About

Welcome to LIVING LARGE IN LOUDOUN!   Lauren is a licensed real estate agent with Pearson Smith Realty in Ashburn, VA. Lauren and her husband settled in the Lowes Island/Cascades community of Loudoun County in 1999. She immediately fell in love with all that the area has to offer – the friendly suburban communities, the rolling […]

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Get in touch

  Hello!  I’d love to hear from you and am ready to serve you!  Please send a note via this form.  You can also reach me at laurendefrese@gmail.com.  I’ll get back to you within 24 hours!   Lauren DeFrese, REALTOR® The E4 Realty Group of Pearson Smith Realty 43777 Central Station Drive, Ste. 390 Ashburn, VA   20147    Direct:  […]

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Looking for a Trusted Vendor?

Whether you’re a few years away from putting your house on the market, a few months, a new home buyer or a seasoned owner, here are some of our favorite local business to fix, revamp, replace, renew or finance your house:

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Success Stores

“Lauren, Thank you so much for all your help!  We are so happy to be in our new home!  You are wonderful.”  Amanda “Lauren, Thank you so very much for helping us to locate the townhouse.  You went out of your way and it was so appreciated.”  Robin     “Lauren, We greatly appreciate your […]

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Latest Posts

FeBREWary: LoCo Ale Trail

February 15, 2019 | No Comments

Loudoun has been in the wine business for decades but now the players on the other side of the beverage aisle are making waves. Loudoun has doubled its number of breweries in recent years and is now home to 25- and counting! Let your palate be your guide to small batch, hand-crafted brews or try […]

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PART EIGHT: Can I get the kind of house I want?

January 29, 2019 | No Comments

“I can’t afford to buy my dream home”  Another common reason many renters don’t buy a house is because they can’t get as much of a house, or as nice of a house as they really want. Unfortunately, everyone has a budget.  But here’s the thing… Even people with the highest budget you can imagine go through the […]

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Loudoun County’s Bucket List

January 17, 2019 | No Comments

Every community has those special hideaways, local hot spots and happenings that make their place unique. Loudoun is FILLED with history, beautiful nature, and breathtaking destinations. Sometimes we are so wrapped up in the day to day busyness of life that we don’t take the time to enjoy and experience our surroundings. This is why […]

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PART SEVEN: Are you trapped in an endless cycle?

December 12, 2018 | No Comments

Another legitimate (but fixable) problem many renters have is that they feel they’re always at the mercy of a lease. It’s either too soon to buy a house, or too late. There’s never a perfect time to buy a house. Either they still have too many months to go on their lease, or not enough […]

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PART SIX: Is the cost of upkeep and repairs keeping you from buying?

November 14, 2018 | No Comments

Many renters don’t buy a house because they’re afraid of the cost of upkeep and repairs. True enough. You aren’t responsible for the upkeep or repairs in your rental…  But you also have little or no say about what gets fixed, when it gets fixed, or the quality of the work. And you don’t have any say in […]

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Does Renting Make More Sense Than Buying A Home?

October 16, 2018 | No Comments

Some people don’t think buying a home makes sense. They feel like renting is a smarter move. On the other hand, some people think renting doesn’t make any sense. For the most part, arguing it one way or another is about as useful as arguing politics or religion — whatever “side” you’re on, you have […]

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PART FIVE: What if the market goes down?

October 15, 2018 | No Comments

One of the concerns people have voiced recently about buying a house is that the market might “crash”.   In other words, they’re afraid that they’ll buy a house, and then the market will decline and it won’t be worth as much as they paid for it.  The fact is, there is never a wrong time […]

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The Best Place to work in NOVA

October 4, 2018 | No Comments

This really is “The Best Place to Work in NoVa” ! ? In 2014 Pearson Smith Realty was started by Eric Pearson by making a list of qualities that he would want in a REALTOR ® and built a team that fit the profile; honesty, integrity, knowledge, and passion. What started with 17 agents is now […]

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Perfect Places for Pumpkin Picking in Loudoun

October 2, 2018 | No Comments

One of the things I LOVE about living in this area is the fact that we get to enjoy the beauty of all four seasons (something I will especially not take for granted after living in Texas for a few years!).  The Fall season by far is my favorite.  The crisp, cool air, the vibrant […]

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PART FOUR: Is low credit the only reason you rent?

September 20, 2018 | No Comments

“I can’t buy a home because my credit isn’t very good” One of the most legitimate reasons people have for continuing to rent instead of owning a home, is that they have poor credit or low credit scores.  The good news is a less-than-perfect credit score won’t necessarily prevent you from buying a home.   While […]

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