Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gratitude & Giving Back Isn't Just For the Holiday Season

In the greater DC region, there are an estimated 11,623 homeless persons, and in the USA, an estimated 636,017 homeless persons.  Although the Holiday season may be over, there is still a need to give back. 

We had another great opportunity to volunteer, last weekend, at Shepherd's Table, a great organization located in Silver Spring, MD serving the homeless and needy community.  Our team at SMK Realty Solutions has been blessed in so many ways, and we have committed on a monthly basis to support this great organization which serves the surrounding community. 

As I was working on clearing the tables at the end of the shift, I had started talking to a gentleman who came in to eat.  I was asking how his day was, and how we just started helping out here.  And how this place seems to be doing a great job within the Silver Spring community, as the turn outs have been quite large.  His reply struck a chord in me - paraphrasing: "....yes, this place is great, but only in America." 

I wasn't quite sure what to make of this initially, so I kindly smiled, concluded the conversation and continued to work.  As I was wrapping up my shift, I kept thinking about his words as I initially took them from a negative perspective.  Was this guy being ungrateful?  Was he assuming that people get taken care of in America (he was from over seas)?  And/or was he down playing all of the tremendous efforts that are going on around the globe in other parts of the world?

I finally came to the conclusion, that my initial thoughts weren't right, but more importantly, the essence was completely off.  And I realized, coming from immigrant parents, that people NOT ONLY come to America for a better life.  But also come to a country where the society has cultivated a culture/sector where it is capable of SUPPORTING those that aren't in a good position.  America isn't just great because you can get rich, own your home, take vacations and buy nice things.  It's also a place where if the times get tough, there are people/institutions to lend you a helping hand -- and everything in between.

Please consider doing something small in your own backyard to give back.  The ROI on your time and money for helping others is infinite.  We all love the idea of making the world a better place -- lets start small, now and be consistent about it.

SMK Realty Solutions

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Considerations To Make A Wise Real Estate Purchase

2018, a new year and a fresh start!  This could be the year where you purchase your first home, upgrade to a larger home to fit your growing family, or buy your forever home in an area where you see yourself for many years to come.  A home is generally the largest investment of our lives, and it is absolutely critical that you factor in the various variables to make the best decision possible for you and your family.

Here is a framework we developed, and use in our business (REPI).


If there is a home or area you're interested in, drive through the area in the morning, afternoon and evening.  Understanding the environment is critical if you want to make a wise real estate decision.  While the community might look charming during the day, it could be completely different at night.  You want to make sure you know as much of the area or location as possible, and visiting in person gives you a good perspective.


Schools of the area are another big consideration that should be taken into account.  Find out how the schools are rated as compared to others in the district and whether there are ongoing issues with enrollment. It's very important to remember that potential buyers with children will want a home near top-quality schools. The better the schools in your area are, the higher price you are likely to receive for your renovation project.


Create a list of your must haves, nice to haves, and things you absolutely do not want.  This will give you a clear picture of what you're looking for.  This will allow you to efficiently search for your ideal home, and it'll make it very easy to communicate your vision to a real estate professional if you choose to hire one for searching.


And most importantly, follow you instints/gut.  Your mind processes things in a very complex way, and sometimes your intution is spot on.  There could be something very minor about a home, that just doesn't sit right, and you deserve to purchase something that you're absoltely happy with -- don't settle.  Also, don't get caught up by the pressure of hot market conditions or bidding wars.  There is nothing wrong with them, but follow your instincts and be comfortable with walking away as there is always another home for you.

We hope you have found this information useful in your journey to find that perfect home.  If you're looking to sell your home, consider SMK Realty Solutions.  We provide zero obligation consultations as we buy homes just like yours!  We can provide you a fair offer and close on your time line, and the best part is that the home does not have to be cleaned, renovated, etc.  We take care of all of the headaches associated with home renovations.

We also provide referral bonuses (up to $3,000) for homes that we close on -- so if you know anyone that might be interested in selling their home, definitely let us know!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Framing In the Cold!

The framing team is doing a wonderful job and moving quickly. Lots of respect to those that work incredibly hard outside despite these freezing temp days! It is through this hard work that provides a roof over our heads, warmth for our families and another SMK Realty Solutions property hitting the market this spring! Stay tuned -- Woodridge NE DC!

Real Estate and Passing Of Loved Ones

Losing a loved one/family member is very difficult.  It can be incredibly devastating, and we all need time to internalize the situation, gr...