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Another great one from our people at Keeping Current Matters:

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The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting, with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage, in 98 of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

In the six years that Trulia has conducted this study, this is the first time that it was cheaper to rent than buy in any of the metropolitan areas.

It’s no surprise, however, that those two metros are San Jose and San Francisco, CA, where median home prices have jumped to over $1 million dollars this year. Home values in San Jose have risen 29% in the last year, while rents have remained relatively unchanged.

For the 98 metros where homeownership

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We hear these names as they come up as tropical storms.... but where do the actual names come from? Find out more below!

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Tropical storms have been named for 2017, so here is the list of hurricane names for the Atlantic Basin (Miami hurricanes) and Eastern North-Pacific (California hurricanes). Is your name listed?

HOW ARE HURRICANES NAMED?

  • Native Americans called these storms Hurakons, after “a great spirit who commanded the east wind.” Spanish explorers adopted the word and then began giving hurricanes the names of patron saints on whose feast days the storms occurred. Later, hurricanes were identified by their longitude and latitude.
  • A weatherman in Australia is credited with being the first person to name a
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Does retirement seem so far away? Or maybe not far enough? Do you wonder whether your forever home could really BE your FOREVER HOME? Here's a few thoughts to ponder on:

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As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether or not to sell their homes and move will become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability to adapt to your needs in retirement.

According to the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents (NAEBA), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.1

1. Affordability

“It may be easy enough to afford your home today but think

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Important notice for our Virginia Beach residents and those who are coming into this area...! Hot off the press from the Virginia Beach city website:

Temporary Road Closure to affect Princess Anne Road starting July 23

Monday, July 16, 2018

‚ÄčThe Department of Public Utilities will begin the construction of a sanitary sewer vacuum main along Princess Anne Road starting on Monday, July 23. This work will result in the temporary closure of Princess Anne Road from Fenwick Way to Seaboard Road, with a detour from Holland Road to Nimmo Parkway to Seaboard Road. This detour is expected to be in effect until Sept. 23, 2018.  

Advanced warning signs will be posted advising motorists of the utility work and detour routes. The Dozier's Bridge Canoe

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Who doesn't deal with some dead-zones, here and there? If you don't... you're LUCKY! 

If you do... there's NO PLACE more annoying to have spotty service than IN YOUR HOME!

Check out these tips from PopSci (Popular Science) on how to deal with those in home dead zones:

Try a messaging app

If Wi-Fi calling doesn’t work for you, and you’re unwilling to buy a new phone, you can still try another solution—though none of them are quite as seamless.

Most messaging options—like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Skype—allow you to make voice calls and send messages to any of your friends within those apps.

There’s a good chance most of your contacts are on Facebook anyway, so that’s a decent option—but it isn’t always as reliable as text

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One of the best kept secrets here in the 757 is the Military Aviation Museum. Be sure to check out their website, www.militaryaviationmuseum.org, to find out more information about their events. They keep a full calendar, so you'll be sure to find something going on there on nearly a weekly basis!

This year's "Summer of Flight" includes the following scheduled events:

Fee: Summer of Flight is included in your general museum admission, free for museum members!

Schedule: Each Summer of Flight event starts at 1pm. Flights, Aircraft and Topics subject to change.

  • May 26th – Dunkirk Evacuation Begins – Featuring Supermarine Spitfire

  • June 2nd – Battle of Midway – Featuring Grumman Wildcat & PBY Catalina (taxi only)*

  • June 9th –

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Part ONE of our new short-video series, "Real Estate Moment of Truth!"

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Fantastic information from the Public Information Officer of the Virginia Beach Fire Department:

(Be sure to share this with your family, friends and co-workers...!)

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The Virginia Beach Fire Department wants you to be safe while grilling.

General safety tips:

Read the instructions and safety warnings before using the grill.

Grilling is an outdoor activity.

Never bring your grill in the house or in the garage.

Both charcoal and gas grills can pose a serious carbon monoxide risk indoors.

Keep your grill a safe distance from your home or deck railings.

Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill.

Never leave the grill unattended.

Make sure to clean the grill surface before you begin cooking.

Have

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Sometimes the awesome reviews we receive from our clients skirt the line of letting out our secret recipe of HOW WE GET STUFF DONE. Should we be concerned? Nah. In all truth, what we do as The Perfect House Team is often imitated, but never actually duplicated? Why? Because we work hard to sell you home, by putting tons of work up front before a sign ever goes in your yard. Some of our competition may think they have what it takes to follow through with this game plan--- and if they did, we wouldn't even be mad! Our goal is to educate our clients AND other agents in the area on the RIGHT WAY to sell a house.

So if you're a seller--- this is what you would WANT your selling agent to do.

If you're an agent--- take notes. We would LOVE for you to take

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