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

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marshall henderson: 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. 
Photo by Mark Tegethoff on Unsplash
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)

marshall henderson: 5 Top Tips for Visiting Open Houses - 03/22/19 06:38 AM
The real estate agent at an open house works for the seller. 
In many states, there is a sign, usually next to the sign in sheet, saying the agent at the open house works for the listing brokerage and the seller. 
If you are new to the real estate game, be polite to the open house agent but don't divulge too much about your personal situation. You don't want to compromise your bargaining position if you intend to put an offer on a house.
Here are a few tips on what to do when visiting an open house. 
 
Don't show your hand-Remember, the … (27 comments)

marshall henderson: 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)

marshall henderson: 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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marshall henderson: 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)

marshall henderson: 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)

marshall henderson: Capitol Christmas Tree-Wordless Wednesday - 01/02/19 04:41 AM

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marshall henderson: 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)

marshall henderson: Homes in Virginia's Shenandoah-Wordless Wednesday - 12/05/18 05:24 AM

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marshall henderson: 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)

marshall henderson: Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay - 06/28/18 06:17 AM

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Smith Island is an island on the Chesapeake Bay. For the past 150 years, the island has been shrinking due to erosion and low elevation. It's now just 9.2 square miles and has a population of 267 people. 
Smith Island has no airport and no bridges. You can only access the island by boat.  The boat trip takes 50 minutes and we'll see all kinds of wildlife along the way!
The island has a fascinating history! It was inhabited by British settlers in the 17th century and the current residents still have speech patterns similar to the original colonial settlers. 
Yesterday, I … (1 comments)

marshall henderson: 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)

marshall henderson: 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)

marshall henderson: 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.
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marshall henderson: Are Cracks in a Home a Concern? - 04/26/18 06:33 AM
A real estate agent is not a home inspector or contractor. However, a good agent will always carefully evaluate a property, inside & out. 
In the Washington D.C. area, many homes are over 100 years old. We recently toured a house on Capitol Hill that was built in 1805! The staircases, fireplace mantles, molding and stonework in older homes is like art.
Today's homes are just not built with that type of detail. When the interior of a home is well maintained, it's expected that the exterior will be in good shape too. But that is not always the case which is why it's … (7 comments)

marshall henderson: Supreme Court-Wordless Wednesday - 04/18/18 10:57 AM
Marshall at the Supreme Court
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marshall henderson: Capitol Hill Rowhouses - Wordless Wednesday - 04/11/18 12:19 PM

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marshall henderson: New Shoes - 04/04/18 09:02 AM

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marshall henderson: What To Expect From A Home Inspection - 03/28/18 06:52 PM
You are making the biggest purchase of your life.
A home inspection should show you what is right & wrong with the home. 
Photo by Maria Fernanda Gonzalez on Unsplash
 
As exclusive buyer agents, we work hard to make the home buying adventure fun. But the fact is, it's a big financial decision and there is a certain amount of stress in the process. We want to take to make this as easy as possible so we recommend the best local lenders, home inspectors, settlement attorneys & local contractors. 
Jeff Pearce with The Pearce Group is one of our recommended home inspectors. Take a moment to watch … (3 comments)

 
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