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Hard to Figure But I Know Florida will Come Back Strong! - 02/27/11 10:42 AM
I just spent a week at my Florida home. I inherited it, I cannot sell it (for near its low appraised value) and I am not sure I want to. I was enjoying a nice breeze off of the Indian River everyday and low humidity. I quickly ran some calculations and realized (except for the fact my wife has a job here and my kids are in high school) that I could sell my house in Fairfax, VA and move to FLA, work at Wal-mart as a greeter, and end up with a better lifestyle. OK, maybe a stretch but it (3 comments)
It's Time To Get Off The Fence! - 02/11/11 09:06 AM
I know that everyone wants the best deal on a home. Yes, there is a predicted increase in foreclosures next year but do you really want one? Are you aware that foreclosures in Northern Virginia, unless they are totally trashed, do not sell for much less than a regular sale? Are you aware that you lose all your bargaining power with a bank addendum? That addendum is 99.9% in favor of the bank. The point is if you wait too long you may actually end up paying more and getting less. Don't wait for what may or may not be a (1 comments)
John Cho - A First Class Handyman and Contractor in Northern Virginia - 02/09/11 12:33 PM
Whenever I have needed work done, I have always called John Cho first. He's on my web site, He's on my "Tom's Picks 2011" List. Well...he's on the list but man did I screw up. I transposed his number to a non-working number. Talk about feeling bad. The good news is that I am hiring him to do another job starting next week. I know he has an additional job starting in early March. It would be easier to hire another contractor, but I know John will get the work done correctly, on time, and on budget. So, if you need (0 comments)
Mold Can Be Fixed But You Must Get On It Right Away! - 02/05/11 09:58 AM
The truth is mold is in something like 90% of homes across the country. There are different kind of mold and varying degrees of mold. For example, I know I could find some mold in my shower right now if I went and looked for it. I'd hit it with the bleach and some 409 before it gets nasty! I have also been in homes for sale that had mold (The black evil looking kind) on the walls on all three levels, basement to second floor. That was nasty!." Total gut and rehab I say!" And to think the bank wanted $100,000 (3 comments)
A Financial Colonoscopy....I Couldnt' Hold Back on That One! - 02/05/11 09:41 AM
I had to laugh (and isn't laughter the best medication?) when I read that a loan officer referred to "applying for a mortgage" as "a financial colonoscopy." A colonoscopy is not painful but certainly degrading and embarrassing but most of all its is necessary for your health. Perhaps a financial colonoscopy is good for a country healing from too many bad loans over the last decade and the only way to cure it is to try and get it right this time. Here is the article. Much of which many Realtors tell their clients daily. Don't open any new accounts, or (1 comments)
Three Northern Virginia Counties in the Top Four In State Population - 02/04/11 09:16 AM
The latest census data shows massive growth in Northern Virginia over the past decade. Northern Virginia is a magnet for growth and is very competitive with Maryland and the District due to its heavily pro business environment. Fairfax County grew by about 12% over the last decade. Slower growth was expected in this Million plus resident county as was it was well on its way to becoming an urban center at the start of the last decade. Loudon exploded adding 143,000 residents. That reminds me of the bumper stickers in the late 1980s "Don't Fairfax Loudon." It sounds like Loudon and (1 comments)
Renters are Not Necessarily Financial Losers - 02/03/11 07:45 AM
This morning as I read Michelle Singletary's column, The Color of Money, in the Washington Post, I was initially in disagreement. As I read further I realized her point and that point is that paying rent, in certain circumstances, does not make you a financial loser. Granted, owning real estate has made me quite successful. I am a Landlord. Of course, I want people to rent. The more renters the better. I am going to take my personal incentives to promote renting out of it and look some differences where it makes sense to rent. If you bought a home in (9 comments)
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