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Real Estate Agent - Samson Properties - VA 0225-059831, MD 646410
850+ transactions last 21 years. Master negotiators. Masters degrees in finance/marketing/business & computers. Serving Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Faquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford.



Investors Squabbling Over New Short Sale Listing Copyright (c) 2013, Deanna and Jim Gilbert The noon call came from our friend the bankruptcy attorney, "I am calling you from my office on your new client's cell phone. He needs his house listed today!" The appointment was made and the listing docu...
Open House Overrun by Buyers Copyright (c) 2013, Deanna and Jim Gilbert      We held an Open House at a Chantilly, Virginia property near employment, retail and commuter routes and in an area with popular school systems. The Open House was 1/20/2013.      We ran out of flyers, lost track of parti...
Investors Guide: Get 'Em While They're Hot Copyright (c) 2013, Deanna and Jim Gilbert   1. Check the listings constantly 2. When a project appears that might fit your profile act immediately  3. All cash, non-contingent 4. Write blind, that is without any more information on the property that you...
Survey: Did TARP, HAMP, HAFA Etc. Help? Copyright (c) 2013, Deanna & Jim Gilbert Time to vote!  Surveys are fun. We'll summarize and post the results. Since the financial crisis there have been a succession of U.S. Government-driven programs intended to mitigate the impact of the mortgage crisis ...
Northern VA Flipper Sells in 2 Days Copyright (c) 2013, Deanna & Jim Gilbert   Investor M, who has multiple project purchases under contract, in rehab, or sold with us, just listed a 3-level townhome in wonderful condition in Manassas, VA. The property drew a very strong offer within 48 hours and...
Investor Guide: Why Bother With Depreciation on Rental Property Copyright (c) 2013, Deanna and Jim Gilbert The tax laws of the U.S. somewhat reward those brave investors who decide to become landlords. Improved residential real estate accrues depreciation as a non-cash benefit. Depreciation losse...
Fiscal Cliff Bill and Obamacare Tax Impact on Principal Residence Sales  Copyright (c) 2013, Deanna and Jim Gilbert The Capital Gains tax rate was increased from 15% to 20% for most Americans by Obamacare.   The Capital Gains tax rate was surcharged and additional 3.8% for those "millionaires and...
Affordable Inventory Tight! Copyright (c) 2013, Deanna and Jim Gilbert   Affordable homes in move-in condition are scarce as hens teeth in Northern Virginia! We listed a town house whose renovation was just completed by our investor client M. on Thursday evening.  We had a strong offer in hand wi...
Buyers Guide: What the Bank Paid Will Not Affect REO Price Copyright (c) 2013, Deanna & Jim's GOLD Team   Imagine that someone has hired your firm to perform a consignment sale of an expensive unwanted item. The item must sell; it is a nuisance to properly maintain and is of no use to your client...
Short Sale, Foreclosure, Deed-In-Lieu Tax Relief Extended Copyright (c) 2013, Deanna & Jim's GOLD Team   The bad news: virtually everyone's taxes will go up due to the sunsetting of the payroll tax reduction. The good news: debt forgiven in course of a short sale, foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of f...

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Master negotiators: 550+ transactions last 12 years. 150+ bank-owned transactions 2007-13. Short sales listed, under contract, and buyer offers pending. First time buyer & investor specialists. MBA, MSE, MA Psychology.