Playsets, pools and patios: What is the next pandemic must-have for your home?

Still can’t find paper towels at your local Target? Me neither. The pandemic has caused many everyday items that we take for granted to literally fly off the shelves.

We saw it this summer with playsets and trampolines, but the craze for outdoor enjoyment extended beyond kids play equipment to the outdoor assets a residential property boasted (like pools and patios). What could possibly be the next must-have to make your stay-at-home experience more tolerable this winter? 

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With the pandemic and recent election, when’s the best time to sell my home?

As we all know, 2020 has been a year like no other. A pandemic. High unemployment. Low-interest rates. An election year. Throughout it all, real estate has been steady and strong. Now we are on the brink of the holidays. With all of these factors at play, you may be wondering, when is the best time to sell your home?

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Is there evidence of a flight to the suburbs as a result of COVID?

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Ripple, Wave or Tsunami – Part II

In September we took our first look at comprehensive data to see whether there is evidence of “a flight to the suburbs” in the wake of COVID-19, wondering whether urban dwellers were seeking more elbow room and retreating from more dense living conditions. Two months ago, we said that any movement looked more like a ripple or a wave, and most certainly not a tsunami. With the passage of time and more data to examine, we’re seeing a ripple at best.

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Has COVID changed real estate consumer behavior in the D.C. metro area?

Ripple, Wave or Tsunami – Part I

There has been much national conversation that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a “flight to the suburbs” as urban dwellers seek more elbow room. Has that happened in the metro Washington, DC market?

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Using bridge financing to purchase a home without selling first

Ask any real estate agent doing business in the D.C. metropolitan area, and they will tell you it is almost impossible to make a competitive offer to purchase a home if you must sell your existing home first. Contract offers contingent upon the sale of an existing home are often dismissed right out of the gate. And why wouldn’t they be?

If a seller has multiple offers to purchase, at or above asking price, and some of the offers are not contingent upon the sale of any other property, the seller would generally not give much — or any — consideration to a contract offer which is contingent. So how do buyers position themselves to purchase without first selling? Bridge financing may be the answer. Many lenders do not provide bridge loans, but some of us do.

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Renting vs. buying – Which one’s right for you?

The topic of real estate and homeowners seems to constantly be a subject of discussion, especially in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic as we find ourselves in our homes more than ever and realizing if our current accommodations are working for our new normals of serving as offices and classrooms.

The purchase of a house is the largest transaction most people will ever make. Such a big and expensive decision can feel like drinking from a fire hose in terms of the amount of information available. Where do you even start? When is transitioning from renting to buying a good decision? And how much does it really cost? Here are six things to consider when evaluating if jumping into the real estate market as a buyer makes sense for you.

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10 DIY projects you can finish in a weekend

As our time at home continues, we’re in our spaces more than ever, and some might be looking a bit dull or in need of a breath of new life. Without having to travel too much for supplies, here are 10 easy projects you can accomplish this weekend.

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