karen briscoe: Going Standby as a Home Buying Strategy - 05/16/18 03:07 PM
Hot real estate markets occur in those areas and price points that over a period of time experience low supply and high demand.  In those situations in order to be competitive, it takes strong strategy and negotiating skills. In one such case I was working with a purchaser client who had already lost out on 5 contracts.   Shortly before working with this client my husband and I had been traveling by air and thus the “going standby” strategy was conceived.
Our flight was canceled from Dallas/Fort Worth to Washington Reagan due to weather.  The good news is that out of DFW there … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Colvin Mill Run - 05/03/18 01:35 PM
Colvin Mill Run is a Suburban neighborhood to Washington, DC metro area which consists of just under 50 homes in Great Falls, 22066. The homes in this community all have over 5000 sq ft of living area, and sit on spacious lots, typically around 1 acre. The community sits off of Colvin Run Road a short distance from Leesburg Pike, conveniently located to Tysons, Reston and the local Village of Great Falls.The feel of this neighborhood is very private for its proximity to DC and the beltway. The meandering streets only service this and the surrounding neighborhoods, so cars are sparse. … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Hamptons of McLean - 04/19/18 08:31 AM
The Hamptons of McLean is a large townhome neighborhood which consists of over 120 homes in McLean, 22101. The community sits just off Old Dominion Dr, just minutes from Downtown McLean and all the great things we have to offer here. The community offers two architectural styles of townhomes, built in the 1980’s.The contemporary, more modern architectural style feature vaulted ceilings and one-car garages and were built by Georgelas.  The spacious more traditional architecture townhomes were built by NV Homes. The Hamptons of McLean is the only inside the beltway townhome community in McLean that offers the amenity of a community … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Grass Ridge - 04/11/18 03:07 PM
Grass Ridge is a large Suburban neighborhood which consists of around 100 homes in McLean, 22101. The community abuts Kent Gardens Park between Westmoreland and Old Dominion, north of Kirby Road. This neighborhood is close to both Downtown McLean, Arlington, and Falls Church, with all the great features they have to offer.
Kent Gardens Park is a wonderful place to spend a sunny day, with it’s trails and scenic Pimmit Run running through it. There is also nearby Kent Gardens Recreation Club which you can learn more about on their website:http://www.kgrc.org/. These places give this area an “away from the big city” … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Real Estate Market in McLean and Great Falls First Quarter 2018 Recap - 04/04/18 01:24 PM
The number of real estate transactions in McLean and Great Falls closed out the first quarter 2018 softer than in the same time period in 2017, with 210 transactions vs. 242 the previous year.  In comparison to the 2008 market just one decade ago, the number is up almost 60%.  Allow me to speculate on the reasons I see for the market shift. 
First, there was uncertainty as to the effect of the tax reform that took place in the fourth quarter of 2017.  This caused many people to put their moving decisions on hold. 
Second, inventory levels in many segments were low … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: The Weight of Waiting - 03/29/18 01:48 PM
There is a cost associated with not taking action, for waiting.  It is the weight of waiting.  In business it is also known as the opportunity cost; that is, the loss of potential gain from other alternatives when one alternative is chosen.  In this case, the party chooses to do nothing. There are both buyer and seller “waiting” stories.
Some buyers choose to wait think that the market is going to go down.  Or sometimes they are waiting to save more money for a down payment or for an increase in salary so that they can afford a larger home. Another scenario … (3 comments)

karen briscoe: First Day of Spring and "Hope Springs Eternal" - 03/21/18 04:38 PM
The first day of spring is March 20th and is known as the spring Equinox. The length of the day and night is nearly equal on the equinoxes as the Sun shines directly on the equator. This year there is a massive snowstorm forecasted to hit the northeast. It is like living in two worlds at once. As the daylight becomes longer people begin to feel the hope in the air! And yet there may still be aspects of winter prevalent in some areas. Nevertheless, the quote “hope springs eternal” comes to mind from the classic poem by Alexander Pope.  It … (4 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Hidden Forest - 03/14/18 02:30 PM
Hidden Forest is a small Great Falls community, consisting of just over 30 homes in Great Falls. The cluster sits directly off Georgetown Pike, giving the neighborhood the access that many in Great Falls value so highly. The neighborhood is very nearby Great Falls and River Bend parks, and the falls themselves. That along with the 1 acre lush lots the homes sit on, the homes all have a pleasant outdoorsy feel. 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 … (2 comments)

karen briscoe: "Forever Home" - 03/07/18 05:08 PM
There are occasions where a client will talk about a "forever home". When a Seller brings up the topic, it is usually when they have built a home that they thought they were going to stay in for quite some time, but circumstances have changed. When a Buyer brings up the topic, it is usually looking into the future, "out there" somwhere and it represents an ideal. Either way there is a connotation that it is the "dream" home, where everything one has ever desired in a home exists and thus reflects a family or person's unique living style and design … (4 comments)

karen briscoe: Selling and Buying a Home in Spring, is like Driving in Rush Hour - 02/28/18 12:03 PM
Traditionally the spring market is March through May.  In many markets it can start as early as February, around Ground Hog Day.  Sometimes sales continue to be robust and the peak selling season will stretch into June.   Rush hour for many metropolitan areas is from 7 to 9 am in the morning and 5 to 7 pm in the evening.  Commuters hoping to beat the heavy traffic times will get on the road as early as 5 am and often wait to leave after 7 pm.  In many instances, home sellers and buyers choose to follow that example.
Rush hour occurs … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Bryn Mawr, McLean - 02/21/18 01:16 PM
Bryn Mawr is a large Suburban neighborhood which consists of over 100 homes in McLean, 22101. It comprises of the area along Tennyson Drive and Longfellow Street and abuts the heart of downtown McLean. It enjoys all the wonderful amenities to be found living in this walkable enclave, including the Bryn Mawr park. A heavily wooded park that features a tot-lot, a tennis court, paths, and is a lovely refuge from the busy Northern Virginia community. An insider’s tip, this park is often a cut-through for people walking (or biking as you’ll often catch me doing with my husband on the … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: What's Love Got to do with it? - 02/14/18 01:31 PM
Valentine’s Day in the United States focuses on people in love. Tina Turner belted the now famous song:  “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and on this special day think of how this theme applies to real estate. Is there any place for love in the purchase and sale of real property? Often there is. There is an old saying that most people buy on emotion and justify the decision on logic.
An alert agent will notice the glimmer of love in the eye of a buyer when looking at homes. There is usually something about the home that triggers a … (2 comments)

karen briscoe: Groundhog Day and Predictions for the Spring Real Estate Market - 02/07/18 04:15 PM
The Groundhog Day event occurs in a small town in central Pennsylvania each year on February 2nd. Punxsutawney Phil predictions of whether the weather will bring an early spring or whether there will be another 6 weeks of winter are broadcastes across countless media platforms. In 2018, it was the latter. Whether Phil sees his shadow or not often marks the spring real estate market kick off.In those markets that experience winter months of snow and/or cold temperatures, people often exhibit cabin fever and are ready to get out and about and tour homes as soon as there is a sign … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Summerwood - 01/24/18 11:38 AM
The Summerwood Community is a small community of 59 expansive single family homes located in the 22102 zip code of McLean. The homes are large, primarily of the Colonial style, and built in the early to mid 80s. The homes sit on spacious lots in a cozy wooded neighborhood. The neighborhood sits between Great Falls and Tysons Corner with easy access to the Dulles Access road and 495. It also sits off Lewinsville Road and Old Dominion Dr, giving it easy access to some great parks as well as downtown McLean.
Summerwood is a common destination for the DC employee who wants … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: Regal Oaks - 01/17/18 09:40 AM
    Regal Oaks is a small community of 60 townhomes right outside the beltway, just south of Tyson’s Corner with easy access off Gallows Road. It has all the amenities of it’s incredible central location, while still having the benefit of suburban living, with its no-outlet thru streets and abundance of greenery. The neighborhood was built in the early 90s and features modern colonial town homes. While a small community, it has a very intimate neighborhood feel with an active HOA and friendly residents.
    The great benefit of this community, is its incredible location. Located right outside the beltway, … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Where We Live: McLean Crest - 01/10/18 01:17 PM
McLean Crest is a small enclave community of just 64 homes nestled in adjacent to Downtown McLean. This neighborhood has all the benefits of living near McLean, including the restaurants, shops, and parks. It has a huge WalkScore of 85! It also has the benefit of accessibility being right of Rt 123. You have an easy drive to any of the neighboring towns, shopping centers, and a number of venues.
The key benefit to this community is it’s incredible proximity to Downtown McLean. The area of McLean features many great restaurants, including Pulcinella Italian Host where we host our regular Community Charity … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Real Estate Market closes out Strong for 2017 in McLean and Great Fall - 01/03/18 02:19 PM
The number of real estate transactions in McLean and Great Falls closed out the year in 2017 11% greater than in 2016.  In comparison to the 2007 market just one decade ago, the number is up almost 30%.  The last peak year for Northern Virginia real estate was 2007.  All price segments performed better or remained steady in 2017 compared to 2016 and the benchmark year of 2007.  This is good news as we look towards the 2018 spring season. 
The most significant increases in number of sales not surprisingly occurred in the lower price brackets. Homes priced under $1.25 m for … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: Housing "Black Friday" and the New Year - 12/27/17 07:36 PM
The holiday season is in the past and the New Year is upon us. While many are still in celebration mode active professional real estate agents are busy. It happens that "Housing Black Friday" is frequently the first Friday after Christmas. That's right, immediately after the holiday people began actively searching for homes. I have several theories for this phenomenon.In many cases people have been busy entertaining guests over the holiday season. All of the flaws of the home have become that much more apparent. People decide that next year they are going to do something about it. Moving becomes the … (0 comments)

karen briscoe: All in the Family! - 12/13/17 02:04 PM
“All in the Family” is a sitcom circa 1970’s. As the purchase and sale of a home has such significant ramifications, I’ve found that in almost all cases there are peripheral people involved. Usually it is family members but also there can be financial advisors, close friends, neighbors and business associates. All seem to have an opinion on what the client should be doing. And like the telephone game of old, that message can come through to the agent in a distorted fashion. This being during the holiday season, seems like an appropriate time to discuss how it affects the purchase … (3 comments)

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 … (29 comments)

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