Category Archives: Focus on Alexandria VA

Is Your Home Ready For A 24 x 7 Open House?

Wait did you think when you put your Northern Virginia home on the market that the open house was on Sunday from 1-4PM? No your house is going to be open for buyers to see every day it is active in the Northern Virginia MLS.  Had you thought about what that means when you get […]


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 […]


Home Inspections Take On A New Meaning in 2012

There is no lemon law when it comes to buying a house in Northern Virginia.  No three day rule after you’ve signed the settlement papers to back out.  Last month in my post  Virginia Sales Contract Undergo a Big Change the change to what we refer to as “Paragraph 7″ of the Regional Sales Contract […]


How Much Difference Does Location Make in NOVA?

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 […]


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 […]


Parkside of Alexandria Auction on Sunday

Yesterday was my day to preview the townhouse condos coming up for auction at the Parkside of Alexandria. It appears that the marketing is working. The auction signs are all over the property so you can’t miss where you are supposed to go and while touring we ran into numerous other people previewing the property […]


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 […]