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Your House Must Be Sold Twice

Homeowners: Your House Must Be Sold TWICEIn today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home

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Your Friends Are Crazy Wrong If They're Telling You Not to Buy The current narrative is that home prices have risen so much so that it is no longer a smart idea to purchase a home. Your family

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Feeling Stuck In Place You Are Not Alone And There Is Hope

Feeling ‘Stuck in Place’? You Aren’t Alone… And There’s Hope!Whether you are a renter who is searching for your dream home or a homeowner who feels like your only option is to renovate,

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Top 4 Home Renovations For Maximum ROI

Top 4 Home Renovations for Maximum ROI [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home, or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there

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Veterans Affairs Loans By The Numbers

Veterans Affairs Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: Since the creation of the VA Home Loans Program, 22 million veterans have been able to achieve the American Dream of

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Thank You For Your Service

Thank You for Your Service!Thank you for your!

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Multigenerational Households May Be The Answer To Price Increases

Multigenerational Households May Be the Answer to Price Increases Multigenerational homes are coming back in a big way! In the 1950s, about 21%, or 32.2 million Americans shared a roof with

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Considerations To Make When Purchasing A New Home As A Senior

Guest Article by Jim VogelBuying a new home in retirement is a big decision. Before moving and purchasing a new home, you should review the details and ensure you make an informed decision about

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Low Inventory Causes Home Prices To Maintain Fast Growth

Low Inventory Causes Home Prices to Maintain Fast GrowthThe National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Quarterly Metro Home Price Report last week. The

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The Difference An Hour Makes In Real Estate

The Difference an Hour Makes in Real Estate [INFOGRAPHIC]Every Hour in the US Housing Market:  624 Homes Sell 347 Homes Regain Positive Equity Median Home Values Go Up $1

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Dont Let Fear Stop You From Applying For A Mortgage

Don't Let Fear Stop You from Applying for a Mortgage A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from jumping into the real estate market due to their uncertainty about the buying.

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Tips For A Safe Halloween

Here are some tips to ensure you and your families enjoy a safe Halloween evening of trick-or-treating! There are always extra cars and pedestrians out on Halloween, so put

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Renting Or Buying Either Way You Are Paying Someones Mortgage

Renting or Buying…Either Way, You're Paying Someone's MortgageThere are some people who have not purchased homes yet because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone

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Buying A Home Can Be Scary Unless You Know The Facts

Buying a Home Can Be Scary... Unless You Know the Facts [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a

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The Number 1 Reason To List Your House Now

The #1 Reason to List Your House, NOW!The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released the results of their latest Existing Home Sales Report which revealed that sales rose 0%

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Millennials Flock Towards Low Down Payment Programs

Millennials Flock Towards Low Down Payment ProgramsA report released by Down Payment Resource shows that 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with a down payment of

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Five Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Professional When Buying Or Selling

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling!Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey. This is why you need an experienced

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Hiring An Agent To Sell Your House May Cost You Nothing

Hiring an Agent to Sell Your House May Cost You NOTHING!There is no doubt that it is easier to sell your house when using the services of a local real estate professional. The agent will provide:

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Moving Up To A Luxury Home Now Is The Time

Moving-Up to a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time! If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! We recently shared data

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Thinking Of Selling You Should Do It Today

Thinking of Selling? You Should Do It TODAY!! That headline might be a little aggressive; however, as August 2017’s housing market data begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If

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4 Reasons To Sell This Fall

4 Reasons to Sell This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale! Buyers are often competing with one another for the listings that are

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Top Five Things To Do To Prepare Your Home For Sale

Top Five Things to Do to Prepare Your Home for SaleMost home sellers don’t need to spend a lot on staging or costly remodeling to make their houses attractive to buyers. Cleaning, painting,

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Builder Offering To Pay Off Student Loans For Buyers

Builder Offering to Pay Off Student Loans for BuyersMillennials are on track to become the most educated generation in history. This means they are also the generation with the most student debt.

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Millionaire To Millennials Buy A Home Now

Millionaire to Millennials: Buy a Home Now!In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that “the single biggest mistake millennials are making” is not

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The Mortgage Process What You Need To Know

The Mortgage Process: What You Need to Know Some Highlights: Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%. You may already qualify for a loan, even if you'

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The Truth About Homeowner Equity

The Truth About Homeowner EquityA recent article from a reputable news source was titled: Here's why some homeowners still can't sell. In the opening bullets of the article, the author claimed,

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A Tale Of Two Markets A 6 Month Update

A Tale of Two Markets: A 6-Month UpdateSix months ago, we reported that the mismatch between the type of inventory of homes for sale and the demand of buyers in the US was causing the

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You Do Not Want To Hear This From Your Listing Agent

You Don't Want to Hear This from Your Listing AgentYou’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you

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Which Homes Have Increased In Value The Most

Which Homes Have Increased in Value the Most?Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. The latest Existing Home Sales Reportfrom the National Association of Realtors

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Should I Buy A Home Now Or Wait Until Next Year

Should I Buy a Home Now? Or Wait Until Next Year? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices &

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What To Look For In Your Real Estate Team

What to Look for in Your Real Estate TeamHow do you select the members of your team who are going to help you make your dream of owning a home a reality? What should you be looking for? How do you

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How To Get The Most Money From The Sale Of Your Home

How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your HomeEvery homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum

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Lack Of Existing Home Inventory Slows Sales Heading Into Fall

Lack of Existing Home Inventory Slows Sales Heading into Fall [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest 

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Why Are So Few Homes For Sale

Why Are So Few Homes for Sale? There is no doubt that the largest challenge in today’s housing market is a lack of housing inventory for sale. This challenge has been defined as an

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More Americans Say Now Is A Good Time To Sell

More Americans Say Now is a Good Time to Sell! Recently released data from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey revealed that rising home prices were the catalyst behind an-

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Home Sales Expected To Increase Nicely In 2018

Home Sales Expected to Increase Nicely in 2018Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and The Mortgage Bankers Association are all projecting that home sales will increase in 2018. Here is a chart

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5 Reasons To Sell This Fall

5 Reasons to Sell This FallHere are five reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of

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Top 5 Reasons Why Millennials Choose To Buy

Top 5 Reasons Why Millennials Choose to Buy [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and

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Homeownership Is A Precondition Of The American Dream

Report: Homeownership Is a Precondition of the American DreamHearth just released their 2017 State of the American Dream report which showed that Americans still see homeownership as

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Happily Ever Homeowner

Happily Ever HomeownerMarried couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics last year at 66% of all buyers, according to the most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers. It

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Looking For Your Dream Home

Looking for Your Dream Home? Know What You Want vs. What You Need In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when

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4 Reasons To Buy A Home This Fall

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall!Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index 

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How Supply And Demand Impacts Real Estate Home Values

How Supply and Demand Impacts Real Estate Home Values [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: The concept of supply & demand is a simple one. The best time to sell something is when the supply of that item

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Top 3 Mistakes Home Buyers Make

3 Top Mistakes Buyers Make When Purchasing a HomeFinding a property to buy is an emotional experience. It is an exciting time, a place to call your own, no landlord, decorate as you wish,

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America Needs Your House

America Needs Your House!!The biggest challenge in today’s real estate market is a lack of housing inventory. How big of a challenge is the housing shortage? Here are what four industry economists

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Do You Know Your Homes Value

Homeowners: Do You Know Your Home’s Value?The latest edition of CoreLogic’s Home Price Index shows that nationally, home prices have appreciated 6.7% over the last year and 0.9%

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How Your Homes Value Grows Your Familys Wealth

How Your Home’s Value Grows Your Family’s WealthOver the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.64% per year on average and to grow by 18.4% cumulatively, according

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14904 Homes Sold Yesterday

14,904 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours?There are some homeowners who are patiently waiting to get the price they hoped for when they originally listed their houses for sale. Something these

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Top 5 A Plus Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Pro

Top 5 A+ Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Pro Some Highlights:Hiring a real estate professional to buy your dream home, or sell your current house, is one of the most 'educated' decisions you can

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Empty Nesters Is This The Best Time To Remodel Or Is It Time To Sell

Empty Nesters: Best to Remodel or Time to Sell?Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four-bedroom colonial (or a similar type of house). You have two

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Number Of Buyers Putting Down Less Than Ten Percent Hits A 7 Year High

Number of Buyers Putting Down Less Than 10% Hits 7-Year HighAccording to Black Knight Financial Service’s Mortgage Monitor Report, 1.5 million Americans have purchased a home with

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Where Are The Home Prices Heading In The Next 5 Years

Where Are the Home Prices Heading in The Next 5 Years? Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price

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Do Not Disqualify Yourself Fifty Two Percent Of Approved Loans Have A FICO Score Under 750

Don’t Disqualify Yourself… 52% of Approved Loans Have A FICO® Score Under 750The results of countless studies have shown that potential home buyers, and even current homeowners, have an

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Home Prices Up 6 64percent Across The Country

Home Prices Up 6.64% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home

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Study FSBOs Dont Save Real Estate Commission

Study: FSBOs Don’t Save Real Estate CommissionOne of the main reasons why For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) don’t use a real estate agent is because they believe they will save the commission

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Want To Keep Up With The Joneses Now Is The Time

Want to Keep up with the Joneses? Now's the TimeDoes your current house fit your needs? Does it seem like everyone else is moving up and moving on to more luxurious surroundings? Are you wondering

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More Boomerang Buyers Are About To Enter The Market

More Boomerang Buyers Are about to Enter the MarketWe previously informed you about a study conducted by TransUnion titled, “The Bubble, the Burst and Now – What

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Why Is It Important To Use A Professional To Sell Your Home

Why Is It Important to Use a Professional to Sell Your Home? When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible pricefor it with the least amount of

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To Stage Or Not To Stage That Is The Question

To Stage...or Not to Stage? That Is the Question! [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their

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Fifty Eight Percent Of Homeowners See A Drop In Home Values Coming

58% of Homeowners See a Drop in Home Values Coming According to the recently released Modern Homebuyer Survey from ValueInsured, 58 percent of homeowners think there

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Sellers Your Home Is An Oasis In An Inventory Desert

Sellers: Your Home is an Oasis in an Inventory Desert First-time homebuyers are flocking to the real estate market by the thousands to find their dream homes in order to make their dreams of

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Homes Are Selling Quickly Nationwide

Homes Are Selling Quickly NationwideThe National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report, which revealed that homes were on the

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Homeowners Net Worth Is Still Greater Than A Renters

Homeowner’s Net Worth Is Still Greater Than a Renter’sEvery three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all

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What States Give You The Most Bang For Your Buck

What State Gives You the Most ‘Bang for Your Buck’? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: Thinking of moving across the country? How far will your money take you? The majority of states in the

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Hey Millennial Homeowners It May Be Time To Sell

Hey, Millennial Homeowners!! It May Be Time to SellContrary to what many believe, Millennials are not the ‘renter’ generation. Millennials purchased a larger percentage (34%) of homes in the U.

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Housing Inventory Hits A 30 Year Low

Housing Inventory Hits 30-Year LowSpring is traditionally the busiest season for real estate. Buyers, experiencing cabin fever all winter, emerge like flowers through the snow in search of their

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Ninety Three Percent Of Homes In The Us Have Positive Equity

93.9% Of Homes in The US Have Positive EquityCoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that ninety-one thousand residential properties regained equity in Q1 2017. The outlook for

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How Long Do Most Families Stay In Their Home

How Long Do Most Families Stay in Their Home?The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed

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20 Tips For Preparing Your House For Sale In Reston

20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale in RestonSome Highlights:When listing your house for sale your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible!There are many small

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Millennial Homeownership Rate Increase

Millennial Homeownership Rate IncreasesRecent headlines exclaimed the homeownership rate, as reported by the Census Bureau, rose again in the second quarter of 2017. What didn’t get much

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Whats Stopping You From Listing Now

Do Your Future Plans Include a Move? What's Stopping You from Listing Now?Are you an empty-nester? Do you want to retire where you are, or does a vacation destination sound more your style? Are you

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Be Careful Not To Get Caught In The Rental Trap

Be Careful Not to Get Caught in The Rental Trap!There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost

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Buyer Demand Continues Outpacking The Supply Of Homes For Sale

Buyer Demand Continues Outpacing the Supply of Homes for SaleThe price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as the market demand. The National Association of

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Inventory Drops Again Sales Slow

Inventory Drops Again, Sales Slow [INFOGRAPHIC]Highlights:Existing Home Sales are now at an annual pace of 5.52 million.Inventory of existing homes for sale dropped to a 4.3-month supply, marking

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Americans Still Believe Real Estate Is Best Long Term Investment

Americans Still Believe Real Estate is Best Long-Term InvestmentAccording to Bankrate’s latest Financial Security Index Poll, Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10

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Rising Home Prices Mean Great News For Homeowners

Rising Home Prices Mean Great News for Homeowners Recently there has been a lot of talk about home prices and if they are accelerating too quickly. As we mentioned before, in some areas of

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US Housing Inventory Hits A New Low List Your House Today

U.S. Housing Inventory Hits a New Low… List Your House TODAY!Every summer, families across the country decide if this will be the year they sell their current house and move into their dream

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Singles Are Falling For Their Dream Home First

Singles Are Falling for Their Dream Home First [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: According to NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the share of recent homebuyers who were single at the time

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Eightyfour Percent Of Americans Believe Buying A Home Is A Good Final Decision

84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial DecisionAccording to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, 84% of Americans now believe

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3 Tips To Succeed In Todays Real Estate Market

3 Tips to Succeed in Today’s Real Estate Market In today’s highly competitive real estate market, where inventory levels are not keeping up with the constant stream of buyer demand, there

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Thinking Of Selling You Should ACT Now

Thinking of Selling? You Should Act NOW!If you thought about selling your house this year, now more than ever may be the time to do it! The inventory of homes for sale is well below 

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3 Questions To Ask Before You Buy Your Dream Home

3 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Your Dream HomeIf you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best

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5 Greatest Benefits Of Homeownership

The 5 Greatest Benefits of HomeownershipRecently, Freddie Mac reported on the benefits of homeownership. According to their report, here are the five benefits that “should be

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Homeowners Your Home Must Be Sold Twice

Homeowners: Your Home Must Be Sold TWICEIn today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home

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5 Reasons Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

5 Reasons Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner!In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their

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Median Days On The Market Drops To 27 Days

Median Days on the Market Drops to 27! [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for their monthly Confidence Index. The 

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Be Thankful You Dont Have To Pay Mom And Dads Interest Rate

Be Thankful You Don’t Have to Pay Mom and Dad’s Interest RateInterest rates have hovered around 4% for the majority of 2017, which has given many buyers relief from rising home prices and has

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Your Opportunity To Achieve The American Dream Keeps Getting Better

Your Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream Keeps Getting Better!Forbes.com recently released the latest results of their American Dream Index, in which they measure;

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Seventyfive Of Homeowners Think Now Is A Good Time To Sell

75% of Homeowners Think Now is a Good Time to Sell!The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released the findings of their Q2 Homeownership Opportunities and Market

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Buyers Market Helps Premium Home Sales Soar

Buyer's Market Helps Premium Home Sales SoarWe previously reported how a shortage of inventory in the starter and trade-up home markets is driving prices up and causing bidding wars,

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The Importance Of Home Equity In Retirement Planning

The Importance of Home Equity in Retirement PlanningWe often discuss the difference in family wealth between homeowner households and renter households. Much of that difference is the

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Pre Approval Should Always Be Your First Step

Pre-Approval Should Always Be Your First StepIn many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This

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Supply And Demand Problem Plaguing New Construction

The Supply & Demand Problem Plaguing New ConstructionMany real estate economists have called on new home builders to ramp up production to help relieve the shortage of inventory of homes for sale

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Do You Know How Much Equity You Have In Your Home

Do You Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home?CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 91,000 properties regained equity in the first quarter of 2017. This is great news

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Buying Is Now Cheaper Than Renting In The US

Buying Is Now 33.1% Cheaper Than Renting in the USThe results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a

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Top Home Renovations For Maximum Return Of Investment

Top Home Renovations for Maximum ROI [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home, or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is

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Are Home Prices Approaching Bubble Territory

Are Home Prices Approaching Bubble Territory?As home values continue to rise, some are questioning whether we are approaching another housing bubble. Zillow just reported :

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Homeownership Is A Good Financial Investment

Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment!According to a recent report by Trulia, “buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an average of 33%.”&

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The Truth Behind The Rent Vs Buy Debate

The TRUTH Behind the RENT vs. BUY Debate In a blog post published last Friday, CNBC’s Diana Olnick reported on the latest results of the FAU Buy vs. Rent Index. The index

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Sixty Nine Percent Are Wrong About Down Payment Needs

69% of Buyers are Wrong About Down Payment NeedsAccording to a recent survey conducted by Genworth Financial Inc. at the Annual Mortgage Bankers’ Association Secondary

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If Your Home Hasnt Sold Yet Definitely Check The Price

If Your Home Hasn’t Sold Yet… Definitely Check the Price!The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their fourth highest pace over

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5 Reasons You Should Sell This Summer

5 Reasons You Should Sell This SummerHere are five reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National

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Can Your Real Estate Agent Answer These Important Questions

Can Your Real Estate Agent Answer These Important Questions?Whether you are selling or buying a home, the real estate agent you hire is critical to guaranteeing your family makes the right decision.

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Why Working With A Local Real Estate Professional Makes All The Difference

Why Working with a Local Real Estate Professional Makes All the DifferenceIf you’ve entered the real estate market, as a buyer or a seller, you’ve inevitably heard the real estate mantra,;“

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Number 1 Reason To List Your House For Sale Now

#1 Reason to List Your House for Sale, NOW!If you are debating listing your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait!Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes for Sale

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All Gave Some Some Gave All

All Gave Some. Some Gave.

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Inventory Challenges Continue

Inventory Challenges Continue! Some Highlights: After a surge in March, existing home sales and new home sales slowed due to a drop in inventory available for sale in the start-up and trade

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Hows The Real Estate Market

How's the Real Estate Market? Find Out What the Experts Are SayingAs we head into summer, it is a great time to review how the 2017 real estate market is doing so far. Here is what the experts are

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More Americans Chose To Own A Home Than Rent Q1

More Americans Chose to Own a Home Than Rent in Q1According to the latest report from the US Census Bureau, more Americans chose purchasing a home over signing a lease to rent in the

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Is Now A Good Time To Rent

Is Now a Good Time to Rent?People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home, but nobody ever asks when a good time to rent is. Regardless, we want to make certain that everyone understands that

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Do You Know The Cost Of NOT Owning Your Home

Do You Know the Cost of NOT Owning Your Home?Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue renting! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has

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5 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Professional When Buying Or Selling

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling!Whether you are buying or selling a home it can be quite an adventurous journey, which is why you need an experienced

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Is Your Listing Pet Friendly

Selling Your Home? Is Your Listing ‘Pet-Friendly’?One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that

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4 Tips For Effectively Making An Offer

4 Tips for Effectively Making an OfferSo, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you

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Coming Soon 21896 Hawksbury Terrace

Coming Soon!: 21896 Hawksbury Terrace, Broadlands, VA  20148FeaturesThis beautiful brick front 3 level townhome has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 2 half baths. The welcoming lower

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3 Reasons The Housing Market Is NOT In A Bubble

3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a BubbleWith housing prices appreciating at levels that far exceed historical norms, some are fearful that the market is heading for another bubble. To

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Real Estate Is Best Long Term Investment 4 Years Running

Gallup: Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment 4 Years RunningEvery year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given

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Do You Know The Cost Of Waiting

Do You Know the Cost of Waiting? [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: The “Cost of Waiting to Buy” is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and

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4 Reasons To Buy A House Today

Financial Planning: 4 Reasons to Buy a House Today Homeownership will always be a part of the American Dream. There are advantages to owning your own home (educational, health, )

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Lingo For Buying A Home

Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo?Buying a home can be intimidating if you are not familiar with the terms used during the process. To start you on your path with confidence, we have compiled a

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Free Report Of Homes For Sale In Fairfax County

ATTENTION Fairfax County...do you know anyone looking to purchase a home this spring? Follow link here- https://goo.gl/twZrO7We have compiled a FREE report of houses for sale right here in Fairfax

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Real Estate Mogul Heres Why You Should Buy

Real Estate Mogul: Here’s Why You Should BuyReal Estate mogul, Sean Conlon, host of The Deed: Chicago on CNBC, was recently asked the question, should you buy? Or should you rent a

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63 OPEN HOUSES IN RESTON THIS WEEKEND

Open Houses Single Family, Condos, Townhouse in Reston VA - Concierge Real EstateSearch all available properties including Single Family, Condos, Townhouse via the MLS in Reston, VA - brought to you

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Tax Return Depressing Owning A Home Could Help

Many Americans got some depressing news last week; either their tax return was not as large as they had hoped or, in some cases, they were told they owed additional money to either the Federal or

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Tax Return Depressing Owning A Home Could Help

Tax Return Depressing? Owning a Home Could HelpMany Americans got some depressing news last week; either their tax return was not as large as they had hoped or, in some cases, they were told they

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You Can Save For A Down Payment Faster Than You Think

You Can Save for a Down Payment Faster Than You ThinkIn a study conducted by Builder.com, researchers determined that nationwide, it would take “nearly eight years” for a first-time buyer to

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You Do Not Need 20 Down To Buy NOW

Again… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW!A survey by Ipsos found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s

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How To Make More Money When Selling Your Home

How to Get the Most Money When Selling Your HomeEvery homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your

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You Got The House Now What

Real Estate with  NIKKI RYANBUYING?SELLING?GET IN TOUCHHOMELANGUAGE What to Expect From Your Home InspectionSo you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to

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Rising Interest Rates Could Affect How Much House You Can Afford

Mortgage Rates Impact on 2017 Home ValuesThere is no doubt that historically low mortgage interest rates were a major impetus to housing recovery over the last several years. However, many industry

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Stop Paying Your Landlords Mortgage And Pay Your Own

Do You Know the Real Cost of Renting vs. Buying? Some Highlights:Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision.Looking at the percentage of income needed

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Dont Wait For Spring To Sell Your Home

No Matter What Mr. Groundhog Say, 5 Reasons to Sell Before Sping!Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which groundhog you listen to today, you may have less time than you think to get your

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What To Expect From A Home Inspection

So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Most offers made on residential properties in the Northern Virginia market are

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Have You Saved Enough For Closing Costs

There are many potential homebuyers, and even sellers, who believe that they need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home or move on to their next home. Time after time, we have dispelled

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The best local picks for furniture and household donations, all your donations are ‘recycled’ as goods or funding in the immediate community. Graceful Spaces helps families

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How about a Family Movie Pool Side??  Free pool side movies, popcorn and drinks provided, bring your own pool float!  The movies start at 8:30pm and are cancelled in the event of rain.

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PRICE CORRECTED

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Beautiful & charming, this home is located in Shaker Woods, a neighborhood that boasts wooded lots, waking trails, three bridges, and 14 acres of meadows and woods! Lots of upgrades, won't!

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How Shopping For A House Is Like Dating Part 3

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watch this quick video for an update on the real estate market!;

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Less Government Spending Is Affecting Our Real Estate Market

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TIME TO BUY TIME TO STOP PAYING YOUR LANDLORDS MORTGAGE

If you have been on the fence about renewing your lease or buying a property, it appears the perfect storm for buying has arrived.  The Government has cut the cost for mortgage insurance, they

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Home Staging Tips For Fall

These eight seasonal staging ideas will make your home for sale feel warm and cozy for potential buyers this fall.Photo by: Rate My Space user Patrick | View Full Photo

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July 2014 Newsletter

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12 Questions To Ask When Choosing Your REALTOR

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New Today: (7/10) Students from nine Fairfax County public schools won awards—including four first place awards—at the 2014 National Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference held

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July Market Report

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Beautiful three level townhouse In Sterling’s Dominion Station.  Entry Foyer with   tile floors, guest bath and family room with fireplace, hardwood floors,  as well as

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Winter Pine Townhouse New Listing

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Welcome to the exclusive executive community of Sully Estates.  This home is nestled on a 5 acre lot with beautiful wooded views.  The home features 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and has 3

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Here is a reminder list of the little things to do before leaving the house!  Daily Reminder   ·      Make beds & tidy rooms & closets. · 

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Local Market Trends April 2014

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Save The Date: Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival Returns May 16-18by Karen GoffMore than 200 artists and artisans will line the streets of Reston Town Center May 16-18 as the Northern Virginia

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HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR LENDER

When you write an offer to purchase a home you also submit a Lender Letter.  The Lender Letter is provided after you meet with the lender to discuss financing your new home purchase.  The

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TGIF When Listing Your House Could Mean 5000 More Money

One day of the week can mean an extra $5,000 in a home-seller's pocket.Last year, homes listed on Fridays sold for 99.1% of the seller's original asking price, the highest percentage of any day of

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Number One Reason To Buy Now

There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by approximately 4% this year and%

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WHY LIST YOUR HOME FOR SALE NOW Part 2

There Is Less Competition - For Now Housing supply always grows from the spring through the early summer. Also, there has been a growing desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable

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From Reston Now Updates For April 9

No Comment On Silver Line — Sources say the issues with Metro’s Silver Line may be repaired in two weeks and handed over to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority soon after. Metro,

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WHY List Your House For Sale NOW

The market is always the most active in the spring. Most people want to be in their new house by the end of the summer.  If they have children, they want them moved and settled over the

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Coming Soon 42786 Explorer Drive Ashburn VA 20148

The popular Clara Bow model by Miller & Smith.  Stunning from top to bottom, inside and out.  The main level has walls of windows and tons of natural light.  There is 

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Diamond In The Rough 12229 Thoroughbred Road Herndon VA 20171

Diamond in the Rough!Fabulous Opportunity to remodel the original home or build new!  This rambler has awesome bones, large room sizes, 5 bedrooms and 4 baths on the main level.  There is

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Coming Soon 3815 Elbert Avenue Alexandria VA 22305

Welcome home to this charming cape style home.  The home is currently being renovated inside and out!  New flooring throughout with hardwood floors on main level, new carpet in lower

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1146 Round Pebble Lane Reston VA 20194

This beautiful updated home is move in ready!  Totally updated and reconfigured kitchen with French Country Style cabinetry from Thomasville, double stacked for excellent storage, natural

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Theres An App For That

There are so many great apps out there to help you plan your new home, get design ideas, spruce up your curb appeal and generally make your home fabulous. Here are a few of my favorites for the

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Should I Buy First Or Sell First In Reston And Great Falls

Should I buy first or sell first in Reston and Great Falls?   This can be a tough question.  If you find a place to buy but need to sell your current property to have enough down

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4 Ways Your Home Is Changing New Building And Design Trends

Coming from the first annual Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas, here are five trends from today's homebuilding industry and a snapshot of what is to come.In early February, the National

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Your Home It Pays To Keep Up With The Joneses

By Amanda Gengler  @Money March 21, 2014: 7:00 PM ET Is your home the neighborhood slacker? If you've lived there for years without making many improvements, there's a good chance your house

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Josh Temples 10 Remodeling Dos And Donts

Josh Temple, licensed contractor and host of DIY Network's House Crashers and Disaster House, has advice on how to properly prepare for a remodelDon't start a home remodeling project without being

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Mortgage Rates Sideways Ahead Of Fed Announcement

March 18, 2014 Mortgage rates were effectively unchanged today, putting an end to 2 days spent moving higher as the threat of violence diminished in

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When Is The Best Time To List Your House

List When the Weather Is Good: Rain and other less pleasant weather can deter home buyers from looking at homes. Pleasant weather encourages more home buyers to go out and look at open houses

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Mortgage Rates Fall Again By Les Christie CNN Money March 6

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) After three weeks of trending higher, mortgage rates have once again turned lower. The 30-year fixed-rate came in at an average of 4.28%, according to Freddie Mac's weekly.

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Rate Payment Relationship

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

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Tuesday Morning Rundown

Farewell, Hybrid Tax? — Virginia’s hybrid car tax looks like it is on its way to being repealed. The state senate voted 37-1 last week to repeal the $64 annual fee. The fee formerly was ,

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Whats Happening In Real Estate February News

If you're selling your house, the idea of pricing high to test the waters might sound appealing. But if your house is priced too high, you may be highlighting for buyers what a steal the house down

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THURSDAY RUNDOWN FROM RESTON NOW

Mystics Support South Lakes — Washington Mystics Coach Mike Thibault will be attending and live tweeting (@WashMystics) about the South Lakes’ girls basketball game against McLean on

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Color Dos And Donts

Don't Overlook the BasicsChoosing a color palette can be a difficult task, but set yourself up for success by knowing the basics of the color wheel and how different schemes work. Photo courtesy of

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Part 2 Bang For Your Buck Experts Discuss The Best And Worst In Remodeling Investments And Home Stag

Best thing to do:Monica: Invest in matching kitchen appliances. All black, white or stainless steel will give a kitchen a current look. Elizabeth: I agree. New appliances every 10 to 15 years is a

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Bang For Your Buck Experts Discuss The Best And Worst In Remodeling Investments And Home Staging

Bang for Your Buck Experts Discuss the Best and Worst in Remodeling Investments and Home StagingDesigner Monica Pedersen gives advice on what to do when selling your home. Real estate expert

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Cozy Colorful Collected Whats Hot At Home For 2014

From the society to the runway, there are many factors that influence what's "in" when it comes to Interior Design. In 2014 you can expect an overall collected look- mixing vintage with modern,

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Its Time To Buy Or Sell The Market Is Great

Monthly data out this morning show sales of new homes fell 7 percent in December, to an annualized rate of 414,000, which was below the estimates of all 75 economists surveyed by Bloomberg

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Thursday Updates

We’re No. 1 — in Texting and Driving — Northern Virginia gets the dubious distinction of being the part of the state with the most testing-while-driving conviction. There were 725 in the

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Wednesday Morning Rundown From Reston Now

Where’s the Dave Grohl Statue? — WaPo writer Tom Jackman wonders why Fairfax County has not honored its favorite music son. Dave Grohl. Grohl, who grew up in Springfield, picked up two Grammy

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Real Estate Should You Rent Or Buy In 2014

 As 2013 draws to a close, it's fairly clear that the real estate market has gained strength: home sales are up, prices have firmed, foreclosures are down and mortgage rates remain close to

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Do You Want Reston To Have A Bike Share Let Them Know Jan 29th

Want a Bike Share in Reston? Talk About It Jan. 29 by Karen Goff | January 23, 2014 at 9:00 am | 32 views | No CommentsReston-area bike advocates are looking towards a bikeshare

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Washington Metro Area Economy By Peter Coy

Metro Washington came through the recession better than almost any other part of the country. Federal employment in the region, boosted by stimulus spending, grew strongly. While the national

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Les Miserable Opens In Reston

Reston Community Players will present the Washington-area community theatre debut of  the epic musical Les Miserables beginning Friday.The cast features Michael Reid as Jean Valjean,

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Is Virginia Still A Good Housing Investment

Is Virginia still a viable market for buying or selling a home? The answer is unequivocally "YES" . As shown here in a report from Bloomberg Business week, regarding the migration to

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New Mortgage Rules Wont Knock Out Many Borrowers

Are you in the market for a house and worrying about whether it will be harder to get a mortgage after Jan. 10, when new federal rules kick in? Don’t fret. For most people the rules won’t make

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To Buy Or Not To Buy That Is The Question

So you are still renting, because hey, who wants all those expenses, right? Just call up the landlord and they come running in their limo and fix up whatever is wrong without any delay or arguing.

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If You Are Hungry In Reston

Who wants to check out Reston's restaurant week offerings?It’s Washington Restaurant Week at Four Top Reston Spots | Reston Nowwww.restonnow.comIt's Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, and

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Really What Is It Worth

With the economic climate that exists today, home ownership can still be one of the best buffers against inflation.  As a homeowner, you know how important an investment your home is. The price

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School Boards McElveen Exposure Bus Issues Part Of Decision Making In Cold

Fairfax County Public Schools have been canceled or delayed in the past for reasons as varied as hurricanes and, of course, snow.But until this week, never for plain, old cold. Due to the effects of

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Weird But True

*The speed of a typical raindrop is 17 miles per hour.     *Rain contains vitamin B12.    *The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century

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Cabin Fever And Hot Chocolate On A Stick

WASHINGTON - Despite the pattern of some unseasonably warm weather this year, we are approaching the dead of winter in the Washington area and days of possible indoor confinement due to inclement

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Do You Want To See What Was Going On At The End Of 2013

Check this out. What a great way to end the year.     http://youtu.be

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Dont Forget These Tax Deductions For 2013httpwwwrealtorcomnewswpcontentuploads201303imgtaxes400pxjpg

Disclaimer – This is only an informational summary of current tax issues in the news. If you need tax advice, please contact a tax attorney or CPA1.  Mortgage Interest Deduction1.The mortgage

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After The Holiday

The Christmas holiday is over. I hope everyone had a fabulous week. My holiday was a little interesting. Here is what happened:   Twas the night before ChristmasAnd all through the

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On The Seventh Day Of Christmas

I heard a strange noiseand wondered what's that?I opened the doorexpecting a cat.The yard was all gonereplaced by a poolof seven swimming swansall acting so coolThe phone started ringing

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CURB APPEAL How To Get It

In a DayDress up the front doorYour home's front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of color with paint or by installing a custom wood

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On The Sixth Day Of Christmas

The kids were all laughing  and dancing around , Feathers and shells  and slime on the ground. There in the grass  were six noisy geese with eggs they were

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The Fifth Day Of Christmas

Five gold ringsAll sparkly and new?I'll wear them while fixing the plumbing for you.One on each finger and maybe a toewon't that look cute when toWalmart I go.I'll wear them to wash all

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Toys For Tots

Today is the last day to donate towards a child's Merry Christmas. If you cannot bring a toy to our offices at 11700 Plaza America Suite 150, please give me a call and I will come pick up your

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On The Third Day Of Christmas

Three French Hens?Are you kidding me?More mouths to feedand cages times three!Our house is too smallwe are packed in so tightthose doves are going outin the cold frosty night."Now honey," my

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URGENT NEWS RELEASE FOR FHA BUYERS

New loan limits are being put in place effective Jan 1, 2014. You will now only be able to borrow $625,500.00 which is a significant reduction from $729,950.00. If you are serious about purchasing

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More Great Christmas Lights

North Herndon: More to come, but we loved the glowing caboose off of Monroe St and Elden St. South Herndon Haven’t driven by this one, but it’s noted as a must see by Holly’s Tacky

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On The First Day Of Christmas

The partridge is frozenthe pear tree is bare,Shopping is crazyI'm sure you're aware.My gift to you in a moment is seizedFHA buyers are sure to be pleased.FHA limitshave been on the rise,Now is the

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Great Christmas Lights Day 1

One of the best things about this time of year is the beautiful, festive lights! This article is a work in progress, but we wanted to share a list of some of the best and brightest homes and

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Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

As you travel the highways during the winter storms here are some items you should have in your car:Snow Socks: When you unexpectedly need extra traction, snow socks are a space-saving,

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Reston Town Center For Your Christmas Shopping

This beautiful outdoor shopping and dining center boasts over 50 retail shops, 30 restaurants and a multi screen cinema. During the winter months, Reston Town Center offers an outdoor ice skating

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Celebrate With Us

2013 Celebration of Lights  Please join us!SATURDAY DECEMBER 7, 2013  From 5:30PM - 8:00pm 5:30-7:00~ Live Holiday Music 6:00 ~ Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive to light the

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Five Ways To Get Your House Ready To Show

Open the draperies, pull up the shades and let in the sunlight.Create a positive mood. Turn on all lights, day or night.Install higher wattage light bulbs to show your home brightly in its best

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10 Remodeling Projects That Give You The Most Bang For Your Buck

10 Remodeling Projects That Give you the most bang for your buck 1.     new front door 2.     new garage door 3.     fiber

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Sneak Peek At Future Housing Market

  Everyone is curious about what the year will hold for real estate, which is expected to continue its slow and steady path towards recovery.    While it is impossible to

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FHA BORROWER DONT GIVE UP

For those of you that may have your offer being looked over and not being the one selected on that property you really want do not give up! The program certainly is less desirable at face value

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TEN TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL OPEN HOUSE

1. Clear clutter. When you have too many appliances on the counters in your kitchen or piles of magazines on every flat surface of your living room or too much furniture in your rooms, it turns

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MORE THAN HALF OF HOME SALES ARE ALL CASH

There’s no exact way to know who is responsible for all of these cash purchases, though they are likely to include some combination of investors, foreign buyers, and wealthy homeowners that don

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CASH IS KING

Home sales are rising, largely driven by low inventories, rising consumer expectations, and shrinking distressed inventory.  But wait, aren’t low interest rates the number one factor in

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We Are In A Resilient Economy

The Employment Report that Wasn't This week in the month we usually present an analysis of the monthly employment data. Only last week the report was not released because of the government

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Market Report Northern VA August

The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® reports on August 2013 home sales activity for Fairfax and Arlington counties, the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and the towns of

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INVENTORY DOWN PRICE UP

Stewart Title Economist analyzes NAR statsTed Jones, the Chief Economist for Stewart Title, has taken a close look at July inventory levels and median list prices, as tabulated by the National

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Number Of Worlds UltraRich All Time High

According to the new “Wealth X and USB World Ultra Wealth Report,” during 2012, the world’s Ultra High Net Worth (UHNWI) population reached an all-time high of 199,235 individuals with a

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Home Prices Vs Interest Rates

Should you wait for interest rates to go down if prices are going up?It hurts my head to think about it, but I'll give it a shot.Whether sales price is more important than the interest rate depends

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Is Your House For Sale

Live like you don't live at home.  It's temporary!!While your home is listed for sale, here is a daily to do list: v Make beds & tidy rooms v Lights should

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Staging Your Home For Sale Outside

To get the exterior ready for sale here is a quick To-Do list;1.  windows- wash inside and out, remove screens.  Window treatments should be open and minimal.2.  remove all plastic

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New Silver Line Metro Map

The Silver Line is a new 23.1-mile Metrorail extension connecting the Tysons, Reston, Herndon, and Dulles Airport areas of Fairfax County to the regional Metrorail system. The Silver Line

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BUYING A HOME

Whether you're a first-time home buyer or a veteran, buying a home is a complex process. This home buying guide will help you to figure out what kind of home you might like, which amenities are most

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Financing Contingecy

Usually included in a sales contract, a mortgage contingency gives buyers the option of backing out if they can’t obtain financing within a specified period. And if they do back out, they can

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Title Insurance why you need it

Not sure what Title Insurance is?  For a one-time premium, paid during the closing process, an owner's title insurance policy protects against future losses arising out of events that may have

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Why buy and not rent

I received this email from a lender today.  I thought it was an excellent example of why now is a great time to buy.  Why pay your landlords mortgage when you could be building your own

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This month in Real Estate

There has been a market shift, prices are up an about 12% over last.

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How to get your house to appraise

I had a friend call me last night, he had an appraisal on his house to refinance and it came in low.  This prompted me to write this blog.  First of all, PRIOR to the appraisal call your

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Documents needed to apply for home loan

In order to apply for a mortgage you will need to provide the lender with the following documents:  2 years of w2 2 years of tax returns 2 years of business returns if you are self employeed 2

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WHAT buyers today are looking for today

HIGH END AMENITIES WERE CITED BY 62% OF BUYERS AS BEING MORE IMPORTANT THAN LIVING SPACE.  THEY ARE WILLING TO GIVE UP AN EXTRA BEDDROOM OR HAVE A SMALLER LIVING ROOM THAN GIVE UP THE HIGH END

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Awesome time to list your home

If you’re in these South Atlantic states, the weather is not the only thing that will heat up this March. In these three states, buyer search activity will hit its peak for the year. •

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Housing most affordable in 23 years

In 1989 the Median Home Price in the US was $94,000.  The Mortgage Interest Rate was 10%, making the monthly Principle and Interest payment on that house $825.  In 2012 the Median Home

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Advice to Buyers in the Spring Market

The spring market is here.  There are low inventory levels, which means many buyers are competing for the same property.  Many properties are getting multiple offers and getting bid up

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Spring Market is HERE

I just listed a townhouse in Annandale.  It was on the market for the weekend and we had more than one offer by Monday.  The sellers did everything right.  They painted the property

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Pep Talk Video from the President

This Kid KNOWS What's UP!                                       Don't stop believing in your

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SPRING HOME FASHIONS COLOR

Spring home fashions = color! Spring is in the air and the fashions for Spring 2013 are already appearing in the retail stores. While it's always interesting to see what clothing designers are

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AWESOME TIME TO LIST YOUR HOUSE FOR SALE

Inventory is down, rates are low, buyers are buying! If you are thinking of selling your home in Reston or Great Falls "in the spring", now is the time!!  There are many houses coming on the

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DOWNSIZING Knowing Where and When to Start

It’s like dieting after the holidays – we all know we need to do it.  It’s just so hard to get started that we often put it off.  We are talking about getting rid of all

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Awesome Interest Rates BUY NOW

Interest rates are near their all-time lowest and now is a great time to buy a home.  With all of the news concerning the fiscal cliff, the economy, manufacturing and retail, the current rate

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Selling your house during the holidays

Do you need to sell your house in Reston or Great Falls? You want to sell your house but are unsure about selling during the holidays.  Perhaps you have your house listed for sale and are

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