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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?  

homeownership

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
  • LED lights
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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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