neighborhood: Snow-ettiquette in Northern Virginia - 01/16/19 02:43 PM
We just had our first snowstorm of the season in Northern Virginia.  As far as storms go, it was great! It began late on a Saturday evening and continued until Sunday evening. All told, most areas got 8-12 inches. School was closed on Monday and delayed 2 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is still lingering on the grassy areas, but most roads are clear at this point.
Seeing how things were the next day (and the next), there are obviously some  reminders that could benefit us all.
1. Clean off the roof of your car...please! Even today (Wednesday), I saw SUVs, … (1 comments)

neighborhood: Is it the House or Is It the Neighborhood? - 09/28/09 06:02 AM
Are you looking for a great house or a great neighborhood?
Luckily, when it comes to buying a home, not everyone is looking for the same thing. Someone who is looking for acreage, is probably less likely to be concerned about finding a very involved neighborhood association. Another buyer who is looking to find a 'Mayberry' type setting,  replete with Memorial Day Parades and Halloween Parties for the tots, is probably not as focused on lot privacy. When you put your wish list together,  most of us focus on the number of bedrooms and the number of baths. Next on the … (7 comments)

neighborhood: Sleep-Over Inspection? - 02/03/08 03:05 AM
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 neighborhood at several different times (early am, rush hour, school dismissal) to get a REAL feel for the area. I am a strong believer in the fact that you can't see how a neighborhood lives if you see it at 11:00 am on a weekday.
I doubt any of my current clients would go … (0 comments)

neighborhood: How to Get a Good Sense of the Neighborhood - 10/25/07 01:44 AM
There are on-line tools available that can help a prospective buyer evaluate a neighborhood. These include school websites, police departments, community websites, just to name a few.
I advise my buyer clients to take it a little further than the research they can do on-line.  If they need to commute, I advise them to show up at the forecasted time and do the commute.  If they need to be at the office by 8:30 am and think the new neighborhood will allow a 30 minute commute, I suggest they get here early one morning and simulate the drive.  This helps them to determine if … (0 comments)

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