victoria ray henderson: 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 … (0 comments)

victoria ray henderson: 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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victoria ray henderson: 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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victoria ray henderson: Buying a Home in Maryland? Let's talk - 10/15/20 01:04 PM
Should you put your house buying plans on hold? 
 
"Is it still crazy competive for buyers right now?" and "Is it possible to get a deal on a house for sale?" are common questions from home buyers these days. My answer to both questions is, Yes!
 
According to new September 2020 data from the Maryland Association of Realtors, in 2020 the active inventory meaning the houses for sale through the Multiple Listing Service is 10,117. In 2019 there were 25, 146 homes for sale. 
In addition, the average days a house stays on the market for sale in Maryland in 2020 is 8 days. … (2 comments)

victoria ray henderson: Guide to Buying a Home During the Pandemic - 09/14/20 10:57 AM
Does finding a home feel like an impossible dream? 
 
As an exclusive buyers agent, I help people buy homes and it's tough out here. Last night one of my buyer clients sent me a text saying, "Did you see what the house on 13th sold for? $80,000 over the list price!" My clients offer was one of 15 offers for the 1500 square foot rowhouse.
My client made a decent offer for the rowhouse on 13th in N.E. Washington DC. He even decided to escalate a little over the list price and keep the appraisal contingency. But as I told him, you can't … (2 comments)

victoria ray henderson: Are Your Home Buying Plans On Hold? - 04/30/20 01:07 PM
In the middle of a worldwide pandemic, our lives have flipped upside down. 
No rush hour delays, no happy hours with friends, no fixed work schedules
Life changed so quickly & dramatically, it feels like we are in the middle of a catacalysmic shift, silently altering the way we live today and the way we will live tomorrow.
 
So what does this mean for you-the home buyer who had planned to be house hunting this Spring? 
I am working with a few home buyers who have to find a home this Spring or they won't have a place to live. One couple has to find … (3 comments)

victoria ray henderson: 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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victoria ray henderson: What Is A Pocket Listing? - 06/27/19 12:15 PM
Has a real estate agent told you they have a pocket listing just for you? What does that mean and is it really the best deal?
 
A pocket listing is a real estate industry term where a listing broker holds a listing agreement with a seller and both sides agree not to advertise the property. Pocket listings are not on the local Multiple Listing Service and there will be no sign in the yard indicating the property is for sale as a pocket listing. 
 
The pocket listing is a unique arrangement where a seller has asked the listing broker to only show their … (0 comments)

victoria ray henderson: Wordless Wednesday-Humpback Whale - 06/06/19 08:14 AM
Breathtaking! So close to such a magnificent animal.
 
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victoria ray henderson: The Post-Occupancy Agreement - 05/22/19 10:42 AM
Important Details To Understand When Signing a Post-Occupancy Agreement
Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash
 
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)

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

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victoria ray 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)

victoria ray 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)

victoria ray henderson: 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
 
Photo by Anne Preble on Unsplash
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)

victoria ray henderson: A Podcast for Home Buyers - 03/11/19 05:54 AM
 A home buying podcast is in the works! 
 
Photo by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash
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)

victoria ray henderson: 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?
 
 
Photo by William Stitt on Unsplash
 
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)

victoria ray 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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victoria ray 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)

victoria ray 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)

victoria ray henderson: 5 Best New Year Resolutions for 2019 - 12/30/18 01:23 PM

Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash
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)

 
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