Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog,<br />Carolyn Capalbo


Live in Gainesville, VA and wondering how you’re going to get all of your holiday shopping done? The Virginia Gateway Center has put together this great list of gift ideas for everyone on your list and it can all be done without leaving the Gateway Center. If you’re lucky enough to live in the fantastic Wentworth Green community, the Gateway Center is within walking distance and your holiday shopping list can be complete with plenty of time to spare. Once you’re done shopping, reward yourself with an excellent meal at one of the great dining options in the Gateway Center such as Firebirds, Smash Buger or Grafton Street. And don't forget to participate in the great photo contest: pose with the ornament installation, post your pic, and you could

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Looking for a golf course community in the Haymarket area? There are several options and each community offers a different feel and type of course. The communities to consider are:


Dominion Valley:
This exquisite gated community offers a spectacular Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. The golf course is just the beginning to the world class amenities that Dominion Valley has to offer. Upholding the Arnold Palmer reputation, this was designed to showcase the natural landscape and the Bull Run Mountains.  Situated along Little Bull Run Creek, the course moves through community's rolling landscape and natural preservation areas. Golfers of all skill levels will enjoy this course with its mountain views, the eight water holes, and four sets of

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Are you currently an owner of a townhouse in the Piedmont community and find yourself dreaming about more space? Has your family outgrown the space you currently have?  If you bought your home between 2007-2013, you may have enough positive equity to make stepping up a realistic goal.

There is a great inventory of single family homes in Piedmont, which provides the option to stay in a neighborhood that you have come to love with fantastic amenities, access to a wonderful school system and get the extra space you and your family may need. Homes are being priced competitively and we are seeing sellers being amicable to providing concessions. If you are even thinking about stepping up from a townhouse to a single family, please don’t hesitate to call me

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Loaded with culture, shopping, dining and American history, Alexandria, VA is close in proximity to D.C but feels like entirely different city.  Strolling down the cobble stone streets, you will find endless boutique shops, incredible dining options from casual bars to fine dining, and rich cultural experiences can be found at The Torpedo Factory Art Center and historic Mount Vernon is situated just eight miles south of Alexandria.

Waterfront activities include water taxis, boat cruises, parks and spectacular water front dining. Another popular Alexandria attraction is the Port City Brewing Company, a craft brewery that offers pints, flights and tours.

Real Estate in this popular yet historic district was largely built in the 1700

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Looking to move to the Haymarket-Gainesville area? The Piedmont community should be on your list to consider. 

Piedmont is a fantastic, gated, golf community located in the Haymarket-Gainesville area at the intersection of I-66 and Route 15 with approximately 1600 homes, both townhome sand single family built in between 1999-2007.  This community is loaded with amenities to include: an indoor swimming pool that is open year round, two Olympic size swimming pools both with luxury bathhouses, multiple tennis courts, fitness center, community center and business center.

All of these amenities are in addition to the main attraction of the community, the gorgeous 18 hole Piedmont Golf Club designed by Tom Fazio.  The Golf Club features

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As the cliché saying goes, now may actually be the best time to buy a home in Dominion Valley Country Club.  As I review economic statistics, inventory data, days on market, and interest rate data, now is an amazing time to buy a home in Dominion Valley.  There is ample inventory available for those families that wish to step up to a luxury single family home in the community.  Many sellers are willing to accept contingent offers and interest rates are crazy low.  Economic and monetary policy have mortgage professionals anticipating interest rates to rise next year.  Some area lenders are forecasting a 1% uptick by year end of 2015.  Let’s take a look at the interest rate impact for home sales in this community…

The average sales price in the community

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Christopher Siegel of Propsperity Home Mortgage provided me with this interesting article.  I am posting this with his permission on my Blog for you all...Carolyn

Rates May Rise in 2015 -  As expected, the Federal Reserve has confirmed that it would end its bond-buying program known as Quantitative Easing (QE).  QE is economist lingo for the Federal Reserve purchasing of bonds to lower long-term interest rates.

So what does this mean?  Ending QE isn’t “putting on the brakes.”  It’s just easing off the accelerator.  Rates will not shoot up by 1% overnight.  The Fed’s bond holdings will naturally shrink over time as bonds come due.  This will put pressure on the Fed to raise short-term rates by the middle of 2015 and long-term interest rates will

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We are so proud and excited to announce our affiliation with Long & Foster Real Estate! We are looking forward to many years of continued success and new growth opportunities. A special thank you goes out to Forrest Odend'hal and Boomer Foster for their kindness and professionalism while sharing exciting opportunities available at Long & Foster Real Estate! A warm thank you to my friends and colleagues throughout the Keller Williams network for a wonderful 8 years. I look forward to your continued friendship as we embark on our new journey...Onward!

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It always amazes me how the average buyer rushes to purchase in the heat of a Seller’s market and then they sit on the side lines in the midst of a market shift or Buyer’s market.  One would think that buyers would come out in droves when there is ample inventory and a decline in buyer activity to take advantage of lower prices and inventory selection. But unfortunately, home buyers do not act in a way to take advantage of these market changes.  Investors in the stock market take advantage of dips and rush to buy during a down turn.  Why don’t buyers in a real estate buyer’s market do the same?  I believe that most buyers do not look at their home purchase as an investment as an investor in the stock market looks at their stock investments.  The purchase

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High density power lines could be popping up near homes in Gainesville and Haymarket. Making way for projected electricity demand in Prince William County, Dominion Power is proposing to add a 230,000 volt line spreading across six miles along I-66.  Neighborhoods that are potentially to be affected are Somerset Crossing, Broad Run and Greenhill Crossing. Homeowners are showing much opposition to this proposal with concerns of reduced property values, health concerns, and disturbing protected area wetlands. 

Dominion insists that this is still in the planning stages and will meet with the residents publically on September 10th at Battlefield High School. Dominion maintains that they are trying to stay ahead of the growing Haymarket population though

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