1. Swap bulbs

If you still haven't switched to CFL's (Compact Fluorescent Light)  for environmental or economic reasons, do it to be cool. Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy through the heat they emit.

2. Keep a cool head

Try out a buck wheat pillow for bedtime. They don't absorb and retain heat like cotton and down pillows.


Place a big bowl of ice water in front of a fan for a cheap alternative to central air.

4. Mind the blinds

Close your window blinds or curtains when you leave to prevent your home from heating up like a greenhouse while you're gone.

5. Grill and chill

Cooking outside on the barbecue keeps you from heating up your home…

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Bedrooms: Downstairs master bedrooms or main-floor living layouts are popular amongst home buyers as it makes everything feel united. 

Design: Details that are your own such as brushed and polished contemporary interior details make the home look unique and gives it character. 

Kitchen: Open plans for a casual lifestyle, this include larger center islands, bigger kitchen and great room layouts. The kitchen brings the home together therefore most people will start here when choosing or renovating their home. 

Family Room:
 Show casing taller ceilings and built in bookshelves is the new must have look as this helps with the open floor plan.

Storage: Larger pantries and well-designed closet shelving and cabinetry are…

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It’s termite season! Whether you are buying a home, selling a property, or are living in your own home… beware! Termite season is here, and these pests are on the hunt for new wooden structures which to feast on both inside and outside of the home. Here are some fast signs to determine if there may be termites invading your home or listing:

Swarms of flying insects: Thousands of termite swarmer’s will emerge suddenly, or a pile of these dead winged insects would be found on the ground throughout the house. A quick tip is to use Windex as a knockdown when you see this occurring. A second tip would be to call a professional immediately as it is better to catch the problem early on. Keep in mind that as the weather changes from cold to warm termite swarms…

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Build your dream home - One of the biggest advantages of owning a home is having the luxury to customize your living space completely. Not to mention that as life changes, families grow and tastes changes, owning a home will give you the flexibility to adapt your space to fit your lifestyle.


Tax deductions- There are several deductions for homeowners that may result in a higher tax return, including property tax deductions, private mortgage insurance deductions, vacation home tax deductions. A tax professional can further inform you on which deductions you may be eligible for.


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  • Fresh and simple - Fresh flowers are a must but creating an arrangement doesn't have to be a chore. Pick up a few bunches at the grocery store or local florist, snip the ends then plop them in a vase. Tulips are a natural choice because they're available year-round and their droopy shape lends itself to fuss-free arrangements.


  • Play with color- A guest room should be fun and colorful with something a little unexpected. This elegant green, black, and white room is all about color, color, and more color. With three or four different shades of green, an elegant chandelier above the bed and a bevy of black and white patterns, this room is enveloped in color. The classic combination of pale blue and…

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  • Earth day- Mount Trashmore Virginia Beach, April 22nd
  • Sonrise Music Festival- 24th Street Stage, Virginia Beach, April 28th
  • Virginia's Oysterific 410th Oyster Roast on The Bay- Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Virginia Beach, April 30th
  • Williamsburg craft beer festival- Williamsburg Public Library, April 30th
  • Cinco In the City- Newport News, City Center at Oyster Point, May 5th
  • Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival- Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, May 6-7th

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With the Spring Season in full effect, it is time to give your home a solid spring cleaning. Read on for 6 starting tips that will help you get your home clean and ready for the months ahead.

1. Gain Enthusiasm

If you don’t love spring cleaning, you’ll love our first piece of advice. The first tip for getting your home ready for the months ahead has nothing to do with cleaning itself: it’s all about your attitude. Spring cleaning is an opportunity to rethink your home layout, purge old items, and make your home more you. It’s more than a list of annual tasks, it’s a great opportunity to restyle and declutter. So, when you roll up your sleeves and get to work, keep your end goals in mind to make…

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Schools can have a big impact on property value and quality of life. If you're buying a home, here are a few reasons local school ratings matter, even if you don't have kids.

  • The next buyer will consider the school ratings, too.

According to the 2014 National Association of REALTORS Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 29 percent of home buyers listed school quality and 22 percent listed proximity to schools as deciding factors in their home purchase. Another survey conducted by Realtor.com showed that 91 percent of the people surveyed included school district boundaries in their decision-making process. You may be surprised to learn that not all of the…

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1.     Pay off any debts to qualify for loan approval - When starting the home buying process your lender will primarily look at this aspect of your finances. Having outstanding debts can interfere with the process as lenders focus on your debt to income ratio. Any chance given to pay them off can better your chances of approval.


2.     Pay off credit cards for higher credit scores -  Paying off your debts can help to raise your credit score and make it easier for you to get new credit, such as a mortgage loan. Consult with a mortgage lender to get a clear understanding of which debts to pay off to better increase your score.


3.     Can be used as a down payment – Depending on…

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  1. Maintain your property - Especially in the wintertime, many people stay indoors and neglect issues such as peeling trim or an overgrown yard. But if the home looks unkempt, thieves may think it’s abandoned and, therefore, an easy target. Shoveling your walkways to clear them of snow and debris and removing holiday decorations and fallen tree branches in a timely manner will signal that the home is occupied.

  2. Know your neighbors - Many people don’t really know their neighbors; it’s more than just saying hi and being friendly. Invite them over to see your home before it goes on the market, and introduce them to the people they may see regularly stopping by during this time…

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