Welcome home to 11301 Westbrook Mill #304, Fairfax VA 22030.
Spacious & light filled home with 2 master suites & loft with half bath. Foyer with hardwood flooring & carpet throughout. Enjoy the living room with soaring ceilings and gas fireplace as well as tons of natural light. Great kitchen & separate dining room. Master bedroom with full bath and walk-in. Upper level loft can be a 3rd bedroom or office w/built in bookshelves. Ideal commuter location near 66 & 50. Minutes to Fairfax Corner with Ozzie's and REI, Fair Oaks Mall with Macy's and Cheesecake Factory as well as all of the major commuter routes.
Please visit www.11301WestbrookMill304.info for more information or reach out to LeAnne with LeAnne & Company at 571-306-2508 or LeAnne@LeAnneandCo.com
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My husband and I are constantly watching those cool remodeling shows on HGTV like Fixer Upper or Property Brothers. So we decided it was time to do some remodeling in our home of 12 years in Herndon. We purchased our Crestbrook home in 2002 and have done some renovations here and there. For example, we "updated" our kitchen with new appliances in 2002 and new flooring. We added hardwoods to our dining room and living room. We also updated the vanity and lighting in our bathrooms. Other than that, we haven't really done too much. Here begins the "new" "major" renovation projects.
We started with the master bathroom. No, we do not have a luxury bath, only a small 5x7 master bath. We had quotes from many different contractors and they ranged from $5500 for labor only to $12k including all materials. WOW! That is a pretty crazy spread. We opted for one of the lower ones with us paying for the materials. The master bath project took almost 3 weeks when we were told 2 weeks max and was definitely a challenge.
This week we started the largest project: the kitchen and main floor. We wanted to create an "open concept" on our main level because we entertain so frequently. We plan to add upgraded appliances for my chef husband and also remove some walls.
Today is day 4, here are some photos. All of the old hardwoods are gone and some of the walls are in the process of being removed. Here are the challenges we have run in to so far. I wanted to share this information for your future reno projects. These are things that we are finding out through the process and I am sure there will be MANY more before this is all over.
Lesson #1: The new hardwoods require either nailing or glue. I choose engineered hardwoods to get the 5 inch, dark coffee look. Well these require glue, which means now we need all new, smooth plywood on the floors before they can be laid. Also, hardwoods are required to "temper" in your home for 2 days prior to install to prevent the expansion and contraction once they are installed.
Lesson #2: The walls that I wanted to remove to create the open concept are ALL load bearing. We could install a beam to remedy the situation but that is way more expensive then just dealing with the issue of the walls being there. UGGH!
Lesson #3: Having no appliances and living with a coffee maker and microwave is really hard. TV dinners every night or eating out is costly!
Lesson #4: The budget is hard to stick to. There is always something popping up that needs more $$.
If you are considering purchasing a home in Herndon or selling your Herndon home, please contact me with LeAnne & Company at 571-306-2508 or LeAnne@LeAnneandCo.com or visit our website at www.LeAnneandCo.com. Happy house hunting!
It's that time of year; the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether now is the right time to buy don't have to look much farther to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.
1. Prices Will Continue to RiseThe Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released recently projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 10.5% (most pessimistic) and 25.5% (most optimistic).
The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.
2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to IncreaseAlthough Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have softened recently, most experts predict that they will begin to rise later this year. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will be up almost a full percentage point by the end of next year.
An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.
3. Either Way You are Paying a MortgageAs a recent paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:
“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”
4. It’s Time to Move On with Your LifeThe ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.
But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait?
Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.
Bottom LineIf the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.
Article written by: Keeping Current Matters
For more information on the state of the market where you live, please contact me at LeAnne@LeAnneandCo.com. If you want market statistics for Herndon or Oak Hill, click here www.LiveLoveHerndon.com. If you want to know how much your home is worth in this market, click here www.SellMyHerndonHome.com.
Considering a home purchase in the fall market? Here are some great reasons to buy a home in Herndon this fall and also an explanation of the process.
Fantastic new Herndon listing. Spacious 3/4 bedroom, 1 car garage town home minutes to downtown Herndon and the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. This lovely home has fresh carpet and paint, open floor plan and tons of natural light. The upper level has 3 large bedrooms with 2 full baths. The master offers 2 closets, a vaulted ceiling and a soaking tub. The main level has a large living room, dining room combination, family room with hardwood floors and gas burning fireplace as well as a breakfast bar in the kitchen. Walk out to the deck from the kitchen. Private and backs to woods! The walk out lower level can be a 4th bedroom or recreation room with half bath and closet. The laundry and utility rooms are also on the lower level. Enjoy summer concerns, festivals and fireworks, farmers markets, craft fairs and more in the quaint town of Herndon. There are awesome shops and restaurants. The Dulles Toll Road, Route 28, Fairfax County Parkway and Route 7 are just minutes away including the Silver Line - Wiehle Metro and Herndon Monroe Park and Ride. Ready and waiting for a new owner! Welcome home!
For more information, please visit www.1237Bond.info.
Or contact me at LeAnne@LeAnneandCo.com or 571-306-2508.
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