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2708 Empress Court, Henrico

2708 Empress Court, Henrico

2708 Empress Court, Henrico, is a renovated home for sale featuring 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, over 3100 square feet of glorious space, and is situated on a cul-de-sac lot. 

Welcome Home to 2708 EMpress Court, Henrico

Kitchen at 2708 Empress Court, Henrico The first thing you will notice when you arrive is the well maintained exterior of this Colonial style home. The yard has been professionally landscaped and the vinyl siding has recently been power washed. The attached two car garage is oversized and can easily house your vehicles as well as kayaks, bikes, and more!

Just inside, the foyer welcomes you with refinished hardwood floors that run through out the main level while the entire interior has been profesionally painted. To your left is the spacious formal living room with crown moulding while the elegant formal dining room, with crown moulding, chair rail, and a chandelier, is to your right. At the heart of your new home is the updated kitchen featuring professionally painted cabinetry, new Luna Pearl granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. A nice eat-in area is perfect for your everyday meals. Open to the kitchen is the gorgeous, light & bright family room boasting a brick fireplace with a gas insert. A half bath with updated cabinetry rounds out the lower level. 

Master Bedroom at 2708 Empress Court, Henrico by RVA Home Team powered by eXp RealtyUpstairs, new carpet ushers you to 4 awesome bedrooms, including the expansive master...

2920 Ridgegate Place Glen Allen

Why wait to build new construction when you can move right on in to this amazing, like-new home in the heart of Glen Allen?

Features of 2920 Ridgegate Place Glen Allen

When you arrive you will be impressed with the well manicured yard and the lush landscaping. Follow the aggregate driveway and sidewalk to the stone riser porch with double door entry. Inside, gleaming hardwood floors usher you throughout most of the main level and ten foot ceilings give you room to breathe. The two story foyer is grand and has a stunning chandelier and opulent trim work. To your left is a beautiful formal living room with crown moulding and to your right is the elegant formal dining room with chandelier and shadowbox details. Meander back to the heart of the home and uncover the chef's kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, a HUGE gourmet island, tile backsplash, eat-in nook, and great task lighting! Open to the kitchen is a sun-kissed morning room, perfect for reading the newspaper with your morning coffee! Next up is the fabulous family room with a gas fireplace as the focal point. A distinguished study is tucked neatly at the back of the home, just next to the half bath with updated vanity. A dedicated laundry room with tile flooring completes the lower level of your new home. When it is time to turn in for the evening, retreat to your marvelous master bedroom with tray ceiling and dual walk-in closets. There is also a pretty sitting room where you can cozy...

2706 Barton Ave. Richmond, VA 23222

Impossible to find a foursquare home in the heart of Richmond with renovated kitchen and bath, plus a detached space for an art studio, music studio, or workshop? Well, the search is over! Welcome home to 2706 Barton Ave. Richmond, VA 23233.

Details on 2706 Barton Ave. Richmond, VA 23233

2706 Barton Ave, Richmond by Richmond Realtor Shannon Milligan

When you arrive you will fall in love with the charming front porch with a painted blue ceiling, a nod to a Southern tradition of warding off spirits! In addition, you will admire the beautiful garden beds which make farm-to-table meals a cinch! Swing open the red painted door and behold the grand foyer featuring opulent moulding details, a stunning light fixture, and amazing hardwood floors that run throughout most of the home! To your left original pocket doors will usher you into the lovely living room boasting a built-in bookcase, tiled fireplace, and a ceiling fan. Another set of pocket doors lead you into the chic dining room with crown moulding, chair rail, an eclectic chandelier, and a counter-height buffet for serving and overflow seating. Meander into the renovated kitchen and be smitten by the abundance of cabinetry with dove tail drawers, a nice center island for meal prep, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters! Just around the corner you will discover a dedicated laundry room with tons of storage space and with rear access to the back deck! A gorgeously updated half bath completes the main level of your new home.

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1907 Huguenot Hundred Drive Midlothian

1907 Huguenot Hundred Drive Midlothian, by Richmond Realtor Shannon Milligan at RVA Home Team powered by eXp Realty.

Searching for a lovely single family home for sale that not only offers acreage but also an income producing or in-law suite? Look no further than 1907 Huguenot Hundred Drive Midlothian.

Details of 1907 Huguenot Hundred Drive Midlothian

As soon as you arrive you will instantly feel at peace with the private 3.5 acre lot that hosts this gorgeous 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with a detached garage.

1907 Huguenot Hundred Drive Midlothian

Swing open the door and behold gleaming hardwood floors that run throughout the main level. To your right is the fabulous family room featuring wainscoting detailing and a brick, wood burning fireplace. Adjacent you will discover the magnificent kitchen boasting stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, tons of storage in the white cabinetry, and a wonderful eat-in area! The formal dining room is perfect for holiday meals and gatherings, while the formal living room provides tons of space for reading, knitting, or any passion project you may have!

Moving to Richmond? 11 Reasons Why That's an Awesome Idea

Moving to Richmond? 11 Reasons Why That's an Awesome Idea

Have you been thinking about moving to Richmond? In 2016, Zillow declared Richmond the “4th Hottest Housing Market”, while the Huffington Post proclaimed Richmond as one of the “Ten Best Cities to Relocate to in the U.S.” in 2015! Why? What do they know that you don’t know? Well, that’s exactly what we are going to take a look at in this article, so read on for the 11 reasons why moving to Richmond is an awesome idea!

Before we elaborate on all of this awesomeness, let’s take a look at some interesting stats about Richmond, Virginia, locally referred to as RVA:

  • Population: 1.3 million.
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
  • Average Sales Price for a Home: $248,808
  • Average Household Income: $60,713

Now, about all those reasons on why moving to Richmond is an awesome idea:

Moving to Richmond?11 Reasons WHY you should.

1. Richmond is Home to Eight Fortune 500 Companies

Most likely if you are moving to Richmond, you need a job and a great one at that. Luckily for you, Richmond is home to eight Fortune 500 companies, including: Altria, Dominion Resources, CarMax,...

14100 Fiddlers Ridge Road Midlothian

Welcome to 14100 Fiddlers Ridge Road Midlothian, Richmond VA Real Estate

Searching for a home in wonderful Woodlake? Look no further than 14100 Fiddlers Ridge Road Midlothian

As you arrive you will fall in love with this traditional Colonial style home with a two car attached garage and freshly landscaped yard. 

Swing open the door and discover lovely hardwood floors that run throughout the entry way, formal living room and formal dining room. At the heart of the home is the nice kitchen boasting white painted cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, tiled flooring, and an eat-in nook! Adjacent to the kitchen is the warm and welcoming family room with vaulted ceiling, skylights, and fireplace! A half bath and dedicated laundry/mudroom complete the main level of your new home. 

When it is time to turn in for the evening, make way to your awesome master bedroom complete with a sitting room and en suite bath that has a dual sink vanity and tiled flooring. Need room for family or guests? You got it! Bedroom 2 has hardwood floors and is situated at the front of the home while bedroom 3 also has hardwoods and overlooks the back yard. Bedroo 4 is HUGE and has beautiful built-in bookcases! A nice full hall bath rounds up the upper level. 

Like to entertain? Your new home has a terrific deck with plenty of space for a grill and the nice, level yard is perfect for gatherings! 

14100 Fiddlers Ridge Road Midlothian - Woodlake Subdivision

14100 Fiddlers Ridge Road Midlothian is located in the fantastic Woodlake subdivision, which offers lake living at its best! There are amenities...

14031 Lenox Forest Court Midlothian

Welcome Home to 14031 Lenox Forest Court Midlothian 

What can I say about our new listing located at 14031 Lenox Forest Court in Midlothian that would accurately describe this home? Pristine. Yep. Immaculate? Check.  A steal of a deal? Priced at $20,000 UNDER ASSESSMENT that would be a resounding: YES! O.M.G., you MUST read on to learn about the features of this amazing home for sale in the Bettie Weaver Elementary School District!

Features of 14031 Lenox Forest Court Midlothian

Upon arrival to 14031 Lenox Forest Court Midlothian, you will fall in love with the well maintained exterior of this 3853 square feet brick front home with side entry two car garage. 

Swing open the newly painted front door and behold a welcoming two story foyer with hardwood floors that run throughout most of the main level. To your right is a nice formal living room with crown moulding and to your left is the classic formal dining room with chair rail and a chandelier. Mosey on back to the magnificent light & bright family room boasting walls of windows and a gas fireplace as the focal point. Adjacent is the marvelous chef's kitchen with newly painted white cabinetry, center island, stainless steel appliances, solid surface countertops, coffee station, and an awesome wet bar that is perfect for entertaining guests! A fantastic mudroom/work station, laundry room, and a half bath complete the main floor. 

When it is time to relax for the evening, make way to your huge master bedroom featuring a tray ceiling and two large walk-in closets! An attached en suite bath with new vanities, tile flooring, jetted...

How Social Media Impacts Real Estate

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Social media and real estate definitely go hand-in-hand. It's a great way to spread the word about a property, a great realtor, a reliable mortgage broker, etc., in a real and relatable way. It offers convenient ways to browse houses for sale in Richmond VA or to share about a home you're selling. The opportunities are endless when you mix real estate and social media, and the RVA Home Team wants to break all that down for you to see how it positively impacts Richmond VA Real Estate!  

How Social Media Impacts Real Estate:

-Social Media provides a greater reach of a property for sale. We at the RVA Home Team believe that social media is a "digital word-of-mouth," and can expand the reach of a listing, so EVERYONE knows your home is for sale. With targeted advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and shares on private and public Facebook pages, Social media is a wonderful way to broadcast a property lightning fast. It's also a fantastic way to view a property that you may be interested in buying. It definitely goes both ways for the buyer and the seller.   -Social media offers trustworthy resources for buyers and sellers. Online sites like LinkedIn and Facebook offer excellent resources for property buyers and sellers. Both are terrific for finding trustworthy Richmond VA Realtors, excellent mortgage brokers and credible articles about real estate.   -Social media offers real, behind-the-scenes footage of all things real estate. Video apps and live streaming options like Facebook Live, Periscope, and Snapchat offer real time video footage that virtually take you to places, such...

10 Basic Home Maintenance Tips

Routine home maintenance is VERY important. Not only will this cost you less money in the long run, but it keeps your home in tip-top shape and keeps your home's value competitive. Below, the RVA Home Team wants to share with you 10 Basic Home Maintenance Tips that will help your beautiful home stay and operate beautifully. Image courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee at FreeDigitalPhotos.netImage courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee at FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

10 Basic Home Maintenance Tips:

1. Have your home's AC Unit checked once a year. A Qualified HVAC technician will clean and check your unit for any issues and will keep expensive piece of equipment running the way it's supposed to. Doing this regularly will prolong the live of your unit, and will keep more money in your pocket in the long run.   2. Replace furnace filters as needed or recommended. Replacing the filters for your furnace will also keep it working longer and more properly. Check your furnace's manual for the recommended schedule for replacing its filters.   3. Replace smoke detector batteries yearly. Making sure you do this can help keep your family safe, so put this on the top of your maintenance priority list. If you have a wired detector, most of them have a battery backup, so be sure to replace those too.   4. If you have a chimney, have it swept once a year. Soot buildup can cause chimney fires, so it's very important to have it cleaned professionally at least once a year. Be sure to also check your chimney on the outside for any damage or leaking.   5. Clean your dyer's exhaust duct once a year. The buildup of lint can also be a fire hazard, so vaccuum and clean it out once a year. And if your duct...

Richmond VA Neighborhood Highlight: RounTrey

This month's Richmond VA Neighborhood Highlight from RVA HOME TEAM in the Richmond, VA is RounTrey. This breath-taking community will blow your mind, so if you're interested in living somewhere with great schools, great amenities and a great community, then keep reading this post about what RounTrey has to offer! photo courtesy of RounTreyonline.com Named Neighborhood of the Year in 2015, RounTrey is a pristine community with resort-style amenities all homeowners dream to have. There's a place for swimming, a dog park, a fitness center, playground, walking trail and more.  Their schools, from elementary through high school, are award-winning and are some of the top in the nation. The community is close-nit and it exudes a great sense of culture. This is a great, well-rounded area.

craftsman homes RounTrey, Virginia realty Photo Courtesy of RounTreyonline.com

RounTrey homes are some of the most beautiful in the area, and they are located only 25 minutes from downtown Richmond VA. The homes are craftsman-style with charm and beauty. They are definitely not cookie-cutter, as each home has a style of its own. The area is still developing, so if you're interested in home-building, this would be a great place to lay down roots.   There are several homes available for purchase, with a wonderful option to create your own style through a home build.  If you're on the hunt for a new home, be sure to call your RICHMOND, VA REALTOR, Shannon Milligan at RVA Home Team with Keller Williams Realty. She will be happy to serve you and your home-buying (or building) needs!

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10 Things to do in Richmond, Virginia -- August 2016

    Richmond is chock full of sites, events and things to do, especially in the month of August. Feel free to check out some events in Richmond that caught my attention. If you have any events that piqued your interest for this month and beyond, feel free to share it in the comments below!   August Events in Richmond, Virginia in AugustImage courtesy of arztsamui at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

10 Things to do in Richmond, Virginia -- August 2016

  1. Butterflies Live!  An indoor exhibit of beautiful butterflies for the whole family! Butterflies not your thing? No worries, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has something for everyone! It even made this list: 55 Stunning Botanical Gardens You Need to See Before You Die!   2. Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Tour Learn about the history of the cemetery, including two U.S. presidents taking residence there!   3. 60th Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell A variety of music, art, drama and more, performed there every year since 1956!   4. Emily E. Erb "Loosely Loaded" Exhibition An exhibit of silk paintings at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond!   5. Discover Richmond on a Segway! I mean, who wouldn't want to ride around on one of those things and learn more about this great city?   6. Real Richmond Food Tours A 2.5 hour walking food tour...

11402 Friars Walk Court, Glen Allen, VA 23059

11402 Friars Walk Court, Glen Allen, VA 23059

11402 Friars Walk Court, Glen Allen, VA 23059Your search is over with this beautiful brick front townhouse located in the sought-after The Townes at Hunton Park community! Welcome home to 11402 Friars Walk Court, Glen Allen, VA 23059. Upon arrival you will be impressed with the well maintained exterior and the 2 off-street parking spots. As you enter the home you will LOVE the smell of new carpet and paint throughout the entire place! To your right is the sunny living room. Next up is the dining area with a chandelier. Mosey on into the chef's kitchen and get inspired by the abundance of cabinetry, nice pantry, newer appliances (dishwasher & refrigerator were installed in 2013 while the microwave was installed in March 2016), and a fabulous center island! The open floor plan gives way to a fantastic family room with a gas fireplace as the focal point. A laundry area and half bath complete the main level. When it is time for some shut eye, head on up to the second level and relax in your over-sized master suite with a marvelous walk-in closet and en suite bath boasting a dual sink vanity. Two other light & bright bedrooms and a full hall bath round out the upper floor. Like to be outdoors? Don't forget to check out your amazing, fully fenced back yard with a storage shed for all your needs! Updates on this terrific home located at 11402 Friars Walk Court, Glen Allen, VA 23059 include: NEW HVAC 2015, new hot water heater 2014, newer appliances 2013, new blinds 2016, and new carpet/paint installed 2016.

The Townes at Hunton Park

11402 Friars Walk Court, Glen Allen, VA 23059...

5 Mistakes People Make When Buying a Home

5 Mistakes People Make When Buying a Home

Home in Battery Park in Richmond VASo you have decided to purchase a home, CONGRATS! You are about to embark on a very exciting journey! Now is the perfect time to get off the fence and get in the Richmond VA real estate market because interest rates are low, employment is strong, banks are loosening requirements, and rental rates are increasing. Investing in YOU, and not your landlord, has never looked so good! That said, don't let excitement get the better of you! Take a moment to let your head catch up with your heart and don't make these 5 mistakes people make when buying a home!

Not Hiring a Buyers Agent

Let me ask you a question: if you were on trial for a crime, would you be hiring the prosecutors lawyer? That doesn't even make sense, and neither does using the seller's Realtor as your agent, too. You see, when a listing agent enters into a dual agency agreement, representing both YOU and the seller, the agent must become neutral. When you ask the agent how much you should offer, they can't weigh in. They can only provide you the comps and allow you to come to your own conclusion. When you ask the agent what items you should ask for on the home inspection addendum, they can't advise you. What good it that?! Now, some listing agents will not enter into a dual agency agreement, I am in this camp. However, some WILL try and convince you to be an unrepresented buyer, thus securing their duties to the seller AND securing both ends of the commission for themselves. I am NOT in this camp. I firmly believe you, as a buyer, should have your very own representation. Someone who will look out for YOUR best interests. Someone who will guide you throughout the home buying process and BEYOND. (This...

Super Tuesday: Get Out and VOTE, RVA

Super Tuesday: Get Out and VOTE, RVA

Richmond VA Realtor, Shannon Milligan, VOTE RVAIt is Super Tuesday, get out and VOTE, RVA! I have to admit, voting hasn't always been something of a high priority for me. I have voted in the past for the "big" elections, but never for the primaries. I don't know why. Maybe because with age you learn when you know better, you do better. So, this morning I woke up on a mission. The kids are off school today so I hurried them along around 9:30am to head on out to the polls. They were FILLED with a ton of questions, the biggest one being WHY I HAD to go and vote. I explained to them that, as an American, it is their civic duty to vote. To help select the next great leader of our world. While I truly believe that, it isn't what spurred me to get to the polls today. What nagged at me? I wanted the RIGHT to be able to complain. Yep. I said it. I am not one to sit and complain often. The old Shannon certainly was a complainer, but about 4 years ago I decided to flip the tape that had been playing in my head and I CHOSE to be a positive person. I DECIDED my life was way too short to live in a world where the glass was half empty. Now my  cup runs over! Back to voting, for the first time in my life I am actually scared about where our country is heading. We are a nation deeply divided and that scares the living daylights out of me. This feeling is likely more prevalent because I am seeing what kind of world my kids will grow up in. I want better for them. Don't all parents want better for their kids? I just couldn't reconcile in my head how I had any right to gripe if I didn't get out there and INFLUENCE the outcome.

Three Mental Buckets

You see, I now live by a "three mental buckets" rule. What the heck is that? Well, it is something that helps me put things into perspective and stress less over the everyday bumps in the...

Five Mistakes People Make When Selling a Home

Five Mistakes People Make When Selling a Home

Grey Oaks VA Real EstateThe Richmond VA real estate market is tight on inventory at the moment with just a measly 4 month supply. This indicates a true sellers market.  We are seeing properties go under contract in just hours in the high-demand areas and even multiple offers with escalation clauses. If you currently are on the market and have not sold, there is an issue. Ask yourself if you are making one of these five mistakes people make when selling a home.

Over-Price Your Property and Be Prepared to Chase Down the Market

I know what you are thinking, "real estate agents always say it is price." Well, that's because most of the time IT IS PRICE. Think back to when you had your listing appointment with your Realtor. Did they indicate your house should be worth less and you strong-armed them into a higher listing price? Did they show you comps coming in at $25K less? We all, and I mean WE ALL, think our homes are worth more than what they are. Even me, a Richmond VA Realtor. When I sold my own home 3 years ago I made a price correction 5 days in because I woke up and realized even I wasn't immune to this huge seller mistake! If you are like me, then make a price correction TODAY. And, no, a $5,000 price reduction is likely not going to cut it. I know it is painful and you have to listen to what the market is telling you or you will be chasing down the market, actually netting LESS than what your property...

Virtual Home Buyers Seminar

Virtual Home Buyers Seminar

HouseI have been working with a plethora of first time home buyers lately and they come armed with a lot of questions. I don't mind, I actually love taking the time to educate them on the process so that they feel confident, and empowered, in their purchase. While having an in-office class is great, it isn't always ideal as customers have busy lives, making attending an in-person meeting difficult. Lucky for us, social media is a wonderful tool that I like to utilize in my Richmond VA real estate business. With that said, please join me for a Virtual Home Buyers Seminar!

Steps To Purchasing a Home in Richmond VA

Join me tomorrow, February 24th from 7:30PM-8:30PM on Facebook  where you will be able to get answers to all of your burning questions! Curious how much it costs to have a Richmond VA Realtor by your side? Need to know how much of a down payment you must put down? Don't know how much a home inspection will cost you? No matter what your questions may be, I am here to lay out a plan for YOU! Simply log on to THIS Facebook page at 7:30PM tomorrow night and enter your question. I will be logged in, along with one of my trusted preferred lenders, to give you the insight you need in achieving your real estate goals!

Richmond VA Homes for Sale

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Should I Refinance My Home?

Should I Refinance My Home?

Should I Refinance My Home? Should I Refinance My Home?

Mortgage rates have been dropping lately and this had me wondering, "Should I Refinance My Home?" You see, in December 2013 my husband and I purchased a new primary residence. Although we have excellent credit, we obtained a rate of 4.325 because rates had increased from their low of 3.25 at the beginning of that same year. Oh well, bad timing on our part. Fast forward to mid-2014. Rates dipped down to about 3.625 and, as your Richmond VA Realtor, I was assisting many home buyers in buying their dream home while taking advantage of that amazing rate. What I wasn't thinking about was should I refinance MY home. Basically, I missed the boat.

Today's Mortgage Rates

As of this writing, today's mortgage rates hover around 3.75 with zero points and you can get as low as 3.5 with purchasing a buy down in the rate. When I realized this news, I immediately called my preferred mortgage lenders to find out the details. Then, once I confirmed the rates, I spoke with my husband and we crunched the numbers. Here is what that looks like for US: With our current rate of 4.325 we have a mortgage payment of about $2000. That includes all of our pre-paids, such as home owners insurance. If we refinanced at the 3.75 rate, our new mortgage payment would be approximately $1830. That is a $170 a month savings! So, should I refinance my home? Well, that $170 a month savings is A LOT over 30 years. But, there are several additional things we need to consider.

Things To Consider...

Do I Need a Real Estate Agent?

Do I Need a Real Estate Agent?

Do I Need a Real Estate Agent?You've come online, found the house you want to purchase, secured your mortgage with a lender already, and have even pulled comps to have a pretty good idea of what your dream home is worth. You are probably asking yourself, do I need a real estate agent? Yes, and let's take a look WHY.

Richmond VA Real Estate Agent as a Sherpa

The other night I sat down to watch a movie with my husband. "Everest" happened to be on, you know the one starring Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal? It is a fantastic movie that illustrates the challenges and risks one takes when attempting to fulfill this goal. Well, a real estate transaction is much like climbing Everest with conditions changing on a dime and pitfalls you can't always see. That is, unless, you have a Sherpa to guide you!

You see, a Richmond VA real estate agent is like a Sherpa. First, they are there to reduce the risk of something going wrong. An experienced, skilled agent has climbed this mountain before therefore they know when you should pivot or when to sit back and hold the line. Second, a Richmond VA Realtor is there to help carry the load of the transaction. You may not realize it, but opening doors to view a property, or just sticking a sign in the yard, is nothing compared to the actual details of a transaction. Your agent will assist you with aggressive marketing of your property (we know where the buyers are!), analyzing detailed comps ('cause we all know the ...

Getting Your Offer Accepted in Richmond VA Real Estate Market

Getting Your Offer Accepted in Richmond VA Real Estate Market

Getting Your Offer AcceptedRecently Zillow named Richmond, Virginia as one of the hottest housing markets for 2016. This is due to the fact that Richmond is enjoying a low unemployment rate and is seeing strong income growth. Hey, we will take it! But, what does this mean for you as a buyer looking to purchase a home in RVA? When a market is hot and inventory is low, competition is high. You MUST make your offer stand out from the crowd. How do you go about getting your offer accepted in Richmond VA real estate market? Let's examine:

Make a Clean Offer

If you find yourself in a multiple bid situation for your dream home, now is not the time to complicate things. Make sure you, with the assistance of your Richmond VA Realtor, make a clean offer. This can mean anything from not using a first right of refusal (which means you want to buy the home but only once you sell your current property) to not asking for the sellers prized rug to convey. This is not the time to get greedy. You want to make your offer as simple as possible. Here are some other do's and don't's" Do: Ask for a home warranty if you want one Don't: Ask for the seller to pay for it. Do: Write in the offer any special instructions the seller indicated in the listing. (Ex: If you know the fireplace is to convey in as-is condition, go ahead and write that you agree in the initial offer.) Don't: Add special instructions of your own. Do: Provide a solid earnest money deposit (EMD) Don't: Ask for closing costs

Use an Escalation Clause...

Pros and Cons of Relocation Packages - Richmond VA Real Estate

Pros and Cons of Relocation Packages - Richmond VA Real Estate

Pros and Cons of Relocation Packages - Richmond VA Real Estate You just landed that big promotion and have been offered a SWEET relocation package from your employer, but now what? Relocation deals can be amazing for the recipient. Take it from me as my husband and I have moved COUNTLESS times on the dime of the company. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of relocation packages - Richmond VA real estate.

PROS on a Relocation Package

The biggest benefit of a relocation package, in my opinion, is that many packages, not all, will pay for the commission of your Richmond VA real estate agent. If you have a $300,000 house to sell, that is an $18,000 savings right there! And, many packages will also cover closing costs on the purchase of your new home, allowing you another $9,000 of savings on a $400,000 price tag. Who wouldn't want to save all this money?! Another pro is many relocation packages will also pay for movers, yet ANOTHER big savings. When my husband and I had moved to a different state the company paid $10,000 or more to move our belongings. Score! In addition, some deals will even pay for temporary housing while you hunt for that home sweet home. WOW! Another pro of a relocation package is you will be assigned a specialist to assist you every step of the way so you shouldn't be left in the dark if you get someone on-point.

Cons of a Relocation Package

With all these savings there certainly couldn't be a downside, right? Well, it depends on the situation. The biggest drawback I see is many relocation companies will only let you work with one of their "approved" Realtors. While a dime a dozen, we have approximately 5000 Richmond VA real estate agents servicing our local area, many...