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Oct. 12, 2020

Median Sales Price Rose 10%; Highest Increase in Six Years!

(Virginia Beach, Virginia – October 2020) Real Estate Information Network Inc. (REIN), the Hampton Roads regional Multiple Listing Service, reports that September 2020’s residential median sales price rose 10.04% year-over-year, the largest annual increase in over six years! Homes are selling quickly, and often for above list price due to multiple offers. September 2020’s median sales price was $275,000, compared to 2019’s $249,900. The region’s residential active listings continue to drop at a significant rate. In September 2019 8,384 homes were available for sale, compared to September 2020 with just 4,839 units for sale, which is a decrease of 42.28% year over-year.

The area’s months’ supply of inventory also dipped at a similar rate, currently at 1.82 months, down from 3.49 months last year, and a decrease of 47.85%. An encouraging note, September had an 8.89% year-over-year increase in new listings being added to the MLS system. Inventory may be low, but sales remain strong. September saw a 41.90% increase in residential pending sales, with 3,417 homes going under contract this year as opposed to just 2,408 in September 2019. Residential settled sales also continue to rise. September 2020 saw 3,248 homes go to closing, up 34.10% from 2,422 units during the same period of time last year.

“Housing has been one of the strongest economic performance sectors in this Covid-19 Era. Homes placed under contract and closings (settled sales) continue to skyrocket with impressive year-over-year gains in almost every area of Hampton Roads. This has also had a strong effect on median sales prices which continue to escalate year-over year across our region,” states Barry Nachman, President of REIN and REIN.com.

“This trend is expected to continue throughout the fall and winter months due to a large pipeline of buyers with mortgage pre-approval applications as a result of unprecedented low interest rates. This is great news for property owners, but homebuyers trying to take advantage of these rates will find they need to come to the market with realistic expectations regarding prices as our inventory of available housing is at its lowest point ever percentagewise,” said Nachman.

Posted in Hampton Roads Info
Aug. 10, 2020

Benefits of a Home Gym

Exercise is a key part of staying healthy. Every aspect of our lives are impacted by our health, so doing the little things to ensure you stay in shape aids in your overall health. While exercise is important, many of us lead busy lives. Having your own workout space in your home can help you stay active without sacrificing your time. Here are a few benefits to turning that extra room or extra space in the garage into a home gym: 

No Commute Necessary

If you work outside the home, the last thing you may want to do is add more time to your daily commute with a trip to the gym. Instead of spending 2 hours of your time to get an hour long workout, you can enjoy a quick outfit change at home and a 30-second walk to your home gym.

No Closed Signs

Maybe you work late some nights. Maybe you are a morning person and prefer to workout before the sun rises. With a home gym, you no longer have to worry about restrictive gym hours. This is also helpful in creating a routine that you are able to stick to!

No Lines, No Strangers

While many gyms do their best to keep their exercise equipment clean, others leave it up to their clients to wipe down machines after use. If you aren’t a big fan of using sweaty equipment that may or may not be cleaned regularly, a home gym might be just what you need. The best part is, you will never have to wait in line to use a sweaty squat rack again!

No Limits

Do you love cardio machines? Maybe you prefer to run outdoors but love lifting? If you prefer to be able to customize your gym, a home gym allows you that freedom. You won’t need to buy any more than you will use, which makes your home gym a great investment.

Posted in blog
Aug. 3, 2020

MAKE YOUR HOME A BUG-FREE ZONE

MAKE YOUR HOME A BUG-FREE ZONE

MAKE YOUR HOME A BUG-FREE ZONE

As we navigate our way through this summer, many of us are likely spending more of this season at our homes than usual. While relaxing outdoors can be a great way to spend your time, you might find that you are running into bug issues. Unfortunately, nice weather usually means an increase in pesky bug activities. Here are 5 simple ways to make sure you can enjoy your space outside and make your home a bug-free zone.

Get rid of any standing water.

Make sure you clean out gutters and downspouts regularly. While you may be aware that stagnant water attracts bugs, you may not realize those gutters can trap water and become a mosquito breeding ground. You should keep kiddie pools and watering cans empty when not in use.

Add plants that bugs hate.

Mint and citrus plants are your best bet to battling bugs you may not want around. Here are some pest-repelling plants and the bugs that hate them: Some of the best additions to your garden to keep bugs out are: basil, catnip, citronella, lemon thyme, lavender, marigold, rosemary.

Keep a tidy yard.

Bugs, especially ticks, love to hide in tall grass. Make sure you are mowing your lawn regularly and making sure plants aren’t crowding your home or giving bugs easy access inside.

Don’t mulch too much (or too close)!

Mulch generates heat as it decomposes, so it gives cockroaches and ants an ideal environment to nest and end up inside your home. Try to keep mulch areas a foot or so from your home’s foundation or consider inorganic mulch options.

Install patio fans.

An easy way to get rid of mosquitoes is to add a patio fan to your outdoor space. Their bites are a pain, but they don’t put up much of a defense when they are pushed away by outdoor fans.

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Nov. 19, 2019

Family Recipes for the Holidays

Hey! Thanks for coming! 😊 

The team over at Christopher Jordan has put together some of our favorite holiday meals for you to try with your families. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Pumpkin Pie

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The BEST pumpkin pie recipe! You'll love the smooth, spiced filling inside the homemade pecan crust. From Fraiche Food, Full Hearts. Reprinted with permission.
Author: Tori Wesszer and Jillian Harris
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Cashew Cream (makes a little extra)
  • 1½ cups raw cashews, soaked 4 hours or overnight*
  • 1½ cups water
Pecan Crust
  • 1 cup pecan halves, toasted
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter or vegan butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
Filling
  • 1½ cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1½ cups Cashew Cream 
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Toppings (optional)
Instructions
  1. Make the cashew cream. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews. In a high-speed blender, blend the drained cashews and the water on high speed until very smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. Make the crust. In a food processor, combine the pecans, oat flour, brown sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse until the mixture is finely ground and sticks together well when pressed between your fingers.
  4. Tip the pecan mixture into a 10-inch pie pan and, using the flat bottom of a glass, press it evenly and firmly onto the bottom and up the sides to form the crust.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the crust looks slightly cooked but not brown. Set aside.
  6. Make the filing. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, Cashew Cream, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and salt. Whisk until smooth.
  7. Pour the filling into the crust and bake until the center of the pie is set (a butter knife should come out clean), 30 to 40 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool completely. Store, covered, in the fridge for up to 3 days

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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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Posted in Hampton Roads Info