Local Info 

Here is some regional-specific information that will help you get to know the area and narrow down your home search parameters.  Find jet noise/crash zone info with this AICUZ link, information on flood areas, and information about rotating local charities that I support annually.

Community Initiative for Holidays 2022:

edmarcThe holiday season is the best time of the year and the perfect time to give back to the community. Each year, we work closely with Edmarc to provide them with toys and gifts to give to their kids and families. Edmarc provides family-centered home health and hospice for children with life-threatening illnesses through nursing, social, bereavement, and volunteer support. Their goal is to ease the gravity of pediatric illness and death, and provide care for the patient and family as a whole. Families never receive a bill for any service Edmarc provides thanks to generous community support.

Edmarc families truly benefit from any donation. The smiles and joy that they feel from these generous gifts and donations during what can be a hard time are priceless and you can be a part of that. Warm the hearts of these families this year! 

There are a few ways to give back and help the kids and families in their program. 

  • Food baskets: We know the way to anyone’s heart is through delicious food. These donations for a Thanksgiving dinner gift basket or a Holiday dinner gift basket are going to make these families’ bellies happy and full. This will allow a family to have all the food and goodies that they would need for the holidays. Click here to see the shopping list. 
  • Gift donations: These donations are sure to make the family’s holidays merry and make sure that they along with their kids have something to make them feel special this holiday season.
  • Volunteering: There are several ways to volunteer with Edmarc during the most wonderful time of the year. Including Thanksgiving dinner basket delivery, gift wrapping, and caroling for the gift delivery. Volunteering is good for the soul and good for Edmarc! 
  • Annual Holiday Party: Donate items to their annual holiday party to help make it over the top festive! Items they need include decorations, drinks, paper products, and other items to help make this evening a fun time for our bereavement support group, Peace by Piece. 

Interested in giving back to Edmarc? Click here for their sponsorship form

“For it is in giving that we receive” – Francis of Assissi

Jet Noise and Crash Zones:

Home to the largest airbase on the East Coast, Naval Air Station Oceana brings the Virginia Beach community great pride as the fighter planes rip through the blue skies.  Known in the area as the "Sounds of Freedom" the noise zones are identified by contour maps. There are routes that are taken more commonly than others and it is important that prospective buyers get to know the frequency and decibels in the areas they are considering.  Use this link to learn more about these noise and crash zones.  Jet Noise/AICUZ 

Understanding Storm Surge and Flood Zones

I do highly recommend you carry flood insurance when living in Hampton Roads.  Being in a Low-Risk flood zone, I watched as a flash flood caused water to rise to the threshold of my back door.  Another inch and thousands of dollars of damage would have occurred.  If you have investment properties, your tenants would need to be relocated while remediation took place.  Floods are the #1 natural disaster in the United States and most of us are not insured against them!  In addition to understanding your Flood Zone, Storm Surge maps will provide a general idea of what to expect from tidal flooding during various categories of hurricanes. They do not indicate the depth of flooding or take into account flooding caused by waves or rainfall that accompany a hurricane.  Property throughout Hampton Roads are vulnerable to both tidal surges and 100 year flood events. To learn more, see FloodSmart.gov.

Local Economic Factors

When considering buyer and selling, it's important to have knowledge of the market direction.  I review several of the same factors each month to provide my clients with the most up-to-date information to help them make the best decisions.

Local Assistance

Another important factor about a community is the support the local government provides to their residents during financial hardships, especially to keep a roof over their heads, access to clean water, and the availability of heat. I have links to the citys' public utility assistance and real estate tax relief programs here.

Virginia Beach utility relief

Virginia Beach real estate tax relief

www.Norfolk.gov/utilityrelief

Norfolk real estate tax relief

Chesapeake utility assistance

Chesapeake real estate tax relief

Portsmouth real estate tax relief.

Suffolk real estate tax relief

Suffolk Energy Assistance

Share H2O to make sure all in Hampton Roads have access to water.

I trust that this website's community information will help you to choose between the many wonderful areas; each has a lot to offer the home buyer. To further enhance your experience, my clients expressed the pride and love they have for their neighborhood under Featured Communities.

Contact us anytime for more information about local areas!