I understand that you are bombarded with August's real estate sales data, but I always like to keep it simple, and the Vienna home market in the 22182 zip code was actually pretty flat versus 2008... which may be good news to some of you. But, if you are a seller with a home priced over $800,000 then you are still searching for a needle in a Continue Reading
Digital signature saves the home sale negotiation!
One of my real estate associates at RE/MAX Presidential recently went on a vacation and I agreed to handle her clients. Yes, we all need vacations (even real estate agents) to recharge our batteries and add a little adventure to our lives. In her case, it was a motorcycle trip in Wyoming and Montana with her husband. One of the cases involved a Continue Reading
Figuring out the McLean Home Market… July 2009
With all you read about the July real estate market, I was surprised to read through the MRIS data for the two McLean, Virginia zip codes, 22101 and 22102. The sales numbers remain down although prices have dropped and mortgage rates were close to 5% on 30-year loans. The strength of the McLean home market is its strategic location keeping this Continue Reading
Figuring out the Vienna Home Market… July 2009
You may be bombarded with July's real estate sales data but I want to keep it simple, and the Vienna home market in the 22182 zip code appears to have picked up pace in July over 2008's numbers. If you are a seller with a home priced over $800,000 then you are still searching for a needle in a haystack. I just looked over real estate resale data Continue Reading
Back from the road… and lots of questions.
As I pulled into my driveway in Vienna, so ended a long trip through New England ranging from fun in Acadia National Park to the sunny shores of Narragansett, Rhode Island. Being a real estate agent can spark a conversation almost anywhere, and I wound up answering questions from friends who are considering buying a property in Colorado. The Continue Reading
A short-sale success story… another home sold
I managed to get another home sold as a short-sale last week for a buyer client. This one was in Herndon and is a pretty big house, but it was grueling for my clients as information came super-slow from the other side. Honestly, the whole set up stinks because everyone (buyer, seller, agents, inspectors, and even the attorney's) are working at the Continue Reading
Installing a real estate “for-sale” sign in Virginia?
Better call Miss Utility first! Yes, that familiar RE/MAX Presidential sign in your front yard is going to require a bit more effort (and spray paint) to install. The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) is turning up the heat on enforcement of the Virginia Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act which was enacted thirty years ago, and Continue Reading
Digital signatures = Better Service for my clients
The age of the digital signature has arrived… for my real estate clients. My motivation to add this technology came when a client faxed back a counter-offer to my office in June and it was unreadable. People just aren’t faxing as much, and when they find a fax machine it is probably more than five years old, and as you know, real estate Continue Reading