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Being a first-time homeowner can be exhilarating and fun at times, with lots of freedom to make it your own space. You don’t have to answer to any landlord or roommate! But, it also comes with responsibilities.
When something breaks, it’s not an easy call to that landlord anymore. You’re the one in charge of any repairs, maintenance, finances, and improvements over the long haul. Plus, making your home more “yours” and becoming a member of your community also are part of your to-do list now. You’re not a renter anymore but putting down roots. This first year will have some highs and perhaps some lows, and most of it will be very new for you. Here’s some guidance on everything you may encounter as you get your feet wet.
Our 20 tips below is a good overview of what you can do to maintain your home AND make you a happy homeowner.Continue Reading »
You’re ready to trade up to a new home, and that means you’re about to face the homeowner’s dilemma of what to do first: SELL your current home first and use the proceeds to buy a new home, or BUY your new home first and hope your current home sells in a timely manner.
It’s a tricky dilemma since you don’t want to end up with two mortgages at once or having no place to live at all! Here’s how to avoid that Catch-22.Continue Reading »
You are almost a homeowner! But before you can celebrate, you’ve got to gear up for a successful settlement day. And that means no surprises, no delays, and you walking out with the keys to your new home.
There is a lot to do on the days leading up to your closing and settlement. You’ll be better prepared and on top of everything if you know what to expect.
Here’s what you need to do at each stage of the process.Continue Reading »
The big day is finally here! You are going to officially sell your home and hand over the keys to the new owners.
But no one wants the transaction to be sidetracked by any last minutes surprises. Unfortunately, that can happen, but not for you with the handy list below!
Do your homework now and you’ll have a successful settlement. Here’s what you need to do prior to this day, and also what to expect at your closing and what to bring with you.Continue Reading »
You’ve got mixed feelings about moving right now — excited to make new memories in a new home but somewhat sad to be leaving your old home. No matter what, you’ve got to get organized and focused for your big move and all the details it entails.
Here are some ways to help you NOT feel overwhelmed leading up to your move (and your settlement day). Doing some preparation months or weeks ahead can make a huge difference in the final days, so keep that in mind when you first list your home.Continue Reading »
You don’t want any surprises on closing day. As a buyer, ensuring a smooth transition to becoming the homeowner should be set in motion well before you sit down with the sellers that day.
Here’s our handy breakdown with your final to-do’s so you’re all set when you close.Continue Reading »
Even though you’re buying a home when you purchase a condo unit, you’re actually buying into a “business.”
That’s why it’s so important for you to determine how stable and financially sound this “business venture” is before taking it on. And that’s where reviewing condo docs comes in.Continue Reading »
You’re now one step closer to officially selling your home. Even though you have a contract with buyers, you’re not done just yet.
There’s a lot to get completed before closing day, and you might feel like your “to-do” list keeps growing and growing. And, you’re right!
Keep in mind that no one (you or the buyer) wants the transaction to fall through or be delayed at this stage because of a mishap. Here’s what you need to focus on:Continue Reading »
Just because your home is under contract doesn’t mean it’s time to celebrate just yet. Your home needs to be appraised, and the results could sidetrack the entire transaction.
The sale of your home can’t move forward until the appraisal is done and the lender has given its stamp of approval. That’s why this is an important and sometimes stressful step in the closing process.
You don’t want the appraised value to come in lower than the contract price. If so, the lender won’t approve a loan for more than what the home is worth. That means that the price you’ve set for your home is not going to happen!
Make sure you understand this process before you’re in the thick of it. Here are the ABC’s of an appraisal and what you can do to protect yourself as a seller:Continue Reading »
Only you can decide what you are willing to accept or undertake if you decide to buy this home. BUT remember, you can only do that if you know the facts about your home. That’s why the home inspection is your fact-finding mission!
If any red flags arise, then you’ll need to decide what’s a deal breaker or not; and whether you’re going to negotiate repairs with the seller or void the contract entirely.
Here’s a rundown of what to expect.Continue Reading »
Once you’re under contract to buy a home, you want the final stages of the mortgage process to go smoothly – you don’t want anything to sidetrack the sale from here on out!
Nothing is a done deal yet even when you’re under contract. Both your future home’s appraisal and your ability to lock in a good mortgage rate can affect the outcome of your purchase.
So here’s what you need to keep in mind when you reach this stage.Continue Reading »
This is the seventh article in our series called, Love Selling Your Home: Minimize Your Stress, Maximize Your Profit, Dwell Residential’s step-by-step guide to selling your home. Our series takes you through the entire home-selling process — from finding a real estate agent to settlement day.
Selling a home is an emotional experience for many […]
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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
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!