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Don't Miss Springfield Days 2011 - 05/31/11 02:54 PM
I've been endeavoring to write and highlight summer activities that are fun and for the most part will involve the entire family. I've been doing this over the past week or so.....Beginning Thursday the 2nd of June, 2011 and running through Sunday, there is another event that promises to be a lot of fun. It is Springfield Days 2011 and is being billed as: "Four days of fun for the whole family".....I hope you will take at the various activities, the schedule of events and take some time to attend. Here is the link you will want to follow for more (0 comments)
The Results Could Have Been Catastrophic - 05/30/11 04:19 PM
My wife and I have been married for 43 years. Throughout our years together, we've always cooked on a Gas Stove. We simply enjoy cooking on a Gas Burner! Notice, I said, "We".... I like to cook, too! In fact, I do most of the cooking and the grocery shopping. My wife would tell you she has trained me well!Along with cooking on a Gas Stove, we've always (out of habit I guess) hung the Kitchen Towel on the Over Door handle, just below the Burner Knobs. Again, we have done this throughout our marriage!Last week I was preparing my morning (6 comments)
A One Day Family Get-Away You Will Always Remember - 05/29/11 05:25 PM
I've been spending the past several days sharing about "Things to do" in Northern Virginia. I've talked about Rolling Thunder, the Occoquan Craft Show, visiting Old Town Manassas and of course, the ViVa Vienna Memorial Day Festival. Today, I've been reminded of the Flying Circus Aerodrome & Airshow. This is truly a great family outing that offers shows throughout the summer at great prices and you can even pay for plane rides. If you will be vacationing around Northern Virginia this year, instead of traveling, this would be a fantastic one day event to be a part of.Here is the link: (1 comments)
Another Great Festival In Northern Virginia - 05/28/11 01:01 PM
I've been endeavoring to keep my readers up to date with activities in the Northern Virginia Area this summer. In fact, I've been favorably impressed with your comments and words of appreciation for this effort. While I'll not abandon talking about Real Estate and especially the "How To" part of buying and selling a home, I will continue to spend time highlighting community events.The 30th Annual Vintage Virginia Wine Festival will be held in the Bull Run Regional Park, just off I66 and about 20-25 minutes from Washington DC. There are around 300 Virginia Wines featured at the Festival. Go here (1 comments)
One Of My Favorite Places To Visit In Northern Virginia - 05/26/11 12:35 PM
One of my favorite places to visit in Northern Virginia is a small community called Occoquan. It is filled with shops, places to grab lunch and a host of other activities and things to do. I just realized that next week, June 4th – 5th, the Official Occoquan Craft Show will be taking place. For your convenience here is the link to the official website: Occoquan Craft Show I hope you will plan to attend and by all means have lunch there, too! (4 comments)
Great Reading On Easy Upgrades For Your Home - 05/25/11 07:48 AM
I don't know about you, but I enjoy sprucing up our house and especially when there isn't much out of pocket cost involved. This morning I was going through all of my email and one of the Warranty Companies I receive newsletters from, American Home Shield, had this post: 10 Easy Upgrades To Add Style And Value To Your Home.After reading the article, I mentioned to my wife that it is time for some new area rugs, with color. See number 6 on the list. (1 comments)
When In Virginia Visit Old Town Manassas - 05/24/11 12:13 PM
I remember many years ago, having the experience of moving to another state. As a young man, I longed for information about that state. For example: What kinds of things are there for a young man to do? I enjoyed (and still do) history and so I wanted to learn as much as I could historically about the area. Was the land flat or were there mountains? What about Schools? The list went on and on.One thing I've tried to do lately in my blogging, is introduce people to Northern Virginia. For a long time, I've written blogs about Real Estate (2 comments)
Another Opportunity For Summer Fun - 05/24/11 11:02 AM
As I shared in my previous blog: Summer is approaching, School is letting out and a Holiday Weekend (Memorial Day) is just a few days away. Keeping this in mind, I'm focusing on things to do this summer, specifically Family Activities in the Northern Virginia and the greater Washington DC Metro area.Herndon Virginia is hosting the Herndon Festival 2011. There will be Carnival Rides, Fireworks, 5k and 10k Races, and numerous other activities. The fun begins on June 2nd, 2011. For more information go here: Herndon Festival 2011By the way, we took our grandson a couple of years ago and he (0 comments)
ViVa Vienna Memorial Day Festival - 05/23/11 01:47 PM
I stated in an earlier blog that I will spend some time posting about Memorial Day Weekdend activities this week in the greater Washington DC Metropolitan area.I wanted to take a moment and remind everyone in Northern Virginia about the ViVa Vienna 2011 Memorial Day festival in Vienna, Virginia this weekend. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun and something the entire family can participate in.There are three great websites where you can learn more about this event:Viva ViennaViva Vienna 2011Viva! Vienna! 2011 Memorial Day FestivalI hope you will have some time to take in the fun and (1 comments)
Ever Heard Of Rolling Thunder? - 05/23/11 12:40 PM
I thought I would do a few posts this week that will deal specifically with events taking place over the Memorial Day weekend. If you are going to be in the Greater Washington DC area, I hope you will find something that sounds enjoyable and become a part of it.Ever heard of Rolling Thunder? For those who live in Northern Virginia, Maryland and the Washington DC area, Rolling Thunder is truly something to see. About.com writes: "Rolling Thunder is an annual Memorial Day demonstration where thousands of motorcycles ride through Washington, DC seeking to improve veteran benefits and resolve POW/MIA issues." (2 comments)
A Family Outing That Promises To Be Informative - 05/22/11 03:41 PM
As summer approaches and schools will be letting out, we all start thinking about Family Vacation Time. When it comes to Northern Virginia Residents, we are no exception to that school of thought! Especially for those of us who prefer to vacation closer to home.Here's the deal: If you live in Northern Virginia, there is a one day outing that will surely inspire you and show your family a wonderful time. The place is Mount Vernon: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. I hope you will take the time to explore this wonderful estate, where you will learn about the (0 comments)
An Excellent Resource For Anyone In Business - 05/20/11 10:26 AM
Like many of my peers, I have some blogs that I watch very carefully. In fact, I'm always excited to read them when there is a new post. Whether you are and Independent Contractor, work for a Corporation or even in Real Estate like me, this is a writing everyone can benefit from. Go here: Are you loosing prospects from your body language?Dawn Hogan writes about when you improve your body language you will improve your confidence. I just read it and would encourage you to do the same. Please, read it through to the very end! (5 comments)
My Favorite Place For Quality Entertainment - 05/19/11 06:51 PM
Whether you are visiting Northern Virginia, or if you live here, make sure you take an evening for Wolf Trap this season. On May 27th and 28th, A Prairie Home Companion will be playing. The Marine Band will be center stage on the 29th (Memorial Day Weekend) and Bill Cosby on June 2nd. Notice that I've not even talked about the Opera, Brian Wilson and many other great events. Here is the Link to see the entire calendar: Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing ArtsI plan to go this season and I hope you will, too! (1 comments)
A Calendar Of Events For Northern Virginia - 05/19/11 06:35 PM
I recently found a website that keeps a pretty up to date Events Calendar for Northern Virginia. For example: I bet you didn't know that the Blind Boys Of Alabama are in Alexandria, Virginia this evening. Perhaps you didn't know that the Follies are at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in Washington DC.This is truly a website loaded with potential activities for you and your family or friends. Follow this link: Event and Entertainment Northern VirginiaBefore heading out, I would make the appropriate contacts to make sure the event is still taking place. (0 comments)
Gainesville Virginia Continues To Grow - 05/19/11 01:16 PM
I've written some blog posts in the past about Gainesville, Virginia and the amazing growth we are experiencing. In fact, the Gainesville/Haymarket area sits on the edge of the Washington DC Metro area and continues to be a popular place, both to visit and reside.One of the best features of living in Gainesville, Virginia is the shopping that is literally springing into existence. We now have Wegman's; Bed Bath & Beyond; Target Super Store; Best Buy; as well as a multitude of wonderful restaurants. Many potential clients moving into this area, have heard about the Virginia Gateway/Market Square expansion and are (0 comments)
How To Improve Your Credit Score - 05/18/11 01:41 PM
I spend about 45-60 minutes every morning, scanning the internet, reading email and yes, the Wall Street Journal. Of course my interest is primarily Real Estate. This morning there was an interesting article in my email called, 6 Tips For A Higher Credit Score. This is a writing that everyone who is interested in purchasing anything on credit, including your next house, will want to read. I hope you take a moment, paying attention to the six points covered in the article.Simply click on the above link! (3 comments)
Heritage Hunt To Host A Recycling Festival - 05/17/11 06:24 PM
Heritage Hunt in Gainesville, Virginia, is an Active Adult Community of around 1800 households. The term "Active Adult Community" implies you have to be 55+ to live there.FOR HERITAGE HUNT RESIDENTS ONLY: This Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm, Heritage Hunt will be Host to a Recycling Festival. This means there will be a Shredding Truck for residents to use along with opportunities to get rid of Paint Cans, Aerosol Cans, Cleaning Fluids and more. Additionally, you can get rid of Household Junk for a fee. To find out more information, you can go here: Heritage Hunt Recycling FestivalI plan (2 comments)
Avoiding The Summertime Blues - 05/16/11 03:20 PM
I'm not sure about you and your family but I remember quite well, when our children were growing up, there were those moments of complete boredom during the summer months! In other words, we would hear things like: "Mom, dad, there isn't anything to do - I'm bored" and more.Here is a great website to explore for the greater Washington DC area called, Our Kids: The Link To Family FunWhile this site might not be the answer for all summertime boredom, it is something worth considering in finding some good family fun! It includes Outdoor and Indoor fun, the Performing Arts, (1 comments)
An Idea For Weekend Enjoyment In Northern Virginia - 05/16/11 02:46 PM
Recently some friends of mine spent a better part of a day touring the Manassas Battlefield Park. The report they shared with me about their experience was wonderful!There are trails, Historic Letters, a great Visitor Center, historic Cemetary and miles of open space/trees to enjoy, while at the same time you get to look back over American History.This is a tour I highly recommend when in Northern Virginia. For sure you will want to begin at the Visitor Center. Additionally, make sure you check out the website for the Park: Manassas National Battlefield Park...Enjoy, (0 comments)
Real Estate 101 - When Going House Hunting - 05/15/11 03:42 PM
Someone phoned me some time back indicating they had been referred to me by a previous client. Here is what they shared.They had their preapproval for Mortgage and were ready to begin the search for their next home. In fact, they told me the home finding mission had to happen very fast. In Real Estate we would say, "Time was truly of the Essence". So the question was: "What can you do to make this happen as quickly as possible?" I suggested that perhaps the question should be worded a bit different: "What can WE do to make this happen as (0 comments)
A Good Reason To Talk With A Real Estate Professional - 05/13/11 01:40 PM
I received a phone call some time back from a frustrated potential client. Her words were something like: "David, I just can't make the Home Search work on your Web Site according to what I am needing to see by way of results." She went on to say, "I get all kinds of results that I don't care to receive!"I asked if she was in front of her computer and the response was, "Yes". I then quickly signed on and talked her through the steps that she needed to follow in about 5 minutes or less. As a result, we hit (6 comments)
Hmmmm, The Homeowners Could Have Sold This Property 11 Months Earlier.... - 05/12/11 10:37 AM
I was leaving a comment this morning on another Real Estate Blog when I remembered something worth writing about. It was an experience I had a few years ago that can still be related to today!I had some clients tour a house that had been on the market for a long time. This was when properties were moving. When we walked in, we were stunned about the days on the market because the house looked wonderful! Everything was freshly painted; there was new hardwood flooring in the living and dining room and the furniture was perfect. My clients wanted to buy (1 comments)
Becoming Acquainted With the Word "Negotiation" - 05/11/11 02:21 PM
When it comes to buying a home, the ability and willingness to negotiate is a must for both Buyer and Seller. After all, the Seller wants a certain price for their home while the Buyer may not want to pay that price. The trick is to find the true balance so that you, as a buyer, feel good about the purchase price without leaving the seller feeling insulted or perhaps totally frustrated. In other words, in reality, you are endeavoring to create a "Win, Win" situation! Here are some thoughts on the subject of how to buy the house you've fallen (1 comments)
Thinking About Moving To Northern Virginia? - 05/10/11 03:12 PM
If you are thinking about moving to Northern Virginia, or perhaps, you are simply moving from one Northern Virginia Community to another, consider using this page on my Real Estate Website: Northern Virginia InformationHere you will find State & Local Government Information; Virginia Public Schools Data; info on Touring The Area, Local Colleges, Peforming Arts, Area Transportation and more. I hope you will consider utilizing this important page.Additionally, the one section you will not want to miss is Virginia Area Professional Sports. Enjoy the tour.... (0 comments)
7 Simple Steps To Follow When Purchasing Your Next Home - 05/10/11 02:17 PM
Questions abound when it comes to purchasing a house. Most important, what should I or what shouldn't I do when it comes to purchasing my next home? My list is simple:1. Make Sure Your Are Ready To Go On Your Mortgage:Whatever you do, get pre-approved for a mortgage. In fact, I tell everyone, I only show houses to those who have taken this first step. This way, you can see everything in your price range and travel anywhere you want to go to see them. It is one sure way to avoid falling in love with a house you cannot afford. (2 comments)
So Why Do Buyers Need Title Insurance? - 05/09/11 12:57 PM
One of the questions I'm often asked toward the end of a purchase, just before the closing is: "Why do I need to purchase Title Insurance?" In other words, what does Title Insurance do for me the Buyer?As a Real Estate Agent, I receive emails on a regular basis from a company called: Freedom Settlement Group This mornings email contained a great document called: Ever Wonder What Owner's Title Insurance Covers? I hope you will find the document informative.Finally, always remember that knowledge can be power when endeavoring to buy or sell Real Estate. If I can help you in this (1 comments)
Northern Virginia Is Absolutely Beautiful - 05/08/11 03:24 PM
On Friday, I posted a blog about our plans to visit an Open House on Mother's Day at the Long Mountain Nursery Azalea Arboretum in Washington, Virginia. It has to be one of the most beautiful drives that anyone would want to travel just to get to the Nursery. In fact, the last two miles are down a one lane winding country road, through farmland, wood and stone fences and some rutted roads! I guess I'm still a country boy at heart and for me, this was a wonderful drive! When we arrived we took about an hour and a half (0 comments)
A Quiet Place To Retreat On Mother's Day - 05/06/11 07:46 AM
If you live in Northern Virginia, you might enjoy taking a drive to the Long Mountain Nursery this weekend. Many of you know the owners of this terrific Azalea Arboretum retired a couple of years ago. Having said that, they have decided to open their doors for an Informal Open House on Saturday, May 7th, from 8 am - 5 pm and Sunday, May 8th, from noon to 5 pm.Here is what the owners are saying: "Even if you have strolled through our 500-variety Azalea Arboretum in the past, we are confident that you will enjoy the experience just as much (0 comments)
A Silly Online Mistake Was Nearly Disastrous For Me - 05/04/11 01:54 PM
You probably guessed it by my title. . . I had an unfortunate online experience a short while back that could have been disastrous. It happened while spending a night in a hotel, but I didn't find out until several days later.I use a program from a great company for listening to music on the internet. It is a wonderful program and in fact, the company had sent out emails warning it's users to always make sure to do one thing when in a public place to protect yourself and your account online. I hadn't paid any attention to the emails (8 comments)
So My Wife And I Decided To Watch This Movie - 05/02/11 08:21 AM
I know, the question is: What does a Movie have to do with Real Estate?Last evening, my wife and I sat down to watch a Hallmark Movie we recorded a few days ago. The title: Beyond The Blackboard... is a movie based "On the True Story of an Extraordinary Teacher". A young lady on her first teaching assignment working with Homeless Children and their families in a less than desirable environment. In fact, the challenges she meets would sweep many people right off of their feet. She is determined to see it through and make a difference.We found the movie to (5 comments)
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