Chandler Realty Blog

Chandler Realty knows Hampton Roads because we live in Hampton Roads. We know where to find the best views, locals’ favorite eateries and the coolest entertainment venues. Because we love what we do, we want to share our insider knowledge with all prospective home buyers!

Chesapeake, Virginia

If you’re searching for a family-friendly neighborhood to grow and mature with your children, then allow us to suggest Chesapeake, Virginia as the perfect location.

‘Suburban’ doesn't quite epitomize the slice of American pie that is the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake, with its wide open fields and grazing livestock. While it's true that Great Bridge offers quick and easy access to all of its Hampton Roads neighbors, including the Outer Banks, this area has managed to maintain…
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When you're considering moving, sometimes the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. In Hampton Roads alone there are so many great cities to choose from! Enjoy vibrant night-life in exciting downtown Norfolk, stroll the cobblestone streets in historic Williamsburg or kick back in the sand in Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

When you're considering a move to Virginia Beach, Virginia, you likely have one goal in mind: proximity to the beach. It’s no secret that oceanfront real estate is among the most in-demand, and your friends at Chandler Realty have all of the inside info to land you a coveted Oceanside home. We know Virginia Beach real estate, and we will work with you to find a home that suits your needs and lifestyle. Our professional real estate agents

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The family had no idea when they moved into their new home that they were not alone. Floorboards creaked above them even when nobody was upstairs, doors slammed when there was no draft and things were not where they had been left. The house was haunted.

If your home is beset with mournful moaning and groaning ghouls, it may be time to move. Unfortunately, such sinister spirits may make your house difficult to sell. That's why we've compiled this list of tips and tricks for selling your haunted home - Happy Halloween!

1. Do some research; look up the history of your house and find out who may have passed away inside of it. If the being is benevolent, maybe you can all learn to co-exist. If not, look into your state's legal requirements; you may be

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When you imagine the first few weeks in your new house, doubtless you have visions of a carefree, peaceful time. The lovely first-meal with mismatched plates because you haven't finished unpacking, the first night sleeping on a mattress on the floor, the first time driving to your new home from work without getting lost...

A new house is a new beginning, or at least, it should be.

Unfortunately, there are often hidden caveats in contracts that can lead to nasty surprises for new homeowners. Unexpected fees, previous owners taking the fridge with them, violent gang wars going on in your new back yard, the list goes on.

Fortunately, there are a few things you as a buyer can do to avoid these unpleasant little surprises.

1. Lucky for you, this is

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We can probably all agree by this point that the internet is pretty neat. And most of us probably use it for everything these days, from shopping to ordering food to getting directions to communication. So it makes sense that when it's time for you to buy or sell a house, you would turn to the new stand-by: the world-wide web.

We at Chandler Realty in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake appreciate that you've either stumbled upon or looked us up during your online real-estate search. We are available online, by phone and on social media for your convenience.


-Check your credit score way ahead of time, to avoid any nasty surprises. If things are where you would like them, great! If not, you have time to work on improving that pesky

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Packing, cleaning, renovating, showing; determined to sell your old house, resolved to obtain the funds necessary to purchase your new house; hoping, praying, wishing for someone to come along and make an offer...throughout all the hectic activities of selling your home, it may never have occurred to you to wonder about just who is buying it.

Not just their character, or tidiness; you won't be roommates or anything. But there is some information that might be beneficial for you to uncover about your potential buyer sooner, rather than later.

Income & Cash Flow:

- Will this buyer be able to afford the mortgage?

- Will he/she/they need to take out loans?

- Do they have good credit?


- If somewhat lacking in cash funds, does this

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Just like a job interview, first impressions matter in real estate. If your house appears worn down, unkempt and out-dated, potential buyers may turn their noses up without ever seeing the inside! But don't fret, dear seller. We at Chandler Realty have some tips and tricks to help your house make the best first impression possible.

1. You probably love your house, and feel very at home inside it. But in order to sell it, you may find it beneficial to "de-personalize" your house. Removing family photographs, distinctive ornaments and hobby or memorabilia-related items may make it easier for those potential buyers to visualize themselves and their own families living there. Pack up and tuck away a third of your possessions, leaving only a neat, organized

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Here at Chandler Realty ,we get asked this question a lot and the answer really depends on you. The Hampton Roads communities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and the peninsula have all benefit from an influx of military members. As such, we’ve seen neighborhoods and shopping centers spring up surrounding and in support of the military men and women assigned to area ships and bases.

Will Your Be Coming Back?

Whether or not you choose to buy a home in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Yorktown, Newport News or Hampton really depends on what brought you here in the first place. Was yours a specialized job? If so, it may not be feasible to expect that your line of work will bring you back here to Hampton Roads. However, many of our military

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You know your home and home base better than anyone, you know all the quirks features from your intimate back yard deck where you've hosted a dozen parties to the seafood shack down the road that makes the best crab cakes. These are likely the reason you bought your home in the first place. By helping buyers feel more at home, you can help them see how your place, could become their place.

Norfolk Homes: Many classic Norfolk homes have gorgeous wood floors and vintage details. To highlight this unique feature, you'll want to move all but a couple of key pieces of furniture out of the room. Pick your room's focal point - a fireplace, large window or perhaps a unique floor plan and position these key furniture pieces to draw attention to it. A lovely rug

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Of all the features your Norfolk, Chesapeake or Virginia Beach home your home has to offer, one of the biggest draws is a lovely, spa-like bathroom. Unfortunately, all the white pillar candles in the world won’t help if it’s just casting a glow on grime.


If your shower door is grimy you may not need to replace it but you do need to get the soap scum off. Products like “krud kutter” and “Goo Gone” will take the grime off (that’s why mechanics swear by it) but the real trick is to keep it sparkling during the sale. One savvy friend sprayed her door with Rain-X, the same product she used on her windshield. The door repelled everything – from water to soap scum.


Tile is a major home selling point – unless your

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