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How do I increase curb appeal for my Home?

Curb Appeal is how attractive your home is from the front, to people either driving by in a car or driving by virtually online. The ability of your home to attract attention from someone casually viewing it boosts the value of your home. It gets more people to look at it. It gets more people to be comfortable with it. And the evidence over many years of research shows that more people submit offers and they offer more money for homes with good curb appeal. 


So how do you boost curb appeal on a budget? Here are some Tips.

First of all, a little bit of creativity and work goes a long way! The good news is that almost all of these low cost curb appeal boosters can be done by you or by someone

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Each week new luxury condominiums are listed in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and greater Hampton Roads real estate markets. Are you thinking about owning a second home, a vacation condo or even purchasing one of these condos as a short term rental investment? Take a look at the latest on the market! 

Also if you would like  to see a showcase of all the luxury homes that the area has to offer, visit and check out our luxury condos section today.


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What does an Executor of an Estate Do?

When you lose a loved one, there are a lot of things on your mind. You are grieving, just like many of their other family and friends. You are missing them and wish you could have one more conversation with them, again just like many of their family and friends. The difference is that they have entrusted you to be the executor of their will. This means that you have the sole responsibility and honor of carrying out their last wishes and you also have the obligation of properly handling their remaining assets, including potentially stocks, bonds, cars and their home which is likely the largest asset of theirs.

The honor of being asked to do this can be very rewarding and satisfying. It can actually help you

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Are you considering renting your home rather than selling it? 

There are many times when you move where it may make financial sense to rent out your home rather than selling it. In areas where rent to value ratios favor renting out a home, you may find yourself considering it as an alternative. Usually when this happens, there is one question that pops to the surface:

How much can or should I rent my home for?

The answer to this question is important. The rental value of your home is as important in making this decision as the sales value of your is important to whether to sell it.  An extra $100 per month in rent can make the difference between renting out a home and selling it. And yet it depends on dozens of factors. So it is

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Luxury homes and properties come in a wide range of sizes and styles, but the common thread among them is that the home connects a luxury home buyer to the lifestyle that they love in a very direct way. For horse lovers, their love of all things equine means that a luxury home puts them in close contact with their horses. Fortunately there are quite a number of equine friendly homes to choose from. 

Find Horse Farms by Area as well

We want to make it easy and simple for those who love horses to find their ideal homes and acreage. Here are a few of 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

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When you are considering whether to sell or rent out your home, it is easy to not notice some of the hidden costs and things that you need to "get right" when you weigh the costs and benefits of each option. When you are weighing the costs of renting your home out, there are a few "headaches" that can be lurking in the shadows. By thinking these through and planning for them, you can make the process smoother and less stressful, as well as more profitable.

Of the potential headaches of propery management, there are three that come up quite often and seem to cause the most stress. In no particular order: Maintenance calls and issues, Eviction and other legal issues, and Tenant Turnover each create a tremendous amount of stress and reduce

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