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Meet My Team

by on July 24th, 2014 Leave a Comment

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They say that a team always out performs an individual. My team is focused on specific processes throughout each individual client’s purchase and sale to ensure we better serve you; our team is setting you up for success in your real estate needs.

Meet my team

Grace is my amazing assistant. She is the one who will help do everything from scheduling the appointments we go out to go look at properties, to helping to establish the best communication style- email, video chat, text, or phone and everything in between! Grace pays attention to the details and streamlines the processes behind the scenes to make sure we all have what we need to make every day a great day in the office. She is a marketing maven, speaks multiple languages and is a phenomenal pastry chef!

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Lisa is the multi-talented client care manager that I tell you, is terrific. Lisa is the brilliance behind ensuring that every contract is processed smoothly, and working to uphold and improve my team’s environmental commitment. Lisa understands the importance of customer service and strives to ensure every one of my clients is given the attention they deserve. She is a world traveler and loves to ski.

 

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Many moving parts

Folks never really realize what all goes on behind the scenes in a real estate office, but there are definitely a lot of cogs in the machine. From the minute that start a conversation, listening to what you are needing to do in your life to move forward in your real estate process, to the second that we write a contract and deliver it to title, hundreds of emails are exchanged, with the lender, the title company, the inspector, the photographers, the stagers, the cleaners, and all sorts of other people who make the magic happen. From the appraiser to the processors of title, we know how to get the work done the right way. These cogs in the machine are people… truly wonderful people, who are here to help you have a fantastic real estate experience, because this is what we do for a living, and our living is helping you with a major part of your life.

 

Give us a call and we’ll work to make your real estate transaction a focused success!

 

 

High Performance Homes in NoVa

by on July 14th, 2014 Leave a Comment

What do the home buyers want in Northern Virignia

sun roomI was recently invited to speak to the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, NVBIA Green Building Committee to discuss what it means to be an EcoBroker.

The first thing that I wanted to share with the dozen folks in the room, which ranged from track builders,  custom home builders, renovation flippers, design builders and architects, and everything in between was that NO. Not everyone who comes to me to look for real estate assistance is looking for the green real estate knowledge. No. They are not. I consider it a “gift with purchase” that I can aid someone in understanding how the home will function as a system for the buyer, or market a home’s high-performance features for the seller to ultimately get them top dollar.

This was an interesting scenario for many of these builders to wrap their minds around. They thought this was my “niche”- you know… like all that I do, all day long. Yeah, I am an EcoBroker, but what that really means is that I can take the knowledge that I have about the high-performance home, and translate into how that will be a cost savings for the buyer client in the operation cost, or a cost benefit for the seller. I can also help to define the healthy living strategies that go into good passive design, and building a home tightly, but ventilating right.

I loved being able to educate these builders, and developers about the many facets of sustainable real estate in our Northern Virginia market. What I really love doing is helping my clients in a way that they understand that I’m building community with them, and helping to find them a home where they can live a healthier, high-performance life in a home that will endure when it is built properly.

On the sales side, I truly enjoy bringing a seller the highest possible price because they have put the time, effort and thoughtfulness into a home that has lower operating costs and creates a healthier living environment. Homes that are oriented for passive solar design, have good use of layout for form and function, are insulated and air sealed properly and have the correct systems for the size of the home will run in a much more efficient and streamlined manner. Comfort, health and high-performance are things that are important to today’s buyer.

Amazing Idea Space- Remodeled Edwardian Home

by on July 6th, 2014 Leave a Comment

Wouldn’t you love a space like this?! Check out this great idea space straight from Houzz.com.

 

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