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Top 5 Mistakes a Seller Can Make

by Jennifer Young on July 29, 2014

There are a lot of hoops a seller must jump through when selling their home. With a good realtor, you should have no issues and no big “uh oh’s” especially if you do not do the following:


1. Stick around for showings

A buyer wants to see your house, not you. They cannot be totally honest or open with their spouse or realtor with you in ear shot, It definitely feels uncomfortable and distracting if the owner sticks around during a showing. LEAVE and let the buyer have some privacy to invade your privacy;)

2. Leave Odors

Do not cook fish or light all the candles in the house before a showing. Strong smells, especially bad smells, can be extreme turn offs to a potential buyer. Even good smells can be distracting and may make a buyer think you are covering up for another odor in the home. Use fabreze to get rid of any odors and do not add any more to the mix.

3. Leave lights off

Buyers need light to view your home. Walking into a dark and dreary home with all the shades drawn and lights off will send a buyer right back out the door. Create a warm environment by turning on the lights and opening all the blinds and curtains,

4. Leave Your Pets

What if a potential buyer has allergies? Fear of certain animals? Pet peeves about fur or animal pee? Or worse, fall in love with your pet instead of your house! Leaving a pet can discourage a potential buyer and keep their mind from falling in love with your home.

5. Block off showing times and rooms

A buyer needs an OPEN schedule to view an OPEN house. This means try to be as flexible as possible so more buyers can view your home. And do not lock or block off any area of your home. A buyer needs to be able to have access so they are able to make a decision about the home.

If you are selling your home in the Northern Virginia area and need some more tips on how to avoid any mistakes, please give our team a call!

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Open Houses for this Weekend

by Jennifer Young on July 25, 2014

NEWLY LISTED! Open 7/27 1-4PM


Shows like a model! Beautiful townhouse style condo w/3 finished levels & bright open floor plan. Light filled living room, updated kitchen w/granite, stainless steel appliances, wood like laminate. Huge master bedroom suite on the entire upper level features vaulted ceiling, master bathroom & walk -in closet. Second level has two bedrooms, full bathroom & laundry room. Upgraded carpeting, designer paint. Minutes to VRE, amenities include pool, tennis, community center & more!

Elementary:  Dean ..                          Middle:  Metz ..                High:  Osbourn

JUST REDUCED! Opens 7/26 & 7/27 1-4 PM

7711 SPOLETO LN #4, MCLEAN, VA 22102

Gorgeous brick townhouse style condo w/2 car garage in the heart of McLean. Gated community. Stunning open staircase, light filled open floor plan w/formal living room and dining room, Gourmet kitchen w/upgraded cabinets, breakfast bar & breakfast area opens to family room w/fireplace. Two story master bedroom suite has luxurious master bathroom w/jetted tub. Two additional bedrooms each w/private bathroom. Lower level has rec room w/2nd fireplace leading to brick patio & full bathroom. Great location!

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Market Shift for Younger Buyers with New Preferences

July 24, 2014

This next generation of home buyers is a different sort of breed. It consists of many Generation X and Generation Y home buyers. Many of the buyers from this group are single women, gay couples, and the working single professional. This group of people are looking for different items in their first time home buying [...]

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Price Improvements in Arlington, VA!

July 23, 2014

3859 N Upland St, Arlington, VA 22207 For Sale – $1,549,900 – 5 Beds – 4.5 Baths Pristine Craftsman in great location, five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms- three full baths on upper level. Two car detached garage. New Hardiplank, two fireplaces, hardwood flooring, extensive woodwork & built-ins. Gourmet kitchen with Pro 6 burner [...]

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Price Reduction! Beautiful 5 Level Brick Townhome in Burke, VA!

July 22, 2014

5434 Calstock Ct Burke, VA 22015 Stunning brick townhouse in quiet Lake Braddock neighborhood. 5 levels, 12′ ceilings in Living Room. Custom moldings, hardwood floors, Dining Room overlooks Living Room and opens to multi-level deck. Gourmet kitchen w/stainless steel appliances, Silestone, breakfast bar. Master Bedroom w/nook, custom walk in closet, vanity area, full bath. Hall bathroom [...]

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Curb Appeal- the MUST for Listing your Home

July 22, 2014

Curb appeal is a huge deal in marketing your home for sale. Buyers tend to make a decision about whether they like a home within the first 30 seconds of being there. Those 30 seconds can literally be used up walking up to your front door. Here are some great ideas to take your curb [...]

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JUST LISTED in Bristow by the Jennifer Young Homes Team!

July 18, 2014

8809 FENIMORE PL, BRISTOW, VA 20136 List Price:  $375,000 Elementary School: Bristow Run           Middle School: Gainesville          High School: Patriot Lovely home w/garage backing to trees. Front porch, 8 foot extension on three levels. Loads of light & windows. Open floor plan has living room, dining room w/bay [...]

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JUST REDUCED! SFH in Bristow, MINUTES to Major Commuter Roads!

July 17, 2014

8792 PARTRIDGE RUN WAY, BRISTOW, VA 20136 List Price:  $385,000 Five Bedrooms, Three Full Baths, One Half Bath PW8375405 - PRINCE WILLIAM Elementary: Bristow Run Middle: Gainesville High: Patriot . . Immaculate five bedroom, three and a half bath home loaded with upgrades. Hardwood flooring on entire main. Bright open floor plan with 9′ ceilings & cathedral ceilings, [...]

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Aldie/ Stone Ridge Townhouse – Open House this Sunday!

July 17, 2014

j 41902 CINNABAR SQ, ALDIE, VA 20105 Open House Sunday, 7/20 from 1-4PM Gorgeous brick front townhouse w/2 car garage loaded w/upgrades! Hardwoods, 9′ ceilings, windows galore, custom moldings. Bright open floor plan w/living room, dining room, family room off kitchen w/42″ cabinets, stainless steel appliance, Corian counters, double ovens, breakfast bar. Master bedroom w/soaring [...]

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Congrats to John Delaney, Winner of the 1st Half 2014 Referral Contest!

July 16, 2014

For the 1st half of 2014 we received countless referrals from past clients which we are extremely thankful for! We had roughly 25 people refer us new clients that got entered into this contest, some of which got entered into the contest multiple times for each referral they sent in. The winner of the first [...]

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