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Investors make the world go round--really. Without people willing to take the financial risks, most businesses would fail to grow. My husband and I have a saying that we use,'No Risk, no reward,' as we evaluate investment opportunities. Investors are the ones who take the risk and, therefore, reap the rewards. When it comes to Short Sales, however, investors are really screwing with honest and committed home buyers and sellers! Yesterday, I got a call from the listing agent on a property my client has under contract. We have been waiting for 6 weeks (!!!) for the letter (not the approval, but (1 comments)
MotorCycle Santa Spreads Christmas Cheer in Reston & Herndon, VA - 12/15/11 12:26 PM
Last year, around this time, my daughter and I spotted Motorcycle Santa on the Fairfax County Parkway, in Reston, VA. She snapped this picture from my Blackberry, while I kept my eyes on the road: Last Saturday, I spotted him again, this time on Reston Parkway. He was blasting music from the speakers on his bike (All I want for Christmas is You). Two years in a row? Who is this guy and is he the same one from last year? Today, I saw an article in the Herndon Patch, Motorcycle-Riding Santa Claus Brings Holiday Fun to Local Schools. Now I am not (1 comments)
That's a Pretty Crappy Looking Sign! - 12/13/11 07:32 PM
A couple of super windy days have broken the tether holding up the name rider. It is dangling by a single connection. Another couple of windy days and the name rider smashes through the 'By Appointment Only,' rider. Now it looks really bad. The seller probably doesn't have the right tool to fix it, and they certainly don't have a new rider. So there the sign stands, very damaged. I drove by a sign like this today. This is a property that has been on the market for a while. Guess what? It is going to be on the market for (3 comments)
10 Tips for Successful On-line Shopping - 12/13/11 07:08 AM
I was an early adapter to on-line shopping. I know it is not for everyone, and there are certainly security risks, but if you find yourself taking advantage of what is offered on the Internet here are a couple of tips I have learned through the years to make a better, and more affordable, option. Create an email address that is dedicated to shopping. This will keep your in-box from being cluttered with offers and promotions. You will also know where all your purchase and shipping confirmations are. Don't lose the password, especially if you don't shop often on-line. Check to see that the (8 comments)
Holiday Greeting Card Contest: Thank You! - 12/12/11 12:46 PM
The POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul group gives you the opportunity to share your creative side during the holiday season with a creative writing challenge. Join in on the challenge with the ActiveRain Holiday Greeting Card Contest! Throughout the year, I am constantly amazed by the tireless work of those who provide a support role to my job of selling homes. Without these special people, I could not do my job and provide exceptional service to my clients. I pick my support people carefully and they never disappoint. They don't always get credit that they deserve, but I want them to know that they are (4 comments)
How Do You View Home Inspections? - 12/12/11 07:19 AM
I am not a Home Inspector, I am a Realtor. This is an important distinction as you read this particular post. My clients always get Home Inspections. I have had one client--ever--waive a home inspection on a property (gee, good guess that it was during the crazy times) and we still did one the day of settlement (and I paid for it), just so she would know what she was getting. In other words, I am a big believer in understanding as much as you can about a property. I was talking to another Realtor yesterday and we were talking about exactly what a (20 comments)
10 Things I Love About Living in Reston, VA - 12/10/11 09:21 AM
I grew up in Reston, VA, swore I would never come back (who wants to return to their hometown after college? Not me!), and, instead I came back almost immediately. Since then, I have married, raised my kids (mostly--the youngest is 15), owned 4 houses over 24 years and loved the time I have spent here. So what keeps me here? Here are 10 of the things I love about Reston, VA: The People: I have wonderful neighbors and fantastic friends who have all settled here in Reston. I feel like I live in a really small town...but in the D.C. suburbs The Trails: Miles and miles (5 comments)
Since no one ever seems to ask me what I think of the crisis at the Postal Service, I decided that today, I would use my blog to provide my opinion. First off, I am a fan of the USPS. I remember as a little kid sending postcards and letters to pen pals around the country and the world. I use the postal service regularly for marketing and I still send Thank You notes. That said, I have some comments about the service. I don't care about Saturday service. There are many services and vendors that I don't have access to (51 comments)
An Alternative for Fairfax County Teens - 12/07/11 09:01 AM
There is always a lot of discussion about whether it is fair to push all graduating Seniors towards college. We are all familiar with the arguments in favor of college, but we don't always hear as much discussion about postponing college. In Europe, it is common for students to take a 'Gap Year,' before attending University. Today, I got an email about a Gap Year Program Fair in Fairfax County for our students to provide them with information about taking a Gap Year. If you know a FCPS high school student who might benefit from some extra time before heading off to college (1 comments)
Wolf Trap Sing-A-Long is Today, 12/4/11! - 12/04/11 10:35 AM
Today, December 4, 2011, is the Wolf Trap Foundation's Holiday Sing-A-Long. It is a fantastic kick-off to the holiday season. Be sure to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys-for-Tots annual programThe Sing-A-Long begins at 4:00 p.m. , at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va.If you are going, be sure to bundle up, wear a holiday hat (Santa hats are everywhere), bring a candle to light and don't miss the volunteers handing out bells and songbooks. Some years are colder than others and it is appropriate to bring blankets to keep warm. Hot chocolate and coffee are usually (1 comments)
Herndon-Reston Youth Lacrosse Registration is Now Open! 12-3-11 - 12/03/11 04:21 PM
Herndon- Reston Youth Lacrosse (Herndon, VA) registration is now open, 12/3/11. If you have ever considered having your child try lacrosse, one of the fastest growing youth sports in the country, Spring lacrosse with HRYL is a great place to start! HRYL s part of the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League. Children participating in this local youth league feed into the South Lakes High School and Herndon High School programs. If you think your son or daughter might want to play in high school, they really need to come into tryouts with a solid skills foundation. Efforts have been made to (0 comments)
Exploring Leesburg, Virgina - 12/02/11 08:20 AM
If I did not live in Reston, Virginia, there is a pretty good chance I would live in Leesburg, Virginia. For years, my children attended school in Leesburg, VA and I got a pretty good sense of the wonderful community of Leesburg. It has a great downtown area and some of the most beautiful old homes in the area (I have always wanted one of those great old homes!). If you work in the District, living in Leesburg is not for the feint of heart. The commutes can be long, but there is bus service, the Dulles Greenway, and, if all (2 comments)
Winter Edition of the Reston Magazine-- Reston, Virginia - 12/01/11 06:58 PM
Whether you are currently a resident of Reston,VA or considering a move here, you will probably enjoy the most recent edition of the Reston magazine. The Winter 2011 edition discusses the new Reston Metro Station (which many in Reston are excited to see completed), has an article about the new company that has purchased the Multiplex in the Town Center, Bow Tie Cinemas, and an article about restaurants and night spots in Reston. You will find volunteer information, information about how RA handles snow clearing, tips on trimming your trees and more. This magazine is a go-to resource for anyone who (2 comments)
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