From choosing a house layout to optimizing the home during your move, your dog is one family member whose bark should be heard.Read More
Get ready, Reston. Internet giant Amazon is coming to Northern Virginia in 2019!
Amazon’s second headquarters, known as HQ2, is being split between Northern Virginia and New York City, locations that best met the online retailer’s criteria including access to a highly educated labor pool, support of local colleges that can be tapped for tech talent, and close proximity to an airport.Read More
Shopping for a house can be stressful, but choosing a loan has the potential to be just as bad. There’s a lot to know, a small window in which to figure it all out and a 30 year commitment to a loan product that might just not be right for you for to worry about. All in all, it might be easier to remove your own inflamed appendix than to pick a mortgage.Read More
You’ve finally done it! You have a house under contract and you’re doing the paperwork to get your mortgage lined up. When your Realtor calls to ask you who you want to use for your home inspection, you freeze. Your brain has to go back and repeat that part. You get to pick your own home inspector? How do you even go about doing that?
Choosing a home inspector isn’t a difficult process, but as usual, we have tips to help you make it even easier.Read More
As a homeowner, or soon to be homeowner, you can get some pretty sweet tax deductions from things related to your home. Some tend to change from year to year, like those for energy-efficient upgrades, others are pretty stable, like being able to deduct mortgage interest.Read More
You’ve probably heard a lot of different things about home warranty programs, ranging from really awful to crazy and near lifesaving. Like anything that remotely resembles an insurance program, there’s a lot of nuance behind individual experiences.Read More
Owning a rental or two just might be a great way to bring in some extra income without having to really work for it. Plus, there’s all the equity you’ll gain as those renters pay down your note. What could be better? Rentals are hard work, even if you only have one or two single family homes. Before you buy your first rental, take some time to ponder these finer points of landlordship.Read More
The housing market continues to thrive across much of the country as we head into the spring months. Additionally, many of the markets that burst with the bubble of 2008 are mostly recovered. This has created things we have not seen in previous years such as bidding wars for some homes, creating urgency for the buyer, and also demanding higher market prices in many areas. This coupled with the recent news that the Feds will likely continue to hold interest rates somewhat steady for a short time longer is creating an increased frenzy in our real estate market.
If you’ve been house hunting in 2018 then you are well aware of the housing inventory shortage Northern Virginia is facing. The low supply has continued to push prices up and create scenarios of multiple offers throughout NOVA.
So why is inventory so low?Read More
Zillow’s property-value estimates, called Zestimates, are a popular consumer tool for seeing how much homes are worth. They offer information for more than 100 million U.S. homes. But there are several reasons these numbers may not be as accurate as you’d like them to be.
What comes to mind when you see communities with an age restriction? Well unless you’ve been to some of the newest 55 and better communities, thoughts of walkable developments, urban living, modern homes, amenities, lock and go living, and private retreats with like-minded individuals might not be your first thoughts.Read More
Where in Northern Virginia would you live if you could choose anywhere? I choose Reston!
Reston was designed so you can get anywhere easily. You can walk to anything you could possibly need; the grocery store, entertainment, recreation, and even ironically transportation. There are miles of paved walking trails, multiple pools, recreation facilities, and convenience centers spread throughout the area. You really can go a long way without a car when your home is in Reston!Read More
Whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned move up veteran, purchasing a home is no easy process. Many people don’t know where to start, but often don’t know where to go for reliable information.Read More