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Selling Real Estate in Washington, DC

News, Tips & Advice for Washington, DC Real Estate Sellers

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...]

Nov 02

A Simple Explanation Of The Federal Reserve Statement (November 2, 2011 Edition)

Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within its current target range of 0.000-0.250 percent. The vote was nearly unanimous, with just one dissenting voter. There were 3 dissenters at each of the FOMC's last two meetings. In its press release, the Federal Reserve presented an improved outlook for the U.S. economy, noting that since its last meeting in September, there's new evidence that the economy "strengthened somewhat" in the third … [Read more...]

Oct 21

Despite 18% Contract Failure Rate, Home Resales Stay Strong

Despite fewer homes for sale nationwide, the number of home resales remains steady. According to data from the National Association of REALTORS®, on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, September's Existing Home Sales eased by 150,000 units, falling to 4.91 million units nationwide. An "existing home" is a home that's been previously occupied and, despite last month's drop, September's sales volume remains the second-highest on record since April 2011. This statistic is noteworthy … [Read more...]

Aug 31

Fed Minutes : Fed Considered Additional Stimulus In August

The Fed publishes meeting minutes 8 times annually -- three weeks after each scheduled Federal Open Market Committee get-together. The Fed Minutes summarizes the FOMC meeting. The Federal Reserve released the minutes from its August 9, 2011 Federal Open Market Committee meeting Tuesday. The Fed Minutes contained no surprises and, as a result, mortgage rates across District of Columbia and nationwide have idled. Although it gets less press attention, the Fed Minutes is every bit as … [Read more...]

Aug 23

Existing Home Sales Slip In July

Home resales slipped in July. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, Existing Home Sales nationwide fell to 4.67 million units on a seasonally-adjusted annualized basis last month. It's the fourth straight month below the 5 million mark, and the report's lowest reading since November 2010. An "existing home" is a home that's been previously occupied or owned. In addition, the Existing Home Sales report showed home supplies rising nationwide. At the current pace of sales, in … [Read more...]

Aug 16

Homebuilders Expect A Soft Winter Housing Market

Two months after posting their worst confidence reading of 2011, home builders say they foresee no improvement in the immediate- or medium-term market for new homes nationwide. In August, for the second straight month, the Housing Market Index read 15. The HMI is a monthly housing survey, published by the National Association of Homebuilders. It's scored on a scale of 1-100 with readings over 50 suggesting favorable home builder conditions. Readings under 50 suggest unfavorable … [Read more...]

Aug 02

What Will The Debt Ceiling Agreement Do To Mortgage Rates?

The United States is projected to reach its legal $14.294 trillion debt limit today. The limit was set by Congress February 12, 2010. The U.S. Treasury may not issue new debt beyond the debt ceiling. Since April 2011, Congress has debated ways to remain below the nation's $14.292 trillion borrowing limit. The debate commenced with the passage of the 2011 U.S. Federal Budget which featured a $1.645 trillion deficit. This multi-trillion dollar deficit ensured that the debt ceiling would be … [Read more...]

Jul 22

State of the Market: Washington, DC June 2011

The Marketwatch video above from RealEstate Business Intelligence digs into the most recent DC housing numbers and how they compare to to previous conditions this year. The June 2011, State of the Market report includes: Monthly sales, inventory & days on market summary Detailed sales, inventory & days on market by property type. Monthly market indicators, historical data and closed listings. Housing supply outlook, trends of sales summary Click Here to view/download the … [Read more...]

Jul 18

There’s 3.7 Million Homes For Sale. Is Yours Standing Out From The Crowd?

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, there are more than 3.7 million homes for sale this month. If your home is among them, are you doing what it takes to stand apart from the crowd? This 4-minute piece from NBC's The Today Show pulls no punches. It's titled "5 Mistakes Sellers Can't Afford To Make" and it covers falling home prices, buyer mentality, and the need to be smart when faced with that first offer. Some of the tips include: Why you should list your home at a … [Read more...]

Jul 14

For The 9th Straight Month, Foreclosure Filings Fall

For the 9th straight month last month, foreclosure activity slowed. According to foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac, the number of foreclosure filings dropped 29 percent nationwide on an annual basis in June. The phrase "foreclosure filing" is a catch-all term, comprising default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions. June marked the ninth consecutive month of sub-300,000 filings after 20 months above it -- a promising signal for the housing market in District of Columbia … [Read more...]