Home Buying Tips

  DragonImages/iStock; realtor.com   A good real estate agent holds your hand through the home-buying process, fights battles on your behalf, and all in all helps you achieve your dreams of homeownership with a smile. But have you ever wondered what they’re really thinking, behind that calm, professional demeanor? Plenty. And while they will often share their […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jul 18, 2017

gguy44/iStock; loveguli/iStock Hoping to buy your first home? Texas is calling. New analysis by finance site WalletHub has found that the Lone Star State boasts four of the top 10 cities for first-time home buyers in 2017. WalletHub came to this conclusion after analyzing 23 metrics important to home buyers—from affordability to quality of life to crime rates—in 300 cities of varying sizes, including small […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jul 18, 2017

akurtz/Getty Images Buying a home—especially if it’s your first—can be a lot like losing weight in the sense that people end up doing, well, some pretty dumb stuff in the process. But while desperate dieters might waste money on “magical” weight-loss pills or silly exercise equipment (remember the shake weight?), misguided home buyers could be doing far more serious […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jul 12, 2017

  AlexRaths/iStock; bortonia/iStock   When buying a home, cash is king, but most folks don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars lying in the bank. Of course, that’s why obtaining a mortgage is such a crucial part of the process. And securing mortgage pre-qualification and pre-approval are important steps, assuring lenders that you’ll be able to afford […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jun 22, 2017

  YinYang/iStock   If you think a home marked “sale pending” is off-limits, think again. Yes, this label means that the buyer and seller have negotiated an accepted purchase contract, but things happen—and sales can fall through. For that reason, there’s no harm in making a backup offer. “If a buyer is in love with […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jun 20, 2017

  daizuoxin/iStock   What is a mortgage broker? In a nutshell, this professional helps you find the best mortgage by shopping all the options at your disposal. This can be a huge plus if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the mortgage process and can’t tell which loan is right for you. However, mortgage brokers aren’t ideal for everyone, so it’s good to learn […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Jun 17, 2017

  Artystarty/iStock   You don’t really understand the value of title insurance until you’re in the thick of the home-buying process. Title insurance will make sure you and your lender will be protected in the event that the seller or previous owners didn’t have absolute ownership of the house. (It sounds crazy, but sometimes it turns […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | May 23, 2017

Northern Virginia Neighborhoods By County

Best Northern VA Neighborhoods There are hundreds of great neighborhoods in the Northern Virginia area. For your convenience, I have put together a list of the most popular neighborhoods by county below. View the latest homes for sale in all of the different neighborhoods below by clicking on the county photo. Culpeper County Neighborhoods Fauquier County […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | May 22, 2017