Real Estate News

BY ANNEMARIE HENSLEY

I love that working in real estate has taught me so much about how to help people with common homeownership issues. For example, have you ever had an unexpectedly high water bill?

Here’s a quick and easy way to troubleshoot the problem:

First, walk through your home and turn off all the faucets, tubs, showers, water supply lines to toilets and possibly your fridge– and then check the garden hoses outside too.

Next, locate your water meter. If you’re not sure where it is, check the front of the house, near the street (if you’re in a condo- just call the property manager!). Once you’ve found the meter, there should be a cover that you open and a valve inside that you can turn with an adjustable wrench or channel lock pliers. (Or,

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BY DYLAN BEDSAUL

Think back to your own high school experience. Did you fit in? Where you in the “popular” crowd? A jock, maybe? Artsy, or a math/sci geek? No matter your talents, gifts or interests, at Midlothian High School students will find their niche and more importantly will be prepared for college when they graduate.

Midlothian High School received a Silver Medal ranking from US News & World Report, and has much to brag about. Home to the Trojans, Midlothian High School is located in the city of its namesake in close proximity to major roads, including Midlothian Turnpike and the Powhite Parkway. The school has earned an A- rating from Niche Schools K-12 Rankings and Reviews and an 8/10 from Great Schools.org.

Academically, Midlothian

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 BY DYLAN BEDSAUL

Recently, Team Hensley released its first ever Matterport 3D virtual tour, allowing homebuyers a chance to experience a high definition and easy to use walkthrough of listings. With a simple scanning and upload process involving a Matterport Pro 3D camera and the Matterport iPad application (recommended Apple Air iPad 2 or higher with the most recent version of iOS) agents have the ability to showcase every angle of a home.

This new technology offers a much more immersive and informative approach to the home search process. At the inception of a tour, users have the option to place themselves wherever they choose within the home by toggling through either the dollhouse or floor plan display. Once inside the house, one simply

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By Annemarie Hensley:

I love a parade!  And yes, I was singing that line as I wrote it!  I mean really, who doesn't love a parade?  And the Midlothian Village Day Parade gives no reason to argue that point. This parade, organized by the Midlothian Foundation, has become a highly anticipated event taking place the 3rd Sat in October each year.  2015 celebrates the 22nd year of its existence, and this year's parade was as strong as ever,attracting thousands of spectators.  The parade included over 90 entries with over 500 marchers down Midlothian Turnpike from Village Mill Drive to the First Citizens Bank, located at 13101 Midlothian Turnpike. 

This festive event celebrates the Midlothian Community, and features our local businesses, churches, civic

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Dose of Reality: When Do You Need An Attorney

By: Scott D. Stovall, Esq.

The short, honest, and admittedly self-serving answer to the question posed by the title of this article is “always.” A more specific and conservative answer is “the sooner the better, but definitely before you sign the real estate contract.” For most of us, our home likely will be the largest investment we make and depending upon who you ask, either our biggest asset or liability. Once the ink dries on the contract, there is little (with some exceptions) you can do to change the purchase price of the home. As a result, our natural instinct is to cut out what we perceive to be worthless but expensive closing costs such as surveys, enhanced title insurance policies, various

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 BY DYLAN BEDSAUL

In the short history of Cosby High School, the school has been established as one of the top high schools in Chesterfield County, the state of Virginia, and the nation. Cosby is nestled in Midlothian, VA in close proximity to Hull Street and several subdivisions such as Magnolia Green, Hampton Park, FoxFire, Foxcroft, Foxcreek, and Woodlake. US News & World Report gave it a ranking of #25 in the state of Virginia and the silver rating of US News & World Reports Best High Schools nationwide. Greatschools.org also gave it a 9 out of 10 ranking determined on the basis of student achievement, student growth, and college readiness.

Cosby offers a wide range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, allowing students to receive college credit

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 BY DYLAN BEDSAUL
Remember that feeling you had when your professor called you out during your literature discussion and you hadn’t done the reading so you had nothing to contribute? What about that feeling when you didn’t train for that 5k and ran it on pure adrenaline, only to fail miserably? Then there’s that time when your dog decided to relieve himself twice on your daily walk and you were bag-less, so you just left his shoe-ruining, air polluting mess where it laid for all the kids to run through? Didn’t that feel awful? I bet it did.
 
While the examples above are more autobiographical than I would like to admit, I’m going to tell you how you can avoid this wasted emotion called regret. The solution is simple. Be prepared! Stop wingin’ it, this is

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BY DYLAN BEDSAUL

1. You can drift off into a (temporary) real estate fantasyland and dream big.

When choosing a home there are a lot of restrictive factors. Buyers must consider budget, proximity to work, closeness to family, quality of schools, climate, etc., and a buyer essentially has to prioritize the things they value most. Making a practical decision is important. After all, a home is one your of largest, if not your largest, investments and where you choose to buy can be a large determinant of your quality of life. But, practicality is no fun. So, do yourself a favor and watch Million Dollar Listing New York and pretend to be that CEO selling his fully upgraded penthouse in SoHo for a whopping $6 million dollars so he can buy a 7-figure

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BY SANDE SNEAD

It’s safe to say that few couples buy a house thinking that there will come a time when they will no longer want to live together.  A house is a major investment – the biggest investment of a lifetime for most people. So, when it comes time to split this most valuable asset, it’s not always easy or clear-cut as to how to go about it.

First and foremost, you should consult your divorce attorney. Assuming that the house is “marital property” aka joint property acquired together during the marriage, and that you have accumulated some equity in the house over time, one way to go about is to have two appraisals done and agree that the average of the two is the value of the home.

Next, one of the owners can choose to buy the other out using

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 BY DYLAN BEDSAUL

In case you haven’t heard, Wegmans is moving south. With over 80 locations in neighboring Northern Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts, Wegmans has established itself as an east coast grocery mogul. With its charming European-meets-northeastern-township-esque exterior, consumers can’t help but be attracted to the Wegmans aesthetic. And when the doors slide open the atmosphere inside does not disappoint either.

Have you ever been moseying for baked goods at a suburban grocery store and found yourself in an enclave of grand two-story windows, flower boxes, and string lights draped across the ceiling as if you are strolling in an outdoor Parisian marketplace? Unless you’ve shopped at Wegmans, I

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