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

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homesbuyhendersonscom: Farmers Markets-Metro Microgreens - 03/15/19 07:54 AM
Starting in April & May 2019 the seasonal Farmers Markets will open for the Spring, Summer & Fall Season
 
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The Greater Washington DC Farmers Markets Begin in April!
Check below for a location near you!
 
What is a microgreen? A microgreen is a young vegetable green about 1-3 inches tall. The veggies have concentrated nutrient content and come in a variety of colors and flavors. Some of the microgreens, like basil and sorrel, are very aromatic. 
 
If you are unable to visit the markets, Metro Microgreens will ship hydroponic microgreens anywhere in the continental U.S.  Visit the website www.metromicrogreens.com to order. Some of the varieties … (0 comments)

homesbuyhendersonscom: I Don't Like Real Estate Agents - 07/25/18 09:43 AM
In the movie,  Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, the Baudelaire children's Aunt Josephine has an irrational fear of Realtors. But is it so irrational?

Fear of Realtors
I met a young lady today who started our conversation with, "Don't take this the wrong way but I don't like real estate agents!" And then she tells me why and I completely get it.
 
People get burned by bad real estate agents and it's very hard for them to come back from that experience. After all, 
a home buyer is making the biggest financial purchase of their life. They need to know they can trust and count … (15 comments)

homesbuyhendersonscom: #1 Way Real Estate Agents Get Sued - 04/02/18 08:40 AM
Real Estate Agents are required to take continuing education classes to keep their licenses active. 
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At the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors otherwise known as GCAAR, we have an ethics instructor who is a lawyer. He's acted as general legal counsel for the Maryland Association of Realtors since 1984. 
 
The stories he shares come from real life experiences and they are scary! 
 
 
The #1 way real estate agents get into trouble is failing to disclose material facts. If the seller chooses to disclaim instead of disclose, they still need to disclose a latent defect.  (that's a fault with the property that couldn't … (7 comments)

homesbuyhendersonscom: Spring Day in late February - 02/21/18 09:36 AM
Dobby settles in on the porch
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homesbuyhendersonscom: Do You Search Online for Homes? - 02/19/18 07:43 AM
Most home buyers do!
 
Here are a few things to look out for when searching for homes online. 
 
Houses that are not for sale - Many of the homes you see on home search sites have already sold. For many buyers, this is really frustrating!"Why am I finding homes that my Buyers Agent didn't send me!"
Just this morning, my client sent a link to a house he found online. Using the Multiple Listing Service, which has the most current information on listings, I learned that the house went under contract in late January and now it's mid-to-late February. He understood that site … (4 comments)

homesbuyhendersonscom: The Psychology in Real Estate - 01/19/18 08:07 AM
The decision-making process is more complex than you may think
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Buying a home is a big deal. It takes focus and dedication to the process to get it right. You will make a list of what you want & need in a home. You and your partner will choose a neighborhood after considering your daily commute and other important factors. And even when you've checked off all the "must-haves" on your list, you could be missing an important piece of the process. 
There are subtle details that can drive your decision-making process Understanding what drives your choices will help you make … (17 comments)

homesbuyhendersonscom: Wordless Wednesday - Unabashed - 08/23/17 05:53 AM

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homesbuyhendersonscom: Is that Flip a Flop? Here's how you know! - 08/17/17 05:27 AM
At Buyer's Edge, we only work for home buyers. 
Exclusive Buyer Agents & members of NAEBA.org 
 
We are wary of flips and frequently share what we've learned from touring flipped houses. To be fair, not all flips are flops. However, if you buy a flipped house that is a flop, it could be a very expensive mistake. 
Stephen Carpenter-Israel, Marshall Henderson & Stephen Mercer discuss flips and flops. 
 
For More Information about Flips & Flops
ASHI Certified Home Inspectors
Check Your Local Permitting Office
This Old House - Home Inspection Nightmares
HomesBuyHendersons YouTube Channel 
 
 
 
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homesbuyhendersonscom: 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)

homesbuyhendersonscom: Wordless Wednesday Dryer Vent Fire Hazard - 08/09/17 07:29 AM

The story coming up in my next blog...
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homesbuyhendersonscom: Living in Alexandria Virginia - 08/03/17 08:05 AM
Looking for a home in Alexandria Virginia?
 
 
Alexandria is a charming historic city along the Potomac River. Condos in downtown Alexandria range from the low 500's to the millions. Rowhouses and single family homes range in price from the low 800's to several million.
 
 
The Alexandria waterfront is a great place to get the feel of the city. In the summer, there's live music on the dock and the Torpedo Factory, a huge art studio, is open for tours. Sailboats, kayaks and paddleboards are available to rent. A water taxi ferries people between Alexandria and Washington D.C. The Alexandria Seaport Cruise goes down … (0 comments)

homesbuyhendersonscom: Wordless Wednesday-Buying a Home is a Journey - 08/02/17 05:46 AM

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homesbuyhendersonscom: House Hunting from Afghanistan - 07/25/17 01:00 PM

Our client is buying a home long distance.
 
She's being transferred to Virginia soon so we've been searching for a home for a little over a month. What a fun experience! Using Facetime, we are able to talk to her as we tour houses in Virginia. She wants her commute to be less than 45 minutes one way and will not buy a house on or near a major road.  Google Maps has been a great source of information. This type of house hunting may seem unusual and yet she is not our first overseas buyer.
 
We've worked with clients in Thailand, Vietnam, … (0 comments)

homesbuyhendersonscom: Logan Circle in Washington D.C. - 07/05/17 10:33 AM
Logan Circle is in NW Washington D.C.
east of Dupont Circle and north of the White House
 
Logan Circle is one of the prettiest roundabouts in Washington D.C.
It is also the only circle in Washington D.C. that is entirely residential.
a little history about Logan Circle...
During the Civil War, a refugee camp was established in Logan Circle for newly freed slaves from Maryland & Virginia In the 19th century, streetcar track was laid in the swampy area (Logan Circle) and Victorian rowhouses were built and marketed to the middle upper class. The streets were modeled after cities in Europe in an effort to … (0 comments)

homesbuyhendersonscom: Live in McLean Virginia - 06/19/17 10:02 AM
Live close to Washington D.C. in one of the oldest, established neighborhoods in Northern Virginia 
 
McLean Virginia is a short drive across the Potomac River to downtown Washington DC. Tyson's Corner, a popular shopping and dining destination, is minutes away from downtown McLean. The Shenandoah Valley and mountains are a few hours west of McLean Virginia. 
Single Family Home prices range from the mid 600's to several million. 
McLean Virginia is 8 miles to downtown Washington D.C. 
Convenient to I66, George Washington Parkway, Capital Beltway & I 395/95
Beautiful trees, parks and views of the Potomac River make McLean an ideal location. 
Find your McLean Virginia home today! 
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homesbuyhendersonscom: 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)

homesbuyhendersonscom: Put the Awe back in Awesome! - 05/16/17 10:05 AM
IKIGAI
a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being". Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it is often a deep investigative search of self. 

Awesome is one of the most overused words in the English language. In fact, it's used so much that it now means cool or okay. I like the original Oxford dictionary meaning; awe-struck and/or breathtaking. If we make a personal effort in our lives, to put the awe back in awesome, we are on the path to finding our "reason for being". 
 
The inspiration for this blog came from this morning's featured guest speaker at the Bethesda … (0 comments)

homesbuyhendersonscom: Vinyl Siding Installed Incorrectly - 05/13/17 12:09 PM
What Happens When Vinyl Siding Installation Goes Wrong?
 
Turns out there is quite a bit that can go wrong if the vinyl siding is installed incorrectly.
 
In our case, the vinyl siding had been installed without house wrap which is a synthetic barrier that goes over the plywood and under the vinyl siding during installation. House wrap protects the wood underneath the vinyl. Without it, water can get trapped behind the vinyl siding and cause wood rot. 
In addition, the siding had improper flashing which is impervious material that is installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure. Water had penetrated behind … (0 comments)

homesbuyhendersonscom: Characteristics of a Smart Home Buyer - 05/03/17 04:13 AM
 
Smart home buying begins before you search for a home
 
Wondering if it's time to buy a home? How does the process work? Where do you begin?
 
Check your credit score. Credit Karma might be a good place to start. Your credit score is an important part of the criteria lenders look at to see if you qualify for a mortgage. Your credit score is an overall financial picture. The score is determined by how much you owe, how timely you make payments and how long you've been using credit. A score of 660 or higher is considered good. The credit score … (0 comments)

 
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