Leesburg, VA Real Estate News

By Vicky Chrisner
(Fieldstone Real Estate)
When we moved to Leesburg, no one told us how different Halloween would be. Here, on "All Hallowed Eve", children dress in their costumes, lining the streets of downtown Leesburg, to collect treats thrown to them from passing parade floats. The parade is put on by the local Kiwanis club, and this year, everyone in attendance was asked to bring a canned food item to help fill our local food banks. Most floats are sponsored by local businesses, who are having a little fun promoting their business and giving back to the communities they serve.I'm told that the Leesburg Halloween parade is the longest running in the country, which I think is kind of neat. I love to see old traditions remain strong. Here in Leesburg, I see no danger of this tradition ever going out of style. Every Halloween,...
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By Simin Adham, Realtor, GRI, CNE, SFR, SRS, CNE - Selling Loudoun
(Century 21 Redwood Real Estate)
Sell thyself: Many buyers like to search for homes traditionally by still looking at newspapers, and home magazine ads; don't get me wrong.  My colleague says the web is so impersonal.  It doesn't inspire people.  This is why many agents do not pursue to have a deeper web presence other then a website which is most often offered free by their real estate offices.  It seems to me that we are all blending together.  "We, as the community of real estate agents, need to use the web to our advantage." I recently got a wake up call on how important it is that I pursue making a presence on the web.  I started my first blog on Active Rain earlier this year but then I did not know the internet is the way to go until recently.  I got my first customer off the web and not through the desk, farming...
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By Vicky Chrisner
(Fieldstone Real Estate)
On Halloween night, I lost my keys.  I was in the Leesburg Parade, and was convinced I had lost them somewhere along the parade route.  After days of trying to find them, I finally resolved myself to the thought that they were gone forever.  I was thinking of the hassle and money it would cost to replace those silly fobs and tokens, car remotes, changing the locks on my house...ugh. This morning, my husband came back from taking my daughter to the bus stop, and he had a notice in his hand.  It was a posting about a set of keys that had been found.  Even though I was convinced that the keys had not been lost in my own neighborhood, I called.  Sure enough, a neighbor had my keys!  Coincidentally, it was the neighbor that moved into a house on the other end of my street, one I sold just a ...
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By Simin Adham, Realtor, GRI, CNE, SFR, SRS, CNE - Selling Loudoun
(Century 21 Redwood Real Estate)
I am a fan of Brian Buffini and I have been with him for the past year and half.  I kind of get excited when I receive his box of goodies each month because it gives me a system to work with so I can generate business.  Phones have been dead so I have to do this.  I am working full time in this business so I need to provide for my family.  It is frustrating to be paid on commission but it is also rewarding when you help someone get in to their new home by thanking you for the services you provide.  I used to be a tour guide for the first part of my career life so this is kind of similar.  You show homes, you build a relationship and you get paid for it. I pop by and meet people.  At first it was hard because I felt awkward by starting conversations with people I did not know to talk wit...
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By Simin Adham, Realtor, GRI, CNE, SFR, SRS, CNE - Selling Loudoun
(Century 21 Redwood Real Estate)
I have been working with these first time home buyers for a while.  They appear motivated and serious.  We have seen around 50+ homes together and wrote on three banked owned properties and none were ratified until recently.  I was very excited for them when the bank agreed to our very aggressive offer and they were so pleased when they heard the news so what happened! I have been calling them for the past two days because I have to get the bank addendums signed by them but they are answering my calls.     
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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Barack Obama will be in Leesburg, VA on October 22nd at Ida Lee Park, Festival Field.  The address is 50 Ida Lee Drive, NW in Leesburg, VA.  Event starts at 5:30pm, but gates open at 3pm.  Space is limited.  No tickets required.  Event is free. If you would like to RSVP ahead of time you may do so at http://va.barackobama.com/LeesburgChange
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By Simin Adham, Realtor, GRI, CNE, SFR, SRS, CNE - Selling Loudoun
(Century 21 Redwood Real Estate)
Real Estate Storms are created when a center of the housing market develops, with a system of bad loans surrounding it. This combination of opposing forces can create turmoil and result in the formation of housing storm , such as short sales, and foreclosures. The phrase perfect storm originates from the 1997 book  which refers to the simultaneous occurrence of weather events such as Ice storms, Blizzards, Ice storm, hurricane, tornado, hailstorm which, taken individually, would be far less powerful than the storm resulting of their chance combination. Such occurrences are rare by their very nature, so that even a slight change in any one event contributing to the perfect storm would lessen its overall impact. Are we heading into The perfect storm? A perfect storm where the fuel prices ...
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By Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden, Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography
(B. Payden Photography, LLC)
Rich in history, the Georgian colonial estate known as Raspberry Plain, since 1731, is set on fifty rolling green acres overlooking the Catoctin Mountains. Brick pathways surrounded by herbs and wildflower gardens nestled between ancient trees, wind through the sun-filtered grounds leading to the mansion and formal gardens. The mansion's portico offers a spectacular backdrop for any event on the South Lawn. The North Lawn boasts a breathtaking, majestic view of the mountains, pastures and pond. The hall's sparkling chandeliers, detailed archway and dramatic staircase, announce the elegance of the mansion's rooms. All the mansion rooms have glass paneled, double pocket doors, fireplaces and original detailed ceiling molding. One of the highlights at Raspberry Plain is the spectacular Gra...
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By Simin Adham, Realtor, GRI, CNE, SFR, SRS, CNE - Selling Loudoun
(Century 21 Redwood Real Estate)
It is very easy to get discouraged in today's world with the stock market, the elections, the economy, jobs, real estate, 401K, and the list goes on and on.  All this is preoccupying our minds and it is getting worse.  There is no doubt we need a change so we just need to be positive and know we can make it and it will turn around soon.         We all need a little peace in our minds and we must realize that not everything is around money.  It is hope and as long as we hope then we can get through these tough times.   Here are a few quotes from some famous people which I find inspirational. I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.Patrick Henry Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.Benjamin Franklin Life is eithe...
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By Konnie Mac McCarthy, Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"
(MacNificent Properties, LLC)
Relocating to Loudoun County Virginia?  Well you've come to the right place.  My name is Konnie McKee, my friends call me Konnie MAC  :)   I am a real estate agent in Northern Virginia.  Although I serve most of Virginia, I specialize in Loudoun William County.  If you are moving to the Northern Virginia Area, I'd be happy to assist you with your relocation needs.  Homes for Sale Leesburg, Virginia: Sycamore Hills a townhome community located in the heart of Leesburg, Virginia.  Close to route 7 and the outlet malls....a great location.... There are currently 8 homes active on the market in Sycamore Hills: ranging in price from $214,000.00- to $309,000.00.  To get more information on this community and the homes for sale, call me..703 407 7088 to search the mls for FREE, go to www.Konni...
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By Simin Adham, Realtor, GRI, CNE, SFR, SRS, CNE - Selling Loudoun
(Century 21 Redwood Real Estate)
Fall colors in Loudoun------The best colors are from maples, birch and fruit trees in the Loudoun Area It has been a gentle start to fall, with the first glimpse of turning maples arriving this month.  If you drive going either 7 West or 15 North you will see the changing in colors.  The color is usually good by Halloween and can be spectacular in early November. In the mountains, the color usually peaks just prior to Halloween. The first bright yellows are arriving and the weather is great for a drive.    Here is more information about Loudoun that I got off the following site.  So Visit Loudoun! http://www.VisitLoudoun.org   Upcoming Events 15th Annual Fall Pumpkin Harvest - Come visit the largest u-pick pumpkin patch in Northern Virginia and pick your pumpkin right off the...Read Mor...
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By Danilo Bogdanovic, Real Estate Consultant - Loudoun and Fairfax County
(Market Advantage Real Estate)
Here are the September 2008 statistics for the Leesburg real estate market (20175 and 20176 zip codes): Leesburg - 20175 - September 2008 New listings = 52. This is a 20 percent decrease in new inventory as compared to September 2007 Solds (Under Contract) = 36. This is a 45 increase in buyer demand as compared to September 2007 Leesburg - 20176 - September 2008 New listings = 101. This is 29 percent decrease in new inventory as compared to September 2007 Solds (Under Contract) = 71. This is a 236 percent increase in buyer demand as compared to September 2007 Though buyer demand increased significantly year-over-year in the 20175 zip code of Ashburn, it really spiked in the 20176 zip code. These statistics confirm what my clients and I have been seeing and feeling while searching for an...
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By Simin Adham, Realtor, GRI, CNE, SFR, SRS, CNE - Selling Loudoun
(Century 21 Redwood Real Estate)
Owners fear of loosing their home and it could be worst... I can not believe what is happening in this country! I never thought it would come to this.  Do you think the bailout is going to help us or hurt us?  Is the bailout to save Wall Street?  ......Democrats and Republicans.....Do they have a choice?  Frankly, I am scared of what is happening and I am all for the bailout.  It will be hard to get a loan to buy a house, and millions of jobs could be lost. It will be a long road but something needs to happen to build confidence back to the real estate market with changing in rules in financial sector where we will have more stable lenders.  The ideal situation would be to have an increase in eligible buyers to exceed the sellers. The magnitude of this market is difficult to predict but...
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By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
BRING YOUR TRASH and at $5 for a loaded Sequoia, you can dispose of household trash.  Recycleable items are free.  Old tires, landscaping refuse, metal items, etc. can all be "dumped".                       Loudoun County Landfill *  Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Affectionately known as "The Dump". Location 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, VA 20175, (about four miles south of downtown Leesburg.) From downtown Leesburg, go south on Route 15 and make quick left turn onto Evergeen Mills Road.  Loudoun County Landfill is located about a mile east of the Heritage High School.  Normal Operating Hours: Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed: Sunday and certain holidays.   Friendly operators manage a very well run facility for the benefit of county residents who, like I, ...
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By Donny & Meredith Samson
(Samson Properties)
Sun, Sep 14, 2008 Celebrate Leesburg's 250th birthday! Founded on September 14, 1758, Leesburg will host a re-enactment of the signing of Leesburg charter, followed by live music, games, children's activities and of course, a birthday party would not be complete without cake! Event Time: 2-5pm Admission Fee/Ticket Price: Free Leesburg Town Hall25 W Market StLeesburg, VA 20175703-777-1368 http://www.leesburgva.gov
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By Simin Adham, Realtor, GRI, CNE, SFR, SRS, CNE - Selling Loudoun
(Century 21 Redwood Real Estate)
The media has led buyers and sellers to be more anxious than needed, given the actual conditions in the housing market, I know it is not valid for all areas of the country.  I work in the Maryland and Virginia market.  Buyers and sellers are cautious about selling and buying but what can we do to make them believe it is the right time based on prices.  I keep telling them that we are in a reverse market from 3 years ago where seller sold high and buyers bought high and now sellers sell low but at the same time they buy low.  Sellers feel bad because they think they lost out on the market a few years ago but I tell them that this market has lesser risk.  It is more stable then last year.  It is time to reach out and make your real estate dreams come true.  This might be the best market. ...
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By Bobby Samson
(Samson Realty)
Bobby Samson | Samson Realty | bobbysamson527@hotmail.com | 703-862-4714 502 Covington Terrace, Leesburg, VA 3 Master Suites Available! Roomates Wanted! 3BR/3.5BA Townhouse $600-800/month Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 full, 1 partial Sq Footage 1,252 Parking Unspecified Pet Policy No pets Deposit $600 DESCRIPTION Roomates wanted! 3 Master Bedrooms! Separate rooms available. $600-$800/Month. End unit townhouse with over 1200 sqft of living space. Deck w/yard. Tired of looking through hundreds of rental listings? Stop searching by yourself! I will assist you in finding the rental home that fits your needs. I have access to Full MLS and will search for you. I will work for you for FREE, the landlord pays my commission! Call me at 703-862-4714 or email me at bobbysamson527@hotmail.com and let me ...
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By Jonathan Bunn
(Costello Real Estate and Investments)
Though home sales for Eastern Loudoun have been strong, Leesburg hasn't moved as quickly as Ashburn and Sterling.  Surprising to me, Potomac Station and Potomac Crossing has currently outsold Lansdowne.   Nevertheless I am impressed with the numbers as I am sure you will be.  Leesburg and Lansdowne Home Sales Stats - Click Here to see stats and original post. Find out Your Homes Value Here..... Share This
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By Glenda Cherry, Realtor / Photographer
(Keller Williams Realty)
As of August 10, 2008, there are 752 active residential listings in Leesburg and the average number of days on market is 167. The list prices range from $69,900 to $5,000,000; the average list price is $608,025 and the median list price is $465,500. The current market absorption rate is 6.65. 113 residential sales in Leesburg closed during the month of July 2008 (down from 130 sales closed in June). These sales ranged in price from $65,626 to $1,187,385. The average list price was $431,569 (down from $492,851 in June) and the average net sales price (less seller concessions) was $416,139 (down from $461,373 in June). The median list price was $419,900 (up from $381,450 in June) and the median net sales price was $395,000 (up from $354,625 in June). For sales closed in July, the number o...
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By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
RIVER CREEK, LUXURY HOMES, GOLF AND WATER FRONT ON THE POTOMAC RIVER.  JUST BEAUTIFUL  RIVER CREEK IS A LEESBURG COMMUNITY ON THE POTOMAC RIVER.  This spectacular community with a full 18 hole golf course, just 25 minutes from Tysons Corner.  If luxury home buyers are questioned about what they wish in a community, they would be describing River Creek.  Gated community with security entrance.Water front community on the Potomac River.An 18 hole golf course for residents and guests.  Wooded lots and preserve areas.  Other amenities include Bike Trail, Boat Ramp, Common Grounds, Club House with Exercise Room, Jog/Walk Path, Mooring Area, Party Room, Pier/Dock, Outdoor Pool, Putting Green, Tennis Courts. Luxury Water Front Home below priced at $2,340,000 PHOTOS OF GROUNDS, WATERFRONT AND I...
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