Haymarket, VA Real Estate News

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster Real Estate)
Dominion Valley residents really do have a great calendar of events.  And this time of year, the adults get the enjoy the Boo Bash, while the young trick-or-treaters get to partake in the Halloween Parade. The 2010 Dominion Valley Halloween Parade will be on October 31st  and start promptly at 3pm.  The costumed participants and their parents are to meet at the Dominion Valley Sports Pavilion.  From there, the costumed crowd will parade about one third of a mile to Waverly Park. The Dominion Valley Halloween Parade is a free event to residents.  And the way the weather is looking, it promises to be a beautiful day, though perhaps a bit nippy.  Don't send your trick-or-treater out without a jacket.  (I know they hate it, but it's for their own good.) After the parade, the costumes will b...
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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster Real Estate)
One of the great things about living in a gated, golf community like Dominion Valleyis the amenities.  In the case of the Dominion Valley Boo Bash, the magnificent ballroom well be the focus of attention.  The party starts at 9 pm and is open to adults only, and is $21.95 per person.   You may be under the impression that the event is open to Dominion Valley residents only.  If you are making that assumption, you are wrong.  Dominion Valley residents are welcome to bring friends as theirs guest for the evening. So what happens on the Dominion Valley Boo Bash?  For starters, there is a costume contest where prizes are awarded , so come dressed in your best Halloween costume.  Of course, costumes are not required, so if you're rather skip that part, feel free.  There is also a DJ and food...
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By Linda Coffey, Your Haymarket & Gainesville Area Expert
(Long & Foster)
Haymarket, VA - Homes For Sale - Trick or Treat? Buying and Selling Homes in Haymarket, VA This past weekend I attended my Grandaughter's   1st birthday party.  As her birthday falls near Halloween, the theme was a costume party.  My granddaughter was the cutest skeleton you ever saw and her mom was "mommy skeleton".  My other daughter and my grandson came as Princess Leia and and the cutest Yoda ever.  They are both definitely the best treats this Grandma has ever gotten!      Everyone could guess who my daughters and grandchildren were, but I dressed up as Wonder Woman, who evidently is unknown by the by the young attendees.  When I got there the children shouted "look it's Super Girl", not that I mind being misrecognized for someone younger but I said to them, "no, I'm Wonder Woman"....
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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster Real Estate)
Chris Ann Cleland | Long & Foster | (703) 402-0037 6100 Popes Creek Place, Haymarket, VA Extra Large Townhouse Minutes from Route 66 & Old Town Haymarket 3BR/3+1BA Townhouse offered at $249,000 Year Built 2006 Sq Footage 2,255 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 full, 1 partial Floors 3 Parking 2 Car garage Lot Size 2,090 sqft HOA/Maint $82 per month DESCRIPTION Attention investors! This two car garage townhouse in Haymarket's community of Westmarket comes with tenants. Lease in place through June 2011 at $1800/month. About the location, the tenants enjoy being minutes from Route 66 and Old Town Haymarket. About the house, the tenants have enjoyed the large kitchen with plenty of counter top space and cabinet storage. They also remarked how wonderful it was to have a large eat-in area in the kitche...
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If your home is on the market, or if you're planning to sell your home in the near future, you might be discouraged by the national media's rampant reports of increasing inventory and languishing sales. As a member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have many years of experience working with home sellers and have learned a few strategies that really work toward securing a buyer more quickly. Here are five useful suggestions: First, for your home to sell more quickly, it must be exposed to the maximum number of buyers possible, so make sure your home is listed with a local brokerage that has a comprehensive understanding of your market area and knows how to employ technology to increase exposure. Find out how they will market your home online, what listing portals they will use, how...
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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster Real Estate)
I was reading an article in the Gainesville Times this afternoon.  Seems some recent burglaries in large, western Prince William County homes have been linked to a serial burglar that has also hit residents in Fairfax County.  The burglar has been striking larger Prince William County homes in communities like Piedmont, and doing that at night.  The amazing part of the story to me was that many of the home owners that were robbed had an alarm system, and yet the burglar was undetected.  Why? The alarm systems were not turned on, or activated at the time. If you have an alarm system, it is really only useful if you turn it on.  Certainly, residents of the Gainesville & Haymarket area will be on high alert and, if they read that article, will be turning their alarm systems on from now on....
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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster Real Estate)
My husband and I took a detour this weekend in a scenic drive through Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland.  Our stomachs were growling and we needed food.  So we headed to Z Pizza in Haymarket, located in Dominion Valley Market Square,just outside the gates of Dominion Valley.  I had been to Z Pizza several times.  It was a location very close to where I was taking classes for my Broker's License.  That particular restaurant, which I won't call out here, felt cramped and cold, but the Casablanca pizza was outstanding.  So when we walked into the Haymarket Z Pizza, I was naturally expecting good food, but a similar atmosphere to what I had experienced elsewhere.  Not so.  The restaurant had more  and bigger tables, and the staff was friendly and inviting.  There was even a large scre...
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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster Real Estate)
In 2001, Toll Brothers, began delivering newly constructed homes in their gated, golf course community of Dominion Valley in Haymarket, Virginia in the shadow of Bull Run Mountain.  A decade later, Toll Brothers was still delivering new construction homes in Dominion Valley, though the majority of the homes available for sale are resales. Dominion Valley offers a wide range of housing alternatives for discerning buyers.  There are attached homes and single family homes of varying sizes and interior styles.  A first time buyer, as well as a move-up buyer can find just the right fit among the homes built by Toll Brothers.  A sbu-section of Dominion Valley, named Regency, is dedicated to buyers ages fifity-five or over. The heart of Dominion Valley is an eighteen hole golf course, designed...
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By Linda Coffey, Your Haymarket & Gainesville Area Expert
(Long & Foster)
Haymarket Virginia - Homes For Sale - Foreclosures and Short Sales – October 2010 Currently there are 191 Single Family Homes listed for sale in the Haymarket VA MLS in October 2010. 3 Foreclosures (1.6% of current homes) 37 Short Sales aka Preforeclosure (19.4% of current homes) 82 Resales (42.9% of current homes) 69 New Homes To Be Built (36.1% of current homes) Based on current average homes sold in Haymarket VA per month we currently have 8.42 month home supply. This is a 0.14 month home supply increase from September 2010 With the right agent you can get a great home from the current available Haymarket MLS Inventory.     Linda Coffey, Realtor®Long & Foster Realtors 7526 Limestone DriveGainesville, VA 20155 Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia (703) 973-2676 LCoffey@LNF.com Has...
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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster Real Estate)
Today, a very happy family that I had the pleasure to represent, bought their first home together, and boy was it a nice one!  We worked out a great deal on this Dominion Valley single family home in Haymarket where they paid $540,000 on a home listed for $560,000.  They also managed to get a portion of their closing costs paid.  The moment my Buyers walked into this home, I knew this would be THE ONE.  A two story family room, with a completely open upstairs hallway overlook gave us a view that just wowed them.  There was the perfectly manicured third hole of the Dominion Valley Country Club golf course that had been designed by Arnold Palmer.  From the time they found me in an Internet search back in late July, it only took us five weeks to find them their home.  The last month since...
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Haymarket, VA - Homes For Sale - Recreational Events - November 2010 - Chew the Fat at Claude Moore Colonial Farm On Saturday, November 13, 1pm - 4pm, Claude Moore is Hosting a Special Farm Event - CHEW THE FAT Step back in time and visit another world ...the world of an 18th Century family living on a small,low-income farm just prior to the Revolutionary War.  Come help the farm family make soap, candles and dubbin, all of which use lard (pig fat) or tallow (beef fat). Weather permitting - call ahead. Linda Coffey, Realtor®Long & Foster Realtors 7526 Limestone DriveGainesville, VA 20155 Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia (703) 973-2676 LCoffey@LNF.com Has the Market Stabilized in Your Area? Get a Free Market Report to Find Out!   Haymarket VA MLS Free Search Online for info about...
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Haymarket, VA - Homes For Sale - October 2010 Events - Autumn Colonial Market Fair at Claude Moore Colonial Farm When: Saturday & Sunday, October 16-17, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm www.1771.org Warm yourself by the fire and enjoy the splendor of autumn with crisp local apples, warm savory meat pies and hearty breads. Let Market Fair entertainers, tradesmen and the militia amuse and educate you. Have your fortune told or purchase a charm from the Gypsy Fortune Teller. Allow Mistress Barrow and Mr. John to entice you with their wares at the Dry Goods and the Gentlemen's Goods stand. Learn to dip a candle or turn a piece of wood on the carpenter's lathe. Stop by the Tavern for a cup of mulled wine before you begin your holiday shopping at the many tradesmen's and merchant's stalls. Period food, bev...
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By Linda Coffey, Your Haymarket & Gainesville Area Expert
(Long & Foster)
Haymarket, VA - Homes for Sale - Recreational Events - International Gold Cup Races - October 16, 2010   http://greatmeadow.org Dress to impress and wear your finest hat at the 73rd running of the International Gold Cup Races featuring nationally sanctioned horse races, terrier races and a tailgate contest.   Location: Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Rd. The Plains, VA (Detailed directions to specific gates available at www.vagoldcup.com) Information: (540) 347-2612; www.vagoldcup.comCost: $55; Free for children 12 and under   1:30 p.m. - First Race -- The Airbus Chase presented by Airbus Americas, Inc.2:10 p.m. - Second Race --The Moriah Steeplethon presented by S.W. Rodgers, Inc.2:50 p.m. - Third Race -- The Virginia Gold Cup Hurdle3:20 p.m. - Fourth Race -- The Fegentri World Cup Flat...
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By Linda Coffey, Your Haymarket & Gainesville Area Expert
(Long & Foster)
Haymarket, Virginia - Homes for Sale - Current Market Conditions – October 2010   Real Estate Price Trends For Haymarket Virginia: The average sold price for a single family home price as of October 2010 for Haymarket is $519,126 (Up $8,331 from September). Home Sales and Demand Trends: The average time for a property to go under contract in Haymarket as of October 2010 has been on the market for about 31 days. The average time for a property sold in the last 30 days in Haymarket as of October 2010 has been on the market for about 34 days. Price Per Square Foot: The average sold price per square foot for homes over the past 30 days in Haymarket as of October 2010 is about $146 (Up $3 from September). Homes for Sale: There are about 193 Active properties on the market in Haymarket as of...
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By Linda Coffey, Your Haymarket & Gainesville Area Expert
(Long & Foster)
Haymarket, VA - Homes For Sale - Upcoming Changes to Fannie Mae Lending Rules - December 13, 2010 Starting Monday, December 13, 2010, Fannie Mae is changing its mortgage lending guidelines.   For some mortgage applicants , the loan approval process will simplify. For others, it will toughen. How you'll be affected personally will depend on your credit profile and your loan characteristics.   Among the biggest changes from Fannie Mae is a new set of guidelines for gift funds. When the new rules roll out, accepting cash gifts for downpayment will be easier.   Under the new guidelines, buyers of owner-occupied, 1-unit properties (i.e. single-family homes, condos, townhomes) can forgo Fannie Mae's typical, minimum 5% personal downpayment contribution. Downpayments on homes meeting the abov...
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COMING SOON! Almost 8,000 Sq. Ft. On 11.9 Acres In Thunder Oak! Haymarket VA 20169 Enjoy the ammenities of Thunder Oak and the close proximity to I-66. This gorgeous home is in move in condition. It is ideally sited on a almost 12 pastoral acres. This exceptional home features a SOARING grand foyer, banquet sized formal dining room, gourmet chef's kitchen, sumptuous lower level, HUGE luxury master suite, oversized deck, inground pool and 3 car garage. Bring your checkbook cuz you're gonna love it! CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
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Do you like Vegas style gaming?  Well mark October 23rd on your calendar.  Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, VA is hosting Monte Carlo Night where you can play slots, blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and more. The event starts at 6:30pm and tickets are $75/per adult or $700 for a table of ten.  In addition to the gambling there will be a cocktail hour, dinnner and silent auction. Lots of fun and a great cause.  For more information contact the PWHS Foundation at 703-369-8201.
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By Linda Coffey, Your Haymarket & Gainesville Area Expert
(Long & Foster)
Haymarket Virginia - Homes For Sale - Foreclosures and Short Sales – September 2010 Currently there are 191 Single Family Homes listed for sale in the Haymarket VA MLS in September 2010. 9 Foreclosures (4.7% of current homes) 40 Short Sales aka Preforeclosure (20.9 % of current homes) 76 Resales (39.8% of current homes) 66 New Homes To Be Built (34.6% of current homes) Based on current average homes sold in Haymarket VA per month we currently have 8.28 month home supply. This is a 0.03 month home supply decrease from August 2010 With the right agent you can get a great deal on the current available Foreclosures and Short Sales.     Linda Coffey, Realtor®Long & Foster Realtors 7526 Limestone DriveGainesville, VA 20155 Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia (703) 973-2676 LCoffey@LNF.co...
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Haymarket, Virginia - Homes for Sale - Recreational Events - The Winery at LaGrange - Picnic Under the Stars Schedule Fall 2010   Friday September 17 - Blazing Saddles Friday September 24 - The Philadelphia Story  Friday October 1 - M*A*S*H Friday October 15 - The Big Lebowski Friday October 22 - Ghostbusters Friday October 29 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show   The Movies will be shown beginning at dusk.   It's best to arrive at least 1/2 hour before dusk so that you can check in, pick up your picnic and choose your wine. Then it's time to settle on the lawn and enjoy the evening!   There are a certain number of tables and chairs available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Feel free to bring your own chairs if you prefer.    Remember, it can get quite cool after the sun goes down so br...
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By Linda Coffey, Your Haymarket & Gainesville Area Expert
(Long & Foster)
Haymarket, VA - Recreational Events - Haymarket Day - Annual Event September 18,2010 - This year's Annual Haymarket Day September 18, 2010 plans to be bigger than ever! Nonprofits, commercial, food and crafters galore are expected at this year's Haymarket Day. In additions there will be the Commodores, a U.S. Navy Band ensemble, Elisabeth Von Trapp, Texas Pride, a special section for the teens and tweens with talents from DJ Freddy B and Nocturnal Rush! VA 55 will be closed to through motor vehicle traffic and shuttles will be provided to move people to the various areas closed off throughout the day. It's always a great event to attend! HAYMARKET DAY 2010 September 18th 9:00am - 4:00pm   Haymarket Day 2010           Haymarket Day Parade    For any questions or information regarding the...
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