Alexandria VA Real Estate News

The Complete Guide: Estate Sales vs. Garage Sales

April 29, 2021
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Around 20% of US adults moved in 2020 or, at the very least, knew someone who did. Are you getting ready to join this elite group? If so, you may be wondering: how can I get rid of all my extra stuff? It’s easy to accumulate extra clutter when you’ve lived in your current home […]

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Does a Finished Basement Add Value to Your Home?

April 23, 2021
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Finished basements are becoming more popular and for many reasons. They add extra space that you can use for an extra room, another living area, an entertainment room, a space for children, and more. Another reason that more homeowners are adding a finished basement is that they offer added home value. Or do they? Is […]

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Manage Your Mortgage: The Guide to Your First Mortgage

March 23, 2021
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Mortgages can seem like a complicated process but are pretty straightforward. If you’re applying for your first mortgage and want to get a good idea of the entire process, keep reading. In this article, we go into credit scores, comparing rates, and more. It’s important to be well informed and prepared before starting your first […]

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The Key Steps to Successfully Selling Your House

March 16, 2021
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Selling a home can be a stressful experience, no matter how prepared you are. However, there are certain steps to selling a house that can minimize your stress, and hopefully, how many days your house sits on the market. Most home sells within a matter of months. However, it’s not uncommon, under the right conditions, […]

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6 Advantages of Living in a Townhouse

January 15, 2021

Home is where the heart is, but what type of home is right for you? Maybe you know a single-family home is simply too much and an apartment is just too small, but you are unsure of the meaning of it all. You’ve heard of condominiums and townhouses, but it’s a lot to take in. […]

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Home Maintenance Tips to Improve Home Value

December 2, 2020

Perhaps the best investment a homeowner can make is to learn the ins-and-out of home maintenance. Proactive measures will likely pay back in buckets and includes the regular inspection and updating of a home’s major systems and structure. Below are a few of the most important items, including the most damaging and costly to a […]

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Ten Tips for Buying a Home to Flip

December 2, 2020

Though not foolproof, these tips will help you evaluate the potential of a home you plan to ‘flip’:   1. Look at the locks.  Schlage and Baldwin are the gold standard.  A Home Depot or Quickset lock may indicate a renovator who wasn’t willing to spend the extra money. 2. The quality of appliances vary […]

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The Home Inspection: A Test Drive with Higher Stakes

December 2, 2020

A standard checklist item of today’s home purchase, the home inspection is an opportunity to explore the ins-and-outs of a listing for sale. A certified home inspector, hired by the potential buyer, will closely assess the condition of a home for sale and provide a detailed report of their findings. Ideally, no major issues exist […]

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House Hunt Like a Pro

December 2, 2020

Today’s homebuyers are facing increasing mortgage rates, rising sales prices and low inventory in many markets. Not to mention, recent tax policy changes. How does a buyer tackle such obstacles? Take a page from our playbook below to better prepare and navigate your home buying experience. Set realistic home buying expectations Relatively speaking, “The fours […]

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Macro, Micro and the Real Estate Market

December 2, 2020

A web of interdependent macro and micro economic factors influence the real estate industry and are key considerations in evaluating the nation’s financial health. Microeconomics examines small scale consumer behaviors (e.g., supply and demand) collectively influencing more complex macroeconomic issues like Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and interest rates. Ideally, macro and micro strike a balance. […]

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