Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Official Name Change for Tysons Corner

For some time, we have been hearing talk of the "Corner" being dropped from the name of  Tysons Corner.  
The name change is now official.  You can read about it Here.

If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today.  I am here to help.

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                                                        Carla Brooks

Monday, April 6, 2015

Time to Update the Bathroom: For sale or for rent it must be done

Recently, a long term client asked for advice on a property that was built in the 70's.  Through the years many updates had been done to the property yet the master bathroom still needed significant improvement in order to rent or sell.

Here are the before pictures:

Nasty right?  What would it take to rejuvenate this bathroom?  Here's what it took:

A trip to the local hardware store:
  Dura Rock for the walls
 lots of slate tile
 a black marble threshold for entryway
 new towel bar holder
 tissue paper hold
 new light fixture
 new mirror
 new toilet
 soap holder for shower
 decorative glass tiles for the shower walls
 new tension bar for the shower curtain
 glue for the tiles
 spacers, shims
  I advised keeping the existing pedestal sink, faucet and shower plumbing (all redone in 2009).  The original cast iron tub remained in tact as well. 

Five days later and approximately $750 in supplies from the local hardware store and the bathroom was done.

Here is the result:

More importantly, a contract offer was received immediately following the update.  Mission accomplished!

Please note that slate was chosen due to the existing slate foyer and kitchen flooring.  Consistency in materials throughout the home was important to the seller.

If you need advice on home repairs/ improvements, call me today, I am here to help!

Thank you

Carla Brooks

Real Estate Values across the Country

Most areas of the United States experienced the lowest home values in real estate (in the last 10 years) in 2009.  Since 2009, the value of many homes across the country has steadily risen.  Here is an interesting report on the major metropolitan areas of the United States in regards to real estate pricing today.

If you are buying or selling a home, call me today for expert advice.

Thank you
Carla Brooks

PS photos are a courtesy of free digital photos 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Don't forget the Insurance

Remember to factor in the costs of homeowners insurance if you are planning to purchase real estate in the near future.

In addition, it is a good idea to check in with your insurance agent once a year if you already own real estate and have a homeowners policy.  You will want to make sure your agent knows of any material changes (such as a new kitchen or bathroom addition) in your property since the previous year.  You will want to inform your agent of any sheds, outbuildings, swimming pools etc. that have been added to the exterior of your home.

Here is an excellent article on the subject of insurance protection for your real estate.

If you are planning on buying or selling a home in the near future,  call me today.  I am here to help!

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                                                        Carla Brooks

Friday, March 6, 2015

What to do with an asymmetrical wall

One of the decorating challenges many homeowners/renters face: what to do with an asymmetrical wall.  How awkward the room can feel with one side of a doorway or fireplace twice as wide as the other side.  And how many years will the room feel awkward unless one consults a design specialist and or is particularly savvy in the world of design?

Ann Drake of the blog On Sutton Place featured her own asymmetrical wall in the recreation room of her home.  The post can be found here.  Pictures from the transformation are as follows:

Selling a home is about the feeling a potential buyer has when they walk through your door.  If they feel the warmth and potential to make the house their home, they will most likely write a contract offer.  

Call me today if you are planning on selling your home, I can assist with the market preparation.

Thank you
Carla Brooks

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Need a Bathroom refresh that can be done in one afternoon?

Perhaps you have guests coming for the weekend, are entertaining or just want to change the look in your bathroom.  Accessories can go a long way in adding life and current design trends to your bathroom.  Curtains, rugs, paint, and hardware can all be purchased at your local hardware store.

Maria Killam in her blog, Color me Happy, has a post today on updating a bathroom with dated shower doors.  The post can be found here.

Just love the results!

If you are planning on selling your home, call me today for excellent staging suggestions.

Thank you

Carla Brooks

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Relocating the First Time Buyer

Are you relocating to the Northern Virginia area and trying to find a place to live?  Whether renting or buying, the task can be overwhelming.

I have been working with relocation clients all through the winter months.  Coming into town and not knowing the "system" or a trusted agent to work with can result in wasted time on the road and making uninformed decisions.

Call me today for expert advice on buying or renting.  I can organize your itinerary and point you in the right direction! Here is an excellent article on relocation.  Asking the right questions of your employer is paramount.

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                                                              Carla Brooks