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qualified opportunity zones (qoz) what you need to know

So, you may have heard about something called a "Qualified Opportunity Zone" (QOZ). Have you wondered what these might be about, and, specifically, what they could mean for the Hampton Roads real estate market?

Well, wonder no more. We're here to give you the basics on Qualified Opportunity Zones for Hampton Roads home owners, buyers, and investors.

Let's get started...

Qualified Opportunity Zones - How They Work

First, QOZs were introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 as part of a plan to encourage development in economically under-served areas by creating tax advantages for investors.

As part of this new plan, thousands of census-designated areas across the country have been designated as QOZs based on their lagging

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community spotlight: East Beach, Norfolk, Virginia

When new developments are built, they are often located on farmland or within areas of relative wilderness outside of a town or city. While such areas are fabulous for facilitating the construction of new properties and on relatively inexpensive land, there may be drawbacks.

For example, a new homeowner may revel in the solitude of living further from the epicenter of the town or city, but may soon begin to dread the longer commute, not only for work, but also for activities of daily life, such as heading to the grocery or hardware store, medical appointments, restaurants, or cultural activities.

The community of East Beach, northeast of Norfolk, Virginia, on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, is a picture-perfect case for a new kind of urban

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All you ever wanted to know about home inspections (and a few things you didn't)

It's easy to get caught up in the rush of home-buying, especially if you've found "the one" - your dream home - and you want to secure it ASAP. And, if you're in a seller's market, you might also be anticipating some competition, so the more you can do to smooth the deal, the better, right?

Well...not always. One thing which buyers sometimes choose to forgo in an attempt to speed a deal along is the home inspection. This is a big mistake...

Why should you get a home inspection?

Well, a home is more than what you're likely to see in an open-house tour, where you might be taken in by the dressing, the features, and all the surface stuff. But that's only half the story. A house is a system, a machine, like a car. And just like a car, though it

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Welcome to 2019! It's a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, and a few resolutions.

Yes - the dreaded "R" word. But, this time we have a few you can actually keep. You'll be motivated to keep them because they'll make your life better every day, save you money, or even make you money in the long run.

What on Earth is all this about? Your home of course!

Your home is probably your biggest investment, it's where you keep your stuff, and it's the place or thing that affects your daily experiences as much as anything else. So keep reading, this is important...

Here are 4 New Year's Resolutions for your Hampton Roads home.

Go Green(er)

With quite a few cold weeks still ahead of us, it'll pay to look into your heating and insulation

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Where To Get Great, Last Minute Gifts Near Hampton Roads

Haven’t started your holiday shopping yet?

Never fear. Regardless of your festive preparation, you’re bound to find something for everybody on your list near Hampton Roads. From bookworms to winos, these fantastic shopping options will ensure your friends and family receive thoughtful and personalized gifts this year.

If you’re still searching for the perfect present, here’s just a few great options for last minute gifts near your Hampton Roads home.

Dodson's

Couple shopping together during the holidays

Buying for the one who has everything?

You have to check out Dodson’s. Complete with unpredictable apparel, home decor, and gift items, you’ll find something for your loved one that they didn’t even know they wanted.

Whether it’s a stylish journal, children’s doll, or dinner

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Hampton Roads Holiday Events 2018 Banner

Hampton Roads is known for celebrating the holidays in style. With hundreds of events taking place throughout the region this holiday season, we have found the best events for 2018. So bundle up and make sure you do not miss out on these amazing holiday celebrations!

Holiday Events in Virginia Beach

Celebrate one of the most joyous seasons in Virginia Beach!

Holiday Lights Merry Mile
Until December 30
5-10 pm (Sunday - Thursday) | 5:30-11 pm (Friday - Saturday)
Virginia Beach Boardwalk (8th to 22nd Street)

The tradition continues! One of Hampton Roads' most anticipated events, this beachside holiday lights events features over 50 incredible displays. From festive fish swimming overhead to a 40-foot tall Christmas tree, this event is a

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North End, Virginia Beach

With North End real estate, it’s difficult to distinguish everyday life from vacation.

Picture yourself waking up to a cup of coffee on the porch, backed by a soundtrack of cascading waves. As a North End resident, you can enjoy glorious beachfront from April through October each year, minus the crowds that often occupy the main beach next to the boardwalk.

Backing up onto a locals' beach, North End real estate is exceptionally quiet and spacious. Complete with a range of home styles, unique features, and endless top-rated amenities within mere minutes, it’s hard to imagine a more ideal lifestyle. North End homes for sale resemble a luxurious vacation spot, without the tourists or time change.

Experience North End real estate today, and

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Winterizing Your Hampton Roads Home

We’ve officially entered November and temperatures are slowly dropping. As locals will tell you, Virginia weather is often unpredictable year to year, so it’s crucial to be prepared for all conditions.

As the colder season approaches, it’s time to winterize your Hampton Roads home to ensure your home stays safe and cost-effective until warmer weather returns.

Here are some tips on how to winterize your Hampton Roads home and prepare for a safe, warm winter season.

Stay Safe

Protect your Plumbing

As colder weather moves in your  Hampton Roads home’s pipes can easily become stressed, and even the most seemingly insignificant leak can freeze and instigate long-term damage. If you have older pipes, check these more strictly as they’re more

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Moving To Hampton Roads

Thinking of moving to Hampton Roads?

What a great idea! This beautiful Coastal Virginia metropolitan area just cannot be beat. It is known for its high quality of life, affordable living, and an abundance of cultural, educational, and economic opportunities!

We know that relocating can be both exciting and overwhelming. Whether you are relocating for business, Military on the Move®, or simply moving because you love the area, a little preparation before you go can help reduce feeling or being overwhelmed.

To help you in your Hampton Roads move, we put together this quick relocation guide to make sure you start off with your best foot forward!

Looking for a relocation specialist? We do that! We have helped thousands of families and

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Norfolk VA real estate

Norfolk, Virginia is known for its incredible waterfront real estate. With the Atlantic Ocean on three sides, the Lafayette River, the Elizabeth River, Lake Whitehurst, and more, Norfolk is an ideal place to find a cottage or full-time residence on the water. If you want to spend your time boating or fishing, you'll find many communities of like-minded water-lovers here ready to welcome you. Whether you want to live at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay or far inland along a river, Norfolk has every kind of waterfront home.

And while you may dream of catching crabs or collecting sea glass, buying waterfront property in Norfolk isn't something you should rush into. Between sea level rise and the dangers of water access, waterfront real estate can be a

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