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As buyers continue to snap up houses in this sellers' market, paying cash seems to be a way to not only stand out from the crowd but get the home you want. Bidding wars, builder lotteries and lack of inventory have some buyers wondering what move they should make and in some instances, it can be paying all cash. Even in Hampton Roads, the buyer's market is long gone. Serious sellers are right to look at alternative ways of locking down those dream homes.
When house hunting, one of the factors that can plague buyers is choosing the right size home in Hampton Roads. The best size property may be different for everyone. But when it comes to resale, there are specific parameters that can make homes more desirable than others. While buyers should choose houses based on their needs, they should also keep in mind they may eventually want to resell.
Curb appeal is an important way to get buyers in the front door. And in just a weekend, a seller in Hampton Roads can easily turn the spotlight on his home with these simple, cost-effective tips.
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.
Season 22 finale of "The Amazing Race" premiers tonight, but did you know buying a home is often like this fun show? The drama, the excitement, the competition and the joy can all be found along the way when house hunting. Just check out the similarities:
When it comes to holding a successful open house, sellers can give their agents a real edge at luring buyers. Even if the house is already repaired, staged and market-ready, there are a few tips homeowners can follow before the big day.
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!
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.
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.
Instead of building a traditional house, buy a modular home to save money and time when seeking new construction that offers value. The modern marketplace gives buyers many options when it comes to choosing which direction to go when building new homes. So why should anyone consider going with modular construction? The reasons are simple.
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.
Sell your home in Hampton Roads just by taking a few simple steps. There's no need to wait; 2013 is the perfect year to not only list homes, but sell them quickly.
Should homeowners refinance their home mortgage loans in these unstable times? Absolutely! Now is the optimum time to take advantage of refinancing opportunities that may not hang around for fence-sitters. Individual reasons for refinancing homes vary widely; ranging from lowering monthly payments to pulling lump sums of money out to invest. There's really no wrong reason to refinance if it makes good financial sense for homeowners.
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.
Buying a new home is all about decisions and so are the Oscars. Choosing the right home is like the end all award for best picture. After looking at several properties or films, buyers may narrow down their selection to nine, just like the nominees for this year's best picture. You've got "Amour," the artist's retreat. Then there's "Life of Pi," the waterfront oasis. "Argo" is the home with a sizeable guest house. "Lincoln" is the two-story Colonial. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is the coastal bungalow. "Silver Linings Playbook" is the trendy townhouse. "Django Unchained" is the sizeable plantation. "Zero Dark Thirty" is the secluded fixer-upper, and "Les Miserables" is the French country house.
As another season ends, fans can take a breather from the tumultuous times at Downton Abbey. Luxury homes have their perks and nowhere is that clearer than in an estate in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. So what can this popular drama teach us about how a residence can transform lives?
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.