Category Archives: Just For NoVa Buyers

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

When Should You Buy A Home in Northern Virginia?

When you are ready.  Not a second, minute or day before. There are alot of reports that suggest NOW is the best time to buy a home. Or was that 2012 or is it 2015? Honestly no one can predict for you when is the best time. Only you will know. Recently I was reviewing […]

Can You Tell Me Where Northern Virginia Is?

It seemed like a crazy question and then I laughed.  The buyer was headed to Fort Belvoir from Arizona they had checked and they couldn’t find Northern Virginia anywhere on the map.  It just wasn’t there. Oh well actually there isn’t a Northern Virginia like there is a North or South Carolina it is just […]

Buyer’s Is Your Offer Making The Right First Impression?

We talk to our Northern Virginia sellers constantly about first impressions when it comes to getting a house ready for the market.  Did you know first impressions are just as important for a buyer as well? Unfortunately to many times the offer that lands on the sellers dining room table for review doesn’t make a […]

What You Get For Your Money In Northern Virginia

There are plenty of HGTV, BRAVO and A&E network TV shows that talk about “what you get for the money” in certain areas of the country. If you are a prospective buyer relocating to Northern Virginia or already living here and considering a home purchase the same question applies only on a much more micro […]

The Amazing Home Sales Race-NoVA Edition

In the spring the amazing Northern Virginia home buyer’s race began with a sprint.  Buyer’s couldn’t get in the doors fast enough when a new listing came on the market.  Vying for first place in the bidding war, buyers went back to waiving home inspections and appraisal contingencies to be the first on the mat […]

Lies, Damn Lies and Stastics In NOVA Real Estate

Mark Twain’s quote on the misuse of statistics always pops in my head when I look at the Northern Virginia MRIS data. The problem with the data is the Realtors® who enter it and how easily it can be manipulated to tell a different story. Let’s face it, chances are you have driven through a […]