There are Too Many Feelings in Real Estate

There are Too Many Feelings in Real Estate When I say there are too many feelings in real estate, I’m not talking about the feelings buyers and sellers have. Those feelings are expected and legitimate. They may sometimes get in the way of finding a rational solution to a problem, but they are not the Read More …

How Long Does it Take a New Gainesville Listing to Get Attention?

How Long Does it Take a New Gainesville Listing to Get Attention? The holidays are over and despite the daily drama the news reports of increasing COVID numbers and civil unrest, Gainesville home buyers are out and about and ready to purchase. For the first time since about mid-December, my day was jam packed. The Read More …

Who Makes the Decision to Hire the Listing Agent?

Who Makes the Decision to Hire the Listing Agent? Being a Top Bristow/Gainesville Listing Agent for many years, I have been on more listing appointments than I can imagine. Trying to figure out who the decision maker in the family is during the appointment is critical. Sometimes, it is not always obvious. Would you believe Read More …

The Best Laid Plans…

The Best Laid Plans… Life has a way of pushing us past our plans. Whether you have planned to list your home and are experiencing personal delays, or your plan to live in a particular area changes suddenly due to personal or professional circumstances, it can be hard to role with the changes. Stress has Read More …

One Year or Multiple Year Lease?

One Year or Multiple Year Lease? Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, longer leases tend to be the preference. Both sides enjoy having a commitment for a longer period of time, unless there are circumstances where the tenant may be planning on a move sooner, or the landlord may be planning to sell Read More …

Unveiling the Goal for 2021

Unveiling the Goal for 2021 If you are new to following my real estate business, one thing you are about to learn is that my yearly goal is shared with my past clients, friends and family publicly. The goal last year (2020) was to sell 32 homes. For the years prior it was to sell Read More …

Earnest Money Deposits

Earnest Money Deposits When dealing with real estate offers and contracts, there is a difference between a down payment and an earnest money deposit. The down payment is the amount of money a buyer is putting down out of their pocket to pay for the home, while the rest is financed with a mortgage. The Read More …

Making Offers in a Seller’s Market

Making Offers in a Seller’s Market There is no question that the Bristow/Gainesville real estate market, and all of Northern Virginia really, are frustrating for buyers. Meanwhile sellers are large and in charge. Multiple offers are the norm. That means expecting to negotiate with a seller from your starting point to what they feel is Read More …

The Last Day of 2020

The Last Day of 2020 It is finally here–the last day of 2020. Time to put this one in the books or take it to the curb for trash pick up. A year filled with anxiety inducing moments thanks to a virus is not going to be missed. However, not everything in 2020 was bad. Read More …