Category: Real Estate

Emotions Can Come Into Play When Buying and Selling a Home

Guest post by Melinda Schnare, photo courtesy of the author While buying and selling a home can be very exciting, it can also be very emotional. If you are selling your home, be cognizant that not all people would have made your style choices. Some buyers will be more sensitive to surrounding sounds that you may have gotten used to, such as traffic noise. Some may not want the responsibility of the yard you have taken great pride in. Others will want a place to get their kids off the screen and outdoors climbing trees. For some buyers, there...

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Curb Appeal of Homes Goes a Long Way

Guest post by Melinda Schnare, photo courtesy Schnare Silver Spring homes are so unique. It is inspiring to see how we who live here uniquely landscape, paint, build out and add on. More and more of our subdivisions are developing into communities enjoyable to live in with enormous charm and appeal. These types of neighborhoods are sought after. A house that has curb appeal and outside character adds value to a home. For those looking for homes to buy, it is a real draw. Here are a few pointers if you’re inclined to take on some projects this spring: Unless...

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Millennials Taking a Lead in the Spring Housing Market

Guest post by Melinda Schnare, Photo of flipped home courtesy Melinda Schnare. Millennials are driving the real estate market, evidenced by the abundance of homes selling in the $400,000-600,000 range. No surprise, as for over 10 years now, D.C.’s population has grown by about a 1,000 a month and Montgomery County added 10,500 residents last year alone. Millennials are either searching for a DC community that is in transition such as Bloomingdale, Eckington, Riggs Park, Trinidad and Ivy City, or they are moving to the likes of Silver Spring. The key criteria is easy access to the Metro, along with not having...

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Vacant space on Sligo Avenue may get affordable housing development

Aerial rendering of the plan for affordable housing on Sligo Avenue. A long-vacant space at 715-719 Sligo Ave. would become the setting for a new affordable housing development, according to plans discussed last night at a public meeting. The building developed under a partnership of Montgomery Housing Partnership, whose mission is to expand the county’s quality affordable housing, and TM Associates, Inc., a Rockville-based property management firm would build no more than 71 rental units, according to the current plans. Ninety percent of those units would be priced under the county moderate-priced dwelling unit program, which is geared to...

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New Flower Branch Apartments construction to start next week

Artist rendering from Kay Apartment Communities Construction is scheduled to begin next week on two new apartment buildings at the Flower Branch Apartments, 8701 and 8703 Arliss St. in Long Branch. The buildings will replace the two lost in an explosion and fire Aug. 10, 2016, according to a press release from the management company, Kay Apartment Communities. Seven people were killed and more than 40 injured in the blast, which was blamed on a natural gas leak. The two buildings will include 27 units—six one-bedroom apartments, 16 two-bedroom and five three-bedroom units, the company said—and will be constructed...

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