Aeries On the Bay Living

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Hurricane Preparedness


Hurricane Season is upon us, running from June 1 to November 30, and of course, living in Aeries, we are particularly vulnerable if a storm were to hit. While a hurricane can happen at any time during this period, the highest probability is from the middle of August to late October. Should our area experience a hurricane, always monitor your local TV and radio stations, as well as, www.VBgov.com for the latest information or contact the Public Information Office at 385-3111.

Being prepared for an emergency is the best way to prevent a loss of life or damage to property…and those long lines at the grocery store! Below, we have provided information and links to help you be more prepared this hurricane season. Hopefully none of us will need to worry, but let’s hope for the best and be prepared for the worst.

Every Disaster Prevention Plan should include:

1. Developing a Family Plan

2. Creating a Disaster Supply Kit

3. Having a Place to Go

4. Securing your Home

5. Having a Pet Plan

Important Links:

Virginia Beach Emergency Preparedness

Virginia Beach Evacuation Routes

National Hurricane Center

The Red Cross

Be safe!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Where Does Your Mulch Come From?

You may want to check with the companies that you hire to do your mulched beds this year, to make sure they know where the mulch they use is coming from. Or, if you buy your own mulch, be very careful about buying mulch it. After the hurricane in New Orleans many trees were blown over. These trees were then turned into mulch and the state is trying to get rid of tons and tons of this mulch to any state or company who will come and haul it away. So it will be showing up in Home Depot and Lowe's at dirt cheap prices with one huge problem...Formosan Termites will be the bonus in many of those bags.

New Orleans is one of the few areas in the country were the Formosan Termites has gotten a strong hold and most of the trees blown down were already badly infested with those termites. Now we may have the worst case of transporting a problem to all parts of the country that we have ever had. These termites can eat a house in no time at all and we have no good control against them, so tell your friends that own homes to avoid cheap mulch and know were it came from.

For more information on Formosan Termites visit:
www.agctr.lsu.edu/en/environment/insects/Termites

It is also a good idea to get a termite inspection this year. We recommend having your home inspected every year, but it sounds like this year it will be even more important. If you need a referral to a reputable termite company, just give us a call, 490-7300 #550, or drop us a note. We are happy to help!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Get The Best Deal When Selling Your Home
Hampton Roads, Virginia Edition

Life would be great if we didn't have to practice diligence in nearly every action we take. From setting up your bedside alarm clock, to purchasing stereos and appliances, to buying/selling a home, we have a primary responsibility to be aware of the potential pitfalls.

Your home sale will likely be the most important transaction of your lifetime. The results of that decision are generally long-term...good or bad. Our book includes examples of situations that have gone bad, even though a real estate professional was involved. The rest of the book is designed to help you make your transaction a positive one with long-term benefits.

We are pleased to offer you, our neighbor, a complimentary copy. Just click here to have your copy delivered to you.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Correction...

Well, no one is perfect...especially me!

The 2 sales on Sunvista were on the Pelican Dunes side of the street. This means the average sales price for a single family home increased from $320,000 in 2004 to $520,000 in 2005. These sales were both on Rookery, reflecting a 63% increase.

I apologize for the error.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

2005 Market Report



The average Sales Price of townhomes in Aeries rose 14% from $281,859 in 2004 to $321,502 in 2005.

The average Sales Price of a single family home rose 58% from $320,000 in 2004 to $498,333 in 2005.

If you would like to know the current market value of your home, Click here. Or give Dave & Ruth Ann call, 490-7300 #302.

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