Category Archives: Real Estate Ramblings

Bad MLS Photos-A Home Sellers Problem

Today I opened my mailbox and found postcard from a local Northern Virginia Realtor® printed on card stock with the office printer and dropped in the mail.  My initial reaction was WOW if they go this cheap on a postcard mailing how do they market their listings? Guess it should come as no surprise to find […]

Watch Out For A Limp Handshake When Buying Real Estate

My dad spent a good deal of time teaching me how to do a proper handshake when I was a kid. Not to light not to firm.  I also learned a handshake meant your word was good. If you are buying a home in Northern Virginia a handshake, limp or otherwise, won’t mean the dining […]

Can You Make My NoVA MLS Listing A Little Spicy Please?

Sriracha chile seems to be all the rage these days.  You can put it on chicken wings, on your chili and add it to eggs at breakfast.  When it comes to the Northern Virginia Multiple Listing Service (MLS) it gets a little harder to figure out how to put a little spice on the 400 […]

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 […]

Watch Out for “R” Rated Real Estate Showings

There are times when what we do every day as part of our jobs can take a strange twist.   Many times the homes are listed as vacant go and show.  We can make a courtesy call or schedule on-line to show without disturbing an owner. On this day nothing seemed amiss when we pull up to […]

Always Check The Source Of The Information You Read

One thing about social media is when inaccurate information surfaces it gets spread at lightening speed.  As a Realtor® when I see information that is wrong my hot button gets pushed big time. The biggie I ran across this week was a blog post stating a military service member who completed VA Compromise sale would […]

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 […]

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 […]

Buyer’s Is Your Offer Making The Right First Impression?

We talk to our Northern Virginia sellers constantly about first impressions when it comes to getting a house ready for the market.  Did you know first impressions are just as important for a buyer as well? Unfortunately to many times the offer that lands on the sellers dining room table for review doesn’t make a […]

Should You Go Fizzbo To Sell Your Northern Virginia Home?

Okay you’re thinking I’m a little nuts. That’s okay I accept it. Yes it should say FSBO (For sale by Owner) but when you say it outloud it sounds like Fizzbo. Anyway the question is should you sell your Northern Virginia home on your own without the help of a local Realtor®? I love the […]