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Smartphone Apps For Homebuyers

Arlington Virginia (VA) Real Estate – Arbour Realty There are countless smartphone apps that can help you during the home buying or selling process.  I want to share a few FREE apps that are my new favorites. Sitegeist - As a real estate agent I am always a little hamstrung when a client asks about demographics.  Because of Fair Housing Laws, I'm not able to comment on this subject.  With Sitegeist you can look up demographic information on your own based on your GPS coordinates. Other helpful information you can... Continue Reading >

Stay Up-To-Date on Arlington VA Events

Arlington Virginia (VA) Real Estate – Arbour Realty With so many events going on in Arlington VA, and the surrounding areas, I am sure like me you find it hard to keep up. So often someone tells me after the fact about a great wine tasting event, or band that has recently played. Life would be easier if I could find out many of the upcoming Arlington VA events from one source. Thanks to our friends at ARLnow, this is possible.  ARLnow are now featuring the Arlington Agenda which... Continue Reading >

Springfest 2013 Fairfax VA

Arlington Virginia (VA) Real Estate – Arbour Realty It is the first day of spring, warmer weather will soon be upon us, which means more time outside, and no better to time to start thinking about your continuing commitment to the environment. While you start planning for spring activities in and around Fairfax County VA, remember to save the date for the Springfest 2013 on Saturday April 27th 2013 at the Workhouse Arts Center on 9601 Ox Road Lorton. Springfest is a celebration of Earth Day, Arbor Day, and a... Continue Reading >

Guide To Making Your Offer More Competitive

Arlington Virginia (VA) Real Estate – Arbour Realty Nobody likes to lose.  Especially on a home that you have your heart set on.  Below is a guide I have created to help you put together the strongest offer you feel comfortable with if you find yourself in a competitive situation. The plus and minus scores I assign are based on a scale of 1-5, where 5 provides the greatest strength.  These scores are based purely on my professional opinion. The price your offer is obviously the most important variable, but... Continue Reading >

FHA mortgage insurance premiums increase

Arlington Virginia (VA) Real Estate – Arbour Realty FHA mortgages can be ideal for those who can’t afford a minimum 5.0% down payment , people who have credit or other issues, and people purchasing in the $650,000 to $750,000 price range in high cost areas (i.e. Arlington VA). It is worth noting that there are some planned changes to the FHA mortgage, which will result in the FHA to raise mortgage insurance premiums. These FHA fee increases will potentially result in some FHA mortgage borrowers seeing  hundreds of dollar increases per year. In order to avoid... Continue Reading >