Does an In-House or Pocket Listing Line Your Pocket?

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I frequently receive inquiries from potential buyers, both working with agents and without, who inquire about upcoming listings or off-market properties in our specialized communities such as Idylwood Towers, Gates of McLean, Pimmit Hills, and Fountains at McLean. My response remains consistent: ‘We regularly have properties becoming available in these communities. I encourage you to […]

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Bamboozled on Bamboo in Fairfax County

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If you own a home in Fairfax County with bamboo on your property, you may be in for a surprise come January 1, 2023. Run amok bamboo has become an issue and the bamboo is difficult to remove and contain. A new Fairfax County ordinance goes into effect on that date, and neighbors can report […]

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Could your Nest and EcoBee cost you money?

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In the age of smart homes and thermostats you can “talk” to, setting your home temperature to your preference as you drive home from work, are programmable thermostats always a good idea? If you have a furnace your home is heated by forcing heated into the home through ductwork. The air is heated by passing […]

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Maximizing Leverage with Net Annual Constant

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When investing in residential real estate there are many things that make up the overall benefit of the investment. Cashflow, value appreciation, tax depreciation and tax deductibility are a few that comes to mind. Another important element is leverage. How much or your capital is tied up in the investment and what is your monthly […]

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Great communities near the Silver Line metro

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With the Silver Line metro line phase 1 long completed and phase 2 on the way many communities are now metro-walkable for the first time. Apart from being able to park your car at home there are also other great new areas  amenities like new grocery stores, retail and restaurants. While there are some new […]

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4 Things To Decide Before You Buy

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If you are getting ready to buy in spring 2020 you are not alone. Spring is the hottest season of the year for homebuyers and sellers alike. To get ready to go when that perfect home is listed you need to start preparing now. You should start by thinking about these 4 things: What areas and […]

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Rebuilding Pimmit Hills

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Back in March 2015 I wrote an article titled “Pimmit Hills 2015 – “Should I Stay or Should I Go!.” The article spoke of the changes taking place in the neighborhood with old small homes being demolished to make space for larger new ones. While progress in inevitable, the modern homes bring with them different demographics […]

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Great Living at Brittany Parc in Tysons Corner

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Brittany Parc is a peaceful enclave minutes from the busy and happening Tyson’s Corner. It was built in 2001-2002 by Centex Homes on a wooded site near a popular back-road called Idylwood Road (it is a popular way with locals to bypass the crowded Rt. 7 and the HOV restricted I-66 during rush hour.) If […]

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Overcrowding of Rentals in Virginia and Fairfax County

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There is a lot of confusion out there as to what is allowed and what is not allowed in regards to limiting occupancy. The conflict is generally between HUD (that typically deems reasonable occupancy to be 2 persons per bedroom) and local jurisdictions and building codes (that calculates reasonable occupancy based on square footage of the bedroom.) […]

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