Understanding Home Appraisals

Home appraisals If you’re selling your house, your real estate agent can provide the appraiser with a copy of your home plans, noting unique and desirable features that are helpful for determining the home’s value. Whether you’re buying or selling real estate, an accurate appraisal is key to the transaction’s success. When the appraisal is […]

No Housing Bubble

Home Values: DEFINITELY NOT in Bubble Range!! There are some industry pundits claiming that residential home values have risen too quickly and that current levels are on the verge of another housing bubble. It is easy to see how this thinking has taken form if we look at a graph of home prices from 2000 […]

Bathroom Remodeling Tips

There are few remodeling projects that bring more satisfaction than a kitchen or bathroom restoration.  It’s so important to think through all the details so there are no regrets after the project is completed.  Here are some tips that may help you plan and prepare for a successful outcome! 1. PLAN AND BE PATIENT Huge […]

Freshen Up for Spring

Spring is arriving early in the Washington DC area in 2016 … and we couldn’t be happier!   With Spring comes hope that all things will be brighter and more beautiful.   Making little changes to our homes will brighten and lift our lives at home through some of the simplest changes, from just washing windows […]

Thou Shalt Not Harm Your Mortgage Loan Application!

If you have applied and been approved for a loan to purchase a house, there are 10 things you must NOT DO prior to settlement or you will jeopardize getting your loan finalized! #1) Thou shalt NOT change jobs, become self-employed or quit your job. The reason that this is so important is if you […]

Color Psychology for Selling a Home

Understanding that there are 100,000 colors that are discernible to the naked eye … it can be a very challenging selecting what color palette to use in your home – especially if you are trying to sell it! This article on Realtor.com by Angela Colley is an excellent primer on how to view the potential that this […]

Asset Tracking for Personal Valuables

Keep a Virtual Eye on Your Valuables! Do you want to make sure that your high-value possessions will always be found in case they get misplaced, lost or stolen? Modern technology in the form of Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers is an affordable alternative to watching your valuables 24/7 like it’s your job. GPS devices […]

Top 10 Homeowner Tax Deductions

Since we are getting painfully close to tax day … I thought it might be useful to share with you the top 10 homeowner tax deductions that are allowable under certain circumstances.   This list is for informational purposes so make sure you consult a tax attorney or CPA with any questions you may have! […]

Hazards of Fallen Trees in the DC area

  The recent storms throughout Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac and the Washington DC metro area forced us to fret about the hazards of falling trees among many other concerns that now haunt homeowners.  My own experience was pretty scary when this huge tree fell in our front yard.  This photo shows me in front of […]

Moving Man’s Best Friend…

Prepare your loved ones for moving day Moving to a new home is stressful to be sure … but it can also be a huge stress on your dogs, cats, and other household pets.  Homeowners should understand what can be done to make the transition as smooth and pain free as possible for all of […]