DC METRO REAL ESTATE

Serving the Real Estate needs of the communities of Manassas, Bristow, Haymarket, Warrenton, Gainesville and Culpeper  in Northern Virginia


Dave Scardina  
Broker / Owner

703-829-SOLD

866-909-0900

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Shopping for Your Bristow Real Estate Loan


Bristow Real Estate Loans have become part of a worldwide mortgage market and mortgage lending is impersonal and competitive. When you shop for the best loan dont pay too much attention to who is originating the loan. Instead focus on interest rate, points, processing costs and whether you want a fixed rate or an adjustable rate loan. The reason for this is that more than likely, your Bristow real estate loan will be sold to one of the organizations made up of what is known as The Secondary Market.

Fixed Rate Loans in Bristow


Advantages: As indicated earlier, predictability is the biggest incentive for choosing a fixed-rate loan for your Bristow real estate mortgage.

Disadvantages: Fixed rate loans usually come with higher interest than the start up interest rate on a fixed loan. Down payments for your Bristow on conventional, fixed-rate loans are usually higher than the down payment required for an ARM.

Bristow Real Estate Title Insurance


Buyers in the Bristow market can be tempted to save money by foregoing a title search but the risks are heavy because title problems are many and varied. Some typical problems that title searches have uncovered include a second mortgage on a home that does not appear to have been paid off. The sellers borrowed money years ago from a parent who insisted that a second mortgage be recorded. The loan was repaid but the title wasnt cleared. Another typical Bristow problem occurs when an owner had work done on the property but for one reason or another failed to pay the contractor in full. The contractor filed a mechanics lien on the property and it has never been removed. These are liens on the property and if you take title to a property without clearing these liens or encumbrances, you may be responsible them.


Bitten by the Bristow Home Improvement Bug?


Maybe, like millions of Americans, you cant help it! You live in your Bristow home for several years and before you know it, you find yourself thinking about how the kitchen would look with new cabinets and a granite countertop. Should you start with the kitchen or would it be better to add a home office to give the family a little more room? There seems to be endless options for the creative Bristow homeowner bitten by the Home Improvement Bug. Once you get started thinking along these lines, it usually doesnt take long before the ultimate question pops up. Is it better to improve your current home or simply sell and buy a bigger, newer or more desirable Area home? Here are some issues to help you make that all-important decision.


Building Bristow Home Equity


A popular question from prospective Bristow homebuyers relates to building home equity. Buyers like to estimate how much a home may increase in value based upon past appreciation. One of the many advantages of home ownership is that appreciation is based on the homes market value rather than on the actual dollar amount invested or the down payment so that a $100,000.00 home that appreciates 5% is now worth $105,000.00, especially in Bristow.

With a typical 30-year loan, most of your monthly payment goes toward interest payments with only small amounts going to the principle in the early years. Only half the principle is repaid in the first 23 years of the loan. You can build Bristow home equity faster by choosing a 15-year loan instead of a 30-year loan.

Tips for Buying or Selling Bristow


Most people, when they want to buy a house, contact a real estate agent or broker. That is why it is true that the best way to sell your Bristow is to list your property with a qualified agent. Make sure that the agent you select will list your home in the local MLS and will make sure your property appears on the Internet. Since most buyers start their search online, you want to make sure that your Bristow is available to those who search the Internet.