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What Do You Want To Learn About At The R.O.A.D. Show?

April 20, 2016  |  by Ellen

We’ve had over 1500 MRIS customers sign up to attend one of eight MRIS R.O.A.D. Show events around our region coming up in May and June. We’ll have MRIS staff on hand to give demos of products such as Mozaic, SmartCharts, Homesnap and more! We’ll also have a sneak peek at the new MRIS.com website with its much more streamlined... Continue Reading

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What Are Your Best Tips For Curb Appeal And Outdoor Perks?

April 13, 2016  |  by Ellen

In his latest Washington Post column MRIS Chairman Jon Coile has put together a list of suggestions for improving both the look of the outdoor spaces around a home as well as how to make them more appealing with some low-cost, but high-impact perks. Outdoor WiFi, versatile entertaining spaces, and sound systems are just some of the ideas he has for... Continue Reading

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What Do You Think Of The Major Changes Coming to Tysons?

April 6, 2016  |  by Ellen

The longterm plan for the Tysons corridor is for it to become the ‘new downtown’ of Fairfax County. City planners have the goal of up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs by 2050. On a macro-level the plan is: Land more than a quarter mile from a Metro station should devote 75% of the space for residential purposes Land inside... Continue Reading

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We Want To Know: Should Renters Get Tax Breaks Too?

March 30, 2016  |  by Ellen

There’s a new bill in the House that, if passed, would provide renters with tax breaks similar to those that homeowners receive from the mortgage interest deduction. There are two sets of opinions about this from the housing industry. One side is saying it would be bad for housing because there would be less of an incentive for people to... Continue Reading

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We Want To Know: Do Eco-Friendly Roofs Attract Your Buyers?

March 23, 2016  |  by Ellen

Our CEO David Charron has a new column as part of the Washington Post‘s Spring Real Estate Guide. This week he looks at the financial incentives of having a “green” roof on a home for people living in the District. Judging by the searches performed on MRIShomes.com, interest in eco-friendly properties is significant, but we would like to hear from... Continue Reading

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What Rights Do Property Owners Have Over The Ground Beneath Their Home?

March 16, 2016  |  by Ellen

There’s an interesting dispute in a high-end neighborhood in London, England over a homeowner who wants permission to dig deep under his house in order to build a five-story basement. If approved it would be far bigger than his existing aboveground home. Even though this is an extreme situation it still got us wondering what rights homeowners should have regarding... Continue Reading

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How Do You Help Buyers Without A Traditional Credit History

March 9, 2016  |  by Ellen

Do you ever have clients who come from overseas or don’t have very many years of a credit history? There’s an article in the Washington Post that offers advice for how someone without a traditional credit history can still qualify for a mortgage. Tips such as using on-time rent payments and other bills, plus putting down a larger downpayment are... Continue Reading

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What Is The Strangest Buyer Request You Have Received?

March 2, 2016  |  by Ellen

Does the alpaca convey with the sale? How about all thirteen of them? If you didn’t catch this article over on REALTOR.com about some of the strange requests buyers have made during the buying process it’s worth reading if only for the laugh factor. Or, in the unlikely event you have a buyer who wants to purchase the seller’s poodle,... Continue Reading

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We Want To Know Wednesday: Have The I-95 HOT Lanes Impacted Housing?

February 17, 2016  |  by Ellen

Virginia’s electronic-only HOT (High-Occupancy Toll) lanes on I-95 south of the District have been in operation for just over a year and millions of paid rides have taken place. The company that manages the project released some data at the end of last year about the rider habits they have measured since the fees went into place. We learned: •   Toyotas, Hondas... Continue Reading

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We Want to Know Wednesday: How Do You Want to Hear from Us?

January 20, 2016  |  by Tera

Customers often tell us that email is the best way to reach them with information on the latest news and updates. We know how full your inboxes can get and want to make sure we are providing you with the information you care about, in a way that best fits your needs. We are looking to revamp our email communications,... Continue Reading

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