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2009 

In another post I wrote recently, I was holding forth on the seeming paradox of the recent statistics from December 2008 that showed existing homes sales were UP by 6.5% while new home sales were having their worst time on record. Since the stats come out a few days apart and they come from diffe...
01/31/2009
It was a dark and stormy night.... Well,  it was dark, after all it was night,  and it wasn't exactly stormy but there was a serious "wintry mix" (as we call it here in the DC Metro area) with a layer of snow on the ground and a sleet-ish, freezing rain-ish combination falling.  However, a few br...
01/28/2009
This home has been inspected, detected, selected and upgraded in all the places it counts: * great open, remodeled kitchen * huge renovated master bath with a Jacuzzi and water temperature control (the hot water stays hot!) * a working sauna * a fully finished walkout basement * Pella doors * har...
01/26/2009
Many of my clients get a little confused between the meaning and importance of an appraisal and an inspection. The inspection usually comes first.  In my experience, sometime within 7 - 10 days of the fully executed contract of sale.  The Buyer pays for the inspection so they get to choose who th...
01/22/2009
OK.  I admit it.  Some Sunday afternoon's I just don't have a lot on my schedule.  So when I saw blog and referral buddy, Pat Kennedy's blog post, about an Open House she was having at a home listed for $1,999,000 in DC, I couldn't resist. I'll be honest. I would love to play in the playground Pa...
01/18/2009
A few posts ago, I wrote about one of my listings going under contract soon after the settlement of another of my listings.  I was pretty excited and thought I was on a bit of a roll.  Maybe too excited. I forgot my primo rule - don't count the money until it's in the bank - otherwise known as "I...
01/16/2009
Well, I made it through my first week in Weight Watchers - counting points wrting down what, I'm eating.  I think I'm off to a good start.  I lost 5.6 lbs to hit 273.4 (according to the WW scale).  My group has a pretty upbeat and crazy leader (who is thin!) and the meetings go pretty quickly. So...
01/16/2009
I honestly think this FUNdraiser for the College Park Woods Swim Club was a good excuse for neighbors and friends who have known each other for years to get together and have a great meal and toss back a couple of Franklin's famous microbrews. College Park Woods is this great community minutes fr...
01/14/2009
This home is located within minutes of Andrews AFB in a quiet, tree-lined community called Chirs-Mar. It'll only take one look to fall in love with both this house and the neighborhood of Colonial style homes with perfectly manicured lawns. -- Minutes to Andrews AFB--New Roof in 2008--New Carpet ...
01/12/2009
If you were looking for a home that was in true "move-in" condition, this may be the one for you!This beautiful home has been updated and remodeled with a gorgeous kitchen and spacious master bath complete with a real Jacuzzi with a temperature control that keeps the water warm (or hot!) as long ...
01/12/2009
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