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Home Improvement – How to Seal Grout - 01/31/11 11:17 AM
Home ownership comes with a lot of responsibility including maintenance. Keeping your house in tip-top shape not only preserves the appearance of your home, but also helps secure its value. After all, owning a home is probably the biggest investment you have ever made and you don't want to see your hard earned money literally go down the drain! Yesterday I spent the majority of the afternoon sealing the grout in our master bathroom. It wasn't hard, but I will admit it was tedious. Why did I feel the need to "waste" my day on something so boring? Below are the (6 comments)
Educating the First Time Home Buyer in Richmond - 01/30/11 11:46 AM
Educating the First Time Home Buyer in Richmond When I was 19 years old, I worked very hard (thank you, Red Lobster!) and bought my very first car. It was a four door, white Ford Tempo and I paid $3000 for it. What a fantastic day! About a year later my car started to "act funny." I had no idea what was wrong, but that night I had my uncle take a look. What was wrong? Well, it turns out you have to put OIL in your car in order to keep it running! Go ahead, laugh! It's funny NOW. But (6 comments)
When higher is lower... A word about credit scores. - 01/29/11 06:46 PM
A fantastic post written by Virginia Gardner, a Charlottesville, VA Realtor. Give it a read and then give me a call to start looking for your dream Henrico County home! A great post from Virginia Gardner Charlottesville Realtor Via Virginia Gardner Charlottesville Realtor Earlysville VA Real Estate and Homes (Roy Wheeler Realty Co.): Did you happen to see the year-end graph converning Charlottesville-area home prices? (CAAR 2010 Year-end Real Estate Market Report) Well, It's time. If a new home has been in your thoughts, now is the time to do something about it. If you've been waiting for the market to bottom-out, (3 comments)
How to Look at Your Home Through Buyers' Eyes - 01/29/11 08:32 AM
A great post by Karen Bernetti, a professional real estate stager. Read through her tips and then give me a call for more guidance on listing your home in the Henrico County Real Estate market or surrounding Richmond VA metro area!
Via Karen Bernetti (North Star Real Estate): It's quite common for home sellers to find it difficult to look at their home - REALLY look at their home - the way a buyer would. We call this looking at your home through "Buyers' Eyes" and it's an important part of preparing your house for sale. Why? Because you can't possibly (2 comments)
Buying a Richmond Home for Baby Right before I became pregnant, my husband and I had purchased a new construction carriage home. It was beautiful with 3 bedrooms, 2 and a half baths, second floor laundry, and a low maintenance yard. It was the perfect place to start a family. (Little did we know we were going to be pregnant with twins, but that is an entirely different blog post!) Once the home was built, we realized there were some features of the house that probably weren't so great for little, curious minds. For one, the foyer was two story (2 comments)
Strategies for Discount Upgrades, Additions, and Replacements - 01/28/11 09:51 AM
No matter if you are a seller trying to upgrade your appliances to help entice a sale, or a buyer who just made a purchase and needs to replace or add items to make that house a home, you don't necessarily have to pay top dollar. Having to make these expensive purchases can be hard to swallow after already investing so much, but there are deals to be had if you know where to look and how to ask. Below are some tips/strategies that have worked for my family in the past and hopefully can help you save some of your (2 comments)
Selling Your Richmond Home While Owning Pets The above picture is of my fur baby, Bella. I adore her. She sleeps in our bed, lays on our furniture, and has the run of the house. I trust her completely with our kids and our belongings. She is easy in every way. Well, almost. Since Bella joined our family, we have had to move several times due to job relocation for my husband. (Lucky for us, Richmond is our permanent home - can't imagine living anywhere else than the RVA!) During each period our home was on the market, Bella and our fat cat, Buddy, posed (11 comments)
Giving back doesn't have to be a difficult thing. It can be as simple as helping an older lady out to her car, throwing some change into a collection container at McDonald's, or by simply becoming a fan on a Facebook page. Come again? Recently Home Sweet Henrico Real Estate created a business page on Facebook. As a way to spread the news, I decided to make the following "challenge" : for each person who becomes a fan, I will donate one canned good to a local food bank or charity. Did it work? I would say it was a (4 comments)
Be An OFFENSIVE Seller – What To Do BEFORE You List Your Home On The Richmond Real Estate Market - 01/24/11 01:06 PM
In any game, it is critical to anticipate your opponents next move. Just ask Donald Trump or Peyton Manning! The same holds true when you are selling your home in Richmond - the more you know, the less power you give to the other team- a potential buyer. Below are a few suggestions to help you be on the right side of the playing field: ·View from the curb. Never under estimate curb appeal. The outside of your home will be the buyers first impression so it is imperative to make it a great one! Bushes look overgrown? Trim them back. Paint (2 comments)
Hunton Park Glen Allen VA is a fabulous community developed by Atack Properties and is neatly tucked away in beautiful Henrico County. This neighborhood is a commuters paradise with easy access to I295, I95, and I64 and just 10 minutes from the Downtown Short Pump and Innsbrook area. Nearby shopping includes Martins Grocery Store, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Target, McDonalds, and more! Made up of apartments, town home style condominiums, town homes, single family homes, and even aged qualified homes, Hunton Park Glen Allen VA truly has something to offer everyone and every budget. The Hamptons at Hunton Park is a terrific apartment community that offers (2 comments)
There are days when my home can look like a beautiful white canvas - clean, crisp, and untouched. Then, on any given Sunday (or Monday, or Tuesday...), my home can look like a work by Georges Seurat - little dots of clutter making up one large painting that showcases a mess! My point is, as a mother, I know how hard it can be to keep a house clean on any day of the week let alone trying to keep your home in SHOWING condition when your house is on (4 comments)
Know Thy Neighbor - 01/19/11 05:29 PM
Last week my kids had a snow day from preschool and absolute terror crept in - what in the world was I going to do to entertain them all day? Typically I would have our days planned out with activities and errands to keep us busy. But this...this was unplanned and my somewhat OCD mind was racing! Then I had an idea: we would bake! It would take up a lot of time, be somewhat educational for them, and at the end of the day we would have something delicious to share together. I told the kids of my plan and (4 comments)
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