Real Estate Group Blog for Hampton Roads, Williamsburg & N. Carolina - Blog Archive: August, 2017

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August 2017

There are 8 blog entries for August 2017.

When Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday, Aug. 24, it did so as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing with it catastrophic downpours of more than 11 trillion gallons of rain.

It’s now known as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, killing at least 17 people and forcing 30,000 people to flee to emergency shelters. For just southeast Texas and her residents so far, it’s estimated the economic cost from Harvey will be $51-$75 billion.

Today, Harvey made landfall again in Louisiana as a tropical storm, and more damage possibly on the way.

Watching the news about the destruction can leave a person outside the area feeling helpless. The Real Estate Group has compiled a list of legitimate organizations, which are responding to

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Public schools throughout Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina will soon reopen their doors, so kids will be getting up off their couches while their parents do a happy dance.

To make the transition easier, we've rounded up some great resources for our local parents. You can use these links to access public school websites, academic calendars and information on bus routes and stops.

Virginia Beach: public schools start Tuesday, Sept. 5!

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Website

Virginia Beach School Year Calendar (PDF-Printable)

Virginia Beach School Bus Schedules and Transportation Information

Chesapeake: public schools start Tuesday, Sept. 5!

Chesapeake Public Schools Website

Chesapeake School Year

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For the most part, having a tenant trade work for rent is not a good idea. Most tenants are not skilled in home maintenance tasks beyond the ordinary upkeep. A landlord who receives substandard work, in exchange for rent, has little recourse other than to damage the landlord/tenant relationship even further by refusing compensation.

One of the more frequent tasks prospective tenants will negotiate with landlords is painting. After all, painting is not that hard to do. It doesn’t require specialized tools or a high degree of experience or skill to accomplish. The landlord often consents with the idea of saving money. However, they don't realize the problems it can create, particularly if they don't give any limitations or quality standards when it

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If you have kids, you know how important it is to them to be outfitted in the newest trends in new clothing when school starts up. The same goes for grown-ups when it comes to home interior selections.

Trends in colors, styles and materials certainly come and go. Most new homebuyers enjoy the ability to select those items for their newly constructed abodes.

Attending a Homearama show by Tidewater Builders Association (TBA) is a great way to find the newest trends in selections. Watching shows on HGTV and other home-themed networks can offer the same exposure.

Whatever you choose for your new home, you can bet that in a few years, it’ll go out of fashion, for a while. Just like in clothing trends, home selection options tend to trend (remember

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Are you ready for the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017?

That's the day a total solar eclipse will be visible, within a band, across the entire contiguous United States. The event will begin on the Oregon coast as a partial eclipse, at 9:06 AM PDT (12:06 PM EST), ending as a partial eclipse in Charleston, SC, at 4:06 PM EST.

According to Virginia Beach Public Libraries, onlookers in Hampton Roads will get a partial view of the eclipse, starting at 1:21 PM, peaking at 2:47 PM and ending at 4:06 PM.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, totally or partially obscuring the image of the sun for people on Earth. When it's a total solar eclipse, all direct sunlight will be blocked, turning day into darkness.

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What is the proper way to renew or terminate a lease? Can the lease renew or terminate without any notice? What are the options?

Leases are structured to address proper termination or renewal and can vary substantially. Understanding what the lease says about the responsibilities of all parties is critical to avoiding misunderstandings and conflict at the conclusion of tenancy. It’s always better to end the landlord/tenant relationship on good terms. Adequate notice and proper termination of the lease is a key component in achieving that goal.

First, it’s important to understand a lease is a binding contract between the property owner/landlord and tenant. Even in cases where the property is managed for the owner, the contract itself is between

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At this point in the process of having your new home built for you, it’s time to choose the right neighborhood. The real estate saying of, “Location! Location! Location!” has never been timelier than it is right now.

Miranda Marquit of Wise Bread offers the following things to consider when you’re looking at a neighborhood. However, some of these tips are more for people who are shopping for a lot for a new home in already established communities. These tips don’t all apply to brand new communities that are being built from the ground up right now.


This is one of the biggest concerns that many homebuyers with children have. Do you want your child to attend a good school? Even if you don't have children, or if you decide to homeschool

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August 6-12 is National Exercise With Your Child Week, which encourages parents and guardians to exercise with their children as part of a healthier lifestyle. Exercise enables children to improve their overall well being, to maintain a healthier weight and to reduce the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

In case you need some help coming up with some fun activities for you and your children, we have this list, courtesy of Shelia Madison, founder of Sheila Madison & Associates, Personal Development Training Specialist, Consultant and Keynote Speaker, with some local details added.

1. Jump rope (single or double-dutch).

2. Ride a bike: Virginia Bicycling Federation has a list of bike trails, by region, on their website. Make sure

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