Category Archives: First Time Home Buyers

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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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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Should You Repair it Yourself?

My husband can fix just about anything. For crying out loud, he built our house from nothing. He had help, of course, and we hired professionals when his expertise was lacking. But honestly, he can watch someone do or fix … Continue reading

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My First Love

I recently sold a property to a very young and excited couple who were purchasing for the first time.  Giving them the keys after settlement made me a little melancholy.  Did they really understand what was ahead for them?  Could … Continue reading

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Buyers – Start your engines!

This time of year is so invigorating.  Not only are we emerging from a long winter of high gas prices and gloomy weather, but also one of the worst housing slumps in recent history! The last month has been full … Continue reading

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Looking for a Deal? Foreclosure may not always be the way to go…

I love a deal, don't you?  I'm not simply talking about finding something cheap.  I'm talking about finding something of quality that will endure the test of time and hold and even increase its value.  It doesn't matter if it's … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Shopping in Stafford – 1998 to 2008

When my husband and I first moved to Stafford County back in 1988, our daughter was 2 1/2; and our son was only a few months old.  I was a stay-at-home mom transplanted from Long Island, New York – to Towson, … Continue reading

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Hiring Mr. Find-a-Problem

We’ve all probably met him or even worked with him.  That home inspector with the nervous twitch and desperate need to find something wrong…you know that guy.  Whether you’re a listing agent or buyer’s agent, a buyer or a seller, … Continue reading

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But this house doesn’t fit, Irene!

I've heard dozens of reasons why buyers feel a home isn't appropriate for them.  And in most cases, they are perfectly legitimate and need serious consideration.  If the school system isn't up to a buyer's standards; if the home sits … Continue reading

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