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Washington D.C. coffee shops to work online

Drip. Drip. Drip. That's the last drop of fresh coffee in the coffee maker being splashed and you realize another pot has not been brewed. You drag yourself over with your empty mug wondering why this day may not start well if you haven't gotten your morning cup of joe. And you know you have a whole day left full of online chorse, such as shopping or paying bills or searching for your dream home in the Washington, D.C. area on SIG's online real estate listing database. Fear not, the D.C. area has some of the best coffee shops to get your morning, afternoon, or evening fix while working away on your laptop and searching for nearby homes. Here are the top 10 spots for you to check out this summer and a variety of SIG search tools for homebuyers at your

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Best Neighborhoods in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia for First-Time Homebuyers

As home prices rise, it's becoming more and more difficult for first-time homebuyers in Maryland and D.C. to break into the real estate market.

But that doesn't mean that it's altogether impossible.

There are tons of affordable neighborhoods near Washington, D.C. that are perfect for first-time homebuyers. These communities have a broad range of real estate near top-rated schools and amazing amenities, making these some of the most premier neighborhoods in the area.

Take a look at the five best communities in Washington, D.C. Maryland, and Northern Virginia for first-time homebuyers:

Kingman Park, Washington, D.C.

Kingman Park is characterized by its gorgeous brick row houses with charming front porches. This neighborhood offers the

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best places to eat crabs in Maryland

Get your bibs ready. It's officially crab season in Maryland and this is a treat you will not want to miss. Known for its soft shell season, Marylanders know that this is a delicacy that can be only found during summer in the old bay state. And yet, finding those best places to eat crab is like finding a needle in a haystack.That's why SIG Real Estate Services would like to recommend the following restaurants in Maryland to feast and satisfy your crab cravings:

Bethesda Crab House in Bethesda

We highly recommend taking the metro or grabbing an Uber to Bethesda if you plan on eating here for dinner because the parking lots are always full. Known for their size and taste, these crabs are sure to not disappoint. Don't forget to make a reservation

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The Best Suburbs to Commute to Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. is an incredible city, rich in history and energy. There are countless work opportunities here with tons of nationally renowned businesses and law firms located in the Golden Triangle.

Although D.C. is a fantastic place to be, buying real estate in the city can be difficult.

Home prices are higher than ever, making buying a property in D.C. out of reach for many families. Luckily, there are tons of wonderful suburbs around the city that make commuting to Washington, D.C. a breeze.

Here’s a list of the five best suburban cities with the easiest commute to Washington D.C:

1. Silver Spring, MD

Silver Spring is a historic community in Montgomery County, Maryland. Commuting to Washington, D.C. from Silver Spring is fast and

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 The Best County Fairs in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

With the summer of 2019 arriving, there are plenty of county fairs happening in the DMV. If you're looking to take the family out for a fun day at an amusement part and enjoy the rides, carnival games, music, and other forms of live entertainment, check out the SIG Real Estate team's list of the best fairs in Maryland, Virginia, and the D.C. area. If you happened to be in the market to buy or sell a home in the DMV, get in touch with us and we'd be happy to help. Learn about our experience and how we serve our real estate clients.

Fairs in Washington, D.C.

17th Street Festival

Date: August 24th, 2019

Location: Along 17th Street in NW in Dupont Circle

While the traditional county-style fairs are generally lacking within the city of

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Best Swimming Pools in Washington DC

Are you ready to splash into summer 2019 soon? Come Memorial Day weekend, many pools in Washington, D.C. will be open for business and if you want the lowdown on which pools to check out this summer, then look no further than SIG Real Estate Services' recommendations!

Living Well Health Club at Washington Hilton

Address: 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Phone: 202-483-4100
Even though it's a hotel pool, the rates are pretty reasonable and food and drinks can be served poolside! Great for lounging with friends, this large pool can definitely help you soak up some sun this summer. Monthly memberships are also available.

Banneker Pool

Address: 2500 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
Phone: 202-673-2121
Located near Howard University, this

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Selling Washington DC or Maryland Homes in Spring

With the spring buying season in full swing, many home owners around the country are eager to sell with the hopes of getting the most profit, and Washington D.C. is no exception.

Market data from Trulia indicates that the median sales price in the D.C. area rises during most spring months, while a recent Zillow study indicates that D.C. homes sell for an average of $3,800 more in the first half of April. In Maryland and Northern Virginia, the spring real estate market generally yields the highest sales prices as well.

However, this also means the competition is pretty high, so is spring really the right season for you to sell? It's certainly possible to sell your home at an optimal price if the proper preparations are taken, so let's take a look

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Buying a Home in an Expensive Real Estate Market Like Washington DC

It's true: Washington D.C. can be quite an expensive city to live in...

And part of the price tag is due to the hot housing market. The great neighborhoods, schools, and employment opportunities mean that homes around D.C. are in demand.

So what can a buyer on a budget do?

Read on for the ultimate guide to buying in Washington D.C.'s expensive real estate market.

Preparation and Planning

Buying in a hot market takes preparation. First up, you should be asking: is buying even right for you? Purchasing a home is a huge milestone for many people, and it's not a decision to be made lightly.

An honest appraisal of your finances and the market are key. Sometimes, the best thing to do is wait.

And what should you be doing while waiting?

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best maryland communities to buy an investment property

So you're thinking of investing in Maryland real estate, but not sure what community to choose?

Depending on your family's needs and lifestyle, there is an abundant array of communities to explore. The state as a whole features a booming job market, rich history, and all kinds of distinct amenities. If you're a fan of awe-inspiring landscapes and seafood dinners, this is your go-to state.

To help you narrow down your search, we've put together a list of 4 of the best Maryland communities to buy an investment property. Whether you're looking for a vacation property or a year-round home, experience vibrant Maryland living just beyond the nation's capital.

North Potomac

Looking for a luxurious Maryland estate that the whole family will love?

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6 Tips For Furnishing Your New DC Home

Don't Buy Everything At Once

We all know that moving can be an overwhelming process, let alone furnishing your new D.C. home. It’s best to take a few months to get a sense of your home before you make any significant purchases.

As you unpack and begin to build your life in your new DC home, pay attention to where you spend the bulk of your time and prioritize your purchases accordingly. Maybe retiling the bathroom can wait until you’ve brightened up the kitchen. Maybe you don’t spend a lot of your living time in the living room.

Furnish your new DC home to fit your life; don’t arrange your life around your furniture!

Plan Space By Space

When it comes to furnishing your new DC home, it’s always a good idea to focus your attention on

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