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How often have you turned down a residential street to see a "For Sale" sign planted on a front lawn? How often have you wished you could put a bid on a house, and move into your very own home without having to worry about going through a lease and obeying a landlord's rules? In this age of economic uncertainty, it may seem an impossible dream to buy a home, but there is some good news on the horizon. As real estate prices are predicted to fall through 2010, one may be able to find a good home at a great price.

The question then becomes, how does one buy a home with so little down? You may be concerned if you can keep up payments, but there is assistance you may not realize exists. Did you know you could qualify for a government grant or loan to help

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So, after careful consideration of the time, expense, and energy involved in selling your own home, you have decided to go the For Sale By Owner route. You have taken care of all necessary inspections and legalities, you are ready to plant a sign on your front lawn and place an ad in the paper. Before you take these steps to attract potential buyers, of course, you will need to know the value of your home. This will help you to finalize the proper sale price, one that accurately reflects the condition of the property and surrounding neighborhood, one that will attract buyers to make bids.

To help determine the sale price, a property appraisal agent is needed for assistance. One thing to note when your home is appraised: the resulting suggested sale

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Let's say you are searching for a home in Norfolk and found the right one for your family. The price is right, the neighborhood is great, and you're near good . The owner is interested in your bid and it appears to be all over but for the signing. Think you're done with the job? Not quite.

Closing on a home is probably the most important event in your life as a new homeowner. Before you call the movers and pop the champagne, it necessary to make sure you are getting the best deal for your house, and that means knowing how to negotiate during the closing.

What does this mean? As you complete the purchase of a home, there are closing fees associated that need to be paid. Also, depending on the condition of the home, there may be repairs necessary that

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When you're selling your house, it’s crucial that you make a good first impression. We can't think of many things that make a house look more inviting than lots of colorful spring flowers! If the warmer weather has you thinking about putting your home on the market, here are some of our tips to boost its curb appeal.

Tend Your Garden

The rest of your property should look just as good as the house does. Be vigilant about mowing your lawn, pulling weeds and if you notice any large bare patches in the grass, put down a seed patch mix. If you have hedges, bushes, or flowers beds in your yard, have them trimmed and looking their best.

Freshen It Up

An inexpensive way to add a pop of color to your house’s exterior is to paint the front door, trim,

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April showers bring May flowers, but they may also make pre-existing damages to your home bloom out of nowhere. Hampton Roads has more than its share of historic houses. Here are some tips that will give your old house feel like new.

Find and Fix Roof Leaks

Nearly everyone who has lived in an older home knows the rainy day dread of wondering exactly how much water has found its way into their house while they were at work. If you’ve ruled out interior sources, it’s probably a roof leak. Methods will vary depending on what type of roof you have, but the good news is that many roof leaks can be repaired by the homeowner with roofing cement, caulk, and - of course - determination.

Give It Some Color

Your walls would love a new coat of paint! Take

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Spring is here and it’s the perfect time for fresh starts. Whether buying, selling, or doing some preliminary research while considering a move, spring is a time that inspires a desire to begin anew.

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With that in mind, check out Nancy Chandler Associates® list of tips and tricks for showing your Hampton Roads home during spring. Ready, set, show!

Grass is Greener.

While touring your home, potential buyers are going to be trying to picture themselves living there...which iis always easier to do when the house doesn’t appear to need a lot of work. Your potential buyer may instead be mentally calculating how long it will take them to clean up that mess! Take a few steps to avoid this by:

Rake, bag, and toss dead leaves, trim back unruly

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

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So much can happen in one year that it's dizzying to think about. Imagine facing those twists, turns and tidal waves in a new home - one that's safe, secure, and perfectly suited to you and your family. Every need is met, from yard space to the number of bathrooms, the Sales Agents at Chandler Realty will listen and deliver.

A few factors which commonly result in relocating:

New Job: Did you change jobs recently? Commuting in Hampton Roads, while not always arduous, can take its toll - especially if you need to drive where there are actual tolls. You may want to give yourself a break and find a home closer to your place of employment. A new job may mean a change in your financial situation as well, and your house search can

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Realtor House Hunt Winter

Fresh starts may be associated with spring, but you might be surprised to learn that house hunting during the winter has many advantages. What better way to ring in the New Year than in your brand new dream home? Contact Chandler Realty and get started today!

Why shop for houses in the winter? Let us count the reasons:

1. The Litmus test for stability. The leaves fall from the trees and the flowers die, as winter shows you the truth about the house you’re considering. Before you make an offer, take a peek at the more functional aspects of the house, such as the roof, gutters, plumbing and heating. If you can visit while it’s actively snowing, more the better! Keep your eyes peeled for signs of damage including broken gutters and leaky roofing.

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Chandler Realty Suffolk

Imagine an idyllic city, rich in history, full of promise for the future, and thriving in the present. Now imagine it full of smiling people, mouthwatering restaurants and fun festivals all year long. Now you’re picturing Suffolk!

Although rustic and rural in nature, Suffolk is the largest city in Virginia, by land area. With all that room, the city has grown into a beautiful place to call home.

Birthplace of Planters' Peanuts in 1912 and subsequently their mascot Mr. Peanut, Suffolk was the Peanut Capital of the World for over thirty years! Fewer peanuts are grown in the area now, but Suffolkians still celebrate their nutty heritage each year in October during the Suffolk Peanut Festival.

Suffolk is home to a great many festivals,

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Hampton Roads is a remarkable community, as diverse geographically as it is recreationally. Residents and visitors alike enjoy a wide variety of sporting events, museums, parks, educational opportunities and of course, beaches.

Newport News is no exception, and if you’re searching for a home in the tidewater area, then you may want to consider this forward-thinking city.

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Newport News is proud to be a Sustainable Community, which means that it follows a citywide program of Sustainable Living. Committed to driving change and fostering eco-friendly habits, this could be the perfect place for your family to start thinking of the future.

Beyond the smart ecological philosophy of the city, Newport News is also home to some great recreational and

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