Archive for month: December, 2011

Ring in 2012 with a Local New Year's Eve

29 Dec
December 29, 2011 Many people insist the best way to spend New Year’s Eve is to go to Times Square in New York City. But why leave Washington, D.C. when there's plenty to do here! In the greater Washington, D.C. area, there are many unique ways—different from what you may be used to—to ring in 2012. Read more [...]

Centreville, VA Market Report 12/28/11

28 Dec
December 28, 2011 The Centreville market is divided into 2 distinctive markets 20120 located North of Lee Highway and 20121 which is South of Lee Highway. The Southern zip code has enjoyed more stability in sales, average sales price and days on the market. Read more [...]

Hanukkah Holiday Happenings

21 Dec
December 21, 2011 This past Wednesday marked the beginning of one of Judaism’s biggest holidays. Hanukkah is an eight day-long event, celebrating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE. The holiday typically occurs anytime from late November to late December, and this year it occurs at the far end of the spectrum, running until December 28th. Read more [...]

Damascus, MD Market Report – 12/19/11

19 Dec
December 19, 2011 Damascus is an unincorporated area in northern Montgomery County. Although there is a large population grown and urban development, Damascus still retains its small town feel. Damascus has seen significant new housing growth in recent years. Read more [...]

Holiday Light Tours Brighten Up Your December

15 Dec
December 15, 2011 It may be cold and dark in the month of December, but there's not reason your holiday season shouldn't be filled with bright spots. Literally. Lights. In the last month of the calendar year, cities, towns and counties brighten up, giving visitors and residents alike the chance to see their locales like never before. Read more [...]

Prince William County, VA Market Report – 12/13/11

13 Dec
December 13, 2011 Prince William County homes sales are an interesting story to tell right now. If you ask sellers they will tell you that there is more activity on their listings than in previous months. This activity has helped pending sales rise 15.63%. In contrast, less sellers entered the market, pushing inventories down 17.39%. If this trend continues, we could start to see a shift in the real estate landscape in Prince William. Read more [...]

Spotsylvania County Market Report – 12/12/11

12 Dec
December 12, 2011 Tis the season to be jolly!  This won't be the jolliest market report but I can assure you that November's statistics will be far better than October's were. For some reason October was a very slow month.  New listings were very minimal, new pending sales were up but closed sales and pretty much every other stat were down.  The phone wasn't ringing as much and both Buyers and Sellers seemed to be sitting on the fence. November was almost completely opposite where there were new listings, many more new sales and the market really started looking better!  That momentum has carried into December and will hopefully continue into the New Year!  So with that being said, take these numbers with Read more [...]

Alexandria, VA Market Report –12/09/11

09 Dec
December 9, 2011 With all the uncertainty and conflicting reports about how and when the housing market will return to some form of normalcy, Alexandria has remained an attractive option for first time buyers, and investors. Read more [...]

"Unbuilt Washington" Shows What Might Have Been

08 Dec
December 8, 2011 Washington, D.C. is a city known for unfulfilled promise. From tax reform to budget cuts to entitlement spending, this town often seems like a place where nothing ever gets done. Who would have ever thought that’s a good thing? Because of its national prominence, considered the epicenter of power in the world, Washington, D.C. is prime real estate for developers wanting to build government buildings, science centers, monuments and tourist attractions. But this city has some of the most strident design regulations in the country. Everyone knows that buildings can’t be over a certain height, and at the same time, must match Washington’s already in place aesthetic. Which is why an exhibit Read more [...]

Time is of the Essence

07 Dec
December 7, 2011 I had to smile the other day when I was teaching a class on the new NVAR Sales Contract to be released January 1st 2012. Among the changes I noticed was the inclusion of clause 30; “TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE AS TO ALL THE TERMS OF THIS CONTRACT”. Read more [...]