Poplar Tree Estates Real Estate Sales

April 22nd, 2014

Poplar Tree Estates Real Estate Sales Historically

Poplar Tree Estates in Chantilly is showing a strong Real Estate trend in sales.  The average days on the market in this neighborhood is less than 1 week!  There are a number of reasons for this activity.  One relates to the school pyramid.  The elementary school, Poplar Tree Elementary, is walkable for half the neighborhood.  The teachers and principles typically rank very high among Fairfax County peers and a past Principle has won the “Principle of the Year” award for the county.   The middle and high schools, Rocky Run Middle School and Chantilly High School, also rank high within the county and state.  Chantilly High School has been ranked recently as high as #69 in the Country of top High Schools.  As a 12 year resident of Poplar Tree Estates, my wife and I know a lot about Real Estate related to this neighborhood.  Please contact us regarding selling or purchasing in this neighborhood for “insider” information.  We typically know of homes to be sold before the hit the market.

Poplar Tree Estates Real Estate Sales Currently Available

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Townhouse foreclosures – Fairfax County

April 18th, 2014

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Condo Foreclosures in Fairfax County!

April 18th, 2014

Condo Foreclosures in Fairfax County!  There aren’t many, but if you’d like to buy any of these, give me a call.  These are generally great deals at below market prices.  I’ve listed a few and the banks are actually fixing them up to make them “Move In Ready”!

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Foreclosure homes for sale- Fairfax County

April 18th, 2014

Foreclosure homes for sale- Fairfax County.  The number of available single family has dropped dramatically in the last year.  There are a few reasons for this, one being increased property values.  Secondly, the banks are now fixing up many of these homes to make them “Move In Ready” so they are being bought up quickly.  Below is a list of currently available foreclosures.  If you would like to see any of these to purchase, give me a CALL @ 571-235-0129.

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Real Estate & Advancing Technology

April 15th, 2014

Advancing technology goes hand and hand with real estate. Ken The Realtor explains how the new Google glasses allow clients to view properties live. Click below to watch a short video!

Real Estate and New Technology

 

 

First Time Homebuyers Programs

April 10th, 2014

The first time homebuyers programs can get you into a new home with NO MONEY DOWN!  It’s one of the easiest wealth building options available (home ownership that is)!  It may be hard to believe, but first time home buyers in Va can still get a 100% financed loan through the VHDA program.  If you are young and paying rent in Va while having a good job and a good credit score, you should take advantage of this program to start building equity and get some needed tax write offs.  Paying a mortgage can reduce tax liability thru the mortgage interest deduction program.  The VHDA works like this, you get an FHA 96.5% loan for your first mortgage, then VHDA pays the additional 3.5% downpayment.  There are some qualifying issues with income and credit score so you’ll need to talk to a lender to determine whether you qualify.  Contact me for a VHDA approved lender then take advantage of the low interest rates and home ownership!  Now is the time to STOP PAYING YOUR LANDLORD’S MORTGAGE!

Meadows of Chantilly- Inexpensive homes-Fairfax Co!

April 7th, 2014

The Meadows of Chantilly garner a lot of phone calls from potential home buyers.  They call because they see a single family home for sale in Chantilly Va for under $100,000 and wonder what’s going on.  The price is low because the land is not being sold with the home.  This is an unusual situation in Fairfax Co since most homes are sold “fee simple” or as condominiums.  A fee simple home is what we commonly see around here and includes the ground below and the air above (along with) your home.  With The Meadows, you are only purchasing the home but not the land underneath and you must pay management to “Ground Rent” the land under you.  This can actually be a good thing if you don’t qualify for a $250,000 home in Fairfax county but don’t want to rent.  With the actual ownership of the home, you can gain equity over time as well as use the mortgage deduction for your taxes.  You pay about the same monthly as you would in rent, but have equity!  Call or contact me if you’d like more information.  I’m listing a few of the currently available homes.

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HOMES AVAILABLE IN THE CHANTILLY/FAIRFAX AREA!!!

April 1st, 2014

HOMES AVAILABLE IN THE CHANTILLY/FAIRFAX AREA!!!

Beautiful, spacious homes FOR SALE NOW in Chantilly! Bidding wars have already begun this Spring season.

Contact us TODAY if you are ready to BUY or SELL a home this Spring. The market is hot!

Ken & Angela Isaacman
KenTheRealtor.com
571-235-0129

Home Maintenance Tips For Spring Cleaning!

March 25th, 2014

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  • Check the exterior drainage. Will rain water flow away from the house? Puddles should not stand around your home for more than 24 hours. If water stays, or moves toward your foundation, you have a few options. First, check your gutters. It could be a bad spout or a loose connection there; they may also just need cleaning. Second, you can grade the area around your home yourself with some dirt; this has worked just fine for me in the past. Third, for pavement, you can have professionals come out and raise it so it drains away from your home.
  • Clean out gutters. They’ve likely accumulated leaves from the fall and grime/sediment from the winter snows and/or rains.
  • Inspect the exterior of your home. Is any paint chipping? Is any siding damaged from winter? Are there any holes in your brick? Take a close look all around your house, and make any repairs as needed. Also be sure to check the foundation for any cracks. A good silicone/caulk can fix a lot of your problems. 
  • Get your air conditioning system ready for summer; consider having it serviced.This one really depends on your individual home, and even which part of the country you live in. Some places mostly just use window air units, while other places (like my home in Colorado) use a big swamp cooler up on the roof – these are fairly basic machines where a quick internet search can help you fix any issues that come up. Also refer to the user guides for specific regular maintenance. Central air is obviously a more complex system. Getting it serviced by a professional should be around $100 or less, and it will save money and headaches down the road. 
  • Repair/replace damaged window screens. You don’t want bugs making their way in because you missed a hole in a window screen. And no, duct tape doesn’t count. It can be a quick fix, but don’t leave it for long. It just looks bad.
  •  Clear dead plants/shrubs from the house. This could double as a gardening tip, but if you didn’t trim trees or shrubs in the fall, do so now. Plants can weasel their way into cracks and holes on the exterior of your home, causing damage and shortened longevity. Nip that in the bud before it’s an issue. If you have decorative vines on the exterior, pay close attention.  
  • Check trees for interference with electric lines. Have professionally trimmed if necessary.    
  • Inspect roofing for damage, leaks, etc. Repair as needed; you may need a professional.

 

CALL US TODAY If you are thinking about buying or selling a home this spring.

Ken & Angela Isaacman

571-235-0129

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Spring Cleaning Tips from Ken The Realtor

March 19th, 2014

Spring is around the corner. Ken The Realtor offers some helpful spring cleaning tips for home owners!

Contact Us Today for information on BUYING or SELLING a home….

Ken & Angela Isaacman
KenTheRealtor.com
571-235-0129