Hampton Roads Real Estate and Community News

March 21, 2022

Newest Virginia Beach homes for sale

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From an oceanfront condo in Virginia Beach to investment properties near Oceana Naval Base, many different types of homes are currently for sale in Virginia Beach.  Check out the latest VB listings here:  https://bit.ly/NewinVB

March 16, 2022

Home improvements that bring better offers


You’re almost ready to put your house on the market & you know the market is strong.  

You want to make sure you get top dollar, right?!  So, what home improvements are worth your time & money?


Here are six to consider:

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Posted in Selling Your Home
Feb. 24, 2022

Homes in Hampton Roads on 3+ acres

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Room to grow

Are you looking to spread out a little, but also hoping to stay within the immediate Hampton Roads area?  Take a look at the newest listings in the 7 cities that have 3 or more acres.

From a luxury Virginia Beach waterfront estate to a Suffolk barndominium on 10 acres, there's something for everyone!  So whether you're looking for a spacious Chesapeake horse farm or just a huge yard in Hampton don't miss these newest homes for sale!


Posted in Buying a Home
Jan. 19, 2022

9 steps to get winter storm ready

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Just a few inches of snow can cause extended power outages and shut down roads, schools, and businesses in Hampton Roads, so it's important to be prepared before the storm hits. 

Here are some steps you can take to keep yourself, your family, and your home safe:

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Posted in Home Ownership
Jan. 14, 2022

Ask smart questions when buying your home!

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One of the first questions many buyers ask is "How old is this house?"

A great question to ask, especially when house hunting in some of our older & historic neighborhoods.
What they really want to know is "What potential problems will I have to deal with if I move forward on purchasing this home?"
To get a more detailed picture of possible future issues the house faces due to its age, ask “How old are the home’s systems and features such as the roof, windows, HVAC, electric, and plumbing/septic/well?”
Asking good questions is key to making an informed decision!
Dec. 28, 2021

3 steps to becoming a homeowner in 2022

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Are you hoping to become a homeowner in 2022?

Smart move! Home ownership can be key to creating wealth for your family. Wondering how to get started? Here are your first steps:

❶ Get pre-approved. Getting pre-approved now will help stream-line the process and make everything easier later.
❷ Create a budget. Knowing what you can afford, or what you’re comfortable spending, will make house hunting easier and less stressful. Getting pre-approved will help you create a realistic budget.
❸. Find the right real estate agent for you. Interview several & find someone you’re comfortable working with. A good real estate agent should educate you on current market conditions, be able to thoroughly explain the buying process, foresee and help you navigate potential issues and challenges that may arise throughout the transaction, have a curated network of industry professionals such as inspectors and contractors for you to call on when needed, and always have your best interest at heart.
Our team prides itself on working hard for our clients. We know buying a home can feel scary and we treat each client like a member of our family. We’d love to earn your business this year! Give us a call when you’re ready to start interviewing Realtors 757-714-2692
Dec. 22, 2021

What does Clear to Close mean?

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What Does ‘Clear To Close’ Mean?

After “Your offer was accepted!” “Clear to close” is the phrase homebuyers can’t wait to hear.
Clear to close means you’ve met the requirements and conditions to close on your mortgage. At this point, your lender has fully inspected your documents and verified that you meet the expectations of the type and amount of mortgage you’re requesting.
Once a borrower is clear to close, lenders will start preparing for closing day. Your loan officer will contact your title company and your Realtor to schedule a date and time for your closing meeting. Your lender will also assemble any final documents that you’ll need to sign on your closing date.
Dec. 21, 2021

Don't make this housewarming gift mistake!

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Which one is bad luck to give as a housewarming gift?

A spoon, a knife, or a fork?

The answer…a knife!
A long-standing superstition says that gifting a knife will sever the friendship between the giver & the recipient.
The only way around this unfortunate outcome is to tape a penny to the knife, which then must be removed & given back as payment for the knife.
So, go ahead & gift that cutlery set but don’t forget the lucky penny!
Dec. 8, 2021

What's an Appraisal Guarantee?

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What's that mean Wednesday: Appraisal Guarantee

The market is red hot, with demand up & inventory down, so buyers are doing whatever they can to make their offer more appealing than the rest. Many are deciding to write an Appraisal Guarantee into their Purchase Agreement. So, what's that mean?
When a buyer is using a mortgage to purchase a home, the bank will do an appraisal of the home to make sure the home value is worth the loan value.
With an appraisal guarantee, the buyer is guaranteeing to make up any gap between the appraised value and the purchase price.
For example: The purchase price is $300,000. If the bank appraisal comes in at $300,000 everything’s good to go. But if the appraisal comes in at $290,000, the buyer will have to come to the closing table with $10,000 to make up the difference.
Dec. 3, 2021

Should I get pre-approved before I start looking for a new house?

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Should I get pre-approved first?

This is a question we hear a lot from our buyers.
The answer? Yes, do yourself a favor and get pre-approved now, before you even start looking at listings.


⓵ It can be heartbreaking, and ultimately a waste of your time, to look at houses that don’t fall within your budget. Working with a loan professional from the beginning, and having a solid understanding of your budget, will save you time and heartache later.
⓶ If you wait until after you find your dream home to get pre-approved, the time it takes to go through the pre-approval process may be the difference between the seller accepting your offer or someone else's.
Ready to get pre-approved now? Click here
What questions do you have about buying or selling a home?