exclusive buyer agents: Real Estate Lingo Explained - 05/16/22 10:40 AM
Buying a Home for the First Time or Buying a Home For the First Time in Many Years?Real estate has its own lingo. To have a successful experience, it's a good idea to learn keywords.
What is a down payment, earnest money deposit, fair market value, market value, and assessed value? What does an appraiser do and why would I need an appraisal? What is post-occupancy?
Attorney & Broker Rich Rosa, the president of the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents, explains these terms and the home buying process. Rich Rosa lives and works as an exclusive buyer broker in the … (4 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Don't Believe Everything You Hear at an Open House - 03/30/22 06:15 AM
What To Know About an Open HouseLast weekend, my client and I visited a property for sale during an open house. As is often the case, the agent who greeted us at the door was not the listing agent. She offered us freshly baked cookies and continued chatting with a few other guests.
We walked through the dining area and onto a deck. The large backyard had a swing set and a large shed across the back of the property. Behind the shed and swing set, the land sloped downward toward a creek and trees. I looked over at the neighbors' yard … (13 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Military Move to Washington DC - 03/04/22 04:21 AM
Your Permanent Change of Station OrdersMembers of the military can follow the PCS checklist when moving to Washington DC or one of the bases nearby, Ft. Meade or Ft. Belvoir. This list can help you keep track of your move ensuring you make the right steps at the right time.
We've helped dozens of members of the military and their families move for work at the Pentagon, Department of Defense, Foreign Service Institute, Ft. Belvoir, Ft. Meade, Bolling Air Force Base, and other locations in and around the Greater Washington DC area. 
Arlington Virginia is a popular location for a military relocation. Depending … (1 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Buying a Home in Winter - 01/17/22 08:12 AM
Buying a home in the winter months has advantages
Less competition with other homebuyers  More flexibility in negotiations regarding price & terms  Touring a property is less than ideal conditions Better chance of seeing water-related issues It takes a hardy homebuyer to bundle up and tour houses in the winter months! But if you are willing to make the trek, it could be worth the effort. While there are fewer homes for sale in the winter months, there are also fewer buyers. 
Over the past few years, housing inventory has been on the decline while the number of homebuyers has been on … (2 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Buying a Condo? Be Sure To Read the Condo Documents - 07/06/21 12:19 PM
A 2020 census report in Washington DC shows the population nearly tripled compared to the previous decade!
This exciting news means more people than ever before are buying condominiums in the District. If you're considering buying a condo in DC, make sure you take the time to review the condo documents. 
But first, what is a condominium? 
 
A condominium or condo is a single privately owned unit within a building or community of units.
Condo owners own what's inside the walls of their condo and share the maintenance of common elements like hallways, foyers and staircases, roofs, and rooftop decks.
Every condo or … (1 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: Are Your Home Buying Plans On Hold? - 04/30/20 01:07 PM
In the middle of a worldwide pandemic, our lives have flipped upside down. 
No rush hour delays, no happy hours with friends, no fixed work schedules
Life changed so quickly & dramatically, it feels like we are in the middle of a catacalysmic shift, silently altering the way we live today and the way we will live tomorrow.
 
So what does this mean for you-the home buyer who had planned to be house hunting this Spring? 
I am working with a few home buyers who have to find a home this Spring or they won't have a place to live. One couple has to find … (4 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: You Can't Ignore This Plumbing Problem! - 02/24/20 11:04 AM
Every weekend house tour gives me the opportunity to see something I've never seen before!
 
I've seen beautiful homes that have beautiful hardwood floors clean and freshly polished, new interior doors, fresh paint in the walls and trim and curb appeal that makes me smile when I pull up to the house!
 Here is some unsolicited advice to anyone who may be putting their house on the market for sale.
Clean Your House & Repair Obvious Plumbing and Electrical Issues
 
Really?
I think the money spent on this amount of duct tape could have gone to fixing the problem. 
If you are buying a home, … (4 comments)

exclusive buyer agents: The Post-Occupancy Agreement - 05/22/19 10:42 AM
Important Details To Understand When Signing a Post-Occupancy Agreement
Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash
 
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)

 
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