Scott Petersen, Realtor

Scott is a born and raised Northern Virginia native, whose passion to help others.Scott takes to heart is his desire to meet and connect with others.

Scott is committed to meeting your needs and helping people find their next home and starting the Pearson Smith Realty has a set of Core Values that we earnestly strive to achieve every single day. Here, we all work together as a team, in a fun and mutually-supportive environment. We have a strong customer focus, and a genuine commitment to deliver true value, with respect, honesty, and personal accountability.

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3 Big Housing Decisions You May Face in Life

Most people encounter one (or more) of these major housing decisions in their life. Find out how to navigate your options and make the right choices. For example: When is it time to downsize? 04/13/2021

Housing News and Helpful Tips

The twice-monthly newsletter for homeowners is packed with updates and timely insights. Sign up and stay tuned for this week's posts. 04/04/2021

8 Home Styling Secrets Professional Home Stagers Swear By

Even if you're not selling anytime soon, you can use these ideas to freshen up your space. Professional home stagers reveal their tricks for making a house sell faster. Use these ideas to style your home, whether you're selling soon or not. 04/01/2021

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Be sure to reach out if you could use my services or you know someone who might. And find out how you could win a $500 Visa gift card. 04/01/2021

Plan Your Next Remodel Like a Pro: Cut Costs, Not Corners

Before you tackle a big project, take a look at these tips from seasoned home experts. Thinking about starting a remodel project? Read the This Old House guide to remodeling to ensure that you cut costs, not corners. 03/29/2021

Free Weekly Credit Reports Available for Another Year

Are you keeping a close eye on your credit to help you plan for the future? Good news: You can get free weekly credit reports for a while longer. Consumers now have through April 20, 2022 to take advantage of free weekly—rather than the usual yearly—credit reports from Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. 03/26/2021

Get in Touch

Know anyone who could use my help right now or in the near future? Let me know! And find out how you could win a $500 Visa gift card. 03/26/2021

5 Tips for Building a Home Wish List

Streamline your home search by making a focused list of features and amenities. Have questions? Reach out anytime. 03/23/2021

Timely Tips for Homeowners

The twice-monthly newsletter delivers helpful updates and insights to your inbox. Sign up and stay tuned for this week's posts. 03/21/2021

17 Ideas Guaranteed to Help Transform Your Backyard Into Your New Favorite Spot, No Matter What Your Budget Is

Looking to boost your home's appeal to potential buyers? Do you simply want to enjoy your property more? Take a look at these backyard improvement ideas. Explore our backyard ideas on a budget to refresh your space, no matter how much money you want to spend. From new furniture to a fresh coat of paint on your backyard deck, these ideas will elevate your outdoor space. 03/19/2021

Get in Touch

Is there anything I can help you with? Please reach out if you or someone you know could use my services right now or in the near future. And find out how you could win a $500 Visa gift card. 03/18/2021

How To: Clean Refrigerator Coils

If checking on your appliances is part of your spring maintenance plan, don't overlook this simple and important task. Don't let dust compromise your fridge's cooling power. Find out just how to clean refrigerator coils—and how easy it is to keep it running efficiently. 03/15/2021

4 Signs of Foundation Problems

Watch out for these warning signs to help avoid expensive repairs in the future. Foundation cracks in your home can signal foundation problems or just be the house settling. Learn how to check your foundation for cracks and spot issues quickly. 03/12/2021

Essential Home Maintenance Tasks for Spring

Help protect your home's value and avoid expensive repairs in the future by keeping up with these basic tasks. Have questions? Reach out anytime. 03/09/2021

A Resource for Homeowners

The twice-monthly newsletter discusses real estate trends, home maintenance tips, design inspiration and more. Sign up and stay tuned for this week's posts. 03/07/2021

8 Blue Home Office Ideas That Prove the Hue Is Underrated | Hunker

If your work-from-home space is lacking style, get inspiration from these stunning blue offices. Known for its calming properties, blue is a no-brainer when it comes to the workspace. To showcase just how impactful the hue can be, we compiled a shortlist of our favorite blue home office ideas worth considering. 03/04/2021

9 Times You Should Replace Rather Than Repair Home Appliances

Should you service or replace a faulty appliance? Here are nine things to consider. While it can be tempting to avoid replacing appliances for as long as possible, there are some instances when it’s smarter to start shopping for replacements... 03/01/2021

Should You Buy a House in 2021?

Read up on the latest real estate trends. And when you're ready, reach out to discuss your buying options. Is it a good year to purchase property? Yes and no. 02/26/2021

How to Make Your Best Offer

When is it smart to bid above, below or at list price? Get tips. Make sure you have a strong offer at a price you can afford. 02/23/2021

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5 Mood-Boosting Design Tips to Try in Your Bedroom

Your bedroom is where you begin and end your days, so create a feel-good space that's sure to brighten your mood. Because your personal sanctuary should leave you feeling happy and fulfilled. 02/18/2021

Why You Might Not Be Getting Preapproved for a Mortgage

Not getting preapproved for a mortgage can be disheartening, but you're not without options. If your mortgage preapproval was denied, there could be a number of reasons why. Fortunately, there are ways to course-correct and still buy your dream home. 02/15/2021

Bathroom Renovation Tips from Scott McGillivray

Do you know the ROI for a bathroom renovation can be up to 100%? Check out these do's and don'ts before starting your project. Thinking of a bathroom renovation? Check out these tips from real estate and renovation expert Scott McGillivray before you start. 02/12/2021

What to Do Before You Sell

Read about four ways you might want to renovate ahead of listing your current property. These upgrades could help your home sell faster. 02/09/2021

6 Routine Cleaning Tasks That Could Prevent a Major Home Disaster

When did you last vacuum the dryer duct or clean out the shower drain? Here's what you need to do: Check off these tasks regularly to keep your home running smoothly. 02/07/2021

The Fireplace and Wood-Burning Stove Safety Tips Homeowners Need to Know

If you use a fireplace or wood-burning stove, keep these essential safety tips in mind. These are the fireplace and wood-burning stove safety tips homeowners need to know about. 02/04/2021

How to Qualify for a Mortgage with a New Job | Hunker

Did you start a new job this year? Here's how that could affect your chances of getting a mortgage. Mortgage lenders want to see a stable employment history, often described as two years in the same position. So, what if you're offered a new job as you are applying for a mortgage? Learn about how you can qualify for a mortgage even during a big life change. 02/01/2021

15 Calming Paint Colors That Will Instantly Relax You

These color inspirations can help you feel more relaxed at home. Anxiety level = 100%, but dropping rapidly. 01/29/2021

Color Trends for 2021

Your home's paint color can enhance your mood. What feelings do you want your space to inspire? See which color palette best fits your home. 01/26/2021

Looking for home inspiration?

Sign up for the newsletter that covers real estate trends, decor styles and more. Sign up and stay tuned for this week's posts. 01/24/2021

10 Better Ways to Store Your Pots and Pans

Want to reorganize your kitchen? Here are some creative ways to store your pots and pans. Tired of that clang-y crash of lids and skillets every time you reach for a pot? 01/21/2021

6 Easy Herbs to Grow Indoors This Winter | Hunker

Use these easy-to-grow herbs for cooking or to add some fresh greenery to your home. Winter is the perfect time to start an indoor herb garden. As long as you pick the right soil, pots, placement, and herbs, your indoor garden will thrive, providing flavor and fragrance for many a meal. 01/18/2021

You Can Tap Into the Equity In Your Home for Cash. Here’s When It Makes Sense

When is it smart to tap into your home equity for cash? Check out these real-life examples. Using your home as collateral and borrowing cash against it to cover expenses could be a worthwhile financial strategy — but it’s not one-size-fits all. Here’s when you should and shouldn’t take advantage of the equity in your home. 01/15/2021

5 Ways to Build Equity

You can increase the stake in your home you actually own. It may be easier than you think. 01/12/2021

Set up your 2021 budget: Start by knowing your expenses, financial goals

Here are four ways you can save for a renovation or home purchase -- and stick to it. Following a budget can help keep your spending in check. Here's how to get started for 2021.

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