What’s the difference between VA, FHA, and Conventional Loans?

What’s the difference between VA, FHA, and Conventional Loans?

What’s the difference between VA, FHA, and Conventional Loans? The differences between VA, FHA, and Conventional loans are based on two things: the borrower’s down payment and qualifications, and the condition of the property. VA loans are zero down, but are only available to veterans or active duty military personnel and their families. Do note… Continue Reading

10 Easy & Inexpensive Ways to Save Money and Become Eco-Friendly

10 Easy & Inexpensive Ways to Save Money and Become Eco-Friendly

10 easy, inexpensive ways to save money and become more eco-friendly When it comes to your home, there are numerous expensive ways to become more eco-friendly. Start with replacing old appliances with new ones that use less energy. Then install double or triple glaze windows. Buy some heavy drapes for your windows to keep winter… Continue Reading

Don’t Be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish – Hire a Home Inspector

Don’t Be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish – Hire a Home Inspector

Do you really need that home inspection? Alexandria home buyers on a budget are often tempted to skip the home inspection. Either they’ve looked the house over carefully themselves and see nothing wrong or it’s a new house and they assume that all will be well. Unfortunately, that’s not enough. Saying “no” to the inspection… Continue Reading

First Time Home Buyers:  Where Do You Start?

First Time Home Buyers: Where Do You Start?

So you are thinking about buying your first home, and you’re not quite sure how you start. Many first time home buyers start by logging on to public websites and looking at the kind of home they think they would like. Then they go online, start searching for helpful hints in buying that first home and… Continue Reading

Moving – Make it Easier on the Kids

Moving – Make it Easier on the Kids

Unless you’re moving to a new home within your current Alexandria neighborhood, this transition can be both exciting and terrifying for your school-age children. In addition to leaving a home they just might love, they’re leaving their friends, their playgrounds, their school, family members who lived nearby, their favorite ice cream shop – everything they’re… Continue Reading