Welcome Mat Productions

Welcome Mat Productions

Full service real estate service business serving Northern Virginia. Licensed in Virginia. Erin's real estate clients and customers benefit directly from her holistic approach to leading the market place.

She is committed to exceeding client and customer expectations when buying, selling, and renting properties through her established system that integrates technology, relationships, and her analytical approach to the market place. Erin grew-up and returned to Northern Virginia after getting her bachelors in Interior Design from West Virginia University for an early career in government construction & design project management. Prior to opening her business, she spent time in service of the federal government which gave her the opportunity to see how the world's neighborhoods define home. The extensive travel and experiences overseas gave her even stronger understanding how wonderfully unique and personal home is for all of us.

Operating as usual

04/02/2021

Let's get real Real-Estate for a minute!

Not everyone should buy a house. There I said it. ⁣

(Feels strange...I'm a realtor, after all, but could not be MORE TRUE if it came down from the heavens - it’s true.) ⁣

Even with the historically low-interest rates, homeownership isn’t for everyone. I’ve seen what happens when people buy without really being ready — what’s meant to be an asset becomes nothing but a burden. ⁣

Here’s the good news — knowing it IS NOT the right time to buy is just as clarifying as knowing it IS the right time. To help here are five reasons NOT to buy a home right now:⁣

1. You aren’t happy in your job and/or you’re contemplating a career change.⁣
2. You’re hoping to travel (ALOT) once COVID restrictions lift.⁣
3. You don’t have the best credit or the down payment funds for the house you want.⁣
4. You tend to get antsy after living somewhere a year or two.⁣
5. Everyone around you is doing it. (I get it. Peer pressure is real, but you CAN resist! You’re not in middle school anymore, remember?)⁣

No single one of these eliminates you from homeownership so chat with homeowners you know or a trusted realtor who can help you think through your situation and goals.⁣

04/01/2021

3 Reasons You Should NOT Use an Agent! ⁣

....Did I get you?! ⁣Did the pretty picture draw you in?

Happy April Fools Day, everyone!

No doubt I’ll have my head on a swivel for pranksters coming my way. (I highly recommend you do the same!)⁣

In all seriousness, if you're considering selling your home without an agent – ask yourself these questions before ruling it out:⁣

Do you know how to write a contract?⁣
Do you have the budget for photography and marketing?⁣
Do you know the market value of your home?⁣
Do you have a third party to negotiate on your behalf or will you be doing it directly with the buyer?⁣
Are you prepared to leave work for showings and arrange these on your own?⁣
Do you know how to prepare your home to sell for top market value?⁣
Do you know to qualify a potential buyer?⁣
Are you prepared for the process after an agreement has been reached?⁣

Keep your eyes out for the jokes today, and don't hesitate to contact me if you're considering listing your home (by owner or by agent - I'm happy to help either way!)

03/31/2021

Warmer temps got thoughts of a home garden on the brain? Here are three tips if you're a newbie gardener:⁣

1. Start small. If you’ve never gardened before, start small and learn the ropes of planting, watering, fertilizing, and picking. If all goes well, go big next year!⁣
2. Consider a theme. Love Chinese cuisine? Focus on snow peas, radishes, cucumbers, cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, and bean sprouts. Sucker for fresh salsa (I mean, really, who isn’t?) Think tomatoes, sweet peppers, chili peppers, onions, tomatillos, and celery (and don't forget the cilantro and cumin).⁣
3. Plan for pests. Deer, raccoons, rabbits, and other pests love veggies just as much as you do. Ask neighbors or local garden center experts the easiest way to keep your garden pest-free.⁣

Did you know a home garden is not only magnificent for the taste buds but can also reduce stress and fend off the blues?

If you’re on the fence, I say, go for it!⁣

03/31/2021

Hang on to your hats, friends! Today I’m showing a bit of my wild side, how I like to live on the edge, mix it up, keep ya on your toes. How so, you ask? I’m sharing what I’m grateful for — and we're nowhere near Thanksgiving... ⁣

Here's why: I believe we should work just as hard in March to count our blessings as we do in November — because even amidst the "hard," there's so much "good" to be thankful for! ⁣

Without further ado, here are three things I’m thankful for right now:⁣

1. Calm among the chaos. It's like finding your little island oasis that no one knows about while the world spins around you. Sometimes mine looks like music up, windows down drive on the backroad of Northern Virginia.
2. The Reasonable Side (in everyone). This very lopsided market has incredible benefits for everyone if you're willing to hunt, peck, and be patient. That goes for sellers too! Even in the high-sales price, low supply situations sellers AND buyers are finding a happy middle group. I am NOT here to navigate you towards spending more nor getting less than you can. I am here to help you navigate the pros and cons of every deal.
3. Sunshine. It's like pure gold filled, love poured into my soul. I cannot tell you how grateful I am that my office is flooded with light all day. Southern exposure is great for the mood and vitamin D levels ;-)

Are you especially thankful for something today?

Don’t hold back — share below. Let’s be known for gratitude all year long!⁣

03/30/2021

Got the kitchen looking great?⁣

Got your home decluttered, depersonalized, and staged?⁣

Chatted with a realtor about worthwhile upgrades?⁣

Fist-bump! You’re SO ready for Secret #4 in our 5 Secrets to a Successful Sale! ⁣

While this one won’t require any elbow grease, it will take a tiny leap of faith. Secret #4 is all about pricing your home to sell — fast.⁣

Secret #4: Find out what your home is worth, then let's talk pricing strategy for the MOST interest, HIGHEST sales price goals, and of course INCREASED web traffic BEFORE even the first open house!

Wonder how it comes together in the end? I'm here to walk you through every step. Here’s why I love this pricing strategy: ⁣

• Pricing your home just below market value instantly gets buyers’ attention and motivates them to schedule a showing ASAP.⁣ This includes creating a BUZZ of online and office ONLY traffic. Homes ARE selling SIGHT UNSEEN.
• Once buyers see your home (and LOVE it), they’re more likely to put in an offer if they feel like they’re getting a deal.⁣
• When they realize there are other offers on the table, buyers tend to get competitive and are willing to increase their bid to land the home they want.⁣

With interest rates at historic lows and a lower than normal inventory, if you're looking to sell, you'll be in the driver’s seat. ⁣

Curious what your home is worth in today’s market? I’d love to run the numbers for you — just drop me a message.⁣

03/28/2021

It's Sunday - so that means home tours for my buyers and open houses for my sellers. Sellers are often buyers more times that not! This market is a fickle one for folks on both sides of it so...

if you are searching for a home, there are some things you need to keep in mind when looking for your perfect living situation. Such as,
✨ LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION. You want to make sure you are near any essential businesses that you need, and you also want to make sure it is in a good school district if you have some kiddos tagging along.
✨ How's it cookin' good lookin' in that NEW kitchen? If the kitchen is the heart of your home, don't settle for a home with a kitchen that won't work. You can always remodel, but it's very costly. Can you replace cabinet faces and countertops? Will an inexpensive makeover be sufficient?
✨ I have PRETTY THINGS! The closets and storage. Older homes tend to have little closets and not a lot of storage space. If you have lots of sports equipment, craft supplies, out-of-season clothes, and holiday decorations, be sure you know where all this will go in your new home.
✨A room with a view = the windows and lighting. Do you love a bright sunny room or do you love privacy? Look at home with light and sunshine in mind. Look at the locations of electrical outlets and fixtures. Will they accommodate your lighting needs?
✨ Slopes, dips, and corners mean where squaring up the lot. Beyond location, look at the site of the home. If the home is on a hill, does it have a view, a walkout basement, or lots of stairs to climb? Do neighbors' windows look directly into the home? Is the yard suitable for kids, pets, gardening, or other uses? Is access to the property safe regarding driveway elevation or stairs to the front door?

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03/27/2021

I don’t want to say I’m better than you at selling houses, but I have a lot more experience.

Sounds silly right? Think about it a second! How many homes have you sold, no multiply and you get me ;-)

I’m here to make your home selling process as easy, and profitable, for you as I can!

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03/26/2021

It's almost 5 o'clock - we are having AMAZING weather today - so before HH is over let's have some fun.

React below with the emoji that best describes your current situation:
👍 Currently renting
😎Thinking about buying
😀 Homeowner
❤️Thinking about selling

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03/26/2021

A common question when thinking about selling your home is: "How much is my home worth?"

Here's how you can find out:
✨ Get a comparative market analysis: When you’re ready to dive deeper into your home value, you can ask me for a comparative market analysis, or CMA. Though not as detailed as a professional appraisal, a CMA provides my evaluation of the home and market to provide an estimate of value for listing purposes.
✨ Hire a professional appraiser: Lenders require a home appraisal before they’ll approve a mortgage, but as a property owner, you can hire an appraiser to estimate home value at any time. More than one-fourth (28%) of U.S. homeowners determined their home’s value through an appraisal, according to the survey. I can help you find an appraiser to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
✨ Pulling comps: Well over half (56%) of U.S. homeowners estimated their home’s value by looking at comparable properties. On its face, this approach seems simplest. Pulling comps is one way to determine market value without using an appraiser, but use good judgment.

“Just because the property next door sold doesn’t mean it’s a comp,” Lundquist says.

I can help you with this process, as well! Finding your home value doesn't need to be an intimidating process. When you work with me as your agent, you don't need to worry about finding out the value of your home by yourself.

It is definitely a big task in which I am here to complete!

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03/26/2021

This is one of my FAVORITE quotes!

Owning a home means never having to leave your garden behind.

Did you start gardening in 2020 or will you start this year?

#thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #garden #gardening #spring #springtime #homeowner #dreamhome #outdoors #realestate #realestateagent #audreyhepburn #audreyhepburnquotes

03/24/2021

Having equity in real estate is a great way to invest your money. Wanting to invest your money in equity of a new home?

Send me a message to find out how we can make your investment in your future home happen.

#thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #themoreyouknow #equity #finances #investment #realestateagent #icanhelp #realestate #realtor

03/22/2021

Checking in today to share Secret #3 in my 5 Secrets of a Successful Sale. A quick look back at the past two secrets:⁣

Secret #1: It’s your *KITCHEN* that’ll sell your home.⁣
Secret #2: *DECLUTTER*, depersonalize, and stage your home. ⁣

And today…⁣

Secret #3: DON’T go overboard on upgrades (Keep money in your pocket - cha-ching!)

In an effort to get top dollar for their home, well-intentioned sellers take on major renovations without consulting a realtor first.

Misinformed and assuming they’ll get every dollar back (and then some!), they go overboard on upgrades only to be disappointed at the closing table.⁣

And while there are upgrades worth doing prior to selling, they’re often quick fixes, not major renovations. ⁣

I have done numerous consults for future sellers on a 1, 3, and 5 year plan for their current home and updates.

If you’re thinking about selling soon, reach out to a realtor who knows your neighborhood and can give you data on the upgrades that matter most to buyers in your area. ⁣

Not thinking about selling, but know someone who is? Pass this along and save them from the stress, headache, and expense of unnecessary upgrades.

03/19/2021

TGIF friends :-)

Got a sec? Great!

It's time to lean in real close cause I’m back with Secret #2 in my 5 Secrets of a Successful Sale. ⁣

Secret #1: It’s your kitchen that’ll sell your home.⁣
Secret #2: Declutter, depersonalize, and stage your home.⁣

Buyers must be able to picture themselves living in YOUR home. Give 'em a chance to do just that by decluttering, depersonalizing, and staging your home:⁣

• Declutter: Picture your home as a vacation rental. This is some of my best advice - how does it feel when you walk into your beach or lake house rental. AMAZING right!? It's my job to help you create the same feeling for your home. If you wouldn’t see it out in a rental, you shouldn’t see it out during a showing.⁣ (to include toilet seats down please).
• Depersonalize: A few modest photos here and there is fine, but pack away the excess, take down oversized monograms, and remove wall letters from the kids’ rooms.⁣
• Stage: If you’re using the dining room as a craft area or home office, reset it as a space to dine. Also, get rid of unnecessary furniture to make your living room feel airy and spacious. Staging doesn't have to be costly or complicated — it simply helps buyers make sense of your home and see its potential.⁣

When it comes to getting your home ready for the market, less is ALWAYS more. Need advice on how to get your home prepped? I’d love to help. ⁣

Stop back by tomorrow for secret #3!

03/18/2021

It’s the month of shamrocks, leprechauns, and Irish blessings, and while some are worried about getting pinched yesterday, you’ve got other things on your mind — like how you’re gonna get your home listed and sold fast. ⁣

In honor of St. Patty (and so you can kick luck to the curb), I’ve got 5 secrets I can’t wait to spill — secrets that’ll hand you a successful sale, and quite possibly, your very own pot of gold. ⁣

This week, Secret #1: It’s your kitchen that’ll sell your home.⁣

While buyers want the right bed and bath count to meet their needs, years of experience tell me it’s your KITCHEN that’ll sell your home. ⁣

As you get your home ready for the market, every minute (and dollar!) you spend prepping your kitchen to look its best will give you a high ROI. ⁣

At a minimum, clean, declutter, and clear off those countertops for every showing (save a vase of fresh flower). ⁣

Wanna do a little more? Update cabinet hardware, replace the faucet and sink, install a backsplash, or splurge on new light fixtures.⁣

I can walk you through the ROI on each of these ideas and more. Imagine the house next store NOT spending a small fraction upfront...and you did for a big ROI for your next home.

Buyers are still looking for a turn-key experience ... and willing to pay for it!

That’s all for now — keep your eyes out for Secret #2 tomorrow!⁣

03/17/2021

☕️ Top o' the mornin’ ☀️ friends!

Got your green on? Hope so!⁣ Cause it’s the greenest of days in the middle of March.

I'm still looking for that pot of gold at the end of rainbow! 🏆

In spirit of spreading some much needed cheer, here’s an Irish blessing from straight from me to you:

"May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go." ⁣🍀

More blessings and less trouble — sounds good to me!⁣

🍀 Happy St. Patrick’s Day — hope you have a great day no matter how you’re celebrating!⁣

Here's a fun little ditty for your day 😎

03/01/2021

Let's do this!

02/25/2021

House hunting? I'm the app for that!

I am serious. If you found it on the internet you're probably already late.
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In such a (very) strong sellers' market, by the time many properties actually hit the market as "for sale" sellers have already received offers sight unseen.
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Yep, sight unseen. I saw two properties go under contract in one community this past week without a single home showing. Not one!
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Competition is tough right now in many part of the market.
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I welcome an opportunity to sit down with you and go over how I am leveraging my resources, connections, and know-how to help reduce the competition for your next home purchase. The strategy I utilize doesn't include just throwing extra money on the table - it's a balance that protects you now and your future equity.
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Give me a call and let's get started on your home search today!
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