Chris & Carrie Carlson's Blog Posts

Home Sales Up in February

REIN / Virginia Beach, Virginia – March 2019)Even as the active inventory of homes for sale continues to decline in the Hampton Roads region, pending and settled sales persist with

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Win a FREE Home Marketing Virtual Tour

Click here to enter to WIN a FREE Home Marketing Virtual tour that includes a full 360 professional photo shoot and hosting for a year! (See sample tour link)

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RPR Property Reports have arrived!

Our FREE RPR Property reports are full reports that you can really use to find values on any home or investment property in Hampton Roads.  Whether it's an investment property in Virginia,

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7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

REALTORS® aren’t just agents. We're professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.This is the REALTOR® difference for

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7 Reasons to Own A Home in Hampton Roads

1. Tax benefits.The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved in buying a home.2. Appreciation.Historically, real

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Questions to Ask When Considering Selling Your Home

These questions will help you decide whether you’re ready for a home that’s larger or in a more desirable location. If you answer yes to most of the questions, you may be ready to move

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Norfolk Selected as a Finalist for FY2018 Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grant

NORFOLK, VA – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) and the City of Norfolk have been selected as a

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Down Payment Money Is Available

Learn About 9 Different Home Buyer Loans & Programs Available to you NOW for!

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What is a Senior Real Estate Specialist®? | SRES®

We carry the Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) designation and are specially qualified to address the real estate needs of those age 50+. SRES® designees recognize that a home

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Get Your Real Estate License in 10 Days!

Imagine working for yourself in a flexible career where you can set your own schedule with annual earning potential of $100,000 or more.That's why Hampton Roads Realty Pros has partnered with Kaplan

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Norfolk's Revitalized Waterfront District

_____________________________________________________Norfolk Virginia's premier dining and entertainment district is a central place where everyone can chillax, dine and spend time with the whole

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Strong Pending Sales Result in Lower Inventory Despite an Increase in New Listings in Hampton Roads

Check out updated Market Reports for all seven of the region’s seven major cities (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton and Newport News) underwent decreased

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Instantly Find Your Home's Value

Our NEW Market Report is here!  A fast, free and accurate way to get an instant estimate of all homes in Hampton Roads area including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton,

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Real Estate Market Value and School Zones

Complex formulas are used to determine real estate market value but does the proximity of schools, bus stations and other conveniences affect the calculation? You need to be aware of the factors

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Virginia State Bar Senior Citizen Handbook

As your certified SRES resource in Virginia Beach,  Hampton Roads Realty Pros presents the Senior Citizen's Handbook brought to you by the Senior Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

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Virginia Beach Senior Resource Guide

Considering relocating and buying a home in sunny Virginia Beach Virginia?  Here's the city's latest and greatest Senior Resource Guide packed full of great information. It is the intention of

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Virginia Beach Neighborhood "Quick" Links

Searching for a home in a specific neighborhood? Below are links that you can search all ACTIVE, REDUCED, FORECLOSURES, SHORT SALES and DISTRESSED homes for sale in Virginia Beach by neighborhood.

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Norfolk Council Vote Unanimously to Support Legalized Gambling

Courtesy of WAVY News; On Tuesday night the City of Norfolk council voted unanimously to send a message to state lawmakers, asking them to pass legislation that would make it legal for a federally

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Some Quick Links That Could Help You Find A Great Deal in Hampton Roads, VA

Down below are some "Quick Links" that show you specific lists of properties in Hampton Roads areas (Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton and Williamsburg, VA) if you

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Removing You From Your Home And Selling It Fast

If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, you might be wondering how you can get it sold fast.Having been through the home sale process six times myself, I can attest that the

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Norfolk's 2019 Season of Events

Click here to check out the 2019 season of events schedules for Norfolk Virginia - Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, Harborfest, Bayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food Festival and much more.

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STOP - Why You Need a Home Buyer's Agent

Not all agents are created equal.  DID YOU KNOW - The laws in Virginia changed in 2012?  Any real estate agent representing a home seller in Virginia has a fidicuary DUTY to help the

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Virginia Beach Market Activity Report

Virginia Beach Housing Market Activity Report - Estimated home values and important changes in our local market over the last 12 months. Click here to find your home's value instantly, it's free

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Norfolk Local Housing Market - December 2018 Update

Searching for a new home in 2019 in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Williamsburg and surrounding areas?  Below are the latest statistics for Norfolk, Virginia. This

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Monthly Market Housing Indicators - December 2018

Monthly Market Housing Indicators for the Hampton Roads areas Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton and surrounding areas. Check out the latest statistics - property

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Portsmouth VA to get a Casino?

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - A possible casino could be on the horizon for the City of Portsmouth.10 On Your Side at WAVY has confirmed the waterfront property includes the former Holiday Inn Site. It

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Virginia Beach Housing Update

Home prices were consistently up again in most markets in 2018 but at reduced levels compared to recent years. High demand for few homes for sale fueled price increases, but evidence is mounting

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2 Considerations For First Time Home Buyers

Owning a home is a major step in independence and for any person setting off on this road it is very easy to find yourself out to sea very quickly. They never teach you things like what you need to

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Virginia Beach Market Statistics

Buying a home is a major investment, and not a decision that you’d want to make without doing your homework. I take a different approach to real estate, one that is built on personal touches,

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Walmart Rolls Out Home Delivery In Virginia Beach

Courtesy of ABC 13 News Now - One of Walmart's enduring business strategies has always been to provide customers with what they genuinely needed in a cost-effective environment aggressively built on

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Trick or "Jail-time"?

City codes for Treat-or-Treating in Hampton Roads have changed.  Below are the codes and rules of conduct for Halloween by city;ChesapeakeTrick-or-Treat hours will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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Wegmans To Open in Virginia Beach! | Will Bring 500 New Jobs

Courtesy of CBS WTKR- Wegmans Food Markets is planning on opening at a coveted Virginia Beach location at the intersection of Virginia Beach and Independence Boulevards by the spring of 2019, and

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Celebrate Independence Day At Stars & Stripes Explosion In Virginia Beach!

Virginia has the somewhat elite distinction of being part of America's original union of states, and come Fourth of July it seems only fitting that the town of Virginia Beach put on a show to rival

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Virginia Beach May Get New Mixed-Use Development In Kempsville Area

In Virginia Beach, as in every other place across America, nothing stands forever, especially gently unused buildings, testaments to a former life and a former time. At the corner of South Witchduck

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Bro's Fish Tacos To Set Up Permanent Shop in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach residents will be getting a new addition to the local food landscape. The very popular Bro's Fish Tacos food truck will soon be parking its wheels in a more permanent spot. The

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Virginia Beach May Get Exciting New Pier!

What could be nicer than a new pier built to extend 1,000 feet over the beautiful waterfront of Virginia Beach? How about one that incorporates a green living space in the form of a floating park,

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Delicious Seafood at Bonefish Grill | Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is home to many a seafood restaurant but one chain, in particular, stands out for consistently innovative and fresh food and a killer martini menu: The Bonefish Grill located at 3333

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A New Film Campus For Virginia Beach?

Virginia Beach residents may soon find themselves living in a version of Hollywood. The News And Advance reported that the local boy who made it big, Pharell Williams, wants his town to step up to

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Debate on Proposed Road Changes To Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach council members have taken up a new view concerning whether to ask for state funds to finance a roadway project that would build a cul de sac at the end of Atlantic Avenue near the

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Are You Using The Right Light Bulbs

Different types of light bulbs work best in different situations, so it can pay to double-check all your home’s light bulbs. Bulbs vary in type, wattage, the amount of light they produce, the

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Is This Your Situation Looking For A Way To Test A Property Condition

Although putting a professional inspection contingency in the contract will help protect you from surprises, doing your own inspection before making an offer could save you considerable time and

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Property Estimates Plus A Lot Of Extras With Online Program

Welcome to our interactive feature: an automated valuation model (AVM) tool. An AVM uses software to issue estimated values for a given property, based on the latest local data. The result is a

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Use These 5 Guidelines To Choose The Direction To Run Your Wood Flooring

Wood flooring can be a great addition to any home. Unlike many other types of flooring, wood can be effective in every room in your house, from bathrooms and bedrooms to living rooms and kitchens.

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FIVE MONEYSAVING GREEN UPGRADES

Going green is great for the environment, but that's not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings. Solar panels: The upfront cost is big,

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PRIORITY TASKS FOR YOUR MOVE IN

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you're probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should

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Home Changes That Affect Insurance

Homes often grow and change alongside the people living in them. If you've added expensive furnishings or made substantial upgrades, it's important to re-evaluate your homeowners insurance and make

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FROM DECORATING TO STAGING

Once you've decided to put your home on the market, you're looking to sell quickly for the best possible price. One tactic that can help sell your home faster is staging. At first, staging may seem

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AVOID THESE TWO BIG MORTGAGE MISTAKES

We all know that searching for and viewing potential homes is the fun part of the home-buying process. The not-so-fun part? The mortgage.But if you don't pay attention to the details, your mortgage

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RECONSIDER THESE CHOICES WHEN YOURE DESIGNING YOUR KITCHEN

The kitchen is one area of the home that sees the most wear and tear. All the water, heat, and food spills add up quickly so it’s important to focus on quality and lasting appeal when you’re

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WHAT AFFECTS PROPERTY VALUES

Some the features that increase property values are obvious-like a remodeled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighborhood. But here are a few features and circumstances you have not

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HIDDEN HOMEOWNER COSTS

Budgeting for buying a home can be difficult enough when you're just weighing mortgage options and a purchase price. But there are many other factors that go into the cost of home ownership. Some of

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BATHROOM TRENDS FOR 2017

Staying on top of the latest trends in home decor isn’t for everyone, but even for traditionalists, it can be fun to incorporate some new ideas. Here are five bathroom decor trends that are

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Thinking About Selling Your Home In Hampton Roads

If you've been quietly considering selling your home, then you need to read this.  That’s because summer 2017 is shaping up to be one of the most favorable seasons in recent years to

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Negotiations And Real Estate

When it comes to a real estate transaction, whether you're a buyer or a seller, everything is negotiable. For many couples and individuals, a house or property will likely be the largest asset they

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Top Ways To Increase The Worth Of Your Home

The worth of a house significantly increases when it’s designed on the basis of energy efficient methods. It not only increases the value of the house but also makes the home more welcoming for

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First Time Home Buyer Tips

If you have never bought a home before, you may be confused and wondering what kinds of things to watch out for or to look for during the process. If you are new to the home buying process, don't

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Benefits Of Using A Real Estate Buyers Agent

If you are looking into buying a home, you are probably a bit confused as to how the whole process will happen in order to get you the home of your dreams. If you have never bought a home before,

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Offering To Purchase Real Estate The Basics

The very first part of buying real estate in Virginia Beach, Norfolk is to put an offer on the house, but how exactly does this work?  In order to answer this question, let's look

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Get A House Ready For A Springtime Sale With Outdoor Staging

Home staging is one of the essentials for presenting the property to a potential buyer in the best possible light. A number of real estate agents, however, ignore the importance of outdoor staging

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3 Tips For Energy Saving Appliances In Your Home

As a homeowner, you will no doubt realize that energy bills are going to be the bane of your existence. Human beings have managed to perfect the art of living in harsh climates, but in order to do,

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Four HOT 2017 Interior Design Trends

What does it take to sell a home faster? Interior design changes can add to the value of the property and they could also give potential buyers exactly what they’re looking for. The trends in the

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