Monthly Archives: March 2013

100 Contractor Tips to Read Before You Remodel

The contractor-homeowner relationship can be complicated, but it’s not hopeless — understanding the process can help you get the most out of your remodeling project. Take a look at the hints and suggestions I’ve picked up and put into 10

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PlayBook: Every Housing Program in Virginia in One Place

Lots of cities, towns, and counties have affordable-housing programs — anything from help paying for fuel to assistance with buying a first home, to everything in between. Who has what? What’s available in your area? What kinds of programs have

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Not Sure If Light Rail Is A Good Move For Hampton Roads? Think Again!

Property values 42% better near public transportation A new joint study between the NAR and APTA reveal that property values are considerably better when near public transportation with high frequency service. Property values better near public transportation According to a

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Home Values See Second Largest Annual Gain Since 2006

Home values continue to rise, but rents are not matching the pace. Housing continues to be challenged, but Zillow asserts the sector is finding its sea legs. Home values see 16th consecutive month of improvement According to the Zillow Real Estate Market

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Hampton Roads Spotlight: Top Military Contractors Not Hurt by Sequestration

There’s been plenty of concern about the effects of sequestration on the defense industry — which is, obviously, of huge concern in Virginia, particularly in the Hampton Roads area. Big cuts in pay for civilian employees has already translated into

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Mortgage Rates Preview : Is This As Good As Mortgage Rates Get?

In a break for mortgage rate shoppers nationwide, last week’s mortgage markets improved overall. The unexpected gift may be among the Refinance Boom’s last big breaths. Click here for a personalized mortgage rate quote. FHA, Conforming Rates Improve Despite stronger-than-expected

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Hampton Roads Lands on List of Top 25 Most Energy Efficient Metro Areas Nationwide

When the federal government publishes its list of Energy Star cities each year, municipalities in Hampton Roads are typically nowhere to be found. But not this year. For the first time, the region cracked Top 25 in the list of

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