Great Ashburn Homes

Great Ashburn Homes D.A. Ford, a real estate agent with a passion for learning and teaching.

I was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Houston, Texas and I’ve called New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia home, so I know a thing or two about looking for a new home. I have owned and rented because each has made sense at different times in my life; that’s how I approach the rent vs own question. Homes have captivated me since my childhood. I rode my bicycle through the neighborhood next door to contemplate the homes. I was fascinated with classical Greek and Roman architecture, too. Today, Victorian homes and castles enchant me and I have Pinterest boards dedicated to them. I get a thrill out of visiting new model homes because I love to see different styles of exterior design and interior décor. When I was a child, whenever I was curious about something, I usually looked it up in our family’s encyclopedia. I still have the insatiable curiosity I had as a child, but of course, I use Google instead of the family encyclopedia. I enjoy following breadcrumbs to see where a topic will lead me; I almost always discover something new. I have nearly 20 years’ experience writing user manuals that showed people how to use software. I collaborated with software engineers, managers, and customers. Now, I help my clients understand every aspect of buying or selling a home and collaborate with loan officers, closing officers, home inspectors, and other professionals involved in buying or selling a house. I’m not a ‘natural salesperson’. That is, I’m not the outgoing ‘people person’ you naturally think of when you think of a real estate professional. Nevertheless, I’m good at the behind-the-scenes work that gets your deal done. I’m a critical thinker who takes the time to deliberate until I solve a problem. I listen carefully to what you say—and what you don’t say—to meet your unique needs. I communicate effectively in writing and in person, which is essential in any real estate deal; from marketing your house to writing an offer to negotiating, words matter. Paperwork and organization may be another agent’s Kryptonite, but it’s my yellow sun; I live to put everything in its place. I may not make a friend everywhere I go, but I have a tight inner circle of friends and family. If you hire me to represent you, I will consider you a member of that inner circle, which means I’ll be fiercely loyal and always put your interests first.

4 Signs You’re Being Too Picky to Buy a Home
10/18/2017
4 Signs You’re Being Too Picky to Buy a Home

4 Signs You’re Being Too Picky to Buy a Home

If you're shopping for a home, it's nice to think you won't settle for anything less than perfection. But come on, that's kind of like holding out for the “perfect” partner—romantic, but unrealistic. We're not telling you to just settle, but want to make sure you don’t end up with no home at all.

Swap Out These 7 Things in Your House for a New Lease on Life
10/11/2017
Swap Out These 7 Things in Your House for a New Lease on Life

Swap Out These 7 Things in Your House for a New Lease on Life

You can’t overestimate the effect your home can have on your mood. But some surprising things in it might be bringing you down. Fortunately, a few quick fixes can reset your design & your mood. Ditch these home décor downers & turn your home into an invigorating space where you can really recharge.

Living Room Design Doozies: 11 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Your Space
09/27/2017
Living Room Design Doozies: 11 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Your Space

Living Room Design Doozies: 11 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Your Space

Coming up with a design scheme from scratch in any room is difficult, let alone your primary living space. In order to design a truly inviting living room that’s also at its most functional, you’ll need to do a little extra thinking.

8 Things You Should Never Say to a Contractor
09/20/2017
8 Things You Should Never Say to a Contractor

8 Things You Should Never Say to a Contractor

You’re finally ready to undertake that home renovation. Hiring someone you feel comfortable with is key. But if you really want to make sure things go smoothly, avoid these 8 phrases. Make sure to download our app to find recommended contractors for all of your home improvement needs!

If you are ready and willing to buy a home, find out if you are able. Let’s get together to see if you qualify for a m...
08/05/2017
Be Careful Not to Get Caught in The Rental Trap!

If you are ready and willing to buy a home, find out if you are able. Let’s get together to see if you qualify for a mortgage now.

There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage. Don’t Become Trapped  A recent article by ConsumerAffairs addressed the continuous rise in rents, stating: “The cost

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07/24/2017
Is Now a Good Time to Rent?

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People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home, but nobody ever asks when a good time to rent is. Regardless, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent. The Census Bureau recently released their 2017 first quarter median rent numbers. Here is a

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43777 Central Station Drive, Suite 390
Ashburn, VA
20147

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