Category Archives: Just For NoVa Buyers

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 […]


The Lure Of Buying A NoVA Foreclosure

Are you looking for a great deal on a home in Northern Virginia?  Of course you are, who wouldn’t be? The foreclosure and short sale market has died down over the last few years as the Northern Virginia real estate market started recovering. The number of “deals” to be found is shrinking. One of the […]


Comparing Lenders Is A Must When Buying A NoVA Home

Are you getting ready to buy a new home in Northern Virginia?  Did you call a lender to get a pre-qualification and say great now I’m ready? Wait are you only going to check with one lender?  Let me give you a real life scenario.  First time home buyers give me a call and are […]


Remember What You Say Can Be Used Against You

Are you house hunting in Northern Virginia? Have you been calling from sign to sign hoping to score a deal by working with the listing agent? Do you understand what it means if you don’t have your own Realtor® working for you? This means you are making one of your largest financial purposes EVER completely […]


VA Loans Still Offering Zero Down For Qualified Buyers

Though you can’t buy a house in Springfield VA for $15,500 anymore if you are qualified for a VA loan you can still buy a home for zero percent down. The reasons service members choose Springfield VA in the 1950’s are still the same reasons to buy there now. Springfield offers convenience to DC, the […]


I’m Not Hiding Houses From You-They Just Aren’t For Sale

The great thing about the internet is if you are house hunting you can find dozens hundreds of sites with listings.  The problem is figuring out which of those sites has accurate information and whether those homes are still for sale. When inventory is tight, as it has been in Northern Virginia for the last […]


The Cost of Waiting To Buy Your New NoVA Home

Are you still sitting on the fence about buying a new home?  Buying a home isn’t a decision to be made lightly.  To many buyers in Northern Virginia did that in 2003-2006 and the local real estate market paid the price. However with prices on the rise again and interest rates starting to rise if […]


Considering A New Home In 2014?

If you are thinking of buying a new home in the Northern Virginia area in 2014 it’s never to early to start planning. Recently a couple of my clients were surprised by things that popped up on their credit report.  As a result their home buying was delayed while they dealt with the issues.  Credit […]