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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Important Tips For First Time Home Buyers



Making the decision to purchase a home can be intimidating to some, mostly because you are entering into a market you know absolutely nothing about. Thus, things seems simple when you watch the HGTV show House Hunters where all you see is clients view three homes, choose the one they like, make an offer, seller accepts then boom, you move in.

 Granted that is somewhat how the process goes, but it don't clearly express how buyers officially got to that point of purchasing. Choosing to buy a home is one of the biggest transactions you will ever make, and here are a few things you MUST consider in order to have smooth successful process, therefor, you want to go into this journey well educated on what it takes to be become a homeowner.

Are you financially prepared?

No one wants to be house poor and it usually takes a while to save money in order to get to a point where you are financially comfortable. If you know that becoming a homeowner is in your future then it’s vital that you start saving early. You can open a separate account or use your savings account from your current bank. It’s best to save at least 8 months to a year worth of what your potential mortgage should be, plus utilities.

There are a number of fees you need to consider adding in your savings process including principal and interest, utilities, inspection, appraisal, furniture, food, basic cosmetic repairs, down payment and closing costs as well as other personal bills such as car payments/insurance, phone cable/TV and internet. If you have saved at least $20,000 you then will decrease the risk of falling behind in emergency situations like an unexpected job lose or even adding an addition to your family.

 Getting Pre Approved

Another important factor in starting your journey in purchasing a home is to have your finances in order by paying off any debt that may affect your credit. Nowadays it’s even more difficult for people to get qualified for any kind of loan who have bad credit. One of the things lenders look at is how much debt you owe, which ultimately determines whether you are able to get qualified. Check your credit; you should know all three of your FICO scores from the credit bureaus. View all items on your report so you’ll know exactly what to work on beforehand.

 Check with your bank to find out all the necessary requirements. Note that your lender of choice will look for any outstanding debt, credit history and reports along with bank statements, paystubs and at least 2/3 years tax returns. You definitely have a good chance on getting approved if you have proven to have a good history when it comes to paying bills and loans on time and being financial responsible.

 Shop around when choosing a professional for assistance, most lenders have different mortgage products, fees, interest rates and can also help with finding you 1st time home buyers programs that help with grants and closing costs. You want to find a lender which offers you the best package that fits your needs. Talk to you friends, family and trusted colleagues who have been down this road before, they might be able to refer you.

 Finding the Right Agent

Let’s face it, there are agents just about on every corner nowadays however not every agent will meet your needs. This is another process where you will have to do your homework. Being as though the home buying process is already stressful and overwhelming enough, so you will want to find an agent who is flexible, considerate and patient no matter what situation comes into play. Some agents are pushy and aggressive and will try to rush you into choosing a place, grab their commission and run. You need an agent who’s going to work hard and take their time in walking you through this journey. There are a lot of great professional agents out here and you don’t have to settle on the first one you run across. Take your time and talk to a few of them and you will find one that you will automatically connect with.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

6 Mirror Wall Designs

Wall mirror decor doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. A few simple tricks can spruce up your space whether you are going for a modern look or something more traditional. Decorating your living area with mirrors can totally transform your room into a stunning sophisticated look.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Vida Fitness & Capitol Riverfront offering FREE summer workout classes

 For all my fitness lovers, I am excited to share that Vida Fitness and Capitol Riverfront BID has partnered up to offer FREE “Get Fit For Summer” outdoor workout classes to the public. This is a great way to take advantage of Vida's effort to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Classes have already started but no worried, they will continue throughout the summer.


Get your workout on, bring your family and friends to enjoy the weather and experience positive energy with workouts that includes flexibility, strength training and lots of cardio. 







V- Boot Camp – Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm
Boot Camp- Tuesdays 7:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am
Sunrise Yoga- Saturdays 6:30-7:30 am
Sunset Yoga- Tuesdays 5:45-6:45 pm
Vinyasa- Fridays 12:00-1:00 pm
Zumba- Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm

WHEN:  Monday, April 28 through August
WHERE:   The Yards Park Boardwalk
                355 Water Street SE, Washington D.C, 20003

Participants are encouraged to RVSP by emailing Alexandra Burgess at: aburgess@vidafitness.com. For more information on classes and events please visit www.capitolriverfront.org

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

USA Track & Field Championship & Olympics





Wednesday, January 22, 2014

10 Trendy Stylish Cardigans

Who doesn't like to be cozy, warm and still look fabulous?

Whether you’re going for a modern, classic, sporty, flirty or free spirit look, there is a cardigan out there that serves all purposes. Cardigans can be dressed up or down, their versatile, super cozy and can be worn during off season. They come in different styles, prints, patterns and should be a part of every woman’s wardrobe. Stand out and get runway ready as we count down the 10 must have Cardigans from some of our favorite stores. 


Anna Diamond Jacquard Cardigan $79.50 Banana Republic 



Metallic Black Stitched Cardigan $69.00 Ann Taylor



Asymmetrical Cardigan $345 Ralph Lauren 



Fluffy Cardigan $59.95 H&M



Maxi Cardigan $40 Forever 21



Aeo Ribbed Cardigan $49 American Eagle



Two Toned Cashmere Cardigan $127 Neiman Marcus



Tory Burch Simone Merino Cardigan $225 Nordstrom 



Color-block Stripe Drape Cardigan $60 Macy's



Ecote Mix Intarsia Open-Front Cardigan $49 UrbanOutfitters 


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Saturday, January 11, 2014

How to properly DE Clutter your dresser top

Hello and Happy Saturday!

So, if your dresser have looked anything like mines in the past (hot mess) then it is definitely time for a little organization therapy. I have been struggling for a long time trying to find simple ways to organize my dresser top and keep it DE cluttered. It became so cluttered with cosmetic products, jewelry, mail, books, receipts, pictures, cd’s, dvd’s, clothes, I mean you name it and it was on my dressers.



Once I started the organization process awhile back, life has become so much easier and I feel great about the progress I've made and how I have maintained it.

Your bedroom is a place where visitors usually don’t go, so it becomes a super comfort spot. It’s so easy to lose control of all the clutter. Here are some efficient tips that have helped me along the way. Take breaks as you go through the steps; you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. 


Remove everything from your dresser top. It’s best to place everything in boxes or containers to sort through later, and also to avoid a huge mess in your room. Organize as the items are being put into your boxes. All the paper clutter in one box, clothes in another, cosmetics products in separate container. This step will save you time later when your getting ready to go threw them and put them the items in the proper places. 


Once everything is cleared off, clean and dust the space with the appropriate cleaners. Now you have a clean dresser top and you can decorate it with a picture or book or two, candles, or your favorite perfumes.

I use a container I brought from Target to store other items I don't want just laying around. Everything does not need to be on the dresser, so don’t over clutter. If you don’t use it regularly then store it in containers or in the closet. If you don't use it at all then throw it away.