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National Building Museum

When we first moved here almost 16 years ago we didn't know a soul. We stayed in a hotel for two months while we tried to get a feel for where we might want to live. That wasn't fun, although we can look back now at laugh at how bad it was. I'm sure we aren't the only people who have a story like this, and it's part of the reason Heather … [Read more...]

Commuting from LoCo to DC?

WashingtonDCCapital

Working with so many clients relocating to Loudoun over the years, I had plenty of opportunity to see firsthand how much of a role commuting distance played in the homebuying decision. With so many residents of Loudoun commuting to Herndon, Reston, Tysons/McLean, and into DC itself, the amount of time spent trying to get from place to place is … [Read more...]

LoCo Market Update: Whatcha Waiting For?

Fence

Don't be distracted by the gnarly old tree, this is a picture of a fence. They are uncomfortable to sit on and people tend to be on one side or the other. It sure seems like this is where all the buyers are right now and it's kinda tough to understand. Let's take a look... Inventory isn't an issue. Earlier this year during the peak selling … [Read more...]

Halloween Spooktaculars Close to Home

Field of Screams

That picture is a few of the girls on the softball team I coach (including Natalie) as they were leaving the Field of Screams. After our tournament in Olney, MD we took a team field trip through the Paintball Apocalypse and the Trail of Terror and had a blast. It's not for the faint of heart, but all the girls who were brave enough to try made … [Read more...]

How Much Home for $500K in LoCo, Sept 2014

Log cabin in Waterford

It's been a while since we wrote about what you can get for your money in LoCo so let's take a look. On May 21st there were 1346 total homes on the market with 84 in the $500,000 price range. Today, if you are searching in the $500,000 price point, you have 119 of the 1706 total homes currently on the market from which to choose. (As shown in … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

How Much Home for $400K, June 2014

Sterling-townhomes-946x338

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...]