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Rising Mortgage Rates – What Does it Mean?

Jessica Richardson Blog , Real Estate Trends

We all knew this would happen eventually….and now it has. Mortgage interest rates have finally increased and will likely continue in 2017 Since the late 1970s the interest rate for 30-year fixed rate mortgages has averaged 8.2%. From the beginning of 2000 through 2012, the average was just under 6.0%. But from early 2013 until mid-November of last year, rates averaged an …

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This Year’s Hottest Kitchen Trends

Jessica Richardson Real Estate , Real Estate Trends , Remodeling

You can’t upgrade your kitchen every year based on the latest trends, nor should you. But if you are thinking about making changes or just want to spruce things up for resale, you may want to incorporate some of the ideas below from ZillowDigs. Tuxedo kitchen cabinets: We’ve been seeing two-toned cabinetry for a while so the “tuxedo” concept should come …

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Why You Need House Plants Today

Jessica Richardson Blog , house envy , Real Estate , Real Estate Trends

Incorporating house plants into your decor is a quick and powerful way to add new color, shape and style to any space.  Nobody does this better than my friend, Shiloh, who has artfully woven fun and interesting plants into the decor throughout her home.  She has them in all kinds of interesting containers.  You can really feel their presence in every room and they make …

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2017 Real Estate Outlook

Jessica Richardson Blog , Real Estate , Real Estate Trends

While there may be a lot of uncertainty about the upcoming changes in Washington DC, there is one thing that seems to be trending in a positive direction: a strong and robust real estate market. Despite the holiday season typically being a slower time of year for real estate, we had a strong finish to 2016 in the DC area. In November contract …

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Save Money Money on Heating Your Home

Jessica Richardson Blog , Real Estate , Real Estate Trends

Heading into the winter months, most of us begin to see an increased energy bill.  With fewer hours of daylight we turn on our lights sooner, and cold weather forces us to crank up the heat inside. Winter and summer are typically the most energy-intensive times of the year, but there are steps you can take to reduce costs while …

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November Market Update

Jessica Richardson Real Estate , Real Estate Trends

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a new home, now is a perfect time to hop off  and begin looking.   While interest rates are creeping up,  there is still time left to take advantage of certain tax benefits if you purchase a home in 2016. We’ve been talking about rates for a while now and this upward trend is expected …

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10 Biggest Mistakes First-Time Buyers Make

Jessica Richardson Buying , Real Estate Trends

Buying your first home is a milestone and one of the largest financial decisions most people will ever make.  Having worked with hundreds of first-time homebuyers throughout the years I feel like I’ve seen it all. I’ve witnessed people make good decisions and not so good decisions.  To help you avoid some of the common pitfalls, I’ve compiled a list …

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2017 Colors of the Year Announced

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends

2016 Review 2016 was the year of soft whites and neutrals. The 2016 Sherwin Williams Color of the Year was Alabaster White, Benjamin Moore picked Simply White, and Pantone, who picked two colors for the first time ever, chose Serenity and Rose Quartz, a soft pink and lavender.  Home trends for 2016 included textured and layered neutrals, a mix of …

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10 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends

People often ask me whether Fall is a good time to buy a home and they are often surprised when I emphatically respond with a “YES.” Everyone assumes that spring is the best time to buy a home because they believe that the weather is better and there are more homes to choose from. In reality the weather around here …

Everyone Ends Up In The Kitchen

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends

We’ve heard it and experienced it a million times.  Beautiful formal living and dining rooms sit untouched, and everyone squeezes into the kitchen to enjoy visiting with the hosts, helping prepare the food, and watching the big game on a tiny kitchen TV. Builders and remodelers caught on and now kitchens, even in older homes, are increasingly being remodeled with …