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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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Turning to the internet for your online real estate search? These tips will help you to find a reliable real estate agency with just a few clicks.

Buying a new home has never been easier thanks to the implementation of internet real estate advertisements. Nearly 71% of Americans use the internet in their search for new homes. With the information at your fingertips (literally), here are a few ways to get the most out of your internet real estate search beyond searching local listings from an online newspaper.

First, research local real estate agencies and see if they have a website. Most real estate agencies do. Real estate agencies commonly post available listings and contact numbers for local agents for those interested. Most sites include

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