreclosures and tight lending standards are primarily to blame.
Read more.
IRS Pays Millions in Sketchy Homebuyer Tax Credits
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has paid out more than a half-billion dollars in homebuyer tax credits to people who probably didn't qualify, a government investigator said Friday, though the IRS is questioning some of those findings. 

Read more.
Study: Affordable Rental Homes Hard to Find
A record number of renters are spending more than half their income on housing, according to a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Making matters worse, the supply of affordable rental housing has also been shrinking.
Read more.


N.C. Adds 36,500 Jobs in the Past Year
North Carolina added 36,500 nonfarm jobs during the 12-month period that ended in March, placing N.C. among the top 10 in the nation for annual employment gains through the end of the first quarter.
Read more.
North Carolina Education Lottery Transfers $119.1M to State
The North Carolina Education Lottery said in a written statement that it transferred $119.1 million in revenue to the state on Tuesday. Most of the money will go the State Education Lottery Fund.
Read more.


QUESTION:  I recently agreed to list a home for sale. One of the rooms is being used as an office but the owner says that it used to be a bedroom. He wants me to advertise the home in the MLS as if that room is a bedroom. I have some concerns because the room does not have a closet. What should I do?

ANSWER:  In an article published in the October 2006 issue of the “Real Estate Bulletin”, the North Carolina Real Estate Commission acknowledged that there is no clear answer to the question “What is a bedroom?” The article advised brokers to use their common sense and exercise reasonable judgment when determining whether a room is, for listing purposes, a bedroom.
Some Multiple Listing Services have prepared guidelines to assist their members on what can be listed as a bedroom. You should check with your MLS and be sure to follow those guidelines.
In the absence of MLS guidance, you should consider several factors in making your determination. First, if the home has a septic tank, the home must comply with the septic permit issued by local authorities. If the home is only permitted for two bedrooms, you cannot list it as having three or more bedrooms.
If the home is on public water and sewer, you should consider whether the room was designed to serve as a bedroom. A closet is one indication of such intent, but older homes were often designed to use an armoire. If the home you are listing is relatively new, keep in mind that potential buyers will likely expect to see a closet in every bedroom.
Finally, you should consider the applicable building code. Under the North Carolina Residential Building Code, if a room has at least 100 square feet, and at least 50% of the room has a ceiling height of greater than 7’, it can be called a bedroom. The NCRBC also requires a bedroom to have a window or door leading directly to the outside for access in case of an emergency. If the room in question meets these guidelines, advertising it as a bedroom would be reasonable.
Have a legal question? Call our Risk Watch Line at 1-800-443-9956.
Dedicated to Going Green? Follow These 10 Easy Steps
With Earth Day behind us, why not use the next month as inspiration and make a commitment to do environmentally friendly activities throughout the year? Follow the link below for 10 ideas to help you go green.
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Vlog: Used Video Cameras
REALTORS®: Are you in the market for a used video camera? If so, follow the link below for some key pointers to consider before making a purchase.
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NC REALTORS® to Take Part in Nationwide Open House Weekend
Please mark Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5 on your calendars, if you haven’t already, and make plans to join tens of thousands of your peers throughout the U.S. in participating in a REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend. This event, which is expected to receive substantial advance exposure through national media outlets, is a way to showcase your listings in a most visible and highly effective way. You can learn more here.
Don’t miss the NCAR Property Management Division’s 2011 Spring Seminar on May 19, 2011!Join NC REALTORS® General Counsel Will Martin and Peter Myers with the NC Real Estate Commission on May 19 in Greenville, NC as they discuss the Tenant Security Deposit Act and various other property management issues. NCAR PMD members can attend this seminar for FREE. Non-PMD members are welcome to attend for only $20.
Space is limited so don’t delay!  The 2011 PMD Spring Seminar will be from 1:00pm-4:00pm on May 19 in Greenville, NC at the Hilton Greenville  located at 207 SW Greenville Blvd. 27834.
Membership in the NC Property Management Division is $35/year, to find out more about NCAR PMD go to NC REALTORS website and click on Specialty Divisions! 


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Friday, April 8, 2011

Blessings from Chic Fila



Today I went through the drive thru at Chic Fila to get some lunch for me and a couple of friends. Well, as I rode up to the window to pay I realized that I had left my purse at home! I told the cashier that I would be back to pay and here comes the manager! He said mam don't worry lunch is on me. Wow! That made my day. I really appreciated that 


today. God Bless Chic Fila !

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Real Mothers

MOTHERS
Real Mothers don't eat quiche;
They don't have time to make it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen
utensils  are probably in the sandbox.
Real Mothers often have sticky floors,
filthy ovens and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried play dough
doesn't come out of carpets.
Real Mothers don't want to know what
the vacuum just sucked up...
Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?'
and get their answer when a little
voice says, 'Because I love you best.'
Real Mothers know that a child's growth
is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother.....

The Images of Mother:

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't know everything!
14 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother? She wouldn’t have a clue.
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's so five minutes ago.
18 YEARS OF AGE- That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
because that is the doorway to her heart,
the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,
but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she
shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!


Please send this to 5 Moms today. If you don't, nothing bad will
happen,  but if you do, something good will:
You'll boost a Mother's spirits.

Real Mothers

MOTHERS
Real Mothers don't eat quiche;
They don't have time to make it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen
utensils  are probably in the sandbox.
Real Mothers often have sticky floors,
filthy ovens and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried play dough
doesn't come out of carpets.
Real Mothers don't want to know what
the vacuum just sucked up...
Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?'
and get their answer when a little
voice says, 'Because I love you best.'
Real Mothers know that a child's growth
is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother.....

The Images of Mother:
4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't know everything!
14 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother? She wouldn’t have a clue.
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's so five minutes ago.
18 YEARS OF AGE- That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
because that is the doorway to her heart,
the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,
but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she
shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!


Please send this to 5 Moms today. If you don't, nothing bad will
happen,  but if you do, something good will:
You'll boost a Mother's spirits.



-- 


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spring is here and buyers are stirring

I've noticed my phone is ringing off the hook.  Rates are still low and there have been lots of price reductions on Foreclosures.
Nice homes will sell this spring.
People are starting their exercise programs and spring sports.  Is the weather holding up it's end of the deal.

Before we know it our spring/summer market will be gone.

Military families that need to relocate, there are resources available for you.

e mail me at christineparrish@charter.net

Lets talk Real Estate

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Vacation Rentals in Outer Banks of North Carolina, Affordable

Vacation rentals have held up on the Outer Banks.  Rental income has increased in the past several years in spite of our tough economy.  why?  Partly because the Outer Banks is a drive to beach accessible from all areas of the east coast and the Carolina's with a nice easy drive.  This makes it affordable..  Also, the more popular vacation homes are at least 8 bedrooms and can comfortably handle 20 guests.  They are equipped with private pools hot tubs and gourmet kitchens with the equipment to cook big meals saving money from having to go out to eat for every meal.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are perfect times to gather with your families and enjoy the area where there are shopping outlets and just relaxing by an ocean front fireplace.
Planning a wedding.  The beach is known for weddings and there are services that can accomodate your needs.

This and much more makes for a great memorable vacation or event for you and your family. Interesting?
Want to hear more?  Contact me at 757-816-7000

OBX North Carolina

Did you know that when you purchase a vacation home in the early spring that you get all the income from the summer at the closing table.  This makes the sale very attractive.

There are great deals on the beach and good properties getting lots of activity.  Need to sell or looking to buy?
Contact me for a talk.
Christine Parrish 757-816-7000

Friday, January 21, 2011

FHA extends suspension of 'anti-flipping' rule for another year

The rule was intended to prevent speculators from defrauding the government, but it also stifled the purchase and renovation of foreclosed homes by legitimate investors.

Reporting from Washington —
For years the federal government prohibited the use of Federal Housing Administration mortgage financing by buyers purchasing homes from sellers who had owned the property for less than 90 days. The idea was to prevent speculators from defrauding the government through quick flips of houses — often involving straw buyers and corrupt appraisers — at wildly inflated prices.
One side effect of that policy had been to stifle purchase-and-renovate projects by legitimate, small-scale investors who buy houses after foreclosure or loan defaults and then resell them in substantially improved condition. In many parts of the country, first-time and moderate-income buyers often sought to buy these fixed-up houses using FHA-insured mortgages with 3.5% down payments, but were prevented from doing so by the "anti-flipping" rule.




This left large numbers of foreclosed, vacant houses sitting unsold and deteriorating, with negative effects on the values of neighboring properties.
Last January, FHA Commissioner David H. Stevens announced a one-year suspension of that rule, permitting qualified buyers to obtain FHA mortgages on properties that were acquired by rehabbers less than 90 days before. The plan, set to expire at the end of this month, came with safeguards for purchasers, including inspections and multiple appraisals in some cases to document the amounts spent by investors on the improvements.
Vicki Bott, deputy assistant secretary for single-family housing at the FHA, confirmed in an interview that the agency expects to continue the policy for another year. Not only have first-time buyers responded overwhelmingly to the opportunity to buy "turnkey" renovated homes with low down payments, she said, but they have performed well on their mortgage obligations.
"Obviously we have concerns about flipping in general," Bott said, but the FHA has seen none of the fraud problems, defaults and re-foreclosures that cost the agency millions in insurance payouts in earlier years.
Investor Paul Wylie, who with a group of partners and contractors specializes in acquiring, renovating and reselling foreclosed and distressed houses in the Los Angeles area, says the government's policy "has been a very positive approach" because "it recognizes the role that [private investors] can play in helping the housing market get back on its feet."
In the L.A. market, Wylie said, FHA financing accounts for 40% of all home purchases and 60% of purchases in predominantly Latino and African American communities.
Buying foreclosed houses "comes with a lot of risk factors," Wylie said. "There's no title insurance. We don't have a good idea of the extent of the defects" inside properties that have been sitting vacant or vandalized for months. Some houses come with delinquent property taxes, which Wylie's group typically must pay.
Then again, the profit opportunities can be significant as well. Most of the Wylie group's houses sell for more than 20% higher prices than Wylie paid at acquisition — a quick turnaround gain that potentially works for buyers, sellers, neighborhoods and, yes, the FHA itself.

Distributed by Washington Post Writers Group
Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Don't let the media cloud your judgement

MARKET RECAP
The beginning of the year always produces a flood of opinion on what the next 12 months will bring. Much of the opinion is simply an extrapolation on what was occurring in the closing months of the old year. Nevertheless, some of the prognostications are worth vetting just to get an idea of market sentiment.
RealtyTrac continues to forecast pessimism. Last year lenders filed a record 3.8 million foreclosures, and RealtyTrac doubts that the peak has been reached. In fact, it doesn't expect the trend to reverse until 2012. Resubmissions are one variable in RealtyTrac's cloudy outlook. The company expects as many as 250,000 foreclosures will be resubmitted this year because of the mortgage-servicing scandal that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2010. The continued foreclosure glut, according to RealtyTrac, will shave another 5 percent off average home prices this year.
A little perspective is in order: We need to consider that more than half the foreclosures last year originated in a handful of states – California, Florida, Arizona, Illinois, and Michigan. These select burgs have seen home prices plunge sharply, unemployment rise sharply, or a combination of the two. Nevertheless, real estate is local. Toss out the negative outliers and the data look a lot better. The problem is, too many borrowers and buyers focus on the national numbers, which tend to skew impressions of the local real estate market.

Hampton Roads market is healthy.  Selling or buying? Take advantage of the times and move.
Christine Parrish 757-816-7000 Your resource realtor. 
Serving Hampton Roads and OBX NC.

Take advantage of these low rates

The Fed meets next week... but you don't need to hear from the Fed to know that now is a great time to purchase a home. If you are thinking about selling, now is the time to be consulting with a real estate professional and develop marketing strategies  for selling your home.  


Free Comparative Market analysis, Free consultations about selling your home.
Call now to set up an appointment.  We are your resource in real estate.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Spring is near and we are geared to sell your home

Rates are still low, and buyers are stirring.  Are you thinking about moving? Call Now for a free market analysis on your home.  


Need handy man work done on your home?  We have the resources that will help you get your house in shape.


Have a professional help you decide what your home needs before doing the improvements.  We can help you make good decisions and help set a goal to get your home ready for the market.  


I am ready to list your home. Call for a free consultation.
Christine Parrish
Va realtor, NC broker.(OBX)( Albarmarle)


757-816-7000
www.christineparrish.com

Monday, January 10, 2011

Outer Banks Vacation in the Winter.

What is there to do after the holidays are over? How about taking a winter Outer Banks vacation? Everyone knows how great the Outer Banks are during the summer but only a few realize how much fun a winter Outer Banks Vacation can be.
The Outer Banks are a completely different experience in the winter. For one thing, there are no crowds. Instead, there are long stretches of sand with hardly a person to be seen, perfect for long walks. There are also lots of shells for the collector with hardly anyone collecting them. Instead of the sounds of other people, one hears the sounds of waves breaking, seagulls crying and wind whistling through the long grass. Another benefit of a winter vacation is that Outer Banks vacation lodging is generally less expensive than it is in the summer.
What is there to do besides walking on a nearly-empty beach then? There are plenty of attractions at the Outer Banks besides seaside walks. A few are visiting the lighthouses, going to the North Carolina Aquarium and surf fishing.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is perhaps the most famous lighthouse in America. This black and white striped lighthouse has been portrayed on postcards, calendars, books and television shows. Winter is a great time to visit the tallest lighthouse (208 feet) in the country because there are no crowds here either. It is closed for climbing in the winter but the museum and grounds are open all year long.
North Carolina Aquarium
Located on Roanoke Island, this aquarium is the largest in the state. It has a 285,000-gallon tank filled with hundreds of fish, sea turtles and sharks. There are also exhibit tanks filled with marine life such as eels, rays, sharks and different fish species. River Otters, turtles and alligators can be seen in the Wetlands Atrium.
Surf Fishing
Just because the water is too cold for people does not mean the fish are not biting. Surf fishing is a popular sport in the Outer Banks all year. There are several surf fishing schools, outfitters and guides located in the area who take surf fishing seriously and will be happy to get you started.
More good reasons for visiting the Outer Banks in winter include the many choices like Outerbanksvacations.com, seeing the Wright Brothers Memorial, visiting the eclectic shops and trying some of the seafood restaurants. With a little imagination, you can have a great winter vacation in North Carolina!
To experience the real fun of winter the Outer Banks Vacation is the best. To make the vactaion perfect, you should choose the best Outer Banks Vacation.