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Just Listed! End Unit Townhome For Rent In Oaklawn

Just Listed! End Unit Townhome For Rent In Oaklawn

487 Flameflower Terrace Leesburg, Va 20175
 


If you’re looking for a rental in Leesburg with convenient access to daily needs and the toll road we think you’ll love this end unit townhouse. Constructed by Pulte in 2011 it features over 2,200 square feet of living space and an open floor plan.
 


487 Flameflower Terrace is home to 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, and a 2 car garage.
 


As you enter the home you’re greeted with a spacious foyer, lower level family room, half bath, and laundry room. Plentiful windows on three sides fill the home with natural light.
 


 

On the main level of 487 Flameflower Terrace hardwood floors await you in the living and dining room combo. The living room features a gas fireplace that will be perfect to cozy up with this fall. The mounted 46” flat screen stays with the home and is great for watching your favorite show. The eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and a custom backsplash offers generous space for dining and entertaining. If you like to grill or enjoy the outdoors the deck off the eat-in kitchen is perfect for both!
 


The upper level in 487 Flameflower Terrace has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The large master suite with a walk-in closet, tray ceiling and ceiling fan is a relaxing retreat. Enjoy a luxurious master bath featuring a granite top dual vanity, separate shower, and soaking tub.

 

 

Oaklawn community amenities include an outdoor pool, sports courts and tot lots. Rent includes trash pickup and snow removal.

 

 

For more information on 487 Flameflower Terrace reach out to Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group info@amandadavidson.com or 703-988-1711.

 

 

 

 

Belle View Condo Sold: 1601 Belle View Blvd #B2 Alexandria, Va 22307

Belle View Condo Sold – 1601 Belle View Blvd #B2 Alexandria, Va 22307

1601 Belle View Blvd #B2 Alexandria, Virginia 22307
 


bedroom, 1 bath Belle View condo with 793 square feet sold for $240,000.
 


1601 Belle View Blvd #B2 has 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath and 793 square feet of living space. The condo is filled with natural light and ideally situated in the community facing the courtyard. The kitchen has been remodeled and features custom cabinets, granite countertops, and a breakfast bar that overlooks the dining room to create a welcoming open floor plan.
 

 


Relax in the spacious living room.
 


Two spacious bedrooms with ample closet space.
 


Hall full bath with new flooring.
 


Refinished parquet floors throughout the condo.
 


Belleview is known for its charm and exceptional location. Take a two-minute walk to the popular Belleview Shopping Center.
 


Just steps away from the community pool. There are laundry facilities in the building and this condo sells with extra storage. 
 


The opportunity to purchase this condo has passed but, if you're looking in Belle View we can assist you with a different property. Browse Belle View condos for sale

Considering selling your Belle View condo? Contact us, we can achieve you a successful sale too!

Thank you to our wonderful seller, we are so grateful you left us a review!

 

 

 

5 Ways Buyers Sabotage Their Home Purchase

5 Ways Buyers Sabotage Their Home Purchase

Buying a home is a big event and it can lead to a lot of different emotions. The excitement is wonderful but, the stress can get to you if you let it. Don’t sabotage your dream of owning a home. Steer clear of these mistakes and you’ll stay on track right through closing on your new home!
 


Maintain Your Pre-Approval – just because you’re pre-approved doesn’t mean it’s good forever or that it can’t be changed. You need to stay pre-approved until after closing – even after your loan is fully approved do not make any changes to your job, credit score, or debt to income ratio. Lenders verify this information throughout the loan process and can continue to verify it up to the day you actually close. Do not open new lines of credit, don’t charge new debt on your credit cards, and don’t make any late payments. Furthermore, do not and we repeat DO NOT buy a new car or anything new for your future home. After you close you can buy whatever you want but, only after you close!
 


Don’t Delay – if there’s a house you want to go and see do just that. Don’t delay or wait until its perfect timing for your schedule. Homes that are new to the market get a lot of attention and in our current seller’s market time is not on your side. Adjust your schedule to make house hunting a top priority. Waiting until the weekend or even waiting a day with the market we’re in right now can mean you never get a chance to see the home you like much less ever get a shot at making an offer.
 


Low Ball – as we mentioned above it’s a seller’s market. Sellers are in the driver’s seat and low ball offers do not fly. As a buyer you have competition, sometimes a ton of competition and you have to put your best foot forward. That doesn’t just mean price (see the next mistake) it’s the terms as well. If you really want the house don’t play games, rely on your agent to run comps and to determine if multiple offers are expected. The market prices a home and if you’re competing with other buyers it is not the time to test the waters.
 


Don’t Ask For Too Much – price is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to an offer. Sellers are going to consider price, down payment, contingencies, conveyances, closing cost assistance, and settlement date (list is not all inclusive of what a seller will consider) and then from there determine which offer is best for them. Make your offer as appealing to the seller as you possibly can. Asking for closing costs in a seller’s market where you’re competing can be a deal breaker, so can a long settlement period. Talk to your agent and rely on their expertise when deciding on what to include or exclude in your offer.
 


Nitpicking The Home Inspection – first, let’s start with there’s no pass or fail when it comes to a home inspection. No house is perfect, not even a new build. It’s an inspectors job to give you an idea of everything little thing that’s going on with the home so that you know what you’re getting into. That does not mean the seller needs to address every item or lower the price. Do not ask for minor items, if something major is found be realistic and work with the seller to find common ground. There’s always a win-win for everyone but, it requires keeping a level head throughout negotiations. Don’t be the buyer that wants a $5,000 price reduction because the HVAC is older and “might” break in the future.
 


With the right preparation and the right agent with a team of exceptional professionals (lender, title company, tradesmen, etc.) to guide you every step of the way you’ll not only be successful in accomplishing your dream of homeownership you’ll also have a lot of fun buying a home!

 

 

Sold in Hayfield Farm | 7639 Kingsbury Road Alexandria, Virginia 22315

Sold in Hayfield Farm | Alexandria, Virginia 22315

7639 Kingsbury Road Alexandria, VA 22315
Spotless home located in the sought after Hayfield Farm neighborhood!
 


7639 Kingsbury Road was on the market for only 3 days before receiving multiple offers and going under contract. Sold for $6,000 over list price! We are so happy for our amazing sellers and wish them all the best as they begin their next chapter.
 


7639 Kingsbury Road has been lovingly maintained and exceptionally updated. Enjoy 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and a .25 acre lot with a fully fenced backyard – all in the sought after Hayfield Farm neighborhood!
 


As you enter this outstanding home you’re greeted with hardwood floors throughout. The spacious eat-in kitchen sparkles with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and custom cabinets. The kitchen is filled with natural light from the sliding glass doors leading to the patio and large backyard. Grow your own produce and herbs in the custom organic garden beds.
 


Relax in the living room with a wood burning fireplace or entertain family and friends in the separate dining room. There is a bedroom and full bath with Silver Shadow marble and heated floors on the main level. The main level also features a multi-purpose room, make it an office, home gym, bedroom, or whatever your heart desires. A large space and French doors make it very versatile.
 


View the tour of this beautiful home.
 


On the upper level of 7639 KingsburyRoad you’ll find 4 bedrooms. The large master bedroom offers ample closet space and an attached master bath with Carrara marble. The additional 3 bedrooms are generously sized and have plenty of storage. The hall full bath also features Carrara marble. No detail has been spared in this stunning and inviting home.
 


 

As you enter the basement a large rec room awaits you complete with a wet bar with granite counters and an additional refrigerator. The basement is also home to a large storage room and a front loading Samsung washer and dryer.
 


The opportunity to make an offer on 7639 Kingsbury Road has passed but, we can always help you find another home in the Kingstowne area. If you're thinking about selling your Hayfield Farm home we'd love to achieve you similar results. Give us a call 703-988-3151 or email amanda@amandadavidson.com for your Kingstowne buying and selling needs!


 

6515 Old Carriage Way Alexandria, Virginia 22315 | End Unit Townhome in Landsdowne SOLD!

6515 Old Carriage Way Alexandria, Virginia 22315 | End Unit Townhome in Landsdowne SOLD!

6515 Old Carriage Way Alexandria, VA 22315
Immaculate townhome located in the sought after Landsdowne neighborhood!

 


This exceptional end unit townhome was on the market just 5 days and received multiple offers. We are thrilled for our seller and the new buyer. Old Carriage sold for $360,000 which is the highest sale price for a 2 level townhome on record in Landsdowne. A big thank you to Jim Connolly with Long and Foster for such a smooth transaction!
 


6515 Old Carriage Way is filled with natural light and loaded with upgrades. This 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home has modern finishes throughout and is immaculate. Lansdowne, a sought after neighborhood in Alexandria is walking distance from Wegmans and Hilltop Village Center and minutes to metro, 495, 395, and Fort Belvoir.
 


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The updated and modern kitchen features custom cabinets, granite countertops, gas cooking, butcher block, and pot rack. Hardwood floors gleam throughout the main level. Step into the large fully fenced backyard and enjoy a custom patio, storage shed, and garden beds. On the upper level you’ll find two spacious bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and a Jack and Jill full bathroom. The bathroom has been completely updated featuring Carrera marble and dual vanities.



Landsdowne is the definition of location, location, location. Walk to shopping, dining, and everyday needs. Residents in the neighborhood enjoy use of an outdoor pool, walking trails, and sports courts.
 


Looking to sell your Landsdowne home? We’d love to help you achieve similar results. Reach out to us with questions or to learn more about our marketing.

 

Browse homes for sale in Landsdowne

 

 

Happy Independence Day 2018

Happy Independence Day 2018

Freedom is not free, it’s fought for and can never be taken for granted. Today, as you celebrate the holiday may you also remember the sacrifice so many made to give us the privilege to be free. We are grateful and proud to call America home!
 


 

Wishing everyone a wonderful 4th of July! Happy Birthday, America!

 

 

Water Safety Tips For Dogs

Water Safety Tips For Dogs

Summer temperatures have been heating up the DMV for a few weeks now and with that comes fun in the water. Summer is the perfect time to hit the pool, beach, or lake and many of us take our pups along with us. Below are some do’s and don’ts to make sure your dog enjoys the water and stays safe at the same time.
 


Teach your dog to swim – don’t force your dog into the water, this can create fear and once they’re scared the odds of overcoming it aren’t good. Introduce them to the water slowly in a shallow area and gradually work up. The earlier they learn how to swim the better they’ll be at it.

 

 

Not all breeds are meant to swim – some dogs such as retrievers and poodles are bred to work in the water and are often very easy to teach. On the other hand, bulldogs and other short-snouted breeds were not meant to be in the water. Their large chests make their front end heavy and they struggle to keep their head above water. Be very careful with them around water. There’s always an exception to the rule but, for the most part, only wading is recommended. Neither of our Frenchie’s can swim but, they love to wade!
 


Don’t let your dog out of your sight – teaching your dog the pool or other bodies are water are off limits unless you’re out with them is important. If you have a pool in your backyard or your home is right on the ocean or lake a fence is recommended to prevent them from going into the water without supervision. Anything can happen quickly when water is involved and always keeping your pet in view is important to make sure they stay safe at all times.
 


Don’t let your dog drink the water they’re swimming in – pool water contains chemicals and the salt in the ocean water will make your dog sick. There could be bacteria in lakes that causes an upset stomach so they’re off limits too. Have fresh water on hand so that your pup is able to stay hydrated and is less tempted to drink the water they’re playing in.

 


Rinse your dog off after they swim – the chemicals from the pool and the sand/salt from the ocean will likely irritate their skin. They’re also prone to grooming themselves after being in the water and can then ingest whatever is on their fur.
 


Encourage your 4 legged friends to take plenty of breaks when playing in the water. Often times they’re having so much fun that they don’t stop to rest. With the right planning and using common sense, you and your pet will enjoy the water together all summer long.

 

 

Just Listed In Brambleton: 42346 Benfold Square Ashburn, Va 20148

Just Listed In Brambleton: 42346 Benfold Square Ashburn, Va 20148

Pristine and 4 Years Young Van Metre Townhome!
 


You won’t find another home with as much pride of ownership as 42346 Benfold Square. The owners have meticulously maintained the home and it shows like a model. The phenomenal open floorplan with over 2,100 square awaits you.
 


42346 Benfold Square was built in 2014 by Van Metre and features 2 levels, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 1 half bath. You’re greeted with upgraded 5” hickory engineered hardwood floors on the main level. Entertain guests in the open kitchen with upgraded appliances, granite, backsplash, and a center island. The upgraded maple cabinets offer plentiful storage.
 


Relax in the great room with the gas fireplace featuring granite surround. The ceiling fan, recessed lighting and crown molding add the perfect accents to the main level.
 


Step out into the fully fenced backyard with a patio and enjoy the outdoors.
 


As you walk up to the upper level you’ll find additional upgraded 5” hickory engineered hardwood flooring in the hall with a retreat area that’s perfect for an office. The laundry room is located off the retreat – nothing more convenient than upper-level laundry!
 


The exceptionally large master suite is located on the right as you come up the stairs and in addition to the generous space boasts 2 walk-in closets. Upgraded tile, dual vanities with a granite top, and a large shower await you in the master bathroom.
 


On the opposite side of the retreat are two additional bedrooms and a full bath. Both bedrooms are well sized and have ample hanging space in the closets.
 


Enjoy all that the Brambleton lifestyle offers- outdoor pools, parks, community center, fitness center, clubhouse, sports courts, and tot lots. High-speed internet and cable are included in the HOA fee. 42346 Benfold Square is also located within minutes to the future Silver Line Metro.
 


To learn more about this outstanding home or schedule a private tour contact Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group today, 703-988-1711 or info@amandadavidson.com.

 

 

Just Listed In Brambleton: 42270 Rhett Drive Ashburn, Va 20148

Just Listed In Brambleton – 42270 Rhett Drive Ashburn, Va 20148
Phenomenal Brownstone ~ Luxury Living In Brambleton


If you’re looking to live the Brambleton lifestyle you don’t want to miss 42270 Rhett Drive. This impeccable home offers over 3,000 square feet of living space and is a two-minute walk to Brambleton Town Center. A premium lot, open floor plan, and upgrades throughout await you!
 


42270 Rhett Drive was constructed in 2011 by Miller and Smith. This luxury end unit townhome offers 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and 1 half bath. As you walk through the front door you’re greeted with hardwood floors, a spacious recreation room, recessed lighting, tons of storage, one bedroom, and one full bath. Step down a couple stairs and walk out into the attached 2 car garage featuring an electric car charging station, parking sensors, and ceiling storage racks.
 


The main level has a fabulous open layout. Enjoy the gourmet eat-in kitchen with upgraded stainless steel appliances, huge island, and granite countertops. Plentiful windows allow natural light to flow into the kitchen and living area while mature landscaping on the end of the home protects your privacy. Relax in the living room with the gas fireplace while you watch your favorite show or step out onto the terrace overlooking the trees and turn on your outdoor gas fireplace. The separate dining room on the main level offers spacious accommodations for family and friends. The options are endless with the versatilePeirreport model.
 


On the upper level of 42270 RhettDrive, you’ll find 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The master bedroom offers spacious accommodations with a custom walk-in closet, attached master bath with dual vanities, and shower with upgraded tile. Both spare bedrooms are generous in size and have walk-in closets. The laundry room is conveniently located on the upper level and has cabinets above the washer dryer for additional storage.
 


42270 Rhett Drive is within minutes to the future Silver Line Metro Station. Enjoy all that the Brambleton lifestyle offers- outdoor pools, parks, community center, fitness center, clubhouse, sports courts, and tot lots. High-speed internet and cable are included in the HOA fee.
 


For more information on this exceptional home or to set up a private tour contact Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group 703-988-1711 or info@amandadavidson.com.

 

 

How Did Home Sales Perform in Alexandria in May 2018?

How Did Home Sales Perform in Alexandria in May 2018?
Home sales in Alexandria remained strong in April. The number of homes sold increased from March along with an increase in median sale price. Days on the market decreased and are extremely low. Sellers continue to have the market in their favor and are seeing over 99% for the sale to list price ratio.

 


 

Here are the stats for May 2018 in Alexandria…

•Number of Sales: 614 (increase from 531 in April)

•Highest Priced Sale: $2,600,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $87,000

•Median Sale Price: $496,300 (decrease from $503,200 in April)

•Median Days on Market: 7 (no change from April)

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 99.03% (no change from April)
 

To gain perspective let’s go back and compare to May 2017…

•Number of Sales: 609

•Highest Priced Sale: $1,842,500

•Lowest Priced Sale: $105,000

•Median Sale Price: $460,775

•Median Days on Market: 8

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 98.75%
 


Reviewing the same timeframe in the previous year allows us to analyze how the market has changed.  Median sale price is up by 7.7% as compared to May 2017. Days on the market saw no measurable change and sale to list price ratio remained consistent.

Active Listings in Alexandria
As of 
today there are 857 homes for sale in Alexandria. An increase from 796 at this time last month. The slight increase in inventory is good news for buyers. Supply certainly isn’t keeping up with demand but, any increase is a welcome one in the current market conditions. The lowest priced property is a studio with 471 square feet listed at $100,000 and the highest is a 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath single family home with 8,145 square feet listed at $8,500,000. Current active listings in Alexandria have an average of 35 days on the market, an increase of 4 days as compared to last month.
 


 

Pending Sales in Alexandria
There are currently 804 homes under contract. Median days on the market for the pending homes is 14.

View homes for sale in Alexandria

 

 

Is Alexandria a buyers or a seller’s market? It remains a seller’s market. Supply continues to struggle to keep up with demand and although interest rates have increased so far there is no sign of buyers slowing down. It’s an excellent time to sell your Alexandria home. Just keep in mind that while the market is favoring sellers that doesn’t mean proper preparation and exceptional marketing isn’t key. Buyers know they are in most cases paying top dollar and in turn they expect a product that has a reasonable amount of updates, shows well and is priced correctly. Sellers who overprice their homes will still see the market react in the form of the home sitting and becoming what we like to call stale bread. No one pays top dollar for stale bread! With the right agent to guide you and the proper marketing plan in place, your home can set a record for the neighborhood. It’s not just about selling, it’s about selling for the highest price in the shortest time possible.  

Homes that are moving quickly have a few things in common: they are clean and well maintained, reasonably updated, uncluttered, and they are priced according to the current market. As a seller, when you meet these conditions your home will not only stand out from the competition it will also have the best opportunity to sell for top dollar.

 

 

Buyers have to be prepared to make quick decisions in the current market. Have your pre-approval in hand and work with an agent who has full-time availability to show you homes as soon as they come on the market. Days on the market continue to be extremely low and that means delaying in making a decision can cost you the home you fall in love with. In general, the current market is not conducive to negotiating power for buyers but, there are some homes that will be an exception. If the home you want has only been on the market for a couple days be prepared to make your highest and best offer upfront, it’s the smallest details that are making one buyer stand out from the next.
 

 

Reach out to Amanda at 703-431-3755 or email amanda@amandadavidson.com to talk about the marketability of your home. Market reports provide general information but, they sure don’t replace a custom market analysis from an agent who understands the intricacies of the Alexandria real estate market. Every home and its unique features influence where it should be priced. Achieving top dollar for your home regardless of the current market conditions is always our goal.