This "Step One" concept actually came to me after trying to buy a mini-van at a car dealership. With good intentions, my wife and I brought our toddler into a Ford dealership to buy a (dreaded) mini-van for our growing family. But after 2 1/2 hours of car dealership bull sh t crap, we walked out the door with a crying child (hunger pains) and no Continue Reading
Don't be so intimidated to ask your Realtor to explain terminology. Yes, I know you TiVo HGTV so you can watch House Hunters with breakfast but I also understand that some jargon remains a mystery. If there is something, then leave me a note or suggestion. Don't be cryptic please. But, before that excitement, read some of the questions Continue Reading
Want to Know what Home Sellers Want from you?
The real estate market in Northern Virginia has been very competitive recently. And if you are a home buyer here, then you know it's actually Über-Competitive. It is easy to understand that anyone selling their home wants the highest price, but I thought I should share some strategic buyer tips that will help your offer be even more Continue Reading
An Easy Real Estate Tip
If you are like most hopeful real estate buyers in Northern Virginia, you are probably noticing that there aren't many nice homes out there to buy right now. Not to bore you with more real estate stats, but from Vienna to Ashburn, it's slim pickins out there! You are not alone. I just read an article from Redfin's CEO on TechCrunch about how Continue Reading
Power for your Digital Natives
When I read about a Pew Research study conducted earlier this year that revealed that half of Americans now use Smartphones, their number seemed far too low since all of my real estate clients seem to use them non-stop. Smartphones are perfect to help people search for homes, read about the local schools or review "walk-scores", and that Continue Reading
Vienna Bakery Bake-off
One really nice perk about living in Vienna Virginia is the quality of many of the local stores, especially when it comes to delicious food. Although people will probably contest the results of an unscientific best local bakery poll being conducted by the Vienna Patch, an online magazine, the idea got me out and into some stores that I probably Continue Reading
The Final Walk Through Inspection
Having a final walk through prior to going to settlement on a house is customary in Northern Virginia real estate, and I recommend that clients do this once the seller has moved all their stuff out of the house. Basically, the objective is to make sure that the house is in the same condition as when you agreed to buy it, that anything included in Continue Reading
Driving between McLean and Vienna this weekend?
UPDATE October 15th: Route 123 in Tysons Corner is closed again to demolish a beltway overpass. It is scheduled to last until Monday at 5:00 a.m. New Press Release Original post Just in case you missed the press release, Route 123 between McLean and Vienna VA will be closed June 12 and 13 as they demolish a 495 (The Capital Beltway) Continue Reading
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