Preparing to buy a piece of real estate can be an exciting decision...and a nerve-wracking one.  Some folks have made a tremendous amount of money through real estate purchases, but the opportunity for financial ruin is also possible without a thorough understanding of factors involved in real estate.

If you are shopping for real estate, don't immediately give a low offer on a home you are very interested in buying.  An extremely low offer will scare off the current owner and make it appear that you are not willing to negotiate.  A more reasonable offer shows the owner that you are serious about buying it.  In this market time and money are equal players in the negotiating process.

When purchasing a home, you should shop around for financing options.  Try to get the best deal when financing.  Make sure that all of the terms of the loan are delineated on paper.  This will avoid any suspicion that some lenders will try to change the terms and rates during the financing process.  Always look for hidden fees.

The right time to buy a home is always now, provided you are prepared. Interest rates fluctuate and so does the market.  Real estate purchases should always happen when you are ready, not when the stars are aligned.  The time to purchase is when you have done your homework and found the home that makes you happy.

Make sure to keep all aspects of the home you are thinking about purchasing in mind.  While the physical aspects of the house, such as the size of rooms, the kitchen and other things, are important considerations, avoid focusing solely on these few things.  Other amenities like traffic patterns, noise levels and the quality of the neighborhood also hugely impact your experience once a house is moved into after purchase.

Lack of knowledge about the ins and outs of real estate purchases can wind up costing you a tremendous amount of money, time, effort, and frustration.  A thorough understanding of the factors necessary for success in real estate is necessary, and after implementing the suggestions mentioned in this article, you will be well on your way.

When you think about investing in real estate, imagine buying the property for yourself.  Look at all the things you like and place yourself in the role as a buyer.  It helps to move the property later.

WASHINGTON, DC- The District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development announces the release of six solicitations for offers (SFOs) for 27 blighted properties and vacant lots throughout the nation’s capital. Through the SFO process, DHCD is seeking public offers to build development projects that promote vibrant, walkable, mixed use and income neighborhoods. The 27 District owned properties and lots are located in Wards 1, 5, 7 and 8. They consist of four buildings and 23 vacant lots. The ward-by-ward breakdown includes:

Ward 1 One vacant lot
Ward 5 One building and seven vacant lots
Ward 7 14 vacant lots
Ward 8 Three buildings and one vacant lot

The SFO application materials became available on Friday, July 11, 2014 on the DHCD website and also at the DHCD Housing Resource Center, located at 1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020 in CD format. Two Pre-Bid meeting will be held on August 6, 2014 (SFOs 1-3) and August 20, 2014 (SFOs 4-6). The exact location will be announced on the DHCD website. The deadline for submitting proposal applications is 4 p.m. EST on Friday, October 10, 2014 (SFOs 1-3) and October 24, 2014 (SFOs 4-6).