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Friday, November 30 2012

Christmas is coming - To Middleburg!

Middleburg, Virginia on December 1, 2012!

What do you love?!

Does your family love one-of-a-kind spectacles like the foxhunt and hounds coming down main street?  Do you love an entire community in joyful celebration on parade? How about unique non-mall shopping, interesting dining, and a progressive wine tasting? Do your kids love special activities and horse-drawn hayrides? If so, then you'll love being in Middleburg this Saturday December 1st!

So you think you know Middleburg? Not until you've seen 85 entries in the Christmas Parade, each one a joyful expression of something that we love in the fabric of this community. That's what we're really all about! Come share our joy with us!

Join one of the most fun filled family festivals of the year in Middleburg, with activities, special events, great eats, free parking and shuttle, the famous Middleburg Hunt Review riding down main street, a mile-long Christmas parade filled with floats and more animals than a circus, and the Wine Crawl at the end of the day.
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Wednesday, November 28 2012

Based on prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time in real estate history to purchase a home than right now. Here are five major reasons purchasers should consider buying: 

Supply Is Shrinking

With inventory declining in many regions, finding a home of your dreams may become more difficult going forward. There are buyers in more and more markets surprised that there is no longer a large assortment of houses to choose from. The best homes in the best locations sell first. Don’t miss the opportunity to get that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ buy.

Price Increases Are on the Horizon

Prices were expected to bounce along the bottom this winter. However, many pricing indices (examples: CoreLogic, FHFA, LPS, Case Shiller) are reporting that prices are continuing to rise.

Rents Are Skyrocketing

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Tuesday, November 27 2012
Miller & Smith is bringing an exciting NEW collection of Single Family Homes to One Loudoun.
Chicago style architecture, contemporary, open floor plans with luxurious finishes. One-of-a-kind features: "Foodies" kitchen, amazing great rooms, master suite sleeping porch & much more. Three spectacular floor plans to choose from.

The BIG REVEAL of the Miller & Smith "Downtown Collection" new models will be early 2013.
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Wednesday, November 21 2012
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Monday, November 19 2012
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Monday, November 19 2012

We have been happy to report that house prices have increased over the last several months. However, we have also warned that month-over-month prices since 2009 have softened in the fall and winter. We are beginning to see that situation repeat itself in 2012.

CoreLogic, in their latest House Price Index revealed that prices increased by 5% over last year. Yet, prices actually dropped .3% month-over-month (m-o-m). Analytics firm FNC, in their latest Residential Price Index, reported that prices increased 2.3% over the last year but prices remained unchanged m-o-m.

What Does This Mean for Sellers?

Sellers should be excited about the headlines showing price appreciation across the country for the first time in a long time. However, if you want to sell your home in the next 6-8 months realize that there is a better chance that prices will soften than appreciate during that time span. Waiting to the spring for a better price probably makes little sense.

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Friday, November 16 2012
VHSL Volleyball Championships scoreboard

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs fought hard last night for the win but lost in a heart breaker 13-15 in the 5th game of the Virginia AAA state semifinals! The Bulldogs conclude a great season at 27-3!
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Friday, November 16 2012
I am on the internet and searching for homes

and see "CNTG/NO KO " as a status-what does it mean?

What is a "Short Sale?"?

Click Here For the Answers!!!
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Friday, November 16 2012
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Wednesday, November 14 2012
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Wednesday, November 14 2012
Stone Bridge Girls Volleyball earns return trip to Richmond for state semifinals!!

Go #8 Megan Bryn and Stone Bridge Bulldogs!

Megan is the daughter of our dear friends (and past clients) Donna & Jason Bryn. We have enjoyed cheering you on Megan!! And will be watching tomorrow night (Thu 11/15) as you and the Bulldogs compete in the semi-finals of the Volleyball State Tournament.

More Photos of the Stone Bridge Bulldog Volleyball team wins!!!
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Wednesday, November 14 2012
Is It Time to Buy A Rental Property?

by The KCM Crew on November 14, 2012 · 0 Comments

Yesterday, we discussed rising rents and their impact on the long term housing expense of tenants. Today, we want to look at the opportunities that single-family rental units present for the small investor.

With house prices inching up and rents skyrocketing, this may be the perfect time to invest in single family residential real estate.

If you do, you won’t be alone. According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2012 3rd Quarter Metro Area Report:

“Investors…accounted for 17 percent of all transactions in the third quarter.”

More than one out of every six houses sold are purchased by an investor. In the most recent MarketPulse Report by CoreLogic, their Principal Economist, Sam Khater, wrote on the subject in a story titled Roll Tide, or The Rise of the Single Family Rental Market. The major takeaways from the article are:

  • The single-family rental market remained very active in the late summer of 2012 with increases in demand, tightening inventory and rising rents.
  • Nationally, rental leasing volumes were up every month for two years. In August, they were up 7% over last year.
  • Supply was down 11% over the same period.
  • This tightness in supply has caused rents to increase.
  • Rent growth is expected to increase at a ‘strong clip’ late in 2012 and in 2013.

If a private investor is looking for a great hands-on opportunity, perhaps purchasing a single-family house to rent out makes sense. Check with your local real estate advisor to uncover the opportunities in your region.

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Wednesday, November 14 2012

Re-Posted from "What's Trending in Brambleton - November Edition" (Be sure to check out Brambleton, a beautiful planned community in Ashburn, Virginia full of amenities.  Many new construction options available).

A Quick Peak at Future Metrorail Cars - A preview of new railcars for Metro and the new Silver Line shows the next generation of railcars. Metro in early October displayed a new full-scale mock up of cars it has ordered as part of the largest investment in Metro’s fleet in the system’s history. The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project has ordered 80 of these cars.  Read more in their October Newsletter: or go to for more information.
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Wednesday, November 14 2012
Supervisors advance HS-8 plans at National Conference Center site

After two years of review and sometimes-intense debate, plans for a new Loudoun County high school in Lansdowne are moving forward.
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Tuesday, November 13 2012
Plan Approved For Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park-Leesburg Today article:
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