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The Evolution of Grocery Shopping in Stafford, VA - 1988 - 2008 - 10/31/07 08:27 AM
When my husband and I first moved to Stafford County back in 1988, our daughter was 2 ½ and our son was only a few months old. I was a stay-at-home mom transplanted from Long Island, New York - to Towson, Maryland - to Woodbridge, Virginia - and finally to Stafford/Fredericksburg, Virginia. I was a bit confused, to say the least. Adapting to life in Stafford in 1988 was like learning to swim without using my arms. I was drowning in the country life. Someone PLEASE find me a mall where I can buy maternity clothes or a grocery store where the local (13 comments)
A Realtor Within The Broken Home - 10/30/07 03:43 PM
I was moved when I read Joey's blog (Members Only) about his family needing our prayers as his father was divorcing his step mother. He was obviously distraught about his two little brothers. I was touched by the outpouring of condolences, prayers, and kind words. AR is nothing if not supportive and understanding. As a Realtor, we are put into situations where we are literally "IN" peoples' lives - like it or not. The most challenging for me has always been the divorce situation. It needs to be handled quite delicately - with dignity and integrity, not to mention extreme caution and discretion. The (13 comments)
My Halloween in the 60's - 10/30/07 06:55 AM
As a young girl living on Long Island, I was mesmerized by the frenzy around Halloween. Not only was it a foreign concept to me (Puerto Ricans don't typically celebrate the holiday - hard to find pumpkins on a tropical island), but it was hard to conceive that I could actually walk up to a neighbors' house and request (demand) candy. Don't get me wrong. I'm a big fan of candy - always have been. But it took a little getting used to. The ultimate prize itself wasn't so hard to understand. What kid didn't want any reason to collect a (7 comments)
Picking the Right House - For You and For Resale - 10/24/07 08:22 AM
If you are new to the home buying process, there is something you need to know immediately. Buying a home is an incredibly personal and emotional process. Yes, some people buy a home as an investment with no emotional attachment and some buy out of desperation because they are relocating and need to make a decision quickly. But for the overwhelming majority, a home purchase should follow a slow, methodical approach. Just like impulse buying at the grocery store is a big no-no for both your wallet and your waistline, buying a home impulsively can have devastating results down the road if (3 comments)
A Day on the Creek - 10/16/07 11:49 AM
I have been incredibly busy the past couple of weeks - in a good way, of course. Lots of clients needed to see homes, listing appointments, calls to make, files to update, you know the drill. But this past weekend I couldn't resist - I had to put it all away and get outside. My son is the youngest of 5. As a 10 year old boy, he's incredibly aware of God's gifts - the beauty in a sunny day, the awesomeness of a heron flying across the creek, and the stillness of water. Our outing was to Crow's Nest by canoe, a place (3 comments)
Northern Virginia Sees Increases in Prices in September - 10/15/07 09:40 AM
MRIS, Oct. 15, 2007 "Selling prices are flat throughout the Greater Washington DC Metro and the Greater Baltimore Metro regions, but Northern Virginia bucked the trend with positive numbers, according to September housing statistics released by MRIS. Loudoun County saw its first increase in selling prices since May of 2006, with a rise of 4.44% in September. Selling prices in Fairfax County rose 2.45% for the same period, but the hugest gains were in Fauquier County, where the average selling price was up a whopping 23.59%." August-to-August changes in number of homes listed, number of homes sold and median sales prices for (4 comments)
Edward Hopper Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in DC - 10/13/07 09:37 AM
Few works of art move me the way Edward Hopper's do. They capture a time and place we long to have been a part of. My daughter came home from Virginia Tech to see the exhibition of her favorite artist, Edward Hopper, at the National Gallery of Art in DC and invited me along. We left in the morning, grabbed a cup of Chai Tea Latte from Panera Bread (yum!), drove to the metro in Springfield/Franconia, and took the train into the Smithsonian. There we walked the few blocks on an absolutely gorgeous fall day to the East Building and began our (2 comments)
Finally - We Have Fall! - 10/13/07 08:51 AM
I was extra excited to see our nearby Farmer's Market with corn stalks, pumpkins, and a wide array of apples in early October. What I wasn't so thriled about was the 95+ degree heat I had to endure to pick them out! Last week in Northern Virginia saw record high temperatures. While Christmas decorations were being stocked onto department store shelves, people were out in shorts and t-shirts confused about the weather pattern. I am glad to report, Northern Virginia is now officially in fall mode. Waking up to that crisp morning air that lingers throughout the day and enjoying the (7 comments)
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