Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog, Carolyn Capalbo


The Best Real Estate Agent in Aldie Virginia

I have been watching big tech become involved in advertising and steering buyers and sellers to sites that claim they will help you find The Best Real Estate Agent in Gainesville VA, or The Best Real Estate Agent in Haymarket VA, or The Best Real Estate Agent in Manassas, feel free to add any town or city of choice to the headline or search, if you please.  I am often invited to be featured on these conglomerate’s sites and listings as The Best Real Estate Agent in Bristow VA, for example, for a staggering fee or referral. Most consumers are unaware of the fees and payments made by agents to have the opportunity to obtain leads from these sources. These fees can be as high as 46% of the real estate

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Is it time to sell or buy your rental property in Fairlington or other Arlington County  communities?  Here are some things to consider…


  •          Can your return be higher elsewhere?
  •          How do you take advantage of depreciation?
  •          How do you take advantage of a Sellers’ Market?
  •          How do you take advantage of the tax benefits of a 1031 exchange?


Based upon current rental rates in Fairlingon, the estimated cash on cash return for a one bedroom Fairlington Condo unit is between 3.5% and 4% before depreciation and repair expenses.  Taxes, insurance, management fees, and condo fees can add up in Fairlington.  I personally try to find a 6% cash on cash return on my investment properties before depreciation. 

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Amazon Loudoun County Northern Virginia Speculation abounds as to the new location of Amazon's second headquarters.  My gut says that Northern Virginia, particularly Loudoun County will be the choice for Amazon.  Loudoun County boasts highly rated schools.  Loudoun County has expanding public transportation; including multiple bus service, carpool services; and Metro Rail options.  Loudoun County is building and developing amenity rich, family friendly communities that are highly sought after.  Loudoun County has already attracted the best and brightest technology hubs and technology savvy talent.  Loudoun County enjoys fantastic medical facilities.  Loudoun County is home to Dulles International Airport.  There is also ample land available for Amazon to build their new Headquarters campus. 

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One thing I love to do for our clients is host a housewarming party.  I love to cook for others and entertain.  This weekend, The Capalbo Team, is hosting a housewarming Barbecue for one of our clients that sold their home with us and bought their new home through us!  We are celebrating their new home with 30 of their friends and family!  I stopped by the peach orchards in Markham yesterday and picked fresh peaches for their homemade dessert!  On the menu…

  • Hamburgers

  • Hot Dogs

  • Chips

  • Homemade Potato Salad

  • Homemade Pasta Salad

  • Baked Beans

  • Salad

  • Homemade Peach Cake

  • Beer, Soda, and Water

Interested in having me host a housewarming party at your home?  Give me a

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Condominiums are a great choice of home and offer many conveniences.  Condominiums are typically a more economical entry into the housing market.  Land costs, the closer into Washington DC, are astronomical.  To be able to afford a home on a parcel of land will typically cost more than owning a condominium.  Condominium ownership is really a type of ownership versus a style of home.  Perhaps you are searching a high rise building or a townhouse styled condominium.  The facts remain that you are purchasing the interior space of the unit and not the exterior walls or grounds.  Since you are only committing to the purchase of the interior space of the unit, you will be required to be a part of the Condominium Association and pay significant fees and dues to

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When you have no outstanding debts, life is quite liberating and much less stressful.  Do you dream of the day when you are debt free?  There is tremendous power and wealth building opportunities for those that are committed to removing debt from their lives and building passive wealth through multiple investment vehicles, including real estate.  Sometimes utilizing debt to remove debt can be a great strategy.  This is a unique debt consolidation strategy that uses a revolving equity line of credit to accelerate debt payment.  Here’s an example of how it works.  For your specifics, please reach out to me and we can come up with a winning plan for you.  This is a great strategy for those that wish to buy a new home and are not able to afford more or find a

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The new look for Dominion Valley Country Club’s Executive collection is exciting.  Their Farmhouse exterior look with open concept designs are sure to be successful in today’s market.  The Palisades is the largest offering currently available in DVCC.  This beautiful home offers great curb appeal with unique exterior design that includes a welcoming front porch.  The main level features a large foyer, formal dining area, huge kitchen open to the 2 story great room, breakfast area, den, and main level bedroom suite.  The main level also offers a family welcome center, walk in pantry, and powder room.  This floorplan works well for the expanded family needing a main level bedroom option as well as the large family looking for a true 5 bedroom above

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 The Executive collection is offering a new look at DVCC!  Gone are the traditional Colonial floorplans and in are their new exciting Farmhouse open concept designs!  There are 4 new designs each with great open concept living spaces and great curb appeal.  This post will focus on The Reston floorplan which, I believe, will be a very popular home for Toll Brothers in Dominion Valley. 

The Reston Floorplan in the Executive Series at Dominion Valley offers a beautiful open concept Farmhouse design.  The curb appeal is awesome offering Craftsman like front porch options and farmhouse accent touches with siding, brick and/or stone.  The interior minimizes wasted space.  The main level of the home offers a large formal dining area, breakfast area for

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Millionaires Build Wealth Through Real Estate…So Can You!


Simple Strategies to Grow Your Wealth Through Self-Directed IRA


Over the years, I have worked with some incredibly savvy and wealthy people who invest in Real Estate.  Many of these folks have developed a portfolio of great investment assets that earn them tremendous income in addition to net worth and property value appreciation.  Some have mastered the art of buying distressed property below market, renovating, and reselling for a profit or flipping homes, most; however, have purchased homes close to market value and held on to the asset for years while tenants have paid off their mortgages.  I will be blogging with various strategies on how to prosper through Real Estate. 

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NVHomes is offering the Longwood model in The Grant section of Willowsford as their entry level home.  This home, while providing a nice pricing option for new home buyers in Willowsford does not lack for space and options available.  This open concept floor plan delivers a fantastic main level with flexibility.  The entry foyer has a line of sight to the back end of the home and the expansive kitchen, family room, and casual dining area.  The front area can be utilized as a formal dining room or a living room depending upon the buyer’s needs.  The powder room on the main level is tucked away near the garage.  There is an option for a main level bedroom and full main level bathroom if desired.  This space is typically a study.  This design offers

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