Archive for May 4th, 2008


Cool Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Brambletonian Moms and Ashburn Kids

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Cool Mother’s Day Gifts

Excerpt from courtesy of Tri-Ed… the most family friendly Private Tutoring company in Northern Virginia–proud to serve students of all ages in Loudoun County, Fairfax County, the DC Metro Region, and all of the Dulles Technology Corridor neighboring regions! 

Tri-Ed Tutoring says, “Don’t Forget– this year, Mothers Day is SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008.”  

Cool mother’s day gifts are not hard to come up with. In fact, cool mother’s day gifts are going to be different for each mother because everyone has a different idea of what cool is. So, coming up with these gifts done by finding out what your mother would like. Here are some examples of the general cool mother’s day gifts I have come up with.

During this time there are a lot of mothers and families that are going to do without. One of the gift ideas that can help these families is a donation in your mother’s name. What better gift is there than to know that you raised your children with strong morals and a big heart. It truly is a gift that keeps giving.

Other cool mother’s day gifts are anything made by you. That can mean anything from poetry, song writing, jewelry, candy, dinner, or anything else. The main point is that you are putting a 100% effort in your gift. Your blood, sweat, and tears will prove what a loyal child you are.

If you life far away from your mother you may be able to give one of the best cool mother’s day gifts. A visit or a plane ticket is a great gift for a mother who lives far away from her children. In fact, if you can get all of her children in one place, you may just win the prize.

Along the same lines, another cool mother’s day gift is the gift of gab. By this I am referring to a phone option that her company may offer in which she can pay a certain amount a month to have unlimited long distance calls to one certain number. This would be a great option for you to purchase for her so that she can always keep in touch.


Brambleton’s Northern Virginia Orthodontics Spotlighted in Washington Post “LoudounExtra.COM”

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Northern Virginia Orthodontics

22855 Brambleton Plaza, Suite 200, Ashburn, VA 20148
Phone: 703-327-1718

Northern Virginia Orthodontics, located in Brambleton Town Center serves Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Brambleton, South Riding, and surrounding areas.

Northern Virginia Orthodontics provides orthodontics to children and adults featuring the latest technologies, such as Invisalign (invisible and removable braces), self-ligating braces, ‘memory’ wires, and digital radiography. A native of Northern Virginia, Dr. Casagrande is an expert Invisalign Orthodontist and is excited to help bring smiles to Loudoun County, Ashburn, Brambleton, South Riding, and the surrounding areas!

Dr. Casagrande is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction held by less than 25% of orthodontists. A Northern Virginia native, Dr. Casagrande attended Sunrise Valley Elementary School and South Lakes High School in Reston. After graduating from James Madison University, Dr. Casagrande received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, magna cum laude, from the Medical College of Virginia. In addition to his dental degree, Dr. Casagrande also earned a Master of Science degree and a certificate in Orthodontics from the Medical College of Virginia. During his time at MCV, Dr. Casagrande received grants from Pfizer for work on his master’s thesis. He remains a part of the Medical College of Virginia as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthodontics, teaching residents to become orthodontists.

Dr. Casagrande is highly trained in the latest orthodontic techniques and treatments for pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients including Invisalign and self-ligating bracket systems that can reduce treatment time and increase patient comfort. He has extensive experience with complex cases requiring orthognathic jaw surgery as a former member of the VCU Craniofacial/Facial Reconstruction Team. Dr. Casagrande uses the latest technologies in orthodontics to maximize smile aesthetics and give the best possible results to his patients.

Northern Virginia Orthodontics offers an internet café and coffee bar for patients and parents to use before, during, and after appointments. They also have a game room for kids (and adults) of all ages. So bring your brothers and sisters with you to have some fun while they wait! Parents who are interested in getting some shopping done at the Town Center can request one of the pagers to take with them. They will give you a buzz when your child’s appointment is over.

So if you are interested in orthodontics or invisible braces, and you live in Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Brambleton, South Riding, or surrounding areas, and want to meet an orthodontist who really cares about your smile and teeth, see Dr. Casagrande.

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Selling your Home in Brambleton or Ashburn? 8 Quick Fixes to Improve Home Value from Realtor.ORG

Sunday, May 4, 2008

8 Quick Fixes to Increase Value

With buyers scarcer [but still actively searching for great homes in the DC Metro region and Dulles Technology Corridor], sellers [in luxury home suburbs like Ashburn’s Brambleton] must up the ante to convince them that their property offers what many want most — top value for dollar expended. Here are eight fast fixes:

1. Buff up curb appeal. You’ve heard it before, but it’s critical to get buyers to want to look on the inside. Be objective. View listings from the street. Check the condition of the landscaping, paint, roof, shutters, front door, knocker, windows, house number, and even how window treatments look from the outside. Add something special—such as big flower pots or an antique bench — to help viewers remember house A from B.

2. Enrich with color. Paint’s cheap, but forget the adage that it must be white or neutral. Just don’t let sellers get too avant-garde with jarring pinks, oranges, and purples. Recommend soft colors that say “welcome,” lead the eye from room to room, and flatter skin tones. Think soft yellows and pale greens. Tint ceilings a lighter shade.

3. Upgrade the kitchen and bathroom. These make-or-break rooms can spur a sale. But besides making each squeaky clean and clutter-free, update the pulls, sinks, and faucets. In a kitchen, add one cool appliance, such as an espresso maker. In the bathroom, hang a flat-screen TV to mimic a hotel. Room service, anyone?

4. Add old-world patina. Make Andrea Palladio proud. Install crown molding at least six to nine inches in depth, proportional to the room’s size, and architecturally compatible. For ceilings nine feet high or higher, add dentil detailing, small tooth-shaped blocks used as a repeating ornament. It’s all in the details, after all.

5. Screen hardwood floors. Buyers favor wood over carpet, but refinishing is costly and time-consuming. Screening cuts dust, time, and expense. What it entails: a light sanding, not a full stripping of color or polyurethane, then a coat of finish.

6. Clean out, organize closets. Get sorting—organize your piles into “don’t need,” “haven’t worn,” and “keep.” Closets must be only half-full so buyers can visualize fitting their stuff in.

7. Update window treatments. Buyers want light and views, not dated, fancy-schmancy drapes that darken. To diffuse light and add privacy, consider energy-efficient shades and blinds.

8. Hire a home inspector. Do a preemptive strike, since busy home owners seek maintenance-free living. Fix problems before you list the home and then display receipts and wait for buyers to offer kudos to sellers for being so responsible.

Sources: Ernie Roth, Roth Interiors, Los Angeles; Angel Petragallo, abr, Group One, Boise, Idaho; Melissa Galt, Galt Interiors, Atlanta; Steve Kleiman, CEO, Oakington Realty, Houston; Sid Davis, Sid Davis & Associates, Farmington, Utah, and author of First-Time Homeowners’ Survival Guide (Amacom, 2007); Steve Hochman, Friendly Note Buyers, Roxbury, N.Y.; Margi Kyle, designer and spokesperson for Hunter Douglas.


Vacant Homes for Sale in US Sets NEW RECORD

Sunday, May 4, 2008
Daily Real Estate News  |  April 29, 2008  |  Record High of Vacant Homes for Sale  |

The number of vacant homes for sale in the United States set a new record in the first quarter of 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday.

The Census Bureau reported that 2.9 percent of U.S. homes or 2.28 million properties, not including rentals, were vacant and for sale. It was the highest quarterly number as far back to 1956 when records of such vacancies were first kept.

The West had the biggest gain in vacancy rates among home owners, rising to 3.2 percent in the January-March period from 2.6 percent in the same quarter a year earlier. Vacancy rates inched up in the Northeast and remained steady in the Midwest and South.

Source: The Associated Press, Alan Zibel 04/28/2008