Chenea Powell's Blog Posts

Are You Committing Curb Appeal Sins

A clumsy, mismatched and unkempt landscape doesn’t just kill your curb appeal — it can actually reduce the value of your property. If you’re in a hurry to sell, your landscaping might be the

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Should You Remodel Your Home Assessing The Costs

Your kitchen is a little out of date, and it’s time for something new. Perhaps you have a baby on the way and you want to convert your attic into a bedroom. Or, maybe you have heard that updating

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Tips For Buying A Foreclosure In A Sellers Market

Just a few years ago buying a foreclosure was seen as bargain shopping. The market was so inundated with these homes that knockout deals were a dime a dozen. Despite the number of foreclosures

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Should You Buy A Fixer Upper

A surprising number of people want to buy a fixer upper. For some it’s the dream because they love to work on old houses and find the idea of turning a not-so-inviting shell into a warm, welcoming

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Foreclosure Buying A New House

Securing a mortgage is a difficult endeavor for any prospective home-buyer, but if you have a foreclosure on your record, the challenge is even greater. In today’s housing market, lenders are

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Five House Flipping Mistakes To Avoid

One of the hottest trends in today’s real estate market is flipping houses. House flipping is a viable means of making an investment that will reap a return. Since 2008, the housing market has

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Five Things Home Buyers Should Ignore

If you’re in the market for a new house, one of the biggest challenges lies before you: Looking for a new home. Sometimes it’s hard to walk into a house and envision it as your own. Finding a

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Should You Invest In A Home Upgrade

Do you remember that home you bought when your family was young and small? Now that your family has grown and requires more space, what avenue should you take in order to expand? There are two ways

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The Micro Apartment Real Estates Next Big Thing

There’s a hot new trend coming to the real estate world. It’s a huge idea for big cities, and it comes in a small package. It’s called a micro-apartment. What are we talking about? Apartments

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How To Handle A Low Property Appraisal

A low appraisal can happen in any market condition and to even the best of properties. As an agent, you are faced with a big challenge in this of situation. What can you do in order to bring the

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HOUSES ARE IN DEMAND AND INVENTORY IS LOW. ARE YOU CONSIDERING MOVING? DO YOU NEED TO SELL YOUR HOME? CONTACT US FOR INFORMATION ON OUR TOP MARKETING PLAN TO SELL YOUR HOME.  IF YOUR MOVING

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Property Price Trend Report How Does Energy Efficiency Affect Home Values

Certain home improvements make sense before a real estate sale because they contribute to the higher value of the property. Are energy efficiency projects included in this category? Can they be used

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Three Tips To Keep In Mind For Your Bathroom Remodel

Remodeling is not something any homeowner undertakes lightly. But there’s only so long you can maintain the same interior decor without it feeling bland and common. Maybe the design of your

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Understanding Fixedrate Mortgages

As someone who starts looking at the real estate market, one thing that constantly comes up is the term fixed rate mortgage. We know that mortgages are special loans granted to a borrower for the

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How To Minimize The Cost Of Your Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners’ insurance is required by many companies before they even consider a mortgage for a buyer. However, very few places tell you what you need to consider when shopping for homeowners’

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The Buying Process For Acquiring A Home

The buying process can be a daunting task for many first-time homeowners. Depending on who you talk to, the buying process for houses can seem very complicated. It doesn’t have to be as

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Two Considerations For First Time Home Buyers

Owning a home is a major step in independence and for any person setting off on this road, it is very easy to find yourself out to sea very quickly. They never teach you things like what you need to

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Do You Have Confidence

As a Real Estate Agent it is important for me to display confidence in my area of work. Whether it is communicating with my clients, negotiating a deal, or working with contractors. If I do not have

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Residential Sales Thrived in 2016 (Virginia Beach, Virginia – January 2017)While Hampton Roads’ 2016 real estate market was in part characterized by a steadily shrinking number of active

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5 Features To Look For When Choosing A Property Rental Service

If you're thinking of using a property rental service for your Spain holiday rental or apartment for rent, there are some key features you should look for before making a commitment. You'll want the

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Real Estate Flippers

If you have recently purchased some real estate for investment purposes, you are in good company. Recent reports suggest that as many as 25% of these purchases are made by those who plan on using

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Real Estate Investor Tips

Becoming a successful real estate investor Becoming a successful real estate investor requires being able to find good real estate investment deals and put them together. Your job is not to become

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Learn To Stop Being Cheated By Selling Your Property Yourself Here Are The Revealing Insights That

For most people, the prospect of selling their home can be positively daunting. First of all, there are usually plenty of things to do just to get it ready for the market. Besides the traditional

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Blu Skyy Realty Has Houses Listed In Virginia Beach

Would you want to buy a house in Virginia Beach? Here are several you can choose from. If you are not interested in these I can help you locate the house that is best for you. Contact me to view one

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Centrally Located In Virginia Beach

Ready to move in ! Nice backyard, recent improvements, community pool, central location. New appliances, countertops, interior painted, bathrooms updated, kitchen updated ,and flooring. Roof appox

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Foreclosure In Chesapeake

A lots of potential with this 3 bedroom 1 bath home. Conveniently located close to interstates and shopping, this ranch listed $30k under city tax assessment. The house has a huge back yard, dining

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Foreclosure Virginia Beach

Open floor plan townhouse close to interstates,shopping and dining. Cozy home with build-in bookcase and speakers, beautiful laminate floors, granite counter tops, ss appliances, spacious living

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Just Listed In Virginia Beach

Cute one story starter home townhouse with 4 yr old roof in cul-de-sac. Eat in kitchen, wood laminate and tile through out house. Nice deck and cathedral ceiling in great room. Mbr walk in closet,

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Price Reduction In Virginia Beach

Do not miss out on this beautiful conveniently located, 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch in oceana gardens. Move in ready condition with some updated features! Open kitchen and dining area. Large master w/

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Virginia Tax Free Weekend Is Here

Legislation enacted by the 2015 General Assembly combined Virginia’s three sales tax holidays into one three-day holiday beginning the first Friday in August at 12:01 a.m. and ending the following

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Am I Eluding The American Dream By Renting

  One of the wonderful things about being an American is that other people beliefs are not forced on one another. Everyone has the right to determine how and where they want to live as long as

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5 Reasons To Visit The Norfolk Botanical Garden

Hidden away in a thriving city filled with bright lights and enriched culture is a breathtaking landscape filled with the vibrant colors and scented aromas of nature’s beauty. Whether you are

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The Top 5 Historical Sites In Virginia Beach

Virginia is a state of history. In many ways it is the place our nation’s history began. Hundreds of critical battles were fought on Virginian soil during the American Revolution. Today, our

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Visiting The Chrysler Museum Of Art In Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia is a thriving city of elegant charm and modern innovation. Whether you call this great city home, or are looking to do so, there are so many things to do and experience all

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Living It Up In Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach currently has one of the best real estate markets in the state. There’s plenty of opportunity for homebuyers and sellers alike. But the market itself isn’t the only thing going

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A Foodies Guide To Hampton Roads Virginia

Several of the most popular television shows followed by people throughout the nation have one common thread: Food. Since the appearance of chefs like Gordon Ramsay, food has taken on a new role

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Three Amenities In High Demand Among Homebuyers

Which features make a home most desirable to serious homebuyers? The answer depends on whom you ask. Buyers in the market these days are in search of any number of amenities from lots of storage

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Warm Blankets Is Receiving Luv In October

Blu Skyy Realty is on a mission to “Make Good Things Happen for other People.” One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by hosting a “We Vote For Luv Donation Contest” each month. Our

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Fall Festivals To Check Out In Hampton Roads

Have you felt the chill in the air in the mornings and the coolness settling in after dark? The fall season is rapidly approaching! As you start planning Halloween costumes, RSVP-ing for parties,

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5 Helpful FirstTime Homebuyer Programs

Owning your own home is about as American as Captain America and Superman – it is part of the American dream. Did you know it is also one of the newer additions to the American dream? Its

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Activities And Entertainment In Sandbridge Virginia

Planning to visit Virginia Beach? Don’t forget to stop off in Sandbridge while you’re here! A quiet coastal village, Sandbridge is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of touristy venues but

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A Church Without Walls Is Receiving Luv In September

Blu Skyy Realty is on a mission to “Make Good Things Happen for other People.” One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by hosting a “We Vote For Luv Donation Contest” each month. Our

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Buying A Home As A Veteran

VA Loans: Buying a Home as a VeteranAny home purchase comes with hiccups. Even the most prepared buyer can run into an unexpected wrinkle, slowing the closing process, or throwing a proverbial

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10 Staples Every First Time Home Buyer Should Know

Home ownership takes planning and education to achieve. For the first-time home buyer, stepping into the real estate world can be rocky. There are a ton of decisions to be made, from where to buy

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15 Tips For Buying A Beach Property

Beach property is everyone’s dream. No matter how much we love a mountain retreat, there’s something special about owning a home at the beach. The air is different, the climate is instantly

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10 Things Your Home Stager Wants You To Know

A professional home stager is almost a magician. They are skilled at turning the most unmarketable houses into a visually stunning piece of prime real estate. In a single swipe, they somehow

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Applying for a mortgage loan used to be easy. You’d grab an application, complete and submit it, wait for the lender to pull your credit score, and soon find out if you were approved. Today,

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Fannie Mae Helps Educate FirstTime Homebuyers

Fannie Mae Helps Educate First-Time HomebuyersFirst-time home buying is tough. The Internet is flooded with how-to and self-help articles on the topic. Finding credible and authoritative

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Lethal Real Estate Moves To Avoid

Any experienced real estate investor understands a simple truth: Not all investment properties are created equal. In a market where sellers want the maximum return with the lease amount of work,

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Virginia Beach Is One Of The Top East Coast Beaches

The East Coast of the United States, from New England to the southern tip, holds many beautiful and must see beaches. Some are ideal for boaters and fishermen while others are best for relaxation

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Migrate To Chesapeake For Fall Fun

Did you know Chesapeake, Virginia is a nationally recognized bird watcher’s oasis? Chances are, you didn’t. But Chesapeake is one of the best places in the entire nation for bird watchers to

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Is It Smarter To Buy Or Rent

Is It Smarter to Buy or Rent?It’s an age-old question. Every one of us poses it as some point. There are strong advocates on both sides of the issue. Some say homeownership is unrivaled and the

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15 Things To Do Near Great Neck

Great Neck, Virginia is one of the most desirable locations in coastal Virginia. It’s said to be where residents and visitors can live life to the fullest, and they can get the best of the very

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Making The Best Real Estate Moves In 2015

Hampton Roads has seen encouraging growth in its local 2015 real estate market. According to the latest report, home sales have increased by nearly 30 percent in the South Hampton Roads area.

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Denbigh Christian Academy Is Receiving Luv In August

Blu Skyy Realty is on a mission to “Make Good Things Happen for other People.” One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by hosting a “We Vote For Luv Donation Contest” each month. Our

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Saving Money For A Down Payment Despite Foreclosure

Are you facing foreclosure? Perhaps you’ve made some poor choices in the past, and now you’re in a worrisome financial state. If this is the case, you might be able to ward off some of your

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Boosting Your Credit Score On The Go

In an age where we are overrun with technology and frivolous phone apps, hearing somebody say, “There’s an app for that,” can almost sound comical. But every now and then we can find

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Should I Refinance My Home Loan

Homeownership comes with a range of responsibilities. It’s a huge financial commitment in terms of dollars spent. At the same time, it’s a lengthy commitment with mortgage loans ranging from

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3 Safe Ways To Invest In A House

3 Safe Ways to Invest in a HouseInvestment always involves some kind of risk. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid risk completely. You can, however, reduce the risk as much as possible. When

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5 Reasons To Invest In Rental Property At Virginia Beach

The rent versus buy debate has long followed the real estate industry. Some are staunch supporters of the decision to rent, saying it allows a freedom few homeowners ever experience. Others are

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5 Tips For A Killer Home Office

In today’s technology-driven world, more and more people are telecommuting to work. As a result, they need a home space from which to work. While a home office can potentially be any space in

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4th Of July Virginia Beach Style

The 4th of July is coming! It’s a day for fun, festivities, and celebration with your friends and family. So what do you have planned for this year’s 4th of July? Nothing yet? How can this be

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Determining Fair Market Value

When you’re in the market to purchase a new home, how can you be sure you’re buying at the right price? Let’s face it; it’s difficult for any new homeowner to know what they are getting

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June We Vote For Luv Donation Contest Winners Announced

JUNE WE VOTE FOR LUV DONATION CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCEDEACH MONTH BLU SKYY REALTY NOMINATES THREE ORGANIZATIONS TO RECEIVE SOME “LUV”.  OUR TEAM HAS HAND PICKED ORGANIZATIONS THAT

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Marketing Your Outdoor Space At The Beach

The Hampton Roads area is a wonderful, scenic place to live. Living so close to the beach, you can’t possibly go wrong. It’s the kind of atmosphere in which you’ll want to invest as much

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5 Ways To Make Your Home Memorable

You want your home to be everything it can possibly be, right? When you call a place your own, you want to take care of it, make it something special, and comfortable. But it’s easy to become

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3 Ways To Maximize Real Estate Value

Many of us are interested in real estate as an investment. It’s a very profitable venture, and for some, it can even be a main source of income. Whatever your purpose in the industry may be,

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5 Reasons To Include A Real Estate Agent In Your House Flipping Venture

House flipping can be a very profitable venture for those who are resourceful and knowledgeable enough to do it right. Is this a means of profit you might like to investigate? If so, you would be

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5 Tips For Pricing Your Property To Sell

For some, selling a home isn’t a big deal. They may know the value of their property, and perhaps they’d prefer to wait for the right buyer to come along, one willing to pay what the

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Calvary Chapel Christian Academy Is Receiving Luv In June

Blu Skyy Realty is on a mission to “Make Good Things Happen for other People.” One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by hosting a “We Vote For Luv Donation Contest” each month. Our

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Home Appraisals In Hampton Roads

You made the big decision: you’re ready to make the move to the Hampton Roads area. You’ve even found the perfect house. A bank has approved you for the amount needed to make the purchase, and

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Should You Buy A House At A Real Estate Auction

Auctions are an exciting place for prospective buyers. Any time you attend such an event, you have the chance to win something for a great price. Sure, there can be heavy competition from other

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Dont Worry Be Happy And Move To Hampton Roads

Are you looking to turn your life around? Make a change for the better? You’ve been bogged down too long, living a life that isn’t quite right for you. Now’s the time to take charge and

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Music In Motion Dance Company Is Receiving Luv In June

Blu Skyy Realty is on a mission to “Make Good Things Happen for other People.” One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by hosting a “We Vote For Luv Donation Contest” each month. Our

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Should I File For Bankruptcy When Facing Foreclosure

Facing a foreclosure can be scary for any homeowner. It is a situation no one wants, nor should endure. But the reality is, foreclosures do happen, and if you are reading this article, there is a

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The Paperwork Youll Need To Sell Your House

Nobody looks forward to moving. With all the packing, the furniture, the truck rentals, the selling of unwanted items - it can be an overwhelming nightmare to sell your house. And on top of it,

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Local Real Estate Market Exceeds Expectations

The numbers for the real estate market here in Hampton Roads are quite encouraging. We have seen an increase of 29.6 percent in homes sold in the South Hampton Roads area. That’s 1,269 homes

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Autism Society Of Tidewater Is Receiving Luv In June

Blu Skyy Realty is on a mission to “Make Good Things Happen for other People.” One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by hosting a “We Vote For Luv Donation Contest” each month. Our

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Make Homeownership Happen Fast Cap Overspending

Are you tired of spending your time dreaming of the day you have achieved the ultimate goal – to be a homeowner? Many people yearn to take a bold step into homeownership, but are forced to wait

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May We Vote For Luv Donation Contest Winners Announced

EACH MONTH BLU SKYY REALTY NOMINATES THREE ORGANIZATIONS TO RECEIVE SOME “LUV”.  OUR TEAM HAS HAND PICKED ORGANIZATIONS THAT THEY CARE ABOUT.  WITH YOUR HELP AND VOTES, THESE

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Does Craigslist Work For Home Sellers

The question on every home seller’s mind – should I list my home on Craigslist? It is an option. And it can work for some, but with a certain degree of risk. Craigslist is a useful free tool.

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5 Ways Buying A Home In Virginia Beach Improves Health

Are you looking for a better quality of life? Happiness is essential to health. When we’re living in undesirable conditions, bleak surroundings, and stressful circumstances, a toll is taken on

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The Credit Score Sweet Spot For Home Buying In Virginia Beach

Credit; it’s one of the hardest financial assets to build and one of the easiest to screw up. It takes time and dedication to build credit. And sometimes we run into financial pitfalls outside

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10 Things You Need To Know About Hampton Roads

Let’s be honest; you don’t just want your cake, you want to eat it, too. I mean, what’s the point of getting a decadent treat if all you can do is stare at it? It’s like asking you to sit

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Low Mortgage Interest Rates Make Virginia Beach THE Place To Buy Real Estate

Have you ever visited Virginia Beach - be it a vacation, with relatives, on business, or for any other reason - and thought to yourself, This is it. This is the place for me. I’ve got to move

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Teens Without 2 Is Receiving Luv In May

Blu Skyy Realty is on a mission to “Make Good Things Happen for other People.” One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by hosting a “We Vote For Luv Donation Contest” each month. Our

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Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Rent To Own Real Estate

Although rent-to-own properties come with serious risk, many buyers still find them to be their best option. If such cases, there are ways in which a shopper can go about selecting a rent-to-own

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How Rent To Own Homes Work

People with lower credit scores may see rent-to-own homes as an option for moving into a house while in the process of working towards a rating that will garner a mortgage loan approval. It is a

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How To Spot The Best Real Estate Agent

The world of residential real estate can be as treacherous to traverse as the cold, jagged terrain of Mt. Kilimanjaro. It’s rugged, jutting forth with a maze of contracts, paperwork, and

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North Peninsula Guardians Football And Cheerleading Is Receiving Luv In May

Blu Skyy Realty is on a mission to “Make Good Things Happen for other People.” One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by hosting a “We Vote For Luv Donation Contest” each month. Our

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Can I Sell My House On Craigslist

It doesn’t matter what you’re in the market for, if you want to buy or sell something, Craigslist is the place to be. It’s a free listing for sellers, which maximizes profit. It’s a

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For Sale By Owner The Hassles You Can Avoid

You opened your door full of optimism and hope. As you stood within the frame of your entrance, a “For Sale by Owner” sign grasped firmly in hand, you locked down the perfect spot on your

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The 10 Best Kept Secrets To Selling Your Home

It’s time for a change. You’ve been living in your current home long enough. The kids are away at college now, there’s more space than you need, and you’re free to move to your dream

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Adopt A Student Is Receiving Luv In May

Blu Skyy Realty is on a mission to “Make Good Things Happen for other People.” One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by hosting a “We Vote For Luv Donation Contest” each month. Our

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The Right Ways To Use A Home Equity Loan

You’ve decided to go ahead and use your home as equity for a loan. For the right person, the savvy investor, this can be a smart decision, one that might pay off big in the end. But there are

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April We Vote For Luv Donation Contest Winners Announced

Each month Blu Skyy Realty nominates three organizations to receive some “luv”.  Our team has hand picked organizations that they care about.  With your help and votes, these

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What Is A Home Equity Loan

So, you’ve heard about home equity loans, and you’re wondering, “What exactly is a home equity loan? Is it something worth investigating? What are the risks involved?” Well, look no

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Why Buy A House In Virginia Beach

Some of you who are currently looking to relocate might be asking this very question right now. Virginia Beach is a great place to live, with plenty of amenities and conditions that will make

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A Fixed Rate Vs Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Homebuyers across the nation and those in our own Hampton Roads backyard face a decision when purchasing a home. Which type of mortgage loan will you choose to finance your dream of homeownership?

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The Virginia Arts Festival

Virginia Beach is one of the most sought after cities in the world for real estate. Whether potential buyers are seeking a home for themselves, a home to rent out or business property, the city of

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How Much House Can You Afford

You’re in the market for a home loan, and as you shop through lenders and browse the available houses in your local market, you keep coming back to the same question: How much can I afford? It

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How Mortgage Refinancing Affects Your Credit

In the past, we have discussed how to make important homeowner decisions, like renovating versus selling. Today, we’re going to cover another important decision you as a homeowner will one-day

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Buying A House In Poquoson Virginia

If you’re in the market for a house, we encourage you to consider looking in and around Poquoson, Virginia. As an independent city in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, Poquoson boasts a

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The Benefits Of Paying Off Your Mortgage

You’ve done it. You’ve bought a home. You achieved what amounted to credit success to secure a home loan. You traversed the market to find and decide on which home to buy. You survived the

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5 Events To Discover In Williamsburg

Williamsburg is one of the most northern cities in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. It’s a city with a rich, long reaching history. And while it might appear to be a sleepy town, it has a

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5 Ways To Protect Your Credit Score

Buying a house is one of the most demanding financial and physical tasks anyone will ever take on. The home loan is very likely the largest and longest loan the average consumer will ever borrow

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Using Your Tax Refund To Buy A House

For most of us, tax season is the promise of a refund. As much as we hate the paperwork, we knock it out to see how big this year’s refund will be. And chances are we’ve been eyeing the things

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10 Things You Probably Didnt Know About Chesapeake Bay

The southern portion of the Chesapeake Bay is found in Virginia and is part of the Hampton Roads area. Its location makes it a prime spot for real estate and a great area to invest in a home for

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5 Of Virginia Beachs Most Famous Attractions

Virginia Beach is one of the most appealing coastal locations to buy or sell a house in the United States. Its mild climate and economy make it a hot spot for just about anyone. It’s a prime

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Enjoying April In Virginia Beach

Spring is nearly here! It’s news we are all anticipating after weathering an unseasonably long winter. Mother Nature has dished out a flurry of snow and ice riddled weather this season, but we

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Buying A House In Williamsburg Virginia

Williamsburg is an independent city in Virginia and a part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. For those looking to buy a house in Hampton Roads, Williamsburg has a lot to offer, from a-

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March We Vote For Luv Donation Contest Winners Announced

Each month Blu Skyy Realty nominates three organizations to receive some “luv” in the form of a donation.  Our team has hand picked organizations that they care about.  With

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The Impact Of A Mortgage On Your Credit Score

Educational articles about how to fix and boost your credit before securing a home loan abound, but few resources discuss what happens after obtaining the loan. The impact of a mortgage on your

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Why You Need To List Your Home With Blu Skyy Today

We recently covered two important topics. First, we broadcast the need to list your home now  because the Hampton Roads real estate market is priming for a fruitful year. We presented

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How Home Inspections Help Buyers

The average homebuyer knows the purpose of a home inspection. It’s an investigative step designed to capture any major structural issues with a home prior to making a final offer. Home

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A Guide To Real Estate Agent And Broker Fees

Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? You’re entertaining a major financial decision, and it’s important to make sure costs are minimized when buying and maximized when.

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The Time To List Your House Is Now

Are you thinking about selling your home? Have you held back because the market favors buyers, and you don’t want to lose money hoping for a quick sale that never comes? You’re not alone. Many

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Love And Caring Ministries Is Receiving Luv In March

Blu Skyy Realty is on a mission to "Make Good Things Happen for Other People." One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by hosting a "We Vote For Luv Donation Contest" each month. Our employees

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What Is A Sellers Market

In our recent blog, The Ins and Outs of a Buyer’s Market for Homebuyers, we discussed the key things every buyer needs to know about a buyer’s market. It was an important topic because the

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5 Of The Best Neighborhoods In Hampton Roads

Did you know that Hampton Roads ranks within the top 10 percent of the largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the United States? It has a rapidly growing population of over 1.5 million and

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The Ins And Outs Of A Buyers Market For Homebuyers

The realm of real estate is infused with industry jargon that, much like the information technology world, can confuse and baffle homebuyers and sellers alike. If you’ve kept up with the latest

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Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad Is Receiving Luv In March

Blu Skyy Realty is on a mission to “Make Good Things Happen for other People.” One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by hosting a “We Vote For Luv Donation Contest” each month. Our

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Out With The Old In With The New In Virginia Beach

One of the most recent headlines out of Virginia Beach caught our attention. After 37 years, the first rec center to grace Virginia Beach is closing, says HamptonRoads.com. It’s a shining

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The Hampton Roads Real Estate Market Improves

2015 has been ushered in with excellent news for the Hampton Roads real estate market. Since the start of the New Year, the market has been off to a healthy start as more homes than ever receive

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5 Reasons To Love Using A Real Estate Agent

The number one reason for working with a real estate professional is a bit of a no-brainer that can be summed up in one word: Experience. But we covered that back in our article entitled 5

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February We Vote For Luv Donation Contest Winners Announced

Each month Blu Skyy Realty nominates three organizations to receive some “luv” in the form of a donation.  Our team has hand picked organizations that they care about.  With

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Norfolk SPCA Is Receiving Luv In March

Blu Skyy Realty is on a mission to “Make Good Things Happen for other People.” One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by hosting a “We Vote For Luv Donation Contest” each month. Our

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A Quick Sale In Virginia Beach

You’re selling a house in Virginia Beach. You know there is a boatload of reasons for buyers to be interested in your property. You’re looking for a quick sale. After waiting patiently for a

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5 Homebuyer Turnoffs

Selling a house used to be a simple thing. You would tidy up the rooms, snap photos, get it listed, and before you knew it, offers would pour in. It wasn’t too long ago that demand was higher

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Virginia Ranks 4th In The US For Green Buildings

In recent years, going green has become a thing. And we’re not talking about the color. We’re talking about clean energy. Major world powers occupying key positions within the United Nations

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How To Avoid Deal Breakers When Selling Your Home

Nothing beats the rush of a buyer making a good offer. It makes all of the hard work of responsible homeownership worth it, and it puts you that much closer to selling your home. But before an

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The Polar Plunge Event In Virginia Beach

While the coastal Virginia climate is mild in comparison to other locations, Virginia Beach is in full swing of hosting the Polar Plunge® Winter Fest. The festival is an annual event,

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5 Reasons To Call Norfolk Home

Located in coastal Virginia at the core of an area referred to as Hampton Roads, Norfolk is a bustling, independent city. With a population of roughly 250,000, the city offers small town charm

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10 Ways To Boost The Resale Value Of Your Home

Selling your home is a big decision. Its success will hinge on numerous factors, one of the most crucial being resale value. Whether you’re getting ready to put your house on the market or

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Buying A House After Foreclosure

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Naval Academy Graduation

Congratulations to the 2011 Graduating class of the United States Naval Academy. It was an honor to be there. From the Blue Angels flyover to the tossing of their hats high into the blue sunny

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All My Children are leaving home

What will do without the drama of Pine Valley to follow. It is a nice diversion from our own troubles. Soap operas to my generation are sort of like a Yankees game is to my husband. Just a part

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HHave you read a good book lately

Summer is here and what better way to spend a lazy afternoon. Sitting in the hammock with a glass of iced tea and a good book. Improves your mind gives your imagination a chance to grow.Travel to

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Unconditional Love! Golden Retrievers vs. Labordore Retrievers

People who find the joy of the four legged children are blessed. They give us comfort ,happiness,are constant companions. In having the pleasure of having a yellow lab and a 13 week old,

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Save Money! Plant Vegetables!

It is so easy to plant a few vegetables in your flower beds or till a small patch in your yard. A 10 foot by 10 foot garden can yield all the tomatoes,squash,cucumbers,eggplant,peppers,etc. to feed

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It is plowing time again!

This time of year is the best. We can get our hands in the soil and experience nature at its best. I prefer to make my own flower pots. This way you can pick your own color scheme and flowers

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