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EXPECT BETTER Using collaboration, local expertise, and over 44 years of experience, Real Estate III will guide you through your next real estate transaction.

Relocation Services The industry leader in residential real estate.

www.RealEstateIII.com


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Introduction

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Why Real Estate III

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Relocation Services

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Regional Facts

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Visiting Central Virginia

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Area Resources

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Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, contact Tele Jenifer - reloret@cfw.com


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Welcome to Real Estate III’s Virtual Information Packet. If you are thinking of moving to Central Virginia, our Relocation Services Center can provide you with an orientation tour of our area, information on real estate forms and practices in Virginia and assistance and advice on the sale of your home through a national relocation network. We will also assist you in finding a buyer’s representative and mortgage lender to make purchasing your new home a much easier task. Please continue through this magazine for additional information.


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WHY

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Being a locally owned firm in business since 1972 in the local real estate market gives us the tools to assist you in all of your buying and selling needs. We have over 100 full-time associates and four convenient locations to serve you. We have a fully-staffed relocation services department, are a member of the Cartus Relocation Network, the nation’s largest and most successful relocation network. Our website, developed by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, uses the latest technology to make your home search as easy as possible. BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE III ‘s solid positioning in today’s real estate market is due in part to the philosophy of its founder who used athletics as the perfect training ground for business success: Assess the situation, See the opportunity, Take the risks, and become a winner. THIS PHILOSOPHY EVOLVED INTO A COMPANY DEDICATED TO: •

SERVICE sensitive to the client’s needs.

INTEGRITY deserving of our client’s trust.

EXCELLENCE as an ongoing process.

PROFESSIONALISM that demands more knowledge, better preparation and greater service.

COMMUNICATION that is pro-active, interactive and constructive.

The BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE III philosophy has real meaning since it places the client/customer at the very center of the business activity. Everything done at BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE III is geared towards helping others achieve their individual goals. If we do that well, all of us become winners.


R EL OCAT I ON S ERV I C E S Relocation Services for Charlottesville Area, Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont Regions. You’re moving! Or maybe you’re still in the “thinking about it” stage. Perhaps your employer has offered you a transfer and you have housing questions. Or maybe you need help selling a property in another state. Whatever your needs are at this point in time, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate III has many resources for you. If you have a home to sell – locally or anywhere in the country, we will: s Provide a written, comprehensive report that will help determine the probable selling price of your home in the current real estate market s Provide advice on getting your home ready to sell s Develop a specific marketing strategy for your property s Implement full and targeted marketing, not just locally but throughout the nation, via our name brand partners and internet presence If you want to purchase a home – locally or anywhere in the country, we will: s s s s

Provide newcomer information before your home finding visit Provide buyer representation Provide a guided orientation tour of the area so you may become acquainted with the local amenities Provide an experienced, specially trained sales associate to guide you through the entire process

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L I FE I N CENTR A L V I R G I N I A Charlottesville Area, Shenandoah Valley and Northern Piedmont Regions Rich in American history. Graced with pastoral beauty. Alive with activity. Central Virginia is a great place to call home. Singles, couples, young families, empty-nesters, and retirees all find what they’re looking for here: a welcoming community offering cultural and educational opportunities, excellent health care, a stable economy, and homes that suit their taste, budget, and stage in life. Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated chose Charlottesville as “the Number 1 City in America.” USA Today called it “the best place to live in the USA.” We just call it home. Consistently rated high by major media as one of the best places in the country to live, work, and play, Central Virginia welcomes you.

Charlottesville In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Central Virginia, the City of Charlottesville is home to a population of over 40,000 residents with a metropolitan population over 200,000. The City has earned a reputation as being one of the most livable places in the country. Named one of “America’s Best Intergenerational Communities” by Met Life & Generations United 2012, the city prides itself on livability for all stages of life. The city was also recently awarded “Amercia’s Smartest City,” by Lumosity the best Small Community City for Overall Well-Being -Gallup 2012, and one of the Best Small Cities For Working Women (#4) by nerdwallet.com 2013. A city deep in historic value, three Presidents claim roots here. In addition, the city is the home of the University of Virginia founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1825. With a growing enrollment of nearly 24,000, the University is reliably listed as one of the top five public universities in the country. In 2007, the area’s emphasis on historic preservation alongside modern development has earned the recognition by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a Dozen Distinctive Destination. Charlottesville is home to a vibrant farmer’s market and a booming restaurant and local food community. It was named “Locavore” Capital of the World by Forbes Magazine in 2011 and the Healthiest Place to Live by Men’s Journal magazine in 2010. Choose your food and your lifestyle— Charlottesville has you covered.

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L I FE I N CENTR A L V I R G I N I A Shenandoah Valley The Augusta County region is also centrally located, bordered on the east by the Blue Ridge Mountains and on the west by the Allegh­eny Mountains. Augusta County claims the headwaters of both the James and the Potomac Rivers. Formed in 1738, Augusta County was known as the “Mother of Counties,” because of its large size. The village of Teesvllle, founded In 1736, was renamed Waynesboro in 1797. The city of Staunton, which in 1856 became the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson, was incorporated in 1801. The city of Harrisonburg began in 1779 when a local farmer, Thomas Harrison, donated a small parcel of land for a courthouse. During the Civil War, Stonewall Jackson used Harrisonburg as one of his headquarters.

Northern Piedmont Region As one of the northernmost counties of Virginia, Rappahannock County puts residents within easy commuting distance of Washington, D.C., but feels worlds away. Most of the western border of the county is Shenandoah National Park, and the county opens east over miles of rolling hills, winding streams, historic villages, and farmland. The county seat is the town of Washington, which was surveyed by George Washington himself in 1749, and is currently home to The Inn at Little Washington, a world-renowned restaurant.

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L I FE I N CENTR A L V I R G I N I A Economic Vitality This region’s economic viability is due to the diversity of existing businesses. Tourism, technology, manufacturing, education, food processing, health care, retail, textiles. construction, agriculture and service industries provide both opportunity and prosperity. A number of organizations work to promote the region’s economic development. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District, the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development, and the Central Shenandoah Regional Planning District Commission provide vital planning, statistical, and development services.

Employment Besides individually owned and home-based businesses, many national and international companies provide employment including American Safety Razor, GE Fanuc. Klockner Pentaplast of America, Lexis Nexis, National Ground Intelligence Center, Pilgrims Pride, Alcoa, Hershey, Nibco, McKee Baking Company, State Farm Insurance, Merck & Co, Inc., R.R. Donnelly & Sons Co. and many more. Local counties, school districts, col­leges, universities, and hospitals are vital employment providers as well.

Education Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) Weyers Cave, VA www.brcc.edu Blue Ridge Community College opened its main campus in Weyers Cave in 1967 and now has satellite locations in Harrisonburg and Fishersville. Today it is one of the most technologically sophisticated colleges in the Virginia Community College System providing Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Science and Arts degrees to the 18,000 partici­pating students. BRCC actively partners with local industry to provide training through non-credit and special customized classes. Through a partnership with Old Dominion University Teletechnet distance learning program, students can earn Bachelors or Masters degrees in more than 19 areas. Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA www.bridgewater.edu Bridgewater College is a four year college. Distinctive Christian atmosphere. Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Harrisonburg, VA www.emu.edu Eastern Mennonite University is a four year Christian-based, liberal arts college. James Madison University (JMU) Harrisonburg, VA www.jmu.edu The Virginia General Assembly established James Madison University In 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg. Today, JMU is a coeducational and comprehensive University with nearly 21,000 students. JMU offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level.

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L I FE I N CENTR A L V I R G I N I A Education (Continued) Mary Baldwin College (MBC) Staunton VA www.mbc.edu Mary Baldwin College is a four year liberal arts college for women. MBC also offers coed graduate and adult degree programs. MBC has the only fully endowed Health Care Administration program in the nation. Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) Charlottesvllle, VA www.pvcc.edu PVCC is a 2-year non-residential college and is a part of the Virginia Community College System. Its mission is to meet the educational needs of its students and its service region through excellence in teaching and leadership in community service. PVCC provides the first two years of baccalaureate study for students who wish to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The University of Virginia (UVA) Charlottesville, VA www.virginia.edu The University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson In 1819, is a public institution of higher education with a large alumni support base. UVA is highly competitive and selects students from the top of their graduating classes. It offers 48 bachelors degrees in 46 fields, 94 masters degrees in 64 fields, 6 educational specialist degrees, and 55 doctoral degrees in fifty four fields. Additionally, UVA’s schools of law & medicine are both nationally recognized. As a member of the Atlantic Coast Con­ference, UVA offers an extensive and popular athletic program. UVA provides both credit & noncredit courses to benefit the wider community

Religious/Civic Organizations Over 200 places of worship representing most major denominations are located within the region, as well as many local and national civic groups.

Arts and Culture Countless opportunities exist for entertainment and culture ranging from art galleries to open air theaters, from regional festivals to historic museums. There is always something fun or educational to do! Paramount Theater www.theparamount.net Live Arts www.livearts.org John Paul Jones Arena www.johnpauljonesarena.com Charlottesville Pavilion www.thenteloswirelesspavilion.com The Virginia Film Festival www.vafilm.com Shenandoah Shakespeare www.americanshakespearecenter.com Court Square Theater www.courtsquaretheater.com

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L I FE I N CENTR A L V I R G I N I A Health Facililities Augusta Medial Center - Fishersville, VA-Augusta County www.augustamed.com Augusta Medical Center is an independent 255-bed facility with 225+ physicians offering in-patient and out-patient services, including extensive 24 hour emergency services. AMC has been named in U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s best hospitals and recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the areas of orthopedics, intensive care, senior services and digestive and hormonal disorders. Martha Jefferson Hospital - Charlottesville, VA www.mjh.org Martha Jefferson Hospital is a not for profit community hospital serving Charlottesville, Albemarle and its surrounding counties. With a medicial staff of 350 physicians, and 200 beds, Martha Jefferson Hospital provides comprehensive medical and surgical services. Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH) - Harrisonburg, VA www.rmhonline.org Rockingham Memorial is an independent community hospital providing healthcare services since 1912. Serving a 5-county area with a popula­tlon of close to 200,000 the 270-bed hospital admits more than 15,500 inpatients annually and delivers close to 1,900 babies per year. It is lo­cated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. University of Virginia Hospital - Charlottesville, VA www.med.virginia.edu UVA Health System is a nationally renowned academic medical center which ranks 10th in the nation amongst state assisted medical schools. UVA Hospital is a 683 bed, level-one trauma center consistently ranked as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation. It is also a transplant center and provides for every medical need, from essential family care to full-range specialty care. Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center - Fishersville. VA www.wwrc.net This Center provides in-patient and out-patient treatment and rehabilitation for those with physical disabilities or mental disorders.

Senior Services The Senior Center - Charlottesville, VA www.seniorcenterinc.org The Senior Center is proud to be the first nationally accredited senior center in Virginia. This privately funded organization provides a range of activities and services designed to enrich & empower seniors. Jefferson Area Board for Aging - (JABA) Charlottesville, VA www.jabacares.org JABA is a non-profit area agency for aging which has served this area since 1975. JABA provides care, planning and services essential for persons to remain home and continue to be active and productive. Services are provided on a sliding scale basis and regardless of ability to pay.

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L I FE I N CENTR A L V I R G I N I A Media Print: The Daily Progress, Charlottesville The News Virginian, Waynesboro C-ville Weekly, Charlottesville The News Leader, Staunton Daily News Record, Harrisonburg

www.dailyprogress.com www.newsvirginian.com www.c-ville.com www.newsleader.com www.dnronline.com

Television: Charlottesville Newsplex (FOX, ABC, CBS affiliates) NBC 29 (NBC affiliate) WHTJ Charlottesville (PBS affiliate)

www.newsplex.com www.nbc29.com www.whtj.org

Travel and Transportation Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) www.gocho.com Charlottesvllle airport offers non-stop flights to and from Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York/ LaGuardia, Washington/Dulles, Cincinnati and Atlanta. Located just 8 miles north of Charlottesville, the airport is served by Delta Connection, United Express, Northwest Airlines and US Airways Express. Shenandoah valley Regional Airport (SHD) www.flyshd.com Flights to and from Pittsburgh lnternational, hub of US Airways located in Weyers Cave in Augusta County. Amtrak www.amtrak.com

Serving Central Virginia Including but not Limited to: The City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Greene County, Fluvanna County, Nelson County, Augusta County, Madison County, Buckingham County, Little Washington Area and Orange County. Call your Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate III Agent of Choice or our Relocation Department at 434-951-7045.

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V ISI TI NG CENTR A L V I R G I N I A The City of Charlottesville is nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Central Virginia. Home to a population of over 40,000 residents with a metropolitan population over 200,000. The City has earned a reputation as being one of the most livable places in the country. In 2004 the City was given the distinction by Cities Ranked and Rated as the Best Place to Live In America, and Charlottesvllle Is conslstently llsted among Money and Fortune Magazines’ Best Places to Live and Best Places to Retire. (http://www.charlottuvllle.orgnndu.upx1page=158) The University of Virginia AKA “Mr. Jefferson’s University” Charlottesville www.virginia.edu Quite possibly THE most beautiful college campus on this side of the Atlantic. Walk around the university and visit the Lawn and the Rotunda. Monticello, the residence of Thomas Jefferson Charlottesville www.monticello.org The grounds indude the house itself, the gardens, servant quarters, and Thomas Jefferson’s grave. Open daily, $14 for adults. Ash Lawn-Hlghland, the residence of James Monroe, Charlottesville Open dally.

www.ashlawnhighland.org

Montpelier, the residence of James Madison, Orange County www.montpelier.org Michie Tavern, an inn dating to 1784 www.michietavern.com Now a museum and restaurant. Open dally. The Downtown Mall www.downtowncharlottesville.net Several blocks in downtown Charlottesville have been closed off to traffic, creating a pedestrian-friendly area full of shops and resturants. The old brick buildings, ecclectic stores, and people make this a great place to walk around. The Virginia Discovery Museum www.vadm.org On the Downtown Mall, the museum has a variety of child- and family-oriented exhibits. Closed Monday, open until 5PM other days. Skyline Drive www.blueridgeskyline.com For the best sights in the Fall, drive into the hills south of town, or out US-250 West toward Afton Mountain. Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, west of town off US-250 or 1-64, offer some of the best views. Drive west of town to see farms, fences, and vineyards to make you feel as if you’ve stepped back into the 18th century.

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A REA R ES O UR C E S The Official Commonwealth of Virginia Website provides detailed city, county, commonwealth and education information: www.Virginia.gov County/City Websites

Augusta County Albemarle County Buckingham County Charlottesville City Fluvanna County Greene County Harrisonburg City Louisa County Nelson County Orange County Rockingham County Staunton City Waynesboro City

www.co.augusta.va.us/ School site: www.augusta.k12.va.us www.albemarle.org School site: www.k12albemarle.org www.buckinghamcountyva.org School site: www.bcpschools.org www.charlottesville.org School site: www.ccs.k12.va.us www.fluvannacounty.org School site: www.fluco.org www.gcva.us School site: www.greenecountyschools.com www.harrisonburgva.gov School site: www.harrisonburg.k12.va.us www.louisa-county.com School site: www.lcps.k12.va.us www.nelsoncounty-va.gov School site: www.nelson.k12.va.us www.orangecountyva.gov School site: www.ocss-va.org www.rockinghamcountyva.gov School site: www.rockingham.k12.va.us www.staunton.va.us School site: www.staunton.k12.va.us www.waynesboro.va.us School site: www.waynesboro.k12.va.us

More Resources Virginia Department of Education www.pen.k12.va.us Compare schools and get parent reviews. www.greatschools.net/modperl/go/VA/ National Center for Education Statistics http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/index.asp?flash=true The Private School Review www.privateschoolreview.com/find_schools.php

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Fr equ e nt l y Aske d Q u e s tio n s What do I have to do to get a Virginia driver’s license or register my vehicle? Visit the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website www.dmv.state.va.us or call 1.800.435.5137 What is the sales tax rate in Virginia? Virginia State sales tax is 5.3 to 6%. The sales tax on grocery items is 2.5% and medicine is not taxable. I was thinking about subscribing to the local newspaper. What are my resources? The Daily Progress, Charlottesville The News Virginian, Waynesboro C-ville Weekly, Charlottesville The News Leader, Staunton Daily News Record, Harrisonburg

www.dailyprogress.com www.newsvirginian.com www.c-ville.com www.newsleader.com www.dnronline.com

I want to move to Charlottesville and sell my home where I currently live. Can you help? Because of our partnership with other top producing real state firms throughout the nation, we are able to offer assistance in the marketing and sale of you current home. We can provide you with a free market analysis of your home, as well as professional marketing and sales assistance.

Four Offices to Serve you in Central Virginia

North - 2271 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22901 - 434-817-9200 West - 2216 Ivy Road Suite 210, Charlottesville, VA 22903 - 434-817-9300 Glenmore - 1318 Piper Way, Keswick, VA 22947 - 434-817-9600 Little Washington, 291 A Gay Street, Washington, VA 22747 - 540-675-1373 Call your Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate III Agent of Choice or our Relocation Department at 434-951-7045.

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