October’s Newsletter: Hot Off the Presses!

October’s newsletter is ready for you. View it below or click here to download.

The newsletter’s helpful articles include home decorating tips, thoughts on privacy and curb appeal, and the latest Northern Virginia real estate market statistics.

Read all about local entrepreneur Teresa Majer, with Rodan + Fields. I met Teresa at a business networking event, and I’ve been blown away by her expertise and professionalism. Looking to improve your skincare routine? Speak with Teresa today!

Thinking of buying or selling a house? Set an appointment now.


July Newsletter is Here!

July’s newsletter is ready for you! View it below or click here to download.

The newsletter’s helpful articles include a profile of local business East Coast Powerwashing, homeowner tips, summer reading recommendations, and the latest market statistics for the region. Read it now!

Thinking of buying or selling a house? Let’s talk!


Brambleton Open House This Weekend!

Open House this weekend Saturday AND Sunday, June 22-23! 1-4pm both days. This is a townhouse condo, listed at $299,990, 2bd, 2.5ba. Address is 42467 Hollyhock Terrace, Brambleton VA 20148.

The condo is just steps to the Brambleton Town Center, and who doesn’t love that place?! What’s your favorite store there? My husband loves Lost Rhino Retreat, and I always enjoy Blue Ridge Grill. I’ve heard AhSo is fabulous, need to give it a try! Whoever buys this condo is going a prime location to enjoy everything Brambleton Town Center offers!

View the full listing here.

Interior Design Versus Home Staging

People love their homes, and many customize their homes to their personal tastes with interior design. Perhaps you have sentimental items or family photos on display. Maybe a prized family heirloom is featured in your living room. Is your favorite color highlighted in accessories, or maybe even painted on the walls?  Your home has been a haven for you and your family, and that is reflected in the interior design.

When it’s time to sell your house and find a new place to call home, it is important to stage your home to sell, which has some differences compared to interior design. Interior design’s goal is to make your house beautiful and functional for you, while home staging is focused on making your house appeal to everyone else.

While it is work to stage your home to sell, it is well worth it as staged homes sell faster and for more money.  Home staging recommendations (even for homes with great interior design) are to depersonalize, minimize, and create space.

Depersonalizing is making your house more neutral and generic so buyers could see themselves living in that space. Family photos, diplomas, and any accessories or furniture that may be sentimental but aren’t on-trend should be removed. Strong colors should also be replaced: bed linens, throw pillows, and wall paint are easy switches to make a home more neutral. Anything related to pets or politics should be packed up: both can alienate a potential buyer.

Minimizing is getting rid of the stuff on the horizontal surfaces of your home. These items may be great interior design elements that add beauty or utility to your day, but remember that your house, not the stuff in it, is the focus when you are selling. You want buyers to look at the house, and not your possessions. Common items that need to be removed are collections or collectibles, magazines, and small kitchen appliances.

Every buyer wants a house that seems spacious, not cramped. Therefore, a goal of home staging is to create the sense of space. That may mean rearranging (or removing) furniture so that a Realtor and buyer(s) can easily flow into and out of rooms without feeling cramped while touring the home. An interior designer may not have to consider if you have dozens of people in the house for an open house, but a stager certainly does!

Creating a sense of space also means getting rid of any extra storage: you want buyers to think the house has ample storage, not that you’ve needed to create more. An interior designer may come up with beautiful ways to have extra storage, but for home staging purposes all of that extra storage needs to be gone. While an interior designer may not focus on your closets, a stager will. Closets should appear spacious, so excess items need to be removed, and the closets need to be organized.

A house with great interior design is a joy to inhabit, but it may not be optimized to sell. Using the staging strategies of depersonalizing, minimizing, and creating space will help even the most beautiful house sell faster for the most amount of money.

Women Buying Real Estate: Out In Force!

Did you know that single women are the 2nd largest group buying and selling real estate, after married couples? In fact twice as many single women buy real estate as single men do (source).

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Hope Katz-Gibbs of Inkandescent Radio on the subject, discussing how women can succeed in independently buying, owning, and selling real estate.

Listen to the podcast here!

Condo Renovation Part 1: Original Condition

In case you missed it, here’s the Facebook video where I made the big announcement: my husband and I are renovating an investment condo, and I’m sharing every step with you!

I’m excited to help those who are considering real estate investing, or buying a fixer upper, or the standard homeowner who needs some help with home maintenance and renovation.

In this Facebook video I take you on a tour of the unit right after closing, in its original condition. Here are some photos to supplement that video, so you get the full picture.

Stay tuned for future videos and posts detailing the renovation plan and following every step of the process!