Friday, February 12, 2016

Need to make a choice for the exterior of a residential home?

If you are building a home and need to make a decision on the exterior construction, it is a good idea to make a list of the pros and cons of each material before making a final decision.  It is also a good idea to be aware of the differences in exterior construction choices before purchasing an existing home.

Here is an excellent article on the pros and cons of vinyl siding and Hardie Plank siding.




Here is an article on the pros and cons of brick siding.




Some neighborhoods are a combination of exterior building choices while others are limited to a select few.  It is a good idea to make sure that your material choice is aesthetically pleasing to the neighborhood and that it does not violate any Association Rules that may be in place.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day.


                                                      Carla Brooks
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PS Photos are a courtesy of Free Digital Photos

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Are you wearing a wrist watch?

The answer to this question may very well determine whether or not you were born in the digital age.

It has often been said that "change is hard" or "I don't do well with change".  The fact remains that change is a part of life and life is a constant state of change.  We must all learn to not only cope with change, we must learn to "thrive" with change.

Here is a link to a Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson to start the day with thoughtful insight.

I hope you have a great day and call me if you would like to buy or sell a home.

                                                         Carla Brooks
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Do Home Owners pay less for Auto Insurance than renters?

Have you compared your insurance rates lately on the car that you are driving?



Here is an interesting article on other factors that affect auto insurance premiums aside from driving records.


If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today. I am here to help.

                                                       Carla Brooks
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Super Bowl Housing data

Ready for the Super Bowl?

Here are some fun and interesting facts about life and real estate 50 years ago.

If you want to buy or sell a home, call me today for immediate assistance.



                                            Carla Brooks
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When should your home go on the market?

The spring market peaks at different times each year.  As homeowners, we ponder whether to be the early bird on the market or wait until the spring is in full bloom.



There really is way to predict when the "peak" will occur yet the KCM blog has an article on this subject today.

Call me today if you would like to buy or sell your home, I am here to assist and help you in any way possible.

You may need assistance in:
                                            -Evaluating your options
                                            -Developing a plan to sell/buy simultaneously
                                            -Preparation of your home for the market
                                            -List price options
                                            -Determining area to buy new home

Whatever your questions or needs may be, I can Help.


                                                      Carla Brooks
                                                     703-577-4960
                                                brkslong@aol.com

PS Photo is a courtesy of Free digital photos

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Staging

Staging a home for sale has become a routine task for many sellers.

Staging sets the "stage" for potential buyers to view your home in the most attractive light.  Staging is a proven strategy to sell a home in less time and for more money.


Here is an article on staging by Elle Decor that summarizes the basic staging tips for free.


If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today.  I am here to help!

                                           Carla Brooks
                                          703-577-4960
                                       brkslong@aol.com

Thursday, January 21, 2016

More on bathrooms

The majority of buyers want updated kitchens and bathrooms.  The fixtures do not have to be "high end" materials yet the better the quality, the more value perceived and hence the more they will pay as long as their budget allows.

Updating kitchen and bathrooms is many times not done until one is ready to move, sadly enough.  It would be nice to enjoy these updates for a while before selling, eh?

If you are fortunate enough to be able to update without moving, you may want to consider a few luxury fixtures.  Here are some fixtures you may want to invest in.

Always good to keep up with the latest and greatest!

If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today.  I am here to help and make the process enjoyable for you!


                                                    Carla Brooks
                                                    703-577-4960
                                               brkslong@aol.com