According to Zillow’s chief economist, home prices are likely to rise 3.5% during 2016. If you’ve been on the fence about buying a home, 2016 is the year to take the plunge. We really liked this article from CNN Money. And we hope you do, too!
1. Home prices will finally calm down
2. More homes will hit the market
3. Dirt cheap mortgages could disappear
4. Rents will still hurt
Here’s a great, easy-to-read article from Popular Mechanics about different ways you can winterize your home and save money at the same time. Did you know that up to 30% of your home energy bill can be attributed to drafts around doors and windows? Do you know what to do about it? Click the thumbnail picture below to visit the original publication and see all 19 home winterizing tips.
There is no better time to say, “Thank You” for your confidence, support and friendship, and to wish you and yours a happy holiday season! May your home be filled with the laughter of friends, the love of family, and the joys of the season. Happy Thanksgiving from Hunt Country Realty!
Our country’s debt to the men and women who have served and risked their lives to defend our freedom shouldn’t be limited to a single day. And it isn’t. But setting aside one day each year to honor our vets is a good tradition. Veterans Day began as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926 Congress passed a resolution to make it an annual observance, and it became a national holiday beginning in 1938. So we proudly stand with all Americans, and fellow vets, on this Veterans Day to reflect, recognize, and express our gratitude for their sacrifice. To all those who’ve served, and are serving — a heartfelt, “Thank you!”
While old man winter’s footsteps seem like they’re just down the hall, it’s not too late to look around the house for some “winterizing opportunities.” Like the one described in the snippet on the right. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight what we think are worthwhile articles, stories, and perhaps some local businesses that we recommend. Meanwhile, click the thumbnail below for a link to the full article by widely respected blogger Sommer Poquette. And, thanks for dropping by!
Looking for a family-friendly Halloween activity? Look no further than Purcellville’s 5th annual Halloween Block Party on 21st street! It gets bigger and better every year and we’re excited to be a part of it again this time around! Who wants to play Pin the Nose on the Witch? Or get an awesome face-painting? What’s a “Zombie Wiggle and Giggle?” All this and much, much more is on tap! Click the graphic below to visit the event’s website.
When: This Friday, October 30th
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Where: Downtown Purcellville – 21st Street.
We love promoting local activities and organizations, especially ones that give back to the community. And that’s exactly what Joshua’s Hands does. This weekend is their Fall Festival in Waterford, and it looks like a lot of good, family-friendly activities are in store. Click the picture below to visit their website and for all the details!
Middleburg Real Estate | Atoka Properties, our brokereage, has relationships with several local service providers. We’re glad to recommend them and are always open to recommendations. This time around, we’d like to highlight our friend and partner – Grerg Davidson.
We’ve known Greg for many years and are happy to suggest him and Fairway Independent Mortgage for your real estate financing needs.
“In the business since 1999, Greg is a past recipient of the Dulles Area Association of Realtors (DAAR) “Affiliate of the Year” award and is a state-certified instructor for Real Estate Finance for Realtors and the Virginia Real Estate Brokers’ Finance course.”
Even with the housing bubble behind us, now is a good time to recall some lessons learned. Click the graphic below for an excellent article by Beth Braverman on Realtor.com that outlines 5 lessons learned from the housing crisis. The current market is on track for its best year since 2006 and several indicators such as increased prices, fewer foreclosures, and the number of millennials moving out of parents’ basements and into the ranks of first time home buyers, can easily overshadow the importance of keeping these lessons in mind:
1. Your home isn’t always an investment
2. Every homeowner should have an emergency fund
3. Beware of risky mortgages
4. Buy what feels comfortable—not what you qualify for
5. Homeownership isn’t for everyone
And, as always, if you have questions about how your own situation can dovetail with current market trends, Hunt Country Solutions is here to help! Just drop a note or give us a call! We have the experience to help match your needs and wants with opportunities available in today’s local real estate market.