DC, MD, and Virginia Real Estate and Community News

Dec. 2, 2016

Advantages of Buying a Home in Fall/Winter

There are many opinions on when the best time to buy a home is. Although spring tends to be the most popular, buying in the late fall/winter months can be ideal for buyers to get the best deal. 

 

During these typically dreary months, there tends to be less competition in the market. This is an advantage for many reasons. Though these buyers will be more serious, you will be in a better position to get a better deal since there is less of a demand.

 

Also, you will be the center of agents’ attention. Real estate agents, mortgage brokers and even moving companies are ready and able to give you a quick and personalized experience.

 

This leads to a second major advantage: better opportunity to negotiate. At this time of year, homes tend to stay on the market longer. Typically, the deal you are able to get directly correlates to how long the house has been available. This gives you a chance to negotiate the sales price, closing costs and other added benefits.

 

Sellers at this point also tend to be worn out. According to Time.com, “Some sellers who put their homes on the market during the prime selling times of spring and summer might have been a tad overconfident by listing their homes for more than buyers were willing to spend.” This makes them eager and possibly even desperate to make a deal.

 

 

So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to take advantage of this ideal buying time! To get started, reach out to us today at (703) 405-5182. 

Oct. 19, 2016

Helpful tips for Self Employed/1099 employees regarding qualifying for a Home Loan

Applying for a Mortgage when you are Self-Employed or a 1099 Employee

 

Obtaining a mortgage loan can be complicated in itself, let alone when you are a self-employed or 1099 employee. Yony from Your DMV Team is here with a few useful tips.

 

 

 

  1. Show your History

To start, you will need to show at least two years of employment history. You can do this with tax returns or a CPA letter confirming your employment. Also you will need to produce your business license. For an extra boost, supply your year-to-date profit and loss statement. Most businesses should have this readily available, but contact your CPA if not.

 

  1. Prove Increasing Income

Overall, you will be in a better position if you show increasing income year over year. A decrease in income greater complicates the procedure, as the underwriter will likely ask more questions and dig deeper into your finances. With an increasing income, the two numbers will be used to find an average. A decreasing income will take the smallest number of the two, creating a less ideal situation.

 

  1. Limit Your Write-Offs

For at least two years prior to buying a home, try to limit deductions from your taxes. Although it may mean you are paying more in the short-term, you will be able to show a higher income when applying for your mortgage.

 

  1. 1099 Follows the Same Guidelines

Remember, a contractor or 1099 employee is still considered self-employed. Therefore, you should keep these same tips in mind.

 

 

These quick points will help you start the process of applying for a mortgage as a self-employed individual. If you have specific questions or would like more help along the way, please reach out to us at Homes.yourdmvteam@gmail.com or 703-405-5182. 

Oct. 5, 2016

The Importance of School Ratings on Property Values: List of Top Schools in DC, MD, and VA

The Importance of School Ratings on Property Values

 

It’s no secret that school districts influence home buying decisions. In fact, a 2013 Realtor.com survey found that 91 percent of prospective buyers said that school boundaries were important in their search. Logically, this priority leads to a profound effect on overall property values.

 

 

 

 

 

The Demand for Good Schools

 

As home buyers continue to look for good school districts and include it as a main priority in their search, the overall home demand is greatly influenced. Many studies and realtors have found that school quality directly impacts the overall quality of the property.

 

The Realtor.com survey found that this demand is so high that buyers will make substantial sacrifices to ensure they wind up in a good school district. One in five buyers said that they would give up a bedroom or a garage for a better school. Similarly, one in three would purchase a smaller home to be in the right district.

 

In addition to making sacrifices on their home choices, home buyers are also likely to spend more in a good district. They oftentimes pay more per square foot in a good district than they would for the same home in a lower quality district.

 

As district quality fluctuates, property values follow suit. If a school starts to experience issues like low test scores, safety concerns or funding cuts, families begin to move to more thriving districts. If you decide to do the same, it may be more difficult to sell in your area, leaving you stuck in place or forced to sell at a lower price.

 

Families aren’t the only ones who consider school districts in their decision. Many young movers who have no children or immediate plans to start a family still want to be in a good district. They understand that the school has an impact on their overall property value, making it a secure long-term investment.

 

Community Impact

 

Property values are also impacted by the community as a whole. A large influence on the community is the success and involvement of the schools in the district.

 

Typically, a better school district boasts higher graduation rates. Therefore, the community is less likely to see high unemployment rates post high school. When the graduates recognize the impact that their quality education had on their life, they will likely stay in the community to raise their own family

 

Quality school districts also have more community involvement. From clean-up projects to school pride at the Friday night football games, happier communities lead to higher property values.

 

Wealthier residents can also be found in these communities, as they are looking for the better school districts for their children and overall investment. This allows for greater spending within the community, as well as a higher interest from commercial real estate to continue building housing, stores, restaurants and more.

 

Lean on Your DMV Team for Help

 

With so many factors to consider in your home buying journey, you need help to know what to look for. Choosing a good school district includes criteria like test scores, teacher to student ratio, class size and many more.

 

Yony Kifle and Your DMV Team are here to help make the process a little easier. Lean on our experience and knowledge of the DC, Maryland and Virginia area to make the right decision on a quality school district. We will lead you through the process, show you the best districts and work together to find the perfect area.

 

Call us today at (703) 405-5182 to get started!

 

Best Public Schools

 

(according to Niche.com)

 

DC

 

High Schools

1.      School Without Walls Senior High School, Washington, D.C.

2.      Benjamin Banneker Academy High School, Washington, D.C.

3.      Washington Latin Public Charter School - High School, Washington, D.C.

 

Middle Schools

1.      D.C. Preparatory Academy Public Charter School - Edgewood Middle Campus, Washington, D.C.

2.      Washington Latin Public Charter School - Middle School, Washington, D.C.

3.      KIPP DC - Key Academy Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.

 

Elementary Schools

1.      Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.

2.      Key Elementary School, Washington, D.C.

3.      Lafayette Elementary School, Washington, D.C.

 

Maryland

 

Elementary Schools

 

  1. Germantown Elementary School, Germantown, MD
  2. Cold Spring Elementary School, Potomac, MD
  3. Cashell Elementary School, Olney, MD

 

Middle Schools

 

  1. Herbert Hoover Middle School, North Bethesda, MD
  2. Thomas W. Pyle Middle School, Bethesda, MD
  3. Takoma Park Middle School, Takoma Park, MD

 

High Schools

 

 

  1. Poolesville High School, Poolesville, MD
  2. Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville, MD
  3. Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD

 

 

Virginia

 

Elementary Schools

 

  1. Arlington Traditional Elementary School, Arlington, VA
  2. Arlington Science Focus Elementary School, Arlington, VA
  3. Ashlawn Elementary School, Arlington, VA

 

Middle Schools

 

  1. Williamsburg Middle School, Arlington, VA
  2. Swanson Middle School, Arlington, VA
  3. Gunston Middle School, Arlington, VA

 

High Schools

 

 

  1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, Annandale, VA
  2. Washington Lee High School, Arlington, VA
  3. Yorktown High School, Arlington, VA
Aug. 16, 2016

VA Loans Help Service Members Purchase a Home with amazing benefits!

Purchasing a home can be overwhelming for anyone, especially when serving in the U.S. Military. The Veterans’ Administration (VA) offers a home loan program to help service members, veterans and surviving spouses make the process a little easier.

 

When a member of the armed forces applies for a loan through the Veterans Affairs Home Loan program, the VA guarantees a part of it, making rates lower and qualifications more broad. Among the benefits are no down payment or mortgage insurance. This allows for more opportunities for home acquisition and a chance to save for future expenses.

 

 Yony Kifle of Your DMV Team Realty recently met with Mike Ullmann of Movement Mortgage to discuss the options available through the VA and how to take advantage of them.

 

“VA loans are a lot more lenient,” Ullmann states, “The credit scores required are generally lower than other types of loans… [and] you can max out your budget quite a bit more than you could on a conventional or FHA loan.”

 

To be eligible for a VA Home Loan, you must meet a few criteria:

  • You must have satisfactory credit,
  • You must have sufficient income to meet the expected monthly obligations,
  • And you must have a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE).

 

 Luckily, Your DMV Team and Movement Mortgage are here to help you navigate the process! Many residents of the DMV area may be eligible to take advantage of this benefit, along with other home loans offered for refinancing, modifications and more. To discuss more about VA Home Loans and to connect with Mike Ullmann, reach out to us at (703) 405-5182.

 

Feb. 16, 2016

First-Time Home Buyer Seminar: Knowledge is Power!

Knowledge is indeed POWER. In this age anything you need to know is at your fingertips.  One of the main reasons I LOVE my job is I get to educate people from all backgrounds, age, and cultures, about the power of home-ownership. It's certainly not rocket science and if someone wanted to learn they can surely google it and have some adequate info. A seminar though not only provides that information but adds the TRUE LIFE experiences of those professionals who have actually gone through it and are able to give you information that you won't get over the internet. You couple that with being in a room with people who are in the same stage of life, or have the same questions/concerns  and it just makes for a really wonderful, informative, and fun event. This event is NOT about buying a house RIGHT NOW, it doesn't matter if you are looking to start the process now/soon or have YEARS before you are ready, this event is about EDUCATION and KNOWLEDGE! So feel free to share this with someone you know may benefit from this event!  Info to register below! 

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FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER SEMINAR, REGISTER AT 
www.YourDMVteamHomeBuyerSeminar.Eventbrite.com

Saturday Feb 27th, 11am- 1pm, 

First-Time Home Buyer Seminar! 
Learn EVERYTHING you need/want to know about BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME in the ?#‎DMV? areas! DOES NOT MATTER if you are starting the process soon or have years until you are ready, it's all about EDUCATION!! ONLY 30 spots available so MAKE SURE TO REGISTER!! SPREAD THE WORD

Nov. 6, 2015

Fun Weekend Events in the DC, MD, VA Areas

 

What to do in the DMV this weekend you ask?? Here are a few fun weekend events in the DC, MD, and VA areas to check out!

Starting Saturday FotoWeek DC kicks off. It's the annual celebration of photography which includes contests, gallery openings, workshops and more.

Those with kids, make sure to check out Kids Euro Festival where over 200 FREE performances will be staged throughout the many European Embassies in #DC...

Now that Halloween is over it's time to chuck those pumkins. Make sure to check out Pumpkin Chunkin in the area..this is where some of the regions Pumpkin Patches end the season with a weekend of pumpkin smashing events!!

As always HaveFun and BeSafe! 

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Oct. 28, 2015

Buying a Home with NO MONEY DOWN

CONGRATULATIONS  to our Buyer Client for getting Under Contract on this spacious and conveniently located 2 bed/2 bath Condo...DO WANT TO KNOW what's even better??...this buyer is basically buying this property with NO MONEY DOWN!! 

 

I'm telling you, WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW IS COSTING YOU SO MUCH MONEY!! 

 

So if you want to know if you would even be qualified to get a great deal like this make sure to EMAIL OR CALL! 

 

Oct. 28, 2015

How using our DRONE VIDEO TOUR can make you stand out when selling!

 

Are you looking to sell your condo, Townhouse or Single family home??...You need to stand above the rest when it comes to marketing...Here is another example of how we implement our DRONE VIDEO TOURS to MAKE OUR CLIENT'S PROPERTIES STAND OUT!! 

 

Gorgeous remodeled 4 bedroom townhouse. Eat in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite and white cabinets.3 1/2 updated bathrooms with granite and ceramic tile. Walk out lower level with lots of extra living space including a full bath and and an extra bedroom. Private patio in the backyard with a shed that provides extra storage.

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
Oct. 27, 2015

15271 LODGE TERRACE, WOODBRIDGE, VA 22191

YOU NEED TO CHECK THIS OUT!!

Gorgeous remodeled 4 bedroom townhouse. Eat in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite and white cabinets.3 1/2 updated bathrooms with granite and ceramic tile. Walk out lower level with lots of extra living space including a full bath and and an extra bedroom. Private patio in the backyard with a shed that provides extra storage.

Oct. 27, 2015

Hot Condo Deal!

                                                     HOT DEAL ALERT!! 

WHAT IF I TOLD YOU, YOU ONLY HAVE TO BE MAKING AROUND $34,000 TO QUALIFY TO BUY THIS 1 BED, 1 BATH CONDO IN THE BOOMING ARLINGTON AREA!! 

WITH ONLY 5K DOWN YOUR MONTHLY PAYMENT WOULD BE ROUGHLY $1,338..THAT'S WITH UTILITIES BECAUSE CONDO FEES INCLUDES ALL OF IT! 

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE!!