Monthly Archives: February 2015

Why That Fixer-Upper Might Not Be the Right Purchase for You

It’s natural to want a deal and what better deals are out there than fixer-uppers? But does this home purchase make sense for you? Here are some things to consider ahead of time. • I’m handy but not a professional. … Continue reading

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Why Use a Realtor® with New Home Construction?

What is the need if the sales representative in the builder’s sales office can write up the offer for me? That’s a legitimate question and an easy one to answer. There are obvious reasons and then not-so-obvious ones. 1. The … Continue reading

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Millennial Home Buyers – Downsizing but Detail Oriented

According to a published report by Millennial Marketing, “Millennials are people born between 1977 and 2000. Although, there is not a universal agreement on this definition; There are more than 80 million of them. This makes their generation larger than … Continue reading

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Does Your Realtor Use Professional Photography to Market Your Home?

This is a question that needs to be asked but oddly enough, most times it is never even  brought up in a listing presentation!  I drive this point home to my sellers.  According to the National Association of Realtors statistical … Continue reading

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10 Terms First-Time Home Buyers Should Know

As first time home buyers prepare for the spring and contemplate whether to purchase or continue renting, this article is an excellent guide to navigating the often confusing language within mortgage lending! As a veteran agent, I still have trouble … Continue reading

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Northern Virginia Real Estate Trends To Expect in 2015

  There is much to look forward to where the real estate market in Northern Virginia is concerned – but it’s difficult to do so without reservation.  After surviving the Great Recession of 2008, we are left a bit hesitant to jump into any … Continue reading

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Really, REALLY Bad Real Estate Photos

These photos give BAD REAL ESTATE PHOTOS a new meaning! Very funny but sadly, true all too often! Make sure you are working with an agent who can show your property in the best light (no pun intended).  http://www.buzzfeed.com/alexnaidus/incredibly-terrible-real-estate-photos#.jegPxv2mG6

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