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  • Upcoming Holiday Events in Williamsburg

    Posted in Uncategorized on Nov 30, 2016

    Don't miss these wonderful upcoming holiday events in Williamsburg!

  • Finding Your Dream Home

    Posted in Real Estate Tips on Oct 28, 2016

    You’ve saved your money, gotten pre-approved for a mortgage, know what you can spend and now you are ready to go find “Your Dream Home.” Before you head out to start looking, there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself!

  • Choosing the Real Estate Agent Who is Right for You

    Posted in Real Estate Tips on Sep 08, 2016


    There are a couple of reasons that you may seek out a real estate agent: if you’re looking to sell a property, or if you’re looking to buy one. You wouldn’t place a Mercedes in your yard with a cardboard “For Sale” sign, and you don’t want your home to end up on just any website.

    The last thing you want when planning a move is a disorganized, inexperienced, or unprofessional agent. Since prospective buyers take an average of eight visits and sixteen weeks before putting in an offer on a house it is vital to find a real estate company that is the right fit. In this modern D-I-Y age, do the res...

  • Buying a Home in a Digital World

    Posted in Real Estate Tips on Sep 08, 2016

    2,258 sq. foot home for sale at 6796 Tarpley's Tavern in James City County, Virginia.
    2,258 sq. foot home for sale at 6796 Tarpley's Tavern in James City County, Virginia.

    In today's digital world, the first step buyers take when searching for a new home is scouring the internet for their ideal property. Long gone are the days of flipping through the newspaper and taking afternoon drives to find "For Sale" signs in front yards.

    Because housing is so readily available at the touch of a button, there's no need to waste time finding a needle in a haystack. It seems like just about everything you need to know is on your computer screen.

    However, even with the convenience of techno...

  • First-Time Home Buying Tips: Before, During and After

    Posted in Uncategorized on Sep 08, 2016

    Beautiful new home at Cordella Road in James City County.

    Beautiful new home at Cordella Road in James City County.

    Buying your first home is exciting, but the process can be overwhelming. Knowing what steps to take can make for a seamless process. Start out on the right foot with these 10 must-dos.

    1. Get your finances in order. Having good credit and a solid down-payment will help you snag the home of your dreams.
    2. Find a lender who can help you qualify for a good mortgage. Williamsburg Realty has great in-house lenders.
    3. Get pre-approved for a mortgage so you and your realtor know where you stand financially.
    4. Know what you want and what yo...

  • How to Stage Your Home For A Great First Impression

    Posted in Real Estate Tips on Sep 08, 2016

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    Staging your home is all about highlighting your home's strengths. You want your property to make a great first impression, so when staging your home imagine that you're preparing it for a job interview. You want it to be clean, organized, look well put together and feel inviting.

    Hiring a professional to stage your home can be expensive. Instead of paying someone to do it for you there are several things you can do to make your home presentable and help potential buyers fall in love....

  • 15 Inexpensive Renovations and Upgrades You Can Tackle Today!

    Posted in Real Estate Tips on Sep 08, 2016


    Beautiful home at 2020 Back River Lane in James City County. Call Jay Ponton at Williamsburg Realty.

    When homeowners think about renovating their properties they can get bogged down by the idea of spending thousands on a new kitchen, new bathroom or add-on. However, there are inexpensive, do-it-yourself ways to give your home a facelift.

    • Start with a coat of paint. Paint is the single best way to update and freshen up your home on a small budget. If you're preparing your home to sell, stick with neutral colors.
    • Give a main room an upgrade by adding crown molding.
    • Replace kitchen cab...

  • What to do When a Seller Rejects Your Offer

    Posted in Real Estate Tips on Sep 08, 2016

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    If you’ve fallen in love with a home and have made a good offer, but the seller won’t cooperate, you’ve likely found yourself in a frustrating dilemma of what to do next. There’s no law that says a seller must accept a buyer’s offer, no matter how great it is and even if you offer full price or above. So unfortunately, no matter how much you love a home or how much you’re willing to pay for it, this doesn’t always secure the sale. Let’s discuss three ways to cope when a seller refuses to sell.

    1. Avoid overanalyzing the situation.

    It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of negotiations espec...

  • How to Save Money on Your Electric Bill During Summer Months

    Posted in Real Estate Tips on Sep 08, 2016

    The Retreat at 9115 Manorwood includes a beautiful pool.

    The Retreat at 9115 Manorwood includes a beautiful pool. Contact Williamsburg Realty for details.

    As the hot summer months approach, your bill will be on the rise right along with the temperatures. The hotter the days the harder your air conditioner will be working to keep your home comfortable. While you can invest in energy conserving appliances and upgrade your windows, you likely don’t what to invest thousands in your home just to save hundreds on your electric bill.

    Instead, there are simple ways to reduce your monthly bill and lighten your air conditioner’s work load. Here’s a look at h...

  • How to Leverage Social Media to Grow Your Real Estate Business

    Posted in Real Estate Tips on Sep 08, 2016


    Social media is where people go to connect with family and friends, follow their favorite brands and stay up to date with news and media. Because people use social media as their go-to for online connecting, you can take advantage of it by appealing to buyers and sellers simply by getting your business in front of them and creating a relationship.

    Here are social media leveraging tips to implement today.

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    Use Images and videos when you post to all social media platforms. These are the two most engaging types of content.

    Show off your city. Post about events in your neighborhood, new construc...

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