the buyer brokerage: Moving To Great Falls Virginia - 02/15/22 06:40 AM

Are you looking for a home close to Washington DC with privacy and beautiful river views? Consider Great Falls Virginia! 
Great Falls is on the Potomac River and a short drive to downtown Washington DC. Most of the detached homes in Great Falls were built on large lots of an acre or more. Many of the properties have majestic views of the Potomac River. 
There is a small downtown Great Falls with art & yoga studios, shopping, and restaurants.
Great Falls National Park is a popular hiking and kayaking park. The 800-acre park is just 14 miles from downtown Washington DC. 
Great Falls Virginia … (0 comments)

the buyer brokerage: Bathroom, Kitchen Remodeling Ideas - 01/27/22 09:43 AM
Looking for home remodeling and decorating ideas? 
Listen Up Homebuyers!
The NAEBA podcast offers advice & tips to homebuyers
Meet TiAndra Houston & Caitlin Donahue 
DC Metro Designers 
Victoria Ray Henderson is the host of the podcast, Listen Up Homebuyers!
You can listen to the podcasts on Pandora or your favorite podcast station
 
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the buyer brokerage: Capitol Hill Condo's For Sale - 01/20/22 10:54 AM
Wednesday, January 20th, 2022
Capitol Hill & the H Street Corridor
Housing Inventory From the Multiple Listing Service
 23 2+ bedroom condos or cooperatives for sale  55 2+ bedroom end or interior rowhouses for sale 2 2+ bedroom detached homes for sale Housing inventory is historically low but that doesn't mean you can't find a home in Washington DC. Capitol Hill and the H Street Corridor are two of the oldest neighborhoods in the nation's capital. 
If the SW Waterfront, home of the Nationals Stadium, is where you want to live, there are currently--
32 2+ bedroom condos, cooperative, rowhouses, and/or detached homes for sale Housing … (0 comments)

the buyer brokerage: 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)

the buyer brokerage: Listen Up Homebuyers! All About Roofs! - 01/14/22 03:49 AM
Look Up! What condition is the roof on the house you're buying? Brian Carpenter is the owner of Semper West a roofing company serving residential and commercial customers in Maryland and Virginia. I talked with Brian on the NAEBA podcast, Listen Up Homebuyers!  
How should I interview roofing companies? What shingles are best for my roof? How does a roofing company evaluate a roof? What are the roofers replacing and doing up there? What is a Tesla solar shingle and are they available for homes?
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the buyer brokerage: Charming Fells Point in Baltimore - 12/27/21 01:11 PM
Have you been to Fells Point Baltimore?
Fells Point is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city of Baltimore. Today, Fells Point is known for its cobblestone streets and excellent bars and restaurants. However, the history of Fells Point is much more impressive.
Fells Point is home to the Baltimore Clipper- small fast sailing vessels that disrupted the British Navy as they lumbered on their big ships through the Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812. 
One of the most famous Baltimore Clippers was the Chasseur which sailed from Fells Point to the British Isles where the ship's captain declared a naval … (0 comments)

the buyer brokerage: What Does Low Inventory Mean for HomeBuyers? - 12/26/21 09:35 AM
Housing Inventory is Historically Low Across the CountryThese are challenging times for homebuyers! When housing inventory is low and demand is high, you face competition for houses. Last week, homebuyers I've been working with for several months now made a very strong offer on a house in a popular location in suburban Maryland. The sellers choose another offer after reviewing 14 other offers! Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common occurrence. How Does A Homebuyer Prepare for this Market? Talk to a lender and learn what options are available for you and your specific financial needs. Can you pay all cash for a property? … (0 comments)

the buyer brokerage: Live in Fells Point Baltimore! - 12/15/21 05:21 AM
Fells Point is a neighborhood in Baltimore  
Fells Point is a charming neighborhood in Baltimore on the Chesapeake Bay. The neighborhood is named after Englishman William Fell who founded a shipbuilding company in 1726 where the famous Baltimore Schooners were built. 
The cobblestone streets date back to the 1700s and were created by using Belgian stones used as ballasts in boats coming from Europe. 
Today the Fells Point neighborhood is known for good taverns, restaurants, and charming rowhouses. The Robert Long house built in 1765 is the oldest surviving house in Baltimore. There is a small garden next to the house which is worth … (0 comments)

the buyer brokerage: Next Job...Apple Genius Bar Associate - 12/02/21 11:30 AM
I upgraded my Mac to Monterey last week and all hell broke loose 
First, my space bar wouldn't work. My sentences all ran together like a crazy woman's rant! At about the same time my space bar failed, a blue box appeared on the screen. It was square in shape and wrapped around whatever I was typing.  
I went to Google to search for answers and found lots of people with similar problems. One answer was to open my computer in safe mode and follow a few simple steps. That didn't work. Another suggested turning the computer off and on. That didn't work.
I … (4 comments)

the buyer brokerage: Should You Buy A Home Near A Forest? - 11/29/21 11:44 AM
When the pandemic hit, I started walking in the forest near my home.   No matter what the weather, I walked in the forest. I identified redbuds, oak, maple, beech, and river birch trees. I took deep breathes and enjoyed my time away from a computer and phone. Like so many people, it took me weeks to settle into working, sleeping, eating, and spending most of my day at home. What made my life easier was time spent in the forest. 
Is brain function improved by living near a forest? It turns out there are numerous studies that show living near a forest … (5 comments)

the buyer brokerage: Holiday Moments & Memories - 11/26/21 05:03 AM
Like millions of Americans, we spent time with our family yesterday. We cooked, laughed, and ate way too much food. My niece, grandniece and I ran a 5K on Thanksgiving morning. That was fun and memorable but this moment, the pink sparkly shoe moment, is the standout moment from yesterday. 
Imogen was dressed for our holiday dinner. These shoes click when she walks so her entrance into a room cannot be ignored. I told her how much I loved her shoes so she stopped so I could get a better look.
Aren't these shoes amazing! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and made … (8 comments)

the buyer brokerage: Washington DC Holiday Market - 11/20/21 05:38 AM
Washington DC is a beautiful city all year round. But during the fall and winter months, Washington DC is magical. With the Capitol, Supreme Court building & National Mall decked out with holiday swag, It's a great time of year to walk and take in the charm.  
The 17th Annual Downtown Holiday Market is happening right now through December 23rd. At 8th & F Streets NW, the holiday outdoor market takes over two city blocks. The main entrance is at the National Portrait Gallery which is my favorite art museum in the city. 
There's food, drink, and live music and of course lots … (7 comments)

the buyer brokerage: Why We Should Thank Frederick Law Olmsted - 11/17/21 01:14 PM
Many of our Favorite Parks Were Designed By Olmsted Brothers Landscape ArchitectsFrederick Law Olmsted and Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects were the first landscape architects in America. Frederick Olmsted lived in the late 1800s and is responsible for creating Central Park in New York City, the grounds of the Capitol in Washington DC, and the first park system in Buffalo New York.
My husband and I recently met our daughter at Sherwood Park in Baltimore. She was dog-sitting for the weekend. We walked through the lovely neighborhood of Guilford and through the 6-acre park designed by the Olmsted Brothers. In fact,
Frederick and John … (4 comments)

the buyer brokerage: The Psychology of Home Buying - 11/11/21 08:36 AM
Buying a home is an emotional experience. A homebuyer has expectations, needs, and experiences that intertwine in the process. A few years ago, I was working with two buyers. Before we met, they had written a list of what they needed and wanted in a home. They shared the list and I was pleased to read through it as this is a critical step when buying a home with another person. 
But one partner had a dream a vision actually of what their home would be like in the future.  They hadn't shared this dream with anyone, not even their partner.
Each time we … (3 comments)

the buyer brokerage: The First Step in the Home Buying Process - 11/08/21 05:16 AM
Start the home buying process with a local lender. Ready to buy a home or condo or townhouse? Unless you are paying cash, you'll need to fill out a loan application with a local lender. Pre-qualification is step one. It's the first evaluation of your finances by a lender. When you are pre-qualified a lender provides a letter stating the qualification amount for your home loan. You'll want to share this information with your buyer's agent to begin the search for your home. 
Pre-qualification is a look at your income, debt, and overall financial health while pre-approval is a lengthier and deeper evaluation … (3 comments)

the buyer brokerage: What is an earnest money deposit? - 11/06/21 05:56 AM
When writing an offer on a property,  an earnest money deposit is typically included with the offer. The earnest money deposit or EMD as real estate agents call it shows that you, the buyer are serious about your offer on a property.
This money is a pledge showing the seller you are 'earnest' about your offer.
While not a requirement, it's customary to indicate on the contract that an earnest money deposit is included. In most parts of the country, the earnest money deposit will be between 1% and 5% or more of the purchase price. This money is held in … (4 comments)

the buyer brokerage: What to Know About Septic Inspections - 11/05/21 05:49 AM
Are you buying a home with a septic system?
When preparing an offer on a property, always include a home inspection. If a house is on well or septic or both, be sure to include an evaluation of these systems by a licensed and insured septic inspection company.
In Virginia and Maryland, the price of a septic inspection may range between $600 and $700 dollars. The inspection should include; pumping the septic tank, the examination of the in & out baffles, checking the flow diversion valve, locating and uncovering the distribution boxes, and probing the drain fields. If there are electrical components to … (4 comments)

the buyer brokerage: 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)

the buyer brokerage: Buying a Home in a Competitive Market? Listen Up Home Buyers! - 04/06/21 12:06 PM
 
Members of NAEBA, the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents, advocate for homebuyers in every real estate transaction. These professionals share how they protect buyers’ best interests as they purchase a home. We're sharing advice & tips on how to buy a home in a competitive spring market!
Meet exclusive buyer agents Charlotte Lemon with The Real Buyer's Agent in Charleston SC, Rona Fischman broker-owner of 4 Buyers Real Estate in Cambridge MA, and Nikolina Lecic broker-owner of Exclusive Buyers Real Estate in Rochester Minnesota! We're sharing advice & tips on how to buy a home in a competitive spring market!
 
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the buyer brokerage: What Home Buyers Need to Know about Radon - 03/30/21 04:43 PM

Listen Up Home Buyers Podcast
Today's guests are Glenford & Yvonne Blanc principals of Pro-Spex Residential & Commercial Inspections
Pro-Spex Inspection Company has won Angie's List super service award 8 years in a row.
Today's topic radon gas-what is it, why should you care & how to mitigate the gas if the levels are high in your home.
 
Listen Up Home Buyers Radon & Deck Safety with Pro-Spex Glenford & Yvonne Blanc produced by Victoria Ray Henderson with The Buyer Brokerage in McLean Virginia. Licensed real estate broker in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland. 
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