Buying vs. Renting a Home

Linda Barrett Home & Design

Originally published in the July-August 2018 issue of VivaTysons Magazine Buying a home is the American Dream. And with interest rates low, there is a favorable climate for buying now. According to the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®, home sales in 2018 are up by 4% over the same time last year. But as interest rates climb, home prices rise, and …

You vs. Your Homeowner’s Association

Linda Barrett Home & Design

How to best interact with your HOA when you have a dispute. Here in Northern Virginia, it’s difficult to purchase a property in a community that doesn’t have a homeowner’s association. In many townhome, condominium and single-family neighborhoods, the association rules define residents’ relationships with each other. What is a Homeowner’s Association? A homeowner’s association (HOA) is “an organization in …

Home & Design: Remodeling Professionals Showcase

Tysons Today Staff Home & Design

Choosing the right contractor or design firm to make improvements on your home can be messy. Narrow your scope and start with a list of the best. Foster Remodeling Solutions Foster Remodeling Solutions is an award winning design-build remodeling contractor with over 30 years of experience in Northern Virginia. The Design-Build concept is a “one-stop shopping” approach to remodeling. With …

Design Your Perfect Home Office: Here is Your Step-by-Step Guide

Syntha Harris Interiors Home & Design

By Syntha Harris Interiors In the last few years, the modern office design has gone through many transformations. Remember cubicles? When they started disappearing, we watched the rise of open floorplans, followed by unconventional and informal spaces filled with bean bag chairs and pool tables, designed to make the workplace more fun.  Given today’s events and the increased need to …

Do I Really Need to Use a Realtor?

Linda Barrett Home & Design

Originally published in the November-Dcember 2017 issue of VivaTysons Magazine How technology is changing the way people find and sell homes. Technology is causing some confusion today about whether people really need to use a Realtor to buy or sell a house. People think that with all the online portals and real estate websites, they have all they need online. …

Syntha Harris Interiors Monthly Lookbook

Syntha Harris Home & Design

How To Create The Perfect Home Office 5 Important Considerations When Designing a Home Office The New Daily Reality: Working From Home The most used space in the home is quickly transitioning from the kitchen to the home office with most of us now working remotely. This is a room that is either not often considered when purchasing a home, …

Ask an Advisor: About Real Estate

Rose Price, CFP® AIF® Finance, Home & Design

We are looking to purchase a new home—how big of a mortgage should we get? While a mortgage can be an excellent savings vehicle while you are working, borrowing as much as you qualify to borrow may not be a wise financial decision. When you’re looking to buy real estate in Northern Virginia, it’s especially easy to feel the need …

Six Ways Gardeners Are Planting With A Purpose

Analiese Kreutzer Features, Home & Design

Originally published in the March-April 2018 issue of VivaTysons Magazine Mindfulness and Utility Shape 2018’s Gardening Trends In 2018, gardens will do much more than provide attractive accents around homes. Environmental concerns and awareness of the calming effects of nature are having a big impact on garden design and plant selection. People are turning to gardens to escape, unplug and …

Contingency Plan: Glickman Strategic Remodeling Solution Converts 1940s Bungalow into Home for Life

John Byrd Home & Design

There is nothing self-evident about an Aging-in-Place (AIP) solution. Transforming an existing house into a dwelling that will serve its owners for life is both art and science—a process which often demands not only top design and building expertise but technical skills best acquired through professional certification. How the retrofit plan is phased-into the owner’s lifestyle is, likewise, a function …