The Loudoun Vine

The Loudoun Vine

Your connection to real estate and life in Loudoun County, VA. Market statistics, real estate news, & the latest happenings in Loudoun County

The Loudoun Vine is a blog site produced by Christy Stuart of Keller Williams Realty. The mission of the Loudoun Vine is to provide timely statistics and information about the real estate market in Loudoun County, Virginia, as well as information about the many communities and events in the area. While currently under construction, you will be able to access the site at

Goodbye, HUD-1, Hello Closing Disclosure

New mortgage laws come into effect on October 3rd. Questions? Read on! If you’ve purchased a home, you’re probably familiar with the HUD-1 form—the 3 page document that summarizes the fees charged to buyers and sellers in a real estate transaction. As of October 3rd, ...

Waterside Development To Replace Sterling Quarry

Waterside was approved this week. The Loudoun Quarry will turn into a 54 acre lake, and will be surrounded by condominiums, hotels, retail, school/library sites, and a fire and rescue station...all near the future metro station. The plan to turn Loudoun Quarries into a the centerpiece of a new mixed-use development got a thumbs-up Wednesday from Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors.

Home Staging Tips: Top-6 Tools for Stagers

Diane's home staging tips aren't just for home stagers! Check out these great ideas for making your home "show ready." #ccateam #homestaging Home stagers always have a few tricks up their sleeves to make a home shine above the rest. Here are my Top-6 products that always seem to come to my rescue when staging a home. The best part --...

Cava Grill To Open In Ashburn Next Month

Check it out! A new restaurant in Ashburn, opening near the new Whole Foods next month. Cava Grill, the popular DC-area fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant chain, will open a location in Ashburn’s Belmont Chase shopping center in September, the company’s CEO Brett Schulman said.

The Art of Negotiation: Three Steps to Successful Agreements

Check out our latest post on The Art of Negotiation: Three Steps to Successful Agreements As a real estate agent, my primary focus is on making sure my buyers and sellers are getting the best value for their real estate investment.  As a buyer's agent, I'm focused on ensuring that my cl...

Loudoun Wineries: Stone Tower Winery

Who needs Napa? We've got so many gorgeous Loudoun County wineries just a short drive away! Stone Tower Winery is just south of Leesburg right off of Route 15. To get to Stone Tower, you need to drive along a long and windy gravel road, passing by grazing cows, rolling hills, and lines of vines. The drive along the gravel road is a bit long, but the breathtaking vistas make it worth the trek. [ 400 more words. ] Who needs Napa?  We've got so many gorgeous Loudoun County wineries just a short drive away!  Stone Tower Winery is just south of Leesburg right off of Route 15.  To get to Stone Tower, you need to...

One Loudoun in Ashburn lands Barnes & Noble - Washington Business Journal

Great news for Loudoun County! The book industry may be floundering, but there are still some attractive places for the national retailer to be, apparently.

Seller Tips: The Top Three Home Inspection Issues

Check out our latest blog post: Seller Tips: The Top Three Home Inspection Issues Congratulations!  Your home is under contract!  Such sweet words any home seller!  While procuring a sales contract may be the biggest hurdle in any home sale, there are several other hurdles to ov...

The Loudoun Vine Wow-Lower FHA Fees! How Much Could this Save You? - The Loudoun Vine

Check out my latest blog post on the--Lower FHA Fees...if you currently have or are considering getting an FHA home loan, let me know--I have some great lenders who can help! We've got some great news for buyers and current homeowners with FHA financing--lower FHA fees! The FHA has announced that the annual mortgage insurance premium will be reduced by over 35%--from 1.35% of the original loan amount to .85% of the original loan amount. For a $350,000 home, these lower FHA fees would mean a monthly savings of over $140 per month.

The Loudoun Vine Do I Need to Leave During Showings? - The Loudoun Vine

Do I Need to Leave During Showings? Yes, But We've Got Some Tips to Help You Stay Sane While Your Home is on the Market Having your home on the market can up-end your life. Not only do you have to ensure your home is always in model condition: you are constantly having to get everything together and leave during showings. After a week or two, the pick-up-and-leave routine can get really old. [ 591 more words. ]

Gloucester Parkway Groundbreaking Signals Hope For Relief On Waxpool

A much needed artery in our Eastern Loudoun road network should be completed by 2016. How will the Gloucester Parkway extension help your commute? The nightmarish rush-hour conditions on Waxpool Road hopefully could end in 2016, at least that was the hope of county and state leaders celebrating the start of construction for the Gloucester Parkway extension Tuesday morning.


Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out some of these great opportunities to enjoy all the Loudoun has to offer! Let us know where you went and what you loved! Bluemont Fair? Yes please! Savor a taste of life’s simplest pleasures at an old fashioned country fair or main street parade. Enjoy the perfect pairing of Virginia wine and music at a local vineyard. Witness the creation and display of new wares by resident artisans at a studio tour, art show, or crafts festival. Enjoy the si…

Tips for Designing Your Dream Bathroom

Looking to upgrade to your dream bathroom? Better Homes and Gardens has some great ideas! Keep these design tips and ideas in mind as you plan your dream bathroom. Discover the best layouts, the spa-like features to add, and the color palette that will soothe you after a long day.

5 Ingredients Or Less Recipes -

Weekday cooking made easy--lots of 5 or fewer ingredient meals! What are your favorite easy weekday meals? Our library of easy recipes with 5 ingredients or less includes quick-fix ideas for any occasion, from weeknight dinners to parties.

» Adding Value with Home Repairs

If you have questions about how to add value to your home without spending a lot of money, give us a shout out! The Count on Christy team can help. » Adding Value with Home Repairs

Try On Colors With Sherwin-Williams Digital Color Tools

Count on Christy and Associates LOVES the Sherwin Williams paint colors--check out their digital color tools for a preview of your favorite colors on your walls before you pick up that paint brush! Digital color tools from Sherwin-Williams will help you upgrade your project to the next level. Grab your smart phone, tablet or computer and try on colors today!

50 After-School Snacks

It's week two of school for Loudoun County are a few "outside the box" ideas for after school snacks! #afterschoolsnacks #backtoschool #loudounvine 50 after-school snack ideas from Food Network Magazine.

Modern Reston

The Loudoun Vine loves Reston, in neighboring Fairfax County. Modern Reston is a new online magazine focusing on the contemporary edge of this popular area. is an online magazine that covers culture and events in Reston and the surrounding areas of Northern Virginia.

Christine Stuart Recommends Homesnap

Check out Homesnap! It's a new tool from our local MLS...a phenomenal tool for getting on the spot information about properties on the market...and those not yet on the market. Take a photo of any home and get instant information about the property. Maps, property boundaries, school information and more at your fingertips! And all the information is live from your local MLS. I'm using @Homesnap to connect with my clients. Please join me.

[09/06/14]   Want a quick property search while you're surfing Facebook? Check out the new Property Search tab on our page!

» ChalkFest At Reston Town Center

Looking for something to do today? Hope over the Fairfax County line to ChalkFest at the Reston Town Center before this afternoon's rain erases all the beauty! Saturday, September 6 – Open to All 7:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Loudoun Vine The Critical Investor Cash Flow Miscalculation - The Loudoun Vine

Check out my lastest blog post...The Thing About Positive Cash Flow I’ve been reading The Millionaire Real Estate Investor with my fabulous business coach. I have several clients who currently have investment homes, and several other clients looking to get into the investment property game while rates are still… [ 188 more words. ]

Epicurience Virginia - in partnership with SAVEUR

General admission tickets are still available for Epicurience Virginia at Morven Park. Award winning wines paired with farm-to-table cuisine in the heart of DC Wine Country. A Wine & Food Festival Two Hundred Years in the Making Picture a food and wine festival so unique that no existing name quite fit. A food and wine experience so epic, in fact, that we’re calling it something completely … Continued

[08/27/14]   Looking for a great place to get subs for your weekend party or day at the pool? Check out The Deli at the Lansdowne Town Center. Amazing quality ingredients, friendly may know about them from their Fairfax and Herndon locations!

9 Places to Drink and Dine by the Water in Washington

Looking for a nice place to dine by the water? Loudoun's own Bungalow Lake House is names by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the 9 best places to drink and dine by the water... These delightful spots offer everything from crabs on a rustic dock to burgers at a chic lounge.

$16.65 BILLION dollars. Bank of America should feel the bite of this judgement. If you've ever wanted a good explanation of the true cause of the housing rise and fall of the 2000s, here's your article. It's long and detailed. But it's a worthy read.

I will be anxious to see if the homeowners and former homeowners who lie in the wake of their practices actually see any of this money.

How FICO's new scoring could boost your score

Did you know that the FICO score algorithm is being modified? See how this may impact your credit score. The company that tracks consumers' credit-worthiness will recalibrate its scores, making loans easier

How poor credit costs you on homeowners insurance

Homeowners, we need to stay on top of our credit...low credit scores can translate into higher insurance payments. Lower credit scores are known to impact mortgage availability and rates, but they can also increase the cost of homeowners insurance.

Your Kitchen: 10 Great Alternatives to Granite Counters

Looking for some alternatives to granite countertops? Check out these great ideas--which is your favorite? I'm digging the concrete with recycled glass! As a kitchen and bath designer, I get asked about countertop materials often, usually in the context of "I'm looking for something other than granite to use for my counters—what are my options?" While...

The Loudoun Vine Loudoun County Real Estate Market Update, July 2014 - The Loudoun Vine

July market stats are out! Check out my latest blog post. If you’ve been paying attention to the DC area news, you have heard about the “cooling” in the real estate market. By “cooling,” we mean things are slowing down. Buyers are slow to move forward–and it’s a little… [ 484 more words. ]

Touring Loudoun on a Friday - The Loudoun Vine

I'm going to be touring Loudoun with some friends today... It’s Friday and I’m off on an adventure with a couple of my favorite girlfriends! We’re checking out a few of the model homes at Willowsford in Aldie, touring the neighborhood, then we’re going to hit a winery before it’s… [ 160 more words. ]

(Almost) Everything you need to know about Metro's new Silver Line - Washington Business Journal

The Silver Line opens on Saturday! Here's the information you need to know! Factoids, schedules, parking, pictures, videos, costs and parties. There IS a Silver lining.

Loudoun County Housing Market Update: June 2014 - The Loudoun Vine

Check out my lastest blog post on the June Loudoun County Housing Market Update. The inner statistics geek in me is gleeful after all this data manipulation! The Data is Out–How Does Loudoun County Stack Up? The June statistics are out on home sales–and there are some interesting happenings in the Loudoun County housing market. As I mentioned in my last market update, the first-time home buyer… [ 576 more words. ]

Lansdowne Resort Fireworks Tonight! - The Loudoun Vine

Lansdowne Resort Fireworks Tonight! Did you miss the fireworks last night? Not to fear–the Lansdowne Resort Fireworks Display is tonight, July 5th! Lansdowne Celebrates America begins this evening at 6:30 featuring the fabulous party band Gonzo’s Nose. The concert lasts until… [ 71 more words. ]

Pre-Settlement Walkthroughs: Three Tips to Make a Happy Buyer - The Loudoun Vine

My latest blog post is up! The Pre-Settlement Walkthrough: Three Tips to Ensure a Happy Buyer Congratulations Seller! It’s the day before closing–you’ve just packed up the last of your belongings into the moving truck and you’re ready to begin your new adventure in your next home. Only one thing stands between you and the… [ 275 more words. ]

Loudoun County Summer Movies on the Cheap! - The Loudoun Vine

Check out my latest post--I've put together a comprehensive list of all of the cheap or free summer movies. Today starts the last week of school in Loudoun County, so if you haven’t already…it’s time to think about what to do with the kids this summer. Our Loudoun County theaters provide a great schedule of summer movies at low or no cost… [ 471 more words. ]

Loudoun County Housing Market Update: Spring 2014 - The Loudoun Vine

Check out my latest post on the Loudoun County Housing Market... It’s true…the Spring 2014 Loudoun County Housing Market has not shaped up to be as I had expected. The hot 2013 market had brought prices within spitting distance of 2006 levels. I was CERTAIN that this would encourage some serious movement… [ 557 more words. ]

Mirror Frames | How To Frame a Mirror | MirrorMate Frames

Do you have one of those enormous builder grade mirrors in your bathroom? Here's a relatively low-cost option for turning them into a showpiece! MirrorMate is the go-to solution for custom mirror frames. Learn how to frame a mirror in just 20 minutes - all while the mirror stays on the wall.

What's a Typical Day for a Real Estate Agent? - The Loudoun Vine

Ever wonder what it's like to be a real estate agent? Check out my latest post: What's a Typical Day for a Real Estate Agent? A couple weeks ago, I met someone at a party who was just finishing up her Principles of Real Estate class and about to start her career as a real estate agent. She invited me to lunch the next week to ask me a few questions…one of which was,… [ 423 more words. ]

The Changing Face of the Lansdowne Town Center - The Loudoun Vine

My latest post...The Changing Face of the Lansdowne Town Center The Lansdowne Town Center has definitely had some growing pains since it opened in 2006. While the major anchor stores have stood the test of time, some of the smaller operations have struggled, with many closing their doors after just a year or two in… [ 430 more words. ]

A Realtor's Life: Why I Love My Home, Part One (of Many...) - The Loudoun Vine

Check out my latest post on The Loudoun Vine: A Realtor's Life: Why I Love My Home, Part One (of Many...) After the ridiculously cold, wet, snowy, icy, cold, long…did I mention COLD winter of 2013-2014, yesterday was the day we had been waiting for: Opening Day for the Potomac Club Pool in Lansdowne! Occasionally, one of my clients will ask me why we… [ 433 more words. ]

Open House Etiquette? A Guide for Nosy Neighbors (P.S. We Love Nosy Neighbors...) - The Loudoun Vine

Check out my new post on...Open House Etiquette: A Guide for Nosy Neighbors (P.S. We Love Nosy Neighbors…) Sunday is Open House Day in the DC area…and I spent last Sunday with my agent/friend Lynne Powell, holding my new listing at 1119 Keokuk Terrace open. Open houses are typically from 1-4pm, so Lynne and I met a little after noon, put up signs all… [ 559 more words. ]

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Christy Stuart, Keller Williams Realty, 20130 Lakeview Center Plaza Suite 110
Ashburn, VA
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