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Posted on 05/24/2020
Home Ownership Provides Benefits for Growing Families
Most adults go through a series of predictable life stages, which include the eventual desire to be a home owner. Some people take the plunge sooner than others, but that decision is typically set in motion by changing circumstances, such as financial readiness, additions to the family, or career advancement. Owning your own home certainly has a different "feel"...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
Does your Roof Need to be Repaired? Here's How to Tell
Photo by Joel Dunn via Pixabay Your roof is an important part of your home, and for something of its size, it is surprisingly delicate. Even minor problems can have a lasting impact on the integrity of your home. Learning how to spot some of the most common problems allows you to seek out help when you need...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
Creating a Simpler Life
Image by Chinnapong from Shutterstock The “simple life” is a common phrase but is there such a thing? When defining the words, it’s easy to understand the challenge that comes with pairing them together. Simple (easily understood and presenting no difficulty) + life (existence, being, living). Let's rephrase the quote to say, "The simpler life." Creating a simpler...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Tips on Creating an Estate Plan
Photo by Aymane Jdidi via Pixabay Most people do not think of creating an estate plan before they are in their 40s or even their 50s. However, if you own a home, regardless of the cost of the home and regardless of your age, you should create an estate plan. Even if you are in your 20s, your...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
Are ‘Flipsters’ Good For Property Values?
Image by JayMantri from Pixabay Reality TV shows captured the entrepreneurial imaginations of everyday people that anyone with cash and determination can turn a profit remodeling blighted homes. While profitable home-flipping tends to be more difficult than celebrities make it seem, one niche group appears to have a secret recipe for success — Flipsters. The term “Flipster” is...
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Posted on 04/19/2020
Tips on Selling Your Energy Efficient Home
Photo by rawpixel via Pixabay A high-performance home is one that operates efficiently, and saves you -- the homeowner -- significant costs in heating, cooling and more. When it comes time to sell a home of this type, the price point is typically higher -- up to 3.4 percent. High-performance homes are in demand today, and if you've...
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Posted on 04/12/2020
Tips for Winning A Bidding War
Image by Amy Hirschi from Unsplash Situations arise where prospective buyers find themselves in a bidding war with another buyer over the house they desire. Circumstances like this occur in a seller’s market where the demand for property is higher than the market can provide. It’s not uncommon to see multiple buyers vying over the same property in...
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Posted on 04/05/2020
Can You Negotiate for Lower HOA Fees?
Image by Brady Pevehouse from Pixabay When purchasing a home, there are many issues to keep in mind. These often include items such as the interest rate on the mortgage, real estate taxes, and homeowner's insurance. If you've purchased a home governed by a Homeowner's Association and have not lived within a similar community before you may find...
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Posted on 03/29/2020
How Much Time Do You Need to Create a Property Listing?
There is no surefire formula to craft the perfect home listing. Instead, a seller must allocate the necessary time and resources to ensure a listing hits the mark with buyers. If a seller fails to do so, this individual may struggle to stir up interest in his or her home. Perhaps worst of all, this seller's home may linger...
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Posted on 03/22/2020
How to Replace Your Toilet in 3 Simple Steps
Photo by Edgardo Lagmay on Unsplash Nothing dates a bathroom like an old toilet. Not only have toilets advanced significantly in the past 10-15 years. Older toilets often develop hard water stains and porcelain scratches that show their age. Fortunately, replacing a toilet is one of the most straightforward home improvement projects you can do. And it's relatively...
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Posted on 03/20/2020
Falls Church, VA Real Estate Market Update
Click here to view Falls Church, VA blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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