Buying a Home

Choosing a Website for Your New Home Search

March 6, 2015

So you’re in the market for a new home…now what? The first step is starting your online search. It’s important to discover what homes are selling for in your area before you set up a budget and scope out potential neighborhoods. But which website do you choose? Here’s a rundown of a few of the top choices: Zillow Great for market research & pulling comparables Whether you have an agent or not, there are those buyers who want to do the research themselves. If you’re…

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Buying a Home

Why Renters are Becoming Homebuyers in 2015

February 26, 2015

2015 is shaping up to be a great year for first-time homebuyers, as the real estate market continues to enjoy a resurgence in new homes built, coupled with exciting new breaks designed to make homeownership more affordable. To get the full scoop, check out these four reasons renters are making the leap to homeownership in 2015. THE RETURN OF 3% DOWN PAYMENTS ON CONVENTIONAL LOANS In fall 2014, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac each announced a decrease in down payments required on some conventional loans…

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Local Stories

4 Must-see D.C. Suburbs

February 19, 2015

If you’re house hunting in the Washington, D.C. area, you’re in for a pleasant surprise—with four towns in neighboring suburban Maryland you’d be proud to call home. You can delight in the comforts of a less crowded locale and still enjoy all that the District of Columbia has to offer within 25 miles of our nation’s capital. Read on to learn why each of these towns should be added to your must-see list. Silver Spring, Maryland Directly north of D.C. by a mere 6 miles, Silver…

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Selling a Home

Selling Your Home: 3 Questions to Ask Your Agent

February 12, 2015

By the time you’ve chosen a real estate agent, you’ve hopefully asked them dozens of questions about their track record, their local knowledge, how they plan to market your home and—very importantly—how they plan to keep you in the loop throughout the upcoming sales process. Those questions all have to do with what your real estate agent will do for you. The next three questions are all about what you can do to help your agent make the sale. 1. Is my asking price right?…

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Life at Home

7 Recipes for a Kid-friendly Valentine’s Day

February 5, 2015

Want to whip up some tasty treats with your pint-sized sous chef this Valentine’s Day? Here are seven simple recipes that your son, daughter, niece, nephew—or any other kiddo in your kitchen—will adore! Easy Valentine’s Day Fudge from Something Swanky With only a handful of ingredients and no actual baking required, this foolproof fudge is perfect for children of all ages. Encourage your little loved one to showcase his or her culinary creativity by topping the sweet squares with sprinkles, conversation hearts, red hots and…

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