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Veterans Day 2012 - Resources, Activities, Events, and Discounts
Posted by Alicia Utz, Realtor on November 9, 2012 in Community Military Sellers Buyers
Veterans Day 2012 - Resources, Activities, Events, and Discounts


Northern Virginia Veterans Day Activies and Events

I am looking forward to watching this tribute to Veterans on Sunday; 11 NOV 2012 on PBS.  Please share this video with others who would also enjoy watching the program.

In this fast paced age of technology, information is transmitted over the internet in a blink of an eye.  I am always amazed at the amount of information and resources available at our fingertips.  This morning, I was exploring the Department of Veterans Affairs website and found a page that provides Veterans with weekly news videos on how to utilize the benefits of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Click here to view the VA News Channel on You Tube.   


Are you ready for a parade?


 Manassas Virginia will be hosting their Veterans Day Parade on Sunday; 11 NOV 2012 beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Click here for more information.  It is touted to be the largest in Northern Virginia.


Many businesses and restaurants provide discounted goods and services to Veterans in honor of their service to our country.Click on any of the links below to find out more.


As a military spouse and a member of the Woodbridge, Virginia community, I assist Veterans as they navigate the home buying process. It is a great honor for me to serve our active duty and retired Service Members in my community.

Do you need help with finding a home in Northern Virginia?    Find out what's for sale Right now in Woodbridge Virginia  Click here 

Do you own a home in Northern Virginia and are thinking it is time to sell???  I would be happy to provide you with a FREE Competitive Market Analysis for your home.

Do you have a real estate question?

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ABC's of Real Estate for the First Time Home Buyer
Posted by Alicia Utz, Realtor on August 28, 2012 in First Time Buyers Buyers Military
ABC's of Real Estate for the First Time Home Buyer

Before you start searching for your dream home, you should become familiar with the ABC's of real estate.

If PMI, Buy-down, HOA, discount points, PITI, HUD-1, MLS, DOM, escrow, and  underwriter leave you feeling like you are playing scrabble, you are not alone.  Let me help you make sense of the acronyms.

Many first time home buyers need the assistance of a good real estate agent who can explain the real estate terminology and home buying process in a way that is easily understandable.  By educating buyers they become empowered to make informed decisions.    

I am that type of real estate agent.  I feel it is my duty as your buyer's agent to fully educate you as we walk together down the road to obtaining the keys to your dream home. 

Buying your first home should be a fun and exciting time in your life.  The first step to being an informed buyer is to understand the terminology you will be hearing throughout the process.  I am including what I call my First Time Home Buyers ABC's.  These terms will be used in the contract you will enter into when purchasing a home in the State of Virginia.

Appraisal - a witten estimate reflecting the value of real property Broker - Most Realtors are "agents" who work under a "broker."  A broker is one who acts as an agent, bringing two parties together for a transaction and is paid a fee. Contingency - A condition that must be met before a contract becomes legal. Deed of trust - In states that do not record mortgages, a deed of trust is recorded. Escrow - Your earnest money deposit will be put into an escrow account and will be delivered to the seller when the transaction is complete. Fixtures - Personal property that becomes real property when permanently attached to real estate.
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SLUG......Did you say FREE ride to / from metro D.C.?
Posted by Alicia Utz, Realtor on June 27, 2012 in Community First Time Buyers Relocation
SLUG......Did you say FREE ride to / from metro D.C.?

Yes, I became a SLUG and so can you!

I was thrilled when I learned about Slugging!  What a great concept--shave 20 to 30 mintues off your commute each way, ride instead of drive, and pay no fee--it just doesn't get any better than that.  Ride to/from the following WASHINGTON, DC Metro locations:

14th & NY14th & D Street14th & Const14th &   IndependenceL'Enfant Plaza19th & F St.PentagonRosslyn Crystal Park 2


I will tell you however, the first time I stood in the Commuter Parking Lot Slug Line and reached for the stranger's car door handle I thought.....

"How many times have I told my children NEVER to get in a car with a stranger and here I am doing that very thing".

I continued to ride with strangers (all career professionals) for the year I was working downtown.  I found it to be a safe, efficient and affordable way to commute from the Woodbridge area.



Question:  Do you think you must live in close proximity to your place of work?  

Answer:  Remember, the further South you go out of the DC Metro area, the more home you can buy for the money.  

(Slugging may be a great option to allow you to do so.)

Question:  Are you curious as to how far South you must go to find a home you can afford?  

Answer:  Just to give you an idea, lets begin your search at Woodbridge, Virginia.  

 Click here to see homes currently listed for sale in

the Woodbridge area. 

Question:  Have you been thinking about purchasing a home in Northern Virginia?   

Answer:  If so, Click here  to find your future dream home by utilizing a FREE residential property search tool which allows you to input your dream home criteria.

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