Tysons Taking Off (and landing again?)

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In 2020, while sales slowed significantly in the spring for a few months, the market has been full steam ahead since. In most areas single family homes are flying off the market with multiple offers and prices far above asking. In some cases sight unseen as buyers have been making offers on homes that hasn’t […]

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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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Avoid paying tax when selling rental property?

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With potential tax law changes, more restrictive rules on evictions,  and more tenant friendly legislation, some landlords are calling it quits. The low inventory and rising home prices doesn’t hurt either. So, if your landlording career is coming to an end – how do you sell your investment property and avoid paying more in taxes […]

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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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Could your Nest and EcoBee cost you money?

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In the age of smart homes and thermostats you can “talk” to, setting your home temperature to your preference as you drive home from work, are programmable thermostats always a good idea? If you have a furnace your home is heated by forcing heated into the home through ductwork. The air is heated by passing […]

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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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