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Melissa Terzis
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Melissa Terzis has spent the majority of her career in Real Estate working in land development, home building and residential sales. She has always considered writing a true passion. As a longtime DC area blogger, she chronicled many years of the dating and relationship scene of Washington D.C., spinning it with a foul mouth and a cutting but comedic twist.

Born in Connecticut, she has moved around the United States obtaining her undergraduate degree and MBA along the way. She is a Realtor with City Chic Real Estate in Washington, D.C., where she has lived since 2003.

Entries by Melissa Terzis

Real Estate Industry Shakeup

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 11:53 PM

Buying or selling a house? Get a real estate agent! At least, that's what 88% of buyers and sellers did in 2014, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR.)

As technology has evolved to improve the customer experience, chatter has followed that the real estate agent is going to...

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First Time Buyer Advice

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 3:53 PM

The Real Estate Market continues at a hectic pace as we get into spring here in DC. From January until the end of spring, we receive a lot of first time buyer inquiries. This is excellent news that the market hasn't scared them off, and it's also important that first...

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Waiving Contingencies to Compete in a Seller's Market

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 12:07 PM

As spring progresses, the real estate market continues to be competitive. Buyers are doing all sorts of things to get houses beyond writing a "pick me" letter. In some cases, the risks they are taking are tough to justify. As an agent, I have to protect my clients as best...

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Spring 2015 Real Estate Market Update

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 1:12 PM

And, we're off to the races!

The spring real estate market in D.C. is about to be in full swing. What spring market conditions would be like was anyone's guess since leading up to the holidays was just one long coma. Listings were sparse. Buyers were few. Time of death...

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Summer! We're So Glad You're Here, Except What Happened to Real Estate?

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 3:33 PM

Did anyone hear that thud?

It was the real estate market, coming to a screeching halt. Sigh. A few weeks ago something changed. I knew it was coming several months ago because all the signs were there. Spring never really sprung as far as real estate goes. The pace of...

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Investors and the DC Real Estate Market

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 9:18 AM

"I wanted to find an investment property that I could fix up and rent out. Can you help me with that?"

There it is -- my least favorite call. Everyone and their mother are chasing investment properties in D.C. because they finally got the memo from 2010 that D.C. rentals...

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New Year, New Real Estate Market for DC

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 9:23 AM

The pace of the DC Real Estate market continued right through the fall with a fury. The pace of the market actually continued right through the holidays with a fury. It was shocking to see houses listed on Christmas Eve and under contract by New Year's, but then, this has...

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Stupid Things Your Realtor Might Be Doing

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 8:52 AM

I get it. Realtors get a bad rap. I can't help but get my feelings hurt a little when I hear things like we're idiots, or money-hungry, but then I'm out there pounding the pavement and come face to face with a Realtor whose ability to sustain his or her...

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Ridiculous Extremes of the D.C. Real Estate Market

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 3:19 PM

The D.C. real estate market continues to move along at a very swift pace. Our market is nothing if not efficient and we consistently prove here that there is no such thing as "bad" real estate -- only bad prices. But I'm finding there's a caveat to that rule.

There...

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Building a House 102: The Nitty Gritty

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Welcome back to my Land Development Training. I'm gleefully happy to report that the land agent from last week who changed the property details based on my questions has also dropped the price on those lots by 33 percent. Now, if you were the seller of that property and your...

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Building a House 101: Understand the Players

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 11:42 AM

"I want to build a house."

Famous last words. But I hear it in D.C. because the supply of existing homes is so weak. Someone may pass a patch of vacant land on their way to work every day and wonder, "Could I build a house there?" Or they see...

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5 Ways Buyers Can Improve Their Chances in the D.C. Real Estate Game

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 10:52 AM

There's nothing I love more than when a client finds THE house and you can see it on their face before they say a word. There's nothing I hate more than finding out there are multiple offers.

My land development training tells me that you never want to be...

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DC Real Estate Market Update: Heating Up With Summer?

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 4:58 PM

The calls are starting to sound the same. It's becoming impossible to differentiate one buyer from the next when the phone rings. You can hear the optimism and excitement when they begin.
"I am in front of a house at ___ address, can you tell me about it?"

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Summer 2012: State of the DC Real Estate Market

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 3:47 PM

The market is hot again in D.C. and surrounding areas. But is this a good thing?

As a real estate agent, I can never de-slime the sentence, "This will sell fast." It feels very 2004 -- when a majority of the professionals in real estate, and I use the word...

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Small Builder Finds a Lucrative Niche in D.C. Real Estate

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 4:18 PM

A bottleneck of vehicles crowds a builder sales office on opening day. There are over 30 names a week added to a waiting list for a seven-lot subdivision. There are substantial orders for upgrades. Is it 2004? No, this is happening right now and it's happening in the close-in suburbs...

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Kardashians -- Can You Make It Stop?

(38) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 4:16 PM

There's a great radio contest on DC101 everyday at 5:00. It's called "DC101 Can You Make It Stop?" They play a "really bad" song and take callers until someone gets the title and artist right -- at which point they stop playing the song. "Really bad" is subjective...

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It's Time for the Kardashians to Retire

(25) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 12:00 PM

It's safe to say that the news coverage of Kim Kardashian's wedding lasted longer than the actual marriage. The Kardashians used to be the trainwreck that I could not look away from. I was (and still am) stunned that they have such a following considering that their show(s) are scripted...

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Dupont Circle 17th Street Festival

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 5:28 PM

If you don't live in D.C., you might think that the city is only about politics, government and residents who come and go every few years. If you never left downtown, you might be right to make that assumption. But more goes on in D.C. once you get away from...

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Missoni at Target: Sets off Worldwide Melee

(21) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 10:33 AM

When I told my brother and husband to buy that Whole Foods coupon that LivingSocial was offering on Tuesday, I knew I was on to something hot. Woo hoo! I spent $10 for $20 worth of groceries at my neighborhood's most overpriced grocery store. Then my husband burst...

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Flashback New York

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 11:58 AM

People who love New York City often have a very specific time they link to their love affair. My own love affair with New York was born shortly after I was -- in the 1970s. I was born and raised in green-grassed, white-picket-fenced Connecticut. My parents met when they lived...

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