How to Get Cash for Your Home Renovation

Renovating your current home can be easier and less costly than you think. You don’t have to rack up your credit card bills or use up your savings. Or even take out a second mortgage or a line of credit (which aren’t bad financing options themselves.) We want to offer you two other options that you might not have known about. One of these loans could be the right financing choice for your renovation:

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What Should Your Monthly Mortgage Payment Be?

This week you’ll get all the details for determining your monthly budget, which will help you determine what your monthly mortgage payment should be. As discussed last week, you need this amount so your lender can work backward to determine a correlating sales price and pre-approve you for an amount you’re comfortable with.

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A Condo that Lives Like a Row House!

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Looking for a meticulously renovated home nestled in a wooded oasis yet convenient to Shirlington and the city? Welcome to 3503 Valley Drive, a 2-bedroom, 2-level end-unit condo in Alexandria’s historic Parkfairfax community!

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Tradition Meets Contemporary In This Modern Capitol Hill Condo

Just 1/2 block from the Stadium Armory Metro and 1 stop away from a Harris Teeter this two bedroom one bathroom condo is cozy, well located, and even has it's own outdoor space!

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Why Every Homeowner Should Do an Energy Audit

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A home energy audit may sound frivolous or unnecessary, but it really can solve a lot of your home’s quirks, save you money on energy bills, and even point out any hazards such as small gas leaks. Read on to learn why every homeowner should have an energy audit.

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What to Say When You First Contact a Lender

Follow our new series to learn how to get the best mortgage for your specific financial situation and goals. This week’s article is all about what to say when you first contact a lender. And, guess what?! It’s not “How much can I be approved for?” No, no! Most people can be approved for much more than they want to spend. We’ll teach you exactly what to say and how to say it to make sure you’re getting what you need before you start your house hunt.

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Get Ready to Rake and Other Fall To-Do’s

With the air getting cooler in the DC area, our trees will start turning into those gorgeous fall colors ... and then their leaves will soon cover your yard! Yep, it’ll be time to rake and schedule other maintenance for your home. Even if you don’t have a yard and are living in a condo, there is still yearly maintenance that needs to be done and now’s the perfect season for this to happen.

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“U” Will Love This Place!

Located in the heart of U Street, this sleek one bedroom condo is just a block from the Metro. With large windows, a modern vibe and such close proximity to all the restaurants and shops on U and 14th Streets, it’s the perfect place to entertain at home or head out for a night on the town!

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Fabulous and Affordable in McLean

Love to live in McLean, but think it is out of your reach? This is the house for you! Just off the parkway, this lovely home is nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac and offers easy access to DC and everything McLean.

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Posh Living at Potomac Ave

One block to the Potomac Avenue Metro, this beautiful 728 square foot condo is spacious, convenient and the building is packed with amenities. And it's only four blocks from all the shops and restaurants at Eastern Market and Barracks Row!

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Strongest DC Sales Numbers in More than 9 Years

The DC metro housing market posted some highs that haven't been seen in years, according to the analysis of June 2015 statistics by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI). Both buyers and sellers will benefit from these numbers, which indicate steady, positive growth in our market. What a great way to wrap up the spring selling season and head into summer and fall. Here are some "high"-lights below! * Closed sales at highest monthly level since 2006; * Pending sales at highest June level since 2005; * Median sales price was $1,000 off the record monthly high of $440,000 first set in June 2007 and then again in June 2013; * New listings at highest June level since 2007; * Sales volume across the region was nearly $3 ...

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How to Cancel Your Mortgage Insurance

For buyers who don’t have 20% to put down, lenders require mortgage insurance (MI). This extra payment with your mortgage is not ideal but it's there to protect lenders in case you default on your loan (and it did allow you to purchase a home!) There are several different ways to handle the mortgage insurance when you initially buy your home—you can pay it upfront in cash, which increases your closing costs; you can roll it into your loan, which increases your interest rate slightly; or you can decide to make it a part of your monthly payment.

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- Did you know there is a LEGAL way to not pay your property taxes in DC for 5 years?  Yep!  That’s right.  We know all about it, let us show you how that’s possible…
- Did you know there is a program in Maryland where you can pay half price for a newly built home?  We know about that one too, let us share that with you…
- Did you know there are ways to get up to $75,000 in down payment money if you buy a home in DC?  We know it sounds crazy and unbelievable, but it’s absolutely doable and true and we’d be more than happy to tell you all about it…
- Did you think Arlington was SO out of your price range?  Think again! We know of a program where first-time buyers with moderate incomes can get assistance for up to 25% of the purchase price and can use it for closing costs and a portion of the down payment.  We’ll help connect you…

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It was so great working with you.  You made the whole house buying and HPAP process totally manageable and 200% worthwhile.  Thanks again for all of your help and time.  Janice

Let us help you determine which of these programs are right for YOU and your specific financial situation & home buying goals!

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Every $10,000 in purchase price only adds an additional $40 to your monthly payment. What does this mean to you??

Focus on your monthly payment, put LESS down, stay within your budget and get a home you LOVE!

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Our Real Estate Vision

Welcome to DWELL Residential Brokerage – a modern, fresh approach to real estate

Here at DWELL, we believe that real estate is an important financial tool to help you get from where you are­ to where you want to be, literally. Real estate has the power to create so much.

Think about it—where you live defines the type of life you live in so many ways. It can affect how you feel, the length of your commute, who you spend time with, what you spend time doing, the amount of time you can spend socializing not to mention your entire financial world.

We want you to see the possibility, live your dream life and understand how real estate can make it all happen…..



Perhaps you’ve gotten stuck in a rut or have forgotten about those dreams you had as a child. We want to reignite the spark to DREAM BIG and then help you get to where you’re going.

Do you drive through a certain neighborhood on your way to work and think it’s out of your reach? Have you resigned yourself to the fact that you will have a SUPER long commute and there’s nothing you can do about it? Do you feel like it’s all just out of reach?

It. Is. All. Possible.

You just have to open up yourself, your mind, and your heart to all of the things that you really want out of life.

You’re probably saying: “OK – how do I do that?” Keep reading.


To most people real estate means price range, home type, and location. We’ve flipped this old mindset on its head. To us, real estate begins with the most important piece – YOU!

It’s so basic … look inside yourself and you’ll find the answer to all your real estate questions and frustrations. You need to honestly answer questions about YOURSELF and what you want your life to look like. Here are some to get you started:

  • What’s your true lifestyle? Are you a home body? Do you love having people over? Are you out every night walking or biking to the nearest new hot spot? Do you work late and need to be close to the office or a quick commute. What is your actual reality?
  • Where and when do you feel most happy, thrilled, engaged?
  • How important is a car and parking space to you? Dream of a car-free life where you can walk or bike everywhere? Or, does driving into your very own parking spot get your engines revved?
  • Do you like to garden and enjoy quiet, outside space when you come home?
  • Would you prefer to commute to get more space or do you want to live in the middle of the city?
  • Would you prefer to live in a small home so you have the funds to travel the world or for a favorite hobby? Do you want a place large enough to entertain all your friends and family?

Your answers to these types of questions (and we have a lot more to ask you) are life-changers, life determiners, and real estate is the gateway.


At this point you might be saying – this sounds expensive. Not so my friend. DWELLing in possibility does not mean getting in over your head or being house poor.

Once we get down to the TRUTH about what you want we’ll show you how to meet your budget and still make it a home and location that is perfect for you and what you’re all about.

One of the absolute best ways we can help you save money is through homeownership assistance programs for first-time buyers and for those with moderate incomes. You’d be amazed to see what is out there for the taking in DC, Maryland, and Virginia!

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Many state and local governments (DC, Arlington County, Alexandria, Montgomery County) offer programs that can ease the cost of your home purchase. Even banks and other lenders have programs or grants to help buyers so you’re not wiped out financially.

Each program varies on how you save money. It can come down to help with your down payment or closing costs, a tax credit, an outright grant, or eliminating the dreaded PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance). But, it all adds up to more money in your pocket, rather than in your home, and you still have the home you dreamed about!

Turn up your Speakers (or pop in those ear buds) and listen to Jenn’s Radio Interview discussing more ways to save BIG!

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"It was so great working with you. You made the whole house buying and HPAP process totally manageable and 200% worthwhile. Thanks again for all of your help and time." - Janice


It will probably be the biggest purchase of your life. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a serious transaction and there’s a good chance you’ll feel a little scared along the way.

Do. It. Anyway.

Mark Twain once said, “ Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear”. When you feel scared it means you are outside of your comfort zone, and in this case, maybe that's a good thing. Buying a home, putting down roots and making it your own will bring you much more joy than anything else, not to mention the tax benefits. That check in your pocket every year is something to be excited about!


We are not here to sell you a house. We are here to HELP you find a HOME.

We’re on your timetable and will never rush you. We won’t go anywhere and will keep working with you until we know you are pleased with the end result.

Buying your first home is a large financial investment and is essentially the stepping stone to your next home, so we’re committed to helping you make it right the first time.

“Jennifer made us feel comfortable from the very beginning. If you’re a first time homebuyer looking for the perfect combination of expertise and energy, she’s just what you need. She made the process easy and walked us through everything step by step. She was very patient with us as we figured out what kind of home we wanted and then was aggressive in helping beat multiple offers to get our dream home.” - Julia & Chris


Potential. You’ve got it and so does your future home. Our job is to help you see it.

We are real estate experts and LOVE nothing more than uncovering the hidden potential of a property. Your dream home exists and sometimes all it takes is a little imagination….and elbow grease. We can point out quick, easy and FUN ways to make your dream home a reality. We do this all the time with our own home purchases and we can show you how easy and inexpensive it can be.

We’ve also got great partners that can turn any town home, condo or single-family house into a home AND keep it humming for years to come. After all, it is more about YOU making your DWELLing into YOUR home. Maya Angelou said it best – “I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself”.

7. Dwell in the certainty that your Realtor will help you achieve your real estate dreams

“I highly recommend you to everyone who even mentions the words home or buyer. Thanks so much!!” - Jaclyn

We understand what it’s like to be a first-time buyer or seller and are excited to start the journey with you. We’ll listen to you, answer your questions, provide our insight, throw in some humor … and together, we’ll chart the best path to take.

And if you’re not a “first-timer,” your concerns, wishes, and ideas will get the respect they deserve. We’ll help you sort through what you really want and make this real estate experience the best yet.

We know the local DC metro market and mean business when it comes to making each transaction, negotiation, and closing go more smoothly.

But we never forget we’re dream makers too. We truly believe we can make your real estate experience an enjoyable journey that will change your life for the better.

Our founder, Jennifer Myers, an award-winning real estate agent with over 10 years of experience, is excited to share this philosophy by opening DWELL and selecting a top-notch team of agents that will help carry on her mission.

We’re thrilled to be located in DC’s trendsetting H Street corridor. Our convenient location lets us handle residential sales, leasing, and property management in the District, Virginia, and Maryland.

DWELL in your potential – Let us show you how!


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