real estate: Match Maker, Match Maker, Make Me A Match - 07/27/13 02:01 AM
“Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match”… Sometimes I sing this song in my head when I am trying to figure out how to find the “right” home for a particular buyer or the “right” buyer for a particular home.  Some buyers are really looking for a needle in a haystack.  Some properties are… really… um, needles.
Anyone who has been a real estate professional for very long has been faced with the issue of having to sell a property that they could not conceive of buying – ever.  Maybe the agent would never spend that much, or never be willing to … (0 comments)

real estate: Building Wealth By Owning Real Estate: Five Lessons for Us All - 05/06/13 03:02 AM
"Building Wealth By Owning Real Estate: Five Lessons for Us All" is the blog series I just completed.   These tidbits and antecdotal stories are the stories of my life, but they have served me well, and I am on the way to where I want to be financially; despite enduring some trying times financially as a family (which we've done without too much suffering).  I hope you'll read the short stories, and commit the lessons to memory.  Let them guide you in your real estate decisions.  You won't be sorry.
Lesson #1: Real Estate Always Has Value:  It was 1975, … (0 comments)

real estate: How Can I Buy A House When I Still Need To Sell The One I Have? - 06/14/12 01:09 PM
A consumer asked me... "If I have a house I need to sell before I can buy another home, how can I do it? What comes first?"
It's sort of like the chicken and the egg conundrum.
In a buyers market, a buyer may be able to negotiate with a seller to enter into a contract that is contingent on the buyer selling their own home (this is called a home sale contingency). In these cases, though, it presents a risk to the seller, and their agent will help them to evaluate that risk so they can decide if they … (1 comments)

real estate: I LOVE My Docusign! - 05/20/12 02:50 AM
If you've known me for a long time, then you probably know I am not a gadget geek. I do not own the latest greatest techno-toys and I don't buy the first release of anything. New gadgets and systems slow me down because I have to adjust, and I do not like slowing down... especially if I am going full speed and quite content. But, some things have an advantage that is so great, so obvious, so clear, that I think anyone who doesn't embrace it from the start is really shooting themselves in the foot. Docusign is one of those … (1 comments)

real estate: Challenging Your Tax Assessment Gets A Little Easier - 06/18/11 12:27 PM
Aha! An interesting little legal change going into effect July 1 (which will impact local real estate tax assessments beginning Jan 1 of next year):  The burden of proof in Assessment Appeals will be lower.  After January 1st, localities will have specific burdens to provide you with evidence of their reason for reassessment of your VA properties.  Further, if you appeal an assessment you no longer have to provide "clear and convincing" evidence (80%+ convincing) of a lower valuation... you only need to provide a "preponderance" of evidence (51% convincing).  If you've ever challenged your assessment you probably know it wasn't too … (1 comments)

real estate: Buyer Beware (Part 2: Chinese Drywall) - 06/14/11 10:55 AM
Drywall made in China and put into homes here in America between 2003 and 2009 has caused serious issues.  It erodes wiring, copper pipes and can make you sick.  You'd want to know if you were buying a home that had chinese drywall wouldn't you? Of course you would. There's a tiny bit of good news here.  A newly passed law (Senate Bill 942) addresses this exact issue.  It requires real estate agents involved in a transaction who have actual knowledge of defective Chinese drywall in a dwelling unit to disclose that information to the prospective buyer or tenant. But, would a real … (0 comments)

real estate: Loudoun County Tax Auction Scheduled May 2011 - 04/08/11 09:45 AM
A tax sale auction of certain properties with delinquent real estate taxes has been scheduled by the Loudoun County Treasurer's office.   The sale will be Wednesday, May 11, 2011 . Properties for sale include: 44075 PIPELINE PLAZA #305,in Ashburn; PIN 087-29-4881-014 1.63 acres near Bluemont; PIN 653-37-5970-000 17550 FORT JOHNSTON RD,in Leesburg; PIN 269-17-5171-000 2.54 acres SYCOLIN,PARCEL A; PIN 192-16-6161-000 576 EDMONTON TE NE in Leesburg; PIN 148-37-0881-000 For more information, please contact: Vicky Chrisner Selling Homes and Land in Loudoun County 703.669.3142 … (0 comments)

real estate: Marketing Your Open House ~ Beyond the Basics - 04/03/11 10:32 AM
My marketing plan includes many proven methods which are in use by most professional real estate agents. The difference with me is how I choose to take everything to the next level. Today I am going to use open house promotion as an example. Here are seven levels of marketing an open house. As you begin to read the list you’ll see that most agents do some of these things when they hold an open house. Then you’ll see that very few agents do them all. Level 1: Put a sign in the yard. Level 2: Add balloons (where allowed) and/or … (1 comments)

real estate: It's Taste Test Tuesday (Which House Do You Prefer) - 03/29/11 02:06 PM
It's Taste Test Tuesday! OK, I will admit that I am stealing the "game" from, but I liked it.  Every Tuesday I will post pictures of 2 or more homes and ask for your favorite.  I might shake it up a bit just for variety, but in this case, I have posted 2 pictures of Single Family Homes, both in Loudoun County, both currently for sale, and both priced the same.  So, which do you like?  Like "The Real Estate Whisperer" on Facebook and let us know!! Tomorrow, I will post details on the facebook page, and you'll learn the … (0 comments)

real estate: The Leesburg Real Estate Scene in 2011-Recovery Underway! - 03/24/11 08:10 AM
We're well into 2011 and the market is very different than a few years ago.  In 2008, almost the only properties selling were REOs.   By 2009/2010, the banks had seen the value in working with short sales and had enough trained staff that they were able to start processing the requests in enough time to avoid foreclosure and actually get to the closing table.  In order for production builders to stay in business, they had to keep building, but they had to adjust their price and product.  This meant they needed to renegotiate deals with investors, the localities and their lenders.  … (0 comments)

real estate: Show Me The Space, I'll Show You The Money! - 03/18/11 09:54 AM
You're putting your home on the market, you want the most money possible for your home in the least amount of time. I can help you get that. I've got a plan! But, I am going to need your help.
Step #1: Show Me The Space, I'll Show You The Money!
You're putting your home on the market...Think about that for a minute. This is not the same as dressing your home up for the holidays or a party or living in a home. This is not about the decoration, comfort or convenience. You are selling your home...and a home, after … (3 comments)

real estate: Leesburg, Loudoun, Dulles and Otherwise: All Thing Local - 03/05/11 10:48 AM
For a long while now, I have been managing and maintaining a facebook page for our community in Leesburg, Virginia ( and in less than a year with only organic growth, we have over 3700 fans.  There we discuss community happenings, upcoming events, promote fundraisers, swap tips and all sorts of things. 
The banter is quite engaging, but I have found many of the same questions get asked repeatedly, especially as we have new members, and then sometimes I can't put my hand on the information that other "fans" contributed... it seems to get lost in the newsfeed stream on the … (0 comments)

real estate: A Realty Quiz~ Dr Seuss Style! - 03/02/11 02:46 AM
In honor of Dr Seuss's Birthday, I've put together a real estate related quiz.... try your hand; then "Fan" The Real Estate Whisperer" on Facebook to get the answers which will be published tomorrow morning!
1. What were the name of the apartments where Jo Jo lived? 2. Where are you likely to find Sneetches?  3. Where does one celebrate their birthday? 4. Gerald McGrew fantasizes about catching a "big bug" that is said to fly between Texas and what city? 5. What is the name of the city "where they never have troubles, at least very few"? 6. Where is … (1 comments)

real estate: Are Values REALLY going up? Let's Take A Look At Victory Lakes in Bristow, VA - 01/18/11 02:52 AM
Yesterday I received an email that read, in part, "I find it curious that realtors say "prices are going up" while the value of existing homes are going down.  Which is it??"  Well, here's the thing.  When we talk about "the market" we are looking at the big picture. "Prices are going up" is a generalization and usually refers to "average" or "median" price points for a large area ~ like the Washington DC Metropolitan area.  It doesn't mean the price of YOUR home is going up.  It doesn't even mean that the price of the SAME home is going up, it … (0 comments)

real estate: How Dr King Changed The Landscape of Our Neighborhoods - 01/17/11 03:17 PM
Today is a holiday designated to remember Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his many contributions to our society....not the least of which are laws (Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Fair Housing Law) ensuring that persons of all races have equal access to housing.
It's hard to tell when the Federal Fair Housing Act would have eventually been passed, or in what form, if it weren't for the life and works of Dr. King.  The Act had been bouncing around Congress for a couple of years, unable to get necessary support. 
Then on April 4, 1968 Rev. Dr. Martin … (0 comments)

real estate: "Highest in Overall Satisfaction!" Keller Williams takes it again! - 07/30/10 02:21 PM
Keller Williams Realty takes it again: "Highest in Overall Satisfaction for Home Buyers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms"... THREE years in a row!Thanks, JD Power and Associates!  Thinking of buying a home? If you'd like the right balance of competency, professionalism, integrity and personalized service, Keller Williams has an associate in your area!Moving to the Dulles area (Northern Virginia...Fairfax/Loudoun counties)? I'd love to help!Vicky Chrisner 703-669-3142
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real estate: Loudoun is Alive With Music! - 06/29/10 03:13 PM
This summer's gonna be "hot-hot-hot"!  But wherever you are in Loudoun, there's sure to be cool music playing. Check out this list of outdoor music series offered throughout the county.ThursdaysBRAMBLETON'S SUMMER SIZZLIN CONCERTSLocation: BrambletonLive concerts bi-weekly on Thursdays, Jul 1- Aug 26Cost: FREE SOUNDS OF SUMMER SERIES Location: Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, VALive evening concerts every Friday starting June 18thCost: FREE MUSIC SERIES BY COCA-COLALocation: Leesburg Premium Outlet Mall, Leesburg, VALive concerts 6 different Saturday afternoons (check schedule), June 12 to Aug 28Cost: FREE ON THE GREENLocation: Town Green, Historic Leesburg (25 West Market Street)Live concerts Saturday evenings June 12-August 28Cost: FREE … (2 comments)

real estate: Loudoun Youth Sports Opportunities - 06/26/10 06:38 AM
If you're moving to Loudoun, you may wonder what there is for kids to do... well, the list is so plentiful, we have to break it down into segments.  Here's a list we compiled on the Leesburg, Va Facebook fan page of area sports opportunity for kids.  If you're moving here, you might just want to "fan" that page on Facebook... you'll get a real feel for the heart of the community there.   In the meantime, enjoy this list of places where your kids can get involved in local sports!  (And remember, if you're looking to move here... as a local … (1 comments)

real estate: National Open House Weekend... 44 open houses in Loudoun County VA - 04/09/10 05:27 PM
Celebrate the first ever National Open House Weekend
Coordinated by the National Association of REALTORS!
Courtesy of "The Real Estate Whisperer", check out this list of fabulous OPEN HOUSES IN LOUDOUN this weekend!
Saturday (14 houses open): Sunday (30 houses open): of moving in the near future? Fan "The Real Estate Whisperer" to get this list every weekend! Or, for a personal list of homes that are open each weekend, email your selection criteria to!

real estate: Do YOU have to pay real estate taxes? Could you be exempt? - 03/15/10 12:03 PM
Do You HAVE to Pay Real Estate Taxes? Hmmm.... Did you know that you, or someone you love, may be exempt from paying Real Estate Taxes in Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William or many other nearby counties? The exemption is reserved for those with limited incomes and who meat certain age or disability requirements. Okay, so that means I have to keep paying my real estate taxes.  But, when my mom had a stroke a few years ago, and went on permanent disability, learning about this made a HUGE difference in her monthly available cash.   There is a catch - you can … (0 comments)

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