naebaorg: 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)

naebaorg: Should You Consider a Post Occupancy Agreement - 09/24/18 11:56 AM
A post-occupancy agreement happens when a buyer & seller agree to allow the sellers to stay in the property after settlement. 
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When it goes well, the seller leaves the property on or before the agreed upon date. The buyer completes the final inspection with their buyer's agent and finds no problems. At that point, buyer & seller agree to release the security deposit funds (security deposit from the seller held in escrow by the settlement attorney) and everyone is happy! 
But the post-occupancy agreement can get complicated and messy especially when the buyer and/or seller don't understand how it works. So here … (10 comments)

naebaorg: 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)

naebaorg: 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)

naebaorg: 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)

naebaorg: 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)

naebaorg: #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)

naebaorg: 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. 
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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)

naebaorg: Is Your Dream Home a Money Pit? - 03/14/18 08:37 AM
It's easy to be wowed by the grandeur of a home.
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Wide entryways and sweeping staircases can be impressive features in a home. We've seen many homes that appear to be quite grand at first but on closer inspection turn out to be potential money pits. 
How do you know if a house is your dream home or a money pit? 
How long has it been on the market? - Ask your buyer agent to look into the history of a home for sale. If it's been sitting on the market for months, there could be a problem. Sometimes the problem is a … (2 comments)

naebaorg: Unbelievably Bad Real Estate Photo - 03/07/18 10:27 AM
This is what not trying at all looks like...
Every morning, I go through new homes for sale on the Multiple Listing Service. I'm not surprised to see dark or fuzzy photos, but this morning I saw a picture of a front door-
SIDEWAYS!!!
Seriously?! Couldn't take the time to click rotate on the picture?! 
Don't worry, these aren't the pictures from the MLS-it's my door. 
If you are listing a property for sale, pay a professional photographer or at least take the time to edit the pictures. The seller has put their trust in you and expects you to properly represent their home. 
Here's what I am looking … (9 comments)

naebaorg: How Important is a Survey when Buying a Home? - 03/05/18 09:07 AM

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When buying a single family home, you don't want any surprises. 
Many of our new home buyers have asked us if they really need to pay the extra money to get a property survey.
"After all, the backyard is already fenced, isn't that enough?"
 
Buying a home is the most expensive purchase most of us make in a lifetime. And you are not just buying the house, you are buying the parcel of land that the house sits on. So the short answer to the question above is, "Yes! You should seriously consider paying for a survey when you are buying a home."
 
A … (7 comments)

naebaorg: 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)

naebaorg: 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)

naebaorg: 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)

naebaorg: Negotiation Strategies That Work - 11/13/17 08:45 AM
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Are you beginning the home buying process? 
What Can An Experienced Buyer Agent Do for You? 
You're about the make the most expensive purchase of your life. You should have an experienced advocate on your side. Your buyer agent should know how & when to use the tools in their negotiation toolbox. Ideally, your agent will be experienced and have a clear understanding of market conditions. But in order to "win" in a negotiation, your buyer agent needs you! In fact, the home buyer is the driving force in every contract negotiation. 
Here are a few strategies to know before you write a contract
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naebaorg: Completely Remodeled Home. What Does that Mean? - 10/17/17 12:35 PM
There's an expectation when you see the phrase "completely remodeled" in a home listed for sale.  
 
Remodel, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary means to change the structure, shape or appearance of something. 
 
When the phrase "completely remodeled" is used in the description of a listing, many homebuyers expect the entire house to be updated. 
But in reality, a house advertised as "completely remodeled"  could have a number of big-ticket items that are either original or close to the end of their use. In fact, we find this to be true more often than not. So with that in mind...
 
Here's what you need to look for when you see the phrase … (44 comments)

naebaorg: #1 Best Advice for Selling Your Home - 10/09/17 11:28 AM
Over the weekend, I toured 24 houses for sale in Montgomery County Maryland. 
 
My buyers are ready to buy their first home! We've discussed how to buy a home and what to look for in a property. As exclusive buyer agents, we see lots of houses! So what is our best advice for selling your home? 
Clean it! 
Why is something so simple the best advice? Because dirt is a major turn off. Out of 24 houses, I saw one house was clean. Only one! And I wasn't being overly picky! I'll break down the major turn-offs for buyers. If you're house is on the … (4 comments)

naebaorg: Why Love Matters in Real Estate - 09/17/17 11:07 AM

"True love is the greatest thing, in the world-except for a nice MLT – mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that." Miracle Max
 
The 1987 movie Princess Bride is a beautiful story about true love. Princess Buttercup and Wesley encounter serious obstacles (the entire movie) but eventually end up together and live happily ever after.
True Love Prevails!
This true love story is a lot like buying a home. There is no such thing as the perfect house for everyone! Every home buyer has unique expectations … (4 comments)

naebaorg: What I Wish I knew before I Bought My House - 08/24/17 12:18 PM

Buying a home is a journey and if you want success, you need to prepare.
However, even with careful planning, research, and an excellent buyer's agent, you can still be blindsided. 
Here's an example. Our clients bought a house and planned to move in over the course of a month. A relative went to the house, shortly after settlement, to drop off some boxes in the basement. When she went downstairs, she was standing in water! Turns out the hose on the back of the washing machine came off and water was everywhere! At last check, they were talking about their options with … (15 comments)

naebaorg: 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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