January 24, 2014

5 Tips To Prepare Your Home for Sale

If one of your goals for this year is to sell your home, here’s five easy ways to improve the odds of getting the offer you are looking for: 1. Price it right First thing is to set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range. A home that’s priced right for the market attracts serious buyers. An overpriced home may miss out on the all important first few weeks of showings, after which time the listing will appear stale. Have more questions? Need help buying or selling your home? Talk to us: we can help!   […]
December 4, 2014

Professional Photography Helps Listings Sell

With more than 92% of buyers starting their home search online, it is now more important than ever for home sellers to make a good impression on the web. Craig Heller from TruPlace, a virtual floorplan and real estate photography service, stopped by Central Properties to update agents on the latest trends in online listings. Studies have indicated that listings with multiple high-quality photos attract more interest than listings without photos. For home buyers shopping for their next home from out of state, listing photos and floor plans are even more important. That’s why it is Central Properties policy that […]
January 14, 2015

New Year, New Real Estate Contract In Virginia

The previous regional sales contract which can be used in DC and Maryland no longer applies to Virginia. For 2015 Real Estate transactions in Virginia now require a new contract. Agents at Central Properties were briefed by Sara Rodriguez, Title Attorney from Ekko Title, on some of the changes ushered in by the new Virginia contract and recent legislative changes to comply with regulations by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Have more questions? Need help buying or selling your home? Talk to us: we can help!   [] 1 Step 1 Pick a time to speak with one of […]
September 20, 2016

Should You Sell or Rent Out Your House?

Sometimes, moving is inevitable. Whether you own your home or are still paying a mortgage, a time may come when you suddenly have to move. Keep reading on to learn more about whether you should  sell or rent your home. The Facts of the Market As of July 2016, the median price for a single-family home in the U.S. is just over $244,000, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s up 5.3 percent (or about $13,000) from the same time last year. That increase is pretty indicative of the trajectory of home prices over the past several quarters.  It’s […]
October 19, 2016

5 Tips on Staging Your Home During the Holiday Season

Selling your home often comes down to how well it is staged and presented. Key elements of staging include removing clutter and even buying matching bathroom towels and flowers to put on the dining room table. The holidays, however, present special challenges to staging your home. Here’s how you can pull it off while keeping your holiday traditions intact. 1. Stage First, Decorate Second The most important point is that you should stage as you normally would: Pack up any knickknacks. Touch up (or replace) exterior areas such as faded doormats and mailboxes. Trim trees that are overgrown. Only with […]
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, […]