What Is a Quitclaim Deed?

What Is a Quitclaim Deed?

General warranty deed, special warranty deed, quitclaim deed — just what do all these different types of deeds mean? Think of it this way. You have different deeds for different needs. When you have a professional real estate agent on your side, you never have to worry about not understanding all the terms you’ll come across during your real estate deal. A pro is there to help you navigate all the terminology you will encounter and help guide your educated decisions in the home buying or selling process. Continue reading

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What Is a Special Warranty Deed?

What Is a Special Warranty Deed?

You probably didn’t think you’d need to pull out your dictionary when you navigate buying or selling your home. But if hearing the words “special warranty deed” has you scratching your head, you’re most likely not alone. Don’t let the jargon scare you! A real estate agent can help you understand the terminology. Continue reading

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What Is a General Warranty Deed?

What Is a General Warranty Deed?

Buying a home is one of the biggest transactions most people make in their lifetime, so it’s no wonder there’s a lot of complex jargon associated with the process. One particularly important term you should be aware of is “general warranty deed.” Simply put, a general warranty deed is the best protection for a real estate buyer. Continue reading

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What Is a Selling Agent and What Can They Do for You?

What Is a Selling Agent and What Can They Do for You?

What Is a Selling Agent and What Can They Do for You?

Unless you’re in the real estate business, you may not know there are different kinds of agents out there — listing agent, selling agent, buyer’s agent, dual agent. How do you make sense of it all without taking real estate classes?

The terminology can be a bit confusing. For example, a selling agent does not represent the seller. Say, what? Continue reading

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Great Care in Your Neighborhood – Novant Hospital in Haymarket

Great Care in Your Neighborhood – Novant Hospital in Haymarket

Novant Hospital in Haymarket offers many specialties, offering you access to world-class doctors and surgeons without having to commute to D.C. or Richmond. Take a look at some of the specialized services that you can expect from this Northern Virginia-based hospital. Continue reading

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The Difference Between a Deed and a Deed of Trust

The Difference Between a Deed and a Deed of Trust

There are so many legal terms to navigate during a real estate transaction. You might feel like you’re studying for the bar exam when you’re purchasing a home. While the help of a professional real estate agent certainly will help you in your journey, it’s good to arm yourself with information so you fully understand all the terms that are part of a real estate transaction. Here is the difference between a deed and a deed of trust. Continue reading

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5 Things to Consider When Downsizing

5 Things to Consider When Downsizing

Downsizing your home can be a loaded decision. We spend so much of our lives upgrading our careers, cars and homes that downsizing can feel counterintuitive. Moving to a smaller home can be really beneficial for some families, especially families who have raised their children and are ready to live as empty nesters. Here are five things to think about before you consider downsizing. Continue reading

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Wine Country: Living Near a Winery

Wine Country: Living Near a Winery

You don’t have to travel to Napa Valley to sample high-quality wines. Enjoy Virginia’s award-winning wineries right in your own backyard. Home to more than 300 wineries, Virginia offers both visitors and locals a unique wine-tasting experience. Kick back, relax and sip with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, tastings held in historic manors or ghost hauntings told by a roaring fire. Living in wine country gives homeowners one more reason to love spending time locally.

Want to check out the local wine scene? Here are a few in Virginia’s Wine Country:

Fairfax

The Winery at Bull Run lies on 225 acres adjacent to historic Manassas National Battlefield Park. The selection of red, white and fruit wines are developed from 100 percent Virginia grapes. Guests can enjoy sipping wine with friends in the adults-only section or reserve a picnic table in the family-friendly section and bring the kids. In the fall, the winery hosts haunted wine tours that you won’t want to miss.

Fauquier

Morais Vineyards & Winery offers Portuguese-inspired wines based on winemaking techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. Their sweeping wrap-around veranda offers magnificent views to the vineyards and plenty of outdoor seating. Bring a picnic, and enjoy the day sampling a variety of Portuguese-inspired Virginia wines.

Loudoun

Centered on a large farm on Hogback Mountain, just south of Leesburg, VA, Stone Tower Winery offers unparalleled views of rolling hills and majestic mountains. The Stone Tower Estate label presents wines that were grown, produced and bottled exclusively from their vineyards atop Hogback Mountain. Visit the Tower View tasting room to enjoy a gourmet snack while sampling an assortment of their wines.

Prince William

Established in 2006, The Winery at La Grange is a relative newcomer to Virginia’s historic wine legacy. Nestled at the foothills of the Bull Run Mountain, the 20-acre estate includes a restored circa 1790s manor house, vineyards and plenty of outdoor seating for families and friends. Tastings of current wine flights are held in their Manor House seven days a week. Be sure to ask them about their resident ghosts.

Stafford

Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery’s Mediterranean-inspired estate will make you feel as if you’ve just entered Tuscany. They offer several wine tasting packages for guests to sample their reds, whites and rose wines. After sampling their wines, enjoy gourmet lunch prepared at their Bistro, voted “best outdoor dining location” and one of the “best places for lunch” by Virginia Living Magazine.

Wine Country: Living Near a WineryNo matter which city or town you choose to live in amidst Virginia’s wine country, you’ll enjoy history, cultural experiences and breathtaking natural beauty.

“Belinda was an excellent resource to sell our home in Virginia Oaks. Her knowledge of the development and history of the local area and sales contributed significantly to the sale of our home. Her expertise in staging was a key factor. After having lived in this house for 14 years and collecting many items, she was able to declutter and make the interior even more beautiful. My husband did not recognize this house. Her skill in staging is readily obvious. Thank you, Belinda! Job well done!”

-Libytom
7772 Virginia Oaks Dr, Gainesville, VA 20155

 

Looking for real estate services in Gainesville, Haymarket or Bristow? Contact your local real estate expert Belinda Jacobson-Loehle of Jacobson Realty and Home Staging today. Also be sure to sign up now for a FREE copy of my eBook, “The Real Estate Key – What You Need to Know!”

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Northern Virginia Horse Country and Steeplechase

Northern Virginia Horse Country and Steeplechase

Washington D.C.’s history and culture may be immersed in politics but if you drive 40 miles west you’ll find yourself in the heart of Virginia’s horse country. Virginia’s love of horses and hunting began long before Secretariat won the Triple Crown or the wild ponies of Chincoteague became famous. Historians believe that the American Quarter Horse line began when Virginia colonists bred English bloodlines with native horses to improve their speed. Horses were the backbone of the first Virginia colonies, plowing fields, transportation and hunting game. While the role of horses has changed significantly in Virginia over the years, they continue to be celebrated in Virginia’s Horse Country’s various events. Continue reading

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Staying Cool This Summer: Where to go in the Washington D.C area

Staying Cool This Summer: Where to Go in the Washington D.C Area

We’re not going to argue. It’s been a wicked hot summer. Tired of hitting the local pools? Why not grab your swimsuit and take a short road trip to one of these great swimming holes in Virginia and Maryland. The fresh air, wide open spaces and beautiful scenery are sure to help keep you cool in the hot days of summer.

Here are a few watering holes for staying cool this summer. Continue reading

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