Mom & Dad Are Gone. What About the House?

Losing a loved one is difficult on many fronts – emotionally, physically and legally. People grieve differently.  However long it takes and after most of the tears are gone, there is the business part of things.  Many people struggle with what to do with the personal possessions and, very often, a house. I can help […]


Should I Use My Realtor’s Home Inspector?

Almost all purchase contracts contain a contingency for a home inspection. And those that don’t, really should. There are some contract contingency clauses that are marginal. In a multiple offer situation, some of these may be passed over to make your contract more attractive. The home inspection contingency should not be on that list. Even in a foreclosure or short sale when you can not ask the seller to execute repairs, you still need a home inspection contingency. In that case the contingency will contain wording that if the inspection reveals conditions you can not deal with, you have the right to void the contract.

So that leads to the question of how to pick an inspector.


Wire Fraud And Real Estate

We have all received emails from foreign “dignitaries” who need our help transferring millions of dollars into the US.  Or we get an email from a “relative” who was robbed while on vacation and needs money to get back home.  These are easy to spot as frauds.  But now hackers are getting more sophisticated. They […]


Movin’ On Up…..

You are not going to like me.  I am about to ruin your day.  Here is a link to the classic theme song for that famous 70’s sitcom that inspired the title to this post.  (“…Movin on up to the East Side, A Deluxe Apartment in the Sky…”  Now it will be stuck in your head […]


Price High or Price Low?

Of course the right answer is to price right.  But most of the time “right” involves a range.  Should a seller price at the upper end or the lower end of that range?  As with most questions, the answer is it depends.  This where an experienced Realtor adds value.  Let me explain. PRICING BASICS When […]



Where Have All The Homes Gone?

The Spring market in Northern Virginia is hot.  It is not uncommon for new listings to receive multiple offers.   In fact, I had 3 homes sell this month with multiple offers that were above asking.  Why is this happening? Well, interest rates are still very attractive and buyers are out in force but sellers are […]