Category Archives: Real Estate Ramblings

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, […]

Whatever Happened To Colorful Homes?

Brick, brick and more brick.  Siding in neutral colors.  It’s everywhere in Northern Virginia.  It makes me wonder why?  If we tour older neighborhoods in DC, Old Town and in other small towns we see loads of homes where you won’t get confused when you are driving home late at night. There are a few […]

What were homebuyers doing during the Blizzard 2016?

Serious Northern Virginia homebuyers stuck inside during the Blizzard of 2016 were looking at property on-line.  If your home is on the market what did they see? Photos of dark blurry rooms? Photos of messy rooms? Photos of rooms slanting off to one side? Photos of open toilet seats?   Did they decide after seeing your […]

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 […]

Holiday Parking As A Competitive Sport

It puzzles me why parking becomes a competitive sport at this time of year.  Throughout Northern Virginia the mall parking lots are loading up with holiday shoppers looking for bargains.   There are some people who need to park close to a door due to a disability (stay out of the handicap spots if you don’t […]

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 […]