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2014- My Favorite Indian Restaurants in DC Metro Area-Diwali Celebration
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Diwali is celebrated by many Indians around the world.  It marks victory over evil and for many Hindus it is also beginning of New Year for many Indian.
Living and working in DC Metro area, I feel blessed that I can be part of so many beautiful cultures and many people can be part of my culture.

 If you wish to be part of the celebration or just love Indian food here are  my top 5 recommendation for 2012 Indian restaurants in and around DC/Va area

Rasika: Spice up your evening at this beautiful, romantic and the most highly rated Indian restaurant on any food reviewer site in DC metro area. They have now two location in DCPenn Quarter & West End.

 

Haandi:It is one of my favorite place for authentic Indian food. It is a very small restaurant but you will fall in love with the customer service and food. Located in Falls Church Virginia (food was better at this location). Bethesda location is closed as of August.They are hoping to find a new location in Maryland soon.

 

Bollywood Bistro: If you don't want to drive to DC to try Rasika, go to this Fairfax, Virginia Indian Restaurant. You will become a loyal fan to his place. Again not a huge restaurant but a warm cozy place where the highlight is delicious curries!

Bombay Tandoor: Owners bring love and passion to this Indian restaurant located in Vienna Virginia. From all of the above I feel this one is the best family friendly Indian restaurant in the DC metro area. They do rent the place out for events and close the restaurant so check before you plan your evening to dine at this restaurant.

Amma: This will not make the list of most fancy or ambiance place to eat out. But it you want to skip a Burger King or McDonald  to try something quick bit of spicy food, then try this Vegetarian Indian fast food place in Vienna Virginia.

Apart from the above mentioned here are few I have enjoyed authentic Indian food at:

Balti Indian Restaurant- Located in Sterling Virginia My kids truly enjoy tandoori food at this restaurant.
 
Rangoli - Located in South Riding/Chantilly area. I eat at this restaurant after really long time and I was surprised how good the food was.

Saffron: This open sometime back in Ashburn. I had a pleasure to eat lunch buffet at the restaurant. The food and service was really good. It is more South Indian food over North India. But if you live in Loudoun county it may be worth a try.
 

To all my fellow friends blog readers, AR member, friends & Family

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year !!

May this Diwali be as bright as ever.

 

 

 

Best Regards

 

Ritu Desai

New Fairfax County Police Tool To Search Crime in Fairfax County area
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Don't we all love when we get our hands on something really cool!! Here is a new tool from Fairfax County that residents can use to pinpoint crime in their neighborhoods as recent as the day before. As a Realtor® in the Fairfax County we can use it for personal safety.

 

To use the system, simply go to online to Police Events, where you can enter a Location, Date Range and Event Types (types of crimes). Locations can be specific, such as an address, a school or a ZIP code. There are 16 different types of crimes to choose from (including peeping incidents, noise violations and burglaries or you can just select “all”). You can choose a date or a date range.

I tested the site with few addresses and schools. It is pretty neat how the results come up with the details about the incident. The site is mobile friendly!!

Hope this keeps up the resident with lot of good information on finger tip.

 

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Associate Broker
EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
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Samson Properties
Cell - 703-625-4949
Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
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2014 Top Halloween Events in Northern Virginia
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Here is a list from Virginia.org website for list of Halloween events across the Northern Virginia area. Do note some of the events are not scaredy cats, so pick and choose according to your comfort level for paranormal intrigue.

Experience thrills at scream parks, haunted houses, graveyards, enchanted woods and ghostly battlefields when you spend your Halloween in Virginia!

 

 

Centreville - Cox Farms' Fields of Fear™ is the haunted night-time destination you and your friends have been looking for!  When darkness falls on the farm... our fields fill with creatures of the night. Featuring: Dark Side Hayride's Zombie Zoo, The Firegrounds/Midway bonfires and the Giant Slide. If you’re really in for a scare, test your nerves in the Cornightmare™ walk-through cornfield terrors; with Claustrophobia, Vortex, Crypt and more! Also enjoy Food & Snacks, Fear Games & Prizes, and Entertainment.
Not Recommended for children under 12 years old. All under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18+). Proof of age required.

Leesburg - OPEN EVERY WEEKEND IN OCTOBER! SHOCKTOBER 2014…Shocktober in Leesburg, Virginia, hosts four haunts in one location: Paxton Manor, The Haunted Well of Souls, The Last Ride, and The Vortex. So much more than a haunted house, the Paxton Manor has real history full of horror and paranormal activity; lurking beneath the Paxton Manor lies an enormous underground lake with only one single well, The Haunted Well of Souls, located in the deepest corner of the manor’s basement, enter if you dare.

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night throughout the month of October, Paxton Manor opens its doors to those who are brave enough to walk her haunted halls and descend into the caverns of her basement.  Tickets are at www.shocktober.org  

All proceeds benefit the many programs of the Paxton Campus, a 501(c)3 organization that helps children and adults with disabilities in Loudoun County.

Chantilly -- Historic All Hallows Eve at Sully - In the 18th and 19th enturies, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods, and family gatherings. Experiences these traditions as you tour the house and grounds by lantern light.

Herndon & Leesburg - Monsters Undercover Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at The Wiener's Circle -Halloween is approaching, and Dracula, the Mummy and other fading monster stars have gathered to discuss their grim prospects. The zombies have taken over everything – their fans, the film industry, their livelihood. The old monsters are meeting in secret to devise a plan to strike back, eradicate the zombie infestation from the world and regain what they’ve lost – you. Bwahaha! These monsters used to be icons, icons who became classics, classics who deserve better than to be shunted offstage by the likes of zombies. Will they rise again to haunt the multiplexes of the world? Come and find out – if you dare! Advanced reservations are required for catering purposes.

Ashburn -Zombie House: Take Back DC is an interactive zombie experience that uses role-players to create a one of a kind zombie shoot. The role players will not be shooting back at participants. Register by yourself or form a team in advance. You’ll use a real Glock that has been modified to fire non-lethal Paint Marker rounds. Zombie House: Take Back DC is a live shooting experience that is designed to terrify the oldest of children. Participants must be 13 years of age or older. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent and/or guardian.

Chantilly - Udvar-Hazy Center's Annual Air and Scare Join us for creepy crafts and activities with a spooky twist including Ghost Blasters, Trick or Trajectory Rocket Launch, spooky science Discovery Stations, Paper Scare Planes, story time, puppet shows, and photo opportunities with costumed characters from some of your favorite space- and ghost-themed movies. Learn about the possibility of aliens in the universe and make your own alien. Visit the Tot zone with the little ones and send the Teens and Tweens to activities just for them. Don't forget to wear your costume, and come prepared for some awesome trick-or-treating! Please note: For security reasons, full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age.

Reston HOWL-O-WEEN at Lake Anne - Lake Anne Plaza has gone to the dogs, cats, and other furry critters. Come down to Lake Anne Plaza dressed in Halloween flair (adults + pets) for a Howling good time! Dogs, cats, and all types of animal-friendly furry friends are welcome to participate and join in on the fun.

Some of the events are open only on specific dates and have an admission fee. Check the website for more details.

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Realtor Bonus/ High Commission- Does it Works in this Sluggish Northern Virginia Real Estate Market?
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I am flabbergasted on how many emails, fliers, listing remarks states agents bonus and/or high commission that the sellers are offering as an incentive to lure our buyer to make an offer their home.

This trend has been seen across new construction & resale homes in the Northern Virginia real estate market.

Do these tactics work?

My answer : If there is ample of properties in an area and the seller is desperate to sell that can help! Depending on who is the Realtor/selling agent, the market and the buyers' situation.

Like any industry our industry has mix bags of agents. We have agents who would love to make that extra $$$$ incentive.  However there are good number of Realtor® who would not cared if they got paid 4% over 3% commission on a home if that home does not meet their clients needs/wants. Its not about 1 transaction!!!

My recommendation: Yes, it is one of the many ways to market and attract the buyer to your home. However there are other elements that needs to be in place for this to work. You need to price your home right, staged your home & be open to negotiate you will attract right buyer!!

For any home seller in Virginia it is all about bottom line!!!! Give an incentive to selling agent or negotiate  with the buyer.

 

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Associate Broker
EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
NVAR,Multiple Million Dollar Sales Club Member
Samson Properties
Cell - 703-625-4949
Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
Web: www.eNOVAHOMES.com
 


 
Halloween Event-Air Scare 2014-Air & Space Museum Chantilly VA

What better place to have fun and a day trip to local museum!!  The popular big Annual Air & Scare 2014 is here once again!

When:  October 25th 2014

Time: From 2pm - 7pm 

Location : Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Cost: $15 for parking at the museum.

Description about the event:

See the spooky side of air and space at our annual Halloween event! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. The tiniest visitors can check out the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. Pose for a photo with your favorite Star Wars or Ghostbusters character. Air & Scare is fun for the whole family!

Please note: For security reasons, full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age.

For details you can visit the website

Photo courtesy of the website Air& space museum.

 

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Associate Broker
EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
NVAR,Multiple Million Dollar Sales Club Member
Samson Properties
Cell - 703-625-4949
Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
Web: www.eNOVAHOMES.com
 


 
Can I give Landscaping Allowance? Northern Virginia Home Seller Tips
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As a Northern Virginia Real Estate agent we all have emphasis on having a curb appeal to our home. I was recently at a listing appointment. They plan to list the home in early spring/summer. Over all home was beautiful not much updated but decent for a market.

However their yard is another story.

They have 3 dogs who have used land as their true place to hangout & party!

I personally thought the home owner have not picked a dog poop/mess in years. Their was no such thing as grass on the yard..the ground needs to re-prep for some green to grow eventually. The shrubs and bushes were half dead or over grown. I don't think he has mulch his yard ever!

The front of the yard still had builder grade plants that were never prune or trimmed. The front yard tree feels like it just needs a reason to slam-dunk on the the house. The side of the house had evergreens that were blocking the front walk away to the house. You can only cut through the grass or go through the garage to enter the home.

I expressed my honest concerns that the buyers especially in the spring market want the home that they can enjoy both indoor and outdoor space. After much discussion, they got the point.

And they asked if we could give landscaping allowance to the buyers?

It is an honest question, just like carpet and paint allowances we have commonly heard why can not we give landscaping allowance.

Universal fact, "in real estate everything is negotiable"

As a home seller while giving this credit/allowance would be OK but you have to keep in mind you do loose leverage while negotiating,  you may end up paying a higher premium(credit) for someone else to do a job. And there may be a situation where the buyers would be turned off by your home.

End Result: As a compromise these homeowners have agreed to fix the front of the home.

Unfortuantely, they don't want to give up their lifestyle of leaving their pets in the backyard, so they want to cross the bridge when they get to that point on listing and negotiating the contract on the home. It will be interesting to see how the market handles their backyard!

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Associate Broker
EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
NVAR,Multiple Million Dollar Sales Club Member
Samson Properties
Cell - 703-625-4949
Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
Web: www.eNOVAHOMES.com
 


 
DC Metro home prices flat in September 2014

OVERVIEW

 

The Washington DC Metro area housing market in September continued the trends seen throughout the year, with buyer activity lower than its year-ago levels and seller activity continuing to rise.  Closed sales decreased 2.2 percent from September 2013, but were higher than their 2010, 2011 and 2012 totals. 

 In September, there were increases in closed sales in four jurisdictions: Falls Church City (+122.2 percent), Arlington County (+10.3 percent), Montgomery County (+1.5 percent), and Washington, DC (+0.7 percent).

PRICES

 

Small increase in median sales price driven by townhomes.  The median sales price for the region increased 0.8 percent, or by $3,000, from last September to $390,000.  This is the highest September-level since 2007.  This increase was driven by townhomes, which also had a median sales price of $390,000.  This is an increase of 2.4 percent, or $9,000, from last year and the highest September-level on record for townhomes, with data going back to 1997.  At $285,000, the median sales price for condo properties was unchanged from last year.  The median sales price for single-family detached homes decreased 1.6 percent, or by $7,697, to $475,000 and was the only property segment to decline.

CLOSED SALES

 

Ninth month in a row of year-over-year declines for total sales; increase for townhomes.  There were 3,569 closed sales in the Washington DC Metro Area in September.  This is 2.2 percent, or 82 sales, fewer sales than last September and marks the ninth consecutive month of year-over-year declines.  But closed sales remained higher than in September of 2010, 2011 and 2012.  The number of closed sales of townhomes increased by 12 sales, or 1.3 percent, from this time last year and was the only property segment to increase.  Sales for single-family detached homes decreased 3.4 percent, or by 58 sales.  Condos had the sharpest decrease in closed sales and fell 3.9 percent, or by 39 sales from last year.  As compared to August 2014, the number of sales decreased 14.8 percent, which is a milder decrease than the 10-year average August to September change of -17.2 percent.

 

INVENTORY

Highest inventory in any month for nearly three years; double-digit gains for new listings.  New listings continue to rise, increasing 11.7 percent, or by 700, from last year to 6,667 listings. This is the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year gains, and the highest percent increase of any month so far this year. This also represents the most new listings added in September since 2008. New listings of single-family detached homes increased 15.8 percent, or by 449 listings, from this time last year and led all property segments in growth.  New listings for condo properties increased 11.7 percent or by 188 listing, and new listings for townhomes increased 4.2 percent, or by 63 listings.

 

Source RBI

Sssshh...Virginia Home Seller Tips Every Home Seller Should Know

Thinking of selling your home in Fairfax or Loudoun county of Northern Virginia?

Here is a quick snapshot that will help you get your home ready for the Northern Virginia real estate market.

 

 

 

 


Home Selling Tips Every Seller Should Know

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EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
NVAR,Multiple Million Dollar Sales Club Member
Samson Properties
Cell - 703-625-4949
Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
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SOLD- Remodelled Town Home for Sale in Centre Ridge Centreville VA 20121
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Ritu Desai & Samson Properties Presents New Featured Listing 

MLS# 
FX8431095 

SOLD Price $335000 - CASH DEAL! 

Address
6518 Haversack Road Centreville VA 20121

Neighborhood/Subdivision: Centre Ridge Land Bay

Year Built: 1991 HOA: $222 per quarter. 

Schools: 
Elem
entary- Centre Ridge 
Middle- Liberty 
High - Centreville

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** Magnificent three finished level town home in much sought after Centre Ridge neighborhood.

** Gleaming hardwood flooring on entire main.

** Copper plumbing through out the home. 

** Custom/designer paint through the home

** Formal living & dining room combo with wall of windows in living room. Elegant decorative chandelier in the formal dining.

** Sun-filled, updated kitchen with granite counter tops, beautiful glass backsplash, abundance of fine cabinet space, under mount sink, stainless steel appliances, recess lights, pantry, bay window perfect for coffee table. 

** Stupendous Master bedroom with ceiling fan with light fixture, desirable walk in closet. Luxurious remodeled Master bath offers frameless granite counter top vanity and spacious shower.

** Convenient remodeled second full bath & a linen closet off the hallway. 

** Oversize second and third bedrooms with spacious closet space and pre-wired for ceiling fan.

** Fully finished lower level with plush carpet flooring , home/office or recreation room, fourth bedroom, third full and ample of storage.

** Lower level has separate laundry area  with front load washer & dryer.

** Fully fenced backyard at walk out level. Beautiful paver patio perfect for grilling or fire pit in fall.


** Community Amenities includes: Community center, pool, tennis court, exercise room, walking/jogging path and tot lots at HOA fee of $222 per quarter!


** Location: Minutes to all major  roads including Route 28,29 & 66 , commuter park and ride, walk over to movie theater, restaurants and shopping centers.

 

 

    

 

     

 

 For Private Showing or questions please contact: Listing Agent 
Ritu Desai, Associated Broker
Samson Properties
Direct # 703-625-4949 or 
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Associate Broker
EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
NVAR,Multiple Million Dollar Sales Club Member
Samson Properties
Cell - 703-625-4949
Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
Web: www.eNOVAHOMES.com
 


 
10 TOP Things to Know Before Buying Home on a Golf Course in Virginia

Are you thinking of buying home on a golf course in Fairfax, Loudoun or Prince William County of Northern Virginia?

Yes! you do get beautiful scenic backyard. However, there are things as a home owner of the home that resides/backs to Golf course. Here are top 10 things every home buyer should know before buying a home on a golf course in Northern Virginia area:

1. Golf ball showers- Living on a golf course may increase your chances of being hit by golf balls every now and then. This could invite issues likes roof, sliding damages along with window breakage, planters and even car damages. If you live with golf course backyard, you will have to deal with these unknown showers.

2. High Insurance- Due to the ongoing threat of roof, sliding or other damages your insurance company may charge you higher premium for insuring a property that is on a golf course. Check with your insurance agent if it includes coverage like unlimited window replacement or what are the limitations of damages.

3. Privacy- Yes, golf course does look beautiful when you are in and out of previewing the home. But when you start living be mindful, you may not want to come on your deck in your PJs and be waved by a golf attire person.  Some golfers can invite themselves to your backyard to collect their golf balls. If privacy is a concern then you may want to think before you purchase.

4. Noise pollution- Golfers are early bird. If you love golfing you will be OK, but if you are not then this can become a nuisance.  The golf cart riding through the backyard, golfers' chit chatting can interrupt people who want to sleep in especially over the weekend.

5. Deed Restrictions- If you live in golf course community like Landsdowne or Belmont Country club in Northern Virginia, you know you cannot just plant or fence whatever you want. You will have deed restriction. You will have to get HOA permission prior to making an architect or simple changes to your home.

6. High HOA Fees- Many of the golf course community in the Northern Virginia area includes exterior maintenance and other conveniences. However, this comes with a price of high HOA dues. Some have enormous capital contribution when you first buy into the community. This can be a challenge in a slow resale market where people don't want to pay high dues.

7. Pesticides- This came into my attention when we were previewing homes in a golf course community in the Loudoun County area. My client's dogs were sensitive to pesticides. However to maintain that lush green grass the golf course was spread with various pesticides. When it rained the pesticides would run into the homeowners yard. So be mindful if that will affect you or your dear family members lifestyle.

8. Lifestyle- On positive note, if you are love golfing you will meet neighbors and people who are like minded and live in the community. Also if you are a golfer you can just step outside your home and pratices your skills.

9. Location Matters- If you are a golfer (which I am not) where your home is located can add premium to your home sites. If the home is on fairway it will be less premium compared to home that resides near tee box or greens. So do understand the home site before you purchase a home in a golf course community.

10. Health of the Community/Golf Course- Everything is great when the community is new, but what happens if the golf course does not attract the membership or the community has unexpected high cost of maintenance. Just like any other HOA if things so south it could affect the property value of the home. Do review the HOA documents prior to purchasing a home in a golf course community.

 

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Associate Broker
EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
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Samson Properties
Cell - 703-625-4949
Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
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Best 2014-Pumpkin Patch/Farms in & Around Northern Virginia

Fall makes us feel nostalgic for childhood days spent pumpkin picking, getting lost in a corn maze, and sipping hot apple cider by the campfire. Here are Northern Virginia local farm that will sure re-live our nostalgia.

Cox Farm- One of the most popular farm in the Northern Virginia area. Located in Centreville Fairfax County area. The festival includes  giant slides, famous hayrides, rope swings, farm animals & their babies, CORNundrum(R) cornfield adventure, straw tunnels, Farm Chores, Kiddie Zone, goat village, apples & cider, food, entertainment, over 90 acres of fun! Everyone gets a small patch pumpkin to take home free with paid admission! It does get very crowded over the weekend so if possible try week days with the young kids.

Ticonderoga Farms- Located in Chantilly Loudoun County. This pumpkin patch would keep the little munchkins amazed by the slides, hay ride, Panda Puzzle Bamboo Maze, Upside Down Swinging Bridge,Tether Ball, Tire Play Area and so much more. This farm is great for young kids, my kids are now older and they thought it was bit kiddish.

Leesburg Animal Park/Pumpkinville- If you hate long lines at Cox farm but your kids are older to enjoy Ticonderoga Farm than Leesburg Animal Park/Pumpkinville can be a happy balance.  The farm is located in Leesburg Loudoun County. In past year they have added zip line (200 feet), camel ride, mini tractor rides, petting zoo, kiddie cart, free apple cider and open field for all ages to enjoy a farm day!

Great County Farm-Located an hour away from Northern Virginia region in Bluemont but well worth the trip! Farm offers hayrides, u-pick fruits and vegetables, a 2,800 sq. foot Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillow, 4 challenging mazes, giant slides, friendly farm animals, catch and release fishing, swings, and even a giant chess set! Plus if you go in late October you can enjoy scenic view of the Bluemont fall colors.

Temple Hall Maize and Fall Festival-  Located in Leesburg has great number of activities for all age group that includes Farm animals, cow train, corn box, pig races, pedal cars, hay tunnel, wagon ride, country store, giant spider web, jumping pillow and tons of other activities. Many schools use to take the tickets as part of their field trip. It does get crowded over the weekend.

 

Do you have a favorite place to share? Please add that to the comment section.

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EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
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Samson Properties
Cell - 703-625-4949
Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
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New Fairfax County Police Mapping Tool To Search Crime in an Area

Don't we all love when we get our hands on something really cool!! Here is a new tool from Fairfax County that residents can use to pinpoint crime in their neighborhoods as recent as the day before. As a Realtor® in the Fairfax County we can use it for personal safety.

 

To use the system, simply go to online to Police Events, where you can enter a Location, Date Range and Event Types (types of crimes). Locations can be specific, such as an address, a school or a ZIP code. There are 16 different types of crimes to choose from (including peeping incidents, noise violations and burglaries or you can just select “all”). You can choose a date or a date range.

I tested the site with few addresses and schools. It is pretty neat how the results come up with the details about the incident. The site is mobile friendly!!

Hope this keeps up the resident with lot of good information on finger tip.

 

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EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
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Samson Properties
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Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
Web: www.eNOVAHOMES.com
Should I take the Home off the Market for Fall/Winter?
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 Pumpkins are out, leaves are changing, air is cool & winter is around the corner. Crisp fall weather is here!!

Real estate market in the Northern Virginia has been very sluggish this year. Many of the home sellers may not have a showing for a while. This can be very frustrating for many of us...as a Realtor & Sellers our goal is to SELL and not be hanging in the market.

This year (as every year) during the fall/winter we get imposed by same question: Should I take my Northern Virginia home off the market and come back in spring?

 

Well, the answer will depend on your initial goal to sell. Here are your choices:

1. Do you absolutely have to sell? Then you know you have to stay put on the market.

2. Do you have a choice to Rent for a short period? If so, than consider listing for rent and sale. Which ever comes first you can take it.

3. Can you wait another year to sell? Then go ahead take the home off the market and revisit next year.

However, here is WHY you should stay put in the real estate market place?

Like you, many of the home sellers may eventually take home off the market or rented. So the inventory will get slim as the time goes by. If you have to absolutely sell the home you may be one of the hand full homes remaining in the market place. Yes, the buyer pool will be smaller but the buyers that are looking during this time of the year have also very solid reason to purchase. Example job relocation, down sizing, there home is sold and so on.

Before you take home off the market, understand your local/neighborhood real estate market place and your goals to sell. Discuss this with your Realtor and make a decision accordingly.

 

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Associate Broker
EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
NVAR,Multiple Million Dollar Sales Club Member
Samson Properties
Cell - 703-625-4949
Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
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Northern Virginia Home Sellers- 5 Mistakes You Should Avoid While Taking Pictures on your HOME!
A picture is worth a thousand words..Then why do we see so many TERRIBLE THINGS GONE WILD pictures while Selling Your biggest investment your HOME!

Realtor®, Northern Virginia home buyers', lookie loo and many others are daily skimping through real estate pictures online.

Do you have crappie pictures of your home on internet?

Many of my Northern Virginia home buyers are technology savvy buyers. Buyers who have purchased home in past know exactly what they are looking for and they do have clear idea about the potential home browsing through the pictures if they want to preview or not. First time home buyers do steer away from homes that does not reflect like move in condition qualities online. 

Real estate market is soft any and every details matters in this market to leverage sale of home in Northern Virginia. 

If you are, a home seller and getting ready for photos for your home listing here are big NO NO:

 1. No Pets/No Family Members in the pictures- Yes, we have seen kids/family/pets sitting on the couch and someone is taking a picture that is now uploaded to MLS. Please this is not a family photo shoot it is real estate marketing photo session. Get out of the room.

 2. Toilet Lids up! OK this may be my pet peeve but world does not want to see beautiful bathroom with toilet seat up. Put away stuff from your bathroom vanity including your toothbrush.

3. Personalize family portraits - Oh well we love to personalize our home and we should when you are living but not selling your home!  One of the common place is large picture of  family portrait over the fireplace mantel. When selling take it down and let the fire place be the focus.  This includes your refrigerator, hallways and stairways...depersonalize your home.

4. Photographers Reflection in the Mirror- If you are an agent who takes uses his/her photography skills while listing clients home great! Please do not stand in the bathroom or near any mirror and take a picture with your reflection. Invest in a simple tripod. OR use timer on your camera and take a shot.

5. Cars/Trash cans in the front of the home- We all know curb appeal is equally important. Whether you are taking picture of a town home or a single family home move that car out of the way.  If it is a trash pick up day move it. OR ask your neighbor if you can temporary use their parking spot. Reflect the beautiful home.

 

FOR me bottom line is I am not a professional photographer! I will hire professional to do what they are at their BEST!!! Check my listings and pictures at www.eNOVAHomes.com

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Associate Broker
EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
NVAR,Multiple Million Dollar Sales Club Member
Samson Properties
Cell - 703-625-4949
Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
Web: www.eNOVAHOMES.com
 


 
Should you Buy a VERY OLD HOME OR NEWER HOME in Northern Virginia? What are the Advantages/Disadvantages of Purchasing OLDER Home in Virginia

"NEWER IS BETTER" is mantra of many of Northern Virginia Home Buyers.

 

Northern Virginia home buyers are concern about purchasing an older home. Is it a good investment to buy an older home over a newer home is better?

Well, let's understand what is a "old"? Depending on the area. If you are purchasing inside the beltway in the Fairfax county area, old can be early 1900 homes, further away you go old can be 80s home. OR if you are in Ashburn (Loudoun county VA) 90s home can be old compared to new construction available in the area. Depending on your purchasing power and location, "old" can be defined.

What are the disadvantages of buying an older home in Northern Virginia?

If hypothetically we take a home that was built in 70s or 80s as old, let's layout what are the disadvantages of purchasing an older home in Fairfax county.

1. Layout- I think that is a biggest draw back for the home buyers who are looking for open floor plans. The layout of older homes may be bit enclosed and rooms are more defined and divided compared to newer homes.

2. Lifestyle Limitation- What it means, is back in days we did not shop extensive at wholesale box stores like Costco or Sams Club. The pantry & cabinet spaces are small, kitchen is quaint, no luxurious mater suite with huge walk in closet space, master bathroom may not have large soaking tub and separate showers. These features can me found in new homes that were built may be late 90s and 2000 onwards.

3. Height on ceilings: Newer or new construction will offer stunning 2 story foyers, 9+ feet of ceiling heights and so on. The older home may not have these options. Infact basement ceilings can be very low for people who are above average tall.

4. Smell- Many of the home buyers feel the basement or in the older home have musky smell or dampness. This may be due to egress basement with out exit or windows. You can definitely run a dehumidifier if that helps.

5. Basements- Some older homes may not have entire basement excavated. Builders did not have room under the family room so it may be bit smaller and in some other cases no exit from the basements or have no windows in the basement. So if you want a "man cave" think about it....

5. Updates- Many of the homes major systems/features like HVAC, water heater, roof and window may have been updated since it has been 30+ years. On the other hand I have seen home with original heating system with baseboard heating.  Even if some of the homes have updates done in early 90s, the home may be ready for another round of updates.

6. Community Amenities- Older communities did not lavish fine community amenities that today's community in Loudoun can offer. Example they may not have gym, pool or walking trails.

7. Higher Utility cost- Older homes may not be energy efficient as newer homes built today.

8. Budget Repair or unknown cost- If you do end up purchasing an older home and plan to remodel budget the cost higher than you anticipate because you never know what to expect once you open that can of worm.

What are the advantages of buying an older home in Northern Virginia?

Then, is it worth the hassle of buying older home? Yes, it is here are the reasons why it is advantage to buy an older home?

1. Location- Northern Virginia traffic is rated in 10 worst commuter traffic in the country. Also, you all know Location, Location, Location is the key in real estate. Having an older home with a convenient location for commute can beat that!

2. Low HOA Dues- Yes, we don't have fancy pools or amenities however this also means low HOA dues.

3. Yard- Older home has biggest advantage compared to newer home is yard size. Builders where generous when it came out to yard size. Plus trees planted in that era are full bloom and you may have matured treed backyard.

4. Potential Expansion- If you are a homebuyers with a budget and can who looks beyond short fall than older home may be your cup of tea.  If you have a yard, you can add addition and remodel just like you have seen on those TV shows.

5. Negotiations- If the home owners have lived their lives in the home they may have more room to negotiate than a newer home owner who have spend fortunate purchasing the home. Many of the home sellers are downsizing and/or retiring so they are very motivated to sell.

6. Character- Some of the older homes may have character and details that cookie cutter newer home may not fill the appetite for home buyer..

7. Schools Zoning- If you are living in Loudoun County particulary in Ashburn, Chantilly or Alide area you know amount of time the area has gone through rezoning. On the other hand older establish communities may not have major rezoning of schools in near future. You know the rating and zoning of the schools prior to purchasing in the area.

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Associate Broker
EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
NVAR,Multiple Million Dollar Sales Club Member
Samson Properties
Cell - 703-625-4949
Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
Web: www.eNOVAHOMES.com
 


 
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