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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?


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...]

LoCo’s Top Spots for a Little Fresh Air with Dinner

Cajun patio

Sometimes on a rainy day you have to have a little fun. Here's a list of our favorite places to eat outside in LoCo: Downtown Leesburg has a number of excellent choices, beginning with the Cajun Experience. We've had lot's of delicious lunches here and they have live music just about every weekend. Döner Bistro is a little taste of Germany, … [Read more...]

Changes Coming for FHA Loans


Our good friend Scott Fournier, of Integrity Home Mortgage Corporation, sent over some news that I thought you might find helpful for your home shopping this spring: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development put out a report detailing upcoming changes to FHA mortgage interest premiums (click here to see the pdf from HUD). Annual … [Read more...]

Who Needs Miss Kay, We Have The Cajun Experience!

Cajun Experience

Last week  I wrote about Lowry's Crab Shack, our favorite place for seafood and fried chicken in LoCo. Today, let me tell you about our favorite restaurant, The Cajun Experience in downtown Leesburg. Heather and I visited New Orleans in the spring of 2005 and fell in love, the food, the music, the people, and Cafe Du Monde's chicory coffee … [Read more...]

To Sell or Not to Sell…That is the Question…

17556 Tedler Circle, Round Hill

To sell or not to sell, that is the question... I'm sure you have probably heard that the real estate inventory is very low in LoCo. We're not alone: it's so low in Nashville a friend of ours wrote they are desperately seeking sellers. This morning, I read a Wall Street Journal article about declining housing inventory and it got me thinking … [Read more...]

6 Tips For Buying An Older Home

Hamilton home

Historic homes sometimes offer more charm and character than the newer houses of today. They boast gabled roofs, crown moldings, hardwood floors and antique fixtures. Buying an older house is like buying a piece of local history. Beautiful period features can lend a timeless beauty and grace that is hard to resist. However, buying a house … [Read more...]

Selling? Quick Tips to Spruce Up Your Bathrooms

Master bathroom

Full-scale bathroom remodeling can be expensive and in today's housing market, you won't likely get all of the money back that you put into it at the time of sale. Instead of investing a lot of money for a full remodel, here are a few inexpensive ideas to spruce up your bathrooms before you list your home for sale. Fixtures Most sellers … [Read more...]