Home Improvement Projects with the Best Return on Investment

The characteristics that define a good Return on Investment (ROI) for your home meet these four criteria; Low-Maintenance, Good (not necessarily the highest) Quality, Energy-Efficient, and Relatively low cost. The top ROI projects in order, one being the best, are as follows: 1. Replacing Your Front Door 2. New Siding 3. Minor Kitchen Remodel 4.... Continue Reading →

2015 Housing Outlook – 11 Predictions from the Experts at Forbes

Forbes has compiled a list of 11 predictions for this year, to see their full article with access to all of their linked content go to this link: Full Forbes Article 1. Prices will rise more slowly                                      ... Continue Reading →

Housing Inventory Snapshot – January 2015

We hope you will find the following snapshot of January’s inventory statistics for the various regions and property types in our local Real Estate market informative. As compared to the January 2014 report Fairfax County's numbers are down in all categories except Condo/Townhouses over $600K. In that category average and median list prices are up... Continue Reading →

Each Buyer & Market is Unique

Every person has a unique set of circumstances when it comes to buying real estate. In the article I have linked to below, the author poses three very important questions people should explore before deciding to buy a home. Number two borrows a term from statistics “quartile”, if you aren’t familiar with it, put simply... Continue Reading →

U.S. Economic Confidence Index on the Rise

Excerpt from Gallup’s Latest News on the Economy: …In the U.S., Gallup's Economic Confidence Index averaged -8 for the week ending Nov. 9. This is the highest weekly average found since the week ending June 30 of last year, and continues the upward trend in confidence that began in late September. Prior to late September,... Continue Reading →

Halloween, It’s More than just Candy and Costumes

Halloween began as “Samhain” a festival celebrating the end of the Celtic calendar year on October 31st throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. All Hallow's Eve emerged from Hallowmas, a three day Catholic holiday honoring the saints that began on October 31st. Many believe that when it was created in the 11th century... Continue Reading →

FICO 9 Model Could Expand Home Ownership

The recent announcement from Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO), on August 7, 2014, is drawing lots of attention from both home-buyers and Realtors. If the deal struck between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Fair Isaac (the company that generates FICO numbers used by mortgage companies to determine an applicant’s credit worthiness) goes forward as planned... Continue Reading →

TJ Earns High Marks

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology came in fourth in the Nation in a comparison done by US News involving 19,400 public schools garnering it a Gold Medal. Fairfax County Public Schools’ ultimate magnet school uses a STEM-focused curriculum that starts with the Integrated Biology, English and Technology program and culminates with a... Continue Reading →

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