Looking for a Condo in Chesapeake?

Low-maintenance living in one of the most sought after sections of Chesapeake.

King’s Pointe at Western Branch– People opt for Dragas Condominium Communities for various reasons. Some enjoy the luxury of low-maintenance homes & manicured lawns. Others are attracted by the private patios, pools, & outdoor kitchens. And quite a few are drawn to the convenience of one-level living, in King’s Pointe Flats.

No matter the reason, King’s Pointe has what you’re looking for. You can choose from 2&3 bedroom floor plans– some with a downstairs Master Suite. The unbelievably spacious closets, high-wall cabinets, and 9′ ceilings culminate to make this the home you’ve been waiting on.

This sprawling community is right off I664 offering you easy access to the Peninsula & countless venues. The nearby Rec Center & shopping district are perfect mini-getaways that the entire family will enjoy. Piqued your interest?

CALL | VISIT | EXPLORE

4350 Farringdon Way, Chesapeake VA 23321

Models Open Daily 11am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm

(757) 606-2999 | dragas.com

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Dragas Maintenance Mondays

Drip-Drip-Drip

Is the rhythmic sound of a leaky faucet all too familiar to you? Don’t panic! A common cause of faucet leaks is worn out washers. Overtime the rubber material of the washer wears down, giving way to a leak. Believe it or not, this is a repair job you can do yourself!

Before you replace the washer be sure to turn off the main water supply and remove the faucet handle & valve stem assembly cover. After you get those out of the way- take out the old, worn washer, & replace it with a new one.

It’s as simple as that. Happy Maintenance Monday!

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The Dragas Difference

“Thank you for excellent service. The whole Dragas Company has been a positive experience. They helped me through the handicap adaptations. Thanks!”

-Gary, King’s Pointe at Western Branch

You Matter.

When you purchase a Dragas  home, you get more than just a structure with walls & beams. You get a pleasant, efficient experience. We give you a well-designed home in a well-planned community at a reasonable price. Our customer service is woven throughout the entire process. Even after you settle into your home, our Warranty Team stays on hand to assist. No matter your background or lifestyle, we take major strides to provide you with Affordable Excellence.

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Don’t Play the Waiting Game

We’ve all heard that old cliche–

“Good things come to those who wait”

That may be true when it comes to the Tooth Fairy, but in regards to the housing market, you may want to think twice before taking heed to that advice.

Currently mortgage rates are holding in the low 4%, but economists are predicting those rates to rise steadily in the coming months. Take a look at the infographic above to get a better understanding of why it pays to not wait.

Dragas Mortgage Company is a great resource for information on new construction and condominium financing. DMC offers a variety of loan programs to fit your financing needs. For a personalized loan consultation go ahead & give them a call today.

(757) 499-4303

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Hadley Park at Greenbrier

Lush Living is on the way.

At the corner of Volvo Pkwy & Bishopstoke Dr. stands Hadley Park, the newest Dragas Community in Chesapeake. This neighborhood will feature 92 luxury villas with 2&3 bedroom floor plans.

A Look Inside:

  • Designer Kitchens w/ Breakfast Bar
  • Option of a downstairs Master Suite
  • 42″ High Wall Cabinets
  • Wide Interior Doors
  • Modern Recessed  & Pendant Lighting
  • Sliding Glass Doors leading to Private Patio
  • Energy Efficient Features

(757) 410-0087 | hadleypark@dragas.com

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Cleaning Up House

Want to keep your house looking like a Dragas Model Home?

Everyone loves to reap the benefits of a clean home- no dishes in the sink, no dust on the ceiling fans, ring-free tubs, crumb-free counter, etc… BUT most of us don’t love the idea of setting aside the time to make our home worthy of the white-glove test.

Keeping in mind that every chore is not as pressing as others, divide your household chores up into daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal tasks.  When it comes time for the monthly and seasonal chores be sure to make a “cleaning playlist” beforehand. Listening to your favorite tunes while cleaning up makes the tasks more enjoyable. You can also enlist the help of friends & family members to knock out the seasonal duties faster.

Looking for more housekeeping tips? Follow The Dragas Companies on Pinterest.

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Dragas Maintenance Mondays

Life Hacks for your Bathroom

Toilet Woes. We’ve all been there. So without using any “potty language”, here’s a quick lesson in dealing with clogged toilets.

First things first, if the toilet is threatening to spillover, shut off the water supply by turning the valve located behind the toilet, right above the floor.

Next, do your best to remove about half of the water from the toilet.

And now for the fun part– start plunging, making sure you have a tight seal. The suction action should eventually make the water go down. When it does, turn the water supply back on & flush the now unclogged toilet.

[If the Plunger doesn't seem to be working, you can use a Toilet Auger]

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Susan G. Komen: Race for the Cure

RACE FOR THE CURE…tomorrow!

Picture this: Partly sunny skies with highs in the breezy,  70s. You glance over at the beach waves hitting the seashore as you maneuver your way through a sea of PINK.

This Saturday, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will kick-off at the feet of King Neptune at the Oceanfront.This 5k race raises money & awareness of the prevalence of breast cancer. Don’t feel pressured to “run” you can walk, jog, or even push your stroller as you head towards the finish line!

Ready to have fun while making a differnce? Visit http://komentidewater.org/ to find out how.

“75% of the net proceeds raised stay right here in our service area. Funds are set aside to provide breast health educational materials and programs to save lives [...]“

SATURDAY | OCTOBER 11 | 31st STREET | 7:00am

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King’s Pointe Condos in Chesapeake

Looking for fancy living, without the fancy price tag? We’ve got you covered.

The condominiums of King’s Pointe at Western Branch are sure to give you the most bang for your buck. This Dragas community  is within walking distance to numerous entertainment venues, including Chesapeake Square Mall & a Rec Center.

With the option of 2-3 bedrooms, downstairs Master Suite, parties in the clubhouse, relaxing strokes across the pool, or grilling in the cabana– King’s Pointe truly lets you Live Like Royalty. Prices start in the mid 100′s so you can probably own  your dream home for less than you’re paying in rent. Want to test that theory? Call us.

(757) 606-2999 | kingspointe@dragas.com

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Hadley Park at Greenbrier

Trees, Ponds & Greens.

Hadley Park at Greenbrier is the newest Dragas community to hit Chesapeake. This quaint neighborhood is made up of only 92 luxury villas, offering you the privacy you’ve been seeking. Located just off Volvo Pkwy., Hadley Park is a short trip away from good eats at nearby restaurants, exercise at Chesapeake City Park, and shopping at Greenbrier Mall or Crossways Shopping Center.

Whether you’re looking for 2 or 3 bedrooms, a downstairs or upstairs Master Suite, stainless steel appliances, or even a private patio– you can find it here.

Hadley Park at Greenbrier is PRESELLING: (757) 410-0087

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Vertical Garden

Who said that living in a condo meant you can’t have an eye-catching garden?

Materials

•    2-liter plastic bottle, empty and clean
•    Scissors
•    Clothesline rope, twine, or wire
•    Washers (two per bottle if rope or wire is chosen)
•    Dirt
•    Seedlings (herbs, vegetables, or other plants are all OK)

Instructions

To secure the bottles, you must make two holes at the bottom of the cylinder and two at the top of the bottle. See the pictures for an example.

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In addition to the holes to pass the rope, you need a small hole in the bottom of the bottle. The water used to irrigate the seedling needs to drain.

After that, thread the string through a hole and pull out through the other.

Note: Many people have asked how to make sure the bottles do not “slip” on the rope (or string or cordage). Either tie a large knot in the rope or tie the knot around a washer.

Then simply stretch and attach the rope to the wall.

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The Dirt: Uniting the Built & Natural Environments

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A Dragas Home for Every Stage of Life

Apartment->Modern Condo->Luxury Condo->3-Story Townhome -> Single-Family Home

No matter your stage of life– there’s a Dragas Community for you. Our communities all come complete with features & amenities to make your life just a little bit more relaxing. Several of the Dragas floor plans offer the convenience of a first-floor Master Suite. All of our communities come complete with the peace of mind of Dragas Warranties.

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CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND!

Looking for something to do with the kids?

Head out to Town Pointe Park this Saturday for Children’s Festival! Elmo will be making a special appearance along with characters from Super Why & Daniel the Tiger. Games, giveaways, food, and storytelling are the perfect recipe for a great family weekend (and after park nap).

http://festevents.org/events/current-events/26th-annual-t-virginia-childrens-festival/

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Now is the Time…

“How America Views Homeownership” Survey

“Sixty eight percent of Americans feel that now is a good time to buy a home.”

And with good reason. The availability of new homes has increased significantly in recent months as builders are constructing new developments to meet demand. Attractive mortgage rates and streamlined homebuying processes are enticing more & more Americans to step into the housing market once again.

Ready to move? Our three newest communities just may be what you’re looking for. Check out some of the Dragas Communities today.

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Ready to Sell? Looking to Buy?

The housing market is leaning in your favor. Whether you’re out to sell or out to buy, chances are you too can be a statistic!

Contact Dragas Mortgage Company today to get the selling and buying process started!

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Millennials: Come Experience Affordable Housing with The Dragas Companies

It’s no secret that Millennials are underrepresented in the housing market.

Mounting student loan debts and high rents are cited as the two biggest hindrances keeping them from homeownership. Despite the statistics, Millennials (persons aged 18-34) are expressing the most confidence in the strength of the housing market. The Zillow Housing Confidence Index (ZHCI) stated:

Overall confidence in the U.S. housing market is up, driven by a perception of strong current market conditions and strong homeownership aspirations among both current owners and renters.

Founded in 1968, we have developed more than 35 condo communities in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, helping more than 5,000 owners and their families realize the dream of home ownership. Whether you’re a Millennial or an experienced homebuyer, our goal is to build you a comfortable, affordable home.

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The Dragas Way

Families and friends of those who live in Dragas communities have experienced “The Dragas Way”. Here at The Dragas Companies we do our best to break the process down in a way that is easy to understand and remember. We make it a point to walk you through the process and give you the security of a dependable Dragas Warranty long after you’ve settled in.

Joyce is a  homeowner at The Grove at The Arboretum who recently had this to say about her Dragas experience:

“I was very impressed with the service that was provided and how professional the personnel was. They explained the process in a way I understood and provided additional information to my questions. Very impressed!” –Joyce, The Grove at The Arboretum

We take pride in hearing the words of satisfaction from our Homeowners.

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DRAGAS FLOOR PLAN FRIDAY: THE HICKORY GABLE

|The Essentials|

3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 9′ Ceilings, Wide Interior Doors, Private Patio

|The Designer Kitchen|

Open-Concept Kitchen w/ Breakfast Bar, Recessed & Pendant Lighting, Stainless Steel Appliances, 42″ High Wall Cabinets

|The Amenities|

Wall-to-Wall Carpeting & Vinyl Flooring,  Custom Closet Built-Ins, Ceiling Fans in Living Room & Bedrooms, Private Community Center

|Condominium Features|

Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance, Pool & Cabana Maintenance, Common Element Replacement

This floor plan features a downstairs Master Suite and laundry room perfect for those who are tired of climbing the stairs to do those…laundry duties. The recessed lighting in the kitchen adds to the modern feel of the home. The wide interior doors, 9′ ceilings, and high cabinets all complement the spacious, cozy nature of this floor plan. The Hickory Gable can be found at King’s Pointe, Hadley Park and Crofton.

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The Time to Sell is Now

Buyers are out there, waiting for you to put your house on the market.

An echoed sentiment made by many potential Sellers is that they want to move but don’t think anyone is looking to buy their house. Actually, quite the opposite is true. The Demand is Strong in the market. Currently there is a large amount of foot traffic of buyers who have the mind and means to purchase a home. There is a pent-up desire for a new place to call home. Buyers are in the market actively looking for homes to be put up for sale. They’re aware that now that the housing market has improved their chances for finding a home are greater.

As your family-size, income, and lifestyles grow and fluctuate you may be looking to move out of your current house and move-up to a more spacious and comfortable home. The conditions for you to make that move could not be any better with  mortgage rates holding at a low rate and with Developers implementing the production of  single-family homes and luxury condos.

Bottom Line? Put your house on the market. This is a favorable time for you. Don’t let apprehension and doubt keep you from owning the home you want and deserve. We pride ourselves on Affordable Excellence, that is The Dragas Way.

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Don’t Just Take Our Word for It; Let Her Tell It!

Sandra is a homeowner, at King’s Pointe at Western Branch. Recently, she requested the service of our warranty team and had this to say about her experience:

“As always, everyone I’ve dealt with at Dragas has been exceptional, especially the Warranty staff!”

–Sandra, King’s Pointe at Western Branch

The Dragas Companies’ exceptional standards of service are demonstrated throughout the entire homebuying process. We’ve streamlined the process by handling every aspect of your purchase internally with care and dedication. Come experience the Dragas way.

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Trying to Dodge Rising Interest Rates?

Currently interest rates are in the low 4%. Experts from various fields all contend that these rates are sure to rise in 2015. Below are the interest rate predictions for next year:

Predictions for 2015 3Q:

§ 4.6% - Fannie Mae

§ 4.8% - Freddie Mac

§ 5.2% – Mortgage Bankers Association

§ 5.2% - National Association of Realtors

Whether Fannie Mae or the NAR is more accurate in their prediction is yet to be determined, but even a small fraction of an increase will have a significant effect on your payments.

We’ve streamlined the homebuying process to make buying a home easier and convenient. From our sales agents to our mortgage company to our conversations with you on social media, we are here to ease any nervousness & hesitation you may have about this next step. No need to drag your feet, choose your Dragas Community today!

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Come Mingle with Your Future Neighbors in Your Future Neighborhood

Come out to the King’s Pointe OPEN HOUSE this weekend and walk all FIVE floorplans. Whether you’re looking for one-level living, 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms, a downstairs master suite, private patios, or a 2-story villa you can find it here!

|Saturday 11am-6pm|  |Sunday 12pm-6pm|
4350 Farringdon Way Chesapeake, VA 23321

Food, Facts, & Fun. King’s Pointe at Western Branch: Where You Can Live Like Royalty

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DRAGAS FLOORPLAN FRIDAY: THE HICKORY TOWER

The Hickory Tower

Looking for a downstairs Master Suite? You may want to take a look at this…

|The Essentials|

3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 9′ Ceilings, Wide Interior Doors, Private Patio

|The Designer Kitchen|

Open-Concept Kitchen w/ Breakfast Bar, Stainless Steel Appliances, 42″ High Wall Cabinets

|The Amenities|

Pre-wired phone & TV,  Outdoor Kitchen, Resort-style pool, Private Community Center

|The Dragas Peace of Mind|

10-year Warranty program, Individual Product & Appliance Warranties as applicable

This model can be found at Hadley Park at Greenbrier, King’s Pointe at Western Branch, and Crofton at Spence Crossing. This layout boasts a spacious downstairs Master Suite complete with a pampering bath and Elongated Toilet. Of the two bedrooms upstairs, one can double as an office; while the high-tower ceiling in the other makes it the perfect getaway.

Interested in this floorplan? Take the next step, head over to dragas.com today.

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Affordable Excellence: VHDA & The Dragas Companies

In the market for a new affordable home?

The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) is a helpful housing organization whose mission is to help Virginians attain quality, affordable housing. Their aim is to help first-time homebuyers make an informed decision about the purchase of their home through free classes that cover the homebuying process from start to finish.

The courses cover pertinent topics like: Managing your Finances and Creating a Spending & Savings Plan. Classes are held just about every day throughout the state of Virginia. Take a look at the VHDA Class Schedule to see when & where you can attend. These classes are required for persons seeking a VHDA loan but are open to all first-time homebuyers.

Our Loan Officer, Connie Clyburn, was recently recognized by the VHDA as one of the top-producing VHDA loan officers in the region. This prestigious award highlights the Affordable Excellence standard The Dragas Companies has set in place. Contact Dragas Mortgage Company today to learn more about how you can benefit from VHDA.

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Homeowners Net Worth

The National Association of Realtors recently took an in-depth look at the home equity of homeowners. The NAR then consolidated their findings into five informative points–

  • In the past 15 years, the net worth of the typical homeowner has ranged between 31 and 46 times that of the net worth of the typical renter.
  • Homeowner equity is a substantial component of homeowner wealth. The Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances, conducted once every three years, provides a snapshot of family income and net worth along with basic demographic details and more detailed information on where families keep the wealth they have accumulated.
  • The most recent survey, conducted in 2013, offers a picture of the situation as home and equity prices normalized for most household balance sheets.
  • Data shows that median homeowners had nearly $200,000 in net worth or 36 times that of the median renter who had just over $5,000. The median value of owners’ homes was $170,000.
  • Many households own a primary residence (65.2 percent). It is the most commonly held non-financial assets after vehicles (86.3 percent).

We here at The Dragas Companies are working to keep you educated on housing market trends and real estate developments through dedicated research and analysis. We compile the statistics and findings from trusted real estate organizations like National Association of Homebuilders, Keeping Current Matters, MSN Real Estate, CNN Money, National Association of Realtors, and others. Our hope is that our blog will serve as a tool to help you make an informed decision about your investment in a new Dragas home.

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