Santa visits Loudoun and this is what he says….

December 22nd, 2016

Vote AGC Best of Loudoun

“Naughty or Nice, vote GINA for Loudoun’s Best Realtor, because she has SPICE!” – large man in a red suit

Ask Gina & Company, a Northern Virginia Real Estate Team, is super excited to have been nominated for The Loudoun Times Mirror “Best of Loudoun” in the residential Realtor category for 2017! We are listed among some amazing Virginia real estate agents and are over the moon to be considered. We do need YOUR help to win. Please take a moment to vote for us – Santa says so! ūüéÖūüėČ‚úĒ

1) Click: http://northernvatimes.secondstreetapp.com/l/best-of-loudoun-2017/Ballot/RealEstateConstructionHomeImprovement

2) Scroll down to “Residential Realtor”

3) Scroll and click “VOTE” next to “Gina Tufano, Ask Gina & Company, Pearson Smith”

Wait! Who is AGC? And why should I vote?

Gina Tufano has been a Loudoun County real estate agent since 1996. She runs a team of dedicated agents who blend life and livelihood, friends and family, work and play….who believe that it’s our duty, our responsibility, and our privilege to bring our best when helping people navigate the waters of one of the biggest financial transactions of their lives. Together we bring decades of experience, a wicked sense of humor, strong moral compass, top notch negotiation tactics, a track record of success, a support team of proven professionals behind us, and, most importantly, we bring our whole selves – heart, passion, sass, and skill. If that sounds like something y’all can rally behind, we’d love your vote.

THANK YOU!!

How important is pricing your Loudoun real estate when it is time to sell?

December 12th, 2016

Short answer: VERY!

At AGC we knew the impact – although we were still surprised – even after 20+ years in real estate – by the results of this recent National Association of Realtors survey. Turns out that even if you price your home AT MARKET VALUE when you decide to sell it (not a little above “for negotiation purposes”) only 60% of potential buyers will even SEE IT! That is pretty powerful!

An accurate price is one of the BIGGEST things you can do to sell your house. At Ask Gina & Company our agents perform a thorough market analysis to determine your property’s value in our local real estate market. We won’t artificially inflate it to test the waters or win the listing – that isn’t doing our clients any justice. AGC prefers to provide value from our experience and knowledge of the current Virginia market conditions to come up with what we think will generate the best possible net price for YOU in the end. History shows that a property fetches the most money when it is staged well, priced correctly and doesn’t languish on the market. With just a bit more than half of the Virginia homebuyers even LOOKING at a properly priced home, it would only hurt the bottom line more by trying for a higher number.

If you are thinking of selling your Loudoun home – relocating from Ashburn to Leesburg or across the country from Virginia to California – call or text Ask Gina & Company first, for a FREE, no obligation consult, to help you make the most out of what is likely your biggest financial investment of all time – your house. 703-574-3478

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AGC has been ELFED! Loudoun’s real estate listings have a festive visitor!

December 1st, 2016

Loudoun County are you ready? The holidays are upon us. Tis the Season!

Ask Gina & Company loves living and working in Loudoun County – and while we work hard, we also play hard. Join us in our fun and games this December as we discover the Elf on a Shelf hiding in our listings. There’s a sweet prize for the one with the most finds. A gift package valued at $250 – including a certificate to Loudoun’s own Evergreen Sportsplex!

Details in our facebook post below.

Happy House and Elf Hunting!

– Gina, Jen, Maegan, Kim & Shelly – the AGC elves! #AGCelves

Love wine and golf? This home in Lowes Island is for you!

November 7th, 2016

Townhouse in STERLING, VA


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$2,800
Residential Rental
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3 Bedrooms
3 Full Bathrooms
2 Half Bathrooms
Interior: 3,217 sqft
Year Built: 2012
MLS #: LO9773768
Location
20211 CENTER BROOK SQ
STERLING, VA 20165
USA

Gina M. Tufano

Gina M. Tufano

Keller Williams Realty Loudoun Gateway
(703) 574-3478
[email protected]
http://www.ask-gina.com

        

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The real DEBATE – sell before or after the holidays?

October 11th, 2016
Sell in spring! Sell during the holidays!

Sell in spring! Sell during the holidays!

One of the most common questions I am asked as an agent is “When is the best time to sell my house?”

The real answer is to sell your property when you need or want to. ¬†Every market has it’s pros and cons. Every¬†house will sell in any market when priced right for condition and location – with our without a wreath on the door. Statistically speaking….the last two months of the year in Loudoun have more cash buyers than the first two – interesting. ¬†I would suspect this has something to do with annual¬†financial reviews – for instance getting investments in during the tax year. November and December are months when the “DAYS ON MARKET” tend to be less – people who move during this time frame are more likely to be relocation or strategic purchases – serious buyers. January and February we see a much lower supply in properties on the market – homes that were taken off during the holiday season haven’t popped back on yet and the spring market is just starting to percolate – this translates into less competition for a seller. ¬†The start of the year we also see more properties being placed under contract – the spring buyers come out before the houses are ready and begin their transaction now with settlement scheduled a month or two later.

What does this mean for the average Ashburn buyer or seller?  The right time to buy, sell, or invest in

real estate is when it is right for you. A professional real estate agent will be able to provide you with insight as to what your community statistics are and guide you to update, price and promote your biggest asset to get you your largest return – whether you have been naughty or nice ūüėČ

We’d¬†be happy to meet with you to strategize¬†what is best for you and your future. Please feel free to call us or fill out our online request for a free, no obligation consult to begin the process.

 

Happy Holidays!

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What’s a title company? homebuying 101

July 14th, 2016

When buying¬†your new Northern Virginia home sweet home – the closing tends to occur at a “title company” or “settlement company”. ¬†For those coming from out of the commonwealth where an attorney or mail away purchase may be more typical – this can be a bit confusing. ¬†Our friends at Vesta¬†Settlements, a Loudoun real estate title¬†company,¬†have this handy dandy info sheet that will help answer all of your questions.

A snippet of what’s on the 411:

“What does a title company actually do? – The title company plays two roles. A title company is an insurance agent, selling title insurance to protect purchasers against claims that can be made against the title (ownership) to the property…..A title company is also your closing or settlement agent….managing the closing process as well as conducting the closing itself.”

There is a ton more useful info in here.

At Ask Gina & Company we strive to provide you with the best when it comes to your biggest life purchase. Did you know that 1 in 5 title searches reveal a problem? If one were to pop up on your new Ashburn home, the right team of professionals could make all the difference. Call or text us today for more information or access to our network of top notch providers. 703-574-3478

 

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The title company can bring you home!

 

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Loudoun County Market Stats

February 27th, 2016

Can you feel it?  The Northern Virginia real estate market is heating up!  After a lackluster performance in 2015, the new year is starting off with a BANG! Gina Tufano and her team are seeing multiple offers, escalation clauses and shorter time on the market.  What does this mean for you?

As a buyer, get your ducks in a row!  Meet with one of our buyer specialists to learn about the process before falling in love with a Loudoun home online or in an open house.  Make certain that you understand the mortgage process and are holding that golden ticket (a preapproval letter) in your hand prior to writing an offer on your forever home.

As a seller – staging, marketing, and pricing all play a big part in taking advantage of the low inventory. ¬†Make your first impression with a bang! The more exposure your property has, the more potential for profit for you. ¬†As you look around, you’ll notice that while some houses sell right away and for top dollar, others languish on the real estate market without nary a nibble. Don’t be left in the cold, call Gina today for your personalized market analysis and find out what it takes to be on the winning side.

The most recent Loudoun County sales statistics tell the story. ¬†Year over year closed sales are up almost 15%, median¬†sales price is up over 7%, median days on market is down 15%….all of this leads to quicker sales and a more robust real estate market!

 

Loudoun County Real Estate Market Stats Jan 2016

Loudoun County Real Estate Market Stats Jan 2016

 

AGC is the leader in Loudoun County Real Estate – voted Best of Loudoun for 2016 and consistently ranking in the top 5% year after year – we can help you spot the trends and navigate the local real estate market. Call Ask Gina & Company today for your personal consultation and find out the best way to get your next home sweet home 703-574-3478 or ask-gina.com

 

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Loudoun Real Estate – kudos are nice, clients are nicer.

February 22nd, 2016
#kindgang

Amen.

 

We’ve had lots of exciting awards and accolades at AGC recently. ¬†We are so full of gratitude for our amazing clients, vendors and raving fans – in Virginia and beyond – we could not do it without y’all! ¬†What’s even more exciting though, and gets lost in the shuffle of congrats are the small wins – the¬†Ashburn¬†home inspection that was successfully negotiated, the Loudoun seller that switched to our team after an agonizing year on the market and finally got a contract, the first time buyer who won the bid in a multiple offer situation, the little boy that ran into his new bedroom like superman, the out of state seller who we helped when they couldn’t be here to orchestrate repairs and staging….this is what we do and the people are why we do it.

Yes,¬†it’s nice to be recognized – it’s even nicer to have the satisfaction of a job well done and a smile on your client’s face.

Thank you for trusting us with your real estate, your home, your investment – it’s one of your biggest financial decisions and it is an honor and privilege to help you. <3

 

 

AGC is BEST OF SUBURBIA

AGC is BEST OF SUBURBIA

Gina Tufano named TOP RE AGENT 2016 for NOVA

Gina Tufano named TOP RE AGENT 2016 for NOVA

Gina Tufano, REALTOR, won BEST OF LOUDOUN 2016

Gina Tufano, REALTOR, won BEST OF LOUDOUN 2016

 

 

 

 

 

#workhard #benice #askgina #kindgang

 

Loudoun Habitat for Humanity * Gift Card Drive * Can you help?

February 19th, 2016
Loudoun Habitat GC house

How cool would this be if we made it out of donated gift cards?

Calling all friends, clients, and colleagues! We need your help!

Ask Gina & Company, a Northern Virginia Real Estate Team¬†is collecting gift cards for the 5th Annual Masquerade Ball for¬†Loudoun Habitat for Humanity! We’re going to build a “house of cards” for donation!

Support the Northern Virginia community, the event, and the charity….please mail in or drop off your gift cards (you know, the ones sitting in your wallet that you never use, all denominations excepted) at the office (Keller Williams Loudoun Gateway, 20130 Lakeview Center Plaza, #110, Ashburn, VA 20147 – attention Gina Tufano) – we wanna build a HUGE house that will eventually become a home for someone in need of a hand up, not a hand out, in Loudoun County.

Who knows, if big enough, maybe¬†Leigh Newport¬†will help us stage it ūüėČ

THANK YOU!

Searching for a home of your own in Loudoun County? Ask Gina & Company has the latest real estate listings available in Northern Virginia. Whether buying, selling or investing in real estate Рwe can help!  Call or text us today 703-574-3478

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About Loudoun Habitat:

Loudoun Habitat for Humanity was incorporated on April 2, 1993 for the specific purpose of providing adequate housing for all Loudoun citizens in need. It is the conviction of Loudoun Habitat for Humanity that everyone deserves an opportunity to work to obtain adequate shelter. Our ministry is based on Christian principles and we welcome the participation of people of all faiths as we grow the organization and strive to fund and build homes for those in need. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.LoudounHabitat.org.

Putting down roots….in Loudoun County and beyond….

January 29th, 2016

 

This week’s blog post was written by my dear friend and colleague, Gale Paige. ¬†Gale is an amazing woman, whom I met through various networking functions in Loudoun County. ¬†She brings energy and passion in all that she does – professionally and personally. ¬†We are honored to have a few of her words here…..

 

‚ÄúI already have my wings. I want to start putting down my roots.‚ÄĚ D. L. J.

 

Gale Paige, guest Loudoun blogger for Ask Gina & Company talks about home...

Gale Paige, guest Loudoun blogger for Ask Gina & Company talks about home…

As a person who always wanted to travel, see the world and have many adventures this particular statement made me stop and think.

Debbie is a new friend that told a quick bit about her past. She was placed in an orphanage and grew up never having a home. Her mum died when she was very young and her dad could not take care of himself and the children so they were placed in an orphanage.

Debbie got married at a young age to a military man and traveled a great deal. She saw a good portion of the world. She also realized her husband was not nice and she needed to get out of that relationship. She did. A few years later she met a wonderful man whom she later married (they are still married). It was then that she knew she needed to settle in one place and build her roots.

Her first step in planting her seeds was buying a home. You see she had never owned a home before. That was her dream. ‚ÄúI wanted to have a place of my very own. I wanted to give my girls a physical space that was theirs. I want to start putting down my roots. I wanted things with my name on them.‚ÄĚ

I had always thought of a house as the place I lived, slept, did laundry, cooked etc…I did not hold the appreciation for my house until my talk with Debbie. I understood the tax benefits of home ownership, I just did not see my home as the blessing that Debbie did.

I grew up with my parents and grandparents living in the same town. My grandmother, who is 93, has lived at the same address for almost 50 years. There is a solid foundation there. I have always known I was welcomed, loved and wanted. I have never doubted that. I have, and had, my roots securely tied. I have wanted to constantly cut the strings that bound me to any one place.

Last year I sold my home and almost everything in it. I was ready to fly. My children are raised and have moved into their own places. I travel for my work and I love it. My wings are finally open and I can fly. I now realize that is because of the solid roots my family has given to me.

Are you ready to put down your roots? Maybe home ownership is the first step for you as well.

**My next home will be a small cottage on a lake with land about thirty minutes away from a city with an airport. I still have not decided which city, state or Country but I know it will happen within five years.

This blog post was written by Gale Paige. You can contact Gale by visiting her website at www.completeprofessionalconnections.com or by emailing her at gale@completeprofessionalconnections.com

Gale Paige, President of Complete Professional Connections. Gale is referred to as the ‚ÄúQueen of Networking‚ÄĚ. She has a unique ability to connect individuals and see a bigger picture. Gale is a business consultant for corporations and individuals. She has helped countless clients develop strategic marketing plans, create targeted business initiatives and write networking plans to help them achieve their professional business goals. Gale has worked in many industries and truly becomes an expert in your field. She is a sought after speaker on the subject of networking and building relationships. Some of her speaking engagements have included The Virginia Women’s Business Conference, Business Women of Loudoun, Empowering Women‚Äôs Conference at Radford University, American University, Johns Hopkins University and the National Veteran’s Small Business Conference.