The people at Pantone have in recent years told us that what would be the color taking over clothing and items for sale on the shelves and some of the success of their predictions must come from the power of suggestion. In 2019 it is said to be living coral as you likely heard or read on the news.
But living coral isn't going to be the favorite color of kitchen cabinets. But could it show up on powder room walls? Could it be a background color for drapes? IKEA is already promoting it.
Perhaps to both. Be on the lookout for it in model homes or when paint consultants are commissioned to help you with your new wall paint colors!
So we had a bit of snow, sleet, and hail today -- November 15th -- so before Thanksgiving and still in Fall. Does it mean anything to sellers or buyers?
Yes, and yet how much of an impact? First thing first. People get put off by bad weather when they are looking for a home unless they really need to buy a home. Perhaps they are relocating or have a family change occurring. Casual lookers are probably using this as one more reason to wait.
Sellers become more anxious if they aren't well represented because the sellers fear anything beyond their control and weather is definitely one of those things. However, like the insurance commercial, "I've seen a thing or two" and let's talk about seasons, seasonality and responding to it. It doesn't have to be a bad thing at all and maybe it will put buyers in the holiday spirit when they come to look at your home! Call me.
Rather than resummarize the work done by Reston Association in their October 2018 RESTON Magazine, I have provided you a link to the 13 pages HERE
Reston will be going from the one existing METRO station to its second located next to the Toll Road, Sunset Hills Road, and Town Center Boulevard in an area that has generally been called Town Center West for the past few years. At the same time Reston's 2nd station opens in 2020, Herndon, Dulles Airport and Ashburn will get their stations.
If you are interested in buying or selling, call, text or email me. If you have questions, let's talk.
Wet Weichert Walk to End Alzheimer's Today
Do you like to take a walk in the rain like a young child in you with your yellow rubber boots? Today you can relive that feeling as the Northern Virginia community, along with Weichert Realtors, will meet in Reston Town Center between 1:30 and 2:30 and Walk to End Alzheimer's.
If you can come and join in, I'll be carrying the yellow Weichert flag, probably wearing me yellow raincoat, and will be happy to see you.
And, whether you walk or not, consider clicking http://act.alz.org/goto/Houghtaling and making a donation. Small or Large, Thank you.
That's "Be Aware" and not "Beware." The State of Virginia has made some changes this summer regarding renting properties. First, as landlords you have been able to restrict "smoking" in your properties for quite some time, but now electronic cigarettes are included with tobacco as "smoking" making both lumped together and may be prohibited.
Next, the common law lease has gone through another round of changes and now very closely resembles the landlord-tenant act lease. If you have 2 or more rental properties in the State of Virginia, we now must use the later. In reality, because of the changes to the former, most will now use the VRLTA.
And lastly, with only one client exception in 16 years, I have never had a problem with landlords and abiding with the Fair Housing laws of VA and the US. As of this summer the Feral Government has made many changes to allow tenants with "Assistance Animals." Let me first remind you that an assistance animal is NOT a pet. No pet addendums or pet security deposits and no restrictions can be made by a landlord, condo association, or home owners association restricting residency by an assistance animal with his/her person.
We all would likely agree these rules make sense, but the implementation is tricky. Landlords, if I'm representing you, we will walk through these rules and changes. To others, lean on your Realtors because ignorance of the regulations is not a defense.
Finally, I am not an attorney and you unrepresented landlords may want to engage their counsel on these items before they need to hire one to defend them.
Barry Taylor, Manager of our Weichert, Realtors Great Falls Office, stopped by
this morning around 9:00 as he visits every office in the Capital Region on his
way to New Jersey for the 18th annual Weichert Charity Outing.
Weichert raised more than $170,000 last year and is working to raise even more this month.
You can still donate at https://www.gofundme.com/hef68p-breast-cancer-research.
Consumers Checkbook Advice
I'm a fan of the information provided by the not-for-profit local Washington, DC Consumer's Checkbook and with all of the rain we have had lately, here's some timely information. Maybe some of this will be helpful before we have new storms, too.
Grading is often a issue during home inspections because the slope of the lawn goes down towards your foundation instead of down and away. But there is more. Do a quick read and if I can be of help, call me -- David Houghtaling, 703-220-0406
Some Great Information: CLICK HERE https://www.checkbook.org/puget-sound-area/basement-waterproofers/articles/How-to-Solve-Basement-Moisture-Problems-2301
Check it out
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