DC and Maryland Real Estate Blog

  • 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...