Amanda Is so Impressed, She Refers Us to Everybody!



What was your experience working with Michael and Melana Wilson of the NOVA Real Estate Group?
"I've only given referrals, I haven't bought or rented a house through them, but I've gotten feedback from friends that I've referred them to. They told me that NOVA real estate was great with communication, getting back to their clients timely and often. They made sure the job was done correctly. I've had feedback from friends that have worked with and around them that they wish they lived in a different area so they could be their Realtors all the time. I've heard really good feedback. Since we don't live in the same area, I refer people to them and always get great feedback. When I heard of an instance that I was talking to Melana about, a referral that I gave her, she mentioned she had a late night. I'm a nurse and get to clock out when I leave, so I asked her for a little more information about what happened. Turns out she was up late helping one of her clients move out of their home so they would make a deadline on the closing. I consider that going above and beyond. She was actually helping clean, move boxes, and furniture so this woman could get the home closed. She knew that she needed a hand and went on her own time to help. She definitely goes above and beyond to help her clients beyond just the transaction."
To contact Michael or Melana Wilson of the NoVa Real Estate Group, you can reach them by phone at (703) 722-8831, by email at mwilson@kw.com or visit their website, AllLoudounCountyHomes.com

Melinda Loved the Patience and Support Melana Provided!




What was your experience working with Michael and Melana Wilson of the NOVA Real Estate Group?
"It's a bit of a long story but I'll sum it up. So, when we first moved to Northern Virginia, we were coming up here because of an amazing job opportunity for my husband. The worst possible thing happened, as the job fell through; my husband didn't have a job and it was just me and my teacher salary. Our initial adventure of looking for a home went to looking for a rental because we were in his parent's basement. Melana didn't even hesitate, she was so supportive in a time where we were just beside ourselves. We thought we had screwed up our lives big time. She just kept calm and found us a house that was in our new budget and it was great and we were very happy with the rental. Then, a year later, my husband got a great job and we were able to start looking for a home again, a home of our own. So then we started a new adventure and Melana was so patient. Northern Virginia is so expensive, especially from Charlotte, North Carolina, which is what we were used to. She helped us go through the motions of identifying our must-haves and she supported us. We then whittled down the list a bit and she seriously found us the most amazing house. Melana is wonderful. We really do think of her as a friend. We invited her over to our housewarming party, we've had her over for dinner -- she's just more than a Realtor. I don't think either of us could have made it through these unexpected twists and turns without her calm support. She's just amazing. She took us all over looking for houses to buy, then the plan changed to find houses to rent, and I know that's a huge commission change for her. We felt like we were wasting her time, but she was like, "No, you're never wasting my time!" My husband was working nights and I was working days, and she would show me the house when I could see it, and she would show him the house when he could see it. She would then text and email us asking what we thought of the house at a time when she knew both of us were awake. I feel like everything she did was above and beyond!"

How Much Is Your Home Worth, Really?



Today we are going to be talking about how you can get the most accurate valuation for your home. We get questions all the time from potential sellers about what their home is worth. Today we are going to explain exactly how to find out for yourself. There are really two ways that you can get your home’s value, the automated way and the professional way.

The automated way involves using a website like Zillow, Trulia, or one of the thousands of other automated home value websites. They rely on algorithms and easily gathered data to come up with their figures, and don’t take into account the specific features and benefits of your home, while relying on a ton of assumptions. These estimations vary wildly; we have seen them as much as 50% off the true value of a property. It’s okay for someone who is just curious, but if you’re thinking about buying or selling, it’s probably not the best route.


If you are serious about selling your home, especially in the near future, the professional version is the much more accurate way to do it. This method involves using a licensed REALTOR®, who can incorporate a lot of different data from your home, including actual condition, and compare it to other homes that have sold in the area. The level of expertise from a licensed REALTOR® crunching the numbers helps increase the accuracy of your home valuation dramatically. Having an on-site assessment is best, because only then can they truly get an accurate picture of your home’s value.

I hope this topic was helpful to you. If you have any questions for us, or are looking for an expert opinion on your home’s value, we’ve got you covered. Just give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Kerri was very pleased with Melana's kindness and attentiveness!



"They were great. I love the place that we found and I'm very happy with them. Melana wrote up the offer very well, and I think that's why they picked me. She was always available to look for places and always willing to set up times to meet and find places. The place I ended up picking, I didn't even choose. She said, "Hey, this just came on the market. Let's take a look at it." She was really flexible and helpful with all of that."
To contact Michael or Melana Wilson of the NoVa Real Estate Group, you can reach them by phone at (703)722-8831 by email at mwilson@kw.com or visit their website, allLoudouncountyhomes.com

The Number One Winterizing Tip


The cold is coming - is your home prepared?
Keep your home protected from the cold Northern Virginia winter! Shut off and drain your hose bibs, so they don't freeze and break.
In most houses, you'll find a front and back hose bib by the water heater in your utility room. Both valves should be horizontal or perpendicular to the line the water is flowing through.
Ensure the valves are turned off before disconnecting hoses and draining them separately. Open the valves and drain them before heading back inside. Next, you want to use the bleeder valve, which you can open by hand or with a pair of pliers. Break the seal and let the air in. This causes the water to siphon out through the outside spigot.
This ensures there is no water in the lines and will prevent frozen pipes and a huge mess in the spring! This is a simple task that every homeowner should do to keep their home protected through the cold months.
If you have any questions or need real estate assistance of any kind, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you!

Discover the personal care Dan received when working with NoVa Real Estate Group!



What results did you get when working with Michael and Melana Wilson with the NoVa Real Estate Group?
"We didn't achieve the maximum number that we talked about. However, we did achieve within the bracket of price points that we were looking for our house. And we achieved it within a relatively aggressive time frame. In addition to achieving what I consider really strong results, the price and time are usually the two elements you have to play with really, in addition to any work you've done on the home, I would say we got strong results. Equally important to my wife and I, we were kept abreast of the process as we were going through it. Mike and Melana just did an exceptional job of keeping us aware and aligned with what's going on and what they were doing for us and what was happening with our sale. I would say the overall experience was just kind of exceptional in our minds. We've moved maybe eight or nine times in our lifetime as a married couple, so we've bought and sold a number of homes through the years. The personal care and focus on what our needs were and the tailoring of their approach to help us meet our needs, and by always informing us about the process and where we were at in the process, all of this was exceptional. All the little things add up; the phone call with a brief update of what was going on, even though it wasn't required of them, things like that, those personal touch points, made it a really exceptional experience overall. We couldn't speak highly enough of the personal care combined with the results we got working with Mike and Melana."

Listen to Emily's home-buying experience with NoVa Real Estate Group!



What results did you get when you worked with Michael and Melana Wilson and the NoVa Real Estate Group?
"Well, I got a house out of it! It was the home that I wanted. I really enjoyed working with them because they listened to what I was looking for and they didn't try to push me in a direction I didn't want to go. I wanted a specific layout for my house and they didn't waste my time showing me homes with a layout different than what I wanted. It saved a lot of time and it ultimately gave me the results I wanted.
After closing, I'm a first-time home buyer, they sent me an email that went over all the things we talked about at closing that we still needed to do to complete my home buying experience. There were a few things I needed to talk to other people about and it was all listed out in this page-long email. I would have never remembered to do all this stuff without it!"

Listen to Jenn's experience with NoVa Real Estate Group!



Tell me about your experience working with Michael and Melana Wilson:
"I worked with Mike about 3 years ago buying my first ever house. From the minute I met him, he was on top of everything and made me feel really comfortable. I felt like I was their only client the entire time I worked with them. It was just an overall great experience. I ran into a situation where we lost a house because it didn't appraise and it was a stressful situation. Mike called me at 8am on my way into work and knew I was thinking about it. He said, "I know you are thinking about it, so I just want to update you and see what your concerns are." It was nice to know that I didn't have to follow-up with him because he was constantly following up with me."

How we helped Rose buy her house!




Tell me about your experience working with Michael and Melana Wilson:

"I worked with NOVA real estate group for most of the year on and off looking for houses. They pointed me in the right direction as far as loan officers and everyone else I needed once I found a house. I felt very supported during the home buying process. It was my first time, so they held my hand, walked me through it all, and it was great. I would say during the process of negotiating both upfront and after the inspection was done, he was just very hands-on during the entire process. I never felt like I was alone. There were several surprising things found on the home inspection, so he took the initiative in offering possible solutions. He answered most of my questions before I would even ask them. He's very intuitive."

Big Changes Are Coming to the Real Estate Market


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I have some important news for anyone and everyone that's planning on entering the real estate market soon. There are changes coming to the market in order to make buying a home easier for the consumer and for the lender, but until everyone figures out how to handle these new scenarios we'll have to be patient and utilize good communication.

On October 3rd, changes coming to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) will affect everyone involved in the real estate industry, from consumers to Realtors to lenders.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule amending regulations the Truth in Lending Act as well as the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.

So, what does this mean for you? The TILA-RESPA rule consolidates four disclosures for closed and credit transactions secured by real property into two different forms.

One of these forms is a loan estimate that must be delivered or placed in the mail no later than the 3rd business day after receiving the consumer's application. A closing disclosure must be provided to the consumer at least three business days prior to consummation.

These new disclosures must be provided by a creditor or mortgage banker that receives an application from a consumer for a closed end credit transaction. However, creditors will still be required to use the current Good Faith Estimate, HUD 1 and Truth in Lending forms for applications received prior to August 1, 2015. After that date, these forms will no longer be used.

One thing that WILL NOT change is your loan approval process. These changes are really only going to affect you during the closing period.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions about this issue. We understand that it may seem a little confusing or overwhelming. We would be happy to clear up any misconceptions that you may have!

Pre-Approval vs Pre-Qualification: Which Is Better?



Today we'll be discussing an important distinction among home buyers in Northern Virginia.

A pre-qualification and a pre-approval are two entirely different documents. A pre-qualification is a much more basic certification, and it can be obtained in a few hours. You only need a few pieces of information, none of which is really double-checked, and you can then get your pre-qualification letter once a lender has looked over your numbers.


A pre-approval letter is much more desirable, and I highly recommend it to all of my home buyers. This is more time-consuming, but it will designate you as a serious buyer if you can acquire it. You will submit tax returns, pay stubs, insurance information, and more. Once the lender has an opportunity to review these items, you will then be issued an approval letter.

Both buyers and sellers like to see letters of pre-approval, and this is especially true when the real estate market is as hot as it is in Northern Virginia.

If you would like to be put in contact with a great local lender, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Why Is Proper Pricing Crucial When Selling?


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Recently, someone came to us and asked why asking price is so important when selling. This is a great question, and a crucial one for home sellers to think about.

In today's competitive marketplace, if a home is on the market for too long, it gets stale. Right now, the average days on market sits at 45 days - by the time a home has been on the market for 60 days or so, people start to wonder whether there is something wrong with it. This can have severe consequences.


If the initial asking price of your home is too high, you will drive buyers away who would otherwise be very interested in your home. As the days on market grow, you'll probably have to bring down your listing price. However, even if you lower the price to something more reasonable, the home will still have trouble selling because it has high days on market.

Bottom line: if you overprice your home, you take it right out of the market. You need to get a thorough evaluation of your home so you can put the right price on it and attract the highest volume of buyers.

If you have any questions about pricing or if you need real estate assistance of any kind, don't hesitate to give us a call or shoot us a quick email. We would love to hear from you!

Understanding The Closing Process for Home Sellers



Today we're discussing steps in the Closing Process for home sellers in Northern Virginia.

Getting to a Ratified Contract is only the 1st step in the process of selling your house.   

Step 1:  Ratified, or fully executed, Contract
Step 2:  Earnest Money Deposit, shows Buyer's Commitment
Step 3:  Title Company examines history for Clear Title
Step 4:  Buyer's Inspection and Contingency Period
Step 5:  Collecting Documents for Smooth Closing
Step 6:  Closing according to financial details on the HUD-1


Successfully moving from 'Contract to Closing' can be confusing and a little daunting. This is an important time in the process of selling your home, so it's important to understand what needs to happen.

If you have questions or would like to discuss the details of selling your house, please don't hesitate to contact me!

1st Time Home Buyer Specialist - NoVa Real Estate Group



Today we're talking about helping First Time Home Buyers in Northern Virginia.

It's all new, so it's important to have an experienced Guide when you are purchasing your First Home.  NoVa Real Estate Group = First Time Home Buyer Specialists in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia.

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Not Knowing what's coming is the cause for most 1st time buyer fears. This is usually the biggest purchase in most people's lives, it's normal to be anxious, even a little scared.

NoVa Real Estate Group specializes in helping first time home buyers understand and navigate the buying process.  Call 703-722-8831 to get an expert on your team.

Find out how an Exclusive Buyer's Agent works for only for the home buyer.

If you have questions or would like to discuss your options for Buying your next home, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Top Updgrades That Help Sell Your House



Today we're discussing the Top 3 Upgrades to help Sell your house in Northern Virginia.

Some upgrades and improvements are much more likely to have a positive impact on SELLING your home than others.   Here are our TOP 3 ...

#1:  Paint
#2:  Flooring
#3:  Fixtures


Repainting, replacing carpet or flooring, and updating lighting and other fixtures are typically affordable, yet have a huge Visual Impact on buyers.  These 3 typically give the most 'bang for the buck' - they help sell a house Faster and for More Money than most other upgrades.  

Remember that every house is different and these may not be the best for YOUR house, or they may not be needed at all.  

If you have questions or would like to discuss the details of selling your house, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Importance Of An Exclusive Buyer's Agent



Today we're discussing why it's important to have an exclusive Buyer's Agent for Home Buyers in Northern Virginia.

Buyer's Agents represent Home Buyers and look out for their best interests throughout the home buying process.   


  • Buyer's Agents work ONLY for the home Buyer
  • Listing Agents work for the seller, not the buyer
  • Builder Agents work for the builder, not the buyer

Buyer's Agents are paid by the seller, not the buyer.  Most exclusive buyer's agents are paid only from the proceeds of the seller which means that it doesn't cost the buyer anything extra to have an Expert on their team!

If you have questions or would like to discuss your options for Buying your next home, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Market Report - April 2015 for Home Buyers and Home Sellers



Today we're the Real Estate marketing for home Buyers and Sellers in Northern Virginia.

The market is heating up, and way ahead of last year, as we head in to the busiest season of the year for home buying and home selling   

Sales:  UP from March, and Higher than April 2014
Prices:  UP 2.5% from March and UP 7.6% from 2014 
Rates:  Up slightly, but still LOW at ~3.78% for 30 year fixed!

It's a good time to SELL. Home prices in this area are continuing to rise and there is a healthy level of buyer demand.

It's a good time to BUY.  Interest rates have inched up slightly but are still at historically LOW levels.  That means more buying power for most people!

If you have questions or would like to discuss the details of Selling your house or Buying your next home, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Successful Home Sellers Use An Effective Marketing Plan

Market To Sell!

Effective Marketing Sells Houses

 

Online Marketing is the best way to sell your house.  What's your Marketing Plan? 


More effective strategies and tactics online means more home buyers see your house ... but only if it's done right!  Watch this video for ways to get your house in front of the highest number of the right kinds of buyers.


Are you ready to talk about selling your house?


It's Free - there's no charge or obligation - we just bring our Experience, Expertise, and Professionalism. It's Easy - just give us some information in the form below ... or pick up the phone: 703-722-8831

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We are Realtors®, Real Estate Professionals, and we put in the effort to give you solid data about how much you could sell your house for, based on current market conditions that affect your specific property.


 * Really, it's free ... there's no cost or obligation. We're here to help you reach your goals ... and we're good at it!
Call us @ 703-722-8831 and tell us about your goals ... we can help!



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3 Keys to Selling Your House In Northern Virginia
Show Well Or Don't Sell - A Key To Home Seller Success
How To Price it Right So You Sell For Top Dollar

How To Price it Right So You Sell For Top Dollar

Price It Right!

Understand Your Current Market



Correct pricing can often mean the difference between selling for top dollar and missing out.  It can also mean the difference between selling quickly ... and not selling at all!  Watch this video to learn how to Price It Right for your house.

Start Getting Market Reports for Your Area - it's the best way to start getting a feel for house prices in Your area. Same request form - ask for your Market Report (online) or ask for a Consultation (phone).

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Remember, there is never any obligation to use our professional services.*
We are Realtors®, Real Estate Professionals, and we put in the effort to give you solid data about how much you could sell your house for, based on current market conditions that affect your specific property.

 * Really, it's free ... there's no cost or obligation. We're here to help you reach your goals ... and we're good at it! Call us @ 703-722-8831 and tell us about your goals ... we can help!

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More Home Seller Tips:
3 Keys to Selling Your House In Northern Virginia
Show Well Or Don't Sell - A Key To Home Seller Success
Successful Home Sellers Use An Effective Marketing Plan


Show Well Or Don't Sell - A Key To Home Seller Success

Show Your Best!

First Impressions Matter



How your house 'SHOWS' is the one area that homeowners can have the biggest impact, and there are a lot of things you can do to improve your chances of selling quickly and for top dollar.

This video gives valuable Seller Tips and insight for making your house stand out ... and Sell!  


CLICK HERE to Request Your Free Consultation*


Remember, there is never any obligation to use our professional services.*
We are Realtors®, Real Estate Experts, and we put in the effort to give you solid data about how much you could sell your house for, based on current market conditions that affect your specific property.


 * Really, it's free ... there's no cost or obligation. We're here to help you reach your goals ... and we're good at it!
Call us @ 703-722-8831 and tell us about your goals ... we can help!


More Home Seller Tips:
3 Keys to Selling Your House In Northern Virginia
How To Price it Right So You Sell For Top Dollar
Successful Home Sellers Use An Effective Marketing Plan