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Homeowners remodel their homes for a number of reasons, but one of the most common  is to increase resale value. Renovations will improve the style and function of your home and may make it more appealing to potential buyers. 

Upgrade Your Kitchen The kitchen is the heart of the home. A kitchen remodel will not only improve your home’s functionality, it may also become a key selling point if you decide to sell. The average major kitchen remodel costs between $29,400 and $42,400, while the minor kitchen remodels average between $11,700 and $17,800.4 However, if you’re thinking of listing your home soon and your kitchen is in good shape, you may want to rethink a full remodel. A minor upgrade and a coat of paint may be all you need to freshen up the

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In many areas of the country, energy and water costs are on the rise, taking a bigger chunk out of our wallets every month. But, there’s hope. With a few home improvements, you may  be able to save money on your utility bills. 


Whether you live in an area that’s facing another year of drought, or you just want to save money on your water bill, these tips can help you be efficient with your water.  

1) Go low flow.  Showerheads and faucets account for more than 32%  of household water use combined.1 Low flow faucets and  showerheads can reduce your water consumption in these areas by as much as 50% and may save up to $145/year on your bill.

2) Fix leaks. Leaks comprise 13.7% of household water use.1 Leaky faucets and pipes increase your

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More than half of adults make New Year’s resolutions each year. Unfortunately, many give up after a few weeks because they haven’t turned their goals into habits. Whether you want to lose weight, save for a home or eat more vegetables, adopting good habits is sure to help you reach your goals. Here are a few tips to help keep you on track this year:

1.  Get motivated.  Why do you want to adopt the habit? How will your life improve once you develop this habit? What will happen if you don’t? These three questions will help you streamline your goal and maintain motivation when you need it the most. If you’re a visual person, write down your answers and post them where you’ll read them daily.

2.  Start small.  Lasting habits take time to develop. Start

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  • "My husband and I were introduced to James as a realtor in 2005.  We have bought and sold houses three times in Virginia Beach and Norfolk with him since then and each experience was as pleasant and stress-free as he could make it, even through challenging negotiations with a difficult seller in one case.  James is an absolute professional and his complete focus is on his clients' long-term happiness; he doesn't try to minimize the shortfalls of a house or push you into a decision for a quick sale.  He seems younger than he is, but don't be fooled- I doubt you'll find anyone more experienced or knowledgeable in the area.  His technical knowledge of the sale process and paperwork is also impressive; he frequently answered questions for us that our
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