Real Estate Group Blog for Hampton Roads, Williamsburg & N. Carolina

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A lot of eyes are on the real estate market right now, from economists to politicians, investors to homeowners. Everyone wants to know what’s next, where the market is headed, who’s buying, and what’s selling. The whirlwind of discussion about economic factors and national trends can often overshadow the fact that, quite simply, owning a home is still one of the best investments you can make, both financially and emotionally. There are a number of reasons that support this claim, which can be divided into two categories:

  1. Reasons that have been proven, over time, why it’s good to own a home.
  2. Reasons why now might a good time for you to take the step into home ownership.

Let’s start with several historically sound arguments about the advantages of

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We wanted to introduce one of our preferred vendors ACME Animal Control who specializes in the removal of Nuisance Animal- Wildlife Removal- Bee Control.  

Brian Fiske owner of ACME Animal Control has 11 years of zoo experience and after seeing him interact with the animals he is extremely knowledgeable and very calm when dealing with the wildlife.  

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(Yes that is Brian with a rattlesnake)  

The also have reptile shows and can bring the animals to you.  It is a big part of what he loves is by educating everyone about how to handle and to deal with the animals.  

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We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from Gary Lundholm and Santa Claus!  

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. " ~Burton Hillis

    If you plan to purchase or sell a home in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, you can visit our Hampton Roads Real Estate website at www.RealEstateGrp.com    Start your real estate search today in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton,Newport News & NE Carolina!  
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Norfolk Dominion Garden Of Lights

Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23518
(757) 441-5830

Daily until January 1, 2011 from 5:30pm - 10pm

Price per car : Sun - Thurs $10, Frid & Sat $15 Cash only

This is a 2 mile synchronized light display fun for the entire family 

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Support The American Red Cross in Hampton Roads during the holidays and give the gift of life.  

The American Red Cross is always looking for blood donations especially during the holiday season.   From December 19-31 2011 you will receive a Holiday "In Honor Of" card to give to a friend or loved one.  And while supplies last they will be giving donors a FREE soup bowl and spoon set & Chef Cat Cora Recipe Card.  

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Here is a list of blood drive locations in Hampton Roads :

Patrick Henry Mall - 12300 Jefferson Ave, Newport News
December 20-24, 2011 2-7pm

Pembroke Mall - 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA
December 20-23, 2011 2-7pm December 24 9:00am - 3pm

Gloucester County Moose Lodge - 6565 Moose Drive, Gloucester 
December 20, 2011

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Thank you Mike NIshnick for grabbing this video! Amazing light display in Deep Creek Old Mill Run neighborhood.  

So do you have a neighbor with amazing light displays here in Hampton Roads?  We would love for you to share them with us!  

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Why renters are the next mortgage crisis :  Could renters possibly be part of the reason for a mortgage crisis?  

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With mortgage rates low, housing prices going down it makes purchasing a home very affordable if you have the ability.  That means stable income, stable employment, money saved up and a good debt to income ratio.  If you have all of these under control and are still renting.

We understand that now might not be the "perfect" timing for alot of consumers based on personal issues but if you are capable of purchasing a home then what are you waiting for?

Houselogic gives a great examples of what this means :

Renter : $1500 Rent (3.3% inflation yearly) = $900,000 for housing over 30 years

vs.

Homeowner : $1500 mortgage payment =

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Our annual Toys & Trees for Kids event is this Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 12-4pm at our Chesapeake location.  

"The mission of Edmarc Hospice for Children is ease the trauma of a child's illness or death, and to reduce the disabling effects of pediatric illness, loss and bereavement on families. "

The Real Estate Group
1112-F Eden Way N
Chesapeake, VA 23320

If you are interested in sharing with the Kids of Edmarc this Christmas season, you may bring and unwrapped "new toy" by one of our offices anytime this week.  (trees and wreaths are for invited guests) 

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Energy Saving Tip #2 - Saving Money & Energy On Your Holiday Light Display

I know we just had Halloween and recovering from all the sugar shock from the candy.  However, as I am shopping there are already holiday decorations and even Christmas trees displays out already.  Time to start preparing for all of your holiday plans for 2011.  

Here are a few tips on how you can possibly save up to 50% on your energy bill during the holiday season.  

1.  Switch to LED lights compared to incadescent holiday lights 

  • LED lights last longer ( roughly 20,000 hours - enough for 40 holiday seasons)
  • LED lights are cooler which will reduce the risk of fire and injury
  • LED lights can save 90% or more energy compared to incandescent holiday lights
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