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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

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.