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On May 29, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that FHA will allow first-time buyers to apply their up-to $8,000 tax credit toward closing costs when buying their home. (To see the news release, go to http://www.hud.gov/news/release.cfm?content=pr09-072.cfm.) Purchaser...
For those of us who live/play/work in and around Tysons Corner, Virginia...Unless you’ve been in a coma for the last few years (and if you have been, my sympathies, but I’m glad you’re back), you’ve heard about the Dulles Metrorail project that is happening in Tysons Corner. You’ve probably alrea...
Anyone who has been watching the news or reading anything to do with the economy and/or real estate knows that we’re living in a bleak economic time. I won’t rehash all the gory details here as it’s not my intent to bring anyone down. So for everyone out there who is staring foreclosure in the fa...
Exciting new stuff is going on for homeowners in 2009 (if you consider tax credits exciting). First, the recently passed stimulus plan gives first-time homebuyers a tax credit of up to $8,000. The IRS defines a first-time homebuyer as someone who “has not owned another home at any time during the...
You've decided to take the plunge and pursue the American dream of homeownership. The first thing you should do is speak to a lender and discover your buying power. No point in wasting many a Sunday afternoon at open houses if you can't get a loan, right? I mean, unless you enjoy that sort of thi...
OK, so I'm like 3 weeks late with this post. I've been super busy, and that's a great thing.Over the last few weeks that I've been MIA, I've been reading a lot about how horrible 2008 was for real estate, and how 2009 isn't going to be much better. But my year is starting off great. I live in a m...
As 2008 comes to a close, I’d like to take a look back on the year. In many aspects, it wasn’t a pretty one: the meltdown of the credit markets, the explosion of foreclosures, the list goes on. But I’m not going to dwell on the negatives. Sure, it was a tough year for a lot of people. My heart go...
The holidays are upon us, so I'm going to keep it short and sweet this week. If you're looking for a house in the Washington, DC area, you need to visit HomesDatabase.com. This site is the public face of the local MLS. If the home is for sale and listed with a broker, you will find it here. The s...
Thinking of remodeling or upgrading before you sell but you’re not sure where to start? You’re in luck. The results are in for Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report, which is produced in cooperation with Realtor® magazine. This year’s big winners are decks, kitchens & baths (big surp...
With Thanksgiving last week, I took some much-needed time off. Which means I didn’t prepare anything for this week’s blog posting. At least I’m honest. So here are a few things off the top of my head: Mortgage rates have dropped! If you’re looking to refinance, now might be the time. Rates for 30...

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