Thursday, May 26, 2016

Open House in Midlothian!

Come check out this gorgeous property located in Midlothian, VA! A great area with lots of amenities and great schools!  This Saturday, May 28 from 1 pm - 3 pm.

1670 King William Woods
Midlothian, VA 23113
4 Bedrooms
3.5 Baths

Looking to invest in a great property & area? Or maybe you want to put some personal touches on a house w/great bones! You have found it! This home sits on over 2 acres & is a quick car ride to 288 or route 60. Walking into the home you have a large foyer & half bath. Then you walk into a large family room with vaulted ceilings and skylights with a brick wood-burning fireplace. There are sliding glass doors that will lead to the rear deck with a serene view. The kitchen has a large island and cooktop with an eat-in area and skylights. Across the way, off the family room, you have a first-floor master with a walk-in closet. The private master bath has an oversized vanity, LARGE tub/shower, and a large linen closet. Upstairs you will find 3 more bedrooms, one with a direct entry into the bathroom that also has an entry from the hall. Another bedroom has direct entry into a large unfinished attic above the garage, this could be an office, bonus room, or rec room. Anything you could imagine! The third bedroom upstairs has the potential to be a second master with its own private bath & large sink/vanity. Come see this house today and see how you can make it your home!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Gem in the Heart of Henrico!

     This home is a gem in the heart of Henrico County!  Live near all the      conveniences of the West End, including Short Pump, Glen Allen, and Innsbrook, but with the privacy and beauty of an acre property!  This newly renovated home has 5 bedrooms and 2 and 1/2 baths with a separate, studio-style home adjacent to the main house with so many potential uses!  Rent it out for extra income, use it as a home office, an in-law suite, or a haven for your almost college graduate!

     Some of the best Elementary, Middle and High Schools in the County are just minutes away, as well as post-secondary schools like J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College and the University of Richmond.  Virginia Commonwealth University is just a short drive downtown!  Work commutes are no problem with easy access to Interstates 64, 95, 295, and Route 288.

     Take a short drive to Goochland and enjoy the country, travel minutes to Carytown for a day of shopping, or just enjoy the view from your own oasis in the middle of Henrico County.  Set back from the main road, you can enjoy your privacy on this acre lot.  Brand new, beautiful hardwood floors are featured throughout the home, with updated fixtures and fresh paint!  The kitchen has brand new cabinets, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances.  Outdoor maintenance will be a cinch with new gutters, siding, and windows!

The fully functional studio features hardwood floors and new windows as well as a brand new hot water heater!  It has a full bath and a wet bar with granite countertop.  Any guest would be comfortable staying in this little retreat!

Make an appointment to see it today!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Are Investment Properties For You?

At Clocktower Realty Group, we handle a lot of investment properties.  In fact, it's how I got my start in Real Estate! We love the opportunities that investing Real Estate can bring.  Its effect the neighborhood, the block, and the property itself is really an investment back into the city. We've worked with lots of investors who rely on us to find properties with a high return value and long-term growth.  If you're a seasoned investor, or just looking to get started, here's some tips on making a smart investment that works for you!

Want To Be A Landlord? HGTV's 'Income Property' Star Has Advice
By: Vanessa McGrady

Vacation properties? Out. Investment properties? In.

According to a recent National Association of Realtors report, for the first time in five years, more people are putting their real estate dollars into investment properties rather than purchasing vacation homes.

“Baby boomers at or near retirement continue to propel the demand for second homes, although headwinds softened the overall volume of vacation sales last year,” said Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors chief economist in a press release. “The expanding pool of buyers amidst a dwindling number of bargain-priced properties led to tighter supply and fewer sales and caused the price of vacation homes to rise. Furthermore, the turbulence that hit the financial markets the second half of the year likely seized some would-be buyers’ available cash.”

The survey found that after a five-year decline, investment-home sales in 2015 jumped 7% to an estimated 1.09 million from 1.02 million in 2014; vacation-home sales last year declined to an estimated 920,000, down 18.5% from their most recent peak level of 1.13 million in 2014.

If you’re considering buying or renovating your property to take in a little cash with a home-sharing site or longer-term rental, Scott McGillivray, host of HGTV’s Income Property show, says you have to think beyond the purchase price and monthly mortgage outlay to figure out if landlording makes sense financially. “Always make sure the total rent will cover all the costs of running and maintaining the unit, plus a little extra. This positive cash flow will ensure you’ve got a profitable long-term investment,” he says.

Before you put pen to paper, you’ll need to do some research, especially if renovations are required to make a property suitable for multi-unit or multifamily use. “Zoning and bylaws always come first. Make sure it’s legal to have a multi-family unit in your area,” McGillivray says. “ The properties with the best opportunities will also have a separate entrance, good ceiling heights on all levels (6’11” in at least 75% of the space), good size windows, and a large floor plan. Bungalows usually have the biggest lower level floor plans if you’re thinking of a separate basement unit. You should also look at the proximity to destination areas such as schools, hospitals, and highways. Usually, the closer you are to an urban center the easier it is to rent.”

McGillivray says that the biggest mistake would-be landlords make is going light on the soundproofing between units, which can be expensive or complicated in an already finished space.  “Noise is the number-one complaint in multi-unit residences, whether it’s a house or a condo. And sound separation is not a simple fix in a finished space.”

And if you’re wondering if you should leave things alone in a fixer, vs. making improvements and charging more rent, he says to go ahead and make the place the best it can be —this means adding a washer, dryer, and dishwasher to the unit, and making sure that the entryway is easy, without requiring too many stairs up or down to the sidewalk. “Always go for higher rent, because you get a double payoff. You can charge more rent and you can increase the value of your home through value-added renovations. Also, the higher the caliber of the space the higher caliber of tenant you will attract—they will treat it better and likely stay longer.”

Finally, if you’re hiring out the work, ask the contractors lots of questions. “If you’re adding an income or in-law suite always ask if they have ever done a legal two-unit conversion. There are some legalities involved that the average contractor might not know about. Also, be sure to get (and check!) references to find out the circumstances of their previous jobs,” he says.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Forest Hill Open House

We have an amazing open house from 2 pm - 4 pm this Sunday!  It has amazing features and is in the popular North Side neighborhood of Richmond at 5607 Forest Hill Avenue!  This 3 bedroom and 2 full bathroom house is a steal and comes with a one year home warranty and closing cost assistance! It's amazing walk-out, partially finished basement has SO much potential and the 2nd-floor master suite really sets this property apart! 

How Basement Renovations Can Pay Off

Straight from comes great tips on what to do with a basement that has potential! It not only adds SO much value to your home, it creates another living space to enjoy for years to come!

8 Basement Renovations That Really Pay Off!
By: Margaret Heidenry

Sure, walking down rickety stairs and gazing into a dark, dank cellar might put you off the idea of dropping wads of cash to hang out there. For motivation to clear away the cobwebs, consider the fact that updating a basement could net you a 72.8% return on investment, according to Remodeling magazine—that’s higher than a rehabbed kitchen or bathroom!

But just how do you go about transforming your basement from a site that could get scouted for a horror movie to a comfortable rec room, stylish spare bedroom, or swanky home theater? Simply follow these renovation tips and expert advice for some ideas.

Assess its potential

First, spend some quality time in your basement and make sure it has potential. Signs you should maybe save your renovation dollars are “low ceilings, few windows, and a closed-in or poor layout,” according to Bruce Ailion of Re/Max Town and Country Real Estate Brokers in Atlanta. You just won’t be able to do much with that. But basements with a comfortably high ceiling and at least a couple of windows are fair game.

Further proof: One of Ailion’s clients, a flipper, bought newer homes with decent basements for $215,000. After spending $75,000 in basement upgrades, she would sell them for more than $350,000—“earning a gross profit of $60,000 on a fairly consistent basis.”

Get floored

Most basement floors can be best described as dystopian utilitarian—that is, cold, gray concrete. How to warm it up without spending a fortune? If you have a dry basement with no moisture issues, “wall-to-wall carpeting is among the least expensive and easiest-to-install options,” says Dina Gibbons, a home and garden design expert at RubberMulch. “A midrange nylon Berber carpet is a great pick.”

Installation for a 250-square-foot space will run about $1,000. If your basement is prone to flooding, check out modular carpeting tiles that are easy to replace in case of water staining or damage.

Banish mold

You know that moldy, musty smell that screams “basement”? That comes from mold. Whenever you have a room below ground level, you risk having water seep in. And just behind a layer of Sheetrock wall is the perfect place for these funky spores to flourish beyond your reach. Yet there are alternatives.

When renovating her 200-square-foot basement, New Jersey homeowner Ellen Cagnassola installed walls made from fiberglass with a Teflon-coated fabric by Owens Corning.

“It looks like real linen, so beautiful,” says Cagnassola. And since these walls are designed to breathe, they don’t trap water and create breeding grounds for mold. Meanwhile Cagnassola’s crown and baseboard moldings look like cherry-red wood, but they are made of PVC. And they pop off, which was handy as she recently tiled the floor. Best of all, the entire remodel cost only $15,000.

Let there be light

Get rid of that dark, shiver-inducing feeling some cellars have by adding natural light with an egress window. These large windows that allow for an easy exit in case of a fire will run about $500 for a DIYer to $3,000 for a professional installation. Other inexpensive options to transform a basement include adding “reclaimed wood to the walls and hanging tin or faux beams to the ceiling,” Gibbons says.

Pick the right paint

Basements are not exactly known for great ventilation (though you might want to upgrade that), and fumes from fresh paint can put a real damper on movie night. A great toxin-free option is milk paint such as RMPC, which emits zero odor during application or drying. Plus, milk paint is porous, so moisture in the walls won’t make it flake off.


Throwing up a few walls is one thing, grabbing a sledgehammer to install a bathroom is another. But while you’re in the basement, do you want to trek upstairs when nature calls? We didn’t think so. Enter upflush toilets, which can be installed on top of any finished surface, according to Ross Evans, national sales manager for Saniflo. Since water flows through the back of the toilet instead of through pipes under concrete, there’s less renovation mess and lower overall installation costs.

Go for multitasking

Sure, you could make the basement a permanent museum for your obsolete furniture and electronics, or you could go for a flexible, multiple-use area you will actually use.

“The most impactful basement renovation is one that provides an area for entertaining and family activities,” says Gibbons. Build walls to form a guest bedroom, kids’ playroom, or home office, Gibbons says—all are in high demand with home buyers. Just maintain the larger portion of the basement for an open living space.

Rent it out to start making money now!

Once you’ve finished your basement, consider renting it out to earn an immediate ROI, says Jordan Knowles of The New LeDroit Park Building Co.

“If you live in a city like Washington, DC, rental space is in demand. Homeowners are getting rental income anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 per month to pay [their] mortgage. Others have decided to invest in the renovation and use services like Airbnb for short-term rentals, keeping the space free for family visits.”

For the full article, click here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Best Location in Ashland!

     This Ashland home, 10298 Jamestown Road, features the best of both worlds when it comes to privacy and space versus convenient amenities.  Situated near Randolph-Macon University, downtown Ashland is only five minutes away.  Local dining ranges from fine to casual, shopping centers and grocery stores are all within a few minutes drive.  Ashland Coffee & Tea, a local gathering hub, is known state-wide for attracting both large and small musical acts and is at the heart of the Ashland cultural scene.  

     With lots of entertainment, dining, and shopping all nearby, this home, sitting on an acre of land, still has plenty of privacy.  Just off the main road, this small community is surrounded by lush green, wooded areas which you can enjoy from the brand new wooden deck or country style porch!  This ranch-style home has four bedrooms with two and a half baths, making plenty of space for family, guests, or your college-age kids attending the university just down the road.  The utility closet along with the half-bath are both just off the mudroom entrance from the rear deck, making cleanup and outdoor entertaining a cinch!

     Everything in this home has been recently updated!  Hardwood flooring, carpeting and tiling, as well as a brand-new open kitchen with granite counter tops.  The essentials haven’t been looked over, either.  The hot water heater, siding, heat pump, and duct work have all been replaced!  Wired for a generator with front and rear flood lights controlled by motion sensor or a separate control from the master suite, there’s no way this house can be left in the dark!  The master suite also features a large, walk-in closet and a double vanity bathroom with a HUGE, modern sit-in shower.  

     One of the best features about this home is that it’s just been reduced in price, so make an appointment for a private viewing, because this home is a must-see! 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Open House!

We are holding an open house today from 2 pm - 4 pm, so please, come check out this amazing home in a beautiful location!  

13512 Corapeake Place
Chesterfield, VA 23838
5 Bedroom
4.5 Bath

Situated on the 10th hole fairway and practically Club House adjacent, this gorgeous home is a steal! Enjoy the luscious green, manicured scenery as well as all of the top amenities Chesdin Landing Golf & Waterfront Community has to offer.  In a private Golf Course community, being a resident means access to the full-service clubhouse, swimming pool, and exercise facilities!

Entering into your new home you will notice 9ft ceilings that lead you into the family room.

This property sits on a picturesque one and a half acres and encompasses the good life!  With miles of walking and biking trails, lighted tennis courts, a full-size basketball court, Olympic size pool, a regulation-size sand volleyball court, and equestrian facilities nearby, there is no shortage of activities!  The 3,100 acre Lake is big enough for every water activity imaginable, from swimming and fishing to boating, sailing, and waterskiing!  The 18,000 sq. foot Clubhouse offers the best in fine dining as well as a casual sports bar, not to mention a packed activities calendar for every age.

 Sit and enjoy the surround sound Bose system and enjoy the stone fireplace that will keep you cozy during those cold winter months.

From the family room, you flow right on into the kitchen with granite counter tops and gorgeous dark cabinetry. 

The first floor master is a retreat in its self. You have a magnificent view out of your bay window and a large master bath with a jetted tub and separate shower.

Upstairs you have 4 other bedrooms w/a bonus room to let your imagination run wild.

Outside on the deck, enjoy a large area to grill, entertain, or just sit and bask in the beautiful picturesque setting. Just to the left of the backyard is a play area and then just a short walk through the trees you can be putting away and spending the day playing golf. Too many features to have them all listed, so stop imagining, and come see this property today!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Open Houses this Saturday!

Pack your umbrella and put on your rain boots to come check out these great Richmond open houses!  This May weather might be cool, but the Real Estate market is HOT! Listings are being sold at record speed this Spring, so don't miss out on one of these great properties!

Both open houses are going to be held Saturday from 2 pm - 4 pm!

8801 Hungary Road
Henrico, VA 23294
5 Bedroom
2.5 Bath

Welcome to this beautifully renovated home in Henrico. This property encompasses not only the main home but another separate studio-style home behind it! YOU GET TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!! The homes sit on over 1 acre that has been freshly landscaped. The main home has new gutters, new siding, newer windows, all new hardwoods on first floor, fresh paint, and new fixtures. The kitchen is like new with new cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and island. Upstairs you will find two bedrooms with refinished hardwood floors and a full bath with new tile in the shower, new vanity, and new tile floor. The studio would be a great in-law suite or guest house. It includes hardwood floors, new windows, fresh paint throughout, new hot water heater, and more. The downstairs has a wet bar with granite, new cabinets, new sink and fixtures. Full bathroom downstairs with new vanity, new tile in shower, and new fixtures. Upstairs has two additional rooms with newly refinished hardwoods. Come check them out before they are gone!

5607 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, VA 23225
3 Bedroom
2 Bath

SELLER TO PROVIDE 1-YEAR HOME WARRANTY AND CLOSING COST ASSISTANCE WITH ACCEPTABLE OFFER! Welcome to this beautiful cape cod home, located off of Forest Hill Ave. This home has been very well maintained, it has fresh interior paint, exterior repairs, and fresh landscaping improvements . When entering the home you will see a living room with a dining room off to the left. The kitchen has great natural lighting and beautiful finishing on the walls under the cabinets. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Going upstairs you will notice a very large master suite with a large sitting area and a large master bathroom as well. Off to the side of the home is a screened in porch, great for entertaining and relaxing. There is a full/unfinished walk out basement that has great potential! Come see this wonderful home today!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

King William Woods, A Great Location & Stunning Property!

     The Southside of Richmond, in the suburbs of Midlothian, is one of the best neighborhoods in the area as far as having the convenience of amenities without feeling like you live in a mall.  It’s heavily wooded and green with lush landscaping.  Well thought out neighborhoods that still have their privacy and lots of nearby parks with hiking trails, swimming or boating, like at Robious Landing Park—  one of the many in the James River Park System.

     This property on King William Woods Road sits on two acres, which means there’s lots of room to play and grow!  With vaulted ceilings and skylights, there is so much natural light throughout the house so you can truly enjoy the outdoor setting from inside your home! This property has great bones and is perfect for first time home buyers who want to give their home a personal touch.  Plenty of space for storage or additional rooms in the unfinished attic above the garage.
    There are lots of shopping and dining options to choose from, as well!  Stoney Point Fashion Park and Chesterfield Town Centers are just a short car ride away with quick access to Rts. 288 and 60.  If local shopping is more your thing, Belgrade Shopping Center, Huguenot Village Shopping Centers are even closer!

     With a first-floor master suite and three additional bedrooms upstairs, this home could be perfect for multi-generational living, or a forever home!  The third bedroom upstairs can be easily upgraded to a second master suite.  The large living room has an impressive brick hearth and fireplace that is perfect for family gatherings.  The overlooking balcony gives this home a very open feel that won’t be too stuffy for large crowds.  That, paired with a large wooden deck and an open-plan kitchen, makes this house perfect for entertaining!

     Be a part of one of the best school systems the area has to offer!  There are lots of activities for everyone in the area, like a local ACAC gym, the nearby Athletic Complex, and the ever popular Peak Experiences.

This home is truly stunning!