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5 Common Things People Forget to Check When Buying a Home

Arlington Virginia (VA) Real Estate – Arbour Realty Many people think of homeownership as a dream come true. In many cases, it is, but it can quickly become a nightmare if you don’t check some common things that are prone to problems. Keep reading to find out what they are. The Roof A roof can be the most essential component to a home, and with that in mind, any associated problems can quickly become very costly and even ruin your valuable possessions. Look at the roof to see if it... Continue Reading >

Virginia First Time Homebuyers Savings Plans

Arlington Virginia (VA) Real Estate – Arbour Realty Planning for your first home is an important step, and with stricter lending laws it is most likely necessary for you to have savings for your down payment and closing costs. The First Time Homebuyers Savings Plan which is expected to be passed into law will help Virginia residents save for their future home.  Whether you are looking to buy within the next year or you are forward planning years in advance, the Virginia First Time Homebuyers Savings Plan will allow Virginians to... Continue Reading >

Genevieve Concannon of Arbour Realty Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Arlington Virginia (VA) Real Estate – Arbour Realty Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals Genevieve Concannon, EcoBroker Realtor of Arlington, Virginia has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The sustainability focused real estate expert for Northern Virginia was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined... Continue Reading >

Changes to Mortgages in 2014

Arlington Virginia (VA) Real Estate – Arbour Realty It was just announced that the conforming loans ($417K and $625.5K for high balance) will remain the same in 2014 as they were in 2013.  No surprise, but still good to hear.  New jumbo and second trust products continue to come on the market, so (at least in the near term) more, not less, mortgage products are available now and in the upcoming months. Also, on January 1, 2014 the Qualified Mortgage (“QM”) rule be implemented that was created as part... Continue Reading >

The 10 Steps To Homebuying

Arlington Virginia (VA) Real Estate – Arbour Realty These are the basic steps we take when you purchase a home with Arbour Realty: Initial Consultation Mortgage Pre-Approval MLS Updates Showings Market Analysis Drafting of Offer The Negotiation Managing The Details and Removing Contingencies Settlement Move-in I like to start by meeting with a new home buyer in person for an initial consultation. This gives us a chance to discuss your timeline, goals and expectations. We also talk about the steps to buying a home and the unique ways in which I help my clients along the way. I offer all... Continue Reading >