buyers edge: Spring Home Maintenance Checklist - 03/16/16 10:04 PM
 March 20th is the First Official Day Of Spring
and snow is in the forecast for Washington DC this Sunday
That is the way of Springtime, warm days & cold nights until the warm weather wins. And of course I'm talking about parts of the country that experience the four seasons. But wherever you live, now is an excellent time to do a home maintenance check. Home ownership is all about maintaining your property. I find Google calendar alerts very helpful.Putting alerts on the calendar for things like, changing the filter in the HVAC or cleaning out the gutters is easy to do and … (2 comments)

buyers edge: Drone Technology for Home Inspections - 03/14/16 12:17 AM
A Home Inspection is a Reconnaissance Mission 
A good home inspector digs deep, gathering information and discovering the history of a home. He or she will tell you what's right and what's wrong with a property. They also provide a detailed home inspection report which the new home owner can use as a kind of "How To Maintain My House" manual. 
Home inspections are always interesting but rarely what I'd call "fun". However, everything changed last week, when my Buyer's inspector used a drone to take pictures of the roof. 
So Cool! I just had to share! 
 
 
 
 
 
Pro-Spex provides home inspections for home buyers in the … (2 comments)

buyers edge: Glen Echo Maryland Real Estate - 03/05/16 09:34 PM
Glen Echo on the Potomac, the Washington Rhine
 
In 1888, two brothers used the slogan above to advertise Glen Echo Maryland. It's a quaint little town upriver from Georgetown in Washington D.C. Glen Echo was famous for the Glen Echo Amusement Park which operated from the late 1800's until the late 1960's. 
 
My grandparents would ride the street car out to Glen Echo Amusement Park 
 
Glen Echo's amusement park is now a National Park. Every weekend, dances are held in the Spanish Ballroom, a restored 1933 Mediterranean Art Deco style building . Washingtonian magazine says the Spanish Ballroom dominates the local swing dance scene. On Saturday nights, there … (0 comments)

buyers edge: What is a Smart Home? - 02/22/16 03:15 AM
A smart home is equipped with lighting, heating and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer. 
 
Homes considered "smart" are equipped with network connected products to control and optimize the functioning of the home. Smart homes have hi speed wi-fi & the internet, a remotely controlled thermostat, security system and lighting. Smart homes would also include Energy star appliances. 
Do you want a smart home? 
Check out a few companies and learn what you can do to make your home a little smarter!
 
Belkin International   has three brands, Belkin, Linksys and WeMo. These brands provide home owners with the wireless technology to … (2 comments)

buyers edge: Mr President & the First Lady - 02/17/16 03:36 AM
American Eagles nesting in Washington D.C.
United States National Arboretum
 
This is the greatest love story in Washington D.C right now!
A pair of bald eagles have a nest at the United States National Arboretum just off New York Avenue in Washington DC. 
You can check out their nest and eggs via two cameras set up by the American Eagle Foundation. Their nest is 5 feet wide and 6 feet deep! The eagles wingspan is 6 feet which is a pretty impressive sight to see. 
The "First Lady" laid an egg on February 10th and a 2nd egg was laid on February 14th. 
Love is really in … (0 comments)

buyers edge: It's All About the Love - 02/12/16 10:14 AM
Bigger Than Valentines Day Love
 
We are sharing the love with home buyers this weekend
Saturday, home buyers are looking for single family homes in Columbia and Ellicott City Maryland. Saturday afternoon, home buyers are looking for homes in Vienna and Falls Church Virginia.
The Washington D.C. area includes Northern Virginia and Maryland close to the District line. Many locals live in Virginia or Maryland and commute into the District for work. 
Moving to the Greater Washington D.C. area?
Consider Exclusive Buyer Agents with Buyer's Edge
Not Just a Buyers Agent, An Exclusive Buyers Agent. There's a difference. 
Learn more 
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buyers edge: Beautiful Homes in McLean Virginia - 02/11/16 03:06 AM
When Hollywood comes to Washington D.C. 
there's a good chance they'll be filming in McLean Virginia
McLean is home to diplomats, high ranking government officials and members of Congress. 
McLean Virginia is a short drive to the Central Intelligence Agency and downtown Washington D.C.
Single family home prices start in the mid 700's. In this price range, the homes are typically older, built in the 50's & 60's split level, two story rambler or colonial styles. 
Arts & Crafts style homes are popular in McLean. These homes are newer and built on lots where the original home has been greatly remodeled or torn down.
In Elmwood Estates of … (2 comments)

buyers edge: Washington DC Housing Market - 02/08/16 01:54 AM
It's fun to review last years SmartCharts data for the Mid Atlantic Region and compare it to our personal experience with home buyers. Last year, we got off to a slow start and that's reflected in the chart below.
According to Real Estate Business Intelligence, Annual sales reached the highest level since 2006.  
 
Prices gained just 1% percent for the second straight year, and stayed 24% higher than 2009’s lowest levels.
 
Fairfax county Virginia had the biggest year end inventory, an increase of 10.4% compared to 2014.
 
Supply growth was greatest in Fairfax then Prince Georges county Maryland followed by Washington DC then Arlington … (0 comments)

buyers edge: Chinese New Year in Washington D.C. - 02/04/16 09:45 PM
Chinese New Year Festival
 
The Lunar New Year celebrations kicked off last month
February 8th is the Chinese New Year
Local events in Maryland & Virginia feature food, dancers and lots of celebration
The Chinese New Year Parade in D.C. is on February 14th 2-4 pm and features traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment.
The best street spot to watch the parade-along 7th Street close to the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro.
Washington D.C.  Lunar New Year celebration  
2016 is the Year of the Monkey
So, what exactly is the Year of the Monkey?
According to ChinaHighlights.com, The monkey is the 9th animal of the … (0 comments)

buyers edge: Best Time for a Home Inspection - 02/02/16 09:52 PM
Go on a House Tour
or
Schedule a Home Inspection
TODAY 
Rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast today for areas in and around Washington D.C & Baltimore. It's too bad it's a weekday, when so many home buyers are at work.
Today is the best day to see and smell a basement or inspect the gutters and roof on a home. When it rains, it pours and there is so much to learn about a house when it's wet! 
In Washington D.C., many of the row houses, town houses and single family homes are over 100 years old.  
Most of these old homes have stone or … (8 comments)

buyers edge: We Are What We Repeatedly Do - 01/31/16 04:51 AM
About six weeks ago, one of my longtime yoga buddies started having migraine headaches. She's been to doctors, had cat scans, taken prescription pain medication and had acupuncture treatments. 
She's been miserable but made it to yoga every Sunday. Today, I asked how she was doing and she replied,
"Great! My migraine headaches are gone!"
What happened? Well it turns out, that she tipped her head down and curled her shoulders forward whenever she typed on the computer or texted on her cellphone. In fact, her chin was tipped so low, it almost touched her chest. Her daughter made the observation and asked if … (99 comments)

buyers edge: Condos in Arlington Virginia with Beautiful Views - 01/29/16 12:56 AM
Arlington Virginia condominiums have beautiful views of Washington D.C. 
This picture shows the view from the Virginia shoreline just south of the Capital Beltway. In the distance, you can see
National Harbor in Prince Georges county Maryland 
 across the Potomac River. Water taxis run between Alexandria Virginia and National Harbor almost every hour. It's a popular way for visitors and locals to travel between Virginia and Maryland. 
North of the Capital Beltway/Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Virginia, you'll find the cities of Alexandria and Arlington. Today, we are touring a condominium in the Bella Vista in  Crystal City. It's a convenient place to live for anyone working … (0 comments)

buyers edge: Prepare for Record Snowfall - 01/19/16 10:47 PM
Severe Potentially Historic Snowstorm 
The National Weather Forecast has raised it's winter storm threat to its highest level 
 
Every major computer model for the D.C. area is now showing double digit snowfalls for Friday and Saturday. Weather forecasters are calling this potential snow event "high-impact" and even paralyzing. We are still a few days out so there's a slight chance for a shift in the forecast. 
 
If there is any good news here-it's that we have time to prepare
 
Preparing for a big snow storm goes beyond stocking up at the grocery store. There is still time to clean out your gutters and clear debris … (4 comments)

buyers edge: Remodeling Projects to Avoid for Resale - 01/17/16 09:56 PM
Home Buyers Want to Love Your Home
Make is easy for them! Here are a few home remodeling projects we've seen that stopped our Buyers from making an offer.
 
Creating a huge master suite - Having a large master bedroom with a private bath is great but if an upstairs bedroom has to be sacrificed for the cause-you may want to rethink the project.    
A home with a massive master suite, private sitting room and master bathroom works when there is another full bath on the same level. If an upstairs bedroom has no access to a bathroom on the … (2 comments)

buyers edge: Decorative Window Bars and Grilles - 01/15/16 03:56 AM
Secure Your Home With Attractive Window Bars and Window Gates 
 
There are thousands of condominiums in Washington D.C. and we have seen plenty of them! We've toured 550 square foot condo's and 2000 square foot condo's with one and two levels. So many different buildings and styles, there is no generic condo style or building in Washington D.C. 
Condo's and Co-op's offer housing for home buyers who want to live where they work, in Washington D.C. 
Our super cool clients have discerning taste and we finally found their dream condo! We were pleasantly surprised to find a condo with a brand new kitchen, two full new bathrooms … (6 comments)

buyers edge: What to Know for a Pre DryWall Walk Through - 01/09/16 05:24 PM
A Pre Drywall Walk Through Is One of The Most Important Steps
Of Buying a Brand New Home
 
At this stage of the home building process, the Builder or Site Manager walks through the home with the home owners. The framing, heating and air ducts, electrical wiring, plumbing and possibly tubs and shower pans will be in place. 
Before the drywall is installed, it's easier to make changes to the electrical outlets, lighting, plumbing and/or framing.
 What To Look For in a Pre Drywall Walk Through
Take pictures of electrical wiring, plumbing and air ducts. On a recent pre drywall walk through with our clients, we … (8 comments)

buyers edge: Condos in Mt. Vernon Square NW Washington - 01/02/16 03:11 AM
Buy a home in Washington D.C. before Spring
 
Mt Vernon Square in Washington D.C. is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. 
Starting price for one bedroom condos-upper 400's
Starting price for row houses-depends
If the row house has been restored, prices start at 1 million. If you want to find a rowhouse to restore, and you have the money and skills to make it happen, Mt Vernon Square is a great neighborhood to buy a home! This part of the city is a blend of old homes & modern new condo's. 
We love the Yale Steam Laundry Condo's. This historic building was the biggest laundry … (2 comments)

buyers edge: Virtual Reality and Real Estate - 12/30/15 08:05 AM
Gaming Technology Creates 360 Degree House Tour
 
It's happening in Europe-Immersion, a virtual reality firm based in Poland, is using gaming technology to create 360 tours of buildings.  The gaming technology is more advanced than architecture software and some of the biggest real estate companies in Europe are taking two dimensional designs and creating 3 dimensional technology. 
According to the newspaper, IBTimes of UK, the CEO of Immersion says he's using the technology to show clients the inside of hi-rise buildings. The clients visit apartments, bathrooms and look out a window to see the view from the building. 
Oculus, a U.S. based virtual reality … (0 comments)

buyers edge: Garrett Park Maryland Real Estate - 12/25/15 10:10 PM
Garrett Park Maryland is a hillside neighborhood along Rock Creek
turn-of-the-last-century old Victorians, Bungalows, Arts & Craft style homes 
home prices range in price from the low 700's & up
Many home owners in Garrett Park work in downtown Washington D.C. There are a couple of options for public transportation.
The Marc commuter train stops in downtown Garrett Park, Maryland.  The local Ride-on bus runs every few minutes along Strathmore Avenue to the Grosvenor Metro Station. 
Garrett Park Maryland feels like a step back in time. It's convenient to downtown D.C., major stores along Rockville Pike and a short drive or Metro ride to downtown Bethesda. If … (6 comments)

buyers edge: Important Mortgage Terms to Know - 12/21/15 10:13 AM
Mortgage Terms & Definitions
Words To Know When Buying a Home
Buying a home is a learning process. Ask your lender & exclusive buyers agent lots of questions so you can enjoy the adventure!
Annual Percentage Rate – the standard of calculating a mortgage at a yearly rate. This will include interest, mortgage insurance and some credit costs or points. This will be higher than the interest rate a lender will quote (because it includes all these other items)
Appraisal – a written report by a certified appraiser estimating the value of a home.  Zillow’s Zestimate should not be considered an accurate estimate of home value.
Adjustable Rate Mortgage or ARM – … (4 comments)

 
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