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Posted on 05/31/2020
Capitalize on a Buyer's Market
A buyer's market typically is a dream come true for those who want to find a high-quality and affordable house. In fact, there are many things you can do to capitalize on a buyer's market to ensure you can purchase a house that you'll be able to enjoy for years to come. Now, let's take a look at three...
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Posted on 05/29/2020
Video Tour - 7124 Falcon Street, Annandale, VA 22003
This fantastic well-maintained brick rambler is located inside the Beltway, and priced right for a quick sale! This single level gem features an excellent main level open concept living area, an updated kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, Separate Laundry Room with full washer and dryer. The family room can be a 4th bedroom, an office, a hobby room, exercise room, you name it! It is nicely updated! This home shows the pride of homeownership, and it is decorated for living and with love as opposed to just a quick fix. The manicured lawn and the fenced-in backyard are fantastic! Quiet, peaceful setting...
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Posted on 05/28/2020
7124 Falcon Street, Annandale, VA 22003 is now new to the market!
This fantastic well-maintained brick rambler is located inside the Beltway, and priced right for a quick sale! This single level gem features an excellent main level open concept living area, an updated kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, Separate Laundry Room with full washer and dryer. The family room can be a 4th bedroom, an office, a hobby room, exercise room, you name it! It~s nicely updated! This home shows the pride of homeownership, and it is decorated for living and with love as opposed to just a quick fix. The manicured lawn and the fenced-in backyard are fantastic! Quiet, peaceful setting ready...
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Posted on 05/24/2020
Savory Carrot & Black Bean Soup
Photo by Bence Balla-Schottner on Unsplash Herbs, onions, celery and garlic infuse the carrots and beans in this soup with remarkable richness and character. This soup can be made with canned black beans, but we highly recommend using dry beans, cooked up with a clove of garlic and a dash of tamari. The beans will be splendid, filling...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
Buying Land for Home Building
Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay Have you always wanted to design your dream home at a location of your choosing? If so, buying a plot of land to build your customized home on is probably your best option. Before getting started, you'll want to do your due diligence to ensure you're making a smart investment. Find a...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
Homestead Exemption Laws in Washington, D.C.
Image by jessica45 from Pixabay Sometimes life throws a curveball, whether it’s in the form of extensive medical expenses because of an accident or because your company closed and laid everyone off. If you are not able to work because you have to care for a spouse or child who is injured, or because you cannot find a...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Curb Appeal for ROI
Photo by Breadmaker via Shutterstock You may be thinking that your best investments are inside the home: a snazzy new kitchen, a spa-like bathroom or new wood floors, but you can actually get a high return on investment (ROI) if you focus on your home's curb appeal. The first impression potential buyers have of your home is the...
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Posted on 05/02/2020
Video Tour - 8313 Sanderling Way #21, Lorton, VA 22079
Offered is this lovely 3 level end-unit Home with a covered porch that features three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The main level features hardwood flooring, Livingroom, Dining room, and a beautiful Kitchen with stainless steel appliances. On the second level, there are two large bedrooms, a laundry room, and a full bathroom. On the third level is a huge master suite with cathedral ceilings. It features a walk-in closet, and master bathroom with double sinks, separated shower, and soaking tub. Rent includes water, sewer, trash, and use of the community amenities. The amenities include a pool, fitness center, two assigned park spots, and ample...
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Posted on 05/01/2020
8313 Sanderling Way #21, Lorton, VA 22079 is now new to the market!
Offered is this lovely 3 level end-unit Home with a covered porch that features three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The main level features hardwood flooring, Livingroom, Dining room, and a beautiful Kitchen with stainless steel appliances. On the second level, there are two large bedrooms, a laundry room, and a full bathroom. On the third level is a huge master suite with cathedral ceilings. It features a walk-in closet, and master bathroom with double sinks, separated shower, and soaking tub. Rent includes water, sewer, trash, and use of the community amenities. The amenities include a pool, fitness center, two assigned park spots, and ample...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
PMI and Down Payments
Image by Charles πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ from Unsplash Part of buying a home is researching the market and your finances. Most lenders require you to put at least 20 percent down or pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). Since PMI is a cost that does not lower your interest rate or principal, it’s almost always better to save up that hefty...
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