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Working with highly knowledgeable home buyers. Thinking of moving to Northern Virginia? E-mail me and request my relo package! Looking for someone who will really listen and help you find your dream home? Call Kathi

November 2019 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Median Sales Price Sets Record November High
12/17/2019
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November 2019 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Median Sales Price Sets Record November High

Tips for Allergy-Proofing Your HVAC Unit
12/14/2019
Tips for Allergy-Proofing Your HVAC Unit

Tips for Allergy-Proofing Your HVAC Unit

Image by Steve Heap from Shutterstock According to a report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 25 million people in the US live with asthma. The most common type is allergic asthma. With that in mind, improving the quality of air in your home is an important consideration. Wh...

Incorporating a Touchless Kitchen
12/07/2019
Incorporating a Touchless Kitchen

Incorporating a Touchless Kitchen

Photo by Sarah Biesinger via Shutterstock You’ve probably heard how important it is to go hands-free in your car, but it can be just as important and useful to be hands-free in the kitchen. If you’re busy washing dishes or prepping for dinner, you can use hands free devices to do everything from...

How Many Open House Events Should You Check Out?
11/30/2019
How Many Open House Events Should You Check Out?

How Many Open House Events Should You Check Out?

Attending open houses is common for property buyers in cities and towns nationwide. However, there is no set number of open houses that a homebuyer will need to attend to discover his or her dream residence. In some instances, a buyer may find the ideal home after attending his or her first open hou...

How to Negotiate in a Seller's Market
11/23/2019
How to Negotiate in a Seller's Market

How to Negotiate in a Seller's Market

Post Photo by Mohamed Hassan via PixabayIt's easy to believe you don't have much leverage if you're getting ready to buy in a seller's market. Unfortunately, that sense of frustration can result in desperation, which can ultimately lead to overpaying on a home. Before you accept your fate, consider....

Limit Stress As You Prepare to List Your Home
11/16/2019
Limit Stress As You Prepare to List Your Home

Limit Stress As You Prepare to List Your Home

Preparing to list a house can be a stressful time for any home seller. Fortunately, we're here to help you alleviate stress as you get ready to add your home to the real estate market. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you minimize stress as you prepare to list your residence. 1. Reach Ou...

Key Differences and Terms: Property Insurance vs Homeowners' Insurance
11/09/2019
Key Differences and Terms: Property Insurance vs Homeowners' Insurance

Key Differences and Terms: Property Insurance vs Homeowners' Insurance

Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay Often used interchangeably, the terms “property insurance” and “homeowners’ insurance” sometimes confuse new homebuyers. Homeowners’ insurance is a specialized form of property insurance. By “property” the insurance industry means anything that yo...

Indoor Herb Garden: A Quick Guide
11/02/2019
Indoor Herb Garden: A Quick Guide

Indoor Herb Garden: A Quick Guide

Do you love the idea of having fresh herbs available all year round but don't live in an area where it's possible to grow them outdoors in all seasons? You don't have to give up cooking with fresh herbs just because the weather outside is frightful — and you also don't have to install a complicate...

Knowing the Role Your Real Estate Agent Plays in Selling Your Home
10/26/2019
Knowing the Role Your Real Estate Agent Plays in Selling Your Home

Knowing the Role Your Real Estate Agent Plays in Selling Your Home

A real estate agent for a seller, often referred to as a seller's agent, performs many functions, including helping you organize your house for sale, set the right price, determine a selling strategy, and negotiate with buyers. This article covers the roles and responsibilities of a seller's agent a...

39278 Karlino Court, Hamilton, VA 20158 now has a new price of $745,000!
10/19/2019
39278 Karlino Court, Hamilton, VA 20158 now has a new price of $745,000!

39278 Karlino Court, Hamilton, VA 20158 now has a new price of $745,000!

Beautifully maintained home ready to move into! Over 5,000 finished sq.ft. features new carpeting throughout upper, lower and family room (main) and stairs. Gorgeous hardwoods on rest of main level. The gourmet kitchen will make the most finicky buyers happy. Features a huge work island with breakfa...

Using Dark Colors without Creating a Gloomy Room
10/19/2019
Using Dark Colors without Creating a Gloomy Room

Using Dark Colors without Creating a Gloomy Room

Photo by Media Design and Media Publishing via Pixabay Dark colors can be striking in any home, but too many darks can make your home seem gloomy and depressing. Fortunately, simple changes and choices can help you create a space with a dark palette that is attention-getting, not depressing. Lightin...

How to Reduce Anxiety... Naturally
10/12/2019
How to Reduce Anxiety... Naturally

How to Reduce Anxiety... Naturally

Stress is a natural part of life. It is part of living in a busy world with deadlines, traffic, and other tension-inducing issues. And stress is right for you in many ways because it keeps you sharp and helps you deal with what life throws at you, but sometimes what you’re feeling isn’t stress, ...

"It was back in February that the first train cars rolled into Loudoun proper, as crews tested the first stretch of trac...
10/09/2019
Silver Line train pulls into Ashburn for the first time

"It was back in February that the first train cars rolled into Loudoun proper, as crews tested the first stretch of tracks leading to Dulles. Now, they have moved onto the final phase and Ashburn — which is the last station on the new Metro extension.

The testing will be ongoing, so drivers on the Greenway/267 will likely see the 8-car long train moving back and forth in the coming days. The latest target date for the full Silver Line extension to open is July 2020, but we are hearing from local officials that this date is probably going to slide."

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Thinking about fixing up your home for sale?
10/08/2019
10 Most Horrifying Decorative Trends

Thinking about fixing up your home for sale?

October is the month for thrills and chills, but your sense of interior design shouldn’t be what’s scaring people. Avoid these unfortunate decor choices.

Home Repair Insurance Coverage
10/05/2019
Home Repair Insurance Coverage

Home Repair Insurance Coverage

Photo by: Caleb Woods via Unsplash Home repair insurance is an optional service agreement also known as a home warranty. It is put in place to save costs when there may be a need for repairs or replacement of any major system or household appliances. Often added as an incentive to sweeten a sale, a....

How You Can Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster
09/28/2019
How You Can Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

How You Can Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

The dream of paying off your mortgage fast may seem like an overwhelming task. After all, it is money that is involved. And it is not just an amount you can sneeze at; it is thousands of dollars. In this modern era of financial distractions, being able to pay such amount of money within a snap of yo...

39278 Karlino Court, Hamilton, VA 20158 is now new to the market!
09/24/2019
39278 Karlino Court, Hamilton, VA 20158 is now new to the market!

39278 Karlino Court, Hamilton, VA 20158 is now new to the market!

Beautifully maintained home ready to move into! Over 6,000 finished sq.ft. features new carpeting throughout upper, lower and family room (main) and stairs. Gorgeous hardwoods on rest of main level. The gourmet kitchen will make the most finicky buyers happy. Features a huge work island with breakfa...

Important Home Areas to Check after Winter
09/21/2019
Important Home Areas to Check after Winter

Important Home Areas to Check after Winter

Every winter, your home faces harsh weather, and it may benefit you to examine your home during the warmer months for any areas that may need maintenance to avoid excessive and costly repairs to your home during or after the winter. Here are few things to check before the snow starts to fall.1. The....

09/17/2019
Reston Safeway Customers Say Farewell to Beloved Clerk

Reston is all about community

A man in Fairfax County has worked at Safeway grocery stores for more than half of a century. But now he's entering retirement. News4's Drew Wilder was at the South Lakes Safeway as family after family came through his aisle to say "thank you."

The SE corner of the Toll Rd and Wiehle Ave is being discussed by the RA P&Z Committee. Between the Toll Rd and Sunrise ...
09/16/2019

The SE corner of the Toll Rd and Wiehle Ave is being discussed by the RA P&Z Committee. Between the Toll Rd and Sunrise Valley.
Please attend this meeting tomorrow evening.

And FCPC will be reviewing this plan on Sept 25th. Please attend.

This developer's plan will create gridlock in an area that is already a commuter's nightmare.

https://RescueSunriseValley.org/

6,462 MORE CARS
will pass in and out of Campus Commons in a 24 Hr period
(Traffic Impact Study; Page 43 Table 9)

EMAIL elected officials

ATTEND Sept 16th RA P&Z Meeting

WEAR YELLOW

ATTEND the Sept 25th FCPC Meeting

& WEAR YELLOW

Phew! Your house smells. What now?
09/14/2019
Phew! Your house smells. What now?

Phew! Your house smells. What now?

One of the quickest ways to lose a sale is to ignore odors in your home. Of course, you don't always smell them, so it's best if you have someone else come in with, ahem, a fresh nose, to point out issues. But, what if you’re the one that bought the house … you assumed the odors would leave

Another beautiful public artwork for Reston.
09/09/2019
Colts Neck Road Underpass Art Receives Final Design Approval

Another beautiful public artwork for Reston.

Artist Ben Volta's public artwork for the Colts Neck Road Underpass -- which uses more than 700 drawings created by 600 people -- has received its final design approval, putting the project on track for installation later this month. The project -- a partnership between Public Art Reston, Reston As

Today the South Lakes HS band members will be out canvassing neighborhoods asking for donations. Please support our awar...
09/08/2019
SLHS Band Boosters

Today the South Lakes HS band members will be out canvassing neighborhoods asking for donations. Please support our award winning band!

​On Saturday, September 7th, band members will go door to door asking for community support through donations to the SLHS Band Boosters. This is the Band Boosters' single most important fundraiser...

Don't Slip-up on Servicing Tasks
09/07/2019
Don't Slip-up on Servicing Tasks

Don't Slip-up on Servicing Tasks

When you own a home, you take over the landlord responsibilities of maintaining the property. That means you change out the lightbulbs and call the plumber when the drain plugs. Twice a year you faithfully check the smoke detectors and replace their batteries. You even take care of the lawn or hire....

How Much Money Do You Need to Buy a Home?
08/31/2019
How Much Money Do You Need to Buy a Home?

How Much Money Do You Need to Buy a Home?

The amount of money you will need to ensure you can purchase a house varies based on a number of factors. For example, if you want to purchase a house in a big city, you may need to save more money than you likely would require to buy a residence in a small town. Meanwhile, your decision to choose a

Apps To Monitor Your Energy Usage
08/24/2019
Apps To Monitor Your Energy Usage

Apps To Monitor Your Energy Usage

There are apps for tracking your data usage. There are apps for monitoring your credit. Are there apps that can monitor energy usage? Yes, there are! Moreover, the great thing about these apps is that they are free! Here are the best apps you can use to monitor your energy usage: Simply Energy For u...

How to Find the Right Fitness Club in Your New City
08/17/2019
How to Find the Right Fitness Club in Your New City

How to Find the Right Fitness Club in Your New City

Moving into a new environment can be exciting and interesting. However, finding new places or stores to get products and services can be difficult. Finding the right fitness club goes a long way for an individual. The right fitness gym will suit your personality perfectly and help in keeping you mot...

Important Tips for Managing A Rental Property
08/10/2019
Important Tips for Managing A Rental Property

Important Tips for Managing A Rental Property

After a massive investment in real estate, the next step is managing your property investment effectively. As a property owner, there are some specific management requirements that you must consider. Here are some tips to follow for successful property management. Take the Maintenance Seriously Keep...

Thinking of selling your home?
08/09/2019
4 Easy Staging Tips You Haven't Thought About

Thinking of selling your home?

Since buyers want that great first impression, it's important to declutter—often that means cleaning until your home looks like it's never been lived in.

Are you Ready to Set up a Home Fitness Center?
08/03/2019
Are you Ready to Set up a Home Fitness Center?

Are you Ready to Set up a Home Fitness Center?

Are you thinking about setting up a fitness center at home? That is a great idea, but you must be aware that many things go into setting up a home gym. Apart from space availability, you must also consider your financial limits. Once you have satisfied these basic requirements, then you can start up...

A Guide to Creating a Working Budget for the Family
07/27/2019
A Guide to Creating a Working Budget for the Family

A Guide to Creating a Working Budget for the Family

Managing a home should rank as one of the hardest roles anyone could take on. You are stuck continuously between chores, laundry, grocery shopping, school runs and tons of other stuff on that list. However, no home management task is as daunting as drafting a budget that the family can stick with. Y...

Why Not Keep the Old House and the New?
07/20/2019
Why Not Keep the Old House and the New?

Why Not Keep the Old House and the New?

That starter house is too small and it’s time to move up to something that better fits your growing needs. The original plan—sell the current house and buy a new one—might not be the only option. What if you could keep both? In many areas, housing is in lower supply. Some buyers are choosing t...

07/17/2019

What is the difference between and Active & Passive Radon System?
An ACTIVE radon system relies on an in-line fan to move radon gas from beneath the foundation to the outside, through a continuous run of plastic pipe.
A PASSIVE system is designed to accomplish this exhaust action without the use of a fan.
Passive Radon Mitigation System

A PASSIVE RADON MITIGATION SYSTEM is typically installed when a home is being built. A passive system only contains two elements:
• a vent pipe that extends from the sub-slab up to the eave line of the roof
• a physical barrier between the soil and house foundation

A passive system relies on natural pressure differentials and air currents to eliminate radon from the home. Often when a home is being built, the building company will install a passive system without ever testing the home for radon. This can be a problem because passive radon systems do not bring extremely high levels of radon below the EPA recommended 4.0. Many home buyers do not realize this when purchasing a home with a passive system.

A passive radon system works well for homes with lower radon levels; it keeps the radon concentration levels from spiking throughout a given day. However, if the home has elevated levels of radon gas, a passive system is not the best option to reduce the levels.
Active Radon Mitigation System

AN ACTIVE RADON MITIGATION SYSTEM is installed when homes contain elevated levels of radon gas.
The active systems have four elements:
• electric vent fan
• a system failure warning device
• a vent pipe running from the sub-slab of the basement up above the eave line of the roof or in the garage attic
• sealed and caulked cracks in the foundation

There are several ways for an active mitigation system to be installed depending on the layout of the home. It is referred to as an active system because the fan is always pulling the radon from underneath the home and venting outside.

The EPA recommends an active radon system be installed if the home contains radon levels at or above a 4.0.
With that being said, if your home already has a passive system and the radon levels test high, a licensed specialist can add a fan to the passive system to make it active which should lower the radon gas levels.
If your home has never been tested and contains a passive mitigation system, it is important to make sure the home is safe and does not contain elevated levels of radon.

How to Control Contaminants in Your House
07/13/2019
How to Control Contaminants in Your House

How to Control Contaminants in Your House

As seasons change, the air inside your home changes. Some seasons bring more pollen and dust, while others introduce wood smoke, and still others mold spores, mildew, and fungi. While you can’t keep them all out, here are some ideas for making your indoor as healthful as possible through every sea...

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