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Musings about Northern Virginia and Washington, DC real estate, green and healthy homes, environmentally and resource-efficient properties, high-tech homes, staging, technology and social media and related topics.
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People seeking grocery stores near Laurel Hill in Lorton, VA have plenty of options, and many are in new shopping centers with an array of retail outlets.  And that’s a good thing because newer neighborhoods like Laurel Hill, Spring Hill and Laurel Highlands are attracting many residents and maki...
07/24/2009
Residents of Fairfax South County neighborhoods like Laurel Hill, Laurel Highlands and Spring Hill have it pretty easy for recycling and household hazardous waste disposal.  That's because these neighborhoods are near the Lorton I-95 Complex on Furnace Road; and along with the I-66 Transfer Stati...
07/23/2009
In a continuing quest to learn not only what’s going on with the economy but also what individuals can do about it, I offer John Allison’s take on the financial crisis, its causes, the residential real estate market and possible cures.  One of the longest-serving leaders of a U.S. bank, with two ...
03/14/2009
Voila! New guidelines for home loan modifications are emerging from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  No doubt, it'll take loan servicers, real estate consultants and consumers some time to understand and put into practice provisions of this new Home Affordable Modification plan  -- a system ...
03/07/2009
If you're curious about whether or not Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac has your loan, here's how to find out for yourself!  You can call 1-800-7-Fannie and 1-800-Freddie to ask.  This information is courtesy of my colleague Winston Westbrook in California.  THANKS! Now, everybody, let's learn more abou...
03/07/2009
The shifting U.S. economy is prompting changes to everything from individuals' employment status (enduring a layoff and finding a better fit) to eating habits (dining at home more often and boosting nutrition as a bonus), and Nina Durfee, Certified Professional Coach based in Sammamish, Washingto...
03/07/2009
If you've been waiting for better tax advantages for energy-efficient home renovations -- doors, heating and cooling equipment, insulation, windows, etc. -- you may want to act soon.  The recent economic stimulus package (February 17, 2009) expands the types of home improvements allowed and tripl...
02/25/2009
Time for a bargain!  Zoltan, of real estate virtual tour site RealBird.com, offers a free upgrade to their MLS-friendly, unbranded vritual tour through March 10, 2009.  Normally this would cost about $10 per listing, or $90 per year, and it allows for an unlimited number of photos and unlimited t...
02/23/2009
As I was researching TARP – the Troubled Asset Repair Program - I soon realized it wasn't really repairing assets, and that there were plenty of impacts on small business and entrepreneurs, including real estate consultants. I read three enlightening articles by Seattle-based executive coach Kell...
02/14/2009
A U.S. standard for green homes has emerged.  On January 29, 2009, the American National Standards Institute, ANSI, approved the first rating system for residential real estate, the National Green Building Standard (TM) (ICC 700-2008).  Encompassing not just single-family (detached) properties, b...
02/07/2009
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