woodbridge va real estate: Show Anytime The Key Is Under The Mat - 06/23/14 02:16 PM

When you list your home for sale security is one of the things you worry about.  So how would you feel if you knew the agent has the key to your door under the welcome mat?  Recently I called for showing instructions on a listing in the Woodbridge VA area and that's exactly what I was told.

Sure enough when my clients and I got to the front door there wasn't a lockbox but the key was there under the mat.  My clients were shocked and I wish I could say I was too.
Perhaps the sellers agreed to this arrangement … (39 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Woodbridge VA Inventory On The Rise Headed Into Summer 2014 - 06/18/14 06:33 AM
A year ago Woodbridge VA buyer's were scrambling to try and find a home to buy.  Fast forward a year and the inventory is up.  In May 2012 there were 357 homes for sale in Woodbridge VA.  In May 2014 there are 660 active listings.
 

 
As a result the average days on market is creeping upwards as well.  For sellers this means you may not see as much traffic on your listing and though there are still properties that receive multiple offers, buyer's have more choices.


If you are a homeowner and still want to make a move … (0 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Staging It's Not Sticking Something In A Corner And Calling It Done - 03/26/14 05:49 AM
Recently my eyes have been drawn to "staged" homes in the MLS.   I'm not talking about houses where a professional stager has made an empty home seem warm or give an occupied home a few updates.
No these are homes where it appears a Realtor® has decided to grab a few things and put them randomly around a house  A picture on the floor in a corner,  a 12 inch round table in the middle of the dining room or maybe a plant under a window.
 I'm not a professional stager but when these photos pop up in the MLS my … (49 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Papa Petrone's Fresh Pasta & Pizza in Woodbridge VA - 03/25/14 05:10 PM
Our family first learned about Papa Petrone's when we lived in Springfield VA.  Fortunately when they left Springfield they opened in the Glen Shopping Center in Woodbridge.
If you are looking for fresh made in the store pasta then this is the place to go.  The ravioli is amazing and though you can get cheese and meat ravioli, think outside the box and try one of the more exotic ravioli's.  How about goat cheese and fresh basil or artichoke, baby spinach with pine nuts?  I can tell you from experience you can't go wrong with any of them.  Right now our fridge has … (5 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Is Cash Really King If You Are Buying A Home In Woodbridge VA? - 02/06/14 05:28 PM
We here rumors that "cash is king" when it comes to buying a home.  Cash can win out IF the offer is strong but it doesn't automatically mean a cash buyer has the advantage.
Looking back at Woodbridge VA home sales in 2013 it was interesting to see how cash stacked up against the other types of financing.
Based on a quick look in the MLS of the 359 sold listings in Woodbridge marked as cash transactions 173 of those were distressed sales.  
The chart shows there were 948 FHA sales, 900 conventional sales and 665 VA sales.  Some listings do not include … (11 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Woodbridge VA Detached Homes Under $300,000 Are A Rare Breed - 01/30/14 04:55 PM
A few years ago you could have found plenty of detached homes under $300,000 in Woodbridge VA.  In January 2014 your choices are far more limited. 
Recently buyers contacted CJ Realty Group to find a home in the Woodbridge area for under $300,000.  This is what they discovered as we started their home search.

The market in the lower price points is competitive and depending on the property buyers could find themselves still competing against cash investors.  Being prepared before you head out is more important than ever.  The adage "he who hesitates is lost" is unfortunately true.
If you are looking for … (1 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: It Might Be Trendy But Is It The Right Choice For Your Woodbridge VA Remodel? - 01/29/14 07:50 AM
At least once a week when we are touring Woodbridge VA properties with prospective buyers we see something that leads to an interesting conversation.
In this case it was the replacement of the tub and shower in the main level hall bathroom with a fancy claw foot tub.  The tub looked great but it certainly did not appear to be practical.  A main level hall bathroom is used by a lot of people.  For a family with small children it's where they will bathe.  If it is primarily for guests or adults they likely are going to want to take a shower … (3 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Ewills Mill New Homes Ready for Immediate Move In Woodbridge VA - 01/28/14 01:19 PM
New homes are still going up in Prince William County. N.V.P. Homes has immediately delivery detached homes currently priced between $499,000-$579,000. Just a few miles from I-95 and Route 234 at Spriggs Road. The community is convenient to shopping, major commuter routes and public transportation to DC.
Ewills Mill consists of 100 quarter acre lots with no through streets in the community. With 60 acres of PW County parkland surrounding the neighborhood peace and quiet abound. Standard features include gourmet kitchens with granite counters, full or partial brick fronts and energy star appliances. The immediate delivery homes have a number of … (6 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Searching For A Woodbridge VA Home For Sale? - 01/26/14 03:44 PM

Woodbridge VA offers home buyers a wide variety of choices to consider.  
Do you want a large planned community with a clubhouse?  Then you can look at Port Potomac or Potomac Club.  
Want a more established community with lots of trees?  Then you might want to look at Lake Ridge.
 
And you may be surprised to find plenty of options for waterfront condos in Belmont Bay.
These are just a few of the choices you can find.  Woodbridge VA communities cover a large area and all price ranges.  With multiple commuter choices including Virginia Rail Express, commuter lots and slug … (4 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Automated Value Or Real Life Experience To Sell Your Woodbridge VA Home? - 01/25/14 09:36 AM
Let’s face it we love to peek at websites that provide us with nice pictures of homes and some of those sites provide home owners with an “automated” property value.  I don’t have to name the big one you know who it is.
However those systems have never set foot inside a home.  They don’t know whether it has a kitchen from 1980 or one from 2008. They have no idea whether it has Polybutylene pipe or a drainage ditch in the backyard. All they have is an algorithm that runs behind the scenes looking at tax records and sold data to … (11 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Is It An EKG Or A Market Report for Woodbridge VA 22192? - 01/20/14 01:08 PM
Looking over the last five years of the Woodbridge VA 22192 zip code it struck me that the chart resembled an EKG.  A steady beat of slight ups and downs of a market recovering from a major attack after the sub-prime mortgage meltdown.


 To make it easier to see here are the median prices in 2009 and 2013 for each type of property.
  This is good news for home owners who purchased at the low part of the Woodbridge VA 22192 market.  Equity in your home has grown and if you are ready to up-size, down size or need … (5 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: First Belmont Bay Condo Sale For 2014 - 01/18/14 05:02 PM
This week Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group closed on our first Belmont Bay condo sale for 2014.
We originally listed the condo for $379,000 in August 2013.  The condo went under contract in 30 days however, the first buyer's changed their mind and the property went back on the market. Fortunately a second buyer fell in love with the property and it went back under contract in December.
The property closed at the original list price and the owner provided $10,000 in closing cost assistance.  The new owner moved in the same day as closing, wasting no time in making the condo … (2 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Up The Down Staircase In Northern Virginia - 01/07/14 04:46 PM
As a Northern Virginia Realtor® property photos take up a lot of room on my computer. Fortunately most of them are categorized by property address or neighborhood so finding them again is easy.
Occasionally something about them catches my eye.  Today it was staircases.  

These are all photos in properties we have listed or sold in the Northern Virginia area.  It's fun to look back and remember the great clients we've had the pleasure of helping with their real estate needs.
If a new home is in your plans for 2014 search for your new home CallNovaHome.  Our site is updated every … (3 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Detached Home Prices In Woodbridge VA End The Year In the Plus Column - 01/05/14 04:38 PM
Great news for homeowners in Woodbridge VA neighborhoods.  Overall for detached homes prices are up over November 2012.  

If you want to know the current market value for your Woodbridge VA home give Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group a call at 703-346-2213.  We can help you dig deeper into what's happening in your neighborhood to help you decide if 2014 will be a good time for you to make a move.
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woodbridge va real estate: New CJ Realty Group Listing In Woodbridge VA - 01/04/14 01:29 PM
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woodbridge va real estate: Liberty Manor New Homes With Immediate Delivery In Woodbridge 22193 - 12/19/13 04:38 PM
Liberty Manor is a new development being built at the corner of Spriggs and Minneville Roads in Woodbridge VA.  The community offers 59 home-sites and 5 detached homes models ranging in size from 2650 to 3008 SF (not including finished basements.)
The builder DR Horton is currently offering up to $10,000 in closing cost with the use of their lender or USAA Mortgage for purchasers of homes in Liberty Manor.  In addition the home town heros program offers active or retired military, police, fire personnel, healthcare professionals and teachers and additional $1000.  
As with all builder incentives they change periodically so check … (3 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Tell Me The Truth-It's Laminate Not A Hardwood Floor - 11/13/13 07:19 AM
Now is some instances a nice laminate floor makes perfect sense.  A top quality laminate can also look great.  But let's be honest it isn't hardwood floors.
For buyers walking into a home that is listed in the MLS with "hardwood" floors to discover laminate is setting them up for a big disappointment.  Especially when you discover not only isn't it hardwood but it is a poorly installed low quality laminate.
It's hard to know whether advertising a hardwood floor when there isn't one is just lack of knowledge on the listing agents part or truly meant to deceive.  I'm going to hope … (9 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: All Aboard For The Last Call For Fall Colors In Belmont Bay - 11/09/13 04:21 PM

If you live in Belmont Bay you know the train plays a large role in the neighborhood.  With a Virginia Rail Express Station at the entrance to the community, Belmont Bay is one of the whistle stop communities that was developed when the commuter rail station began to open south from DC into Prince William County.
If you are interested in learning more about Belmont Bay or other Prince William County communities along the VRE tracks give Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group a call at 703-346-2213. If you are starting your home search check out CallNovaHome or interactive home search … (4 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: What You Get For The Money In Northern Virginia - 11/04/13 03:54 PM
There are plenty of HGTV, BRAVO and A&E network TV shows that talk about “what you get for the money” in certain areas of the country. If you are a prospective buyer relocating to Northern Virginia or already living here and considering a home purchase the same question applies only on a much more micro level. In the case of Northern Virginia the question may be is the neighborhood you are considering inside the beltway or south of the Springfield Interchange?.
Just to give you a general idea of what I mean take a look at this chart. It shows the … (2 comments)

woodbridge va real estate: Looking At Homes To Buy? Don't Get Hung Up On The Current Owners Furnishings - 10/31/13 03:54 PM
To many times when we are touring a home buyers get hung up on looking at the furniture.   Guess what?  The same room can look completely different with your furniture than the current owners.
Here is an example of the same condo I've sold two times.  The original owners had more modern and sleek furniture.  The second owners had beautiful antiques.  The only change to the home was to switch out the the dining room light fixture Yet it looks very different.

As a buyer you should be concentrating on the fundamentals.  Does the floor plan work for you? What's … (51 comments)

 
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