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Mortgage Rates Across The U.S.

Mortgage rates. Sounds boring, right? They’re actually pretty fascinating – especially if you are in the market for a new home. Even if you don’t …

Canadian Real Estate

Protect Your Investment by Hiring a Property Manager

Successful landlords can do very well in the DC rental market. But the key to building wealth through real estate rentals can be tricky. You want to …

Real Estate

The Retiree’s Guide to Buying and Selling a Home in Retirement

Need a change? Just because you didn’t sell your home before retirement doesn’t mean you’ve missed the boat. It’s still possible to sell that house …

Real Estate

Giving the People (in D.C.) What They Want

Renters and homeowners, in general, tend to want the same things from their living situations. Whether it be a house, an apartment, a townhouse or a …

George Mason

How Owning A Home Builds Long-Term Wealth

While renting may seem to be your best bet for now, nothing helps to build wealth over time than owning a home.<p>It’s been almost three years since the …

Personal Finance

How to Budget for a Mortgage

So, the time has come. You are done with apartment living and ready to take a huge life step – buying a home! Before you do so, you should take …

Personal Finance

Three Cities for DC Area Rental Property Investment You Probably Don’t Know About

Looking to buy an investment property in the DC area? If you’re looking for a place with high rents, DC may be the market for you. But high home …

Real Estate

What Renters in Washington, D.C and Arlington, VA Want

When planning a move or considering a new place to live, there are a lot of factors that can go into the decision. After all, it’s a big one!<p>When …

Real Estate

What to Do About Late Payments from Tenants

Timely rental payments are critical to your cashflow. But getting tenants to make payments on time is a common problem.<p>But what can you do about …

Housing

A Guide to Advertising Your DC Area Rental Home

You’ve spent a considerable amount of time and money getting your DC area investment property ready to rent. In order to get the most out of your …

Real Estate

Can You Get a Mortgage After Retirement?

Contrary to popular belief, retirement doesn’t mean you can’t get a mortgage. Your long credit history and assets can work to your advantage.<p>One …

Retirement

Familiarizing Yourself With Arlington

Moving, though not always the most pleasant experience (think packing, lifting, down payments, etc.), is just a part of life and you CAN make it …

Mount Vernon

10 Best Ways to Prepare Your Home For Sale

You’ve done it. You’ve finally decided to sell your home. Whether it took you years or you made a split decision – congrats – it’s never an easy …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The World’s Most Expensive Office Spaces

While the DC area is famous for high prices and expensive real estate, many areas charge a much higher premium for office space.<p>Feeling bad about …

Real Estate

Why Invest in Arlington, VA Rental Properties

Considering purchasing a rental property in Arlington, VA?<p>Investing in the DC area is always a sure bet. The combination of the country’s most stable …

Real Estate

DC's Best Property Management

Rated 2014's Best Property Management Company in DC, Gordon James Realty specializes in property leasing and property management in DC & NoVA.

Leasing

The Benefits of Investing in Commercial Real Estate

Commercial real estate is a great way to build your investment portfolio. When the economy is strong, investments in commercial properties can grow …

Real Estate

Should I Rent or Should I Buy?

When relocating, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is if you are going to rent or buy. The answer is not always so …

Real Estate

What You Need to Know About Refinancing Your DC Home

With mortgage rates on the rise, refinancing may seem like a risky proposition. But if you opted for an adjustable mortgage, your rates are likely …

Personal Finance

The Hottest Trends And Concepts For Your Office Space

You’ve probably done some decorating in your home, apartment, door room (or at least had some say in it), but one space people often forget about is …

Whiteboards

How To Keep Your Tenants Happy

If you’ve ever been in property management, you know that it takes a lot of time, effort, patience and funds to find and retain quality residents. It …

Trails

Uber and San Francisco Real Estate Company to Wean Residents Off Cars

For folks who find living and parking in D.C. to be a struggle, a first-of-its kind collaboration in urban living might be a sign of change toward …

Real Estate

Provide Great Management Service For Your DC Area Property

The DC area real estate market is super competitive, providing lucrative opportunities and challenges for commercial property owners.<p>One area of …

Real Estate

DC Commercial Lease Clauses 101

Leasing office space in the DC area can be a difficult process. Because of the competitive nature of DC’s commercial real estate market, it may seem …

Real Estate

DC Area Home Selling Mistakes

Are you looking to sell a home in the Washington, DC area for the highest price in the least amount of time?<p>Real estate is always hot in DC. So many …

Real Estate

5 Traits of a Great Property Manager

A great property manager can be hard to come by. In today’s fast-paced, social-media centric society, consumers and renters crave and demand instant …

Communication Skills

Why Social Media Is So Important For Landlords

Why should landlords be on social media? There are a million logical answers to that question, but the main one is…because your renters are! Doesn’t …

Housing

Best Ways To Communicate With Renters

As a landlord, one of the most important, if not THE most important quality to possess is communication skills. If you have had even the least bit of …

Communication Skills

How to Respond to Security Threats

While building owners and property managers frequently prepare for natural disasters, they should also be ready to respond to security threats. Is …

Cybersecurity

How to Minimize Commercial Property Taxes

According to Real Property Tax Advisors, 90% of commercial property owners are not taking full advantage of the tax savings available to them.<p>Many …

Real Estate