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Posted on 06/28/2020
Property Investing: How to Find Capital in Your First Property
Photo by Jonathan Rolande via Pixabay Dipping your toes in the real estate investing waters can feel intimidating--especially when it comes to making a large up-front investment. Although there are ways to get started in real estate with lower up-front costs (low- or no-down payment VA and FHA loans, for instance), it's smart to have some savings to...
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Posted on 06/23/2020
15925 Dolphin Drive, Dumfries, VA 22025 now has a new price of $2,200!
Available for Immediate Move In! Welcome Home to this 4 bedroom 3 Bath Bi Level in the Heart of Montclair Country Club * Steps to Dolphin Beach* Golf & Club Amenities, Golf Course, Pools, & More. Master on Main with refinished hardwood floor, Large Living Room, Formal Dining Room with New Hardwood Flooring ** Full Dining Furniture Set Available if Needed** New Carpet throughout Lower Level, Enclosed Patio, Lower Level Spacious Rec Room with 4th Bedroom En Suite. Two Car Garage with Storage and Workbench. Minutes to Commuter Parking, I-95, Schools and Shops. Partially Furnished for $2400 per...
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Posted on 06/21/2020
How to Cultivate Succulents Indoors
Image by Milada Vigerova from Pixabay Caring for indoor succulents is not as intimidating as it may seem. Even though growing them can be a challenge, there are lots of care tips that could make things easier. Succulents are not the ideal plants to grow indoors but that should not stop you from growing them. With the right...
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Posted on 06/14/2020
3 Ways Home Buyers Can Position Themselves for the Best Mortgage Terms
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay The perfect home is not the only thing you'll need to shop for when you want to become a homeowner. In order to get the best terms, the lowest monthly payment and a reasonable interest rate, start doing some homework now -- before you even attend your first open house. 1. Check Your...
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Posted on 06/11/2020
15925 Dolphin Drive, Dumfries, VA 22025 now has a new price of $2,400!
Welcome Home to this 4 bedroom 3 Bath Bi Level in the Heart of Montclair Country Club * Steps to Dolphin Beach* Golf & Club Amenities, Golf Course, Pools, & More. Master on Main with refinished hardwood floor, Large Living Room, Formal Dining Room with New Hardwood Flooring ** Full Dining Furniture Set Available if Needed** New Carpet throughout Lower Level, Enclosed Patio, Lower Level Spacious Rec Room with 4th Bedroom En Suite. Two Car Garage with Storage and Workbench. Minutes to Commuter Parking, I-95, Schools and Shops. Partially Furnished for $2400 per...
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Posted on 06/11/2020
15925 Dolphin Drive, Dumfries, VA 22025 is now new to the market!
Welcome Home to this 4 bedroom 3 Bath Bi Level in the Heart of Montclair Country Club * Steps to Dolphin Beach* Golf & Club Amenities, Golf Course, Pools, & More. Master on Main with refinished hardwood floor, Large Living Room, Formal Dining Room with New Hardwood Flooring ** Full Dining Furniture Set Available if Needed** New Carpet throughout Lower Level, Enclosed Patio, Lower Level Spacious Rec Room with 4th Bedroom En Suite. Two Car Garage with Storage and Workbench. Minutes to Commuter Parking, I-95, Schools and Shops. Partially Furnished for $2400 per...
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Posted on 06/07/2020
Tips on Selling Your Energy Efficient Home
Photo by rawpixel via Pixabay A high-performance home is one that operates efficiently, and saves you -- the homeowner -- significant costs in heating, cooling and more. When it comes time to sell a home of this type, the price point is typically higher -- up to 3.4 percent. High-performance homes are in demand today, and if you've...
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Posted on 05/31/2020
Artful Home Staging Tips
Image by ErikaWittlieb from Pixabay Home staging used to be a novelty you watched on the HGTV network. At the end of the program, the hosts would show up with a truckload of furnishings and a bunch of landscaping plants, and presto — a home would be transformed before your eyes. Today, home staging is a thriving bicoastal...
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Posted on 05/24/2020
Selling Your Vacation Home? 5 Marketing Suggestions to Help
Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay Selling a vacation home is a lot like selling any other property, but for a few key differences. One, most vacation homes are far from the people who want to purchase them. Two, most vacation homes are far away from their owners, as well. This distance between owners, sellers, and...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
Tips for Buyers: Plan for a Property Showing
A home showing is a key part of the property buying journey. As such, it helps to plan ahead for a house showing as much as possible. Because if you enter a home showing with a plan in place, you can use this event to help you determine whether a residence is right for you. Now, let's take a...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
Avoid Tunnel Vision When Searching For a New Home
When buying a house, especially your first home, it's all too easy to make impulsive decisions and fail to "see the forest for the trees." Although it's impossible to ignore your emotional reactions to a house for sale, it's vital to look at the big picture and make sure there are no red flags being ignored or glossed over....
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