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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 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
Staying organized can help you get to places on time, eliminate endless searches for necessary items and generally make life so much easier in every way. While it is ideal for everything in a home to have a proper place (and stay there), it doesn't always work out that way. But starting with one area of the home can begin getting things in shipshape, helping other rooms to follow suit. Residents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they have a touch of order in their lives.
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?
Those thinking of buying a home would do well to save for this exciting experience. Even if homebuyers secure a no down payment home mortgage loan, there could be costs associated with closing, attorneys, moving, furnishing the new house and possibly redecorating. Taking the effort to save those pennies can ensure you'll be in good financial shape when you're ready to buy.
Decluttering can be the first step towards getting organized, and you can make it happen by starting in your home. Take out the old to make room for the new! Taking just a few steps can get you on your way to a clutter-free home.
The 2015 Pantone color of the year is Marsala. Use this rich shade of wine to add a little drama to your home. Bring the party to your front door when you let your cup runneth over with this shade can really!
Freezing temperatures mean staying on top of home heating costs, and that is easy to do in four steps. Although there is no real substitute for a nice, crackling fire or a dependable HVAC unit, it's good to know that taking a few extra measures can stretch those dollars further.
Homebuyers who think 2015 could be the year to buy are right! Traditional ways of looking for houses may not be the most fruitful, so what better time to implement a few changes than right after January 1? There are several ways that can truly aid a productive house hunt, and all buyers must do is integrate one or more of these strategies into their plan of attack.
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.