Tag Archives: Home Owners

Home Security – 8 Best Choices

Home Security – 8 Best Choices

Now that you’re settled in your home, you want to make sure you keep your family and your belongings safe. That’s where home security comes in. Thanks to all the latest tech (and some classic methods), there are so many options for securing your home. Many of them can even connect to your smartphone for additional convenience. Here are my favorite home security picks. Continue reading

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Smart Homes: The Latest Connections and How They Save You Time and Energy

Smart Homes: The Latest Connections and How They Save You Time and Energy

There’s an app for just about everything today, including apps to run every aspect of your smart home. If something in your home has electricity running through it, chances are you can upgrade it to a smart device. Smart devices help you easily control your home appliances and systems with the push of a few buttons. They will also save you money by making the most efficient use of your energy and cutting down on your utility bills. Continue reading

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Deciding the Right Time to Downsize Your Home

Deciding the Right Time to Downsize Your Home

Your home is a huge investment, both financially and emotionally. Deciding to downsize can be a loaded decision. You may have raised your family there, spent some of the best years of your life and put a lot of money into buying and maintaining your home. There comes a time when it just makes sense to downsize to a smaller home so you can comfortably maintain your home and divert some of your extra funds to other things. Think about the following when you’re considering downsizing your home. Continue reading

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What Is a Quitclaim Deed?

What Is a Quitclaim Deed?

General warranty deed, special warranty deed, quitclaim deed — just what do all these different types of deeds mean? Think of it this way. You have different deeds for different needs. When you have a professional real estate agent on your side, you never have to worry about not understanding all the terms you’ll come across during your real estate deal. A pro is there to help you navigate all the terminology you will encounter and help guide your educated decisions in the home buying or selling process. Continue reading

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5 Things to Consider When Downsizing

5 Things to Consider When Downsizing

Downsizing your home can be a loaded decision. We spend so much of our lives upgrading our careers, cars and homes that downsizing can feel counterintuitive. Moving to a smaller home can be really beneficial for some families, especially families who have raised their children and are ready to live as empty nesters. Here are five things to think about before you consider downsizing. Continue reading

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What is the Congestion Relief Fee for Prince William County and how is it Calculated?

What is the Congestion Relief Fee for Prince William County and how is it Calculated?

There are typical costs that are associated with selling a home in Prince William County – everything from administrative fees and taxes to real estate commission. One closing cost item that sellers tend to have questions about is the Congestion Relief Fee (also known as the Grantor’s Tax). Sellers want to know “What is the Congestion Relief Fee?”, “How is it calculated?” and “Does it impact me?” Let’s take a look into each question. Continue reading

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Real Estate Ownership Explained: Condominium VS Fee Simple

Real Estate Ownership Explained: Condominium VS Fee Simple

There is a common misconception in the real estate world regarding condominiums. Most people associate the word condominium with apartment buildings. However, the word condominium actually refers to a form of real estate ownership, not the construction layout or design of the home. Let me explain. Continue reading

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Keeping the Cold Out: A Winter Home Maintenance Check-Up

Keeping the Cold Out: A Winter Home Maintenance Check-Up

Now that those holiday decorations are put away, it’s time to perform your winter house maintenance checkup. Performing a yearly winter home maintenance check-up can help prevent costly repair bills, make your home safer and lower energy bills. No one wants to be stuck without heat during frigid temperatures due to a faulty furnace. The following winter maintenance check-up guidelines can help you prepare your home for the cold winter months. Continue reading

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The Psychology of Selling Your Home

The Psychology of Selling Your Home

As a realtor, I completely understand your attachment to your home. It may be the very spot where you got engaged, brought your babies home or completed one of your greatest DIY projects. Homes are meant to be places we love, and no matter how much you may need more space or look forward to a new location, letting go can be hard. Continue reading

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