Real Estate Group Blog for Hampton Roads, Williamsburg & N. Carolina - Blog Archive: September, 2014

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September 2014

There are 5 blog entries for September 2014.

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In light of recent events regarding an abducted REALTOR® in Arkansas, there are steps that agents and consumers should take to ensure their personal safety.  This article was published by the National Association of REALTORS® in September during REALTOR® Safety Month and has some great tips for agents to communicate to consumers to help protect them and keep their belongings safe. Although this article was written for agents, as a consumer you can use this important information as a guideline for safety as you proceed through the selling process.  

The Safety Talk You Need to Have With Clients

Keep all parties safe in a transaction by offering buyers and sellers these important tips.

Have you had the safety talk with your clients yet? It’s not

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Finding inexpensive and functional storage solutions for your home is often times hard.  At some point or another we have all walked into "that house"; you know the one......the house that on any random day at any given time, has a dedicated place for everything.  Not only does everything have an official spot, but things actually get put away. It is no secret that reducing clutter in our living spaces contributes to a calmer environment and less day to day stress.  Every square foot of our homes are valuable and with the right solutions to de-clutter and organize, we can take advantage of underused space and add value to our homes. 

Kitchen Storage

There are thousands of space-saving tricks on the web for kitchen organization and if you are

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Apple officially announced the highly anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last week.  The phones advertised as "bigger than bigger" feature an entirely new design, improved hardware, a new mobile payments platform and several other new features.  The web is full of information regarding this new release but in a nutshell, this is what you need to know:

Design - The iPhone 6 is larger than its predecessor featuring an all new design.  The standard iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch display with the iPhone 6 plus packs a 5.5 inch screen.  The new phones are also noticeably thinner with the iPhone 6 measuring in at 6.9 mm and the iPhone 6 plus at 7.1 mm. 

Display - The sleep/wake button (or more commonly known as the power button) has been repositioned to the

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New homes and resale markets are seeing significant improvement here in Hampton Roads which is a sure sign of housing recovery.  New construction is popping up all over and there are many reasons why new construction is so popular.  Deciding whether to purchase new construction or an existing resale property is subjective and you should start with the cold hard facts.

New construction was once considered a luxury that many homebuyers couldn't dream of being able to afford.  Today, builders offer price ranges and housing styles that are conducive to any lifestyle and financial status.  There are many benefits of new construction including customization, energy efficiency, fewer repairs, low maintenance, community amenities, new home feel, etc. But in

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With remodeling being one of the most common and ever-changing needs in the industry, there are many great resources to go to for tips, direction and other resources associated with home improvements or restoration projects.  Remodeling pays off on some projects more than others when you consider the cost vs. value and with fall right around the corner, certain projects might make your home more marketable to prospective buyers.  The following information has been pulled from some of our many real estate industry resources as a way for you to research which projects may make sense and which ones may not. 

Return on Investment Resources from The National Association of REALTORS® and Other Real Estate Industry Leaders.  

  • 2013-14 Cost vs. Value:
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