How Will Interest Rate Hikes Impact the Northern Virginia Marketplace?


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Since the financial crisis ten years ago, this is the first time the Federal Reserve has increased interest rates. It’s been ten years since this happened! 

The first increase from last December was only 0.25%. However, they’ve announced that they intend to continue increasing rates. Increasing interest rates impact a buyer’s ability to borrow money and, of course, their overall affordability. This means that buyers will not be able to buy homes that they can currently afford. The maximum amount of money a buyer can borrow is reduced.



As a result, this impacts sellers. It causes a pause in the housing market, since buyers gradually lose their buying power. We anticipate a market shift coming up soon. 

Now is the time to act! If you’re thinking of buying or selling soon in Northern Virginia, reach out to me today. Let’s plan ahead together. Reach me via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you!

How Can You Use Leverage to Maximize Profits in Northern Virginia?


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Leverage is when you use something to its maximum value. In financial terms, you often use other people’s money. How does this translate into the real estate market?



Let’s start with a $100,000 property. After investing $10,000 into it, it appreciates by 3%. Not only does the property gain $3,000 in value, you see that $3,000 -- a 30% increase -- in your return on investment. You’re left with $13,000.


This is a way to use leverage to gain wealth! It’s a strategy you can use to your advantage in the real estate industry. If you’re interested in pursuing this opportunity or learning more, give me a call or send me an email today. We can make it happen together!

Important Questions to Ask Your Alexandria Real Estate Agent


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If you think hiring an expert is expensive, try hiring an amateur. If you don’t hire a tailored professional, you could end up wasting your time and starting over from scratch. To remedy this problem, here are some questions you should ask an agent before hiring them.

  • Are you a full-time or part-time agent? Many agents don’t treat real estate like a profession. Others are committed to it as a full-time career.
  • What are your listings' average days on the market? An effective agent will be able to stay within industry standards and averages. They should communicate an explanation of this average, too.
  • Do you have a team working alongside you? Do they conduct business by themselves? What are their resources?


Some other important questions include the following.
  • How many homes did you sell in the last year?
  • What’s your Internet marketing program?
  • How are you going to sell my home?
  • What references can you provide?

These questions will help you identify the right, committed agent. You can learn more questions at GreetingsVirginia.com. You can always contact me with any questions or concerns by phone or email.

How to Transform Residential Properties Into Commercial Investments


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Today I have Omar Aburish with us to speak about commercial investments. Specifically, we'll be talking about how to turn residential properties into commercial investments. Omar often talks to landlords and investors that buy residential property and they rent it out. This is the simplest form of real estate investment. Some people will break even and grow their portfolio, and some will make money on top of that and buy other properties.


These people occasionally run into issues such as a tenant not paying rent. Tenants can sometimes be extremely difficult to deal with, and this is why Omar suggests investing in commercial real estate. It takes a bit more capital to get into, but it's a more stable investment if you can afford it.

If you have a portfolio of residential properties you can easily transform it into a commercial investment. Let's start the conversation today. I look forward to hearing from you!