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Tips For Seniors Downsizing to a Smaller Home

Tips For Seniors Downsizing to a Smaller Home

Guest post from Aaron Mears with House StoriesUprooting and downsizing to a smaller home can be an overwhelming task for anyone, but it is especially difficult for seniors. Fortunately, there are strategies and tips that can ease this transition and help you manage...

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What Homebuyers Want in Fall 2021

What Homebuyers Want in Fall 2021

As autumn approaches, all signs point to the seller’s market sticking around. Certain home features are in more demand than ever before and can add value to your home and speed up the selling process. Keep reading for the key features that homebuyers are searching for in homes in fall 2021.

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Virginia Housing Market Recap for Summer 2021

Virginia Housing Market Recap for Summer 2021

Summer 2021 was a hot season for selling in Virginia, with much of the market bouncing back from the low inventory that COVID-19 compounded. Now that summer is nearing the end, here are some key trend takeaways from the summer real estate market in Virginia that can give us an idea of what to expect in the fall. 

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How You Can Speed Up the Selling Process

How You Can Speed Up the Selling Process

How quickly you sell your home depends on a variety of factors, a chief one being how quickly you are able to generate interest in your home. Read on to learn key ways you can generate interest in your house fast and speed up the selling process. 

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7 Things to Ask Before You Buy Your First House

7 Things to Ask Before You Buy Your First House

Even if you’re just beginning to think about searching for a home, something that can ease your mind is knowing what questions to ask before you purchase your first home. Whether you’re looking for a home in which to settle down and raise a family or beginning your real estate journey, utilize these helpful questions to guide you through the home-buying process.

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The 6 Steps of Buying a House

The 6 Steps of Buying a House

Buying a home is a huge accomplishment, not least because it is a process that takes time and care to navigate. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you may feel especially daunted by the process and what it involves. Fear not—knowing what to expect and how to plan is half the battle! 

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Could Your Home Benefit from New Windows?

Could Your Home Benefit from New Windows?

When it comes to home improvements, installing new windows may not even be on the bottom of your bucket list. New windows are an investment that are meant to last a long time, and for that reason, homeowners don’t often consider upgrading their windows until it’s absolutely necessary. 

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How to Balance Between Choosing a School District and a House

How to Balance Between Choosing a School District and a House

Maybe you’ve found an ideal home in a not-so-ideal school district. Or you’ve found a great school district, but it’s harder to find a home that ticks all the boxes. Choosing between a school district and a house is a tough decision, but there are work-arounds and questions to ask yourself that can help you navigate the process.

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How to Get the Most Out of a Home Inspection

How to Get the Most Out of a Home Inspection

When you’re buying or selling a house you want to be sure that you’re getting your money’s worth. You may have a general idea of your home’s value and any necessary repairs, but you won’t know for certain until you hire a certified home inspector who can thoroughly analyze the property. Read on to find out how you can get the most out of a home inspection.

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6 Things to Consider When Buying a House with a Pool

6 Things to Consider When Buying a House with a Pool

Houses with pools have been in higher demand in the past couple of years, perhaps because people are spending more time at home. Owning a pool provides a fun, relaxing way to cool off during hot summer days, as well as a nice gathering place for parties and events. Owning a pool also means that staycations can feel more like vacations, and who doesn’t want that? With this being said, owning a pool comes with its own set of challenges and responsibilities.

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Why It’s Still a Perfect Time to Sell Your Home

Why It’s Still a Perfect Time to Sell Your Home

If you’re worried that the best time to sell your house has passed, you can take comfort in knowing that it is still an ideal time to sell your home in Virginia. If you weren’t planning on selling your home, then it may be worth it for you to look into it and consider it. The timing is perfect, and here are a few reasons why. 

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5 Critical Curb Appeal Tips for Sellers

5 Critical Curb Appeal Tips for Sellers

When many homeowners are thinking about selling their home and putting it on the market, they are usually focused on how the interior of the home looks. Setting up the rooms and making sure that the quality of the interior is perfect is an important part of selling a home. One part of home selling that can be forgotten, but is single-handedly one of the most important, is the curb appeal.

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20 Questions To Ask A Broker During An Interview

20 Questions To Ask A Broker During An Interview

We get it. You want to be sure that you make the right choice and there are a lot of options out there for you to investigate.  We’ve come up with a list of questions that you should go over when you are visiting the various firms to see which one meets your needs....

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7 Steps to Getting Your  Real Estate License

7 Steps to Getting Your Real Estate License

Real Estate is a fantastic career and has many benefits, but getting your license is a bit of a process. The following steps are necessary to get your career up and running! Pre-Licensing Education The first step is to get licensed. The Virginia Real Estate Board...

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Are handwritten notes still a relevant way to stay in touch?

Are handwritten notes still a relevant way to stay in touch?

If you are like many other real estate agents, you are always looking the next best way to market your business and stay in touch with your clients. Everyone wants the perfect new tool that is going to miraculously get them a bunch of new clients. We quickly find out...

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Introducing Our Innovative Agent Coaching Program

Introducing Our Innovative Agent Coaching Program

We are so thrilled to launch our brand-new comprehensive solution for agent coaching, continuing education, and production goals tracking! As of April 1, agents and brokers will be able to use the new system to quickly and easily discuss their business strategy, use...

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Congratulations to our 2021 Award Winners!

Congratulations to our 2021 Award Winners!

2020 was a tough year for everyone, but especially so for small businesses that rely on face-to-face interaction and in-person showings! Despite all the challenges that 2020 threw at our agents, they rose to the occasion and worked even harder. Whether that meant...

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Smart Pricing Strategies for Hot Markets

Smart Pricing Strategies for Hot Markets

Guest Blog by Terin Merriman Chances are even if you’ve been living under a rock - which at this point, aren’t we all? - you’ve heard how hot the real estate market is. Like an early 2000s Paris Hilton quote, the real estate market is “so hot.”Record-low interest...

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