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Nine times out of 10, if there’s a fire truck in your neighborhood, there is cause for alarm. But when it’s that remaining 10% chance and Edmarc is involved, it’s time to hug your family a little tighter and smile.

A fire truck escorting a big bus into a neighborhood is the last phase of the Movies With Santa operation. After all the toys are generously donated, they are packed up and brought to Edmarc. Edmarc then goes and separates the toys by each family’s wish list, plans the routes to deliver all the toys, and more importantly, aims to bring a little Christmas joy to these families who are dealing with so, so much.

The planning and coordination to get this accomplished is impressive, especially because it involves over 60 stops.

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There are a ton of reasons why you might want to get up bright and early on a Saturday. Perhaps to put up the Christmas lights on your home, hit the road to go hiking, but to see a movie? That’s exactly what over 2,200 people did on Saturday, December 1st.

The Real Estate Group took over Regal Cinemas 12 in Town Center all in the name of supporting Edmarc Hospice for Children. Our agents invited their clients and their families to come by and take some photos with Santa or Mrs. Claus, and to see a free movie. In exchange, everyone was asked to bring an unwrapped toy for the kids of Edmarc.

The lobby was filled with our agents helping to direct traffic, and they came dressed for the part whether it be an ugly sweater or full out elf gear. We also had

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If you’ve been curious about what we’ve been up to, we have a lot to tell you about! Just like most people experience, everything kicks into high gear right around the holidays. At The Real Estate Group, though, we really hit a running streak in September and that wave continues through the New Year. We jump started things with David Knox, really dove into goal setting in October, November was all about gratitude, and we closed out the month with Holidays in the City.

At our November Business Meeting, gratitude was the theme and it permeated the office. Have you ever thought about all benefits of gratitude? Well, here’s a running list to inspire you!

  1. Opens the door to more relationships

  2. Improves physical health

  3. Improves

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Formerly called the "Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act", SCRA was updated during the term of President George W. Bush to modernize protections the original 1940 law contained. The Act is intended to provide relief to military members from undue financial and contractual burdens that could affect their readiness and detract from the military mission. It covers a range of financial areas that could impact military members, including those related to leasing of rental property. Military members who lease residential property may terminate their lease under the protection of SCRA with appropriate notice provided they are: 1) transferring to a new duty location due to permanent change of station (PCS) orders; 2) separating from the service due to

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It’s no secret that we invest a lot of time and training into our agents here at The Real Estate Group, and one of the best classes of the year is our Goal Setting class taught in October. We consider the fourth quarter of the year to be somewhat of our agents’ New Year, and whether you’re a buyer or a seller there are measurable benefits.

For example, looking to sell your home towards the end of the year? Having the right negotiating skills to properly handle your equity is crucial. Maybe you’re looking to buy? The opportunities don’t usually just jump off the page; it takes a REALTOR ® who is more knowledgeable about real estate trends to analyze the market and better counsel you on the right time to buy.

To really help our agents kick off

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If you’re in the market to buy or sell your home, chances are you know a thing or two about what’s happening in the economy. At The Real Estate Group, market trends are wildly important to us, and we empower our agents with this information at our Market Matters class held routinely throughout the year.

To take this knowledge to the next level, we had a special guest speaker at our October business meeting. Chief Economist Greg Grootendorst delivered a fantastic presentation and sorted the information first from a global perspective and filtered it all the way down to our regional market.

Among the pages and pages of notes and ideas we took away from his presentation, we learned some interesting facts. For example, did you know that what happens

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Fall in Hampton Roads is arguably the best season. The humidity starts to drop a bit and there are so many fun things to do outside in the perfect 78-degree temps. Us locals really get to enjoy our less crowded beaches, and there are still just as many festivals as there were in the summer. It’s a win-win all around!

The season is also perfect to prep your home for the colder months ahead. Though it will be hard to break yourself away from the pumpkin patch, spend a weekend taking care of your home now versus later - it will be well worth your time and energy, and potentially save you from headaches next season. Here are 6 ways to jump-start the process:

  1. Clean your gutters. Whether you’re using a kid’s plastic shovel or a $25 scoop from

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Close your eyes and imagine a life so full and so rich, that you didn’t mind turning away business that simply wasn’t a good fit for you. David Knox of David Knox Productions, Inc. really gave our agents something to think about during September’s business meeting at the Waterside Marriott, and offered dozens of actionable takeaways to keep everyone inspired long after he left.

The bulk of David’s presentation focused on leads: how to get them, how to fight through any fear, and how much of a difference it all truly makes in the end. He said, “If you’re in the business of real estate, you have to have thick skin. The only other industries with this much rejection are politics and show business.” With that quote in mind, he stressed the importance

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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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With a vigorous real estate sales market, far fewer properties are in foreclosure than during the “real estate bust” of ten years ago.  However, there are always situations that can render homeowners unable to service their mortgage debt.  When the property is occupied by tenants, there are practical and legal considerations regarding the impact of a foreclosure.

On May 24, 2018 the “Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act” (PTFA) of 2009 was revived as part of a larger piece of legislation (the Dodd-Frank Amendments) after expiring in 2014.  The Act is designed to provide a buffer for tenants who live in property, pay rent as promised, and through no fault of their own become impacted by the landlord’s inability to service the mortgage. 

Prior to

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