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Be the “early bird” buyer who gets the home! With spring just weeks away, there’s no better time than now to start preparing to buy a home. 

You don’t want to be unprepared when the selling season is in full force and you’re competing with more buyers.

Now’s a good time to get yourself educated about buying a home by reading articles about the process and meeting with an agent who can go over what you need to know and do as a buyer.

Here’s a breakdown of what will get you in good shape to buy a home this spring.

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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—learn more in our newest blog post!

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Must-See 2-Bedroom Condo in the Heart of Silver Spring!

8045 Newell St.
#406
Silver Spring, MD 20910
1,215 Square Ft.
$425,000
Condo Fee: $492/month
You’ll instantly fall in love with this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo in the heart of Silver Spring. It’s got the all space you need and location couldn’t be more perfect!
See the full listing here! 

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8045 Newell St.
#406
Silver Spring, MD 20910
1,215 Square Ft.
$425,000
Condo Fee: $492/month
You’ll instantly fall in love with this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo in the heart of Silver Spring. It’s got the all space you need and location couldn’t be more perfect!

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Did you know that you can borrow from yourself if you have a 401k plan?

Getting a 401k loan is one way to get additional money toward a down payment.  It’s a lump sum of money that is already yours … not the bank’s, not mom and dad’s, and not anyone else’s!

Finding money for a down payment can be stressful for many first-time buyers. Your 401k is just one option out of others for getting some cash — getting a gift or loan from a family member, qualifying for assistance programs for low to mid-income buyers, or looking at mortgage plans with low down payments such as a FHA loan.

Take some time to review the highlights below of what you can typically expect if you borrow or withdraw money from your 401k account.

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Every home needs some tender loving care over the years. But what if you’re ready to give it a major upgrade or even a smaller remodeling project.

Will it worth it when it comes to resale? Will you get a high return on investment (ROI)?

Those are good questions to ask before you plan any remodeling work, especially costly ones.

Read on for more insight!

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Start off the New Year with a resolution to take better care of your home.  First off, don’t delay winterizing you home if you haven’t already!

We’ve got a handy list below that will help keep your home protected and prepared for the next winter snowfall or major ice storm (Remember that February and March can have some of the harshest weather in the DC metro area!). 

Keep in mind you’ll save money over the long run since regular winter maintenance prevents costly damage to your home AND makes your home more energy-efficient.

Put in the effort today and start creating your own to-do list.

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Arlington County just got more affordable for first-time buyers with its Moderate Income Purchase Assistance (MIPAP) program!

If you’re a single person with a maximum household income of $61,840, a couple with $70,640, or a three-person family with $79,440, then you could qualify for assistance and make this wonderful community your home.

The Moderate Income Purchase Assistance (MIPAP) program provides homebuyers with a deferred-payment, no-interest loan that covers up to 25% of the home’s purchase. The loan may be used to cover a portion of the down payment and all closing costs.

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Both homebuyers and sellers will start off 2018 with some good news when it comes to mortgages! 

Effective, January 1st, the Federal Housing Finance Agency increased conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

That means buyers will have more spending power when purchasing a home since this action helps them keep pace with rising home prices.

What does that mean for you?  Read on to find out!

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3543 B
S Stafford St
Arlington, VA 22206
1,500 Square Ft.
$474,900

3-level, 1500 sq ft Clarendon model in Fairlington has classic charm with many renovations and upgrades throughout. Updated kitchen with new SS appliances, granite counters, and flooring.  Spa-like upper-level bath with ingenious pocket door maximizing space. Renovated lower-level bath/laundry with new washer & dryer. Ceramic tile flooring and recessed […]

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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.

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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.

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Extra $$ For Your Home Purchase

- 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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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!

Get a list of places to get FREE money now!

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!


Jennifer Myers on “The Next Big Thing”

"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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