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Had I Know…

You have probably thought about or at least said out loud “if I knew then, what I know now, I would have done things different.” Thoughts like “I should have stayed in school,” or “I should have listened a bit more to my parents” come to mind.



Renters Want to Buy

In a recently released study, Fannie Mae states the consumer attitudes continue to be favorable about homeownership, especially with younger generations, ages 18 to 34. When comparing the financial and lifestyle benefits, slightly over half of them (71 percent) think that owning makes more sense than renting. Protection against rent increases was mentioned.



Preparing your home to sell quickly

First impressions of a home go a long way in determining how quickly your home will sell. Your major role as a seller will be to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers – you need to be viewing your home through the eyes of potential buyers. With some time, effort and limited financial investment, you can grab the competitive edge you need to sell your home at the price you want.


FHA Loans and Mortgage Insurance Premium – More Expensive than Expected

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans can be confusing because the FHA does not make loans. It insures the loans made by lenders it has approved. So, if a lender defaults, the FHA covers the losses – not the lender.

One of the great benefits of an FHA insured loan is that it only requires a 3.5% down payment, making homeownership much more feasible for those potential buyers purchasing Fairfax VA Real Estate, who do not have the traditional 10%-20% down that conventional mortgages require.




Smart Buyer Tips – Northern Virginia Real Estate 2013

If you have been shopping for Fairfax, Va real estate recently, you may notice prices are rising again, and competition for homes has started heating up. A “sellers market” may be where you find yourself as a buyer if you are looking at homes for sale in Northern Virginia.
As the market shifts from a buyer’s market, it’s good to know how to improve your chances to have the seller accept your offer. The secret to finding the best home at the best price is knowing how to present your offer in this changing market.


Home Warranties – Avoid the Unexpected in Northern Virginia

Do you know the pros and cons of having a home warranty? It’s common for sellers to offer home warranties on their properties, and buyers might find it an incentive. But a growing number of owners of Fairfax, VA real estate and Vienna, VA real estate are purchasing home warranties without even being in a real estate transaction. Some have seen that the home warranty service agreement can limit the unexpected expenses of repairs and replacements of the home you intend to live in for awhile.