Dan Bouchard Residential Real Estate in DC and VA/MD Suburbs

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Topics on the practice of Residential Real Estate in the Metro Washington DC and Virginia market area as the issues come up.
History: Earnest Money, years ago was a major part and process of buying a home, It was a scary concept with a great deal of risk associated with it. In those days it was not uncommon to require 5-10-15% of a purchase price as Earnest Money Deposit! In the early days, a prospective home buyer who...
Preface: The topic of Earnest Money is one of those nebulous real estate terms that few consumers (and many Realtors) have solid understanding about. This discussion hopefully will open up a dialog for buyers and sellers to gain a better understanding of the term and the concepts involved with re...
In the recent National Association of REALTORS®, National 2010 Convention, final approval was ratified for several changes to the Standards and Ethics policies all REALTORS® are obligated to conduct themselves with in the conduct of their business. Among these changes is the long awaited extensio...
Recently the abundance of tightened lending guidelines by mortgage lenders in conjunction with an abundance of Short Sale and Foreclosure Home saturating the Listing inventories nationwide has created an unusually high market for an old Financing Tool that previously had very little use or applic...
A VA Loan is often a cheaper alternative for active duty and my fellow Veteran service members of the US Military and Reserves with little "Up-Front" cash to put into a purchase transaction. The VA Loan does some things that make it unique and highly desirable for many home buyers in today's home...
In over 15 years in Real Estate I have often been accused of "Speaking Colorfully, Bluntly, and without delicacy". I expect this blog post will be perceived no differently. So if you are faint in virtue or offend easily at colorful colloquial speech, don't continue reading! Each time I get to thi...
I like to focus my blog posts on relevant issues that pop up daily in my practice of real estate home buyer and seller representation in the DC/VA and MD market area. Home buyers and sellers often come to me with ideas about generalized rules on how they will navigate this industry. Usually this ...
The various laws in all the states and municipalities throughout the United States stipulate all kinds of requirements, obligations, liabilities, expectations and limitations of what a Listing Agent or a Designated Buyer's Agent is and is not to be. Additionally, the National Association of Realt...
Historical Perspective: Before 2008, in the Washington DC Metro area, in particular in the more popular and high demand neighborhoods of DC and inside the beltway suburbs, it was extremely common for home buyers to be forced to make their home purchase offers NOT contingent on a Building Inspecti...
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (otherwise known as HUD), runs and administers the FHA home loan process. The FHA division does not actually make loans to consumers but it insures mortgage lenders who agree to conform to the FHA guidelines in preparing these loans. These loans onc...

A. Daniel Bouchard

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Topics on the practice of Residential Real Estate in the Metro Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia market area. Contracts, Ethics, Certified Distressed Property Expert, 203K FHA Purchase-renovation projects/loans, luxury properties, Virtual Tours, 17 year licensed Realtor experience. Condos, detached homes and townhouses.