for sale: How About A Sleepover - 02/27/08 12:08 PM
I haven't seen it in our area yet but I read about places that are offering to have the buyer spend the night in the home they are looking at.  The idea is get the buyer comfortable with the house and the surrounding area.  Kind of like test driving a vehicle I guess.  Any one had any experience with this?
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for sale: Tarleton Oaks - 02/26/08 12:24 PM
Location, location, location.
That seems to be one of the biggest attractions of The Reserve at Tarleton Oaks, a newer condominium complex in Virginia Beach.
The community of 148 homes was constructed in 2002 on Kempsville Road next to City View Park.
The area is right at the city's border with Chesapeake and is sandwiched between Greenbrier and Kempsville. Just a few miles away is Greenbrier Mall and the numerous other retail stores, restaurants, banks and grocery stores of the Greenbrier area. Interchanges leading to several of the area's highways are also just a few miles away.
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for sale: Walmart and Cracker Barrel Coming Soon - 02/25/08 11:38 AM
A Wal-Mart and Cracker Barrel will be coming to Edinburgh soon but only after the city agreed to pay $4.5 million in road improvements.  The developers of the Edinburgh West subdivision will kick in about $6.5 million themselves for the improvements.  The city is putting in the money to make the improvements it feels are needed to make the roads right.  The developer would have made the improvements needed but we all know they only do what is absolutely necessary.  Hurray for the city on this one.
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for sale: Tasers On The Streets - 02/25/08 11:32 AM
Now the police will be armed with Tasers just like the criminals.  The difference is the police are trained in using the device and know what it can do.  Before the device is used, the officers must go through training.  Some of them even get to experience the painful bolt of electricity delivered from the two probes shot from the Taser.  The devices are supposed to be for combative and aggresive people as well as some armed criminals. 
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for sale: Holiday Inn To Be Razed - 02/25/08 11:25 AM
If all goes according to plan, the Holiday Inn will be razed.  It will make way for a three phase project that will include up to 240 apartments, 211 condos, 29,000 sq ft of retail and 120,000 sq ft of office space.  Other projects in Norfolk have stalled but this project looks to get off the ground running.  The stumbling block could be the $14 million Portsmouth would have to put out for infrastructure and grants.  The city is already hurting from a failing economy but this may be worth investing in for the long term.
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for sale: Stop Junk Mail - 02/20/08 03:17 AM
You can stop the faxes, you can stop the phone calls and now you can stop the junk mail.  Could you imagine how many trees can be saved or how much fuel can be saved by not having all this junk mail delivered.  You can cut down on pre-screened credit cards, spam and catalog items.  All you have to do is contact the Direct Marketing Association (DMA).  They run the Mail Preference Service.  Go to http://www.dmachoice.org/ and opt out-if you are brave you can even opt in on a particular companies mailing list.  It is estimated that each home gets about … (3 comments)

for sale: School Budget Gets Small Increase - 02/20/08 02:34 AM
With the smallest funding increase in years the schools get few new programs but 3.5% raise for most of the staff.  As it is, the budget of $724.8 million is 2.5% higher then last year.  Some staff were cut and changes to the retirement/health care benefits saved some money so the budget wouldn't be to much.  Let's hope it is enough to keep our schools competitive.
 
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for sale: Photo Editing Comments Part Two - 02/19/08 07:59 AM
In my quest to make this house look better I took several peoples advice on the board.  The result is the third photo.  I shot a blue sky and put it around the house.  I don't think I stepped over the bounds as the house now looks like it would on a sunny day.  The picture was also taken on a ladder as it sits up on a hill and you have to look up at it.  I still like the head on shot rather then the second one which is off to one side but would consider it depending on the house.  I also … (9 comments)

for sale: Photo Editing Comments Again Please - 02/17/08 10:32 AM
I had posted this home a few days ago but thought I would try some tips.  So thank you Lee and tell me if you like this angle.
Also can you guess what type of photo shop was done to the picture.  I will update in a few days.
Thanks for all your inputs from before.
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for sale: Flock o Birds - 02/15/08 11:03 AM
I posted some pictures of Robins a few days ago.  Some friends of thiers dropped by today.  Thought you might be interested.
First the blackbirds.
Then the Red Wing blackbirds
Then the geese.
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for sale: Workout Clothes Smelly? - 02/13/08 10:28 AM
This isn't a new real estate gadget but it might come in handy when trying to talk to someone at the gym.  Even when I wash my workout clothes, those new aged microfiber ones, they still seem to smell like me after a workout.  What I didn't know is that those wonderful little fibers trap bacteria and sweat.  Normal detergents can't get them out.  There is a new detergent called Win High Performance that uses oxidization to not only get that trapped stuff out but also rejuvenates the fabirc's moisture-wicking properties.  You should be able to find it at specialty sports … (1 comments)

for sale: Hula Hoops Are Back - 02/13/08 08:42 AM
Not the newest but the newest thing in exercise.  Hula Hoops.  Who would figure.  You can go ask Paula Brown who hangs out at the corner of Cromwell Parkway and Granby St.  It is a common-sense approach to aerobics.  The newer hoops which are made for exercising are heavier than the original plastic hoops.  This gives you more of a good workout.
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for sale: Habitat For Humanity Approved - 02/13/08 08:30 AM
A stalled town-home proposal off I 264 in Virginia Beach has been approved.  The problem is because of the location.  The six town-home complex is in the 65-70 decibel noise zone around Oceana.  There is some concern about drainage there also.  The city had hoped to maybe transfer some different land with Habitat for Humanity but that didn't happen.  The council is trying to limit growth in that area to comply with the navies wishes. 
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for sale: PDF To JPG Converter - 02/13/08 12:03 AM
My wife asked me the other day to convert a PDF to JPG.  I told her it couldn't be done.  Today I get an email from CRS and they told me it could be done.  If you don't have this converter, here is a link to get it.  Way to cool.
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for sale: MEDFICO - 02/12/08 12:06 PM
Look whos getting into the FICO business.  The health industry is creating its own score to judge your ability to pay.It is called the "medFICO score", and is being designed with the help of credit industry giant Fair Isaac Corp..  This new score could debut as early as this summer in some hospitals.Healthcare Analytics, a Waltham, Mass., health technology firm, is developing the score. It is backed by funding from Fair Isaac, of Minneapolis; Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp.; and venture capital firm North Bridge Venture Partners, also based in Waltham. Between the two, they are spending in the range of $20 million for the … (0 comments)

for sale: A Bird Tea Party - 02/12/08 10:56 AM
I was eating lunch today when I heard a racket outside.  It sounded like a bunch of people gathered around yakking.  My back yard is kind of private (on the 5th tee of the golf course) so I looked to see what was going on.  Apparently I was in the middle of a mass migration of birds.  Most were some type of black bird but there were hundreds of robins.  My local birds were there as well and weren't going to be run off.  The blue bird wasn't intimidated by anyone.  What a sight.
 Seven here.Robins plus my Blue Jay
Redwing Blackbird
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for sale: Open House and Buyers - 02/12/08 07:31 AM
I did four open houses in Virginia Beach the last two weekends on three different properties. I advertised the first weekend but not the second.  The first weekend was a single family home for $259k and a condo for $389k with a view of a marina (Harbour Point).  The single family home brought in one looker and the condo brought in 9.  I picked up a fairly good prospect.  The next weekend I did the condo again (with the view) and another one just a few blocks away.  The condo with the view brought in 7 more people (with a really … (1 comments)

for sale: New and Improved Tour Comments? - 02/12/08 03:07 AM
I put my virtural tour up a few days ago and you all gave me some good advice.  I now have access to admin and I can input my information to the tour without having to go through the person who inputs them.  Please comment and let me know what you think.  I still need to work on the photos some but please give me advice on how you would take them.  Thanks in advance.
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for sale: Photo Editing Comments? - 02/11/08 11:54 AM
I edited the first picture in photo shop.  Basically I took out the shadows and lightened the fence and the bushes in front.  I needed it to look more like the day then night.  I have been to this house at three different times of the day and can't get a decent shot because of the sun.  This is about the best.  The first picture is at 4:30 pm and the second was around 11 am.  I am thinking I need to go back around 5:30 or so.  The first picture is taken with a 16:9 ratio which is what you see … (13 comments)

for sale: Truely Bank At Home - 02/10/08 02:23 AM
Did you know that the online banking service called CheckFree Corp. now has the technology to let you deposit your checks from HOME!!!.  My world has gotten smaller.  Thanks to software called Remote Deposit Capture, I can scan my check through my home computer and deposit it electronically.  If you bank on-line, and your bank allows, you are in.  Businesses have had it for a while but this is a first for computers.  If your bank doesn't have it, you need to start bothering them to get it.
 
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