Archive for month: March, 2013

Prince William County, VA Market Report – 3/29/13

29 Mar
March 29, 2013 The real estate market in Eastern Prince William County is definitely in a "Seller's Market Zone" due to the lack of available homes for sale.  Sellers are staying put, buyers are trying to take advantage of low interest rates but cannot find a home to purchase.  Welcome back multiple offers on fairly priced homes in good condition!!  Even the homes that are not in good condition have investors swarming over them with cash offers. Compare home sales for Lake Ridge in February 2012 to home sales in February 2013: The number of available homes for buyers to purchase is down 29.93%  Low Inventory New listings on the market in Sept. is down 15.96%  Low Inventory Homes under contract is Read more [...]

Hill Country Barbeque Takes Texas to the District

27 Mar
March 27, 2013 For the better part of the last decade, there was a Texan in charge of Washington,D.C. Yet during the eight years George W. Bush was president, there was no corresponding increase of Texas cuisine in our nation’s capital. Chalk it up to this city’s conservative dining scene during those years. But that's changed in the past few years, with there’s been an explosive growth in restaurant diversity. And although our current Oval Office resident comes from Chicago, Texas has come to town. And as Texas would have it, they’ve done so in a big way. Hill Country Barbeque opened last year in Washington, D.C, building out a gargantuan space in Penn Quarter, on 7th Street, between E and D Street’s Read more [...]

Warren County/Front Royal Market Report –3/26/13

26 Mar
March 26, 2013 The Market in Front Royal,VA is really picking up! The sales volume has increased by 14% from this time last year! The average sold price is up 6.24%, and the average amount of time in which to sell a property has dropped from 106 days on market to 80 days. Warren County and the quaint town of Front Royal is a very desirable location for first time home buyers, we are continuing to see a lot of first timers enter the marketplace here. There are loan programs being offered that allow qualified home buyers to purchase with little to no money down! The interest rates are historically low, so Buyers are realizing that purchasing in many cases will cost them less than renting! The average sales Read more [...]

The Greatest Show on Earth Comes to D.C and Fairfax

20 Mar
March 20, 2013 If you were not in downtown D.C. this past Tuesday night, you missed a very unusual sight. Instead of a snarling line of cars moving down South Capitol Street, like every evening commute, the road was closed off. Parading down, instead of traffic, was a pack of elephants. Yes. Elephants. Which can only mean one thing. The circus is in town. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s traveling extravaganza has come to the District, where, starting Thursday, they will put on nine shows. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is one of the oldest traveling circuses in the world, having formed in 1907. They still travel from city to city in their signature trains, and they pulled into Washington Read more [...]

Rockville, MD Market Report – 3/18/13

18 Mar
March 18, 2013 Focusing in on the Rockville 20851 zip code shows a very tight market.  New Listings are down -35.7% from January 2013 but up +28.6% in comparison to February 2012.  For a total of 7 New Listings this February our increase is really not that significant and continues to be reflective of a Seller’s Market. New Pending Contracts in February 2013 landed at 8.  This number is down --57.9% from January of this year and also down in comparison to February 2012, another sign of our low inventory market.  Fewer listings mean fewer pending deals. February 2013 Real Estate Market Statistics for 20851 Rockville, MD Statistic Values YoY MoM Total Sold Dollar Volume $2,666,499 +268.3% -3.14% Closed Read more [...]

Area Dog Parks Perfect For Puppy Play

13 Mar
March 13, 2013 This past weekend showed us just how wonderful spring in Washington, D.C. can be: warm temperatures, gentle breezes and clear skies. The perfect conditions that make you want to head outdoors. A lot of us, when we do leave the house, don’t do so alone. Many people in this area take with them their four-legged friends. Which is perfect, because this area is littered with parks for your litter (or just the one, if that’s all you have). Way northwest of the city, past Germantown, Maryland is Black Hill Regional Park. The entire area is dog-friendly, and with scenic views of Little Seneca Lake and rolling hills, it’s the perfect place to take your dog for a leashed stroll. But when your friend Read more [...]

Irish Crawls This Weekend Can Kick Start Your St. Paddy's Day

07 Mar
March 7, 2013 It’s March, which means that one holiday is about to paint everyone’s calendar green. And although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t for another week-and-a-half, that doesn’t mean festivities haven’t already begun throughout the area. The theme for several celebrations this weekend is walking and drinking, with bar crawls in both Dupont and Arlington. The bigger of the two, and the most unique, is the D.C. Whiskey Walk. The event is a combination of a walking tour of D.C. bars (mostly Irish) and whiskeys (all Irish). It kicks off this Saturday at the Board Room, one of D.C.’s newest bars. Alongside the drinks, you'll find may of your favorite childhood games: from Connect Four to Operation Read more [...]