Boost Curb Appeal with Easy DIY Landscaping

Curb Appeal

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features. Whether it’s as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here…

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Michelle Merritt Featured in InsideNoVa

Michelle Merritt, Realtor | The Merritt Team | Homes for Sale | Prince William County VA

While today she’s happily helping homeowners find their dream houses, Michelle Merritt was once a detective in Manassas, Virginia. In a feature article for InsideNoVa, she talks about her journey through coping with PTSD and her advocacy for improved mental health care within police departments. Check it out HERE.

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Short Sale and Foreclosure: How Are They Different?


As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and must face the possibility of losing their homes, short sales and foreclosures provide them options for moving on financially. The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different, with varying timelines and financial impact on the homeowner. Here’s a…

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Must-Have Tools for a Homeowner

Must-Have Tools for Homeowners | Michelle Merritt | The Merritt Team

When you’re a homeowner, things are going to break. Unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most basic projects for a homeowner.…

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Springtime Spruce Up: Quick Tips for Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning with Michelle Merritt Realtor

With the official start of spring behind us, it’s time to start seriously thinking about spring cleaning. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the daunting task of an organizing overhaul — but it can be easier to get started by focusing on smaller areas first. Start at the Heart of Your Home Consider…

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Shining Sol Candle Company Creates Cozy Client Gifts!

The Merritt Team custom candles from Shining Sol in Manassas VA

We’re thrilled to announce a new Preferred Partnership with Shining Sol Candle Company, locally owned in Manassas! As part of our Ultimate Client Program, Shining Sol has crafted gorgeous, amazingly aromatic, custom candles for our real estate agents to gift to new home owners. We love the Tropical Teakwood scent (and it’s our favorite color)!…

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New Home Tips: Create an Evacuation Plan for Your Pets

Pet evacuation plan

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add…

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Selling Your Home: Repairs to Make Before You List

Home repairs before listing

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the utmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top four recommended repairs to…

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Let’s Talk About VA Loans

Home Loans

Is a VA Loan right for you? Jen Riley, a real estate agent with The Merritt Team at Pearson Smith Realty in northern Virginia is joined by Marcus Fields, a loan officer with Academy Mortgage. Jen and Marcus discuss VA (Veterans Affairs) Loans. Find out if this program is right for you as you purchase your next home! And don’t…

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