Reading over a house survey is one of the most important steps you will take when you are buying a home, but you may not see it until you are a week away from the Final Settlement. This official drawing is done by a licensed surveyor who will go to the property and create an original map. After finding the corners and taking careful Continue Reading
On finding hidden new homes in Vienna
Ask anyone who lives in Vienna or McLean, and they will tell you about the impressive number of new homes being built. Many are custom homes being built for long-time owners, but more often it is an investor or builder scraping off an old house to build a new, semi-custom house to sell. What is happening here in Vienna, McLean, or Falls Continue Reading
The Home Inspection after July 1, 2017
Scheduling a home inspection in Virginia may be a little more difficult after July 1, 2017 when a new licensing law for home inspectors goes into effect. The immediate impact will be a reduction in the home inspector population... yes, fewer home inspectors! Every July new laws go into effect in Virginia, and this year the real estate Continue Reading
Home Buyer Tip | The Home Inspection 2016
Real estate is practiced differently from state to state, and it is critical for Virginia home buyers to understand that the Commonwealth believes in caveat emptor. Latin for "let the buyer beware." A doctrine that often places on buyers the burden to reasonably examine property before purchase and take responsibility for its condition. Continue Reading
Pavlov’s Dog or Today’s Home Buyer?
Your head is spinning and then "DING!" chimes your iPhone. It's Zillow alerting you to a perfect four bedroom colonial in the right school district..." - radio ad I heard a version of this ad today in my car and all I could think about was Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov who studied an unconditional response in dogs who would salivate when he Continue Reading
Home Buyer Due Diligence
Virginia is one of those states where home buyers bear the responsibility to investigate a property to their satisfaction before they buy it. You may have heard of caveat emptor before, which means let the buyer beware. So, it is very important for you to know as much about the property as quickly as possible. One line in the Northern Continue Reading
A Pothole for Virginia Home Buyers
Every year I get involved in a few real estate transactions where the agent on the other side of the transaction is doing "limited" work. It is perfectly legal to be a Limited-Services Agent in Virginia, but home buyers should understand what this means for their buyer agent... at least from my perspective. When I started as a real estate Continue Reading
Afraid of Delaying your Closing?
Real estate sales involve a dozen or so people who can easily derail the process. Your objective, when you are buying a home, is to avoid being that weak link that may be delaying closing and adding additional stress. I like to categorize one role of a buyer's agent as a transaction manager helping you stay on track. In 2012, the delayed Continue Reading
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