Curb Appeal

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features. Whether it’s as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here…

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Houses

As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and must face the possibility of losing their homes, short sales and foreclosures provide them options for moving on financially. The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different, with varying timelines and financial impact on the homeowner. Here’s a…

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Must-Have Tools for Homeowners | Michelle Merritt | The Merritt Team

When you’re a homeowner, things are going to break. Unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most basic projects for a homeowner.…

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Spring cleaning with Michelle Merritt Realtor

With the official start of spring behind us, it’s time to start seriously thinking about spring cleaning. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the daunting task of an organizing overhaul — but it can be easier to get started by focusing on smaller areas first. Start at the Heart of Your Home Consider…

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Pet evacuation plan

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add…

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Home repairs before listing

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the utmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top four recommended repairs to…

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Home Loans

Is a VA Loan right for you? Jen Riley, a real estate agent with The Merritt Team at Pearson Smith Realty in northern Virginia is joined by Marcus Fields, a loan officer with Academy Mortgage. Jen and Marcus discuss VA (Veterans Affairs) Loans. Find out if this program is right for you as you purchase your next home! And don’t…

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Support The Merritt Team

Not looking to buy or sell right now? That’s okay! Here are a few ways YOU can help support your favorite team (that’s us!): Recommend us to your friends, family, and anyone who needs a real estate expert Remember that we can help anyone in the United States! No matter where they are moving, let…

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Winterize Your Home | Michelle Merritt | The Merritt Team Real Estate Virginia Homes for Sale

Winterize your home to help conserve energy and protects your property from damage caused by the cold weather. Here’s our handy to-do list: Heating Test all systems. Get serviced if necessary. Clean out any debris or foliage in or around units. Change filters regularly. Arrange to fill up fuel tanks if necessary. Reverse ceiling fans.…

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Down Payment Strategies | Michelle Merritt real estate agent | Manassas Virginia

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders. But there can actually…

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