With inventory low and demand rising, how much is your home worth?

February 26, 2013 — “How much could we get for our home on today’s market?”

You probably ask yourself that question from time to time, even if you’re not seriously thinking about making a move.

What's my home worth CREDIT ActiveRain DOT com

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Why not find out? The Spring market is rapidly approaching, demand is strong and the inventory of homes for sale is very low.

I’d be happy to give you a rough idea of the current market value of your home, based on what similar properties in your area have sold for recently and demand for you type of home in your part of the Washington DC metropolitan area.

It’s good information to know!  For many of you, it might provide some peace of mind.

Of course, there’s no cost or obligation of any kind for this service. It’s just one of the many ways I help my friends and past clients — whether during a move, or in the months and years in between.

You can fill out the “Free Market Report” widget on the front of my web site . Or just call me and I’ll get you your number.

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Be careful which paints you use when redecorating; Benjamin Moore’s ‘Aura’ brand not worth the price

February 19, 2013 — Whether you’re preparing your home for the market or you’ve just moved in, it’s refreshing what a fresh coat of paint can do for a few, or all, of your rooms.

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CREDIT: Behr.com

I’ve purchased a variety of paints for my own homes and recommended to clients and / or their handymen certain paint brands and types in my 20+ years as a Realtor®. Permit me to pass along this latest lesson learned:

If you’re considering Benjamin Moore’s “Aura” paint , don’t believe their claim that no more than two coats will cover the existing paint on your walls. Granted, in my case I was using a creamy flat yellow paint to cover pale green walls. I actually wanted to believe the retail store that sold me the Aura paint that ONE coat would do the job . . .  NOT!

Not only did two coats not cover the existing color, it took a third coat — by professionals to boot — to complete the job.

Since then, I’ve switched back to either Behr’s or Glidden’s brand of paints which are less expensive and easier to find at Home Depot.

If you have a paint lesson you can share, please do so by replying below or giving me a ring at 703-593-9432.