Month: March 2013

Reasons To Consider a New Home For Sale Versus an Existing Home

The decision to build, remodel or buy is always a tough decision for potential home buyers, but not for One Loudoun residents!

At one point, One Loudoun home buyers considered whether to purchase new or purchase an existing home elsewhere. There are a variety of reasons to consider a new home versus an existing, and a decrease in existing inventory has certainly made One Loudoun an excellent choice for both new and established families.

According to the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, permits for single-family homes in the metropolitan Washington area increased from 8,251 in 2011 to 10,748 last year, revealing that many people are choosing to build new homes and forgo the pre-existing house hunt.

New families are often under the perception that it’s better to buy something now and renovate over time. Unfortunately, out-of-pocket expenses to renovate or replace appliances or flooring can cost just the same if not more than a new home.

“A big advantage of a new home for many people is that you can pick everything yourself, from granite counters to flooring, and you won’t have to paint for years,” said Dave Jones, a real estate agent at Long and Foster in Ashburn. (1)

Eric Murtagh, a realty agent at Evers & Co. in Washington points out that, “some buyers have very specific reasons to buy a new home . . . People who have allergies or have kids with allergies want a super-clean, tighter environment with special filters.”

Specific details such as flooring or even air quality filters have led potential buyers flocking to One Loudoun! According to Murtagh, some buyers want features such as elevators, special wiring or even oversized garage units, which can be difficult to retrofit in a resale home.

Other potential buyers have fallen in love with One Loudoun for reasons aside from home design details.

“We’re about to be empty nesters, and we wanted a walkable community in Loudoun County,” said Bruce Gatti, a recent homebuyer in One Loudoun. “We looked at various used and new homes in Loudoun County, but we couldn’t find the package of a community where we could walk to a grocery store, a movie theater until we found One Loudoun.”

Some home buyers may be less concerned with details such as granite countertops, but be more interested in the carbon footprint of their home. New homes are most often more energy efficient due to home construction advancements in window techniques, appliances and heating and cooling air systems.

(1) Lerner, Michele (2013, March 22). House hunters caught between new and existing homes. The Washington Post. Retrieved fromhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/house-hunters-caught-between-new-and-existing-homes/2013/03/21/ea304dd0-883c-11e2-999e-5f8e0410cb9d_print.html

Stay Connected With One Loudoun on Social Media!

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Here at OneLoudoun, we really strive to create a unique and sophisticated neighborhood for our residents where you’re encouraged to live, work and play. What kind of community would we be if we didn’t allow you to connect with us using your favorite means of play?

Some are impressed to know that we not only provide you a blog, but we share news and happenings with you via your favorite social media outlets. Are you a Pinterest fan, addicted to YouTube or a tweet-a-holic? Good, because you can find us there too.

These days you’re either online or you’re offline and those who are online have a preferred means of staying connected to others. Feel free to friend us, fan us, tweet us or re-pin with us. It’s the best way of mending the gap between living and playing and it ensures you’ll always know what’s going on in your home community.

YouTube:

Check out some of the videos detailing our latest retail spaces and phases of construction. It’s amazing to watch what your final OneLoudoun community will entail.

Flickr:

Our Flickr page provides you with some amazing photographs of our finished homes, rooms and spaces. Check out our blueprint renderings, maps and event signage.

GooglePlus:

Are you on Google too? Add us to your Google+ circle and start following our latest updates and blog postings. Maybe create a circle specifically for OneLoudoun to add your favorite neighbors and Loudoun City friends!

Pinterest:

Who doesn’t love Pinterest? Well aside from those not pinning, of course. We just couldn’t resist sharing some of our favorite pins with you! We post everything from our construction progress to community renderings to retail images. It’s the perfect way to brag about your amazing home and the new OneLoudoun community.

Twitter:

If you’re interested in the stats for our county or latest Ashburn, Virginia news and shopping deals, then definitely follow us on Twitter.

Facebook:

How could we not be on Facebook? This is your one-stop-shop for photos, news and community conversations.

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This custom blog offers a fun and easy way to read our articles, see new photos, watch our videos, and  get an overall sense of everything that is going on in our community.

WebCam:

Did you know you can view our jobsite, live from your computer? How cool is it to watch the construction of your community, right from the comfort of your home or office!

Loudoun County Ranked Second Healthiest in Virginia

This week the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its annual rankings report for the healthiest counties in each state.

Loudoun County residents should take pride knowing that their county is #2 in the state of Virginia! Fairfax County came in first, with Arlington behind at #3.

Since 2010 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published its County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report. For the last three years Loudoun County has ranked third in the state. Arlington, who has held strong as the second healthiest county since 2010, slipped down to third this year moving Loudoun County one step closer to becoming the healthiest county in Virginia.

The Rankings are compiled using county-level statistics from various state and national data sources. They are calculated based on a variety of factors such as health behaviors, social and economic factors, and physical environment. Loudoun County came in second overall for healthy outcomes and health factors, having the lowest mortality rate in the state—measured as deaths before age 75.

The county also ranked first for social and economic factors, covering such details as community safety, education, employment, family and social support and income. Further good news for Loudoun—the county boasts a high school graduation rate of 95%, and 83% of its residents have some college education, which is 13% above the national average and 16% above the state.

Northern Virginia Housing Market Continues To Experience Heathy Growth

The housing market is still enjoying healthy growth from 2012- especially in the Northern Virginia area, where the real estate community is seeing both home sales and home prices trending upwards.

According to an article in LoudounTimes.com, the Dulles Area Association of Realtors showed in its January 2013 report that overall home sales in Northern Virginia had risen 10.7% from January of last year. Townhomes sales saw a more pronounced increase, with a 26.2% rise from the same period in 2012.

Not only are homes selling in greater volume but they are also selling at a greater rate, which has contributed to the lower inventory levels being seen in the area. The median home stayed on the market for 33 days before selling, which is 11 days less than the 10-year average, and is helping to increase home prices. In addition, nearly half of town homes listed sold within 20 days or less.

With lower inventory levels and rising prices, new homes for sale are becoming even more desirable for prospective home buyers in the Loudoun County area. The good news is that the new mixed-use community of One Loudoun offers new home buyers a variety of choices of innovative home designs featuring single-family homes for sale by Camberley Homes and Miller & Smith, as well as new townhomes for sale by NVHomes and Miller & Smith. All new homes are exclusively designed for the new walkable community of One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA and are set amongst ample open spaces that are integrated with where you can work, shop, dine and socialize all within a balanced lifestyle unlike any other place in Loudoun County.

MARCH 2013 PROGRESS UPDATE FOR ONE LOUDOUN

Is it already March? It seems as though the last couple of months have just flown by- especially with everything that is taking place at the new mixed-use community of One Loudoun!

The Alamo & Fresh Market: Construction has quickly been progressing at One Loudoun’s Downtown, with the office/retail buildings well on their way and over 100,000 square feet of space already leased or LOI signed. In addition, it won’t be long before the Ashburn community will get to enjoy dinner and a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which is scheduled to open May 3, 2013- just in time for the premier of Iron Man 3! Site work has begun on The Fresh Market, with the foundation already poured and masonry to start next week. The Grand Opening of this European style market is slated for October 2013.

The BallPark: There is more good news involving the proposed BallPark at One Loudoun. Following the public hearing held on February 19th, the new BallPark has since received preliminary approval from the Loudoun County Planning Commission, with the next step being to hold a public hearing in front of the Board of Directors. Continue to show your support for the BallPark, and visit http://www.oneloudounballpark.com/index.php/hearing/ to help bring both professional baseball and soccer to One Loudoun and your hometown!

New Homes Construction: There have been 130 homes sold so far at One Loudoun, with quite a few residents already moved in, and continuous construction of new homes taking place. Potential home buyers looking for new homes for sale in Ashburn will find a variety of innovative home styles provided y some of the nation’s premier home builders and exclusively designed for the new home community of One Loudoun. Coming up this Saturday, Miller & Smith will be revealing their new Central Park West Townhome Collection at their VIP Preview Opening this Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Continue to follow One Loudoun on all of our Social Media Networks- including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Google+, and YouTube to stay current with everything that is going at a the new mixed-use community of One Loudoun- there is still so much more to come!