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5 Things to Consider When Buying a Home in Hampton Roads

You are thinking about making Hampton Roads your next home, but which community is right for you? This tapestry of 7 cities (and then some) offers so much diversity and opportunity you'll need to do a little research to make the best decision. We've put together a list of criteria that might help you narrow down your search and find the community that is a perfect fit for you!

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Ten Reasons to move to Historic Suffolk

Small town southern charm is the picture that comes to mind when thinking of Suffolk, Virginia. Southern Suffolk that is. When looking for your next place to call home, if living in a historic town with a smaller country feel is what you seek, historic downtown Suffolk just might be what you are looking for.

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Ten Reasons to Move to Portsmouth

In the family of cities called Hampton Roads, Portsmouth is sometimes counted out like a little sister who's too small to tag along. The smallest of the 7 cities, Portsmouth is 47 sq miles and only 34 of those are on land. But what Portsmouth lacks in size, it makes up for in charm. The heart of this quaint port city is its historic Olde Towne district. We've compiled a list of 10 things that make Portsmouth a city worth considering, starting at the heart - Olde Towne.

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Ten Reasons Virginia Beach Should Make Your Short List

Whether you are planning a move to Virginia Beach because you must, or you're just dreaming about the possibility of relocating, Virginia Beach is a beautiful coastal city to consider. Being a top vacation destination, there are enough diverse areas to explore and an endless list of activities to keep you busy for days, weeks, or even months and years to come. But there's more that makes Virginia Beach a desirable location than just the surf, sand, and fun. We've put together a list of 10 reasons to consider Virginia Beach for your next hometown.

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Why Peninsula living might be Just Right for You

Do you ever feel like Goldilocks, looking for that just-right fit? When looking for a place to call home, you don't want the area to be too much or not enough. Too big or too small. Fast paced or country slow. So many characteristics that can disqualify a city or neighborhood and take it off your list of options. If you're on the home search and Hampton Roads has hit your radar, you might want to take a look at the Peninsula. Newport News and Hampton are the two larger cities on that side of the water, with Williamsburg, Yorktown and Poquoson skirting the edges. The Peninsula has many qualities to draw you in and you may find that the Peninsula is just right for you.

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Six Steps to Narrowing your Home Search

Having a lot of choices can seem like a good thing until you have to whittle the list down to just one final choice. Then the pressure is on and the fear of making the wrong choice can be downright paralyzing. Especially when the decision comes with big consequences. Buying a home is one of those decisions. So what can you do to make the process less daunting? We've put together a list to help you focus the many issues that go into home buying.

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Five Things Every Military Member Needs when PCSing to Hampton Roads

There's nothing like that statement, "Get ready to PCS...You just got orders!" to get your whole world spinning. Relocating is filled with a myriad of decisions and changes. As stressful as the military move can be, if Hampton Roads is your new destination here are at least 5 things you need to help smooth your transition to this beautiful area.

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How to Know When It's a Good Time to Sell

Big decisions with big consequences can be hard to make. What if you make the wrong decision and reap the fallout? But not making a decision is really still making a decision. Deciding whether to sell your house is one of the biggest decisions you'll need to make in your adult life. The choice doesn't have to be paralyzing. We've put together a list of some key issues you can focus on to evaluate whether now is a good time to sell or not.

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So You Think You Want to Build

You've been clicking through listing after listing and you're just not finding that home with all the upgrades and details you're looking for in your next home. Have you considered new construction? Choosing to build can offer you options you don't get with existing homes. Like being able to choose that open floor plan you've been dreaming about. Or getting to choose those unique touches like the cabinets, countertops, and flooring finishes. Choosing new construction can give you flexibility that just isn't possible with existing homes.

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How to Sell Your Home for the Most Money

As a homeowner thinking about putting your home on the market, the number one question keeping you awake at night just might be, "How do I get the most money for my home?" There are many variables that play into how much you get when you sell. Some variables you have no control over. Like the current market and the timing of your listing. But there are other variables you do control. Don't stress over the things you can't control. Channel your energy into the things you can. Here is a list of pro-active things you can do that will yield the highest return on your investment and ensure you get the most money for your home.

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Exciting Times in North Suffolk

It's an exciting time to be living in North Suffolk. Over the last 10 years, the landscape of Suffolk has been steadily changing and growing. According census records, Suffolk is the fastest growing area in Hampton Roads. New developments have been breaking ground every year, with more popping up all the time.

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The Pros and Cons of Buying an Inventory Home

Buying a new home is one of the most exciting and scary things you'll do in your lifetime. Making a purchase that large can feel overwhelming. As you consider your options, you'll likely focus on two choices; custom building or buying an existing privately owned home. But there's one other option you should consider. It's kind of a hybrid between these two. Builders call them Inventory Homes, Spec Homes, or Model Homes. As a builder finishes building in a community, they need to sell the home that has been showcasing their work. These homes are great opportunities and in many ways bring together the best of both the previously mentioned options. Below is a discussion of the pros and cons of Inventory Home buying.

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Downsizing to a New Home

In the beginning you dream about how to afford a bigger better house. As young adults, you buy that first home and call it a starter home. It's on the smallish side and the hope is that you'll live in it for a few years, save a little nest egg, sell it for a bit of profit and upsize to a bigger home as your family and needs grow. You may even do this a couple of times as your family increases in size. Before you know it, years have flown by. That door jam with the tick marks showing your children's growth is complete. One by one, your kids pack up and move on, leaving you wandering around a house that once seemed almost too small. Now it has become room after room of empty space. And all you can think of now is how to downsize to make life easier.

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How to Choose the Right Homebuilder

You've embarked on a journey to find a new home. You've taken the pathway toward building instead of buying a pre-existing home. Before you lies a maze of choices. Where do you start? Choosing the right builder is the first decision to make. In order to do this, you need to focus the criteria you will use to make your choice. We've compiled a list that will help you wend your way through this maze. We hope this list will help lead you through the twists and turns of the building process and find you arriving at your dream destination!

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The Top 10 Tips to get your home ready for Fall!

Happy First Day of Fall Hampton Roads! We are over the moon excited that we can get a pumpkin-flavored coffee without getting judged by the barista! Hampton Roads in Autumn is fun-filled with residents driving down the Colonial Parkway in Williamsburg just to see the leaves, and kids getting ready to go trick-or-treating in their Halloween costumes. But, before we get wrapped up in our cozy fall jackets and exploring the pumpkin patches in Hampton Roads, there are a few items on every homeowner's checklist that have to get done. Compare our list with yours to ensure that your home is ready for the seasonal change!

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Are you going to be a First Time Homebuyer in 2017?

Congratulations! That's an exciting step to take. Home ownership is a doorway to all kinds of exciting experiences, from the joy of owning your own plot of earth and making the updates according to your preference, to the challenge of accepting all the responsibilities involved in maintaining a piece of property.

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DIY and Save Money

We posted last year about trying to DIY real estate and the value of working with a real estate agent. On the flip side of the coin, even when you utilize the expertise of an agent, embracing our DIY culture by being willing to do some improvements yourself can save you money on the sales price.

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Real Estate Trends in 2017

Welcome to 2017! Here are the new real estate trends that could affect you as you consider buying and/or selling a home in Hampton Roads this year.

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Happy Holidays

From our family to yours: we wish you a happy, safe holiday and look forward to serving you in the new year! Our agents will be available in late Dec and early Jan to field any questions you have about buying or selling in the early part of 2017.

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Agent Matchmaking - How do I find the right agent for me?

Talk to any of your closest friends and family who just sold their house or purchased a new home, and they will all tell you about their experience with their real estate agent. Those stories believe it or not shape the way we think about real estate professionals - whether it be for the good, or for the bad. When it comes to buying or selling your home, its common knowledge that you need a real estate professional by your side. But how do you find one? How did my friends find their agent? What should you look for in a real estate agent? Where do I look?

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Can I DIY Real Estate?

We live in a very DIY culture, and we love it. We go to the local hardware store, look up online tutorials and do all kinds of impressive projects that used to be relegated to the experts. But can you DIY real estate? Some big real estate portal websites are telling you that you can. Search properties on their website, find the perfect house, and live happily ever after.

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Our Agents Care About You

In a real estate world where authenticity and compassion sometimes get lost in the focus on sales price, commissions, and credit scores, we want you to know that our agents really care about you.

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Finding the Right Outdoor Space in a Coastal Virginia Home

Outdoor space is a critical component to any home in Hampton Roads. As coastal Virginia is known for its temperate seasons, those without exterior living areas can lose out on a place to entertain, relax, play and barbecue. Deciding which type of outdoor space is right for you can be challenging, but it can also be fun determining how you will make the most of this space!

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Should Home Sellers Stand Out or Wait it Out?

As the spring market heats up, sellers considering listing need to decide if they should make their homes stand out from the crowd or wait out this busy time. Both options come with pros and cons, and the best choice could depend upon the homeowner's specific needs, restrictions and particular goals.

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Does Your Perfect Home Exist? Weighing Your Options

Homebuyers may sometimes have a preconceived notion of how the purchasing process should go. Choose a home, make an offer, close and move in- simple, right? Well, not always. Buying a home can be a winding road with many hurdles depending on the amount and type of search criteria buyers have. But don't let a few bumps in the road scare you into a lifetime of renting! Homeownership can happen!

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