purchase: 5 Signs a Home Has Potential - 10/05/15 07:15 AM
The best deals on homes are often on properties that aren’t perfect, but how do you spot a home with potential?  These are the 5 factors we’ve found:
Home shoppers looking for a great deal should keep these factors in mind when they are looking for a place with potential:
Location, location, location. You can fix a home’s condition, but you can never change it’s location.. Less than 50 years old. Properties older than a half century are likely to have more fundamental problems — like aging wiring, inadequate plumbing and sagging foundations. But when examining a home take care to … (0 comments)

purchase: Why do people love wood floors? - 10/05/15 07:01 AM
Step onto any wood floor and you’ll appreciate the warm and inviting tones and colors. As one of the world’s most versatile floor coverings not only do you get traditional beauty but also practical advantages:
Looks great and that great look endures; Hardwood resists stains, including wine and food; Wood is warm to the touch; Wood floors are easier on your feet and knees than concretes and ceramics; Wood flors are easy to clean; Real wood floors are fully restorable; Hygienic and dust free, especially good for allergy sufferers. … (1 comments)

purchase: Do I really need a comparative market analysis? - 10/05/15 06:51 AM
One of the greatest skills that a Realtor can bring to the table for you is a knowledge of property values across a wide range of areas.  For a seller or landlord, this means you strike the right balance between getting the most value from your home and selling or renting it in a time frame that allows you to either move or capitalize on your investment.
Simply looking at a neighbor’s property and assessing yours based on their sale is fraught with dangers.  Realtors factor in not only differences in construction, floor plans, and location, but also have their finger on … (0 comments)

purchase: Dad, what do you do all day? - 10/05/15 06:39 AM
 
This is an old post first put up before 2009. I got a chuckle out of it and thought I’d share with you.
When I come home exhausted it’s tough to remember (much less explain) what the heck I did all day.
A lot of times, I answer calls.  I get calls from renters who want to rent condos and townhouses. I get calls from buyers who want to make appointments or who just have questions.  I talk to landlords who use  our property management services.
Sometimes I really don’t know the answer. But when I don’t know the answer, I don’t make it … (1 comments)

purchase: 8 Tips to Guide Your Home Search - 09/28/15 06:11 AM
1. Get your finances in order.Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and closing costs. Then, talk to a lender and get prequalified for a mortgage. This will save you the heartache later of falling in love with a house you can’t afford.

2. Research before you look.Decide what features you most want to have in a home, what neighborhoods you prefer, and how much you’d be willing to spend each month for housing. Is walkability important to you? How about proximity to the Metro? Perhaps you want your new home to … (10 comments)

purchase: Single Family Homes less than $350k with easy access to the metro - 09/28/15 06:07 AM
If you have a friend who is looking for easy metro access, a 3 bedroom home and only wants to spend about $300k to $350k  it will be tough. But here are my best suggestions:
Many homes at Amberleigh are within walking distance of the Springfield Franconia Metro.  Kingstowne and Manchester Lakes might work too.The Huntington Metro is also an option at with homes at Bucknell Manor and the Fort Hunt area. This is a traditional 1950’s neighborhood with lots of trees and good schools.  Huntington Metro has 4500 parking spaces, so it’s a great metro to live close to because you … (2 comments)

purchase: Simple Steps to Buy a Home - 09/28/15 05:43 AM
I’m going to buy a home, what’s the process?
Go to your bank or lending institution to obtain pre-approval.  As part of this you will discover what amount it is willing to lend.  This is important both to know your budget and to ensure that your offers are accepted.  Failure to pre-approve can ruin your chances for success later. Sit down with a Realtor to see what’s available, what meets your needs, and to discover the hidden dangers in home buying. Once you have found a property you wish to buy you can proceed with an offer.  Your Realtor will provide … (0 comments)

purchase: Care to Know What is the Virginia Real Estate Board? - 09/28/15 05:39 AM
The Virgina Real Estate Board was established in 1924 to regulate businesses and individuals representing others in real property transactions, including  condominiums, cooperatives, and time-shares. An adjunct responsibility allows the Board to investigate housing discrimination under the aegis of the Federal Fair Housing Act. The Board currently licenses approximately 55,000 individuals and businesses.
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Maryland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23233-1463
For further information, contact:
Phone: (804) 367-8526
Email: Board for Real Estate
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purchase: How can a buyer determine the value of a property, during a purchase? - 09/28/15 05:25 AM
Licensed real estate agents can provide you with a competitive market analysis, this is based on:
Comparable properties in the area Adjustments for differences in size and condition of the property Differences based on location or the sale/rental date of the property While real estate prices are fluid and certainly open to negotiation there are very real trends that affect not only the housing market as a whole, but localized areas as well.  This can include everything from:
New construction Zoning changes Condemned properties Traffic pattern changes It is important to remember when assessing property that there are three factors that … (2 comments)

purchase: Want to know what do property managers and leasing agents do? - 09/28/15 04:41 AM
I recently received this email:
Will,
 
What all kinds of assistance do you provide? Do you check the background and credit of the perspective renter? If work needs to be done what happens? I know that the carpets will need to be cleaned before the renters would move into the place. Does one have to use your people to do any work necessary? What happens if I were to need a new renter, would your service handle that too? I have never used a service such as yours before, so I have a lot of questions.
Thanks for your help.
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purchase: Single Women, Condo Living and Everything In-Between - 09/21/15 01:50 AM
Recent studies suggest that single women currently make up approximately 47 percent of the condominium buying market in the United States. The reason is pretty obvious, if you think about it. Condominiums are an increasingly popularly housing choice for single women because of the various benefits that condos offer including convenience, security, and often virtually maintenance-free living.
For starters, security matters. For single women living alone in large, urban areas, one of the many benefits of living in a condominium are 24-hour concierge and security desks, video and security cameras in hallways and stairwells, and gated or enclosed parking areas. So if … (3 comments)

purchase: Want to know what a “Colonial” is? - 09/21/15 01:37 AM
America’s colonial period encompassed a number of housing types and styles, including For more information about Colonial styles, see Cape Cod, Saltbox, Georgian, and Dutch Colonial. However, when we speak of the Colonial style, we often are referring to a rectangular, symmetrical home with bedrooms on the second floor. The double-hung windows usually have many small, equally sized square panes.
During the late 1800’s and throughout the 20th century, builders borrowed Colonial ideas to create refined Colonial Revival homes with elegant central hallways and elaborate cornices. Unlike the original Colonials, Colonial Revival homes are often sided in white clapboard and trimmed with … (0 comments)

purchase: Five Common First Time Home Buyer Mistakes - 09/21/15 01:22 AM
1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.
2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list.
3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, taking into account items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.
4. Start saving.Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment? Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price saved as a down payment. … (1 comments)

purchase: Five Important Tips for Condo Buyers - 09/21/15 01:18 AM
If you are looking or even just thinking about buying a condominium home in or around Northern Virginia, it’s perfectly natural to feel a little nervous. Buying a condo and owning your own home is a large, life changing purchase. Indeed, any individual thinking about buying a condo needs to know what to expect and how to prepare for those expectations. Below is a short list of 5 essential tips that any condo buyer would do well to consider throughout the process of finding a new condominium home. Happy hunting!
1) Look at Everything in Person
First, remember to look in person at any … (0 comments)

purchase: Questions to ask your real estate agent - 09/18/15 05:21 AM
Real estate agents are licensed real estate professionals. The Commonwealth of Virginia requires that licenses be posted in a prominent place in the office of the real estate broker. If you don’t see that license, ask if the agent is licensed and ask if the license is current. Agents also carry a license on their person.
Agents are required to train and take courses, so ask about your agent about their training, and about what resources they use to locate either properties for sale or prospective buyers. If you are buying or selling a home, make sure the real estate agent has … (9 comments)

purchase: Five Costly Mistakes First-Time Buyers Make - 09/15/15 06:35 AM
Buying a first home can be a daunting experience. Here are five common and costly mistakes that novice home buyers make:
1. Ignore the costs of having a low credit score. Lower-score borrowers pay thousands of dollars in increased interest rates over the life of the loan.
2. Make purchases on credit before settlement.  Lenders continue to check credit scores right up until the time of closing. Too much shopping could cause the lender to take back the loan.
3. Scrimp on an inspection. Being surprised by the need for expensive repairs can be financially devastating.
4. Buy without contingencies. Buyers should … (3 comments)

purchase: Mount Vernon by listings and zipcodes - 09/30/14 03:23 AM
See all 22309: Mount Vernon, Woodlawn & Engleside.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22060 — Fort Belvoir, Woodlawn 22306 — Hybla Valley, Groveton, Huntley Meadows 22307 — New Alexandria, Belle Haven, Hollin Hills, Westgrove 22308 — Stratford Landing, Fort Hunt, Collingwood, Wellington 22309 — Mount Vernon, Woodlawn, Engleside 22315 — Franconia, Hayfield, Lee District See all Mount Vernon Elementary School District.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Filed Under: Mount Vernon Tagged With: 22309, Mount Vernon, Southern Suburbs … (4 comments)

purchase: Where are forested homes around the beltway? - 09/30/14 03:14 AM
See all 22015: Burke.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See all Burke.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Filed Under: Burke Tagged With: beltway, Burke, forested … (1 comments)

purchase: Purchase Insight: Resale condo vs. new condo - 08/11/14 02:36 AM
If you’re in the market for a condo, one of the first decisions you need to make is whether to by a newly built condo, or to by a previously owned condominium. Both have advantages and both have pitfalls. Here are a few thoughts to consider.
 
 
The majority of condos that are sold are existing condos. This is
neither an advantage or a disadvantage—simply a fact. The majority of
marketing materials and advertisements you will see for condos is for
new construction.  This means that it is easier to find ads, pretty
pictures and floor plans for new condos.
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purchase: Where to start when thinking of buying a home? - 06/30/14 03:46 AM

Where to start when thinking of buying a home, is an article that can introduce the steps to home ownership. For the specific information about where to start when thinking of buying a home, see underneath.
So you're thinking of buying a house! Well, Congratulations! This may be one of the biggest decisions in your life. First Things first, You need a Buyers Agent. Your buyers agent will do all the work for you, as well as protect you and look out for your best interests at all times, at all costs. They'll set up private showings and guide you through every step right until … (0 comments)

 
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