Benjamin S Blakley Realtor

Benjamin S Blakley Realtor Benjamin S. Blakley, a Realtor serving Northern Virginia. Experienced Brokerage & Committed Real Estate Advocates providing 1st class service.

You have more power than you think...#REALTOR #RENTVSBUY #NOTHERNVAREALESTATE #BUTINGAHOME #HOMEBUYER
08/28/2018
Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage!

You have more power than you think...
#REALTOR #RENTVSBUY #NOTHERNVAREALESTATE #BUTINGAHOME #HOMEBUYER

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

Think outside the BOX#realtor #nothernva #northernvarealestate #downpayment #downpaymentassistance #homebuyers #homepurc...
08/22/2018
Having Trouble Saving Enough for Your Down Payment? Crowdfund It!

Think outside the BOX
#realtor #nothernva #northernvarealestate #downpayment #downpaymentassistance #homebuyers #homepurchase

You read that right! First-time buyers across the country are getting creative when it comes to saving the necessary down payment to buy a home. Many couples are asking their wedding guests to contribute to their “Down Payment Fund” rather than fulfilling a traditional registry. This is fueled b...

Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 5 Years Running! [INFOGRAPHIC]
07/27/2018
Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 5 Years Running! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 5 Years Running! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Real estate has outranked stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term investment among Americans for the last 5 years! The generations agree! Real estate is the best investment! Generation X leads the way with 37% believing in real est

4 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home!
07/17/2018
4 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home!

4 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home!

We often talk about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a

Homes More Affordable Today than 1985-2000
07/05/2018
Homes More Affordable Today than 1985-2000

Homes More Affordable Today than 1985-2000

Rising home prices have many concerned that the average family will no longer be able to afford the most precious piece of the American Dream – their own home. However, it is not just the price of a home that determines its affordability. The monthly cost of a home is determined by the price and

Buying This Summer? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars
07/03/2018
Buying This Summer? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars

Buying This Summer? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars

Summer is traditionally a busy season for real estate. Buyers come out in force and homeowners list their houses for sale hoping to capitalize on those buyers who are looking to purchase before the new school year. This year will be no different! Buyers have already been out in force looking for

You are a lot closer than you think...
06/27/2018
Are You Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home?

You are a lot closer than you think...

There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they get married or start a family, some might think they are too young, and still, some others might think their curr

Let's get down to the facts...
06/25/2018
You DO NOT Need 20% Down to Buy Your Home NOW!

Let's get down to the facts...

The Aspiring Home Buyers Profile from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The results of the survey show that the main reason why non-homeowners do...

Congratulations to my Client Nicholas on his new home. It was a pleasure working with you, Enjoy.#psr #homeownership #al...
06/19/2018

Congratulations to my Client Nicholas on his new home. It was a pleasure working with you, Enjoy.

#psr #homeownership #alexandriava #realtor #northernvarealty #whosnext #buyingahome #firsttimehomebuyer #championtitle #homesavingsandtrustmortgage

Go for it...
05/30/2018
Millennials Are Skipping Starter Homes for Their Dream Homes

Go for it...

A new trend has begun to emerge. With home prices skyrocketing in the starter home category, many first-time homebuyers are skipping the traditional starter homes and moving right into their dream homes. What’s a Starter Home? According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), simply put, a

How Current Interest Rates Can Have a High Impact on Your Purchasing Power
05/22/2018
How Current Interest Rates Can Have a High Impact on Your Purchasing Power

How Current Interest Rates Can Have a High Impact on Your Purchasing Power

According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 4.61%, which is still near record lows in comparison to recent history! The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing

Don’t Wait to Sell Your House! Buyers Are Out Now
05/21/2018
Don’t Wait to Sell Your House! Buyers Are Out Now

Don’t Wait to Sell Your House! Buyers Are Out Now

Recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) suggests that now is a great time to sell your home. The concept of ‘supply & demand’ reveals that the best price for an item is realized when the supply of that item is low and the demand for that item is high. Let’s see

Good Morning
05/11/2018
3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Owning a Home a Reality [INFOGRAPHIC]

Good Morning

Some Highlights: Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking much about it. Living within a budget right now will help you save money for down payments while also paying down other debts that might be holding

Give me a call if you are interested in Oldtown Town Alexandria this 2 Bedroom Row-house is not yet on the market. It is...
05/09/2018

Give me a call if you are interested in Oldtown Town Alexandria this 2 Bedroom Row-house is not yet on the market. It is right on King Street and just 3 blocks from Metro Rail, Amtrak and Buses. New paint, hardwoods, front porch, 2nd floor balconies. Private parking in rear. 2 bedrooms (on 2floor ), 3 bath and finished basement. Hard to find and it won't last, potential income property or multi-purpose. Let 's talk...

What If?
05/07/2018
What If I Wait Until Next Year to Buy a Home?

What If?

We recently shared that national home prices have increased by 6.7% year-over-year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers to enter the market. As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home ...

If you are moving to the area call me to see this 4 Bedroom Colonial in well established Fairfax community!!!
05/05/2018
FOR SALE - Fairfax

If you are moving to the area call me to see this 4 Bedroom Colonial in well established Fairfax community!!!

Get the current price, photos, details and more now!

If you are thinking about buying give me a call, get the scoop before this property goes live. It wont Last Long!
05/05/2018
COMING SOON - Sterling

If you are thinking about buying give me a call, get the scoop before this property goes live. It wont Last Long!

Get the current price, photos, details and more now!

Get in first before we go to market!
05/05/2018
COMING SOON - Burke

Get in first before we go to market!

Get the current price, photos, details and more now!

Time to get in....
04/30/2018
Why Home Prices Are Increasing

Time to get in....

There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase. From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data shows this is untrue), to those who are concerned that prices are again approaching boom peaks because of “irrational exu...

Existing Home Sales Grow Despite Low Inventory [INFOGRAPHIC]
04/27/2018
Existing Home Sales Grow Despite Low Inventory [INFOGRAPHIC]

Existing Home Sales Grow Despite Low Inventory [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors, sales grew 1.1% in March to an annual pace of 5.60 million. This is the strongest pace since November of 2017. Inventory levels dropped year-over-year for the 34th consecutive mo

Ready to take the first step? Leave your questions in the comments or give me a call....
04/16/2018
Getting Pre-Approved Should Always Be Your First Step

Ready to take the first step? Leave your questions in the comments or give me a call....

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly 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 you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualifi

Sunday April 15 we are open!!!
04/11/2018

Sunday April 15 we are open!!!

If you are on the fence, give me a call let's talk it through...
04/09/2018
US Housing Market Still In ‘Buy Territory’!

If you are on the fence, give me a call let's talk it through...

According to the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, the U.S. housing market has continued to move deeper into buy territory, supporting the belief that housing markets across the country remain a sound investment. The BH&J Index is a quarterly report that attempts to

NOT Owning Your Home Can Cost You a Lot of Money!
04/02/2018
NOT Owning Your Home Can Cost You a Lot of Money!

NOT Owning Your Home Can Cost You a Lot of Money!

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 as long as America has existed. Realtor.com recently reported that: “Buying remains the more attractive option

Where are you putting you money?
03/30/2018
The Cost of Renting vs. Buying Today [INFOGRAPHIC]

Where are you putting you money?

Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (28.9%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (15.7%), the choice becomes obvious. Every mark

Dreaming of a Luxury Home? Now's the Time!
03/19/2018
Dreaming of a Luxury Home? Now's the Time!

Dreaming of a Luxury Home? Now's the Time!

If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! Recently, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing released its Luxury Market Report which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control. The inventory of homes f

Why wait?
03/12/2018
4 Reasons Spring is a Great Time to Buy a Home!

Why wait?

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.

Interesting...
03/09/2018
The Difference an Hour Will Make This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

Interesting...

Some Highlights: Don’t forget to set your clocks forward this Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 AM EST in observance of Daylight Saving Time. Unless of course, you are a resident of Arizona or Hawaii! Every hour in the United States: 614 homes are sold, 81 homes regain equity (meaning they are n

Growth is good!!!
03/08/2018
A New Housing Bubble Forming…Not Before 2024!

Growth is good!!!

A recent report by CoreLogic revealed that U.S. home values appreciated by more than 37% over the last five years. Some are concerned that this is evidence we may be on the verge of another housing “boom & bust” like the one we experienced from 2006-2008. Recently, several housing experts wei

Home Prices: The Difference 5 Years Makes
03/07/2018
Home Prices: The Difference 5 Years Makes

Home Prices: The Difference 5 Years Makes

The economists at CoreLogic recently released a special report entitled, Evaluating the Housing Market Since the Great Recession. The goal of the report was to look at economic recovery since the Great Recession of December 2007 through June 2009. One of the key indicators used in the report to d

4 Reasons to Sell This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
03/02/2018
4 Reasons to Sell This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

4 Reasons to Sell This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available! Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market. Perhaps the

It's Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings!
02/28/2018
It's Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings!

It's Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings!

According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $2,840 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $2,895, last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used t...

Food for thought...
02/27/2018
Is Now a Good Time to Rent?

Food for thought...

People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home, but nobody ever asks when it’s a good time to rent. Regardless, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent. The Census Bureau recently released their 2017 fourth quarter median rent numbers. Here is

Benjamin S Blakley Realtor
02/26/2018

Benjamin S Blakley Realtor

80% of Renters Believe Homeownership is a Part of Their American Dream
02/26/2018
80% of Renters Believe Homeownership is a Part of Their American Dream

80% of Renters Believe Homeownership is a Part of Their American Dream

According to the latest Aspiring Home Buyers Profile by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 82% of surveyed renters desire to own a home in the future, with 80% believing homeownership is a big part of achieving their American Dream. The profile went on to state that 50% of millennials be

Congratulations to my friend Marshanna Gipson and the Gipson Family on your promotion to Colonel!!! Job Well Done.
10/03/2017

Congratulations to my friend Marshanna Gipson and the Gipson Family on your promotion to Colonel!!! Job Well Done.

Good Morning! Anyone who is a current employee of Loudoun county government and you've been considering purchasing a hom...
08/08/2017

Good Morning! Anyone who is a current employee of Loudoun county government and you've been considering purchasing a home... Do not overlook the county's employee down payment assistance program. The down payment is often something that homebuyers must come up with on their own, it can range from 3 to 10% of the purchase price, sometimes more. This program covers all or a portion of this expense and can help you to move closer to your dreams of becoming a homeowner. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the process.

07/09/2017

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Benjamin S Blakley Realtor
05/18/2017

Benjamin S Blakley Realtor

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43777 Central Station Dr Ste 390
Ashburn, VA
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