Category Archives: Just For NoVa Buyers

7 Strategies To Help You On Your New Home Search

Spring has arrived in Northern Virginia, well if you don’t count the nights where it still is getting below freezing and that means one thing in the local real estate market.  The warmer weather and longer days mean house hunting is gathering steam for many local home buyers. But before you start driving around and visiting […]

VA loans and new construction are a great match

Unlike on-line dating services where you might not know what you are getting, a VA home loan and new construction are 100% compatible. In 2015 a number of my VA eligible buyer’s purchased new construction with their VA home loan benefits. One of the myths about a VA home loan is the length of time […]

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 […]

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 […]