homesbuyhendersons: The Work Life Balance - 09/10/19 06:32 PM
 
 
Balancing Work & Life Is A Challenge
 
In the business of real estate, it's a challenge to carve out time for yourself. Just today, I checked my schedule and then rechecked the calendar to be sure I could spend the hour and a half it takes to get a manicure and pedicure. When I settled into the chair and relaxed, it was great! 
It had been too long since I gave myself some time to recharge and I'm reminded that I should practice what I preach!
 
Practice deep breathing, the belly breathing that requires deep exhalations and big inhalations. Consider breathing in for … (4 comments)

homesbuyhendersons: Listen Up Homebuyers Podcast - 09/02/19 05:55 AM
 
 
This new podcast features buyer agents from all around the country. In this first podcast, Andi Defelice, Associate Broker with Exclusive Buyers Realty in Savannah Georgia talks about VA loans, obtaining seller credits and more! 
Here's a link to the podcast, Listen Up Home Buyers
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homesbuyhendersons: Wordless Wednesday-Humpback Whale - 06/06/19 08:14 AM
Breathtaking! So close to such a magnificent animal.
 
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homesbuyhendersons: 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)

homesbuyhendersons: 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)

homesbuyhendersons: May feels like the happiest month of the year-Wordless Wednesday - 05/01/19 07:50 AM

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homesbuyhendersons: How Not To Be A Bitter Buyer - 04/09/19 12:06 PM
The escalation clause is used by home buyers who are competing with other buyers in a multiple offer situation.
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In the Greater Washington DC area, buyers are competing for houses on the market near a Metro station, shops, and restaurants. In Arlington Virginia, where the Amazon headquarters will soon be located, the competition is tough. Last week, we submitted a contract on a one bedroom condo in Arlington and ours was one of twelve offers!  We included an escalation clause which looks something like this;
Sales Price $350,000 with an escalation factor of $1000 and a cap at $365,000
This means the … (3 comments)

homesbuyhendersons: Why Consider an HOA? Wordless Wednesday - 04/03/19 04:14 AM

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homesbuyhendersons: Cherry Blossoms in the Washington DC Area - 03/25/19 11:08 AM
Walking along the Tidal Basin when the cherry trees are in bloom is a magical experience. 
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One year I remember seeing tourists with tiny pink blossoms in their hair and on their clothes. There was a slight breeze and pink swirly blossoms were flying everywhere. Like I said, magical. But it's also crowded and it's easy to walk right into someone as you gaze up at the beautiful blossoms. 
If you are planning to visit Washington DC to see the cherry blossoms in full peak bloom, the weekend of April 13th & 14th should be your target time to visit. There … (3 comments)

homesbuyhendersons: 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)

homesbuyhendersons: 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)

homesbuyhendersons: 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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homesbuyhendersons: 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)

homesbuyhendersons: 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)

homesbuyhendersons: 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)

homesbuyhendersons: 7 Things to do in November in Washington D.C. - 11/05/18 09:24 AM
 
November in D.C. offers so much to do & enjoy! 
 
 Visit the National Arboretum at 3501 New York Avenue N.E., the U.S. Botanic Garden 100 Maryland Avenue S.W, the Downtown Holiday Market from November 23rd - December 23rd at 8th and F Streets N.W., Zoolights at the National Zoo from November 23rd - January 1st and that's just some of the events happening in and around Washington D.C. during the month of November. 
 
Capital Food Fight Washington D.C. is a food capital! The Food Fight brings out some of D.C.'s best and brightest chefs and hosted by restaurant owner and author, Jose Andres. Local chefs battle it out using secret ingredients and guest … (0 comments)

homesbuyhendersons: Best Way to Evaluate a Property - 10/09/18 03:13 PM
When you are making one of the biggest purchases of your life, you need to know how to properly evaluate the home. 

 
When buying a home, it's important to know the steps in determining the value of a property.  There are several "big ticket" items that should be evaluated to help you decide your offer. These include the condition of the roof, the age of the HVAC, water heater, well & septic systems, chimney and overall maintenance of a property. 
The website, Building Intelligence Center is a handy website. Take a picture of the serial number on the HVAC and quickly look up the age … (0 comments)

homesbuyhendersons: 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)

homesbuyhendersons: 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)

homesbuyhendersons: The Best Time for a House Tour - 05/28/18 08:45 AM

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It's been raining for days and days in the Washington D.C. area. According to the National Weather Service, this massive amount of rainfall broke records set back in 1905. So what does this mean for people who want to buy a home in Maryland, Virginia or Washington D.C.?
Get Your Umbrella & Raincoat and Tour!
 
This is the very best time to see houses especially the basements. Here are a few key things to look for on a rainy house tour. 
Water intrusion can cause serious issues in a house. I recommend starting a house tour in the basement. First, what does … (2 comments)

 
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