realty world select: Foreclosure Pick Of The Week for Jan 30, 2012 - 01/31/12 12:47 AM
Foreclosure Pick Of The Week for Jan 23, 2012 along with a list of foreclosed properties for Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park.
This weeks pick is 8875 Flatbush Ct in the Independance neighborhood in Manassas, brokered with Keller Williams Realty.This three level Colonial has a stone-front and vinyl siding. Features include 4 bed 3.5 baths, fresh paint, new carpeting, hardwoods floors on main level, eat-in kitchen with island and stainless steel appliances. The family room just off the eat in area has a gas fireplace and plenty of windows. The finished basement has rec room, den and full bath with … (0 comments)

realty world select: This weeks Bank Owned Properties List for Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park - 01/23/12 02:43 AM
This weeks Bank Owned Properties List for Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park
Here is my Bank Owned Pick of the week January 23, 2012. 14833 Cartagena Dr. Gainesville, VA 20155 listed for $389,000 brokered by Weichert Realtors. This brick front colonial is located in the Hopewells Landing Subdivision just off Lee Highway ( RT 29) in Gainesville. It features 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The kitchen just off the two story family room and has a center island cook top, built in microwave, wall oven and eat in area. The master suite features a luxury bath with soak-er tub, separate … (0 comments)

realty world select: Decembers Real Estate Market Update for Prince William County, Manassas & Manassas Park - 01/17/12 12:26 AM
Decembers Real Estate Market Update for Prince William County, Manassas & Manassas ParkDecember was a good month for real estate. There was a 20% increase in the number of homes that sold in December over what sold in November. Inventory is still extremely low with only 1203 homes on the market for sale. In November's Real Estate Market Update I reported there as 1,254 homes for sale and 427 that had sold. The average sold price for the county in the month of December was $260,997 an increase of 3% for the same time last year.
The grapgh's break out the … (0 comments)

realty world select: Do You Really Want to Sell This Home? - 10/20/11 02:02 AM
 
Do You Really Want to Sell This Home?
This is a question I ask my self often when I see MLS sheets with so much incorrect information. Agents rely on this information when they are scheduling appoitments with clients. You would hope it's correct. More often it's not.
Here is a great example: Looks pretty straight forward, right?

ALT Agent office number no longer in service. NO contract terms to review- nothing in the MLS doc folder SHOWING INSTRUCTION

Per Centralized Showing Service a 24 hour notice is required. WHAT? Do you see 24 hours notice required any … (4 comments)

realty world select: Real Estate Market Update for September 2011 - 10/14/11 03:24 AM
Real Estate Market Update for September 2011



If you would like to know what home prices are doing in your neighborhood just give me a call 703-330-4423 or email me the address Home4sale@mris.com.
Information provided by MRIS and RBI
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realty world select: The Perfect Lot - 10/14/11 02:45 AM
The Perfect Lot MLS # PW7707658 List price $169,000
With land at a premium you find all type of lots that owners try to sell for top dollar. It's a pleasure to be able to offer a lot for sell that is just perfect. The lot is already cleared with only a few trees left for shade. There is a slight slope to the back side of the lot making it idea for a walk out basement. This 1.61 acre lot is almost a perfect rectangle. This is an ideal lot for either a spacious Colonial or Rambler with a side … (0 comments)

realty world select: Building That Dream Home Starts With The Lot - 10/13/11 09:46 AM
Building That Dream Home Starts With The Lot
Building that home dream you have always wanted starts with the lot. Speaking as a home owner and Realtor who has personally build three custom homes and helped many clients build homes. I can tell you there is a lot of thought that needs to go into building what is your dream home. Here are some things you need to consider first before you even start to think about the home.
You have to determine the location. Do you need amenities? Close to shopping, schools, major roads? Do you go with a track … (0 comments)

realty world select: 5 Ways to Be A Bad Networker - 10/10/11 01:39 AM
5 Ways to Be A Bad NetworkerIf you are selling a product or service you need to understand what networking is and is not. Successful networking is about building relationships with people so that in turn they become a walking billboard for your business. If you do any of the following you will find fewer and fewer people who will be interested in doing business with you and seek out others who have the same product or service.
1.    Acting like someone you are not. You meet someone who at first appears to be genuine in what they say or do … (9 comments)

realty world select: Real Estate Market Update for August 2011 - 09/22/11 08:54 AM
 
Real Estate Market Update for August 2011
Here are some graphs from Real Estate Market Intelligence showing a 3.36% increase in the average sold price from the same time last years for homes in Prince William County, Manassas & Manassas Park.  Inventory is down by 3.67% compared to last year as well. There are fewer short sales or bank owned foreclosures on the market at present time. They are down to 25% of the market compared to 60% the same time last year.
With interest rates at a new all time low we are seeing more first time buyers as … (0 comments)

realty world select: Giving Back To The Prince William County Community - 09/14/11 06:11 AM
Giving Back To The Prince William County Community.
As a veteran Realtor in Prince William County for 20+ years, helping families buyer or sell a home is not the only passion I have. The other is working with good organizations that help families in need. 
I was glad to have been a sponsor at the Concert4Food event held on Sept 10, 2011 at the NOVA Manassas Campus, hosted by REACTION Church.  With the help of REACTION Church, sponsors and residents of the community, over 800lbs. of food was collected and donated to Passion 4 Community's Food Incentive "Grab Your Groceries".  Passion … (1 comments)

realty world select: The Jacobs Team-Realty World Select To Exhibit at Financial Fair - 08/31/11 11:34 PM
 
       The Jacobs Team Realty World Select To Exhibit at the 2ND ANNUAL PRINCE WILLIAM FINANCIAL FAIR
hosted by Glenn C. Moore, CFP®, ChFC with Ameriprise Financial  September 15, 2011 Opens at 4:00 p.m.Closes at 8:00 p.m.Continental Event Center9705 Liberia AvenueManassas, VA 20110
This is an informational event. There is no cost or obligation to attend this event.  Presentations:(Presentation times subject to change)  
4:00 p.m. PWPN Trade Show                   Glenn Moore’s Classical and Popular Piano Selection Performance
4:30 p.m. Securing Your Retirement, by Anne-Marie Laboe, Vice President, BlackRock 5:30 p.m. Investment Program hosted by Glenn Moore                 Investment … (2 comments)

realty world select: The Jacobs Team-Realty World Select To Exhibit at 1st Annual Concert4Food - 08/31/11 12:38 PM
The Jacobs Team-Realty World Select To Exhibit at 1st Annual Concert4Food to support Grab Your Groceries Sept 10th, 2011 11am-5pm. Live @ the Northern Virginia Community College Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater Manassas, Va.
There will be 6 Bands & Concert and the event is FREE! Plus plenty of fun kids stuff including moon bounces and great food.
All we ask is your support Grab Your Groceries by bringing a bag of groceries (Non-perishable items only) with you help us reach a goal of 2,000 lbs of Food
Grab Your Groceries is an outreach ministry which focuses on the community's underserved residents. We … (0 comments)

realty world select: 6 Things Too Consider If You Decide To Rent Your Home - 08/15/11 06:26 AM
6 Things Too Consider If You Decide To Rent Your Home
Is renting your home a good idea if you can’t sell it? That depends if you are looking to become an investor.  While this may seem like the easy thing to do here are 6 Things Too Consider If You Decide To Rent Your Home.
1.    Consult with your tax adviser. Turning your principle resident into a rental may have tax ramifications later when you decide to sell.
2.    Consult with an eviction attorney. Understand how the eviction process works in advance should you have a tenant who fails to … (4 comments)

realty world select: Real Estate in the Social Media Era - 07/26/11 02:52 AM
Real Estate in the Social Media EraI love selling Real Estate in the social media era.  As a 20+ year veteran of the real estate world, I remember when clients had to come to my office to look at homes in a listing book and we had those funky looking keys to access lockboxes. Then came the dumb terminals used only by licensed Realtors.In the late ‘90’s websites became the big crave. That was the beginning of a whole new way of selling real estate.
Fast forward to 2011, it’s a fast past environment where buyers and sellers want info yesterday. … (2 comments)

realty world select: Hot, Normal, and Cold Markets - 06/27/11 08:58 AM
Hot, Normal, and Cold Markets
Real estate is local and here in our local market many people find it hard to believe that we are in a Hot Real Estate Market. Yes a hot market, contrary to what you hear in the media. Most media outlets talk about real estate nationally not locally.
Example, December 2010 (one of the slower months of the year) we had approximately 1700 homes for sale in Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park. In December the average days on market was 41 and the average sale price was $268,000 for homes in Prince William County, Manassas, … (1 comments)

realty world select: Real Estate Market Update for Manassas, Virginia 20110 - 06/07/11 01:48 AM
Real Estate Market Update for Manassas, Virginia 20110

Housing prices in Manassas are on an upward trend. For the last three months we have seen an increase in housing prices, while the days on the market are decreasing.
In the last 30 days there has been 51 homes that sold and settled in Manassas, 20110 zip code. This is consistant to the prior two months. The average days on the market is 27 days down from the months prior.
The average Sold price in Manassas, 20110 zip code for the month of May is $202,258. The average sold price for … (0 comments)

realty world select: 4 Qualifications for a Short Sale - 05/20/11 01:27 AM
 4 Qualifications for a Short Sale. This is part two of "What is a Short Sale". Now we are going to go over the 4 Qualifications for a successful Short Sale.
Before you eagerly climb aboard the short sale bandwagon, consider the following to determine whether you may qualify for a short sale. If you cannot answer yes to all four requirements, you may not qualify for a short sale.    1- The Home's Market Value Has Dropped.      Hard comparable sales must substantiate that the home is worth less than the unpaid balance due the lender. This unpaid balance may include a … (0 comments)

realty world select: How Does A Short Sale Effect My Credit Score? - 05/17/11 12:54 AM
How Does A Short Sale Effect My Credit Score?

This is part six of "What Is a Short Sale?
How a short sale effects your credit score depends on what your score was at the time of the Short Sale. In a article by Jeanine Skowronski, "It appears that the higher the score the harder it falls and the longer it takes to recover".
Every person's credit and credit score is different, but the graph's below will give you an idea on how it will impact your FICO scores as well as how long it will take to recover.
As … (6 comments)

realty world select: The Eight Steps in a Short Sale Process - 05/16/11 01:34 AM
The Eight Steps in a Short Sale Process. This is part five of "What Is A Short Sale?"
   1- Call the Lender      You may need to make a half dozen phone calls before you find the person responsible for handling short sales. You do not want to talk to the "real estate short sale" or "work out" department, you want the supervisor's name, the name of the individual capable of making a decision.   2- Submit Letter of Authorization      Lenders typically do not want to disclose any of your personal information without written authorization to do so. If you are working … (8 comments)

realty world select: Short Sale Process - 05/16/11 01:07 AM
Short Sale Process This is part four of "What Is A Short Sale ?"When lenders agree to do a short sale in real estate, it means the lender is accepting less than the total amount due. Not all lenders will accept short sales or discounted payoffs, especially if it would make more financial sense to foreclose; moreover, not all sellers nor all properties qualify for short sales.If you are considering selling a short sale, there could be drawbacks. For your protection, we suggest that all potential short sale sellers:    * Obtain a free consultation with a Realty World Select short sale … (1 comments)

 
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