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Skyline Team Real Estate
917 Susan Ave.
Woodstock, VA 22664
Phone: 540-459-5555
Fax: 540-459-5553
Email: reception@skylineteam.net
Licensed in Virginia and West Virginia

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Skyline Team Real Estate was established to provide comprehensive full-service real estate services to the Northern Shenandoah Valley.  We are committed to seeing the American Dream of Home Ownership become a reality to all who desire to achieve such a goal. On our site you can search for homes in Woodstock, Toms Brook, Maurertown, Strasburg, Edinburg, Mount Jackson, New Market, Basye  or other areas; checkout our Dream Home Finder for homebuyers and sellers can obtain Free Market Analysis, for more information about  Our Team, call us today to see how our professionals and your Shenandoah Valley REALTORS® can serve you.

In a hurry? Use Quick Search or Map Search to browse an up-to-date database list of all available properties in the area, or use our Dream Home Finder form and let us do the work for you.

If you're planning to sell your home now or in the future, nothing is more important than knowing what the market prices are bearing. We would love to help you with a FREE Market Analysis. We search the MLS for comparable sold listings to help you determine the accurate market value of your home, it's important to know your homes value.

We can also help you find rental properties in Shenandoah, Warren, Frederick, and Page Counties.   For your convenience, here is the application for rentals.

Real Estate News!!!

Latest Realty News from NAR

Can an EU Rule Impact Your Real Estate Business? It Might

What authority does the European Union have over your real estate business? That’s a tricky question, but an E.U. rule that takes effect next month could end up affecting your business in some manner. That’s because any European that comes to your web site to browse listings will be covered by what’s called the GDPR. That stands for General Data Protection Regulation and it won’t let your web site drop a cookie on a European’s computer unless you get affirmative consent. That means a box that says something like, “We use cookies. OK if we put one on your computer?,” has to pop up when someone from the European Economic Area comes to your web site. What’s more, if you process data on a European you have to be ready to delete that data if you’re requested to. That means you have to have a way to identify  that data so you can take the action requested.

As you can imagine, how the EU would enforce this is a big, unanswered question. There will probably be litigation, too. So, it’s possible it will be a while before anything actually happens that affects U.S. businesses. But there are other things to keep in mind. First, the United States might align its rules with the E.U. Second, regardless of that, many U.S. businesses might align their online privacy and security  practices with the E.U. model, regardless of enforcement. That means you’ll probably see more U.S. companies asking for affirmative consent when anyone comes to their web sites. Third, there could be alignment with European rules on data processing, too.

This is all speculation. The rule is real but it’s actual impact here can’t be fully known yet. But you can see where things are heading and it’s not a bad idea to take steps to be prepared for however things shake out.

NAR will be hosting a Facebook Live webcast next week, on Tuesday, April 24, at 1 p.m., Central time (2 p.m., Eastern time) to walk you through what’s happening and what you might do to be ready. The presenters will be Finley Maxson, NAR senior counsel, and Liz Sturrock, NAR vice president of information technology. They’ll be talking with Meg White, managing editor of REALTOR® Magazine.

You’re encouraged to ask questions. Here’s more information on the event: EU Privacy Rule: Are You Impacted?

How Suburbanization Impacts Rural Home Loans

Federally backed home loans from the Rural Housing Service have been called one of the the government’s best kept secrets because buyers can get safe, affordable mortgage financing in areas where few other loan options are available. The underwriting requirements are considered both strong and reasonable, and, maybe most important, homes that wouldn’t be eligible for loans by conventional lenders are often eligible under the federal program. That’s because RHS recognizes that in rural areas, houses are not always built to meet the needs of suburban or urban buyers. The agency’s old name—Farmers Home Administration (FmHA)—says a lot about where the agency is coming from.

That’s why it’s significant that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees RHS, undertook a reassessment of what constitutes a rural area. That assessment was just completed and in about two months—June 4—a new map of rural areas takes affect. When it does, some areas that used to be considered rural are no longer considered that. One example is Ashburn, Va. Like so many areas in Northern Virginia, it’s being swallowed up by the D.C. metropolitan area. It’s now another suburb.

That means households who might struggle to get financing to buy a home can no longer count on direct or guaranteed loans from RHS. They’ll have to find conventional financing or maybe try FHA.

The good news for buyers in many of these new suburbs is their choice in lenders has probably increased along with the area’s population. In other words, maybe RHS is less needed now, because conventional lenders have moved in to take advantage of the area’s growth. But every area is different. There are probably a number of areas where the choice in lenders hasn’t kept up with growth, so the RHS loans will be missed.

In any case, it makes sense to learn if your area has been affected. The latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR talks about this and walks you through how you can see the status of your area.

The video also looks at some things FEMA is doing to encourage growth in private flood insurance options. Thanks in large part to a new consumer advocate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the agency said it will allow homeowners to drop their federal coverage and get private coverage instead without incurring any penalty. Prior to this change, you couldn’t do that. You had to keep your federal coverage even if you found cheaper or better private coverage. That consumer advocate, by the way, is there in large part thanks to NAR, which made sure it was part of flood insurance reform legislation that passed a few years ago. We’re now seeing the benefits of that.

In another change, insurance companies that offer the federal coverage can now also offer a private alternative. Again, that wasn’t allowed before. There are a few more improvements like that. The video walks you through them.

Also in the video is an update on competition in the real estate industry. You might recall that it was 10 years ago that NAR and the U.S. Department of Justice entered into an agreement to make sure virtual office websites (VOWs) are treated the same as brick and mortar brokerages in obtaining MLS data to share with people. That agreement expires later this year and the first of two workshops was held in Washington looking at the state of competition today. NAR Associate General Counsel Ralph Holmen (retired) participated in that workshop and made the point that the VOW business model wasn’t a big part of the market 10 years ago and is even smaller today, in part because it involves creating a client relationship with people who want to look at listings on your site. For many brokerages, it’s easier just to offer up listings without having to set up that client relationship first. NAR has said it doesn’t plan to change its VOW policy when that DOJ agreement expires.

The video also excerpts from the NAR Broker Summit that was held in Nashville earlier this month and also introduces a monthly video series NAR is launching for the year, Fair Housing Focus. The video is part of NAR’s recognition of the 50-year anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

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Infrastructure Improvement Means Real Estate Activity

When the Trump administration released its $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan last month, it set in motion a multi-year process that could eventually lead to considerable investment in communities. Of course, Congress must pass legislation to make much of it happen. Although there are some parts that the administration can do on its own, a lot of the plan will require both authorizing and funding legislation, so how close we get to that $1.5 trillion goal is dependent on what lawmakers can agree on in the next year or two.

Regardless, with the country’s roads, bridges, waterways, dams, and other public projects aging, some projects will be getting funds in the years ahead whether or not the plan is all or partly enacted. The question for you is, how will you get involved? Will you get involved upfront, when projects are in the planning stages, or will you get involved after projects get going? Often, bridge replacement means land transactions, because it’s not unusual for a replacement bridge to be built alongside the existing bridge. That means government might have to acquire or condemn nearby property. Or if a road is widened—will that involve acquisition or condemnation of land?

Property values tend to go up after infrastructure improvements are made. In northern Virginia, expansion of the metropolitan subway system had a tremendous impact on property values along the new tracks. Huge condo, apartment, retail, office, and mixed-use projects followed. It triggered a real estate boom.

The administration’s infrastructure plan is featured in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR. Access that segment now.

The video also looks at why NAR supports the banking reform bill that passed the Senate a couple of weeks ago, why passage of long-term reform of federal flood insurance is just as much about improving communities as it is about continuation of insurance policies, and why Congress needs to make mortgage debt forgiveness relief a permanent part of the tax code. Cyber crime and association health plans are covered, too.

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Shenandoah Valley a wonderful place to call home.  

We are home to the natural wonder of Seven Bends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, Shenandoah Caverns, American Parade on Celebration, The Yellow Barn, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Bryce Resort with year round activities, Strasburg Museum, Hupps Hill Civil War Park, Woodstock Museum, Edinburg Mill Museum, tour Route 11 traveling through Strasburg, Toms Brook, Maurertown, Woodstock, Edinburg, Mt. Jackson, New Market and more.  Shenandoah County is home to many vineyards such as Cave Ridge Vineyard, North Mountain Vineyard, Shenandoah Vineyard, Wolf Gap Vineyard and more. 

Testimonials

Nathan represented me buying my very first home. When initially looking for properties, he went above and beyond to provide information on homes that suited my needs and met my budget. Ultimately, Nathan found a property that is PERFECT for me that I may not have otherwise known was on the market. He was kind, honest, patient, and knowledgeable throughout the entire process (despite my endless questions). I could not have asked for more from a realtor and will be recommending friends and family. Heather
Robin & Donna, We want to thank you both so very much for all of your hard work in finding our forever home. The two of you were our first contacts in Virginia and no matter what we asked or how many houses we wanted to see, you always went above and beyond our expectations... Always with a smile, advice, and encouragement. We could not have asked for a better home buying experience and we consider you both friends and not just real estate agents. Thank you so much for finding us the perfect home and for helping us begin living our Virginia dream! Tom & Chris
Robin and Nathan, We couldn’t be more pleased with the photos and the descriptions. We looked very hard for something to correct or change and couldn’t find a thing! Outstanding pictures (Which was hard to do when all of the rooms look the same with no furniture in them!) Everything looks great and we now have no doubt we made the right decision in picking our Realtor and her team. Thomas
Nathan was an exceptional agent for me from the start! He had already done his homework (within just a few hours) with a possible listing price before seeing the property. In addition, he took excellent photos of my home; going the extra mile to remove "junk" from the various rooms before taking photos to make my place look even better! He contacted everyone for me (lawyer, pest inspection, contractor, etc) and all I needed to do was relax and let him do the work! To top things off, my home had a contract within 6 days of listing! If you're looking for an agent that will do the work for you and go the extra mile, then Nathan Gochenour is your man! Highly recommended! Shelby
In all our dealings with Realtors over the past ten years, we have never met anyone as helpful and energetic as the Skyline Team. Without hesitation, we would highly recommend their service to anyone who is looking for an experienced Realtor who cares about getting things done and doing them right! Thanks for taking such good care of us! James
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