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.

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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


7 Ways to Make Your Life Easier During a Home Renovation

7 Ways to Make Your Life Easier During a Home Renovation

By Jessica Thiefels

7 Ways to Make Your Life Easier During a Home Renovation

A home renovation is as exciting as it is hectic. Between coordinating contractors and choosing fixtures, your home is all out of sorts – which is overwhelming in and of itself.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be a challenge. Keep these tips in mind if you’re struggling through a home renovation. When all is said and done, you’ll finish with a gorgeous addition to your home and a still maintain your sanity.

1. Get Your Meals Delivered:

On-demand food delivery services will become lifesavers when dinnertime comes along. This is especially true when renovating your kitchen, which leaves you cooking out of your living room or on the grill every night-all while dodging obstacles like your misplaced table and boxes of kitchenware.

2. Delegate Your Laundry

Whether your laundry room is being remodeled, or you simply don’t have the extra time to get it done during the renovation, sending your laundry to a wash and fold service is a simple way to make your life easier. If there are a number of providers to choose from nearby, keep the following tips in mind, from the guide, Choosing Your Dry Cleaners:

  • What services do they offer?
  • What do the reviews say?
  • Is it easy to get a hold of customer service?
  • How affordable are they? (The key: avoiding hidden fees)

3. Escape for the Weekend

Sometimes, you just need a break from the non-stop drilling and paint fumes. Take time to relax and get away from the chaos with a staycation, feeling all the benefits of a getaway without the costs or time away from work.

4. Create a “Me Space”

The most difficult part about renovating your home is having to deal with the excess dust, dirt and clutter, not to mention being surrounded by the workers who are making it all happen. Create a “me” space within your home where you and your family can relax and enjoy quieter alone time.

5. Tackle One Project at a Time

While it might be tempting to get a few home renovation projects done, it’s better to tackle one at a time. Planning to renovate more than one room will not only make it more stressful, but could also leave you with minimal working fixtures to use for everyday tasks like showering, cooking or cleaning. Don’t make your life harder than it needs to be during this time and focus on just one thing at a time.

6. Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

A lot of things can (and will) go wrong during your home renovation. Budgets can be blown, contractors can unexpectedly quit, and pipes can break. To put your mind at ease, and be more prepared, Home Advisor shares a few common challenges you’ll likely face:

  • Cost and budgeting: “One of the biggest mistakes homeowners commit is not leaving cash in reserve in case anything goes wrong,” suggests Home Advisor.
  • Materials: Choosing materials on a whim that don’t fit with your home can be costly further down the road.
  • Contractors: Taking too long, charging unexpected fees, or not doing what is asked of them.

7. Prioritize

When you’re being asked to make dozens of decisions in a short amount of time, your priorities have a way of getting lost in the mix. Stay focused on what is most important to you and avoid getting sidetracked or swayed into changing your original plan if you’re not one hundred percent certain. Keep your plans in front of you as you make changes or additions to what you’re doing so you never lose site of what you originally wanted.

Stay Calm and Renovate

Home renovations take a lot of patience and planning, and these seven tips will help make your life easier and less stressful during that time. Delegate where you can-food and laundry-expect the unexpected, and keep your priorities front and center as options and ideas are brought to you from contractors. In the end, you’ll be able to say you survived your home renovation.

Jessica Thiefels has been writing and editing for more than 10 years and is now a professional freelancer and consultant. She’s worked with a variety of real estate clients, and has been featured on Forbes and Market Watch. She’s also written for House Hunt Network, and more. Follow her on Twitter @Jlsander07 and connect on LinkedIn.

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Thinking Of Selling? You Should Do It TODAY!!

That headline might be a little aggressive; however, as August 2017’s housing market data begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME TODAY!

In a recent article by CBS News, they explained that the number of existing home sales is shrinking, and Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, said:

“There should be 3 million homes on the market right now…Yet, there are only 1.9 million.”

And this situation will be affected greatly by recent natural disasters. Yun continued by saying:

“Before the hurricanes I would have predicted 1.35 million in new-home construction in 2018…I’ll have to scale that down now.”

NAR, in their August 2017 Realtors® Confidence Index, indicated that:

“Amid sustained job creation and sustained historically low mortgage rates, REALTORS® reported…that buyer demand is stronger compared to conditions one year ago… and that fifty percent of properties were on the market for less than one month when sold.”

The only challenge to today’s market is a severe lack of inventory. A balanced market would have a full six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, there is only a 4.2-month supply of inventory, which is down from 4.5 months one year ago.

Bottom Line

With demand increasing and supply dropping, this may be the perfect time to get the best price for your home. Contact a local real estate professional today to see if that is the case in your neighborhood.


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Lack Of Existing Home Inventory Slows Sales Heading Into Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]


Some Highlights:

  • The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report.
  • First-time homebuyers made up 31% of all sales in August.
  • Homes are selling quickly with 51% of homes on the market for less than a month.
  • A limited supply continues to drive up prices for the 66th consecutive month.


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Thinking Of Selling Your Virginia Beach Home? You Should Act NOW!

If you thought about selling your house this year, now more than ever may be the time to do it! The inventory of homes for sale in Hampton Roads is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market.

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Thinking of selling your Virginia Beach home?

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors, recently commented:

“Buyer interest is solid, but there is just not enough supply to satisfy demand. Prospective buyers are being sidelined by both limited choices and home prices that are climbing too fast.”

Yun goes on to say:

“Current demand levels indicate sales should be stronger, but it’s clear some would-be buyers are having to delay or postpone their home search because low supply is leading to worsening affordability conditions.”

In this type of market, a seller may hold a major negotiating advantage when it comes to price and other aspects of the real estate transaction, including the inspection, appraisal and financing contingencies.

Bottom Line

As a potential seller, you are in the driver’s seat right now. It might be time to hit the gas.


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