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September 2017

Found 9 blog entries for September 2017.

You can do a lot to help your home feel welcoming and bright to a potential buyer. What’s important to remember when you’re looking to sell during the cold weather months? Keep on reading to get a list of tips, including pro recommendations that’ll put a new perspective on the buyer experience.



Show Buyers What It Looks Like During the Spring and Summer

Showcase what your home has to offer by giving potential buyers the opportunity to see the home during other months of the year. Michelle Caracci Corsi from Howard Hanna Real Estate Services suggests you "include a photo album or digital slideshow of the exterior in the summer, spring, and fall. Highlight garden beds, and patios or decks with

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When we say: "We couldn't have said it better, ourselves!" it's something REALLY GOOD. Read, this is great! ------------------  

When it comes down to it, the most important advice a real estate agent can give sellers is how to price their home. No matter how beautiful or well-maintained a property may be, how many upgrades it has or how well it shows, if a home is not properly priced, it’s going to be a tough sell.

The battle for agents most often lies with aligning what sellers’ think their home is worth with its true market value.

These disparate realities can be difficult to merge when working with a seller to set a list price or on a price adjustment. Here are seven pricing myths that often get in the away.

1. It is

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So many homeowners think that once Fall rolls around, the market is dead... but that's not true. Read on to find out 5 reasons you should definitely sell this season!

5 Reasons to Sell This Fall | MyKCM

Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy a home.

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing inventory is still under the

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Another benefit to our team? We can all have input on recommendation lists such as this!

We put it out to the team, "What kind of tips do you find to be most important, and the things that are so often overlooked?"

And here we go... each agent's answer. Hope this helps!


Pamela Laurens

  • Water for drinking is a must, so fill all available tubs with water.
  • Gather all of your non-perishables in one space to see what you have on hand.
  • Bring your trashcans indoors so they do not end up elsewhere with the high winds.
  • Take as many pictures of valuables as possible and download them to an external hard drive. Put that hard drive in a waterproof sealable plastic bag. Double bag if if is not waterproof; use duct tape if needed.

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Most homes insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) — the government program that provides affordable flood insurance to property owners and coordinates adoption and enforcement of floodplain management regulations — are in Florida and Texas. So you can see why the fact that the NFIP was scheduled to expire at the end of September was a bit of a problem, given recent weather patterns.

Today, President Donald Trump signed into a law a three-month extension of the NFIP that passed the House and the Senate. The new expiration date is December 8, 2017.

Extending the NFIP was a legislative priority this year for the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The program is $25 billion in debt but has been around since 1968 to help reduce

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Hurricane Irma’s powerful winds are expected to cause severe damage to houses and buildings on its trajectory toward Florida and the Carolinas. Here are several precautions that can minimize structural damage to doors, windows and exteriors.

Don’t put tape over your windows

The National Hurricane Center and the Atlantic Oceanographic Meteorological Laboratory agree: Affixing tape over your windows is a waste of time.

“It does not protect your windows,” said Bill Read, the former National Hurricane Center director, in a 2012 statement to the Associated Press. “At best, it's an inconvenience. At worst, some people have the illusion that they're safe … and people can get severely hurt.”

Install shutters

The more useful option, according

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Car Safety and Home Security: The Perfect Duo

Six seconds and a coat hanger is all it takes for a burglar to break into your garage door.

Your garage is a vulnerable point in your home, housing some of your most valuable possessions, including your vehicles. Combining car safety and home security will ensure your car stays safe from burglars.

Below are a few ways you can use car safety and home security to protect your vehicle.

Position Security Cameras Toward your Driveway and Garage

Burglars are less likely to target a home with visible security cameras, according to a UNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology study. This deterrent alone can keep your vehicle safe by flagging your home as a tough target.

Intruders have a greater chance of being recognized if

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What's all the buzz with further development in South Norfolk (northern-most Chesapeake)? 

To the tune of $11M... Read below... this is HUGE!


ForKids, the largest service provider for homeless families in Virginia, wants to build an $11+ million facility on the former library property at 1100 Poindexter St. and adjacent land in South Norfolk.

If the plan is approved by the South Norfolk community, employees of “ForKids Center for Children and Families” will work at the organization’s regional headquarters and services hub, connecting thousands of families and children to ForKids‘ essential resources, which they hope will create “a foundation for our future and the future of our community.”

According to a paper published

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Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.

Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do four key things: (1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses (2) make a family emergency plan and (3)  build an emergency supply kit, and (4) get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies.



Plan to Evacuate

A wide variety of emergencies may cause an evacuation. In

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