Listing During the Holidays: Decorate or Not?

Listing During the Holidays: Decorate or Not? When someone who celebrates Christmas lists during the holiday season, one of the first questions sellers generally ask is whether they can still decorate their home. It’s a legitimate question and the answer is going to vary based on each agent you ask. Some will tell you absolutely Read More …

It’s The Most Wonderful…

It’s The Most Wonderful… If you complete that thought with the words, “time of the year,” then you are definitely on my wave length. Today, that tune by Andy Williams is front and center in my mind. We are officially in the Christmas season. Let the hustle and bustle begin. Decorating. Shopping. Baking. It’s all Read More …

Friday After Thanksgiving in Real Estate

Friday After Thanksgiving in Real Estate Back in the days when I worked retail, the Friday after Thanksgiving was a dreadful day. Wake up at the crack of dawn to be in the department store to meet the masses looking for the greatest deals. The customers would be as worn as you, and act out Read More …

Under Contract in Six Days

Under Contract in Six Days On Thursday November 19th (2020) I was pleased to introduce 14455 Gringsby Court in Centreville’s community of Newgate to the market. Priced at $260,000, I didn’t expect it to last through the weekend. Over the course of the next six days there were over two dozen showings. And while I Read More …

Determining Fair Market Value When Making an Offer

Determining Fair Market Value When Making an Offer You found the home you want to make an offer on, but it’s got some areas you would like to improve. How do you go about determining a fair market value offer? The first step to determining fair market value is to look at the closet comparable Read More …

Is It a Bad Thing to Be the First Offer?

Is It a Bad Thing to Be the First Offer? This afternoon I met with a small group of experienced, local Gainesville/Bristow real estate agents. The topic was business planning for 2021 and exchanging ideas on how to meet new buyers and sellers. And as any agenda with a talkative and opinionated group of professionals, Read More …

Careful Not to Overplay Your Hand

Careful Not to Overplay Your Hand The market you WANT to house hunt and negotiate in may be vastly different than the market in which you are ACTUALLY shopping. Case in point is our 2020 Northern Virginia real estate market. With so little on the market, and still plenty of buyer demand, the advantage in Read More …

All Real Estate Sales are Final

All Real Estate Sales are Final Being a Bristow/Gainesville Real Estate Agent has been full of interesting moments. A full time real estate professional in any market can have a cocktail party enthralled with the stories of the things they have seen and heard over their career. The other day, I was remembering one of Read More …

Controlling the Date of Ratification

Controlling the Date of Ratification It’s the attention to detail, knowledge of the contract and control of a situation that combine to make an ordinary real estate agent, GREAT. Case in point, the very important detail of when a contract is ratified. Once a contract is ratified, sellers are contractually obligated to sell with only Read More …