Townhomes Belmont Country Club

September 11th, 2014

Townhomes in Belmont Country ClubTownhomes Belmont Country Club

I remember playing in a Loudoun County Golf Tournament about ten years ago.  As I road through the course, I enjoyed seeing the beautiful single family homes along the perimeter of the course with beautiful decks, houses and landscaping. Now, ten years later, Belmont Country Club is a popular neighborhood for both golfers and non-golfers alike.  Homes in Belmont Country Club include luxury single family homes, townhomes and even condos spread throughout the neighborhood. The Belmont Country Club community stretches alongside Rt. 7 and Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn, VA.  The neighborhood is full of amenities including pools, W&OD Trail, 18-hole championship Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, recreation center and much more. There are several different style townhomes in Belmont Country Club.  Garage townhomes in Belmont are priced from the $400s.  For a full list of active townhomes Belmont Country Club for sale, click here.

Schools in Belmont Country Club Neighborhood

Loudoun County Public Schools are some of the best in the state of Virginia.  Recent re-districting in Ashburn may affect the specific school your child may attend but there is no doubt that all of the schools will be a good choice for your children.  In addition, there area a variety of private schools available in Loudoun County.  For descriptions and statistics about schools in Ashburn, click here.

Why Live Belmont Country Club?

Just ask a resident from Belmont.  Residents love the security of the gated community as well as the amenities and friendly neighbors.  The neighborhood is highly sought-after and homes don’t stay on the market long. If you currently own a home in Belmont Country Club and are considering putting it on the market, contact me today to find a buyer who will love it as much as you do. Loudoun County Living LLC is one of the top teams at Keller Williams in Leesburg and has averages over 60 home sale every year.  For a free home value estimate or if you are looking to buy a home in Virginia, call 703-831-7653 or visit  [schoolsearch city=”ashburn” state=”VA” groupby=”gradelevel” output=”table”]

Leesburg Horse Farm for Sale

March 9th, 2013

Leesburg Horse Farm for Sale

Loudoun County Living LLC is offering a fantastic Leesburg horse farm for sale on Evergreen Mills Road. This horse farm is well thought out and arranged for any type of equestrian operation. A fantastic heated 5 stall barn with tack room, wash stall, field hydrants, nicely paddock fields, are just a few of the features to meet any equestrian need. The property is currently being offered with over 12 acres with the possibility of an additional adjoining 10 acres. Situated just minutes south of the Town of Leesburg you can enjoy fantastic pastoral views and all of the conveniences of the Leesburg area.

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Leesburg Horse Farm

Where is this Leesburg Horse Farm Located?

This Leesburg horse farm is located on Evergreen Mills Road just minutes from the Town of Leesburg in Loudoun County. Follow this link to see a map.

The Loudoun County Horse Community. Leesburg Horse Farm

Loudoun County is home to more equestrian communities and horses that any other county in the state of Virginia. Loudoun is home to over 15,000 horses and is clearly the horse capital of the state. The horses of the Loudoun County are worth over $210,000,000 and contribute over 1000 jobs and close to $3,000,000 in tax revenue to Loudoun and the state of Virginia.Leesburg Horse Farm

Loudoun County is also home to more equestrian events than any other county in Virginia. The Equine Medical Center is located in Loudoun County as well as Morven Park and Oatlands Plantation which provide the largest venues for equine events. Loudoun is certainly one of the most horse friendly communities in Virginia.

What is the Horse Farm Like?

The home offered with this Leesburg Horse Farm is a Leesburg Horse Farmbeautifully designed three level Cape Cod. A front gate and stocked pond marks the entrance to this picturesque Leesburg horse farm. This charming estate home nestled on over 12 acres with remarkable views and 4 board fencing has been tastefully designed with no detail overlooked. Features include stunning Cherry hardwood flooring, 3 fireplaces and spacious rooms for entertaining. Perfect fully equipped 5 stall center aisle barn with a roomy tack area and wash stall.

For more information of this Leesburg Horse Farm and other farms and estates in Loudoun County for sale, visit our web site at or call us at 703-831-7653.

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Loudoun County Equestrian Communities

February 13th, 2013

Loudoun County Equestrian Communities

Loudoun County is home to more equestrian communities and horses that any other county in the state of Virginia. Loudoun is home to over 15,000 horses and is clearly the horse capital of the state. The horses of the Loudoun County are worth over $210,000,000 and contribute over 1000 jobs and close to $3,000,000 in tax revenue to Loudoun and the state of Virginia. Loudoun County is also home to more equestrian events than any other county in Virginia. The Equine Medical Center is located in Loudoun County as well as Morven Park and Oatlands Plantation which provide the largest venues for equine events. Loudoun is certainly one of the most horse friendly places in Virginia.Loudoun County Equestrian Communities

Loudoun County Equestrian Events

The Loudoun County equestrian communities are host to well over 100 local equestrian events every year such as the events at the historic Oatlands Plantation near Leesburg and Fox Chase Farm in Middleburg.  Coming this spring there will be the Loudoun Point to Point Races at Oatlands on April 14th, The Middleburg Spring Races on April 20th, and the Annual Hunt Country Stable Tour in Middleburg on May 26th. There are numerous other equestrian events throughout Loudoun County during the rest of the year.

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The Point to Point Races at Oatlands Plantation is an exciting event that offers visitors to Oatlands an opportunity to view point to point races covers  a scenic route through the 360 acre historic site. Oatlands offers spectators some of the best up close views as the riders and horses complete a grueling race over numerous obstacles. The event also offers betting for those who wish to gamble on the horses. This event is sponsored by the Loudoun Hunt.

The Middleburg Spring Races also offers spectators fantastic view of hors and ride jumping numerous obstacles in 6 races. A top prize of $75,000 is awarded to the winner of the last race. The event is held at Glenwood Park in Middleburg.Beautiful Heather Knolls Home for Sale

The Hunt Country Stable Tour is held every year in the Middleburg and Upperville area. The area is home to some of the country’s premier thoroughbred and hunter breeding and train farms. The event gives visitors an opportunity to tour these fantastic facilities. The event also hosts a fair/market that will feature all kinds of equestrian arts and crafts.

 So, where are Loudoun County Equestrian Communities located?

The majority of Loudoun County Equestrian Communities are located in central and western Loudoun County however, in Loudoun County if you own 3 acres or more you can stable a horse on your property. There are a couple of new developments like The Hamlet at Wulf Crest Farm that is located close to the town of Leesburg adjacent to Oatlands Plantation and the American Academy Equestrian Sciences that offer new home owners the opportunity to own a horse and enjoy hundreds of acres of ride out without having to stable their horse on their property. Loudoun County is home to the Loudoun Hunt that holds Point to Point Races, Fox Hunting and organized trail rides through out rural Loudoun.  Lees Crossing is an example of one of many horse friendly communities in Loudoun and is located north of Leesburg off of route 15. The areas near Waterford, Hillsboro, Purcellville, Round Hill and Lovettsville offer horse owners many estate style horse friendly communities as well as larger farms and estates.

For more information on  Loudoun County Equestrian Communities contact us at 703-831-7653 or visit our web site at

New Homes at The Hamlet at Wulf Crest Farm

February 12th, 2013

New Homes at The Hamlet at Wulf Crest Farm

Steuart Kret Select Homes is offering new homes at Wulf Crest Farm.

The Hamlet at Wulf Crest Farm is a new community being offered by Steuart Kret Select Homes located just south of the town of Leesburg on Route 15. The community will feature 19 home sites from about a ¼ acre to ½ and acre homes from SK Homes standard and Legacy series models. The standard home models will include The Augusta, The Belair, The Edgemoor and The Valencia. The Legacy Series of home will offer The Kingsmill, The Ravensworth, and The Belmont. The homes will offer several elevations and many options in addition to a generous list of standard amenities. All homes will offer 9’ ceilings on the first floor as well as a full 9’ in the basement. The Belmont model form the Legacy series will feature 10’ ceilings on the first floor. Home sizes range from 3458 to 4034 finished base square feet in the standard models and from 3708 to 4736 finished base square feet in the Legacy Series. Both lines of homes offer upgrades to significantly increase the total finished living space. Prices start in the high $600’s.

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The Hamlet at Wulf Crest Farm as an Equestrian Community?

One of the truly unique possibilities at the Hamlet at Wulf Crest Farm is its neighbor, The American Academy of Equestrian Sciences. While the lot sizes in the community will not allow for you to stable a horse on your property, home owners may be able to board their horse at the Academy. The Academy of Equestrian Sciences in one of the premier equestrian training and boarding facilities in Loudoun County and is situated on 116 acres of beautiful Loudoun County farm land. The facility offers extensive ride outs and training of all kinds in its indoor and outdoor facilities. The barn at The American Academy of Equestrian Sciences is a state of the art building second to none in Loudoun County.

So what will you get in a home at The Hamlet at Wulf Crest?

Ravensworth Legacy

The Ravensworth

The Hamlet at Wulf Crest Farm  is offering a generous list of standard amenities. The homes will feature:

  • Brick Front (per elevation)
  • 9’ Ceiling on First Floor
  • Hardwood Flooring on First Floor
  • Wall to Wall carpet on Second Floor
  • Chair Rail and Shadow Boxes in Dining Room
  • 3 pc Crown Molding in Living and Dining Rooms
  • Classique Style Interior Doors
  • Colonial Window Trim with Oversized Baseboards
  • 42” Kitchen Cabinets
  • Granite Kitchen Counter Tops with a stainless Steel Under mount Sink
  • Kitchen Center Island (per plan)
  • 6 x 6 Ceramic Tile in Baths
  • Luxury owners Bath with a soaking Tub
  • Maintenance free Dutch Lap Vinyl Siding
  • Professional Landscaping
  • Asphalt Driveway
  • Flagstone stoops and Porches (per plan)
  • And Much More

 For more information of the list of standard feature at the Hamlet at Wulf Crest please visit their web site.

 Where is The Hamlet at Wulf Crest Farm?

The Hamlet at Wulf Crest Farm is conveniently located 3 miles south of Leesburg Virginia just off of Route 15. The community is bordered to the south by Oatlands Plantation and adjacent to the American Academy of Equestrian Sciences. New homeowners at Wulf Crest Farm will have easy access via route 15 to route 50 to the south and route 7 and the Dulles Greenway to the north.  Beautifully situated on 117 acres of rolling Loudoun County land the Hamlet at Wulf Run Farm will offer you a peaceful get away from the hustle and bustle of northern Virginia and still offer you the convenience of the close by Leesburg area.

 What is Close by?

The Hamlet at Wulf Crest Farm is close by to all of the conveniences of the Leesburg area and the rural farms and wineries of western Loudoun County. New home owners at Wulf Crest Farm will be able to enjoy all of what the farm and winery communities of western Loudoun County have to offer and still have easy access to all of the local shopping and business centers of Leesburg and eastern Loudoun County. The Leesburg Outlet Mall and the Leesburg Village Center are just minutes north and the Dulles Town Center is a short 20 minute drive. There are several local golf courses very close by including Raspberry Falls Golf Club and The Club at Creighton Farms. The Resort at Lansdowne on the Potomac is also just minutes away and also offers golf, dining and a world class spa.

What Schools Will kids go to who live here?

Under the current Loudoun County School boundaries kids who live in the community will attend Sycolin Creek Elementary, J. Lupton Simpson Middle School, and Loudoun County High School. If you are considering a new home at Wulf Crest Farm please check Loudoun County Public Schools web site for the most recent information non school attendance districts.


So, are you ready to by a new home at The Hamlet at Wulf Crest Farm? Call us today at 703-831-7653 or visit our web site at to see the active listings of homes for sale at the Hamlet at Wulf Crest Farm.

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Potomac Crossing Leesburg, VA

February 9th, 2013

Potomac Crossing Leesburg, VA

Why do People Live in Potomac Crossing Leesburg

 Potomac Crossing Leesburg is a beautiful subdivision composed of single-family homes and townhomes located along the Potomac River on scenic Route 15 conveniently located less than 2 miles from historic downtown Leesburg, Va.  It’s not uncommon to see kids playing hockey or football in this this tree-lined neighborhood in the summer or playing in the many tot lots available to kids throughout the year.  The community also offers a swimming pool with a swim team for kids of all ages in the summer.  Adults and kids alike enjoy miles of walking trails not to mention historic Ball Bluff Battlefield Park accessible by the main entrance in Potomac Crossing.  Less than a mile from the popular Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, Potomac Crossing offers a prime location for anyone looking to enjoy all that LeesburgPotomac Crossing Homes has to offer.

Looking for a home in Potomac Crossing Leesburg?

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What’s the neighborhood like?

At Potomac Crossing Leesburg you can expect to find townhomes with total square footage from 1200 to over 3000 and single-family homes sized from approximately 1,900 square feet to nearly 4,000 square feet. All of the homes were built by Arcadia Builders starting in 1988 and finishing up in 2005. Since building began, many of the homes have been updated and it’s not uncommon to find homes that were built with unfinished basements that now have fully finished basements adding to the square footage of some of these great homes.  The smallest homes in Potomac Crossing start with 2 bedrooms while the larger homes have a maximum of six bedrooms with some of the floor plans offering a bedroom on the main level.  The largest single-family home lot available in Potomac Crossing is nearly a half an acre – not easy to find in neighborhoods with such close proximity to downtown Leesburg .

What’s Going on Nearby the Potomac Crossing Leesburg?

Potomac Crossing is located in the Northeastern section of Leesburg bordering the Potomac River at the intersection of Battlefield Parkway and Route 15.  Horse farms line 15 and scenic Balls Bluff Battlefield Park is adjacent to the subdivision.  There is a new restaurant, the Ironwood Tavern, less than a mile from Potomac Crossing;  not to mention a Target, Kohls, and Costco, to name but a few.  Ida Lee Park and Recreation Center and the Ida Lee Tennis Center are only a short drive or bike ride away. Find out about everything that is nearby to Potomac Crossing including places of worship, banking, shopping, attractions and recreation and much more on my website.

What schools will the kids attend in Potomac Crossing?

 Balls Bluff Elementary school is in the neighborhood itself and many kids walk there while middle school kids are bussed to Smarts Mill on King Street and high school kids attend Tuscarora High, the newest high school in Loudoun County, also on King Street.  To get local score and more information about these schools check out the Leesburg school reports on my website.

Now you really want to buy a home in Potomac Crossing Leesburg, Don’t You?

If you are interested in the current homes for sale in Potomac Crossing Leesburg, VA click on the link.  Our for sale property information is a direct feed from the MLS and is updated multiple times a day.

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New Homes at Willowsford VA

February 7th, 2013

New Homes at Willowsford VA

Willowsford VA is the #1 New Home Community in America for 2012

 Willowsford Virginia has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders as the #1 new community being built in America. This award is of little surprise as Willowsford certainly is one of the most wellWillowsford New Homes planned developments that Loudoun County has seen in some time and offers home owners a community of scenic landscapes and community amenities that are truly unique.  Willowsford will be offering new homes in four villages and will feature homes built by Arcadia Communities, Camberley Homes, Beazer Homes, Integrity Homes, K. Hovnanian Homes, and Van Meter Homes.  The four villages of Willowsford are The Grange, The Grant, The Grove and The Greens and span over 4,000 acres of beautiful Western Loudoun countryside.

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New Homes being offered at Willowsford VA.

New homes at Willowsford are being built by some of the best new homes builders in the area. Willowsford is divided into four villages that include The Grange, The Grant, The Grove, and the Greens. New homes are currently being offered for sale in all except The Greens. Homes will be situated on lots from 1/4 acre to over 2 acres and range in price from the $500,000’s to over $1,000,000.

The Grange is a beautifully designed area that sits within rolling hills and natural wood lands. The center piece of the Grange is the Sycamore House Recreation Center. The Tenant House, the information center for Wilowsford is also located within the Grange. The community is traversed by Lenah Run and is connected by walking trails that homeowners will be able to access a dog park, Willowsford Farm and a community garden.

The Grant stretches from Evergreen Mills Road to Rout 50. This village features wooded and scenic meadow lands and hedgerows that are so common to Loudoun County and will feature some of the largest lots in Willowsford. There is an extensive network of trail that connects several parks and camping areas that homeowners at Willowsford can enjoy at their leisure.

Home owners will enter The Grove just across the street from The Lodge at Willow Lake. The main through fare dissects this community. The area features wooded mature forests and is also dissected by two streams. There is a loop trail that travels through the area that connects homeowner to Willowsford Farm and a community park.

The Greens is the largest Village at Willowsford and also will feature a combination of wooded lots, New Constructionscenic meadows and rolling hills. The Lodge at Willow Lake sits to the north and the village stretches from Braddock Road to the north to Bull Run Creek to the south. There is also a loop trail the courses through and connects homeowner to a number of parks and camping areas within the village.

Where is Willowsford VA?

Willowsford is located in western Loudoun County between the foot hills of the Virginia Piedmont and Loudoun Counties Wine Country which is home to many local wineries. The Grant and The Grange sit north of Route 50 and the Greens and the Grove sit south of route 50 just off of Braddock Road. The convenient location of Willowsford will offer home owners easy access to eastern Loudoun County and commuter routes to the busy technology corridors of Dulles and Reston.

For Information on New Homes at Willowsford VA contact Loudoun County Living LLC at 703-831-7653 or visit our web site at .

Woodmar Farm New Homes

February 2nd, 2013

Woodmar Farm New Homes

The Community at Woodmar Farm

Woodmar Farm is located in Purcellville Virginia. The community is being built and developed by K. Hovnanian Homes and is a beautifully designed country hamlet that is offering 6 different homes styles from their collection. The models include The Delaware, The Virginian II, The Alaska, The Colorado, and the Rhode Island. Woodmar Farm sits peacefully just south of Historic Downtown Purcellville and will offer residents beautiful mountain vistas and surrounds a scenic lake.

The community is built using the Hamlet design that is often found in western Loudoun Purcellville Area SchoolsCounty and will offer half acre and larger lots. The community also has several larger conservancy lots. The homes will range up to 6000 finish square feet of living space with 2 car garages, 4 bedrooms, GE kitchens with breakfast areas, separate formal living rooms, dining rooms and family rooms. For the value of your dollar Woodmar Farms is one of the best choices for new construction homes in Loudoun County.

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What your home includes at Woodmar Farm

Your new home at Woodmar Farm will include all of the amenities you would expect to find in a luxury estate style home in western Loudoun County.  All of the models being offered will feature multiple exterior elevations, some standard and some upgraded. You can choose from different siding, brick and stone combinations. For more on elevations and exterior upgrades follow this link. All of the homes will feature a professionally designed landscape package, a paved driveway, concrete walks and stoops. The homes at Woodmar Farm aslo feature an impressive energy saving package. 

Interior features include 9 foot ceiling on the first floor, 6 panel doors, hardwood foyers, crown moldings, and gas fireplace as per plan. The kitchen will feature GE appliances, granite countertops, 42 in cabinets, and under mount stainless steel sinks. The baths will offer 6 x6 ceramic tiles on the floors and surrounds, Moen faucets, vanities with cultures marble tops, and luxury owner’s bath with soaking tubs and separate showers as per plans. For more information on standard features and upgrades being offered at Woodmar Farm, click on this link.

What is close by to Woodmar Farm?

Woodmar Farm is very conveniently nestled just south of the town of Purcellville. Purcellville is a small historic town just off of Route 7 in western Loudoun County. The area offers home owners many shopping and dining options that include Magnolias at Mill and numerous old style cafes and diners in the historic downtown. Harris teeters, Shoppers and Giant foods stores are all within a short drive. Purcellville is home to Loudoun Valley High School, Woodgrove High School, Harmony and Blue Ridge Middle Schools and several elementary schools. The town is also home to Patrick Henry College.

Being located in the “Wine Country” of Virginia the area features numerous wineries and vineyards including Sunset Hills Vineyard, 8 Chains North Vineyard, North Gate Vineyard, Loudoun Valley Vineyard and many more. The Catoctin Creek Distillery is also located in Purcellville and is the only private distillery operating in Loudon County. The W&OD trial travels through downtown Purcellville and offers walkers, joggers and cyclist’s miles of paved trails to enjoy. Trails End Cycles is conveniently located downtown right on the trail for all of your cycling needs.

Are you ready to buy a new Home in Woodmar Farm? Contact Loudoun County Living LLC today. We are local experts in Loudoun County and have a team of agents ready to go. Call us today at 703-831-7653 or visit us at to view the active listing at Woodmar Farm.

Lola Cookies and Treats

January 29th, 2013

If you live in Leesburg, VA I’m sure you have tried a Lola Cookies and Treats cupcake from Lola Cookies and Treats bakery, and was it not the best cupcake you ever had? All of Lola Cookies and Treats cupcakes are made 100% from scratch and with the finest and best quality ingredients! Lola Cookies and Treats always uses real butter in every single one of her recipes which is why ALL of Lola treats have such a scrumptious taste, texture and moistness!!! Lola also uses locally grown products, as well as the best chocolate and no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.

The bakers at Lola Cookies and Treats pride themselves on their goodies they make and staying clean and organized. Since Lola Cookies and Treats has been opened the bakers cook in plain sight and have gotten fantastic reviews from Washington Post and TV’s Rachael Ray. Lola’s bakery offers a variety of delicious treats which come in many very distinct and unique flavors. Lola Cookies and Treats has cupcakes, cookies, bars, cheesecakes, pies, muffins, scones and so much More!
lola 3Lola Cookies and Treats also cater events as well such as weddings, birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, any reason to celebrate you name it! Lola Cookies and Treats also offer great little gifts for family friends and co-workers. Whether you just want to say thank you to someone, show how much you appreciate them, to congratulate someone or would just like to do something sweet for someone special in your life, Lola Cookies and Treats is your go-to place for a yummy gift. Lola has the most adorable gift packages like a lunch box tin full of your favorite Lola cookies and milk or a heart box of chocolate flavored goodies and So much more! Or what about that grumpy co-worker you work with, I’m sure you could brighten their day by putting a single cupcake on their desk one morning as a surprise! No matter what the occasion or who it’s for, any selection from Lola Cookies and Treats is sure to be a little taste of heaven for someone today.

New Homes at the Preserve at Goose Creek

January 29th, 2013

The Preserve at Goose Creek, Ashburn VA

The Preserve at Goose Creek is Lenars newest community and is offering new townhouses for sale by Lenar Homes and new single family homes for sale by Brookfield Homes. The Preserve at Goose Creek is conveniently located in Ashburn Virginia just off of Belmont Ridge Road and very close to the Dulles Greenway. The community is a wonderfully designed Master Planned Community that will eventually feature single family homes for sale, townhouses The Preserve at Goose Creekfor sale, duplexes and condominiums.  Townhouses for sale are starting at $309,990 and single family homes for sale are starting at $549,998. The townhouses offered will feature 2 and 3 bedroom multi level models with garage parking and the single family homes will feature 4 bedrooms in several models with 2 car garage parking.

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 What is The Preserve at Goose Creek Like?

The Preserve at Goose Creek is a Master Planned Community located in Ashburn Virginia. The community is situated just off of Belmont Ridge Road and has easy access to the Dulles Greenway and Route 7 to the North. Home owners in the community will enjoy easy access to the major commuter route that provides access to Leesburg, Reston Tyson’s and the Dulles Technology Corridor. The master planned community will feature single family homes, townhouses, duplexes and condominiums for sale close to Goose Creek. Some of the amenities of The Preserve at Goose Creek will include a community center, swimming pools, exercise rooms, meeting and social rooms, an extensive trail system and access to Goose Creek.

What is near The Preserve at Goose Creek?

Home owners at The Preserve at Goose Creek will access all of the benefits that current residents of Ashburn and Pick Your Future NeighborsLeesburg now enjoy. Loudoun County has one of the best school systems in Virginia and under the current school boundaries children who live in the Preserve at Goose Creek will attend Creighton’s Corner Elementary School, Stone Hill Middle School and Briar Woods High School. If you are considering a new home at The Preserve at Goose Creek you should check Loudoun County Public Schools web site for the current school attendance boundaries. The communities convenient location will also provide home owners and visitor’s easy access to shopping at the Dulles Town Center, The Leesburg Outlet Mall, The Village at Leesburg and the many boutiques and shops in Historic Downtown Leesburg. The area provides local golf and recreation, dining and entertainment options for home owners at The Preserve at Goose Creek.

For more information on The Preserve at Goose Creek call Loudoun County Living LLC today at 703-831-7653 or click on the link to visit our web site.

New Construction, Do I need an Agent?

January 28th, 2013

New Construction, Do I need an Agent?

So, you are considering buying a home that is new construction, and you ask yourself “Do I need New Constructionan agent?” The answer will vary depending on who you ask. Most new construction developments have on site sales staff and if you ask them, they most likely will tell you that you do not need an agent to buy a home in a new construction community. If you ask a real estate agent if you need an agent you will get a very different answer. So which is correct? Actually both but you should consider some facts.

In Virginia you cannot sell real estate unless you are the owner, a builder, an attorney, an executor of an estate or a licensed real estate agent. Builders fall into a group all their own as their sales staff are considered an extension of their company and are also exempt for the requirement to have a license to sell.

 So why is the license so important? As a licensed real estate agent we are required to meet educational requirements to get and maintain our license. These requirements include specific training on agency relationships, contracts, fair housing and much more. We must continually update our education through continuing education every licensing cycle. As a licensee, real estate agents are regulated by Virginia DPOR at the Real Estate Commission which provide oversight and also provide consumers a means to address complaints and search records for compliance when they are considering an agent to work with.

So, back to the question; new construction, Do I need an agent? In my opinion YES. Just as all real estateNew Construction agents are not created equal, neither are builders. Just as with any profession the quality of the person you are hiring and the service you receive can vary wildly. This is just one of the reasons it is so important to work with a licensed real estate agent.

Consider a few facts.

  • Builders hire a sales staff to work for them not you
  • Builders sales staff are exempt for the requirement for license
  • Builders sale staff are trained by the builder to sell their homes
  • Builders sales staff represent the builder
  • Builders sales contracts are written by the builders attorneys
  • Builders sales contracts are very different from the contracts used in resale
  • Builders pay the buyer’s agent fee
  • NOT having an agent will NOT save you money

I am not saying that builders are not reputable but don’t you think that it would be a good idea to have someone working for you, just for you?

So what are the advantages of having a real estate agent represent you when buying new construction? First let me say that just as with builders, not all agents are the same either. It is important that you hire an experienced agent with a good reputation. You should check the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation site for outstanding complaints and research your agent online; see how much business they do. Look for online references and feedback from their previous clients.

 Now let’s look at what an agent can do for you when you are considering new construction.

  1. A good agent earns their living by seeing that your needs are met and will put your interests first, even ahead of their own. That’s what they get paid for. They will stay with you through the whole process.
  2. A good agent will not cost you a dime and not using one will not save you money. Builders pay the buyers agents fee. They do this as a cost of doing business and have figured this into their sales price. Most builders are happy to work with agents and actually will market to agents to encourage them to bring their clients to their communities. If you choose to not have an agent represent you, the builder will make more money.
  3. Good agents know the area. They know all of the developments, neighborhoods, schools, and future development. The builder will be trying to sell you their development and may not point out other communities you should consider
  4. Agents know builders and full time agents often have worked with the communities you are looking in. A good agent knows who is good and who is not.
  5. Agents know contracts. While a Real Estate Agent is not a lawyer, they are familiar with the standard contracts used in resale and new constriction and will be able to explain to you what you are signing and what the differences are. Builder contracts are very different from resale contracts. A Realtor is your representative, not the builders.
  6. The home buying process can be stressful and complicated. An experienced agent will guide you through the process and monitor deadlines to ensure you are not caught off guard.
  7. Home Inspections. Most reputable builders will allow you to have your own home inspection which is a must in my opinion. Builders make mistakes too and an independent inspection by a qualified inspector could save you a lot of trouble down the road. As a REALTOR, agents also know who the good inspectors are and work with them regularly.
  8. Options for financing. Most builders may try to get you to use their in house lenders. Sometimes this can mean added incentives for you as a purchaser. A good agent knows the market and what a good deal looks like. They also can refer other lenders to you to compare rates and closing costs. Remember as a REALTOR they receive no benefit from any particular lender so their opinion is unbiased.
  9. Monitoring your transaction. Good agents will follow you through the entire process from the first visit to closing. They will be your representative in negotiating everything from price to options. They know what is being offered by other developments and know what you should be able to expect.
  10. Follow up. You have a full time job and a family to manage, a good agent will take some of the burden off of you by monitoring deadlines and ensuring you receive what was promised.

So to answer the question “New Construction, Do I need an Agent?” In my opinion having and agent represent you when you are considering buying new construction is a must. For more information on new construction in Loudoun County call us today at 703-831-7653.