MMK Realty’s Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

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Don’t Believe These Common Myths About Northern Virginia Real Estate Agents

Common Myths About Northern Virginia Real Estate Agents_mmk realty

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 out fact from fiction can be a nightmare! So, what are the myths? […]

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Your Stimulus May Help You Achieve Homeownership

Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This Year

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 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it’s estimated that Americans […]

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Homeownership Is Full of Financial Benefits

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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 consumer respondents: 88% – a better chance of saving for retirement 87% – the best investment plan […]

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Why hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home in Northern Virginia?

Why hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home in Northern Virginia_mmk realty northern virginia real estate

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 for sale, create exposure on the market, and effectively negotiate buyers’ offers. […]

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What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage?

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 score is strong enough to qualify for a mortgage. While stricter lending standards could be a challenge […]

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To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You Sell

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 as vital as they would be in a more normal market. Here are two things to […]

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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

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%. Today, that rate is 2.81%. Flocks of homebuyers have been taking advantage of these remarkably low rates […]

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Where Have All the Houses Gone?

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 more buyers aimed to take advantage of record-low mortgage […]

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Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?

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. Today, there’s still a common myth that you […]

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Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue through 2021?

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 average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a record low over a dozen times in 2020 and the low interest […]

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3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble

3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubbl

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 ago. Here are three reasons why this market is totally different. 1. […]

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4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021

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 what “home” means and what we may need in one going forward. Here are […]

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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

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, with average rates hovering at historic all-time lows. According to the latest Realtors Confidence […]

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Staging Tips to Help You Get Top Dollar for Your Northern Virginia Home

Staging Tips

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 done this so that you can get a great return on your investment […]

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Top Mistakes First Time Home Sellers Make in Northern Virginia

top mistakes first time home buyers make

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 and putting it up on the market to finding the right […]

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Tips on how to be a good neighbor in Fairfax Virginia

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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 your busy life, sometimes you might not […]

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Home Selling Tips for Seniors

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 what these considerations are, and some of the best ways to complete the home selling […]

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Signs That You Should Sell Your Fairfax Area Home Soon

Signs That You Should Sell Your Fairfax Area Home Soon_mmk realty

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 the most expensive tangible thing you own and ending […]

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Downsizing tips for Northern Virginia Seniors and Retirees

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 home to a smaller house, condo, or apartment is sometimes a difficult transition. Like all major life changes, there […]

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How to start building your home’s annual maintenance checklist

how to 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, comes a great deal of new responsibility. After all, there’s no more landlord to call when the roof starts […]

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Sold! MMK Realty Earns Platinum Top Producer Award

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 sold fast. Real estate is a tough industry and I take great pride […]

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Updated! Top Fall Home Maintenance Tips for Northern Virginia Homeowners

Top Fall Home Maintenance Tips for Northern Virginia Homeowners_mmk realty

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 fall. So, I put together a list of the top […]

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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. I could not believe my daughter had put this […]

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6 Virtual Attractions to Enjoy in Northern Virginia Right Now

6 Virtual Attractions to Enjoy in Northern Virginia Right Now_MMK Realty

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 stir crazy looking for things to do. If you are not in the mood to tackle […]

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The Listing Presentation: What to Expect from a NOVA REALTOR

The Listing Presentation_What to Expect from a NOVA REALTOR MMK Realty

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 home for sale, of course you want to work with the best! Additionally, […]

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Northern Virginia Summer Home Maintenance Guide

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 not at the forefront of your mind because we, as a community and nation […]

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Considering Mortgage Forbearance on Your Northern Virginia Home?

considering mortgage forebearance_mmk realty

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 first thing to understand about mortgage forbearance is that it is not free money. […]

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Spring Home Maintenance Tips for your Northern Virginia Home

Spring Home Maintenance Tips for your Northern Virginia Home_mmk realty llc

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 hovering in the high 50s to low 60s for much of […]

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Michelle Williams of MMK Realty LLC launches The McKendall Foundation

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 need critical support should they contract COVID-19 and are not able to get the vital care they need […]

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Smart Ways Realtors are Managing Transactions during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Smart Ways Realtors are Managing Transactions during the COVID-19 Pandemic MMK realty northern virginia real estate

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 are emerging more rapidly than we can handle, information updates are coming in by the minute, and […]

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6 DIY Spring Home Improvement Tips for Your Northern Virginia Home

6 DIY Spring Home Improvement Tips for Your Northern Virginia Home_mmk realty llc

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 your inner creative self but you can usually save a lot of money […]

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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 of MMK Realty LLC has been awarded the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional Certification.  The National Association of Realtors® awards the MRP certification to Realtors® […]

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A Military Family’s Guide to Living in Northern Virginia

A Military Family’s Guide to Living in Northern Virginia michelle williams mmk realty

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 and large federal workforce, I highly recommend looking in Fairfax County, Arlington County, […]

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New Year New Home: Decluttering Tips for Northern Virginia Homeowners

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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 the New Year. You might be considering buying/selling or renovating and/or […]

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Why Military Members Should Buy A Home in Northern Virginia

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. Deciding whether to buy or rent is a challenging decision for military members […]

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5 Quick Tips for Winterizing Your Northern Virginia Home

5 Quick Tips for Winterizing Your Northern Virginia Home_mmk realty fairfax arlington alexandria loudoun county real estate

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 Virginia homeowners have to be proactive about winterizing their homes each year because winters […]

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8 Ways to Get Your Northern Virginia Home Sold Fast

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 got to do it fast. But, like any residential property (even newer ones), […]

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Favorite Northern Virginia Fall Festivals

Favorite Northern Virginia Fall Festivals MMK Realty Northern Virginia

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 around this time of year I find it hard to choose! Often, I like to […]

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5 Strategies to Add Market Value to Your Home

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 possible. There are five strategies that you should consider employing as a means […]

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12 Most Popular Interior Design Trends in 2019

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 interested in upping the look and feel of their homes. Perhaps you will find some of […]

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7 Simple Home Repair or Improvement Projects You Can Do Yourself

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 professional assistance. Presented for your consideration here are 7 simple home […]

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Reality Check! Real Advice For Northern Virginia Home Sellers

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 in rental for a number of years and now it’s time to sell. Whatever the […]

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21 Great Things To Do In Northern Virginia

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 living here are all the great things to do […]

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10 Things to Look for in Your Northern Virginia Realtor

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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 Agent for you–and for many people I am! But I also […]