Category Archives: DC Area Real Estate


As Mortgage Rates Increase, Will Home Prices Decrease?

buyer looking at mortgage rates

As of December 8, mortgage rates have climbed to 4.13% for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. With the recent increase in interest rates, many people assume that home prices will decrease. After all, if fewer people are able to purchase a house due to higher mortgage rates, then the demand for homes (and therefore the price) should decrease. […]


Preparing Your Home for the Market

Top country-wide real estate trainer asked to interview Melinda Estridge to help advance the careers of other Realtors nationwide. Click here to listen to the full interview. Putting a house on the market today, not just in the DC Metro area but nationwide, is vastly different than it was 30 years ago. How you present your home is […]



How Exactly Does Refinancing Work?

If you’re a seasoned homeowner, you may have heard the term “refinancing” thrown around. But what exactly is refinancing, and is it right for you? Let’s explore the ins and outs. A Brief Explanation of Refinancing With a refinancing, you pay off an old loan on your home and take out a new one, usually […]



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 […]


What Kind of Homeowner’s Insurance is Right For You?

When you’re wading through the legalities of buying a home, the process can be daunting, especially if you’re a first time buyer. Interest rates, mortgages, and appraisals, oh my. Read on as we weigh in on what type of homeowner’s insurance is your best bet. Standard Homeowner’s Insurance For most buyers, a standard insurance policy […]


Aging in Place: Remodeling for Elderly Homeowners

bethesda house with wide doorway, ideal in aging in place home

Remodeling your home always takes a good amount of forward thinking: Will that pool offer ROI? Will you still want that basement rec room when the kids leave for college? But when elderly homeowners prep for a remodel, even more consideration is needed as they prepare to age in place. Common Features in Aging-In-Place Remodels […]


Chevy Chase Housing Market Report for January 2016

Let’s take a look at the real estate market. Currently there are 56 sales pending in the market overall, leaving 187 listings still for sale. The resulting pending ratio is 23.0% (56 divided by 243). So you might be asking yourself, that’s great…but what exactly does it mean? I’m glad you asked! The pending ratio […]