Saturday, December 28, 2013

2014 Loan Limits for Jumbo Loans

2014 Loan Limits for Jumbo Loans by Claudia S. Nelson with Keller Williams Realty in Woodbridge VA 

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac set the Loan Limits for 2014 for high balance loan limits* as following are as follows:

Conventional    $625,500
FHA                  $625,500   
VA (100% Financing)  $692,500   

*Loan Limits are set per county.  The above limits are for  Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV (Metropolitan Area)
Component Counties (VA): Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier,
Loudon, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren
Component Cities (VA): Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg,
Manassas, Manassas Park

Prince William Ice Center, Woodbridge Ice Center

Dale City Ice Center, Woodbridge Ice Center by Claudia S. Nelson with Keller Williams Realty

Yesterday I was planing on taking my friends daughter to the Prince William Ice Center to teaching her how to skate. I had no idea that the Prince William Ice Center was so busy and only had public skating at certain times during the day. I was very much looking forward to ice skate but o well next time I will know better to checking the public skating times first prior to going to the ice center. 

There are two ice rinks one for Ice hokey and the other one for figure skating. Since we were unable to skate we stayed there for a while and watched the figure skater and an ice hokey junior team train. Wow some of the figure skaters were pretty good.

The Prince William Ice Center offers parties and events, lessons and camps and then of course public skating. Overall a pretty cool ice rink right in our neighborhood. If you haven't been to the Prince William Ice Center you should definitely check it out. It is located a the corner of Dale Blvd and Ridgefield Rd.

Besides the Prince William Ice Center Dale City got so much to offer, it is a great place to call HOME. If you are thinking about moving to Dale City or surrounding area I would be more than happy to assisting you. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Best Bread in Woodbridge VA

Best Bread in Woodbridge VA By Claudia S. Nelson

I love me some good bread. Growing up in Switzerland I am used to the very best bread ever, so coming to the US it took me some time to finding bread that I like. Here is my favorite list of good bread in Woodbridge VA and surrounding area. 

Wegmans in Woodbridge VA 
Great fresh bread. They offer healthy options, bake the bread fresh in the store and have a great variety of different options. They even offer Laugenbroetchen. Recently I got hocked on the Marathon Bread from Wegmans in Woodbridge. 

Harris Teeter Woodbridge VA 
Harris Teeter also offers fresh bread and has a good variety of fresh bread. One of my favorite breads there is with Olives and they also have one with nuts in there. Not sure of the name right now but both are very yummy. 

Swiss Bakery 
Of course being from Switzerland I love love the Swiss Bakery. It is a little further away from Woodbridge. The Swiss Bakery has two locations one in Springfield and the other in Burke. 

Heidelberg Bakery
This one is the furthest away from Woodbridge but still a great place to finding good bread. Heidelberg Bakery is located in Arlington. 

I am not claiming for this to be a complete list but these are my favorite stores to finding good bread. Wholefoods also has great bread but there isn't one close to Woodbridge yet. 

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar NOW OPEN

Toby Keith's Woodbridge VA, brought to you by Claudia S. Nelson with Keller Williams Realty in Woodbridge VA. 

Toby Keith's I love this Bar & Grill in Woodbridge VA is now open. Toby Keith's will be hiring and has already hired many bartenders and servers. This is will give the Woodbridge VA economy lots of new jobs and also a place to have happy hours, parties, meeting and just hang out and have a drink with friends.

Toby Keith's is located in Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center. I will be sure to checking it out as soon as possible as I have been waiting for this bar to open for quite some time. Toby Keith's is just one of the many new bars slash restaurants that have been opening in the Woodbridge VA area and particular Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center and of course in and around Potomac Mills Mall. Woodbridge VA has added many new restaurants and bars. Woodbridge has seen quite a bit of growth over the past couple of years, mainly due to affordable home prices, great schools and it's proximity to major military bases such as Quantico, Fort Belvoir and the Pentagon not to forget Woodbridge VA is only about 20 miles south of the nations capital Washington DC. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

15976 Canada Goose Loop Woodbridge VA 22191, Riverside Station

  • 3 Level End Townhouse 
  • 1 Car Garage
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Baths 
  • Large Rec-Room
  • Luxury Master Bath with soaking tub and shower
  • Large Master Bedroom with Walkin Closet 
  • All Riverside Amenities 
  • Close to Everything 
Call Claudia S. Nelson to set up a showing for this beautiful Riverside Station Townhouse for Rent:
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 15976 Canada Goose Loop
Woodbridge VA 22191
Riverside Station Woodbridge VA 

Friday, December 20, 2013


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Prepare to Have Your Woodbridge VA House Appraised

Prepare to Have Your Woodbridge VA House Appraised by Claudia S. Nelson with Keller Williams Realty in Woodbridge VA

Make any necessary minor home improvements to your Woodbridge VA Home. This includes leaky faucets, missing door handles, missing kitchen cupboard and drawer knobs or handles, missing or damaged trim work, broken light fixtures or light switches, cracked windows, torn screens and the likes.

Make sure there are smoke detectors on all floors, especially near bedrooms. You might even want to install carbonmonoxite detectors if you don't already have them. Make sure all stairways, inside and out, have sturdy handrails. These measures increase the safety status of your home.

Having your carpets professionally cleaned is always a good idea.

When getting ready to have your house appraised, have the following documents ready:

1. Property Survey

2. A "brag sheet" that lists any home improvements, including when the improvement was made and the approximate cost. Did you upgrade your kitchen or bathrooms? Did you add a deck? Did you have your house painted, did you add new light fixtures? Also include building permit confirmation, if applicable.

When the house appraiser arrives:

1. Be sure all areas of the Woodbridge VA home are accessible. This also means the attic, basement, crawl spaces, and garage.

2. Make sure the house is clutter free for maximum visual effect.

3. Make sure house has smells good, light candles or use air fresheners.

4.  Before the house appraiser leaves, ask when you can expect a copy of the appraisal report for your real estate listing.

If you are just curious to know what your Woodbridge VA Home is worth in Today's Real Estate Market I would be happy to assist. You can find out your Woodbridge VA Home Value or Woodbridge VA Home Prices right here.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Find Your Woodbridge VA Real Estate Agent

It's easy to find any Woodbridge VA real estate agent, but the question is, how do you find a GOOD Woodbridge VA real estate agent? Start with Google, or ask your family and friends.

Google for agents that are familiar with your neighborhood. Check for mailings you are receiving from agents that just sold homes in your neibhborhood or check out open houses in your neighborhood. 

What To Ask A Woodbridge VA Real Estate Agent
Are you a full-time or part-time agent?
Claudia’s answer: YES 

What is the average number of days your listings are on the market before selling?

Claudia’s answer: Average days on market is 30 days
with over 80 % of listings in 2013 sold in less then 10 days.
What is your Internet marketing program?
Claudia’s answer: I have an extensive and proven online marketing strategy, which I am more then happy to outline in detail to all my sellers. A quick overview. I do a media blitz even before the home goes officially on the market. I will do several blogs, social media, single property website,virtual tours, videos, classified adds, yard sign, Open Houses and so much more. 

What is your policy on responding to phone calls/emails/text messages?

Claudia’s answer: I try to make it my highest priority to answer all my calls and return any messages as soon as possible. The only time I will not answer my phone if I am in a meeting with a client but will return the call as soon as I get out of the meeting.

How much of your business is generated by referrals?
Claudia’s answer: Most of my business is generated by referrals. You can read some of my happy clients testimonial on the websites on my testimonial & reviews website.

What references can you provide?

Claudia’s answer: Claudia’s reviews on  
Yelp  Merchant Circle  Superpages  Google+
Do you offer an “easy exit” listing so that I can end our agreement if I am not satisfied?
Claudia’s answer: Yes

Trust your intuition when choosing a Woodbridge VA Real Estate Agent. If you don't feel comfortable with an agent, it's possible potential buyers won't either. Be sure to asking the right questions. You don't just want to find a real estate agent you like. You want to find the right agent for your Woodbridge VA home. 

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Living in Woodbridge VA

Living in Woodbridge VA by Claudia S. Nelson with Keller Williams Realty in Woodbridge VA

Woodbridge has so much to offer besides it's proximity to military bases such as Quantico, Fort Belvoir, The Pentagon and of course not to forget Washington DC. I have been living in Woodbridge VA since 2006 and I love what Woodbridge has to offer, including affordable Woodbridge VA Real Estate.

Woodbridge Parks and Recreation

Woodbridge VA residents enjoy many local parks such as Leesylvania State Park, Veteran Memorial Park and Lake Ridge Park and many more. Not to forget the Dale City Waterpark with all its attractions. Also all the outdoor pools and splash park in Lake Ridge. The Chin Recreational Center even offers an indoor pool and much more. Woodbridge offers Golf Courses including the Lake Ridge Golf Course and Old Hickory Golf Course. One of my favorite parks is Lake Ridge Marina with its boating ramp. 

Woodbridge Shopping and Dining 

Everyone knows about Potomac Mills in Woodbridge VA. However if you haven't been to Potomac Mills lately you be surprised at all the NEW stores at Potomac Mills, also all the new restaurants including the Cheesecake Factory and Bahama Breeze. The newest shopping mall in Woodbridge VA is Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center with its flagship store Wegmans. There is also an Apple Store at Stonebridge and my all time favorite the White House Black Market. At Stonebridge there are also many new and popular restaurants. There are apartments at Stonebridge or across the street at Potomac Club. If you are looking to live close to Stonebride and want to own a beautiful townhouse Potomac Club Woodbridge VA  is where you want to be.

Living in Woodbridge VA 

As you can see Woodbridge VA has so much to offer including its proximity to the nations capital. Woodbridge VA is approximately 20 miles south of Washington DC and only a short commute to major employers such as the Federal Government or private companies in and around Washington DC. 

Chocolate makes everything better

From my recent trip back home to Switzerland I brought back some Swiss Chocolate! Trust Swiss Chocolate is simply the best. My absolute favorite is Laederach Chocolate. Believe it or not you actually get the best Swiss Chocolate even in our area the Woodbridge and Northern Virginia area. You can get it from AUI fine Foods or they are selling it at Tivoli in Ballston or Rosslyn. Anyway best chocolate ever.

When it comes to Swiss Chocolate I know what I am talking about, lol unfortuately I LOVE LOVE chocolate.

The Swiss Chocolate Specialist in Woodbridge VA and Northern Virginia also happens to be a Real Estate Agent.  If you are looking for a SWEET House contact me today at 571-285-4319. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Back in Woodbridge VA from my mini break in Switzerland

Claudia S. Nelson, Keller Williams Realty Woodbridge VA
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Growing up in Switzerland I never really thought much about the mountains, they were just there. Actually the below picture is the view I had every day from my bedroom window. I never thought they were special or anything as they were simply there. Going for hikes or skiing was normal, actually in school we had several hiking excursions per year and I believe 2 ski days or for anyone that did not ski, sledding. I was fortunate enough to learn skiing from a very young age and I loved it. If you are looking at the pictures some great skiing areas were about 30 minutes to 60 minutes drive from my parents house.

So yes I never really thought about the mountains while I was living in Switzerland, now that I have been living in the US for quite some time and to be more exact in Woodbridge VA I truly miss the mountains. I have people asking me if I have been skiing in the Washington DC area and yes I have, but honestly you can not compare any of the skiing areas close to the DC area to what I am used to. I now truly miss the mountains I took for granted growing up.

I just got back from a mini vacation in Switzerland and it was great seeing my family and friends but it was also great seeing what I have been missing for quite some time the beautiful scenery from where I grew up. I had to move away to truly appreciate what I had.

While I was on my mini vacation, Woodbridge VA experienced a little bit of snow. When I shared with my family and friends the news reports and pictures of the snow in Woodbridge VA no one understood why EVERYTHING shut down for the little amount of snow the Woodbridge area got. No one in Switzerland ever got a day off from school due to snow, we were expected to show up on time no matter how much snow there was.

While I truly miss my family, friends, Switzerland, the mountains, and everything else that I was used to back home I couldn't imagine a better place to live then were I currently live in Woodbridge VA. Woodbridge VA is my home, although Switzerland will always be my home too. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

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 Beautiful LARGE 3 level Old Bridge Estates Townhouse. 
Want to move to Old Brige Estates in Woodbridge VA? This beautiful 3 level Old Bridge Estates Tonwhouse has it all. Rarely available END unit townhouse in Old Bridge Estates. Don't wait, will not last long. 

  • 3 Level Townhouse
  • End Unit
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Full Baths
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Den
  • Fully finished basement
  • Deck
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  • Fireplace 
  • Fenced in Backyard
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