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 […]
April 25, 2013
Getting a Mortgage

6 Key Considerations When Applying for a Mortgage

For most would-be homebuyers, making a run at homeownership is going to mean getting approved for a home loan. It’s a process that, at best, can be stressful and confusing. Borrowers can be better prepared by taking steps to study their options and learn what to expect from a lender. “It’s surprising to me that people tend to spend more time in pre-purchase research for a car than they do for a home mortgage,” says Chris George, president of home mortgage lender CMG Financial. Keeping up to date on changes in the mortgage market is necessary, because the government, which essentially […]
April 4, 2013

8 Things to Look For at the Open House

It’s a great time of year to get a jump on the home buying competition by checking out open houses in DC Maryland and Virginia. Before getting in the car to run to the nearest “Open Sunday” sign, take note of these tips. The first tip is to do your research with your Realtor or online to find the properties in the neighborhoods that interest you. There are great mobile apps that can guide your search as well. Realtor.com, Trulia and other big sites have great mobile apps which let you search for open houses by list or map and […]
March 12, 2013

Seminar: How to Appeal DC Property Taxes [Deanwood, March 26, 2013]

Central Properties agent Ericka Black is hosting a seminar on March 26th to help DC homeowners learn about property tax appeals, which can lead to lower property taxes. Last year Ericka successfully appealed her property tax assessment, and she’s bringing together Campbell Johnson and Kaye Darr of the Urban Housing Alliance to train others for 2013. Don’t miss this FREE seminar, learn about your rights: property tax appeals are due on April 1st! WHEN: Tuesday, March 26th at 6pm WHERE: Ward Memorial AME Church, 241 42nd St NE, Washington DC RSVP by 3/24 to: [email protected] Have more questions? Need help […]
January 25, 2013

7 Tips for Success in Real Estate from Paul Gale

As part of a series of mentoring sessions, Central Properties invited Paul Gale, a successful Sales Manager for Long & Foster in McLean VA, to talk to our agents. Paul tailored his talk for Real Estate Agents looking to build successful careers, building on the famous “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Here are some highlights, and most of it applies to any profession! To start, have a good mindset about what you’re doing. Find what makes you passionate in your career, and believe in what you’re doing. Be a team player. Everything must hinge upon core values of honesty, […]