June 6, 2017

Central Properties Announces Second Art Show Featuring Paintings by Local Artist

Central Properties is kicking off summer with the second installment of the Central Artist Series: Local, Emerging, Vibrant Art Show featuring the work of local artist, Paula Checkosky. Paula’s work graces the walls of Central Properties following the work of fellow abstract artist, Bradley Gay. The Art Show will take place on Thursday, June 22nd from 5:30-7:30 at Central Properties, located at 1353 V Street NW. There will be appetizers, libations, and a chance to meet the artist and mingle with other art enthusiasts. The event is free and open to the public. The Central Artist Series began with the […]
May 10, 2017

Why Bother with Buyers?

Why be concerned about buyers in a sellers’ market? Two reasons: Today’s buyers become tomorrow’s sellers and, clients and customers are more willing to share a “bad” experience with others looking to buy or sell. Recently, I came across an article from a year ago, 3 Tips for Homebuyers in a Fast-Paced Real Estate Market by Andrew Fortune. It helps focusing on what needs to be done in a market like the one we have today. The first two tips – “Set up instant property alerts,” and “Move fast” are hallmarks of all of you seasoned agents. The third tip […]
April 13, 2017

2017 D.C. First Quarter Statistics: Understanding the Market

The maps below divide the District of Columbia into four major areas: the North, the Heart, the South, & the West. For each area you can find the Absorption Rate, Standard Listing Ratio, Average Price Per Square Foot, and Pricing by DOMP for the real estate market. The numbers don’t lie, the District is one of the hottest real estate markets right now. Help your clients stay informed.
December 24, 2016

How to Get Your Credit Report Ready for a Mortgage Application

When you apply for a mortgage, every point in your credit score matters. With DC real estate prices, even a small increase in your interest rate can cost you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Here’s what you need to do to polish your credit report to get the best score and interest rate possible. Review Your Credit Reports as Soon as Possible Review your credit reports well in advance of when you plan to apply for a mortgage so you have time to fix any errors. Common errors include the credit bureau mixing up consumers with similar names […]
December 5, 2016
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How Green Living Saves You Money

When people discuss green living, they’re referring to a lifestyle based on conservation and recycling; more and more people are becoming interested in what this lifestyle has to offer. According to DC MLS system provider MRIS.com, green living is in demand in today’s real estate market. Using Solar Panels to Generate Cash Anyone looking to buy a house in DC will prefer a property with solar panels, for the rebates and the reduced bills. The federal government offers a tax credit that would equal 30 percent of the value of your solar panels after you have them installed. It should […]
November 28, 2016

Realtor Networking Tips: How to Build a Local Network

When you’re helping people buy and sell houses for a living, you must be a well-connected member of your community. In addition to having ample knowledge of your area so that you can answer sellers’ and buyers’ questions, you also want to have connections with other realtors and real estate professionals. These relationships are mutually beneficial, allowing you to share leads, connect home buyers with their dream home, and ultimately sell more real estate. Follow these tips to network with other real estate professionals, and enjoy the success that comes along with these new relationships. Join an Organization Look for […]
November 17, 2016

3 Ways to Prepare Your Buyers for a Smooth Closing

The offer has been accepted, the inspections are underway and your buyers are preparing for closing on their new home. Unfortunately, hiccups in the closing process can delay or even halt the purchase, which can disappoint your clients and frustrate you. Walking your buyers through the closing process ensures that they have the paperwork and financial records to expedite closing. Follow these tips to make your next closing a smooth one. Work With a Lender You Trust While you don’t have the final say on which lender your client chooses, you can steer him or her toward a trustworthy lender […]
November 9, 2016

Top 5 Things People Forget When Buying A Home

When it comes to buying a home, there is a lot to think about and a lot to plan. It can be easy for details to fall through the cracks or never be considered when choosing a house. Here is a list of the top five things that people often forget when they buy a new home. 1. Seasonal Changes When purchasing a home, many people forget what their new house will need or look like throughout the seasons. This might include the type of trees on the property (evergreen means no raking of leaves, but deciduous trees might create […]