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Real Estate Market Trends Haymarket Area Featured Properties Outdoor Fun: Things to Do This Summer in the Great Outdoors 2016 Homeowner Improvement & Service Directory Tips & Advice: Getting Your Home Ready to Sell on a Budget Just for Fun: New England Favorites Business Spotlight: Kemper Carpet & Flooring Market Watch: May 2016 Published by

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Predictions on Population Growth

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ou may have seen the Washington Post article "Far From the City, Far From Recovery"published in May 2016. It talked about how Loudoun County’s suburbs were D.C. area’s hottest housing market until nightmare commutes and a revitalized District flipped a housing switch. After reading this, I couldn’t help but think about the real estate market in our area—specifically some of our larger developments. We know I-66 can be grueling, and studies are indicating that millennials, as well as retirees, are flocking to urban housing. What does this mean for the future of the real estate market for our suburban homes, in our amenity-filled neighborhoods? Well, around the same time I came across an interesting article that featured data released from Coopercenter.org—a UVA demographics research group. New studies were released in May with some interesting population projections for the 50 states including D.C. and Virginia. Here are some highlights: • The U.S. population growth is projected to slow down from nearly 10% over the 20002010 decade to 6% between 2030-2040. Similar trends are also expected from most states. • Back in 2000, California and six of the top ten largest states (by population) belonged to the North. By 2040, five of the top ten are expected to be in the South.  • New England will become the oldest

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By 2040, Virginia is predicted to be the 10th largest state by population.

And, Washington D.C. is predicted to be the top fastest growing state. region in the country. By 2030, a quarter or more of the residents in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine will be 65 or older. Maine continues to have the highest median age in the country, with half of its population aged 48 or older by 2040. • The projected top ten largest states by 2040 include Virginia as number 10. Also on the list are Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia. • Fastest growth is projected to take place in Washington D.C. (fastest), Texas, Colorado, Utah, and Florida over the next 25 years. • The states with the highest decline in projected population are West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island and Illinois. The study of age distribution is a key factor in these projections. In addition to births (Continued on next page)

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Sold Homes in Haymarket increased by

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this year (January to May) so far compared to the same period last year.

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y cover story noted a recent article about an "exodus" from the suburbs to the District, as well as population growth predictions in both areas. After these discoveries, I decided to compare our current, local real estate market data here in the "burbs" to those in Washington D.C. There were some very interesting and positive findings. The chart below compares the real estate market trends for all home types in Haymarket and Gainesville to that of Washington D.C. It is for this year so far

from January through the end of May. You will see that overall there is a substantial improvement in our area compared to this time last year—especially with fewer new listings (they have been growing for the past couple of years). When comparing to D.C., look closely at the Difference column. This shows us that while D.C. is surely doing well, there are actually more homes being sold here, with increasing sold prices and fewer new listings. I don't think there is a need for concern here in the near, or distant future!

If you are in between homes, or interested in renting your existing home, you can search all MRIS homes that are for rent in Northern Virginia by visiting www.EXITGarcia.com

YEAR TO DATE - JANUARY through May 2016 (all home types)

Real estate websites like Zillow do list rentals, but they are not always current or may be rented before the listing is removed.

Median Sold Price 2016

Market Watch Source: RBI Real Estate Business Intelligence

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Sold Homes Haymarket Gainesville Washington, D.C.

Haymarket Gainesville Washington, D.C.

New Listings Haymarket Gainesville Washington, D.C.

Days on the Market Haymarket Gainesville Washington, D.C.

2016 193 294 3,269

2015 170 256 3,042

Difference +13.5% +14.8% +7.5%

$465,000 $422,500 $530,000

2015 $435,000 $400,000 $515,000

Difference +6.9% +2.85% +2.9%

2016 433 514 5,185

2015 478 525 4,733

Difference -9.4% -2.1% +9.6%

2016 80 57 41

2015 74 58 42

Difference +8.1% -1.7% -2.4%

Population Predictions (continued from page 1) and immigration, projected growth is increasingly associated with life longevity. Five factors that contribute to changing age distribution of U.S. population include: • Baby Boomer Generation Aging • Increased Life Expectancy • Lower Birth Rates • Delayed Childbearing • Reduced Immigration

The bottom line: Even though population growth nationally will be down, our entire region is projected to grow. While urban living may be appealing to many, there is still a great demand for a suburban lifestyle, especially with great schools, retail and industrial growth and infrastructure improvements. See my Real Estate Market Watch. I’m not worried.


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Enormous Hampton Georgian model estate home in Dominion Valley with over 8000 square feet of living space * Elegantly appointed details throughout * Huge gourmet kitchen with endless granite * Master suite with sitting room, walk-in closet and luxurious master bath.

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This custom-built, all brick Colonial home has a charming, private fenced yard with a brick patio that over looks woods. It offers quality craftmanship and custom features throughout found in the molding & trim, several built-ins and the solid, sand-in-place hardwood floors that flow through the entire main level, upstairs and into the spacious master suite and sitting room. The entire house has been painted with Benjamin Moore trending colors.

Four bedrooms and the large, finished lower level have brand new, plush carpet. A wonderful gourmet kitchen offers silestone counters, a huge island, stainless steel appliances, double oven & gas range.

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OUTDOOR FUN featuring Haymarket Area Things To Do this Summer in the Great Outdoors

Now that school is out, there's no better way to enjoy family time than to get outside and get active. Northern Virginia and the surrounding region offers something for everyone. Have a great summer!

forest around Bull Run. There are over 25 varieties of wildflowers in bloom over the course of spring and summer on this trail. For the more adventurous, hike the Bull Run/Occoquan Trail, the park sys-

tem's longest natural surface trail and what some call the region’s “best kept secret”. Perfect for moderate to experienced hikers, this path covers more than 5,000 acres of scenic woodlands and some of the region’s richest untapped historic resources. It connects Bull Run, Hemlock Overlook, Bull Run Marina and Fountainhead Regional Parks. This trail is over 19 miles long and is point-to-point so plan your hike accordingly. Visit www.NovaParks.com and go to Trails for more information. Or, make a weekend of it and camp overnight! There are campsites with electricity and water, a bathhouse and a playground. The are also nine rustic cabins available to rent year round that offer electricity, air conditioning/heat and two rooms. Cabins can be booked online but do go quickly. To book all camping, call 866-881-0809 or visit NovaParks.com and go to the Cabins & Camping page.

Bull Run Regional Park Centreville, VA

Located in nearby Centreville, Bull Run Regional Park offers 1,500 acres of natural space and facilities for all kinds of activities and outdoor adventures. Bring the family for a day of water fun at Atlantis Waterpark, book one of the large picnic areas for a family picnic or whiffle ball game, or hike the leisurely Bluebell Trail, a one and a half mile loop that explores the

W&OD Bike Trail

Leesburg to Purcellville, VA The Washington & Old Dominion Trail (W&OD Trail) runs more than 40 miles from Arlington to Purcellville, but the 10 miles from Leesburg to Purcellville (20 miles round trip) is arguably the best stretch of this paved bike path. There are fewer people to share the path with, the views are fantastic and the stretch is bookended by two charming towns— Leesburg and Purcellville—to explore on either end of your ride. Photos (left to right): Bluebell Trail in bloom at Bull Run Regional Park; Map showing trail distance of Bull Run/Occoquan Trail; Bikers on W&OD Bike Path.


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Along this moderate trail, you’ll pass by beautiful rolling hills and pastoral farms as well as a stretch of majestic trees that create a looming wooded canopy. There are several resting stops and porta potties along the way. Pack up your bikes on a bike rack. If you don't own one, Haymarket Bicycles in downtown Haymarket, offers a wide selection starting at about $150.00. Mention Haymarket Homeowner and they'll offer our readers a 10% discount. Take Route 15 east towards Leesburg. In Leesburg, take a right at Catoctin Circle and a left onto Harrison. There’s parking on the right and the trail is right there.

White Water Rafting Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Located about an hour away in the Harpers Ferry, West Virginia area there are several white water rafting and outdoor adventure companies that offer white water rafting trips. Rafting on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers during the summer is perfect for beginners and younger family members due to lower water levels. If you’ve never rafted before, don’t be intimidated. It’s pretty much a fun, safe experience for all ages and everything you need is provided. Typical trips run about a half day and include basic orientation, all the necessary gear and an experienced guide in each raft. Water bucket fights are common between rafts when gliding along the calmer waters. Be prepared to get wet! Check out riverriders.com or harpersferryadventurecenter.com for more information.

Splashdown Waterpark Manassas, VA

This may seem a little overwhelming for parents, but the kids do LOVE a good waterpark—even if you have a nice community pool. Heck, many parents enjoy it too! SplashDown Waterpark, operated by the Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation, features five water areas and includes two, 70 foot waterslides, two fast cannonball

slides, a zero depth beach area, boat slide, water raindrops and bubbles, a lazy river, shower facility, lockers, volleyball, tennis, and more! There’s one admission price for all the park has to offer and unlimited use during each visit. Daily tickets and season passes available. For more information visit SplashdownWaterpark.com.

Penguin Paddling

Occoquan & Woodbridge, VA Penguin Paddling is a full service kayak and paddle board outfitter with two locations in eastern Prince William County—Occoquan and Woodbridge. They offer on and off-site kayak and paddle board rentals, tours, custom events for groups and trips for individuals of all levels. Basic instruction, safety tips and pointers are provided by the friendly and knowledgeable staff. They pride themselves on providing quality equipment and lifelong family memories! What’s SUP? You may have heard this term, meaning “stand up paddling”. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s fairly easy to get the hang of with a little balance and coordination. The Occoquan shop is located in an old town full of charm. The paddling there is great, with flat water and many birds and other wildlife abound. After your excursion, enjoy the many

Photos above, courtesy of Penquin Paddling, show a family kayaking and man paddle boarding, both with Penguin Paddling equipment.

shops and restaurants of Occoquan. The shop in Woodbridge feels like it is worlds away! Surrounded by three protected wildlife areas on Neabsco Creek, Potomac Boat Rentals provides a great opportunity to see bald eagles, osprey, herons, beavers and other critters. Kayak or paddle left out of the beautiful marina and you will find yourself exploring the majestic marshes of the Julie J. Metz Wetlands. Turn right out of our marina and you will find yourself on the shores of the Potomac River exploring Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge. Visit www.penguinpaddling.com/ locations/ for both locations. Call 571-409-1778 for more information on Occoquan. Call 703-221-4915 for Woodbridge.


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The Family Drive-In Theater Stevens City, VA

What better way to enjoy the outdoors with the family than to watch a movie under the stars? Located less than an hour away, the Family Drive-In Theater just off Route 81 near Winchester, is the only remaining drive-in theater in the Washington metropolitan area. This drivein combines good old-fashioned features like a playground and car speakers with the modern technology of digital projection and car stereo sound.

Pack up the family, a blanket and even the dog and head out for a double feature at an affordable price. There are two screens to choose from with firstrun features, as well as some classic films, that run all summer. Don’t forget to visit the concession stand which helps keep this retro institution running. It offers everything you would imagine—burgers, dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and more. For showtimes and directions, visit thefamilydriveintheatre.com.

Twilight Polo at Great Meadow

Bryan Garcia, EXIT Heritage Realty | 703-517-2574 like Disney, Preppy in Pink and Beach Party add to the fun. Matches are held on Saturday nights through September 17th. Gates open at 5:30 and the first match of three matches begins at 6 p.m. Entry is $40 per carload ($35 presale online). Visit www.greatmeadow.org for more information.

Hot Air Balloon Ride with Balloons Unlimited Inc. Aldie, VA

Check this one off your bucket list! Experience the aerial wonder of a hot air balloon ride, and see the earth and our beautiful region as never before. With offices in Aldie, VA, Balloons Unlimited, Inc. operates all over the northern Virginia area. Hot air balloon rides (photo at right courtesy of Balloons Unlimited Inc.) are a great activity for families, friends or romantic outings. Feel the exhilaration of morning-fresh country air or toast to the sunset at days end with the traditional Champagne Balloon Flight. Balloons Unlimited schedules flights daily, all year round, weather permitting. If you have a special day in mind, it's best to book three to four weeks in advance, otherwise they give you the next available flight time that may be convenient for you. If the weather doesn't cooperate on your selected day, an alternate time will be arranged. Call (703) 327-0444 to book a flight or visit BalloonsUnlimited.com for more information.

Go Fly a Kite

Manassas Battlefield, VA When was the last time you flew a kite? Kite flying is an activity that children of all ages (and their parents) have enjoyed for centuries, literally. Visit HobbyWorks at the Fair City Mall in Fairfax for a wide selections of kites, or order one online from HobbyWorks.com or Amazon.com. Take your colorful aerial toys to the Manassas Battlefield behind the Stone House. There's a large, open field there that is perfect for diving and dipping. Head over in the evening, with a blanket and snacks, and catch a magnificent sunset to end the day.

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This a fantastic way to take in the beautiful grounds of Great Meadow while enjoying a spirited match of Twilight Polo. If you’ve never been to a Polo match, you’re in for a treat. Twilight Polo is an easy introduction to the sport—which has been referred to as “hockey on horseback”. This version is set on a smaller field and spectators of all ages gather on a grassy hill with blankets and picnics. Early tailgating is popular and spectators may purchase food on site or bring their own. Festive themes each week

Photo at top: Tulips at Burnside Farms Photo above: Produce at Buckland Farm Market


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HOME INSPECTION Macon Piercy & Son's Inc. Warrenton, VA Phone: 540-435-7903 Contact: Macon Piercy III, Owner/Inspector

Matt Lloyd Pillar to Post

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Getting Your Home Ready to Sell on a Budget

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f you’re thinking about trying to sell your home, here are some tips for getting it ready without having to spend a fortune. The Haymarket/Gainesville area is competitive right now. Homes in the $300,000 to $500,000 are selling quickly but those above $500,000 are generally taking more time—some more than others, depending on the house, location and price. Doing the most you can for optimal presentation is important. The BEST thing you can do is give it your time. You are not going to be able to get your house ready to sell in a weekend. Your time—with some elbow grease—is the cheapest and most effective way to improve the presentation of your home. Conquer it a little at a time, or it can be overwhelming. Here are some of the best things to do: • Declutter. Sort through and get rid of items you don’t use or need. Get a small storage unit if you have limited storage space. Remove excess hanging photos, knick knacks, toys, electronics, excess kitchen counter stuff, etc. • Clean out all closets, drawers and cabinets. Neat, available storage space is important to buyers. • Create curb appeal. Do extra yard work—clean out beds, trim bushes and power wash where needed. • Clean out your garage and paint the surface if needed. The following things involve some expense but combined with your time, are

considered the best and most cost-effective ways to improve the value of your home: • Remove dated wallpaper and paint rooms that need it. This can be a big project but if you are patient, the cost of the paint and time goes a long way. • Switch out dated light fixtures. In real estate photos, light fixtures—especially dining room and kitchen— really stand out. Spend a couple of hundred dollars on installing more contemporary replacements. • Have all carpet cleaned professionally and/or consider replacing any carpet that is soiled or worn. • Make sure your bathrooms are spotless. One of the things that turns buyers off is mold, old tile and dated fixtures. Consider having bathrooms updated with new grout or tile. A new granite vanity and faucet fixtures are good updates but can be costly. Talk to a Realtor before incurring large expenses. A good Realtor can assess the value of your home compared to other homes in your neighborhood and determine what may improve the value of your home as return on investment. Finally, become your own home stager. Look around at your rooms and furniture. If you have too much furniture or pieces that are worn or stained, consider storing

or donating them. Then make a trip to Homegoods or the new AT HOME store in Manassas. They have the newest trends at very affordable prices! Small, colorful items can give your home that edge in online listings—where most buyers start their search. Refresh your throw pillows and throw rugs. Update your lamps. Replace towels and shower curtains. Get a selection of faux plants, they make ideal staging props. A well-prepared home along with a smart marketing and pricing strategy, will ultimately get your home sold. Although, once you get all these things done to your home you may reconsider selling and stay to enjoy the fruits of your labor! Call Bryan Garcia at 703-517-2574 or email BryanGarcia@exitheritage.com for a free Competitive Marketing Analysis, as well as some honest suggestions for getting your home ready to sell.

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ach summer I vacation on the coast of Maine with my family. This has become an annual tradition and this year is no exception. We look forward to the slower pace, the small New England town charm and the unspoiled beaches. But most of all, I look forward to the New England food—clam chowder, fresh lobster and steamers are a few favorites. Here in Virginia there is no shortage of crab, but you can get just about any seafood at Wegmans, including lobster and clams so I thought I’d share some New England favorites and recipes for those of you who love New England food like I do.

In Case You Were Wondering ... Let me start by clarifying that not all clams are the same. There are hard shell clams and soft shell clams. The hard shell clam comes in different sizes and has different names, depending on the size. The smallest are Little Necks (up to 2 1/2”). You can usually find these at Wegmans. They are good steamed with white wine, olive oil, garlic and a little crushed red pepper. You know they’re done when the shell pops open. They can be served alone or over linguini.

The next is Cherrystones (up to 3”). These are good for Clams Casino, baked with bread crumb topping and bacon (recipe link below). The largest is the Quahog. This is larger than 3” and the meat is a little tougher. This is often used chopped up for clam chowder or for stuffed clams (stuffies). Now, the soft shell clams. These are called Steamers in New England. If you’ve ever had a New England clam boil, this is the clam. Wegmans carries them sometimes. They are kind of funny looking but these tender morsels are easy to steam and when done they are dipped in melted butter and melt in your mouth! The process is long to describe so see recipe link below.

The Lobster Roll A good lobster roll can be found on just about any coastal New England restaurant menu. However, not all lobster rolls are created equal. There are but a few essential

New England Clam Chowder 2 cups of 1/2 inch diced potatoes 5 cups fresh, chopped clams 1 1/2 cups clam juice (can be bottled) 4 oz. butter 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup minced onion 1/4 cup minced celery 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 1/2 cups light cream Salt as needed 2 teaspoons ground black pepper 3 bay laves 3 teaspoons dry dill weed

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Wash the diced potatoes, drain and place in a stock pot with the clam juice. Bring the potatoes to a boil, add the chopped clams and bay leaves and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Do not overcook potatoes. In a separate stock pot melt the butter and sauté the onion, celery and garlic until the onions becomes transparent. Add the flour to the butter and onion mixture to make a roux and cook over a low heat for several minutes. Add the hot clam stock through a strainer a cup at a time and whisk until smooth. Add the remaining potatoes, clams and stock and bring to a simmer. Add the light cream, black pepper and dill weed and return to a simmer. Adjust the seasoning.

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requirements: First, it should be served on a grilled (with butter, not margarine) New England-style hot dog roll. The roll should be fresh, not stale or freezer burned. Second, the lobster meat must be fresh. Use fresh shucked lobster meat from a lobster that was just boiled and cooled. Finally, the only thing you need to add is a little bit of mayonnaise (preferably Helmans) or a little bit of butter and some salt and pepper. Some restaurants in Maine serve the mayo and butter on the side so the flavor of the lobster is not lost with premixing. Some places add celery and other spices ... not necessary.

Award-Winning Clam Chowder I am going to share a great New England restaurant clam chowder recipe that was a multiple winner at the Newport, RI and Boston, MA chowder festivals. The secret to an exceptional chowder is to not skimp on the ingredients. You may find fresh, chopped clams at Wegmans but canned clams are fine for this recipe and are very tender. See recipe at left.

Other Recipe Links: Clams Casino finecooking.com/recipes/classic-clamscasino.aspx Steamers simplyrecipes.com/recipes/new_england_ steamers/


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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

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New in Town: Kemper Carpet & Flooring

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new, locally owned carpet and flooring store is now located in the Wegmans plaza in Gainesville. Kemper Carpet began in 1972 as a carpet cleaning company that quickly grew to a successful, full service flooring company in Fairfax. Tammy Titus worked for the original owner for 15 years as a flooring consultant, finding her passion in design and working with color. The business was sold in the late '90s. It was purchased and sold several times. Tammy moved to Haymarket and started her own company, Piedmont Flooring & Design and employed three from the original Kemper team. In 2007, after three successful years of business, Tammy purchased Kemper Carpet and its assets. "We loved our original roots and wanted to restore and bring back the Kemper name," says Tammy. Today, it’s these things that make Kemper Carpet and Flooring so special:

• Selection. A showroom with all types of flooring actually installed is a great way to visualize the newest styles. • Brand. Kemper strives to provide customers with products from U.S. companies. Some items, such as bamboo, cork and exotic wood, do have to be shipped from other countries. • Price guarantee: "If it’s in our showroom, we guarantee the lowest price and if you find a better deal we'll match it." • They offer warranties for Stainmaster Flooring Centers as well as enhanced Karastan warranties. • Knowledge. Experienced staff is available to educate on products and assist with color and design, as well as offer shop at home options with in-home consults. • Experience. Installation department team leader, Buddy Amburgey brings 53 years of experience with Kemper Carpet and is well known in the industry. Kemper offers the highest quality workmanship

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in the industry and has installers like Armando (pictured above with his family), who have been loyal to the company for over 30 years. • Wood floor refinishing. Kemper works with over 25 custom home builders creating the latest trends in stain colors and the most durable finishes. Kemper's product line includes: brand name carpet and hardwood, vinyl plank, laminate, ceramic tile, porcelain and stone, area rugs, stair runners and more. See ad below for contact information.

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Wood Flooring Wood Refinishing Tile Laminate Vinyl Tile Woman Owned Business

Located in the Wegmans plaza!

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Retailer & LogoShops Square, Gainesville, VA 7937Name Stonewall 123 Any Street 571-222-4838 • Kempercarpet.com Any town, GA 00000 website.com Hours 0:00 am to 0:00 pm


Bring Your Outdoors to Life We are a professional, full service landscape and excavating company proudly serving the Haymarket and Gainesville area since 2008. Estimates are always free! (Mention Haymarket Homeowner and receive 15% off first $500. Expires 9/30/16.)

* Landscape Design, Installation, & Maintenance * Mulching * Retaining & Stone Walls * * Patio installation * Hardscaping * Tree Removal & Bush Hogging * Clearing & Excavating * * Erosion Control * Grading * Driveways * Hydroseeding * Dumpster Services *

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HOME SALES

Bryan Garcia, EXIT Heritage Realty | 703-517-2574

May 2016 Real Estate Sales Here are the May 2016 real estate sales results for ALL home types in Haymarket and Gainesville along with the percentage of change from last year during the month of May in 2015:

May 2016

HAYMARKET

GAINESVILLE

Number of Properties Sold % Change from May 2015

61 +17.3%

78 +14.7%

Median Sold Price % Change from May 2015

$500,000 +8.6%

$437,450 +7.4%

30 +57.9%

19 +35.7%

DOMP (Median Days on Market) % Change from May 2015

Community Watch The year is almost half over and the Spring market is slowing down. Below are the real estate market stats for some of the larger, upscale communities in Haymarket and Gainesville. You will notice that the data shows exceptional differences between communities. Keep in mind that there are fewer homes within a subdivision to collect data from, often with just a couple of sales, compared to that of a town or region. Consistent in most neighborhoods, with the exception of a couple, is a substantial increase in Median Sold Price. Days on the Market is still high, but it is decreasing in some neighborhoods.

Haymarket Homeowner UPSCALE LIVING IN HAYMARKET & GAINESVILLE

Haymarket Homeowner is published quarterly by Bryan Garcia, RealtorŽ. It is printed and mailed to over 11,000 households in Haymarket and Gainesville, Virginia. Design and production by Shalvey Creative. For information about advertising or articles, contact BryanGarcia@exitheritage.com. Š Copyright 2016 Bryan Garcia | Exit Heritage Realty. This information is solely advisory, and should not be substituted for legal, financial or tax advice. Real estate market information is obtained from third party sources. Publisher is not liable for accuracy of any data or statistics. If your home is currently listed with another broker, this is not intended as a solicitation of that listing.

Haymarket Subdivisions YEAR TO DATE (JANUARY through MAY)

DOMINION VALLEY*

EVERGREEN

PIEDMONT

Number of Properties Sold % Change from 2015 YTD

42 +7.7%

7 +133.3%

40 +53.8%

Median Sold Price % Change from 2015 YTD

$553,800 -1%

$689,000 +18.3%

$538,495 +18.1%

74 +139%

74 -14.9%

67 +253%

DOMP (Median Days on Market) % Change from 2015 YTD

*Does not include Regency at Dominion Valley. Note: stats are only for the sale of 2 homes.

Lake Manassas NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT

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Gainesville Subdivisions YEAR TO DATE (JANUARY through MAY)

LAKE MANASSAS

VIRGINIA OAKS

OAK VALLEY

Number of Properties Sold % Change from 2015 YTD

11 +120%

15 -6.7%

7 +40%

Median Sold Price % Change from 2015 YTD

$597,500 -2.9%

$494,900 +12.7%

$640,900 +9.6%

180 +5.3%

67 +55.8%

25 -59.7%

DOMP (Median Days on Market) % Change from 2015 YTD

Don't See Your Neighborhood? Email Bryan Garcia at BryanGarcia@ExitHeritage.com and he will promptly send you all the data for your community.


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