Blog :: 09-2016

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Read our latest insights into the Greater Washington real estate market, including Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Our team of expert real estate professionals at RE/MAX Realty Group/100 have a finger on the pulse of the local market. Stay tuned for news and analysis on all the most important topics pertaining to real estate and home ownership in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

 

 

 

Realtors! Want a Team? Got a Team? This is for you!

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(MONTGOMERY COUNTY)- RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100 is hosting a Team Summit on Thursday, October 20, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Hyattsville, MD 20783. 

The Summit will address information beneficial to real estate agents who want to start a team or hire an assistant and agents who are already part of a team and want to take their team to the next level.

Presenters include:

- Judy LaDeur, Real Estate Recruiting Coach and Speaker

- Marti Hampton, #1 RE/MAX Realty Residential Team Leader in the United States

- Caleb Pearson, Mount Pleasant Magazine's voted Best Realtor and Real Estate Team

- The Prigal Brothers and Associates, the top team at RE/MAX Realty Group in Gaithersburg, Maryland

This is a free event you will not want to miss! Lunch will be provided. All agents are welcome regardless of affiliation. 

Register today at eventbrite. Seats are filling up quickly. 

 

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Five Things to Know: Millennials and Home Buying

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(RE/MAX Blog)- Millennials are now major players in the home buying arena, according to the recent Home Buyer and Generational Trends report released by the National Association of Realtors:

1. Millennials accounted for 35% of buyers in 2015. This is up from 32% in 2014, and is the third year in a row Millennials have composed the largest group of recent buyers.

2. In 2015, the number of Millennials purchasing in an urban or central city area decreased to 17% from 21% in 2014. Suburbia-phobe? Perhaps not.

3. They have help getting their foot in the door. Twenty-three percent of Millennials used a financial gift for (or toward) their down payment.

4. An online search was the first step for 56% of Millennials, whether they were looking for properties or searching for information about the home buying process.

5. Almost 90% worked with a Realtor to buy their home.


Source: "National Association of Realtors Home Buyer and Generational Trends Report 2016," based on a July 2015 survey of 6,406 recent home buyers who purchased a primary residence between July 2014 and June 2015.

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    Build Your Dream Home - One Pin at a Time

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    (RE/MAX Blog)- What does your dream home look like? Is it French provincial, colonial or Greek Revival? Is it a 3-bedroom abode with wainscot paneling and coffered ceilings? Or a 3-bedroom abode with wainscot paneling BUT arched ceilings? The choices are endless and that can make it hard to describe it to a Realtor.

    Luckily, RE/MAX can help you picture your dream home, literally.

    Use the new collection of boards on the RE/MAX Pinterest page to build your dream home one pin at a time. Pick and pin granite kitchen countertops, a master wine cellar, a hidden pantry behind the staircase, the ultimate man cave (or she shed) or whatever else you've always wanted. When you're done, share your own Pinterest board with your local agent, and they'll help you find a house that feels like home.

    HOW IT WORKS

    Step 1: Visit the RE/MAX Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/remax) and browse different boards. You might want to start with Home Styles, Dream Kitchen, Interior Details, Outdoor Features and Extra Touches.

    Step 2: Pin the details, styles and features you love to your own board.

    Step 3: Share your dream-home board with your agent, and let the home shopping begin!

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      RE/MAX Realty Group Real Estate Team Welcomed into the RE/MAX Circle of Legends

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      The Prigal Brothers and AssociatesMONTGOMERY COUNTY- The Prigal Brothers and Associates, the top team at RE/MAX Realty Group in Gaithersburg, Maryland, have joined the RE/MAX Network’s most exclusive group known as the RE/MAX Circle of Legends. The team, which consists of real estate agents Richard Prigal, Larry Prigal, Kate Snyder and Beth Borenstein, was admitted into the elite group and awarded a trophy in August 2016 for its commitment to the RE/MAX Network and continued success in the real estate industry.

      Entrance to the prestigious RE/MAX Circle of Legends is truly an accomplishment, with just 388 RE/MAX agents in the circle. The RE/MAX Network has over 100, 000 agents worldwide. Entry to the group represents a commitment of at least 10 years with the RE/MAX Network and the attainment of a major milestone in the volume of business conducted throughout an agent’s career. The Prigal Brothers and Associates’ admittance to the group was an honor the team did not expect to receive.

      “This honor was truly unexpected,” said RE/MAX Realty Group Agent Richard Prigal. “We owe this recognition to our clients. Their loyalty and commitment to our team, and their referrals are what have allowed us to have such a successful career. We have been fortunate. Not only because of all the amazing clients we have had, most of which we now call friends, but also because of all the opportunities RE/MAX has given us.”

      Richard and Larry Prigal, who have been with RE/MAX Realty Group for nearly 20 years, are recognized for their commitment to their clients and have continued to yield high production, year after year. 

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        Agents Gather for the Grand Opening of the New RE/MAX 100 Pax River Office

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        (Char Melvin, Trish Nicely, Ken Crowley, Tonia Parent and members of the St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce)

        ST. MARY'S COUNTY, MD- Agents gathered on Thursday, September 22, 2016 for the grand opening of our new RE/MAX 100 Pax River office location in Southern Maryland. Broker/Owner Ken Crowley and manager Tonia Parent hosted the celebration from 4 PM to 7 PM at the new facility located at 22326 Exploration Park Drive in Lexington Park, Maryland. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony facilitated by the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages. There were also numerous drawings for various prizes, including tickets to see the Washington Capitals.

        The new RE/MAX 100 facility offers various benefits to RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100 agents, including a more accessible location and more visibility. It has a modern environment with a spacious layout, multiple conference rooms, a huge training room and large workroom. The office location, which is just two blocks from the entrance to Patuxent Naval Air Station, is in a high traffic area. Impressive signage also makes it easy for agents and clients to find.

        The new RE/MAX 100 Pax River office is one of eight office locations owned by Broker/Owner Ken Crowley. Ken Crowley, who opened his first RE/MAX Realty Group office in 1986, acquired RE/MAX 100, its six offices and 275 agents in 2015. This brought the total for his company to eight offices, 400-plus agents and nearly $1.5 billion in sales. The acquisition also made RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100 one of 120 largest brokerages in the United States and the seventh largest brokerage in the Washington Metropolitan area.

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        7 Tips for Pet Owners Selling a Home

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        (RE/MAX Blog)- Lingering animal smells and fur can be a turn-off for would-be buyers. Be sure to remove all signs of your furry friends before showings. Here are some tips.

        1. Holey backyard, Batman!
        Does your dog bury more bones than they munch on? Start at the perimeter of your yard and circle inward to find your pup's landscaping efforts and fill them in.

        2. Scoop the poop
        One misstep can ruin a buyer's impression of your yard (and possibly home). Make sure your property is clear of any pet-related landmines.

        3. Mend fences
        Check your fencing, deck and porch for any marks from scratching or chewing. Most can be erased with elbow grease and a bit of sandpaper.

        4. Stash the evidence
        Collect your pet's toys, bowls, beds and litter boxes and keep them out of sight. Hide pet photos for now, too.

        5. De-scents-itize
        Have a friend or Realtor come by to sniff out any animal scents you may have become accustomed to. Light candles, open windows or hire a professional carpet cleaning crew to deodorize your home.

        6. Need a buffer?
        Have claws scratched up your lovely hardwood floors? Ask your Realtor if professional resurfacing might be a good idea.

        7. Don't leave pets home during showings
        Not only is there a chance they may bolt through an open door when strangers stroll around, there's also a liability issue. It may be a good idea to temporarily relocate exotic critters, such as snakes or tarantulas.

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          Own It: Small-Cost, Big-Impact Updates for Your Home

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          (RE/MAX Blog)- By Carriann Johnson, interior designer and TV personality

          I've seen the look on people's faces when I suggest something needs to be updated in their home. They become deflated, overwhelmed and oftentimes confused. Please remember, it's not personal. The goal is to make your home shine – and sell for the best possible price.

          Consider making some of the following updates before listing your home. It could add to your confidence when putting your home on the market, and possibly bump up the sale price as well.

          1. Do a walk-through of your home
          Visit each room and make a checklist of items that need to be repaired or replaced – and be objective while doing so. Keep an eye out for outdated styles, bold patterns and colors, dated fixtures, unfinished projects, and over-cluttered closets and cabinets – these items all need to be considered to showcase your home in the best light possible. After making your checklist, develop a budget and establish dates on your calendar to complete these tasks.

          2. Incorporate today's styles and trends

          Our homes and our styles are as individualized as we are. So although you may love an ultramodern or country cottage look, the majority of buyers may not. Choose transitional styles if you need to replace your lighting, hardware, appliances or flooring. And don't be afraid to ask your local suppliers for help during the selection process.

          3. Remember: First impressions count
          It takes just 15 seconds to grab the hearts of potential buyers – or leave them completely unimpressed. Make those 15 seconds count! Fresh sealant on a driveway, vibrant and healthy plants on the front porch, a clean rug and a nice fragrance in the entryway, clutter-free hallways – these all make a huge impact but require little effort.

          4. Focus on the kitchen and baths
          Kitchens and bathrooms are some of the most frequently used areas of any home, so put in some extra effort to freshen them up! Things like stained shower stalls and toilets, broken grout, leaky faucets or dated cabinet hardware are easily replaced at little cost. Or, instead of replacing tubs or shower stalls, consider having them professionally resprayed for a fresh new look. A small investment goes a long way in these spaces. And when it comes to hardware and supplies for kitchens and baths, consider shopping online. Many online suppliers don't have a middleman in the process, so they can sell their items for much less than local hardware retailers.

          5. Let's talk paint
          Paint is a minimal investment, especially if you have the skills to do the painting yourself. From walls to doors to cabinets to fixtures (and even tile), paint can drastically transform spaces. Keep your selections neutral and universally pleasing. Cover bold colors with neutral ones, making the home move-in ready. My pick for some timeless choices by Sherwin Williams are: Totally Tan SW6115, Believable Buff SW6120, Latte SW6108 and Universal Khaki SW6150.

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          Grand Opening for New RE/MAX 100 California Office

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          MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD- Our new RE/MAX 100 office location in California, Maryland will have its grand opening on Thursday, September 22, 2016 and we couldn't be more excited. 

          The new office location is just down the road from our old location in California, two blocks from the entrance to the Patuxtent Naval Air Station in a high traffic area. It will offer various benefits to our agents and clients, including a more accessible location and more visibility. The facility has a modern environment with a spacious layout, multiple conference rooms, a huge training room and large work room. It has a sharp, new, and contemporary feel.

          Our grand opening ceremony will be on Thursday, September 22 from 4 PM to 7 PM at the new facility at 22326 Exploration Park Drive in Lexington Park, Maryland.

          We will have a reception and ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 PM. 

          We would like to thank all our RE/MAX 100 agents for their support and loyalty in the opening of this new facility. We look forward to hearing from our California agents and how they enjoy doing business at our new California office.

          RE/MAX Realty Group & RE/MAX 100 is the seventh largest real estate company in the Washington Metropolitan area and is one of 120 largest brokerages in the United States. RE/MAX Realty Group & RE/MAX 100 have been serving agents and clients in the Washington, DC area for over 30 years. The brokerage takes pride in providing quality service to their agents so they may in turn provide their clients with the best service possible. 

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          Tips for Home Sellers: Features That Date Your Home

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          (RE/MAX Blog)-If you would like to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, some updates may be in order. Outdated details such as that wallpaper or pink bathroom tiles that may have been on trend when you first purchased your home, may not exactly be perceived as attractive selling points from current home buyers. Therefore, it may be beneficial to bring your home up-to-date by making changes when trying to get the best offer possible. Here is a list of some items that may date your home.

          Items that may date your home:

          • Popcorn ceilings: Update to a smooth textured surface
          • Tiled counter tops: Update to a clean sleek, easy to clean surface such as granite or quartz
          • Brass fixtures: Home buyers tend to prefer fixtures that feature more neutral shades, such as black or gray.

          Tips and Tricks:

          • Have a low budget? Update cabinet hardware or light fixtures for a huge impact without breaking the bank.
          • Get second opinion: Sometimes it is hard to tell what changes need to be made. Ask a friend or a real estate agent for their opinion.
          • Grab inspiration from social media or online. Look on pinterest for idea.

           

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          For Homeowners: Six Things to Consider Before Investing in a Fence

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          (RE/MAX Blog)-If you have a large backyard and are looking into investing in a fence, there are numerous factors to take into consideration. Here are six tips to help you get started.

          1. Do your Research

          Check with your Homeowners Association or neighborhood organizations for specific regulations, such as fence height, materials and colors. Also check with your local municipality and utility company about buried cables and lines or required easements.

          2. Consult Professionals

          Fencing may impact your home’s appeal. Talk to a real estate agent or an appraise familiar with your local market to help choose materials and where to place your fence.

          3. Chat with neighbors

          Consider informing your next door neighbors about how you are thinking about getting a fence. Getting them on-board and in agreement about property lines before being the project, will avoid future disputes.

          4. Match your house

          Choose a fence that architecturally matches the style of your house for curb side appeal.

          5. Understand Maintenance

          Be aware of the required upkeep. For instance, some wooden fences will need frequent sealing and staining.

          6. Consider living fences

          Adding landscaping can increase the value of your home. Strategically placed shrubs and trees can develop into beautiful fences that also act as attractive landscaping.

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