Merv Olds, Pearson Smith Realty

Merv Olds, Pearson Smith Realty Licensed in VA, Office: (571) 386-1075
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05/15/2019

A review from a veteran friend of mine! Thank you so much Debra Triggs! It was an honor serving you as you had served us!

First time buyer?  Single person or family of two?  Roommate situation?  Know anyone wanting to buy?  Come see this beau...
04/27/2019
43374 Greyswallow Ter, Ashburn, VA 20147 - OPEN HOUSE

First time buyer? Single person or family of two? Roommate situation? Know anyone wanting to buy? Come see this beautiful townhome-like condo in Ashburn Farms today Saturday, April 27th and tomorrow Sunday, April 28th during our open house from 1pm to 3pm. Recently painted, HVAC & Water Heater replaced in 2010, low condo fees which include trash, snow removal, lawn care, and water. Plus access to Ashburn Farm amenities such as pools, 20 miles of walking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, volleyball courts, tot lots, ponds, and a pavilion. Come see us!

Learn more about 43374 Greyswallow Ter, Ashburn, VA 20147. This home is priced at $350,000, with 2 beds, 2 baths, and…

04/26/2019

I have a Realtor friend who shared this today and it definitely rings true. No one ever means to cause offense by asking, it’s just from lack of education so I hope this helps for the future 🙂

Folks, before you ask for a discount on your commission from a Realtor®, please understand what you're truly asking them to do...and ask yourself this question: If your boss came to you and asked you to work overtime but wasn't going to compensate you for doing so, would you still do it?

Another day, another person who says realtors are overpaid and an unnecessary part of a transaction. I’m assuming that those who think this have either been watching too much Million Dollar Listing or think they know how to do it on their own. A few things to consider:

We don’t get to keep all the money we make on deals. You see 3% on a $200k home as $6k. We don’t. That commission is paid to us:

- Before taxes
- Before broker splits
- Before marketing
- Before board dues
- Before office bills
- Before all the other costs of doing business

Out of what’s left of our checks after all this, we can then begin paying for everything else. But wait, that’s not all!

We don’t get afforded a lot of the things you enjoy at a 9-5 job. We don’t receive:

- Employer healthcare
- Employee matched retirement accounts
- Paid vacations
- Weekends off
- Nights off
- Maternity leave
- Bereavement pay/leave
- Company car

We pay for all of this out of our own pockets. Yes, there are some Realtors® married to people working company jobs who receive some of these benefits. But the vast majority support our families on what’s left after our benefits are spoken for.

Yes, we did choose to sell real estate. It’s a career which allows virtually uncapped growth and income potential. But we also have to be available at any time of the day when needed. Whether it’s showing homes at 7pm, writing offers at 11pm or doing final walkthroughs at 6am. We’re there when we’re needed.

So before someone says we make too much money and aren’t really needed anymore, I encourage you to do this. Get your real estate license, start lead generating, find clients who trust you. Make sure you know not only what goes in the blanks of the contracts, but also what the parts of them say. Learn what happens once you write a contract, and what vendor partners are a good fit and who is a scam. Try and keep deals together when they’re about to go south with critical thinking skills while staying within legal parameters. Educate the clients about what’s going to happen after they close and what to expect in the couple years to come. Then listen as others tell you the money you’ve been paid is too much and they could do what you’ve done.

Exhausting, isn’t it?

Sincerely,

Your Realtor

04/17/2019
Amazon touts effort to crack down on counterfeits amid complaints

For many of you like me that shop on Amazon, watch this and beware!

Amazon is speaking out about Project Zero, the company's latest effort to crack down on counterfeit goods sold on their site. The online retail giant has more than 300 million active users. They spent more than $141 billion on products last year. Carter Evans spoke with Dharmesh Mehta, Amazon's vice...

04/14/2019

Hey all I’m hosting an open house in Camp Saranac in Gainesville today from 2-4pm 8213 Bearhurst Dr, Gainesville. It’s a beautiful gated community that surrounds Lake Manassas where residents can fish on! Come out and visit or bring a friend that wants to move to this area and register to win a $25 Visa card!

04/01/2019

Just wanted to say congrats to my sister Merna and brother-in-law Brian on the closing of their condo today! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help you sell it!

Some helpful tips to get you ready to sell.
03/28/2019
20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some helpful tips to get you ready to sell.

Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for

Federal Reserve committed to not raising interest rates until 2020!  They are back to where they were before the hike la...
03/21/2019
MMG Minute

Federal Reserve committed to not raising interest rates until 2020! They are back to where they were before the hike last year. If you need to speak to a lender, please call me!
https://mervolds.dmv.psrhomesearch.com/ (703) 906-8577

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Getting stronger every day!  Call me if you are thinking of selling your home this year (703) 906-8577, merv.olds@pearso...
03/13/2019
The Housing Market Will “Spring Forward” This Year!

Getting stronger every day! Call me if you are thinking of selling your home this year (703) 906-8577, [email protected]; https://mervolds.dmv.psrhomesearch.com/

Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale has been holding back the market. Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best i...

Just want to congratulate my clients the Guimond’s on their first home purchase!  So excited for them and their family...
03/01/2019

Just want to congratulate my clients the Guimond’s on their first home purchase! So excited for them and their family! And thanks to Laurie Puccio Tracy with Home Savings and Trust Mortgage for helping with the loan! https://mervolds.dmv.psrhomesearch.com/

The market has been hot and seems to continue to sizzle.  Can we say Hello Amazon for helping?!  If you are thinking of ...
02/20/2019
How To List Your Home for the Best Price

The market has been hot and seems to continue to sizzle. Can we say Hello Amazon for helping?! If you are thinking of selling, read this article for great information. https://mervolds.dmv.psrhomesearch.com/

If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018. The map below shows the results of the latest index by

I would LOVE to help you find your new home!  Call/text or email me if you would LOVE to start looking for that new home...
02/13/2019
5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]

I would LOVE to help you find your new home! Call/text or email me if you would LOVE to start looking for that new home! (703) 906-8577, [email protected]; https://mervolds.dmv.psrhomesearch.com/

Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make! They are there for you to help with contracts, explaining the process, negotiations, and pricing (both when making an offer or sett

Why won't my house sell?  Read further about the 5 most common reasons why a listing contract will expire.
12/27/2018
Why Houses DO NOT Sell in a Strong Market

Why won't my house sell? Read further about the 5 most common reasons why a listing contract will expire.

As we approach the end of the year, many homeowners find themselves asking the question, “If we’re currently in a strong real estate market, why won’t my house sell?”

Its a great time to list as interest rate hikes have been tabled and there are more buyers than inventory right now.  Ca...
11/29/2018
7 Reasons to List Your House For Sale This Holiday Season

Its a great time to list as interest rate hikes have been tabled and there are more buyers than inventory right now. Call me if you are interested in having a free market analysis done on your home: (703) 906-8577

Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are seven great reasons not to wait: Relocation b

11/14/2018

What do you think of the name?

11/04/2018

Open house at 2726 Gallows Rd #515, Vienna, VA, Open from 1-3pm

Between Amazon and Apple thinking of moving their campuses to Northern Virginia good time to think about selling or buyi...
11/03/2018
Amazon reportedly in advanced talks for HQ2 in Crystal City

Between Amazon and Apple thinking of moving their campuses to Northern Virginia good time to think about selling or buying!

Amazon has held advanced discussions on locating its $5 billion second headquarters in Northern Virginia, according to The Washington Post.

11/01/2018

Low down on the no down!🤠

Thinking about selling this Fall?  Read this article for helpful hints.
10/30/2018
20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

Thinking about selling this Fall? Read this article for helpful hints.

Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for

10/29/2018

For those thinking of selling or buying a home, thought this would help relieve any "stress" you may be feeling. You are NEVER alone through the process if you select me as your agent!

10/17/2018

Hope you’ll learn a few things from these videos!😃

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist of realtor.com:“The signs are pointing to a market that’s shifting toward buyers. But...
10/11/2018
Are We About to Enter a Buyers’ Market?

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist of realtor.com:
“The signs are pointing to a market that’s shifting toward buyers. But, in most places, we’re still a long way from a full reversal.”

Home sales are below last year’s levels, home values are appreciating at a slower pace, and there are reports showing purchasing demand softening. This has some thinking we may be entering a buyers’ market after sellers have had the upper hand for the past several years. Is this really happening...

When it Comes to Resale Value - Which Upgrades are Worth It?
02/07/2018
When it Comes to Resale Value - Which Upgrades are Worth It?

When it Comes to Resale Value - Which Upgrades are Worth It?

Check out these 10 projects that can make a big impact on your home's value - and make sure to download our app to find trusted professionals to help with your renovations.

Easy Tips to Cut Your Energy Bill!
01/31/2018
Easy Tips to Cut Your Energy Bill!

Easy Tips to Cut Your Energy Bill!

Check out these tips to save on your energy bill - and don't forget to download our app to find more great tips & advice.

9 Kitchen Items Designers Really Wish You Wouldn’t Buy
01/24/2018
9 Kitchen Items Designers Really Wish You Wouldn’t Buy

9 Kitchen Items Designers Really Wish You Wouldn’t Buy

No area of the home is quite as hyped as the kitchen. That means stocked with the right appliances and designed to reflect the latest and greatest styles. Jumping on board every trend could be the death knell for your kitchen. Here are some kitchen features designers really wish you would ditch.

OPEN HOUSE this weekend Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 1 pm to 3 pm!  Come out and see this gem!  Totally renovated To...
12/29/2017
8869 Moat Crossing Place, Bristow, VA 20136 (#PW10108665) :: Pearson Smith Realty

OPEN HOUSE this weekend Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 1 pm to 3 pm! Come out and see this gem! Totally renovated Townhome in desired Kingsbrooke Community in Bristow, VA. Know anyone looking to buy? Please share and let me know. Thanks!

Villa/Townhouse property for sale in Bristow,VA (MLS #PW10108665). Learn more from Pearson Smith Realty. Remodeled 3 Bed, 3.

What to Know When Replacing Your Range
12/27/2017
What to Know When Replacing Your Range

What to Know When Replacing Your Range

Getting a new range can be a real treat. Cooking will be even more pleasurable with all the new technology available. Before you make your decision, there are a few things to consider. Here are 9 questions often asked by homeowners who are planning to swap out their old range for a gleaming new one.

13 Surprising Things in Your House That Are Grossing Out Your Guests
12/20/2017
13 Surprising Things in Your House That Are Grossing Out Your Guests

13 Surprising Things in Your House That Are Grossing Out Your Guests

Your guests will forgive you if the house isn't in catalog condition. But you know what they won't forgive? Some frankly disgusting stuff that you might have overlooked in your haste to pretty things up.

5 Hacks to Guest-Proof Your Home for the Holidays
12/13/2017
5 Hacks to Guest-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

5 Hacks to Guest-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

‘Tis the season for houseguests! With the right prep work, you can stave off many disasters and essentially guest-proof your house. Here are some tactics to protect your floors, furniture and other valuables from harm. (Bonus: Many of these tips help safeguard your guests, too:)

Avoid These 6 Major Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Mover
12/06/2017
Avoid These 6 Major Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Mover

Avoid These 6 Major Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Mover

Moving is stressful. And when you’re busy finding a place to live, selling your current home, and then packing up your entire life, selecting the crew who will move your stuff is likely last on your to-do list. That’s ironic, because you’ll be entrusting them with all your life’s possessions...

Don’t Budge: 7 Compromises You Should Never Make When Buying a Home
11/29/2017
Don’t Budge: 7 Compromises You Should Never Make When Buying a Home

Don’t Budge: 7 Compromises You Should Never Make When Buying a Home

Every successful home search begins with a wish list. With your inventory of must-haves, you’ll know how to focus your search and recognize a potential home that isn’t worth your time. Still, the more you look, the longer your wish list seems to grow. Sooner or later you’ll make some compromis...

12 Tips for Making a Small Bedroom Look Bigger
11/22/2017
12 Tips for Making a Small Bedroom Look Bigger

12 Tips for Making a Small Bedroom Look Bigger

We’ve all been there; at some point in your life you’ve probably lived in a tiny bedroom. The problem arises when small starts to feel claustrophobic. Restoring a sense of order and calm in the bedroom involves using minimal elements to maximize the sense of space.

5 Compromises Worth Making When Buying a Home
11/08/2017
5 Compromises Worth Making When Buying a Home

5 Compromises Worth Making When Buying a Home

Buyers often start their search with a long list of must-haves ... only to find they need to whittle it down once they see what's within reach. It's impossible to check all those boxes on the wish list. So, how do buyers decide what pieces of their dream (home) they're willing to hack off?

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.

For those that thought they needed 20% down to buy a home...not necessarily!
10/11/2017
No… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW!

For those that thought they needed 20% down to buy a home...not necessarily!

The Aspiring Home Buyers Profile from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The results of the survey show that non-homeowners cite the main reason for

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.

7 Best Home Improvement Ideas to Try This Fall: Have You Done Them All?
10/04/2017
7 Best Home Improvement Ideas to Try This Fall: Have You Done Them All?

7 Best Home Improvement Ideas to Try This Fall: Have You Done Them All?

Sometimes the best home improvement ideas come down to timing. What better time for a refresh than the arrival of fall? It’s the perfect time to make a number of home improvements. Here are some timely projects to tackle this fall. Download our App to connect with recommended service providers.

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