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Secrets to selling and timing the market in 2015!

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Springtime  is selling time for homes in the Northern Virginia. As soon as the snow melts and the green starts to pop up, so does the real estate signs announcing homes for sale and open houses. The number of new listings is generally flat in January and February for so to skyrocket in March and April. The number of listings then rapidly declines until about July when we get a small August/September bump for the market to again flat-line until the end...Continue Reading!

Did You Get Our 2015 Magnet?

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At Soldsense Realty we love sending out our magnetic calendars each year. Apart from a useful list of holidays for the upcoming year, we also like to share an image that means something special to us. The first few years we had landscapes, then we switched to native birds and then to birds around the world. This year we decided to go a bit bolder with a lion cub! There are of course plenty of lion cub pictures out there. But, there...Continue Reading!

Park Crest Towering Alone in Tysons Corner

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You would think that with all the construction going on in Tysons Corner that SOMEONE would think that another residential luxury condominium tower was needed! But, nope - there are none coming that I know of. All of the new construction is either commercial or apartments. Lots of apartments. Want newer construction high-rise luxury living and amenities in Tysons Corner?  One Park Crest it is! As we close out 2014 it seems we will end up with 13 homes sold ranging in...Continue Reading!

Foreclosures, REO properties and POA packets

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Bank sales have been a sizable portion of the sales in Northern Virginia in some communities ever since the glory days of 2005 and 2006. While prices may have started approaching the top-of-the-market prices in some areas, other areas are still trying to recover. Hence, even with increasing prices, there are still foreclosures happening. Properties sold by a bank often have limited contingencies. Buyers therefore often wonder if the POA/HOA resale documents can still be used to "get out of the contract" if they don't want...Continue Reading!

Will I make more money with a furnished rental?

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I often get inquiries from landlords as to whether renting out their home furnished and/or as a corporate rental makes sense. Typically this is driven by either a desire for more profit (maybe they have a negative cash flow with the home as a “regular” residential rental) OR by the owner moving out and having a lot of nice furniture they are unsure what to do about. Some corporate rentals aren’t really much different from a regular residential rental. Often an employee has...Continue Reading!

The best High School in Northern Virginia?

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The Northern Virginia area has great schools. While there are differences between schools, a quality education is generally within reach of anyone. Niche, a school data site, recently released a list of the 100 best public high schools in the US. The list has schools from all over the country - from Northern Virginia we have one in the top 25. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria was rated #7 in the country based on its academics,...Continue Reading!

How is the Market at Idylwood Towers?

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Fall is here and the beautifully landscaped grounds at Idylwood Towers have been showing off their best colors the last few weeks. Winter is coming - it seems an appropriate time to take stock of the market at Idylwood Towers. Overall, real estate at Idylwood Towers has been doing well in 2014. Prices are stable and reasonably priced homes are often selling in the 30-60 day range. Prices have been continuing their upward trend this year in part due to better...Continue Reading!

Should I accept Housing Voucher/Section 8 Tenants?

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Housing Choice Voucher tenants (or "Section 8 Program tenants") are common in many jurisdictions in Northern Virginia. It is a federally funded and locally administered program to help low income families, the elderly and people with disabilities obtain safe and affordable housing from private landlords. A landlord usually first becomes aware of the program when a potential renter calls up asking "Do you accept housing vouchers or Section 8?". The question is - should you? Well, I would say it depends on you....Continue Reading!

Fall Opportunities at the Fountains at McLean

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Tysons Corner has had an exciting 2014 with the new HOT lanes, completion of the Silver Line metro and lots of new cranes dotting the skyline.  Many communities are now finally within walking distance to the metro – Fountains at McLean is one of them. After values struggled to recover the last few years, 2013 was a great year for the community.  In 2013 the number of sales and rentals at the Fountains at McLean outpaced 2012. In 2014, the pace has been a bit slower with 12 homes sold year-to-date...Continue Reading!

Great biking in Northern Virginia

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In Northern Virginia we are blessed with a lot of options if you like biking. While it is not Colorado or the west coast, we do have great variety with both on and off-road options. If you need the speed and have a road bike, the trails in the area (in particular the Mount Vernon Trail and the W&OD trail) will give you plenty of mileage. The W&OD trail may get busy in Fairfax County and Arlington during commute times and...Continue Reading!