This is What We've Learned About Bright MLS So Far

By Tara L. Christianson on Dec 17, 2018 8:00:03 AM

There’s a new MLS in town, and it’s what our CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty agents are using to market their listings and find their buyers a new home. Bright MLS recently replaced Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS) as the multiple listing service used by Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and Washington, DC agents. Bright MLS is the consolidation of 9 MLSs across six states plus Washington, DC, representing 43 associations and encompassing over 85, 000 real estate professionals. (Source)

So, what’s so great about Bright MLS?

Bright MLS was created with several goals in mind, including simplification, improved innovation, enhanced and integrated property information, reduced technology costs, and a number of other features. Specifically, though, there are several qualities our C21 Redwood agents have started to appreciate when learning to use Bright MLS.

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The Amazon Effect: What Their Headquarters Announcement Means for Northern Virginia

By Tara L. Christianson on Nov 21, 2018 10:39:34 AM

It’s being called “The Amazon Effect,” and it has everyone in the Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and Washington, DC areas speculating on what’s going to happen next. If you’re unaware of what the Amazon Effect is – Amazon has recently announced that it’ll be building headquarters in two new locations: New York City and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Whether you’re a homeowner, investor, renter, or someone who’s a potential buyer in these areas, you know that there will be some residual effect on transportation, traffic, school availability, and home prices. We asked some of our in-house real estate experts what they think about the Amazon Effect and, as expected, reactions were varied. Here’s what they had to say.

The Hype Alone Will Have an Effect

C21 Redwood Frederick agent, Bo Clevenger, notes, “Northern Virginia is full of high-tech companies already. Realistically this is just a drop in the bucket, and it should have only a minimal impact to the area, BUT there is so much hype associated with Amazon and the HQ East that there will be unfathomed results blamed/tied to the move.”

Russ Conners, Executive Vice President and Managing Broker of our Reston office, agrees with Bo:

“The impact will be mostly on residual real estate speculation and the hype over the Amazon name. We have a job surplus locally, so it will not make as big a splash as it would in other areas where tech jobs are in shorter supply. For example, ExxonMobil left Northern Virginia with the same number of employees and the impact was not directly noticeable.

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5 Items That Need to Be on Your Pre-Settlement Checklist

By Tara L. Christianson on Aug 27, 2018 12:52:06 PM

Do you have a checklist for actions you need to take with your buyer or seller clients before you get to the settlement table? Check to see if these are on your list! We asked our CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty agents for mistakes they see real estate agents make before getting to the settlement table, and here’s what they answered. (Consider it a real estate agent’s wish list for other agents.) It’s an excellent opportunity to learn what not to do – and maybe even have a few additions to your “preparing my client for settlement” checklist! 

Title Companies and Title Insurance Advice

“The worst for me is having a buyer shocked to see title insurance cost. We can't sell title insurance and have to be careful what we say because we are not licensed to do so, but it is important to introduce the topic and refer them to a good source. I do it with my buyers when I review their estimated closing cost list when writing an offer (or earlier).” – MaryEllen Rubenstein, C21 Redwood Reston

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C21 Redwood Welcomes Russ Conners as our New Managing Broker in Reston

By Kona Gallagher on Jun 7, 2018 5:26:52 PM

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