Heather Embrey's Blog

Real Estate Agent - McEnearney Realtors Northern Virginia 571-236-2616
  Over the years I have learned to accept what I can not change.  Zillow is one of those things I have to accept.  I'm not sure why, but recently I have run in to a larger than usual mess of homes that Zillow shows "for sale" yet were either under contract already or even worse, sold.   I underst...
Posted about 2 months ago
When Redfin moved in to Northern Virginia, I was so excited.  At last, an innovative real estate model that benefits the consumer!  After completing their extensive interview process, I was invited to join as a partner agent.  This means my license remains with my broker, McEnearney Associates, b...
Posted about 1 year ago
I was out showing properties this weekend and happen to come across a limited service listing.  The seller was there upon arrival and he began a conversation with us.  I noticed a REALTORS listing presentation on the counter top and asked if he planned to change to another brokerage firm - info t...
Posted 12 months ago
Looking to buy a home?  Sorry for sounding like such a Realtor, but NOW really is a great time to buy in Northern Virginia.  Our area has balanced out and the worst is in the rear view mirror.  Here are a few tips to get the best use of your time while out viewing homes: 1. When your agent sends ...
Posted about 1 year ago
Considering a condo in Northern Virginia for your next home?  Consider the costs & risks before making an offer.   There are obvious concerns (noise, pests & parking issues) and a few not so obvious.   1. Is the condo complex FHA (Federal Housing Administration) approved?  If you are planning to ...
Posted about 1 year ago
  The mortgage insurance premium deduction has been extended through 2013 for mortgages taken out or refinanced after January 1, 2007! To qualify for a full deduction, a couple or a single taxpayer must have AGI of $100,000 or less to get a full deduction and no more than $109,00 to get a partial...
Posted over 1 year ago
  Why is our local market struggling with values? I will credit the appraisal community for that. The absorption rate for condos in 22042 is 67% - well over the 33% margin that reflects the beginning of a Seller's market. Days on market is down 51% over last year and 59% over 2010. There are only...
Posted almost 2 years ago
Sad but true.  I have come across a few transactions recently that have almost allowed me to loose faith my fellow agent.  However, I am keeping the faith because I know for each "bad" experience I run into working with a less-than-stellar agent,  there are many other transactions where I am priv...
Posted almost 2 years ago
Finally, you have found the hidden gem of a home that you have been looking for! Located in a sleepy little neighborhood of Barcroft Woods, this grand 5 bedroom home is a rare combination of original charm (as evidenced by the original builder plaque in the foyer closet) & amazing updates includi...
Posted almost 2 years ago
Will upcoming revisions to the original HARP program actually help underwater homeowners?  Well, they certainly couldn't hurt - especially here in Northern Virginia. If the homeowner has a loan guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, they may now be eligible to refinance without the restricting ...
Posted about 2 years ago

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