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

FAQ: “How long will it take to sell my house?”

July 11, 2014 | No Comments

“What’s the average Days on Market in my neighborhood? (In other words, how long will it take to sell my house?) In real estate-speak, “days on market,” (DOM) means how many days it takes from the day a house goes on the market until the day it goes “under contract” (that is, when a buyer […]

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5 Reasons to Visit Loudoun County Now

July 7, 2014 | No Comments

This was in the most recent issue of Touring & Tasting Magazine.  (Of course, as Loudoun residents, we already know what our wonderful county has to offer!)   (photo courtesy of Tasting  & Touring Magazine) Just across the Potomac River from Washington DC, beautiful Loudoun County beckons wine tourists with 40 wineries. It’s known as DC’s […]

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51 Budget Backyard DIY’s that are borderline genius (numbers 31-40)!

July 5, 2014 | No Comments

Let’s continue on with our backyard makeovers  (courtesy of Peggy Wang / BuzzFeed), with numbers 31-40.  I absolutely love the idea of holding a backyard drive-in movie theater for the kids.  My youngest has her birthday over the summer, so I may give it a try.  We’ll see …. 31. Toilet paper makes the best, cheapest seed […]

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Great News! Virginia establishes savings plan for first-time home buyers

July 2, 2014 | No Comments

Being unable to come up with a hefty down payment is often a major hurdle for first-time home buyers, particularly young people who are struggling with massive student loan debt.  The issue has become a big concern for members of the real estate community, who have noticed a steady decline in the number of first-time […]

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Fourth of July Celebrations

July 1, 2014 | No Comments

Can you believe some of the communities already had their Independence Day celebrations this past weekend?  I don’t know about you, but I like to celebrate holidays on the actual day!  Here are a few wonderful events to check out in and close by to Loudoun County. However you decide to celebrate our nation’s independence, […]

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Open House Time

June 27, 2014 | No Comments

I’m psyched to be holding an open house at this luxurious home -at 45936 Pullman Court in Sterling, Virginia, on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  Come on by to see this  beauty! This home has three finished levels, totaling approx. 5,000 square feet of living space.  There are four bedrooms & 3 […]

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FLIP OR FLOP?  The do’s and don’ts of buying a fixer-upper

June 27, 2014 | No Comments

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE watching those HGTV shows, like Property Brothers, Flip This House or Rehab Addict, where they take run down properties, make them look beautiful and instantly turn a profit.  But how realistic is that?  Have you wondered whether you should invest in a fixer upper? A fixer-upper is real […]

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51 Budget Backyard DIY’s that are borderline genius (numbers 21-30)!

June 25, 2014 | No Comments

Let’s continue on with our backyard makeovers  (courtesy of Peggy Wang / BuzzFeed), with numbers 21-30.  We have a little herb garden in our backyard and I would love to try some of these additions (maybe a toadstool, hedgehog, or painted M&M rocks!).  Have fun checking these out …. 21. Make toadstools out of cut logs and […]

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Metro Silver Line Opening Set for July 26th

June 24, 2014 | No Comments

I’m so excited to share the news regarding the long anticipated opening of the Metro’s Silver Line!  While this phase of the Silver Line (phase 1) is not in Loudoun County it will still have such a positive impact on our community once it goes live.  Phase 2, which encompasses the Dulles Corridor, is predicted […]

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Community Clothing Exchange

June 18, 2014 | No Comments

Have your kids grown this year? I know my girls are growing like weeds!  Are you thinking about trying that latest clothing project you pinned on Pinterest? Well, this is recycling at its finest!  Reston Bible Church is providing us with the chance to clean out those closets of unwanted or unneeded clothing and fill […]

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