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


 
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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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
 


 
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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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 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
Web: www.eNOVAHOMES.com
 


 
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
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Samson Properties
Cell - 703-625-4949
Email - info@eNOVAHomes.com
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Open House 09/21/14*Estate Single Family Home in Potomac Falls Loudoun County- River Crest 20165
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Ritu Desai & Samson Properties Presents New Listing...

 Everything you dreamed in the home is in this HOME!!!

MLS# LO8459486

  OPEN HOUSE:  Sept. 21st 2014 From 1 PM- 4PM

Address: 20363 Cliftons Point Potomac Falls VA 20165

Subdivision: RiverCrest / South Bank

List Price: $820000   Year Built: 2001

** Magnificent Winchester Home’s “Browning” model with five bedrooms plus den, four full and one half baths , 2 car garage on a 0.21 acres in much sought after River Crest neighborhood.

** General features –Sprinkler system, inviting flagstone walk way, 3 Zone heating & cooling, elegant crown molding, custom window treatment & blinds, 9 feet ceilings, wall to ceiling windows on main level, Two full stairway leading to upper level and six ceiling fans.
** Gleaming hardwood flooring on main level.
** Dramatic two story foyer entrance with a window and oak stair way.
** Elegant formal living & dining rooms. Formal dining room with elegant crown & chair moldings and a butler's pantry with sink.
** Large study/library on main level with French doors.
** Gourmet kitchen with island, Corian counter tops, abundance of 42” cabinet space, stainless steel appliances, large pantry space, desk & space for breakfast table and second stairway leading to upper level.
** Sun Room extension with high ceilings and wall of windows. French door leading to beautiful backyard.
** Expanded grand family room with a cozy gas fireplace, pre-wired for surround sound speaker system and ceiling fan with light fixture.
** Stupendous Master suite with sitting room, ceiling fan with light fixture, large walk in closet with custom built in’s. Master bath offers luxurious soaking tub, separate shower, ceramic tiled flooring, dual vanity sink and water closet.
** Convenient private second full bath off the hallway adjacent to third bedroom.
** Third & Fourth bedroom share the Jack & Jill baths with dual vanity.
** Much desired spacious laundry at bedroom level with front loader washer & dryer.
** Fully finished lower level with walk out stairways. Basement offers, large open recreation room, media room (equipment and furniture conveys), den/fifth bedroom, full bath, exercise room( some equipment conveys). Recreation room is prewired for media.
** Fully fenced backyard with large deck & patio space and professionally landscaped
** Community Amenities includes: Outdoor pool, tot-lots, walking trails, snow & trash removal for $88 monthly HOA dues.

HOA fees & Amenities:  Outdoor pool, tot lots, walking trails, snow and trash removale Plus swim team, Halloween, Easter & 4th of July celebration. For a HOA fee of $88 monthly!

 Schools:
Elementary :Horizon
Middle School : Senac Ridge
High School: Dominion High School

Special Features about the home:

    

 

    

 

   

 

   

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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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Update Kitchen Appliances or Give Credit to Buyer? What is Smart Strategy?
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Zillion of times as a Northern Virginia Realtor, I have shown homes where the appliances are stuck in time. It may be as old as 70's to early 2000. When buyers walk in the home they immediate think about expenses that, they may have to incur to update the kitchen, which is heart and soul of the home.

So here is a million dollar question: As a  Northern Virginia home sellers should go out and spend money to update the kitchen appliances or just sell AS IS or give credit to the buyers?

Answer will depend on your age of the home. If you home is built is 90s you have updated the flooring, counter tops but just have dated appliances it may be worth to update it. That will uplift the entire kitchen look and give you an advantage in the real estate market.

If you home is entire stuck in the 80s then you would be better off pricing your home reflecting the updates the buyer may have to spend.  One of the other strategy would be to check out the competition in the area. If there are ample of homes with all the bells and whistles of updates, you may not have much choice but to update or discount the list price.

OR say your home faces competition from new construction in area (example homes in Ashburn Loudoun County). You will have to either update or go low on the price or have something more to offer to withstand the competition in the area.

Remember if you home is targeted to first time home buyers they may not know how much it will cost to update the kitchen, or have funds to update or biggest challenge we have is TIME! They may discount heavy for their inconvenience.

Best way to approach this would be to budget how much funds you have to update, time needed and the local market condition. Discuss with your local Northern Virginia home Realtor to help you navigate this decision.

 

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Formal Dining Rooms: Are They Dead or Just Changing in the Northern Virginia Residential Real Estate Industy?
 

Just like in the commercials, people are still enjoying family dinners together, but chances are they’re not taking place in those formal dining rooms of years gone by.

Instead, you’re likely to find families eating at large kitchen islands, desks in multi-functioning offices, on terraces, or in outdoor kitchens. In fact, anyplace equipped with a table and chairs (or bench) can host dinnertime. Think wingback chairs around a marble table in the living room.

So where are dining rooms? Don’t feel sorry for them – they haven’t completely been abandoned. They’re just being used for other purposes, as described in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

Homeowners in pursuit of useful square footage are turning dining rooms into living areas or workspaces, particularly in metropolitan, square-footage challenged homes, and luxury properties, WSJ says.

In fact, formal dining rooms are reincarnating architecturally; interior designers are turning existing dining rooms into multi-function rooms, like lounges or pantry/mudroom combinations.

For their part, builders, architects, and contractors are creating rooms that can quickly be “flipped” into dining areas, like offices where desks or shelving unit components fold down into dining tables. Or living rooms where the coffee table extends and rises to seat six or more people in total comfort.

The traditional dining room may be gone, but it’s been reborn as a space where people can tailor their homes to their lifestyles. And maybe, like the kitchen that returned to its roots as the heart of the home, it’s an idea whose time has come.

So what are you thoughts about dining room in your home or the home you will purchase next?

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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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Selling Your Northern Virginia Home with Young Children - 10 HOT Survival TIPS

Many home owners do not know the stress of selling their home untill they go through the process. Many of my clients in Northern Virginia decide to move up from a town home to a single family once the family grows or a big change in lifestyle occurs.

 

Here are tips on how to survive the selling process with young kids at home in the Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Place:

 

1. Prepping your Home- You know your children & family needs prepping your home will cut your stress while selling your home. If they are not going to play or need toys, clothing or things like winter boots may be put away in storage or pack away. The less is on display it will be easier for you to clean and manage. This prep needs to be done prior to putting the home on the market.

2. Depersonalize your home - Remove your kids and family pictures, their display of names, awards & posters that your teenager might love to have it on the wall. There are 2 reasons, one of them is in this day of internet you never know what the intent of the person is when they walk into your home and second the buyer wants to connect with your home and not see/feel your family in the home.

3. Grag & Go bag- I think this is a top of the list advice for all my clients irrespective age of the kids they have. Create a bag that is grab and go bag. In this bag, put items that you will think you will need if there is a short notice showing or you have to stay back later while some one is previewing your home. Essential items like diaper, wipes, food, extra pair of clothing, toys or books, blanket, cash and so on. You can leave this bag in your car or near the door. Please do replenish as soon as you use something.

4. Hide Away Baskets- Place mid size basket or containers where you can throw things as you go see in each room. That way the room cleaning will not take long and you can find things in one place. You can hide these basket if you don't want it to be floating around either under the bed or in closet space and in short period you will have clean room ready to show!

5. Staging Baskets- I learned this tip from one of my seller client. They had 3 young kids and a dog. Whenever they got a showing call, she would pull out the staging basket that holds candles, white clean luxurious looking bath towels, nick nags, table place mats and so on. Within few minutes, she would swap the things in the each room and the home looked like professional staged.

6. Showings Notices- You can definitely request showings by appointment only. If you know your toddler sleeps from 1-2 PM let your Realtor know ahead of the time. We can input in internal remarks to respect showings schedule but be reasonable at the same time. Too many restrictions may turn off the buyers.

7.  Meals- Create a meal plan and if possible keep it ready to go. Discuss with your local Realtor about a slow day and/or may be prepare few meals prior to going on the market. That way your home will not smell and you will have homemade food for whole family.

8. Check the toilets- OK as a Realtor with over 11 year in industry I have seen many things, including little one went poo and did not flush. Worst the toilet lid was open...buyers don't want that smell or site!

9. Odor Free- As much as it is important to declutter and clean up, it is far more important not to smell your home with diapers and kids fragrances. Please do not over power your homes with strong fragrances by buying plugins. Spray products similar to Freebze, leave a box of baking soda or if time permit throw some cookies in the oven.

10. Plan out place to go: Being out of the house for few hours and keeping the kids (and yourself) calm may be a challenge. It will be wise for you to research some of the activities or places you can take your kids. Example, I had a parent who would take her kids to library for daytime showings, at the mall/playground during evening showings or over a weekend family decided to go camping while the home was on the market the first weekend.  One other client of mine had a good friend down the street whenever we had a showing schedule she would go over there and hangout with her friend.

 

Bottom line: You are doing everything for your ultimate goal to move to your next step in your life. So team up with your local Virginia Realtor to get the job done!

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EcoBroker, ABR, ePRO
NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
NVAR,Multiple Million Dollar Sales Club Member
Samson Properties
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Northern Virginia Seller Tips- Yes, Buyers are NOT Visual!!

Working over a decade in real esatate industry with many of the Northern Virginia first time home buyers to a buyers who have upgraded/downgraded into larger home,  every time we work together it amazes me how these buyers lack vision.

They lack the talent what we as a Realtor have and/or the Seller of the home has...

What the hack it means??????

If you have old & filthy dirty home- Buyers cannot visualize clean & how beautiful the home can look.

If your home is cluttered- Buyer cannot visualize the potential of the space the home has.

If your Home has too much furniture or decoration- They cannot visualize how their furniture or style may fit into the home.

If your home has Bad Internet pictures- Buyers cannot visualize how your home can shine like they saw on HGTV or other network.

 

So what do you do as a Northern Virginia seller of the home???

There are ample of blogs on what do to...however best way to handle would be to hire a professional Realtor who will guide you through the process and visualize your home as if you are going to buy that home!!!!

 

Related reads:

Northern Virginia Seller-Getting your Home Ready for Pictures/Photo Shoot

 Northern Virginia Home Seller- Top Mistakes 10 Mistakes to Avoid!

Selling your 1st Home in Northern Virginia ? 5 Must Read Tips for every First Time Home Sellers

Northern Virginia Home Seller -10 Tips to Spruce your home in 15 Minutes!!

"Ehhhh That Ugly Wall Paper" - Seller Tips When selling your home.

10 Simple Yet Very Effective Last minute Home Sellers tips for open house

Northern Virginia Home Seller Tips - 7 Pro advise to Dress your home to sell in Fall Market

 

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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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Selling your Home in Northern Virginia Area- Should as a Home Seller be present for Home Inspection?
Question: We say, "Seller knows their home the best" Do you think they should be present to answer any unknown or concerns or questions that may pop during the inspection?

Answer: Well it is true; seller has first hand knowledge of the property being a home owner.

Here is a biggest drawback why the listing agent would not encourage the home seller to be present at while buyer is conducting home inspection: Seller has vested interest in the property. If or what ever the home inspector or buyer may say that could offend the seller. Sometimes, seller share more information than needed.

However there are situation where somethings are unique to the home. Example Solar Panels- If seller was present they can demonstrate how it works. Or how does the door lock.  OR wood stove fire place works.

To help out buyer understand some unique feature, it would be advisable to create a document and email listing agent ahead of the time to be forward to the buyers. So when they are at the home inspection they will have information on hand. Or leave the document for buyer. If there is a light switch, which would be hard to figure how what it does...stick note on it.

Speak to your listing agent and figure out what is the best solution.

Bottom line: Stay out of the home inspection. It is an opportunity to for the buyer to learn any or everything about their biggest investment!

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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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