Archive for July, 2011

Featured Property of the Week!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Front-543 Second Ave

543 Second Ave  Suffolk, VA 23434

Easy living with an open floor plan. Large great room, kitchen with dining area, beautiful custom cabinets, tile countertops, & lots of closet space & storage. Private fenced backyard with patio & custom shed. Home is well maintained.

Listed by: Beverly Bredemeyer

Kitchen Great Room Master Bedroom shed

Recipe of the Month

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

spiced-peach-carrot-bread-sl-lSpiced Peach Carrot Bread

Makes: 1 Loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hr. 50 minutes

3/4 cup chopped pecans
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped fresh, ripe peaches
3/4 cup freshly grated carrots
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1. Preheat oven to 350. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool 15 minutes.

2. Stir together flour & next 6 ingredients in a large bowl; and peaches, next 4 ingredients, and toasted pecans, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon batter into a lightly greased 9 X 5 –  inch loaf pan.

3. Bake at 350 for 1 hour & 5 minutes to 1 hour & 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

Southern Living Magazine – July 2011

Four Ways To Set The Mood When Showing Your Home

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

In some ways shopping for a new home can be a little like online dating– when you go from pictures and descriptions to a real-life encounter, first impressions are everything. When you are selling your home you want the prospective buyer to walk in the door and have an instant positive reaction. Here are four tips for setting the mood when showing your home:

When buyers walk into your home, they should feel comfortable, they should feel welcome, and they should feel at home. Although your house, its features and your staging techniques will go a long way to accomplish these goals, it also never hurts to help set the mood. Here’s what you can do:

  1. If the weather is warm, make sure the house is cool and the windows are closed. A quiet, cool home is a welcomed change on a hot day with outside noise. In fact, buyers are more likely to stay longer if they feel comfortable in your home! If weather permits, light the fireplace and create instant ambiance, or if the weather is fair, take the opportunity to open the windows and let the fresh air circulate throughout your home.
  2. Make sure your home is bright and inviting. Therefore, open the blinds and throw open the curtains to let the sun shine in. Turn on lights throughout the home so your home appears brighter, larger and more inviting. Light a few candles (make sure you inform the Realtor you have done this) and, if the showing is during the evening, turn on all outdoor and landscape lighting.
  3. Don’t overwhelm your buyers with strong scents, but do consider lightly scented candles and potpourri to sweetly scent the air. Make sure the trash is emptied and the cat’s litter box is hidden to eliminate any undesirable scents. And, by all means, don’t smoke in the house! Many sellers have also considered baking chocolate chip cookies or similar treats before a showing to fill their homes with a scent that appeals to the masses.
  4. Stay seasonal and get buyers in the mood with seasonally inspired touches. During the summer, set glass bowls with sea shells in the entry and fill a kitchen vase with summer blooms. In the fall, create a centerpiece with acorns and pine cones and bring in sprigs of late-blooming bushes for an added touch of autumn.

3 Tips for the First-Time Home Seller

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Today’s buyer-take-all bonanza is a bon for fence-sitters and buys with great credit and deep pockets. But sellers are steeling themselves to new realities that include paying (rather than making) money at the closing table, providing extras to sweeten the deal, and spending more time and cash making the home camera-ready.

For first-time sellers who have never been through the process, its a different world. One where the value of the house isn’t measured in the profit made on the sale, but by the enjoyment the owners had from living in the home.

Here are three things experienced sellers would tell you, if they could.

Price it Realistically

Your largest number of showings will occur in the first two to three weeks. The multiple listing service systems and the Internet tend to drive the majority of showings. Many buyers are plugged in electronically, so the minute something new pops up that meets their criteria, they want to see it. Take advantage of that sweet spot by pricing the house competitively right out of the gate.

Be Prepared to Lose Some Money

Want to sit with a house that won’t move? Be the first-time seller who insists you can get the appraised value, the tax assessor’s estimate or whatever you paid a few years ago. “it seems like there’s no relationship between your assessed value, taxable value and the actual market value of your house,” says Pat Vredevoogd Combs, past president of the National Association of REALTORS. The truth is that your house is worth what buyers are willing to pay.

Promotion, Promotion, Promotion

One question to ask yourself and pose as you interview agents: How will you reach the home’s target market? You have to consider who your most likely buyers are for what you’re selling and cater to that group of people.

Real Estate Magazine – July 2011

Harry’s Monthly Real Estate Insight

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The good news is that there were more under contract sales in June as compared to a year ago and the number of listings has decreased (-8.8%), but we still have a ten month supply. We want about a four month supply. At least it is going in the right direction. The bad news is that the median home price across Hampton Roads fell from $229,950 to $199,900 over the last twelve months. This is reflective of the sale of foreclosure properties that are going for less than the regular listings and bringing the median price down. The market has some very interesting possibilities for buyers and continues to challenge sellers. It is all about the right price! We know where that is, call us for help. Thanks for your referrals; we always have time to take care of them in a top professional manner!

Featured Property of the Week!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011


5281 Old Myrtle Rd  Suffolk, VA 23434

Quality Thru out in this country home on 4.49 acres. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, large kitchen/dining room combo. Custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace, oversized 28X28 detached garage with 24X28 carport, 16X32 in-ground pool and 10X38 screen porch. Excellent location, close to Suffolk & Windsor.

Listed by: Marion Grigg

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living room pool 2

Featured Property of the Week!

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011


1875 Manning Rd  Suffolk, VA 23434

Have your cake & eat it too with this charming family home on 6 acres in rural Suffolk less than 2 minutes from Rt.58. Bring your horses and enjoy over 3300 square feet of peaceful, country setting just minutes away from shopping.

Listed by: Amanda Janney

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