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During the last three months, many of us have begun to re-evaluate what we need from our homes. Some desire more space, maybe with a terrace, garden, or pool, while others may be ready to downsize into a low-maintenance lifestyle. Some might be ready for a residence in warmer weather, while others are looking for a cooler escape. 

Over the next few months and subsequent years, there will be many changes made to the places we call home. At Compass, we are connected to the best real estate professionals in regions all across the country who are ready to help you explore and navigate your options. 

With trusted colleagues in over 130 markets nationwide, we’re here to help — no matter where your move takes you.

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If you ever have any questions about anything involving real estate, please send us a message, schedule a time for a phone or video call, or give us a ring!

What Happens After A Contract is Accepted On My Home?

by Eddie Rangel & Steven Dean, REALTORS

After a contract is accepted for the sale of a home, we keep working for you. Here is a list of the actions that typically have to happen to get from contract acceptance to the settlement table:
1. Contract Delivery: Your contract isn’t binding until it’s signed and delivered. We ensure that it’s delivery and confirm that it’s delivered.
2. Report the Sale: We report the sale to the local multiple listing service, so other agents are aware of the contract. This allows your life in your home to begin to return to normal without the flow of constant prospective purchasers.
3. Verify Loan Application: Contact the Loan Officer for the Purchaser to verify that the loan application is complete and that the sale is moving forward.
4. Verify Funding: If the Purchaser is not obtaining a mortgage, verify that they have the funds to complete purchase.
5. Wood-destroying Insect Inspection: Confirm the date and time for the termite inspection. Provide access for the inspector.
6. Wood-destroying Insect Treatment & Repairs: If needed confirm the date, time, and cost for the termite treatment and repairs. Provide access for the contractors.
7. Appraisal: Confirm date and time of the appraisal. Provide access for the appraiser, and provide data on comparable sales.
8. Home Inspection: Confirm date and time for the home inspection. Review the Home Inspection Notice when received and negotiate as needed.
9. Home Inspection Repairs: Assist with locating contractors to perform repairs required by the Home Inspection.
10. Contingencies: Verify that all contingencies have been removed from the contract, and that the sale is moving forward.
11. “SOLD”: Once the contract is non-contingent, place a “SOLD” sign on the property.
12. Title Work & Survey: Confirm that title work and appropriate surveys are ordered.
13. Completion of repairs: Verify that all repairs required by the contract are completed
14. Wood-destroying Insect Reports & Certifications: Forward copies of the termite reports and any needed certifications to the settlement company.
15. Title Work Status: Once an abstract of title has been received, confirm the status of the title work with the settlement company and the Seller.
16. Title Issues: If title issues arise, advise the Seller how to resolve the title issues.
17. Schedule Closing: Confirm the date and time of settlement with all parties.
18. Movers: If requested, give movers access to the property to create moving bids.
19. Closing Costs: Obtain closing costs figures for the Seller.
20. Walk-Through Inspection: Schedule the date and time for the final walk-through inspection by the Purchaser.
21. Attend Walk-Through Inspection: Meet the Purchaser and the Purchaser’s Agent for the final inspection.
22. Negotiate Walk-Through Inspection: If any issues arise during the final walk-through inspection, negotiate a resolution.
23. Remove Sign & Lockbox: Remove the “FOR SALE” sign, the lockbox, and bring the keys to settlement.
24. Attend Settlement: Attend the Settlement and bring copies of paperwork related to sale of the property.
This is a general guide. For specific guidance, please contact us.

If you ever have any questions about anything involving real estate, please send us a message, schedule a time for a phone or video call, or give us a ring!

Looking to sell your home?

With Compass we have the resources to stay connected with interested buyers, even at a physical distance.

Whether it’s through our tech programs like Collections or Marketing Center, or through online virtual and 3-D tours, we can give your home great exposure in any market conditions.

If you’re looking to sell your home, let’s set up a time to chat. We are always a phone call, text, or FaceTime/Zoom away.

If you ever have any questions about anything involving real estate, please send us a message, schedule a time for a phone or video call, or give us a ring!

Preparing for the Buyer’s Eye

by Eddie Rangel, REALTOR

You only get one chance to make a good first impression!

Prepare your home as if you were having a large group of friends over for a special event. An open house can be a crowded event, so you’ll want to plan accordingly.

  • Consider having a professional service clean the home, including the carpets and the windows.
  • Set the dining room table with attractive linens, dishes, and stemware.
  • Arrange fresh flowers throughout the home and have a fire in the fireplace in fall and winter.





If you ever have any questions about anything involving real estate, please send us a message, schedule a time for a phone or video call, or give us a ring!

Setting Up Utilities in Washington, DC

When selling, be sure to notify your utility companies so the buyer can set-up their accounts.

Setting up your utilities for your new home in Washington, DC?

Here is the contact information for the major providers:

Natural gas (Washington Gas 703-750-1000. Or online: https://www.washingtongas.com/my-account/account-services-support/available-services/start-and-stop-service

Electric (Pepco 800-494-4000. Or online: https://www.pepco.com/MyAccount/MyService/Pages/StartStopMove.aspx

Water (The settlement attorney will typically order the final water bill, and expect that your account will be set-up post-settlement. WASA 202-354-3600

Telecommunications (phone, internet, tv)

Verizon:  1-866-896-6837 or online: https://www.verizon.com/local/washington-dc-fios/

Comcast: 1-800-XFINITY or online: http://www.comcast.com

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Thinking of making home improvements?

Thinking of making home improvements? Cover your bases with these simple tips:

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• Educate yourself on the local permitting requirements, or your co-op or condo association’s policies.

• Hire licensed and bonded contractors for all of the work.

• Ask your contractor to provide you with copies of the permits (if required) at the time the work is being done.

• Post a copy of the permits in the front window to notify your neighbors that you are following the law.

And if you are wondering what improvements will pay off when you sell later on, please contact us give us a call!

Want an up-to-the-minute glance of your neighborhood?

We can set up a Compass Collection for you that will do just that!

Please contact us or call us and we can outline what types of properties you’re interested in and where you want your report to cover. We will set you up on Compass’ one of a kind platform to share immediate updates on market activity. We can even set up several if you would like so you can watch more than one area. You can receive updates weekly, daily, or in real time and you can unsubscribe any time if your interests change. This kind of information can help you avoid missing a property that might interest you, or it can help you stay on top of the level of market activity.

We are here to help!

No hidden fees, no interest charged – ever.

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Exclusive to Compass, our Concierge program is designed to prepare your home for sale. From staging to landscaping to roofing repairs and other home improvement services, we’ll assess every opportunity to elevate your home’s value.

Once the necessary improvements have been determined, Compass will cover all costs, collecting payment for the services rendered at or after the time of the property’s closing. By investing in your home’s potential, we aim to provide a swifter, more profitable sale.

To learn more, give us a call or visit bit.ly/discoverconcierge

Optimism about the market

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead! — Robert Brault

A cape cod house

One thing that is always true about the real estate market is that it is cyclical. Values increase and decrease over time, just like interest rates. Real estate markets are even influenced within micro- neighborhoods, meaning what happens on one block may not be occurring a few blocks over.

If you are wondering what is going on in a particular local area, please be in touch so we can do a micro-evaluation of that market for you! This insight can save you money and time when you are ready to make a move.

If you ever have any questions about anything involving real estate, please send us a message, schedule a time for a phone or video call, or give us a ring!