Congratulations- Top Real Estate Agent for 2019

Due to her commitment to excellence, passion for the business, and her keen sense of staying innovative in an ever changing industry. and Cottage Street Realty is proud to congratulate top producing agent Debbie Kent for the fourth year in a row, and for being recognized as top agent in Northern Virginia Magazine.

List with one of the best today at a flat rate and save your commission. Servicing Virginia, DC and MD since 1994. We list residential, commerical, land  and rental properties. 

$ 589,999.99 A Rare Find! Great Location in Waterfront community in Lorton, VA

Newly Remodeled in waterfront community! 3B/2.5Bath with Workshop on just under 1A. The location is ideal for commuting a short drive to I95, commuter train/Metro. The main level boasts a Gourmet kitchen, Granite countertops, & new Samsung appliances. The living room has 9ft ceilings which serve as a great place to relax by the fireplace. The master has a spacious closets & bath. Entertain on the deck/front porch overlooking a large yard for the family to enjoy. If you like the outdoors, you’re close to 2 golf courses, Mt Vernon, Pohick Bay Regional/Mason Neck State Park, PVT dock/beach. VAFX1058974

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OPEN HOUSE: APR 20th: 12-3:30 pm – Pristine Home in Beautiful Bonsack Area.Samuels Gate, ROANOKE.- Wonderful home in the Samuels Gate section of Roanoke County, where beautiful mountain views abound. This 4 BR, 3.5 BA home has been well kept and recently updated. Current owners have finished basement adding aprox 900 sqft of living space, including an additional bed room. Most appliances have been updated with stainless steel. New upsized A/C unit 2018 with major component replacement of furnace 2017. All carpet replaced. Entire house including exterior decks have been painted.

Easy access to Read Mountain Preserve with 7 miles of hiking trails and Bonsack Elementary playgrounds. Large Kroger just a short drive away. Easy access to interstates and downtown. 857740 

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Bright, beautiful, 4200+ sq.ft. home with open layout, modern upgrades, and finished walk-out basement w/ theater. Large Kitchen w/ Silestone counter-tops, gorgeous glass backsplash, and double-ovens. Spacious Master bedroom w/ private sitting room/office attached and master bath. Beautiful home in a desirable neighborhood! One-Year Warranty with American Home Shield included! Just 10 minutes away from fantastic area attractions, including Busch Gardens, Water Country and Colonial Williamsburg. Easy access to VA-143, US-60, and I-64 providing short commutes to Fort Eustis, Naval Weapons Station, Cheatham Annex, and Langley AFB!

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Class-action lawsuit accuses NAR of inflating commission prices

NAR, responds to the class-action antitrust lawsuit filed against his company by a group of home sellers. 

With sellers have the control to pick their own MLS listing package and the buyers agent commission at the time of signing up with our program. 

There are two types of listing agreements in the state of Virginia.
In order to go into the MLS – one of them needs to be filled out and submitted to the listing agent. 
An Exclusive Rights to Sell Listing Agreement means the listing company has exclusive rights and you may not try selling it on your own. 
The Exclusive Agency Listing Agreement – which is what we use – just lets you know that in the state of Virginia – This listing agreement allows you to sell on your own so if you find the buyer – you don’t pay any commission.
If an agent from any real estate company finds the buyer – you will pay the commission you agreed to in the listing agreement.

This is the best of both worlds – For Sale By Owner and the MLS. 
We are fully licensed realtors doing the listing side for a flat fee.
You are still responsible to pay the selling agent (buyer’s agent) a commission.  3% is Strongly Recommended. 
You can change the field on the paperwork to whatever commission you wish to pay but if your goal is to sell your home in a reasonable timeframe,
then exposure is key and you will not get that exposure from the realtors working with the buyers if you are not offering the industry norm of 3%.
In real estate – all money goes through a broker – who in turn – pays the agent.  Money is never given directly to the agent.

Get maximum exposure, for your property by purchasing our Virginia MLS Flat Fee Listing!

Specializing in Virginia Real Estate since 1994, strives to assist homeowners sell quickly and save their equity by saving them 3% on commissions. With over 3 decades of experience, awards for top agents and million dollar producers we are experts in discount real estate.

We list Properties for a flat rate in your local MLS that include residential homes, vacation homes, rentals, land and commercial properties.

Do you have a few hours to take on the tasks a listing agent would typically perform? Such as filling out the paperwork and loading your photos ? Can you show your own home ?  If so, this is the way to sell.

As the seller you pick the services you need. We have bundled our most popular services into packages for a flat rate that include assisting the seller in setting a price, renting professional yard signs and realtor/combo lockboxes, marketing the property in the MLS and on our site, where buyers can contact you directly from our site, and possibly save you even more in commission. We can also handle contract offers and negotiating on the seller’s behalf .
For those sellers/investors who are real estate savvy and dont need the extra services, we also offer à la carte services.
Getting your home listed on the MLS with us is simple. The complete process is done online through our website. There is no printing or faxing needed. Upload your photos, descriptions, sign all electronic documents and we will have you listed within 24-48 hours! Cancel at anytime.

Looking to buy, we also offer buyer rebates if you purchase a home in the MLS.

Mother in Law Suites Are the New Hottest Home Amenity

An in-law suite has many uses, making it a wise investment. Besides offering an older family member their independence, in law suites can also let a homeowners run a rental from their home, have guest quarters or a home office.

Everything You Need to Know About Mother-In-Law Suites

Real Estate Photography Tips for Sellers

Pictures are a must-have in any listing. The more photos you have the better your listing will stand out against your competition. Sellers used to use curb appeal to make a good first impression with buyers, but now home buyers are starting their home search online looking at pictures. How a home looks on the internet is now the best way to impress those buyers. Pictures will help them to determine if the home is a good fit for their family.

In a survey by the National Association of Realtors, home buyers rated photos as the feature they use most when searching for a home on the web. Online listings with bad pictures — or worse, no pictures at all – will cause the buyer to rule out your home and move on to other listings.

Some home owners, especially those with higher end properties, opt to hire a professional photographer to get the best shots, or have them design a virtual or 3-d tour. While others choose to take photos themselves. Hiring a professional photographer can run a seller a few hundred dollars, so this option might not work for sellers on a budget.
If you prefer to take a shot at photographing your home yourself, we have put some guidelines down for you.

Tips on Photographing your home
• Use a decent camera. A cell-phone camera won’t cut it if you want quality shots, you want a digital camera with five megapixels or more to produce the best photos.
• Give your home a look over. You want to show off the space, not what’s in the room. Make sure your home is clean, and clear out distracting items like toys, refrigerator magnets, clean off ALL counters in kitchen and bathrooms, making sure all cleaning products and toiletries are put away and out of site. Make sure your toilet seats and lids are down.
• If cleaning off your counters leaves you feeling like your home is looking lifeless, accents like a vase with fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit can zing it up. Open the curtains and turn on all the lights to make a room look bright and spacious. Avoid taking photos on rainy days or at night, for this will not make for great photos. When taking exterior shots, take pictures on a day with an overcast so the sun doesn’t put shadows on your home.
• Choose the best angles in the room. The ideal way to show off a room is to shoot from a corner or entrance and include as much of the room as possible. You want the room to look spacious. Don’t be afraid to move furniture around or remove a piece to get a good picture, you can always put it back after. Be sure when taking photos of your home that your reflection is not showing in any mirrors that maybe in the room. When shooting your home’s exterior, stand at an angle to the home rather than straight-on, allowing buyers to see the home’s depth. Try to avoid photographing objects that obscure your home, like trash cans, the family dog or the kids toys. If the exterior property is large, you may want to think about using a drone to take some pictures or video.
Always keep in mind that there are specific copyright rules that apply to your marketing in print, online and even on social media. Using someone else’s photos or videos without permission can put you at legal risk.
If you took the photo.Then you own the copyright and you can do anything you want with the photo.
If a professional photographer or previous listing agent took the picture, they must give you written permission.
You only have the right to use the photo in the specific ways that the photographer has agreed to even if you have paid them for the job.