New to the area? Are you trying to decide whether to rent or buy your home right now. This is a frequently asked question, and your answer depends on more than just the market: your life, your vision and your commitment to the area.
Are you like many sellers who want to know how to sell their homes in Bethesda, North west Washington, or McLean quickly and for top dollar? Unfortunately, there is no magic potion that guarantees 100 percent success, but there are certain factors that affect how quickly and for how much your home sells. If you need help implementing any of these, just give the Lise Howe Team a call.
Are you missing the snowball fights of last winter? Looking for information about Dupont Circle? Listings? History of the city? Best restaurants and shops? The Lise Howe Team is here with all that and more! Did you know that the history of Dupont Circle is not as old as the rest of the city? and that it wasn’t even called Dupont Circle originally? It was supposed to be called Pacific Circle! The intersection of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire Avenues with Nineteenth and P Streets was there on Pierre L’Enfant’s 1791 plan for the city, but the land that is Dupont Circle today was not part of the original purchase of land by George Washington for the Federal City.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Some of your closing costs at settlement are variable, while others are non-variable fees, such as the transfer and recordation taxes. Both the types and amounts of variable fees and costs will vary greatly from one title company to another, and so you definitely should shop around. You might ask your Realtor or your lender for some suggestions.
If you are getting your home ready to put on the market this year, you are probably considering a fresh coat of paint for at least some of the rooms because new paint is one of the least expensive ways to revitalize a property for sale. Then the crisis sets in – what color will make your home stand out from the competition? What color will make your home seem fresh and stylish.