Washington DC Real Estate and Washington Vacations

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Are you considering moving to the Washington DC area? This is a popular place to live and visit because of the many exciting things to do and see. Whether you wish to spend some vacation time here or want to move permanently, you will notice a variety of amazing real estate properties throughout the area. With so many quality homes, it’s no wonder why the real estate market is so successful here. Take a look at the following information to better understand what to look for when choosing a real estate property in Washington DC.

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It’s a good idea to get the help of a real estate professional when you begin your search. You want to make sure that you’re taking advantage of the best homes. You also want to make sure that you’re not overlooking important steps in the home-buying process. Your real estate agent will help you find your dream home at a price that you can love and afford.

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Saving Money with a DIY Home Security System

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If you’re looking to save money by installing a DIY home security system, you’d better do it right. Make sure you follow these check points to get the maximum cover and protection you can – and, as I have referred to in another blog post about home security systems, make sure before you start that your home insurance will not be invalidated by installing a system yourself, rather than having a professionally qualified person or approved company do it on our behalf:

DIY Home Security System

1: Assess every point of entry into your building. You will be amazed at how many you come up with. Do not overlook upstairs windows, cellar doors, garage doors, tool store doors or skylights. When you have totted up every possible point of entry you will know how many circuits need to be in place, or how many breakers/sensors you need for doors, windows and other modes of ingress.

2: Take time to think about the places that require most protection and the places that don’t. For example, you need motion sensors in your home to make your system worthwhile – but if you have them upstairs no one can go to the bathroom when they are turned on. In other words be practical. Combine the desire to protect your family and your property with a recognition that at night, you have to live here too.

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Basic Real Estate Term Glossary

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If you’re having trouble understanding the real estate world, it’s likely because you don’t fully understand many of the real estate terms that exist. With so many terms, it can be hard to understand all of them. Take a look at the following information, to better understand what some of these terms mean. It’s important that you learn what the most basic real estate terms mean so that you can make smart decisions related to buying and selling real estate property.

Real Estate Term Glossary

  • Appraisal – A procedure in which a qualified individual estimates the value of a piece of property.
  • Closing – A final meeting in which the transfer of title of property passes from the seller to the buyer.
  • Closing Costs – The costs associated with the closing. These fees include title search, insurance, attorney fees, survey, and points charged by the lender. These costs are also referred to settlement costs.
  • Deed – A written document that transfers ownership of a property to another individual.
  • Depreciation – Loss of value by regular wear and tear.
  • Equity – The difference between the market value of a property and the balance that is owed on the mortgage.

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How to Take Great Outside Photos of Your Home

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When you have decided to sell your house yourself, FSBO, the photographs that you post with your listing will be extremely important. One bad photo can prompt a potential buyer to skip over to the next listing. You will want each picture to be intriguing, showing off your house in a great light and prompting the potential buyers to click away at all photos and then read the details of your posting. This guideline will talk about how to take excellent photos of the outside of your house in order to maximize the amount of traffic that stays looking at your listing.

Photos of Your Home

Photos of Your Home

While the inside of your home is important, never underestimate the outside. While potential buyers will want the inside to fit their living needs, the outside speaks volumes. The exterior of your home represents who lives inside of it. The average person takes between 1 and 3 seconds to decide if a home is a possibility just by looking at the first outside photograph. Therefore, let’s take a detailed look at how to take photographs of the outside of your home that will draw people in.

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What is For Sale by Owner Homes?

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Most people have a dream of home ownership. In addition many people who dream of home owner make use of a real estate broker. However, some people who wish to sell their home and move to another home don’t wish to bother with using a real estate agent to sell their home. Some people who wish to sell their home opt instead to do it themselves. This do it yourself process is called for sale by owner. The formal definition of for sale by owner is the process of marketing, buying, and selling of real estate without the representation of a real estate broker.

For Sale by Owner FAQ

When homeowners decide to sell their home without the aid of a real estate agent, they enter the wonderful world of for sale by owner sellers. There are also two interesting facts about for sale by owner homes. The first fact states that If a seller markets a home as a for sale by owner home and a buyer who isn’t working with a real estate agent wants to buy this home, the seller pays no commission because no real estate agents are involved in the transaction. The second interesting fact about for sale by owner homes states that if a buyer who is represented by an agent is interested in a for sale by owner home then, that buyer’s agent may request that the owner pay him or her a commission or a finder’s fee for bringing the buyer to the property.

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Best Viewing Procedures for FSBO Properties

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When you ask a realtor to sell your home, then you have to go along with the viewing procedures followed by that realtor. If the realtor wants to hold an open house on a particular day, then you need to get out of the home at an established time on that day. You expect the realtor to monitor the comings and goings of the people who come to view your home.

If, however, you decide to put an “FSBO” sign on your property, then you, the seller choose whether or not to schedule a viewing for your property. If you want to find a buyer, then you generally need to agree to allow each potential seller to view the property on which you have placed an FSBO sign. If you have arranged for a potential seller to come and look at your home, then you need to follow a few common sense rules.

FSBO Procedure

FSBO Procedure

First, make sure that you put all of your valuables in a secure location. If you have a safe deposit box, then transfer your valuables to that secure spot. Remember, you and not a realtor are responsible for those valuables. You can not turn for help to a realtor, in the event that a less than desirable person has requested and obtained permission to view your home.

When scheduling a time for a potential buyer to view your home, pick a time when there will be at least two adults in the residence. While you do not need to have two people show the home, it is good to let any potential buyer see that the seller is not “home alone.”

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Water Treatment Facilities – First Step in Pure Water

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In nearly every city, the water that is used is treated in some way. Generally, a large water treatment facility in the city takes the water from local sources and processes it. Water can go through many different types of processes. These will vary according to the kind of water it is, and what quality of water is desired. However, this is just the first step in taking polluted water from being full of impurities and transforming it to pure water suitable for human consumption.

Water Treatment

A water treatment facility will decide which processes to use on the water based on the source of the water itself. Some water is from ground surfaces, while others come from underground aquifers through the use of a well. Each requires different treatment processes depending on the area the water is from. The type of treatment the water undergoes will also hinge on what the water will be used for once it has completed treatment. In most cases, water is treated to drinking level quality. This is especially true when it is difficult to make sure that the public does not try to drink the water. Sometimes water is treated to drinking quality levels when it will be used in other ways,  because it may not be practical to treat the water to different qualities and it is best to just make it all a drinking quality.

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Home CCTV Systems – Protecting Your Property

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Home CCTV systems are a great solution for many people who want to see or know what is going on in their home. Whether you are trying to deter thieves by installing cameras or if you are really curious about what is going on around the house, you can find out a lot by installing these systems. Sometimes, people have even used these CCTV systems to catch babysitters or nannies mistreating children or to catch cheating spouses. However, we don’t condone installing security cameras to catch a cheating spouse. They’re designed more to protect the home from intruders and protect the family from harm.

Security Labs CCTV Camera

If you have purchased a home, you deserve to be able to protect that investment. Home CCTV systems will allow you that protection while also giving you the opportunity to have everything on record in the event that something does happen. These are not spy cams or toys, either. They are designed for your protection and to help keep your home safe. That should be your primary motivation for investing in closed circuit television for your own home. Anything else is just a waste of time and money because there are cheaper ways to spy on people.

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FSBO Vs Realtors


When it comes to selling your home there are two different roads that you can take. First you can take the most used way, which would be with the Realtors. They have their positive things because they are going to do the work for you. They are going to put your house on the market and show it off to people. They can hold open houses, and they pretty much take care of everything. However, if you are looking to save some money then you may want to go with the FSBO. There are many websites that are out there now that can help you get your house on the market without the help from Realtors. Also, you can set up everything yourself because you do not have to do what the Realtors tell you to do. It seems like they both have their plus sides. now let’s take a look at the bad.


When it comes to down falls,both FSBO and Realtors have their negatives. First, we will start with Realtors. Sure they guys may do everything for you, but it all is going to come as a big cost to you. They are going to get 5 to 6 percent of whatever you make on your house. Now say your house sells for 100,000 dollars, they are getting a good bit of that. However, if you go with FSBO you are going to have to pay to post your house on different sites.

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For Sale By Owner FAQ


FSBO is one of the fastest growing markets on the internet. This is for people who are trying to sell their own home. Now you can actually get your home to sell without having to pay someone a fee. First of all, we need to talk about some of the good things about For Sale By Owner. When you use to want to try and sell your home by yourself you had to wait for the word of mouth to kick in.

Now with the For Sale By Owner website you have the power of the internet behind you. The best thing about For Sale By Owner is that you have nothing to lose. If your house does not sell then you get a full return of your money. This means that if you put your house up on their website and it does not get a bite then you are going to get all your money back. If you are trying to sell your house there is no deal that is better than that one. Selling your own home has never been easier.

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When I am thinking of For Sale By Owner I start thinking of the fact that I do not have to pay any commission on my home. That means that you do not have to give someone 6% of what your home is worth in order for them to sell it. That means that is going to put more money back in your pocket. That way you can use that money for more important things like finding your own house and putting a down payment on it. Also, when I say that you do not have to do it alone I mean that you do not have to do it alone.

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