Perfect House Real Estate Blog

You can believe this list will be a good one. Are you ready for some surprises? Read below!

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Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. But are you spending extra money unnecessarily on upkeep? Here are 10 of the most expensive mistakes you could be making in your home.

1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home's bottom

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1941: December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor Bombed

At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security at the important naval base at Pearl Harbor. It was Sunday morning, and many military personnel

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It's something we don't really WANT to spend time thinking about, but our appliances CAN BE a huge HAZARD in our homes.

 

Check out this great write up from our friends at VECTOR for tips on preventing those appliances from being problematic! 

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The household appliances you use every day can be more dangerous than you might think. Fires, electric shocks, carbon monoxide leaks, and floods can all wreak havoc on your home at the hand of a household appliance.

Below are some appliances to be mindful of, and tips to avoid disaster.

1. Stoves

Gas or electric stoves can severely damage your home. Stoves are often left unattended, and that’s when trouble strikes. There have even been instances of stoves turning on unprompted,

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If you live here, you've surely heard these monikers: Hampton Roads, The Seven Cities, Tidewater.... 

... and you likely get it by now: They are referencing "Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News" and at times either Hampton and/or the northern-most areas of North Carolina.'''

If you're moving here, this collection of cities, all referred to as one area, can be daunting!

Here's a decent graphic so you can at least see where they are situated with eachother:

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For more information on the area, be sure to check out these sites:

"Where Is Tidewater

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So we know we have to pay taxes, but what all does that mean? And who do you pay them TO? Many of these questions can and should be explained by your mortgage professional before during and after closing, but we'd also like to end you to the source and give you the place to look, otherwise. 

Many of our clients, past/present/future chose to live in Virginia Beach, thus we see it as informative to share the Virgiina Veach website information on taxes:

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The City Treasurer now offers online public access to Real Estate Tax Information.  Search by Primary Owner Name, Parcel Number, or Situs/Property Address.  The following data will be available to view and/or print:

 

  • Parcel
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Let's be honest, 4pm comes quick this time of year. Next thing you know, it's 5 and the streetlights are the only thing giving light on the streets....! Check out this fun write up (full of gifs to keep your attention) from Alyse Kalish at The Muse:

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Daylight savings. We love it when we gain that extra blessed hour of sleep—and hate it when it means it’s pitch black by the time we leave the office.

No doubt your productivity takes a hit during this dark time of year. And I’d guess that by 4 or 5 PM, you’re ready to get the hell out of there (winter Fridays, anyone?).

So, how can we stay focused and determined when there’s a lot on our plates but we can barely keep our eyes open?

These tips might do the trick:

 

1. Get

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Does your Perfect House include less clutter... from less toys... that your kids might not play with past the first day, week, or month?

You're not the only one! Check out this great write up from Brittany at City Moms Blog on suggestions for NON-TOY gift ideas.... It's brilliant!

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 If your house is anything like mine, then it is probably overflowing with too many toys that seem to never get played with or are missing pieces. As birthdays and holidays come around each year, the toy box continues to grow, sometimes out of our control. With my son’s birthday in July, this had me thinking about gift ideas for him that are more practical, that have a longer life span, or that provide a day of making memories together!

I’ve complied a list of

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How true that headline will ring for so many people....! But... it's true. There's hope!

Check out this great write up from our friends at KCM, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Whether you are a renter who is searching for your dream home or a homeowner who feels like your only option is to renovate, you have at least one thing in common: feeling stuck in place.

According to data from the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the average amount of time that a family stays in their home remained at 10 years in 2017. This mark ties the highest marks set in 2014 and 2016. Back in 1985, when data was first collected on this subject, homeowners stayed in their homes for an average of

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Tis' the season for porch deliveries... and thieves!

Thank you to our friends at VECTOR for this fantastic write up on tips to protect your home deliveries.

How to Protect Your Home Deliveries

Packages and deliveries are often left during the day while homeowners are out. These easy snags are almost too good to be true for thieves.

Below are tips to protect your package from being taken from your doorstep.

Give Extra Instructions

Specify delivery instructions when you place your order to prevent your package from being left alone.

  • Send your package to a friend, your workplace or a UPS access point for safe keeping until you can bring it home.
  • Require a signature for an item to be delivered. This way you can ensure your package won’t be left alone.
  • Add a
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After 19 of the most under rated cities, you'll find that the TOP OF the heap is a city in our very own 757. 

Wondering which one? We won't spill the beans. Scroll down and check it out....! :)

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"Shh. Don’t tell everyone."

Travelers looking for the next undiscovered, under-the-radar destination, pay attention. According to Travel + Leisure readers, you’ve been seriously missing out on these 20 amazing cities.

In our annual America's Favorite Places survey, we ask T+L readers to dish about their hometowns — the place they grew up or have lived in and know better than anywhere else on Earth. Unlike T+L’s World's Best Awards, which encourages readers to weigh in on travel experiences across the globe, the America's

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