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Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Agent Highlight: Eva Taylor

Meet Eva Taylor!



Eva first became interested in Real Estate in 2004, when she began a career in property management.  She realized that she loved helping people find a great place to call home so she set her mind to becoming a Realtor.  She is excited to begin her new career in Real Estate with Clocktower Realty Group! She enjoys driving around Richmond to get a personal look at its many unique neighborhoods.  In her free time, Eva enjoys various activities— cooking with her daughter, exploring new places and activities with her husband, and making lifelong memories with family and friends. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Which Home Improvements Have the Best ROI in 2018

We Asked The Pros:

 Which Home Improvements Have the Best ROI in 2018

By Tara Mastroeni January 9, 2018 | Freshome.com

These are a few home improvements that will give you the biggest bang for your buck in 2018.



Every homeowner wants to get the biggest impact possible out of their home improvements. Whether you’re looking to make a move in the near future or are planning on staying put for years to come, it’s comforting to know that your investment of time and money is worth the effort, that the work you’re doing will add value to your home.

With that in mind, we decided to take the issue to the experts. We asked the leading minds in real estate to tell us which home improvement projects are set to have the best return on investment (ROI) in 2018. Read on below to see what they had to say and to learn where in your home your sweat equity will ultimately have the biggest impact.

Smart home technologies

Expect smart home technologies to start popping up everywhere.

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1. Smart home technologies
“According to the most recent Luxury Portfolio Global Luxury Real Estate Report, 76% of buyers agree: Having a ‘smart home’ is very important to me. In particular, safety is a top concern. Of those surveyed, 39% are looking for a convenient, centralized network that securely controls smart-home and internet connections; aka the ability to operate a home security system through a mobile device.” — Stephanie Anton, EVP of Luxury Portfolio International

Outdoor living space

Let an outdoor living space draw in buyers.



2. Outdoor living space

“According to a recent survey, 51% of home buyers find outdoor living space the most attractive quality when searching for their perfect home, more so than open floor plans and curb appeal. As such, outdoor spaces are becoming an ideal investment, not only for current homeowners’ enjoyment, but also for sellers looking to bring added value to a home for future sale.” — Joe Raboine, National Design & Training Specialist for Belgard in Atlanta

Energy-efficient kitchens

Energy-efficient options are set to be a smart investment.



3. Maximizing energy efficiency

“Making energy-efficient upgrades will give you more bang for your buck in 2018. When thinking of energy efficiency, people often go straight to solar panels. However, smaller changes like upgrading your HVAC, water heater, or windows can also cut energy costs — resulting in an accumulation of savings over time. You can even make improvements as simple as adding solar-powered lighting to your front yard, which will help increase overall savings.” — Sacha Ferrandi, Founder of Source Capital Funding Inc., San Diego

Modernized bathrooms

As always, modernized bathrooms make a big difference.


4. Modernized bathrooms

“Modern bathroom trends are staying the same in 2018 as in 2017. Clean lines with rustic touches. Adding grays into the color scheme is also very popular right now and most consider this the greatest non-offensive tone to go choose from. (Beige is out.) Be careful, though, buyers like a very light gray. Some darker grays can come across as purple in certain lights.” — Sotereas (Teris) Pantazes, CEO & Founder of EFynch in Baltimore

Fresh finishes

Sometimes fresh finishes are all that’s needed.


5. Refreshed finishes

“Not all renovations have to be huge. I like to suggest that homeowners update their finishes before they go to sell because it’s not always easy for buyers to visualize the potential of a space. If a space is really run down and a buyer thinks that he will have to redo everything, it’s easy to either over or underestimate the cost to achieve what it could look like. Older finishes also eliminate a big chunk of the buyers out there who just aren’t willing to do the work.” — Ori Goldman, CEO of Loftey in New York City

ROI in 2018

These are the projects to keep in mind when ROI matters most.


Home improvements can be a bit of a gamble. On the one hand, while you’re living in the space, it’s only natural to want to create a space you’ll enjoy. On the other, if you intend to sell, you also want to make changes that appeal to buyers. That’s why we asked the pros to help you weigh the risks. They told us which home improvements will probably have the best ROI in 2018, so you can make sure to get the most bang for your buck.


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Monday, January 8, 2018

New Agent Highlight!

 Meet Sarah Ripp!


Sarah, with a bachelor's degree in Psychology, prides herself on anticipating what her client's need and want.  She has a passion for this business as well as the Greater Richmond area. Her grandfather, the founder of The Restaurant Company, instilled in her the love of RVA. She grew up watching him open restaurants along with her father throughout childhood and it helped her understand the lasting impact residents can have on their city. She’s excited to make her own mark by finding each and every one of her clients their perfect home in the city she loves. In Sarah’s free time, she is snuggling with her two English bulldogs, traveling, and spending time with her husband and family.