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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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Reading Real Estate Listings with a Contrary Mind

Admit it, when you are looking at house listings you like to see: Pictures Video School Info Transportation Info Square Footage So good listing agents put this info in their listings.  More buyers look and the houses sell for more.  But do you want to pay more? To save money on your next home, look for listings that: Have no (or few, or poor) pictures …

House Searches for Walkers, Bikers, Boaters and Cheapskates

Finding the right house at the right price starts with finding the right homes to tour.  This is a list of searches that I’ve found useful for clients looking for houses in Northern Virginia.  Each of these is not meant to be good for everyone, but I hope you’ll find one that draws the RIGHT houses to your attention from the many houses on the …

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5 Highest Priced Home Sales in Northern Virginia in 2010

Here is a list of the 5 highest priced homes to sell in Northern Virginia in 2010. – 1. $10,200,000 This Chateau is top of the list. The artistry is amazing. 2. $9,000,000 This home has a 5 car garage among its many features. 3. $8,250,000 The former home of President Kennedy, this home boasts 12 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and 9 fireplaces. 4. $6,500,000 This …

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How’s the Market in Northern Virginia?

“It stinks to be you,” was the  response I got from people at Holiday parties I attended this month.  Everybody knew that the real estate market was down and that I must be having a hard time.  After responding “No, the market is great” a couple of times I realized that people thought I was one of those positive Realtors who liked ads generated by …

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How could School Redistriciting affect Home Values in Southwest Fairfax County?

UPDATED 1/19/11 Just when everyone was thinking that Option D was going to be what the Fairfax County School Board would be considering when voting on boundary changes, LOOK AGAIN! The staff has come forward with yet another recommendation. This is the staff recommendation that will be presented to the Board tomorrow, January 20th. I did not hear about this through Keeping in Touch or …

Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update through May 2009.

The major change we saw in the market this past month is that prices are climbing.  The lack of inventory has become a real problem, with about a three-month supply of homes on the market in Northern Virginia in general.  Bidding wars are taking place on many houses right now.  I wrote two offers for clients this week; one house had 5 offers on it, …

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Northern Virginia Market Update through March 2009

The Northern Virginia real estate market had homes selling more quickly in March than in any month since January of 2006.  The supply of homes in the Northern Virginia market, defined as Arlington and Fairfax Counties, along with the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax, was at a 3.5 month supply in March.  Prices ticked up a little bit from February, but are still …

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Seaching for a House near a Metro in Northern Virginia

If you are searching for a house near a metro, you’re probably not finding them all.  And it’s not your fault.  It’s the listing agent’s fault. Agents who list houses within walking distance of Metro Stations are NOT including that in their listings.  So when you search for them, you’re not finding them. (You’ve GOT to be thinking…come on Jeff…there might be a few agents …