SIG | Real Estate Blog

 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, 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 open

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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! 


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Staging Your Home for the Perfect Sale

By: Pooja Doshi 

Walking into a home for the first time leaves a lasting impression for any individual. The smell of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, the sunlight gleaming through the windows, or even the soft feel of the carpet below your feet, your senses are heightened when you come across a home that you can picture yourself in. 

Home staging is a method of setting up your home and designing it in a way that highlights its best quality and assets. Whether it be from seeing or smelling, a perfect home stage can entice a buyer immediately as they walk into the front door. 

According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2017 Staging Stats report, 49% of buyers’ agents believe that home staging has

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Becoming a Real Estate Agent with SIG | Real Estate

By: Pooja Doshi

The real estate industry is booming in that there is always something new to learn. The actual act (and art) of selling a home is not as difficult as is everything else that has to do with it. Being able to understand, manage, and work toward mastering business management, accounting, banking and finance, selling and prospecting, and marketing are all skills a real estate broker contains and is something SIG can teach you. You don’t have to be an expert, but knowing the fundamentals will certainly help you go a long way. SIG will help you take the right courses (and even offer to pay for them) as you navigate your career in becoming a real estate agent. Courses are available online

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Fall isn't alone this year - DC Real Estate deals are in season

By: Pooja Doshi

There’s some good news in the air for those first time home buyers who are looking to get started on searching for their dream home. Many of us have heard that the Spring is the best time to purchase a home. Fall Isn't AloneWhat you don’t know is that during the Fall, there is less competition so house prices are not as expensive and sellers are desperate to sell their homes. There are even great home improvement deals as an added bonus. September is known for having major sales on carpet and painting. October is when lawn mowers go on sale, and December many cookware and appliance deals heat up for the holiday season. And that is not all. If you ever felt like your Real Estate agent

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By: Pooja Doshi

Fitting a Dog into your Perfect Home

Seeing your dog’s face after coming home from a 8 hour work day puts a smile ones face, not matter how hard the day was. Many people would agree with the fact that sometimes a house is not a home without a pet. This means that realtors helping home buyers scout for homes not only meet the needs of that family, but also their pet as well. They work with the sellers to help leverage the home’s pet appeal (The National Association of Realtors, 2016). The National Association of Realtors ® offers quick tips and facts about dogs in real estate. Here are just a few to help you start thinking about whether a dog will make your house feel more like a home.

  1. 65% of American households have

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Real Estate in the Digital Age

By: Pooja Doshi

In this day and age, there is hardly anyone without a mobile phone. The world we live in today is mostly run by technology.And the home buying process is certainly no different. Nowadays, there are apps like Zillow, Redfin, Trulia, etc that allow you to shop for a home with the touch of a few buttons and without even leaving the comfort of your couch. According to the 2017 National Association of REALTORS® report, 44% of home buyers looked for properties online before going out to see a physical open house (Real Estate in a Digital Age, 2017).

Having the ability to search for homes and neighborhoods is a luxury in a sense because trust is then established with the apps that home buyers or renters are

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This is a beautiful 3 level 2 bedroom 2.5 bath townhouse.   Just steps to retail, restaurants, and dining. This is brick end unit townhouse in the heart of Old Town Manassas. This is a 3 level 2 bed 2.5 bath unit with a garage. The home is walkable to the downtown with plenty of restaurants and retail. This has an open floor plan with a chef's kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances.

If you are interested in this listing or other listings contact us.

SIG Real Estate Bryan Zupan 8955 Quarry Rd, Manassas for sale

Here are some of Historic Manassas attractions.  Are you in the mood to Shop? Check out some of the places to shop in Manassas. These are some great options to satisfy your hunger. There are several great options to satisfy your artistic needs!  Looking for things to do?  Keep

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 By: Pooja Doshi

    We live in a world where commitment is taboo. People are settling into their married lives even later in life. Parents are treating their sons and daughters’ pets as their grandchildren. So, when is the right time to buy a home? Research shows that millennials are buying homes before they even get married. Before they even own a pet. They are prioritizing furthering their education and delaying settling down, which is often a huge precursor to buying a home. Data shows that the homeownership rate among households headed by someone under the age 35 has increased the most of any age group in the fourth quarter of 2017, jumping from 34.7 percent, whereas a year earlier it was 36 percent.


    The top five cities that

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