It’s the season for Humblebrag in real estate

“Humblebrag is intentionally false modesty. It is the art of saying something self-effacing with the underlying intent of being self-promoting.” It’s the time of year when REALTORS® across the county are posting on social media about their accomplishments from last year.  You’ll see top producer, #1 listing agent, #1 selling agent, top blogger, emerald club, […]


Whatever Happened To Colorful Homes?

Brick, brick and more brick.  Siding in neutral colors.  It’s everywhere in Northern Virginia.  It makes me wonder why?  If we tour older neighborhoods in DC, Old Town and in other small towns we see loads of homes where you won’t get confused when you are driving home late at night. There are a few […]


What were homebuyers doing during the Blizzard 2016?

Serious Northern Virginia homebuyers stuck inside during the Blizzard of 2016 were looking at property on-line.  If your home is on the market what did they see? Photos of dark blurry rooms? Photos of messy rooms? Photos of rooms slanting off to one side? Photos of open toilet seats?   Did they decide after seeing your […]


Really the key to the front door is where?

When you list your home for sale security is one of the things you worry about.  So how would you feel if you knew the agent has the key to your door under the welcome mat?  Recently I called for showing instructions on a listing in the Northern Virginia area and that’s exactly what I […]


Fairfax County VA Veterans & Surviving Spouses Benefits

There are an estimated 77,000 military veterans who live in Fairfax County, home of Fort Belvoir, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  Recognizing the number of veterans in the area Fairfax County has a number of programs designed to assist county residents.  One of the biggest benefits is the real estate tax exemption available to […]


Don’t Forget You Earned Your VA Home Loan Benefits

If it hadn’t been for the VA Home Loan program I never would have been able to buy my first home.  As a young military widow with two children finding 20% down for a down payment was out of the realm of reality. Fast forward and years later as a Military Relocation Professional/REALTOR® with Integrity […]


Home Organization Tips for the New Year

Happy New Year! Now that 2016 is here and the chaos of the holidays is over, many of us in Northern Virginia are setting New Year’s resolutions — whether personal, professional, or real estate-related. It is the perfect time to set goals and welcome the new year with a fresh start. If selling your Northern Virginia home in 2016 […]


Do You Think The Zestimate Matters When You List Your Home?

There is no doubt that Zillow and the “zestimate” they provide has been the cause of a lot of head pounding in the real estate community.  Almost any discussion with a Northern Virginia seller will include the phrase “Zillow says my home is worth….” Imagine now you are the CEO of Zillow and you want […]


Holiday Parking As A Competitive Sport

It puzzles me why parking becomes a competitive sport at this time of year.  Throughout Northern Virginia the mall parking lots are loading up with holiday shoppers looking for bargains.   There are some people who need to park close to a door due to a disability (stay out of the handicap spots if you don’t […]


Will You Still Love Me In 30 Years?

  There is something special about being able to build a home from the ground up. Of course when you are buying from a floorplan or model home you need to be ready for the head exploding list of options you will have to choose from. Most Northern Virginia builders priced above $350,000 are including […]