Home Selling

Flooring: Ceramic Tiles or Luxury Vinyl Tiles?

You are so ready for home renovation, now you have been asked to choose between ceramic and vinyl tiles for your flooring by the vendor/contractor. So, what to answer? Appearance may not be the deciding factor, as luxury vinyl tiles perfectly match the calming look of hardwood or luxurious look of ceramic tiles today. Actually,…

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What makes a Building Historic in Virginia?

We often read that Virginia is one of the richest states in historic buildings of the US. But what exactly is an historic building? Intuitively, we think of something very old. However, age is not sufficient, as there are some few other requirements to fulfill. Luckily, Virginia Law helps owners to give an answer to…

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What Are Historic Districts?

Norfolk has twelve historic districts (5 of them are designated locally) and Chesapeake has ten nationally registered historic districts, which makes them two of the richest American towns in historic buildings. But what are historic districts? And what does it imply to be the owner of a building or home inside these special zones? A…

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Ten Best Practices to Hire a Competent and Reliable Contractor

Ten Best Practices to Hire a Competent and Reliable Contractor If you own a home, sooner or later you will need to hire a contractor to fix something broken in your house, an urgent repair, updating, or for those general home upkeep jobs that you are not able to find the time for.  However, hiring…

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Short Sale

A short sale is an option that involves selling your home for a less amount than the one owed to the mortgage company. The net proceeds from the property sales usually fall short of the debts, and in this case, the lender agrees to this arrangement since the homeowner is unable to pay off their…

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Avoiding Foreclosure

Sometimes as a homeowner, you may come across difficulties in making your mortgage payments. Foreclosure is usually a distressing family financial experience. Doing nothing is the worst you could do when you fall behind your mortgage payments since your lender could ensue with a foreclosure even if you refuse to appear be a participant in…

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How and Why to Improve the Energy Efficiency of your House

Energy efficiency is the classic topic that comes up especially when it’s time to renovate your place, or when you are buying a new house. Should you really care about energy efficiency? And if the answer is yes, what specific measures you need to take to implement an efficient power saving system? Last, is an…

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How Much is my House Worth?

This is one of the first and most natural questions that come up to your mind when it is the time to sell or purchase, no matter whether you are a buyer or a seller. However, a house value estimate is not as an easy science as it can appear at first sight; it is…

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What About Zillow?

Many Realtors and sellers get frustrated at the mention of Zillow. I use Zillow!  Zillow, started in 2006, has a lot of useful tools!  Yes- it is expensive to be a Zillow preferred agent- but Zillow has created a loyal user base.  It is a trusted website accessed by millions of home shoppers, sellers, or…

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