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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?
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!
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?
If you've fallen in love with a home, that's no small feat! Finding the home of your dreams can take serious effort and research. Countless hours can be spent at the computer or with an agent touring potential properties. Make the time you've invested towards finding your forever home count by going after that house you want. An agent who knows Hampton Roads and is experienced in the art of negotiating has the resources you need to make a dream home truly your own.
Create curb appeal this winter in five simple steps! While there may be snow on the ground or frigid temperatures, setting the scene can be just what it takes to sell your home before spring. Take a weekend and tweak a few things to heat up the interest in your property!
Winter days can be dreary, but when garden catalogs arrive they can brighten spirits. Now is the ideal time to plan a home garden with the help of those mail-order catalogs and seed websites. But with so many pretty pictures of plants, trees and flowers- where should you begin?
Make the right moves and 2015 could be the year you buy a new home in Hampton Roads. There are several ways to ease into homeownership; by taking a few simple steps, the process can be a memorable adventure.
Now that the holidays are in full swing, it can be a good time to look into what housing may have in store for 2015. Are you thinking of buying? Moving? Selling? Downsizing? Building? Investing? Are experts predicting that the upcoming year will prove auspicious for such activities? According to Pat Mertz Esswein, in her recent article, Housing Outlook 2015, real estate prices will continue to increase but affordability is still within reach for the average homebuyer in many metro areas.
During this season of gratitude, we at SimonHouses.com are grateful for many things and one of those things is you, our clients. Below is a list of reasons why we're thankful for you allowing us to help you achieve your real estate goals this season and throughout the year.
Although fall and winter can begin to get a bit dreary, replacing the home garden is easy and helps lift the spirits. Flowers, grasses and tress may not be in full bloom but there are plenty of other plants that folks can choose from when bringing a bit of nature closer to home.
Thinking about buying a home in coastal Virginia before the holidays hit? Now could be the ideal time to move in that direction if you've been on the fence about doing so for a while. Instead of shopping for others, consider looking for a new home that can be the place where loved ones can gather to enjoy the season together.
When relocating to Hampton Roads, there are several cities where newcomers can choose to live. Although the right place can be different for each household, every city in southeast Virginia offers something special. Check out some of the highlights below to see which places might make your short list.
Those 55 and better have plenty of options when looking for an active adult community in Hampton Roads, Virginia. There are plenty of reasons to choose this type of development, and in coastal Virginia residents can take advantage of the temperate climate to stay active throughout each of the seasons. Forget fussing over home repairs; moving into a retirement development is filled with benefits!
Don't let Labor Day sneak up; get to those fun activities on the Virginia Peninsula before summer ends. There is still time to get to what's important. Just set aside the time and make it happen!
Summer's coming to a close again. But there is time left to do a few things in south Hampton Roads, and now is the season to do them! Even though Labor Day is right around the corner, fun can still be had! Make it a priority to put these activities on your short list, and don't forget to do them with someone you care about!
Living in a college town, or near one, comes with all sorts of perks. Hampton Roads has several college towns within its scope, all of which have some amazing offerings. Undergrads don't get all the benefits, as buying a home near these areas can put any resident right in the thick of things.
House hunting in the summer is a popular activity, but it can also be a hot one in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Don't let humid conditions and warm temperatures stand in the way of enjoying this rewarding experience. A few preventative measures can help buyers stay cool no matter how hot it gets.
Don't let Hurricane Arthur ruin your Fourth of July! Even if rain and wind comes to Hampton Roads, fun can still be found at home on this holiday. So while you may need to batten down the hatches and stay put, Independence Day can still be enjoyable.
Buying a beach house in Hampton Roads is an opportunity to get a property that can provide years of fun and enjoyment for residents and their guests. But it's best to know what to look for when beginning the search for the right beachfront property. Just like any other real estate purchase, buyers should make sure this type of home meets their expectations.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer, and in Hampton Roads there is no shortage of things to do! Whether you decide to go out or stay home with the family, you can enjoy this fun time of year, remember those who've sacrificed their lives for our country and appreciate living in southeast Virginia.
Hurricane season officially begins June 1, so it's best to get your home prepared ahead of time. There are a few steps homeowners can take to ensure their properties are as safe as possible when bad storms blow into town.
Moms always seem to offer insightful information; the topic of real estate is no exception. These shrewd ladies are never short on helpful advice, and now isn't the time to stop listening. Get Mom's opinion on home buying before making those all-important decisions.
If you've thought about retiring in the near future, consider Hampton Roads. Coastal Virginia offers many things to do, a temperate climate, friendly locals and an affordable cost of living. There are a few places that have particular appeal to anyone looking for a choice retirement spot in this area.
Being a resident of Hampton Roads means you're one of the lucky ones. See what phrases may be heard from others, but never from someone who lives in this part of Virginia.
Moving to the Virginia Peninsula? Hampton could be the right city for you! There is so much to do and so many places to go. Housing is affordable and plentiful too. Check out all the reasons this waterfront city could be the right fit.