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In taking on the responsibility of selling your own home, you have the added task of appraising not only your property, but the people who wish to bid on it. Whether you are hosting an open house or taking potential buyers on a private tour of your home, you may be excited at the prospect of receiving a bid immediately.

Before you pop open the champagne bottle and celebrate a pending contract, however, it is necessary to take a number of factors into consideration when courting a home buyer. Do your research first, and prevent any headaches when it comes time to draft a contract.

When evaluating potential buyers, here are a few things to consider before you prepare to sell. It is handy, too, to have the assistance of a mortgage loan officer if you

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In making the decision to move to Norfolk, Virginia, you are coming to a city rich in American and military history. Known as an important mid-Atlantic seaport, Norfolk is also home to one of the largest Naval bases in the country and maintains a superior reputation for patronization of arts and culture. Norfolk houses the elegant Chrysler Museum of Art, hosts a popular annual Azalea Festival, and is headquarters to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Diversity in tradition and lifestyles make Norfolk an interesting place to live.

The question will arise, where in Norfolk should you live? Norfolk is not a large city by scale, but does account for a good percentage of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. It is bordered by the Elizabeth River

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You won’t find a more diverse state in the union than Virginia. Whether your interests draw you to Colonial history, the beach, or the mountains, there is a community in Virginia perfect for a lengthy visit or even a permanent stay. If you are considering a move to the southeastern part of Virginia, you may settle in the sprawling region known as Hampton Roads. Bordering the Chesapeake Bay, Hampton Roads is comprised of several towns and cities – each possessing unique qualities that make them attractive to new residents.

Yet, which is the right Hampton Roads community for you? As a new resident, there are many factors to ponder before contacting a Realtor to buy a home. Families will want to know about schools, libraries, and recreational

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Many cities are experiencing a similar phenomenon, the housing market which was so strong several years ago has gone into a major decline and owners are unable to keep up with their home payments. Since the economy isn't doing as well as most Americans expect, many mortgage lenders are increasing rates on adjustable mortgages, leaving tons of home-owners unable to keep up.

When home-owners are unable to pay, they are forced out of their homes and banks foreclose on their former residences. Now, many major housing markets have a plethora of foreclosed homes which are now vacant and waiting to be sold to new buyers. Most of these homes are in good condition, easily claimed at a reduced price in order for the banks to recoup lost money. Some, however,

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Just like that cute little puppy wagging its tiny tail in the window of the pet store you always wanted as a kid, first impressions are extremely important when it comes to selling your house, especially in today’s volatile market. With many people scrambling to sell their homes, if yours doesn’t catch the buyer’s attention in the first few moments he or she sees it, it is likely they are going to move on. To make sure the first impression isn’t the last impression for your potential buyers, consider some simple ideas to spruce up your homes curb appeal.

Since most sellers are aiming to make money in the real estate business, it is important that whatever you do to attract buyers to your abode doesn’t put you too far in the red before you eventually

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Norfolk is a cornucopia of various restaurants, shops, and museums. While most of these things can be enjoyed in the day time, many new residents and visitors want to know about the night life or evening social events to enjoy after the work week is over. Here is some insight into some interesting places that can be enjoyed after dark in Norfolk.

Time Lounge

Located on Granby Street as part of the "Granby Street" nightlife, Time Lounge in Norfolk offers drinks, dancing, and revelry. With famous live DJs playing the hottest new songs, Time Lounge offers a party experience like no other. With frequent celebrity sightings, Time Lounge in Norfolk makes every guest feel as though they are in a sophisticated big city nightclub.

BAR Norfolk

Catered

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With the home market slowing down in the wake of recent mortgage lender failures, the government has been contemplating different ways to jump-start the purchase of new homes, especially trying to attract first-time home owners. One method the government is initiating is a tax credit program for all first-time home buyers that make a home purchase before December 31st, 2009.

Recently approved by Congress, anyone eligible that buys a house in any condition for any price will have up to $8000 less to pay the government in taxes at the end of the year. If you are an eligible home buyer this year that owes around $5000 in taxes, you would claim this credit, save $5000 in taxes, and receive a refund of the $2500 remainder.

The eligibility for this

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With the declining housing market, many potential home sellers are weighing in on the task of selling their homes themselves to cut the costs of hiring a realtor. While this may be beneficial to some, the negatives outweigh the positives. Here are a few reasons why it is not a good idea to forgo realty guidance to sell a home:

One of the first steps with selling a home is finding a market. This task can be difficult without the assistance of a realtor. You may not be able to market your home as well as a realtor can. Realtors are trained professionals, and a realtor's business is making a home sellable. Marketing on your own can be a daunting task for the first time home seller. It is a realtor's job to advertise your home and promote its availability.

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Thinking of selling your home but afraid it won't fetch the price you're asking for? More often than not, minor repairs are all that is needed to increase the value of your home. Here are some cost-effective tips on how to fix up different aspects of your home to boost its value:

Front Yard

One of the first things you want to do when evaluating what needs work on your home is start with the exterior. No one is going to want to visit your home if it has a displeasing exterior appearance. Decrease the clutter around your house, including hoses, lawn equipment, children's toys, etc. Make your house look warm and inviting, not like a zoo. Do some landscaping and make sure your lawn is aesthetically pleasing. Are there any particular attributes about

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Whether you're buying or selling a home, knowing the home value is of highest importance. When selling, finding out what home values are like in the surrounding area helps keep asking prices in order. One of the greatest lures when researching real estate is online home value assessments, which offer immediate home value assessments after you plug in some information. While the convenience of these tools can be perceived as worthwhile, there is more to be said about a comprehensive market analysis (CMA) from a licensed realtor.

Online market analysis tools without licensed realtor input can be dangerous. If you're planning on selling your home on your own and want a way to cut costs you may be tempted to use an online analysis tool to determine your

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