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3 Mistakes with Social Media and Real Estate

Categories: Home Selling, Tips & Secrets | Posted: January 5, 2012

Social Media is in and on everything these days. You can’t look at a print ad or visit a website without the Twitter bird flying out or seeing the familiar Facebook symbols. But it seems like the big question for people with business or in this case with real-estate to sell is: “How can all these sites help me sell my homes? First off, I think it’s important to say right off the bat, that just using Social Media will not sell your homes. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, Google+ and so on, are not the undiscovered Holy Grail for real-estate sales. What they can do, if used correctly, is two-fold. They will give a personal voice to you and your business and get what you’re selling where people are looking. Gone are the days where you can run a newspaper ad and be done.

Buyers are online everyday, everywhere, all the time. Using these Social Media sites with your other forms of marketing and creating a unified plan will help you sell. But what we wanted to talk to you about are
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The Best Apps for Your Home

Categories: Home Selling, Homebuying, Tips & Secrets | Posted: December 29, 2011

There’s an app for that right? Seems like there’s an app for everything these days and your home is no exception. We have gone through some of the top Home Apps out there for your smart phones and tablets and put together some of our favorites. Everything from matching your wall paint with that red pillow on your couch to finally really finding out if that picture your husband hung is actually straight. Did you know there are Apps out there that can help you make sure you’re up to date with all the latest interior design trends and that can help you price out that power tool you’ve been eyeing?

iHandy Carpenter ($1.99 for iPhone)
This is the first no weight tool kit! It offers 5 tools in 1 App: Plumb Bob, Surface Level, Bubble Level Bar, Steel Protractor and Steel Ruler. This is great for picture hanging and those on the spot jobs where you just can’t be bother to run out to the garage and hunt down that huge level you have somewhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Homes for the Holidays

Categories: Announcements, Home Financing, Homebuying, Tips & Secrets | Posted: December 14, 2011

You may have noticed a little extra holiday cheer on our website in the last few days. Well, it’s because Napolitano Homes is putting a little something more in your stocking when you purchase a new home this Holiday Season! We all could use a little extra pocket money for those gifts that need to be bought this year right? At our Suffolk Community: The Vineyards at Bennett’s Creek Square, we are giving you $10,000 towards your closing costs if you purchase one of our inventory homes. For some of our other inventory homes throughout Hampton Roads we are offering $5,000 towards your closing costs.* But you’ll need to take a look around our website to find these! Just keep any eye out for the little sprigs of holly and money signs. HINT check out our Move-In Ready homes. Napolitano Homes wants everyone to have a fantastic holiday season and helping you and your family get into a beautiful new home in time for 2012 would definitely bring us joy. Happy Holidays from our family to yours and very Happy New Year!

*$10,000 toward closings costs can only be applied to Napolitano Inventory at The Vineyards. All other inventory will receive $5,000 in closing cost assistance. To receive closing cost assistance on the purchase of a Napolitano Inventory Home buyer must use a Napolitano Homes Preferred Lender. Money assistance for buyer closing costs can only be applied towards builder approved closings costs. See a Napolitano Homes Sales Associate or send us an EMAIL to request a copy of our builder approved closing costs.

Community Spotlight: Brewers Meadow

Categories: Announcements, Homebuying, Tips & Secrets | Posted: December 12, 2011

Suffolk is quickly becoming a destination for people who are looking for extra space, great housing prices and growing local attractions for the whole family. Napolitano Homes has several communities in Suffolk, Va and all have their benefits when it comes to location but Brewers Meadow offers a little something special being so close to downtown Suffolk.

Brewers Meadow is nestled just outside of the city of Suffolk, Va. The homes there are conveniently located near shopping, entertainment, and the new Obici Hospital. Many of the residents that currently call Brewers Meadow home are first time home buyers with families that were looking for larger home lots and the open common areas that Brewers has to offer. Brewers also boasts the benefit of being able to enjoy unique local attractions and amenities that only Suffolk can provide.

The YMCA Family Center is only ten minutes away from Brewers Meadow. It offers a Fitness Center with treadmills, elliptical machines and recumbent bikes, strength training equipment and 6-lane heated indoor pool. The YMCA is also a wonderful facility for youth and teen activities that will keep them active and excited about personal fitness.

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is located in the heart of downtown Suffolk, just minutes from Brewers Meadow. In addition to fantastic world-class performances in the theater, the Suffolk Center offers a variety of classes for children and adults, changing exhibits in the galleries, and education activities for visitors of all ages. The Suffolk Center has a number of beautiful and unique spaces for your own event, meeting or reception. The goal is to encourage and advocate the visual and performing arts by providing a forum where diverse audiences can actively participate in cultural experiences. Providing citizens of Suffolk and visitors with a chance to learn more about themselves and their world.

As for a places to dine out close to home you won’t want to miss the experience and taste of some amazing caribbean cusine,  Jammin’ Jerk BBQ next to Obici Hospital. Also try some Japanese Fusion at Sushi Aka.

Looking for something a little fancier? The Vintage Tavern is a great Saturday night dinner spot with a menu that contains the finest southern dishes made with the best local produce and seafood the region has to offer.

If you are a Suffolk resident you can’t miss the Peanut Festival. The predecessor of today’s modern Suffolk Peanut Fest was celebrated in September 1978 in downtown Suffolk. It was then called “Harvest Fest.” The event featured a parade, a hot-air balloon event, a carnival, dances, concerts and a festival queen. The festival was a downtown tradition until the event moved to the municipal airport in 1981. Now for four days each October, the Suffolk Peanut Festival draws some 200,000 people and has won the accolades of professional festival organizations and national magazines.

This is but a sampling of what The City of Suffolk has to offer. So make sure to add Brewers Meadow and Suffolk to that list of must see places for your new home, you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Join The Party

Categories: Announcements, Tips & Secrets | Posted: December 1, 2011

The holidays are definitely a busy and exciting time for everyone. There are parties to attend, gifts to be bought and decorating to be done. Just in case you are looking for a fun holiday event to attend we wanted to share with you a few of the options that are taking place at our different communities around Hampton Roads. These events are great to attend if you are interested in one of our communities but want to get to know the neighborhood a bit and meet some of the wonderful people that love where they live! Or if you just need something fun to do with some amazing food and fun people.

The Meadows at KempBridge in Chesapeake VA

Join us at KempBridge for some wine, cheese and holiday fun. Be one of the first 5 realtors to attend or 5 of the first homeowners to bring a friend and Napolitano Homes will give you a $10 Wawa Gift Card!

EMAIL us for more information about this event and others at KempBridge.

Bob White Landing in Suffolk VA

Lots to do at this holiday event at Bob White Landing! Pampered Chef, Premier Jewelry, Lia Sophia, Sentsy Candles and more. The Gold Refinery will also be there to purchase all your unwanted gold, silver and platinum jewelry. This is great timing too for some extra holiday gift money.

EMAIL us for more information about this event and others at Bob White Landing.

Thankful Neighbors

Categories: Announcements | Posted: November 29, 2011

Now that it’s a few days after Thanksgiving and everyone has had a chance to get on the treadmill and feel a little bit better about the weeks worth of calories consumed in one day, we wanted to share with you how some of our Homeowners at Creekside Estates decided to celebrate their Thanksgiving Day. Creekside is a Napolitano Homes community in Moyock, NC right over the Virginia border with some enthusiastic and fun loving homeowners (that can be seen below). There are always great photos from events coming out of this neighborhood and many other of our communities and these are no exception. Napolitano Homes hopes your time with friends and family on Thanksgiving was also an event to remember. If you have photos to share from your community events, Napolitano or not, please do! We would love to see them. Tell us what you love about your home and community. You can share them on our Facbook Page or shoot us an EMAIL and tell us all about it. Who knows, you may see your photos on our blog.

Your Home Will Thank You!

Categories: Tips & Secrets | Posted: November 18, 2011

There are everyday things you can do to keep your home healthy and maintained, that will save you time and money in the end. Two things everyone could use more of these days it seems like and with the holidays right around the corner, who doesn’t want their home looking its best? We hope you find this interesting and helpful!

Have your carpet professionally cleaned.

With your kids and pets treating your carpet as their daily canvas vacuuming and spot cleaning can only do so much to erase stains. So get your carpet professionally cleaned before friends and family arrive for Thanksgiving. The carpet cleaner will use special equipment to get rid of even the, “I don’t remember what that is” stain. These regular cleanings will enhance your carpet’s visual appeal and help remove allergens that have become trapped in your carpet. Find a great local carpet cleaner here.

Trim landscaping that is too close to your house.

Take a look at the outside of your home. Are there any shrubs or trees that touch the side of your home or overhang your roof? If the answer is yes, they should be trimmed. Tree limbs should be pruned so they are not in the vicinity of your home. Shrubs should be clipped back far enough to allow someone to easily walk between them and your house. Keeping trees and shrubs trimmed back improves your home’s curb appeal, prevents damage from falling limbs and makes it harder for rodents and other unwanted visitors to gain entry. Also, a word of advice regarding any major tree trimming or landscaping…hire a professional. Pruning a foot high shrub is one thing, but a 3 story tree is quite another.

Check grading to make sure any rain and snow melt is moving away from your home.

Are you ready to bail some water? If the soil near your home’s foundation isn’t properly graded you may be dealing with a flooded basement this winter season. Soil near your home’s foundation should slope away from your home. If it doesn’t, rain and even snow melt will get stuck next to your home where it will deteriorate your foundation and seep into your basement. This is a problem NO ONE wants to deal with or pay for.

Out with the Old & In with the New (Construction)

Categories: Homebuying, Tips & Secrets | Posted: November 11, 2011

We know as a buyer you hear a lot about the differences between new construction homes versus resale homes. But what is the difference? Other than having a builder tell you to purchase their new home how do you choose? Well, there are a bunch of reasons why new construction can in the end save you money, have an easier purchasing process, give you more control over what you want in a home and in general cause less headaches.

5 Reasons to Love New Construction Homes:

1. New Home Warranties: This is one of the biggest perks you will get when purchasing new home construction versus a resale home. Many times when you buy a resale home the warranties will no longer be in place, and that leaky roof or broken appliance can become a bigger issue then you thought.

2. Rapid Appreciation: A new home appreciates faster in equity than a resale home, especially during the first 5 years.

3. Fewer “Objections”: You won’t have any of the problems that often can accompany older homes.  Such as, that wet dog smell or some mysterious unknown stain on the carpet and any number of other resale issues that exist with older construction.

4. It’s All New: Everything in the home is brand new and ready for your family. As a buyer you don’t need to worry about changing out the old appliances or carpet. The home is clean, fresh and a pleasure to walk into. Napolitano Homes also has just started a new program where we will only be taking our inventory homes to a certain stage of completion, allowing you as the Home Buyer the opportunity to make certain custom selections. You can read more about this in our blog, Customizing Your Selections.

5. Energy Efficiency: A new home builder doesn’t necessarily have to be Energy Star approved to build homes that are Energy Efficient. The latest technology in green building and energy saving features are built into our new homes, from special insulation to window sealing. Your new home is going to be less costly to operate in the future then older homes.


Some Talented Homeowners

Categories: Announcements, Homebuying, Tips & Secrets | Posted: November 1, 2011

Our community events and activities are always something we support and want be involved in at Napolitano Homes. Part of building a new home is also building the community, which is more then just a wood frame and nice granite countertops. So, we love it when our Homeowners get together and do something fun that brings everyone together. Whether it’s a Wells Fargo Stagecoach ride, Chili Cook Off or Seasonal Photo Contest we will always want to see your photos and hear all about it! Here are some great photos taken by some of our homeowners at Creekside Estates in Moyock, NC for a photo contest that we wanted to share with you. You can see more photos from some of our great community events in our photo galleries.

The Business of Service

Categories: Announcements, Homebuying, Tips & Secrets | Posted: October 25, 2011

I’m sure you’ve seen some of our advertising and homeowner photos with our logo that asks the question, Do You Love Where You live? This question ties into a large part of what separates Napolitano Homes from many other new home builders. Our level of customer service and warranty care, that continues long after you close on one of our homes. Many builders rely on outside companies to send their buyers to for warranty issues, but we pride ourselves in having a full in-house Customer Service & Warranty Department. The sole purpose of this department is to help resolve any issues you may have with your home, arrange scheduled home review appointments after you close, and answer any questions that may arise.  This policy is pretty simple: We want you to know that we are here for you long after you close on your new home, because each one of our customers deserves complete satisfaction in his or her home.

Really, it all just comes down to taking a personal interest and investment in YOU as our home buyer and listening to your needs. The decision to purchase a new home is a big one that can change your life! Why shouldn’t your builder care just as much about about your satisfaction? Sometimes, listening and understanding is all that is really needed. Do you ever have an issue or problem with a product or service you have purchased, and all you want to do is be able to get an actual person on the phone to discuss the issue with? But four automated phone option lists later and 15 minutes on hold you might (I’m using might very loosely), might be able to get an actual human on the other end of the line. Yeah, we have all been there. But that’s not what service is and that’s not how Napolitano Homes provides the best possible new home-buying experience.

So if you need us, we’re here for you and your home.

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