Colette Winnard's Blog

Posted on 03/21/2021
Is Your Offer to Purchase Competitive?
As a homebuyer, it is important to do everything you can to find your dream residence. Once you discover your ideal house, you should be ready to submit a competitive offer to purchase this home. Ultimately, there are several factors to consider as you try to put together a competitive offer to purchase your dream house. These factors include:...
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Posted on 03/14/2021
Seeds of Plenty: Luxury Landscaping for the Upscale Homeowner
Photo by Linda Knicely on Unsplash Luxury homes have been gaining popularity for at least the last two years, says Washington Post. And while no one has set exact parameters for what is and isn't considered luxury, many real estate agents use the term to describe homes priced in the million-dollar range or higher. These are the residences...
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Posted on 03/12/2021
Potomac, MD Real Estate Market Update 3/12/2021
Click here to view Potomac, MD blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 03/07/2021
Jumbo Loans: How Conforming Loan Limit Increase Affects the Jumbo Market
Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay If you bought a house that was over $484,350 prior to 2020, you had to get a jumbo loan, which is a non-conforming loan. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) increased the limit on conforming loans to $510,400 in most areas. The FHFA also increased the loan limit to $765,600 in some...
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Posted on 02/28/2021
Is Your Offer to Purchase Sufficient?
If you plan to submit an offer to purchase a home, there is no need to leave anything to chance. And in most instances, it is a good idea to put your best foot forward with your offer to purchase. That way, you can boost the likelihood of receiving an instant "Yes" from a seller and moving one step...
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Posted on 02/24/2021
Rockville, MD Real Estate Market Update
Click here to view Rockville, MD blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 02/21/2021
Making Flat-Pack Furniture Seem Built In
Photo by Melinda Nagy via Shutterstock Buying your first home is exciting, and your dream-book is full of magazine cutouts and interior design sketches. But many entry-level or starter homes do not come with the built-in shelving of your designer-inspired visions. What do you do on a budget? Use your imagination, a little ingenuity and flat-pack furnishings. What...
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Posted on 02/14/2021
Is Being a Rental Property Owner Worth the Hassle?
Photo by OpenClipart-Vectors via Pixabay It’s only a hassle if you’re not in control. There are a lot of ways to do investment property wrong, but here are the ways to do it right so that it’s an asset, not a nuisance. Be picky about the property. While you don’t need to purchase anything high-end, always choose something...
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Posted on 02/08/2021
Potomac, MD Real Estate Market Update
Click here to view Potomac, MD blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 02/07/2021
Starting from Scratch: How to Find the Capital for Your First Investment Property
Photo by Jonathan Rolande via Pixabay Dipping your toes in the real estate investing waters can feel intimidating--especially when it comes to making a large up-front investment. Although there are ways to get started in real estate with lower up-front costs (low- or no-down payment VA and FHA loans, for instance), it's smart to have some savings to...
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