Reasons Renters Buy [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

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  • When deciding whether you should rent or buy, make sure you’re considering these factors.
  • Buying a home means consistent monthly payments. Homeownership also helps to build your wealth. And owning a home gives you greater flexibility than renting.
  • If you’re ready to take advantage of the perks of homeownership, let’s connect to explore your options.

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Your Agent Is Key When Pricing Your House [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

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  • Pricing your house right takes market experience and expertise.
  • To find the best list price, your agent balances current market demand, values of homes in your neighborhood, where prices are headed, and your home’s condition.
  • If you’re ready to sell, don’t guess on the price. Let’s connect today so we price your house to attract multiple offers and maximize your return on investment.

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  • The language of buying and selling a home may sound scary at first, but knowing how key terms relate to today’s market can help you. For example, current low mortgage rates and higher wages positively impact affordability for buyers, while home price appreciation continues to grow home equity, which sellers can use to fuel a move up.
  • Terms like appraisal (what lenders rely on to validate a home’s value) and contingencies (which buyers can minimize to make their offer stand out) directly impact the transaction.
  • You don’t need to be fluent in the language of the market to buy or sell. Instead, let’s connect today so…

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Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?

 

Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now? You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates, but the thought of needing a large down payment might make you want to pump the brakes. Today, there’s still a common myth that you have to come up with 20% of the total sale price for your down payment. This means people who could buy a home may be putting their plans on hold because they don’t have that much saved yet. The reality is, whether you’re looking for your first home or you’ve purchased one before, you most likely don’t…

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It's that time of year when the DC area gets a little bit spookier, and Halloween fun is lurking around every corner! Are you looking for a festive neighborhood to take your kids trick-or-treating? Or are you looking for a creepy costume party where you can do the monster mash? We have something for everyone!

If you're looking for the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, then head over to Kensington, Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria. These areas are known to have the most festive decor and lots of little ghouls and goblins running from house to house. Embassy Row also participates in the Halloween fun, and many open their doors to offer a cultural experience. 

If trick-or-treating isn't your thing, then head over to the…

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Sweater weather, pumpkin spice everything, warm side of the color wheel. That’s right, Fall has arrived and we couldn’t be more excited! The DC metro area has plenty to offer for those of us longing to wave goodbye to those hot summer days and say hello to crisp Autumn offerings. Check out our list of activities that are sure to keep you entertained all season long.

 

1) Visit Shenandoah National Park

Whether you’re looking for great fall color or a hiker’s paradise, Shenandoah has you covered. Nestled just 75 miles away from Washington, D.C., this park boats over 500 miles of hiking trails, 105 which are part of the Appalachian Trail. Hiking not your thing? Travel along Skyline Drive to view some of the most spectacular seasonal leaves…

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As summer draws to a close, families are wrapping up their summer breaks, and sending their kids back to school. DC Public Schools, for example, start back on August 26th, just a couple short weeks away. Every year, about 94% of public school teachers nationwide spend their own money on supplies for the school year, without reimbursement. The average amount spent is $479, which is no small amount for educators on a historically small budget. Fortunately, there are ways for you to help create a successful learning environment for all children, no matter where you live! 

As you may have seen, there is a new social media campaign this summer that is gaining speed, called #clearthelists. This campaign currently has thousands of posts and counting. When you…

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It's BBQ Season!  


Summertime is the perfect time for BBQ's! Whether you're hosting a party, or just grilling a quick bite, here are some helpful tips to make every BBQ perfect.

Give the grill enough time to warm up. Depending on your grill, it can take up to 30 minutes for the grill to get to a cookable temperature. Gas grills are a little bit faster, only taking about 10-15 minutes to heat up.  

Invest in a digital thermometer. No one likes biting into a raw steak. Investing in a digital thermometer will help you determine when your food is safe and ready to eat.

Making kabobs? Soak the skewers. Soak your wood skewers before assembling your kabobs, and tossing them on the grill.  

Clean off the grill before and after you cook. Clean the inside by…

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