Greetings Virginia Real Estate Team Client Appreciation Movie Night

Each summer, the Greetings Virginia real estate sales team with Keller Williams Realty team hosts a client appreciation party to acknowledge our past clients, friends, family, and referral partners. Our real estate sales business is largely referral based from our happy past clients that refer us to their friends, families, and co-workers are in the market to Buy a Home, Sell a Home, or Invest in Real Estate.

When you buy a home or sell property with Greetings Virginia, you become a part of our GV Insider’s Club where we become your advocates for life. In addition to inviting you to great events like our annual Movie Night, we will be available to refer any resource to you that you may need in the future. Our extensive connections include close, well vetted relationships with almost any resource that you may ever need. Need a handyman or plumber or a chiropractor or massage therapist? Just pick up the phone and call us and we will introduce you. This is just another way that we provide World-class Solutions to our clients and past clients.

Members of our GV Insider’s Club enjoy invitations to free events such as Movie Night as well as our Christmas Tree Exchange and Toy Donation. In addition, we also support unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets to be rescued and placed into loving homes by helping Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

 

Check out a few photos from our last Greetings Virginia client appreciation Movie Night:

 

Some brought their kids and had loads of fun!

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While every agent will promise to sell your home, the reality of the real estate market today is that, this simply doesn’t always happen. Needless to say, this is highly frustrating to a home seller like you. Well, we set ourselves apart from most agents by being accountable to you. In other words, we don’t just promise to sell your home, we Guarantee it. Our Sell Your Home in 72 Days campaign is as simple as this:

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5 Steps to Finding Your Best Mortgage Lender

(TNS)—You’re buying a home and you need a mortgage. How do you choose the right lender—one that will offer not only the best deal, but also good customer service?

You’ll find no shortage of banks, online lenders, mortgage brokers and other players eager to take your loan application. Here are five tips for selecting the best mortgage lender out of the bunch.

Compare Offers and Lenders
Start getting familiar with various lenders and the deals they’re offering by browsing through mortgage rates.

Lenders will “present price differently,” notes Robert Davis, an executive vice president at the American Bankers Association (ABA). “Some lower rates might include fees with it, so the annual percentage rate is different than what you might think.”

Also, understand that some lenders specialize. One might be a good choice if you’re financing a condo, while others might offer a better deal if you’re building your home from scratch. You’ll want to have a general idea of the type of property you’re interested in.

Check With Lenders and People You Know
You might find the right mortgage and the best lender without having to look very far. Go to the bank or credit union where you have a checking or savings account and ask about the types of mortgage deals that are available to current customers.

Compare any offer against what other lenders in your area and online and large national lenders will give you.

“Interest rates change as much as three or four times a day, so get quotes from three different (lenders) to increase your odds,” says Brian Koss, executive vice president of Mortgage Network.

Be sure to ask family members and friends for referrals to loan officers and mortgage brokers who gave them good, professional service and helped them find the most competitive loans.

Decide: DIY or Hire a Broker?
One important decision is whether to seek out a mortgage and lender completely on your own or use the services of a mortgage broker.

A broker can help with your comparison-shopping by gathering quotes from several lenders, but it’s important to understand that a broker isn’t obligated to find the deal that’s best for you.

If you decide to work with a mortgage broker, it’s wise to look at how the loan offers from the broker size up against those you find on your own.

Look at differences in rates, fees, mortgage insurance and down payments—and compare what your bottom-line costs will be.

Talk With Your Real Estate Agent
Be sure to ask your real estate agent for lender recommendations. Smart loan officers rely on that business and take good care of the clients sent their way by local real estate agents.

Keep in mind that agents might have relationships with certain lenders, so when your agent gives you a name, ask whether there is any affiliation.

While some real estate brokerages have their own favored in-house mortgage lending businesses, good agents will not limit their referrals to those particular lenders.

Be Ready for a Possible Hand-Off
Many lenders will end up selling your mortgage to the secondary market, which means you will likely have a different company servicing your loan than your original lender.

This transfer is often outside your control, but you can ask the lender whether it knows if your mortgage will end up being serviced by a different company. If you want a lender you can reach out to immediately if problems arise, finding one who will hold onto your mortgage might be the best option.

“If it’s important for you to have local contact with the lender, then you’ve got to go to a bank that keeps your mortgage,” says Davis.

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This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of RISMedia.

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New Capitol Hill apartments offer easy access to Eastern Market

Since 1873, Eastern Market has provided District residents with fresh produce, meats and dairy products as well as a central place to gather to meet neighbors and friends.

Now the Residences at Eastern Market, a 128-unit apartment building, adds more opportunities for people to live across the street from the historic market.

The apartments were built by 700 Penn, a partnership led by EastBanc and Stanton Development. Leasing has begun for the apartments, which are part of the Hines School Redevelopment project, a mixed-use development including offices and shops as well as the apartments.

Residents are anticipated to move in this month.

Located at 700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, the Residences at Eastern Market is across the street from the Eastern Market Metro station. The building, to be managed by Bozzuto, includes a rooftop pool, a club room, a fitness center, a residents’ lounge, a courtyard, several landscaped terraces for grilling, secured parking and bike storage.

Residents can also rely on 24-hour concierge services, including in-house package delivery, valet dry cleaning services and away-from-home services for travelers.

The six-story apartment building has one-, two- and three-bedroom units with high ceilings, hardwood floors, white cabinets, white Caesarstone counters, upgraded appliances and pantries in the kitchen, porcelain tiles in the bathrooms and in-unit washers and dryers.

The apartments were designed to accommodate families and are larger than many new units in the city. The one-bedroom apartments range from 787 to 1,177 square feet, with rents ranging from $3,200 to $4,800.

The two-bedroom apartments range from 973 to 1,578 square feet, with rents ranging from $4,530 to $7,050.

The three-bedroom apartments range from 1,782 to 1,854 square feet, with rents ranging from $7,970 to $8,850.

For more information, visit liveateasternmarket.com.

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So you want to build a modernist home in a traditional neighborhood?

How should a modernist live in a traditional town?

In an area abundant with beautiful older homes, a more modern residence can often look out of place.  Even though they may wish to express their inner modernist, many homeowners are concerned that a modern design won’t fit within the general atmosphere of their traditional neighborhood.  Oh my, what will the neighbors think?!

As architects, we are trained to be sensitive to a building’s context and surrounding environment and not to simply design in a bubble. For this reason, when a homeowner is looking to do a new modern house or remodel within the confines of a traditional street, we approach it with a comprehensive view of the immediate neighbors on the overall block, and the general character of the neighborhood at large.

Here are some tips on how to build a modernist home in a traditional neighborhood:

Know your boundaries

Before starting any project, it is important to establish what is legal or allowed within the specific neighborhood.  The Washington area is filled with historic districts, neighborhood associations, and homeowners associations. These can often come with particular guidelines about the exterior design of your home, including roof pitches, window sizes, etc. Before you get too far down the path, clearly understand the parameters in which you are able to create your design.

Respect the rhythm of the street

If you want to fit in, start by getting to know your neighbors. What is the average size of the houses on the street? Is there a particular orientation of the windows? Do they have front porches? Once you understand the general characteristics of the surrounding homes, you can then replicate these design cues within the modern architectural vocabulary. Fitting in is often more about scale and proportion than whether you have cedar shingles and a bracketed roof line.

Define your palette

When people think of modern homes they often imagine structures of concrete, glass and steel. These materials can come across as cold or commercial. We recommend looking to your neighborhood for inspiration. Familiar materials, such as siding or stone, can be used in new and innovative ways with distinctive detailing that invokes a clean, modern look. This fresh approach can simultaneously set your house apart while integrally weaving it into the material palette of the streetscape.

Go wild inside 

Sometimes the true essence of a design isn’t revealed until you step inside the home. Thoughtful, small tweaks to a traditional facade can hint at more dramatic style choices within. A unique floor plan, open space and modern materials can be what surrounds you every day within your home, even if it is only hinted at to those who pass on the sidewalk outside.

Are you struggling with designing a new home or renovation that breaks the mold of your neighborhood? The American Institute of Architects has an online tool that enables you to search for architects by region and practice specialty.  Click here to search.

Carib Daniel Martin is the owner of Carib Daniel Martin | Architecture + Design in Kensington, Md.

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Why you should never put ceramic tile on an imperfect wall

Dear Tim: We’re in the home stretch of a delightful bathroom remodel job. One of the final steps is to install subway ceramic tile as the backsplash above the dual-bowl sink. The plaster wall above the new granite top needs to be repaired. After we removed the old ceramic tile, there were giant holes. My husband is in a hurry and wants to do the patch fast with a pre-mixed product that comes in a tub from the local big box store. I want your expert opinion as to the best way to repair the massive depressions in the wall from where old trim tile pieces were removed. Do we need to remove the old hardened glue from the walls, too? — Pam L., Columbus, Ohio

Pam: I’ve been in this exact situation countless times while working in paying customers’ homes. The tile style changes from year to year, but the method of getting the wall ready for the tile has not changed.

Let’s talk about high-gloss finish ceramic tile first. We need to do this to slow down your husband.

Have you ever noticed how a small dent in the door of a new car stands out like a sore thumb? The paint may not be chipped or scratched, but you can clearly see the inward depression. This happens on high gloss surfaces like car paint because the reflected light off the metal is bent by the dent. In other words, high gloss finishes are unforgiving if the surface beneath the gloss is not in the same plane.

If you want every aspect of your bathroom remodeling to be gorgeous, you need to be sure the wall surface under the tile is not only perfectly smooth but also in the same plane. If the subway tile pieces are not in the same plane on a flat surface, they’ll reflect light differently and it will look like a drunk tile setter installed them.

I see by the photos you sent that the new granite top and faucets are installed. This is going to make the job of repairing the wall much harder as you work around these finished items. The wall repair should have been done long before the cabinet, top and faucets were installed.

You also need to be concerned with what I call the chain of adhesion. What’s that old saying? “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” I can clearly see in your photo that you’ve got traditional plaster applied to gypsum lath panels nailed to the wall studs.

For the tile to stay affixed to the wall for decades, the bond between all the wall elements needs to be as strong as possible. The pre-mixed compounds I see in the big box stores contain very weak glues in almost all cases. What’s worse is some of the glues in these products are water soluble. Premixed drywall joint compound and common spackling are great examples of products with these weak glues.

Once these two products are dry, you can dissolve them by rubbing them with a wet sponge. Rub your plaster walls for days with a wet sponge and nothing happens except for you getting blisters and sore muscles. Plaster is waterproof and it bonds tenaciously to just about anything.

Here’s how I’d proceed to make your walls ready for the stunning subway tile I’m sure you’ve selected. First, you need to purchase some liquid adhesive remover. This product brushes on much like liquid paint remover. It’s imperative you protect the granite top and faucets and any other finished item like the front of the vanity cabinets from this harsh chemical.

Follow the directions and get all of the old yellowed tile glue off the plaster exposing the original white lime finish plaster. Once it’s off, now it’s time to start to repair the deep depressions. Buy a bag of Structo-Lite base plaster. You can get this online or from a local building supply store. Be sure the holes in the wall have all loose material removed; brush away any dust.

Mix up the Structo-Lite plaster per directions on the bag. You want it to be the consistency of somewhat stiff applesauce. Take a wet sponge and lightly pat the old base plaster in the hole to get it slightly damp just before you’re ready to apply the Structo-Lite. Pack in the new plaster, being sure to keep the new plaster 1/8-inch lower than the existing white lime plaster finish you exposed once you removed the old glue.

Use a straightedge to ensure the Structo-Lite is lower than the old white lime plaster. Allow the Structo-Lite to cure for one day. The next day fill in the slight depression and all other tiny holes in the plaster wall with Durabond 90. This is a dry-setting joint compound that’s much like the white lime finish plaster on the wall. Mix it with water to the consistency of warm cake icing so it’s silky smooth. You only have 90 minutes to work with it before it gets hard. You can use cold water to slow the hardening process.

Take your time and be sure the wall surface is as smooth as glass and in the same plane. Use a long straightedge or metal level to help you locate small depressions that may exist in the old white plaster finish. Fill those with the Durabond 90 product so the final surface under the new subway tile is as flat as possible.

Reach Tim Carter at www.AsktheBuilder.com. His new book, “Roofing Ripoff,” explains why new asphalt shingle roofs are falling apart and what you can do to protect yours. Go to RoofingRipoff.com.

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