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Real estate sales and single family rental markets tend to counterbalance each other.  When the sales market is “soft”, rental homes will usually be in higher demand and market times are shorter as a result.  Conversely, when the sales market is performing well, as it is at the moment, rental properties move more slowly.  Therefore landlords and property managers have to find ways to stimulate interest and be aggressive in their strategy to secure tenants quickly.  In a market like Hampton Roads, where average rent is $1400+ for a quality rental, buying becomes a viable alternative for well qualified prospects.

RENT REDUCTIONS - The low hanging fruit in any effort to get a tenant quickly is aggressive pricing.  Tenants are shopping to get the best

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Because you’re having a new home built for your family, you might think you don’t need to worry about having an inspection done when construction is finished. But now that your house is complete, it’s time for the final walkthrough with your builder.

This walkthrough isn’t meant to “nit-pick” your builder’s work. Instead, it’s a way to make sure your new home meets your expectations, specifications and passes all state safety and legal requirements, before you take possession of it. If it’s not, you can still raise an issue. If you use your final walkthrough to thoroughly inspect your future home, you might avoid costly repairs or extra work on your part further down the road.

Wendy Herndon, of Bradenton Patch, shared a list of the items you’ll want

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The Real Estate Group is proud to be the "Hampton Roads Original" serving the entire region including Northeast North Carolina.  Check out our Newest Listings and you may just find the perfect home for you and your family.  If you would like to see any of these homes, please contact us via the website or get in touch with one of our professional and helpful associates. They will be happy to arrange showings for you.

 
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Looking for the hottest rental listings in Hampton Roads? Look no further. Below you can browse our curated selection of rental listings to find the one that meets your specific needs!

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In search of Professsional Property Management Services? Visit  TREG's Property Management Services, to research, educate, and inquire. We look forward to speaking with you !

 

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HomeTips.com sums up the start of air conditioning season the best, “On the first really hot day of summer, the last thing you want is to flip the switch on your central air conditioner only to find that it doesn’t work.”

As tempting as it might be, during that first hot blast of the season, to crank your AC, it’s not a good idea. When an air conditioner sits idle for months, collecting leaves and debris, a bit of maintenance is usually needed to get it running properly. If you don’t do this maintenance before summer arrives, you may end up waiting several hot days for a service pro and paying top-of-the-season prices.

However, if you aren’t mechanically inclined when it comes to your AC preventative maintenance, these things, and more, can be

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The transition from homeowner to landlord can be an arduous one.  Renting a home you purchased for yourself and your family to strangers often becomes an emotional roller coaster.  To compound matters, the process is frequently coupled with the need to secure replacement housing, as in the case of a military move.  Handing off the rental process to a professional to lessen the stress is one reason people hire a property manager.  Whether you do the same or go it alone, there are some fundamental things to understand when you become a landlord which may require a change in mindset.

  1. Do it right - Make sure your property is in good condition.  Perform any needed maintenance and ensure you’re putting your best foot forward with prospective tenants. 
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Dear Annie Agent,

My husband and I have been married for a few years and working hard to save for a home of our own. We’re at a place where we are starting to feel like we are ready to buy. How do you know when you are truly ready to buy and that it is the “right” time to do it? 

Signed,

Possible House Hunter

Dear Possible,

The truth is, you’re ready now. The process of buying a home isn’t always a neat, straight line of not owning to owning. There are steps you should take, and there is information you need to have, but you have already started the process by deciding that you want to own and setting some financial goals.

Your next step is going to be finding professional guides to help you navigate the purchasing process. You

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The coffeehouses of Norfolk should take heed: there’s another bean grinder in town.

Coaster Coffee opened last November, at 8418 Tidewater Drive, close to the Ocean View area. Nestled in across the street from Northside Park, it may end up being the perfect place for you and your children as summer winds down: after an afternoon on the playground or the skateboard park, the whole family can cool off and relax with a drink and a snack from Coaster Coffee. They offer special daily brews, featured teas and the barista’s drink of the week, which you can track on their Facebook page. For today, their special brews were Coaster Rican, Tanzanian Peaberry and Snickaroo. The featured tea was raspberry.

Their menu offers great artisan coffees, teas and

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Timely payment is the cornerstone of the landlord/tenant relationship. Both parties make certain promises and representations when a lease is signed, the most significant of which is the rent will be paid as promised and without demand. Some tenants feel landlords are relatively wealthy and a late payment here or there has little impact.

Nothing could be further from the truth, as most landlords have a single home they rent and commit to service the mortgage debt independent of the lease. When rent is late, the landlord has to suddenly make a sizeable payment unexpectedly, which usually has an immediate negative effect on their financial situation.

Most leases are constructed for rent to be due on the first calendar day of the month, with a typical

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At some point, it may be time to consider downsizing your home. After the kids have well-established lives of their own, do you need to have those extra bedrooms to keep clean?

“While some people like the idea of staying put as empty nesters and seniors, a growing number of boomers are choosing to move to cities or bustling suburbs, according to the Urban Land Institute. In fact, about 72% of the Boomers surveyed in 2013 said they would rather live in a smaller house but have a shorter commute than live in a larger home and make a lengthy trek to the office. Plus, being in an urban area likely means easier access to stores and public transportation,” said John F. Sweeney

If that’s a situation you’re thinking about, you may want to start

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