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The General Contractor

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In at least one sense, contractors are exactly like Realtors. They are both afraid to go to social gatherings. Everyone wants to corner them and share hideous stories about what happened to them when they used so and so Realtor or so and so contractor.  The answer, of course, is that most Realtors, as well […]

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Making Room: Housing for A Changing America

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The following blog post was inspired by an exhibition at the National Building  Museum in Washington, DC: The demographics of American households have been changing steadily, and sometimes dramatically, for the past 50 years.  While in the early 1960s babies typically arrived within a marriage, today fully four-in-ten births occur to women who are single or […]

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Do You Really Need A Realtor?

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Selling real estate nowadays is very different than it used to be. The reason is mostly technology, as well the advent of buyer brokerage. In the Olden Days (meaning 40 years ago), a lot of people sold their properties themselves.  They did this by placing classified ads in the newspaper. If you aren’t familiar with […]

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Staging

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You’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve cleaned until the house sparkles and you are exhausted. You’ve  made the bed, tossed the trash and hidden the kitty litter.  You’ve even painted and fixed everything that isn’t working that you never got around to in all the years you lived in the house. You’ve replaced lightbulbs […]

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How to Choose A Realtor

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Most people use the services of a Realtor when buying or selling real estate. While going it alone can certainly be successful, it can also be compared to self-dentistry or doing your own divorce. The internet has changed the way we buy and sell houses, just as it has changed the way we do virtually […]

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Getting Your House Ready to Sell

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Getting a house ready to sell can be daunting. For many people, it’s the scariest thing about putting their house on the market. Where does one even start? Start by focusing on what is important: the money you will make from selling your property. It’s simple: The more effort you put into getting your house […]

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How to Survive in Today’s Real Estate Market

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  For buyers, the current DC area real estate market can feel like an episode of the TV show The Great Race. Purchasers keep chasing one house after another, only to confront other people chasing the same houses.  The reason is simple: a combination of low supply and low interest rates. The result: lots of […]