Mastro & Associates, Re/Max Real Estate Connections

Mastro & Associates, Re/Max Real Estate Connections Real Estate professional services

We are a team of "Lifetime Top Producers" serving Prince William, Fairfax, Fauquier and Loudoun Counties who are Certified Distressed Properties Expert (CDPE.) We handle Short Sales, REO Bank sales & normal Resale’s- buying or selling.

Under Contract! 6384 John Mosby Hwy, Middleburg.Check out this cute place in the heart of Middleburg. After multiple off...
05/26/2019

Under Contract!
6384 John Mosby Hwy, Middleburg.
Check out this cute place in the heart of Middleburg. After multiple offers my client secured this great investment.
Congratulations Greg!

Come visit me at my OPEN HOUSE today.14049 Clatterbuck loop, Gainesville  in gated Piedmont. Hope to see you soon.
05/19/2019

Come visit me at my OPEN HOUSE today.
14049 Clatterbuck loop, Gainesville in gated Piedmont.
Hope to see you soon.

Just Listed. Beautiful home inside the gates of Piedmont. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths (all bedrooms have wood floors) Fully fi...
05/17/2019

Just Listed. Beautiful home inside the gates of Piedmont. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths (all bedrooms have wood floors) Fully finished walk-out level basement HEATED floors through-out, wet bar with dishwasher and fridge. Stunning kitchen (just renovated) with commercial cook top. Huge Trex deck is right off the kitchen/family room. This is a must see home! $529,900
Call me for your private tour
703-380-0017

05/15/2019

You’ve decided it’s time to sell your home. Your neighbor just sold for a pretty penny, but they also spent a lot on remodeling and renovations. Does that mean you need to upgrade your home to sell?
Is it worth trying to sell as is? Or will your home be passed up and stuck on the market?
Fortunately, full-scale remodels aren’t required to sell your home. Sure, a home reno might fetch more money, but it’s not always worth the time and effort.
So how do you know what’s worth fixing up? Here are the do’s and don’ts of pre-listing home renovations:
Do:
• Fix trip hazards throughout (and around) the home. Uneven flooring and sidewalks, broken stairs and off-kilter ramps aren’t just noticeable to touring buyers; they’re a downright danger.
• Fix pet damage and lingering odors. Scratches on doors, torn window screens and holes in the yard will only make buyers wary of further pet damage on the property.
• Fix water stains. Even if you’ve fixed the pipes or plumbing issues, buyers may still worry about mildew or mold problems.
Don’t:
• Make partial updates to older kitchens and baths. Mixing old and new elements only highlights the age of the space. You need to commit to a full upgrade or let the buyer do a comprehensive remodel on their own.
• Decorate the home with trendy or bold colors. Neutral colors photograph better, make the space look larger and help buyers re imagine the house with their belongings. Bold and bright colors do the opposite.
• Renovate beyond what your neighbors have done. Buyers are going to offer what comparable sales suggest, no matter how much money you’ve poured into remodeling.
A few repairs and upgrades can certainly make your home more marketable. But a full-scale remodel? That’s not necessary in most cases.
Are you ready to sell? Get in touch today for a comprehensive review and marketing plan for selling your home.

05/13/2019

If you’re considering a renovation, keep the following in mind:
Determine the overall expense associated with any and all renovations that need to be made before making an offer on the house. It’s also important to consult professionals, rather than guessing on your own. Then, increase that amount by at least 10 percent for unexpected costs that always arise.
Check with city hall to find out how zoning laws may play a part in the renovations you’re considering, and the costs of any permits involved.
Make sure your renovations are in line with the neighborhood. Don’t invest in a remodel that would bring the home’s value above what the neighborhood would tolerate—otherwise, you might not see the return on your investment.
Let a home inspector have the final word to ensure the extent of the necessary renovations aren’t more serious...and costly.

JUST LISTED. $510,000 5 bedrooms 4.5 baths in Wellington Community of Manassas.
05/10/2019

JUST LISTED. $510,000 5 bedrooms 4.5 baths in Wellington Community of Manassas.

Just Listed ($510,000) in Wellingon/Cloverhill Community of Manassas.
9432 Flowerden Lane, Manassas, VA.
Please call me for a tour of this stunning, move-in ready home.

Just Listed ($510,000) in Wellingon/Cloverhill Community of Manassas.9432 Flowerden Lane, Manassas, VA.Please call me fo...
05/10/2019

Just Listed ($510,000) in Wellingon/Cloverhill Community of Manassas.
9432 Flowerden Lane, Manassas, VA.
Please call me for a tour of this stunning, move-in ready home.

Coming soon in Lake Manassas.
05/01/2019
8354 Pedigrue Ct, Gainesville, VA 20155, USA

Coming soon in Lake Manassas.

Spectacular Botticelli Model home boasts 5 bed rm, 4.5 baths, 6500+ finished sq.ft. of fine living, located in prestigious, sought-after Lake Manassas. Enjoy resort-style living in this gated Golf Course community. This home has it all: Grand two-story foyer welcomes you with a dramatic curved stair...

04/24/2019

Have You Checked Out The Neighborhood?

You wouldn’t pick out shoes before choosing an outfit, right? Or buy car accessories without first deciding if you want a truck or a sedan?

Well, house hunting should be treated the same way.

You shouldn’t search for a dream home without vetting neighborhoods or experiencing the new area for yourself.

If the area doesn’t meet your needs, the property may not provide a dream scenario. So how do you make sure you’ve found the right neighborhood? Keep these details in mind:

Cost of Living
Are the property taxes and HOA fees trending upward? Are there mostly trendy boutiques and high-end businesses in the area, or does it have a good mix of local and national retailers?

Planned commercial development could affect the long-term affordability of the area. However, having more access to retailers and entertainment could enhance your lifestyle.

Commutes and Social Life
How close do you want to be to the friends and family you visit the most? How far are you willing to drive to get to the restaurants, theaters or stores that you frequent?

It’s understandable to prioritize your work commute, but keep in mind the other places you visit on a daily or weekly basis.

Long-Term Goals
How does the community fit into your future goals? Are there good schools, parks or sports leagues for your family?

A thriving community adds to your quality of life. And it’s a good sign for future home values.

Want to try before you buy? Where possible, consider renting a unit in the area for a few days through a short-term rental site. Experiencing the neighborhood like a resident can help you to decide if it fits your current and future needs.

I know this has nothing to do with Real Estate but with the summer months coming and families taking vacations, I though...
04/18/2019
What to Do If You Lost Your Passport in the Airport

I know this has nothing to do with Real Estate but with the summer months coming and families taking vacations, I thought this would be a great help for someone in the future.
My takeaway...
-Always carry a copy of your passport with you when you travel.
-Store the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate number in your phone prior to your travel.
-Know the locations of same day passport centers.

Safe Travels!

It may not be as dire as you think.

Looking to sell your home? Getting ready to do Spring clean up? This is the site for you- Nextdoor has all your local re...
04/09/2019
Shelley Mastro With Re/max Real Estate — Nextdoor

Looking to sell your home? Getting ready to do Spring clean up? This is the site for you- Nextdoor has all your local recommendations from trusted neighbors.
Or you can just call me. I am the preferred agent sponsor and know all the contractor connections.

Shelley Mastro With Re/max Real Estate is on Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods.

04/09/2019

Who dosen't love this idea...

04/09/2019

Who dosen't love this idea...

Just Reduced!8441 LINK HILLS Loop
04/08/2019

Just Reduced!
8441 LINK HILLS Loop

03/14/2019

10 Things You Didn't Know About St. Patrick's Day -- Including His Real Name

In Fact, Patrick Was Not His Given Name
"Patrick’s ‘real’ (i.e. Brythonic) name was Maewyn Succat, or in Latin, Magonus Succetus," He took on the name Patrick when he became a priest.

If It Seems Like Guinness is Everywhere, It Is
Approximately 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide on St. Patrick's Day.

Drowning the Shamrock Refers to Trefoils
The phrase “drowning the shamrock” is rooted in a tradition in which a shamrock is worn on the lapel for St. Patrick's Day and tossed in the last drink of the evening. Also, the shamrock is not the symbol of Ireland. That honor goes to the harp.

Beantown Started the Party in the U.S.
The first St. Patrick's Day celebration took place in America in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.

St. Patrick's Day Beers Were Verboten
for Decades in Ireland
Despite the majority of modern-day St. Patrick’s Day celebrations centering around bar crawls and drink specials, from 1903 until 1970 all pubs were closed on the holiday due to religious observances.

Chicago's Celebrations Are Uniquely Royal
An annual contest in Chicago, Illinois, votes to designate a
"St. Patrick's Day Parade Queen" of that city, as well as a court.

St. Patrick's Day Rakes in a Lot of Green
The average amount American St. Patrick’s Day revelers will spend on the holiday is $36.52 per person, totaling a combined $4.6 billion, according to a report by the National Retail Federation.

Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day,
but 33 Million Really Are
According to a recent census data, 33.3 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry, which is seven times Ireland's total population, cites WalletHub.

There are No Female Leprechauns
If Irish folk tales are to be believed, the mystical beings are expressly male. Bummer for the ladies...

That Pot O' Gold Won't Go as Far as You Think
If by chance, one did happen to find a mystical pot at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick's Day, and it contained 1,000 gold coins weighing one ounce each, you'd be looking at around $1.26 million. (I would be OK with that).

Hope you enjoyed these fun tidbits to sprinkle in with your corned beef and cabbage this weekend. :)

Check out this cool farm house in Strasburg, VA. Multiple offers and my buyers won the contract. Congrats!
03/11/2019

Check out this cool farm house in Strasburg, VA. Multiple offers and my buyers won the contract. Congrats!

Listed and under contract in one day!Are you ready to list your home? Inventory is low. Call me today.
03/09/2019

Listed and under contract in one day!
Are you ready to list your home? Inventory is low. Call me today.

Spring Forward with this beautiful home! Just listed:108 Ironweed Drive Lake Frederick, VA Gated, lake community just of...
03/09/2019

Spring Forward with this beautiful home! Just listed:
108 Ironweed Drive Lake Frederick, VA
Gated, lake community just off Rt.66.
$400,000

It would be quite the job to dust and remove the cobwebs in the corners of this ceiling... 😂 You'd need one tall ladd...
03/01/2019

It would be quite the job to dust and remove the cobwebs in the corners of this ceiling... 😂 You'd need one tall ladder! 🤔

Every February, Valentine's Day offers the perfect excuse to say I love you. But, to be honest, I don't need an excuse! ...
02/14/2019

Every February, Valentine's Day offers the perfect excuse to say I love you. But, to be honest, I don't need an excuse! My clients are awesome and I know it!

Would you add this window in your dream kitchen?
01/31/2019

Would you add this window in your dream kitchen?

It can be difficult for the entire family. I am here to help.
01/25/2019
Downsizing: Overcoming the Emotions

It can be difficult for the entire family. I am here to help.

The emotional side of downsizing a home can keep many homeowners stuck. But the more you know about it, the better you can prepare to make the smartest decision for your finances.

01/23/2019

How can you compete against cash home buyers?

Be up front about your finances. Make your competitive offer as strong as cash by providing the seller the confidence they need to accept your offer. In addition to a pre-approval letter from your lender, be open to allowing your agent or lender to provide financial information with your offer. Tell them what you make, and how much money you have in the bank. Show bank statements and even a copy of your credit report. Overload the seller to show them that you’re as solid as the cash buyer.

Ask your lender to get a head start on the mortgage.

See if your mortgage professional can move the process along sooner. Send the lender a copy of the preliminary title report, if available. If you’re buying a condo, find out if a condo questionnaire is available and give it to your lender. If you take any of these steps, let the seller know. Of course, if you have not already, provide the necessary financial documentation to your lender right away.

Shorten the loan and appraisal contingencies.

Ask your lender how quickly they can send an appraiser to the property, and how long the loan would take to turn around. In some parts of the country, loans are being approved in less than 14 days — sometimes even 10.
Pre-order an appraisal. This may not be as easy with a bigger bank. But smaller banks, direct lenders or mortgage brokers can line up the appraisal in advance. At the time your offer is written, tell the seller the appraisal has already been ordered. If you can get the appraiser out within 24-48 hours of coming to terms with the seller, it’s half the battle.
Inspect quickly. Along with the quick appraisal and loan contingencies, get your inspector in and out. Shelling out a few hundred dollars and getting the inspections done within days of having your offer accepted shows the seller you mean business. It also gives them comfort that they’ll get over the biggest hurdle quickly.

Overpay.

Cash buyers nearly always expect a discount from the seller simply because they’re offering cash and are a sure thing. As a result, the cash buyer will often make a lower offer. To increase your chances, top the cash offer, even if means paying a little more than you think the home is worth. If a seller is faced with a few thousand dollars’ difference, the seller probably wouldn’t risk it. But what if your offer is five percent higher than the cash buyer’s? The seller, perhaps wanting the best of both worlds, may ask the cash buyer to raise his or her offer. Some cash buyers will offer more, but not always enough to match. If you plan to live in the house for many years and it’s the home of your dreams, paying a little more to get the deal might only translate into $20 per month over the course of a long-term mortgage.

Make yourself known to the seller.

Some buyers write “love letters” to sellers, hoping to appeal to their personal side. Does this work? Sometimes! If you’re competing with a cash buyer, particularly an investor who plans to rent the home out, it can’t hurt to get a little personal with your real estate offer letter. The seller almost always wants to know more about the potential buyer. Ask your agent to write a cover letter and an introduction. Let the seller know who you are, why you like the home and what your intentions are.

01/16/2019
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Whether it’s big or small, it’s good to create goals for your home.
Here is a checklist for inspiration.

*Small Repairs
Finally spray WD-40 on those squeaky doors and cabinets
Replace your old kitchen cabinet hardware with new ones
Freshen up a room with a new, colorful coat of paint

*Home Technology
Upgrade your old thermostat to a Nest, which
optimizes energy and can lower your bill
Consider getting smart outlets or smart light bulbs that
you can control by voice with an Amazon device
Add some smart cameras to your front door and/or
inside of your house for extra security

*Major Improvements
Renovate an outdated bathroom
Build a deck in your backyard
Rebuild your kitchen to add more storage and cooking space

I’m connected to some of the best local contractors in the area. Give me a call. 703-380-0017

01/15/2019

I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you how the Gov’t shut-down is affecting lending at this time.

USDA RD – Lenders can still run GUS, (automated underwriting system) and process the loan as usual, however, USDA will not issue a conditional commitment for approval, so loans will not be able to close without the conditional commitment issued.

Only impact so far on FHA is FHA limited support staff (should the Underwriter need to contact FHA regarding a particular loan scenario)

No impact at present on conventional or VA loans

Borrowers who work for the Gov’t for any loan type
Borrowers employed by the federal government where a Verbal VOE cannot be obtained prior to closing are not eligible; borrowers must return to work prior to closing in order to use the income for qualification purposes.

I hope you find this information helpful during this uncertain time.

If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me

01/14/2019
My RE/MAX Commercial

The market is about to heat up...right after the snow melts!
Call me so we can get started.

The experience, the tools, the know-how: that’s the sign of this RE/MAX agent.

New for 2019... a smart lock that does not need a hub!
01/14/2019
Schlage Introduces Encode Wi-Fi Enabled Deadbolt at CES 2019 | Digital Trends

New for 2019... a smart lock that does not need a hub!

Schlage introduced the Encode Wi-Fi Enabled Deadbolt at CES 2019. It's the first Wi-Fi connected lock that doesn't need a hub. You can store up to 100 temporary, recurring, and permanent codes, as well as use Amazon Alexa for voice control. It's scheduled to ship March 5.

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