Vivian Garcete's Blog

Posted on 05/24/2020
Is a Smart Home Gadget Right for You?
A smart home device may prove to be a time (and money) saver. However, not all smart house devices are ideal for all homeowners. If you select a smart home gadget that fails to accommodate your day-to-day needs, you risk wasting time and resources on a device that delivers little to no return on investment. Ultimately, it helps to...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
Tips for Building Resale Value
Image by Breadmaker from Shutterstock When you're motivated to get the most from your sale, it pays to add property value through preparation. Get started today with some of these tips: Have your local real estate agent evaluate your home. As a professional, they know what sells and what doesn't in your area. They will assist you in...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
How to Qualify for a Conventional Loan
Photo by Evan Dvorkin on Unsplash A conventional loan is the most common type of mortgage used to secure a home purchase. Conventional loans are backed by private lenders and typically conform to the standards established by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In order to qualify for a conventional loan, you must meet several specific requirements. 1. Debt-to-income...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
It Pays to Pay Your Mortgage Twice a Month
Photo by cottonbro from Pexels We all know how hard the beginning of the month can be; it seems like there are a million bills due all at the same time, and one of those bills is usually the most expensive among them all—your mortgage. After you budget for all of your expenses, that gigantic payment can really...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
Benefits of Buying a Large Home
Image by ErikaWittlieb from Pixabay For most people, buying a house is the biggest investment they will make. Unless you are paying cash, the transaction could become complicated. Not that many people can pay cash for a house – and for those that can, it often makes more sense to borrow than to use up cash reserves, especially...
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Posted on 04/19/2020
Tips for Building a Terrarium
Image by AndyFaeth from Pixabay If you're searching for ways to introduce a little extra green into your home and at the same time learn a satisfying hobby consider building a terrarium. Putting together a terrarium is a learning experience for grown-ups and can draw in kids as well. Not only do you see your handiwork grow and...
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Posted on 04/12/2020
Old-School Culinary Gardening - How to Start
Photo by stux via Pixabay If you're like many busy homeowners, you may not have a lot of time to cultivate a vegetable garden for the purpose of putting food on the family table. However, old-school culinary herb gardens are deceptively easy to grow, and they pull double duty by providing an exceedingly pleasing aesthetic. Not only do they...
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Posted on 04/05/2020
Will Your Property Allow You to Raise Livestock?
Image by William Dais from Pixabay If you have your heart set on raising livestock at your new home, you have to check local laws and other rules to ensure that activity will be permitted. Everything from zoning laws to HOA rules influence whether you can have even the smallest farm animals on your land, including mini-goats, rabbits...
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Posted on 03/29/2020
How is Fair Market Value Determined?
Image by Andrey Popov from Shutterstock The term "fair market value" is the price at which an interested but not desperate buyer is willing to buy and a motivated but not distressed seller is willing to sell on the open market in your location. The set value depends on recently sold similar-sized homes with like amenities, upgrades, and...
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Posted on 03/22/2020
Following a Checklist Can Help Sell Your Home Faster
Getting your house ready to be sold can seem like an overwhelming undertaking. Like any large project, though, if you take it one step at a time, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish! The ideal scenario involves having everyone in the family pitch in to keep your house looking its best for each showing. When you divide...
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Posted on 03/20/2020
Fairfax, VA Real Estate Market Update
Click here to view Fairfax, VA blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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