Beware of House Flippers in Virginia Beach

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Excerpt: “A fool and their money are soon parted.” -Thomas Tusser in Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie, 1573 There are many “great deals” in the housing market in today’s economy.   But how do you protect yourself against professional “house flippers” who may be unscrupulous?   These professionals buy a distressed property for a low price, apply some cosmetic fixes and then sell it for at a much higher price.  This is known as “Flipping a House”.  The unsuspecting new buyer may be buying a home with many problems that will be very costly to fix. As a home buyer, to protect your…

Monier Tile Roof on Amazing Home in Kingsmill, Williamsburg Virginia

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Excerpt: I was invited to examine a Monier cement tile roof on a Williamsburg home yesterday.  The homeowner told me that she couldn’t find any roofing contractors in Williamsburg that knew how to work on her roof.   We were happy to help! When we arrived at the home, it took our breath away! I tried to explain how unique and special it was to a few friends and failed miserably, so I decided the best way to share with all of you was through pictures. It was a “featured home” in sept/oct 2008 issue of VA Living Magazine, and is 7,150sf!  And it’s for sale!  …

5 Quick Fixes: Solutions for the Unused Fireplace

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Excerpt: It’s a common issue in city dwellings; the unusable fireplace. Here are five ideas for coping with an empty hearth. Above: A tiled fireplace (the J. J. rocking chair is by Antonio Citterio); image via B & B Italia. Above: A grouping of pillar candles adds a note of color in this otherwise neutral space; image via VT Wonen. Above: In photographer Paul Massey’s London house, a minimalist fireplace opening is filled with stacked wood. Above: Oversized gold-toned letters fill an unused fireplace in the Paris apartment of Jean-Christophe Aumas; image via Marie Claire Maison. Above: A mirrored ball reflects light in this minimal hearth; image via Shelterness. Need ideas or help…