Saturday, December 20, 2014

What features of a home do buyers love best?

Each buyer is unique and has their own set of preferences.  Some features stand out, however ,as highly sought after by the general public.  Holding an Open House and/or touring homes with buyers is an excellent way to receive feedback.



Finished basements with media rooms, gourmet kitchens, luxurious baths and outdoor spaces come to mind as the top features.



What features are important to you as a buyer?

If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today.  I am here to help.

Thank you

Carla Brooks
703-577-4960
brkslong@aol.com

PS photos are a courtesy of free digital photos

Friday, December 19, 2014

What features are important to Millenials?

First of all, who are the "Millenials"?

Millenials are defined as those individuals born between 1980 and the mid-2000's.

The Millenials are the largest household formation group in the country at the present time.

The KCM blog has a post on the factors important to the Millenials when they consider a home for purchase.  You and read it here

Each generation has their own set of preferences when considering a home for purchase.  Demographics and preferences change over time.  Currently, there is a move to be closer to the city and jobs.







If you are looking to buy or sell a home, call me today.  I am here to help.

                                                           Thank you

                                                        Carla Brooks
                                                       703-577-4960
                                                     
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PS photo is a courtesy of free digital photos


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Open House Sunday in South Village Retreat


This lovely home is Open to the public tomorrow from 1-4.  There is approximately 5000 square feet on 3 levels, with a solarium addition and soaring two story family room.


This home sits on a corner lot with 1/3 acre of land.  Maturing trees and front porch give it great curb appeal.


Quality hardwoods on the main level with graceful staircase entryway.

Incredible views and lots of light in this family room.

Spacious kitchen with upgraded cabinetry, 5 burner gas range and eat in breakfast area.

Master bedroom with sitting room and 3 sided gas fireplace.


Huge master bathroom with bronze fixtures, built ins and double walk in closets.

Hope you can make the Open House.  (43335 Hollybank Place, Chantilly,Va 20152) 

Call me today if you would like to buy or sell a home, I am here to help!

Thank you

Carla Brooks
703-577-4960
brkslong@aol.com

What will the future hold for 2015 Real Estate?

                            2015 is bound to be an interesting year for real estate.

                                Home prices are set to rise and so are interest rates.

                                 Here is one economists' view on the 2015 forecast.

                     If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, call me today.

                                                           Thank you

                                                          Carla Brooks
                                                          703-577-4960
                                                        brkslong@aol.com

PS photo is a courtesy of free digital photos

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dulles Metro Project updates

The Fall September/October 2014 newsletter for the Dulles Rail Metro Project is now available here.



Updates in the Fall Newsletter include information on: the widening of the Saarinien Circle at Dulles Airport, the ridership totals for the new Silver Line to date, the low interest Tifia loan for the Dulles Toll road (to hold tolls at current levels) and more....

The full extension of the Silver Line Metro to Dulles Airport is expected to be completed by 2018.

If you would like to get automatic updates on the project via monthly newsletters, sign up on the Dulles Metro website.

If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today.  I am here to help.

                                                           Thank you,

                                                          Carla Brooks
                                                         703-577-4960
                                                     brkslong@aol.com

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sewer Line Insurance with Dominion Power

Previously, I wrote a post regarding water line replacement with Dominion Power.   I purchased the insurance based on the age of my home and the materials used by the builder of my home.  My original water line was not copper.   My new water line is copper and has a 10 year warranty supplied by the Plumbing Company that replaced the line.  You can find that post here

Another insurance homeowners can invest in is the sewer line repair insurance with Dominion Power.  From the information I am reading on the website for Dominion Power, this insurance is for repair , not replacement of the sewer line.  This is important to know since some sewer lines actually collapse and need replacement.

For this reason, an inspection by a qualified plumber, at the time of your home inspection is a very good idea if your sewer line is old and made of a material known to collapse.  There are several local plumbing companies  that will send a camera down the sewer lines and verify that the line is not becoming detached for any reason and that there is no sign of collapse or cracking.  This usually runs around $300-350.   This inspection is typically not part of a regular home inspection, it is in addition to a home inspection.  Most home inspectors are not plumbers and do not have the equipment to examine the sewer lines.



  Replacement of sewer lines is expensive.  The expense increases exponentially if your sewer line goes into the street street (or a neighbor's yard).  If your sewer line goes into the street, VDOT then becomes involved in the line replacement.  The website for more information on this insurance is here.



Buying  a home is a great investment.  Making the right decisions along the way is important.  If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today.  I will treat your transaction as if it were my own.

                                                               Thank you,


                                                             Carla Brooks
                                                         brkslong@aol.com
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P.S. All photos are a courtesy of Free digital photos



Friday, August 22, 2014

How is Real Estate doing across the country?

Northern Virginia is known for a brisk paced lifestyle, a great job market and pricey real estate.  As wonderful as all this sounds, the pricing of real estate remains a tricky topic for many homeowners and buyers.

Taking a look at the recent comparables can bring the most optimistic seller back to reality in a heartbeat.  Comparables matter.  Its that simple.  Buyers are savy and informed.

Most buyers have learned from the financial meltdown and the bursting of the real estate bubble.  They want to be sure they are not paying too much and they want to be sure they can afford their monthly payment.  This is a good thing.







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To put Northern Virginia in proper perspective, let's take a look at the country as a whole.  The KCM blog has a great map of the country with the corresponding current day pricing compared to the pricing at the top of the market in 2005-2006.  The map references specific cities in each state.









Recoveries take time.  The housing shortage in Northern Virginia is fueling the real estate recovery.  Take your time in purchasing your real estate investment.  It will pay off in the years to follow.





If you are ready to buy and/or sell a home,call me today.  I am a Northern Virginia expert and am ready to assist you with your real estate transactions.

                                                       Thank you,


                                                     Carla Brooks
                                                    703-577-4960
                                                   brkslong@aol.com