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Fixing Up Your House - 08/31/08 12:58 PM
Homeowners, it isn't as difficult or involved as you think to make improvements on your house. In fact, with just a little cash, time and energy, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. One of the key things to remember is you don't want to put so much money into your home that you can't get it back when you sell. I've known many people who have walked down the hallway called disappointment because the improvements they made cost them money in the end. They simply couldn't recover their investment because they spent too much in upgrading. Here is (0 comments)
Get It Right The First Time When Listing Your House For Sale - 08/27/08 01:16 PM
Absolutely amazing, the stories I've heard from sellers in reference to costly mistakes they've made when endeavoring to sell their house. I've had some indicate to me their errors in judgment cost them time, money, and especially huge disappointment. I've compiled a list, certainly not complete because other Realtors® like me could add to it again and again with similar stories that have been told to them about the subject, "If only I would have" when trying to sell my house. For now, here is my list, updated from a few months ago. 1. If only I would have ceased calling (0 comments)
Must Reading For Getting The Best Deal on a House - 08/25/08 06:47 AM
I know, everybody is writing these days about how to buy a house. Often the writer will mention a couple of key issues to consider, but it is seldom that an author comes along and basically covers if not all, almost all of the house shopping steps in one writing.Here's what you need to remember. Whether you want to buy in the Fairfax VA Real Estate market, Gainesville VA Real Estate area, or anywhere in Northern Virginia you really need to be an informed, educated buyer. You will have needed to do your homework, knowing that if you goof up, the (0 comments)
Buyers Must Avoid These Kinds Of Mistakes - 10 Of Them - 08/22/08 08:38 AM
I have some friends in another state that purchased a house a few months ago in a 55+ community. My friends were quite Real Estate Savvy having made a number of purchases down thru the years. On this particular occasion, because the house was only six years old, they decided they didn't need a Real Estate Agent and they also didn't need a home inspection. In fact, the contract stated the sale was NOT contingent on a Home Inspection. They did, however, agree in the contract to have a final walkthrough. For all practical purposes though, the house was being sold (0 comments)
How To Clean Up That Inaccurate Information On Your Credit Report - 08/18/08 01:55 PM
I had someone speak with me recently about how to correct an inaccuracy on their Credit Report. In simple terms, they wanted to dispute something they believed was wrong on their Report from one of the Credit Reporting Agencies. I was happy to give them the following web address for a sample letter and they have already had the corrections applied to their credit report. Here is the information you will want to utilize when you have a dispute to settle. Remember, the inaccurate information will not in all probability go away on its own. You will have to use this (0 comments)
A Buyers Preliminary Involvement In Purchasing A House - 08/15/08 01:08 PM
Someone called me a short time back asking some questions in reference to assisting them in finding a house. We visited for a while and then the gentleman asked: "What kinds of things should we be doing to get ready for the purchase even before we utilize your services?"I gave them some simple research to perform in four specfic and vital areas. By the way, I am making an assumption that you have already spoken with a Mortgage Lender.First, I suggested they use my website to their benefit. Specifically, use my Northern VA Real Estate MLS searching tool to assist in finding (0 comments)
VA Loans Are Back And With Increasingly More Popularity - 08/12/08 12:15 PM
While I am not a Loan Officer and for sure do not work for a Mortgage Company, at the same time I know a potentially good deal when I see one. As a Realtor and a Veteran, I know that for years Veterans were told that a VA Loan was not the best deal out there and as a result, many of our Military and former Military people (Veterans) used other means to finance their mortgage. With Mortgage money seemingly tightening, VA Loans are becoming more popular. I would urge you to read the following article for additional information: VA Loans Offer (0 comments)
Renters Beware Of This Possible Outcome During Your Lease - 08/09/08 08:47 AM
On July 31st of this year, I penned an article that I felt was long over due. The title was, "Renters Make Sure You Are Not Left Homeless". It was all about Landlord's and more specifically, the potential of their Rental Properties going into Foreclosure and their tenants being left out in the cold. For sure, many Rental Properties are probably just fine and the risk to renters is quite slim. On the other hand, the Washington Post just published an article about one Maryland Man left homeless not just once, but twice because of his Landlord's property (two seperate Landlord's (0 comments)
Fixer Uppers Can Be A Good Deal But Be Careful - 08/06/08 05:36 AM
Throughout my years in Real Estate I've observed several individuals and couples who have done well with houses that needed some TLC or simply had to have a makeover. They have purchased a house at a great price, made necessary upgrades and changes to the property and then cashed in at the end when re-selling the house, finally realizing a good profit. On the other hand, I've also noted a number of investors who haven't done so well and in street terms, they miserably failed and lost money. Why? This is what I've discovered. Some people may be inclined towards purchasing (0 comments)
Steps That Lead To a Positive Home Buying Experience - 08/03/08 01:58 PM
Many home buyers, especially first time home buyers have multitudes of questions when it comes to purchasing a house. What should be first on my agenda? How will I know if I've chosen the right house? Is there anything I should NOT do? And this list could continue on and on and on!While this writing is not about most of these questions, it does cover some simple steps you should be prepared for when making your house purchase. Deal With Getting Your Pre-approval For A Mortgage Right Up FrontSomeone stopped by the office the other day and inquired about house shopping. (2 comments)
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