As you know, I (Karen) am a huge fan of the Carriage Homes in South Riding, VA, which happens to be my own hometown. 

We’re lucky to have a few pockets of Carriage Homes here in Loudoun County, but overall they’re pretty rare. South Riding happens to have three small sections: one along the golf course on Creek Run Terrace and Tremaine Terrace, one on the Fortitude Terrace loop off of Riding Center Drive, and a third tucked away on Londontown Terrace. 

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A few months ago, I had another Carriage Home listing that sold in just seven days. We could have ratified a contract even sooner, but we had 40 showings on that property and wanted to wait until all offers came in. We ended up getting seven offers on the property. The point is…homes like this are in demand! 

Why? 

Well, my personal opinion is that Carriage Homes are the perfect blend of a single family home and a townhome. Like a townhome, these attached structures are relatively low-maintenance with just a small yard to take care of. But the layout feels more like a single family home, without the “vertical” feel and narrow rectangular footprint of a townhome. (Note: Photos of rooms with furniture are “virtually staged.”)

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Location, Location, Location…

This Carriage Home happens to be an end unit, which allows for more windows and some nice landscaping along the side. It’s situated on Fortitude Terrace, which is a quiet loop conveniently located off of Riding Center Drive and right near the World Trail exercise path. It’s also within walking distance of Liberty Elementary School and Freedom High School. In the opposite direction is the new Dulles South Recreation Center, complete with two pools, an indoor track, basketball courts, a rock climbing wall, fitness equipment, and group exercise rooms. It’s a county facility that’s open to the public either on a fee-per-visit or membership basis. 

But back to the Carriage Home and what makes it so special…

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This home has been incredibly well maintained. It’s only 13 years old, but none of the systems/appliances are original. Both HVAC systems, the hot water heater, washer and dryer, refrigerator, wall oven and microwave, dishwasher, disposal, and garage door and opener have all been replaced/updated. There are numerous decorative touches, including walls of windows, cathedral ceilings, and Palladian windows. The Gourmet Kitchen has quality hardwood cabinetry, granite countertops, and a beautiful tile backsplash. The Master Bath has a soaking tub, double sinks, and upgraded tile adorning the shower and floor. 

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Upon entering the home, you’re greeted by decorative columns in the two-story Living Room and gorgeous Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors throughout much of the Main Level. There’s also a Formal Dining Room with chair rail and crown molding — along with a beautiful chandelier — on the other side of the Foyer. 

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Another hard-to-find feature of this particular model (a Toll Brothers Granview floor plan) is the Main Level Master Suite/Primary Bedroom. The extension of this Bedroom can be used as a quiet home office with a desk positioned to look out onto the back deck and pretty plantings. 

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Plenty of Areas for Work-from-Home and Distance Learning…

The upstairs is a great domain for kids, with two bedrooms, a spacious bathroom, and a large loft — which is perfect as a home study/distance learning space or for relaxing in front of the TV and playing video games, complete with surround sound. 

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A rec room in the basement is large enough for multiple uses as well, whether it’s home entertainment, exercising, or a quiet work-from-home area. (The TV mounted here, as well as three others mounted in the home, convey.) There’s even space in the basement to carve out a fourth bedroom and add another bathroom (there’s already a bathroom rough-in). 

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One of my favorite things about the house is actually the cute backyard oasis. A well-maintained Trex deck spills out onto landscaped beds of flowers and shrubs. There’s some privacy between neighbors, and the deck offers plenty of space for dining as a family, entertaining, and spreading out to work.

I know this property won’t last long, so give me a call at 703-585-3386 or email me at [email protected] if you’d like to see it.

41470 Lovettsville Rd, Lovettsville, VA

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15 West Homes at Keller Williams Dulles
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4 BEDROOMS | 3 Baths (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 4207 SqFt

This beautiful and serene, 10-acre, custom built home has everything you need – LITERALLY. With covered and screened in porches on almost every side of the home to enjoy spectacular sunsets, watch the storms come in and the rainbows come out, this home does not disappoint. The formal entry welcomes you with 2 story vaulted ceilings in the family room and a screened in deck to enjoy almost all year round. The light-filled kitchen has plenty of prep and storage space and offers a gourmet kitchen complete with a KitchenAid double oven, 6-burner Thermador cooktop, and Bosch dishwasher. A large butcherblock island makes prep work a breeze. Next to the kitchen is a formal dining room with plenty of room for larger gatherings. Take advantage of the great weather living on a hilltop can provide by opening the windows and utilizing the 10 ceiling fans throughout the home. On those hotter or colder days, close up the home and turn on the AC or heat or use the large woodstove to heat the whole home, the choice is yours. A central vacuum makes cleaning a breeze as does the built-in laundry chute. With 4 large bedrooms and 3 full baths there’s plenty of room for family and guests. A large, unfinished basement is ready for your transformation and boasts two sets of French doors to walk out onto the back yard and rough ins for a bathroom and fireplace. This home was thoughtfully built with plenty of storage and open space to enjoy. Working from home more now? No worries, the internet and cell reception is great! The 6 outbuildings provide storage for farm equipment, a home for your chickens, 5-bay barn-style building for your projects and 2 large fenced areas for your dogs or horses. The home is surrounded with lovely landscaping, including raised strawberry and rhubarb beds, many fruit-bearing trees and bushes (blueberry, apple, peach, plum and more) – it truly is a turnkey property. A year-round creek and nearly 7 fencible acres are suitable for horse grazing or other livestock. And, there’s an easement for trail riding. On the off chance you want to venture off your property, wineries, breweries, restaurants, and shops are only minutes away. You are also minutes to the MARC Train, bike trails and canoeing. It’s the perfect #Staycation getaway!

On behalf of the 15 West Homes Real Estate team, we hope you, your family and loved ones are healthy and safe during these uncertain and stressful times. Given the last few week’s events and looking ahead to what we all must do to get through this challenge together, I want to update you on our actions and the Northern Virginia market perspective at 15 West Homes.

From the outset of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), our priority has been the health and safety of our team, clients, partners and the community. We have taken multiple measures to reduce risk through education, virtual meetings and showings and have adopted precautions outlined by the CDC. While we are staying laser-focused on a “Health and Safety First” mission (Guidance for Sellers with Showings & Public Open Houses- Click here), we recognize our responsibility to help you decipher the overwhelming volume of incoming information and navigate through heightened uncertainty. The continued strength in the real estate market locally and the unprecedented strong fundamentals of the industry in Northern Virginia before the coronavirus outbreak are two main factors to consider when deciding to sell or purchase a home at this time of uncertainty.

In fact, depending on the length and depth of the measures needed to reduce community passing of the virus, we could see a rapid economic recovery on the other end of the current curve. This is why we are taking measures to contact potential buyers and sellers in this market to meet virtually and begin planning now. So whether you need to buy or sell a home now for relocation, employment, or any reason, we want you to know we are here to help you to move through the process and are as dedicated as we have ever been — all while keeping your health and safety a top priority. If you have decided to wait to purchase a home or list your home due to COVID-19, I still advise you to contact us to set up a virtual meeting so we can discuss the next steps to ensure you are prepared for the economic recovery.

For over 5 years, long-term relationships and partnering with our clients through thick and thin have been our guiding principles and still drive our team every day. We hope you view our resources and knowledge as an extension of yours and that you continue to count on us to support you as you evaluate your home selling, purchasing or general real estate needs. We look forward to getting through this chapter together with health, safety and success.

12120 Garden Ridge Lane, Fairfax, VA

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1 BEDROOMS | 1 Baths (1 full ) BATHROOMS | 797 SqFt

Enjoy the Fairfax lifestyle in this fabulous 1 bedroom, 1.0 bath home. Built in 2005 with a clean and well-planned 797 sqft floorplan. Gleaming hardwood floors, newer paint, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Open concept family room with formal dining room that walks out to a large covered deck that overlooks trees and walking path. Huge walk in laundry room/pantry combination. Large master bedroom with walk in closet. This beautiful home will sell fast, don’t wait!

 

We find ourselves at an interesting point in the real estate market right now. Within just a few weeks we’ve gone from a frenzied sellers’ market and a flurry of re-financings as mortgage rates hit historic lows…to our “new normal” of closures, cancellations, and shutdowns that the tragic COVID-19 has brought.

People are wondering if the strong sellers’ market in northern Virginia will continue — after all, it’s been one of the most resilient markets in the country.

If you find yourself questioning whether it’s a good time to buy or sell…or if you should “wait it out,” please read on for some perspective…

Is now a good time to BUY?

If you have a secure job and have been considering a move — especially “moving up” to a larger home, low interest rates and the new economic uncertainly can certainly work in your favor. You’ll be able to get more for your money, and sellers may be willing to negotiate a bit…something that wasn’t happening in the midst of our low inventory environment. As an example, in February Loudoun County’s active listings were down over 20% from February 2019. But February sales were up over 11% over February 2019. There were more people buying, but choosing from a decreased supply of homes. This resulted in a lot of frustrated would-be buyers.

Our current situation may present an opportunity for buyers to have a fighting chance at the home of their dreams, versus our recent climate of competing against numerous other buyers.

But be aware that with physical distancing, sellers and agent have to be creative about showing properties (likely virtually). Everything, including appraisals and inspections may be done a bit differently. With that said, there has continued to be strong activity in northern Virginia over the past couple weeks, with contracts being ratified and people moving forward with their home buying plans. Activity on the new construction front has also been pretty steady, as I experienced last weekend when out looking at new homes with a buyer client. Showings are by appointment only and need to adhere to safe protocol, but they are still happening in person (or virtually if you prefer).

Is now a good time to SELL, or should I wait it out?

This may be a bit harder to read, but what we’ve learned from past economic downturns is that sellers who list their property sooner, rather than later, tend to be glad they did. We don’t know for sure how long an economic downturn in our country might last, once we emerge from our current business standstill. But I think we can all agree that it may be a long road back to economic strength. It may be better to take a bit less for your home now than risk a bigger price adjustment later on. Fortunately, sellers are coming from a position of strength, and the market is very different than it was preceding the 2008 housing bust.

Demand has been strong.

  • Again, it bears repeating: We’ve just recently been in an incredibly strong sellers’ market with high demand and low inventory
  • The market can certainly support a bit more inventory for sale.
  • Historic low mortgage rates bode well for the housing market going forward, helping to sustain demand.

Supply shouldn’t hit the levels it did in 2008 because…

  • We are unlikely going to see a rash of foreclosures, because sellers aren’t as over-leveraged as they were back in 2008, when many homeowners tapped their over-inflated equity and ended up upside down on their mortgages when the market crashed.
  • Lenders’ standards have been stricter than preceding the 2008 housing bust.

If you’ve been thinking about listing your home but are a bit spooked, remember that buyers are still out there! People who list early — before any downward pressure on the market may set in — are typically very thankful. Contact either me or Maggie to discuss your own situation. At 15 West Homes and Keller Williams, we continue to find smart and creative ways to serve our clients and get business done, even under the toughest and most unprecedented circumstances.

42077 Trengwinton Place, Leesburg, VA

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5 BEDROOMS | 5 Baths (4 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 4718 SqFt

SIMPLY GORGEOUS, move-in ready Stanley Martin Carey Model home in Historic Selma Estates. Sellers have done all the right upgrades to your new home including hardwood throughout the main floor and upper floor landing, new, on trend lighting fixtures, new paint and new landscaping (oh, and the grass is ah-mazing) on over ONE-HALF ACRE! The main level offers a LARGE and LIGHT-FILLED open concept kitchen, dining and large, inviting family room. The GOURMET kitchen boasts TONS of cabinet space, a GIANT pantry, stainless steel appliances, a HUGE oversized island with storage, granite countertops, custom tile backsplash and updated pendant and dining lighting. The family room amazes with a rustic reclaimed wood feature wall and a slate surround gas fireplace to keep things cozy in the winter. The main level also has an office and formal dining room for entertaining. The upstairs welcomes you to a master suite FILLED WITH NATURAL LIGHT that has everything you need and then some; HIS AND HER WALK IN CLOSETS, a sitting room and a large, luxury en suite bathroom with his and her vanities, a soaking tub and oversized shower. Three additional, spacious bedrooms are on the upper level, two with walk in closets and one with its own en suite bathroom! A large third full bath with dual sinks ensures there are plenty of bathrooms for everyone! The 4th level has a wonderful loft area that can be used as a game room, study or yoga retreat and a FIFTH BEDROOM – great for the older teen or guests! The lower level has a LARGE REC ROOM, FULL BATH and possible 6th bedroom! Don’t worry, the basement also has PLENTY of STORAGE SPACE too. The large deck off the kitchen is PERFECT for taking the party outside and looks out on OPEN CONSERVANCY LAND (that will never be built on) and PICTURESQUE MOUNTAINS. There’s also plenty of room to run around and even add an in ground pool! All of this and tucked away on a QUIET CUL-DE-SAC too! But wait, there’s more, you’re just TEN MINUTES from charming downtown Leesburg, minutes away from several wineries, breweries and other treasures of Leesburg including: White’s Ford Regional Park, Ida Lee Recreation Center, Loudoun County Rust Library, Historic Morven Park, Equestrian, Tally Ho Theatre, Leesburg Village Center including Wegmans & many Restaurants & Shops, as well as Cobb Theatre, Leesburg Premium Shopping Outlets, MANY wineries and breweries, Roots Cafe and Local Market, The Old Lucketts Store (great Antique Shopping), Farmer John’s Fruit & Vegetable Market, The Marshall House, Historic White’s Ferry, Oatlands Plantation, Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, Leesburg Animal Park and Public and Private Golf Courses. In addition, Frederick, Maryland is a short 30-minute drive, with many restaurants, shops, and historic sites. The Appalachian trail is a 30-minute drive and Shenandoah State Park is a one-hour drive with camping sites and facilities, restaurants, and walking trails. This one won’t last long, schedule your showing today!

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15 West Homes at Keller Williams Dulles
703-531-7363
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5 BEDROOMS

4 BATHROOMS (3 full, 1 half)

5247 Square Feet

 

Move in ready and spectacularly decorated, this 4 level home has everything you need for entertaining. Large gourmet kitchen that connects to eat in area and family room gives you plenty of space for guests and food prep. Spacious deck off kitchen overlooks open vistas and hills – a great backdrop for family gatherings and cook outs. Finished lower level with walk up and a full bath. Upper level has four bedrooms including a master suite with sitting area, TWO walk-walk in closets and a master spa bath. Two additional full bathrooms and a laundry room complete the second level. The fourth level has a bedroom and loft/study area. Freshly painted with gleaming hardwood floors on main floor and upper landing, this home is ready for you!

 
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Experts are saying that thanks to the President’s trade war with China, interest rates continue to fall, having a positive effect on the housing market. 

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, home-loan interest rates continued to plummet in late June to the lowest level since November 2016. On June 27, benchmark 30-year fixed mortgages averaged 3.73 percent nationwide, down from 3.84 percent a week earlier.

This was the seventh time in the last nine weeks that rates moved lower. Freddie Mac reported interest charges hit the lowest level since November 2016 when 30-year fixed mortgage rates averaged 3.54 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year fixed loans averaged 4.55 percent.

Buyers – if you are looking to buy, don’t wait, you can get more dream home for your money with these low interest rates. 

Sellers –  we all know it’s a great time to sell and if you need to purchase a new home now’s the time to get your house on the market!

After all of the preparation required to list your home, you are probably ready to relax and wait for offers. While most of the hard work is done, it is important to keep in mind things that you may run into during the sale process. As you begin to welcome potential buyers into your home, here are a few things to expect now that your home is listed!

1. You might feel like you live in a museum.

You may have spent a great deal of time cleaning and decluttering, but now you are going to need to maintain that cleanliness. Potential buyers are going to expect a home that was as neat as the listing photos they saw, so it is important to meet their expectations. Now that you have officially listed your home, maintenance is necessary. There may be showings where you don’t have time to do a full deep-clean, so choosing to keep your home ‘show-ready’ will help reduce any stress about the appearance of your home for a showing.

2. There will be some inconveniences. 

Now that you’ve realized your home needs to be ‘show-ready’ at all times, you might be starting to think that there could be an inconvenience or two during this part of home-selling. While your real estate agent will be helpful in this process, you may need to switch around plans during the evenings or weekends when you are typically home so that your home can be shown.

3.  Expect to hear critiques and criticism.

This is often the main thing that first-time home sellers struggle with. It is not always easy to hear the issues a potential buyer may have with the home you have created. While some criticism can feel insulting, it is important to remember that it is not personal. Potential buyers are not trying to hurt your feelings, they just want to picture your home as their own. Your agent can be a key part in buffering criticism. They will be able to take suggestions from potential buyers and relay it to you in a way that is helpful and constructive.

4. Home maintenance will be crucial.

While maintaining home cleanliness is important, you will also need to keep up with maintenance tasks. Your lawn will need to be mowed, your heating and cooling systems need to be operating properly, as well as any appliances that will be staying when your home sells. 

5. There can be some additional expenses.

After you’ve accepted an offer, the closing process will begin. There will be inspections and final walk-throughs, and this can bring about issues that may need resolved before the sale is closed. Depending on the issue, you may need to pay out-of-pocket for repairs so that you don’t need to negotiate your sale price. 

If you’re ready to sell your home and need someone by your side to guide you as you prepare to list, give me a call today!

So you’re ready to put your home on the market and to you, everything looks great. Unfortunately, much of the wear and tear on your home becomes unnoticeable when it is something you see everyday. While you may not think about the one light switch that doesn’t work or the chipping paint in the guest bedroom, now is the time to take a step back and look at your home with fresh eyes. When you decide to sell your home, the first thing you should do is make any repairs you can to save yourself money in the long run. Here are a few repairs to cross off so you can get the best deal for your home!

1. Paint Your Walls

Re-painting the rooms that need a fresh face is the cheapest way to update the appearance of your home. Consider using light, neutral colors to appeal to a broader group of buyers. If the room is too dark or has chipped or dirty paint, make it look brand new with a coat of paint. 

2. Make Minor Kitchen Repairs

Even if your kitchen isn’t large and spacious, a full renovation might not make sense financially. If your agent doesn’t advise you towards a renovation, consider making minor repairs instead. Paint what needs painted and install new fixtures where necessary. If your appliances aren’t operating properly or are in awful shape, you will need to replace them.

3. Update Your Bathroom

The first priority is making sure your bathroom looks clean. If the toilet looks old, replace the seat to give it a fresh new appearance. Replace any tiles that may be missing, clean the grout, and remove old wallpaper that may still remain. This is a room you should consider painting if need be to make it appear bright and clean.

4. Fix The Exterior

The outside of your home is the first thing buyers will see, so it is important that it looks good. Touch up the yard with sod as needed, remove any junk that may be in the yard, and make sure your fencing doesn’t have any missing parts or boards. Mow your grass and consider renting a power washer to make your siding look brand new. 

5. Maximize Lighting

The goal is to maximize light so you can maximize the appearance of space. Light does a great job of making rooms look larger than they are. Update your fixtures, ensure that your windows appear clean and new, and add mirrors across from light sources to reflect even more light. 

6. Ensure Functionality

Potential buyers are going to want everything to work. Do a full walk through of your home, checking all light switches, doorknobs, and locks. Repair or replace anything that doesn’t work as it should. The less issues that arise during the buyer’s home inspection, the better chance of you maximizing your profit during the sale.