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Agency law in Virginia has changed… Part II

July 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Be the first to comment
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By Carl Fischer

July 1, 2012 has now passed, and the new regulations put in place by the Virginia Real Estate Board (VREB) and through it’s licensing and oversight arm, the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) are now the law of the land.

So from this date forward, when you engage for the first time ANY licensed real estate agent or broker here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, be prepared to declare how you would like him to provide services for you. You have three choices:

  1. As a STANDARD AGENT, who has the normal and usual responsibilities to represent you as in the past. But he may also have additional duties which you and he must agree to, in writing, or
  2. As a LIMITED SERVICE AGENT, (formerly a limited service representative), who acts for or represents a client with respect to real property containing from one to four residential units, pursuant to a brokerage agreement that specifies that he will NOT PROVIDE one or more of the duties set forth in a specific list itemizing such services, or
  3. As an INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, whose role in NOT that of an agent, but may be referred to as a “transaction broker”, among other terms. In this capacity, the service you barter for (and agree to) is best characterized as a third-party facilitator whose job it is to seek agreement between the parties so as to achieve the goal of the client (you). The standards and duties of the agent in this capacity is far more limited on your behalf than either of the other two.

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The Builder’s Wife

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Be the first to comment

By Cathy Little

Smart Homes
When we attend the builders’ shows, some of my favorite displays are the “smart” home vendors. The capabilities they promise evoke visions of a house that the Jetsons would be at home in – integrated control of lighting, heating, sound, security, etc., all at your fingertips.

Our clients have taken advantage of various aspects of this technology. However, you don’t have to build a new home to put this luxury to use. The best part about a smart home is that the various options can be integrated and managed through an LCD console user interface in your kitchen or better yet, remotely from your smartphone. … Continue Reading

The Builder’s Wife: A Plan You Can See

April 4, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Be the first to comment

By Cathy Little

Whether you’re building a detached garage or a whole new home it is important to have a good picture of what you want it to look like. People often have an idea of the style of home they’re looking for and they typically have a wish list of what the layout might be. Communicating these desires to a designer is another matter. Three-dimensional home design software has been around for over 20 years and in the last ten has become first-rate; there’s no longer any reason to rely on two-dimensional drawings. This software (of which there are several options) will give you a sense of the final product right down to the grain and stain of the kitchen cabinets and what knobs are the best match. … Continue Reading

The Builder’s Wife

March 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Be the first to comment
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By Cathy Little

Where Do You Begin?

So you’re thinking of building a home in Loudoun. What should you do first? Buy land? Hire an architect? Or hire a builder? Land (as in single lots, not large tracts) is selling again and prices are on the rise, so your first impulse might be to run out and grab some before it gets too pricey.

Then again, you might not be quite ready to make that commitment. It might sound more appealing to sit down with an architect and put your dreams on paper.
Realistically, however, a custom home builder is in the best position to help you set up a budget for your land and house, with a clear knowledge of all the parts and pieces involved. Architects have vision but most are not aware of the hard costs of the components in your home. All too often, customers have brought us plans for homes that they will never be able to afford. … Continue Reading

Renters Can Search Their Home for Foreclosure Notices for Free at CheckYourLandlord.com

December 15, 2011 by Contributor Lifestyle, Real Estate Be the first to comment

National foreclosure notice search helps renters avoid surprises from delinquent landlords.

As housing values continue to decline, rental rates are rising in many areas of the U.S. Property owners, many of whom have become “accidental” landlords due to the inability to sell their residences, often remain underwater on their mortgages, and despite their rental income are unable to continue to keep up with their mortgages. Renters become the unfortunate and innocent victims in these cases, as they may find themselves in a rental property with plans to stay for many years, facing a 90 day eviction notice when the property is sold in foreclosure. Even worse, stories abound in the press of renters who are served eviction notices stating that they have only days to vacate the property, throwing their lives into turmoil as they may not know about the laws which protect them in foreclosure situations. … Continue Reading

Real Estate Snapshot

May 31, 2011 by Contributor Lifestyle, Real Estate Be the first to comment

By Heather Elias

The spring selling season is upon us, and I’m sure you are seeing more homes for sale, no matter where you are in western Loudoun. The three overview charts for single family homes in Loudoun County show us that median price is up seven percent since the first of the year, from $530,000 to around $572,000.

Meanwhile, average days on market is down from 110 days in January to 90 now. Inventory has been on the rise since the beginning of the year, about a 14 percent gain. (Statistics courtesy of Altos Research LLC)

The most expensive home sold in Loudoun County for the month of April was a 175 acre retreat on Old Waterford Road in Paeonian Springs, co-listed by Jim Lemon Jr. of Middleburg Real Estate and Nancy Yahner of Keller Williams. Sold for just over $2.6 million, the property included pastures, woodlands, pond, and grapes in place for a vineyard/winery. The purchaser was represented by Charles Blanks of Carter Braxton Preferred Properties.

The least expensive home sold in Loudoun County in April was a one bedroom, one bath condo in the Country Club Green community in Leesburg. The top floor unit sold for $69,000 and was listed by Carolyn Young of RE/MAX Premier. The buyer was represented by Dan Ritchey of Keller Williams Realty.

Refresh Your Wood Deck Now for Summer Entertaining

May 20, 2011 by Contributor Lifestyle, Real Estate Be the first to comment

With summer fast approaching, your wooden deck will soon be the focal point of your socializing. Is your deck company-ready? If not, this is the time to do something about it.

“Sales of stain go through the roof around Memorial Day, as people scramble to get their decks in shape,” says Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute. “Fortunately, staining a deck is an inexpensive and relatively simple project that virtually anyone can do in a weekend.” … Continue Reading

Real Estate Ticker

April 1, 2011 by Contributor Lifestyle, Real Estate Be the first to comment

by Heather Elias

I keep checking inventory levels hoping to see more homes available on the market
in Loudoun County. It’s nearly April, the grass is turning green, the bunny rabbits have
already snuck in and eaten my crocuses (croci?)…so where are the homes to sell?!? The
charts below show inventory levels first for single family homes, and then for
condos/townhomes combined. While we are at similar levels to where we were at this
point last year, levels aren’t increasing, yet. (And please pardon the obvious blip in data
from June through August last year. We did, in fact, have inventory then) ;)

Single family homes

Condos and townhomes

At this point I would think we would see an upswing in available homes, coming into the
busiest season of the year for real estate. But so far, we aren’t seeing it. For the last 30
days in Loudoun County, we had 759 new listings come on market, while 509 homes
went under contract. That means we have only 250 additional homes to pick from over
where we were a month ago. (The month prior, those numbers were 504 new listings and
379 contracts, so the market is getting busier).

The most expensive home sold in Loudoun County in February was Grace Hill Farm in
Bluemont. Listed by Mary Ann and Brian McGowan of Thomas and Talbot Real Estate
in Middleburg, the 104 acre manor home sold for $4.5 million to a buyer represented by
James McGowan IV, also of Thomas and Talbot. According to the listing, the home
boasts over 10,000 finished square feet, a guest home by the pool, breathtaking mountain
views and a stocked pond.

The least expensive home sold in Loudoun in February, by contrast, was a bank owned
two bedroom, one bath condo in Fox Chapel in Leesburg. It sold for $90,000 and was
listed and sold by Cindy Shrieves of Garrison, McNey and Associates of Manassas.

Real Estate Ticker

March 10, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Be the first to comment

By Heather Elias

I typically take the “back way” from Purcellville to Leesburg at least a few times a week, so I noticed right away when they started doing groundworks on a new community on Dry Mill Road. I looked up the land records and could see that the community was set up with 3+ acre lots, meandering through the woods. When I drove through this week, the sign above was up: Toll Brothers is now selling at Shenstone Reserve. A quick peek at their website showed pricing starting in the mid $700’s.

Meanwhile, Van Metre just opened up some larger lots in Brambleton. That community has continued selling homes at a brisk pace in the last couple of years by catering to the price points that buyers were active within. The half acre lot homes start in the $700s as well.

What does it say about our real estate market here, for the builders to open communities in upper price brackets? Clearly, they have the confidence in the market that these homes will sell. I can tell you that resale inventory levels are low, and buyers are having a hard time finding quality properties to buy. Whether this is because homeowners are under water or because they are choosing not to make a move, I’m not sure. But the builders are jumping in to fill a gap, and the demand is calling for it.

I think this bodes well for our real estate market. According to statistics compiled by the Metropolitan Regional Information Services (our local multiple listing service) new listings in Loudoun County for January 2011 were down 19% compared to the same month in 2010. (I *knew* inventory felt low!) and pending sales were up 7.4 percent for the same time period.

The most expensive home sold in Loudoun County in January was Wheatland Manor in Waterford, for $3 million! The historic manor home, built in 1741 and encompassing 27 acres, was listed by Jeffrey Stein of Tranzon Fox in Fairfax. Sam Rees of Prudential Carruthers represented the purchaser. Two homes tied for least expensive property sold in Loudoun in January at $85,000, one listed in Pembrooke of Loudoun, in Sterling, by Ronnie Sabogal of Realty Resource in Herndon, and the other in Heritage Square, in Leesburg, by Sherry Wilson and Dorothy Hall of Re/Max Leaders in Purcellville.

We should start to see more new listing activity as we get closer to warmer weather as we move into what is typically the busiest period of the year for real estate. Watch this column next month for more information on how pricing and days on market look going into the spring market!

– Cheers, Heather

Heather Elias is an active real estate professional with Century 21 Redwood Realty in Ashburn, and is licensed in Virginia. You can find her at LoCoMusings.com.

Dear Doug Real Estate Q&A

March 10, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Dear Doug, Real Estate Be the first to comment

(Douglas Frank holds a BA degree in English from Rutgers University and is a licensed realtor with over twenty years experience. Doug works with Prudential Carruthers Realtors in Fairfax, Virginia. He also has his Home Improvement License and owns a number of investment properties including houses, townhomes, and condos . Doug and his wife and two sons live in Fairfax, Virginia. (Opinions expressed here are … only opinion!)

Dear Doug: I just passed my real estate exam and I have no idea what my next step is. How do I find a Real Estate Company that will take me on? Is there some sort of training offered for newbies like me? … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014


The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014


By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012


By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …


Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

From the Farm

When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate


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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"


April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club


April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014


In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …



Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014


In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …



Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014


Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014


At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election


Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger


By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting


U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014


Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014


Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …


Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …



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