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Oct. 11, 2017

Prince William County Real Estate Is Farm Fresh And Fancy Free

Watch the seasons change on Prince William County real estate at Burnside Farms. Consistently voted Best of Prince William by InsideNova life on the farm is simply wonderful.

In the Springtime glorious blossoms are blooming in overload. Brilliant with color, tulips and daffodils are truly a sight to behold. Celebrate Dutch style during the Festival of Spring - Holland in Haymarket. Flowers are waiting to be plucked and admired. Groups pick their own and pile them into baskets. Go back into time and “klomp” around in wooden shoes. Inflatables provide loads of entertainment for kids living on Prince William County real estate.

Fields are bright and shining during the Summer of Sunflowers. Depending on the whim of Mother Nature, peak picking season is in the middle of July. A variety of shades mark the petals from bright orange and yellow to smokey brown. Cosmos add in delicate splashes of purples and pinks. Sunflower mazes challenge the mind. Bounce houses and bubble stations cause laughter and shouts. Burnside Farms spring and summer flower fields are easily found at 15441 Haymarket Drive.

Families From Prince William County Homes Find The Perfect Pumpkin

Leaves change color as autumn rolls around. Crisper weather means it’s time for the Hay Market. Pumpkins are plump and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. The hunt begins for the perfect specimen to transform into a scary jack o’lantern. Inside the barnyard friendly animals wait to make new acquaintances. The young at heart love to come out and watch the antics of silly goats and personable pigs who call this their Prince William County home. Ripe off the tree apples make delicious snacks while fall cider quenches thirsts. Picnic lunches are enjoy under the fall sunshine before the weather turns colder.When winter approaches families bundle up and search out the perfect Christmas tree. Assisting with the annual tradition, Burnside Farm brings in a variety of Frazier Firs to choose from. A selection of Wreaths and garlands beg for decorative ribbons and ornaments. Fall and winter happenings are held at the home farm located 4905 James Madison Highway. Enjoy some year round fun at the farm!


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Oct. 9, 2017

Ride Off Into The Sunset On Lorton Property

Saddle up and hit the trails on Lorton property. Explore the lay of the land from horseback and appreciate the stunning sites brought forth by Mother Nature. At Tamarack Stables horses that are friendly and sound take riders up and through a variety of wooded paths alongside the banks of Pohick Creek.

The family run stables welcomes all skill level of riders. Staff members ensure comfortable rides for those experiencing their first time on a horseback. Mounts are energetic yet gentle, and are expertly matched with the riders atop them. Frisky and fun they love to frolic in the Pohick Creek as they meander along. Trail guides are in their element pointing out flora and fauna and bragging about the brilliance of the horses being ridden.

Families From Lorton Homes Are Horsing Around

Trips range in length from one to three hours. Participants as young as eight can ride by themselves. An additional fee for youngsters five to seven is charged for an extra attendant. Long pants and closed toed shoes are required. Families often bring treats from their Lorton home to gift the horses as a reward for a smooth ride. Animals love a bit of sugar, crunchy carrot or taste of a crispy apple.

When one ride is not enough folks can mount up on a regular basis. From the bridle to the stirrup, the Tamarack Stables Riding School teaches young equestrians all they need to know. Programs for scouts are popular too. Catering to badge requirements classes feature care of the horse, equipment and a trail ride. Pony Parties turn simple birthday parties into spectacular occasions. 

Located off of Old Colchester Road, Tamarack Stables sit adjacent to Pohick Bay Regional Park. Miles of additional equestrian trails lead toward the edge of the Pohick Bay. Many horse owners bring their animals to the park for an early morning or afternoon ride. There are plenty of other activities to enjoy on the grounds including fishing, camping, kayaking, hiking, miniature golf and a water park.

Reservation requests for trail rides can be made online or by calling 703.539.5160. Plan a day to ride off into the sunset soon.


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Oct. 8, 2017

Learn The Art Of Winemaking On Leesburg Real Estate

Mists swirl about scenic Leesburg real estate casting a soft glow upon grapes as they flourish on the vine. At Stone Tower Winery, signature tours pair with tastings for the ultimate affair. The winery tour with wine and cheese tasting is an intimate gathering. Beginning with a champagne toast, the group meanders through the inner workings of the winery. The intricacies of artisanal winemaking is discussed and examples of the best of Stone Tower wines are then paired excellently with rich cheeses. In the vineyard and winery tour, guests learn all about the lay of the land and become educated on the process of winemaking from vine to the bottle. Tastes from the barrels add to the ambiance of the trip.

Those wanting to delve deeper will enjoy the winemaker’s experience. Led by expert winemaker Tim Crowe this journey takes participants behind the scenes. After a special wine tasting and touring of the cellar and barrel chai a gourmet luncheon is served. Group tastings in the winery forge one of a kind bridal showers and bachelorette parties. Current vintages are explored and a quaint ambiance is enjoyed right in the middle of the winery. Custom tours are also available and cater to tastes of those requesting the experience. Please call 703.777.2797 for more information or request reservations online.

Favorite Wines Add To The Best Of Memories Toasted In Leesburg Homes

Regular wine tasting is held in the Tower View Tasting Room and Harvest Barn. The Tower View boasts glorious sights of the vineyard adding a hint of sophistication to the moment. A laid back ambiance accompanies trips to the Harvest Barn. Here children and pups are welcome to accompany adults. Picnic lunches are often devoured on the grounds. Goodies can be bought in the Harvest Barn along with popular bottles.Many bring favorite bottles of high quality Stone Tower wines back to their Leesburg homes. Let the cork fly and celebrate momentous occasions and simple yet wonderful moments. For those not in the Leesburg area bottles can be purchased and shipped online. View a selection of blends here.


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July 31, 2017

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Posted in Market Updates
April 8, 2015

Either Way, You are Paying a Mortgage Woodbridge

There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either your mortgage or your landlord’s.

As a paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:

“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

Also, if you purchase with a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, your ‘housing expense’ is locked in over the thirty years for the most part. If you rent, the one guarantee you will have is that your rent will increase over that same thirty year time period.

As an owner, the mortgage payment is a ‘forced savings’ which will allow you to have equity in your home you can tap into later in your life. As a renter, you guarantee the landlord is the person with that equity.

Bottom Line

Whether you are looking for a primary residence for the first time or are considering a vacation home on the shore, owning might make more sense than renting since home values and interest rates are still lower than projected.

Isn’t it time to have that conversation Woodbridge. Please contact me with questions.

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April 2, 2015

Six Home Staging Trends to Watch

Home Stagers and decorators are expecting bold changes and new flair to hit home interiors this year. If you’re eager to change things up a bit and put a fresh “face” on your living space, check out these hot trends:

1. Fusion. experts say we’ll see a fusion of old and new this year, especially with materials. Salvaged wood, metals, leather and stone will bring warmth and elegance in unexpected ways.

2. Furniture-inspired kitchen features. For example, we’ll see “boring” islands transformed into beautiful furniture with the addition of carved legs, intricate paneling and gorgeous stone tops. So much more than a place to prep food.

3. Color diversity. this year’s color trends will range from soft, smoky shades of gray and muted pinks to bright jewel tones and bold blues. Beige? Out. Feature walls? Out. Remember, however, if you’re thinking of selling now or in the near future, lean toward elegance and understated colors rather than shock factor!

4. Eco-friendliness. Enviromentally friendly options are no longer relegated just to systems. Homeowners are insisting on products that require less energy, reduce home maintenance costs, decrease the carbon footprint and take full advantage of repurposing, recycling and upcycling.

5. Wow factor wallpaper. We’ll see the return of vibrant wallpaper in kitchens and other areas of the home- and not just on walls!

6. Industrial input. Industrial- style pieces have been a staple over the past few years, primarily in the form of lighting and furniture. There’s a move toward convenience, functionality and longevity- and now we want quality from mass- produced items to complement the character in our homes.

Have some fun this year with your home.


Carlos Noel, Listing Specialist

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March 17, 2015

Marketing from the Sky

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Feb. 5, 2015

Four Real Estate Predictions For 2015

1. Home prices are expected to increase 4% to 5%. While we will see a slowing down of annual home price gains as markets continue to settle in and recover from the lows and highs of the past few years, we once again will see a stronger shift from a buyers’s market to a seller’s market.

2. There will be more New homes construction in 2015. Total home sales are expected to increase by about 5%, to the best sales pace in eight years. New home construction also adds to the employment rate, promoting a healthier economy.

3. Existing home sales will rise. Experts predict an 8% increase in existing home sales in 2015.

4. Millennials will start making their move. Studies show that this long watched demographic will make up 65% of first-time homebuyer sales, as many begin to marry and start families.

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