Northern Virginia Homes For Sale In Today’s Market

Northern Virginia Homes For Sale In Today’s Market

By: Robert Earl The Earl of Real Estate

Just because the credit market is suffering doesn’t mean you have to. You can still buy Northern Virginia luxury homes despite the decline in housing markets. Northern Virginia homes for sale are being sold at affordable prices in various counties.

While searching for an ideal Northern Virginia homes for sale you should look something which is just above your price range. Quoting a reasonable price which is slightly lower than what you had budgeted for the home will benefit you as well as the seller. There is nothing wrong in making an offer which you believe as fair. Later in you may find that your instincts were correct after all.

Typically the seller will appreciate the fast offer you made and chances are, the offer will be accepted at the suggested price. This strategy will benefit you because you will be able to stay with in your budget, and get a better house with more features then you had expected to get. As long as you have a clear picture of the things you want in your head, searching for Northern Virginia homes for sale is very simple.

There are hundreds of real estate agents throughout Northern Virginia that would be glad to help you find Northern Virginia homes for sale. There are many Northern Virginia luxury homes that are also for sale at bargain prices. Loan agents will be glad to help walk you through the purchasing process and get you pre-approved for a mortgage, at which point you can focus on finding the right home for you in Northern Virginia.

Virginia is a beautiful state with endless gifts to offer. Stunning mountain vistas and charming cities make this area truly feel like home. For this reason, more and more people are rushing to buy in Northern Virginia. However, because the market is continually fluctuating, the benefits are with the buyers. Now is the time to buy an affordable and spectacular house that you and your family will cherish.

Values of Northern Virginia houses may be temporarily falling, but will soon rise again. Wouldn’t you like to invest in an amazing house that is guaranteed to make you money down the road? A good way to determine how much your house is worth is to do a search online for housing prices in your area. This way, you will know exactly what price to offer for the home in which you are interested.


Going Green? Ten Tax Break for 2010

From Urban Trekker:

Looking to fix up your house? Here are the 10 tax breaks for going green,
via Forbes.

1. If you fix up your house. $1,500 off your tax bill – a 30% credit for the first $5,000 you spend in 2009 or 2010 for improvements to your house energy efficiency. (for further reading: Energy Efficiency Home and Vehicle Tax Credits)

2. Buy a new refrigerator. States are rolling out $300 million worth of rebates for home owners who replaced their clunker apps with new energy-efficient models.(check out Department of Energy approved Energy Efficiency Rebates)

3. Get hot water from the sun. Solar hot water system to heat your shower or radiators (not hot tub or pool) qualify for a 30% federal credit with no dollar cap.

4. Install a solar energy system. Uncle Sam will give you a tax credit equal to 30% of the price of a solar system you install to generate electricity in your home. For a $60,000 system, that’s a whopping $18,000 off your taxes.

5. Take the bus. Bus, train, subway, and van-pool commuters can now get equal tax benefits with those who drive solo to work an pay to park. (up to pre-tax $230 for employers sponsor plans).

6. Buy a Ford hybrid. Taxpayers stuck paying the AMT can finally claim the credit for hybrid cars purchased in 2009 or 2010, but only if they buy Ford motor hybrids. (FYI: Honda and Toyota no longer qualify). Check out Alliance to Save Energy for Vehicle Tax Credits for more info.

7. Plug In a Chevy Volt… slated later for showrooms in November with projected price of $40,000, qualifies for federal tax credit of $7,500. Nissan Leaf coming out in December, should also qualify for the credit.

8. Bike to work. A new law lets your employer reimburse you $20 a month for bicyle commuting as tax-free fringe benefits. Can’t take both with train, it’s one of the other.

9. Dig for heat. Uncle Sam will give you a tax credit for 30% of the cost of geothermal heat pump system that feeds off the warmth in the ground to heat your home.

10. Put a windmill in your yard. A basic residential windmill runs $40,000, but you can get a federal tax credit equal to a full 30% of your windmill cost.More on tax tips “How to Save Money on Going Green” and watch video on ‘Tax Tips for 2010.’

For further reading you can check out few sites:
Alliance to Save Energy: Energy Efficiency Home and Vehicle Tax Credits
Energy Savers Rebates, Tax Credits, Financing: Approved Energy Efficient Appliance Rebates
Virginia Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program
Maryland: Residential Incentives and FY 2010 Comprehensive Program Guide
Green DC: Energy Star Appliance Rebates
DSIRE: Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency

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Weatherize D.C.

WeatherizeDC is a campaign of the DC Project.  They are hoping to weatherize 200 homes by the end of March in order to save homeowners 30% on their energy bills and offset 3,645 metric tons of carbon.

Weatherization Process

The process of having your home weatherized can be confusing. WeatherizeDC breaks down the process into four simple steps you can take to reduce your energy bills and create a more comfortable home.

1. Home Energy Audit

Every weatherization begins with an energy audit to assess how your home consumes energy. A certified energy auditor will come to your home for 3-4 hours to evaluate every area and pinpoint where your house is losing energy.

Your energy audit will evaluate the performance of your home’s building envelope including the walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, and skylights. energy loss often occurs in places where you can not see or feel it.

2. Audit Report or Audit Review and Recommendations

After the energy audit, you will receive a detailed report from your auditor that will prioritize your home’s efficiency upgrades according to the greatest to least cost effective opportunities for energy savings. If you’ve already had a home energy audit you can participate in an audit review with your auditor to confirm and update efficiency upgrade recommendations.

3. Weatherization

Every home is different and your energy audit will dictate which weatherization improvements make the most sense for your home. In Northwest DC, frequent recommendations include sealing air leaks and adding insulation, improving heating and cooling systems, and improving ductwork.

With the WeatherizeDC Community Discount, you can typically spend $2,000-$4,000 to achieve a desired 15%-30% reduction in energy use.

4. Enjoy Your Energy Savings

After completing your weatherization you will immediately enjoy reduced energy consumption with improved comfort, health and safety.

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Green Energy Wind Farms Don’t Affect Property Value

DENVER – Wind farms have no measurable effect on nearby property values, according to a government report published Wednesday.

In the latest study, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory spent three years examining nearly 7,500 sales of homes in 10 communities near two dozen wind farms in nine states.

The findings, however, are unlikely to cool the debate over the placement of massive wind turbines which to some represent progress, but to others an intrusion.

Questions about the integrity of the $500,000 Berkeley study were aired even before the report was released.

New energy infrastructure almost always runs into opposition, and in many cases for good reason.

There is a lot of research showing that nearby coal-fired power plants, transmission lines or other permanent fixtures can suck the value out of a home.

The Berkeley study, however, is not the first to show that wind turbines might be different, and previous studies have not tamped down opposition.

About 150 miles south of Denver in the tiny town of La Veta, many believe a proposed 7,000 acre wind farm would forever alter the postcard view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Two other projects have been proposed as well.

Mayor Mickey Schmidt is aware of previous studies, but says he still believes it’s just common sense that wind turbines will hurt property values when it is the mountain vistas that bring many people to La Veta.

Researchers at the Berkeley National Laboratory looked at homes 800 feet to five miles from wind farms. About 1,000 sales involved homes that had views of the turbines, including sight lines through trees or just blade tips.

Researchers say the took into account the recession and other characteristics such as the number of bedrooms in a home or location of schools, said Ryan Wiser, a study co-author and project manager for the Berkeley Lab.

“That’s not to say there are not individual homes or small groups of homes that have been impacted by the presence of wind projects,” Wiser said.

If there is an impact, Wiser said, the frequency was to small to measure statistically.

Conflicts will likely become more frequent in coming years. About 1,649 megawatts of capacity from wind farms was added from July through September — enough to power 480,000 average households. That is about 18 percent more than the same period last year and more projects are coming on line next year.

Texas dwarfs any other state as far as wind power goes. Not far from Big Spring, about 300 miles west of Dallas, hundreds of turbines churn out power at one of the biggest wind farms in the country, without much effect on home prices, said real estate agent Sherri Key.

Some potential buyers say turbines are too noisy, while others say “they’re so gorgeous,” said Key.

Associated Press

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