Archive for month: August, 2012

Black Hills Butterfly Fiesta Say Goodbye to Local Visitors

29 Aug
August 29, 2012 True Washingtonians love the last days of summer, because it means that a certain group will be departing the city, leaving it less crowded and more open for locals to enjoy. However, some things that departure truly will be missed. In fact, this weekend, up in Northern Maryland, there is an entire festival that is dedicated to an annual visitor that is about to flee town for warmer winter weather. Nearly 40 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., past Germantown, Maryland on I-270, sits Black Hills Regional Park. And this Saturday, September 1st, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., people can come to the park’s visitor’s center, where they will be hosting nature programs and saying goodbye Read more [...]

Outdoor Screen Season's Final Month

22 Aug
August 22, 2012 In Washington, D.C., weather doesn’t often dictate what you can do. With museums and monuments and galleries all open the same hours in summer as they are in winter, altering your schedule because of the seasons isn’t a requirement. But one part of summer life is in its final stages of the year, as sweaters and scarfs come out of the closet. Across the area, in Maryland, Virginia and the District, outdoor movie theaters are all down to their final shows of the season. While some are wrapping up this weekend, others extend to the actual end of the summer in late September. Either way, if you want to catch a film and gaze at both the stars above and on the screen, you'll want to make plans Read more [...]

Urbana, MD Market Report – 8/20/10

20 Aug
August 20, 2012 Overall, real estate in the Urbana area of Frederick County Maryland is still heading downward.  These suburban areas, that are a significant distance from the DC Metro Area, are still struggling. The number of closed sales is up +7.14% over this same time last year.  But the median and average sold price have continued to drop up to -16.29% when comparing this year to the last.  The inventory of active listings is much lower than July of 2012 down -16.67%. There are still plenty of homes to choose from for the interested buyer – rates are still at historic lows.  A purchase now is a smart decision.  The bright spot in the Urbana area is in the townhome sales.  These attached homes Read more [...]

Calming Occoquan Lets Everyone Relax

16 Aug
August 16, 2012 Summer is winding down, which means work schedules for those of us in Washington, D.C. will pick up significantly soon. And while most people think escaping the rush of the city requires a several hour drive, there are actually great opportunities to relax and unwind in relative proximity. In fact, just a little bit south of the Beltway is one of the quaintest, coziest towns around, sitting alongside a gently flowing river, full of old-time shops and genial residents. And it’s a breeze to get to. Occoquan, Virginia is only 13 miles south of the Springfield Interchange on 495, approximately 25 miles from the heart of Washington, D.C. It’s also the perfect spot to get away from city living. Read more [...]

Spotsylvania County Market Report – 8/14/12

14 Aug
August 14, 2012 Believe it or not, the end to summer is right around the corner!  Kids will be going back to school, the weather will start to get a little cooler (thank goodness!) and we will all start to look towards the fall and the upcoming election. The Fredericksburg area has experienced a nice, solid amount of market activity this summer and is in a strong position to ease us into the fall market.  We have experienced a couple little lulls in activity, as is typical for the summertime, but have rebounded nicely each time.  The stats I am going to provide you are the latest stats available. Don't let the numbers throw you off!  There are opportunities galore in these numbers:  JUNE 2012 2011 +/- New Read more [...]

The Arlington County Fair Harkens Back To Quainter Days

10 Aug
August 10, 2012 County Fairs harken back to a quainter time in our country’s history. Events like vegetable-growing, pie-eating and pig-catching contests all seem out of place in the hustle and bustle of the 21st century. And the last place you’d expect to see one of these traditions reviewed is in our teeming metropolis. But this weekend, on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. a big, the Arlington County Fair kicks off, with all the trappings you’d expect, from funnel cakes to Tilt-a-Whirls to pony rides. Straddling the divide between North and South Arlington, about a quarter-mile from the intersection of Route 50 and Glebe Road, resides the Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Typically, the Arlington Read more [...]

Arlington County Market Report – 8/08/12

08 Aug
August 8, 2012 The statistics below show that the Arlington market continues to improve. The average sold price in Arlington County has increased by $115,402.00 since I last wrote in March. Because prices are increasing and interest rates on loans to purchase continue to be at an all-time low, people appear to be listening and are buying. Remember, these statistics are based on detached, semi-detached, town homes, condominiums and coops in all of Arlington County.  Regardless of what area you choose to live in - prices are on the rise and days on the market have decreased. If you're listening to the news, they are saying our market bottomed out last year.  While some would say this is considered an ascending Read more [...]

Clarksburg, MD Market Report – 7/31/12

01 Aug
August 1, 2012 The Market in Clarksburg, MD Clarksburg is an unincorporated area located in Northern Montgomery County along the Interstate 270 corridor north of Germantown. Clarksburg once was a very rural area in Montgomery County, but since the development of the Clarksburg Town Center it is a much more urban area.  The Town Center has become the hub of real estate in Clarksburg and is where most of the buying and selling occurs. Clarksburg Town Center The Clarksburg Town Center is a 260 acre community by Newland Communities.  It features single family homes, townhomes and condominiums as well as many amenities including a Residents Club, dog park, outdoor amphitheater, swimming pools, parks, playgrounds, Read more [...]