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Aug. 27, 2019

Buy A House In Alexandria VA | 5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

Buy a House In Alexandria VA | 5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

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Television makes everything look so easy.  When it comes to buying a home in Alexandria VA, a process that can take months can be wrapped up in 22 minutes when it's been compressed by reality tv.  As a buyer agent, I can share countless stories about how the many simplicities of tv don't transfer over to real life.  So before you continue your search for Alexandria VA homes, take a look at the list below that breaks down Five Myths About Reality TV.

Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of shows like “Property Brothers,” “Fixer Upper,” and “Love It or List It,” all in one sitting.

When you’re in the middle of your real estate-themed TV show marathon, you might start to think everything you see on the screen must be how it works in real life. However, you may need a reality check.

Call Tamara 703-623-8759

Reality TV Show Myths vs. Real Life:

Myth #1: Buyers look at 3 homes and decide to purchase one of them.
Truth: There may be buyers who fall in love and buy the first home they see, but according to the National Association of Realtors, the average homebuyer tours 10 homes as a part of their search.  

Myth #2: The houses the buyers are touring are still for sale.
Truth: Everything is staged for TV. Many of the homes shown are already sold and are off the market. 

Myth #3: The buyers haven’t made a purchase decision yet.
Truth: Since there is no way to show the entire buying process in a 30-minute show, TV producers often choose buyers who are further along in the process and have already chosen a home to buy. 

Myth #4: If you list your home for sale, it will ALWAYS sell at the open house.
Truth: Of course, this would be great! Open houses are important to guarantee the most exposure to buyers in your area, but they are only one piece of the overall marketing of your home. Keep in mind, many homes are sold during regular showing appointments as well. 

Myth #5: Homeowners decide to sell their homes after a 5-minute conversation.
Truth: Similar to the buyers portrayed on the shows, many of the sellers have already spent hours deliberating the decision to list their homes and move on with their lives and goals.

Bottom Line

Having an experienced professional on your side while navigating the real estate market is the best way to guarantee you can make the home of your dreams a true reality.

With 22 years of selling real estate under my belt, I can tell you that buyers who have the most successful transactions and most pleasant buying experience, start with a initial consultation.  Real estate in Northern Virginia is its own beast.  There are many hyperlocal mini markets from Arlington to Alexandria to Woodbridge.  It's worth it to invest 30 minutes of your time to sit down with me so that I can provide you with an overview of the market and show you what to expect throughout the homebuying process.  You'll also receive a 3-ring binder to keep that will include a detailed explanation of the process, a separate homebuyer guide, blank copies of the purchase contract, the buyer agency agreement, and copies of state and federal disclosures.  There's no obligation, so give me a call today at 703-623-8759 to schedule your appointment.



Posted in Buyers, Home Buying
June 14, 2019

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Posted in Under Contract
June 1, 2019

Buy A Home Alexandria VA | Summer 2019 Guide

Buy A Home Alexandria VA | Summer 2019 Guide

Finally, it's SUMMERTIME! Have you been dreaming about inviting friends over and grilling on your deck?  What about finally moving in to a condo or home with an HOA that has a swimming pool?  Before you put on your swim trunks be sure to grab your free copy of our Summer 2019 Home Buyer Guide.

There's so much going on in the real Alexandria VA real estate market right now, not to mention keeping a close eye on what's happening on the national level.  But when you peak inside our guide, you'll learn about:

  • Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step
  • One More Time...You Do Not Need 20% Down To Buy!
  • 7 Things To Avoid After Applying For A Mortgage
  • Ready To Make An Offer? Four Tips for Success

and more!

This awesome guide is free and you don't even have to register.  Just click here to download your free copy right now.  When you're ready to find the perfect place where you can barbeque, swim, or just relax on your private balcony with a view, call me at 703-623-8759 to get started!



Posted in Buyers
May 6, 2019

Selling Your Home in Alexandria VA? Why Access Is Important!

Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!


Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold! | MyKCM

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers.

There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is access, followed by conditionfinancing, and price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.

Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:

  1. Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
  2. Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
  3. Open Access with a Phone Call – the seller allows showings with just a phone call’s notice.
  4. By Appointment Only (example: 48-Hour Notice) – Many buyers who are relocating for a new career or promotion start working in that area prior to purchasing their home. They often like to take advantage of free time during business hours (such as their lunch break) to view potential homes. Because of this, they may not be able to plan their availability far in advance or may be unable to wait 48 hours to see the house.
  5. Limited Access (example: the home is only available on Mondays or Tuesdays at 2 pm or for only a couple of hours a day) – This is the most difficult way to be able to show your house to potential buyers.

With more competition coming to the market this spring, access can make or break your ability to get the price you are looking for, or even sell your house at all.


Tam's Tip: When I'm working with buyers as a buyers agent, I can tell you that buyers want to be able to enter the home without obstacles when showing up to view a property.  They've already decided from the online photos and virtual tours that your home is one they want to see, so make it easy.  Have your listing agent use an electronic lockbox.  Our lockboxes require a chip card, like most credit cards now, and they keep track of who has accessed the key, what time they entered, and what time they left.  When I'm working with out-of-town buyers who have limited time, if there are any barriers to entry...NEXT.  So sellers, the bottom line is, when you limit access to your home, you run the risk of dramatically increasing your days on market.  This will cause buyer speculation and the inevitable 'what's wrong with it' question.  It also open you up to lower offers or no offers at all because buyers will think that you aren't willing to negotiate.




Posted in Sellers
March 20, 2019

Alexandria VA 2019 Spring Homebuyer Guide | Free Download

Free Home Buyer Guide for Alexandria VA
2019 Spring Buying Guide with No Registration Required


January 1 has come and gone, your lease is ending soon, and you may find yourself thinking about jumping into the real estate market.  Well, before you jump in, download your copy of our 2019 Spring Home Buyer Guide.  You'll want to arm yourself with the general knowledge about qualifying for a mortgage, interest rate trends, down payments, and closing costs.

You may have heard lenders say, "be thankful you don't have to pay Mom and Dad's interest rates," but what are the interest rates now?  Learn how interest rates have been trending over the years, and what's expected for 2019.  There's also a helpful chart to show you how the varying rates impact your purchasing power.

Do you know everything you need to know about about getting your mortgage approval?  Learn about the 4 C's that help determine how much you'll likely be approved for your loan.

We've made it interesting.  We've made it simple.  We understand how easy it is to get lost in the abyss of the internet when it comes to doing your research.  So, use this free guide as a starting point, and when you're ready to meet with an Alexandria VA buyer agent who will help you with no pressure, give me a call at 703-623-8759.





Posted in Buyers, Home Buying
Feb. 1, 2019

Just Listed | Hallmark Condos For Sale in Alexandria VA

Just Listed | Hallmark Condos For Sale
200 N Pickett Street - Unit 613
Alexandria VA

Alexandria VA High-Rise Condos For Sale - What makes people want to live in a high-rise building in Alexandria VA?  Usually, the top reason is security, followed by no exterior maintenance, and amenities that are included without the hassle of driving elsewhere.

That's all here at the Hallmark Condos located at 200 N Pickett Street.  Units rarely become available in this building, but you can take advantage of this turnkey unit at #613.  If you're venturing from Old Town Alexandria, drive down Duke Street westbound, and you'll see the Hallmark building next to the Charles Beatley library and adjacent to Holmes Run Trail.  Also convenient to I-395, living at the Hallmark means you're close to Shirlington, Pentagon City, Crystal City and Washington DC.

There's ample visitor parking in the front, so invite your guests anytime.  Buzz them in via the callbox at the front entry and they'll be greeted by a luxuriously renovated lobby with contemporary furniture and neutral colors.

Click here for more details and all photos for Unit 613, no registration required.




Posted in Just Listed
Dec. 17, 2018

Free Download | Winter 2019 Home Buyer Guide For Alexandria VA

Free Download | Winter 2019 Home Buyer Guide For Alexandria VA

You may have put thoughts on buying a home in 2019 on the back burner for now, but if you're like most people, as soon as the last gift is opened, you'll be online checking out Alexandria VA real estate and the newest listings.  Believe it or not, December is a popular month for people to start shopping for houses.  With the new year, why not a new house?

While you're browsing, be sure to grab your free copy of our 2019 Winter Home Buying Guide.  There's so much information online, and it can sometimes be overwhelming.  So, instead of opening up multiple windows, doing a gazillion searches, start by reading our guide today.  

Here's a sneak peak at what's inside:

  • Two factors to watch in today's real estate market
  • A national look at home prices over the past year
  • Where are interest rates headed (hint, not where you want them to be heading)
  • Down payment myths debunked

Our buyers guide is not just boring data.  It's easy to read and understand, and it covers the most common questions that buyer ask.  So, take a look, and give me a call at 703-623-8759 to start your search.  If you still want to browse and stay up to date, stay here and take a look at the Alexandria VA homes just listed and see if there's a home for you!



Posted in Buyers, Home Buying
Nov. 4, 2018

Open House | Skyline Plaza 3701 S George Mason Drive Unit 1511N

3701 S George Mason Dr, Falls Church, VA

OPEN HOUSE November 04, Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$ Click for current price

Resort-styled living in popular Skyline Plaza! Beautiful hardwood floors will greet you as you enter this 15th floor unit with breathtaking panoramic views. This bright and open unit is a true two bedroom home with one full and one half bath.  If offers a modern chef's kitchen complete with granite countertops, all new stainless steel appliances with gas cooking. New front load, high-efficiency washer/dryer. Your private master bedroom has an oversized large walk-in closet.  The master bathroom has updated vanity and lights, plus a shower with ceramic tile surround and new showerhead. After a hard day's work, relax and enjoy the breath-taking views of the city on your private balcony. Come and be part of the Skyline Plaza lifestyle.  Monthly condo fee includes all utilities, and endless amenities with barber/salon, fitness center, party rooms, outdoor pool, picnic area, sauna, billiards, media room, and 24 hour front desk service.  Bus lines at the community entrance mean you never have to drive.  Leave your car parked in your deeded underground garage space and bus to Pentagon City, Old Town, Tysons Corner, Rosslyn, or into Washingtin DC! 

This attractive price is great for first-time buyers so ask me about GRANT funds and down payment assistance to see if you qualify for up to $4900!  Don't miss this opportunity!

Posted in Open House
Oct. 11, 2018

Free Download | Fall 2018 Home Selling Guide For Alexandria VA


Is now a good time to sell my Alexandria VA home? That's a good question. And you'd be surprised to know that the answer is an absolute YES!

Buyers who are actively looking at homes for sale in Alexandria VA are serious.  Many are motivated by the emotions of the holidays, and want to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas in their new house.  Others may be motivated by Uncle Sam and want to finalize a purchase before the end of the calendar year.  So while the overall pool of buyers may be smaller than what we typically see in the spring real estate market, fall is still a good time to get your home sold quickly.

Download my free 2018 Fall Home Selling Guide today.  There's no registration required, so take a look, and don't forget to share with your friends.  If you're not quite ready to sell your Alexandria VA home, be sure to sign up for your free Market Report.  You'll get a monthly email report of all the homes that have come on the market and sold in your neighborhood.  This will help you keep your finger on the pulse of the market and see how home values are trending in your backyard.

If you find this information helpful, please share it with a friend!



Posted in Sellers
Sept. 27, 2018

Free Download | Fall 2018 Home Buyer Guide For Alexandria VA

There no shortage of information online, but when it comes to understanding exactly what you need to know when you're ready to buy a home in Alexandria VA, it can be pretty overwhelming.  There's national real estate news, and there's local real estate news.  What about interest rates, what are they doing, are they going up or down?  Are home prices trending up or down?

Download my free guide today, with no registration required. It's a good starting point for things to consider when buying a home.  The Fall 2018 guide has topics including:

  • Is buying a home cheaper than renting?
  • You DO NOT need 20% to buy your home
  • Home prices over the last year
  • Why mortgage approval should be your first step

Even if you're not ready to talk to an Alexandria VA Buyer Agent, this free guide will help you get started. If you find this information helpful, please be sure to share it with a friend!


Posted in Home Buying