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Do I Need to Worry about Termites in Arlington, VA?

Posted April 16th, 2014 Leave A Comment

Termites in Arlington, VA

Yes - absolutely.  Especially in older Arlington homes.  Just a couple of weeks ago there were termites and termite damage found in one of my listings. A year ago there was no trace of termites in that same Arlington home. In the sales contract in Arlington, VA it is seller's responsibility to exterminate and repair any termite damage.  It will cost my clients over $1,000 to get rid of the little wood destroying critters and repair the damage they have... Continue Reading Article...

About Fairlington Neighborhood in Arlington

Posted April 8th, 2014 Leave A Comment

Fairlington neighborhood in Arlington

Washington post just had a great article about Arlington's neighborhood Fairlington - it was written by Carisa Crawford-Chappell.  I absolutely love this community which is still affordable to many 1st time home buyers, it's very well located near Shirlington Urban Village, it's very green and walkable, and offers many amenities and functional layouts. Here is the link to the article. If you'd like to see for sale condos in Fairlington - search for homes in 22206 Zip Code.  Here is... Continue Reading Article...

How to Win in a Competitive Arlington Real Estate Market in 3 Steps

Posted April 8th, 2014 Leave A Comment

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Arlington is experiencing a very hot real estate market.  Not all properties are hot, but some are really hot.  Most buyers want the what I call "cream puffs" - properties in a great location, with a good layout, in move-in condition. Those properties are flying off the shelves with multiple offers. If you would like to increase your odds of buying one of those properties - here is what you have to do: 1.  Move fast - as soon as the... Continue Reading Article...

My Favorite Places to Eat: Moby Dick House of Kabob!

Posted March 26th, 2014 Leave A Comment

Moby Dick Arlington

I want to share some of my favorite places for food in my beloved Arlington. My husband and I don't spend too much time in the kitchen - so we eat out a lot. I always complain that we need more casual dining options and I hope to see them soon! There are a few restaurants we dine in on a very regular basis.  One of them is Moby Dick.  Why do we like it? Free fresh bread baked right in... Continue Reading Article...

New Development in Courthouse, Arlington Broke Ground!

Posted March 26th, 2014 Leave A Comment


I found this article on and wanted to share.  I live in Courthouse, Arlington myself and love seeing all the good changes happening here.  Bergmann's Dry Cleaning site has been  looking dull and abandoned for a long while now - it is a site on the corner of N Veich St and Lee Hwy. Finally they had a groundbreaking ceremony this month for a new project! The site will have 177 apartments, 23 town homes and 14,000 square feet for... Continue Reading Article...

Need Extra Storage? Here Is a Possible Solution!

Posted March 26th, 2014 Leave A Comment

Arlington Cabidor

I ran across this new solution for extra storage in Washington Post. It's called "Cabidor" and it looks promising! Unlike racks and hooks that hang over a door, the Cabidor attaches to the hinges of any door to create storage space. The Cabidor, which has the storage capacity of more than five medicine cabinets, can be customized with adjustable shelving and a retention rod system. You can use it for extra pantry space, craft or office supplies, pet supplies, laundry... Continue Reading Article...

Arlington, VA Real Estate Statistics for February 2014

Posted March 26th, 2014 Leave A Comment

Arlington real estate statistics February 2014

If you are a buyer you might be wondering if this market is crazy or what?! Are you hearing multiple offers?Escalations? And on and on and on? Well, the market is a little crazy, but not as crazy as you think and not everyone is getting multiple offers. If you want a "cream puff" property that is perfectly located with a decent layout and in a lower price range - yes - you will have to fight for it, but... Continue Reading Article...

New townhome community in Arlington – Westover Place

Posted March 13th, 2014 Leave A Comment


Not in MLS yet - a new townhome community is coming in West Arlington - Westover Place built by Evergreen Homes.  It will not be near a Metro, but it will be walkable to a cozy shopping area, a few parks and surrounded by multiple single family home neighborhoods.  If you are looking for new construction under a million in a family neighborhood - this might be a great option.  The only thing that these town homes will not offer... Continue Reading Article...

What are admin fees? Does every Realtor charge one?

Posted March 13th, 2014 Leave A Comment

Arlington, VA real estate administrative fees

Admin fees in Arlington, VA real estate transactions… What are they?  Do you have to pay them? What are they? Admin fees are charged to buyers and sellers at closing.  They vary from $150 to probably $700.  These fees are charged in addition to any commission that is being collected.  What is this fee? It's just a fee to fatten up the broker's or agent's bottom line. The broker usually sets the policy of what the fee is going to be and... Continue Reading Article...