Tips for a Successful Open House

The process of buying a home has become increasingly digital. Additionally, the pandemic put a stop to open houses temporarily, and now homes are in such high demand and selling so quickly that there’s often no time for an open house. An in-person showing is still a valuable tool to sell a home, however. A virtual tour can’t replace walking through a home and getting a feel for what it would be like to live there. An open house also gives you a chance to connect to the real estate agent. Read on for tips on how to have a successful open house. Continue reading “Tips for a Successful Open House”

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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”

Home-Buying Tips for a Hot Market

Home-Buying Tips for a Hot Market

The current real estate market is nothing short of a wild roller coaster ride if you’re looking to buy. Inventory continues to be low and sellers are getting multiple bids — some well over the asking price. So how can you compete? Read on for some tips. Continue reading “Home-Buying Tips for a Hot Market”

What You Should Know When Buying a Foreclosure

What You Should Know When Buying a Foreclosure

Buying a home in foreclosure can be a great way to get a home under market value, but the process is not as easy as a traditional home sale and there are some pitfalls you should be aware of. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading “What You Should Know When Buying a Foreclosure”

Understanding Appraisals When Refinancing

Understanding Appraisals When Refinancing

Mortgage rates are low right now, and you may be inspired to refinance to get that lower rate, get a lower monthly payment, or even take some cash out of your equity. If you do decide to refinance your home, your lender will most likely require an appraisal to determine the value of your home and decide what your loan amount and new monthly payment will be. Continue reading “Understanding Appraisals When Refinancing”

COVID-19 Closing Protocols

COVID-19 Closing Protocols

Since COVID-19 began, one of Ratified Title Group’s main focuses was to find ways to continue serving the D.C. Metro area as safely as possible. We quickly started implementing new methods for the closing procedure that ensures everyone feels comfortable and are still practicing social distancing.

As we are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to remind you of our current closing protocols. We want to make sure you are comfortable with your closing and that you feel safe. The following protocols are intended to give you peace of mind and keep our staff safe, as well. Before your closing date, just let us know which of the options below best suits your comfort level. Continue reading “COVID-19 Closing Protocols”

Preparing Your Home for a Winter Showing

The busy season for real estate is spring and summer. During the winter months and the holidays, both buyers and inventory take a dip. However, those who are looking for a home during the winter months are highly motivated due to any number of reasons like job relocation, a new family member which requires more living space, wanting to take advantage of tax breaks and year-end bonuses that finally provide the funds needed to upgrade to a new, bigger home. There are some specific things you can do to make selling your home during this time of year easier.

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Successfully Sell Your Home During the Holiday Season

Successfully Sell Your Home During the Holiday Season

Some may say that the holidays are the worst time to try and sell your home. With so much going on during the holidays, especially in a year like this, this may ring true, but there are some advantages to selling during this time of year. There are typically less homes on the market, so you’ll have less competition. People looking to buy a home during this time, generally have a specific reason for doing so and are more serious about buying. Additionally, selling your home before the end of the year will enable you to claim deductions on your next tax return such as mortgage interest, private mortgage insurance and property taxes.

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Tips for Selling Your Home in the Fall

Tips for Selling Your Home in the Fall

While spring is considered by many to be the best time to sell a home, fall is a great time as well. Summer vacations are over, the really cold weather hasn’t set in yet and the holidays aren’t quite upon us. For these reasons, serious buyers want to move quickly before it does get cold and they find themselves in the middle of the busy holiday season. The fall real estate season is typically Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, so if you’re trying to sell your home right now, or thinking of putting your home on the market, here are some tips to help ensure the best showing for your home.   

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