The History of the National Christmas Tree in Washington DC

the National Christmas Tree

Not surprisingly, the history of the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree is intertwined with the history of America for the last 94 years. Through peace and war, Americans have celebrated the season in this holiday event. 1 Grace Coolidge and the First National Christmas Tree2 Roosevelt and the National Christmas Tree3 Harry Truman and … Continued

Maximum Conforming Loan Limits Increase in 2018

IRS Annual Gift Tax Exclusion

Last year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency increased the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages. This affected mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  This was the first increase to the maximum conforming loan limits since the housing crisis began in 2006.  And now, the FHFA is doing it again! FHFA has increased the maximum conforming loan limits for Fannie Mae … Continued

The Winter Light Display 2017 in Bethesda!

Hacks that simplify the holidays

One of the best parts of the holiday season is enjoying a winter light display around Bethesda.  Whether you are looking for light shows of Rudolf and Santa or the nativity, there is winter light display around Bethesda to delight you and your family! Be sure to dress warmly some of these involve walking outside! … Continued

Six Low Cost Staging Tips to Sell a Home

six low cost tips to stage a home

Congratulations! You just got a job offer for the position you have always wanted. It is close to your family – and your wife’s favorite sister.  The schools are good and the weather is perfect. The only problem is that you have to start in two weeks!  And your house is going on the market … Continued

Kitchen Upgrades for Resale Top Dollar

kitchen upgrades for resale top dollar

There are lots of reasons to renovate your kitchen.  You just bought a fixer upper or a diamond in the rough, and you want to create the kitchen of your dreams.  You have been in your house for ten years and it’s time to replace the appliances and upgrade.  Or…. you are planning to move … Continued

Affordable Upgrades for Your First Home

Your first home may not be a palace, but it is your home! Now that you have closed on your first home, you can set about making it into a palace for you, your friends, and your family.  Here are some affordable upgrades for your first home! Be sure to share some pictures with me … Continued

Investing in Real Estate – Four Great Options

Investing in Real Estate

What is a good way to build a retirement nest egg? Many consider investing in real estate to be a great way to build financial security.  Unfortunately, only 15 percent of Americans are actually investing in real estate other than their primary residence, according to a real estate investing study by RealtyShares. So what is … Continued

6700 Offutt Ln, Chevy Chase, Kenwood Forest II Under Contract

The Lise Howe Group just put another fabulous listing in Kenwood Forest II under contract.  6700 Offutt Lane is a Mulberry model town home with three bedrooms upstairs, two and a half baths, and an updated kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, and a private deck off the dining room surrounded by native plants and ferns. … Continued

Look Where Kids Eat Free on Halloween

Halloween is almost here!  Kids are looking forward to their annual sugar high – but parents want to make sure that they go out to trick or treat with some real food in their stomachs.  So… how to celebrate the night and score some loot of your own? Here are places where kids eat free … Continued

Sundays Mean Bethesda Bagels

Sundays in Bethesda in my family always include a trip to Bethesda Bagels.  It is a mandatory trip for lots of other Bethesda families too!  The line at Bethesda Bagels is always out the door on a Sunday morning.  The hard part is deciding whether to buy the mini bagels or the full sized ones, … Continued