Ready to Sell? 3 Ways an Agent Helps Get You Started

The process of putting your home on the market and finding your next place can be overwhelming. Fortunately, an experienced agent can help you weigh all your options. Here’s where a professional might start:

1. Researching your home’s value
An agent will have the pulse on the current market. Together, you can review how much comparable properties have been selling for and how long they stayed on the market. The agent can provide a realistic idea of what your home is worth, and how fast (or long) it could take to find a buyer.

2. Working with your budget
After you learn what your current home is worth, you’ll be able to hone in on your options for your next one. An agent can give you an idea of what types of properties and which neighborhoods are in your budget. And a good agent who knows the area will also be aware of local housing trends and can advise you when might be a good time to buy.

3. Making your home market-ready
There may be work to do before you put your house on the market. A Realtor can help you prioritize repairs and also recommend a home inspector for an expert opinion on features like roofs and HVAC.


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The Housing Market Will “Spring Forward” This Year!

The Housing Market Will “Spring Forward” This Year!

Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale has been holding back the market.

Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest. Traditionally, they would have been right.

Buyer demand has seasonality to it. Usually, this falls off in the winter months, especially in areas of the country impacted by arctic conditions.

That hasn’t happened this year.

Demand for housing has remained strong as mortgage rates have remained near historic lows. Even with an increase in rates forecasted for 2019, buyers are still able to lock in an affordable monthly payment. Buyers are increasingly jumping off the fence and into the market to secure a lower rate.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that in 2018 the top 10 dates sellers listed their homes all fell in April, May, or June.

Those who act quickly and list now, before a flood of increased competition, will benefit from additional exposure to buyers.

Bottom Line

If you are planning on selling your home in 2019, meet with a RE/MAX Alliance agent to evaluate the opportunities in your market.


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Three Tips for Making Small Spaces Work for Your Family

Small spaces aren’t the traditionally sought–after spaces for growing families, but with more millennial parents choosing to live a minimal lifestyle — families are adapting to life in homes with less square footage. If your family is downsizing by choice, or by necessity, follow the tips below for creating a functional space that can support your growing family.

Channel Your Inner Marie Kondo
It’s time to purge! Take a tip from tiny home enthusiasts who have chosen to live a simpler life — downsizing means committing to decluttering. Re–gift, donate and sell unwanted items. Eliminate multiples and only keep items that spark joy — and have your kids help.

Every Item Has a Home, Every Space a Purpose
Being thoughtful about what items stay in your family’s space is just as important as figuring out where to store it. Families without the space for a designated playroom may want to consider where toys will be tucked away. Try rotating toys to save space, while helping kids get the most out of playtime.

Go Vertical
Some may say that floor space is the most valued space in a smaller home — but vertical is the way to go! Bookcases, coat racks and shoe trees are all great options for tiny spaces.

Looking for a new home for your family? Find a RE/MAX agent today.


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RE/MAX Role Models: Virginia Beach Angel Run 5K

RE/MAX Role Models: Virginia Beach Angel Run 5K

It’s personal. Associates develop special support system and impact community together.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia, November 20, 2018 –The Child Life program is particularly close to this RE/MAX team, where actions show that they treat and support each other as family.

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To honor their colleague and friend’s personal experience, the Steve Doll Team, or Team Norah as they call themselves, came out to take part in the 2nd annual local non-profit Kennedy’s Angel Gowns 5K Run/Walk, held on October 14th this year. Dressed in matching purple t-shirts with Baby Norah’s footprints, this team of 26 strong included past and present associates along with family and friends, all coming together to show their love and support of not only Susan and Ed McLean, but ALL the families and friends touched by similar tragedies. This event honors Angel Babies gone too soon while raising awareness for pregnancy, infant loss, and infertility. Everything was planned out, including symbolically starting at 10:15 AM, recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on 10/15.

Team Leader, and The Steve Doll Team Office Manager, Susan McLean shared “This is the 2nd year we have participated in the Angel 5K, it is a great way to celebrate the memory of our Angel Baby as well as support a great cause, giving assistance to families going through similar situations.” When asked to share about how her office got so involved, she explained, “I feel so blessed to work everyday with teammates who I also consider as good friends.  We are always there to support each other both professionally and personally.” Now that’s the epitome of teamwork.

“It was a priority for all of us to be there.” As team member and colleague Ann Raymond described, “Members from The Steve Doll Team, both past and present, came out to show our support and love for our friends, Susan and Ed. We all wore our purple t-shirts with a photo of Norah’s footprints. It was a beautiful and moving sight to see so many purple t-shirts and beyond that, a sea of faces there to support and walk for loved ones.” Even those who were not previously familiar with the organization’s cause and goals came out in force to show their support for their loved ones.

Although this organization’s initial concept began by repurposing wedding gowns into beautiful burial gowns, vests, and ties for little ones, their primary focus this year is to expand their services by raising funds to purchase and donate “Cuddle Cot” devices from England to Sentara Hospitals in Hampton Roads. “Cuddle Cots” give the ‘gift of time’ so grieving parents can spend more time with their stillborn children. This new organization starting in just 2016 has already had great success, supplying Hampton Roads’ first two Cuddle Cots to Sentara. They accept wedding gown donations and would love to hear from you regarding other volunteer opportunities, including their group sew days and their annual gala.

This RE/MAX office truly proves that they are actively engaged and remain consistent with their stated mission “To be the Hampton Roads real estate leader, achieving our goals by helping others achieve theirs. Everybody wins.” The agents and staff at this office actively support 24+ causes and have deep connections in the local community. Joining a team or an office can be a fulfilling lifestyle where you are involved and support the community- this is just one successful example of that.

As Susan thought about future events with this organization, “I have a feeling we will all be participating for years to come.”

For more information about Kennedy’s Angel Gowns or the RE/MAX Alliance office, please visit,, or call 757-456-2345


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About RE/MAX Alliance:

RE/MAX Alliance is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Virginia Beach and coming soon to Chesapeake, and specializes in residential, land, and commercial real estate. RE/MAX Alliance is a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Susan G. Komen®, and other charities. The main office is located at 4701 Columbus St., Ste 200, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.



Shelley Puishys, Development and Marketing, RE/MAX Alliance Virginia Beach