Category Archives: Focus on Fairfax County VA

Kings Park-Now and Then

“The more things change, the more they stay the same” at least that’s what Alphonse Karr is credited with saying sometimes in the 1800’s. The phrase came to mind when looking at an original ad for the Kings Park neighborhood in Springfield VA recently (click ad to see larger) In comparing the ad to a […]


Northern Virgina Short Sales-What’s The Scoop?

Back in January the Washington Post published an article I wrote entitled “Northern Virginia: Should you make that low ball offer?”  as part of their Where We Live Blog.  This past weekend Ken Harney of the Washington Post said it again in his post about low ball bidders.  Low-ball offers aren’t flying in our market […]


Rolling Valley-West Springfield Hot Spot

Rolling Valley in West Springfield is currently one of the most active neighborhood in terms of listings, contracts and sales in the West Springfield (VA) area. Why do I call it a hot spot?  As of today (April 17, 2012) there have been 25 listings in Rolling Valley for the year.    There have been 7 […]


Active Listings Are Down But Check Out DOM

Market Update for Springfield VA Zip Code 22152 DOM is Realtor® speak for Days on Market. I’ll admit I’ve been slacking off from posts over the last month.  Mainly because the team is busy and also just came back from a Real Estate Technology Conference in Atlanta GA.  Started off this morning by taking look […]


A Fun Look Back At Springfield VA

The good thing about parents who didn’t throw anything away is uncovering the original developer brochure from our home in the Yates Village neighborhood.  It’s a good chuckle to read. Springfield The Community Designed for Progress “To reach Yates Village drive out the modern dual lane Shirley Highway” “Just 15 minutes to Washington DC” “There’s […]


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 […]


New Ft. Belvoir Wounded Warrior Homes

This past week two prototype homes for injured US soldiers. were unveiled at Fort Belvoir. The two homes called the Freedom and the Patriot Homes are the first houses developed as part of a collaborative project between the Wounded Warrior Home Project, the Department of Defense and Clark Realty Capitol. The mission of the project […]


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 […]


Has BRAC 05 Impacted Springfield VA Home Sales?

Anyone currently living in Northern Virginia knows the deadline for moving thousands of civilians and military personnel in Northern Virginia is looming. Over the last few years the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) has been the topic of lots of press and projections on the impact on Northern Virginia home prices. Specifically the areas of […]