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What do homebuyers want? According to a Trulia survey, buyers have some very firm ideas about what they are looking for when hiring a real estate agent. Honesty and credibility, area familiarity, good follow through, organization and good listening skills were important to buyers.


Whether you are a native Washingtonian or newly relocating to DC, there are lots of wonderful things to do on a summer day. One of the great museums in Washington is the Corcoran Gallery of Art, a major center of American art, both historic and contemporary. Founded “for the purpose of encouraging American Genius,” the Corcoran’s extensive collection of 18th, 19th, and 20th century American art represents most significant American artists. The Corcoran possesses a fine collection of European art as well.

A New Gallery Opens in Adams Morgan

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FotoWeekDC has a new gallery

The citywide FotoWeek DCphotography festival last fall was a huge success. Building on its popularity, FotoDC promised to become a year-round organization in 2011. As part of that pledge, it has just opened a photography-focused gallery in Adams Morgan.


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Here are some questions you can use to translate your home inspector’s findings into understanding your new home, how to negotiate with the seller for the important repairs, and how to maintain your home after settlement.


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It is not enough to get the Bethesda home for sale under contract with that pre-approval letter from your lender. You have to keep your credit intact between your initial loan application and settlement to close on the DC condo. Buyers, and not just first time home buyers, commonly do things that jeopardize the safe and timely close of their mortgage loans because no one ever told them about the bomb craters out there waiting to derail their settlement. The “don’t do” list includes several things that adversely impact credit scores, and your lender may run your credit more than once, so keep it pristine – at least until after settlement!

What Does the Appraisal Have to Do with Sales Price?

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Now that your home is under contract, it still has to appraise for the sale price. It is very important to understand how a real estate appraisal can affect your real estate transaction as you move forward toward settlement. An appraisal is an estimation of a property’s value in relation to other homes for sale in Bethesda. It is primarily used by mortgage lending institutions to assure them that there is sufficient value in the property to cover the amount that a buyer will be borrowing. We are lucky in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and other areas close in to DC. There are not many foreclosures for sale in Bethesda or Chevy Chase. Most buyers, including first time home buyers, are well qualified.

Why Bother With a Buyer Agent for New Construction?

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new construction

New construction can be wonderful too, but you need to go into the contract with your eyes wide open and with someone on your side. Make sure you bring along a buyer’s real estate agent – someone who works for you and is looking out for your best interest.

Sellers – Be Nice to Your Neighbors!

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Your neighbors can help sell your home – or they can hurt the sale. When most homeowners contemplate selling their homes, they understand the importance of getting their home ready to show off. But how do you deal with the property next door? The one with the shoulder high weeds, the rusty car on blocks in the front yard, or the vicious dog leaping at the fence. The house next door can have a significant impact on your ability to sell your house.

Please Respect Your Realtor’s Time!

Posted by Lise | Filed under: Buyers

When you have an appointment with your Realtor, please keep it – or cancel it with enough time to save him or her from driving all the way to meet you for no purpose. Chances are that your Realtor could have filled that now empty time with another client – or family – or just gone to the grocery store.

How does My Buyer Agent Get Paid?

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Agents who want to ensure that they have a legal and binding agreement that allows them to represent a buyer exclusively, and be paid for their efforts, will ask a buyer to sign an exclusive buyer broker agreement.

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