Congrats to Our Unsung Hero James Howard

I was recently introduced to an idea by another agent and good friend of mine, Erik Hatch. He wanted to recognize special men and women in his community that are doing great things to help others, but aren’t being recognized for it. We wanted to shine that light on someone in our community who is doing great things, and that person is James Howard.

James is a military veteran who retired as a Captain in the Army in 2010, after he became disabled. Since that time, he has helped many fellow veterans find peace with themselves and their lives after suffering life-changing injuries.
James founded Veterans & Athletes United,  an all-volunteer organization, founded and operated by combat veterans with disabilities. They have numerous active duty soldiers, veterans, and caring professionals that donate hundreds of hours to their cause. They’ve been able to impact hundreds of disabled veterans, caregivers, and family members through their various programs and retreats.
We are proud to honor James and his organization today, and will do whatever we can in the future to help support this great cause. Thank you James, for all that you do in our community!

Is It Important to Stage Your Richmond Home Before Selling?

It is incredibly important to professionally stage your home before putting it on the market. When we stage homes, we see immediate results. That’s why we started to pay a professional stager a few years ago.
According to, homes that are professionally staged sell for 17% more than homes that aren’t staged. They also sell in an average of 11 days.

Staging your home is a game changer.
If you want to pull more equity out of your home and stand out on the marketplace, staging is the way to do it. Of course, you actually begin staging your home the day you move in. It’s incredibly important that you keep up with maintenance on your home.
Once you’re ready to put your home on the market, there are three key things to look at when staging your home:
1. Paint. Paint gets you a huge return on investment. Update the interior and exterior of your home by simply adding a fresh coat of paint.
2. Flooring. If you have carpet that is old and worn out, replace it. Buyers don’t want to worry about that. You want your home to be move-in ready.
3. Landscaping. The first thing a buyer sees is your front yard. By making sure your landscaping is neat and attractive, you show buyers that you have taken care of the home both inside and out.
If you have any questions about today’s video, or about real estate in general, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!