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How to Sell a Home after 20 Years

Last year, I helped a dear client sell her home that she and her husband had owned for more than 20 years.   He had passed away a few months prior to our discussions and when we first met in August of 2017, I could feel her pain.  Her grown daughter and I walked the house […]

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Land for Sale, Deed Book No 1751

Though I don’t always love the colder months and I’ve often romanticized the idea of living elsewhere, my love of Virginia is unyielding. Growing up along the GW Parkway and Potomac River, I know I took for granted the proximity to our nation’s history and access to all the historical buildings and land that spreads […]

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Uber, Lyft, and Housing Prices

I shan’t give away the details, but I was planning my husband’s birthday earlier today and thinking about the logistics of getting to and from the destinations I have planned.  The fact that I know we can get easily to and fro, without looking for parking multiple times or worrying about having too many cocktails […]

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For my friend, on 9/11/17

I was a Fourth year at the University of Virginia on September 11, 2001.  It was a gorgeous early fall day in Charlottesville and I was getting ready to go to my internship job at the Leadership Development Center.  I was lucky to have a TV in my bedroom that year and I always watched […]

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Virtual Realty for the Ultimate Buyer Experience

We would like to introduce you to Matterport – a one of a kind way for potential buyers to experience your home before ever stepping foot in it.  Dwellus’ in-house Matterport camera delivers high quality immersive 3D models.  In addition to seeing photos and floor plans, buyers can be virtually transported to your listing, leaving almost no […]

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In search of the perfect shoe…

I want a shoe that is classic yet chic, not too high, not too low, not too round, not too aggressive, not a wedge, not a toothpick, is comfy but does not look like it was made in the Mojave Desert. I want a shoe that works in spring, summer, and fall, works with dresses […]

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To Have a Home

Homeownership and homelessness are completely separate issues but it’s hard getting around the importance and meaning of the word, or the place, “home.” One definition of “home” is “the place in which one’s domestic affections are centered.” Almost all of us have the experience of being home, going home, knowing our home.   And whatever that […]

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For Richer or for…? (Real Estate and the Middle Class)

In hindsight, I may have gotten a little too sucked into the daily drama during the last presidential election. I guess there are worse things to be focused on. The 2016 election will no doubt be full of even more scandals, gaffs, and a lot of cringing. Real Estate trends are a solid indicator of […]

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Everything on the horizon

The summer of my 16th birthday, my friend Tracy and I took driving lessons together. It was probably our parents’ hope against hope that they would no longer have to drive us around. But learning to drive in Northern Virginia is no easy feat. It means cruising around the Beltway, navigating the narrow lanes and […]

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From Little Things, Big Things Grow

I began to write about new construction as a list of pros and cons for the buyer who is contemplating a resale over a new home. To be honest, I’m more of a storyteller than a journalist so here’s an equitable dose of fact and complete subjectivity. When I was a kid, I spent hours […]

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