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I may just owe Hampton an apology…

Growing up in Virginia Beach, we didn’t have too many occasions to cross the water to Hampton. The annual trip to the Coliseum for the Circus or Ice Capades, and concerts when I was older (really GREAT concerts-I’m talking Aerosmith, Van Halen, The Grateful Dead, Queensryche, TOOL…), but I never drove. It seemed like it was so far away, and then there was the tunnel-what if there was traffic? What if I got lost? I knew absolutely nothing about the neighborhoods and people who lived “over there”.


Oh course, I realize now that my uneasiness was just absurd! Held over memories of conversations between my parents when I was a kid, I feel sure.

Since beginning my Real Estate journey, I’ve searched for many homes in Hampton and Newport News and taken many trips through the tunnel at all hours of the day and I’ve found that (1) there are some amazing homes-big, small, really big, new, old, charming, beautiful homes (2) the tunnel traffic is not a big deal. After taking 2 hours to get home from work in Ghent between flooding and accidents-like 3 times-seriously, and (3) Fort Monroe is very cool. If you haven’t been there since it opened to the public you really have to go! More info here

The Military transferred control of the historic Fort to Virginia on September 15, 2011, ending the Army’s 188 year presence at Fort Monroe. Pretty impressive history and so much to see!


So, I’m truly sorry, Peninsula, for not seeing your awesomeness and how very Virginia you are!

There are some choice properties available in Hampton and Newport News, Download my app here, or visit my website to search-I’m here to help!



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It’s planting season…make sure you know which common backyard and household plants may be poisonous to your pets!


Before you and your ever so helpful K9 start planting flowers, plants, veggies and shrubs in the yard this season, be sure to check the list of plants that may be toxic to you or your pets! There is a great list here http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/pet-owners/basics/top-10-plants-poisonous-to-pets/ with photos.

I was really surprised a few years ago that Aloe plants are poisonous to most cats. It has a bitter taste, but for some reason they like to chew on it. So, kitty lovers, watch out for toxic houseplants…


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Selling your home? Which improvements will bring the highest return on your $$$?

The perennial chart toppers for the highest return on investment are the cheapest to pull off. This year (as last), the No.1 finisher was installing loose-fill fiberglass insulation in the attic. Not exactly sexy, but boy, is it cost-effective! In fact, this is the only project that regularly pays back more than you invest, with an average 107.7% ROI.

Next up is replacing a run-of-the-mill entry door with an attractive yet tough steel replacement at 90.7%, followed by manufactured stone veneer at 89.4%. Glamorous, no. Valuable, very.

On average, in 2017, you can expect to get back 64% on every dollar you plow into home improvements last year.

Last but not least, the 2017 data suggest that “curb appeal” projects (such as new doors and exterior siding) generate higher returns than improvements done on a home’s interior. In other words, it really isn’t what’s on the inside that counts. If you’re trying to sell, pretty up the outside and it’ll pay off in spades.


For more details on this please visit http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/best-and-worst-renovations-to-make-in-2017/


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Interior Design Trends for 2017 what’s hot & what’s not

IN: Handmade original pieces, hand dyed raw fabrics, feminine embellishments         (lace, ruffles, jewels)

Art deco furniture, mixed metals, pottery, contemporary wallpaper, rounded edges

Colors-Mustard/curry, rich jewel tones, nude/beige/grey solid color walls

NAVY BLUE is THE accent color

OUT: Faux-wood, fur & leather

Mass produced “reclaimed distressed wood” faux antiques

Geometric tiles, Edison bulbs, overstuffed furniture

Colors- White walls, shades of grey

In the Kitchen-the heart of the home!

Quartz continues to rule, and the development of composite surfaces makes this a more affordable option with a great return on the investment at sale time!

Brass accents are big, mixed in with the sleek, clean industrial look (stainless, stainless, stainless).

Modern cabinets with no handles and rounded edges are still hot- Small appliance storage & clean counter spaces continue to challenge designers to offer new nifty hidden pantries and stackable storage options.gallery-1483296100-lochanna-butler-pantry

More technology! The smart home isn’t just Hollywood anymore.

Kitchen Colors-white, black, grey and navy

More info http://www.housebeautiful.com http://www.mydomaine.com/latest-interior-design-trends