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How To List Your Home for the Best Price
02/12/2019
How To List Your Home for the Best Price

How To List Your Home for the Best Price

If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018. The map below shows the results of the latest index by

Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!
02/11/2019
Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!

Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!

It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that is a good strategy this year. The other listings that come out in the spring will r

5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]
02/08/2019
5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]

5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]

Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make! They are there for you to help with contracts, explaining the process, negotiations, and pricing (both when making an offer or sett

How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability
02/07/2019
How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability

How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability

Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over the

The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale
02/06/2019
The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of T

One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home
02/05/2019
One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses. In combination with higher rents, survey after

Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?
02/04/2019
Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?

Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?

There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazin...

5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]
02/01/2019
5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]

5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Highlights: Watching the big game at home with your friends and family offers many advantages. There’s more room to entertain a large crowd, and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly! The kitchen is big enough to make as many appetizers as you w

01/31/2019

MD license arrived today! Licensed in VA/DC/MD, next stop, the world!

Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?
01/31/2019
Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?

Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?

Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed: “Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing t

4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth
01/30/2019
4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth

4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth

Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also apply to a family owning their own home. Here are a few: 1. Apprecia

Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!
01/29/2019
Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!

Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!

Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not available to their parent’s or grandparent’s generations. Due to this, student loan debt has soared to $1...

Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell
01/28/2019
Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell

Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring, acco...

Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again! [INFOGRAPHIC]
01/25/2019
Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent. According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 36% of homeowners who decided to FSBO last year di

3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market
01/24/2019
3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market

3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market

Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising at a slower pace? What impact will the economy have on the h...

The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream
01/23/2019
The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last few decades, it is fair to ask if people in Americ

Know anyone this could help?
01/22/2019
Homesnap to Help 10 People Pay Mortgage or Rent

Know anyone this could help?

Homesnap wants to help government workers and contractors who have been impacted by the shutdown. We will pay mortgage or rent in February for 10 people who share their story. Tag Homesnap on social media and use #MyHomeMeans and #ShutdownStories.

Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?
01/22/2019
Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?

Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?

When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams? According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the 38% of tot

The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes
01/21/2019
The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion. Shows like Property Brothers,

What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]
01/18/2019
What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by the end of 2019. CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreci

Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms
01/17/2019
Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms

Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms

A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime. Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items, along with the price of almost every other item we purchase. The reason we can still afford to consume is t

Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!
01/16/2019
Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!

Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!

If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That means your guess must be just slightly under the retail price. In today’s shifting real estate market, where more invento...

Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth
01/15/2019
Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth

Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth

Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned 60 or 61 between 2003 and 2015 for their data set. “Today’s older adults became homeowners at a younger age...

Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!
01/14/2019
Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!

Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified

The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]
01/11/2019
The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years. Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac. The impact your interest rate makes on your monthly mortgage cost

The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!
01/10/2019
The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!

The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!

You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last year. What you may not have heard, however, is that there is still a severe shortage of listing inven

Now Active and available for showings! All info in link below.
01/10/2019
51 W Reed Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305 - Homesnap

Now Active and available for showings! All info in link below.

51 W Reed Avenue is currently listed for rent at $3,300/mo on Homesnap. View 30 photos of this 3 bed, 2+ bath, 1536 Sq Ft townhouse in Alexandria, VA.

Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?
01/09/2019
Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?

Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. After the first week of 2

Happy law enforcement appreciation day! Lender extraordinaire, Joanne Hilliard, and I dropped off some breakfast burrito...
01/09/2019

Happy law enforcement appreciation day! Lender extraordinaire, Joanne Hilliard, and I dropped off some breakfast burritos this morning at the Dulles South safety center. Thanks for all you do! #homesforheroes #servingthosewhoserve #anitas #realestate

Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!
01/08/2019
Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!

Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!

Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The

Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!
01/07/2019
Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!

Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!

Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW This may seem counterin

Monthly raffle! This month is a pair of Apple Air Pods. I use these daily. They are amazing. Click below to enter!
01/05/2019
PSR's January Client Raffle

Monthly raffle! This month is a pair of Apple Air Pods. I use these daily. They are amazing. Click below to enter!

To thank all of our past clients, family, and friends we send out a monthly raffle to all of our VIP's! Each month you will have the opportunity to enter and win big, all you have to do is submit your name and email.

Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]
01/04/2019
Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]

Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impress

FOR SALE - Beautiful boutique building in Columbia Heights. Spacious open floor plan, true 2BR+2BA unit featuring a priv...
01/04/2019

FOR SALE - Beautiful boutique building in Columbia Heights. Spacious open floor plan, true 2BR+2BA unit featuring a private balcony, marble countertops, breakfast bar, and washer/dryer in unit, and ccess to a rooftop terrace. Metro, Meridian Hill park, Target, Trader Joes, Giant, Yes Organic, U Street within blocks. Walkers paradise/score: 95. Link below for more info. https://www.homesnap.com/DC/Washington/1323-Clifton-Street-NW/property/10669943

Alexandria Rental Coming soon! 3 bed/2.5 bath walking distance to downtown Del Ray. Finished basement, adjacent to a par...
01/04/2019

Alexandria Rental Coming soon! 3 bed/2.5 bath walking distance to downtown Del Ray. Finished basement, adjacent to a park. Great for any any new Amazon employees! Available for showings next week. #amazon #rentals #realestate #delray

Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead
01/03/2019
Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead

Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead

Following last year's real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that owning a home makes sense from a financial standpoint. An end-of-

Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch
01/02/2019
Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch

Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch

As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of the real estate puzzle you

Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner
12/31/2018
Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for most sellers. Here are the top five

Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2019? [INFOGRAPHIC]
12/28/2018
Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2019? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2019? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: ­Interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019, but buyers will still be able to lock in a rate lower than their parents or grandparents did when they bought their homes! Home prices will rise at a rate of 4.8% over the course of 2019 according to CoreLog

24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market
12/27/2018
24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market

24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market

This year started strong for real estate, but then the market began to soften. Home inventory in the starter and move-up categories dwindled to almost nothing, mortgage rates were projected to rise, and home sales had decreased for several months in a row. To many, the outlook heading into 2019 a

How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage
12/26/2018
How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage

How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage

One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to shorten that term which will actually end up saving you money over the life of your loan. Any addi

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