As Memorial Day approaches, there's no better time to get your home ready for summer in Hampton Roads. The warmer months can mean fun in the hot southern sun, but homeowners who take the time to prepare for this season will be the true winners.
It's not too late! You can still find a vacation home in Virginia Beach before summer. Families seeking long days in the surf and sand can act now for the best selection. There are plenty of properties available near local bodies of water. Owning a second home in Hampton Roads can be excellent for investors. Buyers can collect passive income by renting out their homes when they're not vacationing. Many attractions are located in the region, so owners and their tenants can enjoy all types of activities. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Ocean Breeze Water Park, Motor World and the Oceanfront Boardwalk are some of the favorite haunts of this seaside city.
PCS orders and job transfers can make a buyer wonder if he can find a new home in a weekend. Our agents successfully handle these situations all the time. Many people just don't have time to spare when looking for new homes. So when visiting Hampton Roads, everything needs to be set up correctly for the best results.
Don't just celebrate Earth Day on April 22, make every day at home a little greener in southeast Virginia. This annual event helps people around the world recognize the value of Mother Earth and support efforts to restore our home planet. Making a difference doesn't have to come in great leaps, it can come in small, consistent steps. Look at some of the ways to improve our world in your own backyard.
Ah... not much compares to the beauty of Hampton Roads in the springtime. Historic Garden Week in Virginia provides the perfect glance into some of most picturesque gardens in the area. Camellias, dogwoods, magnolias, forsythia, wisteria, azaleas, lilies, irises and so much more can bring a smile to even the grumpiest Gus. Stroll through winding trails that have a little of this and a bit of that. Walk under arbors that have trailing vines to cool passerbys. Check out meticulously maintained English gardens and those created specifically to invite native wildlife. There is just so much to see, the eyes may not know where to look!
You've dreamed of buying a new home in Virginia Beach; now moving day is here! Get settled quickly to make the transition easier for the entire household. Follow these steps to get comfy and cozy in your new abode without delay.
The news is out; buyers are back! Any homeowner thinking, "I want to sell my home quickly," can make it happen. Inventory is down, but buyers are still heading to Hampton Roads looking for properties. Now is the time to get your home sold with these steps!
When you're ready to downsize, finding the right active adult community can be an important step in making a smooth transition. Luckily, there are many options in the greater Hampton Roads area for buyers ages 55 and better.
Now is the time to buy a new home in Chesapeake. Spring kicks off home buying season in Hampton Roads, and that is good news for anyone who wants to stop renting. There are a wide variety of reasons why this season is the perfect time to become a homeowner, and here are just a few:
Spring in Hampton Roads is one of the most beautiful seasons. Flowers are in bloom, bulbs are popping up from the soil and birds are flying down on their migratory routes. Living in southeastern Virginia gives residents many opportunities for fun.
Beautify those home lawns and gardens in Hampton Roads this spring by following some simple tips. Even those without green thumbs can greatly enhance the curb appeal of their properties.
This year's St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is set for Sunday, April 21. Ashville Park in Virginia Beach is the site of this residence created by Stephen Alexander Homes. Even if you don't have $500,000-plus to spend on a new construction home, you can buy a ticket that could win this house. Interested in putting your hat into the ring? Purchase your ticket for $100 while they're still available. Get a closer look at this beautiful example of what quality craftsmanship truly is. Tours of the Dream Home are offered each weekend through April 14.
Now is the time to buy a home in Hampton Roads to still get a deal in the housing market. Several factors are changing the conditions of the local marketplace, which greatly impacts real estate. Find out the local happenings, so you can stay on top of things and make the most informed decisions.
When you're ready to buy a vacation home in Hampton Roads, there are many options available. Try these top ten spots that keep happy vacationers coming back year after year to their second homes.
It's the perfect time to get a jump on the spring housing market to find affordable real estate in Hampton Roads. Yes, the rumors are true. Inventory is tight, buyers are plentiful, new construction homes are getting snatched up before they're built and the demand continues. Combine these factors and market conditions become less desirable as prices increase, sellers lose interest in negotiating and choices dwindle.
The annual Mid-Atlantic Home & Garden Show returns this week. Come out to the Virginia Beach Convention Center this weekend March 1, through March 3. Doors open at 10 AM each day and close 9 PM Friday and Saturday and 6 PM Sunday. Parking is free for all attendees. Admission tickets are $10 for adults, $3 for children ages six through 12 and children under the age of six get in for free. Seniors ages 62 or better, active duty military and retired military can receive $1 discounts.
New construction does have its perks, but for some the lure of a historic home will always outweigh the risks. Hampton Roads has plenty of opportunities for those wanting a piece of the past. Our agents know how to help buyers spot those ancient diamonds in the rough if a major restoration is in the works. Queen Annes, Victorians, Painted Ladies, Georgians and more await homebuyers who have their hearts set on historic homes.
The 2013 Sustainable Living Fair in Norfolk makes living off the land fun and simple for those in Hampton Roads. Most of us want to be green, but not everyone has the time or knowledge to make green living a viable option. But at this annual event, workshops and exhibits help explain key elements that allow residents to live more sustainably. Getting back to basics in a modern world may sound challenging, but not with all of these experts in this two-day event.
It may be cold outside but everything is coming up roses at the 2013 Hampton Roads Home and Garden Show. This year's event begins Friday, February 8, at 10 AM and runs through 6 PM this Sunday, February 10. Children 12-and-under get in free, and discounted admission is offered for military members and senior citizens. There will be a variety of vendors offering information about products and services of interest to homeowners and house hunters. Bring the whole family for a day of fun.
New construction hasn't always been a hot commodity, but times have changed. Anyone wanting to buy a new home in 2013 faces a challenging road without help from a real estate professional. Recent findings show new home prices are increasing, property availability is decreasing and even land prices are rising. Homebuyers may have to pay higher prices, especially when increased costs of building materials and labor are factored in, says AnnaMaria Andriotis in her article entitled Surprise Shortage Boosts New Home Prices.
Getting your coastal home ready before disaster strikes can be a long, arduous process. So it's best to begin preparing way before hurricane or Nor'easter season approaches. Winter can be an ideal time to get a head start on such projects, as the busy season doesn't heat up until spring for many tree surgeons and handymen in Hampton Roads. Anyone remember runs on items at local stores? Products like generators, lumber, batteries and bottled water should be in stock now, so use this timing to your advantage.
Market conditions make 2013 the year to buy a home in Hampton Roads. There are three main reasons those fortunate enough to be homebuyers can capitalize on this opportunity: price, interest rates and our resources. Those who have tentatively watched the market can now confidently purchase homes. Just like everything else in life, timing is everything and now is an ideal time to go house hunting.
Those seeking happiness can find it at home when they live in Hampton Roads, Virginia. This coastal area of the commonwealth is known for fresh bay seafood, expansive scenery, the Atlantic Ocean and an ice-free harbor. All branches of the U.S. armed forces are represented here where there is a large military concentration. The region is steeped in history stemming all the way back to Colonial days when the British first landed. Monuments, memorials and landmarks are constant reminders of why settlers found this place inviting.
January can be a grey, gloomy time, but in Hampton Roads home gardening is feasible and fun. This industrious pastime is also quite beneficial for plants around homes in southeastern Virginia. If a home is the cake, then landscaping could be considered the frosting, or what defines a residence. Gardens provide beauty, native habitats, shade, wind protection, food and more. Taking the time to ensure your garden is in good form during the winter months can pay off when the weather begs you to come outside and play.
Hampton Roads is an excellent location to turn buildings into homes. Repurposing a multi-use building into a residence may not be the norm, but it can be a great use of resources and a cost-effective solution to getting a unique home. These days buyers are only limited by their creativity. Designs can even maintain some of the original beauty and features of the property, making it that much more pleasing to inhabitants and visitors alike.
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