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Home Buying in 20148 : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Aug 30, 2016
Joanne answered:
Definitely Toll Brothers! Construction is stellar, neighborhoods are beautiful and well maintained. We have been in a Toll home for 11 years and have never had any issues since we built the home. Not sure if you will be able to find new construction in Ashburn in your price range, may need to go further north towards Leesburg. ... more
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Thu Jun 9, 2016
Himanshu Patel asked:
I have signed a contract on a house and did home inspection and Radon Gas Inspection. The test Results came out and it shows 4.5 pCi/L. I have already signed a contract and asked seller…
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Mon May 16, 2016
Megan Alexandra answered:
I would choose the area you already know that you love! There are some wonderful homes in that price range in Ashburn and if you are working with the right agent they will help you find your perfect home in your location! I have lived in Ashburn for for 7 years and I love it! If you need some help searching my phone number is 703-994-3293 and my email is Best of luck to you and your family :) ... more
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Tue Oct 6, 2015
Desabandhu answered:
Hi Dan thank you for responding and providing lot of info.
here are the details of the property I am talking about.

The site is in Ashburn rd with abandon home sitting on it. it has hookup available for water and sewer.
below is the link for the listing

your suggestion and amelia info are valuable to me in this regard. Thank you guys for helping me out.
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Mon Apr 20, 2015
Anil Khanna CPA/Realtor answered:
If you would like more information on the pricing of this property, please email me at or call me at 703-625-6731. The price was recently reduced but I can provide a more accurate number for you. You can also contact me if you need an agent to assist you. ... more
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Mon Mar 16, 2015
Tanya Kerr answered:
While both builder are putting out a good product the feel of the community is completely different.
One Loudoun is trying to bring a more "urban" and walkable lifestyle to the region. The trade off is less green space and yards, but an active community with events and a downtown "market" with vendors and restaurants within walking distance.
Brambleton is emphasizing the green area it is built in. The walking there is much more centered on the excellent paths they provide.
Suggestions to drive both areas and get a feel for the neighborhoods are very good. I always recommend driving by at a time you plan to be in the home the most. Do you envision time on your deck late afternoons and weekends? Make sure the home doesn't back to commuter routes that may make that less enjoyable. Looking for an active community for younger kids. Drive by after school and be sure there are kids in the area.
Hope some of this helped and please don't hesitate to contact me directly with any other questions.
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Mon Nov 3, 2014
Matt Shultz answered:
From a commuting standpoint, Ashburn would be your best bet. The metro line to DC has been completed in Reston, VA and that would most certainly help out with exhausting commute. Haymarket is a good choice for those who would like more purchasing power and do not mind the long commute to DC. Welcome to Northern Virginia! I hope that you found the house of your dreams.

Matt Shultz, REALTORĀ®
Keller Williams Realty
50 Catoctin Circle NE #101
Leesburg, VA 20176

Mobile: 703-300-0367

Licensed in Virginia
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Thu Jul 24, 2014
Diane Chiaramonte answered:
Ashburn area has many builders to chose from you will always find good or bad comments when the questions are asked. Its a good idea to talk to some of the home owners of the communities and always take the comments with a grain of slat. ... more
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Sun May 25, 2014
Steve Parsons answered:
Since you had lawyers involved in this transaction, my suggestion would be to ask their advice in this situation.
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Thu Mar 20, 2014
Janice Lupia answered:
That is great to hear. I also feel it is important to go above and beyond to help clients also. It's very nice of you to post this. Janice Lupia, Keller Williams Realty, - servicing Northern, VA. ... more
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Wed Mar 5, 2014
Randy Lucas answered:
Hi Shekhar:

I would strongly recommend that you utilize the services of a home inspector for both your pre-dry wall and final home inspections. Costs will vary depending on the size of the home but budget for around $600 for both.

It's important to identify any potential issues sooner than later and to make sure your builder knows what you need to be address and to get any issues resolved in an timely manor.

One of the many values that your working with a good realtor brings to the relationship, is that they should have a strong rolodex of contacts to confidently guide you to successfully address issues like this or any part of the home buying process. The bottom line...a good realtor will guide you in making smart decisions throughout the home buying process.

Best of luck and if you need any additional information please feel free to email me at or call me at 703.906.0000.

Randy Lucas
Keller Williams Realty
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Thu Feb 27, 2014
Archraj answered:
Hi Ravi,

Wanted to check if you did go with Brookfield homes? We were looking at the same community and the builder. Would you recommend it? Were you happy with the construction and quality. I haven't heard great reviews about the builder so was not sure! Any suggestions?

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Fri Sep 20, 2013
Beth Seifart answered:
The best advice I can give is exactly what you are doing....Do your research!. Every builder has good qualities and some not so good qualities. Willowsford is one community that has different builders they work with. There is Shenstone which is Toll Brothers and Stone Fox which has Craftmark Homes and the list goes on...

If you can visit the area I would be happy to take you around and you can see the different communities and get a feel for the different builders.

I hope this helps you!

Beth Seifart
Keller Williams Realty - Leesburg, VA
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Wed Mar 20, 2013
Kamal Singh answered:
involve a good real estate attorney if you are in financial difficulty. builders are very reasonable if the reason is genuine. you can always add extra person on real estate contract with approval of all parties involved. ... more
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Sat Jan 12, 2013
Steve Adamson answered:
Hello Lashon!
Miller & Smith is having their Grand Opening THIS WEEKEND, Jan 12.
If You would like to visit their Location at One Loudoun bring an Agent who will be able to represent you through the home buying process with the builder.
I have that experience as an Agent if you have not already selected an Agent.
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Wed Dec 12, 2012
Cedric Johnson answered:
When you close you sign a document that states your intention is to occupy the home.
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Fri Oct 5, 2012
Sonal Goda answered:
Hi Kumar,

If you have a mortgage company for your purchase, the mortgage company will order the appraisal - you don't have input on who does the appraisal. If you order it yourself, you could end up paying for it twice.

I would recommend Joann Rish-Witt - JR Witt and Associates, Inc. - 703.577.0189 -

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Tue Sep 25, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
Most contracts do not call for ending the sale but ending your right to get the deposit back if your loan is denied. At this point have an attroney review your contract and advise you properly. ... more
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Tue Sep 18, 2012
Sonal Goda answered:
Hi Kumar,

I do not have experience with AHMSI in particular. However, I read online a little about this also - seems 1% is not always charged - there may be a max amount - and it may depend on the type of financing you have. I would recommend that your buyer agent find out the answer to this question from the listing agent, who will ask the bank.

Another option, which may not work, but worth a try - you can call the loss mitigation department at AHMSI directly (may require multiple calls). If you try to talk about this particular short sale, they will not answer you, because it is private information of the seller's and only people that the seller has approved may discuss the seller's mortgage with the bank. However, maybe you will get somewhere if you ask for their general rules regarding the short sale processing fee and don't mention the specific property.

Good Luck,
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Mon Sep 10, 2012
Dan Ritchey answered:
One thing you can count on with a short sale is that they are all different, even when involving the same lender. Probably the most important thing that you can find out is the experience level of the listing agent and whether they are certified in Short Sales. If not, you could be in for a long ride with a possible failure to close at the end of a long journey. If that is the case, and you still want to pursue the short sale, then it would be helpful if your buyer's agent had experience in these type of deals.
Many people make the mistake of assuming the primary will negotiate with the second lender, which is not true. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Good Luck!
Dan Ritchey, Realtor, SFR
Keller Williams Realty
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