September 24, 2017

15702 Lansdale Place, Dumfries — For Sale $299,900

Spectacular Home with Beach Access and Amenities Galore! CASH OFFERED TO UNREPRESENTED BUYERS Spectacular Home with Beach Access and Amenities Galore! CASH OFFERED TO UNREPRESENTED BUYERS See the full listing here. Don’t miss out on this tremendous 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath, 3-level townhome with garage at beautiful Southlake at Montclair. Bright and spacious, this home offers an updated eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, pantry, and high ceilings. Sliding … [Read more...]

Higher Prices, Inventory, and Low Rates Benefit Both Buyers and Sellers

Home prices are up, but so is inventory in Northern Virginia, which is proving to help both buyers and sellers as we move into the dog days of summer. With 30-year fixed rates as low as 3.8 percent, conditions are ripe for continued steady activity as we head into the fall. Although average home sale prices in June for Northern Virginia were virtually unchanged from June 2014,  overall year-to-date home sale prices are up more than 2 percent according to RealEstate Business Intelligence … [Read more...]

A Really Creative Home Showing!

Looking for big impact when showing your home? Why not try the approach found in this video? Although it may be a bit more expensive than most staging, it's guaranteed to be entertaining for prospective buyers! Kidding, of course! … [Read more...]

Morgage Rate Update: Buy Now or Pay Later?

In a recent piece for The Washington Post, Kathy Orton highlights two studies that point out something I've been alerting my clients about recently: the impact of potentially rising interest rates. Truth be told, we've been hearing for years from mortgage experts and market analysts that mortgage interest rates will rise considerably in the near future, yet rates remain at historic lows. It is true that  we currently don't have the absurdly low 3.5 rates that we had for 30-year mortgages in … [Read more...]

Architect Advice Part 2: Avoid Remodel Planning Mistakes

Welcome to our second installment of architect advice. In this earlier post, architect Liz Craver of Craver Architects provided some remodel recommendations, whether you’re remodeling before you move or plan to enjoy your new digs. This time, Liz opens up about mistakes you want to avoid. Ultimately it’s a matter of money. If selling, you want to make sure you don’t spend more on the work that you will get in return when you sell the house. If you’re planning on staying put and enjoying your … [Read more...]

Architect Advice Part 1: Make Smart Remodel Choices!

So, you want to remodel. One question many have is: How much, if anything, should I do, and will it be a net gain financially? More important: What are the areas on which I need to focus? At DCRegionRealestate.com, we’ve already warned that sellers can’t expect to get all their money back for every upgrade. However, when you do make those improvements for your own enjoyment, it makes sense to consider how they will affect your homes resale value in the future. Here we bring you another … [Read more...]

Home Remodeling to Sell: Dos and Don’ts

The Washington Post has a useful piece on easy upgrades that home sellers can do to make their homes more attractive to buyers. The best part about it: It does not recommend that people do too much. While some real estate agents might tell sellers to pursue expensive upgrades like new tiling and expensive appliances, that may not be good advice.  In fact, sellers may not get their money back for those items when they sell. Extensive cleaning, repairing and paint are the best … [Read more...]

Should I ‘Stage’ My Home to Improve My Sale Chances?

If you want to sell your home sooner, stage it. At least that’s what the numbers say. According to data from The International Association of Home Staging Professionals, 95 percent of homes staged by an Accredited Staging Professional® (ASP) sell in 11 days or less and sell for 17 percent more than non-staged homes. The average non-staged home is on the market for 90 days! If you want some more data, check out www.stagedhomes.com. We at D.C. Region Real Estate thought we’d take a closer look … [Read more...]

Home Inspection Part 4: HVAC is a Top Concern for Buyers and Sellers

For our fourth venture into home inspections, we continue our conversation with Mark Linebaugh, president of Homemark Inc., and will address the sometimes lesser-seen but often felt issues with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.  If you’re selling your home, it’s a good idea to have your HVAC systems serviced and cleaned. It’s a tremendously common area in which an inspector is going to point out problems and/or concerns. When you’re buying, it’s always best to have a … [Read more...]

Home Inspection Part 2: Have Some (Structural) Integrity

  This is part two in our series of helpful tips from D.C.-area home inspector and Homemark Inc. president Mark Linebaugh. In the first post, we addressed doing a pre-listing inspection. In this part, we’re addressing structural issues that Mark will look for to be in “normal working order.” Of these, Mark says he looks for cracks anywhere—foundation, driveway, slabs, walls and any other part of the structure. Open grout lines are another indication of a possible problem. Mark … [Read more...]

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