Posts under Tag: Lise Howe Team
DuPont Has Us Spinning in Circles

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.

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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.

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Why Bother With a Buyer Agent for New Construction?
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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.

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The Top Restaurant is Marcel’s in Foggy Bottom, Washington DC

The top restaurant in the DC area, according to the most recent Open Table voter poll, is Marcel’s in Foggy Bottom. If you love Marcel’s as much as I do, perhaps you would like some information about the history of Marcel’s, the neighborhood of Foggy Bottom and the homes there.

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December 7, 2010, was supposed to be the date when FHA condo project certifications were going to expire, but when that date arrived, FHA decided to extend the various recertification deadlines on a rolling basis up through 2012. If you are looking for a condo in Bethesda like Kenwood Forest or in Washington DC or around the Ballston area on the other side of the River, this may be very important to you!

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Bad news is coming! The federal government has proposed new mortgage finance rules which would limit the best available interest rates and terms to home buyers who can afford a minimum 20 percent down payment on a conventional loan. This is obviously very bad news for first-time and moderate-income buyers who can’t come up with that much cash or afford to pay higher rates.

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Watch out Buyers!! You can annoy the Bethesda home seller without meaning to and suddenly, you are not getting that dream home at the best price and terms, or you have turned a smooth transaction into a nightmare! You might have to start over again in Chevy Chase!

Avoid unnecessarily irritating the seller and the listing agent and strive instead to create a environment of cooperation. Then you might just get a better price, extra items you want thrown into the deal, or even more flexibility around settlement and move in – all benefits that can make your life easier and your budget go further in Kenwood, Kenwood Forest, or Forest Hills.

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Kenwood Forest – A Chevy Chase Neighborhood
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Developed in several phases from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, Kenwood Forest I and II became nearly 400 town houses. Kenwood Forest town homes for sale are always in demand with buyers looking for this soft urban lifestyle!

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Advice to Sellers – Look Carefully at Those Offers in the First 14 Days to sell your Bethesda Home, Your Luxury DC Estate, Your Condo at Tysons
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Realtors always press sellers to price their house competitively right upfront. It’s one of the toughest jobs Realtors have, to explain that “testing the waters” serves no function in this market. An overpriced listing might serve one function, and that is that those “pent-up buyers” now recognize the value of another house already in the market that’s been reduced and they rush to buy it!
The early offers in the first 14 days of the listing represent the pent up demand for that particular house style, neighborhood and price range.

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Buyer Tips for DC, MD, VA Foreclosures and Homes for Sale

Buyer interest in DC, MD and VA foreclosures has definitely risen over the last few months. Trulia found that 49% of Americans were at least somewhat likely to consider buying a foreclosure, up from 45% in May 2010. If you are looking at Bethesda or DC or McLean homes for sale, you should consider foreclosures. Even luxury homes for sale in Bethesda, DC, and VA are sometimes foreclosures. But there are also concerns about the hidden costs and risks involved in the process. Buying a foreclosure is not for the faint of heart or those in a hurry.

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