HOMEOWNER TIPS & TRENDS

Keeping Up With the Value of Your Home!

Start with instantly learning the estimated value of your home by using our personal home value calculator. Next, for a more in depth evaluation you will want to contact us so we can perform a market analysis, taking in to consideration comps in your neighborhood and surrounding areas. This will allow us to give you an accurate assessment of yours homes value.

When assessing the value of a home you have to look carefully at many factors and conditions. Some of those factors and conditions may include:…

The Ins and Outs of Titling your Property

While most homes are bought by married couples, changing demographics and societal norms have led to increased numbers of single buyers, unmarried partners, siblings and multiple generations buying homes together. The relationship of co-buyers influence how they choose to hold title to the property.

“Individuals who buy homes on their own simply hold title as the sole owner,” says Tom Drechsler, regional counsel with Sage Title Group in Timonium, Maryland. “The question of how to hold title becomes a little more complex when there’s more than one owner.” …

Key Developments in the Real Estate Market: What Happened in 2019? What Can we Expect for 2020?

Key Developments the Real Estate Market: What Happened in 2019? What Can we Expect for 2020? Interest rates were low, so money was cheap. Demand for housing was ample, although supply was limited. Homeownership rates rose, thanks to low mortgage rates. Healthy conditions were reported in the job and stock market. Concerns lowered for a potential recession. Altogether, 2019 brought positive news to the housing market and 2020 is likely to see the same. If you’re interested in learning more about the market or looking to buy or sell this year (or if you know someone that may), let me know. I’m here to answer all your questions.

Why You Need to Get Your Chimney Inspected

From providing a cozy setting for drinking hot cocoa to illuminating the home during the winter months, the fireplace has become a cold-weather staple for many family gatherings. And like other items in the home, the fireplace and chimney need consistent maintenance, especially if used on a regular basis. Elizabeth Zimbro, Manager for The Chimney Doctor, […]

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 […]