We don’t usually feature properties listed by other Realtors, but this is a unique circumstance. Fellow conservative activist and commentator Terry Beatley, who is regularly featured on the Fairfax Free Citizen, is ready to part with her treasured home on the Northern Neck of Virginia. As one of the most unique properties in the Neck, Eagles’ Retreat is a dramatic blend of water, wilderness, and relaxation in a fully modern and beautifully appointed home. Eagles’ Retreat offers a shooting range, water access to a private lake and to the Corrotoman River, and nearly 59 acres of unspoiled wilderness. For $2.25mm you could own this enchanting getaway, a mere 2.5 hours drive from the DC area.
This month the 30 Days Trend column for the Average Days on Market shows a stagnation in a timeframe that is historically active for Loudoun, Fairfax, and Arlington Counties. Probably more interesting is the large number of properties on the market in Fairfax County across all price categories. This supports our anecdotal perception that through October there has been a lot of inventory and the buyers are being very choosey. It does appear that the end of the political season has resolved questions that were keeping buyers on the fence. In the last week listings of ours that were getting virtually no traffic in Great Falls, Fredericksburg, North Reston, Herndon, and Vienna have had a dramatic increase in showing activity, two of the six are now under contract and offers submitted or pending on two more.
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A few years after ignoring the input from experts and concerned citizens who tried to prevent this project from getting a foothold in Loudoun’s operating budget, the first concrete signs have emerged making it clear that Loudoun’s annual commitment has just begun to rise.
On your ballot Nov. 8th you will find a referendum vote on whether or not to add a 4% Meals Tax to the existing Sales Tax of 6%. Let’s examine how this can impact your life as a property owner or prospective buyer in Fairfax County.
It is commonly accepted that real estate values are fluid and tied to changes in the market. Of course there are still those who believe that their property has inherent value based on an array of anecdotal indicators such how much they paid for it, how much they have put into it, or even how much they love it. The truth is that the only indicators that will really determine the value of your home in a competitive sales market are Location, Condition, and a Comparable Market Analysis. The reason I point that fact out is to establish a baseline for my argument that a Meals Tax increase to a net 10% could effect property values and hence your return on investment.
Sherwin-Williams has released their 2017 color palette, topping the list this year as the 2017 color of the year, a new take on an old favorite. Taupe has been dancing around the edges of the top slot for a few years now, but this fresh interpretation, Poised Taupe, with it’s strong connection to its grey roots has what it takes to really make a splash. Beyond their top pick I think you will be excited to see some of the key color combinations they have put together that really allow you to take it in different directions.
“Poised Taupe SW 6039 creates a cozy lifestyle and brings a sense of sanctuary into our homes. It diffuses the stresses of the world outside our doors — so much so that we feel restored and in balance when we walk across our threshold.
The Danes have a word to describe this feeling, hygge (pronounced hue-gah), which loosely translates as cozy, or creating a sense of coziness and warmth. The soft glow of candle-light, a toasty drink, and the company of family and friends is certainly hygge, but this feeling comes from creating the right atmosphere.