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Energy Saving Tip #1 - Properly Insulate Your Attic

Dominion Virginia Power shares an easy way to help save energy costs while also keeping your home a bit warmer during the winter by properly insulating your attic.  So, if your attic is easily accessible and you like home improvement projects this could be an easy first step to get started in making your home more energy efficient.  

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Hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween this evening!  Looks like it is going to be a cold one so bundle up!

"Trick or Treating" tonight or "Trick & Trunk"?
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Builders at Riverfront at Harbor ViewJust returned from the Riverfront at Harbor View Suffolk Builders Preview for the Homearama 2011 and got a sneak peak into some of the homes.  The builders are moving along and the it officially opens to the public Saturday October 15, 2011.

Even if you are not in the market to purchase a Suffolk home at this time, this event is always a great opportunity to get decorating ideas and to see what the latest trends in home building are.

Plus there are 150 vendors to network with to get some one on one time with to ask and get advice on all your home improvement, decorating ideas and get inspiration!

If you'd like to learn more about the incredible new real estate possibilities in Suffolk, we're happy to help. Simply email, or call: for assistance.

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 38th annual virginia beach neptune festivalThe 38th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is September 30, 2011 -  October 2, 2011 at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.  

  If you are new to the area or just visiting, the Neptune Festival is always the last weekend of September and includes a wide variety of activities for the entire family.  Approximately 30 blocks of the boardwalk are filled with various events that you won't want to miss.  

 The most popular event that you should definitely try to attend is the North American Sand Sculpting Championship. These are not your average sand castles being built!  These one-of-a-kind creations are gigantic and created by master sculptors from around the world! 

That's not all, there are many other things to try and attend this weekend while down

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Homearama
When : 2011 Fall Homearama is coming soon October 15-30, 2011 at the Riverfront at Harbour View in Suffolk, Virginia brought to you by Tidewater Builders Association.  Hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5pm.  What : There will be 9 custom homes available for viewing ranging from 2,800sq ft to 4,000sq ft with prices starting at $550,000 and up.   Where :  6101 Walkers Ferry Lane, Suffolk, VA 23435 
View Larger Map Tickets : $10 for a one-day pass and $17 for a two-day pass $2 discount Mon-Thursday for Active duty and military guests and seniors (62 or better) Children 12 and under and guests in wheelchairs are free Special discounts : Hometalk.com $3 coupon Military Appreciation day, Monday Oct 17…
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        September 11, 2011 Reflection

sept 11 2011 never forget 

While writing this blog, I’m overwhelmed by the emotions and thoughts that come to my mind. I was working from my home office late last night, and decided to take a well needed break from real estate. I walked down the hall to find my beautiful wife, two daughters, and son watching a documentary on 9/11.  As I sit down with my family, we shed tears as we listen to countless stories of the deeply affected.  My children: who are now twelve, fourteen and sixteen, now knowing the depth of the situation, were too young to understand the complexity of the major catastrophe that America found herself in at 8:46 am on that frightful day. 

I had sat down of the couch just as they were talking about Flight 93. This was

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CDPE Certified Distressed Property Expert

We just had 57 realtors complete a 2 day intensive CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) course here in Norfolk.

A CDPE certified realtor is equipped with the latest tools, resources, and effective methods for dealing with homeowners who are facing short sales, foreclosures and financial hardships pertaining to their homes and negotiating with the banks.

Homeowners need to understand that you are not alone in this time and you need an experienced advocate for you who understands what options are available for you and hopefully saving your home  from foreclosure.

 

I attended the CDPE classes in Norfolk, VA July 7 & 8 2011.  This two day course provided a wealth of tactical information that I can start using immediately to help educate

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In the past, FHA required a condo project to be submitted and put on their approval list only once (typically when the project was built) and it was considered an approved project forever. 

FHA condo approval and financing

This ALL changed on 11/1/2009. Condo approvals are only going to be valid for 2 years and FHA will NO LONGER allow spot approvals.

New Project Eligibility Guidelines

All condominiums (consisting of 2 or more units) must meet the following requirements:

• At least 50% of the units of a project must be owner-occupied or sold.
• Projects must be covered by hazard and liability insurance and, when applicable, flood insurance.
• No more than 15% of units can be in arrears of their condominium fees.
• No more than 25% of the property’s total floor area in a project

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Dominion Virginia Power gave me a behind the scenes tour of their ROC (Restricted Access) to share all the ways they are preparing for a hurricane to make sure they are fully powered up. 

As Hurricane Irene is headed toward the Hampton Roads area we hope everyone stays safe and make sure you are prepared for the storm. 

If you need to report a power outage with Dominion call 866-DOM-HELP ( 866-366-4357) and you can all follow their updates on Twitter @domvapower and they now have a Facebook Business Page Dominion Virginia Power.

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"It is time for our community and our country to support the children of those who have given everything for the cause of Freedom"

Seal KidsSealKids is a charitable fund spearheaded by The Real Estate Group to aid the children and families of those lost in the recent tragedy. The funds we gather will be donated to the Navy Seal Foundation to benefit those individuals. Our goal is to raise $100,000 for the future needs of these families.

We have also included a place where you can submit your respects that will be sent to the children of our fallen soldiers.

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