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Virginia Beach Veterans Give Back is an organization dedicated to our local communities. On Friday, May 3rd they have organized a charity golf tournament at Heron Ridge to help support The Samaritan House and We Are VB. The Layton Realty Group will be giving away a...

full service listing package for 50% off and giving the remaining 50% to VB Vets Give Back. 

This video is for the golfers and explains how the drawing will work and the details of the give away. 



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Does having a swimming pool increase the market value of your home?

The answer is “most of the time.”

If you create a beautiful oasis in your backyard, including a swimming pool, your home will be more appealing to more people. You will have increased the market value of your home.

On the flip side, if your pool is old and in disrepair, it is more of a liability than an asset. You will have decreased the market value of your home.

A pool is not an investment in the purest sense of the word. You don’t see investors make money by putting in a new pool along with the granite countertops in the kitchen. A pool costs more dollars today than the increase you will see in market value.

However, there are different ways to measure the quality of an

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Came across this thread on Nextdoor and thought others might appreciate the wisdom. I removed the names to protect the innocent! 

Middle School Advice?

Hi, I'm fairly new to the area and my 5th grader (rising 6th grader for next school year) has been accepted at both Plaza Middle School and Old Donation/Brickell Academy. We have attended some open houses and I've heard pros and cons about both, and I just wanted to ask for any advice/suggestions/cautions when it comes to making this decision. I'm most interested in hearing from folks who have children currently attending either school, or who have very recently attended (last 2-3 years). My son is very organized/responsible and driven, very bright, but a bit hard on himself. I think he needs a

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This is a quick video about Bay Colony. The transcript is below... 

Hi, I'm Will Layton, Realtor, in Virginia Beach. Bay Colony is one of my favorite neighborhoods. Every city in America has an exclusive neighborhood with beautiful homes, large lots, and quiet winding streets. But there aren’t many where you can also bike to the beach! That is what makes Bay Colony unique not just in Virginia Beach, but unique all over country!

To learn more or browse homes in Bay Colony, visit my website at or call me. We can talk about whether Bay Colony fits your budget, lifestyle, or even your commute.

I took the pictures in the slideshow behind me just to give you an idea of what the neighborhood looks like. You can also see this

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How's the Virginia Beach Real Estate Market?



 This is the transcript of the video...

When is the best time of year to go house hunting?
How long will it take for my home to sell?
What’s the best time of year to put my house on the market?
When buying a house, when is the best time to get a good deal?
Are sales prices higher in the spring?

Hi, I’m Will Layton, Realtor in Virginia Beach, and today I’m going to answer these questions.

How’s the real estate market? This is the most common question that I get, but it means different things depending on whether you are selling your house or looking to buy one. To answer, these questions, we have to look at some of the sales data.

Here’s a chart showing the number of new

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Hi, I’m Will Layton, Realtor, in Virginia Beach. This is part 2 of the $50,000 Rule. Watch The $50,000 Rule Part I if you haven’t seen it already because there was a quiz at the end of it, and I’m about to give you the answers.

Okay, here’s the situation, let’s say you’ve set your budget at $500,000 but the house you really want in Virginia Beach can only be had for $550,000.  This is the $50,000 Rule in action. What do you do? And let’s keep it simple, we’re not talking about negotiating the price down to 500, let’s say that $550,000 is as low as the seller is willing to go. You have a choice to make; stick to your budget and buy a different house, or change your budget and buy the house you want. I’ve been in this situation a hundred times.

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The $50,000 Rule video transcript

Hi, I’m Will Layton, Realtor in Virginia Beach. Today I’m going to teach you about the $50,000 Rule. 

For over 10 years I have helped hundreds and hundreds of people learn about the neighborhoods and find the perfect house. While every family wants something different, certain patterns start to develop and one of those patterns is the $50,000 rule. Word to the wise, It’s far better if you learn this rule before you start house hunting. 

So, $50,000! That buys a lot of beer.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t buy you quite as much house, but $50,000 is often the difference between the house you think you can afford and the house you really want. Today, we are going to learn how to bridge that gap using the…

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Looking for the right vacation home in North Carolina? The Real Estate Group serves all of Hampton Roads and Northeast North Carolina. Let us help you find the perfect waterfront or beachfront property. From the outer banks to Edenton, we have you covered.

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Owning rental property can be a great way to build wealth. Ownership can also offer significant tax benefits under the right circumstances. Finding the right income property means having the right professionals on your side. Start with an experienced real estate professional and a top notch tax adviser.  Property Management is a real estate specialty and the right property manager can help you evaluate the rental market and take the stress out of being a landlord. The Real Estate Group offers a full service property management department that serves hundreds of property owners throughout Hampton Roads.

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One of the most exciting parts of our business is helping people build their dreams into reality. Backed with the resources and experience of The Real Estate Group, hundreds of families are helped on their journey, many of them choosing to build or buy a brand new home as their "dream home". The Real Estate Group is pleased to announce its newest new home resource, a website dedicated specifically to finding the perfect new home. It contains the latest new home communities throughout Hampton Roads, all conveniently laid out in an easy to find and search format that you can browse from your phone or desktop computer. Allow us to assist you in building your dreams and we will make it your best move ever!

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