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Maridol Garc…, Real Estate Pro in Alexandria, VA
Maridol Garcia-Joy answered:
What areas in Alexandria are likely to appreciate in the next 5 years?
Just Looking,

All Alexandria have the possibility of appreciation in the coming years. Why? To answer your second question, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Proximity to hyw access, s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 9, 2012 Home Buying in Alexandria
Will Nesbitt, Real Estate Pro in Alexandria, VA
Will Nesbitt answered:
Question of the Day: What makes a great buyer's agent
A good buyer's agent is a good listener who knows his local market well. This way you can describe your perfect house and your agent knows exactly where to start showing you homes ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 9, 2012 Home Buying in Alexandria
Chris Ognek, Real Estate Pro in Fredericksburg, VA
Chris Ognek answered:
What are some tips for renters before signing a lease?
First and foremost, get a copy of the lease in advance of signing and it take the time to read it. Your state may also have a landlord/tenant handbook to download. Look for that and r ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 6, 2012 Rental Basics in Alexandria
Will Nesbitt, Real Estate Pro in Alexandria, VA
Will Nesbitt answered:
What's the typical process when buying a short sale?
Short sales are full of pitfalls and the process can be excruciating. In the end you may save 5% to 10% on the cost of real estate. You may find the article in the link below useful.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 7, 2012 Home Buying in Alexandria
Judi Gray,  in Fairfax County, VA
Judi Gray answered:
Any recommendations for 2-3bd/2ba short term rental with 2 dogs in Arlington, VA with patio or fenced outdoor space for around 2500-3000?
I have nothing on market for you now. Short term is difficult. Check Craigs List. May be difficult as Arlington rentals go quickly.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 27, 2015 Rentals in Potomac West
Robert L King, Real Estate Pro in Alexandria, VA
Robert L King answered:
What are some tips for first-time home buyers?
Get pre-qualified from a mortgage company, then start searching for the home that you want to live in, Don't settle for any home because some require a lot of work to be able to mo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 8, 2012 Home Buying in Alexandria
Tim Moore, Real Estate Pro in Kitty Hawk, NC
Tim Moore answered:
can i change realtors after contract has been signed?
Sort of yes. here is what I mean. You, as a buyer or seller, never ever contracts with a single person. Your contract is with the company or firm, not Sally or Bob or Billy, it is with ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 4, 2016 Home Buying in 22304
Will Nesbitt, Real Estate Pro in Alexandria, VA
Will Nesbitt answered:
Which costs are potentially negotiable in closing costs
Taxes are obviously not negotiable. Prorated expenses (utilities, condo fees, etc.) are also not negotiable. Services such as inspections, appraisals and broker's fees are not ne ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 5, 2012 Home Buying in Alexandria
Tina Beasley, Real Estate Pro in Richmond, VA
Tina Beasley answered:
What are some effective ways to increase the value of your home before selling?
I am a professional home stager & a real estate broker, so here are a few tips to get you started. Clear the home of all clutter and most personal items. Make all rooms look invit ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 20, 2012 Home Selling in Alexandria
Chris Ognek, Real Estate Pro in Fredericksburg, VA
Chris Ognek answered:
What are some surprises that first-time buyers encounter when purchasing a home?
Depending on the market, they are surprised at how competitive it is. In DC metro area, multiple offers are the norm. They are also surprised at how much documentation they need for t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 1, 2012 Home Buying in Alexandria
Marie Souza…, Real Estate Pro in Centerville, MA
Marie Souza Team answered:
Can we refi our Freddie Mac backed loan - its a rental in Alexandria, VA?
Gina - Have you tried calling you mortgage person whi helped with the purchase/re-fi? They should be an excellent source here.

Does the property have an equity in it? Is the rent co ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 28, 2012 Financing in Alexandria
Erik Weissko…, Real Estate Pro in fairfax, VA
Erik Weisskopf,ABR,CDPE, answered:
I am looking for a 2 bedroom I have bad credit but I can pay the rent I need to move by 2-28-2012 can anyone help me price range 1000-1400
Annette,

I cannot help you personally but I can offer some advise. If your credit is bad..you may be able to get around that fact by pre-paying rent or increasing your deposit or bo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 26, 2012 Rentals in Alexandria
Scott Godzyk, Real Estate Pro in Manchester, NH
Scott Godzyk answered:
Are the Title Company fees for a refinance more than for a regular purchase? (excluding Title insurance)
They are usually close to the same for a single loan. You can ask your loan officer up front. Here in NH they charge anywhere from 395 to 495. Ask your loan officer if you have a choice ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 18, 2012 Financing in Alexandria
Mark Bentz,  in Fairfax County, VA
Mark Bentz answered:
What might a typical electric bill be for a 1400 sq ft home in northern virginia?
Depending on the season 80-120 bucks with the temp set at 73 degrees.

Mark Bentz
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
4000 Legato Rd.
Suite 100
Fairfax, Va. 22033
703-307-7305 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 20, 2014 Rent vs Buy in 22306
Fred Glick, Real Estate Pro in Santa Monica, CA
Fred Glick answered:
Is Mortgage Insurance Deductible in 2012?
Sorry, no it is not. Congress "forgot" to renew it.

And, your FHA MIP stays on forever now.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 16, 2013 Financing in Alexandria
John Dietel, Real Estate Pro in Hutchinson, MN
John Dietel answered:
Hello, I am in the middle of a home purchase. After the appraisal request, how long does it normally take to get the appraisal done?
Usually less than a week, but can go longer. Realize that there are often fewer appraisers working now than there used to be.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 4, 2012 Home Buying in Alexandria
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
Do I need provide disclosure document about Plumbing and sewage issuesWater leakage of any type, including in basementsTermites or other?
Your WORDING of the Disclosure Documents may be different that ours,
but you are required to disclose any MATERIAL FACT that would adversely affect the purchase of the property.
If yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 12, 2011 Home Selling in 22302
Chris Ognek, Real Estate Pro in Fredericksburg, VA
Chris Ognek answered:
If bank does not require termite inspection, does seller still need provide the termite inspection report to buyer in state of VA?
I actually thought the termite inspection was required by law. Your settlement attorney should be able to answer this for you.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 4, 2012 Home Buying in 22304
Peg Bell, Real Estate Pro in Arlington, VA
Peg Bell answered:
Single, continue renting or start looking for a home?
Speaking for happy single homeowners like myself, I say, "Why wait?" I've sold many homes -- detached, townhomes, condos -- to both single men and women. From a mortgag ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 14, 2011 Home Buying in Alexandria
Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Anna M Brocco answered:
how's the area around the seasons condo is it safe
If unfamiliar with the area, do visit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. For any safety/crime concerns contact/visit the local police dep ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Oct 23, 2011 In My Neighborhood in 22312
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