Are Zestimates Accurate?

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

By Donna Lutkins, Cascades Resident and Realtor, Keller Williams Dulles “Zestimates” are automated property value estimates that appear alongside properties displayed on Zillow. Zestimates are often taken as gospel by both buyers and sellers — if it supports their position. For example, if the Zestimate is low, then the buyers will quote Zillow when making […]

Top Kitchen Remodeling Trends 2015

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Top Kitchen Remodeling Trends 2015 This blog post is reprinted with permission of its author, Mina Fies, CEO and Founder of Synergy Design & Construction Ever noticed no matter how many people you have over, they ALL end up in your kitchen? The kitchen will always be the heart of your home because it’s where […]

Downsizing Tips

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Downsizing?  Tips on How to Begin By Donna Lutkins, Senior Real Estate Specialist, Cascades Resident and Realtor, Keller Williams Dulles Moving is acknowledged as among the most stressful experiences in a person’s life.The prospect of packing up a beloved home, with decades of accumulated belongings and all the memories attached, can seem overwhelming. And, with […]

9 Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Remodel

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

9 Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Remodel A designer shares key areas where you can economize — and still get the kitchen of your dreams Kelli Kaufer Houzz Contributor When you’re investing in a home remodeling project, you want to make sure that the results not only please you but add value to your […]

Do You Need A Prenuptial Deed?

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Here’s a question that pops up from time to time when an unmarried couple is purchasing a home together… Written by Benny L. Kass on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 9:58 am Question: I am divorced with two children and plan on getting married again soon. My fiancee and I want to buy a house together. […]

Home Repairs That Bring You The Biggest Return

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Performing quick fixes before selling a home can definitely pay off, but which home repairs bring the biggest return? This can depend on a variety of factors such as: Time of year Location of the home Market temperature Competing inventory There is no hard and fast rule, but there are some general guidelines that apply […]

Use of Drones is Prohibited by FAA

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Use of drones (aka unmanned aerial vehicles) is becoming quite popular among Realtors who want to show off their clients’ homes and neighborhoods in a unique way…from the air. This is especially true for larger homes with acreage. However, as you might have seen from the recent drone incident at the White House yesterday, the […]

2014 Mortgage Debt Relief Act Extension

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Just before Christmas, President Obama signed a bill that extended the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act retroactively to cover mortgage debt cancelled in 2014. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act (MFDRA) prevented homeowners, who went through a short sale in 2014, from being taxed on the amount of their home mortgage debt that had been […]

7 Top Tips For A Successful Home Sale

Friday, January 16th, 2015

As seen in the January 2015 issue of the Cascades Current newsletter Every seller wants their home to sell quickly AND at top dollar, however it’s not luck that makes that happen. Here are seven helpful tips to prepare your home for a successful sale. 1.     Disassociate Yourself With Your Home Say to yourself, I’m […]

9 Legal Tips Every Renter Should Know

Friday, January 16th, 2015

These tips were developed to help you understand your rights and obligations as a renter generally. Your rights and obligations are most often determined by the terms of your lease and laws that vary greatly among the states and provinces. Call a qualified attorney who can review the lease document BEFORE you sign it and […]