Chantilly, VA Real Estate News

By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
One week to go, and it's officially Thanksgiving! It is a great time to bond with the family, reconnect with other relatives and old friends, and to cherish the holiday season with warmth and love from these people. But why stop at the celebration if you can bond with your friends and family to burn the calories after the grand Thanksgiving dinner! As a person who believes that well-being is one of the most important aspects of life, I think it is great to not only make sure that you take proper diet, but exercise as well. So here's my top 5 list of the activities you can do after Thanksgiving to burn off those calories, and where you can do them in the DC Metro area!1. Cardio on the RunDoing cardio is one of the most effective ways of losing unnecessary carbs and that extra weight you ...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
The holidays are fast approaching! This means the winter season is almost here, and so is Thanksgiving. With these events just right around the corner, it will be great to celebrate it with the sceneries you will enjoy and love. This brings us to today's feature: the Winter Walk of Lights in Vienna, VA!Celebrate the holidays by visiting the Winter Walk of Lights show in Vienna, which is celebrating its 10th year. The event will be open from November 11 to January 2, which gives a lot of opportunity for the busy bees out there. Suit up in your autumn and winter wear for the spectacular show of lights that will surely brighten up your hearts and feel the warmth of love wrapping around you. Enjoy the half-mile trail full of spectacular colors and wonders that your friends and family will l...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Thanksgiving is fast approaching! I bet some of you haven't decided what to cook this Thanksgiving, or rather want to try something different from the usual recipes you have every year. Just as much as I watch television shows when I'm not doing anything, I also love to try new things in the kitchen -- which is why today we''ll be talking about my personal top five Thanksgiving dishes inspired by television shows we all know and love.Please note that all of these recipes came from Andrew Rea and his YouTube channel called Binging with Babish (not sponsored by the way). I just really love how he made all of these recipes come to life and make a version of his own that will surely make your mouth water every single time.1. Turturkeykey (from How I Met Your Mother)Ted tries to be a culinar...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
With the holiday season fast approaching, this will be the best time to explore the different parks in the Northern Virginia area and see what nature has to offer! This is also a good time to plan your trips come the holidays as a part of an unforgettable vacation. One of the parks around the Loudoun County is the Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park, that will take you back in time and reconnect you with nature.The Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park located in Leesburg, VA, is connected to the Potomac river, which in itself is a historic site. This is where the American Indians used to live and first built one of the first civilizations in the country by the riverside (which the rest of the world has done as well -- go to a nearby a river and get yourself a civilization in the long run). This ...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Happy Diwali, everyone! I love to share my culture to everyone, for I believe it only makes the world a better place. Just like Diwali, where we are make each other happy and remind us that we are not alone in the journey of life. Without further ado, here's my top 5 list of all the restaurants and venues to celebrate Diwali this year!1. Celebration by Rupa ViraLooking for a modern twist to traditional Indian food this Diwali? Look further no more as Celebration by Rupa Veera got your back! Located in Ashburn, VA, Chef Rupa believes in improving and further evolving the Indian cuisine we all know and love, while still keeping the tradition alive. Visit their website here for more information.2. Punjab GrillMake Diwali more special by visiting the Punjab Grill in Washington, DC! Get the ...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
It is the festival of lights, indeed. From my family to yours, I'd like to greet everyone a Happy Diwali! I hope you are all celebrating Diwali peacefully and I wish you all the goodness and prosperity this year. I hope the warmth of all these lights bring you joy, happiness, love, and peace. How's your Diwali celebration going so far? How do you plan to celebrate this Diwali? I hope you receive meaningful gifts this year, no matter how simple. Do you have any recommendations, suggestions, or maybe a unique way of celebrating Diwali this year? Let me know in the comments down below! With all the forthcoming blessings this Diwali, are you finally planning to illuminate your world and make a move in the DC Metro area? Let's talk -- 703-625-494 or visit my website at www.RituDesai.com. Onc...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
The word "investment" might be a mystery to some people, especially when they're trying to learn more about financial planning and stability. Some people are just confused as to what insurance actually is, and how things work, so there's usually a lot of hesitation when it comes to getting one.Today in this episode of Thankful Thursday series, we talked about the most frequently asked questions about insurance not only in real estate but in other fields as well! Join me with Aditya of Arya Insurance as we talk about how insurance works, what is included and what's not, and why it is important that you get one for your financial stability and for your loved ones, too! Click on the video at the top for more.Want to know more about insurance and how you can get you and your dream home insu...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
And now at last, we finally come down to the last letter of our Real Estate Alphabet Soup -- letter Z! Z for ZoningZoning refers to a number of things, but in real estate, it's all about the laws and regulations that states how a property can or can't be used in certain areas. This includes demolishing a home for renovation, converting it to a land, or other purposes. If you are considering buying a home that needs to be knocked down or if it's a raw land and you want to build a property with, or if it is an existing structure that you want to demolish and build your own dream home, then zoning will be one of the things that you have to refer to. Given with these circumstances, it's important to speak with the zoning commissioner of your local county for you make sure that it is conform...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Hey there! Here's yet another hot steaming Real Estate Alphabet Soup, where we learn about real estate one letter at a time. We are now down at the second-to-the-last letter, letter Y! This is specifically for investors who wants to make money with real estate. Do you ever wonder about the anticipated income you might get in a specific amount of time? Let's talk about it today!Y for YieldYield is essentially the return of your investment that the investor wants to get. Essentially, it could be the mortgage holder who wants certain yield over the interest that they are letting you borrow. On the other hand, if you are a landlord or an investor who wants certain rate of returning of their money, they will be investing in real estate. That's the yield that will be calculated to determine i...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Here's another episode of our Real Estate Alphabet Soup, where we learn more about real estate one letter at a time. Our letter for today covers one of the important components of buying and owning a home. This term is not only used in real estate, but in other items as well that you probably are purchasing on a daily basis. Without further ado, here's letter W!W for WarrantyA home warranty is a service contract that covers the maintenance costs of any household appliances or system for a limited time. This is not to be confused with insurance, which covers various topics. Check my video about insurance here. If you are purchasing a new construction, your home builder will convey a certain warranty for a certain period of time. For resale home, however, there are 3rd party warranty comp...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Happy Monday, everyone! It is time for another Real Estate Alphabet Soup episode today. Are there terms and contingencies that you're not comfortable in working with when it comes to buying or even selling a home? Then today's episode is for you.V for Voiding the ContractIf in an event you have a contingency and you are not satisfied with it, say, home inspection, you can give a notice. This is where voiding the contract comes into play.The seller can also give you a notice if you're contingent on financing and you have passed the timeline. So it is a one party communication. On top of that, in an event that there is a voiding, you will get your earnest money deposit if both parties agree to the term of notice and the voiding of the contract. For these special scenarios, it is recommend...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Hey there! Here's another steaming hot episode of the Real Estate Alphabet Soup Series, where we learn more about Real Estate one letter at a time. Wondering how loans get approved? Today we'll learm more about it with our next letter in the series.U for UnderwritingSo you decided to buy a home, either by upgrading or downsizing, or possibly making an income out of it. And you decided to get a loan for the property so that you can get your dream home. Lenders will now check if you are worthy for the loan amount you're targeting, and this process is called underwriting.After the pre-approval process by your lender, an underwriter will then ensure that you are qualified for the mortgage and would usually include a lot of paperwork. Make sure to be ready for those documents for a smooth tr...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
'Tis the season, indeed! Halloween is just around the corner, and it's all in the tradition of getting your costumes and baskets for the Trick-or-Treat this coming weekend, probably watch a horror movie or two at night later on while drinking your favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte. While all in all a yearly tradition, how can someone also forget one of the main attractions of the Halloween period -- Haunted Houses! So today we'll talk about the top 5 Haunted Houses around the DMV area (in no particular order) for all the scary spooky experience you'll surely enjoy.1. ShocktoberListed as one of the most terrifying haunted houses in the country, this house of horror in Leesburg, VA does give a lot of spooky vibes! Every scare counts here in this haunted house too, as they support a number of n...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Happy Friday! The weekend is waving, and so here's another episode for our Real Estate Alphabet Soup series. We're now at letter T, and we will be discussing how you can protect yourself as a home buyer. T for Title InsuranceThink about title insurance as your life insurance; in the event that there are any issues or defects with the title or lien that comes up during the ownership or even after you sell the home, insurance will cover for those issues. There are two portions to title insurance -- the lender portion, which is mandatory as a home buyer, and the owner's portion which is optional. If you are a home buyer, especially for the first timers, it is important to speak with your title company as to how the title insurance works. Want to learn more about home ownership and know abo...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
What's happening in the housing market this week in the DMV Area? What's that thing with iBuyer that people are talking about recently? Should you buy/sell your home in the upcoming holiday season? We'll answer all of these questions in this week's real estate market report!Zillow's iBuyer Program Halted -- What's in it for us?On Monday Oct 18th, 2021 Zillow announced that they will be pausing the iBuyer Program due to backlogs, labor, and supply shortage. They said that the program will be suspended until the end of the year to deal with all the backlogs. As a result of this suspension, the stocks for Zillow went down by 5% over the past 5 days. www.RituDesai.com(Image by Mediamodifier from Pixabay)To give a quick idea, the iBuyer program is supposed to help sellers to sell their prope...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Hey there! Here we are back at it again with another episode of the Real Estate Alphabet Soup, where we learn more about the real estaste world one letter at a time. Today's topic involves one of the strategies in looking for potential buyers and maybe sellers as well in the future. Without further ado, here's the next letter in this Alphabet Soup:O for Open HouseAn open house is a scheduled time when the house will be open for public viewing by potential buyers. It is an opportunity for a prospect -- even if you are under a buyer broker agreement with another realtor, you are welcome to preview the home between the time that the open house is hosted. In addition, the person representing the open house (usually the realtor) is also looking out for the interest of the sellers. So if you ...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Wondering how we market your home to potential buyers? Here's for today's episode of the Real Estate Alphabet Soup Series! We are currently at letter M this time, and today we will know one of the most important platforms that realtors use for property listings and market updates.M for Multiple Listing Services (MLS)A multiple listing service, or MLS, is a platform where realtors list the homes for sale, which will then be visible to various websites that potential buyers and buyer agents browse to see the ideal home for them. This is one of the main marketing tools of a realtor, which keeps the industry alive.In the DMV area, realtors are currently using the Bright MLS system. Every association will have its own MLS system where they can list the properties they have for sale and where...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Another one! Welcome to another episode of Real Estate Alphabet Soup where we understand more about real estate one letter at a time. For this entry, we're now at letter K.K for Kick-Out ClauseKick-out clauses are like clauses where one party can give a notice either to remove the contingency in place or to avoid the contract. In my experience, the common one in the DMV area we see is the home of choice or home of sale contingency where the buyer won't purchase a home until they sell their home, or the other way around -- where the seller will not sell you the home until they find another home of their choice.These situations might need the attention of a professional in the real estate business. In case you encounter any of these situations, make sure to keep in touch with your realtor...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Here we are with another hot steaming knowledge with another episode of Real Estate Alphabet Soup! This time, we're talking about one of the loan types in the market with our next letter, J.J for Jumbo LoansAs the word says, jumbo loans are pretty massive in comparison to the other types of loans. This is also called the non-conforming loan. The loan limits are set by the Federal Housing Financing Agency. The DMV Area, or our DC metro area are in a high cost housing market, so our loan limits are a lot higher than maybe other parts of the country. Just to give an idea, we are at about $822,000. Talk about a jumbo loan. Literally.  For borrowers that are interested in purchasing more expensive properties, jumbo loans might be more viable than the conventional loans out there. However, li...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Happy Monday, everyone! We just got off the weekend. Speaking of, weekends are known for house hunting and even inspection day! And that is why today, we'll be talking about the next letter in our alphabet soup: II for InspectionA home inspection is an examination of the property's current conditions to see if it passes certain safety standards. This is usually done by a professional home inspector that looks for any needed repairs, malfunctions, or other home issues that needs your attention.This is a very important thing when it comes to buying a home. I mean, you're making one of the largest purchases in your lifetime, and saying that this is a huge decision is an understatement. So, non-contingent or contingent -- it doesn't really matter, irrespective of the market, please do hire ...
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