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DMV | Realtor | homebuying | homebuyer

5 Day Trips Within a Three-Hour Drive of DC

By: Rachel Harclerode
April 6th, 2021

If you live in the DMV, you live within a few hours of so many great places. We're going to share 5 towns you can travel to for a fun day trip within three hours or less! We also included sample itineraries that show just a few examples of places you can eat and things you can do in each town. Let us know if you try out one of these itineraries and let us know how your trip goes!

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8 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying A Home

By: Rachel Harclerode
March 23rd, 2021

Whether you’re buying your first home or your third home, there are many mistakes you can make throughout the process. Buying a home involves many steps and lots of decision-making, so it’s easy (and common!) to take a misstep along the way.

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DMV | Realtor | first-time homebuyer

The Ultimate Home Item Checklist for First-Time Homeowners

By: Rachel Harclerode
March 16th, 2021

If you’re in the process of buying your first house, you’ve probably spent some time thinking about all of the things you need to buy. From furniture to kitchen utensils to tools to cleaning supplies, there’s a lot to get. Keeping track of it all is hard!

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DMV | Realtor | home selling | homeseller

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

By: Rachel Harclerode
February 23rd, 2021

When it comes to selling your home, there are plenty of mistakes you could potentially make. Selling a home is a complex process, so you should be aware of some of the more common mistakes people make so you can avoid them. Here are 7 common mistakes you can avoid:

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DMV | Realtor | interviewing a realtor

Questions to Ask Your Potential Realtor®

By: Rachel Harclerode
February 16th, 2021

One important part of the homebuying and -selling process is finding the right Realtor®. Who you work with matters, and you deserve to find an agent that’s a good fit for you!

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CoronaVirus | DMV | valentine's day

How You Can Celebrate Valentine's Day in 2021!

By: Rachel Harclerode
February 9th, 2021

We are facing yet another holiday that looks a little different this time around, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate! We've put together this list of ideas for you and your significant other, so you can still enjoy Valentine's Day while remaining socially distant and following healthy precautions. 

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Market Update from Realtor® Robert Garcia

By: Rachel Harclerode
September 15th, 2020

Hear from Realtor® and Director of Operations Robert Garcia on a few real estate market updates, including inventory levels and new standards for refinancing!     This is usually a time when Washingtonians take some time off and rest, including within the real estate market. But this year is different. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have decided to implement a new policy affecting new borrowers and refinanciers: starting September 1, if you are refinancing a house you will see an increase of 50 basis points. This means that lenders are going to start charging an additional fee. My understanding is that this is going to be a standard fee. I highly encourage you to look for different lenders and different opportunities that will cover these additional fees. We have a very tight inventory for homes not just in the DMV area but in the whole nation. The real estate market has not seen a typical ‘V’ recovery; they’re now saying it looks like a ‘K’ recovery. Be aware that if you’re looking to buy or sell a piece of real estate or become an investor, give us a call so we can help you with these market changes. Call us at 1-800-900-9104!  

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CoronaVirus | DMV

Things to Do in the DMV During the Ongoing Pandemic

By: Rachel Harclerode
September 3rd, 2020

If you’ve been able to keep track of the days, you know we’re going into the seventh month of the COVID-19 pandemic. While different states are in different phases of reopening, there’s plenty of places gradually opening back up while adhering to CDC guidelines.   We’ve found some great parks, museums, restaurants, and other places to visit in the DMV if you feel safe and comfortable returning to these activities.   Before planning your visit to any of these places, make sure you know what the current rules and restrictions are still in place for that area. DC is currently in Phase Two, while Maryland and Virginia are in Phase Three.    Visit Victura Park at the REACH. This outdoor pop-up wine garden and cafe is the perfect way to spend your Labor Day Weekend! You can enjoy wine, beer, and family-friendly snacks while maintaining a safe social distance.   Grab food from Union Market. This DC favorite is open again for pick-up and delivery, as well as some outdoor seating. You can order online for a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, and grocery stores. Check out their website to see which businesses are back open!   Visit the National Zoo. The ever-popular National Zoo is open once again for visitors. They are maintaining the highest standards for safety, including limited capacity, one-way traffic, enhanced cleaning, and social distancing.    Make sure you pass by the Cheetah Conservation Station to see the 4.5 month-old cheetah cubs! And if you aren’t quite ready to visit such a popular public space, you can keep up with the zoo’s newborn panda cub on their Giant Panda Cam!   Go for a hike at Rock Creek Park. There are over 32 miles of hiking trails open at Rock Creek Park, a beautiful oasis within DC. While there are still some closed areas within the park, all hiking trails, playgrounds, and some exercise facilities are open for your enjoyment!    See art and nature come together at the Glenstone Museum. You can enjoy the beautiful blend of art, architecture, and nature at this museum in Potomac. The Glenstone Museum has several guidelines in place–including limited capacity, group sizes of five, and staggered arrival times–so you can experience art and landscape with peace of mind.   Stroll through Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. This center is excited to welcome back visitors to its Sculpture Path, Murray Arts Building, and Fairy Lolly Creative Play Space. Guests can feel safe while enjoying the art and nature while socially distancing.  

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CoronaVirus | DMV | real estate market

Is a Rebound in Home Sales Underway in the DMV?

By: Rachel Harclerode
July 16th, 2020

Realtor® and Associate Broker Eric Stewart recently discussed updates in the real estate market on 105.9FM WMAL. Check out the videos and descriptions below to hear what Eric says about surprise changes to the market!   Eric Stewart Discussing the Jump of Home Sales from April to May   A rebound in the home sales market is underway with pending home sales jumping 44% from April to May. Realtor Eric Stewart, host of the Eric Stewart Show here on WMAL, says the numbers are good news.   “We had a drop in the month of April, so May’s spike was in comparison to April’s drop, and therefore it really was more in line with a typical month of May. We would typically see the kind of sales in the month of May that we saw this May which was a wonderful surprise," Eric says.

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Good News Happening in the DMV

By: Rachel Harclerode
May 28th, 2020

With COVID-19 constantly dominating the news, it’s hard to come by good, light-hearted stories. But happy stories are out there! We put together this list of some happy and fun stories around the DMV that we hope brighten your day. It’s important to remember that there’s still life to enjoy amid the coronavirus, and these stories provide that exact reminder. Stevensville Woman Offers Passersby Free Flowers In Stevensville, MD, a woman named Rona Werner has set up a table of flowers at the end of the driveway and offers them to passersby for free. She said, “I thought in this time of the pandemic, there’s so much sadness, it would be nice for people to feel joy.” A small act of kindness goes a long way, and we love the simplicity of this act of generosity! Kids Read to Therapy Dogs The DC nonprofit People Love Animals has had to add over 120 new reading slots to their now virtual program because so many kids are signing up to read to therapy dogs! Unique Way to Encourage Social Distancing Fish Tales, a bayside restaurant in Ocean City, MD, is rolling out bumper tables to ensure social distancing as they open back up for dine-in business. The tables, made by a company in Baltimore, are a fun and creative way to keep people six feet apart! Montgomery County Almost Ready to Open Here’s some great news for Montgomery County residents! The county has seen a decline in COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations over the past two weeks and will most likely reopen gradually over the coming weeks.

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