Windows must be a priority when designing a custom home, and a new home trend in Vienna is including casement windows to allow maximum light and glass area. Most windows you see here are double-hung, where there are a top and a bottom window, and there is a latch in between. Casement windows have been used in Europe as the Continue Reading
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A series of articles with a specific emphasis on Vienna Virginia and construction of new and custom homes. Designed for home buyers and sellers with strategic tips, relocation information, and suggestions on how to get your home to sell in a competitive market.
Doug Francis is a Realtor with almost 25 years of full time experience, and his opinion influenced 99% of the articles below!
One of the first tips I give people when they tell me they plan to buy a house next year is to focus on their Debt-to-Income ratio. Most clients who buy homes get a mortgage, and find out quickly that their finances are about to get scrutinized. Even though ads for rocket-easy mortgages make it appear simple, they will still want you to provide Continue Reading
When we have our first meeting and discuss plans with any new real estate client, I like to review a basic home buying costs worksheet. Knowing the numbers is empowering because it allows clients to see the costs of buying a home and determine a future household budget. I use estimates based on typical costs that I see in Vienna real estate Continue Reading
In today's competitive professional services marketplace, having a digital and online presence will help your business meet more consumers directly when they are searching for answers. After talking with a colleague last week about what I have done online, I decided to share with other professionals my belief that today's smart digital marketing Continue Reading
We gotta get out of this place If it's the last thing we ever do We gotta get out of this place 'cause girl, there's a better life for me and you ~ The Animals Making the decision to move out of the suburbs is the next step for Baby Boomers. Here are some tips and thoughts to get you started on your journey. Leaving 'the burbs' These days, Continue Reading
Three clients had babies... two girls and one boy. People don't often think about the life events Realtors are a part of every year. We step into roles where lives are in the process of changing. Living is more than lifestyle Here are a few notables from 2016... 2016 kicked off helping sisters and a brother sell their childhood home 30 Continue Reading
If you are considering buying a flipped house... make sure that you have a home inspection contingency included in your offer. Unfortunately, here in the always-active Vienna real estate market, a flipped house is often the only affordable option in the average price ranges. If you aren't familiar with the term, a flipped house is property Continue Reading
UPDATED: The final cut is ready to view... see at the end of this blog post! See In a recent interview, the film producer asked me why I had selected to work at TTR Sotheby's International Realty over other real estate brokers in the D.C. market. With the film crew, sound guy, and executive producer watching, I did my best to articulate that Continue Reading