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Episode 11 | What’s Coming Soon?

This week we tackle Coming Soon...and what it means on both the selling side and buying side. You’ve all seen those signs and it may seem obvious. But there’s more to it, as you’ll see. https://youtu.be/JyIFaFROHpA What exactly does coming soon mean in real estate sales? It's a property that we know is going to be coming on the market, but for whatever reason, the seller has to w...

Episode 10 | NYC – Peloton, a play and pasta

We document our travels to New York City for an in-studio ride at Peloton, an award-winning Broadway play and a visit to one of our favorite restaurants. Hope you enjoy and let us know your favorite places in the Big Apple! https://youtu.be/Yij-H2I8gMs We love going up to New York a couple of times a year. Living in DC, its so easy to catch the shuttle to La Guardia and head into the city...

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Tax day is just over two weeks away and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now in effect, which means there are new requirements for homeowners. The media covered the changes in much detail in early 2018, and we wanted to share a few housing-related highlights with you as you get ready to file your taxes. As you may know, the number of income tax brackets remains the same, but they include lowe...

Episode 9 | Appraisals in a hot market

Selling your home and it's a hot sellers market? Everything should be easy, go smoothly. But not so fast.Should you be worried about your appraisal as you're selling your home in today's market? https://youtu.be/_wvBJPeirO8 I’m Tom Pietsch with Tom & Cindy and Associates at Long and Foster. I'm here with long-time associate Jim Patrick, and we're here to talk to you about appraisal...

Episode 8 | Timing your home sale

Today's episode is about timing the sale of your home. By thinking ahead and knowing timelines, we can make sure everything falls nicely into place. From pre-marketing to photography and listing checklists, to testing the market and getting your buyer's loan approved, we go over it all. We even touch base on what day to go on the market...all in less than five minutes! https://youtu.be/0OKLa...

Episode 7 | 10 tips to a winning offer

Is your dream home 3 other buyer’s dream home too? Today we share some ways to get your contract offer accepted in a multiple-contract situation. Each home, buyer and situation is different, and our advice is custom-tailored to each client. These are some ideas to consider in advance as you try to lock down that special place in today's hot market. https://youtu.be/NWfw-fLxyB8 Here are ...

Episode 6 | 3 lunch faves in Springfield, Virginia

Hungry? We’ve got three of our favorite lunch spots in Springfield, Virginia to share with you today! https://youtu.be/uJ3QwZW_krA Hi, I'm Tom Pietsch, with Tom & Cindy and Associates at Long & Foster. And this is Susan Hall, our Marketing Director. While we're often getting work done while having a sandwich at our desks, when we do have time, we've got some long-time close-by f...

Episode 5 | Selling your current home and buying another

Hi everybody. Tom Pietsch with Tom and Cindy and Associates with Long and Foster and I'm here with my associate Jim Patrick. And we're here today to tackle the subject, how do we handle it when one of our clients wants to sell their home and then buy another property. https://youtu.be/9jdjGSLr6_A Do you actually need to sell your home in order to buy the next one? This area historicall...

Episode 4: Chili for Charity

What could be better than chili and cold beer in the winter time? How about a competitive chili cook-off at a cool, award winning microbrewery, all in support of a fantastic local charity? https://youtu.be/yOPtUn-QJ8g Today we give you the scoop on a great local charity that is having a chili cook-off at the fun Fair Winds Brewing Company. If you've never heard of Simple Changes, check ...

Episode 3: 5 tips to get your home ready for the market

Are you wondering what you'll need to do to get your home ready to go on the market? Today we have five quick tips to get your home ready ready to hit the market running. https://youtu.be/gDJegoKlFv8 Tip #1: Curb Appeal First impressions are everything. So, mow that grass, get rid of those dead pots and plants out front, maybe even seal your driveway, or repaint that purple door to a more...