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5 Reasons to Sell Before the Selling Season Picks Up

A common thought in real estate is never list your home in the winter offseason. Perpetuated by industry experts, agents and repeat sellers alike, this saying encourages many would-be sellers to wait until the spring peak to list their homes. However,Read More

Posted: February 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm

Top 12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home

Our world is full of risk at every turn—from perilous jobs to dangerous driving conditions. That’s why we all love to get back to our homes and not worry about everyday safety hazards. It’s great to feel comfortable and safe at home, but is it aRead More

Posted: November 9, 2016 at 9:10 pm

The Home Equity Playbook

What is Home Equity? Home equity seems to be a very simple calculation — the total amount of mortgages owed subtracted from the current market value of a home. Here is a simple example: Current Home Market Value       $325,000 ExistingRead More

Posted: October 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm

8 Smart Home Technology Trends that Can Save You Money

The ‘smart home’ is the new ‘internet of things’, or objects that can serve you better by communicating with each other or directly with you through apps on your smart phone. In the ideal version of the wired future, all of our appliances and Read More

Posted: October 3, 2016 at 10:55 pm

Get Your Credit Score in Shape Before Buying a Home

How strong is your credit? Cleaning up your credit is essential before you make any major financial moves. Having a bad score can hurt your chances of being able to open a credit card, apply for a loan, purchase a car, or rent an apartment. It is eRead More

Posted: June 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm

How To Amp Up the Resale Value of Your Home

Whether you're putting your home on the market this year or in the next five years, it is a smart decision to start building your home's resale value now. Here are some ways to create a comfortable home while making it easier to put more money into yoRead More

Posted: April 29, 2016 at 12:25 am

How to Buy a Home: 7 Tips from Real Estate Insiders

  No matter if you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market, there are a few critical steps you can take to make a smarter purchase. Since buying a home is likely the biggest single investment you will ever make, being prepared will help youRead More

Posted: March 17, 2016 at 12:37 am

Top Homeowner Tax Deductions That Decrease Your Tax Burden

You can't avoid paying taxes, and we all need to pay our fair share. However, paying your fair share shouldn't place an unjust burden on you. As a homeowner, your tax burden is doubled because you pay both income and property taxes. To decrease that bRead More

Posted: March 3, 2016 at 11:14 pm

Market Update: McLean, VA

McLean’s active inventory is up 21% Vs. this time last year! Access the full report here: http://www.longandfoster.com/Market-Minute/VA/McLean.htm...Read More

Posted: December 2, 2015 at 6:38 am

4 Reasons to Buy BEFORE Winter Hits

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings: http://goo.gl/Kcw4o8 #realestatetips...Read More

Posted: October 12, 2015 at 6:36 am

#1 Reason to List Your House Today

As buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale, don’t miss out on the opportunity of listing your home this month: http://bit.ly/1Mbs8VY #realestatetips...Read More

Posted: October 5, 2015 at 6:34 am

Is it Time to Downsize your Home?

If you are debating downsizing your home and want to evaluate the options you currently have, let’s chat more so that I can help guide you through the process: http://bit.ly/1WA6YrY...Read More

Posted: October 1, 2015 at 6:33 am

Sales Continue To Rise Year Over Year

Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales are up 10.3% year-over-year across the country. Sales rose to an annual rate of 5.59 million marking the 10th month in a row of year-over-year gains Prices are up 5.6% year-over-year in the U.S. to a Read More

Posted: August 28, 2015 at 6:20 am

Real Estate Seen as Best Investment (Once Again)

According to a survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, Americans have put real estate back into first place as the best of all investments. Homeownership never lost its place as a key component of the American Dream for a hostRead More

Posted: August 25, 2015 at 6:18 am

Foreclosures Hit Their Lowest Mark in 7 Years! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Foreclosure inventory hit its lowest mark in over SEVEN years! Proving the benefits of slow but steady improvements in the economy & rising home prices. If you’re thinking of moving, all better reason to start making your move now. ‪#‎realestateRead More

Posted: August 14, 2015 at 6:16 am

Wanting to Move Up to Your Dream Home?

Wanting to move up to your dream home? With interest rates still near 4% and home values on the rise, now may be a great time to make that move. Read on here: http://goo.gl/Ii2IdZ #realestatetips #homeowners...Read More

Posted: August 12, 2015 at 6:11 am

Selling your home? Price It Right From the Start!

Sellers sometimes think, “If the home doesn’t sell for this price, I can always lower it later.” However, research shows that homes that experience a listing price reduction sit on the market longer, ultimately losing value then selling for lessRead More

Posted: August 6, 2015 at 6:08 am

Silver Line One Year Anniversary

It’s almost the one year anniversary for the silver line metro in Tysons Corner and the home sales are heating up! “Sales volume is up considerably with Vienna seeing an increase of 30.6 percent and McLean 24.1 percent in the past 12 months. – SRead More

Posted: August 3, 2015 at 6:02 am

Home Sales Will Remain Hot This Summer

According to the latest Foot Traffic Report released by National Association of REALTORS®​, there are more buyers looking at homes right now than any other time in the last two years. The housing market might be just as hot as our Summer this year.Read More

Posted: July 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

Staged Homes Sell Faster

Studies show that professionally staged homes sell faster and for a higher price! Read all about it here: http://ow.ly/PS4oH Credit Source: Realtor.com...Read More

Posted: July 21, 2015 at 5:58 am

Rent vs Sell

Make sure you have decided to rent your house because you want to be an investor, not because you’re hoping to get a few extra dollars by postponing a sale. Interesting article, enjoy the read: http://goo.gl/KlhjCP #WordsOfWisdom #RealEstateTips ...Read More

Posted: July 15, 2015 at 5:56 am

#1 Reason to Sell Your Home Now

There hasn’t been a better time to sell in years simply because there are more buyers that are ready, willing and able to buy now (mostly due to the historically low rates). Since the supply of homes for sale is less than the demand of these hot buyRead More

Posted: July 7, 2015 at 5:53 am

Sellers Dilemma: OTM, FSBO or List Again?

June is soon coming to an end and in every region of the country, hundreds of homeowners are facing the same crossroad: the ‘listing for sale agreement’ on their house is about to expire and they now must decide to either take their house off the Read More

Posted: June 25, 2015 at 5:52 am

It’s a Seller’s Market, But Your Home Won’t Sell Itself

Just because it’s a Seller’s market, doesn’t mean your home will sell itself. Here are some great tips on steps to take BEFORE listing your home — to make sure it sells quickly and at the highest value. Below are four keypoints, check them outRead More

Posted: June 22, 2015 at 5:48 am

Sellers: How To Pick the Best Offer

Here’s a good problem to have for Sellers: your listing agent just presented multiple offers to you for your home..now what? Here are some great tips on how to pick the “best and highest” offer: http://bit.ly/1FpdZjK #realestatetips #realestaRead More

Posted: June 18, 2015 at 5:46 am

5 Questions to ask your realtor when selling your home..

Are you thinking of selling your home? Hiring a professional real estate agent can take away most of the challenges of selling. A great agent is always worth more than the commission they charge; just like a great doctor or great accountant. YouRead More

Posted: June 16, 2015 at 5:43 am

8 Steps Before Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home will be one of the biggest and most important purchases you will ever make. Here is a very interesting article that reveals great tips for first time homebuyers, most of which can be completed before applying for a mortgage. Read More

Posted: at 5:40 am

Where Will Mortgage Rates Be in 12 Months?

One of the biggest questions plaguing the current housing market is where mortgage interest rates will be at this time next year. Over the last two months, rates have begun to creep up (see chart). If you are ready, willing and able and are thinking oRead More

Posted: at 5:35 am

Buyer Demand > Housing Supply

Buyer demand is exceeding housing supply according to the latest NAR (National Association of Realtors) report: http://goo.gl/fYqWbK...Read More

Posted: June 5, 2015 at 5:33 am

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale By Owner

In today’s market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for tRead More

Posted: at 5:31 am

The Price Must Be Right

Sellers who price their home right from the beginning are less likely to deal with appraisal issues: http://ow.ly/N4oBs #homebuying #homeowners...Read More

Posted: May 19, 2015 at 5:23 am

A Hot Spring Market

Spring is here and  the real estate market is showing great signs of improvement thanks to falling interest rates ..check out this article: http://ow.ly/Lt4rn...Read More

Posted: April 11, 2015 at 5:12 am

CHRISTIE’S GLOBAL AGENTS CONFERENCE

What a great opportunity to learn from this unique global network ! Can’t wait to start applying what I’ve learned and share with my sellers! http://ow.ly/Lk9Iu #luxuryrealestate #newmarketingstrategies #uniquehomepresentations #christiesinternationaRead More

Posted: April 8, 2015 at 5:11 am

Pricing Your Home Right

Pricing your home right from the beginning can save you money in the long run..http://ow.ly/LcXmr...Read More

Posted: April 4, 2015 at 5:11 am

Home Prices: A 5-Year Outlook

With inventory presently below historically normal levels, current & future home prices have been the topic of many real estate conversations. The most recent Home Price Expectation Survey was just released; giving insight into where experts belRead More

Posted: February 17, 2015 at 4:58 am

Debating on Selling Your Home This Year?

If you’re debating selling your home this year, call me today for a free consultation so that I can evaluate the equity you have in your home and show you the opportunities available in your neighborhood. Read on here: http://goo.gl/qc40Z8 ‪#Read More

Posted: February 10, 2015 at 6:27 am

Lower Oil Prices and Low Mortgage Rates

Did you know that lower oil prices are keeping our mortgage rates really low? It would be interesting to monitor…check this article: http://ow.ly/IjIGJ...Read More

Posted: February 2, 2015 at 4:56 am

Homeowners’ Tough Decision: OTM, FSBO or List

At the end of the year, in every region of the country, hundreds of homeowners have a tough decision to make. The ‘listing for sale agreement’ on their house is about to expire and they now must decide to either take their house off the maRead More

Posted: December 30, 2014 at 4:50 am

Home Sales Up in almost Every Price Range

The National Association of Realtors’ most recent Existing Home Sales Report revealed that home sales were up rather dramatically over last year in five of the six price ranges they measure. Only those homes priced under $100,000 showed a declineRead More

Posted: December 2, 2014 at 4:41 am

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY: DOUBLE TIME

We will be holding open two of our newest listings tomorrow, Sept 14th 1-4PM. Make sure to stop by, you won’t want to miss it! [click on photos linked to virtual tours] ...Read More

Posted: September 13, 2014 at 4:34 am

Tysons Music & Food Truck Festival

It’s a great time of year and the Silver Line just made it that much better. Besides its existence, Silver Line metro is spicing up Tysons Corner with a music and food truck festival next Saturday. General Admission: $12 (kids 6-16 years: $3).Read More

Posted: September 6, 2014 at 4:25 am

DIY: Fabric Wallcovering

Instead of traditional wallpaper, use a favorite fabric to add texture and pattern to your walls. Click here to learn every step: http://bit.ly/1kHs5tu Source: HGTV...Read More

Posted: August 15, 2014 at 4:22 am

JUST REDUCED: 1333 S Glebe Rd

1333S Glebe Rd Arlington, VA 22204 JUST REDUCED TO $599,000! (was $625,000) *4BR, 3.5BA* Rarely available All-Brick Townhome/spacious/ UPDATED/enclave/hardwood floors/crown molding/2 fireplaces/ walkout fin. LL to brick patio. OPEN HOUSE SUNRead More

Posted: July 9, 2014 at 3:14 am

Sold in 1 Day

9427 Talisman Dr Vienna, VA 22182 Vienna, VA and I couldn’t help but share these photos with you all. Beautiful property with high Ceilings, walls of glass, terraces, gardens , deck, screened porch off master bedroom,Read More

Posted: July 3, 2014 at 3:07 am

Christie’s Jewelry Appraisal Event

The agents at Long & Foster Chevy Chase and Long & Foster Georgetown are putting this together specially for their clients. If you fall into this category, make sure to come by!...Read More

Posted: June 23, 2014 at 3:04 am

Client Appreciation Mixer Event 2014

Our client appreciation event began with a reception and was followed by a very informative presentation by Leigh-Alexandra Basha, Holland & Knight, Partner, Chair of the International Private Client Practice, titled “Global Clients and the Tax ChallRead More

Posted: May 19, 2014 at 2:53 am

Five Fun Things To Do in NoVA This Weekend

It’s almost Thursday which means most of us are already planning ahead for the weekend. Sometimes, you don’t need to travel too far for a good time. Here are a list of cool events that are happening in our neighborhood this weekend: Fri, March 14,Read More

Posted: March 12, 2014 at 2:35 am

Angelika Film Center – Mosaic

It’s hard to believe February is right around the corner. Other than going to a Super Bowl XLVIII party with friends, what other fun activities can we look forward to this month? In honor of the upcoming Oscars 2014, the Angelika Film Center at MRead More

Posted: February 3, 2014 at 2:32 am

New Year. New Blog.

First of all, I’d like to welcome you to my blog which happens to be one of my new year’s resolutions this year. Here, you’ll find valuable information related to day-to-day life in your local neighborhoods in the Washington D.C. metro area includinRead More

Posted: at 2:29 am