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Video Vednesday! Top Ten New Construction Communities

Video Vednesday! Top Ten New Construction Communities

 Top Ten New Construction Options with New 2018 VA Loan Limits Good Morning Everyone, it’s Krissy Cruse, agent with Keller Williams and the Growing Home Team and we’re bringing you the Top Ten New Construction Options Under the New 2018 VA Loan Limits. Announced […]

Multiple Offers and the 5-Minute Boyfriend

Multiple Offers and the 5-Minute Boyfriend

As I sit here counseling my buyer clients through this home inspection, it occurs to me that there’s an opportunity to explain how we got to this point. Because this is common. And it will become more prevalent in the Spring Markets when listings move […]

Tuesdays On The Town: One Loudoun by Stanley Martin

Tuesdays On The Town: One Loudoun by Stanley Martin

We’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard about One Loudoun in Ashburn. An oasis of luxury living surrounded by an impressive list of amenities, the community is not even fifteen minutes from Dulles Airport and routes 28, 66, and the 267 Toll Road. You might think with the recent Barnes and Noble grand opening that One Loudoun is a brand new community, but it’s actually been gaining momentum since the groundbreaking in 2007. The project made huge progress in 2011 and has become one of the most walkable and inclusive luxury communities in the Washington Metro area. Since then, a variety of developers have produced outstanding multi and single family residences to create a community of over 1,000 homes.

This past week, we shut down our laptops and visited Stanley Martin’s three available “City Style” floor plans located in the Downtown sector of One Loudon, options include two condo and one townhouse floorplans, featuring attached garages, breathtaking balcony and terrace views, and of course an unbeatable location.  While most sales centers drive traffic through during daylight hours, there is something to be said of the golden hour glow.

Starting with The Westminster, the smaller of the condo floor plans offers two bedrooms, two and a half baths and 1524 sq. ft. This condo boasts an open floor plan with plenty of options and upgrades starting at $436,990. One option that stands out? The upper level floor plan allows for a flex space that can be utilized as a loft/office or third bedroom. At the lowest price point available, we loved the gourmet kitchen with plentiful cabinet space and the rear loading garage.

In need of a bit more space? The second condo option, The Grosvenor, provides ample room with 2550 sq. ft, three bedrooms, 2 and a half baths. The open kitchen is a stunner, with all the bells and whistles including the largest waterfall island we’ve ever seen at 17 feet long! You’ll find a convenient stacked washer and dryer in the upstairs hallway leading to a master suite. But the best is yet to come! Stairs lead to a fantastic rooftop terrace with a trellis you could only imagine supporting luscious vines in the peak of summer. The perfect sun basking getaway, starting at $542,990.

After viewing the condos, we were super excited to take a look at their luxury townhome. We were not disappointed. With the same refined luxury design as the condos, their townhome floor plan The Kensington has four finished levels with an attached two car garage. The main level features the great room complete with gas fireplace and coffered ceiling and formal dining area. The third level master suite with tray ceiling was fantastic, but the real show piece is the fourth level loft leading out to the roof top terrace. With a half bathroom, and plenty of indoor and outdoor space, you could easily entertain a large group of friends and family, barbecuing late into the evening to enjoy the mesmerizing sunset views. Base price? $659,990.

One Loudoun Kensington by Stanley Martin

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!

Questions to Ask Your Buyer Agent: Part Four

Questions to Ask Your Buyer Agent: Part Four

In the fourth part of the series, I’ll share with you the good, bad and ugly of the Internet and how it continues to change the way we sell real estate. When I first started in this business in 2002, the Internet was not in […]

Questions to Ask Your Buyer Agent: Part Three

Questions to Ask Your Buyer Agent: Part Three

In the third part of the series, the conversation goes beyond what you can expect from me and touches on the level of service clients receive from the referral partners I recommend. In the course of a purchase transaction, buyers can select their own lender, […]

Questions to Ask Your Buyer Agent: Part Two

Questions to Ask Your Buyer Agent: Part Two

In the second part of the series, I’ll address (haha, pun intended) the way I help buyers feel comfortable when considering options spanning the Northern Virginia area. With such a vast inventory of options and the need to prioritize between schools, commute, amenities and active social lives, it’s really hard to know what all your options are. Pulling the data is the easy part. Making the decision is the hard part.

4. How many homes have you bought or sold in my area?

The graphic below represents buyers and sellers over the past 5 years and covers Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Fauquier counties. The only reason I’m sharing this information (which is all available online BTW) is to show that while I’m most definitely not the dominant agent in any given area – deep breath – you may not even want to work with that agent. I bounce around a lot. I go where the buyers want to go. For this reason, I have a pretty good exposure to a lot of different terrains and I don’t caution buyers against considering a neighborhood that might actually be a good fit for them. I don’t see the “bad part of town”. I have taken listings in communities where other agents have said, “I wouldn’t work there if I were you.” There are opportunities for everyone and what works for one client, obviously won’t work for the next – but in either case, it’s NOT MY DECISION where a buyer wants to be. Buyers will tell me where they want to live and what properties they like. Then we look at the data together and see what makes sense. Together.

I’d like to note that in 2016, I partnered with Redfin, hence the spike in my transactions and volume. It was an invaluable experience but I left the program February 2017. To see the transactions on an interactive map, click here for my Zillow profile.

 
5. Do you typically work in my price range?

I consider myself to be a price range expert. As a military spouse (no longer active duty), I know the pressures of relocating to an unknown area, sometimes with less than 30 days notice. Helping other families and homebuyers in similar situations, I can sympathize with where you are flexible (location, condition and size) versus where you are NOT flexible (price). I’ll work with any qualified individual that needs to know their housing options – whether buying or renting. If the budget is $2500 a month, that could be a high rise condo in Arlington, a townhouse in Reston or a single family home in Manassas – ALL good options.


6. What is your strategy to meet my needs?

Ideally, buyer clients and I have a two-hour in-depth consultation. We talk openly about what it is they’re looking for and how I can help. I try to set reasonable expectations on the pace of the market but will not make any promises about the existence of their dream home. Most of the time, we prioritize the search criteria and talk about what is most important – price, condition or location. The perfect home is likely a combination including two of the three, but rarely a beautiful home in the perfect location at just the right price.

We talk about what is required to make an offer. Getting the cash ready, having the mortgage pre-qualification in place and understanding how their contingencies will affect the strength of an offer – is there another home to sell? We talk about the options to avoid having two mortgage payments or being homeless. When actively searching, I’ll get emailed listing alerts every hour. I work nights and weekends because sometimes a new listing won’t wait until next Tuesday when it’s convenient. A third of the contracts that I ratify were properties that came on the market less than 72 hours ago. Early bird gets the worm.

If you missed the first part of the series, click here.
In the coming weeks, I’ll continue posting the questions and my responses so that you can learn about me and how I operate my business. Have a question you want me to address? Post it below!