My recommendations for the Best Pick Your Owns, Fall and Halloween Events for the Whole Family

The leaves are a changing, football is well underway and pumpkin and apple picking is everywhere. It is Fall again in Northern Virginia.

I have scoured the local news to find the best listings of Pick your Own Farms and Halloween Events for the kiddies. But I wanted to add my own picks.

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My personal recommendation is Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Virginia out in Loudoun County. It might be a drive for some but I would argue well worth it. There are enough activities to please all ages and tire out the little ones. (not to mention Pumpkin Chunkin) We also get a chance to go out to actual fields where the apples are grown and pick them off the tree.

Then I proceed to can the apples for apple sauce.

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(Psst: There’s are two breweries and a vineyard nearby as well #vawine #vabeer)

Dirt Farm Brewing

Bear Chase Brewing

Bluemont Vineyard

Also the best part is that Great Country Farms is also open for business in the Spring and Summer as well a real gem.

Want something a little further in and get the sillies out of the kids? The Reston Farm Market off the corner of Barron Cameron and Route 7 is a great choice for bounce houses and buying a couple pumpkins if you live nearby.  There is a great BBQ Food Truck on site. Our kids like it so much we just bought season passes.

Have a blast out there everyone.

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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.

If this property interests you contact them through the properties website: http://eaglesretreat.net/

Featured in cooperation with Virginia Waterfront Properties, Inc.

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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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Loudoun County Taxpayers will be on the hook for the estimated $22.9mm per year contribution to Metro

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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.

Read the entire article on LoudounNow.com

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Meals Tax Could Drop Your Property Value

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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.

Get Familiar with the Colors for 2017

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.

2017's Color of the Year
2017’s Color of the Year

“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.

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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