chevy chase: A Goal is a Dream with a Deadline- Save for that Home in Bethesda, MD - 09/30/13 09:28 PM
If owning your own home in Bethesda or Chevy Chase MD  is your dream, then you have to set a goal to make that happen. The highest hurdle for most first-time buyers is saving enough money for a down payment. So, if your goal in the next few years is to become a homeowner, you need to develop a game plan to achieve that dream - and you need to plan to make some aggressive moves to cut your spending, boost your income, or both.The National Association of Realtors reported that the national median home price in June 2013 was $199,900 … (0 comments)

chevy chase: KENWOOD FOREST KUDOS TO PUMPKIN FESTIVALS - 10/18/10 05:20 PM
If you are in DC and Halloween is coming toward you, then I am sure that you would like to find some pumpkins and a pumpkin fest!  We love Halloween here and there are lots of ways to celebrate, like the big party in Georgetown or the high heel race in Dupont Circle but these suggestions are for families and a certain type of the young at heart!
 Put on your jeans and work boots - those hay rides can be scratchy and fun!! Those fields can be muddy too!  But don't you know that the best pumpkins are always at … (3 comments)

chevy chase: Depressing News About Foreclosures - 10/17/10 09:05 PM
DID YOU KNOW.......
The number of homes taken back by the banks topped 100,000 for the first time in September? 
REO for the third quarter of 2010 reached a new record as lenders took back over 288,000 properties, a 7 percent increase from the previous quarter and a 22 percent increase from the previous year.
Foreclosure and REO activity are expected to abate over at least the next month or two, but not for any positive reasons such as an improving economy, markets clearing, or job creation. Instead, they are expected to abate because of the missing and fraudulent paperwork.
If these freezes turn into … (3 comments)

chevy chase: Mr. Seller - Step Away From the Screwdriver - 07/15/10 11:48 PM
     I just got a listing under contract in Chevy Chase and I survived the house inspesction process.  Now, I can finally take a breath!  The anxiety comes because the seller in Chevy Chase enjoys being a handyman in his spare time. He has taken on projects like spreading concrete all over the back yard, the common area front sidewalk, and up the side of his house, laid new linoleum tile in the front hall, and panelled part of his family room. 
     Regrettably, the buyers do not share the seller's enthusiasm for his home repair accomplishments. After the inspection, the buyers refused to have the … (51 comments)

chevy chase: I Just Watched "Grapes of Wrath" - 01/25/10 10:02 PM
So what do realtors do in the evening, after a long day of showing houses to their clients in DC or Bethesda or Chevy Chase or Northern Virginia! I raced from point A to point B and back to point C all day long, and I was definately looking forward to a family evening.  I spent the weekend taking care of a new listing in Kenwood Forest  that got at least one offer, so I felt like I was due some quality time.
 I watched Grapes of Wrath with my husband and my 16 year old daughter this evening - what … (2 comments)

chevy chase: CHANGES COMING TO FHA GUIDELINES - 01/20/10 09:51 PM
As lending requirements tightened up over the last two years, more and more buyers have turned to loans through the Federal Housing Administration.  FHA insured almost 30 percent of all purchase loansand 20 percent of total refinances during the 12 months ending Sept. 30. First-time homebuyers accounted for nearly 80 percent of FHA-backed purchase loans in the second quarter of 2009.  Now FHAlending requirements are tightening too.
Beginning early this summer, however, borrowers with credit scores below 580 will be required to make downpayments of at least 10 percent in order to participate in FHA's mortgage insurance program ratherthan the current … (0 comments)

chevy chase: Don't You Love Babies? - 01/07/10 09:09 PM

 
     Tonight I got the phone call that most, if not all, realtors love! Some clients that I really think the world of are expecting their second child! I am so happy for them because they are just wonderful people and great parents. The second part of the good news to me was when they said that their townhouse is now too small! 
       This couple has been looking at bigger houses since she was just three months pregnant with their first child, two years ago, but now, with the expected arrival in a few months of a second … (6 comments)

chevy chase: NAR Responds to Congressional Efforts to Modify FHA Lending - 12/07/09 01:05 PM
NAR President Vicki Cox Golder testified before the House Committee on Financial Services recently that the Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance program is a critical part of the American housing fabric and has never been more important than it is in today's market. NAR strongly opposes H.R. 3706, the "FHA Taxpayer Protection Act of 2009," which would increase FHA's downpayment requirement. 
Golder said that the FHA program is fiscally sound with responsible underwriting, and needs enhancements but not radical reform. She encouraged Congress and the Obama administration to tread lightly before making changes to a program that has a profound impact on economic recovery and … (0 comments)

chevy chase: Weekly Contact with Sellers - I'm All Ears - 11/16/09 03:13 PM

My New Year's Resolution - (I am either early or very late) - is to institutionalize EVERYTHING - to systemize my workload. Monday is for following up with new buyers from open houses; Tuesday is to contact all the sellers; Wed. is .... You get the point.
I decided to include the following in my report to sellers each week.
1. Who Showed the House and comments
2. What has sold in the neighborhood and new listings or new price changes.
3. What we did this week and how it worked.
4. What we are going to do next week.
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chevy chase: UPDATE ON KENWOOD PARK - 11/14/09 08:52 PM
If you are looking for a home in Bethesda or Chevy Chase, you should definately consider Kenwood Park.
Kenwood Park is a community in Bethesda Maryland built in the late 1950s along River Road between Goldsboro Road and Wilson Lane. It is slightly less than 600 homes with values ranging from the high $700's to the mid $2 millions.
Currently there are 4 homes on the market for sale.

6004 Lenox Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
6004 Lenox Road is an elegant residence on a corner lot in Bethesda. With 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 2 half baths, this home has all … (0 comments)

chevy chase: Kenwood Forest - A Great Place to Call Home - 11/09/09 08:27 PM
If you are looking for perfect place in Chevy Chase, Maryland to call home, just a few blocks to the Metro and steps from the Crescent Trail, Kenwood Forest is definately the place for you. Kenwood Forest is a great place to live and it enjoys wonderful schools, like Somerset Elementary, Westland Middle School, and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.  It is just a few steps to the local public swimming pool at Little Falls, a block from the Norwood Park with tennis courts and baseball fields, and is surrounded by some of the best restaurants in the DC metro area.
Kenwood Forest offers homes from … (3 comments)

chevy chase: Bethesda Chevy Chase High School News Flash - 11/09/09 07:13 PM
Cheinclude a visit to the National Press Club broadcast center and admission to the club's prestigious book fair. Up to 20 people may sign up for this event.  
Wine Tasting for 10 in Your HomeGrape Expectations! Your friends will be angling for an invite to this special event after you cast your winning bid for a complete wine tasting experience in your home. Get the low down on what makes a great vintage. Wine expert and all wines provided on the day of your choice. Salut!   Tea with Seth Goldman -- CEO of Honest TeaA gift basket of Honest Teas and … (1 comments)

chevy chase: Whitman High School of Bethesda MD Has Exceptional Seniors - 10/29/09 10:41 PM
Congratulations to the 18 seniors at Whitman High School in Bethesda MD who were recently named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists.
Surbhi Agrawal,             Sarah Craig                             Jean-Claude De Sugny
Itai Farhi                      Perry Green                             Carolyn Heiman
Eileen Hu-Wang            Benjamin Lewis                        Chelsea Lo
Emily Massey                Michael O'Sullivan                    Emily Savage
Susannah Savage          Melissa Schnure                       Dylan Symington
Sawyer Symington          Rachel Umans                         Yuqian Zheng
Whitman High School is located at River Road and Whittier Blvd. in Bethesda, Maryland. Built in 1962 and recently completely renovated, the school is home to 1936 students in the 2009-2010 school year.  It offers 24 AP classes and numerous honors classes. 
87% of the Seniors attend … (0 comments)

chevy chase: Guilty Pleasures! What is Yours? - 08/20/09 09:29 PM
Project Runway starts this evening! You may have heard that Project Runway got into a legal snafu that kept it off the air for a while and required that it switch networks to Lifetime.  Finally the legal battles ended and the series has started again.
                                                                                   
I am tucked up at home with my daughter watching the first show of the new season for Project Runway! I have my laptop here, the dog on the bed, Active rains to read! All I need is a bowl of ice cream! Really, it is so much fun to have a girls night … (6 comments)

chevy chase: What is the Secret in Coca Cola's Secret Formula? - 08/11/09 09:56 PM
I have been reading Think and Grow Rich, by Napolean Hill, an old but still interesting book on the power of positive thinking
.  The book is really interesting not just for the very powerful message that it shares, but also for the vignettes about people that you have heard of, but never knew much about in detail.  He talks about Edison, Andrew Carnegie, Barnes, Armour, and a lot of other dynamos of the early 20th century.
For instance, do you know who invented Coca Cola? If you are from Georgia, or really any point south, you may well answer Asa … (12 comments)

chevy chase: Bethesda's Best Pizza is Mia's on Cordell - 07/26/09 08:48 PM
If you are in Bethesda or Chevy Chase,  and looking for a good outdoor space on a summer evening to enjoy pizza and a beer or glass or wine, then be sure to check out Mia's at 4926 Cordell Avenue in Bethesda, between Old Georgetown and Norfolk. Mia's  yummy pizzas are cooked in a wood fired oven in the open kitchen, utilizing the freshest ingredients and for dessert - the ultimate comfort food - freshly baked cupcakes in a variety of flavors offered daily. 
We just had a wonderful dinner at Mia's this evening, although it was so crowded on the patio that we had to eat inside! Happily though the entire … (1 comments)

chevy chase: RENTAL IN WHITMAN PYLE SCHOOL DISTRICT - 07/26/09 01:40 PM
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chevy chase: Kenwood Forest Active Listings for Rent or Sale - 07/23/09 10:20 PM
One of my favorite parts of Bethesda (actually technically Chevy Chase) is the townhouse community of Kenwood Forest located near the intersection of Bradley Blvd and Arlington Road. 
Currently there are two homes on the market at Kenwood Forest. 4886 Chevy Chase Drive is a 2 bedroom (previously 3 bedroom), 2 full bath and one half bath townhome with a table space kitchen, separate dining room, and living room. This house is an end unit and sits at the intersection of Hillandale and Chevy Chase Drive. There is no basement.  It has been freshly painted and has new beige carpet throughout.  The appliances appear to … (1 comments)

chevy chase: A Letter to Buyers about Appraisals - 07/22/09 08:59 PM
Dear Buyer,
You may have heard about the new changes in the appraisal laws for any Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgages which took effect recently.  Beginning May 1, the responsibility for managing home appraisals moved to a middleman, known as appraisal management companies or AMCs.Under new federal regulations, mortgage brokers and loan officers can't directly order appraisals. Instead, they are expected to go through third-party AMCs, which are supposed to prevent them from pressuring appraisers.
One fall out of these new regulations is that there may be fewer indpendent appraisers since the majority of them will now be on staff.  This … (0 comments)

chevy chase: The Purple Line Moves Ahead (Slowly Still) - 06/18/09 10:16 PM
The proposed Purple Line will be a 16 mile light rail line between Bethesda and New Carollton.Maryland.  It has already received approval from the Montgomery and Prince Georges County councils and Chief Executives. Now, it has received unanimous approval from the National Capitol Transportation Planning Board. The chief criticism of the Purple Line has come from Bethesda/Chevy Chase residents who worry that the Purple Line, if built, will negatively impact the Crescent Trail, a favorite spot for bikers and walkers of all ages.  
Other concerns were that the planned location of the Purple Line's Bethesda depot at Woodmont East (near the Barnes and Noble) is too … (0 comments)

 
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