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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...

Buying in PG, Maryland: More Money w/ this Program

Buying in PG, Maryland: More Money w/ this Program

It’s funny how research can change a situation; more information leads to communication. Coming down off of a natural euphoria after finding this amazing RealTea nugget. Before we dive into this latest finding, I want to shout out my subscriber Shelia The Cheap...

Gaithersburg Downpayment and Closing Assistance

Gaithersburg Downpayment and Closing Assistance

by Brandon Scott Recently, someone left a comment on my YouTube Channel about the Gaithersburg homebuyer assistance program and her use of it to purchase her home. From the comment, I could tell she was excited, and this little gem got me thinking. First, I don’t know...

My Thoughts on Condos

My Thoughts on Condos

by Brandon Scott Buying a home is an extremely personal decision and, rightfully, for many people the chores of owning a property can be off-putting. Condominiums, commonly called Condos, are typically the default for those buyers. To set the stage, let's define...

Stimulus: What are America’s Options?

Stimulus: What are America’s Options?

by Brandon Scott As the country gradually reopens, there are still millions of Americans that are suffering. And, at times, it’s really unclear what the Government will do and what relief, if any, will be provided to American citizens. The reality is that a decision...

June’s Homebuyer Month: Let’s Talk, Maryland

June’s Homebuyer Month: Let’s Talk, Maryland

by Brandon Scott The Great state of Maryland offers the convenience of suburban living with proximity to the nations Capitol. Maryland, herself, has her own fair share of cities and communities to meet the needs of some of the pickiest buyers. The state also offers a...

Report’s In: Home Inspection

Report’s In: Home Inspection

The home inspection is the best and worst part of the entire transaction. Before we get into my reasons for this, let’s talk about what the home inspection is and why it is valuable. First, the home inspection is an evaluation of the structural and mechanical items in...

Upper Marlboro Market Analysis

Upper Marlboro Market Analysis

Upper Marlboro is about 45 minutes east of Washington, D.C., and about an hour south of Baltimore. As of the U.S. 2000 census, Greater Upper Marlboro had a population of 18,720 and covered 37.5 square miles. Upper Marlboro offers residents a suburban rural mix feel...

Capitol Heights, Maryland – Market Analysis

Capitol Heights, Maryland – Market Analysis

All right everyone, this April/May Maryland market report is going to cover Prince Georges County, in part. One of the things that i really like about Prince Georges County is that it has the largest population of affluent African Americans in the country. Plus, it is...