MMK Realty’s Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

How To Think Strategically as a Buyer in Today’s Market
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How To Think Strategically as a Buyer in Today’s Market

The game of chess can provide incredible lessons to apply to all aspects of life, including the homebuying process. Chess requires you to plan and think about your strategy from the very beginning of the game. The homebuying process, like…
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Home upgrades with the worst ROI

Home improvement projects typically increase the home's value - until they don't. Or at least, they don't increase it enough. It's not unusual for homeowners to spend thousands of dollars on renovations hoping they'll be able to score more once…
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Home Is Where the Heart Is More than Ever This Year

There’s no denying the financial benefits of homeownership, but what’s often overlooked are the feelings of gratitude, security, pride, and comfort we get from owning a home. This year, those emotions are stronger than ever. We’ve lived…
The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move?
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The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move?

The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move? The last 18 months changed what many buyers are looking for in a home. Recently, the American Institute of Architects released their AIA Home Design Trends Survey results for Q3 2021. The survey…
What Does the Future Hold for Home Prices_mmk realty
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What Does the Future Hold for Home Prices?

What Does the Future Hold for Home Prices? If you’re looking to buy or sell a house, chances are you’ve heard talk about today’s rising home prices. And while this increase in home values is great news for sellers, you may be wondering…
What Do Past Years Tell Us About Today’s Real Estate Market?

What Do Past Years Tell Us About Today’s Real Estate Market?

What Do Past Years Tell Us About Today’s Real Estate Market? As you follow the news, you’re likely seeing headlines discussing what’s going on in today’s housing market. Chances are high that some of the more recent storylines you’ve…
Rent vs. Buy in Northern Virginia Which is Right for You
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Rent vs. Buy in Northern Virginia: Which Is Right For You?

The choice between renting or buying a property is one of the most important financial decisions one needs to make. Which one is better? This is a question that will come up in almost everyone's life. There's a multitude of reasons one might…
The Truth About Today’s Buyer Demand
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The Truth About Today’s Buyer Demand

When it comes to the latest news in real estate, there are a lot of sensational headlines in the media. In times like this, when it can be hard to know what to believe, put your trust in the experts. Those of us in the housing market respect…
Is It Time To Move on to a New Home?
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Is It Time To Move on to a New Home?

If you’ve been in your home for longer than five years, you’re not alone. According to recent data from First American, homeowners are staying put much longer than historical averages (see graph below):As the graph shows, before 2008, homeowners…
Real Estate: It’s Still a Lack of Supply, Not a Lack of Demand
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Real Estate: It’s Still a Lack of Supply, Not a Lack of Demand

One of the major questions real estate experts are asking today is whether prospective homebuyers still believe purchasing a home makes sense. Some claim rapidly rising home prices are impacting demand and, by extension, leading to the recent…
What You Need to Know About Selling Your Northern Virginia Home
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What You Need to Know About Selling Your Northern Virginia Home

Whether you are selling your first home or have done so several times, you may still have questions about the process in Northern Virginia. It is in your best interest to get your questions answered by an experienced professional that knows…
elling Your House? Make Sure You Price It Right.
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Selling Your House? Make Sure You Price It Right.

Selling your house? Make sure you price it right. There’s no denying we’re in a sellers’ market. With low inventory and high buyer demand, homes today are selling above the asking price at a record rate. According to the latest Realtors…
4 Major Incentives To Sell This Summer
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4 Major Incentives To Sell This Summer

While the housing market forecast for the second half of the year remains positive, there may not be a better time to sell than right now. Here are four things to consider if you’re trying to decide if now’s the right time to make a move. 4…
What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now?
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What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now?

So, what's motivating people to move right now? Well, that's a loaded question! Okay, so this year, Americans are moving for a variety of reasons. The health crisis has truly reshaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending so much more time…
About HOAs
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Everything You Need to Know About HOAs — Are They Worth It?

Everything you want to know about HOAs in Northern Virginia! An HOA is an organization in a subdivision, planned community, or condominium building that makes and enforces rules for the property and its residents. By purchasing a home within…
Should you sell your home right now? Homebuyers are flooding the housing market right now to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Many have a sense of urgency to find a home soon since experts forecast a steady rise in both rates and home prices this year and next. As a result, buyer demand greatly outweighs the current housing supply. Here’s how the shortage of houses for sale sets yours up to be the oasis in an inventory desert.
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Your House Could Be the Oasis in an Inventory Desert

Should you sell your home right now? Homebuyers are flooding the housing market right now to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Many have a sense of urgency to find a home soon since experts forecast a steady rise in both rates and…
Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune
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Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune

Wondering if should wait to buy a home? Many people are sitting on the fence trying to decide if now’s the time to buy a home. Some are renters who have a strong desire to become homeowners but are unsure if buying right now makes sense.…
Common Myths About Northern Virginia Real Estate Agents_mmk realty
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Don’t Believe These Common Myths About Northern Virginia Real Estate Agents

Truth: there are some common myths about Northern Virginia Real Estate agents that you probably assume are true! Planning to sell your home in Northern Virginia is a big decision. Most of us start the process with an internet search, but sorting…
Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This Year
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Your Stimulus May Help You Achieve Homeownership

If you’re planning to buy a home this year, saving for a down payment is one of the most important steps in the process. One of the best ways to jumpstart your savings is by starting with the help of your tax refund. Using data from…
benefits of homeownership
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Homeownership Is Full of Financial Benefits

A Fannie Mae survey recently revealed some of the most highly-rated benefits of homeownership, which continue to be key drivers in today’s power-packed housing market. Here are the top four financial benefits of owning a home according to…
Why hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home in Northern Virginia_mmk realty northern virginia real estate
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Why hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home in Northern Virginia?

Wondering why you should hire a Realtor to sell your home in Northern Virginia? Having trouble finding a solid buyer for your home in Northern Virginia? If that’s you, then you need an experienced realtor who knows how to get your home ready…
What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage?
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What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage?

According to data from the most recent Origination Insight Report by Ellie Mae, the average FICO® score on closed loans reached 753 in February. As lending standards have tightened recently, many are concerned over whether or not their credit…
To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You Sell
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To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You Sell

When thinking about selling, homeowners often feel they need to get their house ready with some remodeling to make it more appealing to buyers. However, with so many buyers competing for available homes right now, renovations may not be…
The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You
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The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You

The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You We’re currently experiencing historically low mortgage rates. Over the last fifty years, the average on a Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has been 7.76%.…
Where Have All the Houses Gone
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Where Have All the Houses Gone?

In today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy. Before the health crisis hit us a year ago, there was already a shortage of homes for sale. When many homeowners delayed their plans to sell at the same time that…
Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?
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Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?

Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now? You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates, but the thought of needing a large down payment might make you want to pump the brakes.…
Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue through 2021
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Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue through 2021?

With mortgage interest rates hitting record lows so many times recently, some are wondering if we’ll see low rates continue throughout 2021, or if they’ll start to rise. Recently, Freddie Mac released their quarterly forecast, noting: “The…
3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubbl
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3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble

Home values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some voicing concern that we may be in another housing bubble like the one we experienced a little over a decade…
4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021
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4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021

According to many experts, the real estate market is expected to continue growing in 2021, and it’s largely driven by the lasting impact the pandemic is having on our lifestyles. As many of us spend extra time at home, we’re reevaluating…
Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House
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Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House

Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House The housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest rates are a driving factor in this continued momentum,…
Staging Tips
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Staging Tips to Help You Get Top Dollar for Your Northern Virginia Home

Are you looking for staging tips to help get your Northern Virginia home sold? Through the years, you’ve worked hard to maintain your home and keep it in its best-possible condition. Outside of making it a nicer place to live, you’ve probably…
top mistakes first time home buyers make
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Top Mistakes First Time Home Sellers Make in Northern Virginia

If you are a first-time home seller, let us give you some insight on the top mistakes first time home buyers make. Of course, you already know that the home selling is a complex process with many steps involved. From getting your home ready…
how to be a good neighbor fairfax virginia
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Tips on how to be a good neighbor in Fairfax Virginia

Are you new to Northern Virginia? Are you looking for tips on how to be a good neighbor in Fairfax Virginia? Unless you live in a log cabin in the middle of the woods, chances are you do have neighbors that are a part of your community. Given…
Home Selling Tips for Seniors
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Home Selling Tips for Seniors

Looking for home selling tips for seniors? Home selling is a difficult and challenging process especially if you've been a part of it for many years. There are both practical and emotional considerations when selling your home. Let's break down…
Signs That You Should Sell Your Fairfax Area Home Soon_mmk realty
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Signs That You Should Sell Your Fairfax Area Home Soon

Looking for signs that you should sell your Fairfax area home soon? To sell or not to sell? This question is not always an easy one to answer. After all, there are so many memories and happy moments that come with your home. It is probably…
Downsizing tips for Northern Virginia Seniors and Retirees
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Downsizing tips for Northern Virginia Seniors and Retirees

If you’re downsizing in Northern Virginia, here’s how you can make the transition easier Need some downsizing tips for Northern Virginia Seniors and Retirees? For many seniors and retirees in Northern Virginia, downsizing from their family…
how to building your home’s annual maintenance checklist
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How to start building your home’s annual maintenance checklist

Wondering how to start building your home’s annual maintenance checklist? There are few experiences more exhilarating than getting the keys to your first-ever home in Northern Virginia. After all, it’s yours. With all that freedom, however,…
MMK Realty Earns Platinum Top Producer Award
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Sold! MMK Realty Earns Platinum Top Producer Award

Just in, MMK Realty earns Platinum Top Producer Award! As a real estate agent in Northern Virginia, I have been at this for many years. I have spent countless hours and many weekends working tirelessly to help my clients get their properties…
Top Fall Home Maintenance Tips for Northern Virginia Homeowners_mmk realty
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Updated! Top Fall Home Maintenance Tips for Northern Virginia Homeowners

Fall is just around the corner and fall home maintenance should be on every homeowners radar. I have been in the business a long time and time and time again I come across homeowners that need reminders about what they should be doing in the…
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MMK Realty Making a Splash in Northern Virginia Real Estate

My daughter recently said to me, “Mom, you are making a splash in real estate!” Then, she showed me a collage she had put together representing who she thinks I am as a Realtor. I certainly had a “mom moment” as I felt my heart melt.…
6 Virtual Attractions to Enjoy in Northern Virginia Right Now_MMK Realty
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6 Virtual Attractions to Enjoy in Northern Virginia Right Now

Are you looking for virtual attractions to enjoy in Northern Virginia right now? We are heading into August in Northern Virginia and that means hot weather. With continued uncertainty about COVID-19 and triple digit heat, you are probably going…
The Listing Presentation_What to Expect from a NOVA REALTOR MMK Realty
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The Listing Presentation: What to Expect from a NOVA REALTOR

Wondering what to expect from a listing presentation? If you are getting ready for a listing presentation, here is what what to expect from a Northern Virginia REALTOR. When it comes to hiring a Real Estate Agent to list your Northern Virginia…
Northern Virginia Summer Home Maintenance Guide
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Northern Virginia Summer Home Maintenance Guide

Looking for a Northern Virginia summer home maintenance guide? Summer is upon us here in Northern Virginia and that means it is time for us to get outside--and take care of our summer home maintenance. Currently, summer home maintenance is probably…
considering mortgage forebearance_mmk realty
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Considering Mortgage Forbearance on Your Northern Virginia Home?

Are you considering mortgage forbearance on your Northern Virginia home? While mortgage forbearance can be a lifesaver from some, in most of cases opting for forbearance is not a good idea. If you can make your payments, continue to do. The…
Spring Home Maintenance Tips for your Northern Virginia Home_mmk realty llc
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Spring Home Maintenance Tips for your Northern Virginia Home

Are you finally ready for spring home maintenance tips for your Northern Virginia home? It is spring in Northern Virginia, though it has not quite felt like a typical spring in the DMV. In fact, it has been a little bit chilly with temperatures…
Michelle Williams of MMK Realty LLC launches The McKendall Foundation
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Michelle Williams of MMK Realty LLC launches The McKendall Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Michelle Williams of MMK Realty LLC launches The McKendall Foundation LLC in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic! Together we're raising money to support those that suffer from Congenital Heart and Lung Disease who will…
Smart Ways Realtors are Managing Transactions during the COVID-19 Pandemic MMK realty northern virginia real estate
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Smart Ways Realtors are Managing Transactions during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Are you looking for ways Realtors are managing transactions during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Here in Northern Virginia, we (like much of the U.S.) are slowly realizing and beginning to adapt to life during the COVID-19 Pandemic. News headlines…
6 DIY Spring Home Improvement Tips for Your Northern Virginia Home_mmk realty llc
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6 DIY Spring Home Improvement Tips for Your Northern Virginia Home

Are you looking for spring home improvement tips for your Northern Virginia home? Let us face it, DIY repurposing is not going anywhere anytime soon. Why, because there is so much to love about repurposing old items. Not only can you explore…
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Michelle Williams Earns Military Relocation Professional Certification

For Immediate Release: Military Relocation Professional Certification Military Personnel and Veterans Benefit from Realtor® Expertise in Military Benefits, the Relocation Process, and Support FAIRFAX, VA MAY 20, 2019. Michelle Williams…
A Military Family’s Guide to Living in Northern Virginia michelle williams mmk realty
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A Military Family’s Guide to Living in Northern Virginia

Are you looking for a Military Family’s Guide to living in Northern Virginia? If you are planning a military move because of a duty assignment or are simply looking to move to the Northern Virginia area because of its strong military population…
decluttering tips for northern virginia homeowner_mmk realty llc northern virginia real estate
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New Year New Home: Decluttering Tips for Northern Virginia Homeowners

Are you looking for decluttering tips to help get you motivated and organized? It is 2020 after all, and while you may still may be decompressing from the holidays you are probably at least thinking about how you want to improve your home in…
why military members should buy a home in Northern Virginia
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Why Military Members Should Buy A Home in Northern Virginia

There are a lot of great reasons why military members should buy a home in Northern Virginia. There are two reasons in particular that are especially advantageous to military members: tax benefits and the VA loan--but more on that in a moment.…
5 Quick Tips for Winterizing Your Northern Virginia Home_mmk realty fairfax arlington alexandria loudoun county real estate
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5 Quick Tips for Winterizing Your Northern Virginia Home

Looking for quick tips for winterizing your Northern Virginia home? Northern Virginia is a wonderful place to live and one of my favorite things about this area is that we enjoy four true weather seasons. Enjoyable as our weather is, Northern…
8 Ways to Get Your Northern Virginia Home Sold Fast
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8 Ways to Get Your Northern Virginia Home Sold Fast

Are you looking for 8 ways to get your Northern Virginia home sold fast? Okay, you are finally ready to sell your home! You’ve done your research, you’ve made the decision, and now it’s time to sell your Northern Virginia home—and you’ve…
Favorite Northern Virginia Fall Festivals MMK Realty Northern Virginia
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Favorite Northern Virginia Fall Festivals

Are you looking for some local favorite Northern Virginia Fall Festivals? Fall is a wonderful time to be in Northern Virginia because the weather is beautiful and the activities are abundant. In fact, there are so many great events happening…
Strategies to Add Market Value to Your Home
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5 Strategies to Add Market Value to Your Home

Looking for some strategies to add market value to your home? As is the case with most Americans, your home is likely your most significant financial investment. Thus, like most people, you desire to enhance the market value of your home whenever…
Most Popular Interior Design Trends in 2019
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12 Most Popular Interior Design Trends in 2019

Looking for the most popular interior design trends in 2019? With each passing year there are interesting developments when it comes to interior design and decorating. There are 12 interior design trends that are capturing the attention of people…
7 Simple Home Repair or Improvement Projects You Can Do Yourself
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7 Simple Home Repair or Improvement Projects You Can Do Yourself

Looking for 7 simple home repair or improvement projects you can do yourself? Part of homeownership is dealing with items that need to be repaired as the need to do so arises. There are home repair projects that are also easy to undertake without…
Real Advice For Northern Virginia Home Sellers
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Reality Check! Real Advice For Northern Virginia Home Sellers

Need for real advice for Northern Virginia home sellers? Reality check. Things just got real. It’s time to sell your Northern Virginia home. Maybe you’re looking to upgrade or downsize or relocate for work. Or perhaps you’ve had a property…
great things to do in Northern Virginia
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21 Great Things To Do In Northern Virginia

Looking for great things to do in Northern Virginia? Growing up a Navy Commander’s daughter, I have seen a lot of places over the years but one thing is for certain, Northern Virginia is a great place to live. One of the things I love about…
10-things-to-look-for-in-your-northern-virginia-realtor mmk realty northern virginia real estate
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10 Things to Look for in Your Northern Virginia Realtor

If you’re looking to hire a great Realtor to help you sell your Northern Virginia home, there are 10 real things you need look for in your Northern Virginia Realtor search. Of course I like to think I’m the best Northern Virginia Real Estate…