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Carolyn Capalbo

A personal floor plan review...Lake Manassas and the Airston Rutledge Model

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at 10:01pm. 2,273 Views, 0 Comments.

Floorplan Design and review…The Airston Rutledge Model found in Lake Manassas.  This home was an extremely popular home model built on the West side of Lake Manassas.  The Rutledge model is currently not available for new build; however, we do see a few Rutledge models per year appear on the market as re-sale options in Lake Manassas.  This home offers several exterior elevations.  The exterior can be Stucco, brick or Hardiplank.  My favorite Rutledge elevation at Lake Manassas offers a front porch.  As a resident of Lake Manassas and a Rutledge model owner, I thought the best place to start would be from my own personal experience as a home owner. 

First, here is an over view of the basic features and amenities of this home. The floor plan is somewhat

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Saranac at Lake Manassas...a review by Rachel Blevins...

Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 9:31pm. 1,674 Views, 0 Comments.

When we first entered Saranac at Lake Manassas, my husband and I knew that this was the community we had been searching to find.  It was unlike any community we had seen in the Northern Virginia area and we were looking for something different.  In a sea of Colonial-style homes across the region, one of which we owned at the time, the arts & crafts-style of the homes in Saranac at Lake Manassas immediately piqued our interest.  Another feature of Saranac at Lake Manassas that grabbed us was the design of the community itself.  Each home is set among mature trees, which creates incredible privacy and provides the feeling of being somewhere far away from the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia.  The community has nature trails, a pavilion with picnic

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Growing Up In Lake Manassas

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 10:26pm. 1,234 Views, 0 Comments.

Growing Up in Lake Manassas:  

Growing up and living in Lake Manassas was a great experience for me.  I spent the last six years of my life living in Lake Manassas, and could not be happier with the experiences and opportunities that living in Lake Manassas gave me.  I moved to Lake Manassas with my family when I was 12 years old, and although I am not currently residing in Lake Manassas as I am now attending college in Massachusetts, Lake Manassas is still considered my home for many great reasons.  For instance, I made many of my close friends in Lake Manassas due to my participation on the summer swim team.  There is nothing better to bring a community together than neighborhood swim meets and pool parties.  Also, everyone is Lake Manassas is very

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The Break Up and the Bargain Hunter

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 at 1:29pm. 2,096 Views, 0 Comments.

If you're a home buyer on the hunt for a great deal on real estate, you probably know that sellers facing troubles like foreclosure or loss of income will oftentimes accept a lower offer in exchange for a quick sale. Divorcing couples are another group of sellers that may present a similar opportunity for a deal.

Those going through a divorce are often eager to sell their home and move on as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the financial gains you may get as a buyer may be trumped by the stress, risk, and aggravation that go along with buying from a couple that are breaking up.

A couple going through a divorce may have a volatile relationship, which can make negotiations tense. This is especially true if the spouses do not agree in terms of

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Taxing Times for Northern Virginia Home Owners

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 7:54pm. 2,601 Views, 1 Comments.

As the season rolls on, Northern Virginia residents will be anticipating some pretty extreme winter weather in the coming weeks. For many homeowners, the burden of paying those increasing energy bills during the colder spells can certainly make the holiday season seem a bit less merry. Old windows and doors can let so much warm air out and cold air in, while poorly insulated roofs will add significantly to the cost of keeping the home fires burning.

If you've been thinking of improving your property's comfort and energy efficiency, help may be at hand, but only until December 31. The Federal Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit initiative, officially comes to a close at the end of the month but there is still time to take advantage for those

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Renting at a Premium in Northern Virginia

Sunday, December 12th, 2010 at 8:14pm. 2,088 Views, 2 Comments.

It costs more to rent a home in many Northern Virginia communities than it does to purchase that same home.  This reversal in trend sets an interesting precedence.  The current market has seen a sharp decline in buyer activity over the past 60 days.  Buyer confidence is down as fears surrounding a potential increase in foreclosure inventory and title concerns prevent many would be buyers from acting now.  In addition, many folks have been through foreclosure and short sales and are now part of the rental/tenant market place.  This is driving demand for rental units up.  Many would be buyers are waiting to see what happens after the first of the year and foreclosure moratoriums are lifted, they are opting to rent instead of committing to a purchase at…

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Lockheed Targets Manassas

Friday, November 19th, 2010 at 6:34pm. 1,887 Views, 0 Comments.

Aerospace giants Lockheed Martin have just announced the closure of a manufacturing plant in Minnesota, with the total loss of around 400 jobs. Of the 1000 employees currently working at the facility, which makes P-3 surveillance plane components, it is hoped that 650 will be relocated, or the jobs filled, at other Lockheed Martin centers, including one in Manassas.

The Eagan, Minnesota plant is scheduled to be closed in 2013, with the secured positions being transferred to Owego, NY, and San Diego CA, as well as Manassas. So far, the number of jobs specifically being created at the Virginia plant hasn't been announced. The move is hoped to save the company around $150 million, over a ten year period.

So while this is unfortunate news for Minnesota,

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Have you read your Deed of Trust or Mortgage Note?

Sunday, October 10th, 2010 at 11:17pm. 1,418 Views, 0 Comments.

As the media focuses in on the latest foreclosure scandal regarding “Robo Signers” and the heartless, cruel and greedy banks, I took the time to read my Deed of Trust.  In Virginia, most mortgages are non-judicial Deeds of Trust.  My Deed of Trust is only 19 pages long and has two riders that attach making the entire document only 26 pages long.  The document is very straightforward and outlines what the bank and I have agreed upon.  It is a contract that afforded me the opportunity to purchase my home provided I adhered to the terms specified in the Deed of Trust.  The Deed of Trust outlines how the bank can accelerate the loan and the steps involved with foreclosure.  This document is non-emotional.  It does not outline special terms for an

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Bank's Change of Heart for Foreclosure Family

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 6:59pm. 1,246 Views, 1 Comments.

The nation's media is practically bursting with stories of foreclosures, and the ongoing housing crisis in the US. Desperate families, from sea to shining sea, are struggling to find ways of keeping their heads above the metaphorical water, as the coils of recession continue to tighten.

The Washington Post recently reported on the plight of one such family from Prince William County, Virginia. Mike and Kathy Wales, with their two kids, were featured in an all-too familiar story concerning attempts at preventing the bank from foreclosing on their family home. But theirs is no ordinary tale...

The family had run into trouble with their mortgage repayments following a series of medical emergencies, involving their seriously ill son Alex. The 10-year-old had…

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Micro Burst or Tornado rocks Lake Manassas Today

Sunday, July 25th, 2010 at 8:20pm. 4,040 Views, 1 Comments.

Was it a tornado or a micro burst that tore down 3 huge oak trees today in Lake Manassas.  Earlier today, Lake Manassas was ravaged by a severe thunderstorm and possible tornado or micro burst.  The winds and rain were ferocious.  I watched as tree limbs and leaves flew past my window in a short but violent burst that lasted maybe a minute or two.  My team members, Barb and Tave Costa were showing a beautiful home here in the community.  They called me to tell me that they and our clients were blocked in by the fallen giant oak trees.  They were not kidding.  Three giant oak trees reportedly over 150 years old had snapped by the fierce winds during the storm.  Their vehicles were blocked by the trees.  Luckily no one was injured when the trees came

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