The Real Estate Market Is Looking Sunny For Buyers This Spring

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of spring is, of course, sunshine. And for buyers who are looking to purchase real estate this spring season, the forecast is looking pretty sunny.

According to a recent article in Realtor Magazine, while home prices across the country are up year over year, the outlook is improving—and homes are expected to become increasingly affordable as we move through spring. The reason for the improved affordability outlook? Falling mortgage rates, which has increased potential homeowners’ buying power and reduced the average monthly mortgage payment (according to the article, mortgage payments on an average-priced home in the US have dropped by $62 per month).

The Takeaway

Spring is on its way, and sunnier days—and a sunnier real estate market—are on their way right along with it.

80 Creekside Drive, Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Updated cabin with river views. Vaulted ceilings upstairs in spacious owner suite. Marble counters in kitchen and stainless appliances.

Newer light fixtures and updates throughout.

Spacious deck is perfect for entertaining or relaxing and enjoying wildlife.

1.53 acres with access to Cacapon River


Offered for $156,000 

Meghan Pachas, Principal Broker WVB180040048


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2945 Cedar Ln, Fairfax, VA 22031

Rare opportunity to own an original farmhouse from the 1930’s.

Modern renovations throughout while maintaining charm, original built in bookcases and garden shed. Home features hardwood floors throughout, two fireplaces, and finished basement.

Two bedrooms upstairs include bonus areas, previously used as nurseries and office space. Main floor addition added allows for potential main level master bedroom with full bath or option to use a second family room.

Located on 0.73 acres, plenty of space for expansion or a garden

Home is conveniently located across the street from Fairhilll Elementary. Private country feeling while close to everything, minutes to Routes 50 and 29 and Mosaic District, excellent commuter location

Offered for $670,000

Presented by Meghan Pachas. MAP Property Solutions. Stephens City, VA

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Beware the Bandwagon Agents on St Patrick’s Day and the rest of the year

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s day.”

Lots of people who aren’t Irish love to celebrate on Saint Patrick’s Day. Why not?! There’s nothing wrong with going to a parade, enjoying some Irish food, and having a few drinks.

But picture someone going to a parade, and having a few too many drinks.

And then that person jumps up on the bandwagon as it drives by in the parade. He grabs an instrument from someone in the band, and starts playing it poorly. And then he starts singing from the top of his lungs about how great it is to be Irish.

Might be good for a few laughs from the crowd. It’s probably annoying to the people in the band. But, beyond that, it isn’t really hurting anyone.

Here’s a question for you…

Was that guy truly Irish, or not?

Given what you saw happen, it’s impossible to say. There isn’t enough information. But, he sang about being Irish, so you might presume he is.

What you can say for sure is that he was a mess, and not a very good singer or musician. It was obvious that he didn’t belong up on the bandwagon. He just jumped onto it and made himself part of the band.

As real estate agents, we see this happen in the parade of our industry.

People who are part of the onlooking crowd jump up onto the real estate bandwagon. They get their license because it looks fun, or easy, or because the market is hot. And then they start singing from the top of their lungs about how great it is to be a real estate agent.

So, what’s the harm in that?

For those of you who aren’t real estate agents, you hear plenty of agents who just jumped on our bandwagon singing about how great it is to be a real estate agent. But…that doesn’t mean that the agents you hear singing that tune are great real estate agents.

There’s no way for you to know if they’re truly great real estate agents, until it’s too late… until you’ve decided to work with an agent who has simply jumped on the bandwagon. It is then that you come to find out that the tune they’re singing is out of key.

Agents who just jump on the real estate bandwagon can hurt you.

In the least, it can be a waste of your time until you figure it out and ditch that agent for a better one. But, you could find out the hard way, if the agent doesn’t know what they’re doing and causes you to make a mistake when you buy or sell a house.

From an agent perspective…

While it may seem harmless enough for someone to get their real estate license and start singing about how great it is to be a real estate agent, it’s not.

It’s part of what gives the great, serious agents in our industry an undeserved reputation. And it gives people the impression that our profession is one big parade or party people can jump into.

It isn’t.

It’s a career that requires absolute dedication and seriousness.

Sure, we all love the great days and times we have in real estate. The little celebrations.

But there are as many days and times that are not one big party that we need to go through in order to become, and actually be, truly great real estate agents.