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Amazon wants the keys to your home

By | 2017-11-17T12:13:44+00:00 November 17th, 2017|

Have we lost our minds? At a time with all sorts of serious and often undisclosed data breaches and the practical necessity of having professional identity and credit monitoring Amazon decides it's a good idea to ask for access to our homes. I shudder to think. In the interest of full disclosure I [...]

November Market Update

By | 2017-11-14T12:52:35+00:00 November 14th, 2017|

The Northern Virginia real estate market continues to chug along like the "Little Engine That Could." Inventory levels continue to shrink, yet sales remain consistent. Right now, inventory levels are 13.5% below last year and sales are only 85 sales behind the previous 30 days numbers last year. Lack of inventory is holding [...]

Should you lock your credit report?

By | 2017-11-06T11:14:46+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

I was recently interviewed by the National Organization of Realtors on this important and topical issue.   As we all know there have been serious breaches of the credit data of millions of people in this country and given the evolving narrative we likely don't know the totality of our exposure, so from my [...]

Soaking Tub vs Clawfoot Tub? The Home Features People Want Right Now

By | 2017-10-27T15:31:56+00:00 October 27th, 2017|

It's really about what appeals to you but....don't forget someday you'll be selling the place!  Every time I go into a house with aluminium foil wall paper or bleached oak cabinets I'm reminded that at some point a homeowner said "We've got to have that in our home!"  If you are contemplating renovations and want [...]

Should I Buy a Fixer-Upper? 6 Reasons to Make the Leap

By | 2017-10-13T12:08:14+00:00 October 13th, 2017|

#7:  Because you KNOW you want to be the next star on HGTV This article lists many real reasons to buy a fixer-upper. But before you make your move, do call an experienced agent with a deep and profound understanding of renovations and construction (like me!) to make sure you don't bite off more than [...]

October Market Update

By | 2017-10-03T11:40:16+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|

As the summer comes to an end, we’re seeing the real estate market continue to move steadily along. We don’t anticipate any drop off in sales as we enter the fall selling season. We have buyers looking to enter the home buying market – especially first-time buyers. Interest rates remain low, new loan [...]

September Platinum Club

By | 2017-09-18T09:06:43+00:00 September 18th, 2017|

It's all about the Millennials. This month we discussed some deep dive statistics and trends that are informing our understanding of the market. The national home ownership rate is holding steady at about 64% which is only 1% above the figure it bottomed out at over the last decade.  Even with easing credit [...]