What Are People Looking for in Their Next Home?



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I recently read a new report called "The Housing Satisfaction Gap." What's interesting about this report, is that it's really a survey of what features people have in their current homes, and what they would look for if they decided to buy a new home. It's a good indicator of what buyers are looking for in the market. In the report, there were 7 things that stood out as the features people are craving the most in a new home. Here they are:

1. Energy efficiency - Is your home green? Having energy-efficient appliances and utilities is one of the main things home buyers are looking for.

2. Renovations - People are looking for updated homes, with newly built add-ons and features that add value to the home.

3. Updated kitchens - everybody wants that sexy, beautiful updated kitchen.

4. Age-friendly design - Many people are looking for a forever home, a home that accommodates them as they age and a home that they and their family can grow into.

5. Privacy - Privacy comes in many forms, whether it be a secluded backyard, a balcony, or simply a greater distance between neighbors.

6. Safe neighborhood - This is kind of a no-brainer. Safer neighborhoods help to put more value in your real estate purchase as well.

7. Storage space - We see a lot of homes passed up on simply because they don't have enough storage space. We accumulate a lot of stuff over the years, and people like to hold onto that stuff and have a safe place to put it.

If you are thinking of renovating or selling your home, keep these things in mind. If you have any questions about what you should be doing to prepare your home, give me a call and I'd be happy to come over. Hope to hear from you soon! 


Is Your Tax Assessment too High?



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Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Tax Season. If you haven't gotten it already, the county will be sending out a property tax assessment for the property you own. They will tell you how much they think the property is worth, so they can tax you accordingly.

Is this the same thing as an appraisal? No. An appraisal is done by the bank, and is a detailed single property valuation. Assessments are based on large numbers of sales that are analyzed to determine values for large groups of similar properties. With an appraisal, you want to get the highest figure possible to increase the sale price of your home.

For a property tax assessment, you want the number to be as low as possible, so you don't have to pay as much in taxes. The reality is that these assessments could be inaccurate, and you might be getting taxed more than you should be.

If you think your property tax assessment is wrong, whether it's too high or too low, give us a call. We can help you go through your options, which can include filing an appeal against the county's assessment. Any appeal has to be done in a timely manner.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!






 

Make Buying Your Next Home as Painless as Possible!



Looking to buy or sell a home in Northern Virginia? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home,click here for a FREE Home Price  Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call us at (703) 636-3588 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

When you sell your home, you are likely going to hire an agent to help you sell your home because of their expertise. On the other hand, buyers need representation too, right?  Today we are going to talk about why you need a buyer specialist when you buy a home, especially here in Northern Virginia. 

Northern Virginia Real Estate AgentThere are hundreds of reasons to use a buyer specialist. The main one being that you want somebody on your side of the transaction. You want somebody who can negotiate for you and look out for your best interest, just as the seller's agent is doing for them. 

We at the Gresh Group know the Northern Virginia market and the inventory. We have over 300 fellow Keller Williams agents who work with us and are the first to let us know of great listings in the area. We also know how to make a winning offer and get you into the home you want. We have done countless hours of research on the market, and understand what price will get you the home you want. 

Coming soon, we are going to be holding a FREE buyer specialist seminar right here at our office. This seminar will help you head in the right direction in terms of financially preparing to buy your home. This is a free event, open to everyone, and we would love to see you there. 

Seminar Date: Tuesday, February 10th at 7pm


If you have any questions for us, don't hesitate to reach out to us via phone or email. We look forward to speaking with you!