Real Estate and Other Stuff in Northern Virginia

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Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker, Momentum Realty
A thoughtful look at the Northern Virginia Real Estate industry and the communities that make it so special. Find information about Reston, Herndon, Great Falls, Vienna, Oakton, McLean, Sterling, Potomac Falls, Ashburn, Leesburg and other areas in the D.C. Metropolitan suburbs of Northern Virginia.



If you live in house that is more than 7 years old, chances are pretty good that the bushes and shrubs planted by the builder have filled in pretty well in the front of the house. Guess what? If you are selling your house, you should consider tearing them out! It should come as no surprise that t...
If you have never made it to the Herndon Festival, I encourage you to block out some time next weekend and make a date with yourself and some friends.  The Festival begins Thursday Night (May 29) and continues though Sunday (June 1). This large community festival, held in Old Town Herndon, offers...
Governor Tim Kaine has announced a series of clinics designed to provide information to homeowners who may be facing foreclosure.  These clinics are designed to to provide foreclosure prevention information. There will also be individual counseling sessions with certified housing counselors who c...
I cannot tell you how many times I have taken a client in to a house only to be told that it 'smells.' This can be a good smell or a bad smell, but anything that offends the senses will be noted. The obvious offendors are cooking odors.  Some that come to mind are fish, anything that has burned, ...
You've cleaned out the hall closet, painted the front door and selected your Real Estate Broker.  Tomorrow the sign goes up and then your listing will be activated on the Multiple Listing Service.  The Buyers will arrive soon after. Or will they?  Getting the buyers in to your house has become a ...
If you are in or around Reston this weekend, make it a point to drop by the Reston Arts Festival, at the Reston Towncenter. This is an annual event, held in May, and sponsored by GRACE.  The weather is great this weekend, so go by and check out some great exhibits by local, and not-so-local, arti...
How much to ask for my house? This has always been the most important question in selling your house, but never more than today.  A bad guess as to what the market will bear can cost you months--and even as much as a year--to sell your home today. There is a lot of misinformation out there.  I re...
If you have read any of my blogs, you are aware of how much I emphasize home preparation to my sellers.  This runs the gamut from the usual: landscaping, painting, clutter control, to the upgrades: counter top replacements, floor updates and new carpet.  For some reason, of all the things I ask o...
Technology gets a bad rap...we are always being told that we are TOO connected or not connected enough.  I feel like I have a pretty healthy attitude toward technology and how it can enhance my business and my life, and I feel like my experience today is a good example. Today I had two good (not ...
If you are a young family buying a new home, one of your first questions is likely to be about the local public schools. If you are different type of buyer, say a single or older couple, you may think it doesn't matter to you. You would be wrong. Let's face it, everyone will sell their house at s...

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