A Skink, I Think?
A skink, I think? The lightly rustling leaves gave a feeling that it had to be caused by something small. It certainly wasn’t a chipmunk. Could it be a skink? I quickly scanned the moving leaf debris as it moved away from me. There it was. The red head that meant it was an adult. […]
When You’re Given The Keys After Settlement, It’s For Real
When you are given the keys after settlement, it’s for real. Buying a house sounds so simple; get pre-qualified, review listings on line, look at the promising ones, select one, write a contract, give requested information to the lender, do the walk through and then show up for settlement. One item missing is “time.” I […]
How To Negotiate On A Really Nice House
So how do you negotiate on a really nice house that has just come on the market? That’s right, pay full price before someone else beats you to it. I just went to settlement on a listing that was head and shoulders above the competition, even though it was smaller and lacked an additional bedroom/bathroom. […]
Let Sleeping Snakes Lie…
Let sleeping snakes lie – isn’t that what they say? So on Saturday, I’m showing a pretty interesting older property that’s out in the country. Next to the house is a two-story shed that’s dusty with a few cobwebs around the edges. When it came time to climb up the narrow staircase to see what […]
Shredding Event Results Are In!
A big thank you to all that stopped by on Saturday, in spite of the rain, to shred and recycle. We had a great turnout with a nice, steady participation throughout the three hours. When it’s all over, I’m always curious as to how much paper did we shred and how many electronics were collected. […]
Two Buyers, One Townhouse
So, it’s 11:38 AM on a Thursday, and I have just clicked “Submit” after inputting all of the information on my newest listing – 5849 Waterdale Court in Centreville. I’m pretty excited, as my seller has done all the right things needed to make this a “smart buy” for a new owner: fresh paint, new […]
Sensitive Documents? Old Electronics? Don’t Miss This!
With the weather slowly warming up, have you thought about Spring Cleaning yet? Don’t miss my third While-You-Watch Shredding event – now with electronics recycling as well! Round up your old papers, files, and electronics and bring them out on March 14! Saturday, March 14, 2015 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 44675 Cape Court, […]
Just How Much Damage Can Vandals Do?
Vandals come in all forms, causing destruction in any way possible. But just how much damage can a vandal do – with a baseball bat? Imagine being a contractor, doing $60,000 in renovations and upgrades to a client’s vacant investment property, only to open the door and find broken glass on the newly-refinished hardwood floors. […]
A Thank You – Gift Card drawing for visiting my site!
I’m excited to announce my new website makeover and ask that you stop by danthiewes.com for a few moments to check it out. Beside a fresh new look, it features several neat ways of staying up to date with our local real estate market. As a way of saying thank you for taking time out […]
When I started in real estate 27 years ago, I had no idea the roller coaster ride of a career I was about to embark on. From the early days of getting my feet wet in the industry to now being a seasoned real estate professional, I have learned invaluable lessons in the art of […]