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July 2014

There are 4 blog entries for July 2014.

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As a child, my family took a family vacation every summer! We would load bins and baskets full of outdoor essentials into our old Ford Bronco, load up the small Coleman pop up camper behind the truck; and off we went. One year it would be Outer Banks, the next Maine.  Growing up on a farm in rural Upstate New York, my whole lifestyle revolved around being outdoors.  These family vacations were nothing out of the ordinary.

With that said, as I became and adult and had children of my own, I gained a new found respect for these weekend trips as a family.  Technology rules every aspect of our lives now, and to many, there is nothing more relaxing than being able to get back to the basics and enjoy life in the outdoors.  There is a vast amount of

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The month of July marks the middle of summer for those of us here in Hampton Roads. Family vacations, trips to the beach, drinks by the pool, and maybe a little home organization here and there.  If you plan to list your home in the coming months, keep in mind that fall is still a popular time of year for many types of home buyers including first time home buyers, retirees, and those who are relocating because of a new job or transfer. Mortgage rates are still low and with fewer houses on the market, your home may get more attention than other times of the year. 

There are a few things you may want to keep in mind to set you apart from the competition if you plan to list this fall. 

Focus on Curb Appeal - Keeping an attractive looking yard gets

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Overview of First-time Homebuyer Savings Plans

A First-time Homebuyer Savings Plan allows any Virginian to set aside up to $50,000 toward the costs of closing on a new home. The earnings on those funds — interest and capital gains — are free from Virginia state taxes forever.

FHSPs are a great way for future homeowners to start saving early for the costs of buying a home.

These accounts are simple and easy to set up, because not only can you open a new one, you can also designate almost any existing account as an FHSP. To create an FHSP, you simply include a form when you file your state taxes. (It will indicate that you should not be taxed on any earnings — e.g., interest or capital gains — because of the account’s FHSP status.)

After you use

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So twice a year I get to spend a week with my sister-in-law who is literally the queen of organization. Quite frankly, as much as I love and admire her for it, it just makes me feel worse about the chaos that is my life. Her family's clean clothes are hung in their closets by color, their shoes are all lined up in a neat little row by size, and her kitchen cupboards are organized perfectly with tall glasses behind the short ones.  Their feet barely hit the ground in the morning before their beds are made and I don't think she has ever had a full load of dirty clothes before her kids play clothes hit the washer. I jokingly told her that I would fly her in for a week over her summer break to organize my house and her eyes lit up like a child on Christmas

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