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Found 24 blog entries tagged as "real estate".

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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What the duck? ;-)  Have you seen the 40-foot "Rubber Duck" (a giant inflatable sculpture) that has made his long awaited debut by bobbing in The Hague Inlet as of yet?  If not, you must check him out.  He has already delighted thousands of visitors that have come far & wide (yes, apparently there’s even group of retirees who follow the icon internationally and now here nationally.) 

Norfolk is hosting the enchanting artwork to celebrate the Chrysler Museum of Art’s grand re-opening; after being closed for nearly 2 years due to its expansion and renovation.

The adorable and friendly “celebrity” was designed and created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.  Mr. Hofman chooses the venues in which his work will appear. And this is the Rubber Duck's first

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This month is National Moving Month. Every May marks the official beginning of the moving season, a four-month period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when millions of families relocate. Due to more than three in five Americans (62%) having a pet and the fact that most families consider their pets to be members of the family, it’s important to take the proper steps that ensure the safety and comfort of your non-human family members during any relocation (big or small).  

 “Moving is very stressful for a family,” say ASPCA President Larry Hawk, D.V.M. “That stress is also experienced by the pets. They want to know that they’re part of the family and that they’ll be going, too.”

Unfortunately due to a variety of circumstances, that isn’t always the

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In our last blog we wrote about why hiring a realtor is important.  As we stated, there are many reasons why it makes sense but let’s examine why it is necessary.  Here are the top reasons why hiring a licensed agent is important:     Experience & Education:  You don't need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate professional who does. The trick is to find the right person that you feel comfortable with and believe can achieve your objectives.  Why not hire a person with more education and experience than you who is not emotionally involved? We're all looking for more precious time in our lives, and hiring pros gives us that time.  Experienced agents can save you time and money.   Agents are
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In today’s world when so much information is available on the internet , you may be asking yourself  ”Why Should I Have a Real Estate Agent?”  You might be thinking that you could complete your own real estate transactions with relative ease.  Thus using a real estate agent is a thing of the past.

However, it’s important to recognize that although in the short run you may feel like you are saving money by not paying a commission; it may not always be that simple.  It might actually end up costing you even more in the long run.  Actually statistics show that selling your home with the assistance of a professional real estate agent will garner you a higher profit, enough to cover the commission as well as put more money in your pocket. According to the

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Due to resurgence in urban living, more and more buyers are considering condos over single-family homes in recent years.  Condos tend to be located in urban areas, for example in downtown Norfolk and within walking distance of shops, restaurants and other places of high interest.  

In addition, some also have resort-like amenities, such as pools and fitness centers, which are often cost-prohibitive in a house. According to HGTV FrontDoor, people are now living busier lives, which make condos an attractive choice due to their convenience and low-maintenance lifestyle.  Being that association fees cover the exterior as well as the expensive components of the structure, maintenance is limited to the interior of the dwelling.

Many condos offer gated or

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Based on predictions for 2014, the real estate market is headed not only in a positive direction but coming back strong. When buying a home it is critical to maximize your investment, while at the same time minimizing any surprises by calculating all risks.  However that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow your heart and your initial instincts... the ideal situation is when you can accomplish all of these.     Problems can arise when a buyer decides to accept too many compromises on the things that are most important to their needs.  For example... not enough bathrooms for the family, or too many amenities that do not increase the home’s value when you want to sell the house.  It is important to remember that your home’s current “live-in” value is…
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Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe that 2014 is already here and upon us.  And from the predictions so far it looks like this is going to be a healthy year for the housing market.  

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A recent article on CNNMoney points out how the housing market is shifting and will provide more opportunities for both buyers and sellers, although it is somewhat of a balancing act.  

“For a sustainable recovery you want to see more balance between buyers and sellers,” CoreLogic Case-Shiller’s chief economist David Stiff explains.  Stiff is forecasting a 6.8% rise in the median home value for 2014.

While housing inventory is up, it’s still a seller’s market because the supply is lower than normal – about 15% lower than the historical average. There are going

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The percentage of women over the last decade in the work force has risen roughly 11 percent and women going into 2014 are projected to account for 47 percent of the total labor force according to the United Stated Department of Labor. Demographic changes are helping to fuel the trend. 
More women than ever are the primary earners in their households, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. In a record 40 percent of American households with children— nearly four times the level in 1960 — women are the breadwinners. And about two-thirds of these breadwinners are single.  According to the National Association of Realtors, single women accounted for 16 percent of home buyers last year, lower than their long-term average of 20 percent. Yet they…
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