CityScape Metro Group

CityScape Metro Group Licensed Realtor in VA, DC, and MD. Specializing in First time home buyers, move up buyers, Luxury condos in DC, Short sales and foreclosures.
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05/02/2019

The market is HOT HOT HOT! Check out our listing in Fairfax that is now PENDING after just a few days! We received multiple offers, well over asking price. Contact us today and find out how our proven selling system gets you up to $60k OR MORE than methods used by other agents!
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04/29/2019

🏡✍️Selling Your House: Here’s Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner!

With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate professional.

Real estate experts are trained and experienced in the negotiation while, in most cases, the seller is not. Sellers must realize that their ability to negotiate will determine whether or not they get the best deal for themselves and their families.

Here is a list of just some of the people with whom the seller must be prepared to negotiate if they decide to For Sale by Owner (FSBO):

👉The buyer, who wants the best deal possible

👉The buyer’s agent, who solely represents the best interests of the buyer

👉The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)

👉The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house

👉The termite company, if there are challenges

👉The buyer’s lender, if the structure of the mortgage requires the sellers’ participation

👉The appraiser, if there is a question of value

👉The title company, if there are challenges with certificates of occupancy (CO) or other permits

👉The town or municipality, if you need to get the CO permits mentioned above

👉The buyer’s buyer, in case there are challenges with the house your buyer is selling

Bottom Line
The percentage of sellers who have hired real estate agents to sell their homes has increased steadily over the last 20 years. Let’s get together to discuss all that we can do to make the process of selling your house easier for you.

04/22/2019

Check out some of our most recently sold and pending listings! These are just a few of the homes we've listed and sold over the past few weeks in Woodbridge, Fairfax, Alexandria, Burke and beyond! #cityscapemetrogroup #csmg #cityscapemetro #novarealtor #dmvrealtor #toprealtor #dmv #dmvhomes #realtor

Meticulously updated throughout, this home has it all! This pristine Townhouse offers 2,076+ square ft. of sun-filled sp...
04/18/2019

Meticulously updated throughout, this home has it all! This pristine Townhouse offers 2,076+ square ft. of sun-filled space with 3 Bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half Baths.
Fully-remodeled gourmet Kitchen boasts high-end stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and many other upgrades throughout … the list goes on! Located just minutes from nearby shops, restaurants and major highways, this is a commuter’s DREAM location!

CityScape Metro Group
John | Brittany | Sam | Melissa | Patti | Ellen | Brendan
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New Home  on the Market in Woodbridge! 🏡🔑Located in Woodbridge VA, this 3 Bedroom 2 Bath home has lots to offer in...
04/18/2019

New Home on the Market in Woodbridge! 🏡🔑

Located in Woodbridge VA, this 3 Bedroom 2 Bath home has lots to offer included features like: hardwood flooring throughout the ground level ( including all three bedrooms), an updated kitchen, ceramic tiled dining room, replaced HVAC & furnace, and a large fenced in backyard. Short distance to Potomac Mills Mall for shopping, entertainment, and dining.

CityScape Metro Group
John | Brittany | Melissa | Sam | Patti | Ellen | Brendan
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04/11/2019

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 adapt to your needs in retirement.

According to the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents (NAEBA), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.

➡️ 1. Affordability

“It may be easy enough to purchase your home today but think long-term about your monthly costs. Account for property taxes, insurance, HOA fees, utilities – all the things that will be due whether or not you have a mortgage on the property.”

Would moving to a complex with homeowner association fees actually be cheaper than having to hire all the contractors you would need to maintain your home, lawn, etc.? Would your taxes go down significantly if you relocated? What is your monthly income going to be like in retirement?

➡️ 2. Equity

“If you have equity in your current home, you may be able to apply it to the purchase of your next home. Maintaining a healthy amount of home equity gives you a source of emergency funds to tap, via a home equity loan or reverse mortgage.”

The equity you have in your current home may be enough to purchase your retirement home with little to no mortgage. Homeowners in the US gained an average of over $9,700 in equity last year.

➡️ 3. Maintenance

“As we age, our tolerance for cleaning gutters, raking leaves and shoveling snow can go right out the window. A condominium with low-maintenance needs can be a literal lifesaver if your health or physical abilities decline.”
As we mentioned earlier, would a condo with an HOA fee be worth the added peace of mind of not having to do the maintenance work yourself?

➡️ 4. Security

“Elderly homeowners can be targets for scams or break-ins. Living in a home with security features, such as a manned gatehouse, resident-only access, and a security system can bring peace of mind.”

As scary as that thought may be, any additional security sois helpful. An extra set of eyes looking out for you always adds to peace of mind.

➡️ 5. Pets

“Renting won’t do if the dog can’t come too! The companionship of pets can provide emotional and physical benefits.”

Consider all of your options when it comes to bringing your ‘furever’ friend with you to a new home. Will there be necessary additional deposits if you are renting or in a condo? Is the backyard fenced in? How far are you from your favorite veterinarian?

➡️ 6. Mobility

“No one wants to picture themselves in a wheelchair or a walker, but the home layout must be able to accommodate limited mobility.”

Sixty is the new 40, right? People are living longer and are more active in retirement, but that doesn’t mean that down the road you won’t need your home to be more accessible. Installing handrails and making sure your hallways and doorways are wide enough may be a good reason to look for a home that was built to accommodate these needs.

➡️ 7. Convenience

“Is the new home close to the golf course, or to shopping and dining? Do you have amenities within easy walking distance? This can add to home value!”

How close are you to your children and grandchildren? Would relocating to a new area make visits with family easier or more frequent? Beyond being close to your favorite stores and restaurants, there are a lot of factors to consider.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to your forever home, evaluating your current house for its ability to adapt with you as you age can be the first step to guaranteeing your comfort in retirement. If after considering all these factors you find yourself curious about your options, shoot us a message and let’s get together to evaluate your ability to sell your house in today’s market and get you into your dream retirement home!

Stunning 2Br 2Ba Condo with lots of SPACE- apx 1300 sqft! A quick 200ft to Columbia Heights Metro Stop.  Euro inspired d...
04/10/2019

Stunning 2Br 2Ba Condo with lots of SPACE- apx 1300 sqft! A quick 200ft to Columbia Heights Metro Stop. Euro inspired design elements with modern style! Kitchen has stainless appliances and is open to the living room. Wide plank hardwood floors throughout the living space. Master bathroom features dual vanities, stunning white Italian porcelain tile work.

So much more - to find out go here:
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New Home Coming Soon in Ashburn!Charming 3-level Ashburn Farms Townhouse! Sun-filled and spacious with 3 BRs, 3.5 Baths....
04/05/2019

New Home Coming Soon in Ashburn!
Charming 3-level Ashburn Farms Townhouse! Sun-filled and spacious with 3 BRs, 3.5 Baths. Chefs Kitchen w/ breakfast area overlooks Dining/Living room with outdoor deck access. Fully finished, walk-out LL w/ full bath, wet bar & fireplace. Freshly painted throughout!
Want more information? Go here: https://www.searchdcmetroareahomes.com/homes/va/ashburn/ptlgd6aa0521f2a54c73bb6c82918788ab48/21182-winding-brook-sq-ashburn-va-20147
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New Home Coming Soon in Alexandria!Charming Manchester Lakes 3-level Townhouse! This wonderful end-unit features 2 Bedro...
04/05/2019

New Home Coming Soon in Alexandria!
Charming Manchester Lakes 3-level Townhouse! This wonderful end-unit features 2 Bedrooms, 2 full Baths and quality features including hardwood floors, large Kitchen with breakfast nook and sliders to private deck. Finished LL offers bonus room options!
Want more information? Go here: https://www.searchdcmetroareahomes.com/homes/va/alexandria/ptlg1e48c5d97bc0467a8d9986dbb8287aed/6101-bristol-way-alexandria-va-22310
John Murdock Brittany Lynn Melissa Rothbart Carrier Sam Saïd Ellen Dechant Patti Siliwono-Fadel Brendan Adkins Jeff Wheatley #cityscapemetrogroup #csmg #cityscapemetro #novarealtor #dmvrealtor #toprealtor #dmv #dmvhomes #realtor

🌻🏡It's Time for Spring Maintenance!🏡🌻Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC!Whether you plan on sellin...
04/05/2019

🌻🏡It's Time for Spring Maintenance!🏡🌻

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.

We can also provide a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for the market and we can be a great resource for finding local contractors who can help!

💬 Just shoot us a message and let us know!

New Home Coming Soon in Fairfax! Meticulously updated throughout, this home has it all! Gourmet Kitchen with high-end SS...
04/04/2019

New Home Coming Soon in Fairfax!
Meticulously updated throughout, this home has it all! Gourmet Kitchen with high-end SS appliances opens to family room with sliders to picture-perfect deck. Finished walk-out lower level. New carpet and paint throughout with too many more updates to list!
Want more information? Go here:https://www.searchdcmetroareahomes.com/homes/va/fairfax/ptlg9558bff5633744d0a02eb888caed6280/4742-thornbury-drive-fairfax-va-22030
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04/03/2019
A big THANK YOU to all of our CityScape Rewards Members that made it out to Topgolf this past weekend! We had a blast an...
04/01/2019

A big THANK YOU to all of our CityScape Rewards Members that made it out to Topgolf this past weekend! We had a blast and hope you know just how much we appreciate your support!
Join this exclusive program by simply sending us the information of someone in need of Real Estate assistance... member-only perks include monthly gifts delivered right to your doorstep, quarterly events, and more!
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Imagine... someone you know is in need of Real Estate assistance, and you send their contact info to your trusted Realto...
03/20/2019

Imagine... someone you know is in need of Real Estate assistance, and you send their contact info to your trusted Realtors at CityScape Metro Group. You now get GIFTS sent to your front door EVERY MONTH & invites to exclusive quarterly events! CityScape Rewards was created to show just how much we appreciate those who connect us with people looking to buy or sell. Find out more at www.CSMGrewards.com
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New Home Coming Soon in Woodbridge!Charming 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Ranch/Rambler with quality features including hardwood floo...
03/19/2019

New Home Coming Soon in Woodbridge!
Charming 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Ranch/Rambler with quality features including hardwood floors on ground level/Bedrooms, updated Kitchen and picture-perfect fenced-in backyard. Close to Potomac Mills Mall for shopping, entertainment, and dining!
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03/19/2019
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Don't violate these commandments when buying a home!

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 tell you how your decision will impact your home loan.

Below is a list of 7 Things You Shouldn’t Do After Applying for a Mortgage! Some may seem obvious, but some may not!

❌1. Don’t change jobs or the way you are paid at your job! Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well.

❌2. Don’t deposit cash into your bank accounts. Lenders need to source your money and cash is not really traceable. Before you deposit any amount of cash into your accounts, discuss the proper way to document your transactions with your loan officer.

❌3. Don’t make any large purchases like a new car or new furniture for your new home. New debt comes with it, including new monthly obligations. New obligations create new qualifications. People with new debt have higher debt to income ratios… higher ratios make for riskier loans… and sometimes qualified borrowers no longer qualify.

❌4. Don’t co-sign other loans for anyone. When you co-sign, you are obligated. As we mentioned, with that obligation comes higher ratios as well. Even if you swear you will not be the one making the payments, your lender will have to count the payment against you.

❌5. Don’t change bank accounts. Remember, lenders need to source and track assets. That task is significantly easier when there is consistency among your accounts. Before you even transfer money between accounts, talk to your loan officer.

❌6. Don’t apply for new credit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new credit card or a new car. When you have your credit report run by organizations in multiple financial channels (mortgage, credit card, auto, etc.), your FICO score will be affected. Lower credit scores can determine your interest rate and maybe even your eligibility for approval.

❌7. Don’t close any credit accounts. Many clients have erroneously believed that having less available credit makes them less risky and more likely to be approved. Wrong. A major component of your score is your length and depth of credit history (as opposed to just your payment history) and your total usage of credit as a percentage of available credit. Closing accounts have a negative impact on both those determinants of your score.

Bottom Line ⤵️ ⤵️ ⤵️

Any blip in income, assets, or credit should be reviewed and executed in a way that ensures your home loan can still be approved. The best advice is to fully disclose and discuss your plans with your loan officer before you do anything financial in nature. They are there to guide you through the process.

03/19/2019

Don't violate these commandments when buying a home!

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 tell you how your decision will impact your home loan.

Below is a list of 7 Things You Shouldn’t Do After Applying for a Mortgage! Some may seem obvious, but some may not!

❌1. Don’t change jobs or the way you are paid at your job! Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well.

❌2. Don’t deposit cash into your bank accounts. Lenders need to source your money and cash is not really traceable. Before you deposit any amount of cash into your accounts, discuss the proper way to document your transactions with your loan officer.

❌3. Don’t make any large purchases like a new car or new furniture for your new home. New debt comes with it, including new monthly obligations. New obligations create new qualifications. People with new debt have higher debt to income ratios… higher ratios make for riskier loans… and sometimes qualified borrowers no longer qualify.

❌4. Don’t co-sign other loans for anyone. When you co-sign, you are obligated. As we mentioned, with that obligation comes higher ratios as well. Even if you swear you will not be the one making the payments, your lender will have to count the payment against you.

❌5. Don’t change bank accounts. Remember, lenders need to source and track assets. That task is significantly easier when there is consistency among your accounts. Before you even transfer money between accounts, talk to your loan officer.

❌6. Don’t apply for new credit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new credit card or a new car. When you have your credit report run by organizations in multiple financial channels (mortgage, credit card, auto, etc.), your FICO score will be affected. Lower credit scores can determine your interest rate and maybe even your eligibility for approval.

❌7. Don’t close any credit accounts. Many clients have erroneously believed that having less available credit makes them less risky and more likely to be approved. Wrong. A major component of your score is your length and depth of credit history (as opposed to just your payment history) and your total usage of credit as a percentage of available credit. Closing accounts have a negative impact on both those determinants of your score.

Bottom Line ⤵️ ⤵️ ⤵️

Any blip in income, assets, or credit should be reviewed and executed in a way that ensures your home loan can still be approved. The best advice is to fully disclose and discuss your plans with your loan officer before you do anything financial in nature. They are there to guide you through the process.

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