Suzanne Ward's Blog

Posted on 10/25/2020
Five Tips for First-Time Homebuyers
Photo by ConvertKit on Unsplash Up to 9.2 million Americans will purchase their first home in 2020. Homeownership is a wonderful and sometimes overwhelming experience. It's exciting to have a place that you can personalize and call your own. However, owning a home can quickly become a burden if you don't plan carefully. Keep in mind these five...
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Posted on 10/18/2020
New Homebuyers: Quick Guide to Finding Exactly What You Want
Photo by Yavyav via Shutterstock Whatever your priorities are, before you take on the purchase of a home, answer these questions for yourself: Why do you want to purchase a house? Is it for financial reasons? Is it less expensive than paying rent? Until you’re certain about your reasons for buying, take it slow and make a plan....
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Posted on 10/11/2020
Community Considerations: HOAs or Non-HOA
Photo by Curtis Adams from Pexels Homeowners associations (HOAs) exist to maintain the cleanliness and appeal of a community. Whether a home belongs to a HOA is a major consideration for home buyers. Some see it as a benefit, others a deal breaker. Here's what to consider before going with or without a HOA. Privacy If privacy is...
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Posted on 10/04/2020
Home Staging: Why You Should Listen to Your Agent
Photo by John Wollwerth via Shutterstock No matter how well-intentioned, when it’s time to sell your home taking the advice of friends and family while disregarding the advice of your agent is a recipe for slowing down your home’s sale. Your professional agent knows the current market and what buyers look for. In fact, they may even have...
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Posted on 09/27/2020
Tackle Homebuying Challenges
The homebuying journey may prove to be difficult, and assorted challenges may arise that make it tough to quickly find and buy your dream house. Whether it's encountering problems during a home inspection or negotiating a house price with a property seller, there is no telling what may happen during your pursuit of your dream home. However, if you...
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Posted on 09/21/2020
Video Tour - 6026 Ricketts Walk, Alexandria, VA 22312
Sun filled end townhouse located in great location just off of 395. Main level offers a large living room, huge gourmet kitchen with granite, eat in space w/ gas fireplace and exit to deck for grilling. Upper level offers 2 bedroom suites both with private full baths. Master bedroom has a huge walk in closet and bathroom with soaking tub, separate shower and double vanity. 3rd floor offers another bedroom and full bath. Lower level perfect for home office/exercise room or playroom. 2 car garage. Located just off of 395 with easy commute to Arlington, DC, Pentagon and plenty of shopping and convinces. Pets on case by case with deposit. House...
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Posted on 09/20/2020
It’s a Balancing Act: Credit and Debt
Image by David Pereiras from Shutterstock Your FICO score is a key factor used to determine if you qualify for a mortgage. The Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) is the creator of the most common credit score used by home loan providers. The algorithm used to create your score is a closely-guarded industry secret. But in general, it factors...
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Posted on 09/19/2020
6026 Ricketts Walk, Alexandria, VA 22312 is now new to the market!
Sun filled end townhouse located in great location just off of 395. Main level offers a large living room, huge gourmet kitchen with granite, eat in space w/ gas fireplace and exit to deck for grilling. Upper level offers 2 bedroom suites both with private full baths. Master bedroom has a huge walk in closet and bathroom with soaking tub, separate shower and double vanity. 3rd floor offers another bedroom and full bath. Lower level perfect for home office/exercise room or playroom. 2 car garage. Located just off of 395 with easy commute to Arlington, DC, Pentagon and plenty of shopping and convinces. Pets on case by case with deposit. House...
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