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My 4-part weekly series is a “how-to” guide for moving up to your next home with as little stress as possible.   Whether you’ve bought and sold homes dozens of times, or it’s your first time being a move-up buyer, this series will walk you through exactly what to do when, how, and why. 

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Taking that first step to buy your very first home can be scary and daunting. You want to find a home you will love but also afford. In our new four-part “how-to” series for first time buyers, youll learn what to do every step of the way and how to incorporate our strategies with your own to find a home that is “perfect” for your budget and your lifestyle

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We all see the mortgage interest rates on television, the Internet or in the news. But, most of these are just marketing rates – they’re used to give you a general idea and to get you interested. [Read More]

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You’re ready to trade up to a new home and can’t decide what to do first: Sell your current home first and use the proceeds to buy a new home OR buy your new home first and hope your current home sells in a timely manner. It’s a tricky dilemma since you don’t want to end up with two mortgages at once or having no place to live at all!  Here’s how to avoid that Catch-22:
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What can you — as a buyer or seller — do to prevent a low appraisal or, in the event of a low appraisal despite doing everything right, still have the sale go through? Read my strategies and insights below and prepare for one of the most important yet overlooked part of a home sale—the appraisal.

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Our local DC market rocked it last month with record-breaking numbers for prices, closed sales, and new contracts. June is typically at the end of the busy spring selling season, just before the summer lull. But this June did not disappoint and kept up the momentum in several key housing categories. Inventory, however, was low but still holding steady from previous months.

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Whether you’re listing a home or searching for one, you need to change tactics depending on the time of year. If you’re a serious buyer or someone who is thinking about buying, you need to understand how timing can affect how you go about looking for a home. And, sellers should know how strategies to attract buyers may change depending on the month.

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Last month saw the local housing market buzzing with lots of activity and record-breaking gains despite all the rain we experienced. Closed and pending sales in May exceeded previous months’ numbers, but the area did see a slowdown in the number of new and active listings.

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As a buyer do you find yourself “wanting to see everything” in your price range or “needing to look at just one more house or condo”? You may truly believe that having a wide selection of homes to choose from is the only way to find one you love. Guess what? It’s a proven fact that having too many choices only increases your chance of making the wrong choice! For today’s lesson I’ll explain the “paradox of choice.”

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Here’s the next installment of my series, “Your Home’s To-Do List.” I spotlight what home tasks you should tackle at this particular time of the year. In addition to my basic maintenance reminders, I also suggest ways to increase your home’s value and how to “Dwell” happily!

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