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Market Trends

Home sales continue to outstrip supply and the Market Action Index has been moving higher for several weeks. This is a Seller’s market so watch for upward pricing pressure in the near future if the trend continues.

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Buyers Guide

PCS orders have you reeling? Don’t stress! While buying a home is more complex for military families, we’ve outlined and prioritized actionable steps in our Buyer’s Guide. From ways to save thousands of dollars to hiring a real estate agent who specializes in helping the military, we’ve got you covered.

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Base culture

The greater Virginia Beach, VA, area is home to nine military installations and over 14,000 military personnel representing all branches of the Armed Forces, including the world’s largest naval base and home of the Atlantic Fleet. Bases in the area include Naval Air Station Oceana, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek–Fort Story, Naval Station Norfolk, Joint Base Langley–Eustis, Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Coast Guard Base–Portsmouth, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown–Cheatham Annex, and Training Center Yorktown.

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Lifestyle

With a rich local military history, the area is known for being military- and family-friendly. Between the comfortable climate, salt marshes, and woodlands, outdoor lovers will feel right at home. There are many local trails for hiking and biking adventures, along with a dog-friendly culture with lots of dog parks and dog-friendly establishments. Stroll the boardwalk or soak up the sun from one of the many area beaches. Cast your fishing line or grab a surfboard–there’s so much adventure here!

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Places to live

The largest metro in Virginia, the greater area offers a mix of urban, suburban, waterfront, and inland settings. Hampton and Newport News are located to the north across a long bridge-tunnel connection, while Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth lie to the south of the waterway. Virginia Beach is nestled along the Atlantic Shore a few miles to the east. Some of the highly-rated communities within Virginia Beach include Pungo, Kempsville, Hilltop, North End, and Little Neck.

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