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June 2017

Found 8 blog entries for June 2017.

This has been a blog we've been wanting to write ourselves, but it's so hard to figure out the right words sometimes! Thankfully, the staff at KCM wrote it so well, we didn't have to. :)

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In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, knowing your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach.

Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of

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3D printing and home construction? Sounds like some Back To The Future storyline! But could that be the future? Read on and see what the experts say!

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The story throughout much of the U.S. for the past year is that there aren’t enough homes on the market and too few new homes are being built to meet demand.

 

And that story’s not expected to change much in the immediate future, even though some homes are being built. In May, there were just under 1.17 million privately owned housing units authorized by building permits, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But the number of similar permits is down nearly 5 percent from the previous month and close to 1 percent below May 2016.

 

So how does the construction industry turn itself

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Oh thank goodness for a fantastic Emergency Management Department. Their website is chock full of great information on the zones, their utilization and hurricanes past. Here are a few tidbits from their website, located at www.vaemergency.gov 

 WHAT ARE THE ZONES?

Evacuation zones designated A thorough D are in place across coastal Virginia. In the event of a storm or other emergency, residents of one or more zones may be directed to evacuate depending on tides, storm intensity, path, and other factors.

HOW WILL THE ZONES BE USED?

When a storm is approaching, emergency managers will determine which zones are most at risk considering the intensity, path, speed, tides and other meteorological factors. Emergency managers at the state and local

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Around 42% of Americans are estimated to take a vacation this year.

That's quite a few homes that are basically vacant for a period of time--- homes that are full of valuables, both monetary and emotional. 

To create peace of mind, travelers must properly secure their homes before heading out.

Below, Vector provide a checklist for homeowners to keep tabs on their property, and to ensure their possessions are safeguarded while away.

1. Secure Entry Points

  • Intruders most commonly enter homes through first-floor windows and doors. Take proper precautions to confirm all vulnerable entry points are secured before taking off:
  • Install smart locks and window sensors to deter intruders.
  • Sync your mobile device with smart home equipment to
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The Perfect House Team has a few agents who LOVE to garden--- so you can trust that we bounced this blog off eachother to see if these tips were indeed legit for the area. You can rest assured that these tips definitely passed muster with us. See below for some great info you'll be glad to have!

The Northeast is a region known for its four contrasting seasons. From dreamlike springtime conditions, the dog days of summer, radiant fall foliage, and blustery winters, northerners relish all Mother Nature has to offer.

The seasonal changes can be both rewarding and challenging for gardeners. However, there are various flora and advice best suited for each condition. Use the below recommendations to keep your garden in tip-top shape, regardless of the

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Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, some of our agents LOVE gardening--- so they were sure to check this over to make sure these "tips" were useful. Indeed, they passed muster for us! :) Hope you find them helpful, as well!

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The Northeast is a region known for its four contrasting seasons. From dreamlike springtime conditions, the dog days of summer, radiant fall foliage, and blustery winters, northerners relish all Mother Nature has to offer.

The seasonal changes can be both rewarding and challenging for gardeners. However, there are various flora and advice best suited for each condition. Use the below recommendations to keep your garden in tip-top shape, regardless of the season.

Spring
Spring is always welcomed with open arms!

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This is a GREAT list we stumbled on from InHabitat. Many of us have been with buyers on a home viewing and see the AWESOME response from our clients noting the prospective home having such sustainable ways already ingrained in the home (such as the foot pedal and the compost bin out back). Let us know what YOU think after you read below!

 

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TIP 1: Pay attention to your appliances

One of the reasons that it’s so easy to make an impactful difference on the overall energy-efficiency of your kitchen is that some of your home’s largest appliances are located there. Here are a few quick tips to ensure that you’re getting the most out your kitchen appliances and utilizing them in the most energy-efficient manner:

Dishwasher

Despite what

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Is your home smart ? 

Today’s homes are becoming smarter, safer and more energy efficient by the minute. Connected devices have made their way into millions of households and show few signs of slowing down. Vector Security alone deploys more than 4 million connected devices.

With rapid advancements in home automation, users can better manage and monitor smart devices from any location. From wearable technology to housekeeping robots, home automation systems continually adapt to provide safety and convenience for you and your family at every life stage.

This infographic highlights key trends in smart home automation and reveals the potential of the market in the next several years. Could 2017 be the year of the smart home?

As home automation

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