Thursday, June 02, 2016
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Meg Traynham
Meg Traynham
REALTOR
(804) 356-9045
meg.traynham@longandfoster.com
Long & Foster Grove Office
5702 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226
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  • Neighborhood Spotlight - the Museum District

    Hello Friends and Neighbors!

    It is no doubt that we Richmonders are proud of our city. The natural beauty, history, cultural diversity and quality of life are just a few of the features we can boast about. And within our great city lies a neighborhood brimming with that same pride: the Museum District. Residents will tell you it’s the perfect combination of diverse architecture, great restaurants and world-class museums in a walkable, urban neighborhood.

    To learn more, click on the photo

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  • Renovation ROI (Return on Investment)

    Hello Friends and Neighbors,

    Is a renovation project on your list for 2020? If so, this article is a must read! Not only do home improvement projects make your space feel fresh and new, they add value to your home; however, not all updates are created equal when it comes to ROI (return on investment). Here is a list of renovations worth considering:

    Click on the heading above to read more...

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  • Decorate with Winter Color Schemes — Year-Round!

    Winter is not just a season, it's a decorating scheme. No matter what time of year it is, no matter where you live, taking a winter approach to design can add warmth to your home. Click through to learn about incorporating winter themes into your home decor.

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  • Is Wallpaper Really Making a Comeback?

    At one time, wallpaper festooned the walls of just about every new home. That trend faded, but wallpaper may be ready for its second act. Click through to learn more about new ways to use wallpaper in your home design.

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  • How To Replace Your Siding

    The siding you choose for your home will protect it from the elements, so it's important you make the right decision. How do you know you have the right siding for your home and climate? Click through to learn more about how to replace your siding.

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  • Is This Your Situation: How Much Money Should I Put Down on a Home?

    With so many types of mortgage loans and lender requirements, it’s hard to decide exactly how much you should be spending on a down payment. Is it advantageous to put the most money down? Click through to learn more about how much money you should really be putting down.

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  • Learn About Your Local Neighborhood -- Or One You're Considering

    Get all the details with Neighborhood360, an essential online program that provides a wide range of demographics for any address and any neighborhood that you want. Click through if you want to know all about your own neighborhood, or one you're thinking of moving into.

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  • Property Estimates Plus a Lot of Extras with Online Program

    Have you stopped and wondered about how much you could get for your property? Or maybe you want a range for a vacation home you're thinking of buying? Click through for a program that gives you value ranges for any property, plus a whole lot more.

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  • The Quickest Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom

    Your bathroom should be a place of peace and relaxation, but if the space has outdated features, it can make it hard to unwind. Click through for the quickest ways to upgrade your bathroom.

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  • How to Stop Animals from Eating Your Plants

    Deer, rabbits and groundhogs are the most common culprits of poached plants and often see your garden as a free snack. Click through to learn how to prepare to defend yourself when spring comes.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Is My Home's Lack of Curb Appeal Turning Away Buyers?

    The exterior of your home has a big impact on how fast your home sells. Avoid curb appeal mistakes before putting it on the market. Click through for 5 mistakes you might be making, which could be causing a slower sale of your home.

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  • Calling All Fact-Finders - and Snoopers!

    Hello Friends and Neighbors!

    This week’s newsletter introduces Neighborhood360, a great new feature to get the full story on any address and any neighborhood. Simply enter the address and you will have access to recent sales nearby, median income for the neighborhood, detailed school reports, new local businesses and more.

    To read more, click on the photo

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  • Neighborhood Spotlight - Windsor Farms

    Hello Friends and Neighbors!

    This month, my neighborhood spotlight features Windsor Farms, one of Richmond’s first planned neighborhoods. Located on the James River and south of Cary Street Road, the neighborhood, designed to look like an English village, boasts curvy streets and a variety of architectural styles, like Colonial Revival, Tudor and Cape Cod.

    There are even a couple of historic houses located in the neighborhood, including Virginia House and Agecroft Hall. Virginia House is a...

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  • DIY While You Hunker Down at Home

    Hello Friends and Neighbors,

    Brrrrrrr! Hope you are staying warm in these frigid temperatures. Weather like this calls for hunkering down indoors and cozying up by the fire. Which can sometimes lead to cabin fever and the desire to update some rooms in the house. This week’s newsletter has some great topics for all things home, definitely check them out. Below is my list of suggestions on small DIY projects that you will enjoy almost immediately, while adding value to your home.

    To read more, click on the photo

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  • With New Online Program, Property Valuation Ranges Are Just the Beginning

    Maybe you want to know about that property you're thinking of buying. Or you just want to know the valuation range for your own property. Click through to access an online program that will give you value ranges, and more, for any property you're interested in.

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  • Our Super Online Program: The Full Story on Any Address, Any Neighborhood

    Get all the details with Neighborhood360, a smart new program that provides the key demographics for any neighborhood. Click through if you want to know all about your own neighborhood, or one you're thinking of moving into.

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  • How to Go Green at Home

    Just because you're making a commitment to becoming more eco-friendly doesn't mean you're saving money. Click through for more on transforming your home without falling for gimmicks.
     

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  • Is This Your Situation: Should I Invest in a Condo or a Co-Op?

    What’s more advantageous -- buying a condo or a co-op? Turns out the answer to this question isn’t a simple one. Click through to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of condos versus co-ops and which option is better for you.

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  • What's Right for Your Roof?

    The roof you choose for your home may be one of the most important details you consider. But how do you know if you've made the right choice? Click through to learn about different roofing options, and see what might be right for your home.

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  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Ginter Park

    Hello Friends and Neighbors!

    One of the hottest neighborhoods in Richmond right now is Ginter Park, an area that began development over 100 years ago and has been dubbed the “Queen of the Suburbs.” Buyers come here looking for affordable homes with historic charm on pedestrian-friendly streets and quickly fall in love. The varied architecture also provides something for everyone: stately mansions lining Hermitage Road; colonial and tudor styles to the north of Bellevue Avenue; bungalows and cottages to the south of Bellevue Avenue.

    To read more, click on the photo

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  • Refinish Your Hardwood Floors

    Hardwood floors are gorgeous and popular. But if you're moving into a home that has older hardwood floors, you may need to give them a little TLC before they really shine. Click through to learn the best tips and tricks for refinishing your hardwood floors.

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  • Improve Your Bathroom Storage

    Home storage is always one of the biggest concerns for anyone moving into a new home. Specifically, many people worry about having enough bathroom storage. Click through to learn how to make your bathroom more efficient.

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  • Tips for Keeping Your Garden Alive This Summer

    Everyone looks forward to summer fun, from enjoying swimming pools to taking naps in the hammock. But what about your garden? How will it fare in summer heat? Click through to learn how to care for your garden during the hottest months.

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  • The 5 Home Improvements That Give the Best ROI

    We all want to improve our homes as much as our budgets allow. But which improvements actually add to the home's value? They may not be what you think! Click through to learn how to think strategically about improving your home.

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  • Embracing Change

    Hello Friends and Neighbors, 

    I hope you all are adjusting to a “new normal” in your lives; I am afraid it will be around for a while. 

    As Albert Einstein said, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” 

    Departing from one’s comfort zone can open new worlds and challenge the brain. Here are some fun ways to expand your mind from the comfort of home. Enjoy! 

    Click the article heading to read more.

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  • Home Is Where the Heart Is

    Hello Friends and Neighbors,

    Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, so if you don’t feel like fighting the restaurant crowds or simply waited too long to make reservations, staying in can be an attractive alternative. Here is a list of convenient services sure to fit your schedule and warm your heart. 

    Click on the headline above to read more.

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  • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Hot Tubs

    Do you think you want a hot tub for your new home? How do you pick out just the right tub and what do you need to know to keep it in great shape? Click through to read more about hot tubs and your new house. 

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  • Planning Your Home Renovation

    Any home renovation, big or small, is no easy feat. You have to evaluate a lot of moving parts, money considerations, and living situations. So how do you make sure it all goes smoothly? Click through to learn more about creating a successful home renovation plan.

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  • Westover Hills Home Tour

    Hello Friends and Neighbors,

    Ahhhh Spring…how I love this time of year in Richmond. The trees and flowers are in full bloom and all the neighborhoods look so beautiful, just in time for one of my favorite events – The Westover Hills Home Tour! It’s this weekend, on Sunday, May 5th 1-5pm. If you like beautiful homes, gorgeous gardens and spectacular views of the James River, I highly encourage you to come take the tour.

    To read more, click on the photo

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  • Resolve to Sell Your Home

    Hello Friends and Neighbors!

    Happy New Year! Out with the old, in with the new, right? This year as you make your resolutions, I encourage you to add improving your living situation to the list. Maybe that means a larger home, a different location or even a downsize. Either way, the first step is selling your current home.

    To read more, click on the photo

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  • Is This Your Situation: Prepping Your Home for Sale

    Although it can be tempting to wash your hands of your old home when you put it up for sale, it's essential to create a good appearance. Click through to learn why you have to put time and money into fixing up your home before a sale.

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  • Having Vision

    Hello Friends and Neighbors!

    One of the difficult parts of house-hunting is having a vision of what could be, instead of what is. I see it all the time: overgrown landscaping, dark rooms, small spaces, outdated decor…these often scare away buyers who can’t look past the project. Before you let a good thing pass you by, pause to think of what the AFTER could be.

    To read more, click on the photo

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  • 5 Design Tips to Make Small Living Feel Big

    The issue of space is top of mind for a lot of homeowners. If you live in a small home or apartment, chances are you want to make the most out of the space you have and you’d do anything to make your home feel bigger. Click through for 5 simple ways to make small living feel big!

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  • Merry Christmas!

    Hello Friends and Neighbors!

    And just like that, we are knee-deep in the holidays—and snow! I LOVE this time of year, everything seems bigger and better: decorating, parties, baked goods…even house tours. Usually for me a house tour means previewing what’s about to come on the market. But this time of year it means a spectacle of bright, colorful lights and whimsical displays.

    To read more, click on the photo

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  • Pumpkin Patch Guide

    Hello Friends and Neighbors,

    90+ degrees in October?!?! No thank you. Even though it still feels like summer, it is time for FALL and I am ready to decorate for it. In case you share this sentiment and pumpkins are on your mind, I’ve compiled a list of area pumpkin patches that offer fun for the whole family. There are some updates from last year, including a few festivals and additional features at some of the farms.

    To read more, click on the photo

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  • Is the Potential for Downed Trees Leaving You Uneasy?

    Hello Friends and Neighbors!

    Looks like Hurricane Florence has moved on, thankfully. What was projected to be the storm of the century fortunately didn’t devastate Richmond…but it sure left its mark. Our thoughts are with all of those affected. Now our focus turns to the saturated ground and potential for downed trees. With our tree-lined streets and beautiful neighborhood canopies, falling trees are a real concern, so it is important that we keep them healthy.

    To read more, click on the photo

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  • When to Renovate, and When to Move

    Hello Friends and Neighbors,

    How in love are you with your house right now? Kitchen a little tired, or perhaps approaching museum status? And how about the bathrooms? We all have wish lists for our homes, but at a certain point maybe it’s time to forego the wish list and find another home that already has what you want.

    Click the photo to learn more

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  • Winter is Coming

    Hello Friends and Neighbors,

    And hello fall! How gorgeous are the leaves right now? There’s so much to love about this season, and I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am. Winter is right around the corner, so I’ve compiled a few reminders to address before the bitter cold/holiday distraction arrives. Knock these chores out one weekend so you’ll have piece of mind when Old Man Winter comes knocking…

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  • Top Design Trends to Follow for 2020

    Hello Friends and Neighbors,

    It’s the dawn of a new decade; hence a new design era has begun!

    Although the last decade’s trends had their wins (all things farmhouse, feminine blush colors, floral patterns and the return of “gutsy” wallpaper), some were overplayed (sorry “graige”). With Pinterest, e-commerce and HGTV (just to name a few), style idea accessibility has never been greater and that has created quite the design buzz! We hope you enjoy this sneak peak of new era trends...

    Read more, click on the headline above.

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  • Get Property Valuation Ranges -- and More -- Instantly!

    Do you want to know about how much your property is worth? Or the value range of a property you're thinking of buying? Click through for an online program that will give you the results for any address instantly -- and a lot more!

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  • Is This Your Situation: How Can I Prepare for a Smooth Home Closing?

    There's more to selling a home than picking the right listing price and marketing the property. Sellers have to take a proactive role in the process. Click through to learn how to avoid 4 common mistakes home sellers make.

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  • Hot Design Ideas for Your Home

    Incorporating design trends into your home can boost its luxe appeal. Click through to learn how to improve your home's overall aesthetic with the latest design trends.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Hello Friends and Neighbors,

    Happy Thanksgiving! Hard to believe the holidays are here again. The joy of friends and family coming together to appreciate all of our blessings…and the stress of trying to get it all done so it will be perfect. I’ve recently found a few holiday helpers that I thought I’d share so you can focus on what matters most: the turkeys sitting around your table.

    To read more, click on the photo

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