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Monthly Archives:May 2017

41st Annual Norfolk Harborfest

41st ANNUAL NORFOLK HARBORFEST

June 9-11, 2017 
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia
Free & open to the public!

Friday: Noon – 11 pm (Parade of Sail – Noon)
Saturday: Noon – 11 pm (Fireworks – 9:30 pm)
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

The Annual Norfolk Harborfest® is THE LARGEST, LONGEST-RUNNING, FREE MARITIME FESTIVAL IN THE NATION! Hosted by Global AT&T and held in Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, the Norfolk Harborfest offers three explosive days of tall ship visits, national, regional, and local entertainment, electrifying fireworks show, and the biggest outdoor dock party in Hampton Roads. Harborfest is also proud to honor the Navy Reserve Centennial with a special recognition ceremony prior to Saturday night’s Fireworks. The family-friendly event is FREE and open to the public! **CLICK** for Harborfest Info.Read More

34th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival

34th Pungo Strawberry Festival
May 27th – 28th

FoxNews.com ranked this festival as #3
America’s Best Spring Food Festival!

Nothing signals the start of summer like fresh-picked strawberries, and Virginia Beach’s Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival is the perfect way to welcome the warm weather. The city’s kick off to the Memorial Day Weekend is with this family friendly country fair. The highlight of the festival is, of course, an abundant supply of scrumptious strawberries straight from the fields of Pungo. More than 50 food vendors will do their best to tempt the taste buds with an assortment of strawberry pies, tarts, shortcakes, jellies & jams.

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Warbirds Over The Beach Air Show

 World War II Aircraft Take Flight!

8th Annual “Warbirds Over the Beach” at the Military Aviation Museum

 

Siebert Realty is a proud sponsor of the “Warbirds Over the Beach” in the rural area of Pungo, which is just minutes from Sandbridge Beach.  The Military Aviation Museum presents its annual WWII Air Show, so come on out and enjoy this amazing show, as well as live WWII re-enactments, military flea markets, airplane rides, delicious dinners, fun hangar dances, and great family entertainment! Among the stars of the show will be the world’s only de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito to fly since 1996!  Schedule yourself a ride in an airplane from the Second World War, satisfy your hunger at our assorted food vendors, or shop our military flea markets.  Enjoy musical entertainment, from 10:00am on Saturday and Sunday, plus a steak or chicken dinner and hangar dance Saturday night. All four of our hangars will be open for guided tours.

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Sandbridge is the Sweet Spot for Virginia Beach Rentals

As a top beach vacation destination, you may have already set your sights on visiting Virginia Beach, VA. Upgrade that idea by planning to stay in Sandbridge, the exclusive area for Virginia Beach rentals. Picture it now: A vast beach, perfect accommodations, ideal proximity to all the fun, and no hotels. That’s right; no hotels.

Sandbridge offers visitors a neighborhood dynamic with a beach living feel. There’s breathing room between the homes; yet all rentals are within a good proximity of a wide beach. Since this is an exclusive beach area, the upkeep is held to a higher standard. The area creates a family-friendly environment without the over saturation of a busy beach. With that regard, it’s just only located  just 15 minutes from the Boardwalk. Guests in Sandbridge get the best of both worlds: space and activities.

Hope to see you at the beach!!

Siebert Realty – The Beach People
Over 350 Beach Home & Condo Vacation Rentals
www.siebert-realty.com
757-426-6200  / 877-422-2200

What You Need to Know When Booking a Vacation Rental

Booking a vacation rental home is no longer a rare occurrence. While many people make be accustomed to renting a home for the annual family vacations at the beach, there are many travelers new to the concept. With sites like Homeaway and AirBnB, travelers are gaining the knowledge that vacation rentals are budget friendly and an ideal way to stay while away from home. This is opening more doors for vacationing, but there are still important “need-to-know” facts when booking a vacation rental.

3rd Party Websites versus Property Management Websites
Third party and aggregate websites are amazing resources for initial research. These sites, like those mentioned above, provide a decent scope of the types of properties available in the area. The properties you’ll see could be directly from homeowners or from property management companies.

The catch is, what you read is what the homeowner displays, but sometimes systems don’t sync. You may be able to ask about a home for 3 nights, but really the home only takes 7 night stays. Other, more thorough, details about properties, specials, promotions , payment plans and rental information may not be included on these sites’ listings because their displays may not have a space for it.

So, as you do you research, certainly use these sites to browse, but definitely book through the property management company to guarantee you know what you are booking and that all of the contractual information is valid.

Vacation Travel Insurance
Often times, travel insurance gets a bad rap. It has that lingering annoyance of extra expenditure. Here’s the thing, if you are investing in a vacation rental, don’t just forget about it. Some vacation homes cost thousands of dollars; and while the cost split between multiple families makes it affordable, a few more dollars will protect the investment. Health reasons are the largest factors of cancelling trips, but travel insurance can cover and assist with a variety of items including unpredictable school day extensions, roadside assistance, misplaced luggage, and more.

Create a Must-Have and Want List
When transitioning from staying in a hotel to staying in a vacation rental, you can explore more options beyond wanting a king size or two double beds. Property management sites have advanced search options when you can see homes based on amenities, rooms, location, and more. By creating a list, you can research rentals that fit your perfect vacation, then explore and adjust from there, instead of overwhelming yourself with rental options.

Concierge Services
Hotels have front desk staff ready to support travelers. Vacation rental companies have entire departments.  If you are booking with an individual homeowner, try and establish a communication line prior to check in so you understand all details. With property management companies, you have dedicated support staff there to help answer any questions. Call about location insight, things to do, discounts, rental specific details, and more! You can still receive, and 100% deserve, quality service.

Read the Contract
Understanding what you signing up for is a best practice for any traveler, in any circumstance. Know cancellation policies, coverage, payment details and rental information. This is imperative should you decide to not book with a credible property management company. Always make sure you receive a valid contract, and if you book a rental through a 3rd party site, but it’s from a property management company, make sure you understand the property management company’s contract in addition to the website’s obligations – as they may not be the same.

Staying at a vacation rental is more than just a trend, it’s becoming the new accommodation norm. Arm yourself with this insight when booking your rental and set yourself up for the perfection vacation! Happy booking!

Siebert Realty – The Beach People
Over 350 Beach Home & Condo Vacation Rentals
www.siebert-realty.com
757-426-6200  / 877-422-2200

What You Need to Know When Booking a Vacation Rental

Booking a vacation rental home is no longer a rare occurrence. While many people make be accustomed to renting a home for the annual family vacations at the beach, there are many travelers new to the concept. With sites like Homeaway and AirBnB, travelers are gaining the knowledge that vacation rentals are budget friendly and an ideal way to stay while away from home. This is opening more doors for vacationing, but there are still important “need-to-know” facts when booking a vacation rental.

3rd Party Websites versus Property Management Websites
Third party and aggregate websites are amazing resources for initial research. These sites, like those mentioned above, provide a decent scope of the types of properties available in the area. The properties you’ll see could be directly from homeowners or from property management companies.

The catch is, what you read is what the homeowner displays, but sometimes systems don’t sync. You may be able to ask about a home for 3 nights, but really the home only takes 7 night stays. Other, more thorough, details about properties, specials, promotions , payment plans and rental information may not be included on these sites’ listings because their displays may not have a space for it.

So, as you do you research, certainly use these sites to browse, but definitely book through the property management company to guarantee you know what you are booking and that all of the contractual information is valid.

Vacation Travel Insurance
Often times, travel insurance gets a bad rap. It has that lingering annoyance of extra expenditure. Here’s the thing, if you are investing in a vacation rental, don’t just forget about it. Some vacation homes cost thousands of dollars; and while the cost split between multiple families makes it affordable, a few more dollars will protect the investment. Health reasons are the largest factors of cancelling trips, but travel insurance can cover and assist with a variety of items including unpredictable school day extensions, roadside assistance, misplaced luggage, and more.

Create a Must-Have and Want List
When transitioning from staying in a hotel to staying in a vacation rental, you can explore more options beyond wanting a king size or two double beds. Property management sites have advanced search options when you can see homes based on amenities, rooms, location, and more. By creating a list, you can research rentals that fit your perfect vacation, then explore and adjust from there, instead of overwhelming yourself with rental options.

Concierge Services
Hotels have front desk staff ready to support travelers. Vacation rental companies have entire departments.  If you are booking with an individual homeowner, try and establish a communication line prior to check in so you understand all details. With property management companies, you have dedicated support staff there to help answer any questions. Call about location insight, things to do, discounts, rental specific details, and more! You can still receive, and 100% deserve, quality service.

Read the Contract
Understanding what you signing up for is a best practice for any traveler, in any circumstance. Know cancellation policies, coverage, payment details and rental information. This is imperative should you decide to not book with a credible property management company. Always make sure you receive a valid contract, and if you book a rental through a 3rd party site, but it’s from a property management company, make sure you understand the property management company’s contract in addition to the website’s obligations – as they may not be the same.

Staying at a vacation rental is more than just a trend, it’s becoming the new accommodation norm. Arm yourself with this insight when booking your rental and set yourself up for the perfection vacation! Happy booking!

Siebert Realty – The Beach People
Over 350 Beach Home & Condo Vacation Rentals
www.siebert-realty.com
757-426-6200  / 877-422-2200