2317 Santa Fe Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 (MLS # 1329524)

2317 Santa Fe Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 (MLS # 1329524)

Virginia Beach Real Estate
PRICE: $689,900
BATHS: 3 full
SIZE: 4,449 sqft

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Custom Lakefront Home Beautifully Lndscpd & Ready For Move In. Very Priv Bkyd, Solar Htd Pool, Stamped Concrete & Flagstone, Gazebo W/8 Person Hot Tub. Open Flr Plan W/10′ X 12′ Tray Ceilings, Hdwd Floors Thruout, Kit W/Merilatt Cust Cab, Granite, Dbl Ovens,Kitchenaid Cktop, Mst Fp, Nest Thermostats Call Tom at 757-587-9856 for For More Details.
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Listed with The Real Estate Group


Virginia Beach School System

Virginia Beach School System.

I will be discussing the Virginia Beach School System with this article, and then provide links to all the homes located in each of the school districts. My hope is that this article will allow those who want to reside in the school districts so that their children may attend those schools.. and that is my main objective.

Without a doubt, the Virginia Beach Public school system is the biggest school division in the Hampton Roads area. GreatSchools website continually ranks the Virginia Beach School system as the 5th best large school division in the nation.

The school system is broken down into 11 high schools, 14 middle schools and 56 elementary schools.
There are a number of specialty schools including the Adult Learning Center, the Advanced Technology, the Renaissance Academy and finally the Technical and Career Education Center.
The school system server more than 8 million meals in the years 2011 thru 3012.

Of the student enrollment, kindergarten thru 12th grade totaled over 68,000 in 2012.
The school employs over 5,000 teachers with an average teaching experience of 15 years.

The salary of the teachers runs from 40 to 70 thousand dollars annually.

Below please find a list of links that will display all of the homes located near the specific schools and if you purchase a home in one of the listed areas your child will normally attend that specific school.

However please do not hold me to it, as school districts change continually and the only way to be
absolutely sure that the home is in the district necessary to attend a specific school must be determined by the school board on a case by case basis. Therefore before making any decision about homes in the school district please confirm with the school that the selected home will qualify.

Homes Located Near Bayside High School in Virginia Beach

Homes Located Near First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach

Homes Located Near Green Run High School in Virginia Beach

Homes Located Near Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach

Homes Located Near Landstown High School in Virginia Beach

Homes Located Near Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach

Homes Located Near Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach

Homes Located Near Salem High School in Virginia Beach

Homes Located Near Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach

Homes Located Near Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach

3036 Beaden Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 (MLS # 1328881)

3036 Beaden Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 (MLS # 1328881)

Virginia Beach Real Estate
PRICE: $319,900
BATHS: 2 full, 1 half
SIZE: 2,617 sqft

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Beautiful 5 Bedroom 2.5 Bath 2 Story Transitional In Lovely Tree-Lined Courthouse Estates! Complete With Formal Living Room, Formal Dining Room, Family Room With Cozy Fireplace, Spacious Kitchen With Breakfast Nook, Master Bedroom With Charming Master Bath, Large Attached Garage & More! Call Tom at 757-587-9856 for For More Details.
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1944 Clifton Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23457 (MLS # 1328969)

1944 Clifton Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23457 (MLS # 1328969)


Virginia Beach Real Estate
PRICE: $409,700
BATHS: 3 full
SIZE: 3,168 sqft

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Beautiful Home In Munden Beach. Renovated Throughout In 2007. Extra Large Detached 2 Car Garage & Boat Or Camper Carport. Sit Outside On The Wrap Around Porch Overlooking The Water Or Sit Around The New Fire Pit That Has Built-In Seating Or Play Golf On The Putting Green. Many Extras. Call Tom at 757-587-9856 for For More Details.
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Listed with Shaffer Realty LLC


Kempsville High School Homes Nearby

Kempsville High School homes nearby (live in the Kempsville High School District)

It was a great time back in 1924 when Kempsville High School opened its doors for the very first time and began a long history of teaching students. There are 10 other public high schools in the Virginia Beach public school system. Kempsville High School teaches the grades from nine to twelve (9 thru 12) since the beginning way back in 1924. Believe me that was a long time ago.

The actual school district covers a little more than 12 square miles and is a huge complex.  Most of the students from Kempsville Middle School and Larkspur Middle school end up doing their high school criteria here at Kempsville High School.

Currently the day is broken up into 4 class periods of 93 minutes for each class.  Even to this day the original building and the adjacent gymnasium still stand.  The building currently used for Kempsville High School was completed in 1966 and is the third building called Kempsville High school since its beginning in 1924.

If you are interested in having your children enrolled in one of the Very best High schools in Virginia, please review the link below that has all the homes for sale in the Kempsville High School district.  In most cases anyone living in one of these homes will be assigned to the Kempsville High School. However it is recommended that you check with the school to be sure, since school districts are modifed from time to time.

Homes Located Near Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach

Super Tips for Showing Your Home

Super Tips for Showing Your Home

You may receive a call requesting a showing in the next ten minutes. The decision to allow the prospective buyers to view your home with short notice is yours. If you elect to cooperate with the showing, the following list of items  may be helpful especially since time is short:

Ok! Let’s go thru the drill… of showing your home with only a 10 minute notice.  Of course you do not have to accept such a short notice if you desire not to do so.  But what if that buyer is the one who would have purchased your home.  You just never know.. so if you can manage it why not go for it… Take a chance that this might be the live buyer you have been looking for.  Experience has shown that those buyers without patience to come back tomorrow are more likely to make that big decision today than those who readily respond to “Come back tomorrow at 10:00 am please.”

1. Ok first let’s get the Pets and the children outside of the house if possible. Sometimes weather will prevent that but do it whenever possible.  Sometimes they can run next door to the neighbor’s house if the neighbors don’t mind.

2. Now let’s get the television off and turn on some soft classical music and even that is sometimes distracting.. so keep it soft and low.

3. Maker sure you open any window blinds to let as much light in as possible and to allow as much viewing out the window as possible. Many window views make the house seem more roomy.  Only when the view thru the window is unsightly should you leave the blinds closed.

4. Make sure the overhead light in each room is on, even when plenty of light is coming thru the windows.

5. You can make it smell like cooking in progress, simply by placing a pan on the stove with a few drops of vanilla extract in the pan.

6. Be sure that any magazines and newspapers are picked up and put away in a closet or cabinet to reduce the effects of any clutter in the home.

7. Never let anyone come into the home without the beds being made and the entire bedroom all tidyed up. Do not stuff the closets full, even if you must hide stuff under the bed. Its unlikely anyone will look under the bed, but they will surely be checking out the closets as that is one of the more important areas for the woman.

8. In each bathroom make sure all toilet lids are closed and that they have been recently flushed.. especially if you have young childeren who do not always remember to flush.

9. On the exterior, make sure all walkways remain clear and that all water hoses are rolled up and neatly in place.  Be sure no toys or trashcans can cause a fall. You don’t need any lawsuits by potential buyers.

10. Be sure to let the realtor sell the home, when the owner is there the potential buyer usually feels uncomfortable looking in closests and most of the time they will not voice negative opinions to you while they would have done so to the realtor.  This valuable feedback that you can get from the realtor can help you do a better job of selling to the next potential buyer.

If you are looking for many more color photos of other homes in the area you will find some very valuable links below.
Chesapeake Condo
Norfolk Condo
Virginia Beach Condo

Eagle Point Cahoon Plantation Chesapeake 55+

Eagle Pointe Cahoon Plantation Chesapeake (55+)

Ladies and Gentlemen, if you are looking for a 55 and over space to roost, I have found the perfect place.  Its absolutely everything that a 55+ person could ever dream of.

What better place could you ever want to live than to be in a beautiful home surrounded by the most fantastic golf course imaginable… that is the Cahoon Plantation Golf Course at the beautiful Eagle Pointe.  It is an absolutely magnificent golf course in every way.  Eagle Pointe offers a life style that you can only dream of… many other areas have tried but Eagle Pointe has achieved one of the very best resort style communities that Hampton Roads has to offer.

It has been said many times before that living at Eagle Pointe is without a doubt living life to the very fullest extent that is possible.

The options that are presented to you is almost limitless… its just a matter of deciding just how active you want to be. You can assume a laid back style, or a truly active lifestyle.. either one awaits you at the Eagle POinte resort like atmosphere.

One of the things you will love is the fact that all the maintenance is taken care of for you allowing you more time to live life to the fullest.  And don’t you agree, you have worked hard all your life and you deserve the break that Eagle Pointe will afford you…

The low maintenance style allows you to avoid all the chores that you had at your old place, there will be no need for yard work, painting or gutter cleaning… its all taken care of by someone else… and you don’t even have to pay them when they are done..  wow what a deal!

Without a doubt, Eagle Pointe is well known for the most friendly neighbors in the Nation.  IF you can’t make friends in short order at Eagle Point it certainly will not be the fault of the great residents that are already there.  However if you a quiet uninvolved person then they will allow you to do that also.  Its all your choice and you are gonna love it… I guarantee it!

Eagle Pointe has a fantastic activities director and you will love all the choices that you are afforded and all you have to do is sit back and choose whatever activity that you enjoy the most.  Do you like Broadway shows at the Kennedy Center, how about a fishing trip in the Chesapeake Bay…. and there is so much more to come that you just will not believe what you are offered on a daily basis.

The very highlite of the Eagle Pointe experience is the most elegant and beautiful club that you can imagine… the Bay Club of Eagle Pointe… you will be amazed.. Much more awaits you, so come on board give us a call at Keffer Realty and we will find the dream retirement home that you truly deserve.  Meantime if you want to browse the color photos of units available at Eagle Point feel free to check out the link below.

Eagle Point Cahoon Plantation Chesapeake 55+

Buying A Home in Virginia Beach Va

Buying a Home in Virginia Beach.

Without a doubt, buying a new or slightly used home in the city of Virginia Beach can be both and exciting and a trying experience.  Let me tell you folks… its definitely an adventure to say the least.  Also without a realtors services it can be expensive and confusing.  The nice thing about the use of a realtor, is that it does not cost you a dime to put his years of experience to work for you.  And the nice thing is the seller has agreed to pay his wages while he is free to operate completely in your best interests.  I am especially helpful in representing the needs of buyers here in the Virginia Beach area.

Of course the new home will be the biggest investment that you will ever make and you cannot afford to have it come out anything but perfect.

Start out by checking out all the Virginia Beach homes listed below.  This is a comprehensive list of all the homes that are available in the city of Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach Homes For Sale Check out the full color photo list.. we’ll be standing by to assist you in every way possible.

55+ Adult Community West Neck Virginia Beach

Welcome to 55+ Over Adult Community…

Are you getting ready to retire and want to find that one home that you will be able to spend the rest of you days in peace.  Well you have come to the right place, West Neck in Virginia Beach is a retirement haven.  It has just about any ammenity that your little heart may desire.  The Villages @ West Neck is definitely a glorious retirement community just waiting for your arrival.

The Villages at West Neck consists of eight Villages built around an Arnold Palmer championship golf course, The Signature at West Neck. Six of the eight Villages contain only single family detached homes and the other two villages are mostly condos and such.

The only Village that is not completely built out at this point is Rosecrest which is in progress and is being built by Chesapeake Homes.  When finised completely, the total single family homes will be a little over 500 and more than 400 condominium units.  The total residents for the Villages will be in the approximate number of 1500 to 1600 folks in the community.

The Villages community is located near the Municipal Center in Virginia Beach, not far from the junction of West Neck Road and the Princess Anne Section of Virginia Beach.

Dick Foster who is the developer of the Villages at West Neck envisioned a senior community with beautiful golf course views and even further beautified with a show case of a fourteen lakes golf community.

The entrance is by far one of the most expensive and beautiful entrances at the Main gate.

The Clubhouse adjacent to the golf course has the same fine details that were given to the main entrance.. that is second to none.

As you drive thru the villages, you cannot help but notice the care with which the property owners maintain their homes to the letter of the T.

To view color photos of all of the 55 + adult communities,  visit .

Rent To Own and Lease To Own

Rent to Own… a different kind of animal.

When the term “rent to own” pops up, it’s not always clear what it means, and that’s partially because renting to own and the similar plan lease/option can work numerous ways.

What can possibly be more confusing that “Rent To Own”?  If you ask a hundred folks what is meant by rent to own, you will get back 150 different meanings.

Let’s hope that I can put some of this confusion to bed right now. I am a landlord now for many years and have seen just about every possible type of renter.

Many are hard working folks just looking for a place to lay their head. However in some cases the person is just simply out to scam the landlord.  A good credit check with references and a good rental history can lay this to rest. It’s extremely unlikely that someone with a good credit record and a good rental history will scam you. But keep in mind it does happen… I have seen it all in some rare cases, the tenant will set up references such as family and friends to vouch for them.  One good way to divert a situation like this would be to look up the voucher’s name in the city records for the property that the tenant claims to have rented from them. If its a fraud, then the city record will show that the person vouching for the tenant does not own the property that they claim to have rented to your potential tenant.  A big red flag!

But let’s get back to the reason for this post…. that of turning a rental property into a Lease to own or rent to own.

In a simple scenario, the tenant will be allowed to rent for a set period of time in many cases the time period will be set for one year.  At the end of the year, the tenant is given the option to purchase or in some cases when credit problems have not been cleared up.. they may be given another year to be able to purchase the house.  Don’t get caught short, make sure your lease to own agreement specifically details what is to happen at the end of the year in the instance that the tenant cannot purchase the home.

Be sure to try to get some portion of the closing costs included in the package when the sale actually does occur.  For example let’s say you pay $1,000.00 down for the right to purchase in one year, and your monthly rent is $900 each month.  You might negotiate that for each month that the payment was made on time, $100 of the rent money will be kept in escrow and applied to your closing costs when you actually do close the deal.  Of course if you never close then the $1,200 accumulated in escrow will go to the landlord at the termination of the deal.  This is why it is so  very important to negotiate up front what will happen in case your cannot close at the scheduled time at the end of the year.  For example you could agree to pay an additional $500.00 for the option to continue the lease to own for an additional year.  That way you will not lose the $1,200 that you have accumulated and at the end of the following year you will then have $2,400 in the escrow account,  Make sure all this is in writing, as its very difficult for a judge to determine the truth when you just have a lot of he said… she said…

A very common agreement is that the tenant is given a lease to own when they put down 3% of the pre determined sales price.  This down payment will be non refundable if the lease to own fails to go to closig and it is not the fault of the landlord.  Keep in mind, that with this type of agreement the tenant is not bound to purchase the home at the end of the designated time period, however if they fail to close then they may lose their entire or parial down
payment.  Make sure exactly what the tenant will lose is clearly pointed out in writing.  Don’t leave any room for guessing what was meant at the time of the deal.

The lease to own can be very appealing to anyone with little or no saving which would otherwise allow them to make the downpayment required to purchase the home.  Additionally it gives the tenant a whole year to clear up any negative credit reports that may be on the tenant’s records.  Also if the lender can then inspect the rental records and see that this tenant has made all 12 payments on time and without fail… automatically increases the strength of the tenant when he goes to apply for the loan.

If you are interested in purchasing rather than renting then check out the links below to all the homes for sale in the Hampton Roads area.





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