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Saturday, August 31 2013

The house that Johnson built - Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg

Many have waited for Aug. 29 for more than 10 years.

Standing just in front of the “house she built” as she stepped to the podium to officially open the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, founder and CEO Sheila Johnson was feeling a wide range of emotions.

Fighting tears of joy, Johnson thanked Middleburg's Mayor Betsy Davis and the rest of the Town Council for its unwavering support of the project.

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Read more details about "Salamander Resort and Spa" - Link to their website

 

Contact Marilee Murphy today for all of your home buying, or selling, luxury homes or new construction needs.  I am dedicated to making sure you have a smooth transition from start to finish. Use my website to search available properties in Loudoun County located, in Northern Virginia, specifically the towns of Sterling/Potomac Falls, Ashburn, Leesburg, Chantilly, and Aldie as well as properties in Fairfax County, and Prince William County areas. You can also sign up to receive free listing updates by email

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Friday, August 30 2013

Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Agent

by The KCM Crew on August 30, 2013

Education and Experience, Neighborhood Knowledge, Professional Networking...

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Contact Marilee Murphy today for all of your home buying, or selling, luxury homes or new construction needs.  I am dedicated to making sure you have a smooth transition from start to finish. Use my website to search available properties in Loudoun County located, in Northern Virginia, specifically the towns of Sterling/Potomac Falls, Ashburn, Leesburg, Chantilly, and Aldie as well as properties in Fairfax County, and Prince William County areas. You can also sign up to receive free listing updates by email

 

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Thursday, August 29 2013

Inova Healthplex plans moving forward in Ashburn

Inova Loudoun Hospital during the last year has been undergoing expansion and construction to better its facilities.

Inova Health System is preparing to move forward with plans for a Healthplex in Ashburn, north of Route 50.

The 50,500-square-foot Healthplex and 71,280-square-foot medical office building will be at the intersection of Barrister Street and Loudoun County Parkway, just south of the Greenway.

The Healthplex will primarily be an emergency room and a resource for outpatient imaging.

“We have had that site under contract for three or four years now and the idea there, as we have developed our services across the county, is to provide pretty broad access to people across Loudoun County to health care services,” Inova Loudoun Hospital CEO H. Patrick Walters said. “At Lansdowne we have our advanced acute services and what we are developing in the Ashburn area is outpatient services.”

 

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Contact Marilee Murphy today for all of your home buying, or selling, luxury homes or new construction needs.  I am dedicated to making sure you have a smooth transition from start to finish. Use my website to search available properties in Loudoun County located, in Northern Virginia, specifically the towns of Sterling/Potomac Falls, Ashburn, Leesburg, Chantilly, and Aldie as well as properties in Fairfax County, and Prince William County areas. You can also sign up to receive free listing updates by email

 

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Wednesday, August 28 2013

Reston: 7th Annual Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival-Sat Aug 31

Lake Anne has moved up their ever popular Jazz & Blues Festival from October to Labor Day Weekend. The 7th Annual Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival will take place Saturday, August 31, 2013. This free, family friendly, all-day event will take place from 1:00PM-8:00PM and will showcase a variety of talented local emerging artist and national jazz performers.

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Contact Marilee Murphy today for all of your home buying, or selling, luxury homes or new construction needs.  I am dedicated to making sure you have a smooth transition from start to finish. Use my website to search available properties in Loudoun County located, in Northern Virginia, specifically the towns of Sterling/Potomac Falls, Ashburn, Leesburg, Chantilly, and Aldie as well as properties in Fairfax County, and Prince William County areas. You can also sign up to receive free listing updates by email

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Tuesday, August 27 2013


Epicurience Virginia, An Epic Wine & Culinary Experience-Sat, Aug 31, 2013-Mon, Sep 02, 2013

A Wine & Food Festival Two Hundred Years in the Making: Loudoun’s Epicurience Virginia

Picture a food and wine festival so unique that no existing name quite fit. A food and wine experience so epic, in fact, that we’re calling it something completely new: Epicurience. Held in the East Coast’s premier wine region, Loudoun, Virginia: DC’s Wine Country®. It’s where insiders come to savor award-winning wines and seek out noteworthy farm-to-table cuisine

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‘Epicurience’ to make grand entrance in inaugural year -8/29/13

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Contact Marilee Murphy today for all of your home buying, or selling, luxury homes or new construction needs.  I am dedicated to making sure you have a smooth transition from start to finish. Use my website to search available properties in Loudoun County located, in Northern Virginia, specifically the towns of Sterling/Potomac Falls, Ashburn, Leesburg, Chantilly, and Aldie as well as properties in Fairfax County, and Prince William County areas. You can also sign up to receive free listing updates by email

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Tuesday, August 27 2013

14,767 Houses Sold Yesterday! Did Yours?

by The KCM Crew on August 27, 2013

There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consider is…

If it hasn’t sold in this hot market, maybe it’s not priced properly.

After all 14,767 houses sold yesterday, 14,767 will sell today and 14,767 will sell tomorrow. 14,767!

That is the average number of homes that sell each and every day in this country according to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) latest Existing Home Sales Report. NAR reported that sales had increased 17.2% over the year before. According to the report, annualized sales now stand at 5.39 million. Divide that number by 365 (days in a year) and we can see that, on average, almost 15,000 homes sell every day.

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Contact Marilee Murphy today for all of your home buying, or selling, luxury homes or new construction needs.  I am dedicated to making sure you have a smooth transition from start to finish. Use my website to search available properties in Loudoun County located, in Northern Virginia, specifically the towns of Sterling/Potomac Falls, Ashburn, Leesburg, Chantilly, and Aldie as well as properties in Fairfax County, and Prince William County areas. You can also sign up to receive free listing updates by email

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Sunday, August 25 2013

Dulles Day Plane Pull-Sept 14, 2013

September 14, 2013 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
at Dulles Airport | visit: planepull.com
• free admission & parking • live music • kids zone • car show
• aircraft displays • kids truck pull • door prizes • & more!

The Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull® is Special Olympics Virginia’s “heaviest” fundraiser, pitting teams of 25 against one another to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus 12 feet the fastest. Teams must raise a minimum of $1250 to participate – that’s just $50 per person – and all proceeds help Special Olympics Virginia provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 11,000 athletes of all ages.  

If pulling a plane seems just a bit beyond your reach – how about a truck?  The Kids Truck Pull pits teams of children against a big red 123JUNK truck; the team who pulls the truck 12 feet the fastest wins.  Each child must raise a minimum of $10 to compete and will receive a t-shirt.

 

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Contact Marilee Murphy today for all of your home buying, or selling, luxury homes or new construction needs.  I am dedicated to making sure you have a smooth transition from start to finish. Use my website to search available properties in Loudoun County located, in Northern Virginia, specifically the towns of Sterling/Potomac Falls, Ashburn, Leesburg, Chantilly, and Aldie as well as properties in Fairfax County, and Prince William County areas. You can also sign up to receive free listing updates by email

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Saturday, August 24 2013

School Starts Sept 3 in Loudoun, Fairfax, & Prince William Counties.

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Tuesday, August 20 2013

What's Trending in Brambleton

Check out the latest happenings in the community of Brambleton located in Ashburn in Loudoun County Virginia.

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Friday, August 16 2013

Gainesville VA Real Estate

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Thursday, August 15 2013

Dulles Metro (Subway) Update - August 2013 Update

Almost Done: Wiehle - Reston East Metrorail Station   


With the completion of Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project anticipated later this year, the Wiehle-Reston East Station is almost ready for passengers. Located in the middle of the Dulles International Airport Access Highway/Dulles Toll Road Corridor just west of the Wiehle Avenue bridge, the station is on the eastern edge of Reston.
This station will be the temporary terminus of the Silver Line until Phase 2 is completed in 2018.

Today, the tracks and station structures are complete.

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Thursday, August 15 2013

A record year for Virginia Wine

A surprise to no one tracking the Virginia wine industry's evolution, Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced that fiscal 2013 was another record year for sales of the commonwealth's vin.

Surpassing the previous record of 485,000 cases, set in fiscal 2012, Virginia wineries sold more than 511,000 cases in the most recent year, according to data gathered by the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) and the Virginia Wine Marketing Office. The Virginia Wine office also highlighted that Virginia sales have increased by nearly 25 percent since fiscal 2010.

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Thursday, August 15 2013

4 Exterior Areas to Not Neglect for Home Showings

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A home’s outdoor space will set the first impression to prospective home buyers. A recent Realty Times article by Lillian Montalto offers some of the following tips on ramping up the curb appeal of these outdoor spaces:

  • Garage spaces: “Invest in trays, bins, shelving, and anything else that will organize the space,” Montalto writes. “Stow similar objects together. Hang items on wall hooks when possible. And above all, make certain there isn’t an overload of equipment to begin with, even if you need to store larger items at a storage unit or friend’s house.”
  • Patios and decks: Declutter, restain (if needed), and pressure-wash the bricks, pavers, and outdoor furniture, Montalto writes.
  • Yard: Fix any sidewalks, driveway, or walkway cracks. Ensure sellers mow the lawn and make sure nothing is overgrown or blocking any views of the home from the street. Spruce up the yard with colorful flowers and planters.
  • Exteriors: Fix any peeling paint and trim, and make sure windows are sparkling clean. Also, take careful note that any exterior hardware and the house numbers are in good shape.

 

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Tuesday, August 13 2013

Leesburg Real Estate

 

Leesburg places high on Top 50 Best Places to Live list

CNN Money has released its 2013 list of the Best Places to Live in America and Leesburg has been ranked in the Top 50.

Coming in at 35, Leesburg was recognized for its “charming downtown dating back to 1758 and [the town has] made a point of preserving the historical architecture.”

Other characteristics acknowledged in the report are Leesburg's proximity to Virginia wine country and its award-winning farmer's market.

CNN Money acknowledges the median housing cost – at just less than $400,000 – is not cheap, but reasonable for the region.

Leesburg wasn't the only Washington, D.C. suburb to be on the list as Vienna, Va. was the third best place to live in the United States.

With Leesburg's proximity to Washington, D.C., CNN Money reported that while there are not many large employers within town limits, many citizens commute to D.C. and other places to work. Leesburg's Economic Development Director Marantha Edwards believes that may change soon as jobs have been increasing within the town as larger employers have begun setting up roots here.


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Tuesday, August 13 2013

Epicurience Virginia, An Epic Wine & Culinary Experience-Sat, Aug 31, 2013-Mon, Sep 02, 2013

A Wine & Food Festival Two Hundred Years in the Making: Loudoun’s Epicurience Virginia

Picture a food and wine festival so unique that no existing name quite fit. A food and wine experience so epic, in fact, that we’re calling it something completely new: Epicurience. Held in the East Coast’s premier wine region, Loudoun, Virginia: DC’s Wine Country®. It’s where insiders come to savor award-winning wines and seek out noteworthy farm-to-table cuisine

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Tuesday, August 13 2013

The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development has released its annual report for fiscal 2013.

Officials with DED are celebrating an excellent year in economic growth in all of the departments target clusters.

DED is reporting 56 “wins” within their targeted clusters last year, which is an increase of 47 percent over fiscal 2012.

Loudoun's Economic Development team defines a “win” as a business either moving to Loudoun, staying in Loudoun or expanding in Loudoun.

By that definition, 56 different companies either moved to, stayed in or expanded in Loudoun this year.

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Monday, August 12 2013

by The KCM Crew on August 12, 2013

Today, many real estate conversations center around housing prices and where they may be headed. Some believe rapidly rising prices have created a new ‘housing bubble’. Others believe that the sudden rise in interest rates will impact purchasing power to such a degree that it will force prices downward. There is no lack of opinions and there is absolutely no consensus.

That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists about where prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number.

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Monday, August 12 2013
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