Ritu Desai's Blog Posts

Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Report - August 10

It's that time of the week again! Welcome to this week's mid-market report, where we discuss the current housing market updates in the Northern Virginia area.Interesting news: the current housing

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Top 6 Mini Golf Courses in Northern Virginia that are Worth Visiting

Looking for an outdoor activity in the Northern Virginia area? Golf just might be for you! I know, you might be worried in case that you haven't played golf ever or you feel like you want to take it

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Virginia's 3-Day Tax Sale Guide

Looking for some deals for shopping over the weekend? You came to the right place! There will be a 3-day tax sale all across Virginia this weekend, and it is for everyone. However, what are the?

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National Park Free Entrance Day Guide for August 4

Do you love parks like I do? Well, here's some great news -- today, August 4, is the Great American Outdoors Act Anniversary, which is also one of this year's National Park Free Entrance Day!

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3 Facts About the Declaration of Independence You Probably Didn't Know

Three more days and we are all waving the star spangled banner once again as we celebrate the 246th year of independence in the United States. This is all made possible by all of the people behind

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Top 5 Must-Visit Waterparks This Summer!

Looking to cool yourself down in this heat-packed summer season? I got you! Check out these 5 must-visit waterparks in the DMV area!1. Great Waves WaterparkThis waterpark in Alexandria, VA is very

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Independence Day Events You Should Check Out!

The 4th of July is just around the corner, and we are here to celebrate it! We've come a long way for the past 246 years, and we celebrate the Independence Day for all of the sacrifices of our

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Just Listed! 20327 Rivercliff Ct, Sterling, VA (OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND)

📫 20327 Rivercliff Ct, Sterling is a house that should not be missed this weekend!➡️ 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths➡️ Stunning two-foyer entrance.➡️ Gourmet kitchen, vegetable sink, walk-in

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Why Do We Celebrate Pride Month in June? Pride Month History 101

Happy Pride Month, everyone! This is such a monumental part of our history where we push for equal rights, which used to be a taboo topic back in the day. But how did this all start? Let's look back

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Five Graduation Celebration Ideas this Summer!

This month not only commemorates the Pride Month, but a lot of graduations and end of school year events take place as well. It is such a huge milestone finishing one's studies, and here are some

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Five Last Minute Gift Ideas for Father's Day

Are you in a hurry to give your significant other or your father this June 19? I got you! Here are five last minute gift ideas for the coming Father's Day!1.  SunglassesIf he's the outdoor,

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A Single Father's Story: How the Father's Day Came to Be

People have been celebrating the Mother's Day in May and Father's Day in June, and this totally make sense - a celebration for each parent. While the Mother's Day started with an advocacy (read more

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SOLD By Ritu Desai Samson Properties - Tippman Aldie VA 20105

Let me tell you a story about these new homeowners that I recently worked with. And let me tell you -- this is just more than a success story!Ravi & Nag called telling me about𝐀𝐌𝐀

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Know Your City - Manassas, VA

Just one more day towards the weekend! Going to bars and to the movies is nice and all to hang out with your friends and family this coming Saturday, but why not check this beautiful city and what

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Red Flags in Buying a Home #RealEstateTips

Home may be largest investment. Be smart and Virginia is Buyer's Beware state.Here’s a list of things to consider:🚩Damp or musty smells🚩Visible cracks in the foundation🚩Water stains

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Thank You for the Kind Words! | Testimonial May 16 #MotivationalMondayscreate

What keeps me motivated as a realtor for two decades is when my clients are happy with the services and knowledge I provide. Thank you so much for the kind words, Dharini! It's been a pleasure doing

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JUST LISTED! 22452 Alewife Ter, Ashburn, VA

What a beautiful Monday it really is! With lots of big tech companies moving to Northern Virginia (video about that in the coming days), a lot of job opportunities are opening up! If you're one of

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Weekly Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Report - May 11

Speculations regarding the market shift in the Northern Virginia housing market are increasing one after another. What is really happening in the housing market in the DMV area? Let's talk about it

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The History and Celebration of Cinco de Mayo

It's not just the Mother's Day that we'll be celebrating, for today is a day that our Mexican brothers and sisters love the most -- Cinco de Mayo! What exactly is the history of this holiday, and

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From an Advocacy to a Tradition | Mother's Day Origin and History

Happy Mother's Day everyone! It's so refreshing to see that a day is dedicated to all the mothers out there for the love and sacrifice they gave to all of us. Each of us has their own story with

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5 Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas Recommended by Moms

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and you might be thinking what you should give to your wife, mom, or whomever. And it's totally understandable - finding a gift for Mother's Day can be hard

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Weekly Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Report - May 4

May the Fourth be with you! A lot of you have been asking if the market has shifted, what it means to home buyers and sellers, and what lies in the future with the current market state. Worry no,

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Thank You for Your Trust and Support! #Testimonial #MotivationalMondays

Thank you so much for the kind words! What a great start of the week it is. 😊"Ritu did a fabulous work in getting us our first home. We stepped in as a home buyer in extremely competitive seller

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NEW LISTING: 2542 Terra Cotta Cir, Herndon, VA

Looking for a home in Herndon, VA? Get ready to sing with the Ace of Base as this is THE SIGN! Come and don’t pass on this opportunity to be a new homeowner in Northern Virginia! 📍

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New Construction: 55+ Active Adult Communities in Northern Virginia

NEW CONSTRUCTION ALERT! Not just one, not two, but SIX NEW CONSTRUCTION in Northern Virginia is now up for grabs!You'll definitely have a lot of options with about 5-12 designs to choose from for

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Weekly Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update - April 13

Bit of a throwback here from last week, but this is so important that you can't miss it! This is the Weekly Real Estate Market Report of April Week 2!Inflation was such a hot topic from last week,

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Time to Get Organized! Spring Cleaning Checklist 2022

It's spring time, and you know what that means -- spring cleaning!Being organized is a good way to a healthy lifestyle, and that applies to all the things around your home. Plus, if you're planning

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NEW CONSTRUCTION ALERT! Metro Walk at Moorefield Station

Another one? Yes, another one!Last week we had Hillside at Broadlands (check it out here), which a lot of you are getting really crazy about. And just like that, another new construction community

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Weekly Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update - April 8

The flowers continue to bloom indeed this spring! Is it the same situation with the housing market in the DMV area? Let's all find out for this week's Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update.We

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Where and When Did They Actually Came From: Story of the Easter Egg Hunt and the Easter Bunny

We've all seen it, adored it, and played egg hunting all revolving to this adorable yet notorious creature -- the Easter Bunny and its eggs. However, we probably don't know much about it and where

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Got Excess Stuff During Spring Cleaning? Do an Online Yard Sale Here!

While going through spring cleaning, you might discover that there are some stuff that you don't need anymore and you're looking for ways to discard them. One of the ways you can do that is to have

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How These Five Countries Celebrate Easter

Whether you are a Christian or not, we all love the celebration of Easter. Starting as a story of sacrifice and salvation, Easter does give a message of hope and new beginnings. Without further ado,

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Top 5 Real Estate Secrets You Should Know This 2022!

A lot of people are still looking for that "special sauce" or the "secret 11 herbs and spices" of the real estate industry, and so few have their hands on it -- until now. Taken from my interview

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Weekly Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update - March 31

5% interest rate -- Has that impacted the DMV housing market? Let's answer that question in this week's Real Estate Market Update!Well I did see a teeny tiny pullback this past week in the

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NEW CONSTRUCTION ALERT: Hillside at Broadlands!

Yes, you read that right -- new construction coming soon!Brought to you by Van Metre Homes, Hillside at Broadlands is available soon this Spring 2022! Single family homes are available, with about 4

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Top 3 Mistakes First Time Homebuyers Make that YOU Should Avoid

There's always a first time for everything -- from getting your first interview for a job, to ordering your first coffee at Starbucks (not sponsored), to even buying a home. Sometimes, with these

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Know Your City: Alexandria, VA

Looking for a historic place to spend the first weekend of spring in Virginia? Look no further! In this week's Know Your City series, we'll be talking about Alexandria, its history, and the

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Weekly Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update - March 23

Despite the rising home prices for this week, why is the market still very hot in the DMV Area? Welcome to our Weekly Real Estate Housing Market Report, where we answer that question along with the

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WORST ADVICE: Making an offer based on the Online Estimates

So you're scrolling through the internet, checking out this home and saw how beautiful it is. You decided that you'd like to buy it, and one website says that it's $XXX amount or something. Then you

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WORST ADVICE: Not in a Hurry? Sell at a High Price

Happy Tuesday! Here's another edition of the Worst Advice series, where we talk about some of the advices from real estate that you should watch out for.You're planning to sell your home and

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JUST LISTED: 3830 9th St N 505W, Arlington, VA 22203

Looking for a condo for yourself in a prime location, and with many amenities to offer? You're in luck! With 1 bed, 1 bath, and in a commuter's dream location in the most wonderful neighborhood of

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WORST ADVICE: Reject that lowball offer!

TGIF everyone! Here's one more edition to our Worst Advice series, where we discuss the absolute worst advices about real estate you can ever hear from anyone and what to do about it.So you're

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WORST ADVICE: Buy as much house as you can afford!

Welcome to another edition of the Worst Advice series, where I discuss the worst possible advices someone can give you in real estate and tell you why.Let's say you've saved up some money, and you

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WORST ADVICE: Listening to your Parents

Oftentimes you'll hear your parents (or relatives) say "do this, do that..." when it comes to your life's biggest decisions. All they want is the best for you, and they care about you so much -- and

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Worst Advice: You'll Recoup 100% of your Renovation Costs

Hey there! Welcome to another edition of the Worst Advice series, where I discuss some of the worst advices you hear from people about real estate and debunk them.Real estate is such a good

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Worst Advice: Don't Buy Real Estate, Market is Going to Crash (Not this again...)

Happy Monday, everyone! Welcome to our new series this week, the Worst Advice series -- where I discuss some of the worst advices you hear from people about real estate and debunk them.Time and time

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COMING IN HOT! For Sale - 23394 Evening Primrose Sq, Ashburn, VA 20148

Looking for the absolute best home in Northern Virginia? This just might be for you! This home at 23394 Evening Primrose Sq, Ashburn, VA 20148 has 3 beds, 3.5 baths, and has a lot of amenities and

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Just Listed! 2755 Mansway Dr, Herndon, VA 20171

Looking for a nice, spacious, beautiful home situated in a prime location in Northern Virginia? This is your lucky day! We just listed this property at 2755 Mansway Dr, Herndon, VA 20171, and it has

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Weekly Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Report - March 9

March Madness is almost here! Not to mention spring, which is such a high time for real estate as we all know. So what's up for all of us this week in the housing market? Let's talk about it!With

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JUST LISTED! Home for Rent at 23003 Bulwark Ter, Brambleton, VA 20148

Been wondering where you can settle in the meantime around Brambleton for a job, or to be closer to the family? Look no further! This home at 23003 Bulwark Terrace is now open for rent! With 3

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Hot New Listing! For Rent at 22720 Beacon Crest Ter | Listings by Ritu

Looking for a home in the Loudoun County, or perhaps in the most beautiful neighborhood of Brambleton? This is your lucky day! We just listed this beautiful home for rent at 22720 Beacon Crest Ter,

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Let's Talk Pink! Facts about the Cherry Trees in Virginia

Ah, pink, vibrant, calming, and absolute perfection -- this is what a cherry tree can be described, and is one of my most favorite things in the world. These trees are one of the symbols of spring,

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Where to Visit the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C.

Every springtime in Japan, people would go and view the blooming cherry blossom trees, known as "sakura" (桜), and welcome and appreciate the beauty of the blooming trees and flowers in the season

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Five Notable Women in Virginia - Celebrating Women's History Month

It's March, and this month is so special to my heart, as this is the Women's History Month.  Women has woven the tides of history time and time again to make the world a more beautiful place

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5 Reasons Why You Should Move to Ashburn - NoVa Relocation Guide

Wondering what it's like in one of the best communities in Northern Virginia? Worry no more! We'll talk about Ashburn today, and the top 5 reasons why you should move here!1. Facts and Job

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Staging to Sell: Bathrooms | Property Investment Home Seller Guide

Want to sell your home and get the sale of your lifetime? Staging your home to sell is the key! Welcome to a brand new series called Staging to Sell where I give tips on how you can sell your home

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The Beauty of Leesburg, VA! | Know Your City Series EP 1

Want to know more about your neighborhood and the best things it has to offer? Here's a brand new series that will answer just that! Today, we'll talk about Leesburg, VA, and the places and

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A Match Made in Heaven! Just Sold - 3604 Devilwood Ct, Fairfax, VA 22030

Going... going... and gone! Just like that, this home at 3604 Devilwood Ct, Fairfax, VA 22030 is now sold. Believe it or not, it only took 48 hours for someone to actually take it. And the best?

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SOLD! South Riding Chantilly VA 20152 Single Family

It's always great to look back at the times that I was able to help people out with their dreams of buying, or selling a home. This wonderful home at 43538 Hyland Hills St, Chantilly, VA 20152 just

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Coming In Hot! Gorgeous Home for Sale at 3604 Devilwood Ct, Fairfax, VA 22030

Looking for the absolute best home in Northern Virginia? This just might be for you! This home at 3604 Devil Ct, Fairfax, VA 22030 has 3 beds, 2.1 baths, is near Army Navy Club, Van Dyke Park,

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Celebrate the Black History Month Here -- National Museum of African American History & Culture

Aside from being the month of love, February is also the Black History Month. BHM serves as a reminder for our nation's endeavor to impose equality, and to remember the important people that

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Cupid At Your Service! Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for All 5 Love Languages

Quality Time, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch -- these are the five love languages. Depending on which love language you and your significant other have, it's

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Love is in the Air! 5 Unique Valentine's Day Traditions Around the World

And just like that, it's February! I know we barely started the year, and now it's all about love all over again. Each of us have our own love languages, and love comes in different shapes and.

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Top 8 Memorials and Historic Places in Washington, DC

It's no question that Washington, D.C. has a lot of monuments and museums attributed to some of the world's historic events. Since the weekend is fast approaching, here are some of the DC memorial

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Real Estate Mid Week Market Report | January 27

In this economy, especially at the height of the pandemic, stocks and cryptocurrency are down at the moment. What does that mean in the real estate market? Let's all find out in this week's Real

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SOLD By Ritu Desai Samson Properties- 23456 Epperson, Ashburn, VA 20148

As we start this year, it's good to be reminded of the successes of the past to keep moving forward. This actually reminds me of another home I sold last year at Ashburn, VA. It still puts a smile

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Unique Things to Do in DC: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Patriotism continues even a week after the MLK day by observing history and what it taught us to make today and the future better. One way of celebrating these historical events is by attending

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Condo Sold! 1711 Massachusetts Ave NW #132 Washington, DC

Owning a home is one of the best things in the world. I, for one, have been a witness of countless people who are able to get their own place, and not only that it puts a smile on their face to have

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5 Ways to Celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr., the man behind the legacy of fighting the racial inequality in the country, has been an inspiration to many of us. And this Monday, January 17, is the MLK Day, and is worth

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SOLD by Ritu Desai Samson Properties - 1325 18th St NW #606, Washington, DC 20036

Happy #ThrowbackThursday, everyone! It's always nice to go to a trip down memory lane, but this time, I'd like to remind myself and every one of the achievements we've accomplished and will

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Going... Going.. and Gone! Home SOLD at 1521 Spring Gate Dr #10207

Just another home has been sold in the most wonderful community of Gates of McLean! This condo located at 1521 Spring Gate Dr #10207 is all about location, simplicity, and space. With 1 bed and

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Best Ice Skating Rinks that You can Visit in the Northern Virginia Area

It's the winter season! And what better way of enjoying winter than drinking hot chocolate while sitting beside the fireplace, or if you're a bit adventurous, go ice skating! Here are five of the

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2022 Housing Market Prediction in the DMV Area

It's 2022! Cheers for all of us that made it this far. I'm grateful that I am here to make a prediction for the 2022 Housing Market in the DC Metro Area. Although a bit late, these predictions may

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Unique Things to Do in DC: Spy Museum

Looking for a unique and interactive experience with all things about spying and espionage? Have you ever watched one of those spy films and wonder if all of those action-packed scenes are in some

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Welcome to the Heart of the DMV Area! | Fairfax Relocation Guide

Looking for some place to settle down and Fairfax is in your radar, wondering what it is to be in Fairfax, VA? No worries! Here are the top five things that you should know before moving to Fairfax

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Home Trends in 2022 - Designs, Furniture and More to Watch Out For!

Hello there! 2022 is a few weeks away, and one of the best ways of welcoming the new year is to redesign your home for that fresh new look! With that in mind, what are the best designs that are in

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Stressing for Presents? Top 5 Go-To Last Minute Gift Ideas

Have you been busy for the past couple of weeks, and have no time to think of any presents? It is not too late! With just a few days left, the holidays are officially upon us. And that means last

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Real Estate Mid Week Market Report | December 16

Hello there! It's time for another Real Estate Mid Week Market Report. You may be wondering, what's going on in the dc metro area housing market?Short answer - a lot of momentum! I know you heard

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Holiday Recreation: Top 5 Activities to Do During the Holidays

The holidays is just right around the corner! With the Christmas day fast approaching and the winter season coming with it, there are a lot of activities that people seem to enjoy a lot that you

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Unique Events in the DC Metro Area: Life of a Neuron

Do you sometimes wonder what actually happens inside our brains? Do you sometimes think how it's possible for us to perceive the things around us the way we do right now? Do you also wonder how you

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Just Listed-South Riding Chantilly VA 20152 Single Family

Just Listed: South Riding Chantilly Virginia 20152Address: 43538 Hyland Hills St, Chantilly, VA 20152Description:IMMACULATE and COMPLETELY RENOVATED - this Richmond Federal model by Toll Brothers is

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Unique Things to Do in Northern Virginia: Workhouse Arts Center

Art is everywhere -- from the desktop pictures on your laptop, to the prints in your t-shirt,, even to the mug that you're currently drinking your coffee from right now -- is art. It takes many

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Christmas Time is Here! 5 Holiday Destinations in Northern Virginia

Hello December! It's 10 days before Christmas! With the holiday season just right around the corner, you might be wondering where you can spend the holiday or at least visit some places to feel the

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Real Estate Market: Omicron Virus and Its Effect in the DC Metro Area Housing

With the recent discovery and potential rise of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, a lot of my buyers and sellers are asking, "Hey RItu, what's going to happen from this point forward? How should we

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Places to Visit in DC Metro Area: Planet Word Museum

Looking for a local place to visit with the whole family this coming Thanksgiving? Well, worry no more because I got you covered! Language is a very important part of the human history, as it is one

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Top 5 Post Thanksgiving Activities to Burn the Calories after the Celebration!

One week to go, and it's officially Thanksgiving! It is a great time to bond with the family, reconnect with other relatives and old friends, and to cherish the holiday season with warmth and love

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Fun Things to Do this Season: Winter Walk of Lights in Virginia

The holidays are fast approaching! This means the winter season is almost here, and so is Christmas. With these events just right around the corner, it will be great to celebrate it with the

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A Thanksgiving Special: Top 5 Thanksgiving Recipes from Your Favorite TV Show

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! I bet some of you haven't decided what to cook this Thanksgiving, or rather want to try something different from the usual recipes you have every year. Just as much

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Unique Things to do in Virginia: Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park

With the holiday season fast approaching, this will be the best time to explore the different parks in the Northern Virginia area and see what nature has to offer! This is also a good time to plan

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Festival of Lights: From my Family to yours, Happy Diwali!

It is the festival of lights, indeed. From my family to yours, I'd like to greet everyone a Happy Diwali! I hope you are all celebrating Diwali peacefully and I wish you all the goodness and

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Thankful Thursday with Local: Insurance Talks

The word "investment" might be a mystery to some people, especially when they're trying to learn more about financial planning and stability. Some people are just confused as to what insurance

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Top 5 Restaurants to Celebrate Diwali

Happy Diwali, everyone! I love to share my culture to everyone, for I believe it only makes the world a better place. Just like Diwali, where we are make each other happy and remind us that we are

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: Z for Zoning

And now at last, we finally come down to the last letter of our Real Estate Alphabet Soup -- letter Z! Z for ZoningZoning refers to a number of things, but in real estate, it's all about the

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: Y for Yield

Hey there! Here's yet another hot steaming Real Estate Alphabet Soup, where we learn about real estate one letter at a time. We are now down at the second-to-the-last letter, letter Y! This is

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: W for Warranty

Here's another episode of our Real Estate Alphabet Soup, where we learn more about real estate one letter at a time. Our letter for today covers one of the important components of buying and owning

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: V for Voiding the Contract

Happy Monday, everyone! It is time for another Real Estate Alphabet Soup episode today. Are there terms and contingencies that you're not comfortable in working with when it comes to buying or even

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Holiday is here! Top 5 Shopping Places and Bazaars in the DC Metro Area this Season!

'Tis the season, indeed! Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, and it's about time that people to start shopping for decorations, gifts, or maybe just new things around your home.

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: U for Underwriting

Hey there! Here's another steaming hot episode of the Real Estate Alphabet Soup Series, where we learn more about Real Estate one letter at a time. Wondering how loans get approved? Today we'll

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Weekend Halloween Getaway: Top 5 Haunted Houses in the DMV Area

'Tis the season, indeed! Halloween is just around the corner, and it's all in the tradition of getting your costumes and baskets for the Trick-or-Treat this coming weekend, probably watch a horror

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: T for Title Insurance

Happy Friday! The weekend is waving, and so here's another episode for our Real Estate Alphabet Soup series. We're now at letter T, and we will be discussing how you can protect yourself as a home

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Thankful Thursday Series with Local: Estate Planning & LLC

Life, as we celebrate it, is too short. Planning for it is very important, and the legacy can live on towards the next generation if done right. With this, it is my honor and priviledge to introduce

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Real Estate Mid-Week DMV Area Market Report | October Week 3

What's happening in the housing market this week in the DMV Area? What's that thing with iBuyer that people are talking about recently? Should you buy/sell your home in the upcoming holiday season?

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: S for Sale

Hey there! Here's another entry for our Real Estate Alphabet Soup, where we learn more about the real estate industry one letter at a time. This word appears a lot not just in real estate, but also

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: R for Realtor

Another one for today! Welcome to another episode of Real Estate Alphabet Soup. This time, we'll be talking about my profession, something that I really take pride of. I've met a lot of wonderful

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: Q for Qualifying Ratios

Hey there! Here goes another episode of the Real Estate Alphabet Soup for today, where we learn more about real estate one letter at a time. Now we're at the letter Q. We'll be talking about one of

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: P for Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

It is a beautiful Monday we're having today, everyone! We're back at it again with the Real Estate Alphabet Soup, and we are now at the letter P. We''ll be discussing about one of the insurances

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: O for Open House

Hey there! Here we are back at it again with another episode of the Real Estate Alphabet Soup, where we learn more about the real estaste world one letter at a time. Today's topic involves one of

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: N for Non-Contingent Contract

Happy Friday! As the weekend approaches, we're now officially past half way the Alphabet Soup! Today'we'll be discussing one of the contract types in real estate for today's letter, letter N.N for

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Enjoy the Weekends After Hours Style! Top Five Weekend Events to Watch Out this October

Just a few hours before we finally hit the weekend once again! October weekends mean hanging out, beer, and wine, too. This month, you probably have noticed a number of breweries and wineries

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Unique Things to do in Virginia: Morven Park

It's a beautiful Wednesday today! It is without a doubt that the DMV area has a lot of its own share of recreational parks and history within the United States. For the past weeks, we've been

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: M for Multiple Listing Services (MLS)

Wondering how we market your home to potential buyers? Here's for today's episode of the Real Estate Alphabet Soup Series! We are currently at letter M this time, and today we will know one of the

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: L for Lien

Another day, another letter! Real Estate Alphabet Soup is back with another load of knowledge that you need to know when buying or selling a property. Today's letter is L -- not for love (that's for

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: K for Kick-Out Clause

Another one! Welcome to another episode of Real Estate Alphabet Soup where we understand more about real estate one letter at a time. For this entry, we're now at letter K.K for Kick-Out ClauseKick

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: J for Jumbo Loans

Here we are with another hot steaming knowledge with another episode of Real Estate Alphabet Soup! This time, we're talking about one of the loan types in the market with our next letter, J.J for

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: I for Inspection

Happy Monday, everyone! We just got off the weekend. Speaking of, weekends are known for house hunting and even inspection day! And that is why today, we'll be talking about the next letter in our

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: H for Hazard Insurance Policy

Here we are with yet another entry for our Real Estate Alphabet Soup, where I give you more knowledge and terms you need to know about real estate. Let's wrap up this week with our 8th letter, H!

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: G for Gov't Back Incentives for First Time Home Buyers

Happy Friday! Real Estate Alphabet Soup is back with another load of steaming knowledge for all home buyers and sellers. We're now at letter G, and we now talk about the incentives provided by the

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Another One! Top 5 Hiking Trails and Parks in the DMV Area (Back by Popular Demand!)

Happy Friday to everyone! Most of you are excited for the weekend, and are looking for things to do. Beautiful weather so far great time for the approaching holidays, too. Last week, we talked about

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: F for Financing

Happy Thursday! It's another day to continue our Real Estate Alphabet Soup. For our 6th letter, we now discuss the letter F! Not only that this term appears in real estate, but also in other fields

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: E for Earnest Money Deposit

Another one for today! Here's yet another entry for our Real Estate Alphabet Soup, and we're at the fifth letter, E!E for Earnest Money DepositAs a home buyer, the Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) is the

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: D for Downpayment

Happy Wednesday! And this is yet another entry for our Real Estate Alphabet Soup. Today's word is being used not only in real estate but also in other things as well. Without further ado, here's

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: C for Cash Flow

Two letters in the same day? I'll take it! Here's another letter for our Real Estate Alphabet Soup this Tuesday, and we are now in the letter C! C for Cash FlowI mean, no one hates hearing the

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: B for Backup Offer

Happy Tuesday! Today we continue with the Real Estate Alphabet Soup, where we will be discussing terms all about real estate, from A to Z. Today's letter is B!B for Backup OfferIf you're a home,

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Guaranteed Sale -- How true is it? Avoiding Clickbaits and Too-Good-To-Be-True Marketing Giimicks

"We guarantee the sale of your home!" "I can buy your home for cash!" You might be seeing online posts or hearing these words once in a while from some realtor when selling your home, especially in

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History Tuesday | Unique Things to do in DC: Carter G. Woodson Memorial Park

Happy Tuesday! And you know what that means -- it's History Tuesday, your weekly dose of tapping back to the past and visiting the places you can visit today to celebrate history.(Photo by Clarisse

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Real Estate Alphabet Soup: A for Appraisal

Happy Monday! Welcome to the new segment we have tor this blog -- Alphabet Soup! So in a day, I'll be posting a terminology from the real estate industry, from A to Z. Then we'll be discussing that

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Is the Housing Market Slowing Down? Real Estate Market Predictions | 4th Quarter 2021

It's the 4th quarter of 2021! We just officially entered October, and I hope this month's going to be good for everyone. What are we expecting in the DMV area housing market this quarter? Is the

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Expect Multiple Offers! Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update | September Week 5

It's the last day of September, the holiday season is fast approaching! With that in mind, how's the housing market doing lately? Are there any changes compared to last week's report? Let's all find

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Fall Hiking Season is Here! Top 5 Hiking Trails and Parks in Northern Virginia

And just like that, it's October! Still in the middle of the Fall season, and the holidays are just right around the corner. If you're wondering what fun activity you should do before Halloween, it

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Unique Things to Do in DC: The National Arboretum

With all of the urban cities and neighborhoods in the District of Columbia, you may sometimes feel that you need to be a little bit closer to nature. From all the foot pain you get from walking in

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Behind the Scenes: Becoming the Top Personal Chef in the DMV Area with Angela Smigel

Today, I'm with the multi-talented renowned chef and bartender in the DMV area, founder of the Sincerely Yours Personal Chef Services, and a dear friend, Angela Smigel. We talked about her story in

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Fun Activities this Fall: Where to Pick the Best Pumpkins in the DMV Area?

Wondering what you can do this coming weekend? Don't worry, I'll be here to help! With Fall being such a beautiful season with lots and lots of activities to choose from, this is also the perfect

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What is Actually Going On? Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update | September Week 4

It's that time of the week again! For this week's real estate market update, how are things looking in Northern Virginia? So let me paint you a picture: I have one buyer and we submitted an

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Unique Things to Do in DC | Ford's Theater and Lincoln's Legacy

If you've been in US for quite some time now and you've studied the American history, and you've seen a $5 bill, chances are you've already see this guy's picture: He's Abraham Lincoln, the

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Free Visits on Select Museums this Saturday! #LocalWeekendGetaway EP1

Hooray for the weekend! We all deserve a well-spent weekend after the daily grind during the weekdays! As for me, love visiting various places and my interest is by tapping into nature and/or,

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Behind the Scenes: Real Estate Photography with Tyson

Being in the real estate business means getting down to all of the information the clients need to see -- from the details in the contract, to the homes for sale, and of course, how the home looks

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A Piece of Black History and Soul Music | Marvin Gaye Park

Music has always been an important part of human history, and is here to stay for a longer while. Humans have displayed their appreciation with music in more ways than one, such as dancing with it,

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Strategical Pricing in Real Estate: Should You Price your Home Like a Bag of Potato Chips?

So you're selling a home and you're wondering how much you want to sell your home. Due to the excitement of having a profit, you think about it everywhere you go -- from the bathroom, before going

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Raedy to Make your Move in Northern Virginia? Tips in Relocating in to a New Home #SupportLocal #Relocation

Moving can be very stressful. from planning, to packing things up, to all of the unexpected delays, you have to be ready in all sorts of situations, especially in these times amidst the pandemic

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Fun Activities this Fall: Where to go Apple Picking?

People like me love to go to different adventures and activities throughout the year. WIth fall as my favorite season, I, for one, can't wait to check out the different activities laid out around

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September Football, Fall Weather and Fall Housing market | Northern Virginia Housing Market Update September W2

What are the best things about the September market? Fall weather and football, of course! (Go Ravens!) So how's the market going so far in the DMV area? Is it going to be as strong as the previous

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Why You Shouldn't Move To Loudoun County, VA

If you're considering to move to a certain place, say, Loudoun County in Northern Virginia, it is important to do your research and see what you'd expect to get out of the area that you'll be living

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What's the Best Way to Start a Long Weekend? Going to the Local Farmer's Market, of course! #RealtorLife

Hooray for the long weekend! With all of the things happening right now, we deserve things that we love doing over long weekends. As for me, I love waking up my husband a little early over the

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Having A Healthy & Successful School Year in Northern Virginia

The start of the school year is here! A lot of things have to be prepared, especially when we need to adjust to the new normal due to COVID-19, with some people working from home in a back to work

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Just Listed! Rental - 21844 Kelsey Square Ashburn, VA 20147

Coming in hot! Are you moving to Loudoun County this fall? I got just what you need! This bright and spacious townhome style condo located at 21844 Kelsey Square Ashburn, VA 20147 is all ready for

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Northern Virginia Fall Housing Market Predictions

One thing about me is that fall is my favorite time of the year. Trees are changing their colors, and the weather is not too hot but not too cold -- the perfect balance of everything. With all of

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Five Real Estate Home Buying Myths You Should Avoid

Real estate is one of the best forms of investment, and houses are always in demand. You can buy a home and sell it right away, or keep it long term and sell it for later. It of course starts in

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Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update - August Week 4

Fall season is almost here! After the midsummer madness, what would the market look like this season? Are the NoVA, MD, and DC Metro area willing to keep up with the real estate market despite the

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PENDING: 12921 Ethel Rose Way, Boyds, MD 20841

Planning to buy a home? Today's your lucky day! Yesterday I posted a property listing in Welborne Manor, and here's another gorgeous home for you to check out!This home at 12921 Ethel Rose Way,,

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Just Listed: 22576 Welborne Manor Square, Ashburn, VA 20148 for Rent!

Looking forward to move in to a beautiful home in Northern Virginia? Look further no more! Take a look at this magnificent home ready for move-in at 22576 Welborne Manor Square, Ashburn VA 20148 and

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What's the Housing Market like in Iceland? Let's Learn

I'm a passionate traveler and always intrigued by the real estate world. Two weeks ago,  I was in Iceland and I've got to say, this country is one of a kind. On top of that, I took the

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Interest Rates in Northern Virginia -- Are They Any Good?

So you're looking forward to buy a home this summer and one of the things that come across your mind is the interest rate. Then you start googling up some information and numbers are just flying all

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Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update - August Week 1

It's that time of the week again! (Well, a few days late, but better than never.) What does the housing market look like in Northern Virginia? Is everything still okay? Do you need to worry about

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5 Home Selling Myths in Northern Virginia that You Should Know

Thinking about selling at a super high list price? Or perhaps selling on your own just because the market is hot? How about thinking if you should pass on that first offer? These are the things that

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Who to Partner with when Selling your Home? Curbio - Pre-Lisiting Home Improvements and Renovations for Realtors

There are a lot of moving parts in buying and selling a home, and one of the biggest things that you have to consider is to getting the home improved. It is important that you have the right team

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Selling your Home? 2 Secrets to Maximize your Take Home!

In selling a home, or basically anything, it is in our mindset that we all want to get the most out of the sale and maximize the bottom line. While everyone wants to get the maximum amount of profit

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Northern Virginia Mid-Week Real Estate Market Update - July 2021 Week 4

We just finished strong with Q2 and Q3 is just around the corner. As a home buyer or seller, you might be asking how the market will be in NoVA and DC Metro area. Worry no more – here’s

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Up For Grabs! 43811 Kingston Station Ter, Ashburn, VA 20148 For Rent

New hot listing coming through! 43811 Kingston Station Ter, Ashburn, VA 20148 just got listed and is now for rent! This is your chance to live in such a luxurious home. With 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths,

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This Can Be Yours! Rental at 43072 Hallmark St, Chantilly, VA 20152 Now Available!

Looking for a rental property? This beautiful home at 43072 Hallmark St, Chantilly, VA 20152 is now up for grabs, and oh boy, is it highly on demand right now. This 4 bedroom/2.5 bathroom home

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NoVA Real Estate Contracts 101 - How to Cancel or Void a Contract

So let's say you have a ratified contract and something goes wrong, and for some reason you need to void it. Things happen, and it's very unfortunate to cancel a contract, but it has to be done for

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Weekend Open House Madness! 3332 Woodburn Village Dr #3332-22, Annandale, VA 22003

Looking for a new home in Northern Virginia? Then this property in Woodburn Village just might be your new cradle! From the great community to the last well-maintained features and amenities, this

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Come and Visit your Future Home! Open House at 3414 White Oak Ct, Fairfax, VA 22030 this Weekend!

Get a chance to take a peek at your future home in the most amazing Great Oaks Community this weekend!Located at 3414 White Oak Ct, Fairfax, VA 22030, you may stop by at our Open House this Saturday

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Another One! Hot Listing - 3332 Woodburn Village Drive # 3332-22, Annandale, VA 22003

It's a generous Thursday today! Brand new condo listing at 3332 Woodburn Village Drive # 3332-22, Annandale, VA 22003 is now on line and this is just as good as you can ever imagine.With enormous 2

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Residential for Sale! 3414 White Oak Court, Fairfax, VA

Coming in hot! Looking for a property in Northern Virginia? This is your lucky day! This stunning 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom and 2 garage space house in 3414 White Oak Court, Fairfax just might be your

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What's the Weather Like in Northern Virginia? | Moving to NoVA

Upon clicking this blog, you might be interested in moving to Northern Virginia (NoVA). There are a lot of things to know before you move to NoVA, and I previously discussed them here. If you're

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Moving to Northern Virginia? Here are the Things You Should Know

With the real estate numbers looking so much better than ever this year, you might be making your move somewhere else after selling your beautiful home. You may be thinking about moving toNorthern

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Thinking about Flipping a Property in Northern Virginia? 5-Step Guide to Fixer-Upper Success

Flipping a property can be very profitable due to its advantages, and can make a faster return of your investment with such a low risk once you commit to it. But how exactly do you pull it off

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Back in the Market - Open House at 3015 Dower House Drive | Herndon

Second chances don't come easy, especially in the real estate market. Well, this is your lucky day!This property at 3015 Dower House Drive is back on the market! This home is in the highly

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NEW HOT LISTING! 108 Stoneledge Pl NE | Leesburg

It's that time of the week again! Coming in hot -- this newly listed property just might be your future home. Luxurious estate takes pride to this gorgeous 3-level property, just living right

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June 2021 Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Update

June 2021 Northern Virginia Housing Market – How does it look like at the moment? From the sales dollar volume, days on the market, to the active inventory, the numbers are reporting very

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How to Beat Multiple Offers in Fairfax & Loudon County, VA

I’ve read social media posts on how people are frustrated of losing and checking out homes with no inventory in the market. You might be asking yourself, “what do I do?” or &ldquo

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With multiple contracts, tight inventory and all other reasons, many buyers are getting frustrated of losing bids after bids in getting their dream home. There are some homes that are ugly and need

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Open House *Chantilly High School Single Family home for Sale Fairfax

Is this your future home?Be sure to #WAZE 3749 Millpond Court, Fairfax on Sunday, May 16th for the Open House from 1 PM - 3 PM! 4 bedroom, 3.1 bath single-family home Century Oak Community

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Northern Virginia is the Condo Housing Market DEAD!

                                              Accordingly to a January 2021

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5 Reasons Why Some Real Estate Deals Fail in Any Housing Market

In the HOT CRAZY Northern Virginia housing market as a home buyer or a home seller do you wonder Why the Real Estate Deals Fail? Why the home is back on the market? What went wrong with

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New Construction Ryan Home Fosters Glen Townhomes Herndon VA 20171

New construction or resale in the Northern Virginia Fairfax County has seen the strongest days since 2005. As a veteran Realtor serving Fairfax county for over 17 years I am assumed by the patch of

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2021 Fairfax and Loudoun County Housing Bubble to POP?

When things are MOVING too fast and TOO high many of us become cynical. We question is this too good to be TRUE or we are about to fall flat on our face.Pre-COVID Northern Virginia Housing market

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2020 - High & Low Northern Virginia Real Estate Market

For Centuries 2020 will be remembered by everyone. At the beginning of the year, unemployment rates to fear of the unknown had lead to a lack of confidence in the Northern Virginia housing

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Reflecting Back: 2020 Loudoun County -Highest & Lowest Real Estate

Loudoun County has ranked amongst the Richest counties in the U.S. and with the highest average household income. If you drive around Loudoun County “Data Center Alley”. We have the

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Coming Soon Hartland Community- Ashburn Loudoun County New Construction

Start 2021 a home purchase in the New Construction community of Hartland in Loudoun county.Located in Ashburn Just off of Fleetwood between Evergreen Mills and Rt 50Site plan, Sales price, and

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November 2020-Loudoun County Housing Market Report

If you are house-hunting in the Northern Virginia Loudoun county you know how tight the market is. Extremely low inventory with multiple offers. November 2020, the real estate market reflects

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Previewed 15 houses, losing on 6 offers, & feeling discouraged Will I find a HOME?

The housing market around the country is crazy hot.It reminds me of 2005 -2006 when as a Northern Virginia Realtor we use to run around like a manic, write offers on the hood of the car trunk,

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Post Election - Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Fairfax & Loudoun County

The anxiety of the election is behind us how is the housing market in Northern Virginia?As buyers and seller's real estate agents we have not seen a huge impact on the housing market in Fairfax

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Mortgage rates going to stay Low or Rise? Northern Virginia Real Estate Market

If you are house-hunting in the Northern Virginia Fairfax or Loudoun county you know the real estate market is HOT! One of the biggest drives for a home buyer to buy in today's crazy

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