Category Archives: For Sale

Maintain Your Bathroom in 3 Easy Steps

QuestionBathrooms need to be cleaned and maintained often, just like your kitchen. In the long run, it can prevent costly problems such as mold, mildew and plumbing leaks. Here are three ways to keep your bathroom looking great and working well for years to come:

1. Maintain grout and sealant. Moisture, heat and humidity can cause the tub and tile grouting in your bath to crumble and crack. Apply new grout to crumbly tiles and seams to prevent water from leaking into the walls or beneath the floor. When you are cleaning the bathroom, use bleach to disinfect the area and kill any mold growth. Keep an eye on the grout for new growth and be ready to scrub.

2. Look for leaks around the shower, bathtub, sink and toilet. Check the basement beneath the bathroom too, if possible. If you find puddles of water anywhere, look for the source of the leak and use waterproof caulk to seal it.

3. Clean your bathroom once a week. It may seem like a lot to fit in, but think about how many times you and your family use the bathroom each day. A clean bathroom will make it easier to maintain appliances and fixtures that should last for years.

Do you make time to clean and maintain your bathroom every week? Be sure to keep an eye out for drips, cracks, leaks and mold, and don’t put off any necessary repairs. They can quickly turn into bigger messes and cost you more in the long run.

This great article is compliments of our friends at HMS Home Warranty

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Quick Tips for Selling Quickly and With the Best Terms

Patience is a virtue for just about any circumstance including selling your home, even in a real estate market when homes are on the market for just a short period of time. Assuming your home is in good condition and you are in a positive equity situation, here are some tips to help you sell your house quickly and for the best price whether your home is in Northern Virginia, Washington, DC or anywhere else in the country!

1. Price your house correctly: Working with your agent, choose a price that is realistic- preferably on the low side of realistic – but not too low that it will send up red flags. Let your agent establish a price he or she feels will make your house the buzz of the neighborhood. The more interest you have the more showing you will have and the better chance you have of being in a multiple offer situation.

Prudential PenFed Realty agents use current market data from the multiple listing service, RBIntel, the National Association of REALTORS’ Realtors Property Resource, and other market statistics to help estimate the price range your home will bring.

2. Be flexible, compromise: know your basement price and don’t be offended by offers within those parameters. Consider negotiating housewares and fixtures that may appeal to prospective buyers, such as those expensive new drapes you just installed, the dining-room chandelier or that slick, washer-drier combo. Conduct a complete inventory of household features to determine what you can and can’t live without.

3. Remove the clutter from your home: This must be done regardless of time frame. Throw away anything you won’t be taking with you and pack in storage items that you won’t miss during the sale process. Consider renting a storage pod that can be picked up and eventually moved to your new home.

4. Offer incentives: One popular incentive for a fast closing is to share or pay for your buyer’s closing costs. You may also offer higher commissions for a fast sale, which may lead to even more showings.

5. Rent to buy: If there’s interest in your home but no one is willing to step up to meet your timeline, offer prospective buyers the chance to rent your property with the right to buy it in six months or a year. Both parties win, as buyers can experience the home and neighborhood firsthand while you transition with cash flow to cover expenses.

Indeed, home-selling requires time and patience yet there are several things you can do to help expedite the process, if necessary. With flexibility and creativity, you can increase your chances of a quick sale.

What To Do When Your Home Isn’t Selling

This article from Realty Times gives some great tips for sellers who are having trouble moving their property.

When sellers start the home-selling process, no one wants to think “What would happen if my home doesn’t sell?” But before you panic, recognize that there are many things that you can do so you don’t wind up in that position.

Tip 1: Understanding the real estate market and the value of your home will help you avoid this dilemma. The first key point is to get educated about the market. Read your newspapers, online real estate sites, and consult with the best experts in real estate for your area to determine the sales price.

While all that may seem basic, you’d be surprised how many sellers rely on emotion to dream up a selling price for their home. Some have done little, if any, research on even their own neighborhood. Instead, their strong ties to their homes cause them to imagine that their home should sell for the price they want. Or they base the selling price on how much they owe which is, of course, of no significance to buyers.

Tip 2: Fix up your home. Most buyers don’t want to purchase a big list of must-do fixes in order to live in the home they just bought. Yet, some sellers think that it’s a waste to spend money on a home that they’re moving out of soon. That’s quite a predicament. Both sides have valid points except one side–buyers–might be in a stronger position. The seller wants out and if the home is a mess, many buyers will simply move on to the next best house. Yet, if a buyer wants it badly enough, he/she might agree to purchase your home but it’s guaranteed you’ll take a financial hit as the buyer will want to discount the price for the problems that need fixing. In the end, you might have to fix the issues before the sale anyway. So, starting with a house that is in relatively good order is the best way to begin. Read some of my other columns to see which renovations give a good return.

Tip 3: If you need to sell your home, don’t pull it off the market because you think the season isn’t right. Buyers who need to buy a home will keep hunting through all the seasons. There may be some slow times but if people need a house, they’ll keep looking even in the unlikely times.

Tip 4. Consider incentives. Yes, you can make your home more appealing by tossing in some incentives. It’s best to speak with your real estate agent about which incentives are best for you to offer. Even practical incentives can help get buyers to your home to view it. These incentives can help encourage the buyer to move forward, especially if other challenges arise.

Tip 5: Stage your home. This is not the same thing as fixing up your home. Fixing up your home includes daily maintenance and repairs. Staging your home involves using experts to make your home showroom-ready–like a model home. I know you might say that all your friends tell you that you have fantastic taste but, trust me, if you’re serious about selling your home, then it’s worth at least having a consultation with an expert in the industry. Here’s why: They are trained to stay on top of the trends that have mass appeal. They also offer a fresh set of eyes on your home. They might easily point out something that you never saw before because you’ve been living in your home for a long time. They will look at your home from an “outsider’s” perspective and that’s exactly what you need.

Taking the time to, at least consult with experts, allows you to gain knowledge and information about your home and the market place. What you do with that is up to you, but it may just be the difference between a For Sale sign and a Sold sign hanging outside your home.

Some of these items may seem small but they really do make a difference and can not only help get a property sold, but make it so much more desirable that you can get it sold at a higher price.

Looking to Beat the Traffic Snarl?

Tired of the gridlock traffic driving from outer Fairfax County into work every day? Or on the flip side, are you tired of cramming the entire family and the dog into a shoebox so you can have a decent commute? Have you ever thought about a pied a terre in a luxury high rise as a possible solution?

Luxury High Rise

Northampton Place

More and more people in the Washington, DC area have found the balance between the conflicting desires of an easy commute and room to spread out in some of our close-in hi-rise condominiums for their Tuesday – Thursday crash pads while keeping their main residence further out in Fairfax Station or even out in the Shenandoah.

This week we picked up the listing on a perfect weekday retreat in the popular Northampton Place building located just off I-395 in Alexandria, Virginia.  Northampton Place 1306.