Living Large in Loudoun

Living Large in Loudoun Realtor®
Pearson Smith Realty

Welcome to LIVING LARGE IN LOUDOUN! My husband and I settled in the Lowes Island/Cascades community of Loudoun County in 1999. I immediately fell in love with all that the area has to offer – the friendly suburban communities, the rolling hills, the quaint horse and farm towns, and my favorite, the charming wineries! As a real estate professional, I am thrilled to be able to share my passion for this area and continue to assist families along their journey. The thing I love most about my work is the feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping people realize their dreams and achieve their goals. I build partnerships with my clients that last well beyond the sale because I conduct my business the same way I live my life; with honesty, respect, determination and a healthy dose of fun. I want you to feel comfortable, informed and relaxed.

Just spent two days at the incredible She’s Unstoppable Live! conference! I loved hearing empowered women talking abou...
04/10/2019

Just spent two days at the incredible She’s Unstoppable Live! conference! I loved hearing empowered women talking about real estate. 💕

As a home buyer, you’ll have a team of professionals working for you to help you through the entire process. It’s im...
04/09/2019

As a home buyer, you’ll have a team of professionals working for you to help you through the entire process. It’s important that you do your research and hire people that you trust. I recommend interviewing 2-3 Real Estate Agents and Lenders (or at least researching them) before committing to one!

You’re going to be talking with your Real Estate Agent a lot (probably almost daily) so it’s important that you find someone you click with and who you also trust to guide you through the process!

When it comes to choosing a lender, you’ll want to choose someone local who you can meet with in person! You can ask your Real Estate Agent for lender recommendations as they’ve likely worked with quite a few and can help you choose someone who is the right fit!

Don’t forget to dowload my FREE Guide – Reality House Hunters to learn all about the home buying process (what you don’t see on HGTV!) so that you can be prepared for homeownership! This guide includes the other 2 team members you’ll work with when buying a house so don’t miss out!

DOWLOAD IT RIGHT HERE >>> https://www.modernagenthousehunters.com/lauren-defrese

This week's Hot Spot is Colada Shop!  I LOVE this place ❤️ - it is so colorful and full of energy! The iced cafe con...
04/08/2019

This week's Hot Spot is Colada Shop! I LOVE this place ❤️ - it is so colorful and full of energy! The iced cafe con leche is a perfect pick me up on a warm day like today! If you haven't been, I highly recommend you check it out!

BONUS: Since today is National Empanada Day, they are selling their delicious empanadas for $1.50 each (I know where I am going for lunch today!!) 😋
For more info: https://www.coladashop.com/

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The first place most potential buyers are going to see your beautiful home is ONLINE! Imagine buyers lined up to see you...
04/06/2019

The first place most potential buyers are going to see your beautiful home is ONLINE! Imagine buyers lined up to see your house the first day it hits the market because of how awesome it looks online? That’s why it’s important to work with a Real Estate Agent who hires a professional to take listing photos!
#SellerTipSaturday

Hey Loudoun! Here's your weekly list of fun, upcoming events! We are super excited about the opening of Great Country Fa...
04/05/2019

Hey Loudoun! Here's your weekly list of fun, upcoming events! We are super excited about the opening of Great Country Farms for the season (and the kick-off of their Easter Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest!) 🐰 🐣 After a long cold winter, nothing chases away the chill like a visit to the farm!

Check out all the details for the weekend right here 👇

http://livinglargeinloudoun.com/?p=3352

OPEN HOUSE ALERT!Are you looking for that PERFECT home within minutes of shopping, entertainment and so much more?  This...
04/04/2019

OPEN HOUSE ALERT!

Are you looking for that PERFECT home within minutes of shopping, entertainment and so much more? This beauty in the sought after community of Riverpoint (in Leesburg) is a MUST SEE with an amazing kitchen, luxurious owner's suite with oversized walk-in closets and spa like master bath with soaking tub. I will be holding it open this Sunday, April 7th from 1-3 PM. Stop by to tour this lovely home, learn about all the community amenities and enjoy some treats!

Click for more info. here (or contact me for a private showing!) >>>https://www.searchallproperties.com/information/2610513

Hop on over to these Easter Egg Hunts happening this month all over Loudoun (including one for the adults!!)For more inf...
04/03/2019

Hop on over to these Easter Egg Hunts happening this month all over Loudoun (including one for the adults!!)

For more info, check out the full blog post here: http://livinglargeinloudoun.com/?p=3252

Unlike HGTV, where buyers choose from 3 magical homes, there aren’t any other buyers to compete with, you narrow it do...
04/02/2019

Unlike HGTV, where buyers choose from 3 magical homes, there aren’t any other buyers to compete with, you narrow it down from there and BOOM, you’re a homeowner – the reality of the house hunting process is a little more complicated than that.

That’s why I created a handy FREE guide – Reality House Hunters – to help prepare you for what to expect each step of the way! You are making the biggest purchase of your life and you should do that with confidence.

So grab yourself a fresh cup of coffee or tea and click below to download your Free guide! ☺️

https://www.modernagenthousehunters.com/lauren-defrese

Interested in snuggling some Nigerian Dwarf baby goats?  (Who wouldn’t be?) 🥰 Visit this week's Loudoun Hot Spot an...
04/01/2019

Interested in snuggling some Nigerian Dwarf baby goats? (Who wouldn’t be?) 🥰 Visit this week's Loudoun Hot Spot and you can pet these adorable babies for just $20! HURRY - Time slots selling out fast!!!

Click here for more info. 👉 https://silvermaplefarmgoats.com/

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03/31/2019

Are you (like me) a homebody at heart? ❤️

I love giving this book to buyers who close on their new homes because it’s all about creating spaces you never want to leave! And that’s how home should feel! Do you have a space in your home that makes you never want to leave?

If you’re going to list your home, your bathroom may need some work. It’s one of the rooms that can turn buyers off ...
03/30/2019

If you’re going to list your home, your bathroom may need some work. It’s one of the rooms that can turn buyers off if not staged properly (and especially if it’s dirty!) Here are 5 Simple Steps to a Spa-like bathroom that buyers will LOVE:

1. White towels: Adding a few NEW fluffy, white rolled up towels to your bathroom will instantly give it a spa vibe! Don’t forget a new hand towel!
2. Greenery: Add a plant or 2 for some greenery and to bring life to the bathroom! Bamboo plants are my go to for bathrooms but anything will work! You could even add a couple of succulents into the mix depending on how much space you have!
3. The spa scent! Diffuse Lavender & Eucalyptus essential oils in your bathroom and it will smell like you just walked into the spa in no time!
4. Add other accessories such as bath salts, tiny candles and fluffy rugs!
5. If your shower curtain and / or liner are getting old, it’s time to swap it out with something new! Stick to a neutral color palette to keep that spa feel!

#SellerTipSaturday

Hey Loudoun! Here's your weekly list of fun, upcoming events! 🎉Step right up for some family fun! The Dulles Town Cen...
03/29/2019

Hey Loudoun! Here's your weekly list of fun, upcoming events! 🎉

Step right up for some family fun! The Dulles Town Center Carnival, opening this weekend, features midway rides for all ages from whimsical kiddie rides to state-of-the-art thrill rides, carnival games and your favorite fair food.🤡🍿🎠🎡

Check out all the details for the weekend right here 👇http://livinglargeinloudoun.com/?p=3319

A little bit of Loudoun’s history!  #TBT#LivingLargeInLoudoun
03/28/2019

A little bit of Loudoun’s history!
#TBT
#LivingLargeInLoudoun

Loudoun's history...Willisville -- a historically African-American village nestled between Bloomfield and St. Louis in southwest Loudoun. Willisville's history stems from Reconstruction. Former slaves from the Middleburg and Upperville areas built what had potential to be a thriving community, including a church, school, store and a network of family farms

#tbt

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.- MLKJr

The surrounding Blue Ridge landscape and the rolling countryside of DC’s Wine Country provides the perfect backdrop fo...
03/26/2019

The surrounding Blue Ridge landscape and the rolling countryside of DC’s Wine Country provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventure.

If you've been feeling cooped up, it's time to get out and enjoy this beautiful Spring weather with some of our favorite outdoor adventures!! (check out the list here) 👇

http://livinglargeinloudoun.com/?p=3306

What’s your all time favorite coffee or breakfast order? This is your permission slip to treat yourself today and have...
03/25/2019

What’s your all time favorite coffee or breakfast order? This is your permission slip to treat yourself today and have that yummy – possibly sugary latte or blueberry scone! We can’t control everything that happens to us but some Monday’s call for a little pick me up and today is one of them!

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Time to cuddle up and enjoy a relaxing Sunday at home! One of my favorite ways to spend Sunday is with a good book in my...
03/24/2019

Time to cuddle up and enjoy a relaxing Sunday at home! One of my favorite ways to spend Sunday is with a good book in my favorite comfy chair. Where is your favorite spot to cozy up at home and what are you reading right now?

(I just got my hands on the new Rachael Hollis book for a book club I am in!)

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Did you know that once staged, homes spend an average of 73% less time on the market? That’s why I focus on regularly ...
03/23/2019

Did you know that once staged, homes spend an average of 73% less time on the market? That’s why I focus on regularly sharing staging tips with you guys on here! 😘

Maybe your home is currently full of family photos, pictures from your favorite vacation and kid’s paintings! When it comes to staging your home for sale, you’ll want to take those things down and pack them somewhere safe until you move into your new house! You’ll want to fill those spaces with other items so that your house doesn’t look too bare and some of my favorites include books, vases of fresh flowers, plants and candles. One of my favorite way to style books lately is in a wire basket which you can grab at Target for under $10!

Oh, If you are thinking of selling your home this coming year, don’t forget to download my FREE checklist – “How to Make the Most Money From Your Home Sale” to get all the details! Get it right here 👇https://www.modernagenthomesale.com/lauren-defrese

#SellerTipSaturday

Hey Loudoun!  Here's your weekly list of fun, upcoming events!  Celebrate the arrival of spring with soirées, festivals...
03/22/2019

Hey Loudoun! Here's your weekly list of fun, upcoming events! Celebrate the arrival of spring with soirées, festivals and performances aplenty! We are super excited about CatocTEN Creek's Southern Anniversary Soirée! Congratulations Catoctin Creek Distillery on your 10th anniversary!!

Check out all the details for the weekend right here >> http://livinglargeinloudoun.com/?p=3297

It’s always important to me to be involved in something meaningful. Friends, family, faith, my community, and my work....
03/21/2019

It’s always important to me to be involved in something meaningful. Friends, family, faith, my community, and my work.

Being a Realtor in Loudoun County, I get to work tight with my community and get close to my clients. Making them feel important and heard is so satisfying!

Happy I have a career that feeds my passion!

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Hello March Madness! 🏀  Here are the best Loudoun hotspots to enjoy the games and support your team. Who are you root...
03/20/2019

Hello March Madness! 🏀 Here are the best Loudoun hotspots to enjoy the games and support your team. Who are you rooting for (GO TERPS!)? 🍻

You can check out my top ten here >>>
http://livinglargeinloudoun.com/?p=3271

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FREE ICE CREAM! 🍦😋Dairy Queen is offering free ice cream cones on Wednesday (TOMORROW!!)  to celebrate the first o...
03/19/2019

FREE ICE CREAM! 🍦😋
Dairy Queen is offering free ice cream cones on Wednesday (TOMORROW!!) to celebrate the first official day of Spring. 🌞🌷
Spread the word!

#freeconeday
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This week's Loudoun hot spot is Walsh Family Wine!  They just opened their doors to guests this weekend and are the newe...
03/18/2019

This week's Loudoun hot spot is Walsh Family Wine! They just opened their doors to guests this weekend and are the newest addition to our growing vineyards here in Loudoun! 🍷 What a beautiful space, with great wine, a yummy menu and a perfect patio to enjoy this amazing weather we've been having here in Loudoun!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS NEWEST HOT SPOT,
check out the blog post here >> http://livinglargeinloudoun.com/?p=3256

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 🍀
03/17/2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 🍀

This month I’m sharing lots of tips on how to make the most money from your home sale! It’s time for our next tip - ...
03/16/2019

This month I’m sharing lots of tips on how to make the most money from your home sale! It’s time for our next tip - so let the fun begin!

Step 1: It’s time to deep clean – think windows, scuff marks on the walls, washing the floors, swapping out your welcome mat, scrubbing showers, you get the idea!

Step 2: Now onto decluttering & organizing.. Clean off all of your countertops. I know these can easily accumulate way too much but that won’t appeal to buyers. Hide the dish soap, sponges, toaster, mail, and other small appliances. The coffee pot, a bottle of wine and a fresh scented candle are okay! Maybe you want to get a cute storage basket for your cookbooks, that’s okay too! Just keep it looking clear of junk! Same thing for the bathrooms and bookshelves. You’ll want to get all of this taken care of prior to getting listing photos taken so that your house looks its best!

Step 3: Organize the dreaded closets! I don’t know about you but these are always the messiest spaces in my house! To organize your closet and show off how much space you have, take out half of what is hanging in your closet and store it all in bins. Then neatly organize what’s left!

Don’t forget to grab my FREE checklist – “How to Make the Most Money From Your Home Sale” to get all the details! 👇https://www.modernagenthomesale.com/lauren-defrese

Just another day at the office!! 🍀 ....Starting the St. Paddy's weekend off right!! (Thank you Pearson Smith Realty)!...
03/15/2019

Just another day at the office!! 🍀 ....
Starting the St. Paddy's weekend off right!!
(Thank you Pearson Smith Realty)!
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Oh my gosh, there is SO MUCH happening in Loudoun this weekend.  Time to get your green on and party!!  I am really look...
03/15/2019

Oh my gosh, there is SO MUCH happening in Loudoun this weekend. Time to get your green on and party!! I am really looking forward to the SHAMROCK & ROLL St. Patrick's Day Block Party 2019 happening at Loudoun Station (where my office is, how handy!!) 🍀🌈🍯

Get the scoop on this event and find out what else is happening in our LIVING LARGE IN LOUDOUN Weekend Guide - right here>>>> http://livinglargeinloudoun.com/?p=3220

03/14/2019
St Patrick's Day

In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday, let’s talk about some urban legends! Did you know that the real estate industry also has its fair share of good luck charms and statues? 🍀

Watch this video to learn more…

PS: Thinking about buying or selling a home soon? I can help… Just comment below or send me a message!

03/14/2019

It feels like Spring is finally here!! 🌞🌷
Uh oh - needing to get into shape before swimsuit season? 🏋️‍♂️
Not to worry, we've got a list of our favorite local gyms! 🧘‍♀️

Check out the full list here
👉http://livinglargeinloudoun.com/?p=3198

Special shoutout to:
Burr Strength and Performance Training Center
Anytime Fitness - Purcellville, Virginia
Catoctin CrossFit
Onelife Fitness - Brambleton
Performance Edge - Sports Training

What do you think of the tiny home trend?  🤔Would you live in one?  (I could only see myself buying a tiny house in a...
03/12/2019
Tiny Home Concept Taking Hold in Loudoun, Causing Stir Among Residents

What do you think of the tiny home trend? 🤔
Would you live in one? (I could only see myself buying a tiny house in a tropical location or somewhere I could be outside most of the time) 🌴🏝

Micro-cottages and tiny homes might be the housing option of the future—especially in areas like Loudoun where the cost of living is unbearable for some—but for now, they’re sparking a bit of resident concern. The recent advent of stand-alone dwelling units designed to be less—and oftentimes...

This week’s Loudoun hot spot is BITES Wine and Grilled Cheese Bar!  Now we all know that wine and cheese are a match m...
03/11/2019

This week’s Loudoun hot spot is BITES Wine and Grilled Cheese Bar!

Now we all know that wine and cheese are a match made in heaven. But wine and grilled cheese? Is it even possible to improve upon perfection? At Bites, they've taken a childhood classic, added artisanal breads and ingredients and paired them with a fleet of delicious wines or house made sangrias. BAM! 🔥

One of my favorite sandwiches is the HAMILTON: Gruyere, fontina, and brie cheese with fig spread on cranberry walnut bread. Named for the beauty that is Hamilton, VA. 😋 mmmm ......

This is the perfect place for the kid at heart, to remind you that just because you grow older, doesn't mean you have to grow up.

So tell me, have you been to BITES WIne and Grilled Cheese Bar? I would love to hear all about it!

For more info about BITES check out the blog post here>> http://livinglargeinloudoun.com/?p=3203

Raise your hand if you’re thinking of selling your home in 2019! 🙋‍♀️  Do you want to know how to make the mo...
03/10/2019

Raise your hand if you’re thinking of selling your home in 2019! 🙋‍♀️ Do you want to know how to make the most money from your home sale? You’re in luck! This month I'll be sharing lots of tips on how to do just that (just in time for the hot spring market 🔥)! The first step is to schedule a consultation with ME because a prepared seller is a successful seller!

Here’s how it works:

1. You contact me – yay!

2. I send you some crucial resources to help you prepare for listing your home (whether you work with me or not, you’re going to want these!)

3. We schedule a consultation so we can meet and talk about the entire process including what it looks like to work with me!

4. I learn about you and your home and we chat / bond over wine, food and probably Netflix.

5. We click! You decide to book your home selling timeframe and I walk you through the rest!

Don’t forget to request my FREE checklist – “How to Make the Most Money From Your Home Sale” to get all the details on what steps you should take and when!

Who is looking for a list of Open Houses this weekend? 🙋‍♀️Check them out here >>>>  bit.ly/LoudounOpen(P.S: Wa...
03/09/2019

Who is looking for a list of Open Houses this weekend? 🙋‍♀️
Check them out here >>>> bit.ly/LoudounOpen

(P.S: Want to feel like a kid again? Go put those sexy shoe covers on! Now go ahead & make that slide on that gorgeous wooden floor! I know you want to...Try it nobody is looking 😉!)

Looks like love is in the air! ♥️Time for another LIVING LARGE IN LOUDOUN Weekend Guide full of adventures in DC’s...
03/08/2019

Looks like love is in the air! ♥️
Time for another LIVING LARGE IN LOUDOUN Weekend Guide full of adventures in DC’s Wine Country!
Check it out here >>> http://livinglargeinloudoun.com/?p=3172
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Before I end the day, I write my to-do list for the next one. Since I juggle a lot of clients, this list is helpful so t...
03/08/2019

Before I end the day, I write my to-do list for the next one. Since I juggle a lot of clients, this list is helpful so that I can keep track of my tasks and what I need to accomplish. What are some ways you stay on track with your work?

Looks like things are moving forward with the Children's Science Center coming to Kincora (right here in Loudoun!). It w...
03/06/2019
Plans for Northern Virginia children's science center take leap forward

Looks like things are moving forward with the Children's Science Center coming to Kincora (right here in Loudoun!). It will be 10X the size of the current Children’s Science Center facility at Fair Oaks Mall.
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The Virginia General Assembly recently approved $2.3 million to help initiate the design of a regional STEM-focused science center in Northern Virginia.

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