Debra Mills has experience in real estate for over 20 years as an investor, buyer and seller and now as a Virginia licensed Realtor. Debra specializes and takes great pride in assisting the men and women of the armed services with relocation to and from the Hampton Roads area. She also assists her client seeking to downsize in listing their homes properly for the quickest sale with the most profit. She also gains incredible satisfaction working with first time home buyers and helping them achieve the joy of home ownership.
Debra’s believes that continuing education is paramount to proving exemplary services to her clients and has advanced her real estate education earning the Realtor designation. She also completed an intensive Advanced Individual Training Series covering a broad range of topics from marketing listings for quick sale to helping sellers who are in danger of foreclosure. She also holds a B.S. Degree in Education and Counseling, along with an Honors Certification as a Paralegal, from her alma mater, Old Dominion University.
Originally born in New York, Debra served her country as the child of an Air Force veteran and later as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy. She relocated numerous times within the United States and to several oversees locations including the Philippine Islands, Guam, and Hawaii. She understands the circumstances that surround military relocations from personal experience and the unique housing needs of our armed services military members.
Debra enjoys tending her organic vegetable garden, reading, cooking, visiting art museums. Her other hobbies include traveling with her husband, Ric, to historical sites throughout Virginia, feeding the hummingbirds at her kitchen window, and learning the practice of Tai Chi.
So when you are ready to sell or purchase a home in the Hampton Roads area, Debra is ready to assist you. You will understand why her clients say, “Our expectations are Debra’s highest priority”.
According to one study, making no cost/low cost changes can boost your home’s value $18,000. Why not implement some of the following suggestions to make your home more energy efficient?
1. Lower the thermostat on your water heater. If your hot tap water is too hot to touch, lower the temperature a few degrees.
2. Check for air leaking around doors. A lot of the air you pay to heat or cool escapes through unsealed doors. Install or replace worn weather stripping. Replace broken or missing storm doors.
3. Close the air vents in rooms not in use. For example, close the vents and shut the door to an unused guest room.
4. Keep heat producers far from your thermostat in summer. Floor lamps and televisions can significantly raise the temperature in the area near a thermostat, turning on your air conditioner too often.
5. Clean your furnace and air conditioner filters. Replace existing dirty air conditioner or furnace filters. During heavy use periods, replacement is recommended every 30 days.
6. Operate large appliances during low-use periods in summer. Use your washer and dryer and other heat-producers early in the morning or late at night. Use the air-dry method on your dishwasher to save energy.
7. Request an energy audit. Contact your local utility company to request a free energy audit. Most electric and gas companies will check for proper insulation, find cracks in the eaves or roof that could leak energy, and make recommendations for improvements. Some electric companies offer low-cost financing for such improvements.
8. Replace existing insulation. A proper barrier keeps heat and cold from penetrating your home’s exterior and provides for even temperatures between rooms. The EPA recently reported that proper ceiling insulation may reduce electric bills 20%.
9. Replace existing appliances. If money is no object, replace old appliances with Energy Star appliances, specifically created to optimize energy consumption. If your budget limits you to replacing one appliance, buy a new refrigerator; a new model could knock off 25% of your electric bill.
10. Buy new light bulbs. Replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent.
11. Contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding EEM Mortgages. EEMs provide benefits to borrowers purchasing a home that is energy efficient, or can be made efficient with improvements.
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Dawn Lee earned her Real Estate License in 1985. Since then, she has worked with some of the industry’s top agents and coaches to enhance her understanding of the market and all aspects of real estate. Dawn has been investing in the local real estate market since 1988, and has bought and sold over 30 of her own houses. A longtime resident of Virginia Beach, Dawn sells residential and commercial properties in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth,Suffolk and Hampton. Specializing in buyers, sellers, and investors, first time home buyers, military relocation, short-sales and foreclosure, her multi-faceted expertise is of great benefit to her clients. Dawn enjoys taking a direct, hands on approach with her clients and is well supported by her superb office support staff and team at Exit Realty Central. She uses the latest internet technologies to market and find homes expertly to achieve outstanding results.
Dawn believes that education is paramount to success, graduating from Old Dominion University with a Business degree in 2003, as well as completing intensive training covering a variety of topics from marketing listings for quick sale to negotiating contracts and helping sellers in danger of foreclosure. Her constant dedication to service and work ethic has earned her many awards throughout the years. Dawn has had the honor of receiving agent awards from EXIT as well as numerous customer service and management awards in her past career with the Woolworth and Kinney Shoe Corporations.
Dawn is a member in good standing of the HRRA, Hampton Roads Real Estate, VAR, Virginia Association of Realtors and the NAR, National Association of Realtors, and the Multiple Listing Service. Dawn helps the community by donating to the local “FOR KIDS” charity and Habitat for Humanity. To date EXIT Realty has donated $2.25+ Million to the Habitat charity building more than 15 homes. As a military Navy spouse for over 11 years Dawn understands the stresses involved in the buying, selling and relocation process and strives to alleviate these concerns for her clients. Having been born in London England, and raised in Baltimore, she also has lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and has resided in Virginia Beach since 1988.
Dawn feels that the best path to her success is to help others realize their success. Because of her track record of accountability, education, attention to detail, and personal attention, Dawn’s clients become customers for life. She can’t wait to provide you with the same service she has provide to her past clients, making you a customer for life as well. Call, text or email Dawn today.
Here are some of the things Dawn Lee’s clients are saying about her:
“Dawn is an excellent Realtor and very knowledgeable. As first time buyers, we had a ton of questions and concerns about all proceedings, but Dawn made us feel comfortable and fully aware of all details throughout the entire process. Dawn promptly replied to all emails and phone call (and we had a lot) whenever we had questions. Dawn let us know what was going on every step of the way. We highly recommend Dawn for anyone buying, selling or renting a house. Thanks Dawn!”
“We were in an extreme time crunch and Dawn helped us find a home right away. She was always responsive and knowledgeable. It was our first time buying property and she walked us through each step of the process. I recommend her to all my friends.”
“Dawn Lee was very professional and helpful in helping me obtain 7453 Maple Hall Lane, Zuni, Va. in 2013. She had great knowledge and expertise in helping me obtain this property. She has also been helpful by sending me listings each day, that she knew I may be interested in.”
“Dawn has expertise in the many fields of real estate, not limited to selling but also buying, contracting, flipping and investing. I would not trust anyone but Dawn when it comes to any of my real estate needs.”
“Dawn has helped me with managing my property at 4005 Shelley Court, and she shepherded it through becoming Chapter 8 eligible. She managed all aspects of an extensive renovation, dealt with the city and the tenant too. I would strongly recommend Dawn Lee to manage your property, represent you, or help you find a home!”
“Dawn was remarkably intuitive at narrowing down the homes for sale in our area, as well as guessing what other options we would be open to. Great communication, stuck with us the whole way and always in out corner-I highly recommend this agent!”
“I have worked with Dawn Lee on numerous transactions and I have found her to be a very efficient and caring realtor. She always puts the best interests of her clients first. She also makes sure the transaction gets closed.’
“I can tell you first hand that no agent will work harder for you than Dawn Lee! She has the knowledge to help you buy or sell your home regardless of your price point. Dawn is reliable, trustworthy, patient, understanding, and positive! Her professionalism exceeded my expectations. Dawn is highly responsive to all communications and thoroughly answered my questions using her vast experience and knowledge of the Hampton Roads Real Estate Market. THANK YOU DAWN!!’
“Dawn is an excellent person as well as an agent. She has been available to me and patient with me for almost two years. I have not been able to find my dream house but dawn keeps calling me, emailing me, and also texting me. She has more patient than anyone I know smile. Dawn I love you and thanks for all you do. She will meet you anytime and anywhere. She starting to fit in my family as a matter of fact she and I are working on a family matter at this time. Keep up the good work dawn.”
I am originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but through my travels as a 20-year Navy veteran, I grew incredibly fond of the Hampton Roads area and decided to make it my home. It was an easy choice! The people are friendly and the area is so active and culturally diverse. I am convinced that any person with the drive to succeed can achieve the ‘Amercian Dream’ in Hampton Roads, of which includes becoming a home owner.
The best way to sum me up as person is: Outgoing, personable, open and a bit of a comedian when you get to know me. My hobbies are attending and watching sporting events, interior design and home/car maintenance. I have been married to my awesome wife for 15 years.
As a Realtor, what you can expect from me is integrity, constant activity, open communication and a sincere desire to make the process as enjoyable and smooth as possible. No matter whether you are buying or selling, the prospect of transitioning to or from a home is a new checkpoint in life and should be exciting! I hope to enjoy the process with you!
Beautiful home in Western Branch. 4 Bedrooms including 1st floor Master. 2 Full Baths plus new Half Bath. Flexible & Functional open floor plan. Fabulous brand new kitchen with custom cabinets & granite counters. 2 Bedrooms each with 2 closets and Full Bath upstairs. Attached Garage with storage room. In-ground Pool has all new equipment and professionally maintained.
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Charming Hampton House With Generator, Vacuum!
Property Details for 3506 Spottswood PL, Hampton, VA 23661
Come home to this charming 4 bedroom 3 full bath home in Hampton. This home features beautiful heart pine floors, whole house generator, central vacuum. Tons of space in the tiled kitchen with Corian Counter tops. Lovely view of the lush backyard landscaping from the tiled Sun room. Master bedrooms on 1st and 2nd floor. 3 luxurious bathrooms with Corian vanities and tub surrounds. This one of a kind home is a must see!
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Custom Built By Award Winning Builder!
Custom built home by award winning builder! Home is exact replica of model home which won best at Homearama in Riverwalk community! Large open floor plan, custom kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, beautiful high end granite, and wood floors. Sunroom adds extra space and has windows all around. Room above garage has a separate hallway allowing guests to have their own space or easily turn into a mother-in-law suite. There are 2 laundry room upstairs and downstairs. Large wooded lot has 2 extra drains at back of property, so No flood insurance required. Seller is the original owner and home shows pride of ownership. Willing to convey items, including washer/dryer, ladders, and outdoor furniture, and possibly more. Property owners association includes swimming pool, tennis courts, bathhouse, clubhouse, and no fee boat ramp with access to the inter coastal waterway. Come and see what makes this neighborhood special!
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Custom Built 4 Bedroom Home With Screened In Deck!
Custom built 4 bedroom 3 bath home in central great bridge location. Granite countertops and breakfast bar in kitchen 1st floor bedroom with full bath. Master bedroom has trey ceilings and separate sitting area. Master bath with marble flooring and jetted tub. Look over the gorgeous in ground salt water pool from screened in deck. Circular drive in front.
Property Details for 1618 Maple Ave, Portsmouth, VA 23704
Quality new construction with 4 bedroom 3 full bathroom with modern open floor plan. Features to include granite countertops, laminate wood flooring, stainless steel appliances, 42 inch cabinets and custom crown molding throughout. Master bedroom with large closet and led lighting in vaulted ceiling with remote. First floor master bedroom with full bathroom and vaulted ceiling. Large laundry room with storage space, nice deck with lots of yard space. Close to shipyard, Old Towne, N.O.B, Naval hospital, and tunnels.
Bar, Cathedral Ceiling, Walk-In Closet; Flooring: Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate