Kathy and Kalle were retiring to Florida, and needed to sell their home for top dollar, and use the proceeds to purchase a brand new home. They had done very little to the home in the 20 years they’d lived there, and needed our expertise on what to do to prep their home for sale. They had been told the home was worth $900k “ as is”. With our contractor and stager they invested $75k and turned an average home into a 5 star diamond. We listed on a Friday for $1,000,000 and by Tuesday we had 14 offers and sold for nearly $1,150,000.
Jeff and Jeanine were moving to North Carolina, and called the Ed Lang Team to sell their home. It had been a great family home for 12 years, but needed some updates. After a walkthrough, we suggested painting, new carpet and several fixtures. Naturally, they preferred not to spend the time or money to have the work done, but they agreed, as long as it would double the amount they would invest, and that it could be paid for at closing. We went right to work. Our contractor came out and provided a very reasonable quote, then completed the work within 10 days, and waited until closing for payment. We went on to sell their home in 8 days, and for $38,000 more than the estimated home value without the work. Jeff thanked us for the fine job, and let us know how smooth and painless the home process was for his family, using our contractors, stager, and team to sell their home. An added bonus is that he has referred two friends to us already. Thankyou Jeff!
The sellers on Ellicott Court, Joe and Cathy, contacted us and said they needed Top Dollar for their home, so they could retire out of state. No home in the neighborhood had sold above $762,500. They knew there was prep work to do, but had been unable to find a good contractor, that would complete this work in a reasonable amount of time. We brought our stager and contractor in right away, they invested about $14,500 in prep work, and we had the work completed in 2 weeks. We listed their home for sale on Friday for $799,000, showed it to 38 buyers over the weekend, and did an open house Sunday. By Monday we had 16 offers, and had negotiated a final price of $900,000. And with no home inspection or appraisal contingency. The buyers also allowed our sellers to remain in the home for an additional month, rent free.
Joyce and Daniel had their vacant home on the market for nearly 60 days, and had not received any offers. They contacted Ed, and together they all did a walkthrough of the home to determine the reason it had not sold. Instead of lowering the price, we suggested staging the home and doing some minor contractor work. Initially they preferred doing a significant price reduction, thinking it would be quick and easy, but after further consideration, they moved forward with our plan. We had the work done, and the home beautifully staged, and then were able to secure a full price contract in a short amount of time. They told us that our contractors and stager are very professional, easy to work with, and the whole process was very smooth. We have never failed to sell a home in which we did contractor prep work and professional staging on.
Mary Alice’s husband passed and now she needed to sell their home and move to assisted living. The home needed the usual prep work and to be cleaned out of all the extra furniture and belongings. We brought in our estate sale company and contractor. Within 6 weeks the home was cleared out, the prep work and staging were complete, and we sold their home for way over listing price. Together we made it simple and easy, for Mary Alice and her children, and she is now happily moved into her new home.
Sellers Susan and Bruce on Rushbrook Drive were moving to Williamsburg. They needed top dollar do purchase their retirement dream home. We brought in our stager and contractor, and they invested $12,350 in prep work. The sellers were expecting to sell for about $775,000, because their neighbors with the same model home sold for $750,000 4 months earlier. We listed their home for $750,000, and went on the market on Thursday. By Monday we had 14 offers, and negotiated a final price of $855,000. No Home inspection, and no appraisal contingency. In addition, the sellers received a free rent back for an additional 3 weeks.
Mike and Julianne, contacted us because we were the listing agent when they purchased this investment property 7 years ago. They said they liked how we represented our purchasers then. We came out and walked through their home, and reviewed the steps involved in the home selling process. We then discussed the current market conditions, and comparable sales in the neighborhood. They told us that they had planned to list their townhome for $399k. I told them we could get a much higher price by doing some prep work. So we brought out our contractor and he gave us a bid of $16,500 to do the prep work . We listed the home on a Friday for $459,000, and within 3 days we had negotiated a contract price of $485,000, with no home inspection, and no appraisal contingency and closing in less than 30 days.
Dylan and Katie called to us sell their home. We’d helped their parents, and their brother’s family. They’d recently had their second child, and wanted to move to a larger home to accommodate their growing family. They were expecting $425,000 based upon the most recent sales comps. We went out with our stager and contractor, and provided recommendations on what to do in order to get the best ROI. They spent less than $6,000 in prep work. They packed up the kids and dogs and went to stay with their parents for a few days. We listed the home for $449,900 on a Thursday, and by Monday we received 6 offers. We sold their home for $501,000, with no contingencies, and rent back for 60 days. Here is their new dream home that we found them.
Dane and Lori called us because their family had out grown their home. They need something bigger, with some land and in a great schools system. T
We did a walk-though with myself, our stager/interior designer Nancy, and contractor Design Pro. We decided on painting, some flooring and kitchen upgrades. And to rent pods and declutter and stage the home. Within 2 weeks the home was staged and looked like a model. We had professional photos, 3d walkthrough tours, and drone overhead videos, and then unveiled this masterpiece to the public on a Friday. Appointment showings for 3 days and an open house Saturday and Sunday, and we received 9 offers, as high as $80,000 over list price. On Tuesday we ratified a contract for $65,000 over the list price, far higher than any home in this neighborhood had ever sold. No contingencies, no Home Inspection, nothing! Our sellers even received a free 60 day rent back. We used the rent back period to find our sellers their next dream home.
This story begins in 1992, when Rob and Shari called me, a brand new Realtor, to sell their townhome in Bristow. We sold that home and helped them purchase in Centreville. Several years later they called us and we helped them to sell and buy a single family home for their growing family. Fast forward to present day and once again, they called us to help them move, as work was relocating them to Texas. We met several times over the next couple months, planning and preparing. We brought our amazing stager Nancy and contractor TC with Design Pro. Within 2 weeks it looked like a model home. Additionally, we made the outdoor space inviting and perfect for entertaining. When the work was complete Nancy staged it and we brought in all the professional photographers, videographers, and made a 3d walkthrough tour and professional home and community video tour. Showings on Thursday, open houses over the weekend, and by night had 11 offers. After negotiations, with the top offers, we closed on their home 30 days later for $65,000 over list price, no Contingencies and a free 4 month rent back after settlement.
Amazing story of The Lilly family. They were original property owners in Centreville since the 1970’s. They sold land to Toll Brothers to build on, and had Quaker Homes build a custom home for them in Fair Lakes. The family lived here for many years, before the children moved out, married and lived in their own home. Many years later when Mrs. Lilly passed, her son contacted me to sell the home. He told me they wanted the home sold quickly, “As Is”, for a minimum of $940k,000. The home was in fine condition, but no updates since purchased in 1999. We had the house painted and cleaned, professional photos, 3d tours, agent showings and open house, and sold for $1,080,000 – $140,000 over their expectations, and they were elated. The Ed Lang Team works listens to and works with their clients to get them the best results that meet their needs and expectations.
Debbie and Tammy, Maryland Realtors, hired us to sell their mother’s vacant home. They interviewed 4 Realtors and chose the Ed Lang Team. We began with a walk-though of the home and recommendations on how best to prepare it for sale. There was 30 years of stuff in the home, they lived in Maryland, the home was in Virginia, and they needed help! We called upon our Stager, Contractor and junk removers, plus others to donate to. There was quite a lot, so it took several weeks to empty the home and then have the contractors do their prep work. We did roughly $20,000 of prep work, including paint, appliances and flooring. When it was complete we staged the home from top to bottom, and then had our professional photographers, and drone and 3d photographers create all the video tours for the internet. Showings began Thursday, weekend open houses, 33 potential buyer viewings, and by Sunday night we were flooded with offers. We negotiated and settled on an offer for $860,000, which was $80,000 over list price, and no Contingencies. Coincidentally, the exact same model had sold just 3 months earlier for only $800,000. Our sellers were elated and have now referred us, plus have 2 more investment townhomes for us to sell in Virginia.
Nick, his wife Mill Ann and I go way back. We sold their townhome and found them a great single family home in 2002, in which to raise their family. So naturally, when their kids moved out, they called us to sell their home, and find them a new home to begin their new adventure in life. After living in the suburbs, they wanted to move in towards the city. We met at their home in Bristow, did a walkthrough. We let them know what what to do to prepare their home for sale, in the most cost effective way, and to get them the highest return on their investment. We provided them a seller net proceeds estimate and they were pleased. They met with our stager and picked out materials, and then compared rates with several contractors. Within 3 weeks their home was ready, staged and on the market. We even received several offers to purchase their home, before it was Active on the MLS. They decided to wait for the market, and hoped for a bidding war and flurry of activity. We went active on a Friday, did an open house on Sunday, and by Monday had 11 offers. We negotiated a deal nearly 75,000 over list price, no Contingencies at all, and a free 60 day rent back. They are extremely excited and pleased so far. Now we are off to find them a new dream home in Fairfax City, and the start of their new phase in life.
Stay tuned ….
V and S contacted us to find them a new home. They wanted a great home, suitable for their family, home offices for both of them, and which they could comfortably entertain large groups of 100 friends. We consulted with them at their home and together decided it would be best to find the new home first, then sell their current residence. They had heard it was competitive when purchasing a home and were concerned about finding the right home. We walked through their home and made recommendations on what prep work made sense, and what was unnecessary, and provided them a market value report so they would know how much to expect from the sale of their home. We began their search in January and by March we had found them just the right home. We then discussed various strategies on how to win this home. Our plan worked well, as we won out over 14 other offers. Now they are so excited because they are packing up and preparing their home for sale.
They are now excited and relieved knowing that their dream home will be their’s in just 14 days!
Emily and Aiden, young renters, contacted us to find them a new home. They’d never purchased before, were apprehensive, but their accountant had referred them to us. They were tired of wasting hard earned paychecks, and wanted a great home for their growing family, and one that would be a good investment. We enrolled them in our home buyer’s club, and scheduled a first time buyer consultation. We discussed the home buying process, their particular housing needs and then got them pre approved with our trusted lender. We talked about the current market conditions, and what to expect. It was a great meeting and we learned a lot about each other, and what was important them.
We looked at homes together for about a 3 months, as they were open to many possibilities. Once the timing was right for them, we made offers on 3 different homes. The first two were close, but on the 3rd try, they made all the right decisions and won out on this home over 6 other offers. Now they are proud home owners and their property has increased in value. We are so excited for them and are looking forward to a few years when they will take the equity they make on this home, and to help them find a single family home for their expanding family!
Nick and Mill had not moved for 20 years. The market had changed a lot, but they were now empty nesters and wanted to move closer toward DC, and all the activities they enjoy. This was going to be a challenge, since they lived out in Prince William County in a large home, where they raised their family. Now they would need to downsize their home, in trading for a lesser commute. We looked at nearly 20 homes over a couple months. It was a hot seller’s market, and each time we made an offer, there were 10-15 competing offers. The first two homes we made offers on, we came in a close 2nd or 3rd. Then we found this beautiful 1 level ranch home, in Fairfax City. It checked nearly all the boxes for them, and that they could easily see themselves living there. We talked to the listing agent, and figured out our best strategy to win this home. We sent in our offer, and negotiated with the sellers, over the next 3 days. Then we received a call from the listing agent, that we were the winning bid, and that the home was ours now.
A month later we closed on this home. Nick and Mill are very excited for the upcoming move, which will happen in a couple weeks when the seller moves out.
Renee was referred to us by her ex husband. We had helped him with several homes over the years. Now she was moving from her home and wanted to downsize into a condo in the Fairfax City / Oakton area. It needed to be 2+BR, 2+ Baths, and walking distance to grocery and pharmacy stores. She also preferred the ground level for easy access, and to accommodate her pets.
Her income situation was different so we also worked to get her a lender who would be flexible in those regards. And finally, she had a time delay, in that she needed to be out of her current home within 90 days. We quickly got working. And after viewing 13 homes, she decided on Valentino Drive. We worked with the agent to make an offer that would stand out. After several days of negotiating, our offer won out, and Renee was able to celebrate that she found a great home. It will be 30 days before she can move in, since a 60 day seller rent back was written into the contract.
We closed on her home on Friday, and now she only has to wait a couple of weeks in order to move in. It is such an honor to work with referrals from our past clients!
Dane and Lori, 2 of the nicest people we ever met. They had been referred to us by other family members and now needed to find a larger home for their growing family. They also had some very particular needs, and the challenge was to find this ideal home quickly, after they sold their home, since, they needed to sell first and then buy. We consulted with them and advised on how prepare their home for sale and get top market value. We had out contractors come out and do the prep work, and they rolled all that into the sale of their home. We then proceeded to sell their home for $58,000 over list price, no inspections, contingencies or delays. And a free 120 day rent back. An intensive home search began, viewing homes daily until we found them their dream home, a fully upgraded 5BR colonial, in the exact school district they wanted. We conferred with the listing agent multiple times, researched and gathered all the important home details, and preparing a great strategy. We won this home for our clients, beating out 8 other purchase offers. Dane and Lori we are so excited for you!
Terry and Sheila, are the original owners of this Fair Lakes Forest home, and an integral part of the community. They’ve decided to retire, downsize, and move closer to their children. They want top dollar for their home, however it is in need of updating and cosmetics. They also have a couple wonderful dogs. They contacted us and said they would like to have their home sold and settled within 60 days, and could I do that for them, and get them top dollar. We met right away, doing a walkthrough with our stager and contractor, and made suggestions on the key things that were important to increasing their value, and getting them the highest ROI. After agreeing on the scope of work , we had it completed, staged and photographed and on the market in 3 weeks. We priced the home $75k over what they expected and the Zillow estimate. We did our pre MLS marketing on social media, emails, and neighborhood circle marketing. Showings began on a Thursday and by the following Tuesday we negotiated for $50k over the list price, with no inspections. This was a big win for our sellers who were retiring. Terry and Sheila, we wish you all the best in your new phase in life!
Jessica and Luis, a nice military family were being transferred on short notice. They had just purchased their first home a year ago, and now were forced with the decision on what to do? Rent or Sell? On top of that, the market was quickly shifting. Interest rates had risen from 3% when they purchased, to 6% when they wanted to sell. They contacted the Ed Lang Team on the advise of their other family members, whom we had helped in the past.
We met with Jess and Luis, and discussed their situation, and walked through their home to determine the market value and what would be needed to prepare the home for sale or rent. We prepared a market analysis and strategies for both options. Although they had purchased at a very high price, we were confident we could sell their home at a profit, and they agreed, since they didn’t want to be landlords. We brought in our contractors Design Pro, and stager Nancy and had the home ready in 2 weeks. We prepared our high end marketing and videos, and unveiled this home on a Thursday. The following Monday we had multiple offers and ratified a contract for $15,000 over listing price. Our sellers were thrilled!
Ravi and Nishi contacted us because their family was outgrowing their townhome, and needed a great home in an excellent school district to raise their children. They had met us at an open house a couple years ago, and now they were ready to move-up! We scheduled a home buyer consultation, walked them through the process of buying and selling, discussed their particular needs and gave them options on what would work for them, and we also discussed the current market conditions, and what it would take to win a home in this competitive seller’s market. Then we got them pre approved for a home mortgage loan. We began sending them the MLS listings and viewing homes, active, coming Soon, and off market listings. Finally we found an amazing home they both loved. All the right features, great location, great schools, and a private lot with swimming pool. We helped them make an enticing offer to the seller and won out over 9 other contracts. We know that Ravi and Nishi and their family will make many wonderful memories here!
Will and Linda were retiring and wanted top dollar to help get them to their dream home in Florida. We had our contractors prep the home for sale with fresh paint, and refinishing the original hardwood floors, as well as some minor updates to the fixtures and kitchen. We asked them to vacate the home for the first weekend. Then we brought in our photo team, made the virtual tours, the 3d walkthroughs, and blasted out the advertising on social media, and held the house open the first weekend. We were able to secure 5 purchase offers, and settled on one for over list price, no contingencies and $20,000 higher than any home in their neighborhood had ever sold for. We also referred them to an amazing Realtor/Broker to find their Florida Dream Home!
Grace was downsizing and asked her family members for a great Realtor. She called the Ed Lang Team and said she needed top dollar for her retirement, quickly, since the market was shifting fast sue to the rising interest rates. We met with her and her daughter to view the home, discuss their goals, the current market conditions, the market value of her home and what would be needed to prep the home for sale.
We suggested painting, and replace a couple of appliances, other than that, it was mostly declutter and stage. We all worked dilagently over the next couple weeks to prepare and when the day came to go on the market Active, it was a great feeling. We listed the home on a Thursday, and by Monday 18 showings, and negotiated one for $39,000 over list price, and with no home inspection, finance or appraisal contingency. We sailed through to a smooth closing, no surprises or delays. Two days later Grace received her settlement proceeds, and moved into her new home. Grace and Maria we wish you all the best and will always be here to help you in anyway!
We helped Ken and Sheryl, purchase their first home in 1998, and several other home sales and purchases since. Now they wanted to sell off one of their rental properties, but it had been lived in really hard, and had no upgrades. On top of that, the market was shifting to a buyer’s market quickly.
We had our stager Nancy and contractor, Design Pro, out for a home prep report and proposal. Together we agreed upon what was needed to get our seller clients the highest ROI. Our contractors came in and completed this job in under 2 weeks. Painting, Flooring, Kitchen and bath upgrades. We also arranged for the contractor to be paid from the sale of the home at settlement, instead of up front.
Once completed, we had the home cleaned, staged, and professionally photographed. We produced all the various marketing materials and listed the home for sale on all the top web sites. It was listed on a Thursday, and by Monday morning we had multiple offers and ratified a contract for $25,000 over the list price.
This story had a very happy ending…Sheila was a great client of ours, with a big heart, and decided to rent her investment property, at below market rates to relatives. Things soured with her tenants after a while, with money issues and upkeep, and Sheila wanted to sell, but the tenants wouldn’t leave. She called Ed Lang sell the home and help negotiate an exit for the tenants, but they refused. We put the home on the market over 1 weekend, in “As Is” condition, and Ed found an investor willing to take on the monumental task of restoring this home. Then we found an attorney, went to court represent her, and negotiated the exit of the tenants, and were able to close on this home for a price that far exceeded the Sheila’s expectations. Each client has unique needs and expectations and we stand by our clients 100%.
We helped Charles and Shallen purchase their first single family home, but 1 year later their employer was relocating them. We met with them, and we discussed their situation and concerns, and did a complete walk-through of their home. With the new baby, and two large dogs, there was going to be some work to prepare the home for sale. We discussed market conditions, the home selling process, and price they could expect to sell the home for in “as is” condition, and how much more they would get by having some prep work done. Within 2 weeks our contractor Design Pro completed the prep work, and our amazing stager Nancy worked her magic, and then we had all the professional photography and video marketing produced.
We advertised their home on coming soon for 1 week. Then activated their home for showings on the market on a Thursday, held 2 open houses over the weekend, and by Monday we had multiple offers. We sold for $15,000 over listing price, and no home inspection contingency. Our sellers were elated and relieved. The market had changed significantly since when they purchased in 2020, yet with right strategy to prepare the home for sale, we negotiated a contract, much better than they expected.
Our sellers lived out of town and had been renting their investment home for 14 years. Great home, but very little had been done in the way of upgrades or improvements. We had our contractor provide quotes for the most important work needed, and then did a zoom call with our sellers to discuss what improvements and remodels would get them the best return on their investment. Sellers agreed to most of the suggestions, and we had the work completed within 16 days, a fairly large project. We had it filmed by our videographer, and posted to all the major real estate sites and social media. We listed on the MLS, held 3 open houses, and with 19 days we received multiple offers, and secured a full price contract as well as a backup. The first buyers backed out the next day, but we had taken back up contract and moved forward with it. Our sellers were very appreciative and we moved forward to a closing with our backup.
Megan and Dan were looking to move up to a larger home for their growing family. We listed their condo for sale on Friday, and by Sunday we had negotiated an over list price sale, with no contingencies, and a free 30 day rent back. Before they put their home on the market, we had them pre approved for their next home, and were out previewing homes with them, and found one that really made them excited. We put in an our offer and were able to win out over 6 other competing contracts. We made a strong offer, but were not the highest. The listing agent said he and the seller chose our offer, because he had worked with us before, knew our professionalism, and was confident that everything would go smoothly to settlement.
We had helped our dear friends Rob and Shari find this 1 level home for their mother 15 years ago. When the time came to move on to the next place, they naturally called Ed. It was in nice condition but needed updating. We walked the home with our stager Nancy, and trusted contractor Design Pro, and together planned the most cost effective highest ROI updates. Within 14 days the work was complete, we brought in our photographers and we hit the market. 22 showings, 2 open houses and 5 days later we were fully under contract, for 7% over the listing price and no home inspection contingency. We closed 28 days later, and everyone was happy. Seller had got top dollar for their home, and buyers moved into a like-new, updated home. Success!
Roy and Danielle had purchased their home in 2008, at a foreclosure sale. Now they wanted to retire and move out of state, but they had done very little updating to their home. They knew lots of prep work was needed and they wanted every penny of profit possible. Zillow estimate was $405,000, but with our contractor and designer we put in $30K to their home and managed to sell it in 4 days for $523,000. Roy and Danielle were so pleased they took us to dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and referred one of their neighbors to us.
Tammy and Debbie, a great couple of Realtors themselves, always call me to sell their mother’s investment homes. This Alexandria property was in rough conditions, after 20 years of being a rental. No sweat, they called the Pros at the Ed Lang Team, and together we all made it look like ” it never even happened”. Painting, new flooring, small kitchen updates and granite counters were done in under 2 weeks. We listed for sale on a Friday and by Monday sold for 5% over the listing price. It’s a great feeling when other Realtors contact you to sell their home, and even more so when they have you sell their parent’s home.