Kathy O'Neal
Fairfax, VA 22033
Office: 703.802.2850
Toll Free: 800.297.8382




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We recently started putting some of our REIC posts on Facebook and would certainly invite you to connect with us there.

It gives us opportunity not only to share real estate consumer information, but to also share our current listings for those looking at homes for sale in Chantilly and surrounding area.

We hope you will give us a visit, and if you are relocating to the Chantilly area or anywhere in this Northern Virginia area, take a look at our Relocation video for some terrific tools to help you learn more about real estate in the Chantilly VA area.

Let us know how we can help.  We are here for you!

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What To Consider When Buying A Fixer-Upper in Chantilly

What To Consider When Buying A Fixer-UpperIn your imagination it seems like a great idea – you purchase an older run-down property in Chantilly and you have the chance to fix it up and turn it into the home of your dreams.

You may be thinking that you will need to renovate the property.

However, the renovation project that is simply a quick montage in your imagination will actually take several months or years and thousands of dollars in real life.

The concept of renovating a “fixer-upper” property is exciting, but the reality is a lot of work and investment.  How can you make sure that you are making the right choice for you?

One of the main advantages of buying a fixer-upper property is that you will usually be able to get the property for a much cheaper price.  But is it worth it for the amount of time and money you will need to invest in the property?

Here Are Some Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself When Making Your Decision:

Buying a fixer-upper property can be a great investment and can give you the opportunity to transform a run-down old house into the property of your dreams.  However, make sure you that you consider the choice carefully before making your decision.

If you considering real estate investing and would like a fast (and free), insightful introduction on video, that you can view immediately, visit our Investor Center.  Additionally, take a look at our short video on getting started with real estate investing in Northern Virginia.

Whether  you are considering buying a fixer-upper for investment, or to get a good deal on a home you will live in, please know we are here for you.

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Real Estate Agents Referring Clients to Northern Virginia Area: Watch This Video!

Are you a real estate professional who needs to place a referral for a client moving into the Northern Virginia area?

Do you need an exceptionally good, reliable, “great-to-work-with” and deeply experienced professional that you can fully trust?

If so, we invite you to watch this video.  We have been successfully serving referrals into the Northern Virginia area for nearly three decades.  We will take care of your referrals with dedication and heartfelt commitment.  We know how careful we are in placing outbound referrals, and we promise you we exercise the same care in serving anyone you send to us.

Let us know how we can help.  We’d love to hear from you!

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RE/MAX Agents Referring Clients to Northern Virginia: Watch This!

If you are a RE/MAX agent needing to refer someone to the Northern Virginia area, this video is for you!

RE/MAX agents looking for a trusted relocation referral source have long relied on The Kathy O’Neal Team at RE/MAX Premier.

This brief video invites fellow RE/MAX agents to be in touch with Kathy when they need help in referring relocation clients.  The care of your client, and your own reputation, make the selection of your referral partner a critical decision.

In this video you will hear about three vital qualities that we think your referral partners must have to serve your referral well.  Watch this video and let Kathy know how we can serve your referral.

Our promise to you:  we will do everything in our power to ensure that your referral will be very happy with you, and with us!

Be in touch and let us know how we can help!


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The Low Down On Heating And Cooling Your Chantilly Home

The Low Down On Heating And Cooling Your HomeIf the temperature in your Chantilly home is too hot at night, then you can’t sleep.  If it’s too cold during the day, then you have to wear excessive layers.

Everyone has his or her own idea of the ideal temperature, but to keep it on that perfect number can get expensive.  So, below we’ve outlined five ways you can take care of your heating and cooling system and help it run more efficiently.

1. Set It And Forget It

To maximize the effectiveness of your heating and cooling systems, you need to program your thermostat and refrain from changing it.  Adjusting the thermostat makes your system work harder.

The best way to avoid tempting temperature changes is to choose a thermostat that fits your schedule, such as one with 7-day, 5-1-1, 5-2 or 1-week programming options.

2. Clean The Air Ducts

Even though your air filter catches most dust, over time debris can build up.  The accumulation of dirt can restrict airflow throughout your ducts and even start blowing particles out of your registers.

Check inside the ducts and if there is any mold, dead insects, rodent feces or a thick layer of dust, then consider hiring a professional to do a deep cleaning.

3. Put Your Ceiling Fans To Work

Ceiling fans can help with heating and cooling by distributing the flow of air throughout your home.  Most fans are reversible, which means they can push air down in summer to create a nice breeze and pull air up in winter to aid in circulating the heat.  To change the direction of the fan’s rotation, look for a switch on its base.

4. Replace Your Air Filter

It’s standard to change your air filter every 90 days.  However, you should take a peek at it every month.  If it looks grimy and clogged, then go ahead and change it.

Also, consider investing in high-efficiency pleated filters.  They have an electrostatic charge that grabs onto even the smallest dirt specks.

5. Consider Booster Fans

If one room in your house is always warmer or colder than the rest of your home, it might not be your HVAC system.  It could be the ductwork.  The twists and turns of air ducts, especially in older homes, can reduce airflow.

Booster fans are easy to install and do exactly what their name implies.  They boost the flow of air to the part of your home in need of more heating or cooling.

If you have a move in your future and would like to get professional advice in regards to selling or purchasing a home, please consider contacting The Kathy O’Neal Team! We are happy to help you with your real estate needs!

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Chantilly Home For Sale – Pleasant Valley – 4304 Silas Hutchinson Drive

This listing is located at 4304 Silas Hutchinson Drive, Chantilly, Virginia


Large 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath Deerwood in popular Pleasant Valley.  Sunroom addition off kitchen and also a very large family room extension (24 x 21) with vaulted ceilings and fireplace.  Finished rec room in basement.  Hardwood floors throughout the main level.  Two-car side-load garage.  No HOA but neighborhood pool membership available.


Price – $459,900

MLS# – FX8260314

See a Virtual Tour of this home!

Contact us to learn more about this property!  More information:  please click here and you will see the property on our Featured Listings page.

PS – If you are relocating to Northern Virginia, we can get your questions about the area answered quickly.





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Dine In Style, Kitchen Design Dos And Don’ts For 2014

Dine In Style, Kitchen Design Dos And Don’ts For 2014The kitchen is one of the most important rooms of your Chantilly home.  It is where you prepare all of your meals and it is often a hub of family activity. When you host a party, the action often ends up in the kitchen.

Where drinks and snacks are enjoyed into the early hours of the morning.  It’s crucial that your kitchen functions well because you will use it every day, but you also want to make it beautiful and stylish.

Renovating and decorating your kitchen can also be one of the best ways to increase the resale value of your home.  If you are planning on a kitchen makeover:

Here Are Some Dos And Don’ts To Keep In Mind:

These are just a few tips to keep in mind if you are giving the kitchen of your home a makeover for 2014.  If you are renovating your kitchen with the thought of placing your home on the market we are here to help!  Please contact  The Kathy O’Neal team today.

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Reston Open House at 1300 Windleaf Drive, #Q on January 19 – 1 to 3 PM

If you are looking for a condo in the Reston area, don’t miss this super sharp condo at 1300 Windleaf Drive (#Q) in Reston, VA 20194.

We are having an open house today, January 19, from 1 PM to 3 PM and would love for you to come by and take a look.

More information is available here, and don’t hesitate to contact Kathy with any questions.

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The Simplest Ways To Lower Your Home Heating Bill This Winter in Chantilly

The Simplest Ways To Lower Your Home Heating Bill This WinterWhen the holiday season starts and the winter chill comes around, the heating bill at your Chantilly property will naturally increase as you keep yourself warm and cozy.  However, if your home is not being heated efficiently, you are essentially letting your hard earned dollars escape into the air as wasted energy.

What are some simple and inexpensive ways that you can cut down your heating expenses this winter and save yourself some money?

Only Heat The Rooms You Are Using

If you work from home and are spending eight hours of the day sitting in your home office, there is no need to keep the rest of the house toasty warm.  If you have heaters that you can turn on and off for each room, you can direct the heat to the room that you are using.

If you have a spare bedroom, you don’t even have to heat it at all unless a guest is coming to stay over.

Change The Air Filter On Your Furnace

If the air filter on your furnace is getting old and clogged up, it will block the airflow from the furnace itself which is a huge waste of energy.  This will mean that your furnace works less effectively and it will also reduce its lifespan. It will only cost you $20 to change the air filter, but this little fix will make a big difference in the long run.

Turn On Your Ceiling Fan

You might think that turning on your ceiling fans in order to save money on heating makes no sense, but hear me out on this one.  When you turn on your fans in reverse, they will actually draw the warm air throughout the house – helping to circulate it and keep it warmer.

Dress Warm At Home

If you live in a cold climate and you can walk around in your house in a t-shirt and shorts comfortably, you’re wasting money!  If you wear warm clothing indoors during the winter, you will be able to keep your thermostat several degrees cooler and you will save yourself a lot of money over the winter.

These are just a few simple ways that you can reduce the heating costs for your Chantilly property this winter.  Please keep The Kathy O’Neal Team in mind for your real estate needs!

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5 Ways To Use Your Dead Christmas Tree In Chantilly

5 Ways To Use Your Dead Christmas TreeChantilly residents – The holiday season is coming to an end.  It’s time to pack up the stockings, and take the ornaments off the tree.

That tree was a beautiful Christmas decoration, but now that the evergreen is turning brown, and its needles are falling all over the carpet, you realize it’s time to get it out of the house.

But don’t just throw it away. You have several options.  Here are five interesting ways to use your dead Christmas tree.

It’s For The Birds

Keep the tree in its stand and set it outside.  You can put some birdhouses in it, or surround it with bird seed.  The birds will appreciate your Christmas tree long after you’re tired of looking at it.  Take off the tinsel first!

It’s For The Fish

If you (or your neighbor) has a pond, just drop the tree overboard and give it a proper sailor’s burial.  A dead Christmas tree is the ultimate home for fish.

The fish can sleep easy behind the branches, and you can sleep easy, knowing your beloved tree is still getting some use.  It’s a big help to those trying to keep a pond stocked for fishing.

It’s For The Plants

A dead Christmas tree can be an excellent gardening tool.  Cut branches and place them around your perennials to help keep them warm.  If you’ve been vacuuming up all those fallen needles, spread them around the garden.

They make great mulch.  Better yet, rent a wood chipper, and chop up the whole tree.  That’s even greater mulch.  If you’re not a gardener, there are several organizations that will accept your tree as a donation.

Burn Baby Burn

Another option is simply use your tree as firewood.  Evergreens are great for bonfires and outdoor fireplaces.  They ignite really easily.  But don’t burn them indoors!  The creosote buildup can be dangerous.

Get Crafty

If you’re craving a more creative approach, there are several great dead Christmas tree craft ideas out there.  Some people chop up the trunk and use cross sections as planters.

You can also paint a coat of polyurethane on some small sections, and use them as coasters.  You could even attempt to make some homemade potpourri.  The possibilities are endless.

The fate of your dead Christmas tree is in your hands.  You can burn it, make a habitat for animals, make some mulch, or even make some coasters.

The important thing is not to let it end up in a landfill.  These dead trees have so many better uses than rotting with the trash.

If you are planning a move in 2014 please keep The Kathy O’Neal Team in mind!  We are here to help you with your home buying and selling needs.

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