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

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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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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