Real Estate Meet Amazon-The One Stop Shopping Phenomena

Running across these signs on the Fairfax County Parkway made me think about how real estate brokerages have evolved over the last 10-15 years.  Just as Amazon started selling one product (books) to diversify and become the largest on-line retailer, real estate brokerages have gone from only selling real estate to assembling a line of […]


Bad MLS Photos-A Home Sellers Problem

Today I opened my mailbox and found postcard from a local Northern Virginia Realtor® printed on card stock with the office printer and dropped in the mail.  My initial reaction was WOW if they go this cheap on a postcard mailing how do they market their listings? Guess it should come as no surprise to find […]


We Aren’t Ghostbusters but Who You Gonna Call?

With the news that a new version of Ghostbusters is in the works the theme song “who you gonna call” got stuck in my head.   It also made me think about the controversy stirring among Realtors® about the major third-party portal Zillow and the accuracy of the data on their site.   It is […]


Watch Out For A Limp Handshake When Buying Real Estate

My dad spent a good deal of time teaching me how to do a proper handshake when I was a kid. Not to light not to firm.  I also learned a handshake meant your word was good. If you are buying a home in Northern Virginia a handshake, limp or otherwise, won’t mean the dining […]


Can You Make My NoVA MLS Listing A Little Spicy Please?

Sriracha chile seems to be all the rage these days.  You can put it on chicken wings, on your chili and add it to eggs at breakfast.  When it comes to the Northern Virginia Multiple Listing Service (MLS) it gets a little harder to figure out how to put a little spice on the 400 […]


Win The NoVA Pricing Game Buy in the Winter Months

Winter is a good time to buy a new home in Northern Virginia.  While your friends are spending Sunday afternoon watching football you could be out scoring the best prices of the year on your new home. First let’s look at some statistics.  In the summer months the list to sales price ratio of homes […]


Sure Go Ahead And Take The Kitchen When You Move

This article was originally published on the Active Rain Real Estate Network and was recently picked up by the LA Times Real Estate Section The MLS is often full of surprises and you never know what you might find. It’s unusual to see a comment in the MLS that says a favorite light fixture does not […]


Watch Out for “R” Rated Real Estate Showings

There are times when what we do every day as part of our jobs can take a strange twist.   Many times the homes are listed as vacant go and show.  We can make a courtesy call or schedule on-line to show without disturbing an owner. On this day nothing seemed amiss when we pull up to […]


Are Bad Photos Keeping Buyers Away From Your Door?

You are getting ready to list your home for sale and interviewing Realtors® to help you with one of the biggest single financial transactions you will make.   One of the questions that seems to be overlooked in most interviews is “show me how your listings look on-line.”   Does it make a difference? The […]


Always Check The Source Of The Information You Read

One thing about social media is when inaccurate information surfaces it gets spread at lightening speed.  As a Realtor® when I see information that is wrong my hot button gets pushed big time. The biggie I ran across this week was a blog post stating a military service member who completed VA Compromise sale would […]