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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Qualifying the Buyer for your Bristow Property


Either you or your agent will want to weed out potential buyers who cannot afford to purchase your Bristow home. Items to investigate include the buyers debt and credit history, current income and employment, the availability of cash for a down payment, the time the buyer needs before closing on the home and the buyers level of interest in your home as compared to other properties.


Bristow Homeownsers Insurance


Bristow Home Safety Measures. You can usually obtain insurance discounts for having a smoke detector, burglar alarm or dead-bolt locks. However, take note that some fire systems can be costly and not every system may qualify for an insurance discount, so check with your insurance company first.

Dont Over-Insure. Homeowners insurance is designed to protect you against loss should your Bristow home and furnishing be damaged or lost through theft, windstorm, fire, etc. The land under your home is not insured, as it is not at risk. If, in considering value, you include the cost of the land under your house, you may end up paying a higher insurance premium than you should.


Bristow Real Estate Cycles


During a slow economic time, fewer people are buying homes in the Bristow market. Even so, some homeowners find themselves in a situation where they must sell. Families grow beyond the capacity of the home, employees get relocated, and some may even find themselves unable to make their mortgage payment - perhaps because of a layoff in the family.

During sellers' markets, Bristow real estate sells quickly and sellers have a lot of pricing power. As a result, prices rise more rapidly than at other times. During buyers' markets, Bristow real estate may sit on the market for a while before selling, so sellers become more flexible and may even drop their prices.


Bristow. How Much Should You Offer?


A good starting premise is that everyone wants to buy a home for thousands of dollars under market and when the time comes, to sell that home for thousands of dollars over market. This is basic human nature. When you are in the position of making an offer on Bristow real estate property there are certain facts you need to know.

Is it a Buyers Market or a Sellers Market? In a Buyers Market conditions favor the buyer. Bristow real estate listings are plentiful, home sales are declining or stagnant. In a Sellers Market the opposite is true. There are more buyers looking for homes than there are homes available. Your low-price offer is far more likely to succeed in a Buyers Market than in a Sellers Market. How do you know what kind of a market exists? Ask your REALTOR, read the newspaper, check online.


Rent or Buy Bristow


In the early years of your Bristow mortgage, nearly all of every monthly payment is interest. This means you are only paying off a tiny bit of the loan principal, but it is good news in terms of tax savings.

The monthly payment for a $100,000, 30-year, 8% mortgage on your Bristow would be about $734. In the first year of your mortgage, $7,970 of your $8,805 payment or 91% would be deductible as mortgage interest. Even in the tenth year, almost 81% of your payments would be deductible. What this is worth to you depends on your tax bracket but this tax savings built into the home-buying equation is why you can afford to make higher mortgage payments than your current rent payments without squeezing your budget. There is no similar tax subsidy for renters.


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.