Thursday, February 14, 2008

Photo of the Week?

While it's a great front door, I'm not sure this photo really does this property justice. It's a very nice 4 level, $800,000 townhouse here in Old Town.

The question is, with so many buyers looking at photo's ahead of time, how much do bad photo's really hurt the seller?

In my opinion, a savvy realtor scrutinizes every aspect of the marketing of listings, and further, for anyone interested, this really is a terrific property - and I'd be happy to show you the rest of it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Open Sunday, Feb 17, 1-4PM

Crosspointe in Fairfax Station will be open on Sunday for those of you who'd like to have a look.

See post below for more details

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Crosspointe in Fairfax Station

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This beautiful brick, former model home, with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a two car garage, and granite is now on the market. This property features a huge - open kitchen / breakfast area / family room with fireplace that leads out to the deck, and a sunroom off the living room! The lower level is almost completely finished with rec room, game room, another room (currently used as sleeping quarters), and a full bath. There is an almost new (8 yr. old) cedar roof and a convertable fireplace (either gas or woodburning). The water heater is 2 years old and the main furnace/AC unit is just 3 years old. Over 4,100 square feet of finished living space awaits your personal decorator touches!

Call Richard at (703) 850-7899 to arrange a tour.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Foreclosures & Short Sales

Savvy Bargains

Below are the current listings that are either foreclosures or short sales as listed in the MRIS database. I have sorted the list into geographic areas. Remember, these are dynamic links, therefore it will be noted if the property has gotten a contract or the status changes. These links are good for 30 days.

If you'd like to see any of these properties, just let me know.

Arlington & Alexandria

Alexandria in Fairfax County

Falls Church

Springfield & Burke

McLean, Vienna, & Oakton

Note: This list includes all listings from MRIS subscribers- not just Long & Foster. All information is believed to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Family Medical Emergency

Hello All,
I'm sorry to have been away for a while, but I've been dealing with a family emergency. I thank you for all the support and promise to get back in the swing of things and start posting again this week-end.
Again thank you for your e-mail and support,

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Cows as Art? I Am Not Fixated

While searching for cow pictures for my post the other day about the herd mentality, I came across this image. It is from the Glen Wexler Studio in California and I think they are just terrific. There is more about the Secret Life of Cow's here.

But you don't have to leave DC to find interesting galleries. One of my favorites is the Aaron Gallery on Connecticut Avenue. Don't forget to check out all the cool stuff downstairs, it's like a treasure trove down there, and Annette Aaron is great. I personally like the Alderman sculptures.

PMI Still Deductible

PMI can be treated as deductible interest on your taxes for another three years, till 2010. This little proviso made it through as part of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act that passed into law late December '08.

My question is, who decided on three years and why? Do the powers that be expect that values will rise significantly in three years - or - is it that they plan to make it easier for purchasers to ask the lender to remove the PMI premium. The later can be quite difficult, it's a a great source of income for them.

Whatever the crazy thought process's of congress, you can still deduct those PMI payments until 2010.