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Millennial Games Show Where The Money Goes

Millennials are probably the most flexible generation ever!

In my opinion, Millennial’s have an extreme desire for the Highest Quality Lifestyle!

In many ways, the way a millennial today thinks and acts in a way that is far superior to other generations. They have mastered life’s pleasures of travel, dining, and entertainment. A lifestyle like this was mostly just a dream for generations past. Leaving couples bogged down with car payments and nine to five jobs. Employment today has many advantages made possible through technology allowing for the capability of working remotely. Working from home for past generations was all but impossible requiring the expense of two cars.

Millennials are saving money by not purchasing expensive cars. Cars require maintenance, insurance, gas and the need of a place to park them.

Instead of two pricey cars, they may share one or not even have one. With strong public transportation and many ride share companies available this can be huge savings. This leaves more of the earnings available for their dining and travel experiences.

Where do Millennial’s like to live?

Many still live with their parents or family member in line with a lower cost of living. Then there are those who choose to be away from family who either rent a room or share an apartment. Sharing living space with one or more friends seems to be the most popular. Millennial’s have mastered the art of affordable living and flexible employment allowing for Maximum Fun Time!

Is the Lifestyle of Our Millennial Generation Missing Something!

For the most part no they are not missing anything. This generation above all others is choosing experiences over monetary things like a car. However, do not touch their phone that to them is a survival tool. They should be careful with that, technology is wonderful but is no substitute for personal interaction. A Facebook post or video will never replace a face to face family gathering with friends and relatives. They may look up from their phones one day realizing their parents and grandparents have passed away while they were out touring other countries. Oops too late they are gone.

A few small changes can make a huge difference in the future success of the Millennial way of thinking.

First

Instead of renting a room or sharing an apartment invest in a home and have your friends rent from you! Remember any time you pay rent you are investing in someone else’s future. You will need a place to live in the future when your parents are gone. Capitalize on your generation by being the one that collects the rent on rooms for rent, so you have a paid off place to live when you are no longer working. That time will sneak up on you faster than you possibly could imagine.

Second

Stay physically connected with your family and friends, put away the phone and socialize once in a while. Especially if you have kids, remember grandparents are not cool hugging a tablet. They want to interact with the real thing.

This generation even has their version of games, like Millennial Monopoly that has eliminated Real Estate as the focus. As a Realtor, many of my clients and friends own rental property. 

A word of caution to for this fast-paced generation is not to let years go by without securing a home for your future. And consider owning more than one. If you buy two new cars, the value goes down as soon as you drive off the lot. You will have to make the same payment every month as the vehicles become worthless. A home works the opposite the monthly payment stays the same, unlike rent which goes up. Yes, you have to make payments every month however unlike cars the value goes up. 

The New Car

It is worth less and less every month, and your friends go places with you for free!

The New Home

As time goes on the home is worth more and payment stays the same. Now you have two friends that want to stay in your two spare bedrooms. This is much different from a free car ride, and they pay rent which you can use to pay your mortgage. Big difference if your mortgage is $1200.00 a month and two people pay you $600.00 a month they are investing in your retirement.

 

Millennial Games Show Where The Money Goes2018-11-30T21:24:07+00:00

Award Winning Real Estate Team

Dr. Shep Praises The Choose A Home Team With 25+ Smooth Transactions.

Several years ago, I traveled to Virginia Beach to visit the area for a second time. The purpose of my visit was to see what might be available in my quest for the perfect retirement place.

Gerry Goodman, a friend of mine who is a realtor in Orange County, California, recommended a realtor named Don Maclary The Choose A Home Team Leader. Then with William E Wood and Associates that has since merged with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

Before traveling to Virginia Beach from Sacramento, California, I contacted Don, told him my goal, and arranged to meet with him. Every morning at 8 a.m., Don showed up at the timeshare at the beach where I was staying and took me out for the day. Sometimes  even in the evening, to get an idea of the community and the neighborhoods, as well as the homes.

I wanted to have a place with a water view.

We looked at homes on the Atlantic Ocean, on Chesapeake Bay, on the Wolfsnare River, on local lakes, on creeks, on flood run-off streams, and on water holes on golf courses. This amazing realtor “gets inside your head” and figures out what you want, then finds it for you.

Although my original intent had been to just look around for the four days I was in Virginia Beach.

Three days went by and Don had found two of exactly what I wanted! The homes were in different neighborhoods, so I picked the more traditional area, with lots of trees. Now I have a ranch house on a lake, with a dock, as well as a Jacuzzi outdoors. It’s almost like being in a bird sanctuary! It is in a cul de sac, so I feel that my grandchildren will be safe from traffic when they visit.

A few times a year, I travel from my work in Sacramento to my retirement home in Virginia Beach. Where I am happy to be  joined by my family for holidays and family celebrations. Most of the year, the lake house is rented out, so this investment literally pays for itself. When I am ready to retire and make it my permanent home, it will be waiting for me.

Don Maclary is the most thorough, competent, knowledgeable realtor I have ever encountered. This is true whether you are looking for a vacation home or a weekly rental, as well as your forever home in Coastal Virginia. He answers his phone! If not immediately available, he lets you know he will be right with you. He takes the time to talk with people, and you feel as if you are the only client he has. Meanwhile, he and his team are winning awards for their achievements and their many satisfied customers. If a realtor does not provide quality service he or she is not on Don’s team.

 Don is seldom out of town.

However, when he does leave town he always has a back-up team member who will effectively service the needs of a client in his absence. After all, he does leave the area to go on the reward trips provided for high achievers in his company, the largest in the area, Howard Hanna! When you complete a deal with Don Maclary that is not the end of the relationship. If you ever need assistance with which repair person or handy man to use, or which restaurant to enjoy, or what sights to see, the best beaches, etc., you can always call on Don. He is a man of many talents. With his creative, divergent thinking, he can imagine different ways people can adapt various homes to their needs, ultimately providing them with their perfect place to own. On a rating scale of 1 to 5, Don Maclary scores a 10!

Award Winning Real Estate Team2018-11-30T19:24:36+00:00

Best Place To Watch The Super Bowl

Same Question Every Year, Who’s hosting the Super Bowl Party?
Make this year your year to buy a home worthy of Hosting the party!

Every year the super bowl comes around and you wind up at a house you would rather not be at because they own a home that has the parking and entertainment space to host a party. Sports bars are fun but at the end of the night check your wallet, The average couple that frequently visits a sports bar spends about the same per month as a mortgage payment on a modest home and then go home to an apartment where they continue to pay the landlords mortgage.

Yes sports bars are fun but think about having only your group of friends bring a dish and a six pack for the evening in your den. Think about investing in your future instead of paying rent for your landlord and supporting the local bars.

Before another year goes by and we are ringing in 2019 consider sitting down with a member of The Choose A Home Team or take our Free Home Buyer Class and learn about our little to no money down options for you to become a home owner.

You don’t make it to the super bowl without a solid game plan and you don’t secure your financial future without a game plan. You may decide your not ready to be a homeowner yet however years go by fast and you should at least develop your game plan.

It costs nothing but a little of your time so contact us today and set an appointment

Best Place To Watch The Super Bowl2018-11-18T17:34:52+00:00

Best New Years Resolution For Any Family

The Best Gift Anyone Can Provide For Their Family Is A Home!
An Apartment or rented house is a building in which your family resides for a short time and then moves on.

The purchase of a home starts a journey of memories and in most cases long term friends.

Owning a house is an investment in your families future both financially and emotionally, A place you call home and over time will own without a monthly payment.

Each year that passes and you have paid the mortgage for the landlord was a temporary roof over your head with no return on your contribution. Some will always be renters and that’s OK. Others will make a New Years Resolution to Break out of the pack and become a homeowner in 2018.

Make this the year your family plants roots in the foundation of a house!

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Best New Years Resolution For Any Family2018-11-30T19:37:57+00:00

Walk the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show

Howard Hanna Realtors Will Be At 27th Street for the 2018 Boardwalk Art Show Answering Questions.
Artist’s from all over will be displaying fabulous art for you to view or purchase on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, If you have not been in the past make it a point to attend this year.

The Choose A Home Team will be staffing this event with enough Realtors to answer questions about today’s real estate market and how it may affect you.

1 Inventory

2 Available Low Or No Money Down Programs

3 Free Home Buyer Classes

4 Listing Your Home For Sale

5 Joining Our Team Of Realtors

6 Relocation Assistance

Bring your questions and talk with one of our Howard Hanna Realtors.

Military? Ask for one of our Military Relocation Professionals

Walk the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show2018-11-30T19:50:45+00:00

Take a Minute and Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Choose A Home Team Gives Special thanks

to our friends and clients who faithfully support Our Team of Realtors.

As we express our gratitude, we will never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  These words were written by John F Kennedy our 35th president was part of a Thanksgiving address to the nation. Then as it is now. These words are used to convey our gratitude and appreciation for the things we have. The life we live, the freedoms we very much enjoy and our family ties.

It is easy to get caught up in how fast the time goes by after Halloween. It seems like there is no distinction for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving should stand out alone as a separate holiday. I was at a store the other day looking for Thanksgiving decorations and was told they do not carry any. They go straight from celebrating Halloween to the Christmas season.

I would like to remind everyone that there does exist a holiday between October 31st and December 25th. Please take the time to reflect on your blessings. You don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it anymore. Make your Thanksgiving dinner a place to create memories, and to celebrate good fortunes.

All of our Realtors at Howard Hanna wish everyone a healthy, happy and peaceful Thanksgiving season. Our Team appreciates your support. For our new clients we hope you enjoy your new home.

Our veterans have a special place in our greetings. They know all to well how it feels to be away from family and friends during a holiday. We hope that they have a chance to be united and celebrate the day with the thought that our continued support is with them.

We have already begun this seasons holiday festivities here in Coastal Virginia.

Examples are The Norfolk Parade of Lights, the holiday lights on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and The Azalea Gardens lights will also soon be in full view. Take this opportunity to explore our area. Make some new memories for both the young and old, Family Friends or maybe even a Veteran spending the day alone.

Back to John F Kennedy’s quote. Do something this year to make a difference in someone’s life. Give to a charity, donate your time at a homeless shelter, or just spend more time with your family. Small acts of kindness like this are paid back to the giver in many ways. What goes around comes around really happens. May everyone enjoy a healthy and happy holiday season.

For future Home Buyers we offer a Free Home Buyer Class Once a month.  Bobby Ashburner hosts this class in one of Beach Fords Conference rooms.

please give extra thanks to our active duty military and all of our Veterans when you see them.

Coastal Virginia is home to our largest Navy Base right Here in our backyard.

Take a Minute and Give Thanks2018-12-03T20:31:44+00:00

WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS TO BE AN AMERICAN.

 

 

WHETHER IT IS A FACT OR JUST MY OPINION,

I BELIEVE IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO BE AN AMERICAN. 

 We are all fortunate to be able to call ourselves Americans. It is very unfortunate that too many of our citizens take things like the freedoms we enjoy for granted today. Sadly you would think here in Coastal Virginia home to the largest Naval Base in the country people would be aware that freedom is not free. Citizens across our great Nation live in freedom unlike that of any other country. 

Today I stopped to reflect on what Veterans Day signifies.

Veterans Day is commemorated every year on November 11, originally established in 1918 as Armistice Day which marked the end of World War I.

After the United States involvement in World War II and the Korean War. In 1954 Congress got together and authorized changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

By changing the name to Veterans Day we now honor all of our veterans who serve now or had served in the military. This was a welcome change by all who serve and have served in our armed forces past and present.

We are freely able to do and speak today with no hesitation. This would not be true without our armed forces. Our Men and Woman in the Military are amazing, brave, and selfless. They have served in our armed forces to protect the rights and freedoms that I and my fellow Americans enjoy. They have sacrificed and continue to endure hardships so that we can enjoy our freedoms.

Most of all I fully support all our Veterans who have served and will serve our country protecting the freedom we all enjoy.

As a proud member of a military family I am very aware of the deep devotion and dedication to our country and all it stands for. I am fortunate to have many close friends  some of which are these Veterans.

It is imperative that we all take a moment and HONOR OUR VETERANS. They are all valiant warriors of the most powerful and highly respected military force in the world. I cannot express enough in words my utter gratitude for their courageous sacrifices. My wish for you all is a Happy Veterans Day and thank each and every Veteran of the United States of America, May God Bless all of you!

WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS TO BE AN AMERICAN.2018-12-03T20:43:40+00:00

Welcome, Home to Our Military Men And Woman!

Always Remember Freedom Was And Is Not Free!

With great enthusiasm, All of us on the Choose A Home Team at Howard Hanna and local military Families

We want to join family and friends in a warm welcome back home to our soldiers!  In recent weeks Homecoming celebrations have taken place all around Hampton Roads Coastal Virginia in honor of you, the dedicated men and women of our armed forces returning from deployments.

The Choose A Home Team is privileged to know so many in the military community, many are our close friends and clients.   As we look forward to continuing to foster new friendships and client relationships with you – here is a little message from us to you.

WELCOME BACK and THANK YOU!’ to every service member returning to Hampton Roads! Here’s a big SHOUT OUT to each service member of our Armed Forces!

  • USS George H.W. Bush

After a lengthy seven-month deployment commencing January 21st, the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group 2 with its crew of 7,000 soldiers are returning to Naval Station Norfolk on August 21st 2017.  The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and its squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, CSG-2 staff, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 staff and ships held joint exercises with the United Kingdom demonstrating interoperability and capability to deter and respond to possible threats.  The carrier has supported ops against terrorist groups in the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf.

  • USS Truxton

The guided missile destroyer based out of Norfolk deployed with the USS George H.W. Bush and returned home following a long seven-month deployment.

  • Destroyer Squadron 22

The Destroyer Squadron 22 had alternate ships which deployed at assorted times uniting with the Bush strike group, returning in June and July 2017.

  • USS Mahan:  Returned June 20, 2017

Deployed on November 19th 2016 to support the 5th Fleet area of operations for seven months. Some are the USS Mahan (DDG 72), a guided-missile destroyer supported security cooperation efforts and maritime security operations.  While on deployment the USS Mahan travelled over 50,000 nautical miles. They engaged in tri-lateral defense exercises with the Iraq and Kuwaiti Defense Forces. They also engaged in joint naval exercises with Great Britain, France, Australia, Denmark and other NATO partners.  The destroyer returned on June 20th 2017 to Naval Station Norfolk.

You’ve made it home with great timing.  How fantastic is it to be in Hampton Roads this time of year!  Everyone can enjoy the last weeks of summer, plan some fun with the family. Maybe even hang out with the kids before they go back to school, help pack up older kids to college, and watch one of nature’s most incredible sights –  the Total Solar Eclipse (well – partial Eclipse in VB – but still really awesome to say you got to see it)!

So enjoy the down time – we know you have earned it!

Welcome, Home to Our Military Men And Woman!2018-11-30T20:06:14+00:00