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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Housing Inventory Snapshot – June 2015

We hope you will find the following snapshot of June’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 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 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.

Again this month the 30 Days Trend column for the Average DOM (Days On Market) active/sold is a good illustration of how June will usually behave, with properties moving faster than in May, this is especially true in Loudoun County this June and less so in some other areas, and in most categories the number of listings was up in June. Fairfax County continues to have some areas and categories experiencing what we would describe as a market slow down that is evident in the numbers. I am hopeful that the slow Spring will result in a steady summer market, with the threat of rising interest rates keeping prospective buyers engaged.

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

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Housing Inventory Snapshot, June 2015

HOUSING INVENTORY SNAPSHOT – May 2015

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.

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

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

Housing Inventory Snapshot – April 2015

We hope you will find the following snapshot of April’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 last month. 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. See the graph below that details the month-by-month volume of closed sales in the Mid-Atlantic region to gain some perspective on the trend of the Spring Market. Obviously the Northern Virginia market is unique and will deviate from the regional view, but this shows the general pattern.

Again this month the 30 Days Trend column for the Average Days On Market active/sold is a good illustration of how April will usually behave, with properties moving faster than in March and in most categories the number of listings was up in April by between 11% and 30%. However, it seems the increase in number of listings, while still higher than in March, is less so for Condo/Townhomes over $600K/$350K/… respectively.

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

Housing Inventory Snapshot, April 2015
Housing Inventory Snapshot, April 2015
Closed Sales over the last year, Mid-Atlantic Region
Closed Sales over the last year, Mid-Atlantic Region

Home Improvement Projects with the Best Return on Investment

The characteristics that define a good Return on Investment (ROI) for your home meet these four criteria; Low-Maintenance, Good (not necessarily the highest) Quality, Energy-Efficient, and Relatively low cost.

The top ROI projects in order, one being the best, are as follows:

1. Replacing Your Front Door

2. New Siding

3. Minor Kitchen Remodel

4. Wood Deck Addition

5. Attic Bedroom Remodel

6. Garage Door Replacement

Check out the full article here: HouseLogic – The 6 Best Time-Tested Remodeling Projects – and the Worst

Our Native Camel Cricket is Under Siege from it’s Asian Cousin

Invading Camel Cricket Species
Invading Camel Cricket Species

According to Wikipedia, “Diestrammena is a cricket genus in the family Rhaphidophoridae. It is native to Asia, including Japan.

The United States is currently undergoing a camel cricket census conducted by researchers and citizen scientists at North Carolina State University. Citizen scientists were asked to survey their homes for presence or absence of camel crickets such as those of this genus and return photos and/or specimens to the lab for further research. Researchers have found that introduced Diestrammena camel crickets were reported much more commonly than the native North American camel crickets of the genus Ceuthophilus.”

Check out this article from Discovery News to learn more about this species that appears to be here to stay:

Nightmarish Cricket That Eats Anything Is Now Invading the US

Support Our Troops with Confidence

Support Our Troops BannerI was speaking with my father during his visit this past fall and mentioned that I was considering donating my horse to the PATH Intl. Horses for Heroes Therapeutic Riding Program which prompted a discussion about how much of the donated proceeds raised by the several Wounded Warrior type organizations actually go towards helping veterans and their families versus paying for administrative costs.  I am from a strong military family and my father serves as the Chairman of the Air Commando Association (ACA) Board of Directors, and is writing a book that is due to be published soon. It’s particularly exciting for our family because he has promised to donate the proceeds to the Air Commando Association Foundation.  Thus began a lengthy discussion and comparison between the three organizations that our family has donated to – Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF ) and the Air Commando Association Foundation Endowment (ACAF ).

Charity Navigator is an independent charity evaluator providing free ratings and evaluations of nonprofit corporations, http://www.charitynavigator.org/. Below are their assessments of the three foundations mentioned above.

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

WWP was founded in 2005 in Roanoke, Virginia and spends 57.9% of the charity’s budget on the programs and services it delivers and 41.9% on fundraising and administrative expenses. They employ officers, directors, trustees, and their highest compensated employees at a cost of $2.197 million.

http://www.specialops.org/
http://www.specialops.org/

SOWF was founded in 1980 and spends 84.4% of the charity’s budget on the programs and services it delivers and 15.5% on fundraising and administrative expenses. They employ 14 full time staff members at a cost of $1.162 million.

http://www.aircommando.org/?q=Foundation
http://www.aircommando.org/?q=Foundation

ACAF Endowment is a much smaller organization, but is quickly growing and helps Air Force Wounded Warriors and their families.  100% of the foundation funds go to helping veterans and their families. The fundraising and administrative costs are funded by the parent association “ACA”.  Their board of directors is exclusively pro-bono.  Another major difference in this foundation is that their agility allows them to react to circumstances at a moment’s notice.

Giving to any of these organizations is a fantastic demonstration of your support for our many men and women in uniform, as well as their families, who have sacrificed so much to secure our freedom and way of life. My only advice would be, do a little research and know how your contribution is being used. When you are comfortable with an organization, knowing about the services they provide and structure of their foundation, then you’ll sleep well assured that your charitable contribution is helping those who have given so much for us.