The weather may be colder, yet the real estate market is still plenty warm!  Don’t let anyone tell you differently!  If you’re ready to sell your home, don’t wait! Here are some great reasons to list your home during the Holidays.


1.      People who look for a home during the holidays are more serious buyers! Everyone is busy in December, so the buyer must buy! They are not “just looking.”


2.      Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the holidays. Less competition means more money for you.


3.      Since the supply of listings normally increase in January, there may be less demand for your particular home. Less demand means less money for you.


4.      Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays.


5.      Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price.


6.      Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays than they do during a working week.


7.      Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.


8.      January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transferees cannot wait until spring to buy, you must be on the market now to capture that market.


9.      You can still be on the market and have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days during the holidays.


10. You can sell now for more money and provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year if needed.


11. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring, when many more houses traditionally are on the market for less money. This will allow you to sell high and buy low.


12. Lenders are traditionally less busy this time of year. Therefore, their service is more responsive.

Jan. 7, 2022

SOLD- Private Sale


Annandale, VA

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Dec. 28, 2021


🤩CLOSED🔉 📍Arlington VA

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April 26, 2018

Why Buying a House That Needs Updates Could Be a Good Idea

Low inventory in the DC area means fewer options for buyers, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some incredible deals to be made.

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There is a shortage of homes in the marketplace right now in the DC area. Demand has remodeled homes with the nicest finishes selling quickly, far above list price, and with multiple offers. But this doesn't mean you're out of luck if you're looking to buy.


There is a lot of opportunity for buyers who are interested in buying homes that are not yet modernized. Homes that are in good condition, but need a few updates, are sitting on the market. These properties provide the opportunity for buyers to make low offers and sometimes even get closing costs paid for by the seller.


Demand has remodeled homes with the

 nicest finishes selling quickly and for far

above list price.


If you have any questions about the market or anything in general, please feel free to contact me by phone or email. I look forward to speaking with you soon.





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Dec. 1, 2017

What You Need to Know About Closing Costs

What exactly is included in closing costs? As a homebuyer, can you get the seller to pay for the closing costs? 

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What are closing costs and how can you get the seller to pay for all of them?

Closing costs generally include things like lender fees, title fees, and taxes. Closing costs typically run between 2.5% to 3% of the sales price.


For example, if you are buying a $500,000 home, you can expect $15,000 in closing costs.



Since the fall market has slowed down,

sellers are more likely to pay closing costs.



As your real estate agent, it’s my job to find out how much of the closing costs the seller would be willing to pay for you.


In the fall, the market has been slowing down a bit. As a result, more sellers are paying for closing costs in our current market. That means you can ask the seller to cover that $15,000 in closing costs for the $500,000 house.


If you keep the closing costs in your pocket, you’re basically paying yourself that $15,000 in addition to the other down payments you make on the property. That’s 10%, 15%, or 20% down on the property right away, so when you go to sell, that’s equity right in your pocket.


If you want to know more about getting the seller to pay your closing costs as a buyer, just give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

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Oct. 24, 2017

Are Zestimates a Good Way to Determine Your Home’s Value?

When it comes to determining your home’s value, you shouldn’t rely on Zillow’s Zestimates. There is a much better way to find out that information.


What does the Zillow Zestimate mean for the value of your home? To know the answer, there are a few things you need to take into consideration.


First, what is a Zestimate? A Zestimate is a home valuation tool Zillow has on their website that pulls recent sales in the home’s community and tax records to calculate its value. Oftentimes, Zestimates are hugely inaccurate, and there are two reasons why.


First, Zillow has never been inside your house. They don’t know if you have remodeled bathrooms or kitchens, or a new roof or HVAC unit. They can’t accurately price your home without having that intimate knowledge.


Second, our D.C. market is an eclectic one. If you live in a neighborhood here in Arlington, for example, you have land values that are astronomical—a $500,000 house could be sitting next to a $900,000 one, and that $900,000 house could be sitting next to a property worth $2 million. This makes it almost impossible for Zillow to keep up with the valuation of your home.


If you want to know the true value of your home, there are two ways you can find out. First, you can hire an appraiser to come to your home and give it an appraisal. This can cost anywhere from $375 to $2,000, depending on your home’s price. The second way is to hire a broker or an agent and have them give you what’s called a “broker’s opinion of value.”


If you want to know your home’s true value, ask an appraiser or an agent.


Doing either of those things will give you a much better understanding of what your home is worth in this marketplace.


If you have any questions or would like to know what your home is worth, don’t hesitate to give us a call or email us. We’d love to help.

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