Mineral, VA Real Estate News

By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
My new toy, I mean tool is a camera but not any old camera. This one is supposed to be safe even if I drop it into Lake Anna. Now why would I do a thing like that? Well, I might not do it intentionally but it sure can happen accidentally. True I have not dropped a camera into the lake but I have seen my cell phone fly there while I was using it to take photos. Of course it took a little more than aerodynamics to make it fly. It took me tripping on a deck and hitting the deck hard enough to make that phone sail off into the water with a splash. I was doing a market analysis for an owner on a waterfront lot. When I got down to the dock I noticed that it was two levels with only a step down from one to the other. I thought to myself that I better be careful walking around. I truly did. How...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
Lake Anna residents sometimes need encouragement to enjoy the lake. I'm fortunate as I have a personal assistant. As a REALTOR busy listing and selling properties year round it helps to have help. What my personal assistant is best at is reminding me that I need to take time off once in a while so that I am refreshed and ready to go when the next client needs me. When I resist this advice, my assistant knows how to be very persistent and knows how to get my attention. The photo below proves my point. Lindy, My Personal Assistant All work and no play is an old adage that has much truth to it. Lindy firmly believes in it and urges me to leave my computer when she feels it is time to play. Believe me, she is hard to ignore especially when she makes eye contact with me. I try at times to ig...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
Another wonderful Lake Anna sunset. This photo was taken in August 2012. Since then I have taken any number of sunset photos. I never tire of looking at not only the sunsets but also the pictures I've collected through the years. It continues to amaze me how varied the sunsets can be.  ANOTHER WONDERSUL SUNSET AT LAKE ANNA, VIRGINIA What is really wonderful about these sunsets is that you don't have to do a thing but sit back and relax. It unfolds right before your eyes. It takes a little patience and an appreciation for beauty. That's all you need. Whether out on the lake on a boat or sitting on a dock catching this beautiful site the enjoyment lasts longer than the actual sunset itself. Snapping a photo ensures that even almost a year later I am able to enjoy that particular sunset on...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
One more reason I love Lake Anna. When they say one picture is worth a thousand words I believe they are talking about photos like the one I took of my daughter and her two daughters down on our dock. It makes me so happy to share out home with our family members. Nothing beats the times they are here to enjoy it with us. My Daughter and Her Two Daughters Enjoying a Lake Anna Sunset No matter how many times we see the sunset (and I've seen plenty in the 19 years we've been living in our house) I never tire of seeing them nor trying to capture them in photos. What always delights us is the variety we get to experience. Sometimes the sky is a fiery red or blazing orange and other evenings we revel in soft pastels. Mother Nature never ceases to impress. If you would like to share sunsets o...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
  KATE’S Top Ten Reasons to Buy at Lake Anna NOW   Interest rates are still very, very low even though they recently crept up a bit. Prices came down considerably in the past few years. Who knows when they may go up again now that we are seeing an increase in sales. Lake Anna continues to be an area that is growing. Come see the changes. There is a nice variety of available properties. Look while you have great choices. Real estate taxes are definitely reasonable in all three counties around the lake. There is a finite amount of water-oriented property…get yours while you can. Lake Anna still has not been widely discovered…yet! Quality builders are here to assist you with your special home. Home or land, waterfront or off water, whatever you want…it is right here.and THE BEST REASON OF ...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
LAKE ANNA HAS A NIGHT LIFE TOO...UPCOMING EVENT. If you are looking for something exciting to do look no further.  Louisa Arts Center has a number of upcoming events that will add some enjoyment to you life. Be sure to include friends and family members for a night out in Louisa, just minutes away from Lake Anna. We are so fortunate to have such entertainment available to us. There's nothing like a fun day out on the water and than a relaxing evening listening to some great music.       Electrifying Caribbean Orchestra Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.   Orquesta Tropikiimba is one of the few authentic Afro- Caribbean Orchestras in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC area. Band members hail from countries such as Cuba, The Dominican Republic, St. Thomas and more. Tropikiimba sho...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
Winter at Lake Anna can be wonderful as well.  Without a doubt we enjoy the scenery here during the spring, summer and fall.  But what about during the winter?  Hopefully this photo will show you what I enjoy even during the winter months. Although the days are shorter with that comes the soft lghting of winter's dusk.  There is something very appealing about the setting sun shining on the landscape before darkness falls.   Every season has its own appeal and that is why every time of the year at Lake Anna is enjoyable.    
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
Sellers...Don't keep prospective buyers in the dark.  I just finished reading (and commenting) on a blog by a great Colorado REALTOR, Belinda Spillman. She covered the importance of having lights on in your home when it is being shown to prospective buyers. That made me think of another helpful tip for sellers in the Lake Anna area and everywhere else for that matter.   Please let the daylight in! I cannot tell you the number of times that I have rushed around a house, generally falling behind my clients, as I tried to open up blinds, curtains, or shades only to find that the buyer has moved on to another room. By the time I close up the first room they have moved out of the second room before I've had a chance to brighten up the room. Then there is the fact that views are important. Fo...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
The fall season is showing us that it is definitely here but there are still days that seem like summer.  When we have those days it is the perfect time to once again get out on the lake.  The wonderful thing is that days like this come along quite frequently.  Now that's not to say they will all feel like summer but sunny days with the temperature in the 50's even in the midest of winter will find the boating and definitely the fishing lover out on the water. Every day at the lake is another happy day for many of us. 
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
SEEING IS BELIEVING at LAKE ANNA! Well, that's an old adage but as true today as it has ever been. We are so aware of that here at Lake Anna.  After all we have proof. For years we have been offering boat tours of Lake Anna and that has definitely contributed to the success of our business. A COOL DAY BUT STILL A BEAUTIFUL BOAT TOUR OF LAKE ANNA What could be a better way to convey that idea than to actually take our prospective purchasers out for a boat tour of Lake Anna. Spending an hour or two cruising around the lake is the best way for them to get a taste of what life is like here. It is one thing to look at the map and see the size of the lake. It is quite another to be out on it. People are always surprised at the length and width of the lake no matter how many times they've been...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
LAKE ANNA MARKET REPORT - WATERFRONT LOTS SOLD FIRST QTR. 2012 There are three counties bordering Lake Anna in Central Virginia.  They are Louisa, Spotsylvania, and Orange Counties.  Both Louisa and Spotsylvania encompass the majority of the countryside while Orange County covers a much smaller section in the northwest area of the lake.  This market report* lists the waterfront LOTS sold in all three counties surounding the lake from January 1, 2012 to March 31, 2012   Waterfront lots generally begin in the $100,000s and range as high as $750,000+.  Waterfront land at Lake Anna is currently used to describe land that either fronts on the lake or has unique access to the lake.  Categories include: Waterfront Shared Waterfront Park Waterfront Out Parcel Waterfront lots pricing depends on ...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
LAKE ANNA MARKET REPORT - WATER ACCESS HOMES SOLD FIRST QTR. 2012 There are three counties bordering Lake Anna in Central Virginia.  They are Louisa, Spotsylvania, and Orange Counties.  Both Louisa and Spotsylvania encompass the majority of the countryside while Orange County covers a much smaller section in the northwest area of the lake.  This market report* lists the water access homes sold everywhere around the lake from January 1, 2012 to March 31, 2012.      Water access homes are homes located off water although they are all located within a waterfront community.  When we talk about water access homes we are actually including four categories: Water Access with an assigned boat slip Water Access without  an assigned boat slip Water View with an assigned boat slip 4.  Water view w...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
Living is good in The Waters at Lake Anna.  Located on the private side of Lake Anna, The Waters as it is commonly referred to, is the first subdivision at the lake to have a community pool and club house.  These amenities, along with the tennis courts, walking trails, and soccer field, make this a very popular spot for buyers. The entrance to The Waters is on Kentucky Springs Road (Route 652) and is recognizable by its white rail fence and signage.   With land encompassing both sides of Kentucky Springs Road, The Waters is one of the largest subdivisions on Lake Anna.  It has lots ranging from just under an acre to 10 acre parcels.  All of these have been sold by the developer with re-sales being the way to ownership.   Re-sale lots and re-sale homes are scattered throughout the commun...
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By Kevin McGrath, Long & Foster Real Estate Companies
(Long & Foster Real Estate Companies- Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania)
RE/MAX BRAVO | REMAX BRAVO | (540) 809-0660 85 Seclusion Shores Dr, Mineral, VA LAKE ANNA AREA - great starter on nearly 1 acre 3BR/2BA Single Family House offered at $142,785 Year Built 2003 Sq Footage 1,244 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial Floors 1 Parking 2 Car garage Lot Size 0.96 acres HOA/Maint $13 per month DESCRIPTION Very nice starter home on nearly 1 ACRE lot in LAKE ANNA AREA. 3BR-2FBA rambler has a nice kitchen with breakfast bar, large family room with stone front fireplace, rear deck, 2 car garage and more. Over 1200 square feet. Just a few minutes from LAKE ANNA!! see additional photos below PROPERTY FEATURES - Central A/C - Central heat - Fireplace - Family room - Balcony, Deck, or Patio - Yard ADDITIONAL PHOTOS Photo 1Photo 2Photo 3Photo 4 Contact info: RE/MAX BR...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
Winter "buyers" are almost always SERIOUS BUYERS.  Most buyers that are out looking at properties at Lakek Anna during the winter months and especially during the holidays are usually goal oriented.  They are looking at the calendar and realize that if they begin looking now they will have a very good chance of finding something well before the recreational season begins.  By recreational I'm talking specifically about the water oriented activities. Many of the other activities can be done year round or almost year round.  There are many times buyers' thoughts turn to warm weather and having fun even in the midst of winter. Sellers interested in getting their home sold should be aware that someone asking to see it this month is very likely to be a real possibility.  Most people are too ...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
MARKET REPORT - LAKE ANNA...Waterfront Lots SOLD in Louisa County in 2011 There are three counties bordering Lake Anna.  They are Louisa, Spotsylvania, and Orange Counties.  Both Louisa and Spotsylvania encompass the majority of the countryside around Lake Anna while Orange County covers a much smaller section in the northwest area of the lake.  This market report lists the 24 waterfront lots sold during 2011.    Waterfront lots are located along the shore.  When we talk about waterfront lots we are actually including three categories: Waterfront - Direct access to the lake Shared Waterfront - Generally at the back of a cove where 4-5 lots share a limited amount of shoreline with joined boat slips rather than individual docks) Park Waterfront - Located next to the common area within the...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
An Active Rain member slams REALTORS®...I'm almost at a loss for words, but not quite and I'm more than happy to tell you why.  I just finished reading a blog by an Active Rain member, Home Inspector Mike Chamberlain,  telling home buyers that we are manipulative and liars.  Excuse me?  Anyone that purports to understand REALTOR® Speak and yet so misunderstands it is pretty dangerous especially when they write a blog for buyers.  Dangerous in the sense that it is far from accurate.  Why am I writing this here and not in a comment on Mike's blog?  Could be because he disabled comments.  I wonder why. Here are a few examples Mike is sharing on his public post: “Here’s a list of 3 inspectors”Really means: All 3 have been carefully screened and none of them will find any problems with the h...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
During November 2011,10 homes sold at Lake Anna.  As you can see five of the homes were water access with prices ranging from a low of $89,900 to a high of $289,900 for a home that has access from the rear of the property directly through the common area to the lake.  Waterfront homes ranged from $242,000 to a high of $799,000 for a home that was on the market for only a few days and sold for full price showing once again that a well priced home can sell quickly. This past month's sales of 10 homes compared to 12 total during the same time in 2010.  Eight water access homes sold for a low of $140,000 to a high of $362,000 for a shared waterfront home with views of the lake.  Four waterfront homes ranged from $295,000 to $500,000. In November 2009 we saw the sale of nine homes, five acce...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
Lake Anna is made up of two parts, the main lake which has pubic access by way of several marinas and Lake Anna State Park and the private side.  The private side is made up of three lagoons connected by channels but separated from the main lake by three dikes.  Boat traffic cannot pass from one side of the lake to the other.  Both sides have their benefits and most people are very happy with the side where their property is located.  Both sides are popular.  The main lake is larger, with over 9,400 surface acres of water while the private side has approximately 3,600. Private Side 10 Sales - Main Lake 24 Sales As you can see, more homes were sold on the main lake.  That is due in large part to the fact that there are more homes on the main lake.  The private side covers less land as we...
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By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
The summer of 2011 saw a pickup in sales compared to the spring which started out a bit slow.  Fall sales continued to be good during September with a typical slowdown as we began getting closer to the holidays. What has been interesting to see is the increase in the number of seller subsidies provided to buyers as an incentive to purchase their homes.  This was not something we saw when we had a seller's market but is certainly apparent as we continue to have a buyer's market.  However, buyers need to be mindful that subsidies are one of the items that are negotiable depending on the condition of the property and/or the sale price.    In August we had five water access homes sold and eight waterfront homes.  October saw a higher number of water access homes selling with 10 sold compare...
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