Real Estate Blog

Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions a person can make in their lifetime.  A seller has the option to sell their home without the assistance of a real estate agent (For Sale By Owner or FSBO).  Although this will save money when it comes time to pay the real estate agent their commission, you will more than likely regret this decision.  According to the National Association of Realtors, "the typical FSBO home sold for $208,700 compared to $235,000 among agent-assisted home sales".  This stat alone is enough reason to hire a real estate agent versus taking on the daunting task of selling your home alone. With the long list of requirements, tasks, deadlines, etc. required throughout the real estate process, a professional real

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Moving to a new home can be a very exciting, yet stressful experience.  Unforeseen events can pop-up during the process that can create obstacles deterring you from your plan.  Searching for a home and finding the perfect fit is a daunting experience altogether.  Once you do find the perfect fit, moving to the new home can further the stress (all the more reason to hire a professional real estate agent).  Having timelines, plans, checklists, etc. can help assist during this strenuous time.  Before moving your belongings into the home, it may be best to complete certain tasks that are easier in an empty house, such as planning where your belongings will go, painting, remodeling, etc.  Below is a list of a few things to consider when you move.

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Selling a home may seem like it's an easy task from the outside looking in.  Most people who have gone through the process will likely tell you that this isn't the case.  There are a lot of steps in order to get the most profit in the lease amount of time.  Planning, organization, and remaining calm during the hectic process will all be required.  It will help immensely to hire a professional Realtor who deals with this process on a daily basis.  A professional can handle issues that can distract a seller from other tasks required to get the home sold.  Professionals come at a cost, but that cost will be justified by cutting down on time, stress, and most likely in the long run, money.  Here are some tips to assist in selling your home:

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Saving for a down payment is one of the biggest factors when deciding to purchase a new place to call home.  Many American's, 36% to be exact, believe that it takes a 20% down payment in order to qualify for a loan.  It would surprise many of these people to hear that down payment rates can be as low as 3%, or even less! With rent prices increasing at a staggering rate, purchasing a home makes much more sense and is a way to invest in your future.  As stated in the last blog post, real estate is viewed as the best long-term investment across America. 

For those living in the Commonwealth of Virginia, it would take just over 2 years to save for a 3% down payment, on average.  For those living in Washington D.C.,it would take 4 years to save.  These

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Did you know that real estate investing is the number one long-term investment strategy according to a recent survey performed by Gallup?  With home prices on the rise throughout the country, 35% of Americans view investments in real estate as the best way to save for the future.  In 2011, only 19% of Americans viewed real estate investing in this manner.  "Real estate, already American's top pick as the best long-term investment for the last two years, has increased its lead over four other investment choices" including mutual funds (22%), gold (17%), savings accounts/CD's (15%), and bonds (7%) (Gallup). 

The average sale price of a new home across the U.S. has increased nearly $90,000 in just four and a half years.  The most likely group of people to

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