The Gus Anthony Team/Pearson Smith Realty Real Estate Agent serving Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince Will Pearson Smith Realty Real Estate Agent serving Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William County, Virginia.
It took time, patience, and tense negotiations, but you and the kids emerged from behind closed doors in full agreement: One puny pumpkin out front just isn’t gonna cut it this year. It's time to up your Halloween game.
Rally with the fam to carve out some neighborhood chills and thrills with these next-level Halloween decorating tips:
More pumpkins? Yes, please! You can never go wrong with traditional orange but think outside the patch. Pick up a truckload and paint them a variety of colors for a modern rainbow effect.
Specialty lighting will make or break your yard’s vibe. Head to your home improvement store and grab some multicolored spotlights. Blue, green, and purple give a ghostly feel while orange and red lean more traditional and fiery.
Put your wireless speakers to ghoulish good use. Search your music streaming service to see what creepy playlists are available.
Fill your windows with creepy-crawly silhouettes. Search online for free downloads and have the kids cut, color, and hang.
Your trick or treaters will spend the most time on your doorstep so concentrate your spookiest efforts there. Think bloody footprint decals, super-sized googly eyes for the door, spider-infested corners, and creepy clowns, skeletons, or scarecrows chillin’ in the rocking chairs.
Use these tips to brew up some hair-raising Halloween magic! It’s gonna be a good one, y’all!
I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
• Open house? Optional.
• Smell of fresh-baked cookies well-timed for a showing? Optional.
• Home warranty? Smart...but also optional.
• Professional photography and videography? NOT optional. No ifs, ands, or buts. Here’s why.
Leveled-up photos and videos will create a buyer buzz almost the second your home hits the MLS. In fact, 98% of buyers say listing photos are THE most important aspect of their online search.
If you're looking to sell this spring, let's get your home looking its best — and sold in a flash! DM me when you're ready, and I'll be in touch.
One of the best piece of advice I've ever been given? Discipline always trumps motivation.
Motivation is the internal drive that positions you on a road leading to all your goals and dreams.
Discipline is the effort, time, and actions you put in, little by little, that move you closer and closer to reaching your dream destination.
Motivation leads you to start the journey, but discipline carries and fuels you along the way.
This year, I'm focusing on small changes each and every day. What's something you're focusing on this year? Let me know in the comments!
Checking Zillow a thousand times a day isn’t the only way to stay on top of the newest homes hitting the market this January!
Let me set you up on a search so you can receive an email about coming soon homes (NOT on Zillow) and the second a home goes active that fits your criteria. Just DM me what you're looking for, and I'll take care of the rest.
I do it, and I'm guessing you do it, too: Put off decluttering and home organization.
But before you know it, a day turns into two, and pretty soon, an entire year has passed with you staring down the same house with the same clutter...
Swipe for 3 steps to get your decluttering done. Let's start the year off organized!
Need to bring in the pros? DM me for a list of my favorite home organization experts in our area!
Have you thought about finally firing your landlord and buying your first home in 2022?
Swipe for 8 steps to purchasing a home this year!
Your home search will be smooth-sailing if you’re prepared. Let me know how I can help. I’m here for you!
It's holiday go-time, friends! Are you ready?
Because I want you to be ready for all your planned (and ahem, unplanned) guests this holiday season, here are a few tips to get your home ready:
Clean out your guest room closet to make room for your guests' clothes, luggage, and gifts.
Purchase or refresh your guest towels, organize bathroom cabinets, and stock the bath with toothpaste, toilet paper, and hand soap.
Get your guest bedroom in good shape. Think linens, lighting, and extras like phone chargers.
Update your guest bedroom photos, and if applicable, include photos of your guests to make them feel at home.
Create a coffee station (in-room if possible) so your guests can grab a cup of coffee no matter how early they wake.
Purchase extra dishes, cups, mugs, and stools so you can easily gather around the table to share holiday goodies.
Welcoming guests into your home during the holidays is one of the joys of the season but only if you’re prepared! Take steps now so you can enjoy all the visits — planned and spontaneous!
Realtors help people buy and sell homes... it’s what they do. But every agent has their own focus, approach, and priorities. What’s mine, you wonder? I’m so glad you asked!
Here’s what you can expect when you work with me to buy or sell:
• Text, phone, DM, email -- however you want to connect, it’ll be ME you get EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.
• You get one shot to make a killer impression...your listing photos matter. As a seller, you’ll get stunning shots that’ll distinguish your home from the rest.
• As a buyer, lean on my 10+ years of experience in Northern Virginia so you can enjoy the buying process and feel confident about your home buying decision.
• Whether you are buying or selling, I am here from beginning to end and every step in between. We are in this together.
• Long after you close, I’ll be here to help you navigate life in your new home (or town!), answer questions, or grab a cup of coffee. New clients = new friends!*
When you’re ready to buy or sell, you need an agent that fits YOU. If what I shared resonates, let’s connect! Send me a message today.
If lazy days and naps by the fire are part of your winter plans, you need to make sure your home is ready for the winter weather. Get your home tucked-in tight for the chilly days ahead with these winter prep tips.
Examine your pipes. Make sure exterior pipes are insulated and caulked. Insulation and caulk are way less expensive than burst pipes.
Clean out your gutters. Prevent snow and ice damage and keep critters from building nests by cleaning out gutters before the cold weather arrives.
Feel for drafts around doors and windows. Gaps will surely run up your heating bill. An easy DIY solution? New weatherstripping.
Service the furnace. Schedule a maintenance check now so your furnace is ready for the prime time of winter.
Be prepared for ice. Salt increases traction and accelerates melting so have it on hand to head off sidewalk accidents.
This winter, keep the cold outside where it belongs. Thinking of buying or selling early in 2022? Reach out and let’s put together a timeline now to keep everything simple and stress-free!
Sweet spots and dead spots....we’ve all got ‘em. Places where we’re either freakishly productive or seriously, ahem, NOT.
My sweet spot? My office that overlooks my backyard. My desks faces a big picture window and it is sunny and I get to look at a beautiful view all day.
My dead spot? Kitchen. There is always something there that will take away my attention. Cleaning. "Stuff" lying around. Food.
Do you know your “spots?” Let's compare notes. Share your most productive and least productive locales below!
“I’d love to sell my home, but where will I go?”
If this is you, I get it. In a perfect world, buying and selling coordinates perfectly—two stacks of papers, one closing day, two sets of keys, and one elated client. And while the real estate stars frequently align for buyers and sellers, sometimes you have to be a bit flexible.
The good news is there are a few things you and your agent can do to simplify the buying process when you’re smack-dab in the middle of selling. The "keys" to success on both ends is a realtor who can lead you through:
A plan for temporary housing. Think friends with a spare room, family with a basement, a house-sitting gig, short term rental or, best-case scenario, a leaseback option with your buyers.
A willingness to show new listings—stat. If your search has stalled because you can’t find “the one,” the sooner you put eyes on new listings, the sooner you’ll get out of limbo.
A 30-day closing. When you’ve found your next home, your agent can negotiate a quick closing so you can step out of temporary housing and into your forever home ASAP.
Selling and buying is a huge undertaking. That’s why I’m here.
Let’s chat so you can hear straight from me how I keep the process laid-back and low-key for all my clients. Don’t wait. Reach out and let’s connect this week!
Move-in day was...yesterday. Now what?
The good news is the hardest part is over. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have a few more to-dos before you can kick up your feet. Get these knocked out and you’ll be enjoying your new home in no time!
(But first, coffee. Coffee first. Always.)
Make a list of the utilities you need to get up and running. Force yourself to sit down and make the calls one by one.
Complete another walkthrough taking note of any tasks, repairs, or additional cleaning you need to do. Go ahead and knock out that cleaning before you unpack further.
As you learn your new home, keep a running list of items you need from the store.
Set up bedroom furniture and make beds so you’ll have a soft and comfy place to crash at the end of today.
While it doesn’t have to be done right now, consider changing the locks on the exterior doors so you’re the only one with access to your new home.
Start unpacking. The kitchen is a good place to start after you’ve got the beds set up. Be patient. There’s lots to unpack here. But once you’re done, it’ll feel SO good.
Show your four-legged friend around. Walk the boundaries of your property, introduce him to friendly neighbor pets, and offer plenty of supervised time to sniff and explore.
Change your address at the post office and order “I’ve moved” cards to send to friends and family.
Join neighborhood social media groups and collect referrals for daycares, schools, doctors, and other service providers.
Be willing and ready to introduce yourself to neighbors. Whether they stop by or you see them on one of your many trips in and out, make it a point to say hello!
I love the first few days after move-in day—the excitement is palpable! I also love answering buyer questions as they get settled in and start to make their new home—theirs.
Raise your hand if you're feeling tired of your home.
You're in the right place! Here are a few easy-peasy tips for freshening up your space:
Less is more: Declutter those knick-knacks and over-stuffed drawers. Grab some trash bags or storage totes and get to work. You’ll feel like your rooms just doubled in size!
Fresh is best: Next time you’re at the store, grab a bouquet or two of fresh flowers. Bring ‘em home, trim the stems, and throw 'em in a vase. They'll instantly transform your entryway, dining room, or bedside table.
Pillow talk: If you wanna easily refresh your living room or bedroom, change up your throw pillows. Need a formula to follow at the store? Think in groups of three and choose a big print, a small print, and a solid.
Fresh flowers + cute pillows - knick-knacks = A happy home!
Wondering if we’re in a housing bubble? If so, you’re not alone.
Here’s the latest on what experts over at Bloomberg Business are saying about the current housing boom.
No doubt today’s environment feels a lot like the bubble market in 2006, but don’t worry, there are a few "market" differences:
Loans are much harder to get today than in 2006. Lenders have raised lending standards and loans are smaller in proportion to house values and borrowers’ income. Translation? Buyers can’t weasel their way into loans like they used to.
The main factors in the current price runup are tight supply and strong demand, not sloppy lending.
Many think the boom has been years in the making. Having overbuilt in the 2000s, homebuilders underbuilt in the 2010s—and now, it's playing catch up.
Yes, home prices are soaring, but the market is strong with no hint of slowing down. If you’re curious about buying or selling right now, I’d love to connect. Reach out and let's talk.
Volunteering for HART: Homeless Animal Rescue Team for National Charity League. We had the best time and met the most amazing dogs that are looking for some great forever homes.
What is your favorite part of a charcuterie board: the meats, the cheeses, the nuts, the dried fruits?
If you're eating a charcuterie board with me, watch out because I'm going straight for the cheese - the stinkier the better! I know I could live off of cheese and crackers. ❤️
Speaking of charcuterie, I'm heading to a winery with some girlfriends for some much needed fun. A charcuterie board would pair perfectly with wine, friends and lots of laughs. I hope you all have wonderful plans for the weekend! Happy weekend!
Happy Independence Day, friends!
Whether today finds you poolside, lakeside, beachside, or somewhere in between, may your day be joyous and your thoughts be full of gratitude for our one-of-a-kind country and our nation’s long list of heroes.
Enjoy the day to the fullest—and don’t forget the sunscreen! Cheers!
You see the listing price and think, “No prob!”
And while that’s a good start, those aren't the only expenses to consider when buying a home. Other costs and fees may include:
1) a down payment: 3-20% depending on the type of loan
2) home inspection fees: $300-500
3) appraisal: $300-400
4) underwriting and application fees: 0.5% of the loan
5) escrow fees: 1% of the loan (sometimes split between buyer and
6) mortgage insurance: 0.5-1.5% of the loan
7) prepaid property taxes & homeowners insurance
8) HOA fees
Keep in mind fees vary and can often be rolled into your mortgage at closing. Talk with your lender and ask for an updated loan estimate or disclosure so there won’t be any surprises at closing. Got questions about something you see? Don't be afraid to ask!
If you’re thinking about buying and wondering what your fees might be, give me a call or send me a DM. I’m happy to run the numbers for you.
Looking for a home with a POOL this summer??
Just say the word and I can send over a list of all the active homes with a pool in *name of city/area*! I can also have our system notify you as soon as a new home with a pool gets listed, so YOU can be the first one to check it out.
(Psst...you'll know about it even before Zillow, and in this market, that's just the advantage you need!)
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