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Did you know that staging your home when getting ready to sell can actually increase your sale price?  Staging helps boost a home’s perceived value! On average, sellers receive $2 in increased sale price for every $1 they put into staging a home.  According to The International Association of Home Staging Professionals, 95% of staged homes sell on average in 11 days or less and for 17% above the asking price compared to those not staged, in a similar market.

Proper staging can help a potential buyer visualize your home as “move-in ready” and facilitate in not only helping you sell your home for a higher price but help you to sell your home quicker.  It assists in allowing the buyer feel like they could drop their bags and move right in.

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 Hampton Roads is a wonderful place to raise a family!  With the coast on the right and land on the left, there are always numerous fun things to do.  We are lucky to live in such a great area to keep kids engaged with kid-friendly family activities.  From exploring with toddlers at the Children’s Museum to refreshing water slides at Ocean Breeze, you and your visitors this summer are sure to have a blast over the next few months. You and your kids can do these fun activities listed below indoors and outdoors.  I’ve broken it up by city.

NORFOLK

• Cannonball Trail

Description: Follow markers through Town Point Park and Downtown Norfolk on the self-guided tour. 

Address: Freemason Street Reception Center for the Cannonball Trail

401 E.

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On Thursday, March 12, Old Dominion University’s E.V. Williams Center for Real Estate and Economic Development (CREED), hosted the 20th anniversary of Hampton Roads Real Estate Market Review and Forecast at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.  It featured reports and forecasts from local experts about the residential, industrial, office, multifamily, retail and investment markets within Hampton Roads.

Six hundred of real estate and economic development's top industry professionals gathered at the campus for this annual event that this year celebrated two decades of transformative development across Hampton Roads. 

According to John Lombard CREED executive director and chair of the School of Public Service in ODU's Strome College of Business,

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Friday, was the 1st day of spring and I don’t know about you, but personally I am more than ready to bid farewell to wearing a winter coat and welcome in this fresh new season with open arms.     Now that the weather is starting to warm up and I’ve already seen some daffodils blossoming, I thought this would be the perfect time guide you through all the many springtime events and festivals popping up throughout Hampton Roads.   This is only a selection of the many activities and events you can enjoy...       Right around the corner is the CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL- the Sister Cities of Virginia Beach and Miyazaki, Japan, invite you to celebrate spring, peace, and goodwill during the blossom season. This is the 10th anniversary of the…
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The recession and recovery effected young adults and their headship rate more than that of older adults. Many young people struggled in the recession and as a result moved in with their parents. 

As our economy continues to improve and add jobs, younger Americans—millennials—are slowly starting to move out of their parents' homes where a record number of them have been living for the past few years.  The global financial crisis that resulted in the 2007–2009 recession forced many unemployed or financially struggling millennials (those currently aged 18 to 34) to move back home or continue to stay living with their parents.

This trend has been one of the forces holding back the US housing market.

Establishing an independent household has long been

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Friday January 9, 2015 Hampton Roads became home to the newest and brightest place to read and learn!  The much anticipated Slover Memorial Library in downtown Norfolk encompasses 138,000 square feet of space which includes the beautifully restored Seaboard Building and showcases three centuries of architecture the 19th, 20th and 21st century.  The library is named for Col. Samuel L. Slover, who founded The Virginian-Pilot and its parent company, Landmark Communications, the predecessor to Landmark Media Enterprises and briefly served as Norfolk's mayor in 1933 and died in 1959.  Mr. Slover helped raise Frank Batten Sr. (the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Landmark) after his father died. Jane Batten, along with her late husband (Batten

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Exciting news took place Monday, October 13th, when San Diego based Green Flash Brewing Co. officially broke ground for the construction of their 20 million dollar facility at the northwest corner of General Booth Boulevard and Corporate Landing Parkway.  The site is only a couple of miles south of Oceana Naval Air Station, home to a fleet of roaring F/A-18s and on 9 acres in the Corporate Landing Business Park.  Green Flash bought the land from the Virginia Beach Development Authority for $1.35 million.

Mike Hinkley, who founded Green Flash with his wife, Lisa, originally had settled on Wilmington, a seaside city in North Carolina for the site of their second brewery, but a last-minute trip to Virginia Beach changed their minds.  Green Flash initially

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Every year, hundreds of thousands people head to the Virginia Beach oceanfront for the city’s largest and widest attended festival; The Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show.  This year marks the 41st Annual.  It has been ranked among the top 10 festivals on the East Coast and is one of one of America’s top 100 festivals.  As a matter of fact, The Library of Congress lists the Neptune Festival on its America’s Story website.

The Art & Craft Show portion is produced by The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and showcases over 275 artists and crafters lined up and down the boardwalk.  Daily concerts at festival stages are scattered along 32 blocks of the boardwalk and feature a variety of live music and performers.  Great local, as well as national talent

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In our previous blog we talked about the many benefits of buying a Fixer-Upper. Whether you have decided that buying a Fixer-upper is the right for you or if you simply want to make some updates to your current home that will increase its value, we’re going to talk about some of the latest trends.

With the desire to improve our homes and with the launch of Pinterest, there have been a host of new and exciting trends both from a design perspective as well as functionality. Here are some of my favorites:

A lot of 2014 has been about mixing up new and old styles to create one big style that seems completely brand new. For instance, BRASS ACCENTS. Brass made a comeback at home-design and remodeling conventions this year and the trend is expected to

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With the popularity of HGTV shows like “Property Brothers” where two twin brothers help home buyers purchase and renovate "fixer-uppers” you might be asking yourself  “should I  buy a fixer-upper?”

For people who love old houses, and love to work on them, the idea of buying a fixer-upper is attractive. But a fixer-upper might also be a newer home that requires very little work.

In fact the ideal fixer-uppers are those that require mostly cosmetic improvements; such as paint touchups, drywall repairs, floor refinishing. All of these generally cost much less than they return in market value. New lighting fixtures, doors, window shutters and siding, as well as updated kitchens and bathrooms, are also very lucrative improvements.

Sometimes it's

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