Tuesday, October 16, 2018 / by Jason Sampson
Before Disaster Strikes
Fires . . . hurricanes. . . floods . . . earthquakes . . . tornadoes.... Natural or other disasters can strike suddenly, at any time, and anywhere. Your first priority, of course, would be to protect your family and your property. But it's also important to protect against the financial consequences of a disaster. A disaster can damage or destroy your property, force you to temporarily live somewhere else, cut the flow of wages and other income, or ruin valuable financial records.
Listed here are some simple, common sense steps you can take now. Before you take any actions, however, you should be sure you have involved your family or friends whenever possible in decision making and planning. You also may want the assistance of an advisor, such as a Certified Financial Planner, insurance agent, or similar financial professional.
The important thing is to begin planning now, before the unexpected becomes a harsh reality.
Protect Your Property
One of the fir. ...
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 / by Jason Sampson
Virginia Beach One of the Best-Matched Markets in the U.S.
Are you having trouble finding the ideal home in your price range? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The market mismatch is the measure of search interest versus available listings and it’s impacting both buyers and sellers across the country.
Nationally, the average market mismatch score rose to 7.4% during the fourth quarter of 2016. When breaking homes down into starter, trade up, and premium, Trulia found that most shoppers are searching for starter and trade up homes while most listings are actually premium homes. Starter home searches accounted for 26% of all home searches when only 21.2% of listings were priced as a starter home. The lack of starter and trade up homes indicates an unbalanced market.
A Breakdown of U.S. Metros
Each metro tells a different story about mismatched markets, and it is affecting buyers and sellers in various ways. If a great number of home values in an area fall within the sa ...
Friday, April 28, 2017 / by Jason Sampson
2017 Best High Schools in Hampton Roads
Each year US News & World Reports does an in depth National study of our schools and ranks them. According to US News & World Reports, this is how they determine the awards:
About the Awards
Top 500 Schools based on highest college readiness
High-performing schools based on lower college readiness.
High-performing schools based on state exam performance, listed alphabetically.
No Medal 70.5%
How We Determine the Awards
STEP 1 | Students perform better than expected in their state.
We looked at reading and math results for students on each state's proficiency tests and then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, who tend to score lower.
STEP 2 | Disadvantaged students perform better than state average.
We compared each school's math and reading ...