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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.

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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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Feb. 15, 2018

Tips for Selling Your Home: Why Use a Professional?

With all of our real estate tips, you're probably stopping to ask...why would I consider a real estate professional to help me if I can do it all by myself? What would The Swede Team offer me that I can't do alone? What are the benefits they would provide to me? Well, here it is! Here are six reasons why you should choose The Swede Team to help sell your home.

#1: The Swede Team will provide a consult with you on how to get your home in top-selling condition. Why? Because they want to WOW prospective buyers during the first 30 days that your home is on the market.

#2: The Swede Team will give you up to date information on what’s happening in the marketplace. It's important to have up-to-date market information that helps them strategize how they are going to sell your home.

#3: The Swede Team will provide you with information on competing properties -- list price versus actual SOLD price, financing terms, condition and more. It's crucial to know the fair market value of your home so we can price your home to compare to the competing properties that have SOLD most recently.

#4: The Swede Team will market your home to other real estate agents and the public using research-based marketing strategies. Why? 90% of all buyers start their search on the internet. They will advertise your home on over 900+ internet sites including social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

#5: The Swede Team will help you objectively evaluate and negotiate every buyer’s offer without compromising your position. This is because an offer is just the beginning of the process. There will be home inspections, radon testing, financing & appraisals which can have a lot of possible pitfalls. The Swede Team can help you throughout this entire process.

#6: The Swede Team will help you close on the sale of your home. The paperwork alone is overwhelming and it is not unusual for questions or unexpected problems to occur throughout the process. They will be there for you during settlement and will continue to be there after you are done selling your home because you are a client for life. 

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Feb. 12, 2018

New Construction Monday | Villages of Piedmont at Leopold's Preserve

Welcome back to New Construction Mondays! Today, we're taking you to the new Villages of Piedmont at Leopold's Preserve in Haymarket, VA. They are offering townhomes and single-family homes to be included in the expansive Piedmont community of Gainesville and Haymarket.

When it comes to the townhomes, Richmond American Homes provided three models: The Kara, The Kevin, and The Vienna. These townhomes include two-car garages, spacious master bedrooms, and gourmet kitchens. Winchester Homes also provided townhomes with three models as well: The Reece, The Kelson, and The Paxton. These townhomes include two walk-in closets, 3,000 square feet of space, 9' ceilings and the option of a three-story rear expansion. Stanley Martin designed the single-family homes with three models: The Carey, The Travis, and The Kearney. These homes are easily customizable with opetions such as a library, lofts, spacious bedrooms and gourmet open kitchens.

This Haymarket community features amenities nearby such as the Wal-Mart and Food Lion. Dining opportunities nearby happen in the Haymarket Village Center with Urban Kitchen, East Ocean, and Busaba Thai. Other options in the area include Giuseppe's Italian, Foster's Grille and El Vaquero West. Shopping opportunities are a couple miles away at the Virginia Gateway Center in Gainesville, featuring Francesca's, J.Crew, and Hobby Lobby. Schools filing into the area include Haymarket Elementary, Reagan Middle, and Battlefield High School. Commuting routes nearby include Route 29, State Route 55, and I-66.

When it comes to the Villages of Piedmont at Leopold's Preserve, this private area boasts a friendly community close to an array of amenities.

Take a look at the map below to view the area and surrounding amenities!

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Feb. 8, 2018

Tips for Selling Your Home: Home Enhancement Checklist

Are you planning on selling your home? Staging your home is an important part. With the Home Enhancement Checklist, it works to help you see things from a buyer’s point of view. We at The Swede Team want your home to make a GREAT first impression when selling. Buyers generally decide if they want to see the inside of a property within 20 seconds of viewing the external attractiveness (curb appeal) of a property. Here are some tips that you can use to help stage every part of the house!


  • Keep the lawn cut & edged. Trim bushes, weed gardens, fresh mulch, plants annuals. Keep the porch swept.
  • The front door greets the buyer. Make sure it is fresh, clean and paint the trim.


  • Clear off the top and remove magnets, pictures, and messages from the refrigerator.
  • Wipe down cabinets and sinks and mop floors.


  • Hide all products and styling tools from the tub/shower and sink.
  • Organize linen closets and medicine cabinets. Make sure all medicines are put away from sight

Living Areas:

  • Make sure all lights are turned on and curtains are opened.
  • Clean & deodorize all carpets and/or wash all floors.


  • Rearrange furniture to highlight specific areas of rooms.
  • Clear bedside tables; only leave the lamp, clock and one or two books

Basement & Garage:

  • Box up and store away any unneccsary items
  • Make sure heater, AC, and furnace are all in working order.

When A Buyer is On Their Way…

  • Turn off loud, noisy, and disturbing TV shows and music.
  • Leave your home. Take a short break while your house is being shown. Buyers are intimidated when sellers are present and tend to hurry through the house. Let the buyer be at ease, and let the agents do their jobs.

We at The Swede Team will do nothing but the best at making sure your home is sold for a top dollar price. You will also learn more tips for selling your home if you call Howard today about selling your home!

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