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Real Estate Terminology: What are closing costs?

what are closing costs?

Written by: Mark Rutstein Closing costs include all of the fees and costs associated with completing the sale or purchase of a home using a mortgage, that are in addition to the actual cost of the property itself. These costs are due at the “close” of the deal, with the disbursal of loan monies, transfer of…Read More »

Wanting to Sell Your DC Home but Not Quite Ready to Move?

dc home

Written by: Mark Rutstein You know that you need to move, and the DC real estate market is right to sell, but you’re not quite ready to pack up everything. After all, you still have to live in your home until it sells. So how do you get ready to sell without entirely disrupting your life?…Read More »

Real Estate Terminology: Appraisal vs. Assessment vs. Market Value, the Second in a Series

Real Estate Terminology

Written by: Mark Rutstein In the vocabulary of real estate, there are three terms that indicate a home’s valuation: the Appraised Value, the Assessed Value and the Market Value. Rarely are these three values the same amount, so it is easy to confuse them when considering buying a home, obtaining a mortgage and contemplating ongoing costs…Read More »

Open House Tips, Pitfalls and Etiquette for Buyers

open house tips

Written by: Mark Rutstein So, you’re thinking of buying a home … where do you begin? Potential buyers new to the real estate market may not know exactly what they want in a home, or where they want to live. The dream homes in magazines are a great way to get ideas, and looking at pictures…Read More »

What is abatement in real estate?

what is abatement in real estate

Written by: Mark Rutstein Every industry has its own vocabulary, and real estate is no exception. If you are newly in the home-buying market, you may find yourself stumped by the lingo, acronyms, abbreviations and jargon commonly used in real estate sales materials, online listings, contracts and the like. We do not want you to be…Read More »

Real Estate Terms: What is a Condo? Co-Op? Apartment? Townhome?

Real Estate Terms

Written by: Mark Rutstein Which is which? Although all are part of the common-interest housing category, condos, co-ops, townhouses, and apartments may mean different things to different buyers, so here is a breakdown of what each word means and the advantages or disadvantages of one over another for the homebuyer. First, let’s get the low-down on…Read More »

Popular Home Paint Colors

popular home paint colors

Written by: Mark Rutstein You are getting ready to paint a home you know you will sell within a couple of years. Chances are, a helpful family member or friend reminds you that to sell, everything should be painted white. After all, a buyer needs a neutral “clean slate” to look at. Just the thought of…Read More »

Curb Appeal for DC Condo Sales

DC Condo Sales

Written by: Mark Rutstein You know that curb appeal is important to buyers of single-family homes, but you are selling a condominium in a large building full of similar units. How do you make yours stand out? Here are a few tips for prompting that positive first impression that makes your home memorable:   Make sure…Read More »

Mortgage Rates and DC Housing Prices Expected to Rise in 2014

DC Home Prices

Written by: Mark Rutstein Even though 30-year fixed rates dropped in the first half of January, many analysts expect fixed mortgage rates to go up somewhat in 2014, but to top out at around 5%. What this means for buyers is that while higher than 2013′s historic lows, the rates will remain favorable and predictable for…Read More »

Will a Bathroom Remodel Increase My Home’s Value?

Bathroom Remodel

Written by: Mark Rutstein Spring is just around the corner and the lure of a new home has you thinking about putting yours on the market. Your neighbor added a new bathroom last year and you’re wondering if you should upgrade yours before you sell. Logically, a new bathroom should increase the value of your home,…Read More »


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