April 25, 2015

The Choices You Won’t Regret Years From Now. . .

The Choices You Won’t Regret Years From Now. . .
"I will never regret the things I’ve done.
But, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance."
At the end of our journey, when your vehicle finally goes off the cliff. . we will not regret the things that we have done, as a matter fact, in those precious last minutes of life that  you may have left, we are not  going to think about it . . .as much as the things we  really haven't done.
About  the relationships we were too afraid to have, those decisions that we didn't have guts to make,  the places we waited too long to visit. .on and on . . and now is too late. 
Ricardo Semler is a Brazilian entrepreneur and during a Ted Talk presentation he pondered this very question. 
What if your doctor tells you that you only have 6 months to live? 
You are terminally ill and there is nothing they can do about it .
"Go home, get comfortable and die in 6 months"
I'm sure everyone one of us will react in a different way, 
but the bottom line is all of us may end up with similar decisions..
I will love my family and I will enjoy them even more. .
I will be very nice to them.. even to everybody!
I will travel where I wanted to go and procrastinated for so many years 
I will write a book
I will write a memoir for my children to have...
I will climb a mountain
I will explore land where tigers roam...
I will. . . . .. .
But what if? 
If there is no terminal illness?
You are going to live anyways. . 
Why do we have to wait for doctors orders. .
to finally do what you really want to do with your life? 
What Ricardo Semler did next was brilliant . .. 

He promise himself that Mondays and Thursdays from now on, he will act and pretend like he has 6 months to live. . 

He propagated the same idea to his company and employees
And  now he talks around the things he has already accomplished . .
his trips and adventures as he collects this memories...
To make sure that on his death bed. .
there will not be any regrets. .
but just a smile.


Take the time to watch. .

Ricardo Semler  Ted Talk
and get inspired as I was. .. 

Have a great weekend!


Fernando 
Posted in Life
April 2, 2015

" I Don't Want to Hire You To Sell My House "

Maryland MLS Homes For Sale

"I Don't Want to Hire You To Sell My House,... "

[WHAT A FOR SALE BY OWNER (FSBO) SAID TO ME...]

 FSBO: "I Don't Want to Hire You To Sell My House, When I'm Ready, I Would Prefer to Call my Realtor Friend Before You Anyways...He SOLD my Last House in JUST TWO DAYS!!!?" 

 
ME: "You left money on the table then..."
 
FSBO: "What do you mean leaving money on the table?" 
 
 
ME: "First of all, did you want or meant to sell it in two days?"
 
FSBO: "No, it just happened that way...." 
 
ME: "The reason why I think you left money on the table is because  if you SOLD your house in ONLY TWO DAYS...I can assure you it was UNDER-PRICED!" 
 

FSBO: "Excuse me???  How do you know all that??? "

 
ME: "Any house that sells in two days is under-priced to begin with... There was no time for any marketing to work on your listing. . . the only reason why it sold in two days was because it was a BARGAIN for the buyers...not because your Realtor was any good" 
 

FSBO: "I don't know how can you . . . . 

 
ME: "I'm sorry, but I must tell you this now... you may be making the same mistake once again, and this is my advice before you hire your Realtor friend again."
 
"Your PRICE sold your house..NOT YOUR REALTOR!
 
"You could've hired my 12 year old daughter and achieve the same results. .
You see, to achieve TOP DOLLAR for your house, you need a comprehensive marketing plan that INCLUDES the time necessary to take it's full effect."
 
"Anyone can sell a house at BOTTOM DOLLAR. . 
But to sell your house for TOP DOLLAR. .
you'll  need a good agent that understands the way houses are priced, marketed and sold" 
 
"Please watch this video that I prepared just for you to explain my strategy HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME FOR TOP DOLLAR"
 

 

 

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Posted in Selling
April 1, 2015

How To Get Top Dollar For Your Home [STRATEGY]

Maryland MLS Homes For Sale

"I Don't Want to Hire You To Sell My House,... "

[WHAT A FSBO SAID TO ME...]

 FSBO: "I Don't Want to Hire You To Sell My House, When I'm Ready, I Prefer to Call my Realtor Friend Before You Anyways...He SOLD my Last House in JUST TWO DAYS!!!?" 

 
ME: "You left money on the table then..."
 
FSBO: "What do you mean leaving money on the table?" 
 
 
ME: "First of all, did you want or meant to sell it in two days?"
 
FSBO: "No, it just happened that way...." 
 
ME: "The reason why I think you left money on the table is because  if you SOLD your house in ONLY TWO DAYS...I can assure you it was UNDER-PRICED!" 
 

FSBO: "Excuse me???  How do you know all that??? "

 
ME: "Any house that sells in two days is under-priced to begin with... There was no time for any marketing to work on your listing. . . the only reason why it sold in two days was because it was a BARGAIN for the buyers...not because your Realtor was any good" 
 

FSBO: "I don't know how can you . . . . 

 
ME: "I'm sorry that I have to say this to you now...but I you may be making the same mistake once again, and this is my advice before you hire your Realtor friend again."
"Your price SOLD your house...
NOT YOUR REALTOR"
"You could've hired my 12 year old daughter and achieve the same results. .
You see, to achieve TOP DOLLAR for your house, you need a comprehensive marketing plan that INCLUDES the time necessary to take it's full effect."
 
"Anyone can sell a house at BOTTOM DOLLAR. . 
But to sell your house for TOP DOLLAR. .
you need a good agent that understands the way houses are priced, marketed and sold" 
 
"Please watch this video that I prepared just for you to explain my strategy HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME FOR TOP DOLLAR"
 
 
... and don't make the same mistake again!

 


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March 25, 2015

Single Family Homes For Sale in Silver Spring MD

New Single Family Homes For Sale in Silver Spring MD

Single Family Home Services for Silver Spring Maryland

 

ReallyNiceHomes.com Real Estate Group,  doing business as Maxus Realty Group  provides single family home purchasing  services exclusively for Silver Spring buyers.

Our agents are specialists and have a lot of experience when it comes to spotting a good value in a single family home purchase.

With our significant experience in the single family home market plus our access to all new builders and construction companies in the Silver Spring area. We’re proud to buyers with a plethora of new homes and or resales in all the surrounding nearby neighborhoods.

Rest assured that our company thrives in providing superior customer service when purchasing a new home for your family.

 

The areas we serve: 

Silver Spring

Please click on any link fro direct access to resales or brand new construction

Whether the property you are looking for is a resale or brand new construction, you will find all the homes currently available in our website www.ReallyNiceHomes.com

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Sample of the latest listings in Silver Spring MD

The Latest Listings in Silver Spring

 

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$599,000

2936 MARLOW FARM TERRACE, Silver Spring

MUST SEE!! Over 5000 sq ft. Exquisite, Impeccably maintained brick front rambler on cul-de-sac. 3 Bedrooms and 3 Full baths. Gorgeous Living, Dining and family room area...

  • Beds3
  • Baths3.0
  • MLSMC8583378

 

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$485,000

517 COSGRAVE WAY, Silver Spring

Classic Colonial - 3 finished levels - hardwood floors on main level;newer carpeting in lower level;family room with fireplace off kitchen; fenced yard; 2 car garage;grea...

  • Beds4
  • Baths4.0
  • MLSMC8583194

 

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$279,900

8045 NEWELL STREET Unit #422, Silver Spring

Luxury condo in Downtown SS. Open 4th floor unit with ample sunlight, gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and custom cabinets, Brazilian cherry wood floors, office n...

  • Beds1
  • Baths1.0
  • MLSMC8583706
  • Bldg.Silver Spring Metro

 

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$374,900

1917 CARMODY DRIVE, Silver Spring

Charming Rambler w Front Porch & Deck, only 6 BLOCKS to W.METRO/ W.MALL/COSTCO/RESTAURANTS; Fenced Yard Backs to Park; Property renovated in 2009: Kitchen Appliances/ F...

  • Beds4
  • Baths2.0
  • MLSMC8583718

 

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$750,000

309 WILLINGTON DRIVE, Silver Spring

Fab 5BR, 3.5BA modern home built in 2009 on wooded lot! Hardiplank siding, dbl paned win, hdwd floors & fab open kit/fam rm.Main lvl feat open liv & din rms, half ba, kit...

  • Beds5
  • Baths4.0
  • MLSMC858350

 

 

New Single Family Homes For Sale in Silver Spring MD

Posted in SILVER SPRING
March 25, 2015

Single Family Homes For Sale in Frederick MD

New Single Family Homes For Sale in Frederick MD

Single Family Home Services for Frederick Maryland

 

ReallyNiceHomes.com Real Estate Group,  doing business as Maxus Realty Group  provides single family home purchasing  services exclusively for Frederick buyers.

Our agents are specialists and have a lot of experience when it comes to spotting a good value in a single family home purchase.

With our significant experience in the single family home market plus our access to all new builders and construction companies in the Frederick area. We’re proud to buyers with a plethora of new homes and or resales in all the surrounding nearby neighborhoods.

Rest assured that our company thrives in providing superior customer service when purchasing a new home for your family.

 

The areas we serve: 

Frederick

Whether the property you are looking for is a resale or brand new construction, you will find all the homes currently available in our website www.ReallyNiceHomes.com

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Sample of the latest listings in Frederick MD

The Latest Listings in Frederick Maryland 

 

  • Beds4
  • Baths2.0
  • MLSFR8583349

 

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$159,000

184 FAIRFIELD DRIVE, Frederick

Beautifully maintained home w/3 finished levels backing to common space. 2 full baths on the bedroom level plus 2 additional half baths. Like-new wood floors in the livin...

  • Beds3
  • Baths4.0
  • MLSFR8581760

 

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$254,000

1829 MILLSTREAM DRIVE, Frederick

Clean,clean,clean. Bright , sunny 3 level split. 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 bathrooms. Wood floors, 1 car garage, sunroom and a beautifully landscaped fenced yard for play / ent...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3.0
  • MLSFR8580270

 

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$168,500

225 CANFIELD TERRACE, Frederick

Great location for shopping, education and commuting! This spacious townhome gives you 3 levels of space, from the lower level with its family room, storage/laundry room ...

  • Beds3
  • Baths3.0
  • MLSFR8579560

 

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$3,310,000

139 FAIRFIELD DRIVE, Frederick

This property is listed as a part of a 14 Package Real Estate Investment Portfolio. Properties sold together. For the serious investor looking to diversify their portfoli...

  • Beds3
  • Baths2.0
  • MLSFR8578562

 

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$285,000

1813 LAWNVIEW DRIVE, Frederick

Spacious 4 bedroom Colonial features main level family room off kitchen, fenced yard, shed, large deck & finished basement with MANY Updates: Trane Heatpump 2008, Roof ...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3.0
  • MLSFR8572742
  • Bldg.Amber Meadow

Single Family Homes For Sale in Frederick MD

March 6, 2015

What's My Car Worth. . and my House Please?

Maryland MLS Homes For Sale

"What's My Car's Value and ...My House Please?"

 Q: Any recommendations for the best website to look for sold homes in order to pull comps for ourselves?

 Question asked and answered on DCUrbanmom.com
 
A: You know car companies have this done correctly!
If you have a 2012 Honda Accord for sale, they will tell you what an average car with average miles costs?...and that is just the beginning of an estimated value...
Then they ask questions to adjust this value..
How many miles?
Any accidents?
Any premium wheels? 
size of engine?
Automatic or manual?
Accessory packages? 
Any Extras? CD Player, leather seats...etc
They even ask for your area...zip code, for a more accurate report
 
What about houses? 
They ask you for your address...
and 
BOOOMMMMMM
Here's your value!
 
Your question was, 
"Any recommendations for the best website to look for sold homes in order to pull comps for ourselves?"
 
Why do it yourself? is just  a meaningless number!
 
For example, 
Why would you allow the final SOLD PRICE on a similar home in your neighborhood , that has outdated wood paneling, or a house filled with pet odors belonging to a divorcing couple that must sell right away...
 
Why would you use those comparables to determine how much your house should sell for?
 
That is what a zestimate is ...
or what any CMA pulled from the Internet does for you..
They bunch all the houses together...good or bad and then they give you an estimate that could be up to 40% OFF! 
 
So if the car business had estimates...
 
Your Honda Accord's value could be $10,000 or $6,000 
Take your pick!
 
If you need to know the value of your house because you may be selling...
call me, I'll do an extensive review with no obligation from your part...
 
Just promise you will at least consider my services when you are ready to sell...
 
Deal? 

 


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Feb. 19, 2015

Fifty Shades Of Listings Gone Bad

Maryland MLS Homes For Sale

"Fifty Shades Of Listings Gone Bad "

 Q: What's The Longest Its Taken To Sell a House in the Washington DC Metro Area? 

Feeling down about the fact that my perfectly lovely house - which is in a different state - has been on the market 110 days with no offers.

Not asking for advise on how to sell my house faster, just wondering what was the longest it took to sell a home in this area?

Maybe it will help me feel better knowing that EVENTUALLY my house will sell. 

 Question asked and answered on DCUrbanmom.com
A:This is more for amusement than constructive to help you sell your home faster.  
 
To answer your question, I did a quick search on the MLS to find who has the dubious distinction of having SOLD their home for the longest time period in the Metro area...
 
This is what I found: 
 
There was a  house in Washington DC that took 3117 DAYS!! to sell.. . 
What is amusing is that the agent put into the remarks section of the listing: 
"Owner Wishes for a Quick Sale" 
Talk about Fifty Shades of punishment for this poor seller...
 
In any case that Realtor has missed her calling. She should be training agents how to keep their clients happy when selling a property. 
She could make a fortune with her techniques!
 
I wonder the reason why it took this Realtor 3117 days to sell this property? 
 
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I know that there are only 3 general reasons why homes do not sell. . .
 
Price, Condition & Marketing
What about price? 
I imagine this question was asked at some point during the process. .
“Don’t we have to start high so we can come down?”
and as they days passed, they dropped the price but not enough to be a contender with the competition.
 
What about condition? 
 
"Should I remove my collection of stuff that I accumulated for the last 25 years before showing the property? 
"Nawh" . . it will be alright!..let's put it for sale!" 
 
They should have know...that appearance is critical, and it would be foolish to ignore this when selling a home. 
 
You may not be able to change your home’s location or floor plan, but you can do a lot to improve its appearance before putting it in the market.
 
What about the marketing? 
"What marketing?"
"Exactly!"
When selling your home, make sure that your largest asset is given the maximum exposure it deserves

No one looks pretty in the dark!
Feb. 11, 2015

"The Neighbor From Hell" . . Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Maryland MLS Homes For Sale
 
 

"The Neighbor From Hell"


Q: I just arrived in DC yesterday. Before my movers were scheduled to come I had a guy come out to give me an estimate on putting a fence in front of the rowhouse I just bought. I haven't even met my neighbors yet. And the next thing I know my neighbor if raising his voice at me telling me that "we are going to have a problem" if I put up a fence and we are going to be getting off on the wrong foot. Never mind the fact that I had literally met this man ten seconds prior to this. I went in the house and listened to the fence guy and honestly won't do the fence because it is way more expensive than I anticipated. But I don't want to make this guy think that he won. He kept on going on about how the neighborhood used to be a certain way and there is his mom has been there fifty years and he grew up in this house and no one else on the block has fences. 
 
I am really at a loss. I have read over and over how you should be mindful of older residents and try to be accommodating, but I literally don't know what to do when I get accosted about something I'm only thinking about doing only 24 hours after moving in. 
 
I'm thinking about putting a fence up for spite. 
What would you guys do?


Question asked and answered on DCUrbanmom.com

 
A: Definitely don't do anything just for spite.
The moment you do that..
you lose
your honor
and
your principles.. .

Pretend this person is crazy and deranged ...which most likely he is.
Pretend he is a child living inside an adult body
I would ignore him and simply go on living with purpose. . .

Many years ago, I  sold a house before when the neighbor refused to help us tidy his yard...
he was yelling at my clients from his front yard, deranged and all crazy
 ..cussing them for daring in asking  him to cut his grass.

There was no HOA on the neighborhood and neighbors in general kept their yard tidy and neat..

Except this neighbor from hell.
The bully of the neighborhood

He was definitely making my listing look bad...
Potential buyers were driven away. . who wants to live next to foot high grass with trash littered all around?

"Most real estate experts all agree that curb appeal is one of the most important aspects to consider when selling your home. 
When selling, it's the appearance from the street that determines if the buyer never gets out from their car or not "

In this case...buyers and Realtors were not even getting out from their cars!

I decided to do something about it. .

I knocked on his door
and
brought him some cookies!
After a brief introduction,
I explained him that it behoove him that we sell the neighbors property for as much as possible
so that his property can go up in value!
That would mean more money for him when he sells his house..later on.

I offered to send my crew to clean & cut his yard...
he accepted politely. .after I assured him that that was no trouble at all..
"We have money allocated for this and it will be no problem for us."
It cost me $150 plus some cookies from Subway..
I defeated him with charm. .
and a very strong weapon. .

Chocolate cookies!

Sold the house...and my clients were very happy. .
The bully neighbor was happy. .
I was happy..
and life moves on. .

Do you have a Subway Restaurant close by?
 
 
                                                                                                                                   
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Feb. 11, 2015

Foreclosure Bargains Of Maryland. Where Are They Now?

Maryland MLS Homes For Sale

Q: Where are all the good deals now that foreclosures in Maryland have decreased numbers? 
A: I got news for you. Foreclosures have NOT decreased, on the contrary, foreclosures for the state of Maryland have increased when you compare it to last year’s numbers.
According to the latest “Corelogic National Foreclosure Report” Foreclosures in the nation,  have dropped down 34.3% overall since December 2013. The bad news for Maryland is that we are in the top 7 states with the most foreclosures as of February 2015
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Is hard to understand that Maryland is put with the like of Florida, Nevada, New Jersey and a few other states that are well known to be always in trouble when it comes to jobs, deficits and housing speculation.
Why are we ranking so high in foreclosures when we lead in the jobs market and low unemployment numbers?
The answer is simple, Maryland simply was too protective of its citizens, providing us with all types of programs and benefits to keep lenders from foreclosing their properties.
There are families still living in Maryland that did not make a single mortgage payment in the last 2 years…some even longer!
Completely different of what our neighbor state of Virginia did for its citizens. Not only they did not protect them… but encourage lenders to take names, foreclose and get those properties back into the market with legitimate home buyers that could afford to pay for them.
This is why Virginia is ranked on the top 10 of states with the least number of foreclosures as of February 2015
If you are struggling paying your mortgage payments…you want to be living in Maryland and not Virginia!
What about Washington DC?
Washington DC is the Mama Bear of its citizens if they are struggling with their mortgages. Lenders must hate it when they see the address of a potential defaulting loan as Washington DC. They know they have to jump through hoops and loops to get a foreclosure processed.
Washington DC is ranked 5th in the nation with the most foreclosures as of February 2015
 
Going back to your question..
“Where are all the good deals now that foreclosures in Maryland have decreased in numbers? “
The “deals” are there, and they are more prevalent now with low income housing.
Lenders are starting to pay attention to the low value housing and homeowners ( “squatters “ ) who are occupying their assets with no payments received.
PG County, Baltimore and low value housing units in Washington DC are getting their notices of default now. A foreclosure forthcoming.
If you are a buyer, you can still find a great deal with these low value foreclosures and convert them to rentals… these families have to live somewhere.
If you are a seller and your home is close to these areas of hardship. The value of your home will be affected and it will be a long time to gain equity under these conditions.
foreclsures
If you are one of those homeowners living without paying your mortgage…
No matter where you live..
Is their house, and you are defined as a “squatter” unfortunately…is time to put a plan together before someone comes and changes your locks!
These are your options:
  • ·       Call your lender and ask for a loan modification if you have the income to qualify for it.
  • ·       Call your lender and ask them if you qualify for a short sale?
  • ·       Call your lender with an attorney and do a “deed in liue of a foreclosure
Why you should take the bull by the horn?
When a lender forecloses a property, the homeowner will face a deficiency judgment. . Meaning that you give up your keys…but the AMOUNT YOU OWE STILL IN FORCE!
Talk to them directly or hire someone to speak to them in your behalf
Read more ways to protect your house by going to Maryland Hope Website
Stats and more information provided by: SimplifyingTheMarket.com 
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Feb. 4, 2015

Should You Buy a House Now? or Later This Year?

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Q: My wife and I are having a discussion. She says we should buy a house now and I really think that we should wait for later on the year to buy and see if prices get cheaper... Who is right? Do you think prices will come down? 

 

A: A great question to ask and congratulations my friend...you have a very smart wife!

Aside the fact that the decision to buy a home should be timed based on your needs and not the market, let me give you an explanation of what we are expecting on prices this year.

A recent post from Keepingcurrentmatters.com indicated the cost vs price difference in housing for 2015 to be higher at the last quarter of 2015.

This is a little hard to understand from a buyers point of view, specially if you are not a regular follower of real estate market statistics...

But here's a brief explanation what this means for you:

Should I buy a house in the first quarter of 2015?

or 

Should I buy a house in the last quarter of 2015?

A nationwide panel of real estate experts, including economists  and investment market strategists have predicted that home values will appreciate for at least 4% by the end of the year

Additionally as they look at mortgage rate form Freddie Mac most recent commentary and projections, there is a consensus that interest rates will appreciate to 4.5 by the end of 2015

What is the bottom line if you buy now or wait until the end of the year?

This is a demonstration of what is your bottom line if you wait to buy now in dollar amounts 

Taking as an example buying a typical $250,000 home today.

buying homes

 

Easy to understand.

If the economists are right, for a $250,000 house, you will be paying $172.32 more per month. .

On a typical 30 year mortgage, you will end up paying a total of $62,035.20 more at the end of your loan.

 

Now the question comes again..

Should I buy a house in the first quarter of 2015?

or 

Should I buy a house in the last quarter of 2015?

The answer is YES if you want to save around $60,000 in the next few years...

And you should buy your wife a diamond ring. ..for saving you all this money!

 

 

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