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Have you checked your smoke alarms lately?  It truly is a matter of life or death.
Smoke alarms that are missing or not working play a role in nearly 3 out of 5 fire-related home deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Most homeowners know that it’s important to have these devices installed correctly but it’s […]

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This home in historic Capitol Hill is truly one-of-a-kind. Every inch of this home has been painstakingly restored to perfection, from the 100 year old pine floors to the original doors, transom windows, chair railing, picture frame moulding and paneling, original subway tile, clawfoot tub, and even a restored original hutch.

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This summer’s reading list includes books that we keep re-reading, recommending, and passing on to others because they show you how to live a more fulfilling and rewarding life, including guidance on how to make the most of your money.

We highlight six books that we recommend to both homeowners and for those who want to become one.

We also are reading ones that address racial inequality and homeownership. Now more than ever it’s important to learn how residential segregation in housing has impacted our country and what we all can do about it.

No matter what, you will find them helpful and enlightening!

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1826 N. Capitol Street, NW #1
Washington, DC 20002
1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths
$324,900
Low condo fee of $130 per month

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Even though FHA loans have gotten a bit of a bad rap lately because of all the added fees, it’s still a great option for those who have less than stellar credit. For those of you who either have or are thinking about getting a FHA loan, there is one big incentive. It just might help you sell your home!

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This end-unit rowhome truly shines with rooms full of light, three levels of high-end renovations, three full baths, three and a half baths and secure parking.

So close to all that Union Market and H Street has to offer! What a wonderful place to call home. Learn more…

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As we’ve seen in 2020, you can expect the unexpected! And no one could have predicted this year and its impact on all of us.
It’s been a wake-up call in many ways.  That’s why taking a look at your financial “house” – where it’s at and where it’s heading – is more important than ever.
You’ve […]

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Welcome home to sweet 782 Irving Street, NW!

Located in the heart of Park View, with over 990 square feet and loads of outdoor space, including enough parking for at least three cars (!!), this perfect city home as enough space inside and out in the heart of the city.

Oh and did we mention the half bath on the main level and the WALK-IN CLOSET in the master bedroom? Two features that are so hard to come by at any price point.

Plus, you are only a few blocks from the new Whole Foods, TWO Metro stops and the many bars, restaurants and local shops peppered throughout Park View. Every Sunday head over to Call Your Mother for the bagels and then head to the Park View Farmers Market…

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Anything you think is in your way can be removed if you really want to become a homeowner.  In fact, you’ll find out that some commonly perceived roadblocks are only myths, and don’t need to delay your dreams anymore. If you are hesitant about moving forward, our new 5-week series is just for you — […]

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2101 11th St. NW #403
Washington, DC 20001
Sales Price: $684,900

Welcome home to your sunny and spacious two bedroom/two bath condo located in the heart of the bustling U Street corridor!

This kitchen is made for cooking and baking with tons of counter space and top-of-the-line Jenn-Air stainless steel appliances and even a gas stove!

The kitchen […]

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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.
No one wants to be enjoying a day at the beach and then have that feeling that something is amiss at home. That’s why the pre-vacation prep of your home is a necessary step […]

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Anything you think is in your way can be removed if you really want to become a homeowner.  In fact, you’ll find out that some commonly perceived roadblocks are only myths, and don’t need to delay your dreams anymore. If you are hesitant about moving forward, our new 5-week series is just for you — […]

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Anything you think is in your way can be removed if you really want to become a homeowner.  In fact, you’ll find out that some commonly perceived roadblocks are only myths, and don’t need to delay your dreams anymore. If you are hesitant about moving forward, our new 5-week series is just for you — […]

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Anything you think is in your way can be removed if you really want to become a homeowner.  In fact, you’ll find out that some commonly perceived roadblocks are only myths, and don’t need to delay your dreams anymore. If you are hesitant about moving forward, our new 5-week series is just for you — […]

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With the DMV reopening and loosening restrictions, we are seeing the real estate market moving swiftly again.
Those who have been waiting to pursue their homeownership goals during the pandemic are now back out looking at homes, ready to move forward in the weeks and months ahead.
We often see a summer lull in both inventory and […]

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Anything you think is in your way can be removed if you really want to be a homeowner.  In fact, you’ll find out that some commonly perceived roadblocks are only myths, and don’t need to delay your dreams anymore. If you are hesitant about moving forward, our new 5-week series is just for you — […]

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1855 Calvert St. NW #102
Washington, DC 20009

Almost 1000 sq. ft. of sunny space awaits you in this prime Adams Morgan location. With soaring 10 ft. ceilings your home feels grand yet comfortable featuring 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths and .5 miles to Woodley Park metro.
For more information please reach out to Amy Wease at 703-899-6374 or amy@wheredoyoudwell.com
 

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We’ve all been home more than usual and although our cities, counties and states are slowly starting to reopen, it seems that this pandemic has shined a bright light on many aspects of how we think and how we live that will last for years to come, maybe even for the rest of our lifetimes.
When […]

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With most of us housebound over the last weeks, has the idea of having a home of your own become more important to you?
It’s totally understandable, especially after spending so much time in a place that really isn’t yours if you’re renting or maybe doesn’t reflect your needs or wants, or just isn’t what you […]

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If the market had a theme song right now, it would be “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses…
“All we need is just a little patience.”
But, as Aristotle said, “Patience is bitter.”
Right now it’s normally the height of the Spring selling season, but it’s far from that since there are hardly any homes on the market.
Before the […]

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With real estate being considered an essential business that continues to operate despite the stay-at-home order, many of our clients are continuing to proceed with their real estate plans.
We, of course, want to make sure that it is done in a safe and secure manner. The safety and health of our clients will always be […]

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Were you thinking of putting your home on the market, and now aren’t sure what your next step or steps should be?
With the level of uncertainty that we’re all facing with COVID-19, it’s understandable if you want to wait before moving forward with listing your home, especially if there isn’t an immediate need to sell.
Taking […]

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Right now many of us feel a certain lack of control with what is going on in our communities due to COVID-19. And those of you thinking of buying a home in the coming year may feel that way even more so.
One thing potential buyers can focus on and have some control over can be […]

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Even though we didn’t have a harsh winter, your home still needs to get some loving care now.  Both the inside and outside could use a good once-over to make it look its best and keep it well-maintained.

Take the time to schedule some must-do tasks in early spring so you can fully enjoy your home and yard once some gorgeous days come our way.

Remember that the time you spend on regular maintenance will help preserve the value of your home and will help prevent everyday “wear and tear” from turning into costly damage.

The warmer weather can make it a perfect time for some DIY projects. However, seek out an expert for those more difficult clean-up or repair needs.  

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There is a certain time in everyone’s life when we start to ask ourselves, “Should I buy a home? Am I ready?”
That question is a bit different now that our communities are dealing with coronavirus.  Maybe you were ready to give a confident answer a few weeks ago before the pandemic began.
But how should you […]

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Albert Einstein said, “In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.”
For many of our buyer clients, they are seeing an opportunity to buy a home when there are fewer buyers looking right now.  They continue to move forward with their home purchases and win offers because of the decreased competition.
Many of our past […]

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As many families face job or income losses due to COVID-19, they will turn to relief programs that could help them get through these tough times. The good news is that the CARES Act contains provisions to protect them for losing their homes right now, whether they are homeowners or renters.
However, the bad news is […]

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On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. This $2 trillion aid package will provide financial aid to families and businesses, and also includes provisions for mortgage relief for homeowners and eviction protection for renters.
The CARES Act has a vast array of provisions and aid options […]

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March 24, 2020 — As we all deal with coronavirus and its impact on our communities, we wanted to reassure our clients that we are taking your health and safety seriously and are adhering to CDC guidelines, while continuing to help our clients with their real estate needs.
Despite what is going on in the world, […]

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The Federal Reserve announced a second emergency rate cut on March 15 as the U.S. grapples with coronavirus across the nation.
This cut signals that the Fed wants to help stimulate the economy and get ahead of any potential economic downturn in the coming months ahead.
Don’t Be Confused!
It’s important to point out that the Federal Reserve […]

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We are all feeling a level of uncertainty as the COVID-19/coronavirus has started to impact our daily lives, with many of you working from home now, with students facing school closings, and with most of us making grocery store runs to stock up on essentials.
First and foremost, let’s all do our part to keep our […]

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2119 11th St. NW #3
Washington, DC 20001
 

Amazing Penthouse 2 Bedroom+Den/2 Bath with over $35k in renovations that sits atop a 3-unit boutique building in the heart of the U St. Corridor.

This gorgeous home has been lovingly cared for with newly painted walls, trim and ceiling paint with Benjamin Moore custom paint colors.

Master Bath completely gut […]

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1701 16th St. NW #448 Washington DC
Sales Price $374,000

Welcome to this sunny and spacious 1 bedroom at the Historic Chastleton complete with a wall of windows for abundant natural light, hardwood floors throughout and contemporary kitchen.

The open kitchen and living room combination is perfect for entertaining friends and family.

Whether you are having a night in and cooking […]

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3803 W St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
3 Bedrooms 2.5 Baths
Lower-Level with rec room with built in bookshelves
2370 sq. ft.
$1,049,900

Gorgeous and Stately Brick Home on Tree-Lined Street in Glover Park

Just in time for Halloween, Glover Park is the place to be with it’s famous Annual Halloween Parade

Southern exposure and large bay window make this family room bright […]

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911 K Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
3 Bedrooms Up
Walk-out Basement with Large Windows Could Be 4th Bedroom
2 Full Baths
1665 Square Feet
$949,900

Located in the heart of the H Street Corridor, yet on a beautiful tree-lined street, this home as a uniquely deep front yard.

Sit on your porch and catch up with the neighbors as they walk their […]

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3025 Ontario Road NW #507 Washington, DC 20009

Natural light abounds in this gorgeous Top Floor unit overlooking Rock Creek Park! It is a zen like haven in the heart of the city.

At 750 sq. ft., this home features a recently renovated kitchen w/ butcher block counter space, Blomberg refrigerator, granite counters & spacious 42′ cabinets […]

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3 Bedrooms and 1.5 Baths with Off-Street Parking and Outdoor Space in Trinidad under $500k!
1264 16th St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

$499,900

This Trinidad townhouse was fully renovated in 2008 and has cute landscaped fenced front yard.

Spacious, open family room with hardwood floors and tons of natural light welcome you as soon as you enter the home.

This open […]

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Open House Saturday July 20th 2-4 p.m. 
Big Things Come in Small Packages!
1354 Kenyon St. NW #4
Washington, DC 20010

$349,900

 
Top Floor Studio has all the bells and whistles with spectacular private rooftop patio perfect for entertaining on sweet summer nights and early fall evenings. 

Bring the outside in with a wall of windows, skylights and recessed lights making […]

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Live on Capitol Hill’s Most Coveted Street!
1236 Walter St. SE
Washington, DC 20002

2 Bedrooms/1Bath with Garage Parking and gorgeous backyard
$799,900

Welcome to 1236 Walter Street: Capitol Hill’s Best Address and Most Desired Street! This Federal Rowhome showcases quintessential Capitol Hill architecture and charm at its finest but outfitted in modern appointments for todays living.

This porch is a […]

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1822 Vernon St. NW #303
Washington, DC 20009
2 Bedrooms and 1 Bath
810 Square Feet
$599,900
Condo Fee: $404 includes water, trash, sewer, maintenance of building

Charm Meets Upgrades in this Awesome 2 Level Condo in Kalorama

Open Concept Living Room with charming wood burning fireplace, hardwood floors and wall of windows with tons of sunlight.

There is no need to sacrifice […]

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724 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Location, Size, Huge Yard & Outdoor Space, Minutes to Metro, along with Charm & Functionality all meet in this Petworth Gem Gorgeous 3 Bedroom/3 full bath home with large outdoor space and minutes to some of DC’s best restaurants, parks, and metro. This all brick row home with a huge […]

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With busy schedules, it’s easy to let regular home maintenance fall off your to-do list.
Like many homeowners, you might try to cram certain projects into one weekend. Or worse yet, disaster strikes and you get hit with a large bill since you never got around to a minor task that turned into a major issue.
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1477 A Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Capitol Hill Gem at the historic Car Barn! With 3 Exposures and 6 windows this sun-filled condo makes this Capitol Hill home perfect especially for your first time home buyer. The main living space has a working fireplace, hardwood floors and 2 exposures to keep it sunny and open. […]

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1020 Monroe Street NW #404
Washington, DC 20010
Sun-filled Top Floor 1 Bedroom 1 Bath in Boutique Building in great Columbia Heights Location. This contemporary home features a combination of old world charm and new world features at its best. The building was renovated in 2011 to give you the best of both worlds with an gorgeous […]

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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 provide a good overview of what you can do to maintain your home AND make you a happy homeowner:

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We will wrap up our series with today’s article but stay tuned next week for a bonus article on maintaining your new home!

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 no leaving without 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.

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You don’t want any surprises when you close on a home. As a buyer, ensuring a smooth transition to becoming a homeowner should be set in motion well before you sit down with the sellers that day.

Here’s our handy breakdown with your pre-closing to-do’s. That way you’re all prepared for when your settlement day arrives.

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Even though you’re buying a home when you purchase a condo unit, you’re actually buying into a “business.”

You’ll have the chance to review a stack of “condo docs” or condominium documents once you’re under contract to purchase a unit.  These documents will give you a better idea of the financial outlook of this particular condo community.

Both you and your lender need to know what you are getting into with this purchase.  This is a very important step when purchasing a condo unit. You will share in the financial responsibility of this condominium community with your neighbors.  And your lender won’t give you a loan if there’s something amiss.

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.

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You don’t want any nasty surprises after you move into your new home, right?!  Getting a professional home inspection is one very important step you need to take once you’re under contract.

Your contract may include a contingency that gives you a certain number of days to complete an inspection.  Once you have the results, you may ask for repairs, renegotiate the price, or even cancel the contract if needed.

No home is perfect but at least a professional inspection gives you some guidance on what you are facing. Only you can decide what you are willing to accept or undertake if you decide to buy this home. If any red flags arise, then you’ll need to decide what a deal breaker is or not.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect.

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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.

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Love Buying a Home series – Week 8
Our step-by-step series will take you through the entire home-buying process — from finding a buyer’s agent to settlement day, and all the details in between. Every first-time buyer will find this information-packed series easy to follow and understand. Make sure to tune in for the next few […]

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House hunting can be overwhelming, time consuming, and yes, even exhausting some days. But there’s no reason it has to be that way if you follow some simple strategies that will streamline your search and make you “shop” productively.

But before you can even start looking at homes, you need to go through several steps in the buying process. You’ll need to carefully consider your budget, location ideas, and the criteria (number of bedrooms, etc.) of your future home.

By doing all this prep work, your house hunting experience can be fun!

Our search strategies also will help you make it more enjoyable and easier overall.  And better yet, you’ll have the confidence and the ability to put in an offer and, ultimately, have a successful closing.

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This article is for those move-up buyers who plan to buy their new home first, and then sell their current home. This means that your lender must approve you to buy first, and you’re not required to sell your current home in order to finance your next one.

We are going to cover everything you need to know to make sure you don’t end up with two homes at the same time (at least for too long).

We’ll show you how to buy and sell at the same time when you can financially buy a new home first, and then sell your current home afterward AND not have to carry two mortgages for long.

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Today’s mortgages are not “one-size-fits-all.” That means you’ve got lots of options out there that could fit your budget and finances. This is good news for many home buyers!

However, you do need to do your homework first so that your mortgage application can be processed properly and with success. The lending environment can be complex and complicated at times. Lenders, underwriters and mortgage insurers must all complete certain steps before they can have your financing in place.

But once your mortgage situation is all set, you’ll be in a much better position to negotiate with the sellers and move forward on a purchase. Here’s what you need to keep in mind.

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This article is for those move-up buyers who need to sell their current home first before buying their next home.  Most likely, your lender has approved you only for selling first, then buying.

At this point, you should know your criteria for this next home, your budget, and a neighborhood you’d like to focus on for your home search. You want to be fully prepared and ready to go whether you are selling or buying first.

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Coming up with a lump sum of money for a down payment can be scary and daunting to many first-time buyers. You definitely don’t want to wipe out your entire savings to purchase a home.

It doesn’t have to be a roadblock to homeownership!

Once you’ve got your monthly budget all set and know approximately how much home you can really afford (see our fourth article in the series), the next step is dealing with your down payment.

Here’s some guidance on where you can find cash for your down payment and also a rundown of some great homebuyer assistance programs that can help reduce the amount taken out of your own pocket.

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One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a homebuyer is not knowing how much you can REALLY afford when purchasing a home. The next mistake is thinking too “big picture” when it comes to price range or purchase price.

Stop right here before you make these mistakes!

We’re going to show you the correct way to do the math so that you get a mortgage you can afford and, ultimately, a home you absolutely love on your budget. You won’t be “house poor” and you won’t shortchange yourself either.

Here’s how:

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It’s never simple when you’re ready to move on to a new home and you already own one to sell, or perhaps rent out.  

It’s overwhelming just thinking about what comes first, what to do when, how to pay for everything, and how to time it all so you don’t end up with two homes or no home.

It’s both a logistical and financial dilemma!

That’s why we’re here to help explain how to make this all happen, step by step. And help your stress levels decrease at the same time.

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Love Buying a Home – Week 3
Our step-by-step series will take you through the entire home-buying process — from finding a buyer’s agent to settlement day, and even to maintaining your home after you’re all moved in. Every first-time buyer will find this information-packed series easy to follow and understand. Make sure to tune in […]

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How to Move Up with Ease Series –Week 2
Our 5-part series is a “how-to” guide for moving up to your next home with as little stress as possible.   Whether it’s your first time moving up or you’ve done it before, this series is a great resource.
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The first item on the agenda when you’re looking to buy a home is to choose a real estate agent that is the best person to represent you, and also someone that can help you through every single one of the many steps in buying a home.  

You will be spending a lot of time with this person, so make sure it’s someone that’s right for you and your specific home buying needs and goals.

Keep these 10 factors in mind when you start considering agents!

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We all love our first home but eventually there comes a point when it’s time to move on.  Life changes and so do our needs and wants in a home.

Moving can be a hard decision, both financially and personally, so determine if you’re truly ready for it. Here’s what to consider before you start packing.

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If you’ve been thinking about buying a home and are just not sure of the steps involved or even where to start, then our 14-part series is a MUST read for you.

Each week, you’ll get great tips and easy-to-understand how to’s that will help you be successful in purchasing a home in today’s market. And, it’s all delivered to you in sequential order so you know what to do when … one bite-sized chunk at a time!

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Check out all THREE of our open houses on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 from 1-3PM!

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910 M St NW #112
Washington, DC 20001
1 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathrooms
941 Square Ft.
$649,900
$580/month Condo Fee including GARAGE PARKING, concierge, on-site gym, party room, and the best rooftop deck you’ve ever seen with grills, and a POOL!
Open House Sunday, September 16 from 1-3pm!
 

Less than a mile from SIX different metro stops, this stunning condo in Bladen Alley in Shaw […]

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616 E St. NW #309
Washington, DC 20004
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom
737 Square Ft.
$449,900
Condo Fee: $455/month
Luxury building full of amenities including:  Front desk concierge, elevators, beautiful lobby, green-space courtyard, business center, HUGE onsite gym, movie theater, and an amazing rooftop perfect for entertaining with grills, seating, kitchen, bathrooms and a POOL!  
Open House Sunday, September 16 from 1-3pm!

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1545 18th St. NW #609
Washington, DC 20036
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom
725 Square Ft.
$415,000
Condo fee of $636/month including ALL utilities! 

Open House Sunday, September 16 from 1-3pm!

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The DC metro area is known as a high-cost area for homebuyers since prices tend to be higher in many sought-after neighborhoods. And getting a loan for a home in these areas can be difficult and costly.

That’s why this new opportunity for 5% down on jumbo loans is good news for many buyers looking for either a lovely single-family home for themselves or if they’re thinking of investing in 2-4 unit properties.

This is perfect for those who thought some homes were out of reach in in the District, Maryland or Virginia!

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1800 Wilson Blvd. #341
Arlington, VA 22201
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom
912 Square Ft.
$499,900

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1301 South Carolina Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
1 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathrooms
765 Square Ft.
$435,000

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1800 Wilson Blvd. #341
Arlington, VA 22201
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom
912 Square Ft.
$499,900
Super low condo fee of $251.46/month!
Garage parking AND coveted storage unit included! 
Open House Sunday, September 9th from 1-3pm!

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1301 South Carolina Ave SE #4
Washington, DC 20003
1 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathrooms
765 Square Ft.
$435,000
$222.44/month condo fee

Welcome home to this fantastic condo right in the heart of Eastern Market. An open living floor plan and spacious updated kitchen makes entertaining a breeze, so you’ll be able to host family brunches, dinner parties with friends and coworkers, and Sunday football […]

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1654 Euclid St NW #204
Washington, DC 20009
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
920 Square Ft.
$649,999
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 […]

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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:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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3025 Ontario Rd NW #404
Washington, DC 20009
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
1,080 Square Ft.
$485,000
Co-Op Fee of $696 including ALL utilities and property taxes!
Open House Sunday, June 17 from 1-3pm!

This home has everything you’ve been dreaming of: an extra bedroom for guests, a can’t-be-beat location, an updated kitchen with tons of storage, and a rooftop deck to boot!

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8825 Camfield Dr
Alexandria, VA 22308
4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms
2,800 Square Ft.
$674,900
Open House Sunday, June 17th 1-4pm!

The PERFECT gathering spot for friends and year-around enjoyment! This 4 BR, 3.5 Bath, 2800 sqft home is packed with extras. Completely remodeled open-concept kitchen with granite counters, raised breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances.  Custom shelving and cabinets in living room, […]

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Are you ready to improve your current living situation rather than move to another neighborhood?

Or, have you thought about taking the home you have loved to the next level and make it your dream home for today?

You’re not alone with this thinking. But many homeowners don’t move forward since they believe that financing and lack of cash is a roadblock for them.

We’re here to show you several options (four in fact!) that can help you make that renovation come true!

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When you’re thinking about buying a home, what pops up in your mind? Are you most excited about living near your favorite coffee shop, certain restaurants or a convenient bike trail? Or are you filled with the anticipation of having a home with awesome features, like a chef’s kitchen, deluxe master suite, or a large yard with patio?

Usually people tend to lean toward one or the other — being a “house person” or “location person.” Which are you?

The reason we ask this is that it’s rare for any buyer to find their dream home in their dream location within their budget.

That’s why you need to figure out what’s more important to YOU and where you’re willing to compromise.

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Tons of Space Inside & Out in 16th Street Heights
1234 Hamilton St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
Open House 1-3pm!

Charming Clarendon in Sought-After Fairlington
4247 32nd R. South
Arlington, VA 22206
Open House 1-4pm!

A Charming, Quaint Studio in Woodley Park
2829 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Open House 1-3pm

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2829 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
$249,900
Low Condo Fee of $440/month, includes all utilities except internet and cable!
Open House Sunday, June 10 from 1-3pm!

Don’t let the “studio” fool you; it has everything going for it and everything you need! And just two blocks from the Woodley Park metro, it’s just the home for someone who wants the wooded oasis of Woodley Park, the National Zoo and Rock Creek Park, but still have easy access to downtown DC!

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4247 32nd R. South
Arlington, VA 22206
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
1,500 Square Ft.
$494,900
Open house Sunday, June 10th from 1-4pm!

Be the envy of the community with this coveted end unit 2 BR, 2 Bath 1500 sq ft Clarendon with walk-out basement in Fairlington! Renovated kitchen with custom cabinets, ample counter space, recessed lighting and stainless steel appliances.  Oversized deck with lovely green views.  Light-filled, large master bedroom with 2 closets and 2nd bedroom on upper level with renovated bath.  Enter the lower level by interior connecting stairs OR from the outside side entrance – a rare find!!! 

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1234 Hamilton St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
2,725 Square Ft. 
$899,900
Open House Sunday, June 10 from 1-3pm!

Welcome home to this beautiful and spacious 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home in the quiet, residential neighborhood of 16th Street Heights. It has all the charm and space you’ve been looking for: a chef’s eat-in kitchen with a breakfast bar, THREE sunny porches, a wood-burning fireplace, large bedrooms and a huge back yard in a beautiful neighborhood. An open layout, sunlight-filled space and the latest appliances make this home absolutely perfect! 

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Remodeling or renovating your home, whether small or large, requires you to spend some money (or financing) upfront to get the job done.

But there are two questions you should ask yourself during this pre-planning phase for any project, especially costly ones:
– Will it worth it when it comes to resale?
– Will you get a high return on investment (ROI)?

It’s a good idea to do your research first and carefully consider any home improvement project, especially if you’re banking on recouping some of the cost when you sell your home.

Read on to learn more!

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If you slow down and take the time to think and really evaluate your life and the “what” and “why” for a home, the rest of your home-buying experience (especially the house hunting part) will be that much more rewarding and stress-free.

You’ll actually get everything you want … and maybe even things you didn’t think you could have (or didn’t think about before)!

Your answers to the questions will help you avoid a personal and financial disaster when it comes to real estate.  You don’t want to rush in blindly when buying a home.

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3620 Connecticut Ave. NW
Unit 30
Washington, DC 20008
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom
985 Square Ft.
$449,900

Open House: Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 1-3pm!

This bright and open two bedroom unit has been beautifully updated with modern amenities, yet has kept the quaint charm and period details that we crave in a historic city like DC!

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1523 Isherwood St NE
Washington, DC 20002
3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms
1,845 Square Ft.
$699,900
Open House: Sunday, June 3 from 1-3pm

There are so many reasons to LOVE this home! There’s the PERFECT Capitol Hill location, the 3 full levels of living space, the attached garage (unheard of in DC!) and so much more! Located in the historic Kingman Park neighborhood of Capitol Hill is where you’ll find this three-bedroom, home with two full bathrooms and two half bathrooms!

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Whether you’re living in a single-family home or a townhome, you need to schedule regular maintenance that tackles the exterior of your home and your yard if you have one. 

By keeping up with these seasonal tasks, you can avoid some costly repair bills from damage that could have been prevented. And, remember, that a well-cared for property can better retain its value and attract buyers when it comes time to sell.

Your exterior and yard maintenance can include some DIY tasks or regular service appointments from professionals.  Here’s a breakdown of what you should put on your to-do list each season for outside maintenance.

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Taking that first step to buy your very first home can be scary and daunting. As a first-time buyer, you may think, “Can I really afford a home that I’ll love and that will meet my needs?”

It can be done. And we can show you how!

In our 7-part series, How to Find the Perfect Home for You and Your Budget, you’ll learn how to incorporate our strategies with your own to find a home that is the right fit for your lifestyle, needs … and your budget.

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3456 Wakefield St S
Arlignton, VA 22206
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
1,500 Square Ft.
$499,900
Open House Sunday, May 20th 1pm-4pm

If you have been waiting for the perfect Fairlington home, wait no longer!!!  This 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1500 sqft Clarendon is pristine and in a prime location – a huge open court with mature trees in Fairlington Mews.

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Ever heard of radon?  Well, it’s a big deal.  It’s an odorless, colorless gas and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It can get trapped in our homes and be at high levels that effect your health and you wouldn’t ever know it unless you tested for it.  So read on to learn more about the who, what, where, how to test for radon in your home and remediate it if you have high levels.

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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!

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