Halloween in Herndon is the one day in every year when the regular order of things gets a thorough shaking up. For one thing, it’s the single day of the year when we expect our doorbell to be ringing non-stop for hours on end. It’s certainly the only time when prudence dictates that we stockpile bowls full of treats to serve as ransom payments against demands for booty from an onslaught of pint-sized masked neighbors.
For Herndon’s small fry, if all goes well, Herndon’s Halloween ranks right up there with birthdays in terms of fun and excitement—possibly because of the aura of good-natured bounds-testing that seems to hover over the proceedings. When else does everybody get to dress up in disguises? When else might some perfectly dignified adult don an eyepatch and start talking like a pirate? When else does practically the whole of Herndon agree to engage in a tradition that disrupts the normal order of things for the express purpose of just having some fun? Who thought this thing up, anyway?
For parents who may or may not find themselves costumed this Tuesday, the fun will be somewhat tempered by the grownup’s job of keeping everybody safe amid the spooky mayhem. Without spoiling the fun altogether, the most-noted Halloween safety concerns for Herndon homeowners are:
Health authorities aren’t shy about advising parents to temper their little goblins’ candy intake. One good tactic: reserve a particularly enticing new toy to trade for a goodly amount of the sugary swag.
Here’s hoping your family has a safe and moderately sane Herndon Halloween. As soon as things get back to normal, I’ll be here, ready to assist with your next Herndon real estate venture!
Fa la la la la, la la la la: it’s carol time again!
Not quite? You can’t almost hear those sleigh bells ringing? Well, brace yourself. Halloween is next Tuesday—and nowadays, that means that by Wednesday, holiday advertising will be with us for the duration.
Whether we admit it or not, the Thanksgiving start of holiday season is a thing of the past. Hallmark has already launched its “Countdown to Christmas;” Herndon mailboxes are filling with gift catalogs; store windows are only weeks away from being transformed into snow-sprayed winter wonderlands.
As far as Herndon real estate is concerned, a couple of the advantages to buying during the holiday season will arrive more or less simultaneously. And there are advantages.
One real estate education company, FortuneBuilders, counts five key reasons why “the holidays are a great time to buy.” In short, they are:
Those reasons may seem like distant abstractions in the week before Halloween, but they are very much in play starting with the first stirrings of November....and Thanksgiving...and all the rest of the holiday onslaught! For those who will be in the market for a new Herndon home—in reality, they’ll be shopping in a “holiday” market environment! As the educators put it, “some of the best deals you can make during the holidays involve real estate, not 72-inch televisions.”
You don’t even have to wait until Halloween for a comprehensive look at Herndon’s current slate of pre-holiday deals, Call me anytime!
Herndon gardening enthusiasts already know this—but for those whose thumbs are anything but green, right now is a special time of year where landscaping is concerned. It’s Herndon’s high season for planting and transplanting!
You don’t have to intend on listing your Herndon home anytime soon to have a vested interest in maximizing your home’s curb appeal. After all, year in and year out the plantings in front and back yards can make all the difference in the kind of impact your property makes—it’s a pride of ownership fundamental. Neighbors and casual passers-by may not realize how much of a difference a pleasingly planted yard makes, but it’s one area that’s readily within every Herndon homeowner’s control. And experienced gardening hands know that right now it’s the key season for making the most difference for the least expense.
Autumn’s cooler temperatures are what creates the opportunity. The soil is still holding much of the summertime warmth while cooler air temperatures make for less stress on plants’ roots (and on the gardener doing the planting, too). Like bears, perennials need to hibernate. Their dormancy period constitutes a nice restorative siesta. It’s also a low-stress way for roots to settle into their new digs.
Most non-gardeners only start thinking about boosting the color and variety of their gardens with the arrival of springtime...but for many spring-blossoming bulbs, shrubs, perennials, and trees, that’s not the optimal time to get out the digging forks and shovels. Right now is when experts say it’s best to divide clumps of any perennials that have been doing well. It’s how to spread the color to other parts of the garden—at a total cost of nada. It’s also prime time to watch for sales at Herndon garden centers.
Herndon house flippers approach their projects on a much-compressed schedule—but for homeowners who aren’t thinking about selling anytime soon, taking the long view of property enhancement begins with their home’s setting: its landscaping. October is the perfect season for turning any long-range creative ideas into next spring and summer’s lush garden reality. Then when the time does come to buy or sell Herndon real estate, I hope you’ll think of giving me a call. I’m always here to share some no-obligation counseling and advice!
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More than half of U.S. homeowners expect their home’s value to rise in the coming year. For Herndon real estate watchers who track public sentiment as a market indicator, the news comes as a welcome addition to other reports of rising consumer optimism regarding the economy as a whole.
The finding comes from a national telephone and online survey conducted earlier this month by the Rasmussen Reports organization. It signals an acceleration in a year-long trend of rising expectations among U.S. homeowners. A year earlier, fewer than 40% had predicted that their own home values would rise in the coming year. In this latest report, that number has increased to 53—a leap of 12% over the March finding. According to Rasmussen summary, this amounts to “a record high” in optimism about future home values.
Herndon homeowners who plan to list their own properties in the immediate future have reason to welcome measures of positive expectations. When most people expect Herndon home values to rise, buyers are apt to view current market prices in terms of their investment potential. This can prove to be important—especially when values have been on the rise for a while.
This latest Rasmussen finding was all the more impressive in that it marked the first time in eight years that a majority of those sampled expressed optimism about future home values. It is in sync with a heavy majority of industry prognosticators who predict home value increases in the coming year.
It’s always good news when there is general agreement that Herndon home values are expected to continue to rise. If your own future includes the possibility of buying or selling in the coming year, I’d like to help—call me anytime!
When you first look into whether an investment property in Herndon would be a suitable addition to your own portfolio, the positives leap out. Herndon investment properties can throw off positive cash flow even as they appreciate in long-term value. What’s not to like? But there is one area that may hover as a wildcard: the maintenance issue.
Because tenants are part of the picture, Herndon investment properties undergo varying amounts of wear and tear, so keeping them in top shape does require at least some degree of attention. Veteran landlords learn how to handle maintenance and repairs with a minimum of turmoil—sometimes by simply farming them out to professional property managers. In that, we are fortunate—Herndon has some great ones!
However you choose to address the issue, it’s useful to know which repairs investment property owners say are most frequently needed. Here are six leaders:
Some terrific Herndon investment property possibilities are among this fall’s listings. Call me to explore them!
Back when Herndon mortgage interest rates plummeted by 46% in less than four years, it precipitated a sort of refi tsunami. The volume of Herndon refinancings was nothing short of enormous. For the first time in a long time, the benefit for homeowners who could lower their Herndon mortgage interest payments had become all but irresistible to everyone whose home loan predated the plunge. Lenders were swamped—and they loved it!
The current climate for Herndon refi’s is much calmer and considerably less well publicized. Nonetheless, it still holds out the prospect of real savings for homeowners whose current Herndon home loan terms are less favorable than those offered on today’s market. If you fall into that category, it will be worthwhile to do some investigating. In fact, if you follow what industry experts recommend, you’ll take the bit in your teeth and became a Refi Warrior!
Most busy homeowners expect that applying for a refi will consist of gathering answers to the expected questions, filling out the forms, and awaiting an offer. Refi Warriors have a different mindset: they don’t just passively apply to the first lender who advertises a low rate. Instead, they go after offers from multiple lenders.
The inventors of the FICO credit risk score that lenders use agree wholeheartedly. On their myFICO.com web site you can find what might be called the Refi Warrior’s Rules of Combat:
This aggressive consumer attitude may not come naturally, but since even the guiding lights at FICO recommend adopting it, there is no reason why it’s not worth a try. The object is to get the best offer from every candidate—and the first offer is not necessarily that!
Your home is more than just the family’s operational headquarters—and a timely refinancing can be an excellent way to maximize its value as an investment. For help and advice whenever Herndon real estate matters arise, I’m standing by to offer help and advice!
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Amazon has invaded the realm of real estate—but you couldn’t say it’s happening in a big way.
It’s happening in a tiny way.
Last week the improbable news arrived that the web’s 400-pound gorilla had made its first foray into the realm of real estate. Since Herndon real estate (like all real estate) is by definition local, its very nature would seem to preclude the buying and selling of homes as a mail order enterprise. But since Amazon.com has succeeded in other industries where failure had been assumed (high-end fashion, for instance), could local Herndon real estate soon be monopolized by a tsunami of Amazon Prime home sales? At least it warranted some looking into!
It turned out that Herndon real estate was not likely to be overcome anytime soon. The Amazon listings that showed up are hard to find, and not likely to tempt many Herndon home shoppers. The few listings were only searchable when you entered “tiny homes”—and the few homes being offered were sandwiched in between how-to books about designing and building very small cabins.
(Here, a note for Herndon residents who aren’t familiar with the “tiny homes” phenomenon...they are what the name says: structures smaller than 400 square feet...although some can be as microscopic as 80 square feet, most are in the 300-350 range).
You may not find too many tiny homes in Herndon, but the movement is nation-wide. And the concept is not as far-fetched as it might seem. Anyone who has taken weeks-long vacations in campers or lived for any stretch of time on a pleasure boat knows that you can reduce your living space to a slender minimum if you plan carefully.
Back to Amazon. The lead-off listing was a pre-fab tiny home converted from a shipping container. Like any good Herndon real estate listing, the details pointed out key selling points (in this case, the shipping container was new). Price was a thrifty $36,000, which would be even more thrifty if the “$0.00 estimated tax” turns out to be accurate. The customer reviews were mixed, with one in particular naming a possible sticking point: meeting Virginia and Herndon building codes. Additionally, Amazon Prime members who revel in their free delivery perk were bound to be disappointed: the tiny home wasn’t eligible (they’d have to pony up another $3,754 in shipping fees).
If your own Herndon home buying or selling requirements are greater than the tiny home square footage limit, I’m here to lend a hand. Call me!
You don’t have to be holding a showing or Herndon open house to appreciate time-saving maintenance and organizational tips. Nowadays, many of these are being called “home hacks”—but no matter what you call them, when you find yourself repeatedly dealing with recurring cleaning and household organizational problems, simple shortcuts are what is called for.
Without further ado, here are 9 home hacks for Herndon homeowners. I’ve noted them as briefly as possible so you can quickly spot familiar situations in your own household:
These are nine of the “home hacks” that can save Herndon homeowners time and frustration. Saving my Herndon real estate clients both of those things is part of my job description!
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