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You’ve heard it said that making improvements to a kitchen will give you one of the best returns on investment in your home, but it can also add infinite value to the way you live your life and where you probably spend a good portion of your time – if not cooking and eating, then certainly entertaining.

According to an article in U.S. News & Report,  "If you have a dated kitchen … and a buyer walks into that kitchen, they’re going to think that in order to redo that kitchen, they’re going to have to spend $40,000 or $50,000.

“But the average cost of a minor kitchen remodel – new cabinet doors, appliances, countertops, sink,

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Have you experienced Homearama? This year, the Richmond Homearama is located in Hallsley! Here are all the details AND we have a limited number of FREE tickets! (They go quickly! But either fill out the form or call us and we will let you know if we still have them!)

HOW DO I GET TICKETS?

Daily tickets for tours of the Homearama will be available for purchase at the door. We have a limited number of FREE tickets. If you are interested, please fill out this form (or just give us a call!) and we will be in touch!

SEE the 2016 HOMEARAMA HOMES ONLINE HERE!

Simply click on each of the builder graphics below! It will take you to their Homearama Home. Interested in buying one of these designer homes? Call us, we will be happy to assist you!

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BY ANNEMARIE HENSLEY

I love that working in real estate has taught me so much about how to help people with common homeownership issues. For example, have you ever had an unexpectedly high water bill?

Here’s a quick and easy way to troubleshoot the problem:

First, walk through your home and turn off all the faucets, tubs, showers, water supply lines to toilets and possibly your fridge– and then check the garden hoses outside too.

Next, locate your water meter. If you’re not sure where it is, check the front of the house, near the street (if you’re in a condo- just call the property manager!). Once you’ve found the meter, there should be a cover that you open and a valve inside that you can turn with an adjustable wrench or channel lock pliers. (Or,

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BY DYLAN BEDSAUL

Think back to your own high school experience. Did you fit in? Where you in the “popular” crowd? A jock, maybe? Artsy, or a math/sci geek? No matter your talents, gifts or interests, at Midlothian High School students will find their niche and more importantly will be prepared for college when they graduate.

Midlothian High School received a Silver Medal ranking from US News & World Report, and has much to brag about. Home to the Trojans, Midlothian High School is located in the city of its namesake in close proximity to major roads, including Midlothian Turnpike and the Powhite Parkway. The school has earned an A- rating from Niche Schools K-12 Rankings and Reviews and an 8/10 from Great Schools.org.

Academically, Midlothian

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 BY DYLAN BEDSAUL

Recently, Team Hensley released its first ever Matterport 3D virtual tour, allowing homebuyers a chance to experience a high definition and easy to use walkthrough of listings. With a simple scanning and upload process involving a Matterport Pro 3D camera and the Matterport iPad application (recommended Apple Air iPad 2 or higher with the most recent version of iOS) agents have the ability to showcase every angle of a home.

This new technology offers a much more immersive and informative approach to the home search process. At the inception of a tour, users have the option to place themselves wherever they choose within the home by toggling through either the dollhouse or floor plan display. Once inside the house, one simply

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By Annemarie Hensley:

I love a parade!  And yes, I was singing that line as I wrote it!  I mean really, who doesn't love a parade?  And the Midlothian Village Day Parade gives no reason to argue that point. This parade, organized by the Midlothian Foundation, has become a highly anticipated event taking place the 3rd Sat in October each year.  2015 celebrates the 22nd year of its existence, and this year's parade was as strong as ever,attracting thousands of spectators.  The parade included over 90 entries with over 500 marchers down Midlothian Turnpike from Village Mill Drive to the First Citizens Bank, located at 13101 Midlothian Turnpike. 

This festive event celebrates the Midlothian Community, and features our local businesses, churches, civic

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Dose of Reality: When Do You Need An Attorney

By: Scott D. Stovall, Esq.

The short, honest, and admittedly self-serving answer to the question posed by the title of this article is “always.” A more specific and conservative answer is “the sooner the better, but definitely before you sign the real estate contract.” For most of us, our home likely will be the largest investment we make and depending upon who you ask, either our biggest asset or liability. Once the ink dries on the contract, there is little (with some exceptions) you can do to change the purchase price of the home. As a result, our natural instinct is to cut out what we perceive to be worthless but expensive closing costs such as surveys, enhanced title insurance policies, various

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 BY DYLAN BEDSAUL

In the short history of Cosby High School, the school has been established as one of the top high schools in Chesterfield County, the state of Virginia, and the nation. Cosby is nestled in Midlothian, VA in close proximity to Hull Street and several subdivisions such as Magnolia Green, Hampton Park, FoxFire, Foxcroft, Foxcreek, and Woodlake. US News & World Report gave it a ranking of #25 in the state of Virginia and the silver rating of US News & World Reports Best High Schools nationwide. Greatschools.org also gave it a 9 out of 10 ranking determined on the basis of student achievement, student growth, and college readiness.

Cosby offers a wide range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, allowing students to receive college credit

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 BY DYLAN BEDSAUL
Remember that feeling you had when your professor called you out during your literature discussion and you hadn’t done the reading so you had nothing to contribute? What about that feeling when you didn’t train for that 5k and ran it on pure adrenaline, only to fail miserably? Then there’s that time when your dog decided to relieve himself twice on your daily walk and you were bag-less, so you just left his shoe-ruining, air polluting mess where it laid for all the kids to run through? Didn’t that feel awful? I bet it did.
 
While the examples above are more autobiographical than I would like to admit, I’m going to tell you how you can avoid this wasted emotion called regret. The solution is simple. Be prepared! Stop wingin’ it, this is

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BY DYLAN BEDSAUL

1. You can drift off into a (temporary) real estate fantasyland and dream big.

When choosing a home there are a lot of restrictive factors. Buyers must consider budget, proximity to work, closeness to family, quality of schools, climate, etc., and a buyer essentially has to prioritize the things they value most. Making a practical decision is important. After all, a home is one your of largest, if not your largest, investments and where you choose to buy can be a large determinant of your quality of life. But, practicality is no fun. So, do yourself a favor and watch Million Dollar Listing New York and pretend to be that CEO selling his fully upgraded penthouse in SoHo for a whopping $6 million dollars so he can buy a 7-figure

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