Cindy Allen, Broker/Owner at Metro Premier Homes

Cindy Allen, Broker/Owner at Metro Premier Homes Real Estate Broker/Owner of Metro Premier Homes in Virginia
Licensed Broker in VA and MD
NVAR Top Producer
PWAR Top Producer
SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist)
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Real Estate Broker/Owner of Metro Premier Homes in Virginia Licensed Broker in VA and MD NVAR Top Producer

'Tis the season to be jolly...regardless the number of broken ornaments. Here are five clever storage tips to improve th...
12/15/2018
Easy Solutions to Christmas Storage - Houseopedia

'Tis the season to be jolly...regardless the number of broken ornaments. Here are five clever storage tips to improve the longevity of your holiday decor.

Pesky strings of Christmas lights and broken ornaments are a tradition we’d rather trash than treasure. Here’s how to avoid getting tangled up in knots when decorating for the season. Handy plastic light reels, about ten inches in diameter, are available in stores where you buy lights. At the en...

Selling a home is a big decision. Start by getting a free instant valuation to see if now is the time to sell.
12/15/2018
Instant Free Home Value

Selling a home is a big decision. Start by getting a free instant valuation to see if now is the time to sell.

Selling a home is a big decision. Start by getting a free instant valuation to see if now is the time to sell.

Here’s how to find out if your home has asbestos - BEFORE you start that remodeling project.
12/14/2018
Does Your Home Have Asbestos? If the Answer is Yes, Don’t Panic - Houseopedia

Here’s how to find out if your home has asbestos - BEFORE you start that remodeling project.

If you buy a home built before 1978, there’s a possibility asbestos may lurk in the building materials. Houses built from the 1800s through the early 1950s used asbestos extensively before the material was phased out. Should you be concerned? What is it and why is it dangerous? Asbestos is a natur...

Showing a house with pets at home is a big no-no. Here’s how to make your animals -- and their smells -- disappear.
12/12/2018
Potential Buyers Don’t Want to See, Hear or Smell Your Pets - Houseopedia

Showing a house with pets at home is a big no-no. Here’s how to make your animals -- and their smells -- disappear.

When putting your home up for sale, it’s crucial to make a plan for your pets. While prospective buyers may love their own pets, they don’t want to see — or smell — yours when touring your home. Here are a few ideas for keeping your pet’s presence low profile. Arrange for help. Boarding yo...

Find out how much your home may be worth. Click below now.
12/11/2018
Thinking of Selling Your Home?

Find out how much your home may be worth. Click below now.

Find out how much your home may be worth. Click below now.

You found a home you love, but your inspector uncovers expensive problems. Does this mean the deal is a bust? Here’s h...
12/10/2018
Home Inspection: A Buyer’s Perspective - Houseopedia

You found a home you love, but your inspector uncovers expensive problems. Does this mean the deal is a bust? Here’s how to handle a dicey situation.

After weeks of home shopping, you’ve found a house and signed a contract to purchase. Then the inspector finds problems that need repair — expensive repairs. How should you handle them? You thought negotiating the selling price was all there was to the haggling. Now you have to make decisions on...

Does your holiday wish list includes an offer on your home? Add elegant touches for a quick sale.
12/08/2018
Festive Outdoor Decor Enhances Winter Sales - Houseopedia

Does your holiday wish list includes an offer on your home? Add elegant touches for a quick sale.

The winter holiday season can be a difficult time to sell your house. Fortunately, staging the outside of your home with potted plants and simple decorations will help attract potential buyers. Try these trimming tips, and you may find yourself celebrating an offer along with the holidays. Keep it s...

Safety risks lurk in your home sweet home. Here’s a quick list of ways to keep your family safe.
12/07/2018
Make Home Safety a Top Priority With This Handy Checklist - Houseopedia

Safety risks lurk in your home sweet home. Here’s a quick list of ways to keep your family safe.

Most people know about the more obvious home safety measures, such as having working smoke detectors. But there are plenty of safety issues you may have overlooked. Here’s a handy guide for you. Have your heating system serviced annually. With age, the heat exchanger in your furnace may crack, all...

Stage your dining room for yourself -- or for the next owners. Here are four simple suggestions to make the space inviti...
12/05/2018
Your Best Home: Dining Room Edition - Houseopedia

Stage your dining room for yourself -- or for the next owners. Here are four simple suggestions to make the space inviting and comfortable.

The goal of a great dining room space is universal. It should be inviting and make guests want to linger at the table. Whether you’re preparing to sell your home or you’re staying put, we’ve gathered four simple strategies to make your dining room a comfortable spot to gather around the table....

Know these five effective ways to win a bidding war on the home of your dreams.
12/03/2018
How to Win a Bidding War on a House - Houseopedia

Know these five effective ways to win a bidding war on the home of your dreams.

If you live in an area where homes are selling for asking price or more, you could find yourself in a bidding war. Here are five tips to reduce your stress and come out on top. Have your money in order. Do a solid budget analysis and know precisely how much you can afford to …

LEDs and projection lasers offer a new look for your holiday home. Find out which ones are right for you.
12/01/2018
Are You Ready to Toss the Tangled Old Christmas Lights for New LEDs? - Houseopedia

LEDs and projection lasers offer a new look for your holiday home. Find out which ones are right for you.

It’s time to decorate for Christmas but do you really want to struggle with that twisted and tangled mess of incandescent lights? Or is it time to invest in the newer LED types for your Christmas tree? LEDs vs. incandescents. We all grew up with strings of incandescent Christmas lights, but they a...

Here’s how to build great neighborhood relationships that pay real dividends.
11/30/2018
Building Neighborhood Ties that Bind - Houseopedia

Here’s how to build great neighborhood relationships that pay real dividends.

Ask homeowners what builds value in their homes and they likely will name things like kitchen upgrades, a new deck or other hard assets. What may not come to mind as readily is the value of having great neighbors. Yet having a harmonious neighborhood pays off in personal satisfaction and ultimately....

Don't overlook the importance of your backyard space when preparing your home for sale. Follow these six quick and easy ...
11/28/2018
Curb Appeal—Backyard Improvements - Houseopedia

Don't overlook the importance of your backyard space when preparing your home for sale. Follow these six quick and easy steps to make your backyard shine.

When preparing your home for sale, drive-up appeal is crucial, but don’t overlook the importance of your backyard space, where potential buyers should be able to envision themselves relaxing. Let’s make it shine in six quick and easy steps. Clean up the clutter. For many people, the backyard bec...

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11/28/2018
Property in Fredericksburg

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Great starter home is ready for you! Close to VRE, I-95, schools, shopping, dining & downtown. This beautiful home has 3 bedrooms & 2 full bathrooms upstairs. Downstairs is the living room, family room/dining room/kitchen combo, 1/2 bath & an additional room that can be used as a 4th bedroom or an

Selling a home is a big decision. Start by getting a free instant valuation to see if now is the time to sell.
11/27/2018
Free Home Valuation Tool

Selling a home is a big decision. Start by getting a free instant valuation to see if now is the time to sell.

Selling a home is a big decision. Start by getting a free instant valuation to see if now is the time to sell.

As they say in real estate, location is key. Learn how to pick the right lot for the home of your dreams.
11/26/2018
Choosing a Lot: It’s All About Location - Houseopedia

As they say in real estate, location is key. Learn how to pick the right lot for the home of your dreams.

One of the first choices homeowners face when building from the ground up is choosing the location of their new house. How exactly do you go about picking a lot on which to build? Let’s examine the process of lot selection, whether you’re building a custom home or a tract home. Tract homes. When...

No room for baby? No problem. Check out these tips for carving out a space for the newest member of the family.
11/24/2018
Finding a Space for Baby - Houseopedia

No room for baby? No problem. Check out these tips for carving out a space for the newest member of the family.

You’re expecting a baby but don’t have a designated room for a nursery? Relax. With a little creativity, flexibility, and our handy list of suggestions, making space for your newest member of the family will be easier than you think. Stick to the essentials. Limit baby’s belongings to what’s...

Interested in going “off the grid” with solar power? Here’s a quick tutorial.
11/23/2018
Shedding Light on Pros and Cons of Solar Panels - Houseopedia

Interested in going “off the grid” with solar power? Here’s a quick tutorial.

As a homeowner you may be interested in learning more about solar power — the pros and cons. It could save you money and help conserve precious resources at the same time, but what about those up-front costs? Here’s a basic tutorial. A short solar power primer. While there are two primary types ...

Wishing you a Beautiful and Bountiful Thanksgiving.
11/22/2018

Wishing you a Beautiful and Bountiful Thanksgiving.

You’ve signed a contract on the sale of your home, then a higher bid comes in. What can a seller legally do?
11/21/2018
When You Get a Better Offer on Your House - Houseopedia

You’ve signed a contract on the sale of your home, then a higher bid comes in. What can a seller legally do?

Congratulations, you’ve gotten a contract on your house! But wait, someone else makes an even better offer. Can you accept it? Once you sign a contract and earnest money has been paid by the buyer, an enforceable contract is in place. You cannot break it without penalties. The buyer can sue for en...

You don’t need a degree in finance to understand a mortgage, but the choices can be confusing. Take a look at this pri...
11/19/2018
Choosing the Best Mortgage for You - Houseopedia

You don’t need a degree in finance to understand a mortgage, but the choices can be confusing. Take a look at this primer to make sure you secure the best loan for your home.

Shopping for a home also means shopping for a mortgage. If this is all new to you, the multitude of mortgage types might be confusing. Here’s what you need to know. Fixed-rate mortgage. The fixed-rate mortgage is the most traditional way to finance a home. Typically available in fifteen- and thirt...

Ready to cut the cord on cable or satellite TV? Check out the multitude of apps that provide online movies and TV shows ...
11/17/2018
Life After Cable TV: Lots of Money-Saving Options - Houseopedia

Ready to cut the cord on cable or satellite TV? Check out the multitude of apps that provide online movies and TV shows at a significantly lower cost.

If you’re thinking about “cutting the cord” on cable or satellite TV, the alternatives are plentiful and available at a fraction of the cost. Keep in mind, however, that if you still want to watch local network affiliates (ABC, NBC, PBS and CBS) you will need an HD antenna, which you can purch...

Are you drowning in files? Check this list of the do’s and don’ts of document storage, including all-important IRS g...
11/16/2018
When to Keep, When to Toss Those Important Documents - Houseopedia

Are you drowning in files? Check this list of the do’s and don’ts of document storage, including all-important IRS guidelines.

Ever wonder how long you should keep important documents such as old tax returns, mortgage documents and home appliance receipts? Here’s a list of what to keep and when it’s safe to shred. Tax records. The IRS advises keeping tax returns and supporting documentation for at least three years — ...

If you're considering selling your home, we should talk! Take a look at this listing I just sold in BURKE! Message me or...
11/16/2018
Sold in BURKE

If you're considering selling your home, we should talk! Take a look at this listing I just sold in BURKE! Message me or give me a call at (703) 606-4156 when you're ready to talk.

Spacious Colonial in sought after Burke Centre! Nicely situated on corner lot. 4 BR's 3.5 BA's Remodeled kitchen (off family room) includes granite counter tops & SS appliances. Sep dining room & formal living room. Hardwood floors on main level. MB includes sitting room. Custom closets in all b...

Caring Transitions of Northern Virginia
11/15/2018

Caring Transitions of Northern Virginia

Read this week's #ThrowbackThursday article featured by the New York Post here - https://nyp.st/2T2Uspp - for tips to protect your loved ones from elder financial abuse.

100% MLS listing data in a PRIVATE app!
11/15/2018
100% MLS listing data in a PRIVATE app!

100% MLS listing data in a PRIVATE app!

Home buying simplified: Cindy Allen, VA Lic #0225200784 from Metro Premier Homes 703-606-4156, Oray Nicolai, NMLS #510006 from Churchill Mortgage Corporation NMLS #1591 703-989-5249

Children’s rooms are a labor of love. Follow these simple steps to create a space your kid will love ...even as they g...
11/14/2018
Your Best Home: Kid’s Room Edition - Houseopedia

Children’s rooms are a labor of love. Follow these simple steps to create a space your kid will love ...even as they grow.

Children’s rooms are among the most difficult to decorate — mostly because the occupants are constantly growing and changing. Within a matter of years, that perfect princess- or train-themed room looks too babyish for a preteen, sending you back to square one. Whether you’re treating your chil...

The house you fell in love with is in a flood zone. Should you automatically walk away? Here’s what to consider.
11/12/2018
Proceed With Caution: Buying a Home in a Flood Zone - Houseopedia

The house you fell in love with is in a flood zone. Should you automatically walk away? Here’s what to consider.

You’ve been shopping for a home and believe you’ve found it, the home of your dreams. It’s the perfect size, the style of architecture you love and a place to raise your family. Then you find out it’s in a flood zone. What does that mean in terms of risk, insurance and resale? Should you …

Today, we thank you, we salute you, we honor you...Veterans!
11/11/2018

Today, we thank you, we salute you, we honor you...Veterans!

Choosing the right grass is an important first step to a lush lawn. Here’s a region-by-region guide to find the best g...
11/10/2018
A Handy Guide to the Best Types of Grass for Your Lawn - Houseopedia

Choosing the right grass is an important first step to a lush lawn. Here’s a region-by-region guide to find the best grass for your home.

If a beautiful lawn is important to you, it’s time to study up on what type of grasses thrive — and which don’t — in your region of the country. Much progress has been made developing grasses that are drought tolerant and resistant to diseases, but you still must choose according to your cli...

Friend or foe? What does the HOA mean to you as a homeowner?
11/09/2018
Homeowners Associations: Love ‘em or Hate ‘em? - Houseopedia

Friend or foe? What does the HOA mean to you as a homeowner?

Homeowners associations provoke strong emotions. Depending on who you ask, they are viewed as either the neighborhood’s protector of home values or, in some cases, a small group of residents who take community rule enforcement to the extreme. What is an HOA and why do they exist? Simply put, an HO...

When buying a home, how do you know which items remain with the property and what goes with the seller? Refrigerators? M...
11/07/2018
When a House Sells, What Stays and What Goes? - Houseopedia

When buying a home, how do you know which items remain with the property and what goes with the seller? Refrigerators? Mirrors? Shelving? Here’s what you need to know.

When a home seller and a buyer come to an agreement on a sale, more than just the house and land are involved. Misunderstandings sometimes arise over elements of the home that the buyer thought were staying and the sellers intended to take with them. These decisions revolve around three legal concep...

If you're thinking about selling your home, finding out its value is the place to start! Get a free valuation now by cli...
11/06/2018
Thinking of Selling Your Home?

If you're thinking about selling your home, finding out its value is the place to start! Get a free valuation now by clicking below!

If you're thinking about selling your home, finding out its value is the place to start! Get a free valuation now by clicking below!

Don’t sweat the paperwork when it’s time to shop for a mortgage on your new home. Learn about the new consumer-frien...
11/05/2018
Simplified Loan Statements Make Choices More Clear - Houseopedia

Don’t sweat the paperwork when it’s time to shop for a mortgage on your new home. Learn about the new consumer-friendly forms that will make your choices easier to understand.

If you haven’t bought a home in recent years, the paperwork you’ll be confronted with will look a little different this time around. That’s because of new regulations put in place following the 2008 financial crisis. Under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dod...

Remember to "fall back" one hour tonight before bed!
11/03/2018

Remember to "fall back" one hour tonight before bed!

Grab the popcorn and nachos, then sink into your favorite chair for the new buzz in home theater excitement.
11/02/2018
Tune In For Latest Home Theater Trends - Houseopedia

Grab the popcorn and nachos, then sink into your favorite chair for the new buzz in home theater excitement.

There’s nothing like watching your favorite movies or gaming on a big-screen, high-definition TV. With technology and home furnishing trends constantly evolving, what is the latest in home theaters? The room. One of the things that made home theaters so unique when they first became popular was ha...

RECENTLY REDUCED! This 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home's price has just been reduced. Comment below to set up a showing befor...
11/02/2018
Reduced Price in FAIRFAX

RECENTLY REDUCED! This 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home's price has just been reduced. Comment below to set up a showing before it's gone!

Spacious colonial situated on quiet culdesac in Burke Centre. 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Newer roof, HVAC, water heater, granite, Thompson Creek windows & patio doors. Instant Equity with some cosmetic work! Finished WO basement includes rec room, bedroom, full bath, laundry and storage room. Fenc...

Hope your Halloween is all treats and no tricks!
10/31/2018

Hope your Halloween is all treats and no tricks!

Looking for home design inspiration? Check out these five sources.
10/29/2018
Oh, the Places You’ll Go Seeking Home Design Inspiration - Houseopedia

Looking for home design inspiration? Check out these five sources.

If it’s time to put your individual stamp on your next house or home renovation, let’s look at the best places to go for inspiration. Some of them require a little leg work while others can be check out from the comfort of your couch. A custom builder. Get in touch with quality custom builders ....

Is it true that homes sell better in the spring and summer months? Are there any advantages to buying or selling in the ...
10/27/2018
Prime Time to Buy and Sell a Home - Houseopedia

Is it true that homes sell better in the spring and summer months? Are there any advantages to buying or selling in the fall and winter? Here’s what you need to know.

The conventional wisdom is true — home sales are cyclical. Listings surge in the spring and buyers more actively shop for new houses between March and August. The weather is nicer and families with children prefer to move before the start of a new school year. But is it the best time of year to .....

Do you love to entertain, but need more kitchen space and appliances? A butler’s pantry may be the solution.
10/26/2018
Adding a Butler’s Pantry: Should I or Shouldn’t I? - Houseopedia

Do you love to entertain, but need more kitchen space and appliances? A butler’s pantry may be the solution.

The focal point of the home is the kitchen, where family and friends gather to share food, drink and fun. But if you like to entertain guests, even a large kitchen can become congested, especially if you are preparing and replenishing food throughout the event. Adding a butler’s pantry may be the ...

When selling your home, curb appeal is essential. If you need a landscaper to give your home that eye-popping look, here...
10/24/2018
Hiring Landscapers and/or Hardscape Installers - Houseopedia

When selling your home, curb appeal is essential. If you need a landscaper to give your home that eye-popping look, here’s how to find a good one.

When putting your home on the market, you want your house to have that “wow factor” that pulls buyers inside. A tidy lawn, neatly trimmed shrubbery and fresh mulch go a long way toward providing that essential curb appeal. But what about homeowners who just don’t have the time? How do you hire...

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