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Eleven Ways To Make Your Home Energy Efficient And Pay Smaller Bills!

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Energy Efficiency Tips

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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The Most Important Strategy For Selling Your Home…

House with words setting the right price

When it is time to sell your home, you want to price it to yield as much return as possible. Pricing strategy is one of the most important elements in selling your home.
A market analysis of your home will help you determine value. This involves analyzing the current competition–other like properties currently on the market. I’ll look at properties that have already sold, to determine what people have been willing to pay for similar properties. I will also analyze properties that haven’t sold, some of which are overpriced.

The goal is to price the property accurately for the marketplace. You don’t want to leave money on the table, but you don’t want to overprice your home either. If you overprice the property, you risk having your home sit on the market. Then you may have to drop the price below what you could have received if it had been priced correctly to begin with. Upon seeing a home that is fairly priced, most motivated buyers offer full or almost full price.

When you are ready to sell, I’ll be happy to stop by for a quick view of your home. Together we will price it to sell for top dollar, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of inconvenience to you! Please call us at 757-466-1009 and let’s get started!

Meet Karen Downs, Realtor®

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Meet Karen Downs, Realtor®

Karen’s extensive knowledge and experience in residential real estate investing provides her a unique view of the Hampton Roads real estate market and market trends that she is able to share with her clients to help them make the best decisions for their needs and desires.  Karen’s unique ability to locate and negotiate true “deals” on the purchase of property also makes her well suited to find the best purchase values for owner –occupant buyers, as well.

Based in Norfolk, Karen is the expert to help you with all your primary home buying and selling, as well as the repeat buying and selling needs of today’s investors.  Karen, and her team of investor-experienced agents, work in all the Southside cities (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, & Suffolk) as well as on the Peninsula (Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown and Poquoson).

Specializing in finding rehab and cash-flow properties, Karen has the expertise necessary to assist her clients as they realize their real estate goals. Karen truly understands the dynamics of the Hampton Roads, Virginia real estate market and is an expert at educating her clients so they can make the best decisions for their needs.

Karen uses the latest internet technologies to market and find homes at an expert level.  She is so proficient at connecting her buyers with the opportunities they are seeking, the process of home buying seems effortless.

Karen earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Marist College that provided the solid background on which her career is built.  Additionally,  Karen completed  advanced education is 13 areas of real estate investing and believes that education is paramount to success, She  has completed extensive training covering a variety of topics from marketing listings for quick sale to negotiating contracts and helping sellers in danger of foreclosure.

Karen is a member in good standing of the Hampton Roads Realtors Association, the Virginia Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors in addition to the Multiple Listing Service.  Karen is a long-time member of the Ocean View Democratic and Social Club, a social organization located in her neighborhood area.  Most proudly, Karen is a Life Member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars where she served several years as Vice President, and served as President of the Military Order of the Cootie Auxiliary.

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Karen helps the community by her lifetime commitment to the Veteran of Foreign Wars, and her fundraising efforts in support of Friends of Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center as well as the Ryan Academy in Norfolk.  She donates to Habitat for Humanity. To date, Exit Realty has donated over $2 million to the charity and built more than 15 Habitat Homes.

Having lived in many parts of the country such as Jacksonville, Florida, Birmingham, Alabama and Denver, Colorado, she has a strong ability to relate to and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and understands the needs and concerns of clients who are relocating.

Karen is a warm and approachable person who communicates in a straight-forward, easy to understand manner. She always has the best interests of others at heart, be it her extended family, her clients, or any person or animal in need. She can’t wait to make your real estate dreams come true.

Call Karen and get started at 757-742-3374!

Meet Ruben Vera, Realtor®

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Meet Ruben Vera, Realtor®

Ruben Vera

If you want a studly Tom Cruise look-alike agent, while I’d like to think I come close, that’s not me. If you’re looking for a smooth talker who drives up in the latest model Benz, wearing a custom tailored Brioni suit and Testoni leather shoes… that’s not me either.  However, if you desire a real estate professional that genuinely cares about your needs and is known for hisexperience, honesty, and integrity – that’s me!

“Thousands of Realtors… only one Ruben.” 

I’m is committed to making your real estate experience top knotch; whether your are new to buying or quite seasoned.  Today’s challenging market requires your real estate professional to be savvy, strategic, and looking out for your best interest!!

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The truth is, I love what I do!  I thoroughly enjoy helping my clients achieve their real estate goals.  Since first time homebuyers, distressed homeowners, luxury buyers/sellers, investors, and retail sellers all have different needs, I focus on every client with individual care and attention.  Allow me to combine my vast industry experience, professional & academic achievements, Internet savvy, and overall real estate know how, and put them all to work FOR YOU!

I find great fulfillment in serving my clients well.  However, my greatest joy comes from being with my beautiful wife & three amazing kids, great friends & relatives, and knowing a loving God.  Despite life’s unavoidable challenges and difficulties, I consider myself a blessed man.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR)
  • Hampton Roads Realtors Association (HRRA)
  • Young Professionals Network (YPN)

TESTIMONIALS:

  • “We’re so glad we found you!  We will always remember you for one of the best days of our lives!  You made our family’s dream come true.  Thank you!” — Jamie & Kim Moreria (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • “Ruben kept fighting to make this sale happen even after the point most reasonable people would have given up out of sheer frustration.  The mortgage lenders clearly tried to make things difficult, but Ruben always maintained his professionalism, and found solutions when all hope seemed lost.  I would gladly recommend him to anyone needing to sell their home. —Patrick McReynolds (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • “Ruben was excellent in understanding and dealing with our lender issues.” —Stacin & Lorri Martin (Chesapeake, VA)
  • “In a vast sea of available Realtors, there is one real estate professional that has earned my personal trust, respect, and friendhsip… Ruben Vera.  He has my highest endorsement.” — Dr. Lynne Robbins (Williamsburg, VA)
  • “I was amazed when our house sold in one day; and for far more than we had anticipated!!  You’re the best!” — Joseph & Tiffany Schmidt (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • “We have done two transactions with Ruben so far, and have been thoroughly satisfied.  He is efficient, experienced, and repeatedly went the extra mile on our behalf.  He has definitely earned our future business.” — Jerry & Debbi Smith (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • “Ruben, you’re awesome!” — Darin & Lorene Wales (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • “Thanks a bunch, Ruben!  We sure appreciate your help!” — Kevin & Megan Becker(Chesapeake, VA)
  • “Ruben provided us with tons of information that we will be able to use in the future.” —Janice Crosby (Norfolk, VA)
  • “I want to thank Ruben again for doing what other agents could not.  We love our home and thanks to Ruben, the home buying process was nowhere near the nightmare I’d heard it was.  I was pleasant, fun, fast, and wonderful.  Thank you so much.” — Daniel & Jessica Gossett(Chesapeake, VA)
  • “How relieved I was to know that Ruben was handling everything in Norfolk while I resided in Ohio.  I appreciate the high caliber service.” — Dennis Voss (McClure, OH)
  • “Thanks for helping both us and my friends.  I told them you would be the man for the job!  You have such a great heart and commitment to excellence.” — Derrick & Kerri Frank(Bainbridge, PA)

Call Ruben to get started at 757-581-9058!

Meet Andrew Nichols, Realtor®

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Andrew Nichols with Exit Realty Central

Exit Realty Central LogoI am Andrew Nichols, a life-long native of the Hampton Roads area. My father arrived here by way of the military and resided in Norfolk, much like many of us. I have live in four cities on the Southside and have a personal understanding and feel of the whole area. I bring to the table, 20 years of experience as a Realtor, Mortgage Banker, and Real Estate investor. Working on different sides of Real Estate brings great value to your experience and benefit with me on your team.
I have a great understanding of customer service and negotiation with the right attitude and persistence to achieve positive results for my clients, whether buying or selling.
I look forward in taking you “All the way Home”.
Call me direct at 757 439 4912.
Andrew Nichols

Office Phone: 757-466-1009
Cell Phone: 757-439-4912

Call Andrew Nichols at 757-439-4912 and get started!

Moving? Make Sure the Kids are Alright

Kid with blue cap, not sure if he should cry or not. Moving? Make Sure The Kids Are Alright

Moving to a new city or state is filled with many different exciting possibilities – new home, new job, new restaurants to try. But for kids, relocating is fraught with fear – new school, new faces, new neighborhood.

If there’s a relocation in your future, here are a few ways to help your kids adjust and embrace their new home:

Do your research. If you can’t visit your new community together in advance, do some research and find out what attractions may be particularly interesting to your child. Get your child excited about all the new places to explore.

Get to know families with same-age children. Invite them over or arrange for a play date at the park. This will help your child bridge the often difficult gap of making new friends.

Get them involved. The sooner your child gets involved in the local activity of their choosing the better.

Enlist a support group. New teachers, coaches, guidance counselors and clergy can all play a critical role in helping your child adjust, so get them on board right away.

Acknowledge their feelings. Most important of all, allow your child to mourn the loss of their former home, community and friends. Let him or her know these feelings are normal and that you, too, miss your old home sometimes.

10 Kennedy Dr, Portsmouth, VA 23702

Front of house located at 10 Kennedy Dr, Portsmouth, VA 23702 10 Kennedy Dr, Portsmouth, VA 23702

Completely Renovated House In Quiet Neighborhood!

Property Description

Completely Renovated beautiful 4 bedroom 3 bath home in a nice quiet neighborhood. Centrally located to Shopping Centers, Highway and beaches. Lots of space to grow. Call today for your private viewing!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 4
  • Full Baths 3
  • Square Footage 2,018
  • Acreage 0.32
  • Year Built 1962
  • MLS Listing ID #10142063

Location

Building

  • Exterior Features Patio
  • Number of Fireplaces 1
  • Flooring Carpet, Laminate, Wood
  • Foundation Slab
  • Interior Features Pull Down Attic Stairs, Walk-In Attic
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Brick, Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 2018
  • Stories 2.0000
  • Style Colonial
  • Year Built 1962

Land

  • Conforms to Zoning UR

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 9

Structures

  • Has Garage Yes
  • Parking Description Driveway Spc, Garage Att 1 Car
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances 220 V Elec, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Heating Nat Gas
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

  • Water Body Type City/County
  • WaterFront Description Not Waterfront

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SOLD! 7462 Hughart St, Norfolk, VA 23505

Front of house located at 7462 Hughart St, Norfolk, VA 23505
7462 Hughart St, Norfolk, VA 23505

OOPS! This one is SOLD!
West Norfolk 2 Story Home!

DESCRIPTION

Amazing features including 2 master bedrooms, a bedroom with full balcony, modern kitchen with stainless package and granite. All bathrooms boast granite and decorative tile features. Distressed plank laminate adds gorgeous touch to open floor plan. New architectural roof, hot water heater, siding, windows, porches, gaspac heat/air. Entirely new wiring and LED lighting. Put this one at the TOP of your list!

KEY DETAILS

  • Bedrooms:
  • 4
  • Full Baths:
  • 3
  • Half Baths:
  • 1
  • Square Footage:
  • 1,740
  • Acreage:
  • n/a
  • Year Built:
  • 1907
  • Listing ID #:
  • 10143641
  • Street Address:
  • 7462 Hughart St
  • City:
  • Norfolk
  • State:
  • VA

Building

  • Exterior Features:
  • Storage Shed
  • Flooring:
  • Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate
  • Foundation:
  • Crawl
  • Siding:
  • Vinyl
  • Stories:
  • 2.0000
  • Style:
  • Traditional
  • Total Building Square Footage:
  • 1740
  • Type Of Roof:
  • Asphalt Shingle
  • Year Built:
  • 1907

Rooms

  • Total Rooms:
  • 7

Structures

  • Parking Description:
  • 4 Space, Driveway Spc
  • Pool Description:
  • No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances:
  • Dishwasher, Dryer Hookup, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System:
  • Central Air
  • Heating:
  • Nat Gas
  • Sewage Type:
  • City/County

Water

  • Water Body Type:
  • City/County
  • Waterfront Description:
  • Not Waterfront

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SOLD! 133 Waterfront Dr, Chesapeake VA 23322

Front of house located at 133 Waterfront Dr, Chesapeake VA 23322 133 Waterfront Dr, Chesapeake VA 23322

OOPS! We SOLD this one already!
Remodeled Waterfront Ranch!

DESCRIPTION

Beautifully remodeled home across from deep water! High vaulted ceiling in living room and beautifully remodeled kitchen with high-end stainless steel, energy saver appliances from 2015. Quartz counter tops and new ceramic wood look floors throughout the kitchen. All 3 bathrooms newly remodeled with upscale wood look tile and new vanities and fixtures! New roof, Heat and air, and new plumbing in 2015. Large, fenced yard has beautiful stamped concrete with fire pit and large shed with raised concrete slab. French drains installed in back yard. Very sought after school district and close access to the community boat ramp. Seller will pay up to 3 % closing costs with acceptable offer!

KEY DETAILS

  • Bedrooms:
  • 3
  • Full Baths:
  • 3
  • Square Footage:
  • 1,247
  • Acreage:
  • n/a
  • Year Built:
  • 1993
  • Listing ID #:
  • 10141013
  • Street Address:
  • 133 Waterfront Dr
  • City:
  • Chesapeake
  • State:
  • VA

Cedar Road Elementary

Great Bridge Middle

Grassfield High School

Building

  • Flooring:
  • Carpet, Vinyl
  • Foundation:
  • Crawl
  • Interior Features:
  • Cathedral Ceiling, Fireplace Gas-Natural, Scuttle Access, Walk-In Closet
  • Miscellaneous Features:
  • Rehabilitated
  • Number Of Fireplaces:
  • 1
  • Siding:
  • Vinyl
  • Stories:
  • 1.0000
  • Style:
  • Ranch
  • Total Building Square Footage:
  • 1247
  • Type Of Roof:
  • Asphalt Shingle
  • View:
  • Water
  • Year Built:
  • 1993

Land

  • Conforms To Zoning:
  • R10s

Rooms

  • Total Rooms:
  • 5

Structures

  • Has Garage: Yes
  • Parking Description:
  • Driveway Spc, Garage Att 1 Car, Oversized Gar
  • Pool Description:
  • No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances:
  • Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer Hookup, Elec Range, Refrigerator, Washer Hookup
  • Cooling System:
  • Heat Pump
  • Equipment:
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Heating:
  • Heat Pump
  • Sewage Type:
  • City/County

Water

  • Water Body Type:
  • City/County
  • Waterfront:
  • 1
  • Waterfront Description:
  • Deep Water Access

 

 

SOLD! 1333 Great Bridge Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Front of house located at 1333 Great Bridge Blvd Chesapeake, VA 23320 1333 Great Bridge Blvd Chesapeake, VA 23320

Sorry! We already SOLD this house!
Majorly Upgraded Home With Lots Of Land!

Property Description

Lots of land & major upgrades! New roof, windows, HVAC, kitchen with granite & stainless. Updated baths. Split floor plan for bedrooms allowing for privacy. New flooring, paint, & lighting. Put this one on top of your list!!

Key Details

  • Bedrooms 3
  • Full Baths 2
  • Square Footage 1,317
  • Acreage 0.206
  • Year Built 1955
  • MLS Listing ID #10133853

Location

Building

  • Flooring Carpet, Ceramic, Laminate
  • Foundation Crawl
  • Type of roof Asphalt Shingle
  • Siding Vinyl
  • Total Building Square Footage 1317
  • Stories 1.0000
  • Style Ranch

Rooms

  • Total Rooms 6

Structures

  • Parkin gDescription Driveway Spc
  • Pool Description No Pool

Systems

  • Appliances Dishwasher, Microwave, Elec Range, Refrigerator
  • Cooling System Central Air
  • Heating Heat Pump
  • Sewage Type City/County

Water

  • Water Body Type City/County
  • WaterFront Description Not Waterfront

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