If you are lucky enough to be able to buy a home, I'm sure you are looking for an incredible deal. There hasn't been a week recently when someone hasn't mentioned making a lowball offer and how I can help them get a steal deal. Typical tips are to look for homes that have been on the market for a few months, don't get emotional, to be ready to Continue Reading
When Should You Respond to Counter Offers?
There isn't anything worse than waiting for an answer. Yes or No. Come on man, just let me know! The tip that I give my Northern Virginia real estate clients is to respond to any type of offer quickly, and to take every one seriously. Speed is very powerful when negotiating. In real estate, a quick response is powerful If that answer is too Continue Reading
Are School Ratings part of your Home Search?
Edited from original post in 2014 Are home buyers obsessed with school ratings on real estate web sites? In 2014 they are! Most real estate sites now have data on local schools and show ratings from 1-10 on the overall performance (test results) and then give summaries and some parent comments on actual experiences. Take a look at Zillow, Continue Reading
Become an Inova blood donor
The easiest way for you to become part of the Northern Virginia community is to become a regular blood donor. Yes, you can "give back" by spending about an hour of your time in one of the blood donor centers that are set up across the area. There is a new Zika virus exclusion if you have traveled to regions recently in 2016. The Continue Reading
So, what is my home worth?
One of the most important benefits an experienced real estate agent brings to the table is the ability to recommend an "asking price" to a home seller. Unlike cars, each home is totally unique depending on condition, how it sits on the lot, location, and many other important factors. Has the Northern Virginia real estate market stabilized? The Continue Reading
Yes, it’s your Second Showing
When a home buyer decides to look at a home again, agents will call this a "second showing". Sometimes a third or fourth showing might be needed before a home buyer makes the decision to write up an offer, but it is important for you (Mr./Ms. Home Seller) to understand the new "first showing" concept. There was a time when real estate agents Continue Reading
One of the nice things about living in Northern Virginia is the arrival of springtime. And for the last 100 years, that means the arrival of the Yoshino Cherry blossoms. The National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in Washington DC where cherry trees seem to be all over. But the most spectacular site is at the Jefferson Memorial overlooking Continue Reading
Is A School Part of Your Home Search Criteria?
Did you enter a specific school into your search criteria and still missed that hot new listing last weekend? Aren't those "search sites" supposed to make it easy for the consumer you? So, last weekend I was checking the MRIS database and noticed a Vienna VA real estate listing that didn't have any schools identified. Since I keep an eye out for Continue Reading
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