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This is a question that is often asked by homeowners renting out their homes. While there is no standard package offered by all property management companies / property managers, here is a list of what we offer our property management clients.

  • Comprehensive initial property survey with maintenance and marketing recommendations

  • Research comparable properties to determine market rent.

  • Advertising via numerous websites, our marketing partners in the sales division, multiple listing service, and the power that comes with The Real Estate Group brand. 

  • Applicant processing including reference verification, credit and income qualification, and conformity to any property restrictions. 

  • Lease negotiation and

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Lynnhaven Dunes condos in Virginia Beach

Tucked away in Virgnia Beach are a number of communities with available condominiums. Our featured community this week is Lynnhaven Dunes. Lynnhaven Dunes has 2 to 4 bedroom luxury condos with 2,100 - 2,350 square feet of waterfront living. The community offers scenic views, a gated entrance, covered private parking, pool, a private beach and so much more. Pricing in this community runs in the $400s and up, with most homes from $400-$600.

If you are interested in putting the "beach" in Virginia Beach, Lynnhaven Dunes is one to see. Here are the current listings available in the area. 


Want to see more? You can also visit Lynnhaven Dunes Condos for Sale on our website exclusively dedicated to

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The holidays are a wonderful time of year to enjoy family, friends, and memory making together. With the frivolity and merriment also comes some increased risks. Here are a number of easy ways to reduce the risk of home safety hazards during these wonderful times.

Most of the increased risk comes from three main sources, increased weather risk, fire risk and home security risk.


With these 4 simple winter weatherization tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of weather related issues.

  1. Swap out screens for storm windows, and be sure to seal gaps around doors and windows with weather stripping.
  2. Clean up debris around the landscape of your home as well as the roof.
  3. Check all exterior vents and be sure they’re closed.
  4. Drain
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Find Horse Farms and Horse Friendly Properties for sale in Hampton Roads

Whether you are looking for a home for your horses, or a home where you can have them with you, we want to make it easy and simple for those who love horses to find their perfect place. Here are our featured horse properties to be listed on the market.

We also have prepared a separate luxury homes site, and a section reserved exclusively for horse properties, where you can browse through equine friendly properties by area all throughout Hampton Roads. Check it out today!

Connect with a TREG Equestrian and Horse Properties Expert

Needing an experienced guide to help you sort through the options and find the perfect horse-friendly home for you?

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Tips for selling during the holiday season!

Should I decorate it? Yes.

The purpose of staging, or decorating a home during this time of year is to help people visualize themselves living in your home. A christmas tree, holiday decorations, and festive colors throughout your all add to this cozy, warm comfortable feeling that turns potential buyers who visit your home into offers to buy it.

The key for most sellers is not really about decorating or not. It is more about the amount of decoration. Too much will cause your home to feel small and even cluttered. Your best bet is to decorated for the season, but use less than you may be accustomed to so that your home feels more spacious and roomy.  Less truly is more!

Professional (and seasonal)

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Who builds your home is important.

If you visit you will see a page where we feature selected builders from all around Hampton Roads. This page lets you drill down into not only the builders and the types of homes they specialize in, but also the New Home Communities that they are a part of and a little bit about them. We do this so that you have a place to start your planning process to find the perfect person for you to build your home. 

Our Featured Builder Page is a great place to start.

If you visit the featured builders page linked above, you will see this:


Clicking on each of these links will take you to both a little bit about our featured builders but also to examples of the new homes that they have listed.

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New Homes in Elizabeth City

Starting Under $200K

Tooley Harbor & Creekside Farms

Are you in the market for a new home? Are you thinking that you would like something that is brand new and not just "new to you"? Today we are going to feature new homes in Elizabeth City.

Tooley Harbor

Tooley Harbor is a planned waterfront community located on a navigable canal and part of the Pasquotank River. The community contains 400 planned residences and is to be composed in three phases. The planned amenities include private boat ramps, marina, canal & river access, and boardwalks. Visit the link above to see more information about Tooley Harbor.

Creekside Farms

Creekside Farms is located 35 minutes from Greenbrier, 40 minutes from

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When it comes to beachfront or oceanfront property, Virginia Beach has some amazing homes to choose from. While there are 28 miles of beachfront shoreline in Virginia Beach, not all of that is residential, and an even smaller percentage of that is luxury beachfront residential homes. So if you are looking to live on the beach (or to buy a home that you may choose to rent out), the choices are somewhat more limited. Here are three beachfront neighborhoods of Virginia Beach that find their way onto many buyers' lists:

Croatan - Croatan is upscale but offers an oceanfront resort lifestyle to its residents. Just south of the Rudee Inlet Bridge, boardwalk is nearby, shopping and dining conveniently close but residences enjoy a quiet, peaceful setting that

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Technology has rapidly changed almost every business that we work in. No matter our occupation, advances in technology have made virtually all parts of the business more efficient and in most cases more effective.

If you are thinking about renting out your home, and considering whether to use a property management company or deciding which one to select, here are some advances in property management technology that you may want to make sure you have on your side.

Online Portals for Payment – Providing tenants with an easy way to make payments online improves payment and saves you time in the people are not trying to reach you by hand. “The check’s in the mail.” is ideally a thing of the past.

Automated Repair / Maintenance requests  - 

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A home is where we live and where we spend most of our time. It makes sense that our home environment should be the cleanest and safest environment that we can make it. Below are the top six items in a home that can cause health issues and how to protect yourself and your family.

Mold - What we lump generally into the category of "mold" are actually a really wide variety of "fungi" that enter homes via windows, vents, screen doors, pets or even are tracked in on our feet.  Dry mold ittself does not cause many issues, but mold spores with moisture to feed on grow explosively and  can chause chronic cough and fatigue, eye irritation, headaches, and skin rashes and many other symptoms. Untreated and with prolonged exposure, mold can cause asthma,

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