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You’ve probably seen listings stating a home is being sold “as is.” Does that mean it’s a dump and not worth seeing?
It can be hard to tell since there can be vast differences in the conditions of “as is” homes.
These homes can sometimes be a good deal budget-wise, especially if it gets you into a neighborhood you’ve been eyeing. However, some “as is” homes come with more troublesome issues that could cost you more in the long run.
If you do make an offer on such a home, you need to take certain steps to protect yourself. Here’s how:Continue Reading »
Is your home and yard handling the summertime heat and humidity?
The DMV is known for its hot and steamy weather … so don’t neglect certain tasks that will protect your home and let you enjoy the sunny days ahead!
Here’s our handy to-do list to help you prep your home for summer.Continue Reading »
One piece of criteria you must think long and hard about is whether “good schools” should be part of your criteria for a home. For some first-time buyers it is, for others, it’s the first piece of criteria that should be thrown out.
If you are going to be buying your “forever” home as a first-time buyer, then YES, you definitely want school boundaries to be in your search criteria. That way you aren’t forced to move out of your home because you didn’t think far enough into the future. This decision is CRUCIAL in your search for a first home. Pause and really think about it.
If you decide you are one of the first-time homebuyers who plan on living in their home when their kids are school aged, read on. We’ll tell you exactly how to think it all through and make the right decision.Continue Reading »
Whether you’re a meticulous vacation planner or more carefree, you don’t want to be laissez-faire when it comes to leaving your home.
That’s why the pre-vacation prep of your home is a necessary step in your departure routine.
Even if it’s a weekend jaunt rather than a week-long adventure, you need to make sure your home is safe and secure from burglars or hazards.
Don’t wait for the last minute to handle these must-do items. Better yet, create a handy list for future reference so it becomes easier and easier each time.Continue Reading »
1654 Euclid St NW #204
Washington, DC 20009
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
920 Square Ft.
Super low condo fee of $384/month
Open House Sunday, July 22 from 1-3pm!
You’ll instantly fall in love with this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo in the heart of Adams Morgan/Columbia Heights. It’s got the all space you need and location couldn’t be more perfect!
Located on a quiet street […]Continue Reading »
Budget, location, and criteria are intertwined and play a key role in finding the “perfect” home for you. You can get everything you want in a home by understanding how these three items influence each other and need to balance each other out.
Here’s your homework you go house hunting:
– Know where you are with the specifics for each one of the three; and
– Know how each one can affect or influence the others in your search for a home. (This is very important!)
– How each is linked is essential when looking for a home that is affordable, meets your needs, and will satisfy most of your wants.
Confused? Here are more details on this process:Continue Reading »
Did you know that by adding a tree to your yard, you can increase your property value and save on energy costs?
But maybe the cost or your lack of a green thumb is holding you off.
No worries since there are some great programs in the DMV that can help!Continue Reading »
When it comes to getting a mortgage to buy your first home, many buyers decide on the price point of the house they want to buy before talking to a lender.
Even though that’s how it seems like it should be done and how many people do it, that’s not at all the way to start your home-buying experience.
In fact, if you go about financing your first home this way, you’ll not only have a miserable experience, but it also could cause you to buy the wrong house!
If you follow our 4 steps outlined below, you’ll be all set. And keep reading since you don’t want to miss our BONUS section with even more tips on getting the right mortgage for your budget.Continue Reading »
Believe it or not, even small changes in your home can have an impact on your energy use (and your bills!). Many can be easy to implement and are inexpensive too.
Even though we recommend an energy audit by a professional to determine where your home is wasting energy, as discussed in last week’s article, Why Every Homeowner Should Do an Energy Audit, you don’t have to wait to save energy with some simple modifications. Remember that an audit will give you direction on some of the bigger energy issues with your home.
Here are some easy DIY fixes that you can do today or over a weekend to make your home more energy efficient.Continue Reading »
There’s a very specific formula we use with clients to make sure they end up with the house that best fits their needs and budget. It requires some initial patience to make sure things are done right (and then you are prepared to quickly put in an offer with confidence when you reach that point!).
No one should rush out to purchase a home before they are ready since this is a big financial decision. Remember that slow and steady gets the “prize”!
But do not bypass these steps since you’ll end up wasting time, getting confused and, ultimately, buying a home that you will regret!Continue Reading »
In our 3-part series, Greening Your Home, you’ll learn ways to make your home more energy-efficient while also saving you money in the long run. In this first article, we explain why energy audits can help you solve some of your home’s energy dilemmas. Caring about the environment and being “green” can be easier than you think as a homeowner. You can start today!
A home energy audit may sound like an unnecessary cost, but it really can save you money on energy bills, and even point out any hazards such as small gas leaks.
If you’ve never considered an energy audit before, then we’ll show you why it’s a good way to solve such energy issues in your home.Continue Reading »
The Federal Reserve recently raised the fund rate 0.25%. This is the second increase this year and more increases are expected in 2018.
Even though the Federal fund rate is not linked directly to mortgage interest rates, its movement can impact mortgage rate fluctuations.
Learn just what this means for DC buyers and sellers in this week’s blog post!Continue Reading »
- 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…
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
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…..
1. DWELL IN POSSIBILITY
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.
2. DWELL IN YOUR NEEDS, WANTS & DREAMS
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:
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.
3. DWELL IN ABUNDANCE AND WITHIN YOUR MEANS
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!
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!
"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
4. DWELL IN THE FACT THAT YOU MIGHT BE FEARFUL (and do it anyway)
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!
5. DWELL IN CONFIDENCE THAT YOUR DREAM HOME IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
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
6. DWELL IN THE CLARITY THAT ANY HOUSE CAN BE MADE INTO A HOME
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!