Tag Archives: buying a home in northern virginia

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Considering A New Home In 2014?

If you are thinking of buying a new home in the Northern Virginia area in 2014 it’s never to early to start planning. Recently a couple of my clients were surprised by things that popped up on their credit report.  As a result their home buying was delayed while they dealt with the issues.  Credit […]


What’s Missing From This NoVA Floor Plan?

It may be hard to tell but it appears the term “master bedroom” is now being replaced with the term “owners suite”  by local builders.  Since we sell a good deal of new construction around Northern Virginia I went back through our archives of floor plans.  It appears the change started about 2 years ago  […]


NoVa Builders Love To See You Walk In The Door Alone

You can’t help yourself.  You are thinking about buying a new home and you head out to the models on your own.  The builders rep bounces with their registration card and colorful brochures.  Before you know it you are sitting at the desk writing a contract for a home. One of the things our team […]


Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring For NoVA Home Buyers

Within a space of 30 minutes yesterday I witnessed 5 sets of potential buyers in and out of an REO in Woodbridge.  Moving down the road to another HUD owned home there were 3 sets of folks coming and going.If you are thinking of buying a Norther Virginia home this spring it’s time to get […]


Parking Tickets And Northern Virginia Home Buying

DC is notorious for parking tickets. It was reported a year ago a number of the embassies had parking tickets totaling in the 6 figures. Hopefully if you have unpaid DC parking tickets they don’t run that high. But you need to pay them and here’s why. DC reports unpaid parking tickets to the credit […]