Archive for January, 2016


Local Realtor Earns Professional Designation

Local realtor Hannah Johnson was recently awarded the highly acclaimed national Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation. Johnson, of Carriage Realty, Inc. in Lake Elmo, joins other top realtors in the residential real estate industry from across the nation who hold this designation. “The real estate industry is so complex and is always changing, which is […]

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Four reasons to buy a home in 2016

2016 is shaping up to be a great year to get into your dream home.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) If becoming a homeowner made it to your list of New Year’s resolutions, this is a great year to buy. With home inventories expected to increase slightly, and with a good job market and solid financial conditions, 2016 […]

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In home inspections, ‘trust, but verify’

Magnifying glass and house.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) Question: I am concerned some important issues may be missed in inspections. In one condo development, for example, the ground in the heavy clay soil was not graded properly, and the internal construction had some major flaws. The selling agent at the condo explicitly stated he did not want […]

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A good real estate agent: how to find, hire

Feb. 2, this Tuesday, is Groundhog Day. If the groundhog sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter. If you’re looking to get a head start on buying or selling a home, you’re likely hoping for an early spring. Shadow or not, finding the right real estate professional can make the task less […]

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Dulles Area Association of Realtors names new CEO – Loudoun Times

The Dulles Area Association of Realtors Board of Directors has selected Christine Windle as its new CEO, effective Feb. 22. Windle succeeds current CEO Jeanette Newton, who announced her retirement after 25 years of service. “After a thorough selection process, the Board of Directors is delighted that Christine will lead DAAR as we navigate through […]

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Dulles Area Association of Realtors Appoints New CEO

Photo credit: DAAR LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA: The Dulles Area Association of Realtors (DAAR) has unanimously elected Christine Windle as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 22, 2016, according to a DAAR announcement today. Windle succeeds current CEO, Jeanette Newton, who announced her retirement after 25 years of service. “After a thorough selection process that included over […]

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​Where home prices are suffering: luxury sales

If there’s a place homeowners want to be these days, it’s in solidly middle-class houses. That’s because the high end of the real estate market — home that sell in the top 5 percent of all property prices — have hit a dead zone with pricing, according to data from real estate data provider Redfin […]

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Local Broker Named President-Elect of State Realtor Association

During the Triple Play REALTOR® Convention Trade Expo, local REALTOR® Robert Oppenheimer, Broker-Owner of RE/MAX Fortune Properties in Englewood Cliffs and Past President of the Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS® (EBCBOR), was named 2016 President-Elect of New Jersey REALTORS® (NJR) a 45,000+ member Statewide association. A resident of Cliffside Park, Robert is the only Bergen […]

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Negotiation Leverage Sits With Today’s Home Sellers

Buy That House Before It’s Gone? The housing market is near its strongest in a decade. According to the National Association of REALTORS® and the Census Bureau, more than 6 million homes changed hands last year, marking the first time that’s happened since 2006. The rise in home sales can be attributed to many factors, but three big […]

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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 4: Find the Right Realtor

finding a realtor If you’ve been following our weekly, step-by-step 2016 Home-Buying Guide, you know that purchasing a new home takes some serious prep work — from cleaning up your credit score to amassing a down payment. But, hey, we’re just getting started! You also need a comrade in arms: a close ally to help […]

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