Welcome to our Real Estate Blog! We write tips and tricks to help buyers and sellers save time and money with each real estate transaction.  We are a group of Real Estate Professionals proudly serving the Hampton Roads area including: Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton and Newport News. This real estate website is intended to be a resource resource for real estate news, real estate listings, real estate investing, and real estate questions. We also intend to highlight real estate for sale and area news.

At the Christopher Jordan Group we understand that buying and selling real estate is an important decision. Give us a call today so we can help you with every step along the way.  Our team of real estate professionals wants to guide you through the buying and selling process to put your mind at ease.  We are licensed real estate agents in Virginia. Let us help you with your local real estate needs!

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Aug. 7, 2018

CJG's Back To School Drive

Thank you to the local Western Branch Community for coming out to support the CJG Back to School Drive to support the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Virginia! We are so grateful for all who participated in this wonderful event. Here are a few photos from the donation locations!

 

Posted in Hampton Roads Info
July 23, 2018

Things to Consider When Selling a Home

When selling your home, especially if it is your first home, is a huge decision and should be thought out completely before putting your home on the market.  Before you fall in love with a new home, you need to make sure your home is ready to sell.  Being ready to sell does not mean just applying a fresh coat of paint or trimming the hedges, although that will certainly help.  Here are 9 tips to consider when selling your home

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July 18, 2018

Generating More Traffic To Your Rental Property

Having a rental property is a lot of work but what can be simple is when you have good tenants and they stay for a long time.  This ideal situation would bring in a sizeable profit, but as we all know, that is not always the case.  Being a renter all you want is a great apartment or house in a prime location.  Although there are real estate listing websites, you can create one for your home to rent.  If you can enhance your website presence you can educate renters about your home and why it is the perfect location for them.

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Posted in Rental Property
July 10, 2018

8 Ways To Increase Your Home’s Value On A Budget

Do you want to sell your home?  There are many things that can be done to bring value to your home even if you’re living on a budget.  Although you may be on a budget increasing the value in your home can be easy with these 8 improvement ideas that will stage you for success with this often-difficult task.

Here are 8 strategic ways to increase your homes value-

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July 2, 2018

Horrible Tenants? Here are some ways to steer clear of them.

The profitability of a property is why you invest in real estate, however bad tenants can devastate the investment cost of your property. Being a landlord can be expensive and a properties ROI is determined by how much irregular expenses you experience. Some examples are: rent defaults, repairs, property turnovers, or even lawsuits. What all these irregular expenses scream is horrible tenant! There are things you can do before someone rents one of your properties such as screening the new tenant carefully. Some suggestions are:

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Posted in Rental Property
June 28, 2018

4th of July Events in Hampton Roads

The signs of summer are 4th of July, family, and friends.  There is plenty to do around Hampton Roads no matter if you are looking for a beach party or a family friendly parade.  Here is a list of events across the Hampton Roads Area---

Christopher Jordan Group, Real Estate wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!  We hope you celebrate with the ones you love.

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June 13, 2018

What These Homeowners Wish They’d Known When They Bought

Home buying can be a whirlwind of feelings and taking the leap can sometimes make you feel like you bought at the wrong time.  Timing is everything when buying a new home and sometimes the stories told are always the missed opportunities.  All doors need to be open so to speak because otherwise regrets of all sorts are all too common among buyers.  A lot of people have some regret about their home of some part of the process they went through when choosing and closing on a property.  Even the best laid plans can be destroyed by poor timing.  You want to try and avoid any expensive or stressful timing mistakes by reading below about the things homeowners wish they knew before they bought!

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Posted in Home Buyer
June 5, 2018

What You Need to Know About Buying a House in Summer 2018

The competition for buying a home gets hot and steamy in the summer time.  It’s an exciting time of year to explore new neighborhoods and imagine cookouts with family in your new backyard.  But before you start getting too excited it is important to understand the housing market for buyers and how you can end up with the best home and price for you.

Coming off of the spring market summer should be just as strong.  There is a lot of new real estate out there and the home sales and list prices are rising.  Doing some research before you go house hunting will help you get the most out of the summer’s housing market.  Here are some tips and facts to the summer market in Hampton Roads-

Summer Housing Market Facts

Prices drop during the summer.

Home buying can be a crazy time and the perks of buying in the summer is that home prices tend to drop from May through October.  Patience can be key when buying a home and if you can wait until late August, sometimes you can find good deals.  Some home owners are eager to sell before a school year and house listings can get a price cut.

PMI is getting more affordable.

Financing for a new home can be expensive and having a private mortgage insurance that is cheap can change everything about buying a new home.

Mortgage Insurance companies are going to be competitive, so if some are dropping their prices the other companies tend to follow suite.  Most home buyers are required to get a private mortgage insurance when they only have less than 20 percent of their down payment. That means it will be cheaper for some buyers and they will be able to get into their new homes a lot sooner.

Summer 2018 Home Buying Tips

Don’t discount older listings.

When home have been on the market longer than a week, some people think that is a red flag.  However, that is not always the case and it often could be the buyer that pulled out of a deal or got cold feet.  Due to peoples’ assumptions about older listing in busy markets the delay in sale could cause a price drop.  Older listings can be diamonds in a rough when it comes to finding good deals in the summertime.

Consider a fixer-upper.

Buying a home, it is important to be flexible and sometimes that means going with a fixer-upper.  A lot of home buyers imagine a dream home that is move in ready because there are so many out there.  The number of starter homes are dropping but there are more fixer-uppers now than a few years ago.  If you are dead set on a fixer upper you will need to be ready to move quickly because there are usually only a few options at a time.  

Get to know the neighborhood.

When there are competitive markets it is easy to put an offer in on any listed property if it fits your criteria, but it is important to know what the neighborhood is about before you end up in the wrong neighborhood.  You want to feel like home when you are driving into the driveway, so it is vital to take some time to do commo=unity scouting before making an offer on a new home.  When buying a home, knowing if there are playgrounds or nightclubs could be vital to your quality of life in your home.

Make the strongest offer—even if it’s not the highest.

There is a difference between the strongest offer and the highest offer when bidding on a home.  Obviously low-ball offers are never appropriate but having cash can put you ahead of even someone with a high offer.  Offering to pay with cash is the secret to winning a bid, if you can financially provide cash.

Providing cash is not always easy so there are other ways to make a strong offer that do not require a lot of money.  The buyer could make generous contingencies such as a shorter closing or inspection period.  Sometimes even having a great offer letter can make your offer stand out among the crowd.

Posted in Home Buyer
May 14, 2018

Some Mistakes to Avoid As a New Home Owner

Making the decision to invest and buy a home is one of the biggest decisions ever and some people make it with an astounding amount of information missing.  Before signing on the dotted line there are somethings you should research before committing to such an investment.  These are some life ruing mistakes for the new home owner to avoid—

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May 1, 2018

Things to Do In Hampton Roads This Summer Part 1

Are you and your family looking for new and exciting things to do around Hampton Roads this summer 2018? This is a first in a series of blogs bringing you information about local venues for you and your family this summer!

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