hbc group: Where We Live - Hamel Hill - 04/01/20 12:05 PM
Where We Live: Hamel Hillby Karen Briscoe
April 1, 2020 
Where We Live: Hamel Hill
Location, location, location… If you are looking to buy a home in McLean, this is the right spot to start your search! A unique feature of this property, is how it backs up right to Lewinsville Park. Crisp turf fields, outdoor basketball courts, and a well-maintained baseball diamond are a few of the attractions this park has to offer. Other than athletics, this park offers a community garden, which contains a diverse number of flowers and herbs.  A delicious farmers market is also open from May 8th … (0 comments)

hbc group: Where We Live - McLean Heights - 02/05/20 02:28 PM
The HBC Group is responsible for another home sold in McLean! Cars were literally lining up at the open house the weekend that it was open. McLean Heights is a neighborhood of just 11 homes near downtown McLean. As usual, single level living homes fly off of the market, and this one was no different. Longfellow street has a draw to it, there is a nice mix of new and classic builds. Not to mention, the location is prime. Close to downtown McLean, and minutes from McLean High School are just a few more features of this wonderful spot. 
Why do most … (2 comments)

hbc group: Where We Live: Briar Ridge - 11/21/19 02:09 PM
Located near the heart of McLean, Briar Ridge is the perfect mix of past and present. Homes in this neighborhood have grown over the years, just like the city of McLean. Our new listing, 1805 Briar Ridge Ct., a 3 bedroom, 3 and a half bath “French Country” style home has been carefully renovated with today’s lifestyle in mind, including an indoor pool.
Of 30 total homes in this desirable neighborhood, only one home, a 5 bedroom 3 bathroom rambler, was sold in 2018. This home sold before it was even able to be listed on the market!
Often considered the crown … (0 comments)

hbc group: Real estate Agents are like Wonder Woman & Superman! - 10/30/19 12:42 PM
Tomorrow is Halloween and I think of some of my favorite cartoon characters - Wonder Woman and Superman!  Wonder Woman heralds from a blend of many heroines who protects with the use of truth as one of her weapons.  Superman changes from Clark Kent, a mild-mannered reporter to super hero to defend truth, justice and the American Way.A real estate agent is a change agent, much like these super heros!  She uses her skills to help the buyer and seller navigate the personal and complicated process.  It is a given that the real estate agent must have professional operational knowledge.  Also, … (1 comments)

hbc group: Where We Live: Evergreen Square - 10/23/19 01:57 PM
Here at the HBC Group, we specialize in finding the perfect home for our buyers and sellers. For many years, the Northern Virginia area has been amazing, especially our home turf of the McLean and Great Falls housing market, but what about neighboring towns such as Oakton? The population of the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) continues to grow every year, and as certain communities get more and more popular, some communities are almost overlooked.
The town of Oakton is located just 18 miles outside of Washington DC, and offers an array of activities that you cannot find in the heart of the … (2 comments)

hbc group: Where We Live: Lakeford, Falls Church - 10/16/19 02:44 PM
One minute you are experiencing the flashy lights of the Mosaic District, the next you are walking down a serene path alongside a lake. Where in Falls Church could you possibly be? The Lakeford community is where! Located just a mile away from the Mosaic district, inside the Beltway, less than ½ mile to Route 66, Route 50/Arlington Boulevard, and Lee Highway. With easy metro access as well, our lovely nation’s capital is just a ride away!  
Made up of three townhouse communities, and two condo associations, there are 600 total units and it is pet-friendly. Many might be wondering, does … (4 comments)

hbc group: McLean and Great Falls 3rd Quarter Market Update - 10/02/19 02:40 PM
First 3 Qtrs. 2019 Comparison to
Same Time 2018 and 2009
McLean and Great Falls
Real Estate Market Update To date 2019 is one of the best real estate markets in over a decade.  Happy days are here again! Total sales in McLean and Great Falls are up year over year by around 5%.  The numbers tell the story.  In McLean and Great Falls in the first three quarters of 2019 there were 904 sales.  In the same time frame for the previous year, 2018, there were 865. 
The most improved segment is the price range of $1 to $1.25 m as represents the move-up … (3 comments)

hbc group: Huckaby Briscoe Conroy (HBC) Group Celebrates Lizzy's 10th Anniversary - 09/26/19 01:13 PM
McLean, VA. – HBC Group at Keller Williams McLean is celebrating the 10th Anniversary Partnership between Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy serving the residential real estate community needs in Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC. Conroy joined the HBC Group as Karen’s partner in 2009.
“We are delighted that Lizzy joined us and look forward to continuing the HBC Group legacy of impacting and improving people’s lives by assisting with their real estate needs.” said partner Karen Briscoe.
“I am fortunate to be a part of a remarkable team," says Lizzy Conroy.   "Celebrating my 10th anniversary with the HBC Group makes me proud of the many clients … (0 comments)

hbc group: The Real Estate Honeymoon Period - 09/20/19 03:05 PM
The honeymoon period is most commonly known as a short time period after a couple has married.  The broader definition according to Dictionary.com is:  “any new relationship characterized by an initial period of harmony and goodwill.”Experienced real estate agents recognize that there exists a honeymoon period during which it is important that the parties come to an agreement.  The phenomenon I have found is very much like a new romance.  Buyers have the most goodwill towards the home and Sellers early on in the process.  If the negotiations gets sticky or mired down too much in the details then they start … (0 comments)

hbc group: The Glass Ceiling and the Real Estate Market - 09/16/19 10:12 AM
The most common usage of “glass ceiling” is in employment terminology and typically refers to the opportunities afforded a minority population which are less relative to the majority. The phenomenon occurs most often in the corporate world and describes a situation where an employee has hit the top of the income earning potential.   It is an invisible barrier and yet very real to the parties affected.  Breaking through the glass ceiling is a rare occurrence.The stock market is known to experience the “ceiling phenomenon” as well.  The S&P 500 is one of the most commonly followed equity indices, considered by … (0 comments)

hbc group: Glass Ceilings and the Real Estate Market - 09/12/19 12:44 PM
The most common usage of “glass ceiling” is in employment terminology and typically refers to the opportunities afforded a minority population which are less relative to the majority. The phenomenon occurs most often in the corporate world and describes a situation where an employee has hit the top of the income earning potential.   It is an invisible barrier and yet very real to the parties affected.  Breaking through the glass ceiling is a rare occurrence.The stock market is known to experience the “ceiling phenomenon” as well.  The S&P 500 is one of the most commonly followed equity indices, considered by … (0 comments)

hbc group: Where We Live: Heather Knoll Cluster, Reston - 08/28/19 01:04 PM
The Heather Knoll Cluster of North Reston is a small community of 52 townhomes on a charming street named Woodbrook Ct. Construction for these homes was completed in ‘96. The neighborhood is well situated in the North Point area of Reston. With its proximity to Reston Town Center, there are plenty of ways to spend the evenings. There are also countless nearby amenities including Tyson’s Corner, Wolf Trap, and DC just a short metro-ride away.
Reston Town Center is one of the main attractions of this community. It’s home to trendy shops, great restaurants, and a fair amount of office space. The … (0 comments)

hbc group: Back to School Season is also Back to Selling Homes in Virginia - 08/21/19 02:41 PM
September is the traditional “back to school” month across the United States.  Public school begins the fall semester the week before Labor Day in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia where the HBC Group agents predominantly sells homes.   Turns out that September is a great month to sell real estate in Virginia.  According to Inman Select, the best month to sell a home in Virginia is September.  The quarter that includes the traditional fall months of the year of September, October and November is the best period of time to sell.  The data compiled monthly selling trends including average days on market, … (0 comments)

hbc group: Where We Live: Lynwood, McLean - 07/17/19 08:33 AM
Lynwood is a subdivision of just over 50 homes in McLean, VA near the intersection of Dolley Madison and Georgetown Pike. These colonials, built in the late 70s and early 80s, are located a bit off 123 in McLean and sit on comfortable, roughly third-acre lots. These homes are in HIGH demand, even for McLean due to their amazing location.
Lynwood is just 1 mile from the 123 entrance to the GW Parkway. That means you are just 1 stop light from DC. A big factor in these communities being built were as a quiet place to live for people working on … (1 comments)

hbc group: The Silver Line-ing of the Silver Line - 07/10/19 11:42 AM
The Silver Line of the Washington DC metro is the silver lining of the Tysons area.  It will cover 23 miles and has four Metrorail stations in the Tysons area alone.  The first phase opened in July 2014 and has changed the landscape of the region.  The Tysons Partnership was formed to build community as it projects the area to double by 2050. The mission of the organization is to Build America’s Next Great City. 
Prior to the Silver Line being operational, the Tysons area was almost entirely vehicle dependent.  It is currently one of the region’s most congested areas as it … (0 comments)

hbc group: What is the best Sales Price for a Home? - 06/13/19 12:35 PM
The objective of almost every Seller I have met wants to sell for the highest price possible and doesn’t want to leave any money on the table.  On the other side, the Purchaser wants to pay the lowest price possible for real estate and, for certain never more than the current market will bear.  The real estate agent is in my opinion the objective Ambassador of the transaction.
There is an adage that states: “A person who represents himself at a trial has a fool for a client.” Adages become part of common knowledge because they usually ring true over time.  The … (0 comments)

hbc group: Demand for Dog Parks Up! - 06/05/19 12:29 PM
The fastest-growing segment of city parks is dog parks, according to the non-profit Trust for Public Land.  A century ago the demand for parks was for playgrounds for children. There has been a demographic shift of more households with dogs (43 million) than with kids (38 million), thus the increase in demand for dog parks.
When our son moved back to the area a couple years after graduating from college in Texas he lived on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC with his dog named Jack.  He frequently ran with Jack and of course took numerous walks; but their favorite activity was going … (3 comments)

hbc group: Home Inspectors are like a Medical General Practitioner - 05/15/19 02:57 PM
In real estate, a ratified contract is when all of the terms have been agreed to in writing and delivered back to the parties. In the case of a home purchase, if there are any contingencies in the contract in most cases the number of days to satisfy that contingency begins at that point. It is like pressing the start button on a stopwatch.
One of the first items typically to be addressed is to conduct an inspection of the home. The role of the home inspector can be compared to that of a medical general practitioner.  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary … (0 comments)

hbc group: Advanced Adulting - Millennial First-time Home Buyer - 05/08/19 11:45 AM
Millennials are entering their first-time home buying years in droves.  Our daughter Callie who is in her mid-twenties purchased her first home in Austin 3 years ago.  On closing day her Facebook caption was that she hit another “adulting” checkpoint. It seems “adulting” has become a buzzword amongst millennials.  Urban dictionary defines “adulting” as a verb:   to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.  
The chain of events that led to this decision for Callie began when I was visiting … (0 comments)

hbc group: Where We Live: Shouse Village, Vienna - 04/25/19 11:14 AM
Shouse Village is a large Vienna suburban neighborhood of over 250 homes just north of Wolf Trap. These homes are primarily Single Family Homes of the Colonial, split levels and rambler architectural styles. They sit on lush lots, usually around 1/3rd of an acre. The neighborhood attends the McLean school pyramid which is one of our nation’s best school districts. Vienna is regularly voted on of our nation’s best communities, and it has plenty of great local benefits. Shouse Village has an active HOA and more information to be found on their website. https://shousevillagevienna.com/
Shouse Village is centrally located in Northern Virginia, … (0 comments)

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