October 18, 2016

How Your Student Loans Affect Getting a Mortgage When Buying a Home

The decision to balance student loan debt with homeownership is an audacious one, and quite satisfying if it’s well-executed. Find out how your degree type and student loan repayment program influence your ability to secure different types of home loans – and learn what you need to do to demonstrate your capability as a borrower. Purchasing your first home is a huge investment, and an even greater accomplishment. To ensure your success, it’s imperative to have your finances in order. In particular, there may be much speculation and concern surrounding the impact of student loan debt on home-buying achievement. Perhaps […]
September 26, 2016

Choosing the Right Buyer’s Agent

So you’ve saved up your down payment, and you’re ready to start looking for your first home? Choosing the right real estate agent to help you find what you’re looking for is an important variable in the purchase equation. While the housing market is awash with agents, there are essentially only two types; each one plays a different role in the real estate transaction. Seller’s Agent Vs. Buyer’s Agent Seller’s Agent:  This agent lists the house and works for the seller. In this role, the agent provides information about the buyers, help with pricing the property, and advises the seller during […]
August 5, 2016
Steps to buying a home

5 Steps to Buying a Home: Home Buying Process Explained

While buying a home can be a daunting process, there is plenty of help to assist you along the way. There are a lot of moving parts in today’s real estate market so most homebuyers hire knowledgeable professionals – agents, lenders and appraisers – to assist them in this exciting yet challenging endeavor. While professional assistance is key, personally understanding the purchasing process is just as important. Americans will move nearly a dozen times in their lifetime and equipping yourself with the following information is essential to your success as you search for your next home: 1. Prepare Yourself for Ownership […]
August 6, 2014

Rookie Agents Learn About Working with Lenders

As part of our ongoing rookie mentor program, Central Properties hosted a rookie seminar on working with lenders on Tuesday, August 5th. The session, which is the fourth in a series of six topics important to rookie agents, was led by Ellen Klein, Partner at Central Properties, and joined by guest speaker Scott Barr, Loan Officer at Everbank. Central Properties does not designate preferred lender partners, however, agents were updated on the importance of maintaining a good working relationship with lenders to ensure a smooth transaction from pre-approval to closing. Have more questions? Need help buying or selling your home? […]
January 6, 2014

Starting Your Career in Real Estate: How to Get Licensed in DC, VA & MD

If you’re interested in starting your real estate career in the DC area, first you should decide which jurisdictions you want to be licensed in. Many agents in the area find it’s beneficial to get licensed in more than one state so they can serve buyers and sellers as they move about the region. Wherever you chose to start, first you’ll need to hit the books. Here is the step-by-step process to get your license in DC, MD or VA: Have more questions? Need help buying or selling your home? Talk to us: we can help!   [] 1 Step […]
March 1, 2013

Central Properties Launches Rookie Mentoring Program

During the first of many sessions as part of the Rookie Mentoring Program, Paul Sliwka, Principal Broker, presented to a gathering of our newest agents. The goal of these sessions is to expose rookies to various methods that will lead to success in the real estate field. On February 23rd 2013, the topic at hand was working with buyer clients. Paul recalls his first 3-5 sales as being involved with buyers and highlights some important tips for when interacting with a buyer. The First Meeting With A Buyer: • Be your buyer’s broker and do your best for them • […]