Tag Archive: Arlington County Real Estate

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…

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…

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, remedy but with a bit more space inside and out. 1914 Quincy St. has the charm, erectile but not without also meeting the space demands of many Arlington families. The big question: Is there enough house to…

Arlington County Real Estate Trends Through November 2012

We’re not going to hit every zip code here, but I do want to take a look at the updated data for the Arlington County real estate market through November, 2012. Data which was just released by RBI last week. 22201: In short, it remains pretty boring to own a condo in 22201 as the market…

Post Hurricane Sandy: Home Buyer Due Diligence

NASA Satellite Image: Hurricane Sandy

This is just a quick note for home buyers in the general DC Metro area. If you are actively searching for a home now is a good time to know whether or not the homes you are interested have water issues. Here are a few things that you, via your agent most likely, should be…

Enough With Resiliant, Is Arlington County Real Estate Ready to Grow?

Arlington Market Ready to Grow?

How do you feel about the Arlington Real Estate market these days? Is it ready to make stronger moves upward? The data seems to suggest as much, which is great news for homeowners. Home buyers, however, may not find this quite as exciting as they have already been competing in this market and now the…

Another One Down In Arlington

Harrison St Arlington Demo

  The ever changing real estate landscape of Arlington County continued its transformation on Wednesday (8/29/2012) as this house on Harrison St. N between Lee Highway and Williamsburg Blvd was leveled in preparation for the next generation of homes. This tear down trend has been constant on this section of Harrison Street, health and throughout…

What Facebook’s IPO and Today’s Housing Market Have in Common:

By now there is little chance you haven’t heard about the LACK of success that the Facbook IPO has had in the last few weeks. The stock has gone nowhere but down since day one. After more hype, order speculation, seek and excitement than any IPO in recent memory, what went wrong? I am not…

Colin’s “Catch of the Day”: Arlington Craftsman With Subtle Curb Appeal, but Ample Space

This edition of my “Catch of the Day” features an Arlington Craftsman with a great mix of modern amenities and classic feel. Built in 1999, before the idea that we had to completely fill an entire lot with a house took root, this Craftsman brings a subtle curb presence, but plenty of room to stretch out inside. Listed…

Saving Saturday: Saving Money For A House, Mortgage Payment… Or Anything Really.

After 8.5 years of marriage my wife and I, in many ways, are just getting started. However, one of the things we have done quite a bit of is navigate budgets and sliming down on our spending. Sometimes it has been to meet a specific goal and sometimes just for sport, none-the-less we have learned…

Geeking Out Over Arlington: The Paradox of Arlington’s Real Estate Data

Spring in Arlington would not be the same without all the vibrant azaleas and Open House balloons on every corner. This year has me more excited than most because of the data I discussed above. Based on what I have experience personally of late I think we’re in for a solid few months. Come back…

Harsh Realities: Northern Virginia’s “Hot” Real Estate Market Has A Dark Side

Many, myself included, often boast about Northern Virginia, and DC’s hot real estate market. There is a lot of substance to that angle; the number of homes selling in a mater of days, or the number homes selling with multiple offers are top of mind for me. Despite the continued struggles around the country, places…