Your Luxury Retreat Awaits You

Video of Eagles’ Retreat

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.

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Housing Inventory Snapshot – October 2016

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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Meals Tax Could Drop Your Property Value

Vote No on Meals Tax on November 8th

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.

USAA’s Movers Advantage Program gives their Members No Advantage


Blindly follow your loyalty at your own expense
Blindly follow your loyalty at your own expense

The internet is littered with personal accounts from buyers, sellers, and Realtors who have been burned by USAA’s MoversAdvantage Program, where brokers who participate pay a fee to “Cartus” (a 3rd party vendor). Continue reading

Borrowers Brace for Rate Hike Fallout

On Dec. 17th the Federal Reserve, and it’s chairwoman, Janet L. Yellen, decided to raise short-term interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis in early 2007. The Fed has stated that they intend to slowly and incrementally continue to raise the rate as long as the economy continues to grow. The 0.25% increase has left many wondering what changes they can expect to the mortgage interest rate market in the near term.

If you are curious about what some of the experts are saying I recommend that you start with this article on “First Tuesday Journal”
You may also be interested to see how the rates have fluctuated by monthly average since 1971 in this post from “Freddie Mac”


We hope you will find the following snapshot of May’s inventory statistics for the various regions and property types/values in our local Real Estate market informative.

This snapshot features new data points that we introduced a couple of months ago. They show the trend of changes across several categories from 30 days prior. This can be a good way to lend some perspective to the numbers, bearing in mind that the Spring market has a natural life-cycle so some months are inherently more active than others as we discussed last month.

Again this month the 30 Days Trend column for the Average DOM (Days On Market) active/sold is a good illustration of how May will usually behave, with properties moving faster than in April and in most categories the number of listings was up in May. Fairfax County has had some areas experiencing what we would describe as a slow down in the Spring Market. This may be visible in the numbers, the 30 Days Trend for DOM shows that in Fairfax county the number of days on market for sold listings is dropping much less than its neighbor Arlington County. While Arlington showed a combined total across all categories of 52 less DOM for sold properties from 30 days prior, Fairfax only showed 37. Especially curious when compared to the same numbers from the April report, where Fairfax had a drop of 48 DOM to Arlington’s net increase of 7.

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Housing Inventory Snapshot, May 2015
Housing Inventory Snapshot, May 2015