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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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.

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

Housing Inventory Snapshot – April 2016

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

This snapshot features new data points that we introduced last year. 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 natural life-cycle of the seasonal markets influence statistics heavily causing some months to be inherently more active than others as we have discussed previously.

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Regional Sales Continue to Increase…

The Washington, D.C. Metro Area housing market continued to see increases in closed and pending sales in October, with pending contracts at the best levels in a decade.  Median sales prices were comparable to both last year and last month [but showed a decline in the year over 5 year average].  Inventories continue to grow, driven by the highest October level of new listings since 2007, but at a continually slowing rate.

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With 12,676 active listings at the end of October, inventories increased for the 25th consecutive month.

…Year-to-date there have been 42,616 closed sales across the region, which is up 9.5% compared to last year, and all jurisdictions show increases in the number of sales compared to last year.

Median Sales Prices by Location - DC Metro Area
Median Sales Prices by Location – DC Metro Area

To read more, check out the article here: Full Article from RBI

Please let us know if you need our help with anything real estate related.

HOUSING INVENTORY SNAPSHOT – OCTOBER 2015

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

This snapshot features new data points that we introduced earlier this year. 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 natural life-cycle of the seasonal markets influence statistics heavily causing some months to be inherently more active than others as we discussed last month.

This month the 30 Days Trend column for the Average List Price could raise a few eyebrows. October will usually have a strong showing when compared to August and November, and in all regions other than Arlington, the table appears to be set for that to play out. Showing insignificant reductions or increases across all price ranges and property types in all regions except Arlington where all price ranges and property types showed a reduction in average list price.

Please let us know if you need our help with anything real estate related.

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Housing Inventory Snapshot for October 2015

Safely Exchange Online Purchases & Sales

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Online Shopping Safe Exchange Zones

We have all heard the stories of terrible things happening to innocent people who’s only mistake was shopping online and agreeing to meet someone they don’t know in a strange place to complete a transaction. Continue reading