The Real Estate Market in Bethesda MD and what buyers are doing about it

Why does the real estate market in Bethesda Maryland matter? The Washington DC, Northern Virginia and even parts of Maryland all have very different real estate markets. Where it might be a seller’s market in Alexandria, it might be a buyers market in Bethesda, and that’s actually what we are seeing right now. As of Read more…

5 Tips to Selling an Empty or Vacant House

There is such a thing as too much staff in a home but you really don’t want to sell it vacant either, however, sometimes you have no choice but to sell an empty house. Maybe you had tenants and they moved out, you’ve Artie found a new place to live and have moved; whatever the Read more…

What First Time Home Sellers Wish They Knew

“Why Didn’t Someone Tell Me”? That’s probably what a lot of homeowners think after selling their home for the first time. After decades of living in a property, selling can be overwhelming, emotional, and frustrating. There are a lot of things that we learned through experience and selling a home is no different. It’s simply Read more…

Never Do These 5 Things When Investing in Real Estate

If this is your first time investing in real estate you are probably doing a lot of research, and that’s a good thing. You want to be well informed before jumping into the real estate market and building your portfolio. But, even experienced real estate investors can find themselves falling victim to these five deadly Read more…

Newspaper Ads or Online Shopping for Real Estate?

While many may argue that newspapers and real estate books are a dying medium when it comes to the potential buyer searching for real estate listings, many local real estate agents continue begging brokers to print media campaigns, not thinking of the return on investment (ROI) print has, simply desiring coverage in as many different Read more…

GETTING THE RIGHT FIVE BEDROOM HOME

Right now, spacious homes are available and are trending. Depending on where you search, 5-bedroom homes can range from $200,000 to over $1,00,000! Why the price variance? Well, location factors into the pricing. So does the condition of the home. The style of construction and amenities built into the home can also cause the price Read more…

Crucial Points to Remember When Preparing to List

Preparing to Sell your Home – and things you should remember Preparations to sell a home aren’t always easy tasks. Unfortunately selling a home isn’t as simple as popping up a For Sale sign in the front yard and accepting and offer. Before you agree to list your house with an agent, consider doing a Read more…

4 Simple Ways to Keep Your Carpets Clean This Summer

Summer is full of activity: kids coming in and out all day long, neighborhood parties, graduation parties, weddings, baby showers, family reunions, holiday celebrations, and family coming to stay for a visit. During these busy yet fun-filled days, your house can take a beating and see a few large messes. A professional carpet cleaning can Read more…

Bethesda MD Housing Market May 2017

Home prices and real estate listings in the Bethesda Maryland area have increased 2.4% over last year at this time. Currently, the home value index is about $836,900. That brings the median sales price of about $839,000, or $482 per square foot. The median rent is currently $3500. Inventory is very similar to what it Read more…

3 Home Projects That Probably Shouldn’t Be DIY

With it’s very own cable network channel there is no question that DIY home projects have become quite popular. Do it yourself projects are fun and exhilarating because they give the sense of accomplishment along with the thrill of knowing you saved some money. DIY projects are great, but there are some home tasks that Read more…

Will Rates Increase in May?

  The federal Open Market Committee met this week to talk about potential hikes in mortgage rates. This is a rotating, 12 person subcommittee within the Federal Reserve and they meet eight times annually on predetermined schedules, and on an emergency basis when needed. They are loosely known as the keeper of the Feds Fund Read more…

Why the Right Photos Can Sell the Property

Before and after pictures of poor photography when it comes to creating a property listing for sale. We’ve hired hundreds of photographers over the years to create great listing photos but there are bad ones too. Here’s a tip, if the homeowner can take better pictures than the person you’ve hired, you’re doing something wrong. Read more…

Real Estate Pros Divulge Top Design Features

  Top Design Features in Real Estate Today   DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016 A BUILDER recently asked real estate professionals to share their thoughts about the top design trends their clients are currently requesting. Here are some of the top design trends that real estate pros said are in demand: Read more…

Questions to Ask a Listing Agent 2

Continued … Ask if this is their full-time job. Now, while being a part-time real estate agent is not a bad thing, you do want to understand the availability of having a full-time agent. If this is their full-time job, you know that they will be working on real estate most of the time. The Read more…

Some Interesting Truths about Millennial Home Buyers

Oh, the poor millennial. A.k.a. “snowflake”. But I’m seeing more and more millennial’s truly stepping out of the norm, become homeowners, and thrive in the business world. I think in any generation there are slackers and there are doers. We all learn from our past and how we were raised but many millennial’s are deciding Read more…

Get the Most from Your Home Sale While Cutting Expenses

The adage “it takes money to make money” may be applicable in some situations but there are ways to maximize your asking price without putting thousands of dollars into the sale. Here are some unique ways to get the most from your home sale and still cut expenses on marketing and advertising. Price it right. Read more…

5 Mistakes Senior Home Buyers Can Easily Make

  Considering purchasing a home in Northern Virginia, DC or Maryland? Are you a senior citizen looking to buy, rent or potentially lease a new property? Here are some of the top home buying mistakes that seniors can make when considering purchasing a new property, home or condominium. Not considering transportation. Transportation should be important Read more…

DC Area Real Estate Agent for Seniors

If You’re Over 55, You Should Be Working with an Agent Specializing in Seniors. , I know you don’t want to hear it; you’re now over 55 and you might hate being called a “senior.” But then you go to a few restaurants and get that discount, ask for certain discounts at stores and you Read more…

But Zillow’s ‘Zestimate’ Was Much Higher!

Oh, I have heard those words so often! Nearly every listing presentation the homeowner has researched Zillow’s Zestimate and says, but this tells me my home is worth much more! For instance, a recent homeowner looked up their address on Zillow and found the property was estimated at $450,000. But a recent search in the Read more…

Do’s and Don’ts of Flipping Houses in Northern Virginia

Flipping investment properties is now just not for the expert but amateurs and novices are getting involved in buying up great deals, flipping them for a profit or renting them out for monthly cash flow income. Whether you’ve done it before and you have a little bit of experience or this is your first time Read more…

7 Important Things to Do When You Move Into a New Home

Buying a brand-new home is an exciting adventure, and you are probably trying to do everything right, from double-checking that you can afford the mortgage to maintaining the home from the very start. Whether this is your first time owning a home or you are an old pro at it, you might miss some of Read more…

Millennials are Attracted to Tech-Advanced Homes

What exactly does that mean? Well, if you’re home has some serious technology behind it, it’s more likely to attract home buyers, especially millennials. A recent report by ERA and HGTV reported that 46% of consumers see smart home technology as an important factor in their current and future home purchases. 94% of luxury homebuyers Read more…

What Should I Fix or Do If I’m Having an Appraisal?

There are many reasons you might want an appraisal; a refinance, new home purchase, or maybe you’re considering selling and you need to know about what the home is currently worth. Appraisals can range anywhere from $300-$800 depending on the fees and the type of appraisal you’re getting. I recently helped a friend of mine Read more…

Must-Do’s to Narrow Down Your House Search

Finding your dream home is a process that takes time but doesn’t have to include compromise. There are a number of ways to go about finding and purchasing a home, especially in the DC area. Here are must-do’s to narrow down your house search and get that dream real estate you have in mind. Have Read more…

5 Home Improvements Homeowners Should Avoid

And it can be very tempting to do these improvements, which is even more of a reason to stay away from them because they just don’t give you the right return on your investment and/or buyers are not impressed. I often tell my homeowners if they’re planning on selling, don’t do more than you need Read more…

How Trump Could Affect the Real Estate Market

It’s inauguration day as I’m writing this. Today we have a new president. Regardless of how you feel about him, the reality is that the housing market will be affected in some way. There have been various predictions here and there but for the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland area, we are curious to know Read more…

How Should I Respond to a Low-Ball Offer?

There it is… smacked right down on your table from your agent. A low-ball offer. What’s considered low-ball? Well, it’s all subjective, I assume, but usually 10-20% below asking price or maybe even more. It also depends on what you listed it for and if that meets market value. If you priced it correctly, as Read more…

Will Millennials Dominate the Real Estate Market in 2017?

We’ve heard a lot of flack for millennials lately and it’s true that many whine when they just don’t get what they want but there is also a large group of this demographic really making a name for themselves. There are slackers in every age group but millennials are starting to surprise us by buying Read more…

5 Things You’re Probably Not Doing If You Want to Sell

It’s almost a new year. 2017 is just a day away. You might be thinking about selling OR maybe you’ve been on the market for a while with no bites. Think you’ve tried everything? Maybe… but maybe you’re missing a key component to getting your house sold. Whether you think you’ve tried it all or not, it Read more…

What to Expect from the Housing Market in 2017

2016 was a relatively calm real estate market. Houses gradually increased, some markets inflated higher than others and rates remained relatively low. But, is this what we are to expect for 2017? According to a recent article in the Washington Post, don’t expect any big catastrophes in the housing market over the next year. One Read more…

No Down Payment Doesn’t Mean No Money to Buy

Zero down home loans? No down payments? It can almost seem too good to be true and even though it does sound like a great way to save money, it doesn’t mean that you can buy a house without one penny in the bank. There are a lot of expenses when it comes to buying Read more…

How to Secure Financing for a 2017 Home Purchase

As we near the end of the year, many people are looking forward to 2017 and perhaps you’re considering buying your first house or another house or property in the new year. It’s always important to think ahead, plan and prepare, especially for such a large purchase. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have recently agreed Read more…

What Do I Have to Disclose When Selling a Condo?

Death, Flood, Suicide, Damage – Which one of these things do you have to disclose? Or do you have to disclose all of them? The Seller’s Disclosure Form is a form that all homeowners must fill out to the best of their ability before listing a property. Even if the homeowner doesn’t live in the Read more…

5 Keys to Locking in Your Mortgage Rate

LOCK IN YOUR MORTGAGE RATE A mortgage lock rate protects you, the borrower, during the duration of the transaction so that your mortgage interest rate will not increase by the time the transaction closes. It guarantees that the lender will offer the borrower a specific percentage interest rate and points. Points are a type of Read more…

Tips for Buying and Restoring Historic Properties

Not too long ago Nicole Curtis of the Rehab Addict, a show on the DIY network, sat down for an interview with Country Living Magazine. She shared some of her expert advice for loving on historic properties. Since the DC area and northern Virginia is full of great historic properties and luxury homes we thought Read more…

5 Tips on How to Prepare for Buying a House

If you’ve come to a point in your life where buying a house seems like the logical next step, I have five major keys that can prepare you for buying real estate. Simply jumping in blindly can lead to frustration and disappointment, but knowing the process, which includes everything you need to get started and Read more…

Winter Home Staging – 3 Creative Ways to Spruce Up Your Home to Sell in Winter

Follow These 3 Steps In winter Home Staging Winter can be considered the most difficult time to sell a home. If you follow these 3 creative ways to spruce up your winter home staging you’re guaranteed to overcome this stereotype. These 3 steps are for all types of homes and real estate. Whether you are Read more…

How to Get More Buyers Interested in Your Home

So you’ve decided to list your property. Congratulations! Right now is a great time to get your home listed and shown by as many buyers as possible. Prices are starting to rise but so are interest rates and there are more buyers jumping on the market right now than ever before. Prices are going to Read more…

Listing Agent for Northern Virginia

  Think you’re ready to list your Northern Virginia or Washington DC home? You might be surprised at what you need to do before listing your home on the local MLS. As a professional real estate broker, we not only assist sellers in listing, marketing and selling their properties but deal with buyers as well. Read more…

Buying New Construction in Northern Virginia without an Agent

If you’re thinking about buying new construction or pre-construction throughout the Northern Virginia real estate area you might be considering the benefits of enlisting the help of a buyer’s agent. Of course, you certainly don’t need one; you can visit the model showroom and the development without a buyer’s agent and have the assistance and Read more…

Green Updates That Add Value To Your Real Estate

Home maintenance and home improvement projects will increase the value of your home, but making green updates is especially beneficial for eco-conscious buyers who are concerned with saving energy and money. At Modernize, we appreciate that homeowners are looking out for buyer’s best interest as well as the environment. While some buyers are looking for Read more…

Will Buyers Run for the Hills if Mortgage Rates Rise?

What if Buyers Run for the Hills as Mortgage Rates Rise? Will it scare them from buying? Home sales are climbing and they’re selling more quickly. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, existing home sales rose strongly in September, propelled by first-time buyer sales reaching a 34% share, a high not seen in over Read more…

Elegant Equestrian Waterfront Property

“Autumn’s Gate Farm” 10907 Tealwing Cove, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 7 Bedrooms/6 Full Baths/2 Half Baths Offered at $1,479,900 Conveniently located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, this elegant and private equestrian and waterfront estate is close to I-95 and Washington, DC. This superbly crafted custom plantation home contains 44.51 acres on the Ni River Reservoir. Over 10,000 square Read more…

Loudoun Wine Trail

Loudoun County in Northern Virginia is full of rich history, culture, art and most importantly wine. When driving through the county one of the first things you would notice is that there is winery after winery. These wineries consume Loudoun, but people wouldn’t have it any other way. With so many wineries to choose from, Read more…

5 Reasons Buyers Need an Agent

  5 Reasons for buyer Representation by a qualified, experienced realtor®: Negotiating terms and conditions of a real estate purchase contract with your interests in mind Preparing written offers and counteroffers to the sellers Promoting your interests Maintaining the confidentiality of your personal information Accounting for any money received in which you have an interest Read more…

15 Staging Rules to Sell a Home Fast during the Holidays

  Similar to family photographs and other mementos that are private to you but a diversion for purchasers, holiday decorations can make it difficult for purchasers to “envision” themselves residing in your home. Staging rules from Halloween blow-up yard decorations to Christmas trees and Fourth of July porch banners, it is advisable to implement some Read more…

Mid-Century Modern Style for Sale in Manassas VA

  8915 Longstreet Drive, Manassas, VA 20110 $359,900 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths & Lots of Extras! Contact Gene Mock, Associate Broker, Premier Team, Keller Williams Realty 703-342-8100 If you’re searching for the perfect home, look no further! This Mid-Century Modern home located in Manassas has sleek design elements and finishes throughout. A real beauty! Some Read more…

Real Estate Investments for Retirement – Your Options 

Real estate investments for retirement is becoming more and more popular As housing markets continue to stabilize IRA investors are taking note of placing real estate into their retirement portfolios. As with everything involving real estate and investments, you have to do your homework. Not only do you need to do your due diligence in buying Read more…

The Real Estate Developer’s Guide to Creative Real Estate IRA Investing

  While many people want to use the power of a self-directed IRA for real estate investing, they often feel they can’t get started because they don’t have enough money in their plan. Thankfully, there are several creative ways to bring your real estate transaction to fruition even when your situation is less than perfect. Read more…

Rental Real Estate Investment Education for IRA Investors

Is a rental real estate investment the best option for your self-directed IRA? The answer depends on each IRA investor’s unique circumstance. While some rental real estate investors appreciate they can “touch” their investment, others are stressed by the amount of responsibility that comes with being a landlord. Rental real estate investment education begins with Read more…

Millennials go Minimal with Small Washington DC Condos

In a nation full of college graduates housing prices are just too high Struggling to find a job, it seems fruitless that they would be able to buy a home and afford a mortgage on top of the massive student debt burdens they carry. These millennials are starting to feel the effects of an economy Read more…

Rental Real Estate Investing and IRA Prohibited Transactions

Shelter Your Real Estate Investments from Taxes and Fund Your Retirement Using your self-directed IRA to hold your rental real estate investments can be an excellent way of both sheltering the investment from taxes and funding your retirement. However, the IRS has many strict rules about self-directed IRA’s. Failure to follow these rules can result Read more…

5 Trending Washington DC Neighborhoods that should be on Your Radar

Washington DC neighborhoods are seeing healthy inclines in home values Most Washington DC neighborhoods are seeing healthy inclines in average home values, but five trending Washington DC neighborhoods really stand above the rest. Evaluated as having some of the lowest average days on the market, highest average price per square feet, and highest bids received Read more…

How to Create No-Hassle Passive Real Estate Income during Retirement

Passive Income in Retirement is the Goal The ability to create reliable passive real estate income during retirement is what separates the securely retired from the rest. Income that requires no effort on the part of the investor is typically considered passive, but what does that truly mean from day-to-day? Consider some of these non-real Read more…

Lovettsville VA Real Estate Market Report

Lovettsville, VA Real Estate an ever-changing market. Gain instant access, month-to-month of Lovettsville market activity right here, and compare it to previous year and past 5 years history below. If you’re considering a move to Lovettsville or would like to sell your Lovettsville VA home, stay educated about your neighborhood and market area, how competition Read more…

Horse Farm For Sale in Bluemont VA

Charming horse farm for sale in bluemont, va COMING on market friday july 24 This charming small horse farm has 5.93 acres, a very nice bank barn with 2 stalls and covered loafing area, several 3-board fenced paddocks, spring fed stream and small pond. This charming farm house has a big front porch, a rear Read more…

Beautiful Kingston II in Village Green Leesburg VA

43140 Butterfly Way – Leesburg VA 20176 $549,000 3 Finished Levels/4 Bedrooms/3.5 Baths/3,996sf Kingston II in Village Green community   Style and Luxury Await! This stunning Kingston II, Energy Star home built by Beazer Homes is located in the popular Village Green community in Leesburg, VA. This meticulously maintained home has everything you’re looking for! The Read more…

Updated Leesburg Condo for Sale: Foxchase Penthouse 2BA/2BR

Luxury Updated leesburg Condo for Sale in Foxchase Rarely offered Penthouse Unit! $189,900 – Closing Cost Assistance being offered! You’ll love living in luxury is this beautiful, updated penthouse condo in the popular Foxchase community in Leesburg, VA. Updated with new stainless appliances in the kitchen, updated wall-to-wall carpeting, recently replaced thermapane windows and fresh Read more…

Colonial Home in Lovely Lovettsville

Lovely in Lovettsville: Brookside Stone Colonial Perfect ambiance Reward yourself with this great stone front colonial with idyllic valley views looking to rolling hills. This brookside, colonial stone front home features a an open flowing floorplan with two-story foyer, center hall that flows smoothly for both every day events and special entertaining. Other great upgrades Read more…

Northern VA Horse Properties

                    Horse Farms & Properties in Northern VA Northern Virginia offers horse enthusiasts many types of horse farms and equestrian sports. Horse properties can be found in the Northern VA Counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier and Clarke. Below are horse properties currently for sale in these Read more…

Aquatic Fun in Northern Virginia – From the Beach to the Lake

Aquatic fun in virginia abounds While you might think that Virginia is primarily about outdoor fun like hiking, mountain biking and the lake (and that’s certainly a part of it), but there’s a great deal more to enjoy in this amazing state. Aquatic fun is found everywhere you look, from lakes to rivers and, of Read more…

Business Is Booming around D.C.

Washington D.C. is the center of the country’s political power, but it’s also becoming the center of something else – big business. A wide range of big businesses have relocated to the D.C. area, whether in D.C. proper, or in the connecting sections of northern Virginia or Maryland. These firms run the gamut from airlines Read more…

Government Employees and Housing in Northern Virginia, D.C. and Metro Maryland

Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas have been home to government employees and politicians basically since it became the nation’s capital, but with the changes in the economy and the shift from agriculture to a service-oriented society, more and more government workers are moving closer to the hub of power on a permanent basis. Where Read more…

Welcome Spring with the Thunder Run 5K

Welcome Spring with the Thunder Run 5K If you’re located in northern Virginia and looking for a great way to get out and enjoy the warming temperatures and welcome spring, there’s nothing better than registering for the Thunder Run 5K put on by The Fun Runz, and benefitting Good News Jail and Prison Ministry. The Read more…

Catch the 25th Annual Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival

Catch the 25th Annual Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival Spring is in the air, and that’s apparent nowhere else more than at the annual Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, which is held each year in historic downtown Leesburg, Virginia. The event spans two entire days, and occupies King, Market and Cornwall Streets in downtown Leesburg, Read more…

Get Set for Fun at the GNS Tortoise & Hare 5K and 1K Race in Greenbelt, Maryland

Get Set for Fun at the GNS Tortoise & Hare 5K and 1K Race in Greenbelt, Maryland The Greenbelt Nursery School Tortoise and Hare 5K and 1K race is set to be a fun event for participants of all ages. Awards will be given to the top three male and top three female participants (broken Read more…

Make Plans to Attend the 5th Annual Stroud Foundation 5K

Make Plans to Attend the 5th Annual Stroud Foundation 5K Looking for a race that’s both fun and contributes to an amazing cause? If so, then the fifth annual Stroud Foundation 5K should definitely be on your calendar of events. It’s a quick race and promises to be a morning full of fun, and the Read more…

Northern Virginia Scores Big with Sports Teams

Northern Virginia Scores Big with Sports Teams While Virginia might be notable as one of the few states in the country without at least one professional sports team, it makes up for it with a slew of college teams. Of course, the area’s surrounding northern Virginia (DC and Maryland, for instance) have professional teams that Read more…

Home Staging Tips That Get Your Home Sold!

When you are preparing to sell your home it’s imperative that you understand the way potential buyers view it! START WITH THE EXTERIOR Does your home look inviting from the street? Are scrubs and trees trimmed and flower beds mulched? Even in the middle of winter you can freshen up the outside so that it’s Read more…

Northern Virginia Golf Courses and Communities

Northern Virginia has an extensive list of challenging golf courses to choose from. Some have committed to a whole community surrounding them, while others are content just in the peace and quiet of the serene surroundings. Homes that meet your needs can be found in these lovely communities. Communities in northern virginia Worth Looking Into for Golf Enthusiasts TRUMP NATIONAL Read more…

How To Successfully Sell Your Home

successfully selling your home depends on understanding Your Market Every market is different and you need to be able to fully understand your home’s market. The best way to learn about your market is to research sales and available listings over the past 6 months to a year get a feel of how active the Read more…

Make More Money in Real Estate

be rewarded by investing in real estate In order to do well and make more money in real estate investing, you’ll need to do some homework first. It’s worth the time you invest, before investing your money in becoming a successful real estate investor. Location location location! Do proper research before real estate investment. Start Read more…

Buying Tips for Real Estate Investors

KNOWLEDGE IS KEY Many people are hesitant to purchase real estate for a variety of reasons. From the legal issues and tougher financial requirements, to the current real estate climate, there are so many things to think about about when purchasing real estate. Becoming more informed will help you make the best decisions about this Read more…

Tips About Real Estate Investing

To get started on your journey to becoming a successful real estate investor, read on… You should first choose the type of real estate you want to invest in. You might decide that you like flipping real estate or you may prefer to purchase property as an income producing asset that appreciates over time. Hire a Read more…

Luxury Real Estate Washington DC Metro Area

High Quality Real Estate in the Washington, DC Metro area Throughout the Northern Virginia, Metro Maryland and Washington DC areas there is an abundance of luxury high quality real estate. Throughout this blog article we will touch on these areas and the specific subdivisions within each that have been specifically built for the more affluent Read more…