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

Take a tour of our beautiful Loudoun County

August 22, 2014 | No Comments

Sometimes I can’t believe how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful place (and this video is a great reminder). For those of you that are new to Loudoun County, welcome and enjoy this tour of what our county has to offer. For those of you thinking of moving here, what are you […]

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3 Money-Smart Reasons to Downsize Your Home

August 16, 2014 | No Comments

Here is some great information from Dave Ramsey, renowned financial expert, author and television personality.  In his latest article, Dave discusses the benefits of downsizing.  Besides financial, there are some other great benefits to moving into a smaller home.  I have a friend who has decided to downsize because she wants to simplify her lifestyle. […]

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So…the #1’s just keep coming for Loudoun County!

August 7, 2014 | No Comments

This country is full of great places to live, and when it comes to counties, Loudoun is the tops! MOVOTA real estate blog has done a lot of rankings for different criteria, like education or safety. But what if you’re just looking for a general area that has a lot to offer? They have gathered some all-important […]

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Speaking of open houses, come on out!

August 2, 2014 | No Comments

I am excited to be holding an open house at this adorable home this Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 1:30 – 4:30. This is a great opportunity for first time home buyers!  A lovely single family home for the price of a town home.  This 5 bedroom, 3 bath home is being offered for $399,900 […]

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How to get the most out of your open house visits

August 2, 2014 | No Comments

If you’re savvy, you can get more out of open houses than free cookies. Realtors use open houses to find buyers, but clever buyers can use open houses to scout properties quickly, shop for a Realtor, and get the skinny on competing buyers. Although Realtors will show homes by appointment anytime, open houses have their perks:  The […]

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Middleburg: One of the 20 best day trips in the US!!

July 25, 2014 | No Comments

Historic Middleburg, here in Loudoun County, makes the list (at number 5) as one of the 20 Best Day Trips in the U.S. according to the The Huffington Post.      “Middleburg is known as the epicenter of Virginia’s horse country and is a popular retreat for D.C. power brokers. Fox hunts and polo matches are the […]

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The 30 Day Sale: Proper Condition

July 22, 2014 | No Comments

If you are serious about selling your home, you need to make sure it sparkles and shines.  It doesn’t necessarily have to boast the latest upgrades, but it needs to be clean, tidy and in working order. It also needs to smell good – that’s a biggie! When a buyer walks in your door, they […]

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Purcellville Wine and Food Festival

July 18, 2014 | No Comments

Purcellville is nestled in the heart of DC’s Wine Country.  It’s the ideal venue for a wine & food festival (why travel to all the wineries when you can visit them in one venue!).  Come out and partake of the fun, food, wine music and festivities in this charming town.   

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The 30 Day Sale: Proper Price

July 17, 2014 | No Comments

Let’s face it – the biggest key to selling your home fast (and at all) is to price it right.  You could spend all the money in the world fixing up and marketing your house, but the wrong price on the right house guarantees no sale. Before you set the price, imagine yourself as a […]

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51 Budget Backyard DIY’s that are borderline genius! (numbers 41-51)!

July 13, 2014 | No Comments

Let’s finish up our list of backyard makeovers  (courtesy of Peggy Wang / BuzzFeed), with numbers 41-51. I love the idea of an outdoor chalkboard – our driveway is always a chalky mess!  Hope all of these ideas have gotten your creative juices flowing … 41. Use rope lighting to line your garden. ozzu.com its-a-green-life.com It’s waterproof, […]

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