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VA Loans Still Offering Zero Down For Qualified Buyers

Though you can’t buy a house in Springfield VA for $15,500 anymore if you are qualified for a VA loan you can still buy a home for zero percent down. The reasons service members choose Springfield VA in the 1950’s are still the same reasons to buy there now. Springfield offers convenience to DC, the […]


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 […]


Forget About Square Feet Think Room Sizes

At least a couple of times a week someone asks why does Zillow or Trulia shows their Northern Virginia home as only 1500 square feet (SF) when it’s really 2500 SF. The answer is fairly straightforward.  These sites ( and many others) pull information for the county tax records.  In most cases our tax records […]


Are Northern Virginia Buyers Fighting For Scraps At The Dinner Table?

Many of us in the real estate business in Northern Virginia have been talking about the lower inventory in our market this spring.  My recent waterfront condo listing in Belmont Bay resulted in 3 offers in a 24 hour time-frame and a lot of maneuvering for position at the table.   Talk with other agents […]


Northern Virgina Short Sales-What’s The Scoop?

Back in January the Washington Post published an article I wrote entitled “Northern Virginia: Should you make that low ball offer?”  as part of their Where We Live Blog.  This past weekend Ken Harney of the Washington Post said it again in his post about low ball bidders.  Low-ball offers aren’t flying in our market […]


Active Listings Are Down But Check Out DOM

Market Update for Springfield VA Zip Code 22152 DOM is Realtor® speak for Days on Market. I’ll admit I’ve been slacking off from posts over the last month.  Mainly because the team is busy and also just came back from a Real Estate Technology Conference in Atlanta GA.  Started off this morning by taking look […]


Foreclosures Don’t Show Up On The Market Overnight

You’ve been driving around your favorite neighborhood in Springfield VA and see a piece of paper in the window that indicates the house in bank owned.   Unfortunately not every house you see with a sign in the window is available to view and in some cases it could be a long time before it is. […]


A Fun Look Back At Springfield VA

The good thing about parents who didn’t throw anything away is uncovering the original developer brochure from our home in the Yates Village neighborhood.  It’s a good chuckle to read. Springfield The Community Designed for Progress “To reach Yates Village drive out the modern dual lane Shirley Highway” “Just 15 minutes to Washington DC” “There’s […]


What’s Ahead in NoVa Real Estate in 2012

If I said I have no idea, would you hold it against me? There are a few things that are obvious on January 1, 2012 House prices are lower now than they were on January 1, 2002. Interest rates are lower than they were on January 1, 2002. And we are all 10 years older […]


Virginia Sales Contracts Undergo A Big Change

Thinking of buying a new home this winter in Northern Virginia?  The first question you need to ask you agent is “have you attended training and understand the new Northern Virginia regional sales contract?” When buying real estate in Northern Virginia the term “cavaet emptor” (buyer beware)  is often used.  With the new regional sales […]