Michael Putnam

3 Cheap & Easy Ways to Boost Home Value

When selling your house, the upgrades that offer the most value are usually the ones that are fast, easy, and inexpensive. These are the three best ways to do it. Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale. There are three easy and inexpensive ways…

A Quick 4th Quarter Market Update

The election has long been looming over our market. A lot of sellers are waiting until spring to sell, which opens up a great opportunity for sellers now. Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale. We’ve got a 4th quarter market update to share…

The 3 Most Common Home Loans

There are many different home loans available for home buyers. Today we are going to focus on the three most common ones. Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale. One of the biggest questions I get asked by people is which kinds of loans…

3 Reasons to Sell Your Home Now

If you think you missed your chance to sell this year, don’t worry. There are three reasons why now is a great time to put your home on the market. Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale. Although summer is over, now is a…

Should You Sell Your Home Now or Wait Until Spring?

Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale. Is it better to sell now or wait until Spring? A lot of homeowners have asked us this question, so we decided to answer it today. Here are three reasons why right now is a great time…

Take Advantage of Low Interest Rates Now

Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale. Why should you buy a Northern Virginia home in 2016? It’s all about the interest rates! Many people don’t realize the true power of interest rates. Ultimately, low interest rates allow more buying power. For instance, let’s…

The Story of Loudoun County Real Estate and How Two New Metro Stations Promise to Revitalize It

Loudoun County real estate has had its share of ups and downs. In some way, the area is progressive as a prime location for tech companies. In other ways, it’s like the last frontier with very few options of direct commuting to Washington DC and none of them ideal. All of that is about to change as the…

Two Reasons to Sell Your Home this Month

Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale. A lot of people don’t realize that right now is the absolute best seller’s market we’ve seen since the peak before the recession in 2006. We’re also in an election year and as a result of that,…

Sterling Real Estate – How to Buy a Home in a Wonderful Community

Sterling is a growing community in Loudoun County. It’s known as a census designated place and is a densely populated area. Located between Highways 7 and 28, the city provides easy access to other nearby areas. It’s also located close to beautiful Potomac Falls. You’ll find a lot of lovely nature areas around Sterling, such as Claude Moore…

Burke Real Estate: Finding a Home in Burke, VA

Rich in history and economics, Burke is a popular place for many to settle if they are working in Fairfax County or commuting to Washington DC. Burke real estate is an expensive commodity, but many appreciate the affluent community. Check out the listings in Burke, and you’ll immediately see large single-family homes on quarter-acre lots for half a…

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Trust Top Northern Virginia Realtors and Follow These 3 Tips for Selling in 2016

Image courtesy Roger W/flickr.com Talk to any of the top Northern Virginia realtors and they’ll tell you this market is hot in 2016. However, rising prices can make it difficult to find buyers as quickly as you might hope for. Here are three key strategies to use to sell your home this year. Tip 1: Work with Local…

5 Home Maintenance Tips for a Healthy and Beautiful Home

Regular home maintenance can help keep your home healthy and beautiful. Not only does frequent home maintenance guarantee a healthy and beautiful surrounding, but it also assures having control of the home by protecting yourself and family from any form of harm and exposure to germs. In actual sense, consistent home maintenance can prevent some of the hefty…

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Sell a House Fast with These 3 Tips

Image courtesy American Advisors Group/flickr.com A property for sale gets more views in the first 21 days on the market, which is why it’s important to focus on how to sell a house fast. After those three weeks when it’s no longer a new listing, people pay less attention and start checking out the competition. The longer a…

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3 books I recommend for Real Estate Education

The fundamentals of real estate education are founded on books that will show you how to invest and learn more regarding the essentials of selling and listing real estate property. There are thousands of real estate education books out there to an extent that you can’t really distinguish which ones to read. To acquire comprehensive details and information,…

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4 Reasons to Sell Northern Virginia Real Estate Now

Selling a house or property can be hectic at times – especially, when a particular location is in demand. But, if you actively look for that appropriate time to sell your property, you certainly have the upper hand. To sell Northern Virginia Real Estate, you need to have a planning which would comprise of all the key factors.…

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How To Find Townhouses For Sale

Finding the best townhouse for sale can be very difficult. There are certain things you need to consider and understand before deciding on one. You need to ensure the home you are planning to buy is of good quality. Before you can make the right decision, you have to look at lots of different townhouses , and, if…

A Look at Northern Virginia Real Estate in 2016 for Buyers and Sellers

Whether you want to buy a home or you’re trying to sell your current property, Northern Virginia real estate is a hot market to navigate in 2016. Here is a look at what you can expect in this region for the summer and even the second half of the year. Trend in Decreased Inventory, Increased Prices Overall, the…

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Do This for a Better Interest Rate

Times are tough. School’s back, the kids need new clothes and equipment for their sporting hobbies, and the interest rate on your mortgage has just increased – again! An interest rate rise is an all-too-familiar occurrence for many American homeowners, and is probably one of the most unwelcome snippets of news you can receive. Don’t despair though. Your…

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What’s Hot in Northern Virginia Real Estate

Strong job markets near Richmond and Washington D.C. and the continued desirability draw-card on offer continue to give Northern Virginia real estate a boost, despite the widely varied market conditions. Known for its motto: “Virginia is for Lovers”, Northern Virginia, with its varying geography to the west and lovely beaches and Chesapeake Bay to the east, is a…

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The Top 3 Tips for Pricing Your Home Right

It can be difficult to price your home right when preparing for a sale. When you’re looking at potential figures that lie in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, it’s easy to become complacent. The reality is that it’s the small changes in your final pricing that can have a bigger impact than you think, and if you…

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Yoda’s Top 5 Tips to Pricing a Home on Dagobah

If, on this “Fourth be With You” day in May, you find yourself finally ready to break through your period of exile and come out of hiding from the Galactic Empire, then you’ll likely want to heed the advice of Jedi Master Yoda to price your home effectively, so you can trade it in for that latest model…

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3 Ways to Make Your Neighborhood Appear Nicer

We all want our neighborhoods to appear nicer. With images of Wisteria Lane streamed to our televisions on hit TV shows, it’s hard not to idolize the American Dream sitting amid a tree-lined, quiet, suburban oasis. Life isn’t a TV show though, so just how do you build a nicer neighborhood for you and your family in real…

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Make Your Driveway Look Beautiful By Doing These 3 Things

You’ve made it to your street, turned into your driveway, and then it hit you. You realise that what used to be your pride and joy, an envy of the neighborhood, has turned into a millitary landing strip. Littered with toys and debris from the last garden cleanup, oil stains and tyre tread marks, and chunks missing from…

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Home Sales Order Of Operations – Everything You’d Want to Know

Selling your home can be an extremely stressful time in your life. Not including the effort taken to actually decide to sell, the process of selling your investment can seem like a daunting task if you don’t fully understand the process. Luckily for you, we’ve collated everything you’d want to know about selling your home – in particular,…

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Homeowners Insurance, What To Look For

Choosing the right level of insurance cover, or even a reputable provider of homeowners insurance for your home in 2016, is no easy task. There are plenty of US insurance companies that will happily have your business. So where do you start? It’s easy to turn straight to price when looking for a homeowners insurance provider, and understandably…

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Decorate Your Home With These Items

Spring is fast approaching, and as your thoughts steadily turn from reindeer to renovations, you may find yourself looking to decorate your home to give it an edge. Decorating your home is a cheap, easy, and fun way to add your own style and personality to your home or to make simple improvements in preparation for a sale…

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How to Price Your Home to Sell

One of the most crucial steps in selling your home is to price it correctly. You want to choose a price that will create interest. Price it too high and your home may sit on the market for months. Price it too low and you won’t get the full value from selling your home. Homes generally get the…

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What You Need to Know About Buying and Selling a Home at the Same Time

People who are selling their homes are often looking to either expand or downsize into a new place. Many of them choose to buy a new home rather than rent. However, their ability to make the purchase of a new home is dependent on selling their current property. Know Your Budget Many homeowners can’t afford to carry two…

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Become a Great Home Finder By Doing This

Finding your first, second, or any home for that matter is a time that can be joyful and daunting, depending on your approach and ability to spot the “diamonds in the rough”. Sure, you want your home to be the symbol of love, family dedication, and hard-working commitment towards your future, but how do you find the right…

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5 Ways To Thrive In Real Estate

Real estate is quickly becoming the most popular form of investment, with purchases rising over 25% in the last five years. It makes sense, since more savvy investors are looking to thrive in the property market, diversify their holdings, and protect themselves from increasingly destructive financial swings. Maybe you’ve decided it’s time for you to join this group…

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What Buyers and Sellers Should Know About the Offer

The offer is the initiation of formal communication about the transaction between buyers and sellers of a property. It’s a legal document that becomes a binding contract once the sellers have accepted the offer. The offer is also a complicated document that encompasses every aspect of the purchase you can imagine. Unfortunately, many buyers and sellers don’t understand…

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Reality in Television for Buyers and Sellers

You have Color Splash or Designed to Sell programmed on your DVR so you never miss a segment. You’ve imagined having Candice help you redecorate or Genevieve solve your design dilemma. As you begin your own purchase or sale of a home, you discover a startling truth – reality is quite different from what you watch on TV.…

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How to Choose a Realtor to Sell Your Northern Virginia Home

One of the most important decisions you’ll make in the process of selling your Northern Virginia home is which realtor you will work with. This person will help you make most of the other decisions, such as pricing, accepting offers, and creating counteroffers. If you make the right decision, the process will go much smoother. Here are a…

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7 Biggest Mistakes Sellers Make and How to Avoid Them

Homeowners often watch their homes sit on the market for months with very little activity. Or they have numerous buyers who come through the home and never put in an offer. They wonder why no one else has fallen in love with the home they adore. If you’re about to list your home, you should learn about the…

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5 Steps to Listing Your Home for Sale

The steps you take before you list your home for sale can impact how quickly it will sell. You’ll be surprised at how much work goes into selling your property. Numerous decisions must be made, which will influence other decisions. Begin on the right path, and the experience will be positive with results you’re happy with. Step 1.…

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10 Tips to Add Value to a Home for Sale

If you’re planning to sell your home this year, you want to get as much money as possible for the sale. Regardless of the market where you live, you can add value by making a few changes to your home. Which changes you make will depend on how much money you have in your renovation budget and what’s…

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5 Questions to Ask Your Next Real Estate Agent

When it comes to buying and selling a home, the process of finding a reliable and reputable real estate agent can be a daunting process. A good agent can make your life that much easier when it comes to sealing your property deal, so it’s advantageous for you to ensure you’ve got the right one for you. When…

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5 Action Steps After You List Your Home

You’ve found a real estate agent, settled on a sale price, and have your home listed on the market. What’s next? You may be tempted to take the gloves off and treat yourself to some well-deserved R&R, but don’t pop the champagne just yet. There are still a few important items to tick off the to-do-list before you…

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3 Ways To Shape Up Your Living Room

When it comes to advertising your property, no room makes an impact like the perfect living room. Being the first space a potential buyer sees upon entering the front door, it’s your chance to make their first impression a lasting one – for the right reasons. Home improvement shows on TV are abundant with radical transformation ideas that…

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Why Use a REALTOR® When Selling a Home?

Selling a home can be just as complex as buying one. Having a realtor by your side can give you an advantage over the competition, especially those who choose to sell by owner. A REALTOR with the trademark symbol is a member of the National Association of Realtors, and include the title on their business cards because it…

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How To Set a List Price For Your Home

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make in selling your home is the list price. This is the price that buyers see when they are searching for a home to buy. It is more than just the price you’d like to get or the amount you owe on your mortgage; pricing a home for sale is dependent on…

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The 10 Step Checklist For Buying an Investment Property

Investment Property Checklist Investment properties are fast becoming the most popular form of investment, with purchases rising over 25% in the last 5 years. It makes sense, since more savvy investors are looking to diversify their holdings to ride out the increasing financial swings. Maybe you’ve decided it’s time for you to join this group of savvy investors…

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Moving In With a Pet? Here’s What You Should Consider

Moving In with Pets Bringing in a pet into a new home is one of the most exhilarating experiences for pet lovers, but there is much to consider before making that final decision to get an animal. To be able to move in with a pet you should take into account that the pet will live with you…

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How To Sell Your Home As a Homeowner

How To Sell Your Home As a long term homeowner, or even a short term one, selling your pride and joy isn’t usually something you want to think about.  Your home is probably a symbol of your love, family, dedication and hard-working commitment to your future. So when it comes time to make the difficult decision to sell,…

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(News) Real Estate Expected To Heat Up After Increase In Interest Rates

Real Estate Interest Rates The Federal Reserve, otherwise known as the Feds, has recently made their first interest hike in almost a decade. This ultimately means that real estate is in the limelight, as their sales are going to increase. Additionally, this means that the Feds must be confident in the economy, as job growth must also be…

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How to Find Your Northern Virginia Real Estate Agent

Northern Virginia Real Estate Whether you are buying or selling a home, one of the first and most important steps you’ll take is to find a Northern Virginia real estate agent to work with. You don’t want to settle for just any agent, but one who will work with you to reach your goals. Personalities must mesh even…

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Three Popular Opportunities to Build Your Business with Internet Leads

Real Estate Agent Lead Generation Real estate agents must focus on lead generation to build their business. It’s one of the cornerstones for any industry, but especially in real estate. The good news is that hundreds of leads are available online if you know where to look. Here is a look at three opportunities agents have to cultivate their internet…

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6 Reasons to Buy a Northern Virginia Home

Buying a Northern Virginia Home House buyers always have the dilemma of searching for a new home. Of course, there are several things to consider before buying a new home. Money and the place are the biggest factors when it comes to this. I understand how hard it is looking for a new place, and this is why…

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5 Ways to Find Hidden Northern Virginia Real Estate Listings

Northern Virginia Real Estate Listings With hundreds and even thousands of homes on the market in your area, it can be hard to find the best of the northern Virginia real estate listings. Sometimes, a gem may be hidden among those listings that would be the perfect home for you. Here are five ways to find what you’re looking for:…

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5 Tips How To Sell a House Fast

Are you looking to absolutely make the most money for your home? Speed may be the answer you’ve been searching for. Most sellers today don’t realize that the faster you sell your home, the more money you get. In fact you get your best offers in the first 17 days on the market. Here are 5 ways how…

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5 Affordable Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home

Putting your home on the market has the ability to be both an exciting and stressful time. One of the things that makes it easier is when you know you’re going to get as much money for your home as possible. Every home has something that can be done to it to increase the value. Usually these fixes…