Does your Homeowner Insurance cover you in a Natural Disaster?

Does your Homeowner Insurance cover you in a Natural Disaster? With the recent arrivals of Hurricanes Florence and Michael through our area - although a bit east of Charlottesville - it is understandable for local homeowners to wonder if their home insurance policies are up to date in the event we get a direct hit next time. A natural disaster is defined by the United Nations as "the … [Read more...]

Space Saving Tips for a Small Kitchen

Space Saving Tips for a Small Kitchen in Charlottesville The kitchen is the heart of the home - a well-designed one has minimal clutter and maximum efficiency, but when you are working with a small kitchen it’s doubly important to use the space well. Add mirrors Mirrors add the illusion of space - if you install them on cabinet doors they will highlight the light in the kitchen as well as … [Read more...]

What Does a Builder’s Warranty Cover?

What Does a Builder's Warranty Cover? With the boom in new building construction taking place all over Charlottesville - from Crozet to in town and all along the 29 North corridor - many people considering building new might also want to think about what the builder’s warranty will cover after the home is built. Or, what it might cover if you buy a newer home a few years after that. Most … [Read more...]

Should You Buy in a Gated Community? 

Should You Buy in a Gated Community?  We have already looked at the pros and cons of buying a home in a neighborhood that has a Homeowner’s Association. Let’s now look at homes that go one step further - those that are located in a gated community. A gated community is a collection of homes that are accessible only to residents and their guests via a gate or wall across any roadways in or out. … [Read more...]

Shopping for a Home in January

Shopping for a Home in January With the start of any new year, buying a new home might be the furthest resolution on people’s minds. But it might, in fact, be a very smart way to start off the year right. For one thing, as a Buyer, you will have little to no competition for houses on the market, even though the inventory will be lower than the most popular time - spring. Another reason to … [Read more...]

​ 2016 Parade of Homes Charlottesville

53rd Annual Parade Of Homes - Oct. 1 & 2, 8 & 9 - Noon-5pm It’s that time of year again. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA), the now 53rd Annual Parade of Homes is a chance to see what’s new in the world of building, and it’s a free event. This year’s Parade features 42 homes from 18 builders, up from last year’s numbers of 12 builders and 32 homes, and … [Read more...]

Do you need an agent when building a new home?

For Buyers, the Model Home signs you see everywhere around the Charlottesville area often make you want to stop in and check them out. When you see the finished project, it’s easy to get excited about building your dream home from the ground up - choosing your lot, your model, interior finishes and upgrades, etc. But, like with any home purchase, buying new construction is an expensive … [Read more...]

How to pick a home builder in Charlottesville

Here at Solutions we get asked questions all the time about working with area home builders. When thinking about building your dream home, you have your choice between the larger companies and several well-established smaller local builders. If you prefer the “hands-on” approach, working with a small builder may be your best option, and selecting the right one is a key step in the journey that … [Read more...]

Buying New Construction? An Experienced Real Estate Agent is a Must on Your Side

When a Charlottesville area buyer wants to go the new construction route there are several factors to consider. While an existing house can be inspected and everything is already in view, it can be difficult to picture exactly what you think you’re going to get with a brand new home. Sometimes, what you see in the builder’s furnished model is not what you get for the advertised base price. A … [Read more...]

Resale Home Prices will Rise

Resale Home Prices will Rise Maybe sooner than expected. It is all about the numbers, let me expand on this statement. With the slowdown in the economy, what we have been seeing locally in Charlottesville, and on a national level, is New Construction has been out pacing Resales for the last couple of years. Buyers have been drawn to new, lower cost homes and location has been secondary. This … [Read more...]

Becky Crowe and Gibson Homes join Solutions

I promised you a surprise from Solutions and we are very excited to announce that Becky Crowe has joined Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions. Many people know Becky as not only an exceptional agent and advocate for her clients, but also as the representative for Gibson Homes in Charlottesville. Having a background in new construction gives Becky a unique perspective on the real estate … [Read more...]

New Construction in Charlottesville

 Many of my clients build with me, and, in fact, it's a large part of my business. Since my background is in engineering, I feel right at home in the design phase and the selection of a proper home site, not to mention planning out all of the details. My Background I can remember a drafting class I took in high school where we used pencil and paper (eventually we went to mylar and ink, but … [Read more...]

Green Charlottesville Homes

The trend towards Green Homes has certainly hit the Charlottesville Real Estate market over the last couple of years. I now receive inquiries regarding Green Homes in Charlottesville about once or twice a month. Green Charlottesville is Cool It is not just cool to go Green, it makes perfect sense. Many Charlottesville Homes are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly which is what Green … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Parade of Homes

Charlottesvillle Parade of HOMES - Charlottesville, Virginia! The 2011 Parade of Homes kicks off on Oct 1 & 2 and Oct 8 & 9 (12-5pm)Every year our local builders step up to the plate and show off their fine homes! If you are in the market to buy a new home or just thinking about it, these two weekend are a must see. You can pick homes by price range, location or type of homes, … [Read more...]

Solutions discussing new construction

Builders, What are you thinking? Our Housing market never really seems to stop building. The demand for housing is and continues to be strong for the Charlottesville Real Estate Market. Some of the smart builders and smart developers know this. We are seeing smaller developments with hundreds of homes in the plans. New Homes in Albemarle County continue to be built. There is a lot of … [Read more...]

I LOVE MY JOB!

Working on another New Construction with clients. Many agents are not comfortable doing new construction but I find it much more exciting than just looking at resales. With a new home we can actually build what a client wants and get very creative. I love my job!   Charles McDonald … [Read more...]

Builders national numbers

NEW YORK (CNBC) -- Sales of newly built homes fell around 2% in May from the previous month, but that was a little better than expectations... Read Full Article here What does this mean for New Construction in our area? Answer is going to sound a little repetitive. We are not the national market here in Charlottesville. We have our own micro economy and sales (although not great) are … [Read more...]

Custom 4000+ SF Home-NGIC from Solutions

NGIC REAL ESTATE   A Four Bedroom Quality Home near NGIC, DIA and Charlottesville. Custom built by local craftsmen with quality finishes. Vaulted ceiling, hardwood floors. A Gourmet Kitchen with Granite, Stainless Steel Appliances and Custom Cabinets. Large Master with tray ceilings, claw-foot tub. Ceramic tile and custom lighting in home. Full basement with Media Room, Bar and full … [Read more...]

Greene County Homes from Solutions

Charlottesville Homes Greene County area - Greene Real Estate is a wonderful place to live, raise a family or retire. We offer something for everyone. With four seasons and the majestic views of the Blue Ridge, you will find this area is fabulous. One of the top builders in the area is New Vision Homes and Solutions is privileged to represent them in the area. We have built homes with them … [Read more...]

Solutions presents New Construction

Working with new construction and builders is a big part of my business. Many of my clients choose to build their dream home in Charlottesville and there are some excellent builder to choose from in our area. As your buyers agentI will help you though the process of finding the perfect building site and working with you and the builder to completion Many clients do not realize that there is no … [Read more...]

Solutions out showing homes today

Today I get to do one of my favorite things and that is to discuss and show new construction in Charlottesville. New Construction is an area that requires an agent who understands the building process (even if you are looking at to be built neighborhoods). The build process can take from several months to over a year (for a custom build) and knowing what to really expect is very important to … [Read more...]

Charlottesville homes and New Construction

Charlottesville New Construction (this is the place to start your search) Working with new construction and builders is a big part of my business. Many of my clients choose to build their dream home in Charlottesville and there are some excellent builder to choose from in our area. As your buyers agent I will help you though the process of finding the perfect building site and working with you … [Read more...]

The stages of new construction

We often see homes as they are when they are finished, painted, decorated and even staged. Many times I build with my clients and this means that I see every stage of a homes development. We start with a raw piece of land and the finished product is exactly what my client wants. Sure this takes a lot of time, but I truly love the process and seeing the growth from design to closing. … [Read more...]

Discussing Building with Charles McDonald

The word of the day is NEW CONSTRUCTION When showing Charlottesville Real EstateI am thrilled when a client is thinking about New Construction. A main part of the puzzle is to work with a builder who is responsive and flexible. We are seeing a few places that are stunning on the market and when it comes to new construction be sure and work with an agent who works for you and not the … [Read more...]

The building process of a Custom Built home

Well, I stopped by yesterday (actually I stop by at least once a week) and the progress is going very well. We are under roof, have windows in and also electrical. This will be one of the largest homes built in Old Trail and it is hard to get a good feel for the size from the photo, but look at the front porch and also we have a full finished basement. We are doing several … [Read more...]

Building and Charlottesville with Charles McDonald

New Construction The word(s) of the day is "NEW CONSTRUCTION"!!! When showing Charlottesville Real Estate I am thrilled when a client is thinking about New Construction. A main part of the puzzle is to work with a builder who is responsive and flexible. Example: I had a personal problem with a picture window (about 4ft x 5ff) that had failed. The manufacturer sent me a new one and it was in … [Read more...]

Charlottesville New Construction – should we built?

I love new construction. The whole process, from breaking ground to handing my clients the key at closing. Many agents do not really enjoy new construction because it can take 9 months to a year (or longer) to get to the closing table. But it is the process that I really enjoy, not the closing... (above photo is a new home for one of my clients, currently being built...the views are amazing) … [Read more...]

Building with Clients in the Charlottesville Real Estate market

Building with Clients in the Charlottesville Real Estate market Today I drove out to see one of the homes I am having built with my clients in Old Trail. Seeing a home go from conception to plans to foundation to framing (you get the picture) is very exciting. Since my clients are not local to the area, I want them to see the progress and I also like being there for all the … [Read more...]

To Buy or to Build – That is the Question

It’s always a tough call to make when you’re shopping around for a home – to buy or to build is a dilemma that persists, especially if both options seem to be equally viable. But if you take some time to ponder the decision based on the following aspects, you may be able to reach a satisfactory conclusion. In general: It’s better to build if: You already own land or can buy an area … [Read more...]

New Construction vs Resale

So am I nuts??? Everyone is saying this is a “Buyers Market” and there is no question about that! Buyers and hesitant to just buy, but I say why not Build!!! Why would you want to “build” right now vs buy a resale? (((3 Reasons))) 1. Interest rates are low 2. Builders have to sell homes and you can make incredible deals! 3. You actually get the “Home of your … [Read more...]

New Construction (I love my job)

Working on another New Construction with clients. Many agents are not comfortable doing new construction but I find it much more exciting than just looking at resales. With a new home we can actually build what a client wants and get very creative. I love my job! Charles McDonald … [Read more...]

Charlottesville New Construction

Charlottesville New Construction Working with new construction and builders is a big part of my business. Many of my clients choose to build their dream home in Charlottesville and there are some excellent builder to choose from in our area. As your buyers agent I will help you though the process of finding the perfect building site and working with you and the builder to completion. Many … [Read more...]

will 250 maintain its scenic byway?

Amid growth in Crozet, Albemarle seeks to maintain US 250 as a scenic byway Charlottesville Tomorrow is on top of things with this timely article: Click Here for complete text … [Read more...]

NGIG and DIA update… Is the move still on?

NGIC REAL ESTATE The estimates were that some 900 new home owners would be relocating to our area near Charlottesville Virginia… A story in 2008 on www.c-ville.com by Will Goldsmith stated the following: “All those home builders banking on selling houses to new National Ground Intelligence Center(NGIC) employees may be in for a rude awakening. An estimate from the Charlottesville Area … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Virginia where New Construction is still affordable

Yes, affordable and the quality is amazing too. We used a local builder and not a "box" builder for this fine home. My clients, who work at DIA (see NGIC Real Estate) are very exciting to move into their new home this weekend. This home was on time and on budget, an amazing thing when building these days. If you are considering building, give me a call.   … [Read more...]

Happy clients – new construction near Charlottesville Virginia!

NOTE: Brief message sent from my BlackBerry® regards, Charles McDonald, (cell) 434-981-1585 Associate BROKER, Licensed to sell Real Estate in Virginia … [Read more...]

Agent and Client…

When you do something new you want to learn from those who have experience. When you are looking at new construction in the Charlottesville Area do you need an Agent? The short answer is YES... Let's ask ourselves a few questions: How many times have you had a home built? How many builders do you know? Will you have the builder/county inspector tell you that your home is built to … [Read more...]

A room with a view – Part 6 – Charlottesville VA

Ceiling and details The ceiling is in and we are still deciding if we want to paint it White or stain it cedar.... maybe a pale blue??? What is your vote?   As with any project, the devil is in the details. Here are the posts with and without the trim that truely makes it finished: Here is just a post: Here is a post with trim in place (remember nothing is painted yet...) One of … [Read more...]

A room with a view – Part 5 – Charlottesville VA

New Material Arrives I heard a loud clank and I arose to see what was the matter.... Well it sort of happened that way. I was getting ready to go out showing Charlottesville Real Estate when I heard a large truck arrive... Our decking and railing material was here! It feels like Christmas!  By the time I got my camera, they were already unloading! Now I want you to take a good look … [Read more...]

A room with a view – Part 4 – Charlottesville VA

Trim and Electrical We are progressing so fast that while I am out showing Charlottesville Real Estate, I am missing a lot of the building process! We are now installing the trim using a product called Miratec. This is a Treated Exterior Composite that is widely used in the area. Working with a lot of my clients who build I get exposed to many different types of materials! Now while I was out … [Read more...]

A room with a view – Part 3 – Charlottesville VA

Framing! We are off to a great start and step 3 is Framing. I am amazed at how fast this step is going. We are using micro-lam to span the 20 foot face of the room to preserve the view. The beams will be wrapped between 10-12 inches and we are still deciding on the roof and ceiling materials. Here is another photo of the open front where the micro-lam is spanning 20 feet! Here is a link to Part … [Read more...]

A room with a view – Part 1 and 2 – Charlottesville VA

We have started a new project (building an outdoor room), using a local builder, and just like with building a home in Charlottesville, there are many steps.... Part 1 is a plan. I started by looking at many of the homes in our market, taking photos, selecting materials and even drawing up the plans myself. Well we are off to the races and the progress is going along nicely. THE DECK PRIOR TO … [Read more...]

Resale vs New Construction

So am I nuts???   Everyone is saying this is a "Buyers Market" and there is no question about that! Buyers and hesitant to just buy, but I say why not Build!!! Why would you want to "build" right now vs buy a resale? (((3 Reasons))) 1. Interest rates are low   2. Builders have to sell homes and you can make incredible deals!   3. You actually get the "Home of your … [Read more...]

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