Category Archives: Realtors® Corner

It’s the season for Humblebrag in real estate

“Humblebrag is intentionally false modesty. It is the art of saying something self-effacing with the underlying intent of being self-promoting.” It’s the time of year when REALTORS® across the county are posting on social media about their accomplishments from last year.  You’ll see top producer, #1 listing agent, #1 selling agent, top blogger, emerald club, […]


Really the key to the front door is where?

When you list your home for sale security is one of the things you worry about.  So how would you feel if you knew the agent has the key to your door under the welcome mat?  Recently I called for showing instructions on a listing in the Northern Virginia area and that’s exactly what I […]


Do You Think The Zestimate Matters When You List Your Home?

There is no doubt that Zillow and the “zestimate” they provide has been the cause of a lot of head pounding in the real estate community.  Almost any discussion with a Northern Virginia seller will include the phrase “Zillow says my home is worth….” Imagine now you are the CEO of Zillow and you want […]


Sure Go Ahead And Take The Kitchen When You Move

This article was originally published on the Active Rain Real Estate Network and was recently picked up by the LA Times Real Estate Section The MLS is often full of surprises and you never know what you might find. It’s unusual to see a comment in the MLS that says a favorite light fixture does not […]


Are Bad Photos Keeping Buyers Away From Your Door?

You are getting ready to list your home for sale and interviewing Realtors® to help you with one of the biggest single financial transactions you will make.   One of the questions that seems to be overlooked in most interviews is “show me how your listings look on-line.”   Does it make a difference? The […]


Our Core Values Include Supporting The Local Community

A large part of the underlying philosophy at Integrity Real Estate Group is giving back to the community where we live and work. At the successful closing of every transaction, whether it’s representing a seller or a buyer, we make a contribution from our commission to a company fund.  At the end of the year […]


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 […]


DeBunking Another VA Home Loan Myth

Previously I addressed the question “Can I Buy New Construction with A VA Loan?”   Now let’s address buying a foreclosure with a VA loan. There seems to be a rumor flying around that you can’t use a VA loan to buy a foreclosure property.  THIS IS NOT TRUE!  VA eligible home buyers in Northern Virginia are […]


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 […]


Sellers The Buyer’s Have Spoken-Do You Hear Them?

The National Association of Realtors recently released their 2014 Profile of of Home Buyers and Sellers.  What is clear from the results of the survey is the continued use of the internet by buyers looking to purchase a new home.  The survey showed that 88% of home buyers started their new home search on the internet.  In […]