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Kevin Kleifges
February 2020
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The One Change You Should Make to Your Home in 2020
Splash a new color up on the walls. Redo your floors. Buy a new couch. They might be on the long list of things you’d like to do to your house in 2020. But you know what should be at the top of that list? Buying new plants. 
      So key are plants to the overall look and feel of the home that they made Elle Decor’s list of 2020 design trends. But we’re not talking about those faux, plasticky plants. It’s time for the real stuff.
      “Going green with nice, real indoor plants helps give personality and another layer to a space,” Linda Hayslett of L.H. Designs, told them. “For a while, it seemed like everyone was going faux. But
Mortgage Rates
U.S. averages as of February 2020:


30 yr. fixed: 3.51%
15 yr. fixed: 3%
5/1 yr. adj: 3.24%






But these days, it’s all real, all the time. “I can always spot a faux plant in a design. It may be great initially, but the character of a plant comes from how it organically grows. And
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3 Renovations That Will Help Get Your Home Sold
     When it’s time to sell your house, you want to do it as quickly as possible and for the most money, right? Of course you do. Nobody wants their house to sit on the market and they certainly don’t want to leave money on the table.
      You might not want to think about making renovations to your house because you’re spending money on a place you’re no longer going to live, which means you won’t even be able to enjoy the renovations! But here’s why you should re-think that: Smart renovations can actually help get your home sold quickly and for a higher sales price. Here are three to concentrate on.
      Quartz countertops  Quartz became the preferred choice in countertops several years ago and Elle



An Effective Home Listing Can Get Your Place Sold
     Where are you going to move to next? Will you find another house you love? Will the moving process go smoothly? They’re just a few of the dozens of questions you probably have if you’re getting ready to sell your home and look for another. But first things first: You have to find that buyer! The right real estate listing could make the difference between your home selling quickly, or not at all. 
      You may not have thought much about your real estate listing, but it’s a critical piece of the home-selling pie. Getting it wrong may not necessarily cost you a sale if your home is well-priced, located in a hot area, and you have great listing photos. But it could help you attract the right buyers if done well.
      If you’re working with a good, experienced real estate agent, they are probably already following these tips (and, if not, it might be time for another agent!). Which brings us to our first

Top 5 Benefits of Having A Buyer's Agent Represent You

1. Full Representation- A Buyers' Agent owes 100% of their dedication and loyalty to you, the home buyer. They do not have a reason or motivation to "sell" one house over another, and can thoroughly put YOUR interests above any sellers' wants or needs.
     2. No Loyalty to Home Sellers or Listing Agents- Because of the 100% loyalty to you, their Buyer Client, a Buyers Agent does not need to look out for the best interests of the Seller, whatsoever. Their job is to get YOU - the Home Buyer, into the best home for the least amount of money and hassle possible. The Sellers' and the Listing Agents' wants and needs have nothing to do with the level of service provided by a Buyers' Agent to you, their Buyer Client.
     3. Great Knowledge of the Market- A Buyers agent knows "what is out there" better than anyone else. They spend much of their time looking at houses (both online and in person) and fully understand what is available and where all the good deals are. They are the ones setting appointments and viewing hundreds of homes every month. In many cases, a Buyer's Agent has already seen a home that you may be interested in, and can share with you many details before you even go inside!
    4. Access to ALL Available Properties- A Buyers Agent can show you ANY property that is available - regardless of the sign in the yard. They have access to every home that is for sale, the minute it becomes available, and have no loyalty to one listing agent or company over another. Also, in many cases they can effectively represent their buyer clients in the purchase of a home from an unrepresented seller (FSBO). A Professional Buyers Agent will leave no stone unturned when finding the perfect home for you, their Buyer Client.
     5. Effective Negotiating Skills and Contract Knowledge - A Buyers' Agent is an effective negotiator, as one main part of their job is to write solid offers that get you, their Buyer Client in the best possible situation. They negotiate and write contracts for a living and know all the tips and tricks to use and avoid when dealing with different listing agents and sellers. A Buyer's Agent thoroughly understands all the details of a Buy-Sell Contract, and is able to explain and walk through the entire contract, disclosures and any counter offers to you, their Buyer Client, in a way that actually makes sense. They will maintain the contract and all necessary dates, making sure that it all works out in YOUR BEST INTEREST. Furthermore, a Buyer's Agent can help you find competent lenders, home inspectors, landscapers and anyone else that you, a future homeowner, may need, once you find a home that you want to buy.
     BONUS BENEFIT ... In most cases, representation by a professional Buyers' Agent will cost you nothing - It's FREE! The compensation that a Buyer's Agent receives is built into the selling costs paid by the Seller at the time of closing. Wow! Please call me at 703-346-3783 to discuss how I can help you buy your next home. I am one of the top buyer agents in northern Virginia and would love to add you to my list of loyal clients



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Kevin Kleifges, REALTOR
E-mail: kkleifges@gmail.com
Website: http://www.KevinsProperties.com
703-346-3783
Coldwell Banker
703-346-3783
1900 Baton Drive
Vienna VA 22182


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