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Pop quiz time: when you sell a home by yourself, how many people are involved in the process?

You may have answered two: the seller and the buyer. While these two are probably the most important people involved in the sale of any home, by no means are they the only people to consider. Just because you have decided to go the For Sale by Owner route doesn't mean you get to eliminate the middleman. Selling a home involves more people than you realize.

In fact, there could be as many as twenty people involved in the sale of your home, people you may have to hire in order to complete a legal, smooth transaction. That's right. Were you to sell your home through an agency, some aspects might be covered by the agency with their own people. Otherwise, fees

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Her name means, literally, "territory of the southern people," and it is quite fitting since in Southeastern Virginia, Suffolk lies south of Norfolk. Situated approximately twenty miles from Norfolk and nearly an hour and a half from Richmond, Suffolk is attractive to Virginia residents for its distance from the more populous areas of Hampton Roads. In recent years, too, many major industries have come to set up large offices in Suffolk, among them Unilever and Target. However, this does not detract from the rural charm of this growing city, and it is certainly one place anybody visiting southern Virginia should see.

Where other areas of Hampton Roads offer excitement at the shore and historical interest with Colonial-era curiosities, Suffolk's

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Think you have to travel all the way to Washington, DC to enjoy cultural events, art, and music? For the best in symphony, dance, and visual arts on the Eastern seaboard, one can easily absorb inspiration for all senses in Norfolk, Virginia, the cultural capital of the Tidewater region.

Whether you live in the Hampton Roads area or have come on vacation, to enjoy a trip to historic Williamsburg or sunny Virginia Beach, a stop in Norfolk enhances any vacation with her many cultural delights. Intimate venues off the downtown area like the Harrison Opera House and the Chrysler Auditorium are home to the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Ballet, and the Virginia Opera, among other nationally renowned performing arts organizations. Each year, too, theater

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You can drive far and wide along the nation's interstates, but eventually you will have to admit that no other state on the Eastern seaboard offers such diversity in culture and environment than Virginia. From the majestic mountains cut by the Appalachian Trail to the gentle coastline bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia boasts many natural resources and opportunities for prosperity. Anyone considering a move from the sweltering Deep South, the Great White North, or from Way Out West ought to give the commonwealth a try.

Especially, one would do well to consider a move to the Hampton Roads area. This metropolitan region spans ten independent Virginia cities over twenty towns (incorporated and unincorporated) among seven counties, plus parts of the

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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


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