Archive for February, 2011

Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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1909 Kyle Court   Suffolk, VA 23434

Immaculate 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on cul-de-sac. Great room open to huge, gourmet kitchen. 1st floor office and gorgeous dining room. Easy access to Rt.58 and turn-key ready. View Virtual Tour at: http://www.visualtour.com/shownp.asp?sk=13&t=2401863

Listed by: Margaret Richardson

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Harry’s Monthly Real Estate Insight

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

News flash! Cross Realty had a new listing that sold in 14 days! Average selling time is about 120 days; not counting how many times the home was listed with different people or renewed as a new listing. So why did this home sell so quickly? Price, location and price range. It sold under $200,000, was in a highly sought after area and was simply priced right.

The most important fact is PRICED RIGHT. The homes that are selling are priced to be in a range that is very competitive as compared to other homes in their “selling zone”. This is in the bottom 12-18% of the market they are competing with. If you want to sell that is what you have to do.

Last week I heard that a seller was throwing in a Time Share at the beach with the sale of their home. That is creative; we think we will see more of this. A Lowes gift card for carpet or landscaping is another idea. Its time to think outside of the box! Oh, to be a buyer in this market! Lastly, interest rates are predicted to creep up over the next few months. Today the rate is 5.04%. This will probably be in the middle 5% range soon. It’s a great time to buy! We’re Open on Saturdays!


Tips for Recycling & Reducing Waste at Home

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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It’s never too late to start recycling and reducing waste at home. Now is the perfect time to learn how to protect the environment as you care for your home. CertainTeed Corporation, a provider of earth-friendly building solutions offers the following tips to help homeowners cut back on waste in their homes while also helping to protect our planet.

  • Let your fingers do the recycling: Phone books are distributed in most communities two times per year. You don’t want to throw them in the trash, but you don’t want them piling up in your closet. To find   location near you to drop-off phone books (and most other materials) visit http://ww.Earth911.com. Recycled phone books are used in roofing materials, insulation materials. grocery bags and paper towels.
  • Find out what trash your community accepts: Call your local recycling center to determine what types of materials they accept, if they do curbside pick-up, and if they provide recycling bins. This is important for everyday recycling, but can also be useful when undertaking home improvement projects involving materials you don’t regularly use.
  • Hazardous products require special care: Paint cans and aerosol cans are recyclable but are considered hazardous waste and need to be separated from other metals. Leave labels on all cans so recyclers know what was in them and can determine how to properly dispose of them. Try to return lid along with empty paint cans. Visit http://www.Earth911.com to find out the rules for proper recycling of these materials in your area.
  • Don’t throw away your batteries: Recycle worn-out rechargeable batteries like those used in cell phone, computers, or power tools. Go to www.rbrc.org to find a drop-off location near you.
  • Almost anything can be recycled: Many people think they can only recycle cans, bottles or newspapers, but you can actually recycle most anything. This includes carpets, towels, rubber, building materials, cardboard boxes, plastic food containers and more. Before you toss something into the trash, think carefully about whether it could be recycled.
  • Wall materials can contain recycled materials: What’s in your walls can also make an environmental impact. Today’s drywall, or gypsum, that makes up your actual walls can contain recycled materials.  Find out what your contractor is putting in your home.
  • Insulation keeps you warm and the earth green: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates a home owner can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs by sealing and insulating around the home. Installing insulation in your attic is an easy, safe and effective way to make sure your home doesn’t lose heat in the winter, or cool air in the summer. Don’t forget to insulate exposed pipes and faucets in the outer walls, crawl spaces and garage.
  • Make your siding work for you: Look for fiber cement siding that is made from recycled materials. Look for a content of 50 percent recycled materials.
  • From roof to road: If you need to get a new roof, make sure that your contractor is properly disposing of the old shingles. Ask your contractor about programs to make sure your old materials won’t be sitting in a landfill.

Featured Property of the Week

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

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3468 Woodbaugh Dr   Chesapeake, VA 23321

This fabulous 4 bedroom home is conveniently located to Western Branch. Hardwood laminate floors, updated windows, new A/C with programmable thermostat and a large custom built shed. Front yard has vinyl picket fence and backyard has privacy fence & nice landscaping.

Listed by Gisela Greene

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Barbara’s Barbecue Pizza

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Cooking is one of my passions and the easier the recipe the better! My girls and I make this incredible pizza on the grill, and once you have it you won’t go back to a regular pizza.

Barbara’s Barbecue Pizza
1 pizza dough (homemade by hand/ bread machine, or store bought)
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce (thick style works best)
Enough of the following to cover your pizza to your liking:

Grilled chicken
Pineapple
Cooked bacon
Mozzarella cheese
Olive oil

Now this is the best part: Take your fresh pizza dough and flatten on your counter with flour so it does not stick. Spray your grill with “Pam” so dough doesn’t stick, then turn on your grill to heat up. Put the dough on, topping-less, and let it cook on one side. Flip the dough and then start dressing your pizza, don’t worry if it isn’t a perfect circle. All the ingredients are to taste, so add more or less for your own taste buds. Keep an eye on it until the cheese is melted.  Yum……………….


25 Ways to Declutter

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Make this your year to get organized! These expert tips will help you shed all that unwanted stuff- as quickly and painlessly as possible-and find the right spots for everything else.

  1. Every three months or so, reserve one Saturday morning for a family clean-out. Se a timer for 30 minutes and have each person find things in his or her own space to donate or throw away. Box up the donations and drop them off right away, then reward yourselves with lunch out.
  2. Avoid zigzag organizing. Scattering your efforts over multiple rooms prevents you from seeing progress. For visible, dramatic results, work one room at a time, one section at a time, completing each area before you move on to the next.
  3. When you-re trying to decide whether to keep something, ask yourself three questions: Do I love it? Do I use it? Could someone else use it?
  4. A system that’s a natural extension of your habits is easier to stick with than one that forces dramatic change. So set up solutions right where clutter collects, such as a labeled pail for each family member’s shoes and other equipment and store in a bookshelf right by the front door.
  5. Give frequently accessed papers (take-out menus, sports schedules, phone directories) a dedicated spot, rather than in a pile on the counter or stuck to the fridge. Three-hole punch all that paper, and store it in a pretty binder with labeled tabs.
  6. Create a repair center for clothes that need mending, toys that need batteries, things that need gluing. That way, unusable items aren’t in general circulation, and you know where to look when you have time to tackle a project.
  7. Relegating a sentimental item you no longer have use for to a box in the closet, basement, or attic does nothing to honor it. Instead, take a photo of the item and put it in a scrapbook or load it on your digital picture frame. Then donate the item. It’s both spaces-saving an respectful.
  8. Each spring and fall, do CPR on your closet: Categorize, Purge, and Rearrange. Carefully consider each item. If it doesn’t make you feel wonderful or look fabulous, its a no. Put it in the “to donate” box, and put that box in your car right away.
  9. A tighter focus for your to-do list clears mental clutter. Include only your three most important tasks, and don’t let less important busywork distract you. If you complete everything on your list, great. If not, at least you’ll know you spent time on the highest-priority tasks.
  10. I spend a few minutes every night before bed restoring order to my purse. I remove all trash, return floating change to my wallet, and replenish tissues and business cards. It makes me feel ready to start the day.
  11. Tackle your junk drawer first. Remove anything you don’t use at least monthly, then sort what’s left into the compartments of a drawer organizer that completely fills the drawer. You won’t have room to stash things that don’t belong there.
  12. Every time you arrive home, clear the car of anything that doesn’t permanently belong in it. Keep a tote or basket in the car for this purpose, and draft your passengers to help-nobody leaves the car empty-handed! Stay vigilant, and it’ll become second nature.
  13. Make clutter-busting a family game. Write tasks on Ping-Pong balls. Each person chooses a ball, completes the task, then chooses another one. After 30 minutes, whoever has the most balls gets a prize – like a no-chores day or control of the remote.
  14. Get creative with storage containers. Try a ceramic egg tray for paper clips and rubber band; a tackle box for craft supplies; a napkin holder for incoming mail; and a garden tote for kids’ art supplies.
  15. Make two coffee dates with a god friend. On the first one, go through her kitchen cabinets to identify and get rid of clutter (lidless plastic containers, mismatched glasses, petrified spatulas, etc…). On the second date do the same in your kitchen.
  16. If you’re having trouble letting go of clutter, whether it’s too many things in your house or too many commitments eating up your time, think about what it requires you to sacrifice. Less stuff means less to organize and less money spent. Fewer activities means less running around and more family time.
  17. “Go clean your room,” can mean lots of things. Give your kid a list of exactly what you expect, and let them check off the tasks as they are done.
  18. Fit a cardboard banker’s box with 13 pocket folders. At the end of the school year,go through your child’s artwork and school papers together to select only as many favorites as will fit in one folder. Memories from an entire school career will fit neatly on a shelf.
  19. Keep a folder labeled “Tax Documents” where you sort your mail. As statements come in, slip them into the folder. When tax time comes, everything you need is in one spot.
  20. Perform daily triage on incoming papers and mail. Set up a desktop file box or wall-mounted file holder, right, with three folders: To Read, To Do, and To File. Sort the keepers into one of the categories, then recycle the rest. Schedule a weekly time to deal with contents of each folder.
  21. Is your linen closet overflowing? Pare down your stock to three towels and washcloths per person, two sets of sheets per bed, plus a set of each for guests. Voila’ a roomier linen closet.
  22. Procrastination breeds clutter. Institute a do-it now policy for a few highly visible everyday tasks – like loading the dishwasher or folding and putting away a load of laundry before starting another.
  23. Designate a separate, labeled bag for each regularly scheduled activity, lesson, or sport on your family calendar. Pack the bags with the necessary gear, and hang them on hooks in a handy spot.
  24. If toys are overrunning your house, quietly tuck a few of them away in a box. If kids ask for a specific item, retrieve it. After a month, donate what’s left in the box.
  25. Attics, basements, and garages tend to harbor lots of items you haven’t seen or used in a while, which also makes them prime candidates for purging. Clear them first so when you tackle your living areas, you’ll have storage space waiting.

Better Homes and Gardens-January 2011 Issue


Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

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214 Linden Ave   Suffolk, VA 23434

Tons of square footage for the price! Kitchen remodeled in 2007, new roof in 2010 & attic finished in 2005. Hardwood floors, finished attic, detached garage, & a large deck overlooking the beautiful backyard. Lots of Potential!

Listed by: Barbara Bradley Kayes

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Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

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705 E. Riverview Dr  Suffolk, VA 23434

Brick ranch starter home in excellent condition. 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath, large living room with hardwood floors & fireplace, and a screened porch which could be easily enclosed. New kitchen floor & dishwasher, HVAC 8 yrs, roof 5 yrs, & trim 6 yrs old.

Listed by: Marion Grigg

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