Archive for November, 2007

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Pet Friendly Rentals in Ashburn?

Friday, November 30, 2007

Finding the right rental space for your family often involves more than you and your children. It involves other family members as well: namely, your pets. 

What do when you have a dog that requires some running room? A large dog? Two small dogs? A kitty cat? If you are a renter, the possibility of moving inspires dread–because you know how hard it is to find a landlord that will allow animals to be in their investment home. As a Realtor, I have some advice and suggestions about where to turn and what to do if you have pets who are like family members and you need to rent your residence they will think of as home.

1. Hire a licensed real estate professional to assist you in their search. Their services are offered at no cost to you, because they will be compensated by the landlord if there is a successful transaction. SIGN AN AGREEMENT to let a good Realtor help you in your search. They will have more power negotiating with other owners or agents when it comes time to formalize the terms of your lease contract–including negotiating pet clauses.

2. Have current friends, landlords, Realtors who have seen your pets and your present house, and veterinarians write letters of recommendation for your pets regarding their temperaments. With cats, people are typically concerned with litter-box odor and scratch damage. With dogs, noise, yard damage, chewing, and aggression around strangers and children are often the concerns. All home owners are concerned with flea and tick control and carpet cleaning and deodorizing services cost. With those thoughts in mind, have letters written about your pets that demonstrate and awareness of potential negative issues but absolve your pet from having created any of the problems listed.

3. Finally, BE FLEXIBLE. If your ideal and perfect human rental home is going to require you send Sparkey or Tinkerbell to the humane society or local animal shelter, then find way to either shift your requirements or change your parameters. Be willing to offer an additional security deposit. Agree to have carpets cleaned bi-annually for short hair breeds and quarter-annually (rather than yearly) for shedding problems. Agree to professional pest sprays of the home, and to repair any lawn or garden damage at your own cost.  Visit a local dog park rather than needing a fenced yard on the rental home–or offer to pay the cost to install a fence where to the specifications the local homeowners association will allow.

Where there is a will, the family pet can stay. If you read my example letter sent to a client earlier this evening, you’ll notice that many options for pet lovers exist in Ashburn, and BRAMBLETON itself  has many units available that consider accepting large dogs as well as small.  If you have a pet and are considering renting out your home, listing your house as pet friendly will help to draw people in; if you are seeking a pet friendly rental, work with an agent who is a pet lover and has actually rented. If you are considering selling your home and have pets in house, list your home with a Realtor who is willing to help service the listing and make accommodations for pet containment while your come is being shown.

Thanks for visiting,

Kae Davis, Pet Friendly Licenced VA Realtor

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Ashburn Dulles

www.cbmove.com/Kae.Davis for more information

Pet Friendly Rentals are Available in Ashburn

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Potential Ashburn Resident,

Thank you for stopping in to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of Ashburn the other day. It was a pleasure meeting you, and I am looking forward to communicating with you in the coming year about leasing a pet-friendly home.

I have done some broad research on the 20147 zip code. To confirm my research parameters this week, I have searched for a 4 bedroom house, garden home, or townhouse that will accept small pets on a case by case basis with additional security deposit. [Garage space is flexible; 2 car garage was preferred.]

I have been able to successfully locate nearly a dozen homes that have flexibility regarding pet acceptance. However, to date I have only been able to find one single family home that is listed as having a fenced yard.

If you have a moment to confirm your family details by email to me, including specific move in dates and cost ranges, I’ll be happy to get more detailed information back to you. Also, if a three bedroom unit would be a possibility, it may improve our chances of finding a rental space with a fence for your beagle.

With rental property vacancy dates changing day by day, I will be happy to send you updated information as the weeks progress. As we discussed, the low end for a four bedroom begins between $2300-$2600. As home features and square footage increase, so do the rent costs. Most of what I have been able to pull up has landed in the $2500-$3500 price ranges.

Please feel free to contact me at any time for more specifics, including photos of available homes. In addition, please feel free to research www.leesburgcaninecountryclub.com and their web site. They will have excellent local references links to trustworthy pet sitters and veterinary care–and may be a fenced run option for your pet should you find a home that suits your human needs but does not have a safe run off-leash space for the dog.

Regards,

Kae Davis, Licensed VA Sales Associate and Rental Advisor
www.cbmove.com/kae.davis

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NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Kae Davis, Real Estate Professional in Ashburn 

Ashburn Area Agents: Ambassadors to the Loudoun County Community www.ashburnhomesonline.com

The following agents are affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Ashburn Dulles and other quality service referral corporations.  As ambassadors to their regions or areas of specialization, these people have consistently expressed a willingness to answer questions or provide lifestyle infomation about the Northern Virginia region.  Because they have extensive knowledge of the day to day happenings in their individual personal communities, the names have been broken apart into service regions.

As friends of EverythingAshburn.COM,

we are more than happy to help support and promote

their individual businesses through this community service links directory.

Kae Davis, Real Estate Professional in Ashburn

  • Stephen Lizik,  Associate Broker & Educational Instructor DAAR, WESTERN LOUDOUN/WINCHESTER/FREDERICK COUNTY AREA RESIDENTIAL REPRESENTATIVE AMBASSADOR http://www.cbmove.com/stephen.lizik                                  *CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE LIZIK  ON HIS NEW COMMERICAL REAL ESTATE CERTIFICATION… WAY TO GO, STEVE!*  MARKET WATCH  CO-SPONSOR  

  • Helen Susko, Mentor & Specialist in Regional “Senior” Realty Services [Annandale Office] FAIRFAX COUNTY EXPERT AND RESIDENTIAL REPESENTATIVE “GUARDIAN ANGEL” http://www.cbmove.com/helen.susko
  • Sue Ghandchilar, Sales Associate, STERLING/CASCADES/DULLES AREA RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY REPRESNTATIVE                                                                                                                                http://www.suesellsvirginia.com/ or www.activerain.com/suesellsvirginia
  • Michael O’Hara, Sales Associate, RENTAL and REO Mid-Atlantic Region [VA/MD] http://www.cbmove.com/michael.ohara           
  • Jon Brundage, Sales Associate, IT Service Consultant, NOVA/BROADLANDS AREA RESIDENTIAL REPRESENTATIVE AMBASSADOR                                                                  http://www.cbmove.com/johnbrundagesr 

    TEAM PLAYERS In the Dulles Technology Corridor

    David Korrie, http://www.davidkorrie.com

    Steve Salvatore, Preferred Service Mortgage, Dulles Officer http://www.prefmtg.web-loans.com/officers.aspx

    Dulles Area Association of Realtors [DAAR] http://www.dullesarea.com

    Jack Davis, Community Ambassador for the Dulles Technology Corridor http://www.ferrarifans.org  http://www.maseratifans.org http://www.lamborghinifans.org

    EverythingAshburn.com http://www.everythingashburn.com

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    SIGNPOST or INTERNET the best advertising bet? Buyers: lay odds.

    Monday, November 26, 2007

    SIGNPOST or INTERNET the best advertising bet? Buyers: lay odds.

    Which came first–the chicken or the egg?

    If you had to bet, what would you guess…

    Neimem Marcus Fabrege Egg is available Online

    Reading a controversial blog at www.ActiveRain.com, I was confronted with a point blank “either or” question. What do people think about advertising and marketing strategies? Do buyers really find property by searching the Internet, or do they see signs first and then head home to look the homes or property up? Honestly, I think that particular aspect of an unknown variable it is a sincere and legitimate question: both to pose to the present market community–and, as real estate agents, to further take the time to ask various generationally divided buyer groups we encounter.

    WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF A SIGN POST IN THE YARD OF A LISTING

    In a modern marketplace, with busy commuters hustling and bustling blindly past hundreds of signs on any given commuting day, most people searching turn to the Internet as a condensed portal into the virtual market area in which they desire to buy or reside in a home. However, you can’t replace the neighborhood gossip value when any new home “for sale” yard signs swings from a freshly installed post. Talking neighbors are likely to go home and research your listings as an agent, and will also be looking to you to be posting or emailing market watch information about their community homes.

    SO THE SIGN HELPS, BUT THE INTERNET SERVES COMMUNITIES “IN THE KNOW”

    For a house to sell expediently, ANY agent you work with should be offering personal listing service and extended Internet marketing for every listing. By hiring an agent or team willing to keep pace and follow the pragmatic service miles, you will surely have an advantage over many other home-sellers on the marketplace who rely solely on the manpower of 1940s-1980s real estate sales era techniques to facilitate the sale of a home. Knocking on doors and cold calling as an agent can help you meet people in the short run, but you have to have the long term know how to build your business with you as a resource to sell what you know.

    CHICKENS CAN’T KEEP GOING WITHOUT LAYING EGGS ANY MORE THAN REALTOR SIGNS WON’T WORK IN TODAYS MARKET WITHOUT INTERNET HENTRACKS [DIGITAL FOOTPRINTS]

    Regardless of the mechanism that ultimately draws the buyers, listing agents must continue to fine new and fresh ways to effectively increase the selling advantages and odds.

    Technology is here to stay–and we can no longer deny that more and more each new generation of buyers is coming to rely on the Internet and the convenient services it provides them. However, with our baby boomer generation and their downsizing parents beginning to offer up the bulk of family properties for sale on the present market, we have to remember what day and age we live in as service providers.

    Real people still continue to interact in real life, and many people in the 50+ markets, any age new in areas and seeking neighborhoods they might not know, or first time buyers will still still drive through neighborhoods seeking for sale signs in the yards of homes. For that reason, folks, as agents we have to be ready willing and able to provide “dual services” to market both electronically and through our desktop publishing fliers and sign posts.

    FINAL CALL: ALL BETS ARE IN NOW

    My final bet is that there is no answer that allows me, as a RESPONSIBLE agent, to bypass one side of listing service or the other. A successful agent has to be willing to bypass the question of the most expedient or effective media, and logically focus on improving the selling chances of any property or home. In that sense, both you and your client “hedge your bets”, placing you in a much more protected gamble in a selling position during questionably predictable market conditions. To that end, I wholeheartedly recommend all agents educate their clients to think of each Internet ad placement as a metaphoric “double post”.

    Kindest regards, everyone… don’t forget to decorate your signposts this holiday season to share some warmth, and to add a digital wreath or candle to the bottom of your UPCOMING December posts.

    Kae Davis, Licensed VA Sales Associate

    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Ashburn Dulles

    www.activerain.com/KaeDavis

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    Welcome, Brambleton!

    Saturday, November 17, 2007
    Business Philosophy
    Kae Davis, anchor of the Brambleton Community Market Guide, is a local resident whose areas of expertise are in alignment with her BUSINESS PHILOSOPHIES:

    1. Defining the right results for each individual group of sellers and buyers and following through tenaciously to make those results happen.
    2. Finding the right “fit” for her clients–whether it be by selling a beloved family property while simultaneously facilitating the acquisition of their next long term home, placing folks in a comfortable transitional short term or rental property, garnering the most beneficial real estate parcels that contribute to building or maintaining a strong investment portfolio, or while simply assisting individuals in feeling a part of the new neighborhood venue they chose.
    3. Aggressively Defending the POSITIVES of investing in the Brambleton and Ashburn area communities of Loudoun County. 
    4. Sharing a glimpse of the Northern Virginia lifestyle as an ambassador to the GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. 
    5. Focusing on the strengths of communities by directing people to the things that make life easy.

    Kae Davis is helping new residents learn where to go, recommending helpful local people to know, and sharing the local secrets she knows: the gossip of where to find all the life resources you need in a new area or city with such vast resources as Loudoun County.

    Kae Davis can help you find the best local Brambleton and Ashburn* learning centers, school options and nannies for your children and grandchildren
    * the best area gourmet to cost-effective or specialty products shopping
    * the finest local restaurants from five star to casual hole-in-the-wall eateries,
    * referrals to volunteer opportunities or nearby local religious organizations
    * regional medical facilities and health care providers
    * all your “new in the area” transportation planning needs
    * historical day trips or night time preforming arts venues
    * museums and art galleries
    * visitor information (hotels, airport and airling travel, train & metro stations)
    * regional tourism seasonal events in the Metro DC Area
    * weekend travel opportunities within a 500 mile commute of Northern Virginia
    * the “local news” (details about the best boutiques, barbers, salons, and saloons)
    * where to go and what to do (planning day tours of subdivisions and roads right for you)
    Kae Davis can also help you…

    • Learn your way around Loudoun County
    • Market your Brambleton Home
    • Become a New Resident in the Brambleton of Ashburn Area Community
    • Invite the WORLD to preview the Joy of living in BRAMBLETON
    • Welcome Guests to the BRAMBLETON TOWN CENTER
    • Make yourself more at HOME in Ashburn and the DC Metro Region
    • Build the Brambleton Community to what Brambletonians want it to be via COMMUNITY

    Living life in Northern Virginia… Brambleton and the surrounding Ashburn Area of Loudoun County in the Dulles Technology Corridor of the DC Metro Region in Northern Virginia Welcomes You Home!