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Tax Credits For Buying A Home

Tax Credits For Buying A Home

By Brandon Scott We’ve all heard about the American dream, much of which centers around a house with some kind of fence. I don’t know about you but a white picket fence is not the look I am going for. However, the dream still remains tried and true. The enchantment of...

Recession. Let’s Talk About It

Recession. Let’s Talk About It

By Brandon Scott Many of us look around and feel like the world is already crazy but then you sprinkle in a recession and things feel that much more complicated. It probably seems like you woke up one day and wham! We’re in a recession. Let’s establish what...

Moving From First Home to Investment

Moving From First Home to Investment

By Brandon Scott The idea of purchasing your first home is significant, then you reach a point where you begin to feel like you understand the real estate game. The monthly mortgage payment that you initially thought was too much, you now pay without blinking. The...

The Idea Behind the 1031 Exchange

The Idea Behind the 1031 Exchange

by Brandon Scott The idea of selling your home comes with a flurry of emotions. You have me breathing down your neck about when the painters can come in. You have movers touching things and now you can’t find your favorite diddle dooha. But, you’re excited at the same...

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Preparing to Sell Your Home

By Brandon Scott The market has been one sided giving sellers the upperhand. Before inflation showed up to this party, the biggest concern, for most buyers, was if the home would appraise above the list price. Inflation is impacting real estate completely differently...

Why is Now A Good Time to Buy?

Why is Now A Good Time to Buy?

By Brandon Scott Inflation has hit a lot of people hard, and mainly their buying power. When interest rates were low, it was certainly a selling point and good knowledge that rates were at a historical low so buying just “made sense.” During that period of historical...

The Grief of Gentrification

The Grief of Gentrification

By Brandon Scott There are two schools of thought I have about gentrification, the known definition, and the emotion of gentrification.  Based on how someone sees the process of gentrification will guide the school of thought an individual will fall into. The Emotion....

DC Open Doors & Winning Your Home

DC Open Doors & Winning Your Home

The success of your real estate transaction can seem like a foreign statement, especially for buyers reading this that have lost offer-after-offer. The bidding wars and this seller’s market are sticking around but there is still a silver-lining. Many buyers are still...

DC Open Doors. Do You Qualify?

DC Open Doors. Do You Qualify?

It should come as no surprise that homeowners have a higher net worth than renters. Fact two, home prices in the Washington DC area are increasing. And if you live in DC proper than you know that paying rent at or under $1,500 is becoming more of a fantasy. And living...

Your Home Goal is Greater than Your Student Loans

Your Home Goal is Greater than Your Student Loans

You did it! You have a really good job and enjoy where you work and the people, even during the pandemic. But you’re beginning to feel the pinch of your apartment and the walls around you. On the plus side, for now, you have one less monthly bill off your plate, your...

Partnership & The Maryland Mortgage Program

Partnership & The Maryland Mortgage Program

by Brandon Scott The Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) provides 30-year fixed-rate home loans to eligible homebuyers purchasing in Maryland. Loan terms are competitive with other home loan products on the market, but what makes MMP unique is the range of associated...

Post-election. Corona vaccine and Real estate

Post-election. Corona vaccine and Real estate

by Brandon Scott We now have the election in our review; or is it. As you all know, we are in a very weird place with 2020 but, also, in how our democracy operated during the elections.  And this means that market forces are watching keenly to see what is taking place...

Seller – Buyer Anxiety: What does that Look Like?

Seller – Buyer Anxiety: What does that Look Like?

by Brandon Scott  The sun shines through the open window, you hear the sound of a robin outside - greeting you to the warmth of the light with an oh, so gentle tune. You leap from the bed, refreshed from your sleep the night before; and, as if gravity is no longer a...

Let’s Talk: 7 reasons buyers & sellers are waiting

Let’s Talk: 7 reasons buyers & sellers are waiting

by Brandon Scott During my morning tea, coffee and series of articles, I came across one from Inman where they discuss 7 common objections to a real estate transaction. And, I found that these are all comments that I’ve heard myself. You see, real estate is not just...

Home Sales Have a Stellar September

Home Sales Have a Stellar September

by Brandon Scott Maybe winter isn't coming fast enough, and I don't know about you but I'm totally OK with that. One of the crazy abnormalities that we are seeing in this 2020 year is that existing home sales are going through the roof. Yes; in the month of September...

Market Analysis You Can Use: Let’s talk Q2 of 2020

Market Analysis You Can Use: Let’s talk Q2 of 2020

by Brandon Scott In 2020, we have seen some real changes to the real estate market both in prices, inventory and volatility. It is mind-blowing that one single event has the capacity to disrupt the our way of life and set a historical marker for future evaluation. Why...

Loan Types: Knowing Your Options

Loan Types: Knowing Your Options

by Brandon Scott Many people don't purchase a home or start the process because they don't know where to start. And starting the process typically means talking to a lender. I know that it's common for people to think that they should speak to a real estate agent...

Winter is Coming: Do You Have Enough Space?

Winter is Coming: Do You Have Enough Space?

by Brandon Scott This summer has been really interesting, not only the summer but the year altogether. We've had some highs, but we have had plenty of lows to last a decade. But I am a firm believer that life gives us clues. Think about it. There are so many lessons...

Howard County Settlement/Downpayment Assist Loan

Howard County Settlement/Downpayment Assist Loan

by Brandon Scott   The Great state of Maryland is vast both in income and culture. But one thing is consistent about the state, the local city managers have made clear paths for individual first-time home buyers to access home ownership. Specifically, individuals...

Another PG County Assistance Program: Let’s Talk

Another PG County Assistance Program: Let’s Talk

by Brandon Scott   The desire to own a home is inherent in all of us, is my personal belief. I think the struggle comes in when we have to overcome the hurdles or challenges to homeownership. And let’s not pretend, there are several challenges, credit or more...