Mild Summer Day? Open Those Windows, Your Lungs Will Thank You!

In an era where traffic congestion is at an all time high, whether current climate changes are being cause by man-made influences is a hot debate, and communities are spraying large areas to kill bugs or to kill weeds in public spaces, it is easy to think that locking the doors and closing your windows…

Gut Check: Making an Offer in a Rising Housing Market

A few weekends ago I received word that an offer I had submitted on behalf of clients would be competing with other offers already in hand and that we needed to come back with our “highest and best” offer. Thus, I found myself yet again trying to give guidance to clients on the offer they…

5 Tips: What to Look For in a Home Worth Competing For

The prospect of obtaining your ideal home in today’s Northern Virginia or D.C. housing markets can be daunting. We are in a rising housing market, with low inventory, and fierce competition among home buyers. You want to come out of the process with a place to live, but you don’t want to get fleeced by…

HOME OWNER ALERT: Dehumidifier Recall – What You Need To Know

Over 2 Million Dehumidifiers Recalled For Fire Hazard It hit the press all over, from USA Today, to the Wall Street Journal, over 2 million dehumidifiers have been recalled because they can overheat and catch fire. Oddly enough, we have one of the recalled units, and oddly(er) enough, we noticed it had be running a…

INFOGRAPHIC: How Many Agents Can Northern Virginia Home Buyers and Sellers Choose From?

I like getting clients. It is the only thing that keeps me in business. It is the only thing that enables me to do my part to put food on the table. However, I think a home buyer or home seller does themselves a disservice if they talk to me, me only, and hire me….

Real Estate’s Game of… “Would you Rather?”

If you have bought, sold, rented, leased, or done any darn thing with real estate you know it is full of “would you rather” questions. The uncertainty as to whether you chose the right set of “rathers” is at the core of buyers remorse, when buyers remorse does occur. Of course, some times the buyers…

LEAP and Arlington County Join Up For Energy Efficiency Rebates

Arlington County residents have until the end of July (2013) to take advantage of LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program) rebates for a Home Energy Assessment, and until the end of August for the Home Energy Improvement rebate. Who is “LEAP”?: The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is a community based nonprofit organization that helps homeowners in…

City of Falls Church Is “Under Contract”

If you are driving around the City of Falls Church it might feel as though every home you pass with a “For Sale” sign has an “Under Contract” pronouncement attached to it. Well, that is because most of them are, in fact, under contract! With an average “days on market” for single family detached homes…

City of Falls Church Homes 101

That is, 101.64% actually, which is the percentage of asking price that single family homes in the City of Falls Church were fetching back in April. And with an average “days on market” of 7, many were doing so in under a week. The numbers for May are not yet in (probably out on Monday),…

DC Real Estate Putting Stamp On DC Tech

Last night Tech Cocktail held one of their now nationally known Mixer & Startup Showcase events at the recently opened space of hot new DC incubator 1776, and with an intriguing lineup of startup showcases at that. With a great turnout of attendees ranging from entrepreneurs, to developers, to venture capitalists and angel investors, all the way down…

Swamps and Sunshine: This House Has It All

You are either going to love this one, or hate it. Not sure most would emphasize the swamp that lies in the backyard so much, especially given the mosquito problems most of us in the DC area have even without such features. However, more than anything I am curious what people think of the sun…

After Long Wait Lincoln Park in Falls Church Ready For Action

If you have toddlers and/or pre-schoolers in and around Falls Church, VA, then you know the significance of this headline. After last summer’s Derecho slammed through the DC area the City of Falls Church was left particularly damaged. This included significant damage to one of the jungle gym elements at the not necessarily remarkable, but…

Home Renovations That DON’T Add Value

Lately I have been noticing something that is not terribly uncommon out in the world of home ownership. Big projects that bring high expectations of gratuitous returns for home owners, but that don’t actually payoff at all. Well, at least not in added equity, or higher sales prices compared to nearby competition. It is important…

Colin’s “Catch of The Day”: Arlington Farm House Charms

This North Arlington Farm House brings a taste of those charming homes in Lyon Village near Wilson Boulevard, but with a bit more space inside and out. 1914 Quincy St. has the charm, but not without also meeting the space demands of many Arlington families. The big question: Is there enough house to fetch the…

Colin’s “Catch of The Day”: Subtle Falls Church Colonial Delivers Inside

In the City of Falls Church, as with much of the DC Metro area, pickings are slim right now when it comes to real estate. My friends at Fall Properties have just listed this unsuspecting gem in Virginia Forest. Subtle from the curb, this home delivers inside with a spacious, open updated kitchen, and vaulted…