Judy Martin's Blog Posts

Need Help Finding a Home? Here's an idea: New Home Builds

With such low-interest rates on mortgages, it's no wonder why people are rushing to secure a home right now. Combined with the extremely low inventory on the market right now, we're seeing something

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How to Land Your Dream Home

So you found the home of your dreams and you can well afford the asking price, but there’s a problem: At least fifty other buyers are competing to outbid you!You’re not alone in this.

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List Your Home for the Right Price

What's the worst thing that could happen when you list your house for sale?Obviously, your fear is that it won't sell. If you find yourself in that situation after listing (or you're looking for

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5 Ways to Lose Your Loan

One thing you might not know as a new homebuyer is this: Your loan application process is a delicate thing.The period of time before you get approved for your mortgage is full of pitfalls for the

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Three Reasons to Sell

As a realtor with an insider view of what’s going on in the Montgomery County and surrounding areas’ real estate market, I have something to share with you: Homes are moving fast! &

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Using Comparables to Find Your Home’s Value

Working out what a property is worth can be challenging and, speaking from experience, it's more of an art than a science. A few factors go into coming up with the exact value of your home, and

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Why Buy in a Seller’s Market?

If you decided not to buy a house right now because you heard it was a seller's market, I have something you should hear.Right now, sellers may be getting the best value for their home, and with a

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Rental Properties 101

Are you looking for a smart, savvy way to grow your money? One of the best investments you can make is in rental property. There are countless stories about people who found financial freedom

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Location, location, location

Just because it’s cliche doesn’t make it any less true… Location matters.When you’re on the house hunt, the number one rule is location, location, location. Be practical and

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Your House is an Investment : 5 Metrics to Consider

When you buy a home, you want to know that it will hold its value, and even increase in value over time. It’s important to ask yourself “what kind of potential does this house?&

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Virtual Open House “ABC’s”

When the pandemic hit, I’ll admit that I was scared.I worried that real estate, like other industries, might come to a standstill because of social distancing guidelines and we’d lose

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Sell Faster, Sell Higher

Let me start by busting a myth. Some people think that selling quickly means selling for less money, and that is simply not true. The truth is that your best chance of maximizing your return on your

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3 Ways to Outbid the Competition — Without Bidding Higher!

If you’re in the market for a new home in Maryland, you may have noticed how competitive the situation is right now.  There are quite a few buyers out there rushing to take advantage of

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Upcycling with Style!

If you’re not familiar with the concept of upcycling, it’s an incredibly useful practice: repurposing things you would usually throw out, giving them new life with a little creative

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5 Hacks to Make Your House a Home

What's the difference between a house and a home? Besides the obvious answers like having all your stuff there, having family pictures up, and the fact that you sleep there every night, you might

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First-time Home Owners MUST Read Guide to Buying a Home

We've all been there, compulsively checking Zillow, comparing prices by neighborhood, perusing the listings even though we don't intend to buy. If you've come to the point where something is

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5 Ways to Make Your Virtual Open-House or Tours Shine

If you are selling a home right now, you’re either hosting virtual tours, or you’re considering hosting them.Hosting physical open houses or tours may be off the table for quite some,

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Top Reasons Your House Isn’t Selling — None Are COVID-19.

If your house is up for sale, and you’re wondering why it’s not selling, it can be tempting to blame the current pandemic -- but don’t take your house off the market just yet

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5 Hacks to Kid-Proof Your Home

If you’re still reeling from the sudden dilemma of having your kids home 24/7, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Before now, many parents lacked the time to entirely overhaul the

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3 Ways to Make Your Home Office Shine

If you’ve just started working remotely, you’ve probably noticed the challenges that come with it. It can be tricky to focus, stay motivated, and to feel like you’re actually at

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Top Tips for Buying a Home

Buying a home is an important life decision. Consider These important Tips Before You Buy:1) Look at your finances and decide how much you can afford.2) Make sure to physically inspect the home

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Six Essential Springtime Sprucing Ideas

Spring cleaning is very "IN" these days thanks to tidying gurus like Marie Kondo. Collectively, it seems, we have all come around to the philosophy to “keep what makes you happy, and lose the

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Why January is the Best Month to Buy a House

Ask any travel agent what time of year you can get the best bargain on travel tickets and hotels: They’d tell you January. Why? Most people hardly travel in January due to colder weather and

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3 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Help You Sell Your House Faster

If selling your house is part of your to-do list in 2020, it’s a great idea to come up with some New Year resolutions around that goal to back it up — the same as you would for your

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