Archive for January, 2008

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SUPERBOWL GAME DAY TAKE OUT OFFER FROM “NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOES” RESTAURANT IN LANSDOWNE

Thursday, January 31, 2008

From “Not Your Average Joes” Restaurant…

LOCATED OFF BELMONT RIDGE ROAD AND ROUTE 7

MEGA-YUM thumbs up from EverythingAshburn.COM

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Cheer on the Big Game with Your Mouth Full.

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Take home a large cheese pizza and two of our most
popular appetizers for only $19.95.

Our large cheese pizza* and two appetizers can feed four
to five fans. Choose from favorites such as crab cakes,
buffalo-Caribbean chicken tenders, vegetable spring rolls,
forno-baked chicken quesadillas and crispy Asian chicken rolls.

*Additional pizza toppings, $1.00 each
*Add $3.00 for any specialty pizza

Game Day Only.

Visit Not Your Average Joe’s Online to find out more about Loudoun County Dining and other East Coast and Midatlantic locations:   http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com/locations/
 

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Northern Virginia 2007 Year in Real Estate Market Activity

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Looking for market watch information on Real Estate home sales in Northern Virginia? Check out the following links to Coldwell Banker reports. Listing total inventory on the market (as reported by MRIS), under contract, price changes, back on market, and new listings, the reports are vary helpful to real estate sales professionals, owners, and potential incoming buyers for our DC Metro region. These post links reflect 2007 sales figures.

Market Activity for Loudoun County by Kae Davis, Licensed VA Realtor

Market Activity for Fairfax County by Helen Susko, Licensed VA Realtor

Market Activity for Prince William County by Steve Lizik, Licensed VA Realtor

A Fresh Outlook for the New Year
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
 

— January 1, 2008
The 2008 New Year brings us hope and an opportunity for fresh thinking by casting away past difficulties. Today’s real estate market fits that new-year situation exactly. Just over two years ago, the real estate market was at its peak in number of sales and in the price of houses. The current oversupply of homes for sale in many of our areas is the reason for the decrease in home prices since an oversupply of any commodity puts downward pressure on prices (see the graphs by county for your area). However, just because prices are down, there is no reason that the number of homes purchased should be down. In fact, with interest rates lower now than one year ago and still in the range of 40-year lows, most buyers can purchase a larger home than they could two years ago. Mortgage money is freely available except for those who should not be getting a mortgage anyway.
So who is today’s real estate market good for? Today’s buyers who have the best housing situation in years – many housing choices available at reasonable prices with lower interest mortgage money available. Also, sellers who will be buyers right away may sell their property for a little less than hoped for, but can buy one for so much less than in the past. And sellers who price their houses in line with the current market are selling them in weeks instead of months.Let the pessimists be gone. See the current real estate market in its true light – a market that is perfect for buyers and also sellers who will then be buyers. With my expertise in handling the real estate market with fresh thinking, I can assist you or anyone you know in taking advantage of today’s opportunities in real estate.

Sincerely yours, 

Kae Davis

www.cbmove.com/kaedavis

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CONGRATULATIONS CHEVY CHASE CB BRANCH VP and BLOGGER DARRIN FRIEDMAN

Thursday, January 31, 2008

EverythingAshburn.COM wishes to congratulate Darrin Friedman for being an A+ SUPERSTAR Blogger!

Articles excepted from cbinside.com by Kae Davis and Realtors.ORG  by Steve Lizik

DARRIN FRIEDMAN

Darrin Friedman, branch vice president of the Chevy Chase office, has been named one of Realtor Magazine’s featured bloggers for 2008. Friedman was selected after a nationwide search and will be a regular contributor to Realtor Magazine’s Young Professionals Network (YPN). Friedman was selected after a nationwide search.

As branch vice president of the Chevy Chase office, Friedman is the youngest manager in Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Mid-Atlantic company. He has been recognized for creating a business-focused, innovation-first culture, and turning the Chevy Chase office into a highly touted regional success.

Friedman’s blog can be found at: http://narblog1.realtors.org/mvtype/ypn/2007/12/ or through www.cbmove.com/chevychase.

Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 (Archive on Friday, January 11, 2008)
Posted by NRTMA\ARosenstein  Contributed by cbinside.com.
YPN Lounge

December 21, 2007

Challenges Facing a Gen X Manager

Darrin Friedman“I have shoes older than you,” the woman real estate practitioner announced.It was a year ago, and within the first five minutes of being introduced to my new office as the branch vice president, the practitioner had stood up and declared that I couldn’t possibly know how to run an office. Why? Because I was 32? Because I had only been in the business for 4.5 years? Because when she sold my grandmother’s house in 1987 I had just finished my Bar Mitzvah?Well, yes — I guess for all these reasons people hesitated to consider my value.From that moment I understood what I was there to do. The powers that be did not hire me to be a yesterday’s manager — a legal dictionary of real estate wonder, sitting behind a desk all day to field every piece of minutia the associates could throw at me.

Rather, I was placed in the Chevy Chase office to create an atmosphere and culture of profitability where none existed before. I was hired to be a marketing expert and business partner to every single associate in my office, so they, using their creativity and talent, could learn how to run successful businesses.

Simply, we are no longer a cottage industry. We are innovative, marketing experts dealing in a multi-billion dollar business. If you don’t look at yourself that way, then this is perhaps no longer what you should be doing.

Did it take time for people to adapt? Absolutely. Did some decide that this was not the right place for them because of the new standard of accountability? Yes. But running a business from the perspective of fear is not leadership — that’s about knowing the goal and striving toward it regardless of condition, hesitation, or fear.

So, how did I answer that morning, in front of everyone, when she so delicately told me that her Ferragamos had existed longer than I?

“Buy new shoes.”

Visit Darrin’s Blog

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“Real Simple” Appetizers for Ashburn Superbowl Parties

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Article submission courtesy of Amanda Medders at Tri-Ed Tutoring. Excerpted from Real Simple.

Game day is this Sunday, and no matter what side you’re on, you’ll want to have irresistible party snacks on hand. From Jalapeno Shrimp to Provolone and Roasted Pepper Crisps, Real Simple readers have given these appetizers a winning score:

SUPER BOWL PARTY FOOD AND GAME DAY APPETIZERS

Tip: In lieu of a football pool, have each guest predict the winner’s final score. Write each guess on a tag and tie it to his or her beer stein. Whoever gets closest to the correct score wins. Get more ideas for “How to Host a Winning Super-Bowl Party”:

SPORT THEME PARTIES SCORE FOR SUPERBOWL FOOTBALL CELEBRATIONS

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Preparing your Virginia House for Quick Sale in a Changing Real Estate Market

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
How to Prepare Your House for Sale (from article on About.com)
 

Prepping and staging a house. Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it’s not luck that makes that happen. It’s careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks.Here is how to prep a house and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.  Here’s How:

  1. Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.

    • Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house — a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.

    • Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.

    • Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!

    • Say goodbye to every room.

    • Don’t look backwards — look toward the future.

     

  2. De-Personalize.
    Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there! You don’t want to make any buyer ask, “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?” You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”

     

  3. De-Clutter!
    People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.

    • If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it away?

    • Remove all books from bookcases.

    • Pack up those knickknacks.

    • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.

    • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.

    • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

     

  4. Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.
    Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:

    • Alphabetize spice jars.

    • Neatly stack dishes.

    • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.

    • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.

    • Line up shoes.
       

  5. Rent a Storage Unit.
    Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying, “What is this room used for?”

     

  6. Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
    If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won’t want it. Once you tell a buyer she can’t have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

     

  7. Make Minor Repairs.
     

    • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.

    • Patch holes in walls.

    • Fix leaky faucets.

    • Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.

    • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.
      (Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as “the house with the orange bathroom.”)

    • Replace burned-out light bulbs.

    • If you’ve considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

     

  8. Make the House Sparkle!
     

    • Wash windows inside and out.

    • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.

    • Clean out cobwebs.

    • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.

    • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.

    • Clean out the refrigerator.

    • Vacuum daily.

    • Wax floors.

    • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.

    • Bleach dingy grout.

    • Replace worn rugs.

    • Hang up fresh towels.

    • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.

    • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.

     

  9. Scrutinize.
     

    • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?

    • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.

    • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.

    • Make sure window coverings hang level.

    • Tune in to the room’s statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?

    • Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You’re almost finished.

     

  10. Check Curb Appeal.
    If a buyer won’t get out of her agent’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get her inside.

    • Keep the sidewalks cleared.

    • Mow the lawn.

    • Paint faded window trim.

    • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.

    • Trim your bushes.

    • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

Article submission courtesy of David Korrie

To contact David, please email: dkorrie@yahoo.com

or visit his website www.davidkorrie.com for more information.
 

 

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Ashburn Dulles

44050 Ashburn Village Shopping Plaza,
Suite 163
Ashburn, VA 20147

 

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A NEW NoVA REALTOR?

Monday, January 28, 2008

The following real estate professionals are available to assist you with the buying and selling of residential and commercial real estate properties in the following Northern Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland properties:

Virginia Agents

Kae Davis

Steve Lizik

Maryland Agents

Mike O’Hara

  • Licensed Real Estate Sales Professional VA & MD
  • Rentals and Residential Property Lisiting
  • Buyers Agency in the Baltimore Washington Area
  • Trained in Short Sale and Bank Forclosure
  • Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Ashburn Dulles Associate
  • Sterling Resident

Steve Lizik [LICENSING AS ASSOCIATE BROKER IN MD IN SPRING 2008]

  • Residential And Commercial Property Expert
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Coldwell Banker offers Concierge Services to their Customers

Monday, January 28, 2008

Kae Davis, Real Estate Professional in Ashburn