Fairfax, VA Real Estate News

By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
See the Jan 2011 report by clicking this link. Fran: Can you please post all the condos, townhouses and single family homes that have sold in Penderbrook, Fairfax in the last few months? That main entrance sign is hard to read by the way ....can you put the one from the lower entrance in over on the right?       Steve: Fran, we have posted single family homes here: HomesByBachman.com (By the way you can make the report bigger by going to the dead center of the tool bar above the report where it says 62% and hit the black down arrow to give you more choices for magnification) We had to go back to July 1 to get the three that you see here. Most of the sales in Penderbrook have been in the town house and condo segments of the market.   To view townhouses that have sold so far this quarter...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
Sally: What single family homes have sold in Franklin Glen since July of  2009? Steve: Sally,we have posted the single family homes that have sold here: HomesByBachman.com and townhouses here: HomesByBachmanTowns. Just click and you will be taken to a report that is known as a CMA or Competitive Market Analysis. We went back to July since there were only a couple of homes that sold this past quarter and we wanted a larger sample for the reports. These reports show in detail the 4 single family homes and the 6 town houses that have sold in Franklin Glen since July 1 2009. The first column of interest in the report is the List price at the time the property went under contract. The next one over is the price that the buyer actually paid for the home. The column headed DOMP shows the numbe...
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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Fairfax, VA:  Tour of Holiday Lights in Greenbriar, 2009 Every year, my husband James and I spend the late hours of Christmas Eve driving through Greenbriar, and other communities, to look at the homes decorated for the holiday.  There is something magical about driving through these communities in the hours before midnight on Christmas Eve.  You can feel the excited energy in the air from the youngest residents of each community.  We start our tour in Greenbriar because that is where James grew up.  He loves to tell stories of his childhood as we wind around through the streets.  The thing I always find interesting about Greenbriar is that all the street names begin with either an M or a P.  James grew up on Mount Royal Lane and reminisces about the snow plow missing that, and other Gr...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
Greenbriar Fairfax: Homes sold this Quarter   Jill: Could you post a report showing what  homes have sold in Greenbriar, Fairfax since October 1 of 2009? Steve: Jill,  we have posted them here: HomesByBachman.com  Just click and you will be taken to a report that is known as a CMA or Competitive Market Analysis.This report shows in detail the homes that have sold in Greenbriar since October 1 of this year. The second column is the List (or advertised) price of the property at the time of contract. The next one over is the price that the buyer actually paid for the property at settlement. The column headed DOMP shows the number of days the property was on the market The acronym stands for Days On Market Property. This figure is very encouraging for Greenbriar home sellers. As you will se...
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By Nate Johnson, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty - Serving Northern Virginia)
My PenderbrookHome.com Relevant Real Estate Information for the Penderbrook Community of Townhomes and Condos in Fairfax, VA INTRODUCTION We had a lot of sales this past month !  10 (3 of which were distressed properties).  2 of these were short sales that finally closed after 3 months and 6 months.  Suprisingly we only had 1 TH sell.  Most of the Condos in penderbrook are selling right now.  Interesting Penderbrook Fact:  10 of the current 19 homes for sale in Penderbrook are bank owned or short selling. AND 13 of the current 15 under contract are short sales. It could be some time until we see some of these closing. If you have any questions or would like to find out how much your home would sell for right now Contact me As of today (December 18, 2009 11 AM) there are 19 active homes ...
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By Ellen Crawford, Alpharetta Real Estate Agents & Alpharetta REALTOR
(Maximum One Executive REALTORS®)
This last weekend left a lot of snow on the ground in Northern VA, but to me it was a fun event.  Personally, it gets me in the mood for the holidays when I believe we are having a "White Christmas!" I know that many persons do not feel the same as I do, but a major snow storm is not an everyday occurrence.  Sometimes storms like this are very rare, and yes...even historic.  But I have to hand it to the Fairfax County Government, counties, city and state... the primary roads were cleared in quick order after such a record downfall.  I took a few photos and thought it would be fun to share them in the Blog post for all of those wondering what it was really like during the recent snow storm!  Here you go!  
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
Fairfax Schools May Change Bus Boundaries Greenbriar Homes for Sale Fairfax, Greenbriar Realtor Fairfax, Homes for Sale in Greenbriar Fairfax   Homes for sale in Greenbriar: HomeByBachman     Fairfax County students who typically ride the bus, may be walking to school, according to the Washington Post. In effort to reduce childhood obesity, reduce transporation costs and ease traffic, school officials want to encourage more students to walk or bike to school. The idea is fondly supported because the cost of putting a school bus on the road is equal to keeping a teacher on staff. This small change could greatly impact the strength of schools and health of the students. As for homeowners, it is a win-win situation because any improvement in the school system positively affects home values...
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By Nate Johnson, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty - Serving Northern Virginia)
My PenderbrookHome.com   Relevant Real Estate Information for the Penderbrook Community of Townhomes and Condos in Fairfax, VA   INTRODUCTION We had a lot of sales this past month !  10 (3 of which were distressed properties).  2 of these were short sales that finally closed after 3 months and 6 months.  Suprisingly we only had 1 TH sell.  Most of the Condos in penderbrook are selling right now.  Interesting Penderbrook Fact:  10 of the current 19 homes for sale in Penderbrook are bank owned or short selling. AND 13 of the current 15 under contract are short sales. It could be some time until we see some of these closing. If you have any questions or would like to find out how much your home would sell for right now Contact me   As of today (December 18, 2009 11 AM) there are 19 active ...
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By Nate Johnson, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty - Serving Northern Virginia)
MyFairfaxCountyRealEstate.com     November 2009 Fairfax Real Estate Sales Market Report *219 Active Homes SummaryAll numbers were down this month in Fairfax, less distressed properties and less homes sold.  Its that time of the year where housing numbers dip just slightly.  We will see how these numbers compare to December in a few weeks.  Its still a great time to buy and sell though.  (sell - if you have some equity built up) Contact me if you are looking to buy or sell soon. We would be honored to work with you. Single Family Homes Fairfax Sold Fairfax Homes in October 2009: 53 homes Average Sold Price: $558,420 Median Sold Price: $499,000 Homes sold for about: 97.5% of asking price Average Days on Market:  59 days  Out of the 53 Fairfax home sales in October - 8 (9%) were distressed...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
Adding a Deck to my home in Greenbriar, Greenbriar homes for Sale Fairfax,Greenbriar Realtor Fairfax Homes for sale in Greenbriar, Fairfax: HomesByBachman.com     Ted: I am thinking about adding a deck to my home in the Greenbriar subdivision of Fairfax. Do you think that doing so  will add enough value to my house that I will recoup my investment when  we go to sell? Steve: Ted, in our observation, a deck is one of the most desirable features of a home. Buyers are spending a lot of time in their cars these days and envisage themselves relaxing on the deck when they get home or firing up the grill for a seasonal festivity. We use our deck almost everyday and grill out regardless of the weather. Also, not only will you get a good return on your investment. The homes in Greenbriar usually...
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By Nate Johnson, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty - Serving Northern Virginia)
MyGatesofFairLakesCondo.com   Relevant Real Estate Information for Gates of Fair Lakes . A gated condo community.   INTRODUCTION   We have not had any sales since our last report. Things will slow down slightly here over the holidays. But look for a big push in the new year. Especially with the first time home buyer credit expering at the end of Spring.   The 4 current ones on the market are priced just slightly to high.  That is why they are averaging 50+ days on the market.   As of today (December 16, 2009) There are 4 active listings in MLS and 4 condos that are currently under contract. 2 condos have sold in the last 30 days.   Here's the breakdown of all active listings in MLS:   12884 Fair Briar Ln. #12884 - 1bd/1ba (24 DOMP) 4652 Superior Sq #4652 - 2bd/2ba (55 DOMP) 12873 Fair B...
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By Nate Johnson, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty - Serving Northern Virginia)
Relevant Real Estate Information for the Foxfield Townhome Community in Fairfax, VA   INTRODUCTION We had two closings this month in Foxfield.  One was a short sale that took 7 months to close !!  The other was a Bank owned that took 38 days to close.  Such a big difference.  There are no homes available right now in Foxfield. These are some of the most affordable TH in Fairfax, so they go quickly.  Contact me if you are thinking about buying or selling here in Foxfield. We have been helping this community for years and can give you a competitive edge. As of today (December 16, 2009 11 AM) there are no active homes in Foxfield and 3 homes that are currently under contract and 2 homes that has sold in the last 30 days.   Here's the breakdown of all active listings in MLS:   Townhomes- 0 ...
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By Nate Johnson, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty - Serving Northern Virginia)
MyFairRidgeHome.com Relevant Real Estate Information for the Fair Ridge Townhome Community INTRODUCTION We have not had any sales since our last report. Things will slow down slightly here over the holidays. But look for a big push in the new year. Especially with the first time home buyer credit expering at the end of Spring. As of today (December 16, 2009 10 AM) there is 1 active home in Fair Ridge and 3 homes that are currently under contract and 1 homes that has sold in the last 30 days. Here's the breakdown of all active listings in MLS: Townhomes- 1 NEW LISTINGS According to MLS, there was 0 new listing this week. UNDER CONTRACT 4237 Fox Lake Dr - 3bd/4ba (9 DOMP) 12315 Field Lark Ct - 4bd/4ba (24 DOMP) 12306 Field Lark Ct - 3bd/3ba (5 DOMP)   I will have the final numbers for the...
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By Nate Johnson, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty - Serving Northern Virginia)
MyCedarLakesHome.com   Relevant Real Estate Information for the Cedar Lakes Condo & Townhome Community in Fairfax, VA INTRODUCTION We have not had any sales since our last report.  Things will slow down slightly here over the holidays.  But look for a big push in the new year.  Especially with the first time home buyer credit expering at the end of Spring.   As of today (December 16, 2009 11 AM) there is 2 active homes in Cedar Lakes and 4 homes that are currently under contract and 2 homes that have sold in the last 30 days. Here's the breakdown of all active listings in MLS:   Condos- 1 Cedar Lakes A - 1   Townhomes- 1 Cedar Lakes - 1   NEW LISTINGS According to MLS, there was 0 new listings this week. UNDER CONTRACT   According to MLS, there is 2 townhomes and 2 condos under cont...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
  Greenbriar homes for Sale Fairfax,Greenbriar Realtor Fairfax, Homes for sale in Greenbriar Fairfax, Greenbriar foreclosures, Greenbriar REOs   Homes for sale in Greenbriar. Active Listings:HomesByBachman.com   John: I have heard from coworkers that there are unbelievable prices on bank owned, foreclosed homes in Prince William county…I am renting a house near Greenbriar outside of Fairfax and want buy something in Greenbriar. I work at Tysons Corner, and don’t mind the commute I have now... but I know I can’t get a single family home around here for near $500k. I think I could stand driving more, if I can get more house. Is it possible to get some halfway decent bank owned homes under 20 years old in Prince William county? Steve Bachman: Yes,there are plenty available in Prince Willia...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
reenbriar homes for Sale Fairfax,Greenbriar Realtor Fairfax, Homes for sale in Greenbriar Fairfax Homes for sale in Greenbriar as of 12/17: HomeByBachman   John: I have heard from coworkers that there are unbelievable prices on bank owned, foreclosed homes in Prince William…I am renting a house near Greenbriar outside of Fairfax and want buy something in Greenbriar. I work at Tysons Corner, and don’t mind the commute I have now... but I know I can’t get a single family home around here for near $500k. I think I could stand driving more, if I can get more house. Is it possible to get some halfway decent bank owned homes under 20 years old in Prince William county? Steve Bachman: Yes,there are plenty available in Prince William, however you might be surprised at what you can get right in ...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
Greenbriar Homes for sale in Fairfax County, Homes for Sale in Greenbriar Fairfax, Greenbriar Realtor Fairfax Greenbriar homes for sale: HomesByBachman     Marnie: I live in Greenbriar but we go to Reston Town Center all the time for food, fun and shopping. Reston has always intrigued me. Do you know how it got its name?…from being a restful place to live? Steve Bachman: No Marnie, Reston is a peaceful place to live…but the name Reston was derived from the initials of Robert E. Simon, the man behind the outstanding design, vision, and creation of Reston. That is a sculpture of him above sitting on a bench a Lake Anne Center. I will write about the history of Reston from time to time, since it is an intriguing topic for anyone interested in real estate development and the thought process...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
  Greenbriar homes for sale Fairfax, Homes for Sale in Greenbrair Fairfax, Greenbriar Realtors Fairfax Greenbriar Homes for sale: HomesByBachman For current listings all the time read below: Cara: I have started looking online for homes for sale in Greenbriar. I must say that I am sorely disappointed with the old data I have come across on the main public home search programs... 4 of the 5 homes that I wanted more info. on turned out to have been sold or put under contract days (sometimes weeks) ago. What do you recommend I do? Steve Bachman: Cara, the reason the big public home search programs are so out of date and such time wasters is that they have to pull info from hundreds of separate Multiple Listing Services from all over the country. It is a huge data transfer problem. We have ...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
Adapted Aquatics:Special needs programs in Fairfax County, Virginia Special olympics in Fairfax county, special olympics swimming programs Fairfax County,special needs swimming programs in Fairfax County Karen: Do you think swimming or aquatic therapy is appropriate for my special needs kid? I live in Greenbriar and am not too far from a number of Fairfax County's indoor pools. Steve: Absolutely, positively without equivocation. In general, the swimming community is the most supportive group of families we have come across in the 17 years that we have been involved with kids sports in Fairfax County. The Special needs volunteers are as you can imagine...outstanding human beings. Greenbriar has a great outdoor pool for summer enjoyment, usually opening around Memorial Day ad closing arou...
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By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
  Greenbriar Homes for Sale, Greenbriar Homes for Sale Fairfax, Greenbriar Realtor Fairfax, Homes for Sale in Greenbriar Fairfax Greenbriar homes for Sale: HomesByBachman Tax Credits for Greenbriar Home Buyers: Two Options Tom: I heard that there is an $8,000 tax credit for first time home buyers. Is this true? Steve: Yes, Tom it also applies to people who have not owned for the past three years, not just first time buyers. A new feature of the law is a tax break for people who HAVE owned another property and want to buy another. Jo Ann: Is there a good link that you can send me that will explain the first time home buyer tax credit in plain English? Steve: Alert client Gary from Greenbriar likes this one the best: http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/2009/home2.html Jo Anne: Can you ...
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