The Spring Market has Arrived! The Spring Market has sprung into action! Although inventory levels are down, activity on listings is up, open house visitors are abundant and multiple contracts on listings are happening more frequently throughout Northern Virginia. In Arlington and close in locations, and in certain entry level price points (under [...]
Basements offer unique opportunities!! Here's some epic ideas for basement configurations. Because they are on their own level you can often design them in a style that is a stark departure from the rest of the home. My favorite spaces I've seen over the years have always been in the basements or on [...]
Cash is King......but perhaps sometimes it shouldn't be. Deciding whether to pay cash for a property is a fairly nuanced process that requires thoughtful analysis. When it comes to your principle residence in particular there are some non financial factors that you need to attempt to quantify. This article does a great job [...]
Is Uber a component of your commute plan? Lot's of my clients and I have been talking about how ride sharing services could fill in some gaps in commute options which is having something of an impact on buying decisions. I always thought that these services would actually increase total driving miles in [...]
There is a reason "The Fundamentals" are called "The Fundamentals. Every one of the principles and actions in this article are things I discuss with and advocate for with my clients. If it's time to buy lets sit down and get the foundation of a successful transaction set!
Home ownership leads to significantly increased wealth! I've learned after 30 years in the business to not take for granted that certain things are known thus the reason for posting this article. There is a huge gap in wealth accumulation between homeowners and lifelong renters that has always been the case, to say nothing about the non financial advantages of [...]
Who knew mortgages were such a personal thing? This article does a great job of breaking down the somewhat out dated ideas that one size fits all in the mortgage world. Some of the "truisms" are couched in seeming prudence and some are flat out wrong (ie. that you need 20% down to [...]
Will the Spring Market Arrive Sooner than Later? What an interesting January we have experienced both weather-wise and in the real estate business. We have golfed and we have shoveled snow/ice this month. We have had multiple contracts on some houses, and we have had houses sitting on the market (with no showings) [...]
Out of the mainstream but still pretty cool. There is so much history around here. Here are some great places to visit, many of which are off the beaten path. One of my favorite all time series is "Justified" so I can't wait to check out the new National Law Enforcement Museum.
Wood is Wonderful! I'm seeing lots and lots of open floor plans with wood floors spilling into the kitchen. I've had it in mine for years and I love it. It's comfortable and contiguous floors create a sense of spaciousness. Here's a great article on factors to consider not just for putting wood floors [...]