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

Energy Efficiency Tips

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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.

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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…

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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!

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One of EXIT Realty’s true differentiators is our unparalleled support at all levels: Region, Franchise, Associate and Administration.

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Offering abundant tools and resources is important but teaching agents how to use them to get, keep and grow their business is what really matters – EXIT Realty excels at both. EXIT‘s Resource Center offers training modules available on demand and includes a comprehensive tracking system in “My Reports” where associates can view their own production and that of the people they’ve sponsored.

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EXIT provides many tools and resources to assist with brokerage administration. Training modules are available in the Resource Center 24/7, and webinar training with a support rep is available on EXIT‘s proprietary production software, MEMO. Once administration training is complete, unlimited ongoing support is available. EXIT‘s Resource Center contains many useful and customizable documents including an Administration e-Manual, helpful and mandatory forms, job descriptions, and much more to assist in the effective and efficient running of a brokerage.

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EXIT Realty’s experienced, professional support team is dedicated to helping associates and offices understand the various programs and resources EXIT has available. A support representative can be reached Monday to Friday, 10 hours a day, by phone, email or via live, online chat.

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Meet Holly Elliot, REALTOR®

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Meet Holly Elliot, REALTOR®

I have been serving my Community in the Real Estate Industry since 2006. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, I am knowledgeable in all the Hampton Roads cities. In 2009 I was the direct assistant to my Broker, Kimberly Plourde, assisting her with listing foreclosure properties for Bank of America, Fannie Mae, Chase, Wells Fargo & more.

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I was in this role until July 2013 when I went on my own and began to work with Investors to buy & flip and buy & hold. These experiences have provided me with the tools & knowledge to continue my career in assisting 1st time home Buyers, move up Buyers, Investors, & Sellers with their real estate needs. I am passionate about real estate & can’t wait to get started helping you!

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Meet Sara Vaughn, Realtor®!

Sara Vaughn is a full time REALTOR who has been making her clients dreams a reality for over 12 years.  Sara Vaughn’s extensive knowledge and experience in helping Buyers, Sellers and Investors provide her with a unique view of the real estate market and trends that she is able to share with her clients to help them make the best decision for their needs and desires. A long time resident of Norfolk, Virginia, Sara Vaughn sells residential properties in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Ha

mpton and Newport News (Hampton Roads area). Sara Vaughn also has a great understanding of the unique Real Estate needs of the Military.  She previously Served the Military as a Civil Service Employee for over 15 years.  Her husband served 16 years in the Navy and currently works as a Government Contractor. Sara cares about her community by being an active member of the Roosevelt area Civic League.  Sara Vaughn is a warm and caring person who always has the best interest of others at heart, be it her family, her clients, or any person in need. As an agent who’s an expert in this local area, Sara Vaughn brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate in the Hampton Roads. It’s not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information. I am eager to serve you. Here are some of the things I can do for you: Find Your Next Home You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter – not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home Exit Realty Central LogoSell a Home When it’s time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close. Consult on Home Selling Tactics Often times buyers don’t visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience – which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that’s sold fast. Sara Vaughn is here to help you throughout this wonderful Journey!

4011 South Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23707

Property Details For 4011 South Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23707

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4011 South Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23707

Adorable Dollhouse! 3 Bed 2 Full Bath with Detached Garage and fenced Back Yard. Living Room with Hardwood Floors. Separate Dining Room or Bonus Room. Primary bedroom has 2 Closets and Full Primary Bath. Quiet street with no through traffic. Convenient to Military bases and interstates, shopping & dining.

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1700 Leckie Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

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1700 Leckie Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

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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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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.

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13141 Marilyn Drive, Painter, VA 23420

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13141 Marilyn Drive, Painter, VA 23420

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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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Home Staging

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“Home Staging” is more than just preparing to sell your home by making it look the best it can. It’s really the art of first impressions. As a home seller, you may want to consider hiring a professional home stager to assist you. They work with the “flow” of a home, eliminate clutter, arrange furniture, and even assist in enhancing curb appeal. Or, if you’re more the do-it-yourself type, below are some tips on what you can do to improve your home’s “first impression.”

Start at the curb

Curb appeal is the first step to selling your home. No one wants to buy a previous owner’s dirty house. Power-wash the siding and wash windows until they shine. Trees, shrubs, and flowers should be neat and tidy, the garden weeded and the lawn mowed and edged. Once you’ve removed everything that isn’t necessary, add touches such as large, lush flower pots or hanging planters to welcome visitors.

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Move inside

Once you’ve created a promising exterior, you need to focus on the interior. The key to staging is to make it meaningful, set the tone and suggest countless possibilities. That means you need to remove everything that could distract the buyer’s attention. Keep only what you must to remain functional. If you don’t use something every day, pack it for the move. This is also very important. You want to remove anything personal such as family pictures and mementos.

Like the exterior, the inside needs to be neat and clean. Once the house is clean, stage your home with minimal furnishings. Arrange furniture to enhance the strengths of the room and facilitate traffic flow. If your furniture shows signs of age, consider borrowing pieces. If you need inspiration, visit some model homes to see how decorators have put rooms together. It’s not necessary for individual rooms to be used for their original purpose as long as the functions they represent are logical and show the space off well.

In home staging simplicity and comfort is your ultimate goal!

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