Monthly Archives: November 2016

The 10 best tips to prepare for the 2017 tax season

By |2017-03-06T15:04:26+00:00November 28th, 2016|

The best tax tip of all?  It might be to hire a professional... This is one of those excellent articles that shows how many ways there are to properly prepare your taxes and to get all the deductions you are entitled to.  In doing so one can't help but notice how much there is [...]

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from a couple of fellows wiser than me!

By |2017-03-06T15:05:30+00:00November 24th, 2016|

I was planning to craft a poignant Thanksgiving message then in full humility I decided to defer to my favorite President, Ronald Reagan.  I love how he in turn deferred to my second favorite President George Washington in his Thanksgiving address.  Enjoy!   THANKSGIVING DAY, 1988 — “The basic yearning for freedom, peace, [...]

You look Marvelous!!

By |2017-03-06T15:06:45+00:00November 22nd, 2016|

Things like using soft light instead of clear bright, enhancing shadows and layered light can help you draw attention to the focal points in a room you want to emphasize, create the desires atmosphere and even change colors!  Don't overlook this relatively inexpensive way to enhance your home.  Try different things and I think [...]

You gotta love “Best of” lists!

By |2017-03-06T15:07:22+00:00November 14th, 2016|

When it comes to tools and mountaineering gear I have to be careful that cool products on these lists don't move from "wants" to "needs" on my list.  Check out this Top 100 list and see if any of these might find their way into your garage or yard.  I think the machete [...]

Home Insurance 101

By |2017-03-06T15:08:21+00:00November 4th, 2016|

So Important Yet So Often Overlooked Of all the things required of us as home buyers and home owners property insurance is the least standardized, has the widest variations in quality and cost and is in many ways the hardest to understand.  And guess what.  It is potentially the most important!  Check out [...]

November Market Update

By |2017-03-06T15:09:11+00:00November 1st, 2016|

You’d think from the stores that the holiday season is already upon us but not quite yet! It’s the time of year where real estate still sells in Northern Virginia, albeit at a slower pace, but it’s still a good opportunity for sellers and buyers. Typically, it can be a better opportunity for [...]