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A free home buyer class is scheduled at Martin Luther King Library. As with our other classes, there is absolutely no cost or obligation to attend this one hour educational session where we will recap the current market conditions, discuss the future outlook, and provide an overview of the home p...
MRIS (the consortium that owns our regional multiple listing service) has published the December 2008 stats, and I've updated graphs at my website: Arlington Market Stats - Arlington continues to post strong numbers. Only 4.91 months of inventory available, and of the homes that sold in December,...
Our home seller classes are educational sessions designed to give an overview of current market conditions and the home selling process. We cover a recap of the market, current trends and market stats including days on market, average sales prices, and inventory levels. We'll also discuss how to ...
The first classes of 2009 are now scheduled at Arlington County Library. As in the past, there is absolutely no cost or obligation to attend this one hour educational session where we will recap the current market conditions (including stats like days on market, inventory levels, and average sale...
The Washington Posts' Express paper had a special Home Buyer's Guide this past Wednesday, and I was honored to be asked for my thoughts on buying investment properties.During my conversation with the author, I noted that prices inside the Beltway--areas that are optimal for finding renters--have ...
As prices plummet, some solid investment opportunities are starting to emerge…but how do you identify good investment properties? Step 1: Identify some target neighborhoods. - The first thing to do is to consider long term (e.g., 10 years) appreciation potential. Think about area employment (and ...
Here's a little known add-on to the 2008 Emergency Economic and Stabilization Act - aka the $700 billion bailout bill: the $5000 credit for DC first time home buyers. Area residents are familiar with this credit, and know that it had expired on Dec 31, 2007. Though typically every year it's passe...
I’m often asked whether the market will pick up after the election, with the incoming administration. Whether the Republicans or Democrats win, a wave of new junior staffers and senior officials will sweep into Washington, DC. My guess is that the impact on the real estate market will be positive...
Welcome to Washington!  No doubt you’re excited about what the next four years holds for both our country as well as your own relocation. Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and suburban Maryland are fantastic places to live, as you will soon discover. Obviously there are lots of other factors to...
How much do I need for a downpayment? It depends. (Come on, you knew I was going to say that.) There are some rules of thumb though. First, you can bet you need a heck of a lot more than buyers did a few years ago, or even one year ago. There are lots of influencing factors: type of financing, am...

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