March 22, 2017

9th Annual LAWS Easter Baskets

Help Us Reach Our Goal of 100 Baskets for the Loudoun Abused
Women Shelter 

 

Help Friends! Our brokerage is seeking your help to make Easter Baskets filled with love and fun for the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter. We're collecting items through April 2nd at:


44095 Pipeline Plaza, #300
Ashburn, VA 20147

 

Would you help by bringing donations to our office ? Or contact us at 703-338-0872 and we will happily collect and drop them off in our office.

 

Here is a list of some items needed:

  • Baskets, Ribbon, Grass for Filler & Clear Celophane Bags
  • Candles
  • Bath Soaps, Body Wash, Lotions & Body Spray
  • Mani / Pedi Supplies
  • Gift Cards for Gas, Groceries, Coffee Shops, Icecream, restaurants, etc.
  • Small Toys / Books
  • Coloring Books & Coloring Supplies
  • Note Pads
Nov. 2, 2016

Who Needs HGTV?

Watch This Home Transform!

 

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We can see past the mess, past the walls and think outside of the box! Watch this home transform under Kim's skilled guidance. If you need help, want to buy or know of an "ugly home" needing love call us! We would love to help - 703-338-0872! Who needs HGTV when you have the Kim Barber Group!

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Oct. 11, 2016

How Will the 2016 Presidential Election Affect the Real Estate Market?

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Have you been wondering how this year's Presidential Election could affect the real estate market?

We've heard this question many times in the past year, especially now that we're winding down to Election Day. Kim consulted with some of the top economists, business professionals and lenders we work with to see what they thought would happen to the real estate market due to the election. The general consensus is that there will not be any negative impact on the real estate market based on the election. We are at How Will the 2016 Presidential Election Affect the Real Estate Market? which are expected to stay!

Northern Virginia is having great growth with jobs, improvement of our infrastructure with the Silver Line Metro continuing to grow - the prediction is that more and more people will transition from renting to buying. In this area it is more expensive to rent vs buy. As the Millennials start to get out there and using their savings to buy, we'll start to see a lot of movement in people downsizing. On the luxury side, the houses that are $850,000 and above we do expect to see a slow down in the market. Executives, business owners and the such tend to be a little more conservative when you have these big shifts. That market has already started to slow down but with higher priced ranges you expect this kind of change. 

Give us a call today to help with your
real estate needs (703) 338-0872!

Sept. 21, 2016

Third Quarter Northern Virginia 2016 Market Update

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Looking to buy or sell in Loudoun & Fairfax counties this fall? 

There are benefits to both buying and selling in our current market. This is known as a balanced and stable market. In Loudoun County we have had an average growth rate of 3% over the past 3 to 6 months. Fairfax County comes in a little bit higher at a 4% growth rate. I've also noticed that the detached and condo market is taking a little bit longer to sell versus townhomes. This is due to the the audience for townhomes being broader, more affordable and appealing to different types of families. 

The pricing for homes that are closing right now is staying within 98% - 99% of list price, once we figure out the correct market value. We are able to negotiate on your behalf and get the right prices. 

The mortgage rates are staying around 3% which is great for buyers and sellers. The lower the rates, the less pressure on pricing your home correctly and on buyers budgets.

An important and very interesting point to note is that it is statistically 7% more expensive to rent than to own right now. We would love to help you with a rent vs own analysis to see what will fit your budget best!

Take advantage of the record low rates and give us a call at 703-338-0872!

Posted in Real Estate Market
Aug. 24, 2016

How Do I Downsize in Northern Virginia?

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Today, I wanted to discuss downsizing in Northern Virginia. After the emotional decisions we sometimes make, you might ask yourself, “How am I possibly going to make this process happen?”

 

 

Once you’ve made a decision to move, you then have a whole home full of belongings you might not know what to do with. In the past few years, I’ve helped clients directly project manage their downsizing process.

 


You’ll need to address a few factors, such as extra furniture, junk, and valuable items. You need to clean up and maybe consider some touch-ups, like painting rooms or adding accents. I’ve fostered relationships with professionals that can help out with this process, so I can advise you towards some resources. I can help you find charities to donate unwanted items to, as well as estimate what more valuable items can be potentially sold for.

 

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the surrounding area, give me a call or send me an email at your earliest convenience. I’d be delighted to answer any questions you might have and serve your local real estate needs! 

Posted in Downsizing Tips
Aug. 4, 2016

Are You, or Someone You Know, Needing to Downsize?

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When you’re downsizing into a smaller home, it can be an emotional process. I’ve gone through it myself, and have helped many others do the same. The process of downsizing is emotional, physical, and financial, and can be difficult.

 

You want to get to a point where you know you are ready to move, but the only person who knows when you are ready is yourself. Starting to declutter and move things while putting memories in your memory bank is a process.

 

 

The way we sort through it all is to talk about it, get excited about your new place, and we can help you figure out the overwhelming task of how you're going to deal with all your stuff. It’s a big part of dealing with the emotions. 

 

My goal is to help alleviate some of the stress of the downsizing process, and a solid plan of action is where to start. That being the case, I strongly encourage you to sign up for our downsizing video series. I will cover everything from your timeline to prepping your home for the market. Be sure to sign up here!

 

Please share this post. It may not be you that needs my team’s assistance currently, but a friend or loved one may need our help.  

Posted in Downsizing Tips
July 18, 2016

Simple Steps Toward Homeownership in Northern Virginia

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So, you’re ready to buy a home in Northern Virginia. What are your first steps towards homeownership going to look like? Today we will lay out a simple plan to make the process as painless as possible.  

  1. What is your time frame? Buying during different seasons has its advantages and disadvantages.

  2. What is your budget? Have you been pre-qualified or talked to a mortgage broker? This will dictate your price range and your loan amount. There’s nothing worse than finding a home, falling in love with it, and then realizing that you actually cannot afford to purchase it.

Finding a good lender is really the first thing you want to do, even before you begin looking at homes. We know of a lot of good lenders in the area, so please don’t hesitate to contact us!

May 28, 2016

Are You Better Off Renting in Northern Virginia?

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What should you do in Northern Virginia: rent or buy? This is a broad question, but I would like to share some insights to help you make a conclusion that’s best for you. One of the best ways to find the answer to this question is to answer a few others first.

 

  • How long do you think you’ll stay in the home? If you’re only planning on staying in the home for two or fewer years, it may be best just to rent. It really depends on what your plans are for the future.

  • What is your price range? If you’re planning on moving out of the area in the next few years, buying probably isn’t the best option even if home prices are appreciating. By the time you account for the cost of buying and the cost of selling, the math of it just doesn’t make sense.

  • Do you know what the right area is for you? If you do plan on living in a home for a prolonged period of time, you need to identify an area you’re comfortable living in. Buying gives you great benefits and tax deductions, but those will only be worth it if you’re not moving all the time.

 


“Whether you should rent or buy is ultimately up to you!”

 

 

The fact of the matter is that there is a break-even point between mortgages and rents. It’s typically around $400,000, but to explain that more and to get into more details, we would need to sit down with you, get a lender involved, run the costs, and help you make the decision that is right for you.


If you have any questions about this or any other topic, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you!

May 16, 2016

How Long Does the Buying Process Last?

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How long does the buying process take? Before getting started on the process, it’s crucial to have an understanding of how long it’s going to take.

 

In our current market, it will take 30 to 45 days for the bank to process your loan. Unless you’re a cash buyer, you know that the buying process is going to at least take 30 days. On average, it takes 30 days for a person to find the right home, so you also need to take that length of time into account.

 

If your credit score isn’t where you need it to be, it’s important to devise a strategy to increase it. The best thing to do is to set an appointment with us and our lenders, so we can get the process moving. The longer you wait to start the process, the longer it’s going to take. So even if you’re unsure of the exact date you want to move by, we highly recommend getting the process started.

 

 

If you have any questions about this process, or if you need real estate assistance of any kind, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you!

April 25, 2016

How to Avoid a Long and Stressful Loan Application Process in Northern Virginia

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If you’re planning on making a move in the near future, the next step is getting your finances in order. What do you need to do in order to secure a home loan? There are a few things that are key.

 

  1. How much money you have for a down payment

  2. Where you want your budget to be

  3. What kind of loan you want to secure

 

These are the big three things we have to go over, in coordination with a mortgage lender, to figure out what your financing options are. Your credit score plays a huge role in determining what kind of loans you can qualify for; the better it is, the more programs you will qualify for.

 


What your credit score looks like, what you’re willing to put down, and what kind of loan you want to use will all contribute to the amount of money you pay each month for your home. We will wade through these pieces in order to devise a buying strategy for you! Once we have all this figured out, we can then begin the fun part of the process: looking at homes!


If you would like to get started today, or if you have any real estate questions of any kind, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you!