Your Northern Virginia Real Estate Expert You might say I'm a mid-western person at heart. Born in Minnesota, teen years in the Chicago area, college at Southern Illinois, a few years in both Peoria (yes, that Peoria) and Bettendorf before moving to Northern Virginia in 1983.
Quite the change - faster traffic and more people. Married the love of my life and raised a great son who is on his own and doing great. During this time I discovered the greatest profession - selling residential Real Estate. There is nothing better then helping someone buy the house of their dreams or sell a current home so they can change their lives. I still love what I'm doing.
Operating as usual
A nice Christmas dinner was planned and on track until the standing rib roast didn’t roast and the popovers didn’t pop. While everyone was gracious, it was a huge disappointment. We weren’t reckless when it came to following the recipes.
We wondered if our oven was properly calibrated. Was 350º really 350º? A trip to our local hardware store allowed us to buy a $6.99 oven thermometer to test our oven. Guess what? It was off by 25º.
Knowing that the oven temperature was incorrect, what were we to do about it, other then call a repair person? It turns out the appliances makers have thought of this dilemma and built into the oven controls a way to correct this. The online post that I landed on offered up three possible oven control manipulations to bring our oven into calibration. The first one didn’t match up with our controls, however, the second one did the trick. Within a minute our oven was right where it should be.
The moral of this story, for everyone with a stove who uses it for more then just reheating pizza, check your oven temperature. You might be surprised how much better your cooking becomes.
This may very likely be the house you have been waiting for. Situated on a 1/3 acre lot, without a HOA and one level living at its best. The seller has recently spent a fair amount of money (so you won't have to) in order to make this a turn-key move for some lucky buyer. In 2020 they totally renovated the kitchen to be HGTV-worthy, freshly painted the interior to make it move-in ready and detailed the complete house. Please see the document folder for a complete list of updates and improvements. The major systems, including the roof, gutters, furnace and central air conditioning have all been update in the last few years. The expansive yard comes with driveway parking for a minimum of 5 cars. The massive basement (28 x 24) is ready for someone's vision to build it out into a workshop, crafts room, rec room or who knows what.
1242 Sterling Rd
Herndon, Virginia 20170
4 bedrooms, 2 baths on 1/3 acre lot
Offered at: $475,000
Call / text / message me immediately to schedule a showing. This is the only one we have and it won't last long.
This may be the perfect house. The 1/3+ acre lot allows for a nice long driveway and a side parking pad (with garage, space for at least six cars)- not to mention great "curb appeal". This all brick, raised rambler allows extra windows in the lower area so that a fourth bedroom is possible. It will be quickly obvious that these owners have loved their house. The kitchen was redone with first-class cabinets, granite counter tops and quality appliances. For the home chef, one of the two wall ovens is convection.
The seller requests that all agents and potential buyers remove their shoes so as to protect the newly refinished hardwood floors and freshly cleaned carpet. Let's keep them nice for the new owner.
For a private showing please call, text or email - hurry, this one won’t last long.
This 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2 car garage all brick house on 1/3+ acres is being offered for: $499,000.
The sellers were ready to move on with the phase of their lives and they sensed that the market for selling in the Broadlands community of Ashburn was good. We found out that for sellers, the market is better than good, it’s great.
After making the finishing touches on the listing, I published the listing and we went live around 12:00 on Saturday. The first showing was scheduled for 3:00 and then every 45 minutes until 8:30 that night. At 10:30 PM we had two, very good contracts in hand. The next day was more showings and anxious phone conversations with different agents. By 6:30 PM we had two more, very good contracts. At this point my sellers liked what they were seeing and felt they had enough to select from.
After a thorough review, they selected one contract that was very straight-forward with a strong likelihood of getting to settlement as the contract promised. My sellers were excited and the buyers were extremely thrilled.
In today’s competitive market there are approaches for sellers that will help them maximize the return on their investment and strategies for buyers to help them be the selected contract. When buying or selling, it’s always important to stand out from the crowd - in a good way.
If you are thinking of buying or selling, give me a call now. It looks like the fall will continue to be a strong real estate market and you can never prepare too early.
21400 Glebe View Drive
Ashburn, VA 20148
SOLD in 30 hours
Offered for $810,000
To our shred event attendees and clients,
My colleagues and I have enjoyed hosting the last 12 on-site, while-you-watch shredding and electronics recycling events. We have met so many wonderful members of the Northern Virginia community, and in many cases, been able to work with them to help advance their goals of home ownership in various ways.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing concerns around larger group gatherings, we have made the decision to cancel the next shredding event, which was scheduled for this September.
We look forward to hosting our 13th event in Spring 2021.
In the meantime, if you have questions about real estate, mortgages, insurance or closings, please reach out to us. We’re here to help.
Stay safe and we’ll see you soon,
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Several weeks ago I received an anxious email from a good friend of my son. He and his wife had signed a contract to have a new home built (they did not have an agent) and were concerned about an article they had just read. While they were pre-approved several months earlier when they signed the contract, it appeared the big banks that provide the funding were changing the rules. They were tightening up credit score requirements and increasing the downpayment amount. Needless, to say, it was very distressing news.
In the uncertain times we are living in, it turns out that the goal posts may get moved on us. Higher credit scores may be the new norm and increased downpayment may be highly desirable. We, in the business, have seen this before. The financing is approved and then, all of a sudden, you get the phone call that says they are not going to do the loan ... click.
So what’s a person to do? The first thing to do is contact a realtor and find out who their favorite lender(s) are. Very likely they will be well seasoned and have access to all the loan products that are available. All lenders will want to “pull your credit” and see what they have to work with. If you have blemishes that might hold you back, they can give you guidance as to how to improve your score. You may need to apply some financial constraints on your lifestyle for a period so that your loan will be iron-clad once it’s time to buy the house of your dreams. Your debt to income ratio will determine how much of a loan you can carry and subsequently how much house you can afford.
To help avoid the heart break of being told that your house purchase isn’t going to work out, it’s aways best to get your financing locked in. Are you thinking of buying now or in the near future? If so, let’s talk.
As a reminder, our shred event that was scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and associated need to eliminate non-essential public gatherings. We'll plan to resume with these events in the fall.
In the meantime, please stay safe and be well.
It’s my experience that photos in real estate listings are worth a thousand words – or more.
Before we all jump in our cars and drive around the county, let’s take a good look the the house pictures and make sure the listing will really deliver everything you need in a home. Oftentimes there are significant items hidden in plain sight, and they build a case for a house being really great or just the opposite.
Doing our homework now will make the purchase decision much easier whenever the time is right.
Here are a few examples of what my clients and I have recently found - click into each photo to see the caption.
Many people aren't looking to buy or sell a home right now – and that's okay. But some have a genuine, pressing need and are unsure how to move forward.
There are buyers whose lease is about to end, have sold their current home, are looking to downsize, or want to be closer to family. Perhaps a new build is ready to settle and the current house needs to be sold in order to make the deal work.
Yes, you can still buy or sell a home during this period of social distancing – if you follow some guidelines.
Like all industries, the real estate world has come together to figure out the best way to smartly, safely move forward. The overriding concern is keeping all parties separated from each other, yet ensure that the many steps in the process are accomplished prior to signing papers at settlement.
To start, the showing of properties will have more strings attached. The most basic requirement is to get approved for a loan. Why even start the process if you can’t get the financing you need?
Properties will be shown by appointment only, and overlapping visits by other agents/buyers will not be allowed. Buyers and agents will be asked to use hand sanitizer very liberally and touch the bare minimum inside the house. Bathrooms will not be allowed to be used.
Home inspections can be performed solo by the home inspector, or the agent may use video conferencing with the buyer. Home inspectors will be wearing gloves, masks, and employ plenty of hand washing and wipes. They will also provide many more photos of the issue items.
Settlements are strictly a principle-to-the contract event. Split settlements will only involve the settlement agent and the buyer or seller. Agents and non-signers are asked to stay away. The room where the signing takes place will have plenty of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. Buyers and sellers are told to bring their own pens with blue ink. Most importantly, arrangements will be made to get the new deed of ownership recorded at the courthouse, which is the final step in the process.
If you need to buy or sell right now, or aren't sure when the time is right, give me a call. Times are uncertain, but we can discuss if it makes sense for you to start the process now or wait a bit.
Be well, and stay safe.
"Working with Dan to sell a house in Centreville, VA was an absolute pleasure. My buyer wanted to close as quickly as possible, and Dan made that happen. Any issue that came up with HOA documents, termite inspections or communication between all parties in general, was handled quickly and efficiently so we could close on time. Here we are twenty days later, with satisfied clients on both sides! If you want a Realtor who executes each step of a real estate transaction with a professional flair, call Dan Thiewes with RE/MAX Premier."
This listing went live on Saturday around 12:20. On Sunday we had 25 showings by various Realtors. By the end of the evening (late) there were 5 contracts in my inbox. Monday morning I saw 2 more come in and after dinner saw an additional 2 contracts. A total of 9 contracts for the seller to consider.
Did we sell the townhouse - yes. For more than asking - yes.
Needless to say, there were plenty of factors that went into the decision of which contract to go with. The good news is that there is one very happy buyer out there. The bad news is that there are eight sad buyers out there that need to go back to square one. If history and experience is teaching me anything, I believe that we are in for an early-arriving Spring market with substantial demand from buyers.
If you are thinking of selling this spring you should call me immediately. There are many boxes that need to be checked before offering it to the world and the more boxes checked, the better.
If you are thinking of buying this spring you should call me immediately. Like selling this spring, there are a lot of boxes to check and they are all really important.
Let’s talk - call, text or message.
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Is there a man-cave nearby? Wash your hands or "rinse and spit?"
While the big box stores and TV shows make home remodel jobs seem easy, they often are not. In fact, they can be better left to the professionals and licensed contractors. A homeowner DIY project will check a box, but did you get everything you had hoped for? Will it add value in the eyes of a future buyer of your home? Was it done correctly, per code?
If you are thinking of doing some remodeling and want some names of trusted contractors, give me a call. I have contractors that will do a great job and give you the finished project you wanted.
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So you want to sell your house… but it needs a bit of work?
Don’t worry, there is a buyer for every house. Someone may be looking for “great bones” and be willing to do the renovation that’s needed. Or, perhaps the value is in the land.
If you are thinking of selling, now or in the near future, give me a call. Let’s see what is needed to be done prior to putting your house on the market. With the right prep work and a sound game plan, you can maximize your bottom line.
London Towne, Virginia is red hot!
Even though it’s the fourth quarter of the year, these great townhouses didn’t last long. This supports the old adage that "nice houses, that are smart values, never last long” and they do pretty well with the price.
Are you thinking of selling now or in the near future? If so, let’s talk. Let me help you make sure your house is a smart value.
By the way, I will be presenting another London Towne townhouse in January that will be every bit as nice as these two. Let me know if you might be interested.
Centreville, Virginia | #CentrevilleRealEstate | #NoVARealEstate
Is it still a good time to be a Seller - YES!
These both went on the market within days of each other and received contracts in short order. In fairness, they looked great and were priced fairly. When houses are “Move-In Fresh," they don’t stay on the market long.
Are you thinking of selling now or in the near future? If so, we should talk now. We may be in the 4th quarter of the year, and yet, houses are still selling. I have sold houses one and two days before Thanksgiving, the day before Christmas, the day after Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day.
We went live and had our first showing scheduled (for an hour later) in less than 5 minutes!
This house is every bit as nice as it appears (and won't last long). It starts with newer, recent improvements – Hardwood floors in the foyer and kitchen, granite counter tops with subway tile backsplash, crown molding in the foyer and living room, upper bathroom makeover, HVAC, water heater, sump pump, No-Clean gutters and more. The last month has seen the move-in detailing that everyone loves – Fresh paint, new carpet, light fixtures, lower level bathroom makeover, kitchen cabinet hardware, stainless steel refrigerator, stove, range and dishwasher.
The only thing missing is you. The wooded view from the deck is the 800+ acre Cub Run Stream Valley Park. It offers a 6.6 mile paved hiking path that is dog-friendly to leashed dogs. There have been reports of deer and wild turkey sightings.
This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom is being offered for $345,000.
14871 Lynhodge Ct in Centreville, Virginia. Call, text or message to schedule your private showing.
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"I spoke to Dan about 2 weeks before my home was put on the market. He was recommended to me thru several friends. We spent about 2 hours walking and talking thru-out my home. He made a few suggestions on my home for improving the sale. His ideas and thoughts were the turning point for me, he was hired as my Agent. We had an open house on a Saturday and had 3 writing offers and a verbal offer with-in 2 hours. After we looked thru all, one offer met the sale price and has excellent funding. Dan recommended I go forward with this buyer. Within a week the sale looked good with Dan handling the negotiations. This is the point an excellent agent (Dan Thiewes) is needed thru-out the process until signatures are required for final settlement. The final close out happened 4 weeks later. I am so happy for my Agents skills. Thank you."
Thanks for the kind words, Bill!
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