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What Does Louis Vuitton Have to Do With Mortgages?

What Does Louis Vuitton Have to Do With Mortgages?

I like to tell this story about how lenders work. Women obviously get this a bit better than men so there is also a motorcycle version… Say for example, I wanted to invest in a purse and started researching a Louis Vuitton. I could go […]

Tuesdays on the Town: Eastview by Van Metre

Tuesdays on the Town: Eastview by Van Metre

For this week’s Tuesdays on the Town my team and I visited Van Meter’s Eastview community over in Chantilly. Eastview is another beautiful single family and townhome community edging along the South Riding/Chantilly borders. Single-family homes start in the $600,000 range and as of our […]

Tuesdays on the Town: Tanglewood by Van Metre

Tuesdays on the Town: Tanglewood by Van Metre

Just for fun, type in “luxury homes off Braddock Road” into your Google search. Home buying sites will generate a variety of featured properties. Typical two or three bed renovations in Old Town Alexandria, to new construction three and four-level townhomes with open floor plans. There are some gorgeous monster homes off Braddock that define the luxury market, communities that encompass the farm winery lifestyle and plenty of historical sites dotted throughout. What you won’t find? Many options under $650,000. That is until you take a drive a little further down, past Chantilly, and into the town of Aldie.

Tanglewood, a three-phase luxury community of single-family homes built by Van Metre, features a variety of floor plans, starting at $650,000. There are currently 92 homes within the community, with plenty of room for development to come in the surrounding areas.

At the time of our tour a week ago, there was only ONE lot left in The Preserve, featuring 3,800 sq ft of move-in ready home with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and a gourmet kitchen. We’d be more than happy to help you nab the last one!The second phase, the Enclave, was intended for first level living, featuring a one level brick floor plan called The Cottonwood. With a lack of demand from empty nesters for main level living, Van Metre introduced their floor plan “The Talbot”, which they had already been building in West Virginia. The Talbot features 1,965 sq ft with 3-5 bedrooms. While the community will now be a mix of both floorplans, all homes will still have the main level master bed and bath available, with a minimum two car garage and optional deck off main level, starting at $609,990.

Lastly, the Arbor features 34 homes with 3 floor plans available: The Talbot, The Portsmouth, and the Southbury. The Southbury and Portsmouth both include two-car garages, with five to eight bedroom options and similar square footage- about 3,600 sq ft. The main difference? The Southbury has a spectacular two-story family room. Homes start at $656,990 and $666,990.

We were impressed with the detailed design offered in the standard features of these luxury floor plans. The gas fireplaces are surrounded by slate. The homes are adorned with crown molding, chair railing, and coffered ceilings in the master bedroom. The gourmet kitchens exude luxury without compromise to function. They’re clean, elegant and finished with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, and Timberlake 42-inch flat panel Fairfield cabinetry. Most importantly, the homes benefit from an abundance of natural light from the many over-sized windows. Gorgeous!

With a community enclaved by woods, away from the blur of the traffic burdened East, and a laundry list of luxury amenities, Aldie, Virginia is starting to sound really good. Don’t you think?

If there’s a new construction development you’d like us to review, post it below. We’re headed out to discover and report back on new and exciting options!

Tuesdays on the Town: Haymarket Crossing by Stanley Martin

Tuesdays on the Town: Haymarket Crossing by Stanley Martin

A couple years ago, my family and I made a move west to Prince William County, landing in the small town of Haymarket. As a Buyer Agent, I’ve cautioned clients against considering this area as I cannot overstate how difficult the traffic can be. On […]

Tuesdays On The Town: Mount Vineyard by Pulte in Fairfax

Tuesdays On The Town: Mount Vineyard by Pulte in Fairfax

Several years ago I decided to start a blog called Tuesdays On The Town. My goal was to design a day spent discovering areas in proximity to new construction developments. I’d grab a coffee, meet at the sales center and talk with builder reps about […]

Krissy Cruse Earns NAR’s Seniors Real Estate Specialist Designation

Krissy Cruse Earns NAR’s Seniors Real Estate Specialist Designation

Reston, Virginia July 30th, 2017 – Krissy Cruse with Keller Williams Realty has earned the nationally recognized Seniors Real Estate Specialist® designation from the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors®.

Krissy joins more than 15,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRES® designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.

“Growing up in California during the 80’s and 90’s, a lot of homeowners put all their wealth building strategies into one form or another of real estate. When the market crashed after the Dot-Com bust, those relying on real estate investments to support them through retirement were ultimately wiped-out” said Krissy. “I recognize the important of having a plan. And then having a Plan B. Probably a good idea to have a Plan C too. That’s where I can help.”

SRES® Council, founded in 2007, is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing senior clients in real estate transactions. There are more than 15,000 active members of the organization world-wide.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

For more information, visit SRES.org or contact Krissy Cruse of Keller Williams Realty.

Questions to Ask Your Buyer Agent: Part One

Questions to Ask Your Buyer Agent: Part One

On more than one occasion, I’ve met with new buyers to be greeted with warm smiles, a firm handshake…and a list of interview questions that they printed off the internet. Given the amount of research we do to book a restaurant or hotel reservation, I […]

Mortgage Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval: What’s the Difference?

Mortgage Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval: What’s the Difference?

When buying a home, cash is king, but most folks don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars lying in the bank. Of course, that’s why obtaining a mortgage is such a crucial part of the process. And securing mortgage pre-qualification and pre-approval are important steps, assuring lenders […]

Krissy Cruse Earns NAR’s Military Relocation Professional Certification

Krissy Cruse Earns NAR’s Military Relocation Professional Certification

 

Reston, VA, July 10th, 2017 — Krissy Cruse with Keller Williams Realty – Reston has earned the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. The National Association of REALTORS® confers the MRP certification to REALTORS® who want to help military personnel and veterans find housing solutions that best meet their needs and allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits.

When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables can make the transfer easier, faster and less stressful. REALTORS® who earn this certification know to work with active duty military buyers and sellers, as well as veterans.

“Homeownership is an important part of the fabric of America, and having a stable home environment is vital when men and women of the military are called away to serve their country. Working with a REALTOR® who understands specific needs and timetables related to military service will help make their transfers easier, faster and less stressful,” said NAR President Gary Thomas. “The Military Relocation Professional certification will help REALTORS® hone their knowledge and skills for working with veterans and active duty military buyers and sellers to ensure that homeownership remains affordable and accessible to them.”

The certification provides NAR’s members with resources to accommodate current and former military service members at any stage of their military career, and is an approved elective for NAR’s Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR®) designation. To earn the MRP certification, REALTORS® are required to be in good standing with NAR; complete a one-day MRP certification core course; complete a pre-class readings to learn military background information and better understand important acronyms and military culture; and complete two webinars. For more information about the MRP certification, visit http://www.militaryrelocationpro.org.

For more information about MRP®, visit militaryrelocationpro.org or contact Krissy Cruse of Keller Williams Realty.

 

9 Ways To Make Your Home More Photogenic

9 Ways To Make Your Home More Photogenic

How photogenic is your home? Perhaps the question has crossed your mind in this snap-happy Instagram era. Whether you are selling your property, a camera-ready home is a must. An inviting photograph can draw in people scrolling through listings online; a messy or disheveled room will quickly […]