exclusive buyer agent: What Is A Pocket Listing? - 06/27/19 12:15 PM
Has a real estate agent told you they have a pocket listing just for you? What does that mean and is it really the best deal?
 
A pocket listing is a real estate industry term where a listing broker holds a listing agreement with a seller and both sides agree not to advertise the property. Pocket listings are not on the local Multiple Listing Service and there will be no sign in the yard indicating the property is for sale as a pocket listing. 
 
The pocket listing is a unique arrangement where a seller has asked the listing broker to only show their … (0 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: Ignorance is Not Bliss in Real Estate - 05/06/19 11:47 AM

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The Consumer Federation of America
released a report in January 2019 titled,
The Agency Mess
Home Buyer & Seller Confusion and Costs related to diverse and poorly enforced State laws about the Role and Responsibility of Real Estate Agents
 
I encourage all home buyers and sellers to read this extensive report since it impacts one of the most expensive financial decision you will make in your lifetime. The author of the report Stephen Brobeck had this to say,
 
"Today, many home buyers and sellers do not know whether their agent is representing their interests, those of the other party, or those of neither. Given … (2 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: Are You Really Ready to Buy A Home? - 02/22/19 02:22 PM
Spring is in the air in the Greater Washington DC area!
Do you know how I can tell?
 
 
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We are competing with many contracts for almost every house and condo for sale within walking distance to a Metro station. 
If you are a first time home buyer, follow these steps for success to find your home 
Talk to a lender before you begin looking for a home. A reputable local lender will help you determine your price range. He/she will also explain the types of loan packages and explain the options to find the best plan that works for you and your … (2 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: Drones for Roof Inspections - 12/31/18 05:53 AM
A very important part of a home inspection is examining the condition of the roof. In this particular situation, there was no access to the roof of this Baltimore row house.
Fortunately, our home inspector uses a drone to take video and pictures of the roof and chimney.
If you are buying a home, it's important to work with real estate agents who will work for your best interests. In addition, you'll need to rely on the expertise of a licensed qualified home inspector,  a trusted local lender and an experienced group of settlement professionals.
Buying a home is a team effort and … (3 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: Wordless Wednesday Love Your Neighbor - 10/17/18 08:46 AM
Great Advice for Today
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exclusive buyer agent: Thinking About Buying a Fixer Upper? - 09/10/18 08:46 AM
Here are a few major points to consider before you buy a fixer upper
 
Time had stopped in a house we toured last week. The in-house speaker system was original and installed in 1958. All the bathrooms had original tile, sinks, and tubs. The kitchen had original cabinets and only the refrigerator had been replaced. The basement had asbestos tiles on the floor and a swingin' Rat Pack style bar that took up an entire wall. 
How much do you think it would cost to fix this place up? 
Many home buyers love the character, craftsmanship, and detail found in an older home.  But before … (1 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: Top 5 Effective Communication Skills - 05/29/18 12:43 PM
 
 
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A Successful Home Buying Experience Begins with Your Story.
Why are you buying a home? Do you have a mental picture of what that new home will look like? If so, you'll need to share this information with your buyer agent. The sooner everyone is on the same page, the faster you will find your home.
Here are a few key points for Buyer Agents to keep in mind as they work with their home buyers. 
 
1. More Listening, Less Talking-as experienced Realtors, we have important information to convey to our Buyer clients. We want to share the good and bad things we … (2 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: New Shoes - 04/04/18 09:02 AM

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exclusive buyer agent: Is Your Dream Home a Money Pit? - 03/14/18 08:37 AM
It's easy to be wowed by the grandeur of a home.
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Wide entryways and sweeping staircases can be impressive features in a home. We've seen many homes that appear to be quite grand at first but on closer inspection turn out to be potential money pits. 
How do you know if a house is your dream home or a money pit? 
How long has it been on the market? - Ask your buyer agent to look into the history of a home for sale. If it's been sitting on the market for months, there could be a problem. Sometimes the problem is a … (2 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: How Important is a Survey when Buying a Home? - 03/05/18 09:07 AM

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When buying a single family home, you don't want any surprises. 
Many of our new home buyers have asked us if they really need to pay the extra money to get a property survey.
"After all, the backyard is already fenced, isn't that enough?"
 
Buying a home is the most expensive purchase most of us make in a lifetime. And you are not just buying the house, you are buying the parcel of land that the house sits on. So the short answer to the question above is, "Yes! You should seriously consider paying for a survey when you are buying a home."
 
A … (7 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: Make Your Own Videos and Voice Overs - 02/21/18 07:28 PM
 
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It's easy to make your own videos & voice overs
 
Advertising and marketing your business? Consider creating videos and voice-overs.
 
Use your cell phone, iPad or camera to create effective marketing videos!
What You Need To Make a Video
A cell phone and/or iPad with a decent quality microphone The iMovie app  is a quick and easy app to use for video production.  Garage Band or Audacity for recording at home. A microphone with a desktop stand - I bought a Heil microphone and actually received a thank you from Bob Heil the creator of the Heil microphone. Pretty cool! Consider writing out a short … (9 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: Why Birds Fly Into Windows and How To Prevent It - 01/12/18 02:08 PM
Birds fly into windows because they see the reflection of the sky. 
I was cooking dinner this week when I heard a loud BAM on the window. I ran to see what happened and discovered a large hawk lying motionless on the ground. As I watched, he slowly began to move his claws and head. After many minutes, he flew a short distance and landed in a bush near my bedroom window. I checked on him for hours and into the night. He was breathing but once the sun set, the bird stayed hidden in the bush and shrubbery. At first light, … (4 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: Completely Remodeled Home. What Does that Mean? - 10/17/17 12:35 PM
There's an expectation when you see the phrase "completely remodeled" in a home listed for sale.  
 
Remodel, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary means to change the structure, shape or appearance of something. 
 
When the phrase "completely remodeled" is used in the description of a listing, many homebuyers expect the entire house to be updated. 
But in reality, a house advertised as "completely remodeled"  could have a number of big-ticket items that are either original or close to the end of their use. In fact, we find this to be true more often than not. So with that in mind...
 
Here's what you need to look for when you see the phrase … (44 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: Buying a Home for The First Time - 10/05/17 05:42 PM
If your a little nervous just thinking about buying a house, we get it!
 Buying your first home is a serious commitment. It's likely to be the most expensive purchase in your life. So be a good boy scout and
PREPARE
 
 
 
Like any great adventure, you begin with trusted companions. You want to surround yourself with people who know what they are doing and are really good at it! As a home buyer, you need 100% loyalty from your real estate agent. Learn about exclusive buyer agents who serve only home buyers. Interview agents and make sure you are a good fit. … (2 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: Why Love Matters in Real Estate - 09/17/17 11:07 AM

"True love is the greatest thing, in the world-except for a nice MLT – mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that." Miracle Max
 
The 1987 movie Princess Bride is a beautiful story about true love. Princess Buttercup and Wesley encounter serious obstacles (the entire movie) but eventually end up together and live happily ever after.
True Love Prevails!
This true love story is a lot like buying a home. There is no such thing as the perfect house for everyone! Every home buyer has unique expectations … (4 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: How to Prevent a Clothes Dryer Fire - 08/10/17 06:58 AM
2900 Clothes dryer fires are reported in the U.S. each year
When buying a home, most people don't think twice about the clothes dryer. The home inspector usually checks the dryer to be sure it heats properly and that's the extent of the dryer inspection. After our experience this week, we will now be asking every seller when they last cleaned the vent on their dryer.
Our Dryer Story
 
Our first time home buyers called us saying they had two issues with their new home. First, there were several wet spots on the ceiling. Second, their clothes dryer was not drying properly. It was taking two or … (8 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: Why "I told you so" never works - 08/04/17 05:32 AM
It feels sooo good to be right!
 
It's a little bit happy mixed with smugness and a lofty feeling of superiority. And there are so many opportunities to be RIGHT- 
The waiter/waitress screws up your order-Travesty! How dare they! Do they not know who I am! Are they really that stupid? Daughter finally breaks up with the nightmare boyfriend-You should have listened to my advice long ago!  I saw him for who he really was, if only you could have listened to me back then! Husband procastinates...again-If you had started working on this project weeks ago, when I told you, you wouldn't be up … (10 comments)

exclusive buyer agent: Is an HOA right for you? - 07/12/17 06:52 AM
 
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exclusive buyer agent: 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)

exclusive buyer agent: 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)

 
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