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 …

Coming Soon: 2 Bedroom/1 Bath Townhouse in Centreville for $260,000

Coming Soon: 2 Bedroom/1 Bath Townhouse in Centreville for $260,000 If you are in the market for a down sized or first time home in the convenient commuter location of Centreville, this end unit townhouse in Newgate may be just the ticket. One the new carpet has been installed on the upper level and the Read More …