Tech or Touch

03 Aug
August 3, 2017 I’d like to share my thoughts on the Redfin IPO and then weigh in on potential pros and cons of what I have labeled as the “Agent/Brokerage Consumer Centric” model and the “Marketing Company Centric” model. The central issue to me has always been about consumer choice and the level of service and brokerage knowledge they receive. Do the behemoth Marketing Companies, whose goal is generating consumer capture, marginalize the value great real estate professionals bring? And will they be able to accomplish this in a low cost environment? Redfin and Goldman Sachs, the underwriter who helped take them public last week, were focused on positioning Redfin as a tech company rather than a Read more [...]

Six Attributes Needed to Succeed in Real Estate

06 Jun
June 6, 2017 Over the years I have been asked many times, “what makes a successful Realtor®,” and, “what are the traits needed to become an award-winning agent.” Before dialoging on traits or attributes however, I feel it’s important to really focus on what you want in life and truly ask yourself, “Do I have the passion, desire and motivation to pursue this business as a career?” If you don’t like interacting with people, are afraid to “put yourself out there,” struggle to find motivation, can’t take rejection or wallow in failure, you run the risk of having your world filled with negativity. These thoughts will then become your reality and inevitably, as the English writer James Allen Read more [...]

AveryHess, Realtors® Wins Best Visual Design Award

04 Apr
April 4, 2017 It has truly been an honor to receive the award for Best Visual Design for our website from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, which was selected out of 550 real estate companies worldwide. This has been a work in progress for many years as we strive to be the go-to real estate source for the Washington, DC area consumer. AveryHess, Realtors® has gone through four iterations of our website since it was created in 1997. The ultimate goal has always been to provide consumers with not just a portal to view homes for sale, but to showcase how AveryHess could bring in added value as the local real estate expert. Early real estate sites tended to be static repositories of information, Read more [...]

First-Time Homebuyers | Overcoming Fears and Jitters

27 Mar
March 27, 2014 Buying a piece of real estate is part of the American Dream. But, all too often the process of buying a home becomes confusing when would-be homebuyers are blindsided with unexpected intricacies that aren’t shown on an HGTV show. Because I want to see new buyers get the very best value for their money, here my essential steps for preparing to buy your first home. Know How Much You Can Afford An obvious first step. But did you know that most first-time homebuyers get stuck at this stage in the process and never make it out? It is perhaps due to the fear of inquiry. Knowing how much you’re worth may lead you to feel self-conscious or depressed because you may not have enough to buy the Read more [...]

Teal for Good in Fredericksburg Means More Than Scarves

17 Mar
March 17, 2014   What I love most about Teal for Good is the amount of excitement I see from friends and coworkers who take the extra time to give back to the community. This was exemplified earlier this week when a long-time friend came to the Fredericksburg office and graciously agreed to donate 25% of the sales from her small business to our local charity, Rebuilding Together.  For as long as I’ve known Adrienne Bergquist, she’s been a fashionista with an eye for making the most out of professional attire and an expert on using her fashion skills to make the best first impressions. So naturally when the Teal for Good initiative began its fundraising efforts through the sale of teal scarves, Read more [...]

Teal for Good: Giving Back to the Community | Centreville

10 Mar
March 10, 2014 Ever since their son was in his late teens, Becky and John* noticed something wasn't quite right. He was having behavioral issues and outbursts and they couldn’t place their finger on the problem. After many years, thousands of dollars spent, and more doctors’ visits than they could count, they finally received the news that their son, now in his mid twenties, had Schizophrenia. With this disease, the risk of homelessness for their son increases dramatically. Fortunately, there are organizations dedicated to preventing this from happening. One such organization, The Brain Foundation, is located right here in Centreville. And if it wasn’t for the Teal for Good charity they never would Read more [...]

Real Estate Double Take | Steal of a Deal in Cathedral Heights

18 Feb
February 18, 2014 As a native Washingtonian, I pride myself on being knowledgeable when it comes to local cuisine, shortcuts, public transportation routes, and (most importantly) neighborhood characteristics. All neighborhoods, from the gentrifying and up-and-coming to the downtrodden, are all stored in my memory banks and have a couple decades of history behind them for good measure. This knowledge helps me get around the city and gives me a much better perspective on where home ownership is most desired. Certain neighborhoods require a lot of cash to lay down roots. There are many reasons for this that I won't go into, but the simple fact that Foxhall and Georgetown require much more capital than the H St. Corridor Read more [...]

Silver Spring Residents Strike Gold | ICC Toll Road to Gaithersburg

04 Feb
February 4, 2014 You won't come across a single motorist who will sing the praises of a toll road. However, in Montgomery County, somewhere between the screeching tires of the beltway and the bucolic pastures of what many in the DC area call " out there in the country", there is an expanse of road that will silently earn the respect of homeowners tired of expensive home prices inflated by Capitol Hill politicians and government analysts. Not many people realize how large Silver Spring truly is. Traditionalists will say that the city starts right after crossing the DC/MD border and ends well before Wheaton and Kemp Mill to the north. However, those who have laid down roots closer to Aspen Hill know very well Read more [...]

Hop Aboard the Tysons Corner Real Estate Money Train

16 Jan
January 16, 2014 The Silver Line makes its debut this year, which has many potential homeowners asking what this means for home prices in the neighborhoods affected by the much-talked-about public transit expansion. We know what you’re thinking and you’re right on the money! If you play your cards right you could be sitting on a cash cow that brings with it increasing property values, an easier commute, more local businesses, walkable town centers, and substantial changes in the outlook of a various communities (think schools for example). Phase 1 of the Silver Line lies right along the Tysons Corner Corridor, home to the largest shopping mall in the DC Metro area and in the entire state of Virginia. Read more [...]

DC Restaurant Week – A True Foodie Fest!

08 Jan
January 8, 2014 “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman. Being a foodie in DC can be quite an expensive hobby! For all of us that love that chance to try all of the latest restaurants that are friends are buzzing about, Restaurant Week is that time when we can do it without the guilt. Beginning Monday, January 13 through Sunday, January 19, over 230 of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants will be offering 3-course lunches for $20.14, and 3-course dinners for $35.14. A showcase of Washington, DC’s finest culinary talents, Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to experience the District’s best restaurants at Read more [...]