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Buy vs. Rent: Brian Block on Fox5 News Television

Melanie Alnwick - Fox NewsYesterday morning I had the honor and pleasure of being interviewed by Fox News for a story on buying versus renting.  I first met the Fox5 News reporter Melanie Alnwick about 6 weeks ago when she interviewed my home inspector Jay Markanich at a home inspection for my client.  When I met her there, we got to chatting, I gave her my card and suggested she call me next time she had a real estate story.

Melanie contacted me last week to ask if I could meet her for an interview about buying versus renting in the D.C. metro area.  We finally set up an interview for yesterday.  I asked whether she wanted to meet at my office, at her studio, or at a home I had listed for sale.  She thought that meeting at the home would put things in the best context for television.  I agreed, asked my clients, and we set up a time.



So, yesterday morning, Melanie and I (and the cameraman) met at A Stylish, Warm, Elegant Townhouse: 8353 Moline Place which was Priced Right and Under Contract in Just 6 Days in Springfield, Virginia!

The best part of this was that we filmed right in front of my RE/MAX "For Sale" sign!

My RE/MAX Sign on FoxNews

Expecting the piece to air on the 5 p.m. news, my wife started taping the show and we looked out for my appearance.  Unfortunately due to a violent thunderstorm that whipped through the area, my segment was preempted and did not appear.  Though disappointed, I expected that it would air the next night. 

When I woke up this morning, one of my colleagues had commented on my Facebook post indicating that she saw me on television on the 10 p.m. news -- so it did air yesterday after all.

Here's the complete segment from the Fox 5 News website:




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Comment balloon 8 commentsBrian Block • August 06 2010 09:05AM



How cool is that!  Congratulations!  Smart thinking to give her your card when you first met.

All the best, Michelle 

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) almost 8 years ago

Brian, congratulations on your new found fame!  Any news it good news!

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) almost 8 years ago

Brian - where's the beef?  I don't see the segment!  Thanks for the plug!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hey Brian - I just logged on to Fox 5 and saw the spot.  Excellent!  She gets a lot of info out in a little amount of time.  You did great!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Wow! I know a star!!! Love the video. Nice for them to ask your thoughts!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 8 years ago

Kudos * there needs to be some light at the entrance and end of the tunnel.  Too many people feel helpless in the current real estate market * offering suggestions is a GREAT idea!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations for being on the news! Great to be known as a local expert!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago

Congrats on the interview Brian. Renting vs buying right now is certainly a hot topic!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 8 years ago