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4625 Duke Drive, Portsmouth, Virginia 23703

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4625 Duke Drive, Portsmouth, Virginia 23703

Property Details For 4625 Duke Drive, Portsmouth, Virginia 23703

Green Acres is the place to be!! This beautiful home is a must see. Pride of ownership shows with this lovely one level ranch. Exterior and interior freshly painted. Spacious, hard wood flooring, lovely deck out back that will be great for entertaining. Appliance equipped kitchen. French doors that open up to a charming sunroom with tile floor that is heated and cooled for comfort. Garage has been converted to a 4th bedroom! You cannot let this one pass you by.

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1700 Leckie Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

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1700 Leckie Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Property Details For 1700 Leckie Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Great location corner lot one block from the water! Charming 3br home with hardwood floors. Close to Naval Hospital and Interstates. Enjoy the downtown energy, restaurants and shops.

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3609 Turnpike Road, Portsmouth, Virginia 23707

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Property Details For 3609 Turnpike Road, Portsmouth, Virginia 23707

Tenant occupied. Duplex upstairs and church downstairs. All long term tenants. Rents New LVP flooring in both upstairs units. Washer and all utilities separately metered. Baseboard heating in each apartment and central heat and AC in church. All appliances convey. Owner-agent.

Kitchen of property located at 3609 Turnpike Road, Portsmouth, Virginia 23707

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13141 Marilyn Drive, Painter, VA 23420

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13141 Marilyn Drive, Painter, VA 23420

Property Details for 13141 Marilyn Drive, Painter, VA 23420

Double wide sold as is, where is. This could be a nice starter home or vacation home to escape the city. It is about 10.8 miles from the local hospital & shopping plaza. Come check it out. It is noted that the kitchen window is broken. There is discoloration under the window that may be from water running from the window. The owner plans to replace the window & eradicate the discoloration. There is a broken window in the front of the house the owner plans to replace. No other repairs to be made.

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704 Rapidan River Court Unit #C, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

Front of condo located at 704 Rapidan River Court Unit #C, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
704 Rapidan River Court Unit #C, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

Property Details For 704 Rapidan River Court Unit #C, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

Great house! Priced to sell! Must come see!

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3 Rules You Should Remember When Shopping For A Mortgage

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If you’re in the market for a new home, you’re probably in the market for a new mortgage. Here are 3 critical shopping tips for anyone looking for a new loan.

  • Know the Terms
    All the terms of a loan matter. Unfortunately, shopping for a mortgage is not as simple as finding out how much a lender will let you borrow and at what interest rate. You’ll want to get a complete breakdown of what any offer your receive means to you on a monthly basis as well as how much money you’ll be spending over the life of the loan.
  • Not all Mortgages are the same
    There are several mortgage types available to residential home buyers. Most people will shop for a traditional fixed rate mortgage, but other options are available including adjustable rate loans (ARMs), Federal Housing Administration loans (FHAs), and Veteran’s Administration loans. You’ll want to be sure to understand what kind of loan a lender is offering you.
  • Fees, Fees, Fees
    Most loans have fees associated with them in additional to the principal amount borrowed to buy the home. You can sometimes borrow the money need to cover these fees, but that will obviously increase the overall amount of debt you undertake. Some fees are paid up front, and others are not due until closing.

If you’d like to chat with personally about how to shop for a mortgage and what other questions you can ask lenders to find the best deal, call us! We’ll get you started on the right path so we can start looking for your new home!

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3012 Ballentine Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23509

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3012 Ballentine Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23509

Property Details For 3012 Ballentine Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23509

Spacious home with large back yard. New HVAC , Kitchen with granite counter tops. Enjoy sitting on your wrap porch or your deck, you choose! Convenient to University, shopping, interstates and more.

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There’s Nothing Better Than A Great First Impression

2 story house with stone exterior. Blue sky with clouds. Bushes.

What’s the first thing a potential homebuyer will notice about your house?The great view from the master bedroom? Your beautiful kitchen? If your house’s front exterior is lacking appropriate “curb appeal” it’s unlikely that buyers will even make it through the front door. Your home’s exterior appearance is the first thing people notice.

So whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or are just looking for an easy way to improve your property value, taking small steps to improve your curb appeal can be a simple, worthwhile investment.

Looking from someone else’s shoes

There are lots of ways to add curb appeal to your home and sometimes the list can be overwhelming. First, you might want to try and take a good long look at your house. Stand at the end of the driveway or even across the street. Ask yourself: What would my neighbors notice about my house? What kind of initial impression would a guest have?

You might even want to take a few pictures of your home’s exterior and send them to a friend or relative. They might be able to see things that you wouldn’t.

The most impactful improvements will be the ones made on the most obvious problem areas. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to add ornamental flowers if your lawn is dead. A new door knocker won’t do much if your home needs new paint. Taking a nice long look at your house will make it clear what project you should tackle first.

Kitchen being remodeled. Step ladder, half painted wall. cluttered countertop. Refrigerator. Kitchen window. Tile flooring. Door.

A little elbow grease

Often, the most impactful and cost effective way to improve your home’s curb appeal is simply taking time to clean and touch up the house’s exterior and front landscape.

Here’s a few clean up ideas to help you get your home looking its best:

  1. Powerwash the exterior siding. Make note of areas with peeling or cracking paint.
  2. Clean out your gutters and remove any debris from the roof. If any of your gutters are rusting or bent, have them replaced.
  3. Wash all of your windows on both the outside and inside. Remove any cobwebs.
  4. Rake and remove any dead vegetation. Make sure your walkways are swept.
  5. Keep your lawn mowed. Edge the sidewalks.
  6. Remove weeds or grass from the cracks in your driveway or sidewalk.
  7. Trim trees and bushes. Make sure no branches of exterior plants are
  8. touching your roof or are too close to power lines
  9. Keep lawn and gardening equipment, bikes or other children’s toys
  10. stowed away and out of sight.
  11. Keep garbage and recycling barrels in the garage or otherwise out
  12. of sight.
  13. Repair any broken fencing or any other areas in clear disrepair.
Front of house. Driveway. Landscaping, bushes. Wooden fencing. Stone exterior. Garage door. Steps. Windows. Small trees.

Small details that can make a big difference

If you’re looking to change your home’s curb appeal but you don’t want
to make a big investment, don’t fret. There are lots of small, low-cost ways to add additional charm and character to your home’s exterior and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

The Doorway

Your home’s doorway is one of the first features a homebuyer will look for. It’s important that this area is kept clean and draws positive attention. If replacing a worn out front door isn’t in your budget, consider painting it and updating or polishing the fixtures. You may also want to update your porch lights and add planters around the door way to update and liven the area.

Lighting

Good lighting is about safety, security and can highlight features at night. , potential homebuyers may drive by your property in the evening. At a minimum, make sure your porch light is both, functioning and is turned on when your home is on the market. Illuminating your walkways or prominent trees are also excellent, low-cost improvements. Today you can find many free standing, solar powered light fixtures that will illuminate your walkway or garden areas. These are a great investment.

New Plants

Adding new plants and flowers to your front yard and porch area can add an appealing and colorful touch to your home. Ready-made planters from your local nursery or home improvement store can also be used to cover up areas where your foundation is exposed. You can also install window boxes with bright colorful flowers to add additional charm to your home’s exterior.

Lady with jacket. Foliage behind her. Sidewalk. Tree trunks. Planters.

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