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Reston, VA: Buyer Success Under $300,000!!! - 07/31/09 09:13 AM
Reston, VA buyers are finding townhouses under $300,000! I was fortunate enough to represent one Reston, VA buyer this July that found a townhouse for under $300,000 that was nearly in spotless condition. And it was a regular sale! Not a foreclosure or bank owned home. My Reston, VA buyer negotiated a great deal on his new townhouse. He paid $294,000 for this two bedroom, two and a half bathroom gem. He also got over 2% of the sales price in closing cost assistance from the seller. He has a townhouse in great condition, and a gorgeous deck and patio overlooking trees that he will enjoy Spring through Fall. (4 comments)
Remembering My Childhood Home - 07/28/09 06:43 PM
Back in 1972, when I was just two, Mom and Dad bought our family home, a duplex in Fairfax, VA. Their very first home! It was a $25,000 purchase and a HUGE deal. Grandpa (Mom's Dad) had to help them with the down payment, and every so often we were reminded of that momumentous gesture as Grandpa passed away when we were very young. That concrete duplex, built in the 1950's, is where I grew up. As a very young child I had no idea that a duplex was not the most desirable home in the world. It was home. The backyard was (20 comments)
Being Tailed by a Political Reporter - 07/28/09 05:57 PM
About a week and a half ago I was contacted by a Washington Post political reporter, Sandyha Somashekhar. She got my name from a neighbor. The reporter had met that neighbor through a Dominion Power Line Opposition meeting... a really huge deal about eighteen months ago in my area. Sandyha and I had a great conversation. She told me about some stories she was working on. The one she called me about was political opinions and how they may be influenced, by families who either want to downsize or move up, but can't afford to sell their homes. In particular, she was wondering how (8 comments)
Braemar Home For Sale Under $400,0000 - 07/26/09 11:34 AM
Braemar homes for sale under $400,000 aren't hard to find these days. However, most Braemar homes for sale are short sales or foreclosures. This Braemar home is for sale under $400,000 (list price $391,000) and is a REGULAR SALE. Write an offer on this immaculate Yardley model and you'll be working with a regular seller who does not need to get bank approval to sell you his home. Five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, fully finished basement. And...you will be living off of a private pipe stem. What more could a single family home buyer want? The floor plan of (4 comments)
Virginia Oaks Home Sold! - 07/25/09 10:51 AM
Virginia Oaks homes are always are a great find for any buyer in the market. A mix of townhouses, and small and large single family homes make this a great community for anyone looking to move to Gainesville, VA. The Virginia Oaks golf course that winds it's way through the community provides pristine landscaping and recreation. This Virginia Oaks home was purhcased by home buyers that found me through my blog. They only had to make a couple trips out before they found the home of their dreams. You can't really see the front their new Virginia Oaks home in this (6 comments)
Bristow, VA Short Sale: Approved and SOLD!!! - 07/25/09 09:35 AM
Bristow, VA short sales do get approved by banks and go to settlement! As a Bristow short sale agent, I work hard to ensure that they do. This Bristow, VA short sale was located in the community of Sheffield Manor. It got a full list price offer at $222,000, with the buyer requesting 4% ($8,880) in closing cost assistance. We submitted the offer to the two banks holding the loans and started the process. That was on March 18, 2009. A little more than four months later, on July 24, 2009 this Bristow, VA short sale made it to settlement. The (6 comments)
Type-A Tail Spin - 07/22/09 08:24 AM
This week has been an emotional test for my Type A personality. My deals are closing, my husband is fine, but I had a sick cat. If you read my blogs you know that my cats are my kids. And my favorite kid, Rudy the Cat, was sick on Monday. Turns out he had been sick for about two weeks or more. Bladder problems. I felt like such a bad Mom to him when I found out that he had been in pain for that long while "taking care of business." After realizing that something like that could be going on and (15 comments)
Braemar Townhouse Report (Bristow, VA): May-June 2009 - 07/20/09 10:39 AM
Braemar townhouses have been in constant demand by buyers, no matter what the local market real estate market is doing. The last two months are really no different. Braemar townhouses saw a total of nine resales in the last two months (May & June 2009). Braemar townhouses without garages counted for five of those resales. Braemar townhouses with garages counted for four of those resales. Let's talk statistics for these Braemar townhouses without garages. These Braemar townhouses saw an average sales price decrease of 4.6% since last report, down to $205,200. If you were selling your Braemar townhouse, it would likely sell (4 comments)
Bristow, VA Short Sale: A Great Buy in Braemar - 07/18/09 11:38 AM
Bristow, VA short sales are among some of the best buying opportunities on the market. If you aren't sure what a short sale is, you may want to follow the link and familiarize yourself with how this buying process is different. This particular Bristow, VA short sale is located in Braemar. Braemar is a large community of approximately 2,000 homes. Homes range from townhouses, patio homes and varying sizes of single family homes. This Canterbury model is one of the largest floor plans in the community. It offers over 3200 finished square feet of living space on the first two floors alone. (5 comments)
Bristow, VA short sales continue to dominate the available inventory on the market. If you aren't sure what a short sale is, you may want to follow the link and familiarize yourself with how this buying process is different. This particular Bristow, VA short sale is located in Kingsbrooke. Kingsbrooke is a large community of homes, ranging from townhouses, patio homes and varying sizes of single family homes. And this Bristow, VA short sale offers a home that is 100% finished from head to toe. Even the mechanical room is finished in the basement. Favorite features of this Bristow, VA short sale are the lot (4 comments)
What is a Short Sale? - 07/18/09 11:34 AM
What is a Short Sale? You've heard the term on news programs, seen it in ads for homes, and still wonder, "What is a short sale?" A short sale occurs when a home seller owes more on their mortgage(s) than they will get for the sale of their home. In other words, market value of the home is below what is due the mortgage holder. The clues to determining whether or not a home is a short sale can be picked up in the phrases, "Subject to bank approval," or "Subject to third party approval," that you will see in the (6 comments)
Fredericksburg First Time Buyers - 07/17/09 05:21 PM
These Fredericksburg first time home buyers didn't start looking in Fredericksburg. This great looking family started their home search in Western Prince William County and Fauquier County. However, these first time buyers found their dream home just 1 mile inside the Stafford County line from Fauquier County. It's rare these days for first time buyers to find regular sales, but these first time buyers did. They found a home with a an acre of land, four bedrooms, a gorgeous kitchen, large family room, formal living and dining rooms, a sunroom/craft room, and attached in-law suite. Their detached garage has a putt-putt (6 comments)
Prince William County, VA Home Inspectors---How Do You Pick One? - 07/14/09 11:32 PM
Prince William County, VA home inspectors are plentiful in number. And they perform a very important task for a home buyer. They tell you the life span of your major systems in your new home (A/C, furnance, roof, water heater, etc). They can also alert you to potential hazards in your home like mold. So how do you chose a Prince William County home inspector? The best place to start is to ask your Realtor for referrals of Prince William County home inspectors. Your Realtor will know which home inspectors have a reputation for conducting thorough home inspections. If for some (5 comments)
Attention Prince William County, VA Cat Lovers!! - 07/14/09 10:37 PM
Prince William County Cat Lovers, I need you to look into your hearts and help me find a home for two special boys: Thomas and Tucker. Here's their story, and why they need a new home.
Thomas and Tucker were adopted by my cousin Marianne as kittens. They have always lived with dogs in the house, and have been doing well with Marianne's 18 month old son. However, with another baby on the way, and a husband that travels extensively for business, Marianne feels overwhelmed. As much as she hates to do it, she needs to find Thomas and Tucker a (9 comments)
Bristow, VA: Braemar Property Value Report, May-June 2009 (Heritage Series) - 07/11/09 03:08 PM
Bristow, Virginia's community of Braemar includes may different sizes of single family homes. A "mid-size" Braemar home is a Heritage Series home. They aren't the biggest Braemar home, and not the smallest. One thing all Braemar Heritage homes have in common is the attached two car garage. They come in four styles: Zachary, Exeter, Yardley and Waverly. Of all the Braemar homes to sell in the months of May and June 2009, only one Heritage Series home sold. It's sales price of $430,000 is our most current average sales price, bringing values up over 26% in two months time....a huge increase (5 comments)
Bristow, VA: Braemar Property Value Report, May-June 2009 (Courtyard Series) - 07/11/09 02:43 PM
Bristow, VA is home to Braemar, a community containing many different types of homes. One type of Braemar home you will encounter is a Courtyard home. A Braemar Courtyard home is a single family home, with a small lot, and positioned on a pipe stem. There are three different styles of Braemar courtyard homes: Ballston, Arlington and Clarendon. This Braemar Property Value Report will give the most recent information on resales of these Braemar courtyard homes. Braemar courtyard homes saw only two resales in May & June 2009. Those courtyard home resales bring the average sales price down to $285,000, a drop of (5 comments)
Bristow, VA: Braemar Property Value Report, May-June 2009 (Carriage Series) - 07/11/09 02:10 PM
Bristow, Viriginia's community of Braemar is home to a large number of Carriage Homes...smaller single family homes with detached garages. They are a great alternative to townhouses for many buyers, and this Braemar Property Value Report tells us exactly what to expect when buying or selling one of these Braemar homes. These Braemar homes also come in four floor plans: Maplewood, Norwood, Oakdale and Parkdale. Average sale prices for these Braemar carriage homes has increased since last reported in early May. The average sale price is $288,380, up over 6.5% from the last Braemar Property Value Report (March-April 2009). These Braemar (5 comments)
Bristow, VA: Braemar Property Value Report, May-June 2009 (Arista Series) - 07/11/09 12:24 PM
The Bristow, VA community of Braemar has seen an uptick in resale activity for larger homes (those in the Arista series). During the months of May & June 2009, four of these Braemar homes sold, three of which were Canterbury models. Canterbury models make up most of the larger homes in Braemar. The average sales price for these large Braemar homes was $430,000 last report (March-April 2009), but has dropped slightly this report to $420,475. That's only a 2% drop, from the previous reports 6% gain. That still gives those large Braemar homes a net gain of 4% since the beginning (5 comments)
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