Nikki Lagouros, Realtor

974 Added | 19 Magazines | 17 Likes | 313 Following | 86 Followers | @NikkiLagouros | Northern Virginia Realtor for KW serving the CAZA Group. Selling Over 130+ Million in Residential Homes.

These 9 Expert-Approved Epsom Salt Uses Will Change Your Wellness Routine

Epsom salt is ages old and has humbly kept its place in the bathroom cabinets of celebs, professional athletes, and probably even your grandma, too. …

Alternative Medicine

One Thing That Agents Wish They Could Tell Their Buyers

Have you ever wondered what your real estate agent is thinking — like <i>really</i> thinking? Well, now's your chance to find out.<p>Agents have to stay pretty …

Real Estate

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

Ready to unload your property? Here's how to find the right professional to help you.<p>Whether you want to relocate for work, downsize, or get more …

Real Estate

4 Telltale Signs You're Negotiating With Somebody Who Is Dishonest

Never assume it's the truth just because you like what you're hearing.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A necessary element to running a successful, enduring business is to work with people who posses high levels of integrity. Success that sustains is built upon …

Body Language

25 Skincare Tips Dermatologists Know (That You Don't)

“Avoid the sun and when you can’t avoid it, wear sunscreen and a hat. I swear by Coolibar sun protective clothing and Colorescience Sunforgettable …

Skin Care

Why do underwater homeowners keep paying the mortgage?

Despite the enormous gains in the housing market, and the rapid surge in home prices in recent years, nearly 2 million people still owe more on their …

Home Ownership

Is This the Single Most Persuasive Word in the English Language?

Not because of what the word means, but because of what the word means you will do<p>I know a number of extremely successful people, and while in many ways they're very different, they all share one thing in common: They're exceptionally good at persuading other people.<p>After all, that's what leaders …

Self-improvement

You can now take Yale’s most popular (and mood-boosting) class ever online for free

Earlier this year, Yale University introduced a course on happiness that quickly rose to fame on its campus. The class, called “Psychology and the …

Higher Education

In Just 2 Words, Jeff Bezos Sums Up What Separates Winners From Dreamers

There may be no single formula for success, but Jeff Bezos' annual letter to stockholders comes darn close.<p>Few figures have captured our attention the way Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has. In just under 23 years Amazon has soared from revenues fo $500,000 to $178,000,000,000, from nine …

Leadership

The Little-Known Bidding-War Strategy That Some Home Buyers Use

For home buyers locked in a heated bidding war, there is one weapon that may help ensure victory: an escalation clause.<p>It’s an addendum to a real-estate contract, typically when the offer is made, in which a prospective buyer says, “I will pay X dollars for this house, but if another buyer submits …

Real Estate

WATCH: This One Trick Can Increase Your Home’s Selling Price

When it comes to selling your home, you’re going to want to use every tip and trick out there to make sure you’re getting the most value out of your …

Real Estate

Successful People Tell Themselves These 7 Things on a Daily Basis

Sometimes, becoming successful is just a matter of willing it into existence.<p>Successful people tend to have very positive inner dialogues.<p>They know how to nurture their own personal growth. They believe they can do whatever it is they set their mind to. But most of all, they believe in …

Self-improvement

Traits Of A Successful Real Estate Investor

The traits of successful real estate investor often surface early in life then evolve to play a fundamental role in a career. Here’s three investors/developers who have stayed in the game with big wins.<p>Edgardo Defortuna’s Fortune International Group is recognized as a leader in high-end luxury real …

Real Estate

3 tips for buying a home as an unmarried couple

Love and marriage don’t always go together, no matter what Sinatra says. If you’re in a committed relationship but nuptials are on the back burner, just know your dream of buying a home doesn’t have to be.<p>Sixteen percent of all first-time home buyers in 2017 were unmarried couples, an annual …

Real Estate

Rising mortgage rates squeeze U.S. refinancing activity | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rising borrowing costs are dampening U.S. refinancing activity, with its weekly share of mortgage applications falling to the lowest level since August, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday.<p>FILE PHOTO - Sold homes are seen in the southwest area of Portland, Oregon …

Real Estate

Owning a $1 million home is no longer considered a luxury in America

For decades, a million-dollar listing heralded true luxury for Americans who could afford it.<p>Now, more than 4% of all homes across the 100 largest US metros are worth at least $1 million.<p>That may not sound like much, but it's nearly quadruple the share of million-dollar homes in the housing market …

Real Estate

U.S. Housing Demand Wilts in the Face of Too Few Listings

Fewer buyers were asking for tours and making offers in December, according to report<p>U.S housing demand withered in the final months of 2017 as …

7 Things to Know Before Buying Your First Home

Get Ready to Buy<p>If you watched the 2008 mortgage crisis from the desk of your first job, you’re probably squeamish about jumping into the market …

How to be a good landlord

Start by understanding local housing laws<p>While every city boasts prominent landlords who rent and manage apartment buildings on a large scale, it’s the small property owners who support much of a city’s housing stock. These small-scale landlords may rent one unit from the building they live in, or …

Homeownership rate reaches highest level in three years

The national homeownership rate reached its highest level since the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing slightly in the last quarter of 2017, …

Buying a Home: Special Programs for First-Time Buyers | Investopedia

Saving up a down payment is the biggest hurdle to buying a home for many families, especially when home values are increasing quickly. But various …

Here's Why Now Might Be the Perfect Time to Sell Your Home

Rising property values and complicated tax changes are coming together to affect the housing market. Whether you come out a winner will depend on …

How to Declutter Your Home Without Throwing Out All Your Stuff

Clutter. The mere mention of the word makes many of us gasp in horror. These days, the overarching mantra is that we should all learn how to …

Minimalism

4 Ways Brands Can Use the Psychology of Color as a Competitive Edge

Are you looking to improve your brand and win more customers? Then you should give more thought to the way you use colors.<p>Humans are visual beings. …

Marketing

These smart home gadgets take your new Amazon Echo or Google Home to the next level

With the delicious meals eaten, family gatherings over and the gifts unwrapped, the holiday fanfare is finally winding down. If you’re up to date with the latest technology, odds are pretty high that you found an Amazon Echo or Google Home underneath your tree. To help you get the most out of your …

Ditching the Tub

When Rajeev Basu was planning the bathroom renovation in his studio co-op in Greenwich Village, designers and architects issued the same warning: Don’t get rid of the tub. He ignored them.<p>“I was thinking of what I want, and whoever I sell to next,” said Mr. Basu, who is in his mid-30s and a writer …

Real Estate

U.S. home prices surge, outpacing wage growth

U.S. home prices climbed a robust 6.2% year-over-year, amid strong demand from would-be buyers and a shrinking supply of properties for sale.<p>Standard & Poor's said Tuesday that for October, its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index stood a solid 6% above its previous 2006 peak. …

5 reasons homeowners should list their homes today

When consumers are on a mission to buy something and can’t find what they want, they often encounter that frustrating feeling of slim choices in …

Real Estate

How to find out if a wall is load-bearing

If you've ever stood back in your home, looked at a large surface and wondered what the space would look like without it there, the first question …

Home Improvement

Abandonment Fears of a Vulnerable Narcissist: BPD at the Core

<b>“When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling</b> …