Good 'hump day' to you. I hope you're having a fantastic week so far.

Here are two good ways to stay on top of the real estate trends and the job market here in the Northern Virginia area:

Free reports that are open to the public WITHOUT registration can be found at http://www.MRIS.com. MRIS is the company that provides the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for all of the listings in the area.To view the historical data and understand the trends in the real estate market, go to the left margin, and \'mouse over\' the \'News\' link, then select \'Market Statistics\'. You can view monthly and yearly reports for all of the metropolitan area.

My second favorite resource is HireStrategy. This website keeps you in the know on jobs and employment in the area. You can browse this site for free, but I do recommend t hat you SUBSCRIBE to the free email newsletter. I was pleasantly surprised to receive the newsletter yesterday to find that \'Forbes Rates Virginia As The BEST State For Business\'! Visit the site at http://www.HireStrategy.com and in the middle, click the article and follow the links to subscribe to the newsletter.

We continue to outperform the rest of the country when it comes to a low unemployment rate. The the job market is the top dog is fueling the local real estate market.

Thank you to those of you who sent your business referrals so far from last week! Please continue to do so and we'll post your referrals for others to see.

We'll be around this week for your real estate needs.