Stephanie Brock, Realtor, Samson Properties

Stephanie has been working in the real estate industry since 2007 & found a true passion for helping to grow communities throughout NoVa. A native of Northern Virginia, Realtor Stephanie Brock has made her career bridging the gap between transitory and longtime residents in Northern Virginia.

An open-hearted and tenacious professional, her passion for her home region and penchant for making new friends has led to a flourishing career in real estate that began in 2007. After earning her degree in Environmental Studies from George Mason University, Stephanie went on to become a Virginia Certified Horticulturist, a career she dedicated herself to for two decades. During this time, she bui

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09/28/2021

Wanna buy a house but have a home you need to sell first?⁣

There are a lot of nuances of both selling and buying at the same time.⁣

Thankfully - that's why working with a real estate agent (cough, cough - subtle plug) will help alleviate a lot of the pressure when it comes to upgrading your lifestyle! 🤩⁣

Now, let's just chat about the 3 basic steps to buying and selling at the same time!⁣

1️⃣ Determine your why.⁣

Why do you want to make the move? How many beds and baths do you want? Do you want a big yard? What are your deal breakers?⁣

2️⃣ Find out how much equity you have in your current home.⁣

A real estate agent (ME!😀) can help you with this at no cost! Appraisers will charge anywhere from $500-800 for this.⁣

3️⃣ Get your home listed & start searching!⁣

There are terms and contingencies that can protect you from selling if you don't find the right house for your next move so there are fewer risks than you may imagine!⁣

If you want to know more about how much your home could sell for in this market as well as costs associated, DM me or comment below 👇 and I can get you set up with a FREE seller's guide that walks you through steps 1-3 in-depth!⁣




#stephsellsnova #samsonproperties #findmydreamhome #cliftonva #northernvirginia #northernva #northernvirginiarealestate #northernvirginiarealtor #northernvarealestate #northernvarealtor #novarealestate #novarealtor #fairfaxcounty #fairfaxcountyrealestate

Wanna buy a house but have a home you need to sell first?⁣

There are a lot of nuances of both selling and buying at the same time.⁣

Thankfully - that's why working with a real estate agent (cough, cough - subtle plug) will help alleviate a lot of the pressure when it comes to upgrading your lifestyle! 🤩⁣

Now, let's just chat about the 3 basic steps to buying and selling at the same time!⁣

1️⃣ Determine your why.⁣

Why do you want to make the move? How many beds and baths do you want? Do you want a big yard? What are your deal breakers?⁣

2️⃣ Find out how much equity you have in your current home.⁣

A real estate agent (ME!😀) can help you with this at no cost! Appraisers will charge anywhere from $500-800 for this.⁣

3️⃣ Get your home listed & start searching!⁣

There are terms and contingencies that can protect you from selling if you don't find the right house for your next move so there are fewer risks than you may imagine!⁣

If you want to know more about how much your home could sell for in this market as well as costs associated, DM me or comment below 👇 and I can get you set up with a FREE seller's guide that walks you through steps 1-3 in-depth!⁣




#stephsellsnova #samsonproperties #findmydreamhome #cliftonva #northernvirginia #northernva #northernvirginiarealestate #northernvirginiarealtor #northernvarealestate #northernvarealtor #novarealestate #novarealtor #fairfaxcounty #fairfaxcountyrealestate

Early October is the Sweet Spot for Buyers 09/28/2021

Early October is the Sweet Spot for Buyers

Early October is the Sweet Spot for Buyers

Are you looking to buy a home? If so, we’ve got good news for you.

As a buyer, you’re likely braving bidding wars and weighing low mortgage rates versus price appreciation as you search for your dream home. If you find yourself a bit discouraged, hear this: there are clear signs buyers may have more opportunities this fall. According to realtor.com, the sweet spot for buyers is just around the corner. The research says:

“Nationally, the best time to buy in 2021 is the week of October 3-9. This week historically has shown the best balance of market conditions that favor buyers.”

So, what’s that mean for you? If you’re looking to buy a home, there’s a golden window of opportunity coming. The number of homes available for sale should increase. The findings estimate we’ll see roughly 17.6% more homes available than we saw at the start of the year.

Having more options means buyers may not be competing...

Early October is the Sweet Spot for Buyers Are you looking to buy a home? If so, we’ve got good news for you.

Best Tips on How to Pack Clothes for Moving 09/27/2021

Best Tips on How to Pack Clothes for Moving

There are many effective ways to pack your clothes. Here are just a few #packing options you can try. #relocate

Best Tips on How to Pack Clothes for Moving The question of how to pack clothes for moving has more than a few answers. You have to think about everything from materials to folding techniques and sorting through your belongings.

If You’re a Buyer, Is Offering Asking Price Enough? 09/27/2021

If You’re a Buyer, Is Offering Asking Price Enough?

If You’re a Buyer, Is Offering Asking Price Enough?

In today’s real estate market, buyers shouldn’t shop for a home with the expectation they’ll be able to negotiate a lower sales price. In a typical housing market, buyers try to determine how much less than the asking price they can offer and still get the home. Homes selling quickly and receiving multiple offers highlights how competitive the housing market is right now. This is due, in large part, to the low supply of homes for sale. Low supply and high demand mean homes often sell for more than the asking price. In some cases, they sell for a lot more.

What does that mean for you? If you’ve found your dream home, you need to be realistic about today’s housing market and how that impacts the offer you’ll make. Offering below or even at a home’s asking price may not cut it.

Because of today’s home price appreciation and the auction-like atmosphere in the selling process, appraisal gaps...

If You’re a Buyer, Is Offering Asking Price Enough? In today’s real estate market, buyers shouldn’t shop for a home with the expectation they’ll be able to negotiate a lower sales price. In a typical housing market, buyers try to determine how much less than the asking price they can offer and still get the home. From there, the buyer and selle...

Wyze Plug review: A rock-solid indoor, dirt-cheap Wi-Fi smart plug | TechHive 09/25/2021

Wyze Plug review: A rock-solid indoor, dirt-cheap Wi-Fi smart plug | TechHive

Looking for a good smart plug? Your search may have just ended. #smarttech #hometech

Wyze Plug review: A rock-solid indoor, dirt-cheap Wi-Fi smart plug | TechHive Simple does it (and does it well) with another bargain-priced Wyze smart home product.

It’s Still a Sellers’ Market 09/24/2021

It’s Still a Sellers’ Market

It’s Still a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Due to low supply and high demand, today is one of the strongest sellers’ markets we’ve seen. Sellers can benefit from more offers to pick from, higher home values, and a faster sales process. That might be why 73% of people believe it’s a good time to sell. Sellers, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. Work with an agent to take advantage of this hot sellers’ market.

It’s Still a Sellers’ Market Some Highlights Due to low supply and high demand, today is one of the strongest sellers’ markets we’ve seen. Sellers can benefit from more offers to pick from, higher home values, and a faster sales process. That might be why 73% of people believe it’s a good time to sell. Sellers, don’t mi...

Two Reasons Why Waiting a Year To Buy Could Cost You 09/23/2021

Two Reasons Why Waiting a Year To Buy Could Cost You

Two Reasons Why Waiting a Year To Buy Could Cost You

To determine if you should buy now or wait, you need to ask yourself two simple questions:

What will home prices be like in 2022? And where will mortgage rates be by the end of 2022?

Three major housing industry entities project continued home price appreciation for 2022. Here are their forecasts: Freddie Mac: 5.3%, Fannie Mae: 5.1% and Mortgage Bankers Association: 8.4%.

Using the average of the three projections (6.27%), a home that sells for $350,000 today would be valued at $371,945 by the end of next year.

Today, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate is hovering near historic lows. However, most experts believe rates will rise as the economy continues to recover. Here are the forecasts for the fourth quarter of 2022 by the three major entities mentioned above: Freddie Mac: 3.8%, Fannie Mae: 3.2%, and Mortgage Bankers Association: 4.2%. That averages out to 3.7% if you include all three forecasts, and...

Two Reasons Why Waiting a Year To Buy Could Cost You If you’re a renter with a desire to become a homeowner, or a homeowner who’s decided your current house no longer fits your needs, you may be hoping that waiting a year might mean better market conditions to purchase a home.

Choosing The Right Floor For Your Deck or Patio [9 Unique Ideas!] 09/22/2021

Choosing The Right Floor For Your Deck or Patio [9 Unique Ideas!]

See what designs would look good as patio flooring. #hometips #renovate

Choosing The Right Floor For Your Deck or Patio [9 Unique Ideas!] Patio and deck flooring doesn't have to be reliant on wood or brick anymore. There are many unique options to spruce up your outdoor space!

Is a 20% Down Payment Really Necessary To Purchase a Home? 09/22/2021

Is a 20% Down Payment Really Necessary To Purchase a Home?

Is a 20% Down Payment Really Necessary To Purchase a Home?

There’s a common misconception that, as a homebuyer, you need to come up with 20% of the total sale price for your down payment. In fact, a recent survey by Lending Tree asks what is keeping consumers from purchasing a home. For over half of those surveyed, the ability to afford a down payment is the biggest hurdle.

If saving that much money sounds overwhelming, you might be ready to give up on the dream of homeownership before you even begin – but you don’t have to. According to the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median down payment hasn’t been over 20% since 2005. It may sound surprising, but today’s average down payment is only 12%. That number is even lower for first-time homebuyers, whose average down payment is only 7%.

If you’re a prospective homebuyer, it’s important to know you don’t have to put the full 20% down. And...

Is a 20% Down Payment Really Necessary To Purchase a Home? There’s a common misconception that, as a homebuyer, you need to come up with 20% of the total sale price for your down payment. In fact, a recent survey by Lending Tree asks what is keeping consumers from purchasing a home. For over half of those surveyed, the ability to afford a down payment is ...

Remote Work Is Here To Stay. Can Your Home Deliver the Space You Need? 09/21/2021

Remote Work Is Here To Stay. Can Your Home Deliver the Space You Need?

Remote Work Is Here To Stay. Can Your Home Deliver the Space You Need?

If you’re still longing for a dedicated home office, now may be the time to find the home that addresses your evolving needs. More and more companies are delaying their plans to return to the office – others are deciding to remain fully remote permanently. According to economists from Goldman Sachs in a recent article from CNN, "Job ads increasingly offer remote work and surveys indicate that both workers and employers expect work from home to remain much more common than before the pandemic."

If you own your home, it’s important to realize that continued remote work may give you opportunities you didn’t realize you had. Since you don’t need to be tied to a specific area for your job, you have more flexibility when it comes to where you can live.

If you’re one of the nearly 23% of workers who will remain 100% remote, you have the option to move to a lower cost-of-living area...

Remote Work Is Here To Stay. Can Your Home Deliver the Space You Need? A lot has changed over the past year. For many people, the rise in remote work influenced what they’re looking for in a home and created a greater appetite for a dedicated home office. Some professionals took advantage of the situation and purchased a bigger home. Other people thought working from...

Pirque BG House / Apio Arquitectos 09/20/2021

Pirque BG House / Apio Arquitectos

Scenic views are some of the best of what this #modernhome has to offer. #homestyle

Pirque BG House / Apio Arquitectos Completed in Pirque, Chile.

Photos from Stephanie Brock, Realtor, Samson Properties's post 09/20/2021

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Is It Time To Move on to a New Home? 09/20/2021

Is It Time To Move on to a New Home?

Is It Time To Move on to a New Home?

Before 2008, homeowners sold their houses after an average of just five years. Today, that number has more than doubled to over 10 years. The housing industry refers to this as your tenure.

If you’ve been in your home for longer than the norm, chances are you’re putting off addressing one, if not several, of the reasons other individuals choose to move. If this sounds like you, here are a few things to consider:

>>If your needs have changed, it may be time to re-evaluate your home.
As the past year has shown, our needs can change rapidly. That means the longer you’ve been in your home, the more likely it is your needs have evolved. The Balance notes several personal factors that could lead to your home no longer meeting your needs, including relationship and job changes.

>>It’s often financially beneficial to sell your house and move.
One of the biggest benefits of homeownership is the equity your home builds...

Is It Time To Move on to a New Home? If you’ve been in your home for longer than five years, you’re not alone. According to recent data from First American, homeowners are staying put much longer than historical averages (see graph below):

9433 Lanae Lane Manassas Park, VA 20111 09/17/2021

9433 Lanae Lane Manassas Park, VA 20111

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9433 Lanae Lane Manassas Park, VA 20111 Welcome Home! This bright and spacious 3 bedroom, 3 full bath townhome with 1 car garage is absolutely gorgeous from top to bottom! With just under 2,200 sqft of living space this home is one of the largest floor plans in the community. Freshly painted throughout (Sherwin Williams City Loft), brand....

Have You Ever Seen a Housing Market Like This? 09/17/2021

Have You Ever Seen a Housing Market Like This?

Have You Ever Seen a Housing Market Like This? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Whether you’re buying or selling – today’s housing market has plenty of good news to go around. Buyers can take advantage of today's mortgage rates to escape rising rents and keep monthly payments affordable. Sellers can reap the benefits of multiple offers and a fast sale. If this sounds like good news to you, connect with a trusted real estate adviser so you can capitalize on the unique opportunity you have in today’s market.

Have You Ever Seen a Housing Market Like This? Some Highlights Whether you’re buying or selling – today’s housing market has plenty of good news to go around. Buyers can take advantage of today's mortgage rates to escape rising rents and keep monthly payments affordable. Sellers can reap the benefits of multiple offers and a fast sale. If ...

Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing? 09/16/2021

Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing?

Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing?

An important metric in today’s residential real estate market is the number of homes available for sale. The shortage of available housing inventory is the major reason for the double-digit price appreciation we’ve seen in each of the last two years. It’s the reason many would-be purchasers are frustrated with the bidding wars over the homes that are available. However, signs of relief are finally appearing.

What normally happens throughout the year?
Historically, housing inventory increases throughout the summer months, starts to tail off in the fall, and then drops significantly over the winter.

What happened last year?
Last year, the trend was different. Historical seasonality wasn’t repeated in 2020 since many homeowners held off on putting their houses up for sale because of the pandemic. In 2020, active listings peaked in April, and then fell off dramatically for the remainder of the...

Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing? An important metric in today’s residential real estate market is the number of homes available for sale. The shortage of available housing inventory is the major reason for the double-digit price appreciation we’ve seen in each of the last two years. It’s the reason many would-be purchasers ar...

Timeline Photos 09/15/2021

5 𝐓𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫!⁣

1️⃣Know Your Budget⁣
Knowing your budget & what you can afford is critical to your success as a homebuyer. The best way to understand your numbers is to work with a reputable local lender so you can get pre-approved for a loan. A pre-approval allows you to look for a home with greater confidence, demonstrates to the seller that you are a serious buyer & enables you to act quickly when you’ve found your perfect home.⁣

2️⃣Be Prepared To Move Fast⁣
Currently, the average home is on the market for just 17 days. When homes are selling fast, staying on top of the market & moving quickly are key. After you’ve worked with your agent to find the home that suits your needs, they’ll help you create & submit your best offer quickly.⁣

3️⃣A Real Estate Professional Can Lead You to Victory⁣
No matter what the housing market looks like, rely on a trusted Realtor. The success of your homebuying journey largely depends on the company you keep, so be sure to select experienced, trusted professionals who will help you make informed decisions & avoid any pitfalls. A good Realtor is an expert in the local real estate market. They have insight into what’s worked for other buyers in your area & what sellers may be looking for in an offer.⁣

4️⃣Craft a Strong, Fair Offer⁣
In such a competitive market, emotions & prices can run high. Having an agent to help craft a strong, fair offer is critical. Your agent can help you understand:⁣
🌟The market value of the home⁣
🌟Recent sales trends in the area⁣
🌟Current buyer demand⁣

5️⃣Understand the Seller’s Needs, Resist Waiving Certain Contingencies⁣
When crafting an offer, you’ll want to keep both your best interest & the interest of the seller in mind. However, there are certain contingencies you don’t want to give up. Resist the temptation to waive inspection contingencies, especially if the home is being sold ‘as-is’. Without an inspection contingency, you could be stuck with a house you can’t afford to fix.⁣

🌟Today’s competitive housing market makes it more important than ever to make a strong offer on a home. Let’s connect to make sure your offer rises to the top!

5 𝐓𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫!⁣

1️⃣Know Your Budget⁣
Knowing your budget & what you can afford is critical to your success as a homebuyer. The best way to understand your numbers is to work with a reputable local lender so you can get pre-approved for a loan. A pre-approval allows you to look for a home with greater confidence, demonstrates to the seller that you are a serious buyer & enables you to act quickly when you’ve found your perfect home.⁣

2️⃣Be Prepared To Move Fast⁣
Currently, the average home is on the market for just 17 days. When homes are selling fast, staying on top of the market & moving quickly are key. After you’ve worked with your agent to find the home that suits your needs, they’ll help you create & submit your best offer quickly.⁣

3️⃣A Real Estate Professional Can Lead You to Victory⁣
No matter what the housing market looks like, rely on a trusted Realtor. The success of your homebuying journey largely depends on the company you keep, so be sure to select experienced, trusted professionals who will help you make informed decisions & avoid any pitfalls. A good Realtor is an expert in the local real estate market. They have insight into what’s worked for other buyers in your area & what sellers may be looking for in an offer.⁣

4️⃣Craft a Strong, Fair Offer⁣
In such a competitive market, emotions & prices can run high. Having an agent to help craft a strong, fair offer is critical. Your agent can help you understand:⁣
🌟The market value of the home⁣
🌟Recent sales trends in the area⁣
🌟Current buyer demand⁣

5️⃣Understand the Seller’s Needs, Resist Waiving Certain Contingencies⁣
When crafting an offer, you’ll want to keep both your best interest & the interest of the seller in mind. However, there are certain contingencies you don’t want to give up. Resist the temptation to waive inspection contingencies, especially if the home is being sold ‘as-is’. Without an inspection contingency, you could be stuck with a house you can’t afford to fix.⁣

🌟Today’s competitive housing market makes it more important than ever to make a strong offer on a home. Let’s connect to make sure your offer rises to the top!

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