DMS Properties, LLC ...
Residential Real Estate Services

3200 Crain Highway, Suite 305, Waldorf, MD 20603
Post Office Box 2051, Waldorf, MD 20604

Office/Fax: 301-744-0002

DMS Properties, LLC ... Residential Real Estate Services

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Our Client Appreciation
Program Newsletter

Every month we send out a newletter to our best clients and friends ... each one of them provides information about a different, carefully chosen topic that is are always relevant and contain valuable information that can be used by everyone. We mail out the newsletters on a monthly basis to our clients and friends ... some by postal mail and some by e-mail (depending upon their preferences). You can be added to the mailing list if you Contact Us for any information about real estate in our market area or elsewhere.

Below are the Newsletters for the past twelve months ... in most instances, there is a companion piece to the main article. You can also look at all of the newsletters on a specific topic:

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October 2017 House Hunting Check-List -- The average home buyer views 10 homes before they find the one they want. When you view that many homes, it can be difficult to remember the details of each one. We are providing you with a check-list to help you remember the features of each home you visit and your impression of the home and surrounding neighborhood. Feel free to print out as many copies of this check-list as you need ... and be sure to Contact Us to help you with the home-buying process.

October 2017 The Buying Process -- Are you in the market for a home? If it is your first time attempting to purchase a home, you may wonder what to expect during the buying process. Even if you've purchased a home before, the process has many variables and may not be the same every time. If you are considering buying a home, Contact Us so that we can walk you through the process.

September 2017 Boost Your Home's Online Appeal -- One of the first steps buyers take when they begin their home search is to look online at properties for sale or for rent. In fact, more than 50% of buyers (and tenants) found the home they ultimately purchased in an online search. We're providing you with five keys to great listing photos.

September 2017 Home Selling 101 -- Selling a home may be a stressful experience, espeically for first-time sellers. One of the best ways to ease anxiety and reduce stress is to know what to expect. We outline the process for you here. If you are considering listing your home for sale, Contact Us so that we can walk you through the process. This is also valuable information if you plan to list your home for rent.

August 2017 How to Maintain Great Credit -- Once your credit is in great shape, make sure it stays that way. We're providing you with five steps to do just that.

August 2017 How to Repair Your Credit -- Do you feel that your credit stands in the way of getting approved for financing for a home or a new car? Having bad credit can do more than prevent you from getting approved for a loan; you may also have to pay more for insurance and provide a security deposit on utilities if you move. The good news is that you can begin to improve your credit immediately. This information will help you to get started.

July 2017 How to Hire a Moving Company -- Reduce the stress of the moving process by hiring a reliable moving company to transport your belongings to your new home. We are providing you with some tips for hiring a reputable company that fits your budget. If you have had a GREAT experience with a moving company, Contact Us and to tell us about them so we can add them to our business directory.

July 2017 Make Moving Easier -- Spring and summer are busy times in teh real estate market. Although many people look forward to having a fresh start in a new place, they may be anxious about the moving process itself. We are providing you with information and tips to help make it easier. If you are thinking about selling your current home, buying a home or renting a home, don't try to do it yourself, Contact Us and we will help you get the process started and be with you every step of the way!

June 2017 Color Made Easy -- For many people, the most difficult part of a home painting project is choosing the right color. The information in this edition of our newsletter makes this process easier by offering tips and apps to help you pick the right shade or color scheme that reflects your style. If you are looking to paint your home, but don't want to do it yourself, Contact Us and we will provide you with a referral to a great contractor!

June 2017 Spruce Up Your Space with New Paint -- Did you know that the easiest and cheapest way to refresh your home’s interiors is with a coat or two of paint? This edition of our newsletter gives you a crash course in painting … from choosing the best finish to finding the right color. If you are thinking about painting your home, but don't want to do it yourself, Contact Us and we will provide you with a referral to a great contractor!

May 2017 Five Steps for Personal Development -- You can commit to personal growth today once you read this information. From setting goals to keeping a journal, these tips are sure to help you create successful habits for continual personal growth.

May 2017 Seven Ways to Invest in Yourself -- One of the best investments you can make is the investment in yourself. Personal development inclues activities that help you improve your hard and soft skills, cultibate your talents and tap into your potential so that you can improve your overall quality of life.

April 2017 How to Pay for Your Home Renovation -- If you are thinking of starting a home improvement project soon, then this information will be very helpful to you. It outlines several ways to pay for the project, including several lending options. We know what renovations and improvements will give you the most “bang for your buck” and also have a large number of very qualified (licensed and insured) contractors that are available to help you with the process, too. Contact Us if you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss your options.

April 2017 Seven Features That May Sell Your Home Faster -- If you are thinking about putting your home on the market this spring, then this information will help you to get started with the process. It outlines seven features that make a home more attractive to potential buyers, including energy-efficient windows and appliances and hardwood floors. Contact Us so that we can discuss the process of listing your home for sale so that you can get the highest value possible.

March 2017 Are You Ready to Buy in 2017? -- With various factors to consider, the decision to buy a home is difficult for most people. This information asks you five questions that will help you guide your decision and youre readiness to buy a home. Even if you aren't ready to buy right now, we urge you to review this information so that you will know what will be needed when the time is right for you!

March 2017 What's in Store for the Market in 2017? -- We are sharing expert predictions for the year and statistics and projections to back them up about what should happen in the real estate market this year. Contact Us so that we can discuss the local Maryland market with you and address your specific needs and concerns.

February 2017 Get Organized for Taxes -- One of the most stressful parts of doing taxes is tracking down all of the paperwork involved, especially if you plan to itemize. This information provides a checklist to help you track down the documents that you will need to fill out and file your 2016 taxes.

February 2017 It’s Not Too Early to Start Thinking about Taxes -- Many of us wait until the last minute to file our taxes. Doing so, however, often means that we miss taking all of the money-saving deductions that we may qualify for. This information outlines several deductions that may be very beneficial to you and also helps you to get organized for tax season by providing a list of tasks to tackle now. If you know a good tax preparation expert or software package, Contact Us so that we can share it with our clients and customers.

January 2017 Five Tips for Navigating the Real Estate Transaction -- For many buyers and sellers, especially first-timers, the real estate process can be overwhelming. This report is designed to help ease your mind about the process and offers five tips to prepare to list your home for sale or buy a new one. If you need specific information about our market in Maryland or your specific neighborhood, Contact Us and we'll help you begin the research.

January 2017 Nine Reasons You Need an Agent to Help You with the Real Estate Process -- It doesn't matter if you are buying or selling your first home or if you've bought and sold a few during your lifetime. The one thing that you need for any real estate transaction is a well-trained, licensed real estate agent like us at DMS Properties, LLC ... Residential Real Estate Services. Contact Us so that we can help you with whatever real estate transaction you are considering ... and remember that we're never to busy to help your family, friends and co-workers, too!

December 2016 The Scoop on Solar -- Homeowners who want to go a step further to reduce their energy consumption may want to look into generating their own electricity. This information will provide you with the pro's and con's of installing a solar energy system at your house.

December 2016 Save Money on Home Energy This Winter -- For many of us, November and December may be when we see the highest energy bills all winter. As the days get shorter and temperaturs drop, we begin to use more energy to light and hat our homes. The tips contained in this information may be very useful for many of us. If you or someone you know wants to investigate some of these solutions and need help with it, Contact Us so that we can hook you up with one of our great contractors!

November 2016 Thank You for Being Our Client -- Because much of our business comes from referrals, your business and referrals are essential to our continued success. Remember that we at DMS Properties, LLC … Residential Real Estate Services are always here to serve you, whether you have questions about your home’s current value, or need a referral to a reputable contractor. Contact Us about all of our real estate needs.

November 2016 Nine Ways to Say Thanks -- There are many ways to show appreciation and improve relationships with your family, friends and anyone that you associate with each day. When someone goes above and beyond to help you out, acknowledge their efforts and show your appreciation with one of the thoughtful suggestions in this month's piece.

October 2016 Stage Your Home to Sell -- If you want your home to sell faster, then you may want to consider Staging it. We're providing tips that you can apply throughout the house and in each room. When you're thinking about selling, Contact Us so that we can discuss your home and help you get it ready for listing.

October 2016 Advice for Today's Home Seller -- Selling a home is an emotional process for many sellers, especially first-time sellers and those who have lived in their homes for a long time. People sell homes for many reasons, but whatever your reason it, we're providing you with information to help you handle it. Be sure to Contact Us so that we can discuss your home buying options and provide you with additional information and support.

September 2016 How to Save for Big Events -- There are certain “big ticket” things that most people will save for: an emergency fund, a down payment on a home, college and retirement. This piece outlines specific ways for people to plan and save for these big events without biting into their wallets or budgets.

September 2016 How to Achieve Financial Freedom -- Financial freedom is a goal that many people have for their families, but they may be too overwhelmed to put a plan into action that would help them achieve it. This information provides an overview of strategies to help you save more of what you earn and get out of debt ... two essential steps of achieving financial freedom. We have relationships with some great financial people (bankers, lenders, financial planners, etc.) that can help you ... let us know if you'd like a referral!

August 2016 Can Thieves Crack Your Code? -- Many of us use our smartphones for more than answering emails, sending texts and connecting with friends on social media; we may also use them to manage bank accounts, pay bills and apply for jobs. While having them makes it easier to manage our lives, it also makes our information more vulnerable to thieves and hackers. We're providing tips to help you keep your smartphone as safe as possible.

August 2016 Protect Your Information from Thieves -- More than 17.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2014 alone3. Most victims discovered their information had been compromised when their banks contacted them about suspicious activity. Identity thieves can strike at any time. While the majority of people take steps to prevent thieves from stealing their identities, there are situations where it may be difficult to prevent. We're providing you with several ways that thieves can steal your information, from ATM skimming to email and phone scams. We hope you find it helpful!

July 2016 Four Steps to Take Before You Start Your Home Search -- Although the average buyers' home search takes approximately 12 weeks, many buyers begin preparing for the process well in advance, especially first-time home buyers. They prepare by saving for a down payment, paying down or paying off debt and exploring potential neighborhoods where they might want to live. If you know you want to buy a home someday, these steps will get you started. Be sure to Contact Us so that we can discuss your home buying options and provide you with additional information and support.

July 2016 Seven Tips to Help You Navigate the Buying Process -- The home buying process can be confusing, especially for first-time buyers. Not only is the market always changing, but the average buyer purchases a home once a decade. While today’s buyers have access to more information now than in the past, they don’t have the experience to process and understand what they read. Contact Us so that we can discuss your home buying options and make sure the process goes smoothly.

June 2016 Five Tips to Get Your Home Ready to Show -- Although the majority of buyers will see your home on-line before they see it in person, the time to prepare your home for showings is before you list it. Here are some tips to get you started. Be sure to Contact Us so that we can discuss your options and provide you with additional information and support.

June 2016 Ten Reasons You Need a Real Estate Pro to Sell Your Home -- Whether you have lived in your home for many decades or less than five years, one thing is certain -- you need an experienced real estate professional in your corner to help you through the process. Some sellers may initially try to sell their home themselves, but soon realize that they need help. Contact Us so that we can discuss your options and make sure the process goes smoothly.

May 2016 Build Your Emergency Kit -- An emergency kit will help keep you and your family safe. We are providing a checklist to help you assemble your own kit. Be sure to share this information with everyone you know ... you can never be too safe!!

May 2016 How to Prepare for an Emergency -- More than 80% of Americans live in counties that have experienced a weather-related disaster. However, only 39% of Americans have created an emergency plan for their households. We are providing you with information about how to develop and implement an emergency plan ... if you need it.

April 2016 Using the Internet in Your Home Search -- An overwhelming majority of homebuyers are using the Internet to help them find a home. More than 89% of buyers use the Internet during their home search to look at listing, find information about neighborhoods or learn more about the mortgage processes. You can also feel free to Contact Us about your home search... regardless of whether you are buying or renting. We can provide you with the most current information about homes that are available.

April 2016 How to Find the home that's Right for You -- For the majority of homebuyers, finding the right property to buy is often the most difficult step of the home buying process. We're providing you with four important things to consider as you begin the search. We would urge you to Contact Us today so that we can help you with the process.

March 2016 Three Tips to Renovate on a Budget -- A renovation budget helps you to prioritize your project and prepare for any surprise expenses that arise. Whether you're planning a minor update or a major overhaul, we are providing you with tips that should be helpful along the way. You can also feel free to Contact Us about your renovation projects ... we have some great contractors that can provide you with estimates and ideas!!

March 2016 Basic Home Improvements that Save Money - Did you know that a few easy home improvements can help you save money on your monthly utility bills? It’s true. This month's information utlines six simple home improvements that you can make to help you save money on your utility bills. Changing faucets to low flow models, fixing leaks and sealing drafts with weather stripping are a few small ways to save resources, both natural and financial. It also offers tips to help boost the value of your homes. If you have basic improvements that are needed at your home ... whether your own or are renting ... you should Contact Us today so that we can have one of our contractors visit and discuss the options with you. Saving money at home is a good idea for everyone!!

February 2016 Saving More for a Down Payment -- For many first-time homebuyers, saving for a down payment can be difficult. This information offers tips to help you turn saving into a habit; one that will last even after you have bought a house. If you are considering buying a home, you should Contact Us today so that we can discuss your options and help you get started. We have relationships with some great financial professionals who can give you some great advice and point you in the right direction.

February 2016 Nine Tips for Developing Better Habits -- How many of us set goals in January, only to give up a few weeks later? This common problem has nothing to do with willpower and everything to do with habits -- specifically, not developing the good habits that will help us reach our goals. We providing you with nine timeless tips to help you improve your habits so you can achieve your goals this year!

January 2016 Housing Outlook 2016 -- The year 2016 is projected to be a great year for housing. Experts say that the U.S. housing market will likely grow faster than the overall economy. Whether you're thinking of buying or selling, this may be an ideal time to get into the housing market. Contact Us today so that we can discuss your options and help you get started.

January 2016 Housing and The Economy -- Buying a home not only impacts the homeowners' financial situation, it also impacts the local and national ecnomies. Because 2016 is an election year, there's no doubt that the role of the economy and housing will be a hot topic in the news.

December 2015 Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season -- For many of us, our pets are a part of our families. You can make sure that they stay safe during all of the holiday festivities with these helpful tips.

December 2015 Save Money This Holiday Season -- Don't break the bank on gifts and decorations this holiday season! There are many ways to save money while spreading holiday cheer, not only on holiday gifts, but also for decorations and entertainment.

November 2015 Eight Great Benefits of Gratitude -- Express gratitude every day and reap the benefits! It's not always easy in this world to be greatful for what's going on, but here are 8 key benefits of expressing gratitude all year round.

November 2015 Four Ways to Express Gratitude Today -- It's easy to improve your happiness level and well-being just by expressing gratitude to those around you! We have 4 ways to get you started. You'll thank us for it!

October 2015 Why You Need a Trusted Real Estate Professional in Your Corner -- If you are in the market to buy or sell your home ... or even if you are renting a home, it's important to have an advocate in your corner to help you navigate through the real estate process. We're providing you with a list of just a few things we can offer when you are thinking of getting into the real estate market. We're always here to help you in any way that we can

October 2015 Improve Your Home Search Using These Three Free Apps -- According to a recent study by Google, more buyers are using their movile device during the home search than ever before. In fact, millennials are twice as likely to look for real estate information on their mobile devices than other generations. We're providing you with 3 free Apps that can help you find the home of your dreams. You still need to call us, though, to help you with the purchase!!

September 2015 Download These Learning Apps Today! -- There are several really good Apps that you can download (some for free) to your mobile device that can help you learn something new every day and strengthen your mind.

September 2015 Never Stop Learning -- Learning isn't reserved for children and college students. In fact, people who continue to learn and gain skills after they've graduated tend to have healthier and more active minds as they age. This month's information features several web sites and apps designed to make it easy to learn something new outside of the traditional classroom!

August 2015 Staging Your Home for Great Listing Photos -- Because the majority of home buyers and potential tenants start their home searches on-line, photos have become one of the most important components of a listing. If the photos don't pique a buyers' or tenants' interest right away, they're likely to scroll right past it. Here are some staging tips to make your home stand out!

August 2015 Five Ways to Use Pinterest to Make Your Life Easier -- Did you know that you can use social media to streamline your life and make planning almost anything easy? The popular social media website Pinterest can help you plan everything from home renovations to meals and even the most special events.

July 2015 The Home Seller's To-Do List -- When you are selling your home, there are a million things to do. We are providing you with a checklist of the basic tasks to complete once you have decided to list your home for sale. If you want more tips to help you prepare your home for its debut on the market, give me a a call or send a message!

June 2015 How to Childproof Your Home -- If you are the parent of young children, or you have young children coming to visit with their parents, here are some tips to make sure they stay safe while in your home.

June 2015 Five Ways to Keep Your Family Safe This Summer -- Summer is the time for fun outside with family and friends. However, it's also when many accidents occur around the home. Keep your family, friends and neighbors safe with these tips.

May 2015 Keep Your Property in Top Shape Year Round -- You can boost your home's curb appeal and improve the livability of your property with these helpful tips. Even if you are renting the home, many of these are tenant responsibilities.

May 2015 Home Maintenance Made Easy -- A home is the largest investment that most people will make in their lives. Make sure that it stays in tip-top shape by stayng on top of its maintenance. If you are renting a home, many of these are tenant responsibilities through your lease ... and the homeowner would be glas to know if maintenance is needed.

April 2015 Improve Your Home's Value This Spring -- One of the most common questions homeowners have is "How do I improve my home’s value?" Whether you're a new homeowner or you've been in your home for decades, you may wonder if there are things that you can do to improve your home's value. It offers tips and solutions to help you boost your home's curb appeal -- the first impression that potential buyers and passersby have of your property, and also focuses on the five renovations that offer the biggest returns, from replacing your front door to adding an attic bedroom.

April 2015 Three Benefits of Pricing Your Home Right -- Spring is a popular time for sellers to list their homes on the market; it involves more than getting it ready for its close-up with potential buyers. If you want to grab the attention of potential buyers and sell your home quickly, it is essential to price it right. We will show you three of the biggest benefits of pricing your home right.

Each month there is a new topic. We are working on adding the entire library of newsletters from the past three years. Some of the entries, though, are time-sensitive and will be removed when they are no longer relevant. We hear from many of our clients about how this information has helped them in one way or another ... we would love to hear which of these articles you find useful. You can Contact Us for more information about any of these articles or about our Client Appreciation Program and the special benefits we offer.

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