November 20, 2019

How Much Cash Do You Need to Buy a House?

In this post, we provide a brief outline of some of the up-front costs associated with buying a home. Here’s a rundown of the outlays. Earnest Money Deposit After making an offer and coming to an agreement with the home seller, a buyer is generally expected to pay 1 to 3 percent of the purchase price immediately. This earnest money deposit is held until the closing when it becomes part of the down payment. If the buyer backs out of the deal unexpectedly, the seller keeps the money. If the deal falls through due to a contingency that was previously […]
December 4, 2019

Red Flags Revealed During a Home Inspection

Home inspections are one of the more important aspects of the home buying process, and a thorough inspection may occasionally reveal problems that are severe enough to seriously concern a future owner. We wanted to run down a few potential inspection findings that should raise serious red flags. The following are a list of possible issues: Structural damage (usually determined by noting cracks in plaster, visibly shifted floors, doors, or windows; visibly shifted brick on the exterior, etc.) may require underpinning to the tune of $25,000-250,000 Water intrusion and grading problems (usually noted with visible water stains, visible presence or […]
December 13, 2019

The Biggest Changes Coming in 2020 Real Estate—and What Buyers and Sellers Need to Do

Ten years ago, many homeowners were desperately hoping to hang on to their homes. Others were doing everything they could just to scare up potential buyers. Meanwhile, said buyers were struggling to get financing from newly skittish lenders. Ah, memories. What a difference a decade makes! It has, in fact, been the most consequential stretch in American real estate history, one that has fundamentally altered the landscape. Cosmopolitan coastal cities are out; affordable midsize cities are in. Baby boomers and Gen Xers are no longer the dominant forces in buying, ceding that turf to millennials. Yet after all this time, […]
December 19, 2019

Tax Relief for DC Homeowners

When you buy a home in the District, you will have to pay property taxes along with your mortgage and homeowner’s insurance. As parts of DC quickly develop and housing values shoot up, property taxes may rise just as quickly, creating a greater monetary outlay than what new homeowners initially planned for. Luckily, DC has a few ways to lower the tax burden. All Owner-Occupants are Eligible for the Homestead Deduction Homeowners in DC can file an application with the Office of Tax and Revenue for a Homestead Deduction. The primary benefit of the deduction is to bring down the […]