buyers edge: Wordless Wednesday - Korean Fast Food - 07/26/17 11:44 AM

 
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buyers edge: House Hunting from Afghanistan - 07/25/17 01:00 PM

Our client is buying a home long distance.
 
She's being transferred to Virginia soon so we've been searching for a home for a little over a month. What a fun experience! Using Facetime, we are able to talk to her as we tour houses in Virginia. She wants her commute to be less than 45 minutes one way and will not buy a house on or near a major road.  Google Maps has been a great source of information. This type of house hunting may seem unusual and yet she is not our first overseas buyer.
 
We've worked with clients in Thailand, Vietnam, … (0 comments)

buyers edge: Logan Circle in Washington D.C. - 07/05/17 10:33 AM
Logan Circle is in NW Washington D.C.
east of Dupont Circle and north of the White House
 
Logan Circle is one of the prettiest roundabouts in Washington D.C.
It is also the only circle in Washington D.C. that is entirely residential.
a little history about Logan Circle...
During the Civil War, a refugee camp was established in Logan Circle for newly freed slaves from Maryland & Virginia In the 19th century, streetcar track was laid in the swampy area (Logan Circle) and Victorian rowhouses were built and marketed to the middle upper class. The streets were modeled after cities in Europe in an effort to … (0 comments)

buyers edge: Washington D.C. 4th of July Events - 07/03/17 09:45 AM
If ever there is a time Washington D.C. shines, it's the 4th of July!
JULY 3RD: The Washington Nationals are playing the New York Mets at 6:05 p.m. There will be a fireworks display after tonight's game. 
JULY 4TH: The 4th of July-Independence Day Parade begins 11:45 am - 2 p.m. along Constitution Avenue from 7th Street to 17th Street N.W. 
United States Navy Band plays at the Sylvan Theatre, Washington Monument Grounds at 6 p.m.  A Capitol Fourth Concert 8:00 to 9:30 pm on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This year, The Four Tops, The Beach Boys, country singer Trace Adkin's and John … (0 comments)

buyers edge: 3 Most Frustrating Things About House Hunting Online - 06/27/17 09:22 AM
90% of home buyers have searched online for homes
according to the National Association of Realtors
So you know, first hand, how frustrating it can be to find accurate information on sites like Zillow. For real estate professionals, these online sites, full of inaccurate and misinformation, make our job very challenging. 
Just last week, I met with a new buyer client who...
couldn't understand why most of the houses she found online were not actually for sale
Her favorite house in the online picture sold 3 months ago. She was unconvinced until I showed her the Listing from the Multiple Listing Service. We went through this about a half … (4 comments)

buyers edge: Historic Home Owner Grant in Washington D.C. - 06/26/17 07:07 AM
Do you live in a historic district in the Nations Capital?
Capitol Hill, Blagden Alley, Naylor Court, Fourteenth Street, LeDroit Park, Mount Pleasant, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon Square, Mount Vernon Triangle, Shaw, Strivers Section, U Street and Takoma Park
Do you know someone who needs help with home maintenance issues? Here's a great way to help! 
The Historic Preservation Office is accepting applications for their Historic Homeowner Grant Program until the 5th of July. The program grants $25,000 to homeowners in the districts mentioned above and $35,000 to homeowners in the Anacostia District. 
The Historic Homeowner Grant Program was developed for families that need help … (4 comments)

buyers edge: The Nightmare Neighbor - 06/20/17 10:16 AM
 Single family home, condo, co-op, townhouse....
the nightmare neighbor can lurk in any living situation. 
 
So much of the home buying process focuses solely on the house. Obviously, the house is important but it's equally important to check out your neighbors. Specifically, the neighbors who live next door or behind your home. The close proximity, sharing a fence or property line, means you will interact with these neighbors. When you find the house you want to buy, evaluate your neighbors home and yard. 
Is the house well maintained? Mowed lawns and well-maintained gardens are a good sign.  Are all their cars in working order? It's … (2 comments)

buyers edge: Live in McLean Virginia - 06/19/17 10:02 AM
Live close to Washington D.C. in one of the oldest, established neighborhoods in Northern Virginia 
 
McLean Virginia is a short drive across the Potomac River to downtown Washington DC. Tyson's Corner, a popular shopping and dining destination, is minutes away from downtown McLean. The Shenandoah Valley and mountains are a few hours west of McLean Virginia. 
Single Family Home prices range from the mid 600's to several million. 
McLean Virginia is 8 miles to downtown Washington D.C. 
Convenient to I66, George Washington Parkway, Capital Beltway & I 395/95
Beautiful trees, parks and views of the Potomac River make McLean an ideal location. 
Find your McLean Virginia home today! 
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buyers edge: Drone Roof Inspection - 06/08/17 05:40 AM
Inspect a Roof with Drone Technology
An excellent home inspector can save you thousands or dollars. By identifying problems with a home during the inspection, the home buyer can decide to move ahead or walk away from buying a home. Trained and experienced home inspectors can identify problems in a house using a variety of methods. Good inspectors are good detectives and identify problems with a visual inspection. But sometimes, it's difficult or even impossible to gain access to a roof. 
Trained and experienced home inspectors can identify problems in a house using a variety of methods including drone technology. Good inspectors are … (6 comments)

buyers edge: It's Important to be Kind but you don't have to be Nice - 05/23/17 08:12 AM
Our daughter just completed her first year of college. 
 
She is double majoring in Political Science and International Relations so we've spent hours talking about world events and Washington DC politics. But a recent conversation, sparked by a psychology class, fascinated me; the difference between being nice and being kind.
According to Merriam-Webster's online definitions-
 
Kindness- the quality or state of being gentle or considerate
Nice-pleasant and agreeable 
 
Kindness is a noble trait like honesty, courage, patience and compassion, kindness is a quality admired in others. Practicing kindness can be challenging like when...
 
a coworker aggressively expresses his/her political opinions your daughter or son yells that you never … (37 comments)

buyers edge: Winning Strategies for Buying a Home - 05/20/17 05:32 AM
There are no shortcuts when creating a winning home buying plan
In the Washington DC area, inventory is low and there is competition for almost every house on the market. It can be quite a learning curve for buyers especially if this is their first time buying a home. In order to have a successful home buying experience, you will need to consider the following points.
Save money-The more money you have for a downpayment, the better chance you have of winning in a competitive situation. Aim for a 10-20 percent downpayment. If you don't have that much money saved, there are loan programs … (4 comments)

buyers edge: Be Prepared for Summer Weather Emergencies - 05/19/17 03:56 PM
Hurricanes, Tornado's & Thunderstorms
Summer of 2017 will have them all!  
Depending on where you live, you may need a serious plan of action. 
Expect the best and prepare for the worst, when it comes to dangerous weather this is a good idea. We live in the Washington D.C. area so hurricanes and the occasional tornado wreaks havoc in our area.  Be prepared! No matter where you live, talk to your family members and have a plan of action in case of emergency. 
Stock up on canned goods, water, and first aid supplies Keep a blade, matches & battery operated light in your emergency … (8 comments)

buyers edge: Put the Awe back in Awesome! - 05/16/17 10:05 AM
IKIGAI
a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being". Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it is often a deep investigative search of self. 

Awesome is one of the most overused words in the English language. In fact, it's used so much that it now means cool or okay. I like the original Oxford dictionary meaning; awe-struck and/or breathtaking. If we make a personal effort in our lives, to put the awe back in awesome, we are on the path to finding our "reason for being". 
 
The inspiration for this blog came from this morning's featured guest speaker at the Bethesda … (0 comments)

buyers edge: Vinyl Siding Installed Incorrectly - 05/13/17 12:09 PM
What Happens When Vinyl Siding Installation Goes Wrong?
 
Turns out there is quite a bit that can go wrong if the vinyl siding is installed incorrectly.
 
In our case, the vinyl siding had been installed without house wrap which is a synthetic barrier that goes over the plywood and under the vinyl siding during installation. House wrap protects the wood underneath the vinyl. Without it, water can get trapped behind the vinyl siding and cause wood rot. 
In addition, the siding had improper flashing which is impervious material that is installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure. Water had penetrated behind … (0 comments)

buyers edge: Best Gardens in the Washington D.C. Area - 05/10/17 11:01 AM
Washington D.C is beautiful in Spring. With so many outdoor green spaces, parks and gardens, you can easily enjoy the great outdoors. 
The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is a historical landmark in N.E. Washington D.C. Tucked into an urban neighborhood, the Franciscan Monastery opens their gardens to the public every day from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. From April to September, there are free garden tours on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Noon. The church is magnificent with cathedral ceilings and lots of stained glass windows. Mass is held daily and musical concerts are held weekly. The church and surrounding buildings have … (0 comments)

buyers edge: Characteristics of a Smart Home Buyer - 05/03/17 04:13 AM
 
Smart home buying begins before you search for a home
 
Wondering if it's time to buy a home? How does the process work? Where do you begin?
 
Check your credit score. Credit Karma might be a good place to start. Your credit score is an important part of the criteria lenders look at to see if you qualify for a mortgage. Your credit score is an overall financial picture. The score is determined by how much you owe, how timely you make payments and how long you've been using credit. A score of 660 or higher is considered good. The credit score … (0 comments)

buyers edge: Top 3 Things to Consider When Buying a House - 04/26/17 10:20 AM
Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions of your life.
 
 
Choosing a trustworthy agent and lender are critical to starting the process. You have to know that your buyer agent will advocate for your best interests throughout the entire process. Your lender should be local and should also work weekends. These people are the foundation of your home search. Your buyer's agent and lender are on Team (you).  
Once you have established your team, the search begins!
Most of the factors shaping your home search will come from you. Since you are the team leader, you decide where you want to live and … (2 comments)

buyers edge: Dual Agency and Exclusive Buyer Agents - 04/20/17 06:25 AM
Exclusive Buyer Agents represent buyers 100% of the time
never sellers
Exclusive Buyer Agents are fiduciaries of home buyers with no conflicts of interest and loyalty to the home buyer in every real estate transaction.
Buyer agency is a real estate business model dedicated to buyer representation. Buyer Brokerages never take listings and never work for sellers. 
In a Kiplinger magazine article, they describe exclusive buyer agency;
 
"Unlike traditional agents, EBA's don't work for listing brokers, so they avoid the risk of dual agency - when one broker represents both parties. EBAs are still paid by the seller, but they can promise to represent your … (10 comments)

buyers edge: Feng Shui - 04/08/17 05:37 AM
Feng Shui your Home
for happiness, health & prosperity
Last Thursday evening, Buyer's Edge hosted a feng shui party. Our guest, Jayme Barrett, author of the book, feng shui your life came from Santa Monica California to offer advice on how to improve our home environment.  
Most people have heard of feng shui, pronounced fung shway, but may not know what it is or how it can improve your life. So first, a definition:
 
feng shui:  translates as wind & water in English. It is a Chinese philosophical order that harmonizes people with their surrounding environment. Feng shui is linked to Taoism and dates back 3500 years before … (2 comments)

buyers edge: Kensington Day of the Book Festival - 04/01/17 08:33 AM
"Books are a uniquely portable magic."
Stephen King 
 
The town of Kensington Maryland is sponsoring 
Day of the Book Festival
Celebrate all things books and the amazing things inside them!
 
 
WHO - Poets, Authors, Musicians, Artists & Vendors WHAT -12th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival  WHEN- April 23rd 2017 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. WHERE - Old Town Kensington Maryland along Armory Avenue, Howard Avenue & Montgomery Avenue along Antique Row one block off Connecticut Avenue  WHY - April 23rd is a symbolic day in literature. In 1995, April 23rd was declared the International Day of the Book by UNESCO. The festival draws … (4 comments)

 
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