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 …

Just Sold in Newgate of Centreville

Just Sold in Newgate of Centreville On November 19th (2020,) after months of planning with the seller, I was pleased to introduce 14455 Gringsby Court to the market. The need for the advance planning was simple. The seller was renting out the property, which had been her first home purchase. While she had wanted to 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 …

The Value of a Cash Offer in a Seller’s Market

The Value of a Cash Offer in a Seller’s Market Market conditions seem to not register in the minds of cash buyers, or the agents that represent them. There is simply a declaration of a cash offer, remarks of what is “wrong” with the property (usually cosmetic) and the sock in the gut that comes Read More …

‘Tis the Season to Fall in Love

‘Tis the Season to Fall in Love The anticipation of the holidays have a reputation for even warming up the Scrooges among us. There is a want to fall in love this time of year. You need look no further than The Hallmark Movie Channel lineup. Holiday movie after holiday movie with stories of love, Read More …

Getting Your House to Say “Cheese”

Whenever I take a new listing, the preparation for pictures is critical. First of all, I believe in professional photography for my listings. I tried to keep up with the advancements in technology as long as I could, continuing to take my own listing photos up until 2017, but that is when I left it Read More …

What a Difference a Fake Bed Makes in a Vacant Bedroom

What a Difference a Fake Bed Makes in a Vacant Bedroom The picture above is of a vacant bedroom. It’s got fresh carpet and paint and shows well. However, not having any furnishings it is going to be difficult for buyers to imagine what furniture will fit in there. Enter my light staging touches that Read More …