DC and Maryland Real Estate Blog

  • Is It Time For New Windows?

    BY Cindy Souza

    Replacing the windows on your home is a big job that can potentially come with a high price tag. If your windows are starting to show their age, you may be trying to decide whether or not it’s time to make the investment in new ones. Here’s what ...

  • Get Ready to Buy in 2018

    BY Cindy Souza

    Is 2018 the year you’ll finally realize your dream of buying a home? If you’d like to make that dream a reality, start planning now so you’ll be ready in the New Year. Here’s what you need to do to set yourself up for your 2018 home purchase....

  • The Benefits of Going to Open Houses

    BY Cindy Souza

    Are you getting ready to buy a home? Or maybe homeownership is something you’re planning for in the not-too-distant future? Then you’ve no doubt stumbled across open houses and wondered if you should go. Whether you’re ready to buy or getting...

  • Buying a House That Isn’t For Sale

    BY Cindy Souza

    Are you house hunting in a competitive market and having no luck finding a home? Did you find your perfect home – but it’s not for sale? Then you may be wondering if you can try to buy a home that doesn’t have a “for sale” sign in the front...

  • Home Insurance and Halloween

    BY Cindy Souza

    It’s that time of year again! Time for Halloween pumpkins, candy, costumes – and possible claims to your homeowner’s insurance. While trick-or-treating is a time-honored tradition, it also increases the risk of damage to or accidents on your pr...

  • What Is Your Home Worth?

    BY Cindy Souza

    Knowing what to price your home is one of the most important aspects of selling. Choosing just the right listing price can mean the difference between a quick sale and a home that languishes on the market for weeks or even months. But how do you kn...

  • Home Selling Myths Debunked

    BY Cindy Souza

    If you’re selling your home, you’ve no doubt received lots of advice about the process. Though most folks have the best of intentions, the information they share may not always be accurate. And in some cases, the “facts” they tell you may b...

  • Why Use a Real Estate Agent?

    BY Cindy Souza

    Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you’ve probably considered whether or not it’s really necessary to work with a professional real estate agent. With so much information available online, isn’t it possible to go through the process a...

  • Explore a Community Through Social Media

    BY Cindy Souza

    Social media has become an indispensible tool for keeping in touch with old friends, staying current with the news and enjoying the latest viral cat video. But did you ever consider using social media to learn about a neighborhood? If you’re gett...

  • Avoid These Home Buying Mistakes

    BY Cindy Souza

    Buying a house – especially for the first time – can be a huge undertaking. It’s a complex process, making it easy for mistakes to happen along the way. If you’re buying a home, here are some common pitfalls you should avoid. Not getting...

  • Selling During a Divorce

    BY Cindy Souza

    Getting a divorce is a stressful and emotionally draining process. Add to it the prospect of selling your home, and now you’ve got a challenging situation even under the best of circumstances. If you and your former spouse have agreed to sell you...

  • Tips for Staging Outdoor Spaces

    BY Cindy Souza

    Does your outdoor space make a good first impression? Your home’s exterior is the first thing that potential buyers will see when they take a tour. Are you making the most of it? If you think your outdoor spaces could use a little TLC as you get re...

  • Selling Your Condo

    BY Cindy Souza

    Is it time to sell your condo? While you may think that selling a condo is the same as selling a house, there are distinct differences that are important to know before putting yours on the market. Check out these pointers to ensure you sell yours ...

  • What to Expect on Closing Day

    BY Cindy Souza

    You searched for and found a house. You put in an offer that was accepted. You applied for a mortgage, got a home inspection and completed what seemed like a thousand other tasks, all in preparation for closing day. If you’re a first-time homebu...

  • Downsizing? Here’s How

    BY Cindy Souza

    Whether it’s because your kids have left for college or you’re preparing for retirement, many homeowners choose to downsize at some point in their lives. Making the move from a large home to a smaller one can be both liberating and challenging. I...

  • Should You Make a Backup Offer?

    BY Cindy Souza

    You’ve found a house you love and you’re ready to make an offer. Unfortunately, you find out from your real estate agent that the house is under contract – meaning the seller has already accepted another offer. While it can be frustrating to ...

  • Pros and Cons of Buying a Foreclosed Home

    BY Cindy Souza

    If you’re in the market for a new home, perhaps you’ve browsed listings and come across a foreclosure or two that you like. Maybe you’ve even noticed that some of these homes have listing prices that are below the typical market value in your...

  • Reinvent a Room for Staging

    BY Cindy Souza

    You’re ready to sell, but you know that your home could use some updates to attract serious buyers. But you don’t want to invest significant time or money, which is understandable. Major remodels don’t always bring a desired return on investmen...

  • 5 Reasons to Sell Your Home During the Holidays

    BY Cindy Souza

    If you’re thinking about selling your home, chances are you’ve been told that the end of the year is a terrible time to do it. You’ve likely heard two main reasons to back up this assertion: the holidays are too stressful and there are no buy...

  • What is a Pocket Neighborhood?

    BY Cindy Souza

    Have you ever heard of a pocket neighborhood? The term was first coined in 1995 by the architect Ross Chapin and refers to a small group of homes that face each other and share a common space. It promotes the idea of building community and establishi...

  • Get Your Garden Ready for Winter

    BY Cindy Souza

    Can you feel the chill in the air? Old Man Winter is on his way – which means it’s time to get your garden ready for the coming cold weather. By doing these gardening chores now, you’ll give yourself a great start for the next planting season. ...

  • Big Luxury on a Small Budget

    BY Cindy Souza

    You don’t have to be a billionaire to enjoy a little luxury. With some smart choices and a bit of imagination, you can live a champagne lifestyle on a beer budget. Here are some strategies to maximize the luxuriousness of your home and life while...

  • Decorating with Family Heirlooms

    BY Cindy Souza

    We understand the dilemma – you absolutely love the handmade patchwork quilt you inherited from your grandmother, but it really doesn’t go well with your Mid-century Modern décor. Or perhaps your spouse owns of collection of antique books that...

  • Great Pets for Small Homes

    BY Cindy Souza

    Do you have dreams of bringing home a new best friend, but you think your place is just too small? Do you wish you could have a Saint Bernard, but know that he might not fit in your 500 square foot condo? Is your son begging you for a pet boa constri...

  • What Is Escrow?

    BY Cindy Souza

    If you’re buying a home, you are going to come across this word many times during the process – escrow. If you’re a first time homebuyer, you may have no idea what it means. Even if you have bought a home in the past, escrow may still be some...

  • Can You Sell Your Home After Labor Day?

    BY Cindy Souza

    Conventional wisdom dictates that spring and summer are the best times to sell your home. And since Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer season, you may be thinking that you’ve missed your opportunity to put your home on the market. But t...

  • How to Load Your Moving Truck

    BY Cindy Souza

    If you’ve decided to save some money on your move by packing the moving truck yourself, you’ll want to make sure you maximize the space available while minimizing the damage to your belongings. Take these tips from the pros to pack your truck t...

  • Get Your Home Ready for Back-to-School Season

    BY Cindy Souza

    It’s hard to believe, but summer is winding down and kids will be heading back to school soon – if they haven’t started already. If you’re looking around your home wondering how you’re going to get organized for the upcoming school year, ...

  • Save Money on Your Move

    BY Cindy Souza

    Moving can be tough on a tight budget – but not impossible. If you’re wondering how you’re going to get through your next move without spending a fortune, here are some of our favorite ideas. Save money on packing Did you start packing yet?...

  • How To Stay Cool at Home

    BY Cindy Souza

    Summer has just begun, but temperatures are already rising! Are you ready for a heat wave? Take advantage of these tips to keep it cool at home during these hot summer days. Shut the shades While you may be tempted to let the sun shine in on pretty...

  • Stage Your Front Porch to Sell

    BY Cindy Souza

    You’ve cleared out all the clutter, emptied the closets, trimmed the trees, and made all the necessary repairs. Your house is clean and spotless and ready to show to potential buyers. But have you thought about your front porch? Your front porch ...

  • Grow Veggies at Home

    BY Cindy Souza

    Have you put off growing your own vegetables at home because you think it will be too difficult, time consuming or messy? Do you worry that you don’t have enough space? Do you think you have a black thumb and nothing will grow? Starting your own...

  • Make the Most of a Tiny Patio

    BY Cindy Souza

    Do you have grand visions of a summer spent outside, enjoying the sunshine and soft warm breeze from your beautiful outdoor space? Do you feel like this is all a fantasy because you have a tiny patio that couldn’t possibly live up to your expecta...

  • 11 Ways to Make Small Rooms Feel Big

    BY Cindy Souza

    Just because you’re short on square footage doesn’t mean your life needs to feel cramped.  Try any of these amazing tricks to make your small space feel big. Choose the right paint colors While the generally accepted rule of thumb ...

  • How to Choose the Best Offer for Your Home

    BY Cindy Souza

    You’ve put your house on the market. You had a great open house. And now you’ve gotten an offer – followed by three more. If you’re selling your home, you may find yourself in the position of having to choose between different offers. Whil...

  • Are You Ready for a Fixer Upper?

    BY Cindy Souza

    Maybe you have dreams of buying a new home but aren’t sure you can financially swing it. Perhaps you have visions of turning an otherwise shabby home into something from your dreams. Or maybe you’ve found a house that’s in the perfect neighbo...

  • Quiet Your Noisy Home

    BY Cindy Souza

    Dogs barking, car alarms shrieking, helicopters buzzing overhead, sirens blaring – sometimes the world just outside your home is a noisy place. Couple that with all the various noises that come from within your house, and you’ve got a potential...

  • Use Your Tax Refund On Your Home

    BY Cindy Souza

    Have you filed your taxes yet? We know -- tax season isn’t anybody’s favorite time of the year (except, of course, for tax accountants). But if you’re expecting a refund, now is a great time to reinvest that money in your home. Whether you...

  • When You Should – and Shouldn’t – DIY

    BY Cindy Souza

    Are you starting to feel a little bored with your house? Are you daydreaming about making some changes? At some point, most homeowners want to spruce up their home a little bit – and may even try to handle some of those upgrades on their own. But...

  • Selling in Winter

    BY Cindy Souza

    Traditional real estate marketing says homes sell better in the Spring and that if you haven't sold by the time school starts, you might as well wait until the weather warms again. But these days, real estate is anything but traditional. In fact, so...

  • Buying with Reselling in Mind

    BY Cindy Souza

    If you know that the home you are buying my have to be sold within a few years, you have a few extra items you need to pay attention to prior to purchasing. This is particularly true if you'll need to sell within a short time period due to a job tr...

  • How Much Will My Payment Be?

    BY Cindy Souza

    You've found it! The home you've been searching for is for sale and you want to buy it. Can you afford it? How can you tell? First of all, the Internet is full of ways to calculate how much a mortgage will be. You can click on any mortgage calcul...

  • Holiday Decorating Faux Pas to Avoid in Your New Home

    BY Cindy Souza

    Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is in full swing. You've been imaging all the ways you can decorate your new home to celebrate the season, so to keep you and your family safe in your new place we've gathered this list of dangerous deco...

  • Fall Filter Fixes

    BY Cindy Souza

    Okay, some home maintenance items just don't make the urgent list. Changing your furnace filter doesn't often make the cut. As we head into autumn, take a moment to check your furnace filter to get it ready for a winter workout. Why your filter is ...

  • Keeping It In Balance: Knowing Your Credit-to-Debt Ratio

    BY Cindy Souza

    Many potential new homebuyers find themselves unable to secure a loan, confined to a smaller home ? or at least to a smaller loan ? because they don't understand the ins and outs of their credit score. First of all, your FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation...

  • Should I Haggle Over the Price?

    BY Cindy Souza

    Buying a home, especially for the first time, is emotional. You've saved and scrimped for months—years even—and now you've found the home of your dreams. You're in love and you don't want someone else to get it. Joss Whedon, the mastermind behin...

  • Marketing Your Home Out-of-Town, Out-of-State, Out-of-Country

    BY Cindy Souza

    In a tough sellers' market, homeowners looking for the best possible sale sometimes consider marketing to out-of-town, out-of-state and even out-of-country buyers. So, how do you attract buyers from out of your area? Relocation Services Statistical...

  • Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Weekend

    BY Cindy Souza

    Sometimes the idea of getting your home ready to sell can seem daunting, and you might be tempted to sell it "as is" instead. Adding a little curb appeal, however, will help your home sell faster and for more money. There are many improvements that a...

  • Expand Your Summer Living Space

    BY Cindy Souza

    As the temperatures heat up and barbeque season is in full swing, the outdoors beckons. Early morning coffee on the back deck as the sunrises and late evening gatherings to watch the stars come out do not require shade, but to fully utilize your outd...

  • Design Trends in New Homes

    BY Cindy Souza

    When the housing market rebounded, so did home builders eager to show off their design skills. Buyers expect that newly constructed homes will be safer and more energy efficient, but they’re also looking for homes that meet the needs of the more mo...

  • Monochromatic Decorating Ideas

    BY Cindy Souza

    The use of a single color, or range of shades in a color gives your home a sophisticated designer appeal. Do you have to hire a designer to achieve the look? No, you can do it yourself if you keep these things in mind. Respect the Hue In other ...

  • Living Small

    BY Cindy Souza

    No matter what our background, we all have an ideal dream home size in mind. When it comes down to the actual living in it, however, can smaller be better? If your dream is for an urban dwelling with access to cultural events, public transportation, ...