exclusive buyer agents: The Post-Occupancy Agreement - 05/22/19 10:42 AM
Important Details To Understand When Signing a Post-Occupancy Agreement
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Home buyers planning to purchase a home in the current market need to consider all their options to be competitive. It's not uncommon for a seller to review four or more offers for a single property in the Greater Washington DC area. Here are a few ways buyers can make an attractive offer-
All Cash Offers are frequently given more attention than offers with conventional, FHA or VA financing. Writing a Contract with Limited Contingencies. The home inspection addendum includes the following options: the right to negotiate and cancel, the right … (1 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: A Podcast for Home Buyers - 03/11/19 05:54 AM
 A home buying podcast is in the works! 
 
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I spent about half an hour on the phone with a buyer client yesterday explaining the first steps to take as you prepare to buy a home.
We talked about the importance of meeting with a lender to be pre-approved for a loan.   I explained the importance of choosing the right location. This is a critical first step and should factor your daily commute, schools and other criteria that impacts your daily life. We had a good laugh about HGTV and the shows that make home improvement projects look so easy! But … (0 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Why You Should Consider a Sewer Inspection - 02/15/19 11:03 AM

The sewer inspection monitor screen
 
If you are buying a home that is over ten years old, you might want to consider a sewer inspection. While this is not typically done in most home inspections, if you plan to remodel and add a bathroom or additional kitchen or bar, a sewer inspection would be the smart thing to do. 
We recently had the opportunity to see a sewer inspection in a townhouse built in the early 1950's. The sewer had been put into place about 69 years ago and to our knowledge, had never been inspected. 
Signs that you may need a sewer inspection
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exclusive buyer agents: The Problem with Orangeburg Pipe - 01/21/19 10:29 AM
What You Can't See Can Be Very Expensive
 
 
So what is Orangeburg Pipe?
Orangeburg pipe is fiber pipe made from wood pulp and pitch pressed together. The pipes and conduit were made from the 1860s to the 1970s by the Fiber Conduit Company.
The name of the pipe comes from the city where the pipes were manufactured-Orangeburg New York. In the beginning, back in the late 1800s, the company made fiber electrical conduit that was used for electrical wiring in new construction. In fact, the Empire State Building had electrical wiring encased in Orangeburg conduit. But after WWII, there was a need for … (2 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Top 5 Tips for Selling Your Home - 01/11/19 11:55 AM
 
 How To Sell Your Home Quickly
Advice from an Exclusive Buyers Agent
 
1. Paint the interior walls a neutral color - If you want to make your house as appealing as possible to potential buyers, paint walls beige or off an off white color. And take the time to do it right! Take the switch plates and outlet covers off BEFORE you paint the wall.
This picture shows what NOT to do before painting a wall. In the remarks section of the listing description for this house, it read,  "all rooms freshly painted!" They were painted all right but it looked like a very cheap … (3 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: 5 Best New Year Resolutions for 2019 - 12/30/18 01:23 PM

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Thanks to Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, I'm all caught up on the latest and hippest new year resolutions. So this blog will not include plans to lose weight, eat healthy foods, exercise or make new friends. 
My 5 best New Year resolutions are practical and aim to make daily life easier and more enjoyable.  So here goes!
 
Organize family photos with Digmypics.com -We literally have thousands of pictures of family and friends. Some are framed and hanging on the walls of our home but the majority of the photos we have are in boxes and stored under a staircase. I … (4 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Why You Need a Pre-Drywall Home Inspection - 08/23/18 03:26 PM
Buying a brand new home?
Consider having a pre-drywall home inspection 
 
At this stage of the home building process, the Builder or Site Manager walks through the home with the homeowners. 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. Our home buyers plan to hang large flat screens on the wall in several rooms. They asked the … (0 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Big Mistakes Buyers Make When Buying Condos - 06/26/18 10:51 AM
Are you looking for a slamming deal on a condo? 
If that's your focus, you could be making the biggest financial mistake of your life.
Buying a condo is an excellent way to move from renting to owning your own home. In the Greater Washington D.C. area, there are thousands of condos for sale but not all condo associations are well run and in good financial shape. 
So how can you avoid making a major mistake when buying a condo? 
Take time to review the condo associations financials. In Virginia, you have 3 days to review condo and HOA documents. In Maryland, you have 7 days to … (0 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: How to Buy a House in a Hot Market - 05/15/18 03:16 PM
Buying a home this Spring can feel like a race to the finish line!
How can you win a bidding war against 7 or 8 other contracts? We serve home buyers in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. In the District, the competition for condos, rowhouses, and single family homes is fierce. For our home buyers looking in Howard & Anne Arundel Counties, there seems to be more inventory available and less competition. 
Still, the best way to find your home this Spring is to understand the market and know what strategies will work best for you and your family.
Remember, know your … (0 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Capitol Hill Rowhouses - Wordless Wednesday - 04/11/18 12:19 PM

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exclusive buyer agents: How's the Market in Arlington and Bethesda? - 02/16/18 02:20 PM
The Greater Washington DC area includes Northern Virginia, Maryland & D.C. 
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If you're moving to the DC area, you could buy a home in Maryland, Northern Virginia or Washington D.C. and work in any of the three areas.Washington DC is the 6th largest Metropolitan area in the United States. There are over 6 million people who live in the Greater DC area.
To get a basic idea of what's happening in the market here, I offer a snapshot of two of the most popular areas to live. Arlington County and Montgomery County are just outside of Washington DC. They are both … (0 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Working with a Military Relocation Professional - 02/15/18 07:47 AM

In December 2017, I acquired the Military Relocation Professional designation. 
 
Over the years, I've worked with many military families moving to the Washington D.C. area. Now I have a better understanding of the specific deadlines and steps required for military personnel and their families when they receive their PCS orders. 
What Do You Do First When You Receive Your Permanent Change of Station Orders
 
Schedule a meeting with the base transportation office - There are 28 military bases in the Washington DC area. If you are moving to Maryland, Virginia of the District of Columbia, the name of the office you contact depends … (2 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Should I Test My Home for Radon? - 01/08/18 10:34 AM
Yes!
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Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.  Unlike the picture above, radon gas is colorless and odorless. Radon occurs naturally. It is the decay of the elements radium, thorium and uranium in rocks and soil. Radon seeps up through the ground and into the air. In some cases, radon dissolves into groundwater and is released when water is used (when you turn on the shower or faucet).
Radon becomes a serious health risk when it's trapped in areas without adequate ventilation.  In fact, any home that is tightly sealed with insulation … (5 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Surban is the sweet spot for new home buyers - 12/05/17 07:56 AM
Not Quite City & Not Quite Suburban
SURBAN  is a mix of urban and suburban living or redeveloped downtown suburban areas offering mixed-use urban elements while maintaining suburban affordability. 
Surban neighborhoods and communities are springing up all over the Greater Washington DC area. In Bethesda Maryland, the community landscape has steadily changed over the past decade into a Surban neighborhood. Restaurants, shops, gyms, condos and single-family homes are within walking distance of the Bethesda Metro station. Downtown Bethesda has a Walk Score of 96!
There are condos for sale in downtown Bethesda that range in price from $500K - $2 million. 
Another example of Surban is found in the Montgomery … (7 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Wordless Wednesday Dryer Vent Fire Hazard - 08/09/17 07:29 AM

The story coming up in my next blog...
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exclusive buyer agents: 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)

exclusive buyer agents: Clifford the Big Red Dog - 03/29/17 12:02 PM
Never Too Old to Play!
 
Clifford & Madeleine ride Clifford the Big Red Dog
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exclusive buyer agents: What Are Egress Windows? - 02/16/17 06:09 AM
An egress window is required in every bedroom including basements. Code varies depending on where you live. 
Many homes for sale in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland pre-date code requirements. If you are replacing windows in an older home, it's a good time to consider bringing the basement windows up to code and making an egress window. This video shows an egress window in Silver Spring Maryland. 
 
 
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exclusive buyer agents: Decorating with house plants - 01/02/17 03:36 PM
Keep Close to Natures Heart
John Muir 
Potted plants and trees can make a patio or screened porch look gorgeous in the summer. But when the weather turns cooler, you need to be creative with arranging and displaying tropical plants indoors without creating a jungle.
Here are a few things I've tried that keep my trees and plants looking good when I bring them indoors for the winter.
Keep your potted plants off the carpet and hardwood floor - This is a mistake you only make once! Water is not a friend to your wooden floor or carpet. The plastic or ceramic saucers are … (4 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Montgomery County Maryland Celebrates Olympians - 12/04/16 10:18 AM
 
Congratulations to local 2016 Olympic Athletes
Katie Ledecky, Jack Conger, Ashley Nee and Helen Maroulis
 
If you live in the Greater Washington D.C. area, you probably watched these young athletes compete in the Summer Olympics in Brazil. We've watched Katie Ledecky and Jack Conger swim in competitions for several years and feel especially happy for their success. 
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will honor Katie Ledecky, Jack Conger, Ashley Nee and Helen Maroulis on-
Monday, December 19th at 7 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place 
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Silver Spring Maryland is an unincorporated city adjacent to Washington D.C. Here's a short video which highlights some of … (2 comments)

 
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