Brad Link - Optime Realty

Brad Link - Optime Realty Licensed in Virginia
Ranked as the Top Producing Team in the DC Metro area, Keri Shull and her team have sold nearly $5 billion of local real estate. The team has helped thousands of families buy or sell their home in VA, DC, & MD. Keri offers her clients several GUARANTEE programs that eliminate the typical risks associated with buying or selling properties. Get in touch today for amazing results!
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What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In
04/08/2019
What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In

What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In

As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability to...

Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]
04/05/2019
Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]

Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC! Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well for the rest of the year. Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for gett

3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market
04/04/2019
3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market

3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market

The Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start to be a bit confusing to understand what’s really going on with interest rates and home prices! The best way to show what’s really going on in today’s real estate market is to go...

Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up!
04/03/2019
Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up!

Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up!

In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners who want to upgrade from their current house and move...

Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again
04/02/2019
Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again

Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again

Last week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year or less). The survey asked their opinion on an impending recession and its possible impact on the housing market. Two major takeaways from the survey: 42% believe a recessio

5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring!
04/01/2019
5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring!

5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring!

Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willin

10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
03/29/2019
10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else may be required in your area!

How to Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You
03/28/2019
How to Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You

How to Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You

There has been a lot written about the benefits of homeownership. One benefit that continues to rise to the top is the added wealth homeowners gain simply by paying their mortgage while their home increases in value over time. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently broke down the

Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale
03/27/2019
Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale

Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale

The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, peaking the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move. New research from realtor.com shows that the first w

The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth
03/26/2019
The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth

The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth

“I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” - John Stuart Mill (1840s) Even back in the mid-1800s, people knew that negative news sells. That is still true today. All forms of media...

Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!
03/25/2019
Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!

Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!

According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used to...

Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?
03/21/2019
Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?

Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?

In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen at over 6% a

Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?
03/20/2019
Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?

Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?

Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream. Millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones than the generations before them, such as getting married, having kids, and buyin

What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?
03/19/2019
What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?

What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?

There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score between 740 and 800

Want To Increase Your Family’s Wealth? Here’s How!
03/18/2019
Want To Increase Your Family’s Wealth? Here’s How!

Want To Increase Your Family’s Wealth? Here’s How!

Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every m...

Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
03/15/2019
Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Interest Rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have dropped to 4.41% from near 5% in 2018. Take advantage of more inventory coming to market in the spring to find your dream home! Buying now will allow you to start earning equity today!

Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream
03/14/2019
Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream

Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream

“The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The famous quote attributed to Mark Twain can apply to homeownership in the United States today. During the housing bubble of the last decade, the homeownership rate soared to over sixty-nine percent. After the crash, that percentage continued to...

7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!
03/13/2019
7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!

7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases, move any money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer. They will be able to...

This is a “national” POV article. Not so much in NOVA! Make sure you have a game plan!!
03/12/2019
What’s Going On with Bidding Wars?

This is a “national” POV article. Not so much in NOVA! Make sure you have a game plan!!

In a strong seller’s market, like the one we have experienced over the past few years, bidding wars are common and expected. This makes sense! A seller’s market is defined as a market in which the inventory of homes for sale cannot satisfy the number of buyers who want to purchase a home. Acc

4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring
03/11/2019
4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring

4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring

Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. The same report pred

Preparing to Spring Forward [INFOGRAPHIC]
03/08/2019
Preparing to Spring Forward [INFOGRAPHIC]

Preparing to Spring Forward [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: In the majority of the country, this weekend marks the start of Daylight Savings Time as we set our clocks forward an hour on Sunday at 2:00 AM EST. Whether you plan on buying or selling this spring, these tips could help you ‘spring ahead’ of your competition! Spring bri

Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time
03/07/2019
Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time

Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time

Last week, the National Association for Business Economics released their February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic slowdown is in the near future: “While only 10% of panelists expect a recession in 2019, 42% say a recession will hap...

How to Have a Unique Open House
03/06/2019
How to Have a Unique Open House

How to Have a Unique Open House

According to the National Association of Realtors, total inventory has been growing for six months straight, as has the number of buyers looking to find their dream home. In a market where inventory is increasing, you want to stand out in the crowd! This quote from Grandscope puts it well: “You

01/27/2019
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Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale
11/14/2018
Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale

Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale

According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232. This is the highest average price gain since the second quarter of 2007 and represents a 32% return on the origi

Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?
11/13/2018
Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?

Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?

Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market: Home renovations have shot up Inventory of homes available for sale on the market has dropped A ‘normal’ housing market is defined by having a 6-month supply of homes for sale. According to the latest Existing Hom

How to Honor a Veteran Today and Everyday
11/12/2018
How to Honor a Veteran Today and Everyday

How to Honor a Veteran Today and Everyday

One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we marked the end of the “war to end all wars.” That day, which was to be observed annually on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, became known as Armistice Day and then, later on, became Veterans Day. But

75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed
11/09/2018
75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed

75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed

Recently, multiple headlines have been written asserting that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade. Though the headlines are accurate, they lack context and lead too many Americans to believe that they can’t partake in a major part of the American Dream ...

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
11/05/2018
2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership: Down Payment, Credit, and Affordability,” which revealed that, “Consumers often think they need to put more money down to purchase a home than is actually required. In a 2017 survey, 68% of renters cited...

How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year?
11/01/2018
How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year?

How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year?

There are many questions about where home sales are headed next year. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer this question. Here are our sources: Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) - As the leading advocate for the real estate finance industry, the MBA enables members to succes

Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent?
10/30/2018
Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent?

Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent?

Chances are if you are renting you are spending too much of your income on your monthly housing expense. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their rent or mortgage payment. This percentage allows the household to save money for the fut...

Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years?
10/25/2018
Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years?

Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years?

There are many questions about where home prices will be next year as well as where they may be headed over the next several years to come. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer these questions: The Home Price Expectation Survey - A survey of over 100 market analysts, real est

20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]
10/19/2018
20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for

5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search
10/17/2018
5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

In today’s real estate market, with low inventory dominating the conversation in many areas of the country, it can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. In a recent realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the...

10/11/2018
Are you a fan of this kitchen with natural wood throughout or would you rather have something lighter and brighter?
10/10/2018

Are you a fan of this kitchen with natural wood throughout or would you rather have something lighter and brighter?

Now that Fall is here, 'smores season is upon us! Are you happy or sad that cooler weather is coming?
10/09/2018

Now that Fall is here, 'smores season is upon us! Are you happy or sad that cooler weather is coming?

The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home
10/08/2018
The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home

The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for the entirety of America’s existence. Realtor.com reported that: “Buying remains the more attractive option i...

Mortgage Interest Rates are Still Going Up… Should You Wait to Buy?
10/02/2018
Mortgage Interest Rates are Still Going Up… Should You Wait to Buy?

Mortgage Interest Rates are Still Going Up… Should You Wait to Buy?

Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased by close to a quarter of a percent over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the National Association of Realtors are all calling for mortgage rates to rise another quarter of a perc

So many good reasons to use a Realtor to buy and sell your home. Here are a few...
10/01/2018

So many good reasons to use a Realtor to buy and sell your home. Here are a few...

The Cost of NOT Paying PMI
09/26/2018
The Cost of NOT Paying PMI

The Cost of NOT Paying PMI

Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer as median incomes, rents, and home prices all vary depending on where you live. There is a common misconception among homebuyers that a 20% down payment is required, and it is this limiting belief that often adds mon

How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value?
09/24/2018
How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value?

How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value?

Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. In CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, they revealed that national home prices have increased by 6.2% year-over-year. CoreLogic broke down appreciation even further into four price ranges, giving us a more detailed view

Is Buying a Home Really More Stressful Than Planning a Wedding? [INFOGRAPHIC]
09/14/2018
Is Buying a Home Really More Stressful Than Planning a Wedding? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Is Buying a Home Really More Stressful Than Planning a Wedding? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: According to a new survey from Open Listings, 62% of Americans ages 25-54 believe that buying a home is more stressful than planning a wedding. Many young couples are saving for a wedding and a home at the same time. The average US wedding now costs 66% of a median home d

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