5 Impactful Books for Real Estate Agents

The best professionals in any industry are always learning. The smartest folks know there’s never a point where you can say, “That’s it. I know everything there is to know about being a real estate agent. I don’t need to learn anything else.” With that in mind, here are a few books we recommend to keep even the most top-notch realtors learning more in their field. Continue reading “5 Impactful Books for Real Estate Agents”

Home Staging: Light it Up Right

Lighting is probably the most critical element of all the things that go into staging a home. The right lighting will make the home warm and inviting, while the wrong lighting can turn potential buyers off to even the most appealing homes.

Often, a home is not well-lit, especially if there is heavy landscaping and lots of trees outdoors. Unfortunately, you can’t fix the problem simply by turning on all the overhead lights. Instead, you’ll need to find ways to bring in as much natural light as possible and add light where you can. Read on for tips on how to help your clients stage their homes with the proper lighting. Continue reading “Home Staging: Light it Up Right”

Facts You Should Know About Title Insurance

Buying a home is a very exciting moment in one’s life, but unless you are the first owner of your home, you are exposed to certain risks when trying to purchase a property. Ideally, the seller has a “clear title” on the property, meaning there are no other claims of ownership against the property. It’s recommended that you purchase title insurance in case title defects arise in the future. Continue reading “Facts You Should Know About Title Insurance”

2022 Northern Virginia Housing Market Forecast

Despite low inventory, the housing market in Northern Virginia and the country has been buzzing. Interest rates have been low, and sales have been high, even through the pandemic. Expect interest rates to start to climb in 2022. Otherwise, experts say we’ll see more of the same this year. Continue reading “2022 Northern Virginia Housing Market Forecast”

Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2022

The pandemic led to many of us spending more time at home, and although we are slowly coming out of it, the impact it has had on the way we live (and work) in our homes seems to be here to stay. Consequently, upcoming design trends reflect these recent lifestyle changes. Here are some design trends to keep an eye out for in 2022. Continue reading “Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2022”

Your Down Payment Questions Answered

Your Down Payment Questions Answered

When getting a loan to buy a house, you will typically need to make a down payment. This can be daunting as there is a misconception that all down payments have to be 20% of the purchase price of the house. Some lenders only require as little as 3%, but it’s worth considering that the amount of money you put down on a house can lower your interest rate and monthly payments. Continue reading “Your Down Payment Questions Answered”

2021 National Housing Survey Results

Fannie Mae’s 2021 Q1 Housing Survey indicated that homebuyers remain satisfied with the mortgage process. It also illuminates how the pandemic is affecting the home-buying process. Specifically, the survey looked at whether the pandemic encouraged home buyers to use more digital processes. Continue reading “2021 National Housing Survey Results”

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Decorating Trends and Staging Ideas for the Fall

It’s finally fall! The sweltering days of summer are over, and the temperature is a little more pleasant. If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market or you’re an agent getting ready to sell a home for your client, you may be wondering how best to give the home a cozy fall feeling. Read on for some decorating ideas perfect for this time of year. Continue reading “Decorating Trends and Staging Ideas for the Fall”

Recommended Apps for Realtors in 2021

Recommended Apps for Realtors in 2021

The modern realtor needs to be digitally savvy to keep up with trends in the industry. Many young buyers are bringing their digital habits with them to their first-time home-buying experiences. They want their experience to be remote. They want lots of media materials. They expect instant replies, and they want the process to be paperless. Ready to be armed with the hottest apps to serve this demographic? Continue reading “Recommended Apps for Realtors in 2021”

How to Survive Your Summer Move

How to Survive Your Summer Move

Ahhh! Summer. The kids are out of school. The pool is open, and many families use this time of year to go on that epic vacation. It’s also the most popular time of year to move, but beware! The heat and humidity can make it somewhat difficult if you’re not adequately prepared. Here are some tips to help you survive your summer move. Continue reading “How to Survive Your Summer Move”