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    Around Town | New apartments near Beach municipal center

    By Lily Silva | October 5, 2015

    The Virginia Beach City Council has approved the rezoning of a 16-acre tract in the Princess Anne Commons area that Franklin Johnston Group plans to develop as a 240-unit luxury apartment community. Called Southern Pines Apartments the property will consist of 10 three-story buildings, placed around two lakes and an adjacent golf course. Amenities will... Read More

    Lynnhaven Parkway will be extended to connect to Chesapeake

    By Lily Silva | October 5, 2015

      Much of the work that’s been done on the Lynnhaven Parkway project is out of sight to the general public, but things are progressing. By late next year, a widened road and new bridge will create a new connection to Chesapeake. The majority of work has been done for a 100-foot long bridge over... Read More

    Hampton Roads a leading region in first-quarter home sales

    By Lily Silva | October 1, 2015

      Home sales in Hampton Roads and across the state are showing signs of continued growth and strength – signs that region’s housing market is climbing out from the depths of the Great Recession. Realtors in Virginia sold 19,298 homes during the first quarter of 2015, according to a recent report by the Virginia Association... Read More

    10 Books Every Man Should Consider Reading

    By Lily Silva | September 21, 2015

     Books can be the gateway to a better life. If a man doesn’t know himself, he can’t grow himself. And an excellent place to start learning how to grow yourself, is by reading books–books about optimizing your health, your wealth, and your relationships. There are certain books every man should consider reading in order to up his... Read More

    Armada Hoffler buys property near proposed Virginia Beach light-rail route

    By Lily Silva | September 18, 2015

    Armada Hoffler Properties has purchased the Columbus Village shopping plaza, giving the developer a prime piece of property adjacent to the city’s proposed site for a light-rail transfer station. The developer of Town Center said in a news release that it acquired the property for $8.8 million in debt and other considerations. Columbus Village, on... Read More

    The Benefits of Owning Your Own Home

    By Lily Silva | September 15, 2015

    Aside from the non-tangible benefits of owning a house such as pride and security, there are a lot of financial benefits when it comes to owning your own home, and some of these financial benefits will be very useful when tax season draws near. So what are these benefits? It builds wealth over time Our... Read More

    The Five Exterior Renovations That Provide The Best Return On Investment

    By Lily Silva | September 15, 2015

    Decked-out kitchens and sparkly spa bathrooms may get our hearts pumping, but deciding to renovate is more often the product of a have-to than a want-to. Whether the renovation you’re considering is driven by a necessary repair or replacement, or the desire to upgrade an item prior to listing your home for sale, the goal... Read More

    What Entrepreneurs Should Do First Thing in the Morning

    By Lily Silva | September 15, 2015

      How should successful entrepreneurs start their day? Some, like me, immediately crack open the newspaper. And for everyone else — whether your primary morning focus is working out at the gym, making coffee or driving to work — you’re likely consuming the news in some form, whether it’s turning the dial on the radio... Read More

    How to Improve Your Chance of Getting a Mortgage

    By Lily Silva | September 14, 2015

      Buying a home is probably the largest single financial investment you’ll ever make and, if you’re like most people, you’ll need a mortgage to make it happen. While there are no guarantees that you’ll qualify for the mortgage you want, there are certain steps you can take that will make you more attractive in... Read More

    The Closing with Larry Silverstein CEO reflects on World Trade Center bid.

    By Lily Silva | September 11, 2015

    Just over 10 years ago, Larry Silverstein, president and CEO of Silverstein Properties, closed on the then-largest real estate transaction in the city’s history: a $3.25 billion, 99-year leasehold on the Port Authority’s 10.6 million-square-foot World Trade Center site. Seven weeks later, the buildings were destroyed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and Silverstein has... Read More