Archive for February, 2013

Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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4429 Cherokee Dr    Suffolk, VA 23434

Over 4000 sq. ft. waterfront home featuring a chef’s dream kitchen (3 ovens, 8 gas burners, 2 islands, granite). Master bedroom. has water views, private sun porch, jetted tub, dbl. sinks, huge walk in closet, tile & sep. shower.  Peaceful living & only 25 miles to Norfolk& 22 miles to Newport News.

Listed by: Lee Cross

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Harry’s Monthly Real Estate Insight

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Two Common Sense Secrets for Selling Your Home:

Most secrets for selling your home are just common sense, if you think about it. The two items that affect the sale of a home most are “Price and Presentation”.

Price: Buyers go to internet sites multiple times, looking at homes, before they ever contact anyone. Their search is usually from the lowest price, for what they are looking for, to the highest they can afford. If you are not priced right, you don’t even make their search.  This is called the “Selling Zone”. I estimate that 70% of the market is priced above their “Selling Zone” and simply have little chance to sell.

Presentation: It’s all about good photos & virtual tours. Yes, perspective buyers will want to actually walk through the home, but to get them to that point, pictures are what grabs their attention. Below are some pictures that will grab a buyers attention. Our staff photographer, Suzanne Pruitt, has a real eye for catching just the right angle of a house. She has a great sense of a ‘special” place in the home. I always ask a seller, “What do you like best about your house?”. I always get great answers. Some times the answer is the light coming through the kitchen window, the porch that’s great for taking a nap or reading a book, where the Christmas tree always stands, or that “special’ place the kids read to go to far off places.

Homes are special. Don’t you want one? Call Cross Realty, we understand Price & Presentation!

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Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

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407 Elizabeth St   Suffolk, VA 23434

Remodeled & ready for your family. New windows, HVAC, carpet & vinyl. Large kitchen with lots of counter space & spacious cabinets and utility room. Close to park & walking distance to shopping. New stove & refrigerator with acceptable contract. CCA available.

Listed by: Lee Cross

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Unexpected Ways To Save Money and Energy

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Give your pocketbook and Mother Nature a break this season by taking advantage of these simple, surprising ways to save energy and money.

Put lamps in corners: Did you know you can switch to a lower wattage bulb in a lamp or lower its dimmer switch and not lose a noticeable amount of light? It’s all about placement. When a lamp is placed in a corner, the light reflects off the adjoining walls, which makes the room lighter and brighter.

Switch to a laptop: If you’re reading this article on a laptop, you’re using 1/3 less energy than if you’re reading this on a desktop.

Choose an LCD TV: If you’re among those considering a flat-screen upgrade from your conventional, CRT TV, choose an LCD screen for the biggest energy save.

Give your water heater a blanket: Just like you pile on extra layers in the winter, your hot water heater can use some extra insulation too. A fiberglass insulation blanket is a simple addition that can cut heat loss and save 4 to 9 percent on the average water-heating bill.

Turn off the burner before you’re done cooking: When you turn off an electric burner, it doesn’t cool off immediately. Use that to your advantage by turning it off early and using the residual heat to finish up your dish.

Add motion sensors: You might be diligent about shutting off unnecessary lights, but your kids? Not so much. Adding motion sensors to playrooms and bedrooms cost only $15 to $50 per light, and ensures you don’t pay for energy that you’re not using.

Spin laundry faster: The faster your washing machine can spin excess water out of your laundry, the less you’ll need to use your dryer. Many newer washers spin clothes so effectively, they cut drying time and energy consumption in half—which results in an equal drop in your dryer’s energy bill.

Use an ice tray: Stop using your automatic icemaker. It increases your fridge’s energy consumption by 14 to 20 percent. Ice trays, on the other hand, don’t increase your energy costs one iota.

Use the dishwasher: If you think doing your dishes by hand is greener than powering up the dishwasher, you’re wrong. Dishwashers use about 1/3 as much hot water and relieve that much strain from your energy-taxing water heater. Added bonus: you don’t have to wash any dishes.”

Think Vertical to Declutter Your Home

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

There are many ways to find space where none seems to exist. The key is to look and then look again. Glimpse beyond a door, look above the window, peek below a table and put a cabinet in a place you never thought to put it before. Instead of looking around at eye level, look up and down. Think vertical. The air above you is fertile ground for storage.

Using storage cabinets

Dolores Cobb, a New York decorator and self-proclaimed veteran of tiny apartments says, “A tall storage cabinet (96″ tall x 12″ deep x 18″ wide) can open up your floor and wall space and provide limitless storage solutions. She employs such cabinets with or without doors, depending on the available space. “Open cabinets can make a space look bigger. In tiny apartments, I use them on both ends of a small sofa, paint them to match the walls, install new pulls (on doors), then float a small end table in front of them. Sometimes I’ll place a small painting or mirror on the doors they look fantastic.”

Cobb says she gets the cabinets unassembled, often made of pressed wood and sometimes faux-paints them for drama. “In an hour of easy gluing and assembly, you can create enchantment and a much more appealing and organized life!”

If off-the-rack storage cabinets seem a bit dull, Atlanta designer June Oliveri offers an interesting touch. A collector of architectural salvage and ephemera, she says, “Use old doors to customize pre made cabinets.” Her idea is ingenious and beautiful. “Buy cabinets and stack them high. Choose a cabinet that fits your needs at one of the big box stores, and then rummage for some old doors to hang on the front for an artful and beautiful look. Even new shutter doors painted to look old can work in a pinch.” If you are a woodworker, Oliveri advises making a frame for your vintage doors so you get a perfect fit.

Think creatively

Flea market seller and scavenger, Chris Mead of Pasadena, California, is constantly running out of room for all the things he collects. “Floor-to-ceiling diagonal shelves in a corner painted to match or to contrast with the walls are magic.”

A furniture rescuer, Mead also suggests: Transform an old dresser you love but don’t use in your bedroom anymore into a focal piece right in your living room.” The advantage he says is that “you get to keep a cherished object and give it a new life as storage for magazines, books, extra blankets or whatever you need space for.”

Go with a pro

“Some people want perfection,” notes Jean Knight, a home and closet organizer by trade. Today anything is possible. If you want a large closet and don’t have one, call in a closet and storage team to find the space. I have put storage around beds and sofas. I have built in window seats. I have put bookcases and bookshelves around washing machines to make linen closets and it has all been done with pre-fabricated items available at most big box stores.”

Quick ideas and tips

  • Think vertical: don’t focus on eye-level solutions.
  • Look to corners for hidden space.
  • Make great storage from the space above kitchen cabinets.
  • Connect two cabinets with a shelf.
  • Put a shelf above a window and line it with your favorite books.
  • Use your fireplace in off season as a storage area.
  • Stack books under tables.
  • Buy a cheap campaign trunk, paint it and place it under a table to hide clutter.
  • Use flea-market wicker suitcases stacked to hold needed items.

Featured Property of the Week

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

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Shows great. Open floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a country front & back porch & a large deck. Oversized detached 2 car garage with pull down stairs & floored upstairs. New carpet. Wet bar in great room & bay window in kitchen. Show & sell property.

Listed by: Marion Grigg

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