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Expect a busier year, higher interest rates, and more first-time homebuyers, according to a recent survey from Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. (MRIS), one of the nation’s largest multiple listing services. In the 2016 Spring Real Estate Outlook survey, MRIS reached out to nearly 750 real estate professionals, and more than half of those surveyed expect this spring to be busier than last year. So, expect more transactions, more listings and more interest from buyers and sellers.

Only 20 percent of those surveyed expect rising rates to not impact home prices. On the plus side, roughly 90 percent expect more first-time homebuyers on the market this year than last. According to Jonathan Hill, VP Marketing & Communications with MRIS, the increased rent prices are causing homeownership to be more affordable in comparison for some.

For more data from MRIS’ survey, you can see all of the findings here.

Upcoming Local Events
The Reston Regional Library will host “Read to the Dog” starting at 7 p.m. April 12. Children (ages 5-11) can read aloud to a trained therapy dog. Bring your own book or choose a book from the Library. Call 703-689-2700 or sign up online for a fifteen minute session. Free.

The Library will also host a free “Ask the Doctor: Orthopedic Night” at 7 p.m. April 13. Knee, hip, back or other joint injuries can make even simple activities like walking or climbing stairs difficult and painful, and orthopedic complaints are the most common reasonAmericans seek medical care. Dr. Bradley Boyd, an orthopedic specialist at Fair Oaks Hospital, will discuss common orthopedic problems, injuries and treatment options. Bring your questions. Light refreshments served. Sign up here.

Did you know? The Humane Society of Fairfax County depends upon the proceeds of its thrift store to assist with the substantial and ever-increasing costs of medical care for its rescued animals. Additionally, this funding helps support the general feeding and care of the animals while they await their new families.

When you are in the mood for spring cleaning or if you have occasion to go through that attic or storage room, please keep the store in mind and donate your well-cared for wares. Household items, toys, books and clean clothing that can be sold without repair are greatly appreciated. And when you drop off your donations, take a moment to browse the thrift store for fine collectibles, antiques or other treasures.

Second Chance 1 Thrift Store (map), 4055 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax 22030
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Did I miss an event? Know about something coming up? Have a real estate question? Let me know in the comments below.

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