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June sales statistics for South Hampton Roads are in and what a difference a year makes. This time last year, I was worried if one of my listings was on the market for more than a couple of days. Market times have increased 76% and sales are down by 6% compared to June 2005.I, for one, don't mind...
Money Magazine will announce in the August issue that Virginia Beach, VA ranks 6 in the list of top large US cities and is described as an "up and coming military town." We're also a resort city with wonderful beaches along the ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. The perfect place for a second home or ...
Dave and I discovered the Summer Breeze Concerts at Merchants Square in Williamsburg by chance a couple of years ago and it remains one of our most enjoyable summer activities. Free concerts are held on the square weekly during July and August. You can bring your lawn chairs and coolers and tailg...
One of the biggest issues for buyers and sellers today seems to be overall rise in homeowners insurance, especially in the aftermath of recent natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina. People are looking for ways to reduce these costs, and we’re getting a number of questions about CLUE Reports, ...
1. Don't Get "Pre-Qualified!" Get "Pre-Approved"Do you want to get the best house you can for the least amount of money? Then make sure you are in the strongest negotiating position possible. Price is only one bargaining chip in the negotiations, and not necessarily the most important one. Often ...
Many buyers think a second home is out of their reach. But sometimes all it takes is thinking out of the box. Consider these possibilities: 1. Buy land. Purchase the land first with the plan to build on it further down the road. 2. Go for 'access'. Buying a property with waterfront access instead...

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