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Grateful for What I Have – Happy Holidays

Hello folks…

Today I am reflecting on 2011 for all of the great things that came my way…

#1 thing to be GRATEFUL for is Joan Stansfield!

Joining forces with Joan midway through the year was truly a blessing for me!  We are a wonderful pair where I feel that one plus one definitely equals WAY more than 2 – maybe even 4 or 5!  She bring such a terrific energy and a huge heart to our business!

#2 thing to be GRATEFUL for is all of our clients!  

In 2011, we have had the pleasure of helping over 30 families buy, sell, rent or invest in real estate – and it’s been a great year!  We know that as we grow we will be able to help so many more and that is thrilling – the team is growing and we look forward to continuing to assist you with ALL of your real estate needs – and beyond – whether you just need to consider refinancing or re-decorating; whether you are re-landscaping or experiencing a plumbing disaster; whether you want a book recommendation or need an electrician – we hope to be your one-stop-shop!  Concierge level, Client Centric, Focused on YOU!

#3 thing to be GRATEFUL for is the state of the market in the DC area!

We are so fortunate to be in an area that has not suffered such great losses as many of our colleagues around the country have.  We are relatively stable, homes are selling, values are holding, interest rates are STILL unbelievable!

Life is good, my friends.  So thank you for an amazing 2011 and here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2012!


Helping Dreams Come True

Making home ownership dreams a reality, one home at a time…

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Right now you might only be dreaming of home ownership, but it might be more attainable than you think.  Prices are reasonable, rates are unbelievably good, the tax credit has been extended… why not at least investigate?  Call me to go over the first steps to see if now might be a good time for you.  Whether it’s a condo in Reston?  a Townhome in Vienna or a single family in Arlington? (or anywhere else in the region for that matter) I am well qualified to help.

Happy (rainy) Monday


Home Decor Stores – A Secret Addiction

Got ya huh?  I first sat down today to write a post about decorating for the season; whether it’s fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring, 4th of July or whatever else you might think to decorate for, this time of year I always enjoy the warm musky scents of cinnamon and cloves; I enjoy my grapevine pumpkins and the pumpkins and mums that align everyone’s front walks.  While generally I’m a bright color kinda gal, this time of year I love to see the cranberry colored candles and the burnt orange and deep browns that make up the colors of the season.

So as I’m formulating my post about decorating with gourds


and candles


and jack-o-lanterns…


I’m really finding myself thinking, “oh, where can I run out and get some cute stuff for the season?” 

Well, the first place that comes to my mind is Home Goods.  In fact, when I surfed on over to the site to pick up the link for you, I found that I could become a Fan of Home Goods on Facebook… of course I couldn’t resist.  But THEN, the best part of all, the first post I saw was that their “Dynamite Deals” begin October 8 – already thinking about what my schedule’s like tomorrow – ok, but I digress.

Another great spot to pick up seasonal items is Target.  Of course – we’re all at Target ALL THE TIME anyway right?  It’s the place you can’t get out of for under $100 unless you are seriously time constrained.  Anyway, they have some super cute seasonal merchandise and you can also find the other accouterments to go with whatever theme you’ve started because they have everything from table linens to candles, vases, etc…..  am getting antsy just thinking about my next trip!

There’s also Tuesday Morning, if you’re lucky enough to have one in your area.  It’s hit or miss, but if you go enough, <wink wink>, you’re sure to find good stuff.

Of course there are all sorts of other places to find seasonal items ranging from the grocery stores, pharmacies, farmer’s markets, Hallmark or other card stores, etc…  You can range from the plastic gaudy to selecting materials all from nature like berries, leaves, shells, etc…  You can simply decorate a dining table, or a mantle or go to extremes of multiple rooms, inside and out.  I’m no decorating expert, but if you set out to enhance your home with a seasonal theme, it’s fun and adds a special feel to your world.  Of course you can save your decorating items from year to year, but then you’ve shortchanged yourself out of the fun of the hunt.

See you at Target!


OK I know many of you are wondering what this has to do with real estate sales and it doesn’t but it has a lot to do with your home, which is the heart of the matter now isn’t it?  These are also great staging ideas if you’re considering selling!

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