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

Top Lifestyle Considerations for Buying a Home

September 12, 2018 | No Comments

You’re not just buying a house, you’re buying a lifestyle! That means when you’re writing out your list of must have home features and deal breakers, you need to think beyond the “house data” and figure out which features to focus on that will give you the lifestyle you want to live! As a buyer, […]

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What’s happening in the Loudoun Housing Market?

August 28, 2018 | No Comments

We’re still seeing strong Market Data for Home Sellers in Loudoun County. Low inventory continued in the month of July resulting in increased home values and minimal number of days on market (the average is just 9!). BUT…Sellers are not immune to the pitfalls of overpricing their homes. Buyers are savvy and they know what […]

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Home Remodeling Upgrades to Reconsider

August 1, 2018 | No Comments

Did you know that not all home renovations increase your property value? Yep, that’s right! Some renovations can even hurt your property value. So whether you’re looking to make improvements to reflect the latest design trend or you just want to makeover a space to make it more functional for your current lifestyle, you’ll want […]

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What Exactly Does a Buyer’s Agent Do??

July 21, 2018 | No Comments

After helping many first time home buyers successfully buy their dream home, I noticed something that I want to share with as many future first time home buyers as possible! What I noticed was that several of these buyers weren’t aware that they had the ability to use a buyer’s agent to represent them in […]

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Head Outdoors to Take a Kayak Down the Potomac or Hike the Loudoun Trails

July 16, 2018 | No Comments

No matter how great the wine or beer scene is here in Loudoun County, there’s only so much drinking one can usually manage. When you’re ready to take a break from the booze, you can take advantage of our county’s unique geography as you explore the outdoors. Whether you like to kayak, hike, or horseback […]

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PART THREE: How Low Can You Go?

June 30, 2018 | No Comments

“I don’t have money for the down payment” Many renters don’t pursue home ownership because they feel like they could never save up enough for a down payment.   But what they may not know is there are mortgages out there that require low down payments…you don’t need 20% of the purchase price as a down […]

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CLEANING TIPS FOR A SPARKLING HOME

June 2, 2018 | No Comments

Decorating a beautiful home is one thing but keeping it clean is another! And who wants to spend their Summer weekends cooped up inside with a mop & a dust rag? Not me! Here are 5 tips to a sparkling home that will help you break up your cleaning list throughout the week and prevent […]

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Check out these great coffee shops in Loudoun County

May 12, 2018 | No Comments

You know you love it…You know you live on it…You know you LOOK FORWARD to it, everyday.  For many, drinking coffee is an experience… and the place where you enjoy it enhances that experience even more.  Feeling pensive? Productive? Festive? Are you relaxed or looking to be energized? Are you in the mood for friends, or is a […]

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PART TWO: Can you afford to buy a house?

May 11, 2018 | No Comments

“I can’t afford to buy a home now”. One of the main reasons people rent instead of buy is because they don’t think they can afford to buy a house.  Thinking and knowing are two different things.  For most people, they can’t afford NOT to buy a home now!   If you are paying rent, in all likelyhood, you can […]

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Spring is finally here! Time to get out and enjoy all that’s going on in Loudoun!

April 10, 2018 | No Comments

Looks like the spring weather has finally hit Loudoun County!  It’s time to get outside and enjoy all that we have going on here this month!  First thing, April Is Virginia Vineyard month!  Lucky for us, Loudoun County has more than 40 wineries, each offering a unique tasting experience.  Click here to read more about the popular […]

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