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June 15, 2018

The Swede Team Cares!

 

The Swede Team not only cares about our clients, we also care about helping others. Through programs with Keller Williams and independently, The Swede Team has volunteered to help those in need and the environment in any way we can.

Mega Relief Camp

 In September 2017 Keller Williams was scheduled to have their annual Mega Camp, a training camp for all KW agents around the world, in Austin Texas. However, Hurricane Harvey hit the week before this event, and in the span of that week they decided to turn Mega Camp into Mega Relief Camp. Mega Relief Camp consisted of having any agent who still wanted to come to Austin help victims of Hurricane Harvey instead of having training sessions. 3,837 KW agents jumped at the opportunity to help those affected by the Hurricane, including The Swede Team’s own Team Leader, Howard Swede.

Howard flew down to Austin, Texas on September 11, and spent a week helping out in various ways. On Day 1, Howard started his day helping out at the Austin Disaster Relief Center. There he helped fill in the giant potholes in the parking lot so victims could get into the center. He also helped load and unload trucks and trailers with ingoing and outgoing donations. In the afternoon on his first day there, Howard volunteered at the Central Texas Food Bank, a 135,000 foot facility, and him along with other KW agents were able to provide 13,460 meals to the victims of Harvey.

On Day 2, Howard helped create over 1,000 emergency relief comfort kits which were sent on buses to Houston. He also helped to unload 500 fans and 1,000 comfort kits which needed to be restored. On Day 3, Howard  helped out at the Austin Food Bank helping to package breakfast and dinner meals that would be sent out to different shelters. Howard along with other KW agents packaged 8,375 meals! In the evening Howard again helped to load comfort kits onto buses to be sent to   Houston.

Back at home, while Howard was volunteering in Austin, the rest of The Swede Team were helping to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey by selling red Hurricane relief bracelets. We were able to raise over $1,000.00 to help people affected by the Hurricane!

Adopt a Highway

The Swede Team has adopted Heathcote Boulevard in Gainesville, VA! This means that we make sure the sides of this road are kept clear of litter, by periodically conducting road side trash pickups. Our latest pickup was on Earth Day this 2018 where we had a total of 12 volunteers to help us pick up trash on the side of Heathcote Blvd. 

The Swede Team is among the nearly 18,000 Adopt-a-Highway volunteers in Virginia who have collected more than 25,600 bags of waste along Virginia highways.
We are happy to help clean up our environment!  

Purple Stride

Pancreatic Cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.,  killing more people than breast cancer.  The Swede Team attends the annual 5K run/walk —Purple Stride event in Washington D.C. to help raise funds for the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. Purple Stride has a goal to double the survival rate by 2020. The Swede Team is proud to be a part of Wage Hope, and is consistently caring, donating & fighting for those with Pancreatic Cancer. We Thank you to everyone that donated to our cause, and to everyone that joined us for the walk, we really appreciate everyone's support!

KW Red Day

RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is our annual day of service. Each year on the second Thursday of May, we celebrate RED Day as a part of our legacy worth leaving. Making a difference in the lives of others and bettering the communities that we serve lies at the heart of the Keller Williams culture. This observance defines who we are and is a natural extension of our commitment to the highest level of professional customer service.

Our KW Red Day happened on two separate days. Our market center hosted their 1st Annual KW Red Day Cornhole Tournament at the wonderful Farm Brew Live/2 Silos Brewing. The Swede Team Superstars consisted of Howard and our friend & fellow agent Royce. The Swede Team won while also fundraising over $500 for various different charities. On the actual KW Red Day, The Swede Team had a great time participating planting flowers at the Bull Run Warrior Retreat. We loved it so much and can't wait to do it next year!

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June 8, 2018

Jiffy Lube Live Concert Schedule

acme barbershopA staple in the DC/MD/VA area is the Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater. Previously called the Nissan Pavillion, this concert arena has held many household names such as Luke Bryan, Jimmy Buffet, Dave Matthews Band, Foreigner, and Journey. This year, the venue will be holding 41 concerts this year. The Country Megaticket will be sold this year and it gives you free access to all events happening at the Jiffy Lube Live this summer for eight country shows with amazing support acts. Not only is this post for you to figure out which concerts you will attend, but also to avoid a lot of the traffic that will take place in the Bristow/Gainesville area! Here is a list of concerts happening at Jiffy Lube Live.

June 2018

1st - Kendrick Lamar

8th - Journey & Def Leppard

9th - Dave Matthews Band

10th - Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax. Behemoth & Testament

15th - Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion

17th - Poison & Cheap Trick

26th - 30 Seconds To Mars, Walk The Moon & Misterwives

29th - Foreigner

30th - Rascal Flatts, Dan And Shay & Carly Pearce


July 2018

2nd - Imagine Dragons

7th - Lynyrd Skynyrd

8th - Lauryn Hill

10th - Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers

12th - Chris Brown

13th - Styx, Joan Jett, The Blackhearts & Tesla

14th - Jason Aldean, Luke Combs & Lauren Alaina

21st - Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson

22nd - Weezer & Pixies

24th - Lindsey Stirling & Evanescence

25th - Chicago & Reo Speedwagon

28th - Kesha & Macklemore


August 2018

1st - End Of The World Tour: Avenged Sevenfold, Prophets Of Rage & Three Days Grace

4th - Jimmy Buffett

5th - The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots & Bush

8th - Counting Crows & Live - Band

9th - Wiz Khalifa & Rae Sremmurd

11th - Keith Urban & Kelsea Ballerini

12th - Pentatonix

18th - Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi & Morgan Wallen

19th - Shinedown & Godsmack

24th - Five Finger Death Punch & Breaking Benjamin

25th - Brad Paisley, Dan Tyminski & Kane Brown

26th - 311 & The Offspring

30th - G-Eazy

31st - Niall Horan & Maren Morris


September 2018

7th - Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne & Lanco

14th - Ozzy Osbourne & Stone Sour

16th - Van Morrison


October 2018

6th - Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker & Russell Dickerson

13th - Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart & Brent Cobb

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April 2, 2018

New Construction Apartments in NOVA

With plenty of new construction housing in the D.C. Metro Area, companies are creating plenty of houses & townhouses. But for those who just want a 1-bedroom apartment for rent, this is the blog for you. Here are some apartments that are newly constructed for those who want modern living on a budget.

Abberly Avera Apartments

Built off of University Blvd, this new apartment complex in Manassas is right on the border of Bristow. With 13 floor plans, these 1 & 2 bedroom apartments are amazing for working professionals who want urban living in a suburban area. Apartments will feature 9-10 foot ceilings, glass enclosed showers, oversized walk-in closets, clubhouses, pools & dog parks for a furry friend. Abberly Avera is a new and vibrant community that offers a fresh perspective on apartment living in the Manassas-Northern Virginia area. With a perfect blend of thoughtfully designed floor plans, outstanding features, and a desirable location, residents are sure to experience life through a new point of view. This prime location is close to Washington D.C. and Maryland just off I-66 and close to I-95 and I-495. After a long week, residents can relax with life’s necessities close by such as the Bristow Shopping Center, 2 Silos Brewery Company, or absorb the local charm of the area by dining local, playing outdoors, or visiting Historic Downtown Manassas.

Manassas Station Apartments

Historic Downtown Manassas is adding an apartment complex. With a distinguished approach to homebuilding, Manassas Station is an exciting new community of 105 apartment homes in Historic Downtown Manassas. These 1-2 bedroom apartments will offer residents top-notch standard features that will be sure to impress, including: granite countertops, plank-style wood floors, full size kitchen cabinets, ideally-sized bedrooms with walk-in closets, and a full-size stackable washer and dryer. The amenities of Manassas Station will include a secured lobby entrance, a community room and a fitness center. At the main approach to the building is a circular courtyard entry and gorgeous landscaping, providing an aesthetically appealing environment. Manassas Station also welcomes your cats and dogs as a pet-friendly community.

The Manassas Station apartments are perfect for a variety of lifestyles, including singles, young families and empty-nesters. It provides an urban location within walking distance to the VRE station, offering convenient access to Alexandria, Virginia, Washington D.C. and beyond! Enjoy being able to walk to the highly-rated restaurants, boutiques and cultural art centers located in Downtown Manassas, all within a few steps from your home! Some of the popular cultural amenities that helps to make Manassas Station a true destination location include the Manassas Museum and the Loy E. Harris Pavilion. The area is abundant with top-notch local restaurant and bars, including: Carmello’s, Okra’s Cajun Creole and CJ Finz Raw Bar and Grill. Enjoy craft beer and local events at any of the nearby breweries, including BadWolf Brewing Company, Farm Brew LIVE and 2 Silos. Nearby commuter roads include I-66, Rt. 234 and Rt. 28, providing easy access to flourishing Northern Virginia employment markets.

The Reserve at Agency Park

Welcome home to the best apartments for rent in Centreville, VA. Reserve at Regency Park not only offers a great location, it also provides world-class luxury amenities in each residence and throughout our community. Choose from our one, two, and three bedroom floor plans. Our special features include spacious walk-in closets, a cozy fireplace and a private balcony/patio with a gorgeous view. We also offer gourmet kitchens with a breakfast room or bar. Lastly, these apartments are pet-friendly! These are just some of the reasons why Reserve at Regency Park is the best apartment community in Centreville, VA. In addition to great apartment features, our Centreville apartments offer a location near the best shopping and dining experiences the area has to offer. Whether you enjoy a night on the town, entertaining guests at our clubhouse, taking a dip in the outdoor pool during the summer or just want to work up a sweat at our fully-equipped fitness center, Reserve at Regency Park has what you need to fit your lifestyle.

Lerner 

With options to live at Remington, Parc Dulles, and Windmill Parc, living in the Lerner apartments will make you feel at home. Remington includes features such as a full-size washer/dryer, patio or balcony, wall niches, walk-in closets and fireplaces in select apartments. Parc Dulles makes sure that all apartments include a garage, plus a patio or balcony overlooking a lovely fountain, luxury kitchens with granite countertops and maple cabinets, washers and dryers, and lofts in select apartment homes. Lastly, Windmill Parc contains sleek, new apartments with eco-minded features and amenities such as stainless steel, energy efficient appliances, quartz countertops and wood laminate flooring take stylish living to new heights.

With luxury finishes in all apartments and priceless views from many balconies, this pet-friendly community has great amenities and has convenient access to commuting routes and activities.If you’re looking for something fun to do in your spare time, hang out in the 8,000 square foot clubhouse with fully equipped kitchen, work out in the fitness center or snuggle up in the comfy oversized chairs in the movie theater and take in a show. If it’s shopping and dining that you’re looking for, walk on over to Dulles Town Center where you’ll find more than 185 stores and restaurants. 

View the map below for more apartment complexes being made in the NOVA area!

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March 13, 2018

NOVA Soft-Serve Shop Openings

Northern Virginia soft serve shops are a staple in the area. They normally close in the winter, but the majority are beginning to open up this month! Here are some popular ice cream shops which are already open or are opening very soon!

Nathan's Dairy Bar: The popular outdoor ice cream bar in Manassas is off of Mathis Ave. It was featured in Buzzfeed's Best Soft Serve Places in the U.S. article last year which created a lot of buzz for the small shop. The dairy bar opened today, March 13th. If you were one of the first 100 people there, you may have received a FREE small cup or cone. 

Effee's Frozen Favorites: This Warrenton ice cream shop is opening their 2018 season tomorrow, March 14th, weather permitting. With only wind in the forecast, locals will definitely be coming out to support Effee's who have been closed since early November of last year.

Carousel Frozen Treats: Another Warrenton ice cream shop is going to start their season on St. Patrick's Day! On Saturday, March 17th, this shop will be hosting many locals for swirling ice cream cones.

Pickle Bob's: Pickle Bob's in Haymarket is already open! They began serving ice cream on March 10th near Old Town Haymarket.

View the map below to view other soft serve ice cream shops in the area!

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March 5, 2018

New Construction Monday | Regency at Creekside in Haymarket

We're back with New Construction Monday and we're heading to Haymarket to feature the newest active adult community in the area: The Regency at Creekside.

The Regency at Creekside is one of the only newly constructed active adult communities that features the privacy of a gated neighborhood, scenic views in a convenient location and luxurious single-family homes. With two collections of model homes, these designs feature a combination of comfort and space. The Potomac Collection includes large kitchens with plenty of island seating, a sunlit owner's bath with a separate shower, and an impressive foyer with a 10' tray ceiling. The Middleburg Collection features a spacious ground floor master bedroom suite, a first-floor study that offers privacy and seclusion, and a sunny breakfast area off the kitchen that looks out to the family room. The homes are also easily customizable with expansions to the kitchen, great room, and first-floor owner's suite.

The amenities in the neighborhood reflect the active in active-adult. A community clubhouse will be built with indoor recreational activities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, pool, and a club room. There will be sports courts and miles of walking paths for some extra exercise. In the future, there will be an on-site lifestyle director who will be keeping a schedule of social events such as cocktail parties, golf outings and day trip excursions in the community.

The Regency at Creekside is minutes away from the Virginia Gateway Center in Gainesville and is surrounded by so many shopping, dining, and historic opportunities. From the Bull Run Regional Park in Manassas to the Shenandoah National Park in Luray, you'll be able to walk around and hike in different parts of Northern Virginia. Some commuting routes in the area include Route 15, Route 29 and I-66 if you want to head up to D.C. for a day trip in the Nation's Capital.

The Regency at Creekside offers the active adult community live in peace, but surround themselves in an environment where anything is possible. 

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March 1, 2018

19th Annual Greater Manassas St. Patrick's Day Parade

After last being held in 2015, the Greater Manassas St. Patrick's Day Parade is back! Held on March 10th, this popular event will begin at 11 am. Similar to the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, the route will begin on the corner of Quarry Road and Prescott Avenue and will head down Center Street. The parade will end near the Harris Pavillion. Businesses along the street will feature their storefronts with St. Patrick's Day decorations such as flags, banners, and stickers. Parade participants include several regional pipe bands and families will dress in all green for the occasion.

The city of Manassas Proclaims the month of March 2018 as Irish History Month. It's fitting due to this year's grand marshall being Prince William County Supervisor Maureen Caddigan, R-Potomac. She is one of four Irish Catholic children born in New Jersey to Mary Logan Stokes and Michael Steven Stokes. Her parents, both born in Dublin, Ireland emigrated to the USA in 1927. Sponsors for the event include plenty of bars and distilleries such as Murlarkey Distilled Spirits off of Wellington Road, the popular 2 Silos Brewing in Bristow, and Bar Louie off of Liberia. To view more information on the parade, click here to visit their website.

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March 1, 2018

Real Estate Tips Thursday | Getting Pre-Approved for a Loan

Last week, we talked about buying a home. We briefly skimmed over the subject of getting pre-approved for a loan before you go and search for homes. This is a very important step before searching for homes because it's easier to search for homes in your price range if you are pre-approved for a certain loan. So, how do you get pre-approved for a loan? Take a look at the steps below to find out how!

First, let's discuss the difference between being pre-qualified for a loan and being pre-approved for a loan. A mortgage pre-qualification is an informal process where it’s more of an automated underwriting where you are questioned about your assets, income, and expenses. It only gives you a general idea of the price range you can afford, but it doesn't get you any closer to securing a mortgage and it's not verified.

A pre-approval, on the other hand, means a lender has determined how much you can borrow, the loan programs that you may qualify for, as well as the interest rate you qualify for. A pre-approval letter also helps you prove to real estate agents and sellers that you’re a credible buyer and able to act fast when you find the home you want to buy. When a home is under contract, it’s important to be fully approved to move forward with buying a home. 

A lender will generally start by asking for some basic information about you and your financial history. Pre-approvals are much more valuable because this means the lender has actually checked your credit and verified your documentation to approve a specific loan amount.

But wait! What is a lender? How are they going to help me? Why is that more important? A lender is an individual, a public or private group, or a financial institution that makes funds available to buyers with the expectation that the funds will be repaid. Lenders will interview buyers thoroughly to make sure they are available to receive a loan for purchasing large investments. They will ask questions on important facts when it comes to buying a home.

Make sure you're working with a good lender! They will ask you questions about to give you an accurate mortgage quote, communicate with you, take the time to explain what loan options mean by explaining it in layperson terms, be prompt and constantly problem-solving, and works within your price range always. It’s also important to work with a local lender rather than an online lender. 

Receiving a pre-approval letter is pretty crucial in today's real estate market. So, it's important for all buyers to understand the process of working with lenders to approve a loan for you to buy a home.

We at The Swede Team have wonderful lenders that we work with that will help to pre-approve future buyers. Contact The Swede Team to learn more about how we can help you buy a home and get in contact with our fantastic lenders to learn more information on buying a home.

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Feb. 26, 2018

New Construction Monday | Virginia Manor

It's Monday and you know what that means! We're back with a New Construction Monday and we're heading back to Loudoun County to view one of their newest constructions. 

With mountain views and resort-style amenities, Virginia Manor is a new construction neighborhood with single-family homes on wooded and cul-de-sac homesites built by Ryan Homes and NVHomes. Virginia Manor has a wide range of homes in the colonial or traditional style that fits anybody’s needs within the area. Open floor plans, first-floor owner’s suite, gourmet kitchens, 2-7 bedrooms, and 2-3 car garages are some of the many options you have to customize your own home in the area.

Virginia Manor has their amenities through Dulles Farms Association and all the community amenities are within walking distance of the neighborhood. They include a resort-style pool, a clubhouse with a fitness center, sports courts, 4 miles of nature & walking trails, 14 parks, and tot lots.

The Virginia Manor neighborhood is close to shopping and dining opportunities such as the South Riding Town Center, Stone Ridge Village Shopping Center and Brambleton Town Center. Enjoy various wineries within Loudoun County including the Chrysalis Vineyards at The Ag District, the Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg, and Quattro Goomba's Winery. If the nature trails in the neighborhood aren’t enough, explore various outdoor sites such as the Manassas National Battlefield, Bull Run Regional Park, or the Frying Pan Farm Park.

There are various commuter routes near this community such as the Dulles Toll Road, Loudoun County Parkway, Route 28 and 50, and I-66. The Silver Line Metrorail will soon be nearby. Virginia Manor is also close to the Dulles International Airport. Virginia Manor is located in the 5th largest school district in Virginia with schools like Buffalo Trail Elementary, Mercer Middle, John Champe High School.  

When it comes to Virginia Manor, you get a single-family home community with a Loudoun County zip code. 

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Feb. 22, 2018

Real Estate Tips Thursday | Buying a Home

Buying a home is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming experience.  TheSwedeTeam can assist you throughout the entire process. All of us at The Swede Team love helping buyers find the perfect place to call home. That’s why we work with each client individually, taking the time to understand their unique lifestyles, needs, and wishes. Remember, buying a home is a process of Elimination, NOT a process of Selection. We can help you find the right home at the right price with all of the criteria you would like in a home such as the location, lot size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, etc.

Finding the right Realtor® to help with the buying process is very important. The Swede Team has lived in the Northern Virginia area for 25+ years. We have seen Loudoun County, Prince William County, and Fauquier County change drastically over the years. We have helped several of our clients buy homes throughout the years and continue to help those who are deciding to upgrade, downsize or simply move to a different location in the Northern Virginia area.

To get started, we recommend that you contact The Swede Team today and get signed up with Howard. He will give you concierge service throughout the entire home buying process. Next, you will want to sign an Exclusive Right to Represent form with Howard, so you can ensure they are working for you and not the seller.

We recommend that you contact a Lender to get pre-approved and find out exactly what you can afford.  We want you to be comfortable with your monthly mortgage payments.  Mortgage requirements are changing all the time. Contact us for a list of our top referred Lenders who will help you find the perfect loan for your situation. We recommend that you check out the different areas to figure out what area will best fit your family and lifestyle. When you're ready to go view houses, one of our Showing Assistants will help you out with viewing the home and the surrounding area.

Lastly, we recommend you download our app that will help view homes in for sale in the area that is in the price range that you prefer.

Ready to Go? Contact The Swede Team and we will schedule an appointment to help you find your Dream Home! 

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Feb. 19, 2018

New Construction Monday | Warrenton Chase

Welcome home to Warrenton Chase, a beautiful and established community, all perfectly nestled at the intersection of Route 15 and Meetze Road less than one mile from the town of Warrenton. Homes in this community are priced between the low 470s and the upper 590s. They are created by Ryan and NV Homes that feature several different models.

For Ryan Homes, they have six different models to choose from. The Palermo offers an open, airy floor plan, a gourmet kitchen with plenty of counter space, and the option of four different owner’s baths. The Carolina Place is a single floor living single-family home with a huge island in the kitchen, an optional covered porch in the back of the home, and an optional lower level with a finished basement. The Bateman boasts an expansive great room with a cozy fireplace, an optional morning room, and a private owner’s bedroom.

The Spring Manor gives ranch living with an elegant design with a private retreat owner’s bedroom, an optional spa-like master bathroom and a possible upper level with a bonus room. The Landon features a standard three-car garage, different layouts of the owner’s suite and an optional finished basement with a large, open floor plan. The Corsica is a smartly designed home with a 2-story foyer, a loft area that could be a second living room, and a gorgeous owner’s suite with its own sitting area. The NV Homes Longwood model provides a gourmet kitchen with an eat-at infinity island, a double door entryway to the owner’s suit, and an optional loft on the second floor.

The amenities in the neighborhood will feel like an established community of tree-lined streets. It has walking trails, tennis courts, neighborhood pool, tot-lots, and a clubhouse. Warrenton Chase is located nearby the heart of Warrenton with plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from. There are always plenty of events to attend in the Town of Warrenton. The community nearby plenty of wineries, golf courses, and award-winning schools. There is easy access to commuting routes such as Route 29, Route 15 and I-66. It’s 10 minutes away to The Shops at Stonewall with the anchored Wegmans. It’s 15 minutes away from Gainesville and the Virginia Gateway shopping center with upscale shopping and dining experiences.

When it comes to Warrenton Chase, you’ll enjoy luxury living with the town of Warrenton at your fingertips.

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