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LoCo Real Estate Year in Review for 2014

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After a strong 2013 which saw sales rise 21% most of us in the real estate industry were expecting a banner year for 2014. It didn't quite turn out that way, however a strong fourth quarter has us optimistic for a better 2015. Let's take a look... Our first chart shows a month by month breakdown of the actual number of homes sold last … [Read more...]

Top Five Musings Posts from 2014

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2014 was different than we expected but finished with a bang. Thanks to Victoria, Jeremy & Michelle, Michael & Mary Jean, Jessica & Tom, Melissa & Chris, Megan & Eric, Cassie & Luke, and Ashley & David for making last year memorable. Here were the top 5 most read posts on LoCoMusings in 2014: 5. Luxury Home … [Read more...]

I Know A Guy

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I've probably said it here before but I am a huge movie buff. When we built our house the only thing I wanted was to make sure we had a home theater. Last week Heather and I watched Two Guns with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. It's about two undercover agents who are trying to bust a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions of dollars. … [Read more...]

Playing a Round at Creighton Farms Golf Club

Jack Nicklaus golf community in Loudoun

I've played a lot of high caliber golf courses, Congressional, Pinehurst, Treyburn (that's Michael Jordan's club in Durham, NC) just to name a few. It takes more than a gate and a high initiation fee to stand out. Along with perfect conditions the layout must be challenging, the setting spectacular, and the service impeccable. It was no … [Read more...]

LoCo Market Update: Whatcha Waiting For?

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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...]

Not Just a House… It’s Our Home

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This photo was taken in September 2004, as the finishing touches were being put on our new house in Purcellville. It was lacking front door paint and shutters here, but that got handled and we moved in shortly thereafter. As of today, we have been in our home for 10 years. Honestly, we thought we'd stay here for about three years and then move … [Read more...]

Stealing Black Gold

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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

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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

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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

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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...]