5 common First Time Home Buyer Mistakes

1. Ask your lender as many questions as you can think of. Many times we miss out on great deals just because we didn’t take initiative to ask questions.

Real important you get a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) so you fully understand all the costs involved with getting your loan

2. A well priced home will not sit on the market. Act quickly if you truly love a home.

In today’s tight inventory environment it is not uncommon to run up against 5 or more offers on a single property

3.Choosing a agent is huge in making a offer. Time is of the essence so choosing a agent who is very responsive is essential.

Man this is so critical. Typically buyers work with the first agent they meet. ALWAYS get a second opinion. Not all agents are equal.

4. Proposing a offer is often times a artful process to make it most appealing to the seller.

Again it is going to come back to who you choose as an agent. A Realtor experienced with working for first time home buyers will know how to write the offer with the best chance of getting accepted

5. Considering resale value in the span of 10 years will make your decision easier.

You make money in Real Estate when you buy not when you sell. Take that into consideration before buying that first home.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart at (703)765-0300.

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Craftsman-style Homes

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drawing of a Craftsman house

Popularized at the turn of the 20th century by architect and furniture designer Gustav Stickley in his magazine, The Craftsman, the Craftsman-style bungalow reflected, said Stickley, “a house reduced to it’s simplest form… its low, broad proportions and absolute lack of ornamentation gives it a character so natural and unaffected that it seems to… blend with any landscape.”

typical Craftsman
Typical Craftsman

The style, which was also widely billed as the “California bungalow” by architects such as Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, featured overhanging eaves, a low-slung gabled roof, and wide front porches framed by pedestal-like tapered columns. Material often included stone, rough-hewn wood, and stucco. Many homes have wide front porches across part of the front, supported by columns.

Northern Virginia has many Craftsman homes, especially in Arlington and in parts of Alexandria in and around Del Ray.

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