Greetings Virginia Real Estate Team Client Appreciation Movie Night

Each summer, the Greetings Virginia real estate sales team with Keller Williams Realty team hosts a client appreciation party to acknowledge our past clients, friends, family, and referral partners. Our real estate sales business is largely referral based from our happy past clients that refer us to their friends, families, and co-workers are in the market to Buy a Home, Sell a Home, or Invest in Real Estate.

When you buy a home or sell property with Greetings Virginia, you become a part of our GV Insider’s Club where we become your advocates for life. In addition to inviting you to great events like our annual Movie Night, we will be available to refer any resource to you that you may need in the future. Our extensive connections include close, well vetted relationships with almost any resource that you may ever need. Need a handyman or plumber or a chiropractor or massage therapist? Just pick up the phone and call us and we will introduce you. This is just another way that we provide World-class Solutions to our clients and past clients.

Members of our GV Insider’s Club enjoy invitations to free events such as Movie Night as well as our Christmas Tree Exchange and Toy Donation. In addition, we also support unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets to be rescued and placed into loving homes by helping Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

 

Check out a few photos from our last Greetings Virginia client appreciation Movie Night:

 

Some brought their kids and had loads of fun!

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Your Home Sold in 72 Days Guaranteed

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While every agent will promise to sell your home, the reality of the real estate market today is that, this simply doesn’t always happen. Needless to say, this is highly frustrating to a home seller like you. Well, we set ourselves apart from most agents by being accountable to you. In other words, we don’t just promise to sell your home, we Guarantee it. Our Sell Your Home in 72 Days campaign is as simple as this:

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As you can see, we put our money where our mouth is. Instead of making you empty promises, we give you a written guarantee of performance and if we don’t live up to this agreement, you pay us absolutely nothing at all. We’re taking all the risk so you don’t have to, and this gives our many clients much greater peace of mind in the home selling process.

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7 Houseplants with Secret Health Benefits

Want to keep your home clear of toxic trace chemicals? Consider the common mum. NASA studies analyzed a variety of houseplants and determined that mums have a stellar ability to absorb volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, and trichloroethylene, all of which are found in many household products.

Related: 11 Reasons Your Houseplants Are Dying

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10 Big Ideas for Your Small Dining Room

Small Dining Room Ideas

A dearth of space in your dining area need not put a damper on your next get-together. Yes, even if your eating area looks and feels rather small, it’s still possible to entertain with warmth and grace—and to give your friends and family a bit of extra elbow room too. Scroll down now for smart and simple ideas, not for adding square footage in the dining room, but for making the most of every inch that you do have available. Bon appétit!

 

SHELF LIFE

Small Dining Room Ideas - Open Shelves

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A familiar feature of modern kitchens, open shelving represents a space-smart dining room storage option—one that frees up floor space even while adding visual interest. Best of all, if you’re handy enough to drive a few screws, you can handle installation yourself, without having to go through the hassle and expense of working with a contractor.

 

ON THE BENCH

Small Dining Room Ideas - Bench Seating

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Simply put, traditional dining chairs take up more room than basic bench seating. Remember that. True: Chairs are more comfortable, but on those special occasions when you’re feeding a crowd, you can always squeeze in more guests if you temporarily swap the chairs out for a couple of sturdy benches—one to run along each side of the table. Don’t own any benches? Make one!

 

RIGHT LIGHT

Small Dining Room Ideas - Lighting Design

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A pendant or flush-mount ceiling fixture provides the light you need to dine by, as well as the finishing design touch. Just be careful not go overboard. Overly large or elaborate light fixtures dominate small dining rooms, and not in a good way. For a streamlined yet stylish effect, opt instead for a compact fixture in a color that matches the walls.

 

THE BIG PICTURE

Small Dining Room Ideas - Large Scale Wall Art

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In a small dining room, once you’ve added the table and chairs, there’s precious little room left over for flourishes. And if you force those decorations to fit, the room’s going to look busy and cluttered. So, word to the wise: Resist the temptation to display dozens and dozens of photos. Pursue a more serene look by hanging only one large-scale painting or print.

 

COUNTER POINT

Small Dining Room Ideas - DIY Breakfast Nook

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If your dining room lacks the floorspace for a full-size table, consider compromising with a clever, space-saving solution like this one. A charming addition and surpassingly easy to DIY, this corner cafe barely projects into the middle of the room, with its attendant bar stool slipping easily under the table surface when not in use.

 

FLEXIBLE FURNITURE

Small Dining Room Ideas - Space Saving Furniture

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Multitasking furniture—it’s a beautiful thing, because it enables you to do more in less space. For instance, while the shelves of a bar cart may hold extra dishes and utensils, the surface can function as a buffet station. Likewise, if you have a bench with built-in storage, you can seat extra guests even while storing linens and things away from view.

 

CURTAIN CALL

Small Dining Room Ideas - Tall Curtains

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Tall curtains create the illusion of higher ceilings and inject a pop of eye-catching color or pattern in the process. For best results, locate the curtain rod as close as possible to the ceiling (not necessarily within the window frame), then to finish the job, add curtains that hang all the way down to the floor, stretching the full height of the wall.

 

OFF THE WALL

Small Dining Room Ideas - Wall Storage

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Don’t discount the idea of folding chairs. If your dining area would accommodate more seating than you need on a daily basis, you can store the extra chairs in a nearby closet until the day you need them. Closets already stuffed to capacity? Collapse the chairs and mount them right on the wall, with their weight supported by heavy-duty hooks.

 

 

OPTICAL ILLUSION

Small Dining Room Ideas - Strategic Mirror Placement

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This is a classic trick, an oldie-but-goodie that works like a charm: Use mirrored surfaces to bounce light through the dining room, fostering an artificial sense of airy openness. Mirrored furnishings magically blend in, becoming practically invisible. But for those less daring, there’s an effective half measure—mounting a mirror on the wall.

 

 

TABLE TRANSFORMATION

Small Dining Room Ideas - Dropleaf Table

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Dining tables with drop leaves have been around for centuries, for one timeless, practical reason—the design makes it quick and easy to extend your table when necessary for holidays, parties, and other special events. When the guests go home, simply collapse the leaves (or remove the extensions). Complicated? No. Genius? Absolutely.

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How To: Make Your Own Hardwood Floor Cleaner

The Best Homemade Hardwood Floor Cleaner

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Whether newly installed or more than a hundred years old, hardwood floors are a striking feature in many homes. Wood is a naturally resilient material, and sealed with a urethane finish hardwood flooring can take even the heaviest use for many years before needing to be refinished or, in rarer cases, replaced. Yet while wood floors are on many a “must” list for their traditional elegance underfoot, they do demand more finicky care and maintenance than such materials as laminate, vinyl, or tile, which resist scuffs and are easier to clean.

While hardwood floor cleaners abound on the market, there are several smart reasons to make your own. Some commercial products contain chemicals that can irritate the eyes, skin, or respiratory system, or be toxic if ingested. If you have young children or pets often playing on (or eating off) the floor—or you simply appreciate the health and environmental benefits of a “green” home—you may wish to avoid commercial cleaners in favor of an all-natural approach. Plus, store-bought products specifically formulated for hardwood floors can be pricey, around $7 to $20 for a 32-ounce bottle, while the homemade hardwood floor cleaner recipe here can get you nearly 200 32-ounce mixtures from a single $16, 32-ounce bottle of castile soap.

That being said, not all natural cleaning products are appropriate for hardwood floors. Harsh acidic ingredients like vinegar or lemon can strip the urethane finish, making floors appear cloudy and dull. And too-vigorous scrubbing—either with a cleaning tool or by adding an abrasive ingredient like baking soda to a cleaning solution—can also damage the finish. The best homemade hardwood floor cleaner will remove dirt without harming the finish of the floors below. Our recipe relies on castile soap, an eco-conscious alternative to dish detergent or other cleansers, and a microfiber pad to clean gently.

Before using the formula, sweep or vacuum flooring well to remove any loose dirt or debris. Then simply mix, mop, and admire your handsome hardwood!

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1 teaspoon pure castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
4 cups water, plus more for rinsing
5 to 10 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)
Spray bottle
Mop with microfiber pad

The Best Homemade Hardwood Floor Cleaner

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Step 1
Add the castile soap, water, and—if you’d like a light scent—essential oil (like peppermint, orange, or lavender) to a spray bottle. Screw the top on tightly and shake well to mix.

Step 2
Before using any new cleanser on your entire floor—this one included—test it on an out-of-the-way spot, such as under a piece of furniture. Apply following the directions below and rinse, then check for any hint of damage before continuing with the rest of the floor.

Step 3
Working in small areas (about three square feet at a time), spritz the cleaning mixture onto the floor.

Be careful not to spray too much of the homemade hardwood floor cleaner at once to avoid water sitting too long on the surface. Excess moisture can penetrate the wood and cause serious damage to the boards along the lines of swelling, cupping, warping, and even separating.

Step 4
Using back and forth motions along the grain of the wood, work in the cleaning solution with a dry microfiber mop. (Avoid pre-dampened pads; there’s ample moisture in the spray). Continue working in small patches, rinsing and squeezing excess water off your mop as it becomes soiled until you’ve done the whole floor.

 

Cleaning Tips for a Spotless Home

All of the Essential Cleaning Advice from BobVila.com
There’s no way around it: Keeping the house clean demands your time, your energy, and even some of your money. Fortunately, this arsenal of cleaning tips can help you finish the housekeeping more quickly—and with fewer commercially sold products.

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New online service offers one-stop-shopping for mortgage and purchase offers

Navigating the home search process can be stressful enough without the added pressure of lining up mortgage financing and negotiating a purchase.

Now OfferPad, a direct online home purchase program has partnered with loanDepot, the second largest non-bank consumer lender, to offer a new digital financing option for buyers.

OfferPad Home Loans, available to buyers on the OfferPad site, allows customers to apply for a loan when they are shopping for a home. Homeowners can request a purchase offer through OfferPad and receive one within 24 hours through the platform. Once they accept the offer, the sellers can choose a closing date. If they are moving locally, OfferPad will pay for their move.

In addition to providing digital mortgage loan application services through loanDepot, the companies are also offering bridge loans to help sellers overcome the obstacle of timing the purchase of a new home with the sale of an existing home. Homeowners with an instant offer from OfferPad can apply for a bridge loan through loanDepot since they have the security of a guaranteed offer for their home.

The two companies plan to introduce other initiatives in the future. In addition to providing direct connections between buyers and sellers, OfferPad can connect buyers with a local real estate agent to help them with the purchase process.

OfferPad, currently available in Charlotte, Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Phoenix, intends to expand to additional markets in the future.

For more information, visit www.offerpad.com.

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Mortgage rates level off ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

Mortgage rates barely moved heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.

According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average slipped to 3.92 percent with an average 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) It was 3.95 percent a week ago and 4.03 percent a year ago.

The 15-year fixed-rate average edged up to 3.32 percent with an average 0.4 point. It was 3.31 percent a week ago and 3.25 percent a year ago. The five-year adjustable rate average increased to 3.22 percent with an average 0.4 point. It was 3.21 percent a week ago and 3.12 percent a year ago.

Bankrate.com, which puts out a weekly mortgage rate trend index, found that more than half of the experts it surveyed say rates will remain relatively stable in the coming week. Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com, disagrees. He predicts that home loan rates are headed up.

“Strong earnings, solid economic data, an upcoming Fed rate hike and the continued downsizing of the Fed’s balance sheet all point to higher rates,” he said.

Meanwhile, a drop in refinance applications offset an uptick in purchase applications last week, according to the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The market composite index — a measure of total loan application volume – increased 0.1 percent. The refinance index fell 5 percent, while the purchase index rose 5 percent.

The refinance share of mortgage activity accounted for 49.9 percent of all applications.

“Refinance activity, already extremely sensitive to rate movements, decreased 4.8 percent, the fourth weekly decrease in five weeks,” said Joel Kan, an MBA economist. “Purchase applications increased last week following Veterans Day week, and remained 4.1 percent higher than the same week one year ago. The increase in overall purchase applications was driven by increases in all loan types: conventional, FHA and VA purchase loans.”

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