As a Realtor with Weichert Realtors, I make sure that you home or land, for sale or rent, is exposed to ALL real estate professionals through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Our regional MLS was enlarged for everyone's benefit to now cover much more than the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Our map now looks like this.
What's this mean to you? You can search for land and homes, sale or rent, through my app -- homeASAP/DavidHoughtaling from Harrisburg (PA) to Harrisonburg (VA).
But, to avoid confusion with MLS numbers we have been using, now all listings have a traditional and new Bright number. Unfortunately, some of the public internet sites use one number or the other.
My HomeASAP/DavidHoughtaling App will continue to use the Traditional MLS Number and Address
Realtor.com only lets you search listings using the new Bright
Homesnap allows you to search by MLS number and uses the new
Bright MLS number for Central Pennsylvania only. You should continue to
use the Traditional MLS Number
Zillow, Trulia and Homes.com do not use MLS numbers for search.
I will be providing both numbers and of course continue to provide property addresses. Call, text or email me any time for assistance or questions. 703-220-0406
Just a reminder, particularly for those living in Reston, the Reston Community Center in Hunters Wood Plaza has an indoor pool. Your RA pool/tennis pass doesn't cover it, but their fees are nominal. Check out the pool calendar and charges here: http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/swim/pool-hours
The title is from Richard Carlson's 1997 little book, "Don't Worry, Make Money" and the gist is that marketing differently can have make what we do to promote our listings stand out. In the past few days I have heard from 4 people from West Virginia to Connecticut who received my postcard. So far that is 4 out of 852 and because I sent them postal bulk rate (29¢ instead of 49¢ each), folks with TX, CA, and AK addresses may not get them for a while.
3 of the 4 are interested in hiring me. The 4th already had signed with someone else. But why me?
Timing is possible. So is my filling a recognized need. So are several other reasons, but my promise to my clients when I am hired to represent them includes trying out of the ordinary approaches. If I can get buyers or sellers to take a look at my offering when there is so much competition for their attention, you and I both succeed.
Would you like to talk to me about how my ideas might help you?
There is still time to help us put a Smile on a Child's Face with our 2017 Toy Drive. We're collecting new, unwrapped toys for elementary-aged children through NOON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH.
Drop it off at our ground floor office - 1760 Reston Parkway, Reston between 9-6 or up until NOON on the 15th. Or call and we will get by to pick up your toy. Thank you!
We love to find problems with Zillow's arguments and the narrower their geographic focus, the easier it is to poke holes. But then when you read the fine print Zillow labels the rate of inaccuracy.
So, what makes McLean with a 2/10's of a percent projected appreciation Hot while Great Falls with a 9/10's of a percent prediction just Cool?
Let's look at your neighborhood and your home. Will it fit Zillow's model?
There's the door hanger you might find on your between now and December 15th. If you do, contact the Weichert agent whose card will be attached or call me at 703-220-0406. Thank you!
Let's face it, things in and around the house need repair or replacement from time and if you already have a trusted service technician, you're ahead of the game. As your Realtor, I have many recommended technicians and service companies because of some personal experience and experience from my clients. Feel free to call me when a need arises.
Today I would like to highlight the services of my tree service of choice is Adam's Tree Service out of Culpepper. Just call Adam on his cell phone: 540-229-5411 and let him know that your Realtor, David Houghtaling of Reston gave you his number.
PS If you have a person or company you've hired that you would recommend, just let me know.
Here's something you may not have been considering. Renter incomes are rising making it possible for landlords and complexes to charge higher rental rates.
In Reston alone we have had a few open upscale rental complexes open in the past couple of years and there are a few more under construction. The Harrison, followed by the Boulevard the Avant and now the Aperture. Even as a Realtor I have scratched my head wondering where all of the relatively well to do tenants are going to come from.
Rental apartments are being constructed with high ceilings in the units, upscale designs and apartment amenities and amenities for the building including specialized services and common rooms, rooftop pools, etc. It's not uncommon for the 1 bedroom units to be over $2,000 and 2 bedrooms closer to $3,000. Premiums are charged for top floors and their views.
Millenials perhaps, but there are a lot of professionals moving into these apartments for the lifestyle flexibility. Renters can live without many home responsibilities and they enjoy the flexibility of picking up and moving.
Click for the Bloomberg Article
This does not mean doom and gloom for your Reston investment properties and their rents. Not all renters want an apartment house, no matter how lovely. They don't all want a parking space below a building and an elevator to schlep their stuff. You will still be able to rent your 1980's townhouse, 1990's condo and everything in between. Renters will continue to expect upgrades and updates, fresh paint and prefer things like hardwoods and perhaps granite, but they are paying you more in 2017 than they did in the past.
There is a table below from Bloomberg from the article that shows a portion of the population that is rent-burdened or severely so. Worth consideration.
Do you have real estate investments? Thinking of buying additional properties and renting them? Please call me at 703-220-0406