Author Archives: Chris Rooker


About Chris Rooker

Chris started The Harrisonburg Homes Team with the vision of providing home buyers and sellers in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County with extraordinary customer service. He has consistently guided the team to top rankings in the local real estate market, while also providing leadership and editorial influence for Harrisonblog.

Harrisonburg Crossing in Foreclosure

Today’s edition of the Daily News Record included a notice that a large portion of the Harrisonburg Crossing Shopping Center is in foreclosure proceedings.  With more than 500,000 square feet, the popular retail site is home to Barnes & Noble, Staples, Wal-Mart, and many other stores and restaurants.  (In June...

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Details on Obama’s $75 Billion Loan Modification Plan

There is a lot of confusing information floating around about the President’s plan to modify home mortgages — especially regarding who qualifies, when and how the assistance will be available, and its duration. The Treasury Department has launched a website,, that spells out everything. Click on the link for...

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How to Find Info on Foreclosures Online

The Harrisonburg area has blessedly few foreclosures. (Check out this previous post with a cool map showing foreclosure rates in every city and county in the U.S.) However, if you are interested in hunting for a deal on a property in foreclosure, here is a great post on one of...

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January Real Estate Market Report

Home sales were down significantly in January compared to the previous year. Here are the numbers: January 2008: 52 January 2009: 36 That’s a plunge of 30.7% in the Harrisonburg area. Is the sky falling? I don’t think so. January’s sales reflect contracts written in November and December — which...

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Harrisonburg Area Unemployment at 4.3%

News broke this morning that national unemployment hit 7.6%, as the economy lost nearly 600,000 jobs in January. The situation is significantly better in the Harrisonburg area, where the unemployment rate is 4.3%. According to this table provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, our area is ranked #33 out...

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