Eight Waterfront Homes near Charlottesville Virginia

Eight Waterfront Homes near Charlottesville Virginia Everyone loves the idea of having a lake house. Charlottesville is fortunate to be within a short drive of numerous larger lakes - Lake Monticello, Lake Anna and Smith Mountain Lake, to name a few - as well as hundreds of lovely ponds, and several rivers. Each of these areas offer several perfect weekend getaway home options. Although Labor … [Read more...]

Costs To Add Into Your Budget When Buying a Home

Ever wonder how much a house truly costs? You can crunch the latest mortgage rates, estimate your tax & insurance payments, and take a realistic look at how much house you can afford after getting pre-qualified with a lender, but there are more expenses involved in home buying than just the property costs. And those additional payments, if you don’t factor them in, can be high enough to derail … [Read more...]

Why use a Buyer’s Agent to Help With Your Home Purchase?

For most Americans, a home is the most significant and costly purchase they’ll make in their lifetime, with significant financial and emotional ramifications for the parties involved. Having proper representation, therefore, is critical. In this economy, and with ever greater access to the Internet, it’s easy to see why many people are looking to cut costs any way they can when it comes to … [Read more...]

How to Give a Neighborhood a “Test Drive” Before taking the Purchase Plunge

While your Solutions agent is going to provide you with all the available details on the home you are purchasing, there are a few items that cannot be shared as there are Fair Housing laws that any agent must respect. We talked about checking out a neighborhood in a previous blog, but now is the time to dig a little deeper if you want to find out answers to questions your Solutions agent is not … [Read more...]

How to Juggle Selling Your Home & Buying Another in the Same Time Frame

This situation happens more often than anyone realizes - and, especially, if you are selling a house in one city and buying in another, it can get even trickier trying to make sure everyone who needs the proper paperwork and funds does, in fact, receive everything in a timely fashion. Although lenders are hard at work and deals are closing rapidly, there’s no guarantee that your new home will … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Land

When you're considering building in the Charlottesville area one of the most important steps is choosing the location. Of course location is critical whenever discussing real estate, but when you're thinking of building, sometimes people give in on the location because they're so focused on the home itself. They choose a design and builder and then just default to what lots are … [Read more...]

Exceptional value in Greene County

Exceptional value in Greene County - close to NGIC/DIA, Hollymead Town Center and the Charlottesville Airport - and under 20 mins to Charlottesville. Built in 2006, this better than new custom-built house offers over 4500 sq. ft. of well-designed finished space that features a whole house vacuum, plus a water softener and whole house filtration system and humidifier installed in summer 2012, a … [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...]

Charlottesville Real Estate 2012 3rd Quarter Market Report

Our Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors has just released the latest report showing stats for sales in our area, 2012 3rd Quarter. This report comes out Quarterly and gives us a good idea of the current Real Estate Market in the greater Charlottesville Area. Remember to discuss specific market conditions with your Realtor. 3rd Quarter 2012 Highlights:  Overall sales in Greater … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Area Tax Rates

Our City and local Counties set their own tax rates and then you pay your taxes based on the assessed value of your property at these rates. Below are the current rates: (Updated June 12th, 2018) 0.95 - Charlottesville City 0.839 - Albemarle County 0.939 - Fluvanna County 0.775 - Greene County 0.72 - Louisa County 0.68 - Madison County 0.72 - Nelson County 0.804 - … [Read more...]

Discussing the walk through-Charlottesville Real Estate

An important part of the process of buying a home is the walk though (just before closing). When we do a walk-though there are a few things we want to focus on: 1. Are all the repairs completed and documented? 2. Is the home in "Broom Swept" condition? (a term used in Virginia) 3. Is the home in the same condition as when we wrote the offer? 4. Did the sellers do any damage when moving … [Read more...]

Clients from Germany visiting Solutions

We have clients from all around the world visit us at Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions and this week we have visitors from Germany. It is always a pleasure to show Charlottesville Real Estate and certainly is wonderful to share it with people from other countries. Now Germany certainly has some wonderful homes and in most cases we can offer a Solution. But on occasion there are a few … [Read more...]

Trump Vineyard Estates in Charlottesville

  At 15 to 20 cents on the dollar, Donald Trump shows that there are deals to be make in Charlottesville Real Estate   Trump buys the front yard of one of the largest estates in the world for under 500K. He posts signs that say "No Trespassing. This Land is Owned by Trump Virginia Acquisitions LLC," aimed at warding off possible buyers. He is also letting the grass grow. So … [Read more...]

Solutions Expands in a tough market

Please welcome our 2 newest Agents to Solutions. Rick Dreher and Steve Grannis Rick Dreher Real Estate Agent Cell: 434-953-8582 Rick has been in the Real Estate business for over 12 years and prides himself on customer service. Specializing in buyer brokerage, Rick has helped many of his first time buyer clients achieve their dream of home ownership. He has experience in short sales and … [Read more...]


Charlottesville Real Estate A beautiful morning in Charlottesville and my wife and I had coffee early. The kids are out of school on Summer vacation (be careful on the roads) and we are planning a lot of family time this summer. Off to an appointment in town and then a couple showings. Charlottesville Real Estate is … [Read more...]

Sweet Price on Charlottesville Real Estate

Sweet Home, Sweet Price in Charlottesville - only 279K 1197 Raintree Drive One-level home in popular Raintree neighborhood - convenient to NGIC/DIA and other points north on Rt 29 yet mins to Downtown and UVA. "Move in" ready with hardwood flrs in main living areas, updated lighting, built-in bookcases, crown moulding, and cathedral ceiling in the great room, which is open to kitchen. Newer … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Rain and Two Appointments

Charlottesville in the Rain Charlottesville As I am drinking a cup of coffee this morning I am listening and watching the rain in Charlottesville. Then I am off to 2 appointments (umbrella in hand). There is always a lot to do regarding real estate in Charlottesville, seems like I rarely have a blank day on my calendar! … [Read more...]

5 Year Chart of Charlottesville Sales

Charlottesville Five Year Chart So what does this 5 year chart of Charlottesville Real Estate really tell us? Well the peak was somewhere in 2006 and it appears we have at least a temporary bottom in April of 2010. These moving averages are on prices of all homes that our MLS serves and each area has unique characteristics. Not to mention that some neighborhoods are actually doing very … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate presents a great new listing in Ivy

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Great new listing in Ivy

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Have you seen this deal near Charlottesville? (about 15 minutes east)

$399,00010 BEECHNUT LN, GORDONSVILLE MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION - One-level living - save 2nd floor for guests! Finished sq. footage includes bsmt. Vaulted ceiling in LR, gourmet eat-in kitchen, adjoining sunroom, French drs to deck, 1st flr laundry. First flr master w/ luxury master bath, great closets. Second flr offers two BRs, full BA, loft sitting area, finished storage/bonus rm. Terrace level … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate homes for sale

$1,195,000 3675 BRINNINGTON RD, CHARLOTTESVILLE $574,900 1733 MONET HILL, CHARLOTTESVILLE $259,000 1162 FOXVALE LN, CHARLOTTESVILLE $189,000 2330 FINCH CT, CHARLOTTESVILLE Come visit and tour our area anytime! About The Author Copyright © 2009 Charles McDonald, All Rights Reserved. Charles McDonald - BIO Brought to you by that guy who sells Charlottesville Val Real … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate presents Highlands in Crozet

$429,500 1434 GATE POST LN, CHARLOTTESVILLE $335,196 1329 GATE POST LN, CHARLOTTESVILLE $319,900 1385 AMBER RIDGE RD, CHARLOTTESVILLE $279,900 1132 AMBER RIDGE RD, CHARLOTTESVILLE Disclaimer: Copyright ©2004-2009 Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors®. All rights reserved. Information deemed to be reliable but not guaranteed. The data relating to real … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – Ashcroft offers views and more…

Located minutes to Charlottesville, Ashcroft has some of the most outstanding views around. With homes from the high 300K's to over a million there is something for everyone. The location is convenient to Martha Jefferson Hospital and Pantops. Come see why so many people are talking about the Charlottesville area and why Jefferson made it his home! $1,250,000 2532 SUMMIT RIDGE TRL, … [Read more...]

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Google and Charlottesville Real Estate

When you are looking at homes in Virginia you will (if you know about our area) also look at Charlottesville Real Estate. There are several ways to find real estate in our area and Google is a place that many people start. A little personal history about Google. I was born in the Silicon Valley and had an engineering business for over 20 years. One of my clients was located in an area that … [Read more...]

Buyers do you understand what an open house is all about?

Now I am sure that a lot of my colleagues will disagree with me and some may even think this is a subject I should not be discussing with the public, but I think the public should understand..... An "Open House" is a "HOOK" Well at least that is what I call it. We are in Charlottesville Virginia and we are a caveat emptor state. The sellers agent represents the sellers best interest. In … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate Blog is back online

I have been away from my blog for several days taking care of a few urgent matters. Thinks are back to normal now. I did want to thank several of you for the kind emails. Stay tuned! … [Read more...]

Some sellers make me laugh

I have been on a little trip and one of my associates and I were just talking on the cell phone about Buyer Agent Bonuses while I was driving through Tennessee... buy Wobble: The Weight of the Truth Old Joy dvdrip Frankie and Johnny We both agreed that it is rediculous to offer a "Bonus" to an agent that is already getting a commission. Why not just lower the price... House of the … [Read more...]

NGIC Clients and new friends

The Spider Baby or Maddest Story Ever Told psp First of all I want to say THANK YOU to all my new clients moving to Charlottesville and to those of you who will be working at the expanded NGIC facility. Also I want to thank the Agents who have referred your client to My Charlottesville Real Estate Group Pok?mon: The First Movie movie download Brazil move . As you know, my group of real estate … [Read more...]

I had to LAUGH!!!

  I have been on a little trip and one of my associates and I were just talking on the cell phone about Buyer Agent Bonuses while I was driving through Tennessee... We both agreed that it is rediculous to offer a "Bonus" to an agent that is already getting a commission. Why not just lower the price... So here is where it got funny... I got back to my computer (I bring it with me … [Read more...]

Are you protecting your Client?

I have written about this before but I am seeing several new bloggers on the net and this is an important issue: Agents: Are you blogging/posting about a current deal / transaction you are involved in? Think about it for a minute.... I would never consider posting on my blog about a deal I am actively negotiating. WHY? 1. I have a lot of people (many local agents) reading my blog. … [Read more...]

Future Deal…. (Charlottesville Real Estate)

Sometimes there is a deal in the Charlottesville Real Estate Market that needs to be seen! Soon we will be bringing on the market this quality built brick home on 1.8 acres. This Grand Oak greets you as you drive onto the property. Magnolia on dvd Located in Albemarle County download The MatchMaker just 7 miles from Charlottesville The World's Fastest Indian hd , this home will be … [Read more...]

Albemarle County Virginia Real Estate – (Jan 2009)

Albemarle County Virginia Real Estate - (Jan 2009) When you are looking for Charlottesville Real Estate remember that Charlottesville is in Albemarle County. We have grand estates and horse farms in Albemarle. The back roads will give you a feeling of peace and harmony as you drive by these beautiful properties. When you are ready to tour, just give me a call, it is my favorite thing to do in our … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate update (Jan 2009)

Charlottesville Real Estate update (Jan 2009)   (Photo - Charlottesville Bus taken by Charles McDonald, Charlottesville Virginia) Let's Talk Charlottesville Real Estate! We are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful area. We have four season, Blue Ridge Views and the University of Virginia! Sales are starting to pick up in Charlottesville and our year is moving along … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate – Deal of the week!

  Are you working at NGIC or Charlottesville? Forever Young dvd Then do not miss this home! The owners had this home enlarged on both levels from the original builder design. The large Kitchen is open to the Family Room with a Stone Fireplace with a Gas-insert. Not to mention the Formal Dining and Living Rooms. Upstairs are 4 extra Large Bedrooms and the Master Suite is fantastic! … [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...]

Are you "working with Clients" or "working your Clients"?

Let me start by saying I am not pointing fingers at anyone here... Recently I have seen a couple of incidents in talking with fellow Charlottesville Real Estate Agents where it appears that the agents are not "Working with Clients". Let me explain what I mean. Agents need to always, ALWAYS work with their clients best interests in mind. This means showing them every property that fits their … [Read more...]

Positive, Focused, Above the Crowd!

  They say that Real Estate is local and with the current environment that is certainly true. I just read a blog from Spokane Washington Real Estate Expert, BethAnn Long about their local market. Click Here My response to her was "Stay positive and stay focused you are above the crowd just by being actively working on your business!" Then it crossed my mind, something that I had … [Read more...]

Albemarle County Virginia Real Estate – (for all of 2008)

Albemarle County Virginia Real Estate - (for all of 2008) When you are looking for Charlottesville Real Estate remember that Charlottesville is in Albemarle County. We have grand estates and horse farms in Albemarle. The back roads will give you a feeling of peace and harmony as you drive by these beautiful properties. When you are ready to tour, just give me a call, it is my favorite thing to … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Real Estate

The CAAR Market report is now available... This is a yearly report and it is best ot get it from the source - CAAR 2008 CAAR Year-end Market Report Let me know your thoughts either on this blog or by email. … [Read more...]

Charlottesville today…

It is another fine day in Charlottesville (a little cold) and I get to do my favorite thing! I am out today showing Charlottesville Real Estate.  When I started Real Estate I did not realize how much I would love this job. I meet great people and get to see some wonderful homes.... oh and New Construction, do not get me started! … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Jobs

The Daily Progress reported on Dec 20th job losses in Charlottesville. I am glass half-full on this issue.... They said "the Charlottesville area’s unemployment rate remains relatively low at 3.4 percent. Out of the nation’s 369 metropolitan areas, Charlottesville has the 17th best jobless rate." IMO - That's not bad! to read the entire report - click here … [Read more...]

How to make a Home for the Holidays…

Every year my wife works on a fun project with the kids at our local school. She creates little gingerbread houses for them to decorate... What she does is start with a milk carton and "hot glue" graham crackers to the sides. Then she adds a ice cream cone (upside down) for a Christmas Tree....   We put these on a paper place that has foil over it and that's it! Next we take them to our … [Read more...]

Under Contract in a month – (Charlottesville Real Estate)

Well it did take a little longer than normal but this is not a "normal" market. We brought this fine home in Ivy to the market just last month and we are under contract! This home is in the Meriwether Lewis School District and is on 2 private acres. We are sorry but this one is gone. If you want to see more homes in this area check out Charlottesville Real Estate and you may want to … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

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Sold in Frays Grant (Charlottesville Virginia)

We closed on this fine home in Charlottesville this month. It is one of the nicest build homes I have seen in a long time. The builder was building the home for his personal residence and as luck would have it (for my clients) we were able to get the home with a 6 month closing. We set the closing for Jan 15, 2009 so that our buyers could sell on their Northern Virginia home. Well they actually … [Read more...]

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