I Want No Animals in My Rental!

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Many homeowners have a strict no pets policy for their rental units. Reasons could be many, but some common considerations would include the potential for noise for neighbors, damage to the home, hard to remove odors, allergies, cultural or religious reasons and so on. There are no limits on restricting pets from your rental – […]

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What is the most efficient way to heat your home?

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A recent $400 electric bill made me wonder what the most efficient way would be to heat a 1,800 square foot home. The journey brought me down a DuckDuckGo hole where I ended up learning about pellet stoves, Biomass Stove Tax Credits, HHV, full-home propane and heat pump limitations. In my situation, have an electric […]

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Are rates jumping for second home and investment mortgages?

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Per Mortgage News Daily mortgages on second homes and investment properties are about to become more expensive: FHFA (Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s conservator) announced March 10 that they are limiting new loans secured by second homes or investment properties to 7% of the overall loans they purchase (roughly HALF their historic levels!), effective April […]

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In 2021 real estate prices are going…

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2020 was an unbelievable year in so many ways. Who would have thought possible the amount of change we have all had to endure and live through? Some thrived, a few failed, and many struggled. Everything considered, real estate would been one industry that thrived. So, where is real estate now that 2020 is over? […]

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Easy living at the Gates of McLean

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Located just down the street from Tysons Corner mall, Gates of Mclean is a community I have been active in for many years. Gates of Mclean is a medium sized condominium community squeezed in between I-495, Chain Bridge Road and the Capital One campus. Gates of Mclean was built back in 1997 as an apartment […]

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Finding Great Tenants – The Online Ad

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Our online ads generate a lot of responses from prospective tenants. Great images and an enticing description will get you views. However, the downside to a successful online ad is that you also receive scam emails as well as unqualified prospects. A first time landlord often has trouble distinguishing a great tenant from a deadbeat […]

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Maximizing Leverage with Net Annual Constant

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When investing in residential real estate there are many things that make up the overall benefit of the investment. Cashflow, value appreciation, tax depreciation and tax deductibility are a few that comes to mind. Another important element is leverage. How much or your capital is tied up in the investment and what is your monthly […]

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Awesome August Market!

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Summer is coming to an end and the real estate market in Northern Virginia ended up being surprisingly robust in spite of the economic uncertainty.  While sales slowed significantly in the spring the summer has been very good for most sellers. The overall listing volume for the year is still down – the number of […]

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Your Own Beach 90 mins from NOVA?

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While this summer has seen the regular stampede of people seeking out the beaches of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Outer Banks, the COVID epidemic has changed the landscape quite a bit. The inability to go on a regular vacation, working from home and remote learning for school all changed peoples priorities and presented new opportunities […]

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