Renovations that increase home resale value

Monday - 7/15/2019 11:17 am By Gayle King

PAINT A fresh coat of paint throughout the house should be the first step for every seller in the Northern Virginia market (and really, anywhere). In this hot market, homes sell very quickly, and buyers can be making their decisions within a few hours! Stick with brighter, neutral colors that open up spaces within your ... Read

Staging your home: Certain spaces matter (more)

Monday - 5/20/2019 3:34 pm By Gayle King

All the home investment projects are completed, your house is 1 week away from hitting the market, and now it’s time for staging. Is it worth making every room sparkle and shine like the couches have never been sat on and the coffee tables have never had the feet of teenagers propped on top? Absolutely! ... Read

Major Home Improvements That Are Worth It

Monday - 4/29/2019 7:04 pm By Gayle King

So, the roof doesn’t leak, the air conditioning system runs properly, and the basement is dry. Those are the first steps. If you are reading this blog post before the basic structure and functions of your home are sound, STOP HERE. Fix the basic things first. Thank me later. If your home is running smoothly ... Read

Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Tuesday - 4/2/2019 9:51 am By Gayle King

Here are 4 tips that every first-time homebuyer should consider when purchasing their first home. 1. Get Pre-Approved – Sellers won’t accept your offer unless it’s all cash or you have a lender’s letter saying you can get the financing you need to close the deal. Getting pre-approved is possibly the most important part of ... Read

What Updates Should I Do Before I Sell?

Wednesday - 3/13/2019 3:21 pm By Gayle King

When you put your home on the market, the location and the house itself are not the only factors that contribute to whether you go to the closing table. Major home improvement projects can vastly increase the value of your home, but these projects, such as a full kitchen or bathroom remodel, are often costly, ... Read

Buying a home and finding the best schools

Wednesday - 2/20/2019 11:53 am By Gayle King

If you are looking to buy a home in a place where you can feel unequivocally confident about raising your family, Loudoun County should be at the top of your list. Loudoun County is one of the leading counties in the country that scores in the top 100 for Elementary, Middle and High schools. Three of ... Read

What’s Up Loudoun?

Monday - 2/11/2019 3:53 pm By Gayle King

Winter Activities in Loudoun County As much as I love my warm cozy sweaters, Anthropologie candles burning throughout the house, fuzzy socks on my feet at all times, and a roaring fire in my fire place, if you are like me, this cold weather has you a bit stir-crazy locked indoors. During the fall, spring, and summer, ... Read

Tip for staging your home for sale

Tuesday - 1/22/2019 5:10 pm By Gayle King

  You have spent countless hours preparing your home for sale. Removing all of the items from your countertops and bathroom vanities. Depersonalizing every wall in your house. Removing every shampoo bottle and soap dispenser. Freshening up the bathrooms with new towels. However there is one thing in all of your home staging and preparation ... Read

3 Key Strategies for Staging Your Home

Thursday - 1/17/2019 3:27 pm By Gayle King

Grab them at the curb. You’ve seen them. Buyers hunkered low in their cars in front of your home, doing drive-bys before deciding whether to request a showing or attend an open house. Make these potential buyers fall in love with your home from the street by adding potted plants and flowers, power-washing patios and ... Read

Is Northern VA the next BOOM town?

Friday - 12/28/2018 8:14 pm By Gayle King

We all know that Loudoun County is thriving. We were named one of the 10 Happiest Counties in America in 2017, and we can easily see that our real estate market is flourishing all around us with all the new construction of both commercial and residential projects. But did you know that the Washingtonian just ... Read