Nothing says 'Christmas' like the illumination of brightly colored lights!
In one of the greatest scenes from one of the greatest holiday movies, "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation," Clark W. Griswold gathers his family on the lawn to view the grand lighting of the family home's holiday lights. Clark exclaims, “Two hundred and fifty strands of lights, one hundred individual bulbs per strand, for a grand total of twenty-five thousand imported Italian twinkling lights…”
“Walking in a Winter Wonderland” in Clear Brook, VA may not offer 25,000 bulbs on a single home, but the annual light show does have over 500,000 bulbs spread over a half-mile! It's a beautiful scene for
Caroline County is an affordable area within easy commute of both the Fredericksburg and Richmond areas. An assortment of homes, from lakeside properties to new planned communities, make this area attractive choice for many buyers.
The median home price in the county increased by 52.73% over last year at this time, and is up 6.7% from September. There were fewer homes on the market, another indicator that lack of inventory helped boost prices. The largest sector of purchasers paid cash for their homes, but all other financing options are represented as well. If you’re thinking of buying or selling soon, consider jumping into the market early in 2014!
The Leesburg Market continues into the second year of strong growth, following a huge drop in average sales price influenced by the distressed sales of foreclosures and short sales. The overall year over year increase in sales price is up 14%, outpacing Loudoun County at 6%. Closed units remain strong at 11% year over year outpacing Loudoun County which remained steady.
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Northern Virginia continues to enjoy the low inventories, even though interest rates have
Black Friday for the DC and NOVA area just got a little more convenient and a lot more fun with the grand opening of the new Tanger Outlets located at the National Harbor. With names like J. Crew, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, and a Nike Factory Store opening just minutes from Arlington and Alexandria, and still very convenient to many other northern Virginia counties, holiday shoppers have less traffic than trying to deal with traveling down 95 to reach Potomac Mills, and a lot more shopping to look forward to this season.
Black Friday at Tanger Outlets, National Harbor
Technically Tanger Outlets’ Black Friday shopping spree is starting before Friday even begins. Shoppers can arrive at
Over the past two months there has been a 70% increase of new inventory available to buyers in the City of Manassas. Is it something sellers should be concerned about? Absolutely not! There are 14,053 homes in the City and as of Halloween night, only 87 are actively looking for a buyer. That’s .0062% of homes in active status, very low inventory indeed!
The graph below shows the amount of active listings over the last 5 years. The blue line represents new listings that came on the market. As you can see, active listing inventory has been pretty steady since 2009 with small peaks and valleys.
Buyer interest, prices and interest rates are expected to rise again next year so we
Clarke County is a great location for the Washington DC and Northern Virginia Commuter. It is only 60 miles west of DC and borders Loudoun County - the Nations Wealthiest County! The Median Sold price in Clarke is down 3.75% from this time last year. The average days on the market has dropped from 93 days down to just 81 days.
Sellers are selling for 94.7% of their listed price which is much higher than last year when they were averaging just 93%. Clarke County is a planned open space community, residents can enjoy the "slow growth" country setting while still being just 20 minutes away from Loudoun's Tech Corridor. First time homebuyers can find affordable prices in Clarke, the average
The warm weather has come and gone but the Vienna Real Estate market is still hot as we round out October.
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Homes are staying on the market for a shorter amount of time than last year and sold prices are up a healthy 8 percent. For only having 2 months worth of inventory
With Thanksgiving a little more than a week away, Turkey Trot’s are springing up all over the United States. These footraces are held on or around Thanksgiving Day with a purpose that is two-fold. Americans are known for being indulgent when it comes to holiday food, so the 5k race is an effort to burn off calories before the big meal. The fun run is also a chance to benefit local charities, with some organizations providing turkeys and other festive holiday dishes to homeless and low-income families in their community.
If you’re looking to stay fit during the holiday season, consider the Vienna Turkey Trot. Celebrating its 11th year on Sunday, November 24, 2013, this race also offers
Breaking down the statistics below a bit more and looking specifically at Single Family Detached homes in the Chevy Chase area, the median sold price for Detached properties for September was $942,000, representing a decrease of 2.4% compared to last month and a decrease of 33.7% from Sep 2012. The average days on market for units sold in September was 30 days, 54% below the 5-year September average of 65 days. There was no month over month change in new contract activity with 15 New Pendings; a 6.3% MoM increase in All Pendings (new contracts + contracts carried over from August) to 17; and a 44.7% increase in supply to 55 active units. This activity resulted in a Contract Ratio of 0.31 pendings
As we enter the winter market there is good news for buyers. Inventory is growing and interest rates have not increased. It's a great time to think about buying that home you always wanted.
While property values are increasing monthly, if you've wanted to sell but didn't because you think you're underwater with your home loan, now would be a good time to find out. A large number of sellers are pleasantly surprised to learn they won't have to short sale their home now. Are you one of them? Homes are selling, in some areas within days and with multiple offers. If it looks good and it's priced right it's selling.
Whether you're thinking of buying or selling you owe it to yourself to get the