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Not Just a House… It’s Our Home

Village Case

This photo was taken in September 2004, as the finishing touches were being put on our new house in Purcellville. It was lacking front door paint and shutters here, but that got handled and we moved in shortly thereafter. As of today, we have been in our home for 10 years. Honestly, we thought we'd stay here for about three years and then move … [Read more...]

Dinner at TRIO

TRIO private dining

One of the perks of writing LoCoMusings is an occasional invitation to try new restaurants. A couple of weeks ago Heather and I accepted one of those invitations and had dinner at TRIO Grill in Merrifield. In in the interest of transparency most of our meal was covered, but I can promise you we will definitely be dining there again! Viewing … [Read more...]

How to DIY Your Dream Home

Fixer Upper

There are a ton of shows on HGTV right now about people buying a fixer upper and turning it into their dream home. Admittedly Heather and I love watching them, partly because we talk about doing it ourselves but mostly because it's cool to see the transformation. The Realtor in me wondered how these folks are paying for it. Most people don't … [Read more...]

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Lighting phot

Some natural disasters can be forecast -- hurricanes, snow storms and, in some cases, flooding. Other disasters occur without warning, such as tornadoes and the massive 7.9 earthquake in Alaska yesterday. It's a good idea to prepare for an unexpected emergency and every home should maintain a ready, working emergency kit for such a … [Read more...]

The Best Margarita in LoCo

Dos Tequilas 1

Heather and I love a good margarita but it's rare we find a place that makes them close to what we concoct at home. Thanks to our good friend Dr. Chad at Advanced Corrective Chiropractic we've found one of those places... Welcome to Dos Tequilas in Leesburg. Hidden behind Starbucks and next door to Melt Gourmet Cheesburgers, don't let the … [Read more...]

Who’s on Your Team?

2014 Cowboys draftees

Last week the NFL had it's draft and my Cowboys picked an offensive lineman for the 3rd time in the last 4 years. Johnny Manziel was still on the board and as much as I like Romo, it would have been alright by me if they had taken him. Even stranger was the trade with the Redskins to take another defensive end named Demarcus. What was Snyder … [Read more...]

Are We Speaking the Same Language?

My flag

Ever heard the saying, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"? Well, sometimes the people you can't help teach you more than those you do. I recently had such an experience and wanted to share what I learned from it... We had a client moving to LoCo from out of the area and to say they were experiencing sticker shock would be an … [Read more...]

When Can You Buy Real Estate After Foreclosure?

foreclosure

If you lost your home due to foreclosure, you probably haven't given up on the dream of owning a new home. The good news is that a number of guidelines have changed which may allow you an opportunity to buy that new home sooner than you think. Arming yourself with this information may help you qualify again for a mortgage. Foreclosure With … [Read more...]

Taking the First Step To Home Ownership

Doorsteps photo

Back in the summer of 2001, a bit before either of us became real estate agents, Heather and I decided we were going to buy our first home. We were self employed and had no clue how much we could afford. All we knew was with our growing family, it was time to make the leap. There was no Trulia or Zillow back then, just Realtor.com, open house … [Read more...]

Tis the Season for Sweetz Bakery

Sweetz cupcakes

Last week I stopped by Sweetz Bakery in Leesburg for the first time. In addition to yummy cupcakes, cookies, and other delicious pastries, customers can grab a soup and panini of the day. I had the Thai Chicken Noodle soup and a perfect chocolate chip cookie, just what the doctor ordered to fight off this cold. On Fridays, adult cupcakes are … [Read more...]