• "I have made 6 corporate moves and Betsy is hands down the best realtor I have worked with. She worked tirelessly to ensure I was paying a fair price and getting a quality property." Tricia B.
  • "Working with Bette and Betsy put me totally at ease because I was totally confident in them."  -Evan S.
  • "Bette and Betsy were very professional and made themselves available to me at the hours that worked best for me and through whichever form of communication I chose." -Wendy R.
  • "This is a true team-both are strong realtors in their own right." -Lauren G.
  • "Bette and Betsy are great in every way." - Shelley Y.
  • "Betsy was wonderful to work with. Very professional." -Coleen M.
  • "Very professional. Incredibly knowledgable. We had worked with many Realtors and none of them compared to Bette and Betsy. They are fabulous. I would recommend them to everyone." -Jessica J.
  • "They really know the business and what they are doing. They came highly recommended-they exceeded our expectations." -Barbara and Ted K.
  • "First class.  Betsy worked with us for a long time, so we got to know her well.  Her knowledge and professionalism were outstanding."  Julia and Dan L.
  • "Betsy worked very hard dealing with our very difficult buyer. The transaction would have fallen apart if not for her persistence." Carol H and David T.
  • "Betsy has a strong set of ethics and was excellent in providing her professional opinion at all the right moments. We love our home!" -Lauren G.
  • "Service above and beyond my expectations-highly recommend. Customized level of service to the needs of their clients. Excellent communication and very professional." -Gwen A.
  • "Bette and Betsy were both very personable and professional.  They were perceptive to my needs and wants and were also very knowledgable for a first time home buyer." Evan S.
  • "We were in the process of moving out of state and Bette and Betsy took care of everything for us regarding the closing. We didn't worry-they are so trustworthy." -Barbara and Ted K.
  • "Both Bette and Betsy were awesome to work with.  Their knowledge and expertise in the field of real estate went a long way.  We'll definitely work with them again." S. Goodman & J. Luckett
  • "Awesome. No drama. Helpful every step of the way. Very professional and gave honest opinions." Elizabeth and Richard H.
  • "Betsy certainly goes above and beyond. Wouldn't use anyone else."  -Julia and Dan L.
  • "I have bought and sold 6 other properties and working with Bette and Betsy was by far the best sale/buy. Personally they are delightful to work with." -Heather C.
  • "Betsy's expertise in Old Town was invaluable.  It was very apparent why she and her mom have such a fantastic reputation."  -Tricia B.
  • "Very efficient and professional.  They know what to do and I had a contract in 6 days!" -Penny S. 
  • "We enjoyed the experience of two professional agents who worked together to accomplish our mission." -Katie and Clark O.
  • "Bette and Betsy are easy to get in touch with and fast moving." -David M.
  • "Bette and Betsy represent you not only in making a smart howeowner decision but also in the negotiating process-your agents really are on your side."  -Meleah and Mark B.
  • "The transaction went incredibly smoothly and I knew where I stood throughout the process." -Wendy R.
  • "Love the home warranty and help with subcontractors." -Sherwood T.
  • "Betsy rocks!" James B.

Betsy Gorman
(703) 861-4825
betsy@gormangroup.net

Bette Gorman
(703) 585-2235
bette@gormangroup.net

Long & Foster
400 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-0400 - Phone
(703) 763-5750 - Fax

Finding Your Dream House

After you obtain loan preapproval, it is the perfect time to start looking at houses.  How long does the “looking” part take?  It’s different for everyone.  Some buyers fall in love with and write a contract on the first house they see.  Others take longer to find exactly the right property.   Buying a house can be emotional and instinctual.  It’s often hard to communicate why a house feels “right” or “wrong,” but when you find the right one, you just “know.”

House Listings

The mulitple listing service (the “MLS”) is the source of all properties offered for sale by real estate brokerages and is the most comprehensive place to find available properties.  The MLS can be accessed through brokerage specific websites (for example, Long & Foster), agent websites (like this one) and third party websites like Trulia.  All of these websites feature the same listings because they are all getting their data from the same source.  The MLS has listings for standard sales, foreclosures and short sales.  For Sale By Owner (“FSBO”) listings do not appear in the MLS because they are not listed by a real estate brokerage.

Open Houses

Visiting open houses can be a fantastic way to explore different neighborhoods and see different house styles.  Open houses are also a great opportunity to meet neighbors and get the real scoop about a neighborhood.

Private Showings

In addition to open houses, you will want to see houses during private showings with a real estate agent.  Private showings provide an opportunity to see a house without the distraction of other people. You can take your time and really think about how a house fits your needs.