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2014 

Okay, so not exactly...right this moment, I'm sitting at 499,877 points.  I was scurrying to get my 20 comments in this morning (and that takes me a while, because I read every word of the post, read other comments and then try to leave a substantive comment...whew!)  when I realized, oh, yeah, I...
07/29/2014
Last year, I joined the local YMCA for the sole purpose of taking aqua fitness classes.  My activity level had dropped off and I was certainly feeling it.  I thought getting back in working out by doing it in the pool would be a great way to start doing something again. Little did I know I would ...
07/29/2014
Such excellent advice from a mortgage lender. Yes, contacting a lender IS critical in the home buying process and while it certainly does not sound like it is as much fun as "looking at houses," it is imperative to know what you can - and cannot - comfortably afford. I have had clients who were n...
07/23/2014
While it's hard not to pop the cork on the champagne when you get an acceptable offer on your home, it's prudent not to get too excited or carried away until the ink is dry and the deed has been recorded. Not to dampen your enthusiasm on getting an offer, though, because odds are, the contract wi...
07/17/2014
I was inspired this morning by a post I read about NOT being a butler - i.e., a door opener for home buyers.   Someone whose only job was to grant access to homes buyers wanted to see.   Oh, if only that were true...some days, I would love to be a butler.  It seems so much...simpler. Rarely have ...
07/16/2014
I read Judi Barrett's post this morning this morning about a couple who had cancelled their home inspection on the advice of their loan officer.   Let that sink in a moment.   Their loan officer advised them to save the money and not have a home inspection.  That made my head spin in so many dire...
07/15/2014
When you're looking for a home in an historic city -  Alexandria was George Washington's home town, after all - but would like all the latest materials, energy efficiency and top notch appliances, it's not always easy to find just the right combination at an affordable price and without the hassl...
07/14/2014
(Part 1 and Part II precede this final post about our life with our little beach house, Del Mar Cottage, which was recently sold).  Fast forward 11 years. It was time to sell.  Our little cottage by the sea we loved so much - and into which we poured our hearts and souls for years - hadn't seen u...
07/13/2014
If you haven't read the beginning of this story, you may want to go back to The Story of the Little Beach House That Could to get caught up.  So, Hurricane Isabel roared in with a significant storm surge and just pounded the coast for hours upon hours.  There was enough damage that even the Washi...
07/13/2014
Back in 2003 - or the year of Hurricane Isabel, as beach house owners tend to measure things - we bought a little beach house down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Although it rented out every available week every year, it was, to say the least, run down and in great need of repair.  In fac...
07/13/2014
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