SPRING has Sprung in Williamsburg!

SPRING Forward

Tonight before you got to bed,

Set your clocks one-hour ahead.

Yes, my friend this is the date

To change your clocks or you’ll be late!

As tweeting birds sing their song…

We know warmth and flowers won’t be long.


I know my little poem is silly…but it get’s the point across.  With everything in life rushing ahead, you don’t want to forget to do this.  Also, it is recommended that you use this opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke detectors too.

Here in the Southeast, we’ve enjoyed an abnormally warm week — a true harbinger of Spring.  Trees are budding, flowers have popped up all over and folks are scrambling to get started on yard work. People who have been cooped up all winter are out and about loving the warm weather…(before the pollen explodes!)

Well, I should take a minute to enjoy it too.  So, I guess it’s time for me to stop chatting and get up and out to the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market in Merchant Square.

I returned to Williamsburg on the Amtrak yesterday and loved arriving at our charming little station…a true image of Americana! There were lots of William and Mary students on the train returning from Spring Break for their last few weeks of school. I’ll have to remember to dodge all of them on my way to see what the market has in store. I hope that you can enjoy your weekend too! Don’t make it all work…enjoy a long walk, a garden show, a movie or just a bit of down time.

Spring means rebirth and change. If you, a friend or neighbor is thinking of buying or selling a home, I’d love to help. Please call me or pass my name along!

Value, worth and selling

When someone gets ready to sell their home, there is always the concern over how to price it…what’s it’s value?…how much is it worth?…what will a buyer think it’s fair market value is? These questions each have very different answers.

The value of a home to sentimental owners remembering raising their children there or to an owner who has put lots of money into “fixing it up” and wants all of that and more back rarely equates to the value the consumer will be willing to pay. Recently, even the appraisal value, which is the purported “market value”, may not be what buyers are willing to pay. So, using the appraisal value as a benchmark and pricing the home at or a bit below that isn’t a sure thing either.

As Realtors®, we try to use as many tools as we have available to us to determine the market value of a home. Despite our best efforts, the current housing market is very difficult to read. What a buyer “values” can be different based on the features of the home, based on the schools that their children will go to, based neighborhoods and their amenities, even based on whether or not there are trees (and whether or not the Buyer is afraid of a tree landing on their roof in a storm).

There’s an old joke that everyone thinks their house is worth a lot more when it is being appraised and a lot less when the tax assessor is valuing it. A similar dichotomy exists when someone is the Seller and when that same person is the Buyer. As the Seller, they want the most they can get for their home and price it high. While as the Buyer, they want the best bargain they can get on their new home and offer a low price to get “a deal.”

It all boils down to this—your home is only worth as much as someone else is willing to pay for it. Even if your neighbor’s house, which is not as nearly as nice as yours, recently sold for a certain price, that doesn’t guarantee that if you list your home—even a few months later—there will be a buyer willing to pay a higher price for your home.

So, the moral of this story is be flexible. If you list your home and it’s in nice condition, if it doesn’t get buyer showings…then it is most likely too high for the market. Sometimes, when inventory is plenty, even a reasonable price might not get an offer…despite having lots of showings.

All is not dire…but we need to remember that everything in Real Estate is local…and sometimes down to neighborhoods. Right now, in our area we are seeing lots of homes for sale in the mid-range price and they are taking longer to sell. Let’s all hope that Spring brings more than just flowers…let’s hope it brings BUYERS!

Home Buyers are Still Out Looking for Homes

Home Buyers are braving the frigid temperatures and the high wind…combining to make a brutal wind chill factor…and been stopping by to see my Open House at 152 Edsyl Street in Newport News.

Interest rates are still very low and there are a lot of homes to choose from.  This is a great time to buy! If you are interested in this home, you can see the virtual tour by clicking this link –152 Edsyl Street

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Open House 2-13-16 1-4PM 152 Edsyl St. Newport News

If you are looking for something different, and want to do a home search yourself click here –Search For Homes

Remember, you can always give me a call at 757-814-4200 so I can help you find the perfect place or contact me via my website – Let me help find your Dream Home !

Happy House Hunting and STAY WARM!

Welcome to my new blog

Welcome to my new blog! I’m Suzanne Dana – Your Williamsburg Area Real Estate Professional.  Specializing in historic Williamsburg, Newport News, York County, Yorktown, Toano, and New Kent County homes. Please check back often to see the latest news about the real estate market in Williamsburg, Virginia and the surrounding area.

I am excited to launch my new, mobile-friendly website today!  Bear with me as I tweet things a bit and adjust a few items. Meanwhile, I am always ready to assist you.

Spring is just around the corner and interest rates are still low. It’s time to think about moving and I’m ready to assist.  Read some of the comments previous clients have made, and if you or someone you know needs the assistance of a REALTOR®  call…text…or email me! 757-814-4200 or toll free at 866-842-4200