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The buyers of today are looking for turn-key ready homes, whether your home is 5 or 25 years old, buyers are expecting not only function (roof, HVAC, appliances, etc), but demand they include updated finishes and decor as well. We are an HGTV watching, model home visiting society who wants what is shiny and brand new. However, the majority of buyers are also busy people who don't have the time or the vision to see what "could be". 

If your home is dated and doesn't show well, it can cost you thousands of dollars in sales price. If it hasn't been maintained with necessary improvements such as exterior paint/siding, roof, energy efficient windows, keeping the crawlspace dry and mold-free, etc...it will be even more difficult to sell without

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Our team attended a Business Resource Meeting to learn more about Chesterfield County's Comprehensive Plan for the county that was presented by the Women’s Council of Realtors Richmond Chapter. The guest speaker, Steven Haasch, AICP Manager for Chesterfield County's Planning department discussed an overview of the vision the county is hoping to achieve for our community in the future.

The county currently has approximately 340,000 residents. The land that is currently available for development in the county is only ½ developed.  That leaves potential for this county to double in size. 

Chesterfield county is twice the size of Henrico and 8 times the size of Richmond. There is tremendous growth opportunity for our county and how we grow

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Thanksgiving is a time for bringing families together and creating memories. Throughout the holiday season the Rick Cox Realty Team members like to share their traditions and favorite dishes. With three days left until Thanksgiving, Harrison Goehring, the Team Administrator shares the following in our Q&A:

Q: What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

A: I absolutely love to catch up with extended family and friends, enjoying everyone's company and having some time off makes the holidays the most amazing time of the year. Sometimes you have to decompress & the best folks to do it with are your loved ones over some of the best dinner & dessert you'll have all year!

Q: What is your favorite Thanksgiving recipe?

A: Sweet Potato Casserole

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Thanksgiving is a time for bringing families together and creating memories. Throughout the holiday season the Rick Cox Realty Team members like to share their traditions and favorite dishes. With nine days left until Thanksgiving, Melanie Sutherland, a realtor on the team shares the following in our Q&A:

Q: What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

A: We usually eat pretty early,around 4:00 pm after cooking all morning as a family. I love going back for round two later on in the evening to enjoy the amazing food again and gain sustenance to face the Black Friday Shopping extravaganza. 

Q: What is your favorite Thanksgiving recipe?

A: I am not the cook in the family...my husband handles the turkey and stuffing. The item I always

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Knowing your market is important when it comes to finding a neighborhood to buy or sell in. By reading a market report, you can learn about the trends, average home pricing, and the market flow. This is also a great tool for those looking to invest in properties. To get a full analysis from the data below, compare the numbers from the third quarter in 2017 to the third quarter in 2018.  RounTrey is currently in its growth phase as new construction continues to occur throughout the corresponding neighborhoods. At full development, RounTrey will be complete with 870 Home sites, 550 Apartments, 435 Townhomes and more. For more information on the area, check out our community page on RounTrey where we recently did an interview with the developer of

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Richmond is rich with culture and festivals celebrating the diversity of the area. Many different types of festivals are celebrated each month with activities for all ages. As we move into November, Richmond continues to host a variety of events.

 

 

Check out these festivals and their links for more information:

  • Fire Flour and Fork - A Various Locations throughout Richmond - 11/1 - 4/18

https://fireflourandfork.com/

  • Ashland Train Day - Ashland,VA - 11/3/18

http://ashlandtrainday.com/

  • Anthem Richmond Marathon/Markel Richmond Half Marathon/VCY Health 8K - Arthur Ash Center -11/10/18

https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Richmond/RichmondMarathon

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With 1 weekend left in October, there is still plenty to do to get into the Halloween Spirit! Richmond is filled with ghost stories, haunted attractions, and so much history!

Throughout Richmond, there are plenty of places to visit for ghost sightings & paranormal activity! Popular locations for the Ghost Hunters out there are Hollywood Cemetery, the Byrd Park Pump House, The Byrd Theatre, Edgar Allen Poe Museum, Cold Harbor Battlefield Park, The Virginia Governor's Mansion, Museum of the Confederacy, Juleps, and more!

Check the link for more information: https://www.hauntedrooms.com/top-10-haunted-places-richmond-va

Here is a list of local attractions you can visit with ghosts, goblins and more!

 

Red Vein Haunted House

The Haunted

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Putting too much money into your home will not get you the highest return. Too many improvements can price you out of the neighborhood without getting the money back you invested in the house. Here is some advice from our realtors on how to prepare your house to sell or what to look for as a buyer.

  • Buyers are not looking for the best and the newest updates in a resale home. They're looking for "Turn Key" or "Move in Condition". Prepare your home, prior to sale, so that it is cleaned up, clutter free and all repairs are completed. The best way to do this is to go through each room and make a to do list on how to prepare your home for sale. 
  • Kitchens and baths sell homes, but they don't have to be the newest and best. Professionally
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 Enjoy the beautiful weather and take  family or friends to the local pumpkin patches in Midlothian,Virginia and the surrounding area. Throughout the weekends in October each pumpkin patch is filled with unique activities for all ages. 

For more information, please use the following links:

  • Gallmeyer Farms
  • Lloyd Family Farms
  • Swift Screek Berry Farm
  • Ashland Berry Farm

 

Also, check out a chance to win a $20 Starbucks giftcard! Just do the following by Wednesday, October 17th and you will be entered to win:

  • Follow/Like the Instagram @rickcoxrealtygroup and Facebook Pages 
  • Share an RCRG blog post or the giveaway post on Facebook
  • Comment on the Gaveway post on Facebook with your fall plans! For double entry into the
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Constructing a new home from scratch can be an exciting experience. Although, with the process comes a lot of questions about design, re-sale, and more that can make the process very stressful. The Rick Cox Realty Group has worked on new construction with numerous clients and has the expertise to know which questions to ask and how to guide their clients throughout the process. One of the most frequently asked questions throughout the process is, where should the client spend their money when buying new construction? 

1. Lot...you can't change the home's location. Consider both the location of the lot within the subdivision as well as the topography of the land. You will want to think twice about resale if your home will be backing up to a

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