How You Can Take That Home From Drab to Fab!

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If you’ve been house shopping, there’s at least one point in the searching for the home phase that you think, “There is nothing out there I would buy!” or “I’ll never be able to afford something nice and new”. Truth is, a lot of buyers in the DC area have a hard time checking everything off their must-have list. Here’s the secret to having it all when it comes to house buying: If a home is in the price range you want and the location you want, you can make it look however you want. That’s right - every home starts with four walls. The differences all have to do with what the owners, current or past, have done to them. ...

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Simple Tips to Keep Your Dream Home Dreamy

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You live in a home that you love and you want it to be both beautiful and functional. But maybe you’re feeling cramped with clutter or you feel like it just doesn’t feel homey enough. In this article, we show you how to shape your home around YOUR lifestyle, create beautiful spaces, maintain your furniture and continue to save money in the process. Here is your “Keep Your Dream Home Dreamy” Guide.

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Your Home Ownership Myths BUSTED!

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MYTH #1: I should pay down my mortgage early.
 FACT: Paying off your mortgage doesn’t change your monthly payment. Unless you’re aiming to pay off your entire mortgage early to avoid further interest costs, there are wiser places to put your money. You can’t get that money back unless you sell or pay to refinance, so first consider putting it in an account in case of an emergency, such as home repairs or a job loss. If you are in a healthy financial position, your money may be better off in the stock market or another real estate investment. You want to remain flexible, rather than having all your funds ...

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Your Home Buying Myths Busted!!

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MYTH #1: This house is “THE ONE”. FACT: As long as you have realistic goals, there is more than one house for you. Yes, a home can feel “special”, but you can also make homes feel special by making them your own. Homes come in all shapes, sizes, conditions and prices and no one home will have everything you’re looking for. The important part is making a good financial decision while remembering your wants and needs. It will transform into your dream home after you move in.  So, stay in control and don’t throw caution to the wind when making an offer; there will always be more houses on the ...

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HGTV’s House Hunters features Dwell Residential’s Christal Goetz

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Our very own Christal Goetz was honored to be featured on a recent episode of House Hunters on HGTV. She did an amazing job helping this D.C. couple find their dream home!   D.C. Couple Disagrees on Condo vs. House Ariel and his fiancee, Julie, want out of their one bedroom apartmentand into a place of their own. They both want to live near downtown D.C., but that's about all they agree on. Ariel's looking for a traditional style condo and wants move in ready, while Julie's hoping for amodern style house, and is open to renovation. With a budget of up to $650,000, can they find a compromise? Read more about the episode ...

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America’s BEST Real Estate Agent 2014 by REAL Trends

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Dwell Residential founder and broker, Jennifer Myers, made the list of Best Real Estate Agents in America for the second year in a row in the newly issued national ranking report produced by REAL Trends.

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How to do an Open House the Right Way

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Open Houses have been a mainstay in real estate for over 50 years. The goal – to market and sell the home – has remained the same, but a lot has changed about how to make the most of an Open House. Whether you’re attending one after the other all Sunday afternoon or preparing your home for one this weekend, we’ve got the goods on how to make sure you get the most out of an Open House.

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The Lowdown on Loans – What Determines YOUR Mortgage Rate

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We all see the mortgage interest rates on television, the Internet or in the news. But, most of these are just marketing rates - they’re used to give you a general idea and to get you interested. The bottom line is, every loan scenario is unique which means you might get a different interest rate than the person next to you. There are so many factors that are included to create an interest rate based on YOUR specific financial situation including your credit score, your down-payment amount, your loan amount and even the type of home you purchase. We break it all down for you right here.

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Inventory Reaches 2 Year High and DC Sees Record Setting Prices

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As the Spring buying/selling season comes to a close, there’s good news for both buyers and sellers in the Washington, DC Metro area.

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Exquisitely Renovated Row House in the Heart of Capitol Hill

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Completely transformed from top to bottom this spacious, light-filled 4 bed /2.5 bath home has 1,855 square feet of living space and offers all the desired modern amenities on one of the most charming blocks right in the heart of Capitol Hill.

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Charming Row Home Steps from Union Station and H Street

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This charming 2BR/2BA semi-detached brick row home is located on a lovely one-way street just steps from Union Station. Close to the Hill, restaurants/bars on H Street, Stanton Park, Union Market and the soon to arrive Whole Foods, this house offers all the conveniences of urban living.

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Living the Easy Life in Penn Quarter Condo

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This roomy one bedroom condo in The Clara Barton at Penn Quarter really features all the urban conveniences on anyone’s “must-have” list. Just floors away are a gym, theater, pool, roof top deck, and gorgeous lobby with front desk. Once outside, you’ve got all the sights and sounds of this happening neighborhood.

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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…
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- 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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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…..

THE DWELL MANIFESTO

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:

  • 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.

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!

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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!

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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

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!

 

 
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