Category Archives: Focus on Alexandria VA


Are PCS Orders A Hardship For A Short Sale?

It’s a question asked frequently by military families stationed at Ft. Belvoir, Quantico MCB, the Pentagon and other installations part of the Military District of Washington. Last fall the Fannie Mae issued guidelines to include Permanent Change of Station (PSC) orders as a hardship. A hot line was (877-MIL-4566) created for service members to be […]




Are You An “Innie” or an “Outie”?

No, this isn’t a personal question about your belly button. Buyers moving to Northern Virginia often see the phrase “inside” or “outside” the beltway in MLS descriptions and wonder where are these locations on the map. For those who have lived in the Northern Virginia most of our lives we have watched “outside” the beltway […]


NOVA Condo Buyers-Read the Docs!

Almost everyday in Northern Virginia an excited condo owners moves in and contemplates the changes they want to make to their new home.  Before you spend a dime make sure you have read the condo documents. This owner thought they were making a simple change.  Switch out the lock on their front door with a […]


Parkfairfax Then And Now

I came across this old family photo of my mom and paternal grandparents sitting on the front stoop of their home in the Parkfairfax neighborhood in Alexandria VA. The date on the back of the photo is 1948 and I know my parents lived there until 1955. Today my daughter and her husband live in […]


A Green Catch 22-New Offices At Mark Center

Alexandria residents are facing the proposed destruction of the Winkler Botanical Preserve in order to provide access to the new Mark Center government building.  At the same time area residents are bracing for big changes, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is lauding the “green” features of the new mega building. The new […]



Over 60 and Still Young at Heart

Yes the townhouses and condos that comprise Fairlington were originally constructed between 1942 and 1945. Hard to believe when you walk down through the neighborhood and see the wonderfully maintained brick buildings. Fairlington was original constructed as a garden apartment complex to house defense workers and their families during World War II. The homes were […]