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

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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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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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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