Archive for month: October, 2012

Pumpkin Chunkin' Lets You Send Off Halloween In Smashing Fashion

31 Oct
October 31, 2012 After any holiday ends, there is often a bit of disappointment. Weeks or even months of preparation culminate in a single day, and then it is simply over. But it doesn’t have to be that way with Halloween this year. Once everyone finishes trick or treating on Wednesday night, there’s still an event that gives the holiday a proper send off. And it is a literal send off, but not in any traditional sense. This year, if Hurricane Sandy didn’t already dispose of your jack-o-lanterns, you can skip the usual step of tossing them to the curb. Get rid of yours by sending them soaring into the sky and smashing into the ground at Great Country Farms Annual Pumpkin Chunkin’. Great Country Farms Read more [...]

Kids Euro Festival Keeps Children Cultured

25 Oct
October 25, 2012 It is very easy to stay cultured in Washington, D.C. With this city’s plethora of museums, galleries and performances, it doesn’t take much to keep your brain stimulated. And while it's easy for parents to enjoy the arts, it's slightly harder to educate kids while keeping them entertained. From science to history to other cultures, kids like to have fun while learning. For the next couple of weeks, parents in this area will have no problem finding enjoyable and informational activities for their kids, all while learning about our sister continent to the East. That’s because from now until November 14th is the fifth annual Kids Euro Festival, which takes place throughout D.C. and it Read more [...]

Perfect Pumpkin Patches For Fall Fun in Northern VA and Maryland

17 Oct
October 17, 2012 The air has been crisp and cool in Washington this past week signaling that the month of October has finally come into its own. As the first true fall month of this area, the leaves are finally starting to change colors and jackets have become a permanent fixture when heading outside. Not to mention, pumpkins are on everyone’s minds. With just under two weeks until October’s festivities come to a close, time is dwindling to pick out the perfect pumpkin to scoop out the seeds for a quick fall treat and carve the rest into a ghoulish or silly jack-o-lantern. In addition to having an awesome time hunting through pumpkin patches, families and other visitors to local area farms can be entertained Read more [...]

Frederick County, MD 10/15/12

15 Oct
October 15, 2012 The real estate market in Frederick is steadily improving and prices are once again rising. Looking back at our most recent statistics (August 2012, which seems a bit dated) for the City of Frederick, August seemed to have ended the summer in a most positive way. An increase of +14.86% in the Average Sold Price bringing it up to $251,746 is a step in a positive direction.  Closed Sales were also up +14.63%.  The only “hiccup” in this positive message is that Days on the Market increased and the Average Sold to Original List Price Ratio dropped.  This is still very typical in this real estate market. Sellers see that real estate in their area is final starting to move.  They hear on Read more [...]

Snallygaster Serves Suds Up This Weekend In Yards Park

12 Oct
October 12, 2012 This last weekend, many Washingtonians lamented the final Truckeroo of the summer season, the event that, on occasional Fridays throughout the warm months, packed the Fairgrounds near Nationals Park with discerning eaters and some of the area’s finest food trucks. While that event is over until warmer months, Yards Park, just a half mile away in Southeast, will fill any void this weekend. They are playing host to an outdoor festival certain to satisfy any Truckeroo regular. Or for that matter, any person who loves beer. Snallygaster is the inaugural D.C. Oktoberfest celebration from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. This group owns some of the most popular restaurants in the area, including Read more [...]

Spotsylvania County Market Report – 10/10/12

10 Oct
October 10, 2012 The latest market statistics we have are from August.  As you will see, August was in interesting month.  Overall the market was nice and busy, but we did experience a little lull and numbers aren't quite as impressive as September's will be.  Listings were down -5.88%, which has been a common trend as we are still experiencing a 5 year low for inventory.  Closed sales and pending sales were down a little and the sold dollar volume was down a bit too. With that being said, days on market decreased (which is what we want to see!) down to an average of 66 days on the market!  Houses that are in the first time home buyer price range are typically selling much quicker than that. Buyers who Read more [...]

Segway Tours Are A Unique Way To Experience Washington, D.C.

04 Oct
October 4, 2012 If you’ve ever been in Washington, D.C on a spring, summer or fall evening or weekend, you may have seen a peculiar sight. Clusters of helmeted people standing on devices that look downright futuristic. They are balanced on a platform a half a foot above the ground, which is attached to a set of gigantic rubber wheels. And these people are motoring through the city at speeds much faster than the typical pedestrian. If you don’t know exactly what is going on, you’re probably unfamiliar with Segways. And you are also missing out on one of the coolest and most original ways to play tourist in Washington, D.C. Segways are electronically-powered transportation devices. They contain an internal Read more [...]

Springfield, VA Market Report – 10/2/12

02 Oct
October 2, 2012 If you’ve been following our area market reports, you’ll notice that revenue sales in zip codes 22151, 22152 and 22153 have gone up $6,727,450 since April 2012.  This shows we’ve been busy buying and selling homes this summer. Sellers were pleasantly surprised to learn their homes were worth more than they had originally thought and that it didn’t take that long to sell (less than a month). Many got multiple offers because it looked good.    Buyers were happy because they bought while the market is ascending and the interest rate on their new loan is the lowest it has been in history.  It’s a pleasant surprise to learn your mortgage payment could be less than what you were paying Read more [...]