Some Thoughts from Realtor, David Houghtaling

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1547 Chatham Colony Ct

Reston, VA 20190

Beds: 3 Rooms: 3
Full Baths: 3 Sq. Ft.: 1750
Garage: 0 Built: 1971

Home to go on the market about June 28, 2018. You'll love the upgrades! 3rd Full Bath is 3 years old and other baths have been remodeled. Kitchen with granite counters, backsplashes, chef's workstation and stainless steel appliances in 2018. Washer and dryer new in 2018, recessed lighting, new ceiling fans, new doors and hardware throughout, fresh paint throughout and more! Wood floors and a walk-out lower level to rear patio. Even most of the windows have been replaced (2010)
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Posted by David Houghtaling on June 22nd, 2018 6:11 PM

I admit it, I really enjoy studying American history even decades after taking those courses in high school and college.  I should thank those that taught me and created a life-long desire to learn more.

So if you enjoy going to Mount Vernon and Monticello, visiting Colonial Williamsburg and the historic areas of places like Fredricksburg, perhaps you're curious about buying an antebellum (pre-Civil War) Virginia home.  I can help you find them and buy them.  You can start by clicking the photo above to see current listings.  Then call, text or email me!

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Posted by David Houghtaling on June 20th, 2018 10:41 AM

As a Realtor, I have been at many, many home inspections over the past 16 years observing and making sure my buying clients are learning as much as they can about the home they are under contract to purchase.  All major items are checked - roof, foundation, heating and air conditioning systems, electrical, plumbing, and windows.  A reminder, I am not an inspector.  Odds are you are not either.

In the Spring/Summer 2018 the Washington Consumers' Checkbook is an excellent article on home inspections. They did not rate the inspectors by name, but in their test house, 18 inspectors charging from $300-$750 spent 1 1/2 to 4 hours each doing their inspections.  Of the preset 28 "problems" in the home, none found all -- just 7 to 18 of them.  Although buying a home in perfect condition is optimum, an inspection should prevent surprises and hopefully all potential expensive ones.

A home inspection is, for most purchasers, a must have contingency in the contract and a qualified, certified and experienced home inspector provides tremendous value.

If I can help you with your purchase, including advice with home inspections, call me,  703-220-0406

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Posted by David Houghtaling on June 20th, 2018 7:40 AM

Here's an opportunity worth a look.  Close to Reston's Wiehle METRO and Reston Town Center, but priced at just $225,000 for a 2 bedroom condo.  The place is totally remodeled - Kitchen and Bath plus new Carpet, Fresh Paint and Light Fixtures/Ceiling Fan.  Check out my 2 minute narrated tour at:

2047 Royal Fen Ct, #12 in Southgate Condominiums, Reston

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Posted by David Houghtaling on March 3rd, 2018 4:02 PM

I started with one and has grown to about 20 parcels from 1/4 to 3/4 of an acre located in the community of Wilde Acres in Winchester.  I've gathered interested sellers of these lots t help promote them by shining a brighter light on them than advertising them separately with do.

The links to individual parcels will be working soon.  Go to and start shopping!


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Posted by David Houghtaling on January 26th, 2018 6:17 AM

According to the Washington Post 1/18/18, Northern Virginia is still in the running for Amazon's big spend.   This could be a wonderful boost to the economy.

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Posted by David Houghtaling on January 18th, 2018 11:56 AM

As a Realtor with Weichert Realtors, I make sure that you home or land, for sale or rent, is exposed to ALL real estate professionals through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  Our regional MLS was enlarged for everyone's benefit to now cover much more than the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.  Our map now looks like this.

What's this mean to you?  You can search for land and homes, sale or rent, through my app -- homeASAP/DavidHoughtaling from Harrisburg (PA) to Harrisonburg (VA).

But, to avoid confusion with MLS numbers we have been using, now all listings have a traditional and new Bright number.  Unfortunately, some of the public internet sites use one number or the other.

My HomeASAP/DavidHoughtaling App will continue to use the Traditional MLS Number and Address

  • only lets you search listings using the new Bright MLS number.

  • Homesnap allows you to search by MLS number and uses the new Bright MLS number for Central Pennsylvania only. You should continue to use the Traditional MLS Number

  • Zillow, Trulia and do not use MLS numbers for search.

I will be providing both numbers and of course continue to provide property addresses.  Call, text or email me any time for assistance or questions.  703-220-0406

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Posted by David Houghtaling on January 5th, 2018 8:04 AM

Just a reminder, particularly for those living in Reston, the Reston Community Center in Hunters Wood Plaza has an indoor pool.  Your RA pool/tennis pass doesn't cover it, but their fees are nominal.  Check out the pool calendar and charges here:

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Posted by David Houghtaling on December 28th, 2017 10:16 AM

The title is from Richard Carlson's 1997 little book, "Don't Worry, Make Money" and the gist is that marketing differently can have make what we do to promote our listings stand out.  In the past few days I have heard from 4 people from West Virginia to Connecticut who received my postcard.  So far that is 4 out of 852 and because I sent them postal bulk rate (29¢ instead of 49¢ each), folks with TX, CA, and AK addresses may not get them for a while.

3 of the 4 are interested in hiring me.  The 4th already had signed with someone else.  But why me?

Timing is possible.  So is my filling a recognized need.  So are several other reasons, but my promise to my clients when I am hired to represent them includes trying out of the ordinary approaches.  If I can get buyers or sellers to take a look at my offering when there is so much competition for their attention, you and I both succeed. 

Would you like to talk to me about how my ideas might help you?

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Posted by David Houghtaling on December 27th, 2017 2:34 PM

Buying a Home During a Northern Virginia Winter

Being someone who grew up in the Capital District of New York, I happily can say that winter generally starts 3-4 weeks later and ends 3-4 weeks later than in my hometown!  But, we still get some pretty cold days and nights and see seasons with just a few inches of snow and storms of 18" on occasion.

So why would anyone want to buy a home during January or February?  Here's my basic list.

1.  You need to buy because you are relocating here, or you have been renting and your landlord plans to sell. 

2.  You just got married and your new spouse doesn't want to live in a studio apartment.

3.  You are merging two families and you need a place with more bedrooms.

OK, there are others like,

4.  Conducting a home search during the winter you are facing less competition with other buyers meaning you may not have a bidding situation could end up paying less.

5.  For buyers utilizing zero or low down payments, sellers may accept your contract offer more readily.

6.  Interest rates are still low and future rates are unpredictable.

7.  Transaction support people like lenders, home inspectors, etc. are more readily available to assist because they have few transactions in the works.  And yes, even my schedule is more flexible these months.

So, this is a good time for us to start talking.  Perhaps connect you with a lender to discuss loan possibilities and perhaps you'll be moving into your new home as winter is ending and your friends are just getting started!

Please call, text or email me.  You have nothing to lose and probably a lot to gain!
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Posted by David Houghtaling on December 21st, 2017 2:56 PM



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