Moving To Loudoun County

Moving To Loudoun County Loudoun County Northern Virginia or LOCO NOVA

Cooking doesn't have to be a time suck!
04/25/2019
Cut Down on Weekly Cooking Time

Cooking doesn't have to be a time suck!

Cut Down on Weekly Cooking Time There's nothing better than a home-cooked meal to top off a long day. But with a busy schedule, this can be a struggle. Below are several tips for shaving down the time you spend cooking each week.Recipe plan. Spending an hour once a week to plan recipes for the next....

Heading out of town? Here's how to keep your home safe and sound.
04/24/2019
Leaving Your Home Alone? Make Sure It Stays Safe

Heading out of town? Here's how to keep your home safe and sound.

Leaving Your Home Alone? Make Sure It Stays Safe There’s nothing like leaving it all behind and getting out of Dodge for a few well-deserved days of R and R. But that vacation high will quickly disappear if you return to trouble on the home front. So while you’re packing for your getaway, make s...

HOA fees are just one of the factors you should consider in your home search.
04/23/2019
Should You Choose a House That Belongs to a Homeowners Association?

HOA fees are just one of the factors you should consider in your home search.

Should You Choose a House That Belongs to a Homeowners Association? When you go house hunting, you might come across a property you love in a community governed by a homeowners association (HOA). Buying a house that belongs to an HOA could carry benefits, but it would also come with rules, restricti...

Size isn't the only factor you should be considering during your home search.
04/22/2019
Should You Buy a Bigger House Than You Currently Need?

Size isn't the only factor you should be considering during your home search.

Should You Buy a Bigger House Than You Currently Need? If you’re looking for a long-term home for your family, you want to find a house that’ll be able to accommodate your changing needs and lifestyle. It sometimes makes sense to buy a bigger house than you currently need, but you should think c...

Did you know that updating or repairing your roof can increase your curb appeal by 40 percent?
04/21/2019
Up Curb Appeal by Looking Up - At Your Roof!

Did you know that updating or repairing your roof can increase your curb appeal by 40 percent?

Up Curb Appeal by Looking Up - At Your Roof! When trying to up curb appeal, most homeowners focus on landscaping or repainting that front door. But did you know that by updating or repairing your roof you can increase your curb appeal by 40 percent?   GAF, North America’s Largest Roofing manufact...

Home color schemes are getting an upgrade!
04/20/2019
Strike the Right Mood With Brand-New Color Palettes

Home color schemes are getting an upgrade!

Strike the Right Mood With Brand-New Color Palettes If you plan to redecorate your home in the near future, real estate pro Kathy Hamilton says that the right color choices can make all the difference in the feeling you’re trying to achieve. Better yet, updating your color palette within your home...

A 15-year mortgage can save you a ton in interest.
04/18/2019
Pros and Cons of a 15-Year Mortgage

A 15-year mortgage can save you a ton in interest.

Pros and Cons of a 15-Year Mortgage Coming up with the down payment on a home can be hard enough, and one way to make a home more affordable is to spread out the mortgage payments over 30 years. But 30 years can be daunting, and that time can be cut down with a 15-year mortgage. It’s a lot more ex...

Here are some great tips for easing the strain of yard work.
04/17/2019
Make Gardening Fun Again

Here are some great tips for easing the strain of yard work.

Make Gardening Fun Again Remember when you first ventured out into your yard to turn your landscape into the oasis you’d always imagined? Chances are your newbie enthusiasm may have become tarnished over the years as gardening has gone from therapeutic to back-breaking. Here are some tips for easi...

In love with a home, but worried about those closing costs? A seller might be willing to help sweeten the deal.
04/16/2019
What to Know About Seller Concessions

In love with a home, but worried about those closing costs? A seller might be willing to help sweeten the deal.

What to Know About Seller Concessions Buying a home can be an expensive proposition for everyone involved. Whether you’re purchasing your first home or trading up for more space, the last thing you want is for the purchase to be derailed due to money—or a lack thereof. That’s where seller conc...

Did you know new windows can help lower your utility bills?
04/15/2019
Should You Replace Your Windows?

Did you know new windows can help lower your utility bills?

Should You Replace Your Windows? Quality windows can last for decades, but sooner or later, they may need to be replaced. Whether they are damaged, worn out from years of use or not performing as well as you would like, installing new windows may be a worthwhile investment. Reasons to Replace Window...

Yes - but read on to understand the risks.
04/14/2019
Expert Insights: Can I Refinance a Home More Than Once?

Yes - but read on to understand the risks.

Expert Insights: Can I Refinance a Home More Than Once? You most certainly can. During the most recent refinancing boom, for example, many homeowners refinanced their home loans two or three times within relatively short periods of time because interest rates kept treading downward, making it extrem...

How do you teach your kids about generosity?
04/13/2019
Gimme vs. Giving: Teaching Kids the Meaning of Goodwill

How do you teach your kids about generosity?

Gimme vs. Giving: Teaching Kids the Meaning of Goodwill Teaching kids about giving back is a valuable life lesson that can't start too soon. How can parents show their young children how good it feels to do something for someone else? Behavioral experts suggest beginning with the following steps wit...

Just like you outgrow your clothes, you can outgrow your home. Here are some signs it's time to find a bigger house.
04/10/2019
Did You Have an 'Eat Me' Cake, Or Has Your House Shrunk?

Just like you outgrow your clothes, you can outgrow your home. Here are some signs it's time to find a bigger house.

Did You Have an 'Eat Me' Cake, Or Has Your House Shrunk? Don’t let your wonderland home fool you: you’re not Alice and you haven’t gotten bigger—but your home is smaller. You’ve outgrown plenty of things in your life so, of course, you can outgrow your home. The signs will be hard to miss,...

Location is key when it comes to purchasing a property. Here are a few simple questions to lead you in the right directi...
04/09/2019
City Mouse or Country Mouse? How to Know Where to Buy

Location is key when it comes to purchasing a property. Here are a few simple questions to lead you in the right direction.

City Mouse or Country Mouse? How to Know Where to Buy You’ve made the big decision to become a homeowner - congratulations! Now, the question is, where to buy? While many, many factors go into selecting the right home, the most important of all is location. Deciding where to buy begins with choosi...

Moving soon? Check out these tips on optional insurance.
04/08/2019
Is Optional Insurance Worthwhile When Renting a Moving Truck?

Moving soon? Check out these tips on optional insurance.

Is Optional Insurance Worthwhile When Renting a Moving Truck? If you’re going to rent a truck when moving, one of the first questions the clerk will ask you is: Do you want to buy the optional insurance we offer? While your auto, homeowners or renters insurance may cover damage to a rental truck o...

And you thought talking about politics was bad!
04/07/2019
Most Taboo Topic to Talk About? (Spoiler Alert: It's Not Politics)

And you thought talking about politics was bad!

Most Taboo Topic to Talk About? (Spoiler Alert: It's Not Politics) What’s at the bottom of the list when it comes to things not to talk about? In a recent survey of more than 1,200 Americans conducted by Capital Group, it turns out people would rather talk about marital problems, mental illness, d...

Are you or someone you know thinking about aging in place?
04/06/2019
Aging in Place: How Technology, Design Help Loved Ones Stay Home

Are you or someone you know thinking about aging in place?

Aging in Place: How Technology, Design Help Loved Ones Stay Home Are you looking to help your loved ones spend their 'golden years' living as independently as possible in their own home? Once a thorough inspection of the residence is completed to make or correct things that could impede or even inju...

Low credit shouldn't stop you from getting a second mortgage to pay off debt or make home repairs. What home project wou...
04/04/2019
Refi Options for Those With Low Credit Scores

Low credit shouldn't stop you from getting a second mortgage to pay off debt or make home repairs. What home project would you use the money for?

Refi Options for Those With Low Credit Scores If you want to get a second mortgage so you can make renovations to your home, it can be difficult if you have poor credit. A second mortgage can use a home’s equity as collateral for a second home loan, allowing up to 80 percent of a home’s value to...

What will you do with your tax return?
04/03/2019
5 Great Things to Do With Your Tax Return

What will you do with your tax return?

5 Great Things to Do With Your Tax Return For some of us, tax time brings a little windfall of "extra" money. Before you head straight to the mall, consider an alternate way to use your cash.Support local business. If treating yourself with your tax return is non-negotiable for you, tweak the way yo...

Is a mortgage refi right for you? Here's what you should know.
04/02/2019
How to Prepare for a Home Loan Refi

Is a mortgage refi right for you? Here's what you should know.

How to Prepare for a Home Loan Refi Just as you want to put your best financial foot forward when applying for a mortgage to buy your first home, you also want to prepare your finances before refinancing a home loan. A mortgage refi can pay for a kitchen or bathroom remodel, for example, or for some...

Looking for home office space? Consider a shed!
04/01/2019
Shed Chic: A Space of Your Own

Looking for home office space? Consider a shed!

Shed Chic: A Space of Your Own Many of us wish we had more space at home. But if you're looking for a home office or creative space, or just a room of your own a la the "man (or woman) cave," consider adding a shed to the backyard. Oregonian Kris Denning at healthytothesoul.com calls her relaxing 's...

Are you prepared for a natural disaster? Here are some important steps to take.
03/31/2019
4 Steps to Natural Disaster Preparedness

Are you prepared for a natural disaster? Here are some important steps to take.

4 Steps to Natural Disaster Preparedness The past few months have brought the devastation of natural disasters to the forefront, as televisions, newspapers and social media have covered hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and fires up-close and in graphic detail. Those who were not affected thanked thei...

Why do some homes sell above and beyond the asking price?
03/30/2019
Expert Insights: How Do You Determine How Much a Home Is Worth?

Why do some homes sell above and beyond the asking price?

Expert Insights: How Do You Determine How Much a Home Is Worth? The short answer: a home is ultimately worth what is paid for it. Everything else is really an estimate of value. Take, for example, a hot seller’s market when demand for housing is high but the inventory of available homes for sale i...

A house can depreciate, or lose value, for a variety of reasons. Consider the following:
03/28/2019
How to Retain Your Home's Value

A house can depreciate, or lose value, for a variety of reasons. Consider the following:

How to Retain Your Home's Value A house can depreciate, or lose value, for a variety of reasons. Consider the following: Location – Weigh the area. Buyers may not be interested in a house near a highway, train station or airport. People generally prefer homes located relatively close to schools, s...

Have a baby on the way? Designing a nursery for a friend? Consider these neutral colors.
03/27/2019
Move Over Pink and Blue: Neutral Colors for Baby's Room

Have a baby on the way? Designing a nursery for a friend? Consider these neutral colors.

Move Over Pink and Blue: Neutral Colors for Baby's Room Are you planning a nursery for a babe-on-the-way? Whether you’re waiting to learn the baby’s gender, or are hoping to choose a more neutral color than the typical blue and pink, consider the following options: Gray. This is an extremely ver...

Don't forget this when you get to the closing table!
03/25/2019
The Biggest Mistake New Homebuyers Make

Don't forget this when you get to the closing table!

The Biggest Mistake New Homebuyers Make As a first-time homebuyer, you’re dealing with a whole new world, with a lot to learn and a complicated set of rules to navigate. And no matter how prepared you are, there will undoubtedly be mishaps along the way. In fact, many new homebuyers often make one...

Buying a home? You may have to obtain private mortgage insurance, or PMI.
03/24/2019
Understanding Private Mortgage Insurance

Buying a home? You may have to obtain private mortgage insurance, or PMI.

Understanding Private Mortgage Insurance Hopeful homeowners applying for a loan who aren’t able to put 20 percent down upfront may be hearing their lender talk about Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. A PMI comes into play when a buyer, unable to come up with a 20 percent downpayment, is seen as ...

Get the facts on this essential part of the transaction.
03/23/2019
Expert Insights: What Is Title Insurance?

Get the facts on this essential part of the transaction.

Expert Insights: What Is Title Insurance? Title insurance protects the lender against an unclear title to the property you are buying. It is almost always a requirement for closing on a home. If you desire coverage as well, buy an owner’s policy, which will protect you against any title-search err...

Did your toddler scribble on the walls or perhaps a year or two of wear and tear have your interior paints looking less ...
03/21/2019
How to Properly Clean Your Painted Walls

Did your toddler scribble on the walls or perhaps a year or two of wear and tear have your interior paints looking less than pristine?

How to Properly Clean Your Painted Walls Did your toddler scribble on the walls or perhaps a year or two of wear and tear have your interior paints looking less than pristine?

While there are many factors that can improve your home's value, certain environmental factors can have the opposite eff...
03/20/2019
Are Environmental Hazards Lowering Your Home's Value?

While there are many factors that can improve your home's value, certain environmental factors can have the opposite effect.

Are Environmental Hazards Lowering Your Home's Value? You may be well versed in the factors that can improve your home’s value, like adding on a bathroom, installing energy-efficient appliances or putting on a new roof. But are you aware that certain environmental hazards, such as poor air quality...

The rules are a little different if you're self-employed.
03/19/2019
Obtaining a Mortgage When Self-Employed

The rules are a little different if you're self-employed.

Obtaining a Mortgage When Self-Employed Obtaining a mortgage is a little different when you’re self-employed. Reporting your income as a self-employed worker on Schedule C for income tax purposes can make qualifying for a mortgage loan or refinancing a little more complex. The reason being that pr...

Avoid these deal breakers when preparing your home for sale.
03/18/2019
How Not to Sell Your Home

Avoid these deal breakers when preparing your home for sale.

How Not to Sell Your Home While the fundamentals of home staging, like decluttering and removing family photos, are critical when it comes to getting your home sold, it’s just as important to focus on what not to do as certain factors can act as immediate deal breakers to would-be buyers. Make sur...

Put your home's best foot forward before an open.
03/17/2019
The 4 Ds of a Successful Open House

Put your home's best foot forward before an open.

The 4 Ds of a Successful Open House If you recently listed your home for sale, your real estate agent might be planning to host an open house in the near future. Here are some ways you can help your home put its best foot forward: Depersonalize. Put away all personal photos, drawings from your child...

The best thing you can do is protect yourself. If you think you've been compromised, follow these steps.
03/16/2019
What to Do If You Think You're a Victim of Identity Theft

The best thing you can do is protect yourself. If you think you've been compromised, follow these steps.

What to Do If You Think You're a Victim of Identity Theft With shopping online and sharing personal information with many companies and financial institutions, identity theft has become rampant. Hundreds of millions of people have had their data stolen. This can occur through massive breaches of ban...

Do you wish you could rally your brood to help more around the house? Here are a few tips.
03/14/2019
Getting Kids to Help With Household Chores

Do you wish you could rally your brood to help more around the house? Here are a few tips.

Getting Kids to Help With Household Chores Children should have lots of time for play and recreation. But just about every family expects their kids to contribute in some way to household chores, and getting them to start early can help them feel confident and responsible, child psychologists say, e...

Sending this along!
03/13/2019
Your FICO Score Matters: Here's Why

Sending this along!

Your FICO Score Matters: Here's Why Whether free or for a fee, numerous web sites offer consumer credit scores. The most widely accepted scoring method is FICO

Hoping to raise your credit score? It can have a major pay off.
03/11/2019
Raising a 'Fair' Credit Score to 'Very Good' Could Save Over $45,000

Hoping to raise your credit score? It can have a major pay off.

Raising a 'Fair' Credit Score to 'Very Good' Could Save Over $45,000 A good credit score benefits consumers in many ways. In fact, it can even save you hard-earned cash. According to a recent study from LendingTree®, raising a 'fair' credit score to 'very good' could in fact save consumers more tha...

Looking to supplement your income? Check out these simple money-making tips.
03/10/2019
How to Get Extra Cash in Your Pocket

Looking to supplement your income? Check out these simple money-making tips.

How to Get Extra Cash in Your Pocket No matter what you’re saving for, having some extra breathing room in your budget is important. Whether you’re putting money away for a down payment or a new car—or looking to build an emergency fund that can get you out of a financial jam—we could all us...

Not everyone should be downsizing...
03/09/2019
Living Large - Why It's Time To Buy That Big House

Not everyone should be downsizing...

Living Large - Why It's Time To Buy That Big House A few years ago, I wondered if the trend in subdivision building of larger than average sized homes - 5,000 square feet or more - had seen its day. Apparently not. According to a recent National Association of Home Builders report, and citing the Ce...

Is your home ready for a hurricane?
03/07/2019
How-To Protect Your Property From Hurricanes

Is your home ready for a hurricane?

How-To Protect Your Property From Hurricanes For many homeowners, hurricanes are a real property risk. Data from Property Claim Services® (PCS®) shows that the cost of damage caused by hurricanes and tropical storms has increased during the 10-year period between 2007-2017. In that time, nearly 8 ...

Nuggets of information here.
03/06/2019
Tips to Help Your Teen with Money

Nuggets of information here.

Tips to Help Your Teen with Money The teen years are when many kids tend to get real jobs. So, this is the time to help teens establish good money habits. Here are four things that parents should address.

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