All posts by Melinda Estridge


Should You DIY?

Home improvements can be expensive. From buying materials to hiring help, they can take a sizeable chunk out of your bank account. Those who are relatively handy—and armed with a plethora of Pinterest and Youtube knowledge—may consider tackling an improvement project themselves. When wondering if you should hire out or go DIY, consider the following. […]


4 Reasons to Become a Homeowner

buyers thinking of home features

On the fence about buying a home? Other than the obvious idea that you finally own your space, there are many reasons to make the move to homeownership. Below are the top four. 1. Owning a Home is a Great Investment Owning a home is a fantastic long-term investment. Home values are constantly rising and […]



How to Think Like a Lender

buyers discussing real estate information

When you’re looking for the best rate on a home loan, it’s important to know what lenders are looking for. Read on to learn how to think like a lender. What Bethesda Mortgage Lenders are Looking For When doling out home loans, lenders are looking for telltale signs as to whether or not you will […]



Should You Consider Universal Design in Your Remodel?

Discussion with a real estate agent at the office about home remodeling

If you’re currently planning a remodel, you may have heard the term “universal design” used frequently in the construction industry. But what is it, and is it something you should consider when prepping for your home redo? What is “Universal Design”? Universal design is an approach to design that focuses on making all products and […]


How Can You Prep for Closing Day?

homeowners standing in front of their new house

After months of searching, you found the house of your dreams. You’ve crossed your t’s and dotted your i’s, and now closing day is fast approaching. Congratulations! Now what? Here is a bit of insight on how you can save a few headaches and keep the closing on track. Keep Extra Money in Your Account […]


Chevy Chase Housing Market Report, February 2016

Keeping up-to-date with current market conditions in Chevy Chase is important when buying or selling real estate. This information is not a way to stay educated during your transaction, but can also help you stay ahead of trends and learn whether the area is a buyers’ or sellers’ market. Let’s take a look at the […]


Should You Get a 40-Year Mortgage?

Home Mortgage Applications

Obtaining a mortgage requires a good amount of research. How long should your mortgage be? What provider should you use? The questions can seem endless. If you’re considering a 40-year mortgage, read on for a bit of valuable insight. Benefits of a 40-Year Mortgage The main drawback of the 40-year mortgage is pretty obvious: 40 […]