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 … (27 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: Where We Live: Timberlake Estates - Great Falls - 08/23/17 01:08 PM
Timberlake Estates is a cluster of ~110 homes on the outskirts of Great Falls, nestled between Georgetown Pike and Route 7. Residents often choose to live here due to its private living near to DC. It enjoys proximity to beautiful Great Falls park as well as Tysons Corner Mall and Galleria. Commuters will appreciate the easy access to 495 as well as access to two major airports – Reagan National to the east, and Dulles International to the south-west. Residents attend Forestville Elementary, Cooper Middle, and highly acclaimed Langley High School. Timberlake Estates is separated into North and South. The North … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Broyhill Estates - 08/16/17 01:38 PM
Broyhills McLean Estates is a neighborhood located between Dolley Madison Boulevard and Chain Bridge Road near Downtown McLean. The residents appreciate the convenient proximity to Tyson’s Corner Mall and Galleria, Washington DC, and Arlington. Commuters here can take advantage of easy access to I-495 and 2 major airports – Reagan National to the east and Dulles International to the west. Broyhills McLean Estates residents attend the McLean School Pyramid which includes both Kent Gardens and Franklin Sherman Elementary Schools, Longfellow Middle, and McLean High School. Residents enjoy convenience to several Grocery stores, McLean High School, and Lewinsville Park which features a local Farmers … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Kings Manor – McLean, VA - 08/02/17 12:14 PM
Kings Manor is a neighborhood located off Dolly Madison Boulevard near Downtown McLean Shopping and Business District. The residents appreciate the convenient proximity to Tyson’s Corner Mall and Galleria, Washington DC, and Arlington. Commuters here can take advantage of easy access to I-495 and 2 major airports – Reagan National to the east and Dulles International to the west. Kings Manor residents attend the Langley School Pyramid which includes Church Hill Elementary, Cooper Middle, and Langley High School.
The majority of single-family brick town homes were built 40 years ago and are consistently sought-after, now more than ever. The style was developed … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Chapters as part of the Life Story of People Buying and Selling Homes - 07/26/17 07:23 AM

Chapters are a component of a book, not the entire story.  Even though it is of a finite length, it is an essential element. If an author were to leave a chapter out, then the story line would be significantly altered or effected. Real estate agents step into a client’s story as a chapter in their life.  At the time it is often overwhelming and thus may feel as though it is the predominant theme.  In the end though, it is a natural progression for the client to move on in their life journey.
The real estate agent helps buyers and sellers … (3 comments)

karen briscoe: Decisions, Decisions - 07/12/17 07:08 AM
A move precipitates countless decisions: what possessions to go to the next home, what to sell, and what to give away.  In many cases people become paralyzed about the number of decisions.  This is where the concepts in “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up” by Marie Kondo become a fabulous resource.  Kondo’s clarifying question is:  “What sparks joy for you personally?  And what doesn’t?”  
In many cases I have found people have become burdened by all of the stuff in their life.  The desire and purpose of moving can sometimes be to force the decision process on what to do with … (4 comments)

karen briscoe: Real Estate Market Strong First Half 2017 - 07/03/17 07:24 AM
The real estate market in McLean and Great Falls remains strong in the first half of 2017 over 2016 in every segment except one. The number of transactions was up 12% over the first half of 2017 for the same time period in 2016. Going back to compare to the 2007 market over one decade ago, the number is up 29%. This is good news as the market closes out the spring selling season and we enter into the summertime. The last peak year in Northern Virginia was 2007. All price segments performed better or remained steady in the first half … (2 comments)

karen briscoe: 3 Ways Real Estate Settlements in June is like Travel at Thanksgiving - 06/29/17 08:49 AM
Our team’s “under contract” board is full this time of year as we have a concentration of settlements around the 4th of July holiday. Last year we actually had 6 settlements on one day. For a team that sells on average 2 houses a week, that stood out! We send a “happy home anniversary” card to past clients and towards the end of June and early July, the number of cards increases considerably. It made me think of how similar it is to being at the airport around Thanksgiving when people travel to visit family and friends.
There are three key factors … (2 comments)

karen briscoe: Generation Gap - 06/21/17 10:59 AM
Father’s Day was just a few weeks ago and 4th of July is around the corner!  Holidays are often a time when family members get together and can catch up over burgers on the grill.  It is also an opportunity to open up conversations about housing needs.  The generation gap strongly impacts the real estate industry.  The Baby Boomer generation represents the largest population in the United States and the Millennial generation is the first projected to pass them up.  Generation X lies in the valley between, referred to as the “middle child.”
Although Millennials are now the largest age cohort in the … (2 comments)

karen briscoe: Who is your Super Hero? - 06/14/17 07:29 AM
During the month of June, Americans honor fathers with a special day.  The two fathers closest to me are my own father and husband.  Fathers are often a child’s first super hero and to them possess x-ray vision, super strength, speed and agility, invulnerability and are capable of leaping tall buildings with a single bound.  Everyone can benefit from having role models and mentors to look up to and emulate.  Let’s consider how real estate agents can tap into these capabilities and be super heroes for their clients.
X-ray vision for a father is being able to see what’s really going on, … (0 comments)

 
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