The Story Behind the Right Realtor

The Story Behind the Right Realtor

Want to know the real story about how to find the right realtor? Does the realtor you choose really make a difference? What’s the secret to a successful real estate sale or purchase? Well, I was recently asked about how to find a realtor. What steps are required? Which ways are the best? How do you KNOW that you’ve found the right Realtor? 3 questions, 3 answers should be quick and simple, right? After all, the point is the house. It’s about the sale, the purchase, the result, right? It can be for some. The story behind the right realtor starts with you. Before you can find, choose, and know you’ve found the right realtor there are a few things to consider. Here are the questions asked and how the story behind the home, from its foundation, starts with steps to find the right realtor that establish standards, expectations, and measured success so that your story starts in the best possible way. Here we go.

Q. What steps would you advise homeowners take when looking for
their own Realtor?

A. It’s not about me, the Realtor. My advice starts with understanding the story behind every home which starts with that homeowner. So, at our initial appointment, we not only discuss the basics, the data, the property, the community and the steps in the process. We start with the home and its owner, You.

3 Steps to Find Your Realtor

1. Your Reasons Why: It’s important that you consider your reasons for selling i.e. relocation, downsizing, need more space.

2. Your Best Results: What’s your best desired result? i.e. net gain, size of the home, location of the home, moving on to the next opportunity in life, work, family. Once they define the why behind their move they can interview agents focused on a realistic set of goals that will motivate them to actively participate and work with me but also stay focused on their desired results. So, as you interview realtors you need to know how they work, what they know, and their process, approach, and success with homeowners who have experienced the same. Better yet, I encourage those I meet to find a realtor whose clients willingly offer honest feedback about their experience.

3. Your Standards: Everyone has standards and they should be set according to your highest family, professional, financial priorities in life. Those standards should translate into expectations and evaluation criteria for your Realtor. There are standards that define licensee vs. agent vs. realtor, etc. There are agents, realtors, and transaction-focused licensees in the area. We all do business differently. I think it’s important that homeowners understand the benefits of working with a licensed realtor who belongs to NAR, their regional association, and subscribes to the Realtor code of ethics. One does not have to be a realtor to sell real estate. Without a set of standards for conduct the road to your best results will likely be a rough one along the way.

Q. How can you find the best Realtor for you?

A. Once you’ve taken the steps above, you’re able to identify the best Realtor for you regardless of how you meet them because you’ve identified a set of expectations based on your situation and desired results.

You Be the Judge

A. Real Results

Finding the right house or the right buyer for your home is only 25% of the process. So, it’s important to know what it means to get results from the Realtor you choose. There are as many ways to find a realtor as there are ways to search for a house. I find it helpful to focus people on what they expect or the desired result beyond the obvious listing or purchase.  It’s more than just the sale or purchase. It’s what the results mean for you not for your realtor’s business, volume, or sales awards. (Althought we as professionals have our goals, too.) Yes, those stats are important and necesssary to evaluate a Realtor’s experience, success, and results. However, finding the right realtor includes matching skill and expertise with your expectations and goals. Most of my business is based upon referrals. 95% of past clients, colleagues, and brokers (U.S. and International) consistently refer me to others. Even so, I have found that regardless of how potential clients contact me, they are consistently pleased with my experience, success, and results that help them reach their family, financial, and life goals. Those goals establish a story that sets expectations and a set of metrics that can quantify and measure the most effective strategies, focus, skills and proven results from your Realtor.

Q. How do you KNOW they’re the best Realtor?

You Don’t Just Know
A.You Know You

 Finding the best Realtor goes back to the beginning of your story as a seller or buyer. The story behind your sale or purchase is about your situation and your goals. You need to have done active research about agents focused on the locations, properties, and clients they serve. Talk with past clients. Read online reviews. Visit websites. Google. Yes, Google Your Agent. 🙂 While designations, awards, and sales are critical and an important measure of success, the experience, expertise, and focus needs to be applied in the right way. When that happens it leads to success, achievements and the best results. The best Realtors have satisfied clients, find solutions to issues that arise, and are committed professionals.

2.  You Know How they Do Business not just how much business they do. You can know the best Realtor based on their success, longevity, and expertise. In addition to how many transactions, clients, and years in business, it’s as important to know the motivation behind the success that builds the foundation of a business and the methods and strategies that define it.

3. You Know their Clients  Once you set your own expectation about the process, properties, and communities, you know the best Realtor according to how they do business, how much they do business, and the clients they serve. For example, if you are relocating or PCSing with the military there are demands of certain types of transactions, there are nuances that require a certain skills set and experience to be effective. A realtor who has developed and executed successfully for people in similar situations, real estate, relocation, or retirement for example will know best how to handle, manage, and execute with ease and enthusiasm. Or, if the kids are grown and your home and yard are getting to be too much to handle or you’d like to travel more often, downsizing, process preparation,and quality of life are just as important.Selling the house you’ve lived in for decades and raised your children all the while searching for enough space, storage, and convenience for a new phase in life requires experience and skill. Lastly, focus on the key elements of the story behind the home you’re buying or selling that will in turn establish a set of expectations and experience required from your Realtor who can help ensure a more meaningful and memorable real estate experience. #StoryBehindtheHome #YourStoryStartsHere #YourHomeStory #professionals #corporaterelocation #militaryfamilies #PCS #transitions #easymove #therightrealtor #realtorkristinmango


Spring is Here!

Spring is Here!

Exterior_editedQuiet, spacious, two-levels with walk-in closets! Seller has done all money-saving upgrades:windows,HVAC,wood blinds,fresh paint, LL flooring, bath updates and more mean lower cost of ownership!





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  • New Lighting in baths  2007
  • New Vanity in LL bath  2008
  • New LL Flooring  2008
  • New Oven/Range  2008
  • New Kitchen  (cabinets refaced, new floor, new sink,  new countertop)  2009
  • New Windows (triple pane windows main level)  2010
  • New Dryer  2011
  • New Trane HVAC system  2013
  • New Washer  2015
  • New Hot Water Heater  2015
  • New Garbage Disposal 2015


As an historical landmark that spans Arlington and a corner of the City of Alexandria, Fairlington is among buyers favorite community. It’s a wonderful location, beautifully maintained and one of the most reasonable condo fees around.

One of Fairlington’s favorite floor plans is this Barcroft. These condo homes offer generous rooms on two levels of living spaces plus a fully-fenced rear patio perfect for outdoor enjoyment or entertaining.

This particularly Barcroft is nestled in the back of the court in Fairlington’s south side. That means assigned parking, more green space, trees, and steps to shops, restaurants, and conveniences at Bradlee and Shops at Fairlington including Reunions, CVS Pharmacy, Cafe on Fern, Ramparts, Green Street Nursery, Great Harvest Bread Co., and Baskin-Robbins. Yes, you can walk to ice cream AND pizza! Keep reading…we haven’t even covered our favorite things about this wonderful home.

Tons of natural light pours through replacement windows that brighten the space. Wood floors and decorative touches welcome all who enter. A complete top-to-bottom kitchen renovation offers tons of counter and cabinet space for cooking and storage in style. Entertaining is easy with kitchen access to the backyard patio and pass through to the separate dining room. There’s a main level bedroom with great closet space, bright light, wood floors offer guests or roommates privacy and comfort including an updated full bath across the hallway.

Wonderfully separate and spacious is a lower level turned master suite retreat! A private back stairwell leads to the family room and recreation room updated in style and luxury. You’ll find warm designer paint, wood laminate floor at the base of the stairs. It’s a great exercise space, reading room, or added storage space including linens, closet space underneath the stairs as well. The possibilities are limitless. Adjacent, updated bath turns this entire level into a master suite retreat created by owner and utilized by current occupants.

Fairlington is a favorite community for its location, convenience, brick construction and slate roof composition. It’s one of the few condo communities in the area that connect Alexandria City to Arlington County with walkable amenities and attractions in between. Fairlington association fees are among the lowest in the area and among the few where you can truly witness the value of a full-service grounds maintenance, pools, courts, Community Center, sidewalks, dog park and more. Oh, and the commute?! Express Metro Bus and ART Bus at just about every corner. Minutes to I395, Old Town Alexandria, and Rte. 7!

It’s one of the best stories about many of our favorite things about the story behind the home. This beautiful Barcroft ranks among the best properties available with a functional floor plan, highly desirable building,and community location. Seller is serious. Put this one at the top of your favorites list. You won’t be disappointed.Top of Your List

#ABuyerStory #YourStoryStartsHere #StoryBehindtheHome #AnInvestorStory #FairlingtonFavorite #Backyard #LowCondoFee #LotsofAmenities #WalktoEverything #YourHomeStory #RealtorKristinMango YourStoryStartsHere

Health.Wealth.Home Equity.

hand holding mobile phone with house sale offerAs we close out 2015 and look ahead into 2016 projections, let’s take a stroll down a path of memory lane that most homeowners would likely choose to forget. It’s a town, street, locale where no one wants to go but many may have wandered unwillingly over the last several years. Where is this horrible place? It’s the galaxy of negative equity and a place not so distant for the market as a whole or most homeowners. The good news? Thanks to increases in home prices, the future looks brighter and negative equity is quickly becoming a galaxy, further and further away.
You’ve likely read, heard, or seen reports about the 1/4 point rise in Federal Interest rate announced by Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen. If you’ve considered selling your home you have likely seen or may have even heard your neighbors talk about rising home prices in the neighborhood.
Rising Home Prices + Interest Rate Increase= ???
As these forces converge–if you’ll excuse the Star Wars reference–sellers can’t help but look forward to a sale that results in a faster sale at a higher price which increases their wealth. Simply put into words, “Homeowner equity is the largest source of wealth for many Americans. The rise in home price is expected to be at leaset 5% in 2016…” according to Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic.
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If you’re more of a visionary, I present to you, along with KCM, this infographic that explains the same and spells it out with positive equity reported across the U.S.A.
In short, the average homeowner now has 91.9% positive equity in their home. Positive equity often helps homeowners determine their wealth.
CoreLogic also released a year-over-year comparison which adds an historical perspective regarding the National home equity turnaround stating,
For the homes in negative equity status, the national aggregate value of negative equity was $309.5 billion at the end of Q2 2015, falling approximately $28.5 billion from $338 billion in Q1 2015. On a year-over-year basis, the value of negative equity declined overall from $350 billion in Q2 2014, representing a decrease of 11.6 percent in 12 months.
Own a home in MD or VA? Here’s where your equity stands:
If you own your home in VA, you rank among 91.2% of homeowners with positive equity.
If you own your home in MD, you rank among 87.9% of homeowners with positive equity.
Convergent forces are upon us. The force of positive equity is here and with us. Put the past behind you and look ahead to a prosperous, powerful, and happier real estate experience in 2016.
Contact Me! Let’s get your put together a plan to make this positive equity work for you.
The Story Behind the Home can make if happen.#storybehindthehome #asellerstory #yourhomestory #nationalharborhomes #MDrealtor #VArealtor #fedsraiserates #galaxyrising #realestate

If it were easy everyone would do it.

If it were easy everyone would do it.

This little adage or cliche’ however you may read it could very well apply to just about anything challenging.  Most writers will tell you it applies to writing whether or not they are published. Every runner will likely tell you that it applies to running whether or not you win races. And well, realtors may or may not mention it. I will offer that finding the right realtor to help you find the right home will be a challenge. Understanding the meaning behind the right information, the right realtor, and the right experience for you when selling or buying a home is the key to your best results. I’ve found that my own knowledge, experience, and success has challenges and rewards that can be described in motivational slogans, adages, and some cliche’ peppered with a smidge of humor.  There are as many ways to find a realtor as there are realtors. We’re not difficult to find. You may want to consider the how AND the why when you interview agents to help you start your real estate story.

Don’t Just Do It.

There’s so much information, great tips and how-to’s for everything real estate related. I’m as pro-DIY as they come and aspire to create each post I share on Facebook or pin I add to my favorite boards on Pinterest. For listings, just Google it! Get the latest listings online. Type in simple key words, zip codes, community names, etc., and you can watch a video, take a virtual tour, and read property descriptions and ads, too. Then, Voila! Visit the house online. Find the right home. Find the right neighborhood. Easy peezy, right?If the above information, searches, visits, and videos were all it takes to sell or buy a home then anyone with a phone or computer could and would do it. Some, even my own family members insist on trying it and turn their home sale or search into a DIY of sorts.The results in most cases? Less than stellar. Motivation turns to exhaustion and shock that it takes more than a sign in a yard or a short visit to several homes for three days straight to actually sell or buy a home. There’s more to it that means more for you and to you when you find the realtor for you to make it happen.

Motivation Means Something

It’s happened to every runner. The hills, ugh! Just. Can’t. Make It. It’s happened to every writer. Writer’s block. No inspiration. There are definitely challenges, uphill battles, and road blocks for everyone. Yes, realtors too.  Each of us is inspired by something, someone; change, job, charity, faith, and more. That inspiration gives meaning to the things we do and the purpose behind our goals and actions we take toward achieving them. So while you search and sift through all of the information at your fingertips. Your motivation is paramount.

Think about it. Take inventory about what you like and don’t like about your current home, life, finances, and situation. Why are you moving? Career move,military orders, family, life reasons is a short list of reasons behind recent client motivation to find certain home style, features, location, and community. Sure bedrooms, baths, yard, garage, location are all important and common criteria for most of us. When I meet with sellers, it’s often the home specs that they describe as we tour the home. When working with buyers, it’s often the first question they answer when I ask them for the most important criteria in their new home. I often hear about design details, layout, style and space. These important and relevant preferences about common criteria and design details play an important part in the process obviously. Dig deeper and consider what these attributes actually mean for your new home.

Consider the why behind them. Then, think about your most favorite home you have ever lived in and how it felt being there. The good, the bad and the ugly can all come into play, too. It can be an eye-opening experience to consider how much you hated that tiny little back bedroom in your childhood home because there was barely enough room for a desk to do your homework. Yet, just passed that initial gut reaction lies the memories of sitting on the floor of your room, talking on the phone, listening to loud music and ignoring your little’s sister’s knock on the door. What does this have to do with your next move as an adult? That’s up to you. Does that mean that 4 large bedrooms are more important than 5 smaller ones? Is a two-story house with a basement really right for you if the basement of your most recent home would flood during heavy rain or snow? Then, turn it around. Like the runner who takes the hill or the writer who writes through and tears down the barriers and blocks, know how your preferences can create more room for possibilities that will tell a similar or different story that means the most to you. Then, you may find that as you make sense of what this criteria means to you and for your life, the home search takes on a different, deeper meaning bringing you closer to your life goals. A steady, focused search and sorting homes, criteria, community, and locations takes you to the best properties available so you find the right place to call home.

Every Mile Gets You Closer

Slowing down the pace helps a runner refine form, strength, and endurance. A writer writes, revises, and edits with thoughtful deliberation and focus. Both progress with precision pushing through the pain of every step. It doesn’t matter if you’re running or writing, this precision and tenacity is required. I’ve put these traits to work in real estate as well. What makes this persistence pay off is the focus on motivation regardless of how long it takes, the missteps, hills, wind, sun, rain and snow. The meaning in each step that makes every mile provides purpose. It’s critical to stay focused, keep going, keep revising, revisiting, evaluating the criteria, how inventory matches up, and redirect or act when the meaning meets the road regardless of how many miles you’ve gone or haven’t gone.

The Finish Line

Once the inspiration and process means something then you can imagine what the finish line looks like. If you’re a runner, it may be a marathon, 10K, 5K or a recreational 5 miles run along the Mt. Vernon Trail. If you’re a writer, it may be a journal, a published article. It is often the case that most consider real estate transactions all about getting to closing. Certainly on a literal level, that is true.  And some come to me at first with that expectation without a considering or understanding the purpose, process, and professionalism required to get there. In simple terms,  anyone,any internet, any device offers access to real estate information, listings, searching, touring, the contract to closing and service. But from my own experience writing, running and selling real estate, the approach, analysis, negotiations, and challenges presented along the way require a smart, meaningful, deliberate, proven approach to push through the process with thoughtful determination and strategy. Running keeps me strong and I perservere to get where I want to go. I’m prepared for analysis, negotiation, storms, hills, rough roads. Writing helps put words to experiences, thought to analysis, and communication throughout the process. Working with clients to uncover or create the story behind the home so they can continue a home’s existing story or they can write their own creates a memorable and meaningful experience. As a runner, writer, and realtor, I bring more knowledge, skill, and experience to every client. I suppose if it were easy everyone would do it.

Holiday Homes

I saw a Facebook post and news video about a Texas family decorating for Christmas. There were lights and yard ornaments common during this time of year. I love driving through my neighborhood to see homes lit up. And, there’s nothing like a candlelight tour at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Photo courtesy of KHOU in Houston, TX
Photo courtesy of KHOU in Houston, TX

I love living close to Mount Vernon and so appreciate where we live so close to National and State Parks, Monuments, and Museums. There are so many places to go to celebrate living here in this country and Free! They add up each and every day if we pay attention. So, as I read this post and watched this video, I added another really wonderful reason to love the ways we decorate our homes for the Holidays with Christmas lights and yard ornaments.

Each stood tall, bright, and bold in the front yard. The United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines were all represented. The homeowners, a family of first-responders and neighbors to a number of military veterans wanted to let everyone know that people appreciate, honor, and pray for our country, our military, and our neighbors near and far. Notably absent in the yard, the video, the interviews was biased, hate, and fear. Santa bows down before each branch of military service to say thank you. Simply put, support and prayer for military families and our country is an integral part of this great nation. It CAN be about faith. It most definitely IS about the strength, support, and celebration of peace, hope, and love for those who protect us each and everyday.

There would be little to celebrate without military families and their commitment to serve. So, remember those who are away from their homes, families, and loved ones for the Holidays. I’m not sure words are enough. So, it makes a small display, actions, and expressions like these decorations in a small Texas town mean a lot. For military and foreign service families across the globe, this is so often their story. Brambleberry CottagePhoto courtesy of Brambleberry Cottage

The Story Behind the Home dedicates this post to you with a heart-felt, “THANK YOU”!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Come home safely and soon.

A Buyer Story

A Buyer Story is about how to find the best properties available.

We focus on key elements of a home’s history, design, location, and community that define quality, luxury, and style in any market.

We consider these elements within the context of the most relevant market data and community information so you can best define what value means for you.

The story behind the home connects people with the best properties available so you can continue a home’s existing story. Or, create your own.

So, read through the Buying A Home .Then, when you’re ready, Contact me.

We’ll schedule a free buyer consultation.

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You can read more about key elements of my own real estate, running, and writing stories. You’ll also find that I never run out of stories about Molly and Sam, my two chocolate labs.

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A Seller Story

A Seller Story

A Seller’s story is about VALUE.

We focus on key elements of your home’s history, design, location, and community beyond the basics.

We combine the best parts of the story behind your home with the most relevant market sales and community information.

We create a compelling and unique place among the best properties available so buyers connect with your home for a more memorable and meaningful experience.


Seller clients sold their home at or above list price in less time!

Here are my most recent results:

6 out of 11 ABOVE list price

9 out of 11 LESS than 30 days

4 out of those 9 SOLD IN LESS THAN 7 DAYS!

The story behind the home connects people with the best properties available. They can continue a home’s existing story. Or, they create their own.
So, read through the seller guide here.2016WinterSellersGuide
You can read more about key elements of my own real estate, running, and writing stories throughout this site. You’ll find that I never run out of stories about Molly and Sam, my two chocolate labs.


More results found here: SOLD BY KRISTIN




Checklist for Sellers

Fall in Love

Finding the “right one” can take longer than expected. After we’ve researched, strategized, and visited several properties–particularly if we’ve seen a ton of inventory–and narrowed down a few, you may start to feel like you just can’t find “THE ONE”. Here are a few interesting facts and stats for the single professionals in my real estate life.

The story behind the home connects people to the best properties available so you can continue a home’s existing story or start your own.

Contact me. Let me show you how to fall in love…with your home, of course.

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Gratitude Lives Here

Gratitude Lives Here

A friend of mine posted this image on Facebook the other day. If you’re like me, you live by your “to-do” list. I offer you this list as a way to create a story about how gratitude that shows us how even the smallest, seemingly insignificant or even most distant memories about people, places, experiences are the very foundation of our own unique story. With this list we can acknowledge the best memories that tell our story in a meaningful way that makes us grateful. We can’t help but turn that feeling into action and give gratitude right back.

If we live according to gratitude, the list is bound to go beyond 30 days. After all, isn’t that the entire point? So, give something, somehow, to someone because you can. Watch how your heart fills up with gratitude. Then, get ready for countless days where gratitude comes back to you.

Thank you for being here in business, friendship, and support. My story happens here with you, because of you, and for you. Have a wonderful Season of Thanks, friends. With gratitude today and every day, Kristin.

The Story Behind Home Values

The Story Behind Home Values


You see this question posed all the time on real estate web sites all the time including TheStoryBehindTheHome If you are selling your home, it’s a place to almost immediately guesstimate the current value of your home and other homes in your city, state, or zip code. It’s easy to find facts and figures which will make you run out and tell all of your friends, neighbors, and co workers, and even your realtor just how much your home is worth. As fast and easy as it is to find data, you can easily misinterpret and be misled by facts,figures,and data that tells the wrong story about prices, properties, and the value of real estate.

It is my mission to make sure that my clients do not tell this story when they tell friends, neighbors, and co workers about how their experience. The best way for me to do this starts with the story behind the home.  My education,training,and experience shape my real estate vision and expertise for clients. When we combine your story with my expertise and training, the entire real estate experience comes to life with meaning, purpose, and the beginning of a whole new chapter for you.


I’ve set up an entire system that combines the best tools, my skills, and expertise as a framework focused, managed, and executed according to what you want to achieve; meaning, purpose, and results. The sale or purchase of your home is a given. During our initial online or in person consultation, we work through what that house will look like, feel like, and live like for you. Trust me, we will cover every. little. detail. But I want you to understand the backstory, the context and meaning behind the entire process. It is an understanding about the financial, lifestyle, and future impact of taking this step toward achieving your goals. For these primary reasons, I offer a comprehensive strategy to each step in the process. The foundation of the story behind the home is the context of the story. Understanding what it means for you, creating a purposeful method and strategy to get there makes sure that the end result will reflect what the value of a home means for you.


There is a story behind every home. Living where we do, you can find tons of stories about houses, land, neighborhoods just about anywhere you turn.  I am drawn to architecture,design, and style from the inside out. How those elements work together effect the appearance, livability, and value of every home.Maybe it’s my love of history, buildings, and the people that occupy those places in time that draws me to the significance in architecture and structure. My Mom sold houses while I was growing up and I witnessed how the best situations are those that connect people, places, and homes. I work with sellers to help identify key elements to the exterior architectural and interior design elements of their home that not only describe valuable spaces and designer details.  My educations, marketing, and writing expertise communicate how architecture, design from first impressions to interior accents create an atmosphere of personality, lifestyle, and character that carves out the top spot among the competition and market inventory that helps other agents, their clients, and the community appreciate how architecture,design,and details of the story behind the home connect sellers with focused,interested potential buyers.


A great example lives on Cathedral, here in Alexandria. The story centers around the community location, luxury, and appeal well above the highest standards of design, layout, lot, and architecture. The neighborhood was close-in, close-knit, and several classmates lived there, too. My clients knew a few families from St. Stephen’s lived in Malvern and other neighborhoods close to the school learning more about the area as she picked up and dropped off friends, teammates, and classmates. Even the tennis coach lived in that neighborhood. They drove around to find for sale signs and to get to know more about the homes on each street. After a couple of weeks she was drawn to Cathedral Drive.  One day she noticed landscapers mowing, triming, mulching the yard. There were painters on ladders brightening the trim and shutters.  She stopped for awhile watching the meticulous work and care given to every inch of the property and the house itself.  When she picked up her son from tennis, she caught up with the coach and described a professionally manicured lawn, stately entrance with dual brick stairs lined with decorative wrought iron railings. Without missing a beat, the coach said, “I know that house! I think the kids are all at college and they are getting ready to move.!” That same day on her way home from tennis practice, Stacy called me excited, nearly breathless asking me to find out if they could see the house. It started with a great location for her family that was close-in and connected to school, sports, and clubs in the community.


Everyone talks about curb appeal. The best first impression highlights the best exterior features of the entire property. This home looked just like a home from the pages of a storybook. Professionally manicured lawn with mature trees and bright plants and flowers created a beautiful first impression. As we walked along along a brick walkway at the right or left of front stairs, each of noted the simple yet decorative hardware and door frames on each of two rich grain wood doors.

Standing in the two-story foyer, the floor plan and design details were present everywhere the eye could see. It was clear that this home was special and every improvement, detail and design element was not only memorable but served a purpose that added comfort and luxury to the entire home.


The wide staircase to the second level was directly ahead and tempting to ascend. Instead, we approached a luxurious main level office rich wood floors, walls, and moldings. We learned that the wood floors were wide plank pine floors replicated to those of colonial era homes and carried throughout the main level living areas. The wood walls were reclaimed from railroad box cars because the owner had a passion for and extensive collection of old trains and railroad memorabilia.There was the living room anchored by an enormous wood burning fireplace reminiscent of Mount Vernon when fire was the main source of heat for comfort and served a purpose for families to prepare and enjoy meals while keeping warm. Tons of natural light filled the room through each of four windows just about reaching floor to ceiling on one side and an entire opposite wall of two sets of large double sliding doors that led to a blue stone patio and pool.


Once upstairs, there was more to uncover about the fine finishes throughout the home.

Every bedroom had wood floors, walk-in closet space, and decorative trim elements of some kind that added character and warmth to the room. Every bath included imported bath, decorative tile accents and light fixtures. An exquisite master suite featured a spacious sitting area, dual walk-in closets, heated porcelain tile floors, stunning luxury spa bath, separate shower and soaking tub.


It got even better when we walked into the Emily’s bedroom. Emily is the name of the owners eldest daughter. As we walked through, several details were hard to miss. Who wouldn’t love a huge bedroom with a walk-in closet filled with natural light, large windows, wood floors, moldings and light accents? Hidden storage space along the walls on three sides, wainscotting, and crown molding added more space and style. Then, we approached one of the two dormers overlooking the patio and pool. A tiny door unlatched into the hollowed out space lined with wainscotting and decorated with tiny lights and a switch for more light when reading or less light for star gazing, hiding out, or daydreaming. It all came together.


Connecting the dots from location, lot, design, and floor plan can translate quality, luxury, and style. It presents the best elements of a home in the most appealing ways. The numbers reflect how well that story translates into market value. In order to tell the best story about higher sold prices and seller net proceeds, there’s a critical two-step approach to market analysis. The first step is designed to arrive at an estimate of value purely on price. This step is a value synopsis that gathers the most relevant data and delves deeper into how those facts and figures apply to your neighborhood and basic similarities and differences about the properties close by. The second step identifies distinct features, improvements, and livability of recent sold properties based on price, property, and location. We prioritize best features, improvements that according to leading reports and professional estimates will increase your bottom line.

At that point, we formulate a list of action items to exceed market expectations so that your property stands out and compels potential buyers to act. When you make your home stand out, it’s easier for potential buyers to connect with the property, community, and make sense of the price because the property reflects the value of that price. That is the most important way to help ensure that the story behind the home is an example of the highest and best market value.

This is one of the best reasons to hire a trusted professional. The expertise here lies in a knowledgeable, careful consideration of the location, property, and market activity. It includes research and analysis that offers a snapshot of the market today, that goes above and beyond the comparables, estimates, zestimates and analysis available to just about anyone.

It’s expertise, experience, and proven approach that delivers the most relevant, comprehensive details that create context for your real estate story.  When market data, property features, design, and location are considered according to your expectations, financing, lifestyle, and future plans, the value of the home takes on a completely different meaning that impacts the market and exceeds market expectations.

The market value only has meaning in the context of where clients come from in terms of why they want to purchase a particular home. It also comes from the connection they make to the home they want to purchase. Finding the home that meets the most important criteria includes a connection to the community, the design and layout, and a realization of the real value based on the market data.

In the case of Cathedral, this home stood out in so many ways that a true comparable did not exist. It seems counterintuitive that a home without a real comparable could sell at the highest market value in less time. It can and it did only within the context of its own unique, relateable, and most relevant story connecting it to current market data that supported and magnified the value of its best features inside, outdoors, and around the house.

The value of home sales has to do with more than just a house. Home sales require one seller and one buyer. In order to make that connection, the story behind the home has to be compelling to invite interest and secure a top position among competing properties. A skillful, determined approach that combines facts, figures, and features that communicate quality, pride of ownership, and character can make the difference and define the market value for your home. Market value is the meaningful experience that the story behind the home creates and communicates for you. Let me show you how. I look forward to hearing from you.