Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to Sell A Haunted House

More than any other holiday - including, we would argue, Christmas - Halloween is a visual holiday. It exists for no other reason than to look scary, or cool, or - as is increasingly the trend - sexy. Without the images of black cats, vampire bats and Jack o' lanterns, the charms of Halloween fall mostly flat.

 Perhaps no traditional Halloween visual is more time-honored than the haunted house. A cottage industry has cropped up around turning empty warehouses or buildings into October cash cows. Even more prevalent are the urban myths, the neighborhood legends that surround a property or two in every city. Maybe something very bad happened there. Maybe it's just shrouded in trees and creaks in the wind. Regardless, it's abandoned and, well... people talk.

Unfortunately, no matter what the real story is, there's probably a Realtor desperately trying to get rid of the property on behalf of a frustrated or indifferent family. Whether you believe in haunts or not, when it comes to a property's value, perception is very often reality, at least when it comes to the bottom line.

 So what's a Realtor and homeowner to do?

 Interestingly, HGTV's "Front Door" real estate site tackled the situation. The article, "How to Sell a Haunted House" might seem like a joke, but there is actually some pertinent information here on how to deal with a property that has, at best, a urban myth problem. At worst, you may one day list a property where something really bad happened that everybody knows about.

 It's not cut and dry, and if something has happened there, disclosure may be an issue. From the article:
"More than 20 states, such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey, have laws that say agents and sellers won't be held liable for failing to mention that 20 years earlier a wife stabbed her husband in the home's master bedroom. In some cases, like in Oklahoma, it gets complicated because you have to ask in writing if the house is haunted or psychologically affected in another way, and then in writing, the seller is required to furnish the facts of the matter. Other states, however, do have laws that require that potential prospects be notified."

 
Other tips from the article:
If it's merely rumor stigmatizing the house, tackle it head on.

There actually are people who will come and rid your house of ghosts (link in the article).

Changing the address may help (this was done in the instance of one high-profile murder from the 1990s).

If all else fails, money speaks louder than ghosts. Slash the price.

 
The entire article is a wonderful, interesting read. Read it now

 A second article, from nvar.com, gets a little more into the weeds about what needs to be disclosed and what doesn't when it comes to what the author calls "stigmatizing events" like a murder or suicide, or even whether a previous inhabitant had an infectious disease.

 The upshot, in brief: Even if you aren't required to disclose these things, you ARE required to be honest with potential buyers and clients. The entire article is worth a read. Maybe you'll never face this situation, but you're better safe than sorry.

 
Mwahahahaha!

About the author: The above Real Estate was provided by Rob Alley, a leader in his field. Rob can be reached via email at roballeyrealtor@gmail.com or by phone at 434-964-8369. Rob has helped people move in and out of many Central Virginia towns for the last 8+ Years. Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise! I service the following towns in Central VA: Charlottesville, Keswick, Scottsville, Ruckersville, Stanardsville, Crozet, Ivy, Greewnwood, Albemarle, Louisa, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Lynchburg, Waynesboro, Fisherville and Augusta

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Six Ways to Repurpose Building Materials

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Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Materials in Your Home

Do you love the shabby chic look? Then consider upcycling old building materials for your next interior decorating project. Not only is it good for the environment, it can also be easy on your wallet!
Retrofit Old Appliances 
Convert old appliances into functional furniture. Turn retro refrigerators into a funky storage cabinet or have that vintage ovenrefurbished and retrofitted with modern wiring.
Scrap Lumber 
Reuse wood destined for the scrap heap or fire pit by either remilling it to build distressed furniture pieces or, if it's beyond salvaging, have it ground up to be used as wood chips or mulch in your garden.
Doors and Windows 
Upcycle old windows and doors by using them as architectural details or converting them into interesting furniture pieces. Check out thisslideshow for a few ideas to get you started.
Old Cabinetry 
Give those outdated kitchen cabinets a fresh coat of paint to update your kitchen for a fraction of the cost or reuse them in your garage, basement or attic for extra storage space.
Wood Flooring 
Go for a rustic look with reclaimed hardwood flooring "harvested" from old barns, factories and homes. Each individual board is sorted, de-nailed, kiln-dried, and planed after which tongue-and-grooves are added for installation ease.
Masonry and Concrete 
Reuse old masonry or concrete to build garden walls and walkways or have it ground up into gravel for your driveway. Old asphalt shingles can also be ground up and used as the base for driveways or parking pads.
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About the author: The above Real Estate was provided by Rob Alley, a leader in his field. Rob can be reached via email at roballeyrealtor@gmail.com or by phone at 434-964-8369. Rob has helped people move in and out of many Central Virginia towns for the last 8+ Years. Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise! I service the following towns in Central VA: Charlottesville, Keswick, Scottsville, Ruckersville, Stanardsville, Crozet, Ivy, Greewnwood, Albemarle, Louisa, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Lynchburg, Waynesboro, Fisherville and Augusta

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GOING UNDER CONTRACT in ten days! Gorgeous Lakefront Home - 153 Morning Glory Road, Ruckersville, VA 22968 - Greene County Real Estate

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NO LONGER AVAILABLE, GOING UNDER CONTRACT IN TEN DAYS!

153 MORNING GLORY RD RUCKERSVILLE, VA 22968


5 beds, 3 baths, $234,900 
Call Rob Alley with RE/MAX Realty Specialists at 434-964-8369 to schedule and appointment!

  • Listing Information:


    •  153 MORNING GLORY
    •  RUCKERSVILLE
    •  VA
    •  22968
    •  Greene
    •  Greene Co.
    •  $234,900
    •  525952 
    •  Single Family
    •  Resale/New
    •  TWIN LAKES ESTATES (GREENE)
    •  Active
  • Property Information:


    •  Ranch
    •  5
    •  3
    •  3
    •  1994
    •  2688
    •  1.2800000000
    •  Mountain, Water, Pond/Lake Site
    •  Finished, Full, Heated, Inside Access, Outside Ent
    •  None
    •  1404.000
    •  Central AC
    •  Heat Pump
    •  Aluminum
    •  2 Story
    •  PORCH: Deck, Porch, Rear WINDOWS: Single-hung YARD: Mature, Nearly Level, Private, Sunny
    •  Waterfront
    •  Ceiling Fan(s)
    •  Dishwasher, Disposal, Electric Range, Microwave, Refrigerator, Self-clean Oven,
    •  Public Water; Septic Tank;
    •  29
    •  Nearly Level, Water Front
  • Listing School Information:

    •  William Monroe
    •  Greene Primary
    •  William Monroe
  • Comments:

    150 ft of WATERFRONT property now available! Beautiful 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2600 sq ft home on large lot with water views from the kitchen, dining rooms, and back deck. Hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms. New carpet throughout both levels. New fixtures, vanities and mirrors in bathrooms, including ceramic tile. Fresh Paint. Trees cut for better ease and to bring more light into yard and home. Finished basement offers Family Room. Long private driveway and large shed!
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About the author: The above Real Estate was provided by Rob Alley, a leader in his field. Rob can be reached via email at roballeyrealtor@gmail.com or by phone at 434-964-8369. Rob has helped people move in and out of many Central Virginia towns for the last 8+ Years. Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise! I service the following towns in Central VA: Charlottesville, Keswick, Scottsville, Ruckersville, Stanardsville, Crozet, Ivy, Greewnwood, Albemarle, Louisa, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Lynchburg, Waynesboro, Fisherville and Augusta

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Fluvanna County Horse Farm For Sale - 534 Rockfish Run Road, Scottsville, VA 24590

Horse Farm with Facilities!

A Short Drive From Charlottesville and Albemarle, Nestled in Fluvanna County is:


534 ROCKFISH RUN RD SCOTTSVILLE, VA 24590


5 beds, 5 baths, $949,000




Listing Information:

  • Price: 949,000 USDProperty Area: 20.00 Acres
  • Property Type: Home with existing horse facilitiesProperty Use: All Around
  • Special Amenities: Guest Quarters, StallsUtility Type: Electric, Well, Propane
  • Bedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 3.50
  • Age: 2008House Area: 10,422 Sq. Ft.
  • For Sale By: Rob AlleyArchitectural Style: Colonial
Elegant Estate on 20+ acres of property is perfect for horses, entertaining, big families and privacy! This home features a gated entry, horse fencing, a barn, gravel circular drive, in ground pool, formal dining room, several built-in fireplaces, tile throughout, an eat in kitchen with breakfast bar, 2 massive gas ranges, large pantry, in-law suite in basement, home theatre room & vaulted ceilings with columns that open the 1st floor family room. Wildlife abounds with a stream/creek on the backside of the property.



About the author: The above Real Estate was provided by Rob Alley, a leader in his field. Rob can be reached via email at roballeyrealtor@gmail.com or by phone at 434-964-8369. Rob has helped people move in and out of many Central Virginia towns for the last 8+ Years. Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise! I service the following towns in Central VA: Charlottesville, Keswick, Scottsville, Ruckersville, Stanardsville, Crozet, Ivy, Greewnwood, Albemarle, Louisa, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Lynchburg, Waynesboro, Fisherville and Augusta

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