The 2022 real estate market felt like a roller coaster ride with sharp turns, rising and falling home prices, and soaring interest rates. Many home buyers were forced to put their dreams of buying a new home on hold. If you're hoping to buy a home in 2023, our real estate agents have important tips that will put you on the road to successful home ownership.
Keep a Close Eye on Your Credit
If you're planning to buy a home, your credit rating will have a big impact on your loan approval. When you apply for a mortgage loan, lenders will pull your credit report to check your credit score, payment history, and debt-to-income ratio. Late payments, outstanding loans, credit card debt, and a high debt-to-income ratio can cause mortgage lenders to deny your loan.
Moving to the D.C. area opens the door to many new experiences. If you like to explore, you can find a treasure trove of things you can do as a family. After a long day of learning what the area has to offer, visit one of the sweet places where you can enjoy a dessert treat that is second to none. Our real estate agents can help you find a sweet shoppe that offers many of your favorite goodies.
Seylou Bakery & Mill – Seylou Bakery & Mill offers the best whole grain foods in the D.C. area. All of the foods made at the bakery are made with flour that is ground on the property. Approximately two dozen types of grains are used on a daily basis to ensure that everything offered on the menu is as delicious as it is unique. Seylou works diligently to support local grain farmers throughout the Mid-Atlantic area.
If you're buying a house, a home inspection will help you uncover problems before you close the deal. Although lenders don't always require them, our real estate agents know they can detect hidden problems in a home that can cost you a lot of money down the road. Take a look at nine important questions to ask your home inspector before, during, and after the inspection.
What do you charge?
Most home inspection rates range from $300 to $600, depending on the size of the house and the going rate in the real estate market where you live. Ask the inspector about the charge in advance because payment is usually required on the day of the inspection.
What do you check?
Most home inspectors check the roof, the basement, the foundation, and the visible structure of the house, but they don't cut into walls to check for hidden problems. If they suspect electrical or plumbing problems, they will note it on their report and refer you to an electrician or plumber for further inspections.
Can I join the inspection?
The answer should be yes! Good inspectors want homeowners to join the inspection and ask questions about important systems in the house. If an inspector doesn't want you tagging along, it's best to look for a different inspector.
What does this mean?
During your home inspection, the inspector will point out potential problems that may require repairs. If the inspector notes missing roof shingles, rotten floorboards, or leaks in the basement, ask about possible repairs and how much those repairs may cost.
Should I be worried about this?
Don't be afraid to ask questions if you spot potential problems. If you notice water spots on the ceiling, uneven floors, mold under the sink, or musty odors, talk to the inspector about your concerns, especially if you're looking at D.C. homes for sale that are over 50 years old.
How do I maintain this?
If you're looking at older homes, they may have inadequate electrical panels to support your lighting, electronics, and new appliances. Instead of central air and heat, you may find a boiler system in the basement. Ask your inspector about necessary maintenance and the costs of upgrades.
Where are the electrical box and water shut-off valves?
Many homebuyers have no idea where the electrical box and water shut-off valves are located until they have an emergency and need to find them. Ask your home inspector to point them out, so you're prepared in advance for an unexpected electrical outage or broken pipe under the house.
What are your biggest concerns?
At the end of the inspection, your inspector will give you a summary of his results and forward a written report within a few days. This is a good time to address your concerns and ask the inspector about his major concerns. Make a punch list of flagged problems, so you can follow up on the costs of potential repairs and talk to your real estate agent about contingencies.
Should I call other professionals?
If your home inspector is concerned about specific problems like a damaged roof, electrical wiring, poor insulation, water leaks, rotten flooring or siding, or termites, you should follow up with a roofer, an electrician, a plumber, and a termite company. The home inspector can only note the problems but can't tell you how extensive they are or how much repairs will cost.
If you're considering a move to D.C., contact us about neighborhoods, homes, and prices that fit your family's lifestyle.
D.C. is a popular tourist destination for people who come to see the White House, the Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial, and the National Gallery of Art. The city is filled with historical treasures and beautiful parks, but it's also home to some of the best breweries you'll find anywhere. If craft beer and scrumptious food sounds good, our real estate agents recommend visiting these local D.C. breweries where family fun is also on the menu.
So you've just finished shopping for D.C. homes for sale, congratulations! Now it's time to begin making that new home your own. There are some maintenance tasks that you'll want to take care of quickly in order to make the transition to your new home as smooth and stress-free as possible. Our real estate agents have all the details on common home maintenance tasks for first-time buyers and the tools that you'll need for the job.
For many D.C. homeowners, Halloween is a holiday that brings fun-filled activities for the entire family. Decorating with pumpkins, dressing up in costumes, exploring haunted houses, and trick-or-treating with the kids make Halloween so much fun. If you look forward to this spooky time of year, our real estate agents recommend visiting some D.C. events that are sure to put some fun and fright in your day.
While many of us would be forgiven for feeling like every day should be National Coffee Day, there's a real day just for coffee lovers, and it's coming up on September 29. Fortunately, you won't have to travel far from D.C. homes for sale to find a top-rated local coffee shop, and there are great spots all around the city to enjoy a cup of your favorite brew. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on 6 of the best DC coffee shops for celebrating National Coffee Day this year.
Whether you're a DC resident or just visiting the area, you'll find an abundance of activities in this historic city. If you're looking for a place to spend a relaxing afternoon with family or friends, our real estate agents can recommend some lovely picnic areas located in scenic parks around the city.
Washington DC is filled with national treasures, historical landmarks, and beautiful memorials that attract millions of visitors each year. If you're planning a visit to DC, our real estate agents suggest that you plan enough time to see as many amazing sites as possible before you head home.
If you're visiting the city and looking for DC homes for sale, you must make time to explore DC's history. While there's so much to see and do here, you may not get to everything, but here's a list of 8 top DC sites that you don't want to miss.
Summer is the perfect time to re-imagine your favorite outdoor spaces, especially if you've just finished shopping for D.C. homes for sale and want to customize your yard to suit your unique style. Whether you're interested in updating décor or creating an entirely new outdoor living space, you have endless options to consider. Our real estate agents are here to provide some inspiration for how to breathe new life into your outdoor spaces this summer.
Few cities can compete with the dining scene of DC, and the wine lists at many restaurants in the city are just as impressive as the entrees that you'll find on the menu. Many local restaurants rely on local farms to provide fresh, seasonal ingredients all year long, with constantly evolving menus that offer something new to try during every season. Pair those seasonal dishes with award-winning wine lists, and you truly have something special. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 of the best places for wine and dinner in DC.
Buying a house starts with smart financial planning, and when you're in the market for a home, it's never too early to start saving. How much should you save, and what costs exactly will that money be going toward? While the exact details depend on the type of home and market, there are plenty of general guidelines you can use to come up with a plan. Our real estate agents have the details on how much you'll need when saving up for a house.
One of the major perks of living in DC is that some of America's most storied, fascinating attractions are always waiting for you just a short trip from your front door. From world-class museums to meaningful memorials and gorgeous gardens, there's something to suit every interest in the city. Many of DC's best attractions are free to visit, with so much to see that you'll come back again and again. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 of the many attractions that you won't want to miss around DC.
The little things matter when selling your home, both in terms of quickly generating interest and ultimately selling for the best possible price. When you're competing with other D.C. homes for sale, you always want to put your best foot forward. Our real estate agents have some proven tips to help get a better price when selling your home.
There's a special feeling that comes with walking into a locally owned bookstore, browsing the stacks, and picking out something new for your collection. Every April is National Poetry Month, marking the perfect occasion celebrate with a poetry reading or shopping trip at one of the many great, locally-owned DC bookstores found all around the city. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 of the best local bookstores to celebrate Poetry Month this year.
There's nothing like the feeling of walking into your own home for the first time after closing the deal, but there are many steps to take care of between now and the big day. If you're buying a home for the first time, it's important to be prepared before you start shopping for D.C. homes for sale and making offers. Our real estate agents have the key details on what you'll need to buy your first home.
What could be better than a fresh, fluffy waffle, served hot with all of your favorite toppings? That's the motivation behind International Waffle Day, which is celebrated every year on March 25 in many countries worldwide. But with so many great breakfast spots around D.C., you won't have to travel the world to satisfy your craving on International Waffle Day. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 6 of the best D.C. restaurants where you can celebrate International Waffle Day this year.
What's the one thing you don't want when planning a large home improvement project? Too many surprises. Coordinating your own home renovation project is as rewarding as it is challenging, and achieving your desired result starts with having a plan. Our real estate agents have some key tips to help you take charge of your next home improvement project, and get results that you'll enjoy for years to come.
Some of the best restaurants in D.C. create award-winning seasonal menus that take advantage of the different varieties of fresh ingredients which are available at varying points of the year. Ever wish that you could do the same thing at home? Our real estate agents have more information on how to start cooking seasonally, and where you can find fresh, seasonal ingredients in the D.C. area.
Valentine's Day is around the corner, and now is the time to start planning the perfect gift. Why settle for the standard box of chocolates from the grocery store when there are so many boutique chocolate shops near DC homes for sale where you can find a truly distinctive, delicious gift? Our real estate agents have the decadent details on 7 of the best DC chocolate stores where you can find the ideal gift just in time for Valentine's Day this year.
Whether you've just finished shopping for D.C. homes for sale or you've already owned your current home for a while, the beginning of the new year is the perfect time to start planning your next home improvement projects. It's not too late to start dreaming up your own home improvement New Year's resolutions, and our real estate agents have some inspiration to help you think of some great projects for your home this year.
Want to warm up on a cool winter day in DC? Digging into the menu at one of the city's many excellent American comfort food restaurants is the perfect place to start. Enjoy classic American comfort food in upscale, elegant restaurants, with menus that elevate comfort food to an art form. Our real estate agents have the delectable details on six great spots for American cuisine in DC this winter.
If you're like most people, you probably spend a lot of time in your living room visiting with family and entertaining friends. Our real estate agents see the living room as a multi-purpose space for most families, so it's the perfect place for quiet conversations, family gatherings, special parties and events, or just curling up with a good book.
One of the perks of living in D.C. is a variety of special holiday activities during the Christmas season. Our real estate agents watch the entire city light up with Christmas light and fireworks events, festive downtown markets, holiday art exhibits, and magical holiday musicals that bring the Christmas spirit to people of all ages.
Whether you're a D.C. resident, looking for D.C. homes for sale, or visiting family and friends for the holidays, you'll find a variety of fun-filled holiday events to celebrate the season. Take a look at some of the special events you don't want to miss.
The holidays are just around the corner, so it's time to finish your holiday shopping. If you're still searching for those perfect gifts for family and friends, our real estate agents suggest visiting some of the local area markets and fairs where you'll find an assortment of special holiday treasures. Take a look at some of our favorite places.
Thanksgiving is a special holiday when families and friends gather around the dinner table to visit over Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you prefer a traditional stuffed turkey dinner with sides or a cultural family favorite, our real estate agents have a few tips to make your Thanksgiving a success.
Spooky season is upon us, and DC is brimming with fun things you and your family can do to celebrate all things pumpkins, bats, and black cats. Whether you're looking for a haunted adventure or you want something a bit more relaxing, our real estate agents have put together a list of some fun and frightful activities you can anticipate this weekend.
Air And Scare At Home
Your living room is an essential space because it's an entryway into your home. As the first room that guests see, your living room should welcome guests with comfort and style. Our real estate agents know just how important first impressions can be to potential buyers. The living room sets the tone for the rest of the house, so it should make a great first impression. When showing D.C. homes for sale, buyers look for comfortable homes with style, character, and exciting features. By making costly design mistakes, you can quickly turn interested buyers away.
Whether you're relaxing in your backyard garden or diving into a sultry new romance novel, there's nothing like a cup of tea to get you in the mood. Since the beginning of the Shang Dynasty in China, tea has been celebrated for centuries for its many health benefits and wonderful aromatic flavors.
If you're in the market for D.C. homes for sale, you're in the right area to experience a variety of wonderful teas. There are numerous tea houses scattered around the city that brew organic, exotic, and herbal-infused teas from around the world. For all of you tea lovers, our real estate agents would love to share some of our favorite places to find the perfect cup of tea.
Fall and winter are around the corner, which makes now the perfect time to make sure that your home is prepared for the change in weather. Many outdoor home improvement tasks are easier to handle while the weather is still warm, and there are quite a few systems in your home that you'll want to make sure are in good working order before the cold weather arrives. Our real estate agents have all the details on how to get a head start on fall and winter prep this year.
Still looking for some things to do to fill up your summer schedule? Living near DC means there is no shortage of wonderful activities to do all summer long. The best part is, many of them a free! Free cultural events are just one of the perks of living in such a large, diverse community.
Our real estate agents love attending and supporting local community events. If you're looking for some great free activities to round out your summer, below are some of our top recommendations.
You know the great thing about vintage? It never goes out of style. Washington, D.C. happens to be an outstanding place to shop for vintage goods. Whether you're looking for vintage clothes to fill out your wardrobe or antique furniture for your new house in D.C., be sure to check out our real estate agents' favorite vintage shops in Washington!
Summer is just around the corner, which means many of us will be spending weekends and evenings in the backyard. Before inviting family and friends over for a BBQ, why not tackle some of those long-awaited outdoor projects so your home, yard, and facade really stand out? Our real estate agents absolutely love creating beautiful outdoor spaces, so if you're looking to revamp your exterior this year, consider getting started with one of these DIY projects:
Spring cleaning is never a favorite thing to do, but it's necessary for a sparkling clean home. When warm weather arrives, it's time to roll up your sleeves and tackle some cleaning chores that you've been putting off throughout the year. With a little effort, you can create a spotless home!
At Avery Hess, our real estate agents know that a clean, well-organized home sells much faster. Messy homes with dust and clutter are a turn-off to buyers looking for D.C. homes for sale, even if they have great potential. So if you're thinking about listing your home, follow these tips to make spring cleaning chores easier, faster, and less stressful.
After a long day of exploring Silver Spring homes for sale, there's nothing quite like kicking back and relaxing with a cold, frosty beer. Whether you prefer a stout, an IPA, or a Belgian sour, you're in luck — "Beer Day" is right around the corner!
That's right, there's an entire day dedicated to celebrating the history and contributions this delicious drink has made to the world. Luckily, there are several great craft breweries nearby where you can celebrate in style. Here are a few we recommend.
There's nothing quite as satisfying as starting off your weekend by going out for a delicious breakfast or brunch. If you've been looking at D.C. homes for sale, you'll be glad to know there's no shortage of great area restaurants serving up breakfast classics and a few signature dishes that belong on your "must try" list.
We asked our real estate agents to name their favorite breakfast spots and were surprised to hear the same names coming up again and again. Here are five that topped our list.
Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, and its appliances can have a lot to say about how the space looks and functions. Older appliances can make everything from storing food to preparing meals more difficult and time-consuming.
Although you may be tempted to put off upgrading your kitchen appliances, it's an investment that can pay big dividends as you live in and enjoy your home. A kitchen appliance upgrade can also make your home compete more favorably with other Fairfax homes for sale or Alexandria homes for sale if you decide to put it on the market, our real estate agents point out.
The following are 5 good reasons to upgrade your kitchen appliances:
Indoor plants are a lovely addition to any home. Not only do they enrich your decor, but they improve the air quality in your home and enhance mood levels while lowering stress levels. Our real estate agents find that properties with indoor plants also appear more welcoming and inviting to potential buyers.
If you're looking for a place near the D.C. area to spend some quality time with a canine pal, then you're in luck! There are many fun dog-friendly places to visit in the surrounding area. Our real estate agents have found some great places to explore with your dog in and around town.