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As the big debate on the state of the housing market continues consumer confidence is still struggling. National and regional statistics seem to offer conflicting views on whether prices have stabilized and low inventory is adding additional challenges to those searching for the perfect home. Am...
There is no question that in today's real estate market every buyer is looking for the best possible deal. Every day I get requests from clients asking about whether a short sale or bank owned property is right for them. It is not something that can easily be answered without understanding the mo...
  It is a bit ironic that I am writing this after an ‘on time' closing this evening....only the second one of the year though. One of the biggest changes I have noticed in the last year is that sellers and buyers have really needed to be flexible when it comes near closing time. Lately it has see...
Well I guess it would depend on who you ask and whether they are a purchaser or are listing their home. In Montgomery County it also depends on where you live or are looking to buy. Bethesda and Chevy Chase are leaning towards a strong sellers market due to lack of inventory and relatively low pr...
Want to live near DC but undecided about where to locate in Maryland or Virginia?  Montgomery County, Maryland  has a lot of similarities to Fairfax County, located across the border in the state of Virginia. These two communities are often compared and advertise themselves as the "best place to ...
Hello to Everyone,  I hope this blog finds you safe and warm. Although this information is probably a bit late in coming, as we brace for round 2 here are a few things you can do to protect your home during inclement weather. 1. If you have a heat pump, dig it out. Electric heat pumps are really ...
Defects are common with any home, no matter how new, no matter how pricey. The key is in being able to recognize serious defects that may cost you money down the road. You want defects to catch you by surprise. While home sellers are required to disclose defects, the truth is that sellers who are...
Those of us who have been in the business for more than a few years vividly remember the challenges of the last "hot" market. Multiple offers and crazy escalation clauses that had buyer agents frustrated beyond belief. A buyer had to have deep pockets (helped by loose lending) and forego all cont...
News flash!  Most buyers do not have unlimited money when shopping for a home!  Whatever money they have must be carefully allocated to the down payment, the closing costs, and ideally to a fund to cover the cost of moving expenses, appliances or carpeting they will want to replace immediately, a...
There appears to be a lot of speculation in regards to FHA financing and the changes that are potentially coming.  For those who are unfamiliar with FHA financing, one of the current advantages is the reduced down payment (as low as 3.5%) required. Also, FHA currently has very low rates and low c...

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