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It has happened more times than I care to think and no matter how many times I complain - and blog about it - it will happen again. Stood up. Yes I receive an email from someone; who does not have an agent of their own; who wants to see one of our listings. We agree on a date and time - exchange ...
03/19/2014
    Coffee should be hot. Beer should be cold. Mexican food should be spicy.  However, if these things are less than the standard that you expect, there are not any lasting consequences.   As the value of the object in question rises, either in price or gravity, the expectations usually increase ...
03/06/2014
    A ½% increase in interest rate may not sound like much but it is roughly equivalent to a 5% increase in price.  It becomes obvious when you compare the payments.   If you financed 100% of the cost of a $250,000 home at 4.5% interest for 30 years, the payment would be $1,266.71 per month.  If ...
03/06/2014
This is a question which many home buyers ask their Realtor; and their Realtor cannot answer such a question.  Buyers often get frustrated by this; and usually don't understand why.So why can't Realtors answer a simple question from their client?  Well most agents will cite 'Fair Housing Laws'; w...
02/10/2014
    Whether you continue to rent or decide to buy a home, according to recent Zillow 2014 housing projections, the cost is going up.  Zillow projects home prices to increase nationally by 3%, mortgages to rise to %5 interest rate by the end of the year and rents to go up by 2.5% on average.   If ...
02/10/2014
    You’ll need to earn $2.00 for every $1.00 you want to spend assuming you pay 50% of your earnings on income tax, social security and Medicare.  On the other hand, you get to keep 100% of every dollar you save on your personal expenses because the taxes have already been paid.   Periodically, ...
02/05/2014
My team and I recently met with a seller who had very unrealistic expectations. This seller is convinced the property is worth much more than it actually is worth. Now this is of course not the first time this has happened; and it so won't be the first.  However here is where our job as Realtors®...
02/03/2014
Foggy Bottom is one of DC's great neighborhoods.  The home of George Washington University; the Watergate; and steps to the White House and many DC institutions; make Foggy Bottom a great place to work, eat and live. Watch our video about Foggy Bottom!   Foggy Bottom from Real Living | At Home on...
01/20/2014
“I’d wish I’d know that before I made a decision.”  If you’ve ever regrettably said this to yourself, having a checklist might have prevented the issue in the first place.  This list of questions can provide you with things to discuss when interviewing a moving company. Fees What is the charge fo...
01/20/2014
These are great tips from a fellow REALTOR® in California. The same basics hold true no matter where you are moving from. Read on and when you are ready for your Washington DC relocation - call us. Top Tips for Searching for a Home Online in Your Relocation   When you are relocating and searching...
01/16/2014
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