What to Plant in May

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! How did you spend Memorial Day? It’s always great to be able to spend time and relax with loved ones while appreciating the beautiful outdoors this spring.

Speaking of the season, May is one of the best months to grow flowers! If you’re not into gardening, why not take up this fun and productive pastime to add some curb appeal to your home? For all you beginners out there, here’s a list of flowers you can plant this month, especially if you’re in the Mid-Atlantic region like I am!

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Here are the Top Ten crops for Mid-Atlantic gardens, followed by other recommended crops, as rated in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. (The criteria for selection include ease of culture, efficient use of garden space and time, ease of storage and desirability at the table.) The recommended crops are sorted by plant family to help you plan rotations so that the same plant families are not grown consecutively in the same area, as much as possible.

Top 10 Crops: Mid-Atlantic Region

 1. Slicing tomato
2. Sweet pepper
3. Cherry tomato
4. Pole snap bean
5. Bush snap bean
6. Garlic
7. Potato
8. Snow/snap pea
9. Summer squash
10. Bulb onion

Other vegetables such as carrots, corn, cucumber, lettuce, pumpkin and radish can be planted during May as well. For herbs, cilantro, dill, fennel, and parsley can be planted this month.

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi
Cucumber family:  Cucumber, winter squash
Leafy greens: Arugula, chard, lettuce, mache, mustard (all types), bok choi, sorrel, spinach
Legumes:  Asparagus/yard-long bean, bush lima bean, dry soup bean, edamame, peas (all types
Root crops:  Parsnip, radish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, turnip
Tomato family:  Eggplant, peppers (all types), tomato (all types)
Miscellaneous:  Asparagus, leek, okra, scallions, sweet corn

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For more details/information, feel free to check out the rest of the article here.

See you all in June, everyone!

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Cross Junction Market Insider

Hey everyone! It’s time for another edition of Market Insider! This week I’m featuring the lovely town of Cross Junction, VA. If you happen to be buying or selling a home here, you might want to take a quick read at this!

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The median list price in May for single family homes in Cross Junction is $248,000. The list prices increased by 13% from the previous month. The price per square foot for listings in this area is $157. The median sale price in January for single family homes is $179,700. The sale prices increased by 19.87% from the previous month. The price per square foot for sales in this area is $55.

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Median household income in Cross Junction is $64,148 with 70 households earning between $35,000 to $40,000 annually. Income levels are listed along the left side of the chart, and the number of households are displayed along the bottom.

chart (2) The Crime Risk Index compares the likelihood of different crimes happening within this community to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 100. A score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk.

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Median Age
51%
Married
1,277
Number of Homes
432
Homes with Children

The above data was gathered from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.

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If you’d like to read more statistics on the current housing market in Cross Junction, visit my website here. You can find more information on it such as local schools, a list of establishments (categorized and searchable by map), and you can even compare areas/neighborhoods according to zip code. It can really provide you with a thorough insight so you have a better idea of the community you want to move into.

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

Home Alone (in Buying a Home)?

Hey guys! Hope you all had a good weekend! As a real estate agent blogger I’ve discussed a lot about the home buying process, but today I will shed the spotlight on single home buyers who are wary of purchasing a house all by themselves. Compared to the majority of buyers with families, single home buyers are definitely smaller in numbers. To those of you who fall under this category, here are some quick tips that will hopefully help you in the home buying process.

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Interestingly enough, according to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 2012, twice as many single women bought homes than single men. Of course, there are pros and cons in buying a home by yourself.

1. Master of your own domain. Naturally, you get to have full control of everything. The look of the house, the neighborhood… all of it gets to be decided by you.

2. Getting a mortgage. Studies show that it’s more challenging for single buyers to qualify for a mortgage compared to couples. Of course, it can also depend on the state of the economy, but one positive thing to qualifying alone is that you have no chances of being dragged down by a partner’s credit score, debt, or loan.

3. Basking in triumph. Simply put, it’s more rewarding realizing you managed to bought a home all by yourself.

4. Financial concerns. Unless you happen to be well-off, it’s clearly more challenging to purchase a home with only your funds. A partner could definitely help in shouldering the financial responsibilities.

5. Giving off the wrong vibe. Some might consider being a single homeowner as a sign that you are too settled. Also, while you may be single now, you might also consider having a spouse and children in the future, affecting the choices you make in choosing the right home at the right time.

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These are just some points to consider if you are thinking of buying a home by yourself. To read the rest of the article, check it out here.

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

Changing Color Catalogues!

Awesome Friday, everyone! It’s the last day of the work week again before we know it! Today I’m back with some interior design tips on one of my more popular topics: color. And I won’t just be focusing on one aspect of the house! If you want a full makeover for your home, you don’t even have to buy furniture! As I always say time and time again, colors are limitless and will help you in achieving a new look for less!

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1. Bedroom
To give your bedroom a sleek, contemporary feel, try a combination of a dark neutral shade such as slate gray and a bright color like lemon yellow. This way the yellow is not overwhelming nor painful to the eye because the gray balances it out. It also helps make the lighter color pop out in a tasteful fashion. It’s a subtle way to give any room personality!

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2. Living Room
Give your living room a warm, countryside feel with greens and browns. Not only does it make everything feel cozy and comfortable, the citrus green also brings a refreshing mood to the room. Also, greens and browns give a natural, earthy vibe that will make anyone feel right at home.

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3. Bathroom
Bathrooms no longer need to have a cold, clinical feel to them if you consider using the palettes above, which is a combination of peach, bronze, and white. Different from blues and greens often used in bathrooms, bringing a subtle shade of orange or gold to your bathroom will give it a warm, glowing feel, as if you were just soaking in a hot tub!

There are numerous other color ideas for other rooms of the house. Feel free to check out the rest of the article here.

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Hope this inspires or helps you in your quest for home remodeling! Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Most Expensive Homes in Virginia!

Hi everyone! It’s the last Friday of March! Are all of you excited for April? It’s spring break this weekend, and I hope all of you are headed someplace nice or at least able to appreciate the beautiful spring weather.

Anyway before we say hello to the weekend, I’m dropping by again to feature Part Two of my Most Expensive Homes posts. This week I’m featuring the state of Virginia and their roster of their most expensive homes, gathered from Zillow. Let’s get this started!

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#3 on the list is an undisclosed address in The Plains, VA. Well if you’re looking for privacy with the money to burn, you could consider living here! For a whopping $21,000,000, this 10-bedroom, 15-bath home is all yours. With a property of over 20,000 sq ft, you can be treated like a king in this villa, complete with a courtyard and your own stream!

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Taking the #2 spot is Chateau La Vie 7201 Dulany Dr in McLean, VA. If the French address wasn’t already a giveaway, you can be sure to seal the deal of this home at $32,000,000. Wow! It’s a modern-day cozy castle with 8 beds and 9 baths. It also happens to be near the Pentagon! How about that!

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And the first prize for the most expensive home in Virginia goes to 636 Chain Bridge Rd in McLean, VA! This 10-bed, 15-bath mansion is up for grabs at… (drumroll please!) $45,000,000! Holy smokes! The home looks straight out of a historical movie! Ironically enough, this estate was built only last year! Stretching on over 6.5 acres, this magnificent home will definitely make anyone feel like royalty!

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I’ll be back with my next Most Expensive Homes post soon! Have a great weekend and happy spring break, everyone!