Real Estate and Other Stuff in Northern Virginia

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Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker, Momentum Realty
A thoughtful look at the Northern Virginia Real Estate industry and the communities that make it so special. Find information about Reston, Herndon, Great Falls, Vienna, Oakton, McLean, Sterling, Potomac Falls, Ashburn, Leesburg and other areas in the D.C. Metropolitan suburbs of Northern Virginia.



Have you reviewed your property Tax Record lately? When I meet with people to talk about listing their homes, or about writing a contract to purchase a home, they are usually a little surprised to see how thoroughly I have inspected the property tax records.Aside from the Tax Assessment, which is...
Gloom and Doom is all we hear these days, but there are bright spots in the Reston Real Estate Market. Each of the zip codes in Reston has a variety of housing types (condominiums, townhouses and single family homes) which has an impact on the average sales price.The real bright spot is the North...
I just returned from a ‘girl's weekend' with my college friends.  During some downtime, I was sitting around with one of my friends and we started talking about marketing.  She is a marketing professional, so I was very interested in what she had to say.Her first question was how does your market...
If you have been contemplating a purchase, but are paralyzed by the media reports that we haven't hit rock-bottom yet, analysts are finally starting to come around!Every Realtor will tell you that waiting until the absolute bottom can really work against you.  Do you really want to get in a biddi...
By now I expect that most sellers have heard that buyers expect the homes they are purchasing to be in good, if not excellent, condition.  I have shown homes recently where the fact that the homes were not in good condition appeared to be reflected in the asking price.  The specific homes of whic...
This morning in the Washington Post (Monday, Feb. 11, 2008) a really interesting editorial by Michael Hall was published.  The link for this editorial is: will not attempt to paraphrase his statements, as I believe the m...
I wrote a blog awhile back titled, "We May Not Be Respected, But We are Happy!" referring to a Times article about the fact that, in general, real estate agents are a happy bunch. Here is the link for anyone that wants to read it: www.activerain/blogsview/2857951/We-may-not-be.I was surprised to ...
We all know them; the friends and family who continue to see the half-empty glass instead of the one that we see that is half-full. I confess that sometimes they drag me down.  Luckily, I have made a habit of looking for the good in any situation, and it usually doesn't take me long to leave thei...
Home improvements are expensive--no doubt about it.  My husband, Bob, has a very well-respected home remodeling company, Ardent Home Services. He is often called upon to help friends, neighbors and clients decide how much to spend on their updates.  Kitchens and baths seem to be okay; people gene...
There was a little article in Parade Magazine's column, Intelligence Report, this morning (Feb. 3, 2008) that discusses the fact that home purchasers in California are occasionally asking to spend the night in a home before writing a contract. I have often advised my purchasers to go to a neighbo...

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