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Archives for November 2011

Nov 30

Virtual Results teams with M Squared Real Estate for launch of VR Broker’s Choice

Introducing VR Broker’s Choice, THE Website Choice for Brokers who value their agents’ success. Laguna Beach, CA - Leading real estate Internet marketing firm Virtual Results, LLC is pleased to announce a new, strategic broker/agent website platform and partnership. The newly released VR Broker’s Choice is a powerful real estate Wordpress website solution built for Brokers to provide to their agents as part of their technology package. Agents can choose from a variety of beautifully designed … [Read more...]

Nov 22

Maximum FHA Loan Limits Restored To $729,750

After a brief return to lower, pre-2009 levels, FHA loan limits have been restored. As signed into law last Friday, maximum FHA loan limits are -- once again -- as high as $729,750. The move creates additional mortgage financing possibilities in more than 650 U.S. counties, and promises to increase the FHA's mortgage market share, which has grown from 6% in 2007 to roughly 30% today. The change in FHA loan limits also marks the first time that FHA loan limits exceed those of conventional … [Read more...]

Nov 21

Black Friday in Georgetown

Black Friday, November 25th, kicks off the holiday shopping season and there's no better place to do it than in DC's best neighborhood for shopping, Georgetown. On Black Friday, many Georgetown stores will offer extended hours, sales, and special incentives for shoppers. Additionally, on Saturday, November 26th, Georgetown will be participating in "Small Business Saturday", a day dedicated to supporting small businesses during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. The Georgetown BID … [Read more...]

Nov 20

33rd Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour

The annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour (click here for previous event photos) is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, 2011, from 1 to 5 p.m.. Plan to join us for a tour of traditional and contemporary luxury homes and enjoy our Wassail reception hosted at Studio Theatre, 14th and P Streets, N.W., from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from the tour help fund the Logan Circle Community Association’s ongoing mission to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in Logan Circle and all of … [Read more...]

Nov 19

New 'About Us' Videos from M Squared

Here are the latest short videos from M Squared, we hope you enjoy. Our mobile interface allows you to quickly search and preview Washington, DC real estate on your smartphone or tablet device. There are no apps to download and registration is not required. Simply point your mobile browser to msqrealty.com and start your search. Learn More... At M Squared we practice real estate a bit different. Learn More... Our public website at msqrealty.com offers DC real estate buyers with … [Read more...]

Nov 18

M Squared Welcomes Joshua Oliver, Jessica Wilkie & Justin Paulhamus

M Squared is pleased to announce the recent affiliation of three top-tier, Washington DC brokers to our ever-growing agent roster.   Joshua has come to real-estate from a career as a therapist. His previous experience has taught him invaluable skills for navigating human relationships and assisting others through life decisions offering a sense of ease, comfort, and support. He has taken these skills and combined them with his passion for real-estate. He has found a balance that … [Read more...]

Nov 17

Homebuilders Getting Optimistic; Higher Home Prices Ahead?

Homebuilder confidence continues to rise. Just two months after falling to a multi-month low, the Housing Market Index surged again in November, climbing another three points to 21. It's the second straight month that the HMI posted a 3-point gain, catapulting the index to an 18-month. The Housing Market Index is monthly report from the National Association of Homebuilders. It's meant to measure confidence among the nation's homebuilders, scored on a scale of 1-100. When homebuilder confidence … [Read more...]

Nov 16

Government Releases Additional HARP Guidance For Underwater Homeowners

Tuesday, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unveiled lender instructions for the government's revamped HARP program, kick-starting a potential refinance frenzy across District of Columbia and nationwide. HARP stands for Home Affordable Refinance Program. The updated program is meant to give "underwater homeowners" an opportunity to refinance at today's low mortgage rates. In the two-plus years since its launch, HARP's first iteration helped fewer than 900,000 homeowners. HARP II, by contrast, is … [Read more...]

Nov 09

This Holiday Season, Think Twice Before Saving 15 Percent At The Register

With Halloween behind us, retailers are in the Holiday Spirit. Businesses know that consumers spent a median $556 on holiday gifts last year and they want this year to be just as strong. That's why it's barely November and, already, Black Friday ads clog our mailboxes and the airwaves. Retailers want our dollars and they're offering great deals to early shoppers. There's one discount a smart shopper should think twice, however -- the ever-present "Open A Charge Card Today And Save 15%" … [Read more...]

Nov 08

Tips For Maximizing Your Home’s Appraised Value

A home appraisal is an independent opinion of your home's value, performed by a licensed home appraiser. Appraisals are part of the traditional home purchase process, and lenders require them for most refinances, too. Appraisers are trained professionals. First, they derive a base for your home's value based on the recent sales prices of homes that are comparable to yours in terms of bedrooms, bathrooms, style, and square footage. Then, accounting for features and amenities that make your … [Read more...]