Buying a home is an exciting experience, but it can feel a bit overwhelming if you don’t have the right information. Check out these helpful resources about the home buying process. When you’re ready, give The Lise Howe Group a call at 240-401-5577 to tour available homes in the Montgomery County and Bethesda areas.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Park View

Park View is an up and coming (or already arrived depending on your point of view) neighborhood in Northwest DC directly north of Howard University. Development in Park View really started heating up around 2009, and 10 years later there are now a plethora of great restaurants and shops. Park View offers easy walkability to hot neighborhoods like Shaw and also boasts 2 metro stops on the Yellow/Green line for access to the rest of the city (not to mention direct metro access to Reagan National airport.) Park View is a lovely place to stroll, and it offers both peace and quiet on residential streets with a thriving commercial section on Georgia Avenue. Without further ado, here is a list of the best things to do, places to eat and drink, and a little information on housing in Park View:

What You Should Know About New Construction

It is very exciting to buy new construction but you need to keep your eyes wide open. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Using an agent to represent you can actually save you money The price is set for that new construction and it includes a commission for the buyer agent. If … Continued

How to Save for a Down Payment

One of the most important steps in buying a house is saving enough money for a down payment and closing costs. Don’t believe what you read on some websites – there are mortgage programs that DON’T require you to put down 20%. (If you don’t believe me, we clearly need to talk!) It is a good thing … Continued

Affordable Homes for Sale Near Walter Reed

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The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) was established on November 10, 2011, as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Act, which consolidated National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center on the grounds of the former NNMC campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The Medical Center combines the proud history and … Continued

All About Edgemoor in Bethesda –

Want to know all about Edgemoor in Bethesda? This very special neighborhood is found just west of downtown Bethesda and within walking distance of the metro, lots of restaurants and bars, shops and theaters, and easy access to the rest of the DC metro area.   Residents may choose to enjoy the Edge­moor Club, a private … Continued

Rents Are Rising!

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Rents are rising in the US for apartments across the country. According to a new report from RentCafé,  apartment rents have risen over the last year, including last month when there was an unusually large jump. RentCafe reported that the average U.S. apartment rent in June was $1,465, up 3.2 percent year-over-year. Rents are Rising in … Continued

What Happens Between Ratification and Closing?

What to do between ratification and closing

After looking at properties for days, weeks or months and finally choosing (or winning) the right one, you want to move in as soon as possible. Closing typically occurs thirty to forty five days after contract ratification. You may wonder what happens between contract ratification and closing. Here is a short summary of those important … Continued

Inventory May Be Improving

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Inventory has been tight for the last few years. Homeowners are reluctant to sell because they know that they have only a few choices. What if they sell and then can’t find a home to buy? This may be about to change! After a bout of hesitation at the start of the year, more homeowners … Continued

Fannie Mae Predicts Rebound in Housing Market

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Fannie Mae’s May Economic & Housing Outlook predicts strong demand along with improved affordability points to a rebound in the housing market in 2019. Fannie Mae said, “Pending sales and purchase mortgage applications are trending upward, while the lower mortgage rate environment and builders’ renewed focus on modestly sized homes are likely to support affordability.” … Continued