Insights: For Selling Smartly

Save Money & Prevent Costly Home Repairs

Yikes! Don’t Let Little Problems Around Your House Turn Into A Money Pit! Perhaps you’ve heard the old expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Indeed, those words still hold true today!  As a Realtor, I’ve seen firsthand that deferring home maintenance can be very risky, as even small issues can Continue Reading...

Join My Client Appreciation Program

Putting Your Needs First, Saving You Time And Money! With real life solutions and genuine caring at its core, in January 2014 I launched a fun and useful Client Appreciation Program to help share insights and practical tips — along with special VIP events, rewarding opportunities, and money-saving discounts from outstanding retailers like Lowe’s!  (Imagine enjoying a Continue Reading...

Best Sellers: Top 10 Shades of ‘Greige’

Helping You Sell Your Home Sooner & For More Money During a recent parade of homes, I previewed a very nice property for sale.  The homeowner’s furnishings were attractively staged, to allow the features of the home to shine.  Its rooms had been artfully edited and de-cluttered; truly, it was a ‘market ready’ home. Best of Continue Reading...

Sneak Peek At Housing Market Numbers

Be Wise, Know Your Numbers Want to know one of the most challenging hurdles when buying or selling a home?  Accepting that it’s truly a numbers game.  When I first heard this many years ago, I actually bristled at the notion.  Then I saw it played out over and over.  It’s the secret to understanding Continue Reading...

Great Blueprint For Marketing Your Home

Designing Prime Exposure For My Clients’ Properties… Like it or not, real estate is definitely a numbers game.  For many home sellers, this can be a frustrating and challenging hurdle, especially when you try to go it alone (e.g. for sale by owner).  Fortunately, I’m a numbers girl who loves innovative marketing.  I’ll gladly take Continue Reading...

New Assessments for James City County

Assessments Completed & Mailed The Real Estate Assessment Division recently completed the assessment of all real property located in James City County (JCC), as based on the fair market value of the property as of Jan. 1, 2014. The new assessments show that the drop in home values over the last few years has slowed Continue Reading...

Consider The Impact of Rising Mortgage Rates

The Great Interest Rate Debate… Looking back, it started with a brisk Spring 2013 here in Williamsburg,Virginia, with market activity levels far surpassing our collective expectations. First-time home buyers were coming off the sidelines at a breakneck pace.  Home prices were seemingly irresistible and mortgage interest rates were incredibly low.  There simply weren’t enough great properties to Continue Reading...

Sell Or Stay? Conquering The Uncertainty

Market Statistics & Trends May Address Our Questions… A home purchase can represent our biggest investment — and its present dollar value can greatly impact our overall sense of financial well-being.   When values are up, we’re hopeful.  When they’re down, we’re disappointed and may even put our plans on hold… indefinitely. We may want to sell and make Continue Reading...

Move Now — Or Wait Till Spring Market?

Timing Is Everything… Real estate decisions and valuations are often factored on the familiar adage “location, location, location.”  Increasingly, the new mantra seems to be, “timing, timing, timing.” Mindful of this emerging reality, I recently shared with my Seller clients the need to pay special attention to our ‘market echo.’  Listening for valuable feedback from Continue Reading...

Dollars & Sense: How A Few Bucks Can Yield Thousands

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…  In addition to home staging and taking advantage of  tax deferred 1031 exchanges, there are some low-cost strategies that make this Realtor and real estate investor’s heart sing! From personal experience, I’ve maximized the return on my investment when applying these five wonderfully inexpensive products.  Give it Continue Reading...

How Much Is Your Home Worth Today?

Finding The Right Anchor Point… Unfortunately, the value of your home is not what it was at the peak of the market.  Thankfully, it’s not likely to be as low as during the market’s ebb.  That’s why it’s important to determine a realistic anchor point, in terms of current home values. There are two major Continue Reading...

How To Show Your Home… Beautifully

A Dozen Ways To Make A Great First Impression… Ever notice how little things can make a big difference?   This holds especially true when your home is on the market, competing against other properties for those coveted buyers. Paying careful attention to the details can actually put dollars back into your pockets!  In previous articles, Continue Reading...

Design Trends: The Right-Sized Home

Bigger Isn’t Always Better… Given the lessons of the real estate boom and bust, there’s a trend that’s emerging: the ‘right sized’ home.  Perhaps going the way of the dodo bird are McMansion-sized homes of the recent past.  (Really, Tam, could that happen?)  I think it’s highly possible. Ask an empty nester if they want Continue Reading...

How Long Can You Count On A Dock Lasting?

In short, it depends on the dock…  Just as with a house, the duration of a dock should be factored upon who engineered the structure and the quality with which it was built (e.g. materials + construction). Also of major concern can be nature itself — sun, saltwater, storms and/or marine organisms.  All take their Continue Reading...

Selling? Move The Odds Into Your Favor!

Appeal To More + Sell For More = 100% Worth It… Are you looking to sell your home faster — and for more money?  Move the odds into your favor, by letting your home be staged to sell! Recently, I had the privilege of taking buyer clients to their second showing of a gracious waterfront Continue Reading...

Selecting Premier Waterfront Properties

Why Take The Time?  In Short, Your Money Matters… Whether it’s for your primary residence, a long-awaited cottage for retirement life or even a fun ‘Chateau Relaxo‘ summer home, the decision to purchase waterfront property should be approached with eyes wide open. A romantic water view can be awfully seductive, but it may not translate Continue Reading...