Category Archives: Real Estate Ramblings

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 […]


Comparing Lenders Is A Must When Buying A NoVA Home

Are you getting ready to buy a new home in Northern Virginia?  Did you call a lender to get a pre-qualification and say great now I’m ready? Wait are you only going to check with one lender?  Let me give you a real life scenario.  First time home buyers give me a call and are […]


I’m Not Hiding Houses From You-They Just Aren’t For Sale

The great thing about the internet is if you are house hunting you can find dozens hundreds of sites with listings.  The problem is figuring out which of those sites has accurate information and whether those homes are still for sale. When inventory is tight, as it has been in Northern Virginia for the last […]


Never A Dull Moment In NoVA Real Estate

That may not be entirely true.  The days we spend sending paperwork back and forth to agents, lenders, title companies and clients aren’t exactly a thrill.  However there are days when you are out showing houses where you need to be prepared for just about anything. Yesterday it was an open house where nothing had […]


The Cost of Waiting To Buy Your New NoVA Home

Are you still sitting on the fence about buying a new home?  Buying a home isn’t a decision to be made lightly.  To many buyers in Northern Virginia did that in 2003-2006 and the local real estate market paid the price. However with prices on the rise again and interest rates starting to rise if […]


It Looks Great But Does It Help Your Resale Value?

At least once a week when we are touring  Northern Virginia properties with prospective buyers we see something that leads to an interesting conversation. In this case it was the replacement of the tub and shower in the main level hall bathroom with a fancy claw foot tub.  The tub looked great but it certainly […]