Amazon in Northern Virginia

Amazon in Northern Virginia

Get ready, Reston. Internet giant Amazon is coming to Northern Virginia in 2019!

Amazon’s second headquarters, known as HQ2, is being split between Northern Virginia and New York City, locations that best met the online retailer’s criteria including access to a highly educated labor pool, support of local colleges that can be tapped for tech talent, and close proximity to an airport.

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What You Need To Know When Moving To Reston

What You Need To Know When Moving To Reston

Are you ready to move to Reston? Great choice! This Washington, DC suburb with an urban feel has repeatedly landed on Money magazine’s list of Best Places to Live in America based on criteria including healthy economy, housing prices, low crime rate, and quality of life. We compiled this list of things you need to know when moving to Reston to ease the transition.

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Does Your Reston School District Affect Your Home's Value?

Does Your Reston School District Affect Your Home's Value?

Home values are determined through a complicated series of calculations roughly based on the cost of actual construction plus value-adds like proximity to shopping and other conveniences. The prices that other nearby homes have sold for in the past are also taken into consideration. Formulas are applied, mysterious algorithms are run.

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5 Tips For Choosing A Home Inspector

5 Tips For Choosing A Home Inspector

You’ve finally done it! You have a house under contract and you’re doing the paperwork to get your mortgage lined up. When your Realtor calls to ask you who you want to use for your home inspection, you freeze. Your brain has to go back and repeat that part. You get to pick your own home inspector? How do you even go about doing that?

Choosing a home inspector isn’t a difficult process, but as usual, we have tips to help you make it even easier.

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Reston Homeowners & Buyers - Change To Real Estate Tax Deductions

Reston Homeowners & Buyers - Change To Real Estate Tax Deductions

As a homeowner, or soon to be homeowner, you can get some pretty sweet tax deductions from things related to your home. Some tend to change from year to year, like those for energy-efficient upgrades, others are pretty stable, like being able to deduct mortgage interest.

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The Long and Short of Reston Short Sales

The Long and Short of Reston Short Sales

When looking to purchase a home in Reston, you might decide to consider short sale properties. With a short sale, the lender agrees to accept an offer from a new buyer that is less than what is owed on the mortgage by the current owner. Lenders agree to this because it ends up being cheaper for them than foreclosing on the home.

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Pricing Your Home

Pricing Your Home

When you decide to sell your home, naturally you want to get the best price you can. Setting the right price to maximize your profits all begins with finding out how much your home is worth.  

There is a lot to consider when determining your home’s value.  The current market, the economy, the location, condition, and style of your home, and how it compares to others on the market all play a part in pricing your property. Factor in the emotional attachment you have to your “home sweet home” and the whole process can feel overwhelming.

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Secrets to Success With Your First Rental

Secrets to Success With Your First Rental

Owning a rental or two just might be a great way to bring in some extra income without having to really work for it. Plus, there’s all the equity you’ll gain as those renters pay down your note. What could be better? Rentals are hard work, even if you only have one or two single family homes. Before you buy your first rental, take some time to ponder these finer points of landlordship.

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How Much Home Can I Afford?

How Much Home Can I Afford?

The housing market continues to thrive across much of the country as we head into the spring months. Additionally, many of the markets that burst with the bubble of 2008 are mostly recovered. This has created things we have not seen in previous years such as bidding wars for some homes, creating urgency for the buyer, and also demanding higher market prices in many areas. This coupled with the recent news that the Feds will likely continue to hold interest rates somewhat steady for a short time longer is creating an increased frenzy in our real estate market. 


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Active Adult Communities

Active Adult Communities

What comes to mind when you see communities with an age restriction?  Well unless you’ve been to some of the newest 55 and better communities, thoughts of walkable developments, urban living, modern homes, amenities, lock and go living, and private retreats with like-minded individuals might not be your first thoughts.

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Reston - Where to Live?

Reston - Where to Live?

Where in Northern Virginia would you live if you could choose anywhere? I choose Reston! 

Reston was designed so you can get anywhere easily. You can walk to anything you could possibly need; the grocery store, entertainment, recreation, and even ironically transportation. There are miles of paved walking trails, multiple pools, recreation facilities, and convenience centers spread throughout the area.  You really can go a long way without a car when your home is in Reston!

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