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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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Why Now is the Time to Buy a Home

There are good times to buy a home and great times to buy a home; now is a great time. Those who have been sitting on the fence thinking about getting a piece of their American dream need to act now before this opportunity passes. Become a homeowner today, and reap the rewards for a lifetime.

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Four Reasons to Choose the Right Neighborhood

When buying a home, it's not about just the property itself. The location, neighbors and placement of the house can be critical to the long-term happiness of a homeowner. Remember that what's inside a residence counts, but the outside matters too!

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How Much Should You Spend When Buying a Home?

The question of how much home a buyer can afford is critical in the buying process, but what is most important is knowing how much money you should spend on a home.

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Mad Men Home Buying Style

As the final episodes of Mad Men begin, it can be interesting to look at the types of homes some of the main characters live in and which residences may be right for you. Are you homebuyer who likes the cosmopolitan flair of city condos like Don Draper or are you more like Henry and Betty Francis, who enjoy a large lot in suburbia?

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What Makes a Good Rental Property in Hampton Roads?

Most folks have heard that buying rental property is a good investment, but what exactly makes a good rental property in Hampton Roads? When seeking a profitable investment in real estate, there are a few things to consider.

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What to do When Your Dream Home Sellers Won’t Budge

You've found your dream home and made an offer. Trouble is, the sellers won't meet in the middle or even budge. Homeowners can play hardball for a variety of reasons: sentimentality, a feeling their home is worth more or a desire to not give away their precious property for less than what they feel is a fair price. The sellers may have priced their property exactly right and buyers, while hopeful, are ultimately unrealistic. Whatever the reason, buyers have a few options when it comes to dealing with these types of sellers.

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Sell Your Home With the Help of One Critical Staging Technique

It's no secret that staging sells homes, but break it down step by step and there is one crucial component that can really pay off. As in, if owners can't do any other part of the staging process- this one step can help swing the odds in favor of a sale. And the best part is, this technique is better than cheap; it's free!

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How Important is Timing in Real Estate?

As we settle into springing ahead, the notion of timing is all too apparent. So how important is timing in regards to real estate? There are rumors about the best times to buy and sell, but are there any truth to these rumors?

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Affording a Home in 2015

When it comes to choosing a home in 2015, affordability is a critical factor. And for good reason, the ability to pay for a residence is extremely important to overall satisfaction. It's a good feeling to know you can get a cup of coffee or spring for life's little extras because you can comfortably pay for your home every month. Acting when interest rates are low and choosing a property in the right price range help you ensure you can easily afford your house payments.

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Want to Buy a Home in Winter? Here’s How

People hunker down inside when temperatures drop dramatically, even though some of them want to buy homes. But for the determined house hunters, winter is ripe with opportunity for finding the right property at the right price. The inventory of homes may still be average or above but with less buyers actively searching, sellers can be much more open to negotiating. Use this time to your advantage before spring opens the door to much different buying conditions.

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