Friday, November 24, 2017 / by John Murdock -- CityScape Metro Group
Sure, the District might be part of the Mid-Atlantic region, but it feels more like the North Pole during the holidays thanks to the National Christmas Tree, countless holiday markets, one-of-a-kind seasonal light displays, Christmas-themed bars and lots more. Here are some of the best, can't-miss ways to experience the holidays in Washington, DC.
1Cross visiting the National Christmas Tree off your bucket list
The National Christmas Tree is DC’s claim to fame during the holidays, and for good reason. The gorgeous conifer lives in President’s Park on the White House Ellipse, where it's surrounded by trees decorated with handmade ornaments from 56 U.S. states and territories and is accompanied by nightly musical performances throughout the holiday season. The display is free to visit and open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. while the National Christmas Tree is lit each day from 4:30-10 p.m.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 / by Brittini Martinez
For the past few years, sellers have had all the power in the local real estate market. Today’s buyers and sellers are accustomed to a market marked by rapidly increasing prices, low inventory, fast offers and bidding wars. But real estate is cyclical and a perpetual seller’s market can’t last forever.
In terms of supply and demand, it’s still very much a seller’s market. But we’re seeing some small signals that the market may be shifting back — just a little — toward buyers.
First, let’s analyze the regional data. Across the Washington area, the number of homes for sale has fallen year over year for 18 months straight. The region had about 2.6 months of supply in September, well below the six months that represents a market balanced between buyers and sellers. Homes are still moving quickly, with the typical property finding a buyer in 27 days, six days faster than last September.
Economics tells us that fewer homes for sal ...
Monday, November 13, 2017 / by Brittini Martinez
When you go through the process of buying a house, you might have to change the real estate closing date. It's actually fairly common for the buyer or the seller to request this kind of adjustment, so don't be alarmed if it happens to you. Let's take a closer look at the closing process and why someone would want to reschedule a closing date in the first place.
What is closing on a home?
Closing represents the scheduled day, after a seller accepts a buyer's offer, when the parties meet and sign the final paperwork. The whole process from accepted offer to closing typically takes an average of 50 days. During that time, attorneys draw up contracts, and dozens of other parties—from title agents to mortgage lenders—finish completing the transfer of a property.
Why change a real estate closing date?
But sometimes the buyer or seller wants to speed up or slow down the process, and that requires changing the clo ...
Monday, November 6, 2017 / by Brittini Martinez
Congratulations, you just ratified the contract on your future home! Now you are getting a call from your agent stating that you need to let them know the best day to have the home inspection within your deadline... WHAT??
Do I even NEED to be there? I have no clue what to look for!!
Not to fear.... we can help!
What is a home inspection?A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of E ...
Monday, November 6, 2017 / by Brittini Martinez
Looking for something fun to do with the family before the Holidays? Check out these events going on in the Capital this month!
Scott Kelly: A Year in Space – Nov. 3George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium will host astronaut Scott Kelly in conversation with NPR’s Joe Palca. Kelly has participated in four space flights and holds the American record for most consecutive days spent in space. With his new book, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, guiding the way, Kelly will share stories and experiences that you will not hear anywhere else.7 p.m. | TicketsLisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
2017 Local First Awards – Nov. 9Local businesses that make DC thrive will be honored at Blind Whino SW Arts Club on Nov. 9. The event begins with awards for seven categories, including Maker, Ripple Effect, Green Thumb and Builder (check out the event page f ...