All About Virginia Real Estate

By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Just another home has been sold in the most wonderful community of Gates of McLean! This condo located at 1531 Spring Gate Dr is all about location, simplicity, and space. With 1 bed and 1 bathroom, this home is located in Fairfax County, the heart of NoVA! The home is located in a quiet setting, with a very convenient underground garage parking! All with gleaming hardwood floors, stylish decor, timeless white cabinetry in kitchen with upgraded appliances, granite countertops, and full-size washer and dryer -- this is a one-of-a-kind home that a person would love to look for.   This home is also just across the street from the new Capital One Hall, Rt. 123, Rt. 66 and perfectly located to the Capital Beltway. It's also just a few stops to the Reston Town Center, employment, Parks, Trail...
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By Markita Woods NMLS#196099, Queen of Mortgages - FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA
(American Financial Network)
In this video blog, Woodbridge Mortgage Lender, Markita Woods explains what not to do when buying a home.If you have questions about buying a home we will be glad to help at www.chatwithmarkita.com 
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By Robin Gauthier, I have the Key to your NextHome
(NextHome Tidewater Realty)
I represented the buyers in the purchase of the new construction home on lot 6-5 Sanderson Road.This home is nearly 3,200 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.  It's located on a 3 acre lot.  It sold for $617,261.  This home is located in Sanderson Estates is located in the Hickory area of Chesapeake.  This neighborhood is currently being constructed by Kirbor Homes near the corner of Cedarville Road and Sanderson Road.  The plan is for 100 single family homes on 3 acre lots.  This home was the third home that was built in this neighborhood in the first phase.  Edinburgh and Beaver Meadows are nearby neighborhoods.  The children in this neighborhood will attend Hickory Elementary, Hickory Middle and Hickory High.The first 2 phases of Sanderson Estates is almost complete.  The n...
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By Robert J. Russell, IRES, ICREA, REBS, GMA, LAS, LUTCF
(Robert J Russell Companies)
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By Cathy Valdiviez Baumbusch, I'm your Agent Cathy.
(eXp Realty)
On Monday, January 4th, we had the most snow than we've had in 2 years.It was quite the storm and caused a giant back up on I-95, the main corridor in our area. Hundreds if not thousands of drivers who were stranded on I-95 in our area, including our very own Senator Tim Kaine. I-95 is the major interstate that runs north-south through DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland. Why did it get so bad? Temperatures were in the 60s just the day before. It started out as rain and temperatures started dropping fast. Snow was falling at the rate of 2-3 inches an hour.  The rain froze on the roads and the snow just got heavier and started sticking to the roads. We had snow on top of ice. Salt and sand can help, but when it’s falling so fast, it’s too fast for salt and sand to do any good. In the past...
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By Robin Gauthier, I have the Key to your NextHome
(NextHome Tidewater Realty)
 The home at 112 Columbus Avenue JUST SOLD in Chesapeake!  I represented my seller in this transaction. This home features 2,017 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and sold for $350,000.  This home is only 6 years young in a small neighborhood right off of Taylor Road in Western Branch.  It has an open floor plan with family room open to the kitchen.  Electric fireplace.  Granite countertops. Large Pantry.  Bamboo hardwood floors on first floor.  Double sink vanities upstairs.  Large primary suite with tile in bathroom.  Spacious covered back deck.  2 car attached garage with stone accents. Dead end street with no outlet.I am eager to sell more homes in this neighborhood.  If you are interested in buying or selling a home, don't hesitate to contact me today! I am happy to provide yo...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
It's the winter season! And what better way of enjoying winter than drinking hot chocolate while sitting beside the fireplace, or if you're a bit adventurous, go ice skating! Here are five of the best ice skating rinks around the Northern Virginia Area that you can visit today:1. Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice SkatingVisit the largest outdoor ice skating rink in all of Northern Virginia by going to the Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating! Located in Arlington, VA, they offer not just ice skating but lessons as well that you can avail for five weeks. Need more info? You may visit their website here to learn more.2. Ashburn Ice HouseLocated in Ashburn, VA, this ice skating rink offers a variety of services ranging from skating lessons to ice hockey lessons and hockey leagues! They also offer winte...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
It's 2022! Cheers for all of us that made it this far. I'm grateful that I am here to make a prediction for the 2022 Housing Market in the DC Metro Area. Although a bit late, these predictions may apply all year round depending on how the market currently is and what the opinions of the local lenders, statistics, and more give us all year round. Without further ado, here are some of the things that you may expect in the 2022 housing market:1. Interest Rate HikeWe are all expecting a hike in the interest rate as we've hit an all-time low the past year. We may still be at around 3% in Q1, and somewhere around mid-3% from Q2 to Q3. We may be in the high 3% by the end of the year. Depending on where the Fed takes it, and when it happens, we are most likely to see a rate hike for this year.2...
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By Robin Gauthier, I have the Key to your NextHome
(NextHome Tidewater Realty)
The home at 2873 Einstein Drive JUST SOLD in Virginia Beach! I represented the seller in this transaction. This home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 1,601 square feet. This single family home has been meticulously maintained on a corner lot.  Spacious family room with gas fireplace with cathedral ceiling.  Nice loft with built in bookshelves overlooks the family room.  Eat in kitchen with granite counters.  Custom plantation shutters in the kitchen with even one for the patio door in the breakfast area that leads to the front porch, perfect for rocking chairs.  Primary bedroom has 2 closets and patio doors leading to backyard patio.  Also there is another patio in backyard off of the guest bedroom.  A huge awning in the backyard covers both patios with just a flip of a switch.It so...
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By Robin Gauthier, I have the Key to your NextHome
(NextHome Tidewater Realty)
This home at 413 Fall Ridge Lane JUST SOLD!This 4 bedroom 5 bathroom home features 3,122 square feet.  This home was the former model for the neighborhood and has been meticulously maintained.  The living room was recently converted to an office/study.  The eat in kitchen is open to the family room.  This home has 3 bedrooms with en suites.  One is downstairs with a remodeled bathroom and the other two are upstairs.  The primary bathroom has been remodeled with many custom features including a heated floor and lots of storage.  The backyard is an entertainer's dream with a screened pack porch, separate fenced backyard for the huge saltwater pool, patio, and outdoor speakers.We received 9 offers on this home and it sold for over asking at $575,000. This home is located in  Stratford Terr...
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By Jim Flauaus, Your Tax Problem Solver
(Anchor Tax Relief LLC)
So you’ve received a Notice of intent to Levy from the IRS.  Ugh! I’ve helped taxpayers deal with IRS tax debt problems for years, and I've got good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad news around an IRS CP504 letter, and then quickly move onto the good news for you! What it means You have a past due bill with the IRS The IRS has sent you letters before, and you haven’t taken care of it because you couldn’t pay it, you dispute it, or you’re quite not sure what to do. The IRS is now just one step away from freezing your bank account, taking part of your wages, or real estate commissions, business income, or property. You've got 30 days to respond. Use the time wisely!  Now the good news. Don’t freak out. Don’t overreact, though your emotions (and your spouse) may be screaming at ...
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By NextDay Inspect, Residential Home Inspections & Radon Testing
(NextDay Inspect)
Mistake #1 - Don't Think You Can't Afford It!Many people for whom the dream of buying the home they wanted was thought out of reach are currently enjoying a new lifestyle in their own homes. Buying a home is often the smartest financial decision you can ever make. Due to the overall increasing value of real estate values, each time you make a mortgage payment, your amount owed decreases while at the same time the value of your property has increased. This 'equity build-up' often can act as a cushion for With the right strategies and the right people, you can buy a home, even with little money for a down payment or credit problems.Mistake #2 - Don't Go it Alone! Hire a Buyer's Agent!Buying property is complex and stressful; real estate transactions are increasingly complicated, while sti...
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By NextDay Inspect, Residential Home Inspections & Radon Testing
(NextDay Inspect)
Electricity: The Double-edged BladeElectricity has become a blessing of convenience. However, it does have an element of danger. For example, in the year 2012 alone, electrical fires claimed the lives of over 500 Americans, as well as 2,300 more injured people. Many of these fires were started by improper wiring at home or by faulty appliances. However, many were caused by common misuse of electrical appliances and cords that cause electricity to leak out and cause fires. Here's a view things you can do to make sure you're not susceptible to any potential dangers: For overhead powerlines, keep any ladders, equipment, or flying objects (including drones) away. Don't place a power strip directly underneath a rug or flammable material. Outlets near water need to be GFCI-type outlets. Alway...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Looking for some place to settle down and Fairfax is in your radar, wondering what it is to be in Fairfax, VA? No worries! Here are the top five things that you should know before moving to Fairfax.Before anything else, story time about me -- my husband and I moved to the Fairfax County back in the 90s, making us residents of Fairfax for more than two decades. I remember renting a small apartment which cost us about $700 a month at the time. Since then, we've been enjoying all the perks and conveniences Fairfax had to offer.Without further ado, here are the things that you should know about Fairfax:1. LocationI call Fairfax the heart and center of the DMV area. You will be about 20 miles away from the two major airports in the area (Reagan Airport and IAD), and about 20 miles to Washing...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Have you been busy for the past couple of weeks, and have no time to think of any presents? It is not too late! With just a few days left, the holidays are officially upon us. And that means last-minute presents! Without further ado, here are my 5 go-to holiday presents!⁣⁣⁣⁣1. Cozy blanket - one can never have enough of these. I say go for the blankets that feel like fur -- luxurious and plush, sure to become family favorites. Not only that this feels elegant, it's all good for the winter, too! ⁣⁣⁣2. Food gifts - It can be a basket filled with shareable foods, snacks, and fruits, or a food box like the ones from Stonewall Kitchen, or a cheese and wine gift from Harry & David. You can be assured that your gift won’t be regifted. Also, who doesn't want food, anyway?⁣⁣⁣3. Harry Potter cook...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Hello there! It's time for another Real Estate Mid Week Market Report. You may be wondering, what's going on in the dc metro area housing market?Short answer - a lot of momentum! I know you heard the big news on December 1st, which is the increase in conforming loan limit. This is a great news, especially in the DC Metro market.Interest rate has been the story for a lot of us, and a lot of buyers and sellers have expressed their concerns. I've spoken with my local lenders and they all said that the interest rate will be a roller coaster ride even up until January. By the end of 2022, they are expecting a significant increase in the interest rate compared to 2021. For my sellers, I did list something over the weekend with a hundred showings and a lot of offers too. So there are a lot of ...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Do you sometimes wonder what actually happens inside our brains? Do you sometimes think how it's possible for us to perceive the things around us the way we do right now? Do you also wonder how you're able to read this particular sentence and all other sentences in this blog with your own voice all in your head? Lastly, do you ever wonder how the human brain and the nervous system works? Well, one of the places in DC just got the event for this wonderful question.It is no secret that neuroscience has advanced over the years exponentially. We went from lobotomy, a medieval method of treating neurological diseases which was banned in 1967, to CT scans and actual sophisticated brain studies among others that we all know today. One of the building blocks of our nervous system, the neuron, a...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
 Just Listed: South Riding Chantilly Virginia 20152Address: 43538 Hyland Hills St, Chantilly, VA 20152Description:IMMACULATE and COMPLETELY RENOVATED - this Richmond Federal model by Toll Brothers is a PERFECT 10 and Ready to be MOVE-In just in time for HOLIDAYS! Stunning Two-Story Foyers Entrance*Elegant Living & Dining Room combo with designer Chandelier*Magnificient Two-story Great Room with Wall of windows & a cozy woodburning fireplace*GORGEOUS Sun-filled gourmet kitchen with BRAND NEW cabinets, island, appliances with ample counter space, pantry and a breakfast room**Highly desired main level 5th bedroom/home office/ with a FULL bath*Upper level offers Loft overlooking Great room, Oversized Secondary bedrooms with pre-wired for ceiling fans*Remodeled Hallway bath* Stupendous Prima...
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By Robin Gauthier, I have the Key to your NextHome
(NextHome Tidewater Realty)
Las Gaviotas is located in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake.  It has approximately 300 townhouses that were built in the 1980's and 1990's.   It is located off of Cedar Road.  Southern Pines and Sawyer's Mill are nearby neighborhoods.  The children in this neighborhood attend Cedar Road Elementary, Great Bridge Middle, and Grassfield High. There are no homes currently for sale in Las Gaviotas.  The below townhouse is currently under contract.  $224,900 738 Sendero Court Chesapeake VA 1,320 SqFt 2 Beds 2 Baths PendingListing by CapCenter   In the past 6 months 12 townhomes have sold.  The median market time is only 4 days.  As you can see the market is strong in Las Gaviotas. I am eager to sell more homes in this neighborhood.  If you are interested in buying or selling a home, don't ...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Art is everywhere -- from the desktop pictures on your laptop, to the prints in your t-shirt,, even to the mug that you're currently drinking your coffee from right now -- is art. It takes many forms too, and is a great source of inspiration to many people. Today, we'll talk about one of the places in Northern Virginia that gives art the appreciation it needs. The Workhouse Arts Center, located in Lorton, VA, a reuse project, repurposing the former Lorton Prison into a remarkable arts center providing performances, exhibits, gallery spaces, and art classes for supports local artists. The mission of the Workhouse Arts Foundation Inc. is to develop and uphold a lively expressions place that offers connecting with promising circumstances and motivating encounters in visual expressions, per...
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