Blog :: 05-2017

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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.




4 Spring Lawn Care Tips to Grow Curb Appeal

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(RE/MAX Blog) - A great lawn can serve as a green calling card for your home. Here are a few things you can do this spring to help your lawn – and curb appeal – flourish.

1. Test before you invest
Find out the acid and alkaline levels of your soil with a testing kit from the hardware store before you shell out bucks for fertilizer and seed. The test will help you determine the right products to help your lawn flourish.

2. Give it some air
Grass and soil can get compacted during the winter, making it difficult for oxygen and nutrients to reach root systems. Aerating, or poking holes in the lawn, helps. You can hire a lawn service to do this, buy a rolling tool, or use inexpensive strap-on attachments for your shoes that aerate the lawn as you march around.

3. Seed or weed
Spring is prime time for seeding sparse areas of your lawn or applying a natural herbicide to prevent crabgrass and other weeds from sprouting. Don't do both, as the herbicide will also kill the grass seeds.

4. Mow tall
For the lushest lawn, set your mower to the tallest setting and cut only about the top third of the grass. Taller blades promote healthier root systems and help shade the ground soil, preventing it from drying out.

Ready to plant a "For Sale" sign in your lawn? Contact us today. 

4 Things Agents Consider When Setting Listing Prices

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(RE/MAX Blog) - There’s no online calculator for setting the perfect listing price for your home. It takes experience, market savvy, and even a bit of psychology. A strong listing agent can help you set the right, most competitive price for your home. Here are a few things they might look at:

1. The competition
Your agent will look at the prices of similar homes in your area that either are currently listed or sold during the past few months. They’ll take into account how many days the properties were on the market, and how the listing prices for those homes differed from the final sale prices.

2. Market trends
What’s affecting the market in your neighborhood, and your region? Your agent will consider national factors that shape the real estate market, such as possible rising interest rates, as well as local factors, like whether the average home price in your neighborhood has been rising or falling. They’ll also think about things such as new companies moving to the area in the near future, or plans for improving local amenities, like parks and shopping districts. All can increase the value of your home to a buyer.

3. Your neighbors
Although a home the same size and age recently sold for a high price, your own place might not fetch the exact same fortune if, say, junky cars continue to proliferate in your neighbor’s driveway. On the flipside, if the grass is in fact greener on the other side of the fence, your home’s value may be higher due to your neighbors’ curb appeal.

4. The Goldilocks price
Listing your home at a price that’s “just right” from the start is critical to selling it quickly, for the best price. Overpricing your home, and then dropping the price a few times while it sits on the market, could lead to a lower final sales price than if the home was priced appropriately from the beginning. And, of course, setting a price that’s too low leaves money on the table.

Wondering how much your home might be worth in today’s market? Begin the process of finding out your home's worth here.

6 Symbolic Housewarming Gifts ‚Äč

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(RE/MAX Blog)- Did you know? Housewarming parties started in medieval times when they were held to, literally, warm the house as the new homeowners moved in. Neighbors would come with firewood and light up the hearth not only for warmth, but to chase off any bad spirits that might have been lurking about.

In modern times, it's more customary to bring a gift (no experience with the supernatural required). Here are some ideas with a medieval spin.

1. Bread

The gift of a loaf of bread is traditionally given with the wish that the home would never know hunger. These days, you might want to check with your hosts' gluten sensitivities before kneading away. An electronic bread maker could be an updated option.

2. Salt

Salt is given with the wish that life in the home always has flavor. While a bag of salt suits the bill, you can class it up by giving a fun set of salt and pepper shakers.

3. Roosters

Roosters used to be given to serve as a feathered home security system. Depending on zoning laws, and whether or not the hosts are morning people, consider rooster themed dishtowels or crockery instead.

4. Wine

A gift of wine conveys wishes of joy and prosperity. Wine-related gifts, like stoppers, glasses and decanters can do the same.

5. Candles

These are given with the hope that the people in the home always live in light and happiness.

6. Wood

Wooden gifts symbolize a wish of stability for the home and the people who live there. Salad bowls and cutting boards are useful options that can also be works of art.

And what not to give?

Knives. Tradition holds that the gift of a knife may cut a friendship.

Is it your turn to make a move? Start the search for your new home.

Why are red doors popular?

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(RE/MAX Blog)- Here's a look at the traditions behind painting a door red.

Painting a front door red can be about more than personal preference. Here's a look at the history behind this popular color.

1. During the Civil War, a red door meant a home was a safe haven for escaped slaves traveling the underground railroad.

2. Scottish homeowners paint their door red to signify they've finished paying off their mortgage.

3. Red doors are also popular in Chinese culture, where red is considered a very lucky color. Many celebrate the New Year with a fresh coat of red paint on their door.

4. And rumor has it Albert Einstein painted his door red so he could easily remember which house was his.

5. If red isn't your thing, an old Southern tradition suggests blue to ward off ghosts. Since ghosts can't cross water (as everyone knows), they'll be afraid to cross through a water-colored door into your home.

Ready to open the door of opportunity for your next home? Start the search for your new home here.

RE/MAX 100- Springfield Grand Reopening

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FAIRFAX COUNTY- Broker/Owner, Ken Crowley, and Office Manager, Matt Cockerham, will host a grand reopening for the RE/MAX 100 Springfield office in Virginia on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

The celebration will be held from 4 PM to 7 PM at 5501 Backlick Road in Springfield, Virginia. It will include a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 PM. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. 

The RE/MAX 100 Springfield office has undergone multiple renovations and now has a more modern and spacious layout. Upgrades to the facility feature a larger reception area and an open floor plan with a larger kitchen overlooking a spacious workroom. The office also got a fresh coat of paint and new carpet.

The RE/MAX 100 Springfield office is one of eight office locations owned by Broker/Owner Ken Crowley. Crowley, who opened his first RE/MAX Realty Group office in 1986, acquired RE/MAX 100, its six offices and 275 agents in 2015.




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    8 Homey Tips for the Perfect Campsite

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    (RE/MAX Blog)- While you may be crazy about your home, sometimes you simply can't resist the call of the mountains, lake or music festival. Don't worry. These days there's no need to rough it. With these outdoor must-haves, your campsite can offer all the comforts of home.

    1. Hammock
    For napping or catching nighttime zzz's, there's no need to actually sleep on the ground. All you need is two trees to set up your hammock and you can rock your way to relaxation. Buy one with a roof flap to weatherproof your siesta.

    2. The biggest tent you can find
    When car camping, why not? It's not like you have to squeeze a tent in a backpack and hike up a mountain with it. Treat yourself to an expansive shelter everyone can fit into, even the pup. Look for a tent with a mesh roof so you can enjoy the stars on clear nights.

    3. Air mattress & accessories
    With the help of a battery-charged inflator, you're only moments away from a cushy bed. And with high thread count sheets and a down pillow, you're ready for the great outdoors. Throw in a patch kit, just in case.

    4. Accent lighting
    Sure, you'll bring a headlamp and a few lanterns for utility, but nothing adds ambience to a campsite like solar-powered, hanging fairy lights – especially in parts of the country that lack lightning bugs.

    5. Deluxe cooler
    Make sure it's big enough for all the champagne for morning mimosas and evening microbrews, plus solid enough to keep your Kobe steaks and Ghirardelli chocolate bars (for gourmet s'mores) chilled.

    6. Hand-crank blender
    Margaritas hit the spot after hiking – or strolling to your hammock. With a few turns of the crank and slices of fresh lime, you'll be set to refresh. Be sure not to forget salt for your rims.

    7. Stovetop espresso maker and accessories
    Nature is so much better with a fine Italian roast. Pack a battery-powered, handheld milk frother and you're set.

    8. Solar/car battery-powered gadget charger
    Because you'll need the Starbucks finder app on your phone if you can't figure out how to start your camp stove.

    Is your campsite actually more comfortable than your house? Maybe it's time to move. Start the search for your new home today.

    5 Ways to Get Your Winter Fix in a Warm Climate

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    (RE/MAX Blog)- Winter is over, spring is here and summer is on the way. If your a snow and winter weather lover, you may start to yearn for snowball fights, ice skating and the friendly face of a snowman in your neighbor's yard. Here's a few ideas on how to get your winter fix during the summer.

    1. Snowy cinema

    Snuggle up and watch a movie marathon of winter flicks. There are tons to choose from, from classics like "Dr. Zhivago" and "The Shining" to more kid-friendly favorites like "Ice Age" and "Frozen." And don't forget the Warren Miller pantheon of ski movies.

    2. Lace up some skates

    Release your inner Michelle Kwan or Apolo Ohno and spend a few hours at an indoor ice rink. You might even break out your winter hat.

    3. Dive into chilly pages

    Transport yourself to the tundra by reading novels set in frigid climes. "The Call of the Wild" is guaranteed to make you shiver, while "Snow Falling on Cedars," "The Snow Child," or, of course, the "Song of Fire and Ice" series (the inspiration for the Game of Thrones tv series) also have wintery themes.

    4. Crank up cold tunes

    You might be lying outside in flip-flops, but you can enjoy a winter-themed playlist with tunes like "Hazy Shade of Winter," by The Bangles, "Winter Time Blues," by Roscoe Chenier, "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," by Bruce Springsteen, and The Rolling Stone's classic "Winter."

    5. Fake it

    Warm-weather states like Florida engineer snow festivals for people in winter withdrawal. The Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee has two million hand-carved ice sculptures, an eight-lane snow tubing hill covered in snow and a nightly snowfall in the resort's atrium. For three days, the Sarasota Snow Fest offers 70 tons of snow for open play, four giant snow slides and an ice skating rink. Look up snow festivals in your area.

    Ready to chuck your snow blower and move to a place where you might (eventually) miss winter? Or, do you miss organizing epic snowball fights? Begin the search for your perfect home. 

    Should You Sell Your Home Or Rent It Out?

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    (RE/MAX Blog) - Sometimes, you decide exactly when you'd like to move. Other times, life swoops in and decides for you. Your company might transfer you, a family emergency might require relocation, or you might finally find the love of your life—three states over. Should you sell your house or hang on to it as a rental property? Here are 5 important considerations.

    1. Are you gone for good?

    Or do you need an exit strategy? If there's a good chance you'll return to your current home in a year or two, the money and time you spend selling your home and then buying a new one might make renting it out a smarter option.

    2. How's the rental market?

    Look at online rental sites to see what properties in your neighborhood and in similar condition to yours are renting for. Are there a lot of listings? Think about what you might charge and what you might have to do to bring your property up to the market standard. You can then get an idea whether your potential rental income will cover your expenses.

    3. Where's the neighborhood heading?

    A lot of factors feed into property values, from national trends to long-term construction plans. An agent can help you understand your property's potential for appreciation and whether or not it might pay to hang onto it.

    4. How much is the hassle of being a landlord worth?

    Unless you pay for a property management company (about 10 percent of the rental income), dealing with issues, emergencies and uncooperative renters (sometimes all at once, often in the middle of the night) can be trying. Ask yourself if it's worth the stress.

    5. What are the tax implications?

    Each situation is unique, so before you decide to rent out your home consider talking with a tax professional. They can help you figure out how much you can expect to pay in taxes on the rental income.

    Are you're ready to sell? Find out your home's worth.


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