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It’s Time For Pumpkin Chunkin’

Angry pumpkin chunkin'

Last year I took the girls up to Wayside Farm in Berryville to grab our pumpkins and wrote about all the fun we had. It's time to make another trip up there, the farm opens tomorrow. If you've got kids under 12 they'll definitely enjoy it. Cheers, Mike … [Read more...]

Dinner at TRIO

TRIO private dining

One of the perks of writing LoCoMusings is an occasional invitation to try new restaurants. A couple of weeks ago Heather and I accepted one of those invitations and had dinner at TRIO Grill in Merrifield. In in the interest of transparency most of our meal was covered, but I can promise you we will definitely be dining there again! Viewing … [Read more...]

Stealing Black Gold

Deck view of pond

We are really excited about the new technology we've been able to use for our listing at 40748 Black Gold Place in Beacon Hill. Click on the picture above to take the 3-D interactive tour which literally allows you to walk through the house. Let us know what you think, we're convinced it will become the standard for future listings. We're … [Read more...]

How to DIY Your Dream Home

Fixer Upper

There are a ton of shows on HGTV right now about people buying a fixer upper and turning it into their dream home. Admittedly Heather and I love watching them, partly because we talk about doing it ourselves but mostly because it's cool to see the transformation. The Realtor in me wondered how these folks are paying for it. Most people don't … [Read more...]

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

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Some natural disasters can be forecast -- hurricanes, snow storms and, in some cases, flooding. Other disasters occur without warning, such as tornadoes and the massive 7.9 earthquake in Alaska yesterday. It's a good idea to prepare for an unexpected emergency and every home should maintain a ready, working emergency kit for such a … [Read more...]

How Much Home for $400K, June 2014

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It's not unusual for this segment of the market to be the most active, however 40% more listings than the next closest price range is kind of surprising. If you are searching for a home in the $400,000 ball park, you have 178 of the 1548 total homes currently on the market from which to choose. (As shown in the multiple listing service this … [Read more...]

Market Update: Leesburg, June 2014

King Street in Leesburg

It's the first week of summer and the end of the spring market. Let's take a look at how Leesburg's market fared during our busiest selling season... The chart above shows the total number homes sold by zip code in Leesburg. May marked the third straight month where volume has been down compared to 2013 with 33 fewer homes sold. There were … [Read more...]

LoCo Update: Midyear Luxury Report

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We currently have a beautiful home for sale on Black Gold Place in Beacon Hill. The list price is $849,000 and as we have been updating our clients on the market activity one thing is clear, the pool of buyers seems to have shrunk! So far this year, 54 homes have sold between $800,000 and $999,000. Two key points: They spent between … [Read more...]

Strawberry Fields Don’t Last Forever

Who's your farmer

In elementary school our kids all took field trips to Great Country Farms (GCF) in Bluemont. They were able to live the life of a farm hand for a day and it gave them an appreciation for the amount of work it takes to run a farm. Maddie fell in the pond during hers and came home with a t-shirt, pretty nifty on her part even if she did smell … [Read more...]

How Much Home For $300K in LoCo, May 2014

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Last week when we wrote about homes in the $500,000 price range there were 1346 active listings. Here we are a week later and 45 more homes have hit the market. If you are searching in the $300,000 price point, you have 87 of the 1391 homes currently on the market from which to choose. (As shown in the multiple listing service this morning, … [Read more...]