Karen Joseph, Long & Foster

Karen Joseph, Long & Foster Real Estate Agent, Interior Designer and Award-winning Model Home Stager

Who wants some inspiration? Check out these gorgeous exterior color palettes. These are great when you're ready to fresh...
05/14/2019
67 Inviting Home Exterior Color Palettes

Who wants some inspiration? Check out these gorgeous exterior color palettes. These are great when you're ready to freshen up the curb appeal of your home!

From classic to bold, showcase your style with inspiration from these exterior paint color schemes that offer serious curb appeal.

Your house is generally your largest asset so keeping it updated and fresh is always a good idea. Plus you get to enjoy ...
04/25/2019
A Designer’s Top 10 Tips for Increasing Home Value

Your house is generally your largest asset so keeping it updated and fresh is always a good idea. Plus you get to enjoy the improvements! This article has some great ideas on how to consistently add value to your home.
I'd say #4 is the most important, but great curb appeal gets a potential buyer excited to go inside...

These suggestions for decorating, remodeling and adding storage will help your home stand out on the market

Kitchens are the most important rooms in the house nowadays...the hub of daily living and family time. If your kitchen n...
03/27/2019
Refaced Cabinets Give This Kitchen a Whole New Look

Kitchens are the most important rooms in the house nowadays...the hub of daily living and family time. If your kitchen needs an update before putting it on the market, then consider refacing your cabinets. The labor on installing new cabinets can be cost-prohibitive, so if yours are good, solid construction, then refacing is a great option!
These before and after photos are inspiring...

Homeowners buck the white trend and choose warm, earthy neutrals for their kitchen makeover

It's always good to keep your house fresh! I love these ideas from Sherwin-Williams for updating the paint in your basem...
03/21/2019
PRACTICAL WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR BASEMENT

It's always good to keep your house fresh! I love these ideas from Sherwin-Williams for updating the paint in your basement. A finished basement should be inviting and feel like another level of living space.

Find out how to make the basement one of the most functional rooms in your home. Learn more>

02/26/2019
Getting houses ready for their closeup

Meridith Baer is fantastic and she's proven why staging/styling a home for sale is money well spent!

Home stylist Meridith Baer has the touch – and a proven track record – for staging homes on the market

I work with a lot of young renters who look forward to owning a property and ask questions about how to get there. This ...
02/20/2019
Gen Z: Not-So-Easy but Worthwhile Steps to Homeownership

I work with a lot of young renters who look forward to owning a property and ask questions about how to get there. This article title is misleading. These financial steps to eventual home-ownership are actually easy. First-time home-buyers have excellent options with loans that include very low downpayments. #1 piece of advice: talk to a financial advisor or loanofficer to discuss building an excellent credit score. This article has some good information...

I came across this article for renovating kitchens and found the ideas fresh and practical. It's also forward-thinking.....
02/11/2019
Baby Boomers Address Aging Needs in Kitchen Remodels

I came across this article for renovating kitchens and found the ideas fresh and practical. It's also forward-thinking...

Their choices include open-plan designs and robust lighting systems, the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study finds

My office is offering a First-Time Home Buyer's Seminar Wednesday evening. Let me know if you'd like to join me for an i...
01/21/2019

My office is offering a First-Time Home Buyer's Seminar Wednesday evening. Let me know if you'd like to join me for an informative event.

I love reading about design trends for houses. Houzz always has such great articles with beautiful photos. Check out som...
01/04/2019
32 Home Design Trends That Will Rule in 2019

I love reading about design trends for houses. Houzz always has such great articles with beautiful photos. Check out some of these inspiring trends...#30 is the only one that I hope is wrong!

Creamy cabinets, abstract kitchen islands, destination bathtubs, compact laundry hubs and more are in store for homes

So many ways to create an inviting front porch area. You're bound to attract lots of visitors!
12/21/2018
30 Festive Front Porch Decorating Ideas

So many ways to create an inviting front porch area. You're bound to attract lots of visitors!

Deck your entryway in all the trimmings of the season with our favorite front porch decorating ideas.

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This summer I had a personal tour of Amazon HQ in Seattle. I was blown away by the size of the company, the number of bu...
11/12/2018
Amazon HQ2: Who's the Real Winner? | , Long & Foster Real Estate

This summer I had a personal tour of Amazon HQ in Seattle. I was blown away by the size of the company, the number of buildings they own and operate out of, the quality of the work environment for their employees, the number of dogs in the workplace, the average age of the employees, the number of new hires in the last 2 years and the huge increase in housing and rental costs as this company has grown and expanded at an unbelievable rate. I'm super excited to welcome #AmazonHQ2 to Northern Virginia!

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Did I mention that your kitchen is the #1 selling feature in your home??? This article sums it up and lays it out for yo...
10/02/2018
Kitchen Ideas: 8 Ways to Prep for Resale

Did I mention that your kitchen is the #1 selling feature in your home??? This article sums it up and lays it out for you. Plus these are all great improvements for every day living until you're ready to sell your house. #7 is often overlooked yet very inexpensive so you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Some key updates to your kitchen will help you sell your house. Here’s what you need to know

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday Noon-3PM. Great water front townhouse on Lake Audubon in Reston. Come check it out!
09/21/2018
11107 Lake Chapel Lane, Reston, VA 20191 | MLS#: FX10348147

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday Noon-3PM. Great water front townhouse on Lake Audubon in Reston. Come check it out!

See details for 11107 Lake Chapel Lane, Reston, VA 20191, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Full/1 Half Bathrooms, 2336 Sq Ft., MLS#: FX10348147, Courtesy: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Provided by: Long and Foster

It's always a good idea to keep your kitchen fresh and updated. If you've only got $100 to spend, then select a current ...
09/10/2018
How to Refresh Your Kitchen on Any Budget

It's always a good idea to keep your kitchen fresh and updated. If you've only got $100 to spend, then select a current paint color! This article gives you ideas at every budget level. Enjoy the updates while you live there plus you'll be ready when it's time to sell your house. Remember the kitchen is typically the most important room to buyers.

With the right ingredients you can make this key room more stylish and functional, whether you spend $100 or $10,000

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September is one of my favorite transition months and it's a good time to take care of a few home-maintenance items. Reg...
09/04/2018
To-Dos: Your September Home Checklist

September is one of my favorite transition months and it's a good time to take care of a few home-maintenance items. Regular maintenance on your house helps with your quaility of life and keeps up the value on your home. This article has some great tips on a few things to tackle now.
In DC it's way too hot to consider #1, but this weekend I actually completed #'s 4, 8 and 10 while my husband checked off #11 and then watched alot of college football! Which one will you get done this week?

Prep your home for cooler weather with these tasks to do in an hour, over a weekend and during the month

Talk about an incredibly useful upgrade in your home!!! Take a closet and turn it into a spectacular space. One that you...
08/30/2018
10 Creative Ways to Use a Small Closet

Talk about an incredibly useful upgrade in your home!!! Take a closet and turn it into a spectacular space. One that you'll use all the time and one that will be a memorable selling feature in the future. At this stage of life, I'm seriously considering the Wine Cellar Closet or the Sophisticated Hidden Bar. These designs are deilcious!

Wish your home had an office, a bar or a library? With a little creativity, it can! Get inspired by these 10 clever ideas for turning a tiny closet into an extra room.

I'm loving this article with great End of Summer ideas.#4 is so helpful and something to tackle in a weekend.And if you'...
08/15/2018
This Weekend: Update Your Curb Appeal, Plant Greens and More

I'm loving this article with great End of Summer ideas.
#4 is so helpful and something to tackle in a weekend.
And if you've got kids heading back to school, be sure to check out #7.

It’s also a good time to celebrate an icon of modern design, help bees and find a vintage treasure to add to your decor

Helping potential buyers see themselves living in the house you're selling is the best marketing tool out there. Remembe...
07/27/2018
Tips for Staging Your Home’s Exterior in Summer

Helping potential buyers see themselves living in the house you're selling is the best marketing tool out there. Remember to include inviting outdoor spaces as you stage your home to sell. This article has some other great ideas, too.

When you’re selling in the summer, outdoor staging takes priority. While it’s always smart to make your exterior clean and neat, buyers are likely to spend more time looking at the outside of your house during warmer weather.

If you're selling a house in a family-friendly area, then you need to read this article! Staging fun and creative kid-sp...
07/16/2018
The Most Popular New Kid-Centric Spaces

If you're selling a house in a family-friendly area, then you need to read this article! Staging fun and creative kid-spaces is a must. One of my secret strategies is to have a popular kid movie playing on the TV in the family room or on the screen in the movie room during Open Houses or when clients preview the house.

Houzzers take note of bunk bed ideas, child-size nooks and forts, and rooms that can mature with the kids

Let me know if you want to join me for an informative evening and some yummy food!
07/10/2018

Let me know if you want to join me for an informative evening and some yummy food!

These are my Top 4, too. While you're working on #4, start packing up the house. You'll be moving soon anyway. The less ...
06/21/2018
For Sale: 4 Tips for Getting Your Home off the Market Quickly

These are my Top 4, too. While you're working on #4, start packing up the house. You'll be moving soon anyway. The less stuff/clutter around the easier it is for potential buyers to see the space, feel the size of the rooms and also visualize themselves in the house.

OPEN HOUSE TODAY!1-4PM42091 Barrymoore Place in ChantillyCome check it out
06/17/2018

OPEN HOUSE TODAY!
1-4PM
42091 Barrymoore Place in Chantilly
Come check it out

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The outdoors look so inviting this time of year! But when I'm trying to enjoy my deck and the mosquitos won't stop bitin...
05/30/2018
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Indoors and Out

The outdoors look so inviting this time of year! But when I'm trying to enjoy my deck and the mosquitos won't stop biting, I end up back in my house. This article offers some good ideas for dealing with those pesky mosquitos. I'm thinking a Bat House may be in my near future!

Follow these tips to keep your summer bite-free and healthy despite the uptick in mosquito-borne diseases

05/27/2018

Had a Staging Consultation this weekend in the neighborhood where I lived for the first 6 years of my marriage. Still a great place to live, but congrats to the young couple moving to have more space for their growing family. Sounds familiar!

04/30/2018

I just found this list of the Top Ten Amenities that sell a house. #9 has become one of the most asked for features with many of my clients!

1. Steam Shower
2. Professional Appliance
3. Pizza Oven
4. Pet Shower
5. Outdoor Kitchen
6. Entertainer or Prep Sink
7. Shed or Garage Studio
8. Heated Floors/Radiant Heat
9. Meditation Room
10. Wine Fridge

Which one is a must-have for you?

The DC Metro area is home to many legendary and influential people. Check out this beautiful house where John Glenn live...
04/26/2018
John Glenn’s Bethesda, Md., house goes on the market for $1.65 million

The DC Metro area is home to many legendary and influential people. Check out this beautiful house where John Glenn lived and raised his children right here in Bethesda. The property is gorgeous!

HOUSE OF THE WEEK | The 1990 Cape Cod was built for the late senator and his wife, Annie. It was his haven from Capitol Hill's hubbub.

Great article on important questions to ask when viewing rental properties. Not on the list but also very important...wh...
04/05/2018
Top 10 Questions to Ask While Touring a Rental

Great article on important questions to ask when viewing rental properties. Not on the list but also very important...who is the internet provider? With all the streaming we do these days and working from home, this is often a top priority!

"Keep it simple" is alwasy the best mantra when picking paint colors to stage your home for sale. But who would have tho...
03/21/2018
Crowd-Pleasing Paint Colors for Staging Your Home

"Keep it simple" is alwasy the best mantra when picking paint colors to stage your home for sale. But who would have thought ELEPHANT'S BREATH could be so gorgeous???

Ignore the instinct to go with white. These colors can show your house in the best possible light

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2100 Reston Parkway
Reston, VA
20192

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 21:00

Telephone

(703) 216-0135

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