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Buying a House through Skype

The temptation to buy a house sight-unseen through Skype is strong these days for people who live far from where they want to buy a house.  You can save the time and money involved in traveling to see a house before you purchase it.   You can avoid taking wasted trips for houses you don’t want to buy.  And in a market like we have …

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Should I Buy this Flipped House?

You know it when you see it; a house that has been flipped.  A house that was purchased cheaply, completely remodeled and is back on the market.  Of course when you see it, it looks great.  It has nice stainless steel appliances, new cabinets and remodeled bathrooms. How do you tell if it is a good deal? What should you look for when deciding weather …

Upcoming Fairfax County School Changes Not Reflected in the Current Boundary Locator

Do you want to make sure you buy a house in the right school district in Fairfax County?  If schools are an important criteria for you as you are searching for homes, it is a good idea to check homes against the Boundary Locator on the FCPS website. I tell all my clients that are looking at schools to double check since mistakes can be …

Unlisted New Homes in Burke

Are you looking to buy a brand new home in the Burke/Fairfax area? Christopher Companies is building 2 developments in Burke that are not listed in the MLS. Burke Lake Crossing has 9 new homes on smaller lots in the mid 700’s and Steamboat Landing has 3 new homes on 1 acre lots in the low 800’s. I have the floor plans of the 3 …

School Boundary Changes in Fairfax County

This week the Fairfax County School system published the staff recommendations for the Annandale Regional Planning Study. This is one of the final steps in a long process to involve both the community and FCPS staff in making changes to address overcrowding at Annandale High School and to adjust the elementary boundaries to accommodate the new elementary school being built in Annandale. The school Board …

Broomsticks, Hangers and Dryer Lint – Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

The time has come for you to move and you are getting ready to put your home on the market. What do you need to do to make as many people as possible feel at home in your house? How do you get them to want your house over the others on the market? You know you should put in new flowers and mulch. You …

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What you should know before moving to Fairfax County

1.  Fairfax County is BIG. Our county has a larger population that 8 US States.  Fairfax is estimated to have 1.04 million people, making it the 37th largest county in the US. 2.  Fairfax is rich. I write that knowing many in Fairfax will bristle at the idea.  But, Fairfax has the second highest median household income in the nation at $106,785 right behind neighboring Loudoun County …

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Buyer Agent FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions on Buyer Agency: Do you work as a buyer’s agent? How much do you charge? What do you do for buyers? Do you work as a buyer’s agent? Yes.  we work for buyers, not for sellers when our client is buying a house. How much do you charge? We charge 3% of the sales price of the house, but this is often …

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Annandale High School Study Committee Presents Report

On Thursday night I went to hear the Annandale Study Committee present their report to an interested audience of parents. Jennifer McGarey and Emily Slough presented several different options the Committee recommended to Fairfax County School Board to address the overcrowding at Annandale High School. This was only half of the study. Another group of parents addressed the boundary changes at the elementary levels now …