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Selling Real Estate in Washington, DC

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

Jul 05

This Summer, Cool Your Home For Less Money

According to ENERGY STAR®, the typical household spends close to $2,000 per year on heating and cooling, and up to $600 of those costs are a waste; the result of energy inefficiencies in every U.S. home. With the hot months of July and August ahead of us DC in , therefore, consider these simple-to-follow, cost-saving tips for keeping your home cool. None are expensive and each can yield quick results. First, convert your home's light bulbs to to CFLs. It's well-known that CFL bulbs use … [Read more...]

Jun 17

Housing Starts Climb Unexpectedly In May

The housing market received a jolt of good news Thursday. The Commerce Department reports that Single-Family Housing Starts improved in May. As compared to April, last month's Single-Family Housing Starts rose 4 percent to a seasonally-adjusted, annualized rate of 419,000 units, a figure slightly better than the 6-month average and the highest tally since January. A "housing start" is defined as a home on which new construction has started. In addition, Building Permits saw a boost in … [Read more...]

Jun 13

Washington, DC is Top Performing Real Estate Market

Clear Capitol has released their June 2011 Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report, ranking Washington, DC the number one real estate market in the country.  The HDI Market Report compares how local, metropolitan markets compare to national averages. The Washington, DC metropolitan area ranked first, with a quarter-to-quarter sales price increase of 4.5%.  The year-to-year sales price increase for the Washington, DC market also ranked #1, at 4.9%.  Additionally, all markets except for Miami, New … [Read more...]

May 31

How To Set Your Ceiling Fan For Summer

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and most parts of the country are already feeling the heat. Temperatures reached record highs in more than 50 cities yesterday. And, for homeowners in DC with ceiling fans, the turn of season offers a simple way to lower your home's energy bill, too. All it takes is the flick of a button. Ceiling fans are designed to circulate the air in a room. During colder months, ceiling fans push warm air down from the ceiling, raising the temperature … [Read more...]

May 16

New: Home Seller Marketing Center with Instant, SmartCMA Technology

M Squared, Washington DC’s premier residential brokerage announces the launch of their Seller Marketing Center with Instant SmartCMA technology. Home sellers pay real estate agents an average of 5-6% to list and sell their home. M Squared Real Estate wants sellers to ask themselves, “What am I getting for my 6%?” According to the National Association of Realtors, over 80% of home buyers find their home online. The Sunday paper classifieds have been replaced with dozens of online portals open … [Read more...]

May 10

What To Fix Before You List

Even with DC seeing some of the highest real estate appreciation in the country, there are a lot of homeowners in Washington, DC barely breaking even on their respective home sales. Some are even losing money. You may find yourself in that position, too; wanting to sell, but worried about bringing cash to your own closing. It creates an interesting dilemma. You want your home to "show nicely" relative to comparable properties, but you don't want to invest big dollars that may never be … [Read more...]

Apr 29

Pending Home Sales Point To Seller’s Market This Summer

The National Association of REALTORS® Pending Home Sales Index rose for the third straight month last month. A "pending home sale" is a home under contract to sell, but not yet closed. The Pending Home Sales Index rose 5 percent in March, posting its second-highest reading since April 2010. Not coincidentally, that month marked the expiration of last year's federal home buyer tax credit. Home buyers and sellers in District of Columbia would do well to watch the Pending Home Sales Index … [Read more...]

Apr 18

Ask An Agent: Toll-Free, Skype, Google Voice & Live Chat

April 18, 2011 (Washington, DC) – M Squared Real Estate, Washington DC’s premier residential real estate brokerage, recently unveiled new methods to “chat up” an agent while viewing property on their website. The ‘Ask an Agent’ toolbar located on the company’s website at the top of listing detail pages and photo galleries, enables visitors to connect with an agent using a traditional a toll-free phone number, but goes further by incorporating instant, online services such as Skype, Google … [Read more...]

Apr 15

Meet BuildZoom – A company that’s making it easier to find contractors in DC

The Washington, DC real estate market is hot.  Unlike most of the country, DC is seeing yearly gains in home values upwards of 9%!  With this, many homeowners plan to fancy-up their residence with some seasonal renovations and upgrades. So, you asked us, “How do we find reliable, honest DC contractors?”  Let me welcome you to BuildZoom, a new up-start that features information and customer reviews on over 1.5 million remodeling and construction businesses. BuildZoom’s technology collects … [Read more...]

Feb 19

Video: Unrealistic Sellers

Pricing your property correctly from the start is imperative for a timely sale. The short video below is a funny take on an overpriced listing and a tough-to-please seller. [tubepress video="JFP7PZwxDJQ"] … [Read more...]