Washington housing prices up 8.4%

November 30, 2010

Washington housing prices up 8.4%

According to the National Association of Realtors the

existing home prices in Washington were up 8.4 percent compared to October 2009,

Read more: Washington housing prices up 8.4% | Washington Business Journal

this is another sign that we are blessed to live in this area and it is a great time to buy and own real estate here.

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Keller Williams Arlington and AFAC

November 23, 2010

Keller Williams Arlington helped raise and donate $40,000 to the Arlington Food Assistance Center, AFAC.  The event was a huge success.  This was the 3rd year in a row that Keller Williams Arlington, my office, has put on the fundraiser!  Next year we will do it again and look forward to raising even more money!

The donation goes to AFAC’s Permanent home campaign.  from AFAC: The Permanent Home Campaign seeks to retire the mortgage on our “home” so we can commit all of our resources to our only, and ever-growing mission: providing supplemental groceries for our neighbors in need.



Norm Odeneal

c/o Keller Williams Realty

2101 Wilson Blvd, Suite #100

Arlington, VA 22201

703    587   0945


11 Reasons to Put Your Home on the Market During the Holidays

November 20, 2010


We are going to sell our home in the spring….   Do you think there are any other sellers saying that same thing?  Of course there are.   Let’s avoid the competition and get you top dollar right now.

11 Reasons to Put Your Home on the Market During the Holidays

  1. People who look for a home during the Holidays are more serious buyers!
  1. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you!
  1. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home!  Less demand means less money for you!
  1. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays!
  1. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price!
  1. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than they do during the working week.
  1. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons!
  1. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs.  Since transferees can not wait until Spring to buy, you must be on the market now to capture the market!
  1. You can still be on the market, but you have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days during the holidays!
  1. You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year!
  1. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money!

This will allow you to sell high and buy low!



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McLean VA New homes for sale and new construction

November 20, 2010

New Construction homes for sale and new homes for sale in McLean VA


New homes for sale in McLean VA:  You may be wondering where is all the new construction in McLean?  Most of the new single family homes are built on in-fill lots or by tearing down an old home and rebuilding a brand new home in its place.  There are several new construction homes built here in McLean every year.  Sometimes there is a small group of 3+ homes built on an assemblage of land, such as Hastings Estates or Chesterbrook.


Below are two links:  one is a link to new construction homes currently for sale in McLean.  Another is a link to land for sale in McLean VA.  You can sign up for email alerts or RSS feeds for one or both.


Weekly I am updated (through my builder contacts and network) with the most up to date list of new construction homes and projects coming on the market.  If you are interested in moving or plan on buying a new construction home here in Arlington now or anytime in the future contact me.  Norm at Callnorm.com


New Construction homes currently for sale in McLean VA


Land for sale in McLean VA


McLean                       22101, 22102

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Search for homes by neighborhood


Median price up 14.6% for October 2010 market statistics – arlington county va

November 17, 2010

October 2010 market statistics – Arlington county VA


Median price up 14.6%   — Wow that is good news!   And home prices are up 2.7% county wide year to date.

Median sold price = $510,000

Number of homes for sale   = 775          274 SFH,     501 townhomes and condos

Number of homes sold and under contract      =  354


22201, 22203, 22205, 22207, 22209, 22213, 22202, 22204, 22206


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2010 ABBIE Awards – Arlington VA’s best businesses

November 16, 2010


2010 ABBIE Awards Announced!

The People’s Choice



The 2010 ABBIES were announced at the Arlington County Board meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. Here are your winners!


Arlington’s Best Boutique

ShoeFly

Arlington’s Best Brunch

Carlyle

Arlington’s Best Community-Based Nonprofit

Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)

Arlington’s Best Customer Service

Eventide

Arlington’s Best Dessert

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

Arlington’s Best Late Night Spot

Bob and Edith’s Diner

Arlington’s Best Performing Arts Organization

Signature Theatre

Arlington’s Best Place to Care for Your Pet

Ballston Animal Hospital

Arlington’s Best Place to Dance the Night Away

Clarendon Ballroom

Arlington’s Best Place to Learn Something New

Arlington Public Library

Arlington’s Best Happy Hour

The Liberty Tavern

Arlington’s Best Neighborhood Bar

Whitlow’s on Wilson Bar and Grill

Arlington’s Best “Bargain” Restaurant

Lost Dog Café

Arlington’s Best Family Friendly Restaurant

Lost Dog Café

Arlington’s Best New Business

Northside Social


Is this condo FHA approved?

November 16, 2010

Is this condo FHA approved?  That is a popular question.  FHA offers a great mortgage loan program that allows the buyer to put down only 3.5% of the sales price.  So, it is a very popular program.  One condition is the condo must be FHA approved. (*note, the FHA loan can be used to buy condos, townhomes or single family homes)   There are several requirements a condo building or development must meet to become FHA approved.  And there is a list of the approved condos at https://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/condlook.cfm

When searching this list, be sure to search different ways,  try the building name, then search using only the zip code.  I bring this up because sometimes the condo is FHA approved but not showing in your first search attempt.   If you have any questions, please contact me.  I work with a lot of FHA approved buyers and can help you, too.  I can save you time and money.

Be sure  your condo is FHA approved before going to see it in person, or getting your hopes up or writing any type of offer.  Because if it is not, it can be a lengthy process to get it approved.  And no one wants to get excited about something then have it pulled out from underneath you.

Contact me with questions


contact me    Norm  [at] callnorm [dot] com

I can help you:

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Determine your home’s value
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