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Carolyn Capalbo

Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 4:11pm. 853 Views, 0 Comments.

Located adjacent to the existing Villages of Piedmont, this community will boast 132 Single family and 261 Townhomes. With a focus on conservation, the developers of this community have ensured the sanctity of over 380 acres known as Leopold’s preserve.  Unlike any other community in the area, residents will have access to this land that is preserved through a conservation easement as natural open space for passive recreation.  This space will be home to natural surface walking trails, observation areas, wildflower meadows, and interpretive signs highlighting environmental and historical information about the area. Even the streets in this community will be conservation friendly, as they will pay homage to some of the most renowned naturalists and

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Coming soon…Turtle Point Townhomes in Lake Manassas

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 6:27pm. 611 Views, 0 Comments.

Turtle Site Plan


Basheer & Edgmoore is bringing their legacy to Lake Manassas. Known for their craftsmanship and incredible designs, the Turtle Point Townhomes are sure to live up to their standards of luxury and elegance. 

We are eagerly awaiting the release of more details about this development; however we do know that as part of the “Veranda Collection”, these townhomes will boast outdoor space that spans 300 to 600 square feet and 2700-3000 square feet of indoor living space.  The Veranda collection is currently featured in Charleston Square in Fairfax and McLean Place in McLean.

Keep checking back, more information to come!

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Be your own HGTV superstar….

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 1:59pm. 460 Views, 0 Comments.

Ever watch shows like HGTV’s Property Brothers and think “Sure, they make it look easy, but it all in the magic of TVland?” I’m here to tell you it isn’t so and you can create your own dream home from a fixer upper. How you ask? It’s all in the magical powers of a wonderful renovation loan product. There are many different products on the market ranging from conventional Homestyle renovation to FHA 203k.

How it works:

  • With these loan products, your loan amount will be higher than the sales price of the home. This amount will vary depending on the necessary renovations.
  • Your lender will require bids from approved contractors for the repairs.
  • You can walk the home with a certified contractor, go over you wishes and dreams to bring the home to

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Interest Rate Watch!

Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 1:15pm. 421 Views, 0 Comments.

I am watching the Fed very carefully.  The Fed has been flooding money into the bond market in an effort to keep interest rates very low.  This action by the Fed is called Quantitative Easing.  This is the 3rd time that the Fed has engaged in this aggressive bond purchasing activity, hence why it is called QE3.  The Fed has also hinted that they will be weaning off this program.  What this may mean for you is that interest rates may rise when the Fed stops buying bonds.  I have talked to several lenders and they do anticipate a jump in interest rates, possibly by as much as a full percentage point when the end of QE3 is announced.  I am keeping an eye on this carefully.  Previous bond watchers were calling for a QE3 taper as early as this fiscal quarter;…

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Video Commentary on today's Government Shutdown

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 9:00am. 944 Views, 0 Comments.

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Dominion Valley Country Club, Estate Collection, A floor plan Review, The Hampton Model

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 3:10pm. 1,050 Views, 0 Comments.

If you are looking for an exquisite and opulent new build home, look no further than The Hampton model in the Estate Collection by Toll Brothers. This incredible model is offered at Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Loaded with customizable options and unparalleled amenities, this model is the portrait of lavish living.

Upon entry into the grandiose two story foyer, you are greeted by a dual curved staircase with views into the stunning two story family room and flanked by the living and dining rooms. Just around the corner from the Family Room, there is an expansive gourmet kitchen that features an oversized island, walk in pantry with available upgrades to include double wall oven, gas range, built in microwave and custom

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Dominion Valley Country Club, Lenah Mill Executive Collection, A floor plan Review, The Hopewell Model

Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 4:28pm. 780 Views, 0 Comments.

The Hopewell is a beautiful and sought after model in the Toll Brothers Executive Collection. This model is offered at both Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, VA as well as Lenah Mill in Aldie, VA. Loaded with customizable options, this model makes for an amazing and incredibly functional family home.

Upon entry through the front door of the Hopewell, you are greeted by the stunning two story foyer and views of the incredibly open floor-plan. Flanking the foyer, you will find the study on one side and the formal Living Room on the other. The Living Room has an optional bump out for additional space on the front of the home, an optional fireplace and opens to the formal Dining Room toward the rear of the home. The Dining Room opens to the

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Dominion Valley Country Club, Lenah Mill Executive Collection, A floor plan Review, Columbia II Model

Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 12:25pm. 848 Views, 0 Comments.

The Columbia II floor plan was and continues to be a popular choice in the Toll Brothers Executives Collection, offered at Dominon Valley Country Club and Lenah Mill.  As with all Toll Brother’s homes, owners have many options and upgrade opportunities available.    While these options and upgrades will add significant cost to new build homes, these modifications can greatly enhance the resale value of your home.  If you are looking for flexibility, a new build Columbia II may very well be the answer.  One of the options available is the expanded upper level bedroom option.  The original Columbia II model offers modest upper level bedrooms and two story family room.  The updated Columbia II version provides the ability to forego the two story family room

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How to Choose the Best Floor Plan for You!

Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 1:24pm. 594 Views, 0 Comments.

When shopping for a home, how do you match your home style or floor plan to your needs?  This is, in my opinion, one of the most important things for buyers to do while looking for homes today.  Interestingly enough, I find that most buyers are distracted by “shiny things” and forget to look at the basic floor plan and design of the home.  Great staging, fresh paint, new appliances, and fixtures will sometimes lure buyers away from the right floor plan.  Many buyers will over look functionality for new carpeting and appliances.  My advice, find the right floor plan, in the right community.  Fresh paint, new carpeting and appliances, can be installed after the home is purchased.  There are wonderful renovation loan programs, such as Homestyle (by Fannie

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Dominion Valley Country Club, Carolinas Collection, A floor plan Review, Ellsworth II Model

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 10:14pm. 3,318 Views, 0 Comments.

A floor plan review, Toll Brother’s Ellsworth II, Dominion Valley

This floor plan was and still is popular in Dominion Valley Country Club, Carolinas Collection.  As with all Toll Brother’s homes, owners have many options and upgrade opportunities available.   Sunroom additions are available and bay window features are optional as well.   Please note that options and upgrades available will add significant cost to new build homes.  Toll Brothers will also offer modification options to the Ellsworth II that may alter the main plan.  If you are looking for flexibility, a new build Ellsworth II may be exactly what you are looking for.  One of the options available is the expanded upper level bedroom option.  The original Ellsworth model offered

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