karen briscoe: Where We Live: Bryn Mawr, McLean - 02/21/18 01:16 PM
Bryn Mawr is a large Suburban neighborhood which consists of over 100 homes in McLean, 22101. It comprises of the area along Tennyson Drive and Longfellow Street and abuts the heart of downtown McLean. It enjoys all the wonderful amenities to be found living in this walkable enclave, including the Bryn Mawr park. A heavily wooded park that features a tot-lot, a tennis court, paths, and is a lovely refuge from the busy Northern Virginia community. An insider’s tip, this park is often a cut-through for people walking (or biking as you’ll often catch me doing with my husband on the … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: What's Love Got to do with it? - 02/14/18 01:31 PM
Valentine’s Day in the United States focuses on people in love. Tina Turner belted the now famous song:  “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and on this special day think of how this theme applies to real estate. Is there any place for love in the purchase and sale of real property? Often there is. There is an old saying that most people buy on emotion and justify the decision on logic.
An alert agent will notice the glimmer of love in the eye of a buyer when looking at homes. There is usually something about the home that triggers a … (2 comments)

karen briscoe: Groundhog Day and Predictions for the Spring Real Estate Market - 02/07/18 04:15 PM
The Groundhog Day event occurs in a small town in central Pennsylvania each year on February 2nd. Punxsutawney Phil predictions of whether the weather will bring an early spring or whether there will be another 6 weeks of winter are broadcastes across countless media platforms. In 2018, it was the latter. Whether Phil sees his shadow or not often marks the spring real estate market kick off.In those markets that experience winter months of snow and/or cold temperatures, people often exhibit cabin fever and are ready to get out and about and tour homes as soon as there is a sign … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Summerwood - 01/24/18 11:38 AM
The Summerwood Community is a small community of 59 expansive single family homes located in the 22102 zip code of McLean. The homes are large, primarily of the Colonial style, and built in the early to mid 80s. The homes sit on spacious lots in a cozy wooded neighborhood. The neighborhood sits between Great Falls and Tysons Corner with easy access to the Dulles Access road and 495. It also sits off Lewinsville Road and Old Dominion Dr, giving it easy access to some great parks as well as downtown McLean.
Summerwood is a common destination for the DC employee who wants … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Regal Oaks - 01/17/18 09:40 AM
    Regal Oaks is a small community of 60 townhomes right outside the beltway, just south of Tyson’s Corner with easy access off Gallows Road. It has all the amenities of it’s incredible central location, while still having the benefit of suburban living, with its no-outlet thru streets and abundance of greenery. The neighborhood was built in the early 90s and features modern colonial town homes. While a small community, it has a very intimate neighborhood feel with an active HOA and friendly residents.
    The great benefit of this community, is its incredible location. Located right outside the beltway, … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: McLean Crest - 01/10/18 01:17 PM
McLean Crest is a small enclave community of just 64 homes nestled in adjacent to Downtown McLean. This neighborhood has all the benefits of living near McLean, including the restaurants, shops, and parks. It has a huge WalkScore of 85! It also has the benefit of accessibility being right of Rt 123. You have an easy drive to any of the neighboring towns, shopping centers, and a number of venues.
The key benefit to this community is it’s incredible proximity to Downtown McLean. The area of McLean features many great restaurants, including Pulcinella Italian Host where we host our regular Community Charity … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Real Estate Market closes out Strong for 2017 in McLean and Great Fall - 01/03/18 02:19 PM
The number of real estate transactions in McLean and Great Falls closed out the year in 2017 11% greater than in 2016.  In comparison to the 2007 market just one decade ago, the number is up almost 30%.  The last peak year for Northern Virginia real estate was 2007.  All price segments performed better or remained steady in 2017 compared to 2016 and the benchmark year of 2007.  This is good news as we look towards the 2018 spring season. 
The most significant increases in number of sales not surprisingly occurred in the lower price brackets. Homes priced under $1.25 m for … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Housing "Black Friday" and the New Year - 12/27/17 07:36 PM
The holiday season is in the past and the New Year is upon us. While many are still in celebration mode active professional real estate agents are busy. It happens that "Housing Black Friday" is frequently the first Friday after Christmas. That's right, immediately after the holiday people began actively searching for homes. I have several theories for this phenomenon.In many cases people have been busy entertaining guests over the holiday season. All of the flaws of the home have become that much more apparent. People decide that next year they are going to do something about it. Moving becomes the … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: All in the Family! - 12/13/17 02:04 PM
“All in the Family” is a sitcom circa 1970’s. As the purchase and sale of a home has such significant ramifications, I’ve found that in almost all cases there are peripheral people involved. Usually it is family members but also there can be financial advisors, close friends, neighbors and business associates. All seem to have an opinion on what the client should be doing. And like the telephone game of old, that message can come through to the agent in a distorted fashion. This being during the holiday season, seems like an appropriate time to discuss how it affects the purchase … (3 comments)

karen briscoe: It's a Wonderful Life and Profession - 12/06/17 02:07 PM
It is a tradition in our family every year during the holiday season to watch the Frank Capra classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”. In fact I’ve seen it so many times that I can quote word-for-word many of the scenes. Perhaps it is because of all the real estate lessons contained within!
The heart of why it is so meaningful for me to be a real estate agent is played out in the scene where the family is at the dinner table. George Bailey’s younger brother Harry is preparing for a party that he is trying to get his big brother to … (29 comments)

karen briscoe: Yes Virginia, there is a real estate market - 11/29/17 12:17 PM
DEAR EDITOR:  I am a Seller of a home in Northern Virginia.  Some of my friends say that this is not a good market to sell real estate.  Others say, “If you see it in the HBC Group-Keller Williams articles, you can believe it.”  Please tell me the truth; is this a good time to be in the market?
Yes, Virginia, this is a great time to be in the market in Northern Virginia.  Virginia, your friends are wrong.  They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age.  In many sub-markets of the Northern Virginia, Washington DC and suburban Maryland … (1 comments)

karen briscoe: Pause to Express Thanks! - 11/22/17 08:43 PM
Thanksgiving is a holiday special to America, although other countries too have adopted the concept of a day of gratitude. In a desire to live a more purposeful live, I am taking the time to pause and express thanks!
First, I thank all of the clients and customers over the year that we have been given the privilege and pleasure to work with. On an average annual basis it is usually around one hundred families and over the years has grown into the thousands. It is because of clients that we can proclaim the Keller Williams motto:  “A career worth having, a … (5 comments)

karen briscoe: Should Home Sellers Decorate for the Holiday Season? - 11/15/17 09:50 AM
The holiday season for many people begins at Thanksgiving and extends through December until after the first of the year. Many Sellers that have their home on the market wonder if they should decorate their home for the holidays.
Holiday decorations can contribute to a home feeling warm and friendly. Further special decorating can show different uses for spaces and features of the home. Lights can accent areas that may be “lost” to darkness and cheer up the front of a home in the bleak mid-winter season.
What has been found best is that the client should proceed with what the family normally … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Why Sell Now in the Fall? - 11/02/17 09:21 AM
The primary reason why an owner should sell real estate is because it is the right time for their particular situation.  In any given market at any given time there are buyers ready, willing and able to purchase real estate.  However, many Sellers want to “time the market” thinking that if they do so they will optimize what they will realize on the sale of their home.  As a professional Realtor®, I’m frequently asked the question:  “Why sell in the fall?  Should I wait until the spring?”
This past week I listed a home in McLean, Virginia for $970,000.  When I met … (4 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Woodside Estates - 10/26/17 10:22 AM
Woodside Estates is a community of around 200 homes in McLean 22102. Woodside Estates features many large homes of varying styles on spacious lots. The origin of the neighborhood is from the 1950s, but with the amazing location, Woodside Estates is a target for frequent new builds. The neighborhood is heavily wooded throughout giving it a secluded private feel while only being minutes from Tysons Corner malls. The neighborhood features the private Woodside Lake, a frequent destination of residents.
When you enter this neighborhood, right off the beltway and a stone’s throw from Tyson Corner and Galleria malls, you don’t feel like … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Bryn Mawr - 10/18/17 10:24 AM
Bryn Mawr (Also known as McLean Manor) is a large Suburban neighborhood consisting of over 150 homes in McLean, 22101. There have been 4 sales in the last year ranging from $825,000 to $1,489,000. Bryn Mawr includes Single Family Houses of various styles and ages. The community was founded and some of the original homes were built in the 20s, but the neighborhood is frequently the target of new builds. Along with the many traditional styles of homes, the neighborhood also has some architecturally unique homes as well. A key benefit to this community is the high-ranking public schools as well … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: HBC Group Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary - 10/04/17 01:16 PM
HBC Group at Keller Williams McLean is busting with ruby red celebration as Partners Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy ring in a milestone anniversary for their office doors being open. Past and present clients, affiliate vendors, friends and supporters joined in the celebration which was held at Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington, VA on Tuesday, October 3.
The evening was dedicated to Sue Huckaby (deceased) and her now 40 year old legacy, the HBC Group. Sue began her career as a Realtor® in McLean, Virginia in 1977 and became one of the most successful Realtors® in America. Nationally in 2002, … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: McLean Mews - 09/27/17 12:11 PM
McLean Mews is a small townhome community of just 47 homes in McLean. This cluster of homes is set right outside downtown McLean with access to all of the amenities of the city, including its great Restaurants, Shops, and Parks. This neighborhood has a WalkScore of 84! It also enjoys an easy drive to Downtown DC as well as Arlington and Tysons through its proximity to major roadways. The neighborhood is managed and cared for by the Homeowners and their Association.
One of the key features of this community is it’s almost instant proximity to Downtown McLean. The city of McLean features … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Evans Farm - 09/13/17 12:55 PM
Evans Farm is a group of 143 homes in McLean between Dolley Madison (Route 123) and Chain Bridge Road. Those 143 homes consist of 68 Townhomes, 44 Single Family, 13 Condos, and 18 “Affordable”. The “Affordable” homes were gifted to the neighboring Lewinsville Retirement Residences to give them the ability to expand where they otherwise could not. The Single Family homes’ floor plans are the Award Winning Belvedere and Rosewell designs. The community was built in the mid to late 2000s.
Residents enjoy beautiful private amenities including a centuries old Millhouse and Stonehouse, Evans Farm Pond, Paths, and 6 “Pocket Ponds.” We … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Good Schools can Equate to Higher Residential Real Estate Market Value - 08/30/17 09:00 AM
School is back in session for most students in the fall.  One of the key factors that contribute to the market value for residential real estate is the quality of the public schools.  The local public school can be an even larger factor than style, age and size of the home. Public school district falls into the category of location, because in the majority of cases the school is location dependent.  Test scores, which translate into ranking, is the indicator that many people rely on to determine whether a school is considered good.  So even if the owner does not need … (3 comments)

Karen Briscoe (Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group - Keller Williams) Rainmaker large

Karen Briscoe

McLean, VA

More about me…

Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group - Keller Williams

Address: 6820 Elm Street, McLean, VA, 22101

Office: (703) 734-0192

Mobile: (703) 582-6818

Email Me




RSS 2.0 Feed for this blog