Anything that gets as much use as your home shows wear and tear after a few years. Colors and decorative styles look tired and outdated, or you may need more room due to an addition in the family. So do you sell or remodel and stay?

I can show you homes for sale that have the size, features and finishes you want, as well as create a comparative market analysis of homes like yours so you’ll know what you can reasonably expect to net, and if that is enough to help you qualify for your next home.

You’ll pay about 12% of the sales price and more in closing costs to sell and purchase another home. Moving costs are about $2,300, (4 movers at $200 per hour) for an intrastate move and about 7,400 pounds of household goods, according to the American Moving and Storage Association.

If you decide to remodel, make sure your design will meet your needs for years to come. You’ll need the right contractors, kitchen planners and interior designers to help you put it all together. You’ll also need to talk to your lender to learn how much you can borrow. Of course I am happy to recommend professionals if you are interested in moving forward on a home project.

Change is an evolution, and will bring some upheaval to your life. You’ll either have to open your home to workers or to buyers. But if you come out on the other side with what you and your household desire, it will all be worth it.

While most tax costs that affect homeowners are determined by the taxing authorities in each state, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect property ownership for everyone.

Unless Congress does some tinkering with the Act after it was signed into law in December 2017, corporations will receive a massive tax cut as individuals and married couples receive higher standard income tax deductions. Taxable rates are cut in all levels of income for individuals, and the standard tax deduction will double to $12,000. Joint filers will receive a deduction of $24,000.

Homeowners are used to deducting state and local income, property and sales taxes from their federal income tax, but those deductions will be capped at $10,000 annually for homes purchased after December 15, 2017. And the mortgage interest deduction will only be available to those with new mortgages under $750,000, according to Curbed.com, and for existing loans up to $1 million. The same deduction remains in place for second homes, says the The Wall Street Journal.

This could affect homeowners in high-cost areas such as California and New York but proponents of the Tax Act say doubled individual deductions should offset some, most or all of the difference.

Experts are unsure at this point whether or not the changes will affect the housing market, but it could have a terrific impact in some areas, if homeowners decide to wait and see what happens, lowering available inventory and causing prices to rise in mid-cost, high-demand areas like Dallas, Las Vegas and others. As always, please ask your tax professional for the best advice.

You’ll pay a little more for a fixed rate mortgage for the peace of mind that your principle and interest payment will never increase but that’s not always the most appealing choice for some homebuyers.

The longer you intend to stay in your home,–generally five years or more–the safer you are with a fixed rate. But if you plan to occupy your home for only a short time, the adjustable rate mortgage or A.R.M. might be worth considering. You can buy a more expensive home with a lower interest rate, or you can take the difference in what you’d pay toward a fixed rate and put it into savings, if you’re that disciplined.

On the downside, risk is greater with an A.R.M., depending on its terms–when and by how much the loan adjusts in interest. An A.R.M. isn’t a bargain if you have to come up with several hundred dollars more per month after a short period, or if you have to refinance your A.R.M. into a fixed rate for several thousand dollars a few years later.

A hybrid loan may offer the best of both worlds. A hybrid is fixed for a period of time, such as five, seven or ten years, then adjusts to a new rate when the term ends, giving you plenty of time to sell your home before the first adjustment.

Talk to your lender, ( if you need a lender referral I am happy to share my list with you) share your plans and calculate the differences in a fixed rate and an adjustable rate mortgage.

Whether you’re shopping for a home in a familiar location or a new neighborhood, remember that you’re buying more than a home. You’re also buying the neighborhood, so it helps to become familiar with your favorites, whether you drive them or walk them.

Why is that important? It’s the neighborhood that helps establish home values, which depend largely on location and local amenities (close to high-paying jobs, high-scoring schools, high-starring restaurants, etc.)

Neighborhoods can change over time, so look for signs of transition. Do you see reinvestment or decline? Homeowners reinvest by repainting, making repairs and refreshing their homes with updates. What kinds of stores and services do you see? Dollar stores or boutiques, payday loan shops or investment firms, fast food or upscale restaurants. Are you the right target demographic?

Visit the area at different times of the day and on weekends. What’s traffic like? How long is your commute?

As you drive, check a few home-buying apps. On your Realtor.com app, you can see crime stats and amenities and save your favorites to show me when we meet to discuss your home needs.

 

Mount Vernon Country Club is situated on one of George Washington’s original seven farms.

Golf Course Architect Robin Roberts designed the nine-hole golf course which opened on June 3, 1961. On June 10, 1961, an exhibition match was played by Head Pro Dick Mason, Sam Snead, and two local professionals Bobby Bowers and Al Jamison, where Sam Snead shot 67. In 1963 the members purchased Mount Vernon Country Club and renamed it Woodlawn Country Club. Golf Course Architect Ed Ault designed the second nine holes which opened in 1968. In 1993 Woodlawn Country Club again became Mount Vernon Country Club. Over the past 20 years the Club has continued to develop including significant golf course improvements which were designed by Golf Course Architect Bill Love. In 2014, the Clubhouse had an interior renovation and in 2016 major improvements were made to the golf course.

Driving Range

Eighteen hitting stations. Warm Season Latitude 36 grass teeing area, balls available on the grass tee five days a week in season. The season is typically mid April to mid October. Out of season balls are available on the range mats seven days a week. Six target greens in distances from 100 to 215 yards.

Putting Green

8,000 square foot USGA putting green.

Warm Up Chipping Green

3,500 square foot green with small areas of fairway height turf.

Short Game Facility

5,500 square foot green surrounded by two areas of fairway grass and two green side bunkers. Designed to accommodate a variety of shots from 50 yards or less.

Mount Vernon Country Club’s team of PGA professionals offer private lessons, spring and summer golf camps for kids, club fittings, counsel and services for every level of golfer.

 

Our golf associations sponsor tournaments and events throughout the golf season. Our groups include:

  • Men’s Golf Association
  • Ladies 18-Hole Association
  • Ladies 9-Hole Association
  • Women’s Weekend Golf Association
  • The MVCC Retired Men’s Golf Team
  • Junior Golf Program
  • Men’s Twilight League
  • Friday Social Golf Twilights
  • Get Golf Ready Classes & Leagues

Details about all of these groups are available from the Pro Shop or Membership Director.

Special Events during the year include:

  • Men’s and Women’s Member-Guest Events
  • Major club manufacturer Demo Days and Trunk Shows
  • Annual Season Finale Awards Banquet to honor Champions
  • Competitive Interclub Teams for juniors, seniors, women, and men
  • Play with your Golf Professional Staff in Pro-Scrambles and the Pro-Member Invitational

 

Full Golf Membership

A full golf member, either a single person or family, is entitled to full use of club facilities, including unlimited golf.  The spouse of a full golf member is entitled to the same privileges. Unmarried dependent children have full use of the club until they reach age 21 or baccalaureate graduation.

 

Young Professional Full Golf Membership

Full golf memberships are available to professionals age 40 and younger in either family or single categories. Different initiation fees and dues levels are offered for young professional members between the ages of 21-29 and 30-35.

 

Corporate Sponsored Full Golf Membership

Corporate sponsored membership is available to legal companies in existence for at least one year before membership application. Members designated by the Corporation must have a direct relationship to the Corporation (i.e. officer, director or employee). The Corporation may have up to ten full golf memberships. The Corporation may replace a resigning corporate member if the individual is no longer affiliated with the Corporation (resignation, termination, retirement). A new member may replace a resigning member for a charge of 25% the prevailing individual Full Golf initiation fee at the time of replacement one time only.

 

Social Golf

This category allows a single or family member full use of the clubhouse, dining and pool facilities, putting green, and all golf practice facilities. Social golf members may play golf once per calendar month. The spouse of a social golf member is entitled to the same privileges. Unmarried dependent children have use of the club until they reach age 21 or baccalaureate graduation.

 

House

This category allows a single or family member full use of the clubhouse, dining and pool facilities. House Members are not permitted use of the golf course or golf practice facilities. The spouse of a House member is entitled to the same privileges. Unmarried dependent children have use of the club until they reach age 21 or baccalaureate graduation.

Mount Vernon Country Club is a private club. Admission is subject to application and approval.

For more information about membership, please contact:
Cindy Hurrle, Membership & Marketing Director
703-619-6533
churrle@mountvernoncc.org