Real Estate News

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 home

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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. 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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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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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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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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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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Strong sales skills and effective marketing are the name of the game in real estate and that will never change, but the mode of matching buyers to sellers is ever changing. We are essentially entrepreneurs. We attempt to innovate our practices to stand out amongst competitors, constantly responding to new developments in technology, the market, and government regulations.

One trend that caught fire in the nineties (and actually stayed in style) was the growth of the real estate team. As coalitions of agents continue to form, today’s real estate consumer is faced with the option of working with a team, or the traditional individual agent. Both present different perceived advantages and disadvantages, but we at Team Hensley think

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After much anticipation, a Team Hensley favorite—Tazza Kitchen—is open for business just a stone’s throw away from our office on Alverser Drive. If you haven’t been yet, we think you should put this at the top of your list of “new places to try.”

The modern, rustic decor provides a comfortable yet upscale Mediterranean atmosphere perfect for any gathering, large or small. The menu offers a wide variety of tastes and textures all made predominately using natural, organic ingredients sourced from local suppliers. This eatery also boasts an extensive wine list.

We started our meal with two delicious appetizers, the guacamole and roasted eggplant dip. Both were exceptional! The whole Team felt the guac was a notch above

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It’s no secret that Wild Ginger is among the best restaurants in Midlothian. Don’t just take my word for it. It has a 4.9 star rating out of 5 on Google Reviews right now. I’ve been there for multiple special occasions and they all stand out in my mind to this day – celebrating high school graduations, birthdays, anniversaries and even taking over one of their party rooms with a big group of friends – just for fun. And because it’s such a foodie find, we’ve run into old friends and even family numerous times.

The meals have all been memorable as well.

For starters, there’s the salty, delicious edamame and the fried peppercorn oysters that we can’t seem to do without. Then, there’s the extensive list of super fresh sushi including

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