Reaching Out on a Snow Day to Past Clients

Reaching Out on a Snow Day to Past Clients Today I used my snow day to reach out to my clients from 2020. Normally, I send out their settlement statements from their sales or purchases to them via regular mail in January. That way, they are right there, arriving with other tax preparation documents. However, Read More …

Do Buyers House Hunt in the Snow?

Do Buyers House Hunt in the Snow? Pictured above is a scene from my street during one of the three blizzards Northern Virginia experienced in the winter of 2009-2010. To think a buyer would be house hunting with two feet of snow on the ground may seem far fetched, but it happens. No one expects Read More …

Planning is Important When it Comes to Seeing a Home

Planning is Important When it Comes to Seeing a Home Looking for a Bristow or Gainesville, VA home? In the seller’s market the area is experiencing, planning is critical. At the same time, so is being available on short notice for showings. How do those two things go together? Allow me to explain. When it Read More …

Instant Buyer’s Remorse

Instant Buyer’s Remorse Being a child of the eighties, I can hear the Asia song, “Heat of the Moment” in my head as I put this post together. In the excitement of getting an offer together in a competitive, multiple offer situation, many Bristow and Gainesville buyers are being swept into making offers that have Read More …

Buyer’s Agent Reputation & Network

Buyer’s Agent Reputation & Network The other day I saw a buyer on a local Facebook group looking for a Buyer’s Agent. Apparently, the rebate agent she had hired was not doing her any good, probably because the firm she hired works differently than traditional brokerages. They pay agents by the hour to show homes. Read More …

Every Presidential Inauguration Day

Every Presidential Inauguration Day The suburbs of Washington, DC can be the most politically charged area in our country. Living outside of our nation’s capital for my entire life, politics is the common theme of all that happens here. I remember when I was a college student, visiting Los Angeles and being stunned at their Read More …

Seller’s Markets Often Create Seller Complacency

Seller’s Markets Often Create Seller Complacency The Bristow/Gainesville real estate market has so many more buyers than sellers that homes in all kinds of price ranges are getting multiple offers when they hit the market. This type of market condition can lead to seller complacency. The basic idea is that sellers may decide to do Read More …

What Goes into a Great Listing?

What Goes into a Great Listing? Not all listing agents do the same job for their sellers. Some listing agents may not even know some of the informational options at their disposal when inputting a listing. It’s important to know what differentiates a great listing from a listing that is so non-descriptive it may be Read More …

Home Inspections Are Not Pass/Fail

Home Inspections Are Not Pass/Fail There is a common misconception among buyers, as well as sellers, that there either a pass or fail outcome from a home inspection. Many times home owners that are listing their homes with me will ask, “What if our home fails inspection?” My answer is always, “There is no such Read More …