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If you're thinking of buying your significant other a house for Christmas (mostly a joke) you might want to lock in your mortgage interest rate NOW. 30 year fixed mortgage interest rates continue to linger below 4%, which will provide you with an excellent opportunity to have low monthly payments on that exciting Christmas gift. :)
Take a few minutes to walk through this immaculate home just outside the City offers privacy and long views from the covered porch and wrap-around deck. Enjoy a spacious home with beautiful interior finishes including a large kitchen with breakfast bar, a dining area, living room with wood beams, a sitting room with a stone-front gas fireplace and a mudroom / laundry room. The expansive master suite features two walk-in closets and a large master bathroom with jetted tub and tile shower. All bedrooms are spacious and feature ceiling fans. Don't miss the hardwood floors, ceramic tile, recessed lights, upgraded refrigerator, high ceilings, raised bed gardens, partially fenced yard, upgraded light fixtures, two zone heat pump and water softener!
Click here to walk through this home now, on your computer, phone or tablet.
Or, visit this home's property website.
Or, view lots of pretty photos of this home by clicking the collage below....
Today -- December 12th -- 5PM until 10PM -- Downtown Harrisonburg
Shop Local for the holidays! You will enjoy extended store hours, special promotions and events, art and live music, holiday treats, and plenty of festive cheer!
Special promotions this evening include....
Midtowne Bottle Shop | Open til 11pm
The Lady Jane | Open til 10pm
Ten Thousand Villages | 10am-10pm
Walkabout Outfitter | 10am - 10pm
Downtown Wine & Gourmet
OASIS Fine Art & Craft | Open til 10pm
Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg is the perfect home for your business and your career. Here, local businesses benefit from:
Learn more at HarrisonburgDevelopment.com....
I promise I won't play-by-play this, but interest rates fell again this week, to an average of 3.92% for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage.
If you're getting ready to buy, there is a compelling reason to do it now / soon to take advantage of these great rates.
For the very first time in 2014, the average mortgage interest rate is below 4% for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. The national average as of yesterday was 3.97%.
The last time we saw interest rates in the 3%'s was in June 2013.
Tell your son or daughter to put on their architect hat -- it's time for the SVBA Green Playhouse Design Competition!
There are two categories of students, those in K – 9 and those in Grade 10 – post graduate. Students are welcome to participate as an independent project, class project, or just for fun.
The designs created should be shown on a 24" x 36" poster board, scale drawings, and / or physical model.
The winning entry in each category will receive a $50 gift certificate to Larkin Arts and one winning entry will be built at the SVBA Home and Garden show on Saturday April 11, 2015.
The playhouse that is built will then be auctioned off to benefit the Explore More Discovery Museum in downtown Harrisonburg.
For those teachers wanting to use this in their class but a little unsure of how to go about the design process, Harrisonburg architect, Charles Hendricks can assist getting your class started. Simply contact him to schedule a time to visit your group.
There aren't many new townhouses going up in Harrisonburg -- but The Townes at Bluestone is one example of a new townhouse development that is proving to be very popular with buyers.
These townhouses feature plenty of upscale features including:
The next set of townhouses with garages (Lots 98-101) is being released this week. A few price points to consider at The Townes include....
Find out more about The Townes at Bluestone....
Don't miss this amazing show, taking place on September 18 - 20.
PLUS...you have the opportunity to Bring the World into Your Home!
Host a member of the cast to connect with other countries and cultures, share your community and local traditions, and receive two complimentary tickets to the show. As a host family, you are simply asked to provide a bed, breakfast and dinner and limited local transportation.
If you are interested in hosting a cast member (Sept 15 - 22) please contact Jennifer Carson at 712-541-9880 or email@example.com.
Fixed mortgage interest rates keep declining....now to their lowest level thus far in 2014. The average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is now 4.1%.
If you are under contract to buy a home, it may be wise to lock in your rate now!
While there aren't many foreclosure sales scheduled, and we have been seeing fewer foreclosures compared to home sales, there are still a good number of bank owned homes in the system for sale right now.
You can always find the most current listing of bank owned homes online at HarrisonburgREO.com.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about these properties.
A new model home was just completed at Heritage Estates, an active adult community in Harrisonburg with a swimming pool and located adjacent to Heritage Oaks Golf Course.
Enjoy the photos below, check out the entire set on Flickr, and if you, or your parent(s) are considering a move and would be looking for a low maintenance home in a community with a swimming pool and friendly neighbors, let's meet over at the new model home at Heritage Estates so I can tell you a bit more about the community.
Learn more about Heritage Estates at HeritageEstates.us.
The Bowling Company at Court Square wants to build a six lane bowling alley in downtown Harrisonburg where you can bowl five types of bowling with pin boys to set up your pins.
Watch a video and learn all about their hopes and dreams here.
Join me in making a financial contribution towards their campaign on indiegogo.
Looking for bank owned homes in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County? You can find all active listings at HarrisonburgREO.com.
If you're interested in receiving email updates of new listings of bank owned homes, just drop me a line at scott@HarrisonburgHousingToday.com and I will set that up for you.
Also, you can find out about upcoming foreclosure sales at HarrisonburgForeclosures.com.
Fixed mortgage interest rates (30 year) continue their downward trend towards 4%. The average rate right now is an astonishingly low 4.12%.
If you're buying now, or soon, today would seem to be a GREAT day to lock in your interest rate!
Guess what, they largely don't exist....with one exception.
If you were a home buyer looking for a home under $200K with everything on one level.....and you wanted something built in the past 20 years so you wouldn't have too much maintenance, you wouldn't find many options.
Nearly all of the properties built in the past 20 years for less than $200K (with 2+ beds and 2+ baths) are two-story townhouses.
The one exception.... Founders Way Condominiums.
These brand new 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condos offer an open floor plan with upgrades including hardwood laminate flooring, granite countertops and more.
Check out some photos here and here.
Check out pricing and availability here.
This is a great time to lock in your interest rate if you haven't already done so! Mortgage interest rates have fallen over the past several weeks, and are now approaching 4%.
Mortgage interest rates seem to be QUITE stable between 4% and 4.5%. Let's keep them there! This continues to be a great time to buy relative to locking in your housing costs at historically low levels.
That said, you do need to think about how much you should spend on your next home. Talk to me, or talk to a mortgage lender, to get that conversation started.
Townhouses are now for sale in Section 2 at The Townes at Bluestone, starting at $184,900.
You can see the location of the first two buildings, as well as the pricing, here, and you can view and download the floor plans here.
If you are looking for a NEW townhouse in the City of Harrisonburg, The Townes at Bluestone may be a great option for you.
Find out more at TheTownesAtBluestone.com, or let me know (540-578-0102) if you would like to meet me over at the model home to take a look at the community.
Mark your calendars, and plan to come out to the 2014 Home & Garden Show at the Rockingham County fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday:
As Charles Hendricks notes, over at HarrisonburgArchitect.com....
The Home and Garden show is a great kick off to spring each year, giving you access to the best and brightest in the home industry in our area.
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