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Real estate tips – tip #7 Think Big!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Reston Real Estate Report

Real estate tips – tip #7 Think Big!

As Reston celebrates its 50 birthday and its founder Robert E Simon his 100 birthday this week I am reminded of the importance of thinking big and setting goals.   I am constantly in awe of the vision it took in the early 60s to buy this property and to conceptualize the schools, the lakes, the shopping centers, pools, tennis and a golf course, the housing to be offered and to lay the ground work for what would become Reston Town Center.   Whether in my personal life or my business life it has always served me well to have a ‘road...

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Real estate tips -tip #6 The first impression

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Reston Real Estate Report

Real estate tips -tip #6 The first impression

While you may have little immediate and direct control over the events that shape the economy or housing market, you do have control over the sale of your home. A real estate transaction involves a significant portion of your wealth. Professional management of the process is crucial for financial success. Proper preparation and marketing, now more than ever, play a huge role when selling a home. The more REALTORS® and qualified buyers who know about your home will result in more showings. Once there, a fantastic first impression is essential....

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Real estate tips – tip #5 Making your house accessible

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Reston Real Estate Report

Real estate tips – tip #5  Making your house accessible

Having your house on the market involves a certain invasion of privacy.  If you’re lucky, agents will be previewing it and showing it to buyers with some regularity.  On one hand, you’ll want to make it reasonably accessible to real estate professionals and their prospects.   On the other hand, you don’t want to step out of your shower as a local broker is bringing in a group of buyers. In many areas agents use a handy little tool of the trade called a ‘lockbox’.   On an occupied property, agents call first and...

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Real estate tips – Tip #4 Negotiating with the sellers

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Reston Real Estate Report

Real estate tips – Tip #4 Negotiating with the sellers

One of the first questions many prospective buyers ask us when they find the perfect house is “will they take less?” The agent can’t tell you what the sellers will take, and the only way to test their bottom line is to make an offer.  If you can negotiate a lower price or better terms than the original offering, you may possibly save yourself some money, but could risk losing a home you really love in the process. If your offer is below the sellers’ bottom line, they will probably make you a counter offer.  If your bid...

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Real estate tips – tip #3 Guidelines for househunters

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Reston Real Estate Report

Real estate tips – tip #3 Guidelines for househunters

Finding the perfect house for your family is just the first step toward moving you into a new home.  The second step is negotiating the sales agreement with the sellers — both the price and the terms. To find out if the asking price is in line with the neighborhood, you can ask the Realtor to provide you with the “comparables” — selling prices for similar homes located nearby.  The agent can tell you how these houses may differ from the one you’re considering buying.   Use this information to help decide whether...

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Real estate tips – tip #2 Fixing up to sell

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Reston Real Estate Report

Real estate tips – tip #2 Fixing up to sell

A paint brush and a scrub brush can help you get top dollar when it’s time to sell your home.  Start with a close look at the walls and ceiling, both the condition and the color of the paint.  Cracked drywall and peeling paint are not only unsightly, but can be misleading.   If your ceiling needs touch up, for example, buyers may be wary about the roof or structural integrity of your home, even if the problems are purely cosmetic. People will try to imagine their furniture in your rooms.  If you have strong decorating tastes, such as...

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Sales up 20% in December…this bodes well for a great Spring!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Reston Real Estate Report

Sales up 20% in December…this bodes well for a great Spring!

Sales up 20%!  Your all Reston Real Estate market report is here – click here for The Report from the Reston Experts.

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Real estate tips – tip #1 Is it time to move?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Reston Real Estate Report

Real estate tips – tip #1 Is it time to move?

Sometimes the need for a move may be obvious.  For instance, your work might require you to transfer to to a new city.  Other times, the changes in your life and your housing needs may be less obvious.   You might have twins, the last child in your family may be leaving home, or your might receive a big increase in income. If you notice that your house or condominium is no longer serving your needs, it may be time call in a professional Realtor for expert advise.  He or she may suggest that you remodel your present home or find one that is...

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Its gonna be a great year…

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Reston Real Estate Report

Its gonna be a great year…

Open house traffic yesterday was off the charts…lots of buyers out and most serious to do something soon…interest rates improved end of the week.  Make it a great week and have some fun too!

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Getting your house ready to sell…

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Reston Real Estate Report

Getting your house ready to sell…

If you plan to be selling soon this is a great ‘how to’ video .   Getting your home ready to sell.  When it’s time to sell…call the Reston Experts @703.585.4900.

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