nova brokers: Selling your home in the Fall -Time to Keep Your Gutters Clean & Other Curb Appeal Hints - 10/16/16 09:37 AM
Today I showed about 12 homes.  The one thing I noticed about 9 of the 12 are the gutters were already full of leaves and debris.  The exterior of the home looks so much better without leaves filled, sticks hanging over, and debris over flowing the gutters.  This time of year is when we have to make sure curb appeal is at its best since we are coming out of our "spring" market into a "winter" market.  
 
Other items to pay attention to - keep sidewalks, patios, and balconies clean of leaves, sticks and other debris such as acorns, etc.  
 
Don't forget … (4 comments)

nova brokers: MOBILE APPS I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT! Can't Just Pick One. . . - 08/18/13 12:27 AM
 
 
Wow, I use so many apps on my phone and Ipad, I am not sure which one I use most  
1.  I use a "Reminders" Ap that sends me a copy to my email.  Love this app.  Use it daily.
2.  I use a "Notes" app when going through home showings with my buyer so I don't forget anything at each property. 
3.  I use "brightest flashlight" on my mobile phone to see lockboxes when I am showing in the dark (in the Fall and Winter when it gets dark before anyone gets off of work and they … (7 comments)

nova brokers: INTEREST RATES ARE CLIMBING, TIME FOR BUYERS TO GET OFF THE FENCE - 06/26/13 12:03 AM
Why are you still on the fence?
With interest rates climbing, there are still so many buyers on the fence.
With the market changing again, inventory is beginning to look low and interest rates are climbing, it doesn't mean it is not a good time to buy.  This is a great time to buy. The interest rate is still extremely low and there are plenty of houses that are still priced below market.  Time to get off the fence and get out there and buy before you feel like you missed the boat.  
 

 
 
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nova brokers: THE FAILURE THAT BROUGHT ME TO THE REAL ESTATE WORLD - 06/18/13 11:40 AM
When I worked full time as a Paralegal for a small downtown Leesburg law firm, I handled most of the bankruptcy paperwork.  We had an appointment that ended up changing everything for me.   A lady came in and explained that her and her husband both had one of their parents pass in the same week and Husband lost his job during that week also.  They were already 3 months late on the mortgage due to the wife being laid off before.  They just could not get caught up and was going on 4 months late.  She wanted to file bankruptcy. … (8 comments)

nova brokers: Short Sale from Listed to Close in less than 60 Days with Seterus - 02/14/13 09:29 PM
I am very impressed with Seterus, Inc.  it seems like things are getting better with short sales.  I just completed one of the easiest short sales ever with Seterus. They were wonderful to work with.  Usually I am so negative with the banks and their snail movements on short sales but not anymore.  Seterus is on the top of my list as one of the banks to work with.  It takes knowledge and patience to complete a short sale from the agents, negotiators, buyers, and sellers to make it work and for a smooth transaction and with this one I got … (6 comments)

nova brokers: Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 EXTENDED- Short Sale Now! - 01/10/13 11:21 PM
The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act became law in 2007.  This offers relief to homeowners who would owe taxes on forgiven mortgage debt after facing foreclosure. The act extends such relief for three years which now has been extended another year but will end December 31, 2013.  
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What does this mean to you?  If you are thinking about doing a short sale, do it soon, the earlier the better.  Some of these sales take 3-6 months to complete so if … (4 comments)

nova brokers: Virginia First Time Home Buyers - Time to Stop Renting - 01/08/13 12:56 AM
After my first meeting with a few new buyers this past week, I realized that many new buyers are not aware of the benefits available in Virginia for First time home-buyers who may need help buying a home.  That is where my job comes in.  I want to make sure everyone has the same information so they can make better decisions in their home-buying process.  Some of the programs that are available:

 
HOMEownership Down Payment Assistance Program - this program is offered by VA Dept. of Housing and Community Development who provides down-payment assistance for first-time home buyers through … (4 comments)

nova brokers: HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY - 12/23/12 09:57 PM
 
Happy Holiday to you and your family from me and my family!
I wish great success in the coming new year to each and every person!
 
 

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nova brokers: The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 to extend through 2014? UPDATE - 12/11/12 05:26 AM
 
This is the letter I got back from one of our Senators regarding the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 hopefully will be extended through 2014.
 
 
Dear Ms. Barbour:
 
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for an extension of the Mortgage Debt Relief Act.  It's great to hear from you.
 
Making sure every American has access to safe, affordable housing is the first step toward building communities and ensuring hope and opportunity for all Americans.   Without the right policies, the effects of foreclosure can be devastating not just to the homeowner, but to … (13 comments)

nova brokers: Pentagon Row Ice Skating Nov 30-Mar 18 Pentagon Row in Arlington, VA - 12/10/12 11:27 PM
Is Ice Skating your thing?   Well look no further.  
 
Recurring daily

Address:  1201 South Joyce Street, Arlington, VA
 
Times:  M-Th    12 p.m. to 10p.m.
            Fri        12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
            Sat       10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
            Sun      10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
 
Phone:  703-4186666
 
Admission:  $8 adults 
                  $7 Seniors and children
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nova brokers: Visit Santa at the Ice Palace Nov 19-Dec 24 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax VA - 12/10/12 11:00 PM
Looking to see Santa . . . He will be at the Ice Palace in Fair Oaks Mall.

Address:  11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA
Tims:  Mall Hours
Phone# 703-359-8300
 
Great family fun when they step inside the holiday Ice Palace, locally presented by Cox Communications.  The display features a 30 foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and, new this year, the beloved prehistoric herd from the family film Ice Age.  
Bring your children for a visit with Santa and also get a family photo taken on the Ice Throne.  
 
Great way to … (2 comments)

nova brokers: MEADOWLARK'S WINTER WALK OF LIGHTS NOV 16-JAN 6 IN VIENNA, VA - 12/10/12 10:48 PM
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO WITH YOUR FAMILY IN VIENNA, VA.  THIS SHOULD DEFINITELY DO THE TRICK. 
 
MEADOWLARK'S WINTER WALK OF LIGHTS AT THE MEADOWLARK BOTANICAL GARDENS.  

RECURRRING DAILY
ADDRESS:  9750 mEADOWLARK GARDENS COURT, VIENNA, VA
TIMES: 5:00 P.M. DOORS OPEN, 5:30 P.M. IS THE SHOW
PHONE: 703-255-3631
ADMISSION:  $13 ADULTS, $8.00 CHILDREN AGES 3-12

WINTER WALK OF LIGHTS IS AN OUTDOOR WALKING LIGHT SHOW WITH OVER 5000,000 LIGHTS SET IN MEADOWLARK BOTANICAL GARDENS IN VIENNA, VA.  THE ADDMISSION TICKETS ARE SPECIFIC TIMES.  DRESS FOR THE OUTDOORS AND WALK THE .6 MILE PATH.  STAY FOR THE … (0 comments)

nova brokers: Was the Listing Agent unethical or am I overreacting . . . . - 12/09/12 10:37 PM
So here is the scoop . . . .
 
Showed property that was listed for short sale. Put in cash offer for my buyers for listed price and attached my buyers earnest deposit and bank statement showing the amount of money to cove purchase. Listing agent contacted me via email and said “I just met with my sellers and they signed your offer” Listing agent asked for my client to fill out a financial statement, asking a lot of personal financial information, (even though she has a document showing enough funds for purchase. After refusal, she insisted this was “standard”.   … (20 comments)

 
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Vienna, VA

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