Archives for April 2013

1181 Live Oak Trail – Tree Lovers Rejoice

Cute exterior is only the beginning to this gorgeous property.

Twenty minutes from Leander, 25 minutes from Georgetown, five beautiful acres, and hundreds of oak trees.  You would think those were the most important numbers on a private property like this one, but $189,900 is probably even more eye-popping.  This recently renovated ~1,500 sf home sits on 5+ acres guarded with fantastic privacy from the road and neighbors, a huge garden great for preppers, a newly installed septic system, and enough outdoor storage for a hoarders contest – one workshop and two metal storage units.

Ideally renovated.

The view is something to be seen, not discussed.


Other information that could prove helpful when submitting an offer:

1181 Live Oak Trail – Sellers Disclosure
1181 Live Oak Trail – Survey

Always have a plan “B”

Buying a home is tricky business.  You want to buy a home you love, but you don’t want the other party to know it, otherwise you give up negotiation leverage.  On the other hand, sometimes if a seller knows you really love it and appreciate the property, they may feel a “connection” with you and want to sell it to you even if it’s not the highest offer.  Recently, I chose the second option and here’s my story:

My family and I decided to move back to Northern Virginia and we finally saw a home we liked.  We liked it enough to put an offer on it without even seeing it.  It had the land we were looking for, it was “off the grid” for water, and was fairly close to the school that our kids will be attending in Centreville, VA.  Check out the home by clicking here.

After my wife and I talked about it, we decided it was probably a 7 out of 10 on the scale of how much we liked it.  In order to get to a 10, it would have needed a pre-existing fruit orchard, be about 5 minutes closer to the school, and have a more updated and “normal” floorplan.  The home was over 100 years old and it wasn’t the “perfect” home, but we loved the property, the pond, the creek…..ok, I better stop now before I get sad again.

There were two other offers besides ours and I knew I didn’t want to offer full price.  My offer was probably the lowest, but I explained to the listing agent our reasons for moving back to Northern Virginia and our dream for owning a farm and raising our kids in that type of lifestyle.  At the end of the day, it didn’t work out, and they probably ended up going for the highest offer in financial terms. But boy did they miss out on a chance to get free fruit from Lui Fruit Farms!

Autumn and I decided that rather then blame our real estate agent (me) for not getting the property we really wanted, that maybe God has a plan “B” for us.  So now we’re looking at buying a townhome that is closer to the school in Centreville and then turning it into a rental property after a year, and taking our time to identify some raw land to build our farm on.  So, if you know of an investor looking to buy a property under $300,000 within 10 miles of Centerville, Virginia, I know how every neighborhood stacks up!

So if you’re going to be making an offer with me in Virginia, or with Edwin in Texas, we’ll fight our hardest to help you with plan A…..but make sure you come ready with a plan B.

~ Your Favorite HOMEboy, Edward


2311 Paradise Ridge – The Name Says it All

What's more appealing - this street view or the price?

Welcome to Paradise…Ridge.  Located in the wonderful Sonoma neighborhood, 2311 Paradise Ridge is a great home with many bedrooms, a fantastic game room, and a huge back yard that extends the outdoor living of the covered patio.  Well-cared for and well-maintained, this 2,831 sf home is move-in ready and comes in at just under $230,000, making it a steal for someone willing to live without top-notch upgrades.  If you like picking out your own appliances, granite counters, and wood floors, you will still end up spending less money than the competition.

Solid home can be easily upgraded with less cost.

The first floor is open and laid out great with the formal dining room connected to the kitchen and the kitchen overlooking the breakfast area and living room.  Hard tile makes clean up simple and you’ll never have to worry about replacing it.

Sink placement is usually an afterthought. Not here.

This home contains a true bedroom for masters.  It could fit a king-size bed, two night stands, two dressers, a tv unit,  and still have more than enough space by the bay window for a super cozy reading nook.  Although technically a four bedroom house, the bottom floor is best served as an office due to the absence of a full bathroom downstairs.  The second and third bedrooms share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom and have their own walk-in closets.  The game room can be used for anything from a pool hall, exercise room, home theater, or its current purpose, a driving range!  There’s even a separate flex area that could be perfect for a craft area, homework station, or video games.

This can fit all your master bedroom furniture comfortably.

For more information or to schedule a showing, email me.

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