New Flood Barriers Protect City’s Private Properties And Homes

There are locations all over the globe where floods are a regular seasonal occurrence. These locations are not just restricted to remote locations or undeveloped countries. Floods regularly cause immense property loss and loss of life in some areas. Even in undeveloped countries there are locations where the flood is a hazard regularly. The prepared home owner guards against this by installing flood barriers before disasters occur.

Most municipalities have a plan of action in place where flood protection may be erected when needed but it is often not effective in stopping strong flood waters or protecting many private homes against damage. Flood protection and barriers has become a strong new industry and offers barriers against flood which may well save property and even protect a home against significant damage.

A family’s home contains their personal belongings and more important treasured and irreplaceable mementos. Protecting the most valuable investment that most families own is a logical step for homes built in areas where floods may threaten at any time. Even those homes which are judged to be low risk can be flooded by an unexpected storm and the protection offered by barriers can save belongings upon which no price or value can be placed.

Unfortunately individuals who have never seen a flood in full force may not understand the destructive power of these natural disasters. Floods are not just gently flowing water which rises slowly and invades the structure. Floods are primal forces of nature and carry a capacity for destruction most people can’t imagine until they witness it.

Perhaps the most vivid imagery possible to explain a flood to someone who has not experienced it is to picture a tremendous log, a tree trunk uprooted by raging water bobbing along in the flood. This log heads directly for a house and while the flood water is there already this huge log strikes the house shattering windows, breaking down the door. Eventually the log’s force is spent and it lodges there holding the door open the damage already accomplished.

Now it might be more apparent why protection for the home is important if there is even the slightest possibility of flood. There are generally two types of barriers used to protect homes against flood water and the debris it carries along with such angry force. The first type is a movable barrier that can be placed wherever the home or property needs protection. The other popular type is the permanent barrier constructed to look as if it were part of the home and needing only installation and the home is protected against a major portion of the potential damage it could suffer.

Free standing barriers are mobile barriers and the greatest advantage to these types of protection is that they can be moved easily to any location and stored out of sight when not needed. The most distinct disadvantage to this type of protection is that sudden storms could leave the owner trudging through blinding rain to try and set up the barriers before the flood hits. They are usually less expensive to purchase and lightweight so they are easy to carry.

Why Buy Now? Find VA Property and Homes For Sale

If you are in the real estate market looking for a good deal on a home or property in an area that was previously out of your price range, you may be in for a pleasant surprise. Prices have dropped in many desirable areas. In some hard hit markets, such as California and Florida, homes for sale have been reduced by 25-35% or more in the past year.

The national median existing home price in October 2009 was $173,100 which is a decline of 7.1% from one year ago.1 This is the lowest decline in over a year, and may be an indicator the market has reached bottom.

This could truly be the time to re-evaluate your current home and move to a more desirable area that seemed out of reach before. Or — upgrade your home for a larger square footage. Whatever your reasons for wanting to purchase real estate, this particular buyer’s market could be the best time to be on the lookout for a new home.

Homes are selling across the U.S. A regional breakdown indicates home sales are up in the Northeast by 11.6%, Midwest by 14.4%, South by 12.7% and the West by 1.6% (ibid). These figures show promise in the housing market across the country.

Housing sales increases may also be experiencing a boon as a result of the $8,000 first time homebuyer tax credit. Since the deadline has been extended past November to April 30th home sales will most likely surge in early spring 2010.

This article gives an overview of the area of Virginia where my real estate business is based. Many homes and properties for sale are located in areas that may have been out of reach for the average home buyer in Virginia just two to three years ago.

Desirable Areas to Live: Williamsburg, James City County or York County

Williamsburg, James City County, and York County, are all premium areas for real estate investment right now, either as a primary residence or an investment property. The school districts are excellent, and the amenities in or near the counties include Busch Gardens & Water Country USA, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown/Yorktown and the Colonial Parkway. This area is rich in American history, and many activities are available at least 10 months of each year. Other popular activities in the Williamsburg, James City County and York County area are: golfing, boating, fishing, and swimming.

Purchase Homes and Property in Upper James City County and New Kent County

Upper James City County is unique compared to the rest of the county because there are not many rentals. Neighboring New Kent County is also an excellent place to purchase investment property. Both counties are within a close proximity to Richmond (as little as one half hour to 45 minutes away) and are nearby Richmond International Airport.

Retire or Relocate to Richmond Virginia

Like many urban centers, the Richmond real estate market has multiple foreclosures and short sales due to the economy. I recently completed a short sale in King William County, just outside of Richmond, VA. The property appraised for $651,000 and sold as a short sale for $500,000. The lucky owner of this property now has 40 acres of land and a 4,000 square foot brick transitional rancher, complete with an in-ground pool and gazebo — at a bargain price.

Richmond also has sellers who are motivated. There will always be divorces, job relocation, death, and life changes.

With the real estate market beginning to percolate again, buyers need to seriously consider closing deals before the tax credit expires and prior to the rise of prices again. Though nobody can actually say for certain when this buyer’s market will crest, now is the time to buy low — especially in desirable areas.

* Molony, Walter. Realtor.Org.