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Misleading News About the Fall of Housing in November 2015

Author: Fernando Herboso / Category: Arora Hills, Clarksburg Village, Clarksburghomesforsale, Grapevine Ridge

“US Existing Homes Sales

Plunge in November 2015″…NOT!

(Original article here: http://www.reallynicehomes.com/blog/misleading-news-about-fall-housing-november-2015/)

Misleading news seems to be the fallacy of today’s news environment. Every major news organization are set to bring drama and bad news for ratings and they have plenty of it..

This week it wast reported,

The US existing Home Sales has plunged over 10%!

Reporting particularly dramatic events are taken to outweigh a significant amount of statistical evidence…

The evidence is very clear, 

The reason why HOME SALES PLUNGED over 10% in November 2015 is very simple:

A new government regulation was just implemented in October 3rd

This is the new “Know Before You Owe” mortgage rule, commonly known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule. 

These new regulations put a HALT STOP to many transactions in November.. 

Everyone was trying to figure it out how to comply with it..

This is why many transactions where delayed..

See Chart below (courtesy of KCM) 

November’s rise in numbers indicates exactly the time when this new regulation was implemented

The 3 day difference between October and November is EXACTLY 10% on one month’s numbers..10% of transactions were delayed in November…DUH!

So, what is the true market indicator out there..

Without the drama most  news organizations seem to invent for better ratings..

Let’s see how is the housing market actually doing right now…

The best indicator to forecast and look at how well the housing market is doing is to look at the “Foot Traffic Report” from NAR (National Association of Realtors) 

This report indicates the number of prospective buyers that are actively looking for a home at the current time;

So let’s check what this report says in one single glance..(courtesy of KCM) 

It is very obvious..

That demand to buy single family homes is increasing over the last few months – not decreasing.

So if you are planning to sell a house soon, don’t panic, no matter what last month’s sales numbers show, the housing market is still doing well as demand remains strong.

…and if you are thinking to buy soon,

sooner is better than later for these two reasons alone: 

  • Interest rates are creeping up
  • Less competition in the Winter months

 

Whether you are ready to sell or buy, 

Give us a call, we have the “pulse of the market:, 

so you can make the RIGHT MOVE!

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Where are Washington DC’s Best Christmas Lights Displays?

Author: Fernando Herboso / Category: Clarksburghomesforsale

Where are Washington DC’s Best  Christmas Lights Displays?

(Original Article: http://www.reallynicehomes.com/blog/where-are-washington-dcs-best-christmas-lights-displays/)

It’s that time of the year again

Christmas lights!

My family has this tradition to visit Christmas Lights Displays to get us into the Christmas spirit.

I will share with you the best places to go and hopefully your family can  catch some of these beautiful displays of magic and joy to the Season

The gift to all residents in the Washington DC area is that we share the best of each locations

Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia

Let’s separate them and let’s start with Maryland: 

Where to go? 

 

Maryland Christmas Lights:

Winter Lights at Seneca Creek State Park
Location: 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland. November 27 through December 31, 2015 (closed December 25). Sunday – Thursday (closed Monday) 6 – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 6 – 10 p.m. $12 per car Tues-Thurs, $15 Fri-Sun. Pets are FREE!

I love this place because it is full of Winter Lights and they have over 350 illuminated displays  along a 3.5-mile drive through the park. 

 

 

 

The Washington, DC Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints

Location: 9900 Stoneybrook Dr, Kensington, MD 20895

This is also know to I-495 commuters “The Castle in Oz”  Or a Disney’s Princess Home. .or my favorite when I’m stuck in traffic ‘Highway to Heaven”

This is a Mormon temple an is open to all during the Christmas season. They have on display over 450,000 sparkling Christmas Lights, but the best part here is the live concerts and all is FREE!!

You can’t miss this with your family. .

 

Winter Festival Of Lights at Watkins Regional Park

Location: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro

November 27, 2015 through January 1, 2016. HOURS: 5-9:30 p.m. daily. $5 per car; $15 for mini-buses and limos; $25 for buses; $10 for multi-visit passes for cars and vans (good for three visits).

They boast to have over a million twinkling lights…and your gift is: 

They waive the fees on December 25 – Christmas Day – FREE ADMISSION

 

Washington DC Christmas Lights:

ZooLights at the National Zoo
Location: Rock Creek Park. Washington, DC.

This starts in November 27, 2015 through January 2, 2016. Closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31. Hours: 5-9 p.m. and is FREE Admission!

The National Zoo presents this seasonal display of thousands of sparkling animated lights every Christmas with  live musical performances, indoor animal exhibits, and much more. 

What a great place to spend one Saturday prior to Christmas…

 

Northern Virginia Christmas Lights:

Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Location: Old Town Alexandria Marina and Washington Harbour.

One day only. .December 5, 2015, 5:30 p.m. See dozens of festively decorated pleasure boats light up the sky along the Potomac River.

This parade begins at Alexandria’s waterfront and travels to Washington’s Channel at Water St. off of Maine Avenue and is part of Holiday Festivities in Old Town Alexandria

Image credit: R. Kennedy for Visit Alexandria)

Bull Run Festival of Lights
Location: 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, Virginia.

November 18, 2015 through January 3, 2016. Hours: Monday – Thursday & Sunday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays & holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m. This festive display of lights features penguins, snowmen, deer, candy canes and Santa. Monday – Thursday, $15 per car, Friday – Sunday, $20 per car. This event includes more than 40,000 animated lights set to music!

  

Your friends at www.ReallyNiceHomes.com wish that your heart be filled with the joy of giving this Christmas Season….

Merry Christmas!

 Best Christmas Lights

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