Free Home Buying Seminar in Leesburg, VA

Free Home Buying Seminar in Loudoun County.

Have you considered buying a home but just thought you didn’t make enough money?  Do you think you need a large downpayment to own a home?  Are you considering making a move but just don’t know where you want to go?  If so, you should attend Loudoun County Living’s home buying seminar on May 9th to find out how you could own a home of your own within just a few months.

Loudoun County offers 3 unique home buying programs.

  1. The Public Employee Homeownership Grant Program (PEG) offers grants (as part of a secured loan) to help cover down payments for full or part-time county employees, teaches, law enforcement and firefighters. Loans are forgivable at 20% of the loan amount annually over a five-year period providing the employee does not leave employment, sell the home, or no longer occupies the residence.   Grant amounts include $5,000 for the purchase of a home located within Loudoun County; $15,000 for the purchase of a foreclosed property (no short sales); or $25,000 for the purchase of a property in Loudoun County’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).
  2. The Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) Program helps households whose income falls below the county’s medium income levels, to buy a new construction home or resale properties – prices typically range from approximately $120,000 to $180,000 for condos or townhomes in the program.
  3. The Down Payment Closing Cost Assistance Program helps both PEG program participants and ADU buyers pay for their closing costs and down payment on a home.  First-time homebuyers purchasing a home either through the Affordable Dwelling Unit program or purchasing an existing market rate home can borrow up to 10% of the sales price or $25,000, whichever is less, at 5% interest. This loan is in the form of a second trust, payable over a 30 year period with the first three years of payments deferred and interest free.

If you think you fall into one of these categories, or if you’re just investigating your home-buying options, attend this free seminar:

Loudoun County Living’s 

Home Buying Seminar 

Tuesday, May 9th from 5:00-7:00pm 

at the Tuscarora Mill Wine Cellar in downtown Leesburg.

At this event, you will learn more about each of these programs, speak directly to an experienced Realtor who can help you in your home search, talk to a mortgage lender to see how much you might qualify for and find out how you can buy a home or townhome in Asburn, Leesburg, Sterling or Chantilly.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by May 1st to Theresa Pomata at admin@loudoun-county-living.com or call 703-407-5159.

Click here to search current homes on the market in Loudoun County.

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Belmont Country Club Townhomes for Sale

images-1Townhomes in Belmont Country Club

I remember playing in a Loudoun County Golf Tournament about ten years ago.  As I road through the course, I enjoyed seeing the beautiful single family homes along the perimeter of the course with beautiful decks, houses and landscaping.

Now, ten years later, Belmont Country Club is a popular neighborhood for both golfers and non-golfers alike.  Homes in Belmont Country Club include luxury single family homes, townhomes and even condos spread throughout the neighborhood.

The Belmont Country Club community stretches alongside Rt. 7 and Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn, VA.  The neighborhood is full of amenities including pools, W&OD Trail, 18-hole championship Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, recreation center and much more.

There are several different style townhomes in Belmont Country Club.  Garage townhomes in Belmont are priced from the $400s.  For a full list of active townhomes for sale in Belmont Country Club, click here.

Schools in Belmont Country Club Neighborhood

Loudoun County Public Schools are some of the best in the state of Virginia.  Recent re-districting in Ashburn may affect the specific school your child may attend but there is no doubt that all of the schools will be a good choice for your children.  In addition, there area a variety of private schools available in Loudoun County.  For descriptions and statistics about schools in Ashburn, click here.

Why Live in Belmont Country Club?

Just ask a resident from Belmont.  Residents love the security of the gated community as well as the amenities and friendly neighbors.  The neighborhood is highly sought-after and homes don’t stay on the market long.

If you currently own a home in Belmont Country Club and are considering putting it on the market, contact me today to find a buyer who will love it as much as you do.

Loudoun County Living LLC is one of the top teams at Keller Williams in Leesburg and has averages over 60 home sale every year.  For a free home value estimate or if you are looking to buy a home in Virginia, call 703-831-7653 or visit www.loudouncountylivingllc.com 

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Sell Your Home Fast!

Sell Your Home Fast

What’s the best way to sell your home fast?  Put it on the market now.  Traditionally, the Spring is the best time of year to sell your house and 2013 will be no different.  Why is spring a great time to sell?  There are many reasons including:

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How to Sell Your House in Virginia

  • Homes show better in the spring when the grass is greener, flowers and trees start to bloom and buyers can picture themselves spending time outdoors.
  • Families with children prefer to move when the kids get out of school and want to be settled before the new school year starts
  • There’s more daylight.  With daylight savings time, buyers have more daylight hours to get out and see homes
  • Buyers will spend more time looking at property when the weather allows them to comfortably walk around outdoors and in.

Ready to list your home? Call Barry Harlowe at 703-881-6051 or email today.

How much is your home worth?

The good news for Northern Virginia sellers is that inventory is low causing prices to rise. In February 2012, there were 5840 active listings on the market.  In February 2013, that number dropped by 28% to 4185.  That’s great news for sellers!

The average price of a home sold in Northern Virginia in February 2013 was $436,433 which is 10% increase over 2012 when sold prices were $396,107.

Selling Your Home Fast in Northern Virginia

Houses sold in February 2013 sold 20% faster than 2012, on average, within 57 days.  This number is expected to drop significantly in March 2013.

Want to know what your home is worth?  Call Allison Metzger at 703-963-0923 or email today.

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Buying a Home in Virginia

If you currently rent and are looking to buy this spring, you can still take advantage of the hot spring market with low interest rates and motivated sellers.  Think about your must-haves and narrow down the location that works best for you.

Be sure to find a licensed real estate agent who can keep you abreast of all the latest statistics, listings and support you in your individual needs.

 

 

Townhomes in One Loudoun

Townhouses in One Loudoun in Ashburn

Imagine walking outside your front door into town to see a movie, get a bite to eat or just take a stroll?  That’s what you’d be able to do if you lived in one of the three luxury townhomes featured by NV Homes at One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA.

The Edison Lake model features two-bedrooms, two bath rooms and starts at 2200square feet of living spaceone loudoun townhomes. Edison Lake models start at $440,000 and come with lots of designer extras.

The Cornelius Vanderbilt model starts in the $460,000-range and features three bedrooms and two baths starting at 2548 square feet.  This luxury townhouse has an open layout, ample closet space and gourmet kitchens complete with granite countertops.

The John Jacob Astor model is the largest of the trio starting at 2874 square feet and priced in the upper $510,000-range.  This three-bedroom, two bath luxury townhouse includes a gourmet kitchen, soaring ceilings and many options designed to help you customize your home.

Click here to find more townhomes in Ashburn, VA or call 703-831-7653.

One Loudoun in the News!

The promise of a cinema-drafthouse, minor league baseball field, and Fresh Market grocery store are just a few of the reasons why One Loudoun will be the place to be in Loudoun County.

Stay on top of the buzz about One Loudoun by visiting Loudoun County Living’s community events page.

Luxury Townhomes in Virginia

Townhouse living doesn’t get any better when you combine it with the amenities and facilities available at One Loudoun.  As more models become available for previewing, Loudoun County Living will keep you posted on prices, incentives and timeframes.

Click here to stay in touch with Loudoun County Living and all new home incentives and specials or call us at 703-831-7653.

Single-Family Homes Available in One Loudoun

Model Homes Now Open at One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA

One Loudoun is Loudoun County’s newest neighborhood that is designed to be beautiful, convenient and trendy.  If you work or live near this new development, you must stop by to see two new model homes presented by Miller & Smith.

One Loudoun New Homes

These two single-family homes are part of Miller & Smith’s “Downtown Collection” and equipped with designer kitchens, expansive great rooms and unique features such as studio space and lofts.

Two-Car Garage Homes in One Loudoun

Currently, Miller & Smith has two models open to the public starting March 9, 2013.  These Chicago-style inspired brick homes are not your average model.  They are large, spacious and modern.

The Greenwich model features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths , 2-car garage and has up to 2755 square feet of living space.  It is priced from $565,990.

The Tribeca model is slightly larger and has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths , 2-car garage and up to approximately 2619 square feet.  It is priced from $590,990.

To find more single family homes in Loudoun County, call Allison Metzger at 703-963-0923.

More About One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA 

One Loudoun is a unique neighborhood with sophisticated culture, convenient location and connectivity both in technology and in being a naturally aesthetic and walkable community. It’s an emerging urban destination that will be the new downtown of Loudoun County where living, shopping, dining, working and recreating will co-exist.

In addition to these featured single-family homes, Miller & Smith is premiering traditional townhomes in the same neighborhood.  To view these models or other builder designs in the area, visit www.oneloudoun.com.

Where is One Loudoun Located?

One Loudoun is ideally situated at the crossroads of Rt. 7 and the Loudoun County Parkway just 3 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport and 25 miles from the Nation’s Capital – Washington, D.C.

Looking for homes in Loudoun County?  

Visit www.allison.LoudounCountyLivingLLC.com to complete your search or call 703-963-0923.

Living in Lansdowne, VA

Lansdowne Neighborhood Features

Lansdowne on the Potomac is a family-friendly community located nearby the four-diamond Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA.  The neighborhood is convenient to Rt. 7, Rt. 15, the Dulles Toll Road and downtown Leesburg.  The area is a mix of both residential and retail with a variety of amenities for residents including a championship golf course.

Surrounded by vast, manicured open spaces and naturally wooded areas, Lansdowne on the Potomac also has water activities such as canoeing and kayaking on Goose Creek or the Potomac River.

First time homebuyers looking for a condo or townhouse can find prices start from the low $300,000s.

Living in Lansdowne

Lansdowne on the Potomac features condominiums, townhouses, single family homes and luxury retirement apartments (Leisure World).   The town center features all the necessary conveniences including a Harris Teeter grocery store, shops, and restaurants.

The focal point of the community is the extensive Potomac Club complex. Residents can enjoy:landsdown town center

  • 25 meter indoor pool, heated whirlpool and locker rooms;
  •  outdoor pool with spa;
  •  exercise and aerobics rooms;
  •  business center with computers;
  •  meeting rooms;
  •  ballroom facility;
  •  game room with pool table, television, air hockey table, foosball and video games.

Events in Leesburg, VA

One of the nice things about living in Loudoun County is that throughout the year, there are a variety of events for families and people of all ages.  Upcoming events in Lansdowne include Casino Night, Easter Egg Hunt, Beerfest and outdoor concerts.  For a complete list of events in the town of Leesburg, visit Livingloudouncounty.com.

It’s a great time to purchase a home.  If you are interested in learning more about homes for sale in Lansdowne on the Potomac, call Allison Metzger today at 703-963-0923.

 

Energy Inspections and Home Sales

Energy inspections for home sales

The global conscience regarding the environment has rapidly shifted in recent years, and an interest in saving energy (and money!) is shared by many people in all demographics. Homebuyers in particular are making more energy efficient choices in the search for their next home. As a result, energy inspections for home sales are increasingly an important step in the home selling process.

Energy Audit Checklists

Whether your house is on the market now or selling is only something you’re considering, you’ll be ahead of the game if your home has undergone an energy audit. A good place to start is our earlier article, “Strategies to Help Save Energy In Your Home.” When the weather cools, it’s time to look into programmable thermostats, a few touch-ups on your weather stripping, better insulation and new air filters.

In addition to the low-cost tactics noted in our previous article, here are some elements commonly found on energy audit checklists:

  • Age of the heating and cooling system
  • Potential for leaks in ductwork
  • Energy efficiency of water heater, windows and lights

Leesburg Homes for Sale

Heating and Cooling System

If your heating and cooling system is more than 15 years old, it’s a given that it isn’t energy efficient by today’s standards. Even if it has been regularly maintained and is functioning properly, it can’t compete with the efficiency of newer models.

Replacing your system can be costly, though not having a newer system doesn’t necessarily mean it will cost you the sale of your home. But it is something to be aware of when it comes time to negotiate the sale price.

If you’re on the fence about selling your home in the near future and are willing to spend a little money, the savings in fuel costs within a few years could exceed the cost of replacing your equipment now. In addition, you would be in compliance with current efficiency ratings when you decide to put out the “for sale” sign. Be sure the replacement has earned the ENERGY STAR designation, conferred through a joint program of the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that protects the environment.

Lansdowne on the Potomac Homes for Sale

Potential for Leaks in Ductwork

If you choose to stick with your current heating/cooling system, you can add to its energy efficiency by ensuring your ductwork is properly insulated. If you haven’t looked at your ductwork recently (if ever!), now’s the time.

Don’t be surprised by what you find, especially if yours is an older home. Recently we heard of a situation in which a homeowner looked in the crawlspace and discovered that much of the insulation around the ductwork running the length of the house had been picked through by rodents. Imagine how much it cost to heat that home!

Some minor leaks you can fix DIY with mastic or foil tape. Others, like the situation described above, involve installation of all-new insulation – still doable DIY, but a bigger job to take on. Extensive problem areas will require a professional. Go to ENERGY STAR for tips on selecting a qualified contractor.

Once all the leaks have been sealed and properly insulated, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the savings you’ll notice on your energy bill.

Ashburn Homes for Sale

Other Features Buyers Consider

Energy inspections for home sales wouldn’t be complete without a review of the efficiency of a home’s water heater, windows and lights. Of these, gradually replacing your lights with more energy efficient lamps and bulbs is the most cost-conscious. It will also serve to give your home an updated, more attractive look and set the mood as potential buyers do a walk-through. The U.S Department of Energy has great tips when choosing new lighting.

Do we really need to talk more about the importance of sealing leaks and proper insulation? Simply wrapping your water heater tank in high R-value insulation and applying weather stripping and caulking around your windows will increase your home’s energy efficiency.

How to Choose an Energy Audit Technician

Following the steps above will surely make your home more energy efficient. But will they be enough when it comes time for energy inspections? For your piece of mind, you can have a certified professional conduct a thorough audit. Besides the obvious benefit of having all your bases covered, you’ll also have help after the energy audit analyzing the data. ENERGY STAR, which offers the certification program, has compiled a list of these pros. Choose your state and look for raters in your area.