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Sherry Uribe wrote:

How is the Condo market in Norfolk,VA?

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Supply and demand and location will affect the market of condos or  houses...in any city.  If it is in a building of 12 condos and their are 6 on the market...then there will be competition for sellers to have the best price and the best condition.  If  it is a building of 12 and only one is on the market...and none have come up for sale in years...then I would say the seller has an advantage.  Currently there are 369 condos for sale in Norfolk. 55 of those are either short sales or foreclosures.  Good luck! Hope this helps!
December 18 2010
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How much does a survey cost?

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If I had to pick a number...it would be $350.  That is what I have seen recently at closings.  But it would depend on the lot,  how large, if it is rural, when was it last surveyed, are there new structures (fences, garages) on the property.  I would call a couple of survey companies and ask them what they charge. 
December 18 2010
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Maintaining Your Septic System in Chesapeake

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Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.  I leaned something new!
December 18 2010
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about a property in chesapeake, VA.

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Most general home inspections do not include a pool inspection. That is out of the realm of expertise of most home inspectors.  You can specify in your offer that it be contingent on not only a home inspection, but a pool inspection.  That will be a separate cost to you.  You would need to get a reputable pool company out to inspect it.  You will want the pump, the liner, and the cover inspected.  They really may  not be able to inspect it if it is winterized.  The homeowner may not want someone  "de-winterizing" their pool and then winterizing it again.  But then again...if they want to sell their house and the pool is  important to the buyer...then by all means...have it inspected.  
December 18 2010
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How do I determine my lot size and its dimensions?

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Did you get a survey when you purchased your property?  You may not remember getting one,  but often they are required by the bank and will be with your other papers in a file.  If not,  you can go to the court house and there may be a survey or plat recorded there.  Some cities even have this on line now.  Got to your city's web site and check there.  And finally,  there may be "pins" or markers in the ground,  marking your property line. They are difficult to find...but a surveyor can usually find them pretty quickly.  
December 18 2010
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Will replacing my 1960s oil furnace with a natural gas furnace increase the value of my home?

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Yes,  gas is an improvement over oil.  But have you considered a heat pump with gas back up?  I live in Va.  and many HVAC contractors are putting in heat pumps with gas heat as a back up.  They seem to be more efficient.  The gas backup will come on when the outside temperature drops below 34 degrees.  As far as getting rid of your oil tank,  as someone else said,  have the oil tank pumped out and then filled in with the appropriate filler.  Be sure you get someone licensed to do this sort of thing AND be sure you get a certificate that says  your oil tank was property handled.  They will cut the fill pipe off below the ground.  You want to have that certificate in case you ever sell the house.  This has come up will sales I've handled and it can be quite worrisome. 
December 18 2010
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Is it worth getting a house with outdated outlets???

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Don't do this yourself.  Get a licensed electrical contractor to give you a price on upgrading your outlets.  Get  3 quotes for that matter.   They are not "unsafe" but grounded ones are better.  Like someone else said,  the roof,  the windows,  the heating and cooling systems are more important when you are buying...but for long term satisfaction and peace of mind,  you will eventually want to upgrade your electrical system. 
December 18 2010
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Hardwood Floors

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I would not try and do it yourself.  I renovate homes and have done alot of work myself in  the past.  Now I hire the pros.  Especially for hardwood floors. The floor sanders are heavy to lift,  and if you don't know what you are doing,  you will have ripples in the wood after you have sanded.  If you don't clean the floors completely after you've sanded, you will have "grit" in the finish.   Get a pro...it'll cost a little more than carpet...but if done right, it will last for decades.  It also increases the value of your home. 
December 18 2010
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Hardwood Floors

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Most contractors charge by square footage.  So measure your square footage and you can call and get about 10 phone estimates.  Then you can invite 3 of those to your house and get a final quote.   The price may depend on how  many coats of polyurethane you want put down.  They are going to ask you if you want a stain or not...in other words,  do you want to change the color.  Also do you want a satin finish or a glossy finish.  I usually get a satin finish...it is beautiful without being too shiny.  
December 18 2010
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Owner Financing

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Great question!  Thanks to the amazing system set up in our multiple listing service, agents that are active in "REIN" ( Real Estate Information Network) can put that criteria in for you when we search for your next home!  Just checked our MLS and there are 38 homes that offer some type of seller financing in Va. Beach!  Good luck to you!
December 10 2010
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