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Jacobson Realty and Home Staging (JRY) was established by Broker/Owner Belinda Jacobson-Loehle in April 2002. Belinda is a native Washingtonian who grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and has lived and worked in Gainesville, Virginia since 1995.
The Most Walkable and Bikeable Communities in Gainesville, VA

The Most Walkable and Bikeable Communities in Gainesville, VA

Gainesville is the gateway to Northern Virginia’s finest! Conveniently located near the historic Manassas Battlefields, it is also en route to Shenandoah National Park. Gainesville’s most recent improvements provide pedestrian-friendly shopping and entertainment, and easy access to commuter routes. If you’re looking to move into the Gainesville area and having nature and conveniences nearby is important to you, I’ve compiled this list of the most walkable and bikeable communities in the area. I’ve also assigned a “walkability” and “bikeability” rating to each community, based on the Walkscore.com methodology and my personal knowledge and local experience. Continue reading

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Outdoor Activities During a Time of Social Distancing

Outdoor Activities During a Time of Social Distancing

Although Northern Virginia is slowly opening back up, social distancing is still recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The good news is that it doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck inside. Northern Virginia has a wealth of outdoor destinations for hiking, biking, horseback riding and fishing. Continue reading

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How to Improve Your Credit Score

How to Improve Your Credit Score

If you have a FICO® score of 650 (which is considered “fair”) or below, it can affect your ability to purchase some of life’s bigger transactions, like buying a car or getting a mortgage for a house. That’s a position no one wants to be in, but there is hope in that there are steps you can take to improve your credit score. Keep in mind, building good credit takes time. It won’t happen overnight, but if you take these steps, you’ll be well on your way to better credit. Continue reading

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Enrichment Activities You Can Do at Home With Your Kids

Enrichment Activities You Can Do at Home With Your Kids

Mom and Dad, if you’ve been cooped up with your kids and everyone is starting to climb the walls, take heart! There are endless activities and resources to take part in and take advantage of right now in the comfort of your own home. No doubt we are living in unprecedented times. Many things that we are typically able to enjoy like the library, museums and historical sites are closed, but for the first time ever, those things are being made available to us for free via the internet. Continue reading

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How to Become a Happy Vegetarian

How to Become a Happy Vegetarian

Have you been thinking of becoming a vegetarian but the thought of giving up meat kind of frightens you? There are plenty of good reasons for going vegetarian. One of the biggest reasons is it’s generally thought to be healthier, since you’re cutting out the fat in meat and eating more fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. With a healthier diet you also get the added benefit of losing weight if that’s your goal. Another big reason people decide to become vegetarian is their compassion for animals, but don’t confuse a vegetarian diet with a vegan diet. Vegans cut out animal products all together, including eggs and dairy. Continue reading

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Tri-Merge Credit Report

Tri-Merge Credit Report

When you apply for a loan to buy a house, the mortgage lender, in order to protect their interests, will check your credit to determine how likely you are to pay back the loan. The credit check the lender does is different from the credit check that’s done if you are buying a car or applying for a student loan or other personal loan. Mortgage lenders rely on a special type of credit report called a tri-merge credit report. Continue reading

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Bird Watching in NOVA

Bird Watching in NOVA

You may be stuck at home right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t interact with nature. In fact, it may be the perfect time to take up a new hobby. How about bird watching? You don’t have to go far to do it either. The northern cardinal, the American robin and the blue jay are just a few of the birds you can find right in your own back yard. Continue reading

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Radon and The Importance of Testing Your Home for It

Radon and The Importance of Testing Your Home for It

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is found all over the country but especially in areas along the east coast, and in Northern Virginia.

The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third level especially if there is an in-ground basement or little ventilation on the lowest level. The EPA also recommends testing before you buy or sell a home. Continue reading

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Why You Should Plant Native Plants

Why You Should Plant Native Plants

Spring is almost here, a time when thoughts turn to gardening. This year, consider planting native plants. In a time when our ecosystems are threatened by constant road-widening projects and a shortage of pollinators, like bees, you will not only be helping the environment, but you will add beauty to your home. Continue reading

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Customary Closing Costs for a Buyer on a Real Estate Transaction

Customary Closing Costs for a Buyer on a Real Estate Transaction

If you’ve been through the process of buying or selling a house or you’ve refinanced your current home, you’ve had to pay closing costs. In the state of Virginia, title companies are used for closings. During your transaction with them and settling on the house, you most likely got a document from them that looked like this, listing out everything that you’d be paying for at closing. Maybe you didn’t quite understand it, or maybe you’re a first-time homebuyer and need to know what all you’ll be paying for at closing. Here’s a breakdown of many of the costs for buyers. Continue reading

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