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D.C. Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

Thank goodness for spring!

Tis the season for freshness, bright sunshine, and warm winds in Metro DC. A sudden boost of springtime energy might inspire you to declutter your home and make some seasonal changes.

Don’t forget:

Although we welcome the long-awaited sunshine, spring tends to shine a light on the more unflattering aspects of your home.

Particularly if you’re planning to sell your DC home this season, give in to spring fever and make sure your home is in fighting shape for the brighter days to come.

Exterior Home Maintenance Tips

Depending on your property type, a maintenance check of your home’s exterior might be very simple or quite involved. Before you plan the first barbecue of the season, make sure the following items

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What Makes A Good Neighbor?

What constitutes a good neighbor?

Is it the amount of times they let you have a cup of sugar or borrow some milk? Is it that they keep their dog off of your yard and clean up after them? Or is it just them being quiet and not making a fuss?

The best neighbors are actually trustworthy, quiet, friendly, and respectful, according to realtor.com®’s 2018 Good Neighbors Report.

A survey taken in 2018 showcases different demographics and gender groups that responded to whether they have good neighbors or not.

Millennials and Gen Z respondents (ages 18 to 34) and older adults (ages 55 and up) tended to care the most about having friendly neighbors, according to the survey.

Researchers found the least appreciated quality for all groups,

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Spring Home Staging Tips for a Quicker D.C. Sale

Spring signifies new beginnings, and when you’re selling your D.C. home, this is exactly the message you want to put forward to prospective buyers. Whether you’re interested in DIY-ing, spending some pocket change on a few springtime accessories, or embarking on an all-out reno - freshening up your D.C. home for sale can make all the difference.

If you’re not sure where to start, check out these key spring home staging tips for a quicker D.C. sale:

Let the Sunshine In

It’s almost spring in D.C., and it’s time to celebrate in sunny style!

Wherever possible, take advantage of the natural glow that spring brings. Consider swapping out your dark and heavy curtains for a light and bright choice that allows natural light to pass through.

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10 of the Best Spring Events in Washington DC

Springtime in D.C. is fast approaching, and it’s time to mark your calendar with all the latest and greatest events in the city. As residents will attest, life in the nation’s capital grants you access to numerous festivals, parades, and celebrations year round.

To help you narrow things down, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best spring events in Washington, D.C. this year.

HopFest 2019

March 9

Beer fanatics rejoice at the 5th annual HopFest, organized by the DC Brewers’ Guild. The festival spotlights dozens of local breweries and their specialty brews, known favorites, and rare varieties.

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

March 14-24

What can you do to make a change?

Now celebrating its 27th year, the

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7 Steps to Buying a Home in D.C.

Ever been bogged down by the home buying process? You find yourself scrolling through the Zillow app on your phone late at night, dreaming of the perfect D.C. home that can fit your needs and lifestyle? Something trendy enough to invite your friends and family over, but also in a metro-accessible area so it is easy enough to get into the city?

You’re swiping days are over because SIG has got the knowledge on where to get the best homes in the D.C. region. Think of us as your matchmakers and what a perfect time for us to help you find your dream home as it is the month of love.

SIG | Real Estate has a superior understanding of the greater Washington D.C. area’s real estate market, specializing in the markets in Northern VA, Washington D.C., and

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8 Moving Tips for D.C. Sellers

Ready to get moving?

When it comes to selling your D.C. home and preparing for the big move, there’s certainly a lot to think about. From packing and cleaning to remembering all those last minute to-dos, moving isn’t always the smoothest process.

But have no fear!

The SIG Real Estate Services team has all the resources you need to improve your move. Consider this your comprehensive guide to ensuring the journey to your new home is as efficient and stress-free as possible.

Without further ado, here are 8 moving tips for D.C sellers to keep in mind.

Do Your Research

As soon as you decide to sell your D.C. home, be sure to check out the SIG Real Estate Team’s Home Seller's Guide that offers plenty of helpful resources for negotiating

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Determine your needs and wants in home buying

Buying a home can be overwhelming if you don't have a clear idea of what you're looking for. Do you want to live in the city or out in the suburbs? Are you looking for a detached property or perhaps a condominium? How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you need? What about a garden, or essential amenities in the area? Once you've come up with a list of requirements, you can save time by saving your preferred search parameters.

On the Property Search page, make your selections for your preferred area, number of bedrooms, and other details, and select Save Search. At this point, you can choose a name for your search, such as "2 bedroom Rural Houses" or "Homes in the Downtown Area." Once you've named and

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 By: Pooja Doshi

It’s buyer’s market galore right now with home prices down in months. Why is it that during the winter months, properties have a harder time selling? Is it the chilly weather that prevents people from venturing outside of their cozy homes? Or the constant flow of family coming in and out for the holidays that you can’t get away from? When you think about it, if you do need to venture outside for just a couple of hours to get away from the noise, why not go a little home hunting? (On a side note, open houses always have warm chocolate chip cookies baking and the smell just makes your mouth water).

Each and every market goes through up and down cycles - whether its cars, financial, or the real estate market (Buck, 2016). But

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Real Estate during the Holidays



Many people believe that real estate agents just kick back and relax during the holidays.  Because they’ve been told that buyers aren’t buying, sellers aren’t selling, so it’s worthless to try. Although the numbers do dip during this time of the year for the real estate market, real estate agents are still around to show you the best deals in the area.

When you work with buyers and sellers during the holidays, not only are you working in a market with reduced competition, but the clients are usually fairly motivated as well. According to Realtor.com, internet searches for real estate peak during the holiday months, and there are certain types of events you should look out for when house hunting.

Sellers host

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By:  Greg MullanVP – Mortgage Loan Officer , George Mason Mortgage, LLC 

 The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announces increased loan limits for 2019, which is good news for affordability in our area!  This would apply to “Conventional” mortgage financing products.  In the past, FHA & VA loan limits have typically been set at the same loan amounts, so I would expect them to follow suit with the FHFA, but neither of those agencies have made an official announcement yet.  When can we start locking Conventional loans with these higher loan limits?  It will most likely be the week of December 10th and the loan will have to close after January 1st, but I’ll confirm the dates as I get more information.  Please reach out with any questions! 

Here

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