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Zillow offers HOME VALUE REPORT to show Changes (Increase of Decline)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

How Does Your City Rate?

Zillow’s latest Home Value Report shows that over the past year, U.S. single-family home values have decreased by 5.5%, while condo values have declined by 7.4%.

VALUE CHANGES 

ASHBURN 20148 

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Realtor.com shows online marketing surpasses all other media when it comes to marketing your home for sale.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Just the facts… Realtor.com has been funding some really big research projects and has released that for the year 2008, people seeking information about the local housing market are 500% more likely to sell a home if it has been advertised on the Internet (rather than simply relying on the newspaper).  To those of us living in the Dulles Technology Corridor, this comes as no surprise; but for many people and agents in the housing markets nationwide, they are scratching their heads wondering why properties not aggressively marketed by Internet are not selling at as fast a rate…

With the release of these new stats that show the dramatic rise in popularity of the Internets, these same folks can look back with 20/20 vision in hindsight and say, “Who knew?”. To that I would just laugh and answer, “Anybody under 40 or anyone living in Loudoun County–that’s who.”

Cheers, everyone. May all your internet footprints be left in the soft sand of the virtual beach standing on the edge of the real estate marketing ocean. Thanks for the statistical support Realtor.com–those of us out here who love the net and all the positive life changes the web has the power to bring us are really grateful to you.   

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Scanning Print Advertising for NORTHERN VIRGINIA REAL ESTATE? Washington Post has online option for Tech Friendly!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

I don’t know about your family, but ours is caught in the middle of generational crossfire with the older folks reading a daily printed paper and the younger generations being incredibly tech savvy. Rushing out each Sunday morning to fetch the Sunday Paper is not always the first thing on our list of priorities, but to keep ourselves informed and “in the know” about news and local happenings, we have turned to the internet–and the Washington Post has given us a great way to keep up with our contemporary elders without every having to set foot outside our home.

Know someone who still relies on print advertising to find information on real estate or open houses in Loudoun county and want to plan your day together?

Here’s the easy way to find out what is being advertised in the Washington Post each weekend. Hop online and visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/real-estate/ashburn-homes-realestate.html. Once you sign up, you can keep up with the old school reader and still be in the know.

Happy Sunday News,

Kae Davis

www.activerain.com/KaeDavis

Excerpt from the Washington Post online advertisment…

Ashburn, Virginia Real Estate

Trying to find Ashburn, Virginia homes for sale? On washingtonpost.com you can search our Ashburn real estate listings whenever you want. Find condominiums, single family homes, town homes, duplexes, and more when you use washingtonpost.com. Select specific property criteria such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, fireplace, basement, and swimming pool.

Find Ashburn, Virginia new homes for sale using our designated New Construction search. Search for Ashburn, Virginia real estate listings and view floor plans, virtual tours, or additional photos. If you’re interested in open houses for the weekend use our search to find an open house in Ashburn, Virginia.

Take advantage of washingtonpost.com site tools to map the property, email the listing, print flyer, or view community guide and crime report information. Use washingtonpost.com for your home buying in Ashburn, Virginia!

Sell Your Home

Sell Your Home in Ashburn, Virginia. Reach potential buyers by advertising your Ashburn, Virginia real estate listings on washingtonpost.com. You can add up to 20 photos and include 1,000 characters of descriptive text in your listing. Users can also provide links to an e-mail address, web site, and virtual tour. Even schedule an open house! Agents and brokers can are allowed to submit an agent photo or broker logo to appear on the details page of the listing. Washingtonpost.com is the place for selling and home buying in Ashburn, Virginia.

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ASHBURN REAL ESTATE OVERVIEW FROM ZILLOW

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Interested in learning more about our Ashburn area REAL ESTATE MARKET? Check out this great new 2008 launch of a statistical review platform presented by Zillow:

http://www.zillow.com/real-estate/VA-Ashburn 

Listing affordability date, home types by percent, and why Ashburn residents are unique, there is fun new information about the Loudoun County Real Estate Market Trends for everyone! 

Post courtesy of Michael A. Gilbert, Licensed VA Real Estate Agent YOUR ASHBURN NEIGHBOR, Weichert Realty Ashburn Office: 703-726-3909 43150 Broadlands Center Plaza, Ste 104 Fax: 703-726-0313 Ashburn, VA 20148 Email: mgilbert@weichert.com

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Ashburn makes Sperling’s “Best Places to Live” List

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Real Estate

Virginia

Ashburn

ZIP: 20147

Nearest metro area: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria
Population: 56,223

Median home price: $625,000
Median household income: $96,588
Unemployment rate: 2%
Commute time: 33.6 minutes
Violent crime index: 2

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2007 Comprehensive Real Estate Market Stats

Friday, February 1, 2008
from Coldwell Banker Market Watch… The Real Story of 2007 Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

February 1, 2008 – When deciding on how the real estate market is doing, we must first identify to which market we are referring – the residential resale market, new residential construction market, or the various types of commercial real estate. We must also look at what geographical location to consider since some areas are doing better than others. (Refer to the county graphs to see last month’s activity.)

When assessing the residential resale market where most of us spend our time, there are two issues to consider — 1) number of actual sales and 2) home prices. With 2007 concluded, many who are reporting on the final figures are passing judgment on whether the year was good or bad. If you look at the second issue of home prices, the growing oversupply of inventory in most areas has pushed prices downward. For buyers who purchased two to three years ago who must sell today, that is not good news. For buyers who are looking to purchase today, it is great news to have many choices of homes at lower prices.

Let’s consider the first issue – the number of actual sales in 2007. Back in 2001, the number of resale (existing) homes nationally hit an all time record of 5.3 million sales and the market was good. In 2002, we were thrilled to see another record at 5.6 million home sales which was considered a great year in real estate. Although some thought it couldn’t get any better, the market continued to reach new heights each year: 2003 = 6.2 million, 2004 = 6.8 million, 2005 = 7.1 million. Then in 2006, inventories were growing, but still 6.5 million homes were sold. Although less than the peak of the previous year, it was still the third best year in history. Then, despite all the doom and gloom from the media about the market in 2007, 5.6 million homes were sold, the same number sold as our great year of 2002.

People are still buying existing homes and they should. Sellers are still selling their homes, not for as much as two and three years ago, but for most, more than they bought it for. If we can assist you or any one you know to better understand what is happening in our current market, please let us know.

 

Kae Davis

Licensed VA Realtor, Real Estate Agent

Hostess EverythingAshburn.COM

 

Steve Lizik

Licensed VA Realtor, Associate Broker CBRB Ashburn Dulles

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Preparing your Virginia House for Quick Sale in a Changing Real Estate Market

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
How to Prepare Your House for Sale (from article on About.com)
 

Prepping and staging a house. Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it’s not luck that makes that happen. It’s careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks.Here is how to prep a house and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.  Here’s How:

  1. Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.

    • Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house — a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.

    • Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.

    • Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!

    • Say goodbye to every room.

    • Don’t look backwards — look toward the future.

     

  2. De-Personalize.
    Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there! You don’t want to make any buyer ask, “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?” You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”

     

  3. De-Clutter!
    People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.

    • If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it away?

    • Remove all books from bookcases.

    • Pack up those knickknacks.

    • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.

    • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.

    • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

     

  4. Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.
    Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:

    • Alphabetize spice jars.

    • Neatly stack dishes.

    • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.

    • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.

    • Line up shoes.
       

  5. Rent a Storage Unit.
    Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying, “What is this room used for?”

     

  6. Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
    If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won’t want it. Once you tell a buyer she can’t have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

     

  7. Make Minor Repairs.
     

    • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.

    • Patch holes in walls.

    • Fix leaky faucets.

    • Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.

    • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.
      (Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as “the house with the orange bathroom.”)

    • Replace burned-out light bulbs.

    • If you’ve considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

     

  8. Make the House Sparkle!
     

    • Wash windows inside and out.

    • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.

    • Clean out cobwebs.

    • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.

    • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.

    • Clean out the refrigerator.

    • Vacuum daily.

    • Wax floors.

    • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.

    • Bleach dingy grout.

    • Replace worn rugs.

    • Hang up fresh towels.

    • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.

    • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.

     

  9. Scrutinize.
     

    • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?

    • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.

    • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.

    • Make sure window coverings hang level.

    • Tune in to the room’s statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?

    • Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You’re almost finished.

     

  10. Check Curb Appeal.
    If a buyer won’t get out of her agent’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get her inside.

    • Keep the sidewalks cleared.

    • Mow the lawn.

    • Paint faded window trim.

    • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.

    • Trim your bushes.

    • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

Article submission courtesy of David Korrie

To contact David, please email: dkorrie@yahoo.com

or visit his website www.davidkorrie.com for more information.
 

 

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Ashburn, VA 20147