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

Tips for Buying Bristow Homes

Bristow Fixed or Adjustable?


The fixed rate mortgages offer Bristow real estate buyers peace of mind with predictable monthly payments. Taxes may go up but the principle and interest will remain fixed throughout the life of the loan. When interest rates were rising rapidly in the late 1970s, lenders came up with ARMs or Adjustable Rate Mortgages. With an ARM, the borrower assumes the risk of rising interest rates. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Bristow Real Estate Contract Options


Less common types of agreements include what is known as a One Time Show, and Exclusive Agency, and an Open Listing agreement. The One -Time Show and the Open Listing are similar and are often used by homeowners who wish to sell their Bristow real estate on their own but will agree to pay a commission to an agent who brings a qualified buyer for the home. A Bristow homeowner may agree to an Open Listing with several agents and also agree to a One-Time Show to any agent who has an interested buyer.

Green Remodeling Your Bristow


If you are planning to remodel your Bristow, keep home resale in mind and consider going green. Green remodeling is becoming more popular as homeowners consider health issues, skyrocketing energy costs and Earths natural resources. And, when it comes time to sell your home, your energy efficient and Earth saving remodeling may help you sell your Bristow quickly and for top dollar.


The Benefits of Selling Bristow


If your Bristow holdings consist of both a personal residence and a rental, you can sell your personal residence and exclude up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple) on the gain. Then you move into your rental, live in it as your personal residence for two years and then sell it, again benefiting from the $250,000 or $500,000 exclusion. This is true even though most or all of the increase in value occurred before you converted the property to your personal residence.

Bristow GUIDE


One of the major benefits that experienced Bristow agents and brokers provide for prospective buyers is a thorough knowledge of the area and the real estate market. Whether buying in a specific school district is important to you or making sure the home you buy is close to shopping and transportation, a knowledgeable agent is your bust Bristow Guide.

Bristow SAVINGS


Everyone wants to buy the home of their dreams at the lowest possible price. Here is a tip for making the best Bristow buying decision. Make sure you know the actual real estate values in the area or areas where you plan to buy so that when you come across a home priced below market, you will know it.