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February 2018

There are 9 blog entries for February 2018.

Dear Annie Agent:

We’ve decided it’s time to downsize and we want to put our home on the market. We think the house and its interior will show nicely, but we have one issue we’re concerned about: we have a backyard chicken coop.

Do you think this will make a difference when it comes time to start showing our house? Or should we hope our agent markets our house to other backyard chicken owners? The chickens won’t be coming with us when we move.

Signed,

A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Coop

Dear Birdy,

Before you start talking with an agent about your feathered friends, make sure the coop is legal in your city, both in presence and in size. If the coop isn’t legal, then you need to rectify that now. You don’t want to pass along

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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!

Featured Rentals Page.

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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If you’ve ever come across a wounded wild animal, you might not have known what to do with it. Thanks to Sacred Friends, Inc. in Norfolk, you don’t have to wonder any longer.

Founded in 2012 by Jim and Pearl Beamer, Sacred Friends, Inc. is more than a wildlife rehabilitation and education center.

According to their website, “Native American Culture has always played a large role in what we do. We follow many of the cultural practices in our rescues and rehabilitation and honor the animals the same way that natives have honored them for centuries. We specialize in raptors, water birds (loons, herons, pelicans, egrets) but will not turn anything away. Our service area is primarily the Tidewater (Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth,

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If you own investment property or have decided to convert your residence into a rental, preparation for occupancy is the first step toward a successful rental transaction. A good marketing strategy and quality photos help generate interest, but potential tenants need to be excited when they tour the home. Following some basic steps will give you the best chance of renting your property to well-qualified tenants:

Curb appeal

As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” If the exterior of the property is not well maintained, prospects will move on to the next rental they’re interested in, or they’ll scrutinize every other aspect of the property, looking for other issues.

Attention to landscaping is a must.

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Are you trying to decide between buying a newly constructed home and an existing home? They each have unique good points, but today we are sharing seven reasons why your next home should be a new home.

“Yes, older homes tend to have more character than new construction, from unique architectural features to lovable little nooks. But what looks charming is often not practical,” wrote Pat Setter, of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Gone are the days of cookie cutter communities where everything looked identical. “While it used to be the case that new home builders constructed seas of homogeneous boxes that looked like large garages with small homes attached – many of today's new home communities possess the character and variety of an established

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It’s Valentine’s Day! If you’re a last minute planner and still don’t have any plans for your Valentine tonight, The Real Estate Group can help you out with some ideas. Here are our suggestions for a uniquely Hampton Roads Valentines Day experience.

Open Table

Open Table is your secret weapon to booking a table for a fabulous meal this Valentine’s Day. You can search online for times and cities, expanding your results to find a table on one of the busiest date nights of the year.

No registration is needed to explore and you can make reservations to many local places, some you might have forgotten as options! See reviews right from the site, or use it as the starting point in your search for the perfect meal! 

Portsmouth

Teen Valentine's

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Black History Month began in 1926 as a weeklong observance of the important people and events in African-American history. Created by Carter G. Woodson, it was celebrated during the second week of February, coinciding with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University first proposed Black History Month in February 1969. The first celebration of the month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970.

Six years later, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States

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Over the past 20 years, Property Management has changed in significant ways. State and federal laws affecting rental property have become more complex.Local governments have instituted programs targeting rental property issues. Rental homes located in associations are subject to more restrictions than ever. More information is available to landlords and tenants thanks to the Internet. Proprietary software and accounting tools for Property Management are available.

Gone are the days when business was done with a few basic forms and a handshake. As the landscape has changed, training, education and investments in technology have become critical components of any forward thinking Property Manager. Once a sideline endeavor for many real estate

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Chances are you’ll need a down payment to buy your new home unless you’re eligible for a VA loan. While the down payment is deducted from your loan amount, it can still be a serious amount to save. The best part of a down payment is it represents your beginning equity in the house and property.

Hal M. Bundrick, of NerdWallet.com, said, “Most lenders are looking for 20% down payments. That’s $60,000 on a $300,000 home…With 20% down, lenders will love you more. First off, you’ll have a better chance of getting approved for a loan. And you’ll earn a better mortgage interest rate.”

NerdWallet.com has an online down paymentcalculator if you need help figuring out how the down payment translates to your home price and monthly payments.

However,

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