Finding Your First Home

It’s an exciting time when you start looking for your first home. Maybe you know what areas you like or the type of home you would prefer, maybe even your budget, but no matter your knowledge base, the task can be daunting. A lot of first time home buyers are uncertain how to start looking or who they can trust in the process. I offer a few suggestions below that may aid in the process.

Write It Down Write down what you are looking for in a property and what you would like to avoid. If you are buying with another person make your own lists and compare and contrast your needs.

Searches These days most home searches start on the internet where first time home buyers can go through many listings, virtual tours and photo albums. Look at maps and decide which areas you would consider and or avoid. Once you start looking at homes you can cross off areas you find don’t meet your needs. Drive around the areas you think you may want to live and commute from.

Finances If you’re uncertain about the lending process and what you can afford, go talk to an expert. Most banks have loan officers who will sit down with you and talk about your finances free of charge. This is the time to ask questions and determine what monthly mortgage you would be comfortable paying. The loan officer can also show you different loan programs that you qualify for with the best interest rate. Shop around for the best rate and loan options just know when you get serious about a home you must have a lender lined up. A lender will be writing your pre approval letter which you will submit with any offer on a property.

Realtors Referrals, referrals, referrals! If you’re on the search for a Realtor ask your friends, coworkers and family members for referrals. Chances are if they were happy with their Realtor you might be too. If you’re not from the area and can’t obtain a referral from someone who lives in the area go on the internet. Make sure you look at their websites, blogs and or social media pages to determine how well they know the area. Once you pick a Realtor, make your needs known and be honest if you don’t care for certain properties.

If you find this small bit of information helpful I would love to help you find your first home!

10516 Cambridge Court, Great Falls, VA 22066-SOLD

10516 Cambridge Court, Great Falls, VA 22066


Immaculate 4 BDR,3 Bath with updates. Main Level features Dining Room, Large Family Room, Breakfast Area and Updated Kitchen w/ Granite Countertops & Stainless Steel Appliances. Finished Walk-Out Lower Level has Study, Rec Room w/ Fireplace, Full Bath w/ Soaking Tub, Bedroom and Laundry w/ Storage Area. Large Deck overlooks Private Lot backing to wooded common area. Premium Cul De Sac Lot!!!

88 Chadwick Drive, Stafford, VA-SOLD

88 Chadwick Drive, Stafford, VA 22556


Large SFH w/ 4 Bedrooms 3.5 Baths
Large 2-story Family Room, 2 Staircases, Large Walk-Up Basement w/ tons of storage space, Media Room, Wet Bar Rough-In and Full Bath.
Large Deck and Screened-In Porch w/ Fenced-In Yard.
1.8 Miles from Smith Lake Park!!

Gorgeous Ashburn Townhome-SOLD

23261 Hanworth St, Ashburn, VA 20148

3 Bedrooms 3.5 Baths



4-YEARS OLD AND GORGEOUS!!! Beautiful Hardwood Floors throughout the Main Level. Gourmet Kitchen w/ Granite, Large Pantry and Butler’s Pantry. Deck is located off the Kitchen with Screened In Porch & Gas hookup for the BBQ. Large Master Bedroom includes Sitting Area, Walk-In Closet, Vaulted Ceiling and Large Master Bathroom. W/O Basement Rec Room with Full Bathroom. Extra Storage in Garage!


Seneca Chase Single Family Home-SOLD!


305 Samantha Drive, Sterling, VA 20164

3 Bedrooms 2.5 Bath



Adorable Seneca Chase Single Family. Large Fenced in Yard with Low Maintenance Deck. Fresh Paint and Newer Carpet. Roof Replaced 2013, HVAC 2015, Water Heater 2015, Sump Pump 2017, Disposer 2018. Very clean and well kept home!


North Reston Condo-SOLD!

1579 Church Hill Place, Reston, VA 20194

2 Bedroom & 2 Full Baths



Coming Soon in early Spring! This beautiful North Reston Condo is over 1300 Sq Feet with amazing Vaulted Ceilings. It has plenty of windows that give the home great light and almost like you own a treehouse with all the surrounding trees! The HVAC system was replaced in 2016 along with the stove, dishwasher and built in microwave. The condo has a great gated private entryway along with a large balcony and private balcony off the Master Bedroom. Great commuters location and in walking distance to groceries, shopping and restaurants.