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Here is an excellent article about wood floors from REALTOR Magazine. I hope you’ll find it helpful:

“Just as with ties and hem lengths, wood flooring styles change. Colors get darker or lighter; planks get narrower or wider; woods with more or less grain show swings in popularity; softer or harder species gain or lose fans; and the wood itself may be older, newer, or even pre-engineered with a top layer or veneer-glued to a substrate to decrease expansion and contraction from moisture.

Here are key categories for consideration:

Solid Plank

This is what some refer to as “real” wood because the wood usually ranges from three-eighths to three-quarters of an inch in total thickness to permit refinishing and sanding. Thicker floors have a thicker wear layer to allow for more frequent refinishing and sanding, so they can withstand decades of use, says architect Julie Hacker of Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker Architects. It also can be stained, come from different species of tree, and be sold in numerous widths and lengths:

  • Width and length: Designer Steven Gurowitz, owner of Interiors by Steven G., is among those who prefers solid flooring for many installations because of its rich, warm look. Like other design professionals, he’s seeing greater interest in boards wider than the once-standard 2 ¾ to 3 ¾ inches — typically 5 to 6 inches now but even beyond 10 inches. And he’s also seeing corresponding interest in longer lengths, depending on the species. Width and length should be in proportion. “The wider a board gets, the longer the planks need to be, too, and in proportion,” says Chris Sy, vice president with Carlisle Wide Plank Floors. These oversized dimensions reflect the same trend toward bigger stone and ceramic slabs. The downside is greater cost.
  • Palette: Gurowitz and others are also hearing more requests for darker hues among clients in the northeastern United States, while those in the South and West still gravitate toward lighter colors. But Sprigg Lynn, on the board of the National Wood Flooring Association and with Universal Floors, says the hottest trend is toward a gray or driftwood. Handscraped, antique boards that look aged and have texture, sometimes beveled edges, are also become more popular, even in modern interiors, though they may cost much more.
  • Species and price: Depending on the preference of the stain color, Gurowitz favors mostly mahogany, hickory, walnut, oak, and pine boards. Oak may be the industry’s bread and butter because of the ease of staining it and a relatively low price point. A basic 2 ¼-inch red oak might, for instance, run $6.50 a square foot while a 2 ¼-inch red oak that’s rift and quartered might sell for a slightly higher $8.50 a square foot.
  • Maintenance: How much care home owners want to invest in their floors should also factor in their decision. Pine is quite soft and will show more wear than a harder wood like mahogany or walnut, but it’s less expensive. In certain regions such as the South, pine comes in a harder version known as heart pine that’s popular, says Georgia-based designer Mary Lafevers of Inscape Design Studio. Home owners should understand the different choices because they affect how often they need to refinish the wood, which could be every four to five years, says Susan Brunstrum of Sweet Peas Design-Inspired Interior. Also, Sy says that solid planks can be installed over radiant heating, but they demand expert installation.

Engineered Wood

Also referred to as prefabricated wood, this genre has become popular because the top layer or veneer is glued to wood beneath to reduce expansion and contraction that happens with solid boards due to climatic effects, says Sy, whose firm sells both types. He recommends engineered, depending on the amount of humidity. If home owners go with a prefabricated floor, he advises a veneer of at least one-quarter inch. “If it’s too thin, you won’t have enough surface to sand,” he says. And he suggests a thick enough substrate for a stable underlayment that won’t move as moisture levels in a home shift.

His company’s offerings include an 11-ply marine-grade birch. The myth that engineered boards only come prestained is untrue. “They can be bought unfinished,” he says. Engineered boards are also a good choice for home owners planning to age in place, since there are fewer gaps between boards for a stable surface, says Aaron D. Murphy, an architect with ADM Architecture Inc. and a certified Aging in Place specialist with the National Association of Home Builders.

Reclaimed Wood

Typically defined as recycled wood — perhaps from an old barn or factory — reclaimed wood has gained fans because of its aged, imperfect patina and sustainability; you’re reusing something rather than cutting down more trees. Though less plentiful and more expensive because of the time required to locate and renew samples, it offers a solid surface underfoot since it’s from old-growth trees, says Lynn. Some companies have come to specialize in rescuing logs that have been underwater for decades, even a century. West Branch Heritage Timber,for instance, removes “forgotten” native pine and spruce from swamps, cuts them to desired widths and lengths, and lays them atop ½-inch birch to combine the best of engineered and reclaimed. “The advantage is that it can be resanded after wear since it’s thicker than most prefabricated floors, can be laid atop radiant mats, and doesn’t include toxins,” Managing Partner Tom Shafer says. A downside is a higher price of about $12 to $17 a square foot.

Porcelain “Wood”

A new competitor that closely resembles wood, Gurowitz saysporcelain wood offers advantages: indestructibility, varied colors, “graining” that mimics old wood, wide and long lengths, quickness in installation, and no maintenance. “You can spill red wine on it and nothing happens; if there’s a leak in an apartment above, it won’t be destroyed,” he says. Average prices run an affordable $3.50 to $8 a square foot. The biggest downside? It doesn’t feel like wood since it’s colder to the touch, Lynn says.

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Bottom line: When home owners are making a choice or comparing floors, they should ask these questions:

1. Do you want engineered or solid-based floors, depending on your home’s conditions?

2. Do you want a floor with more natural character, or less?

3. What board width do you want?

4. How critical is length to you in reducing the overall number of seams?

5. What color range do you want — light, medium, or dark?

6. Do you want more aggressive graining like oak or a mellower grain like walnut?

7. Do you want flooring prefinished or unfinished?

8. How thick is the wear layer in the floor you’re considering, which will affect your ability to refinish it over time?

9. What type of finish are you going to use? Can it be refinished and, if so, how?

10. For wider planks that provide greater stability: Where is the wood coming from, how is it dried, what is its moisture content, and what type of substrate is used in the engineered platform?

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SOURCE: REALTOR Magazine

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Residential Real Estate Statistics, MLS Property Listings and Homes for Sale in LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA for the month of FEBRUARY 2011.

The data in the table below applies only to properties that were Listed and Sold through the MLS and does not take into account For Sale By Owner, FSBO, and other privately sold properties.

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 To search all Washington, D.C. area, Northern Virginia & LOUDOUN COUNTY VA, MLS real estate and Homes for Sale by COUNTY, TOWN, ZIP CODE, LISTING NUMBER, or MAP, directly from the source, MLS-MRIS, visit my web site: http://www.RealtorVivianneRutkowski.com/  or   www.RealEstateWithViv.com

To save your searches  in Property Wizard and receive automated e-mail real estate market updates and new listings that meet your criteria: http://www.realtorviviannerutkowski.com/pw_login.shtml

To search all Northern Virginia and Loudoun County OPEN HOUSEShttp://www.realtorviviannerutkowski.com/openhousesearch.shtml

To research Schools and Neighborhoods in LOUDOUN COUNTY VA,  Arlington County VA, Fairfax County VA,  Prince William County VA, Fauquier County VA visit http://www.realtorviviannerutkowski.com 

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TABLE below shows LOUDOUN COUNTY Virginia Inventory of MLS ACTIVE real estate listings and Homes for Sale, as well as  Homes SOLD during FEBRUARY 2011,  Average & Median Sale Price,  Average Seller Subsidy, and Average Days on the Market for the  142 Single Family Homes,  95 Townhomes and 36 Condominiums SOLD in LOUDOUN COUNTY VA during the month of FEBRUARY 2011.

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA

FEBRUARY, 2011 PREVIOUS  MONTH FEBRUARY, LAST YEAR 
TOTAL UNITS SOLD       
     Single Family  142 UNITS  131 UNITS  120 UNITS
     Townhomes   95* UNITS  81 UNITS  95* UNITS
     Condominiums  36 UNITS   39 UNITS  47 UNITS
MEDIAN SALE PRICE       
     Single Family  $494K  $450K  $490K
     Townhomes  $297K  $287K  $322K
     Condominiums  $197K  $160K  $181K
AVERAGE SALE PRICE      
     Single Family  $536K  $475K  $495K
     Townhomes   $316K  $287K  $314K
     Condominiums  $205K  $178K  $197K
AVERAGE List Price vs. Sold Price      
     Single Family  96.7*%  96.7*%  98.4%
     Townhomes   97.7%  97.6%  98.5%
     Condominiums  97.9%  98.2%  97.7%
AVERAGE DAYS-MARKET      
     Single Family   91 DAYS  97 DAYS  72 DAYS
     Townhomes   80 DAYS  57 DAYS  33 DAYS
     Condominiums  73 DAYS  70 DAYS  32 DAYS
AV-GE SELLER SUBSIDY      
     Single Family  $4,370  $3,730  $4,825
     Townhomes   $4,175  $4,100  $3,725
     Condominiums  $2,000  $1,450  $5,475
TOTAL ACTIVE LISTINGS       
     Single Family  918 UNITS
     Townhomes  254 UNITS
    Condominiums  126 UNITS

Loudoun County Virginia real estate and homes for sale,  single family homes, townhomes, and condominiums for sale in Aldie VA (20105), Ashburn VA (20147, 20148), Bluemont VA (20135), Chantilly VA (20152), Great Falls VA (22066), Hamilton VA (20158, 20159), Lovettsville VA (20180), Middleburg VA (20117), Paeonian Springs VA (20129), Purcellville VA (20132), Round Hill VA (20141), Sterling VA (20164, 20165, 20166), Waterford VA (20197) and Leesburg VA (20175, 20176, 20177)

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Graph of the Listed Price for the 142 Single Family Homes SOLD  in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia during the month of  FEBRUARY 2011

The MEDIAN PRICE was $494,200, the AVERAGE PRICE was $535,750, and the AVERAGE DAYS ON THE MARKET was 91 DAYS for the 142 SINGLE FAMILY HOMES SOLD during the months of FEBRUARY 2011 in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia

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Graph of the Listed Price for the 95 Townhomes SOLD  in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia during the month of  FEBRUARY 2011

The MEDIAN PRICE was $297,000, the AVERAGE PRICE was $316,100, and the AVERAGE DAYS ON THE MARKET was 80 DAYS for the 95 TOWNHOMES SOLD during the month of FEBRUARY 2011 in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia

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Graph of the Listed Price for the 36 Condominiums SOLD  in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia during the month of  FEBRUARY 2011

The MEDIAN PRICE was $197,000, the AVERAGE PRICE was $205,000, and the AVERAGE DAYS ON THE MARKET was 73 DAYS for the 36 CONDOMINIUMS SOLD during the month of FEBRUARY 2011 in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia.

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NOTE: Numbers rounded to the nearest thousand – (*) indicates NO change in month-to-month data, or month-to-previous year data.

NOTE: All information presented here is believed to be accurate, but is subject to errors and omissions and should not be relied upon without verification.
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NOTE: Table cannot be reproduced or copied without written permission of the author.
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SOURCE: MLS – MRIS, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems

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Table and Graphs compiled by:

VIVIANNE RUTKOWSKI
REALTOR, Licensed in Virginia
ABR, GRI, SFR, CDPE, CHRE
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
Toll-Free: 877.765.3799
Mobile: 540.229.5429
E-Fax: 888.864.3374
E-mail: VivianneRutkowski@MRIS.com
WEBSITE: www.RealtorVivianneRutkowski.com
WEBSITE: www.RealEstateWithViv.com
BLOG:  http://VivianneRutkowski.WordPress.com

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Residential Real Estate Statistics, MLS Property Listings and Homes for Sale in LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA for the month of JANUARY 2011.

The data in the table below applies only to properties that were Listed and Sold through the MLS and does not take into account For Sale By Owner, FSBO, and other privately sold properties.

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 To search all Washington, D.C. area, Northern Virginia & LOUDOUN COUNTY VA, MLS real estate and Homes for Sale by COUNTY, TOWN, ZIP CODE, LISTING NUMBER, or MAP, directly from the source, MLS-MRIS, visit my web site: http://www.RealtorVivianneRutkowski.com/  or   www.RealEstateWithViv.com

To save your searches  in Property Wizard and receive automated e-mail real estate market updates and new listings that meet your criteria: http://www.realtorviviannerutkowski.com/pw_login.shtml

To search all Northern Virginia and Loudoun County OPEN HOUSEShttp://www.realtorviviannerutkowski.com/openhousesearch.shtml

To research Schools and Neighborhoods in LOUDOUN COUNTY VA,  Arlington County VA, Fairfax County VA,  Prince William County VA, Fauquier County VA visit http://www.realtorviviannerutkowski.com 

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TABLE below shows LOUDOUN COUNTY Virginia Inventory of MLS ACTIVE real estate listings and Homes for Sale, as well as  Homes SOLD during JANUARY 2011,  Average & Median Sale Price,  Average Seller Subsidy, and Average Days on the Market for the  131 Single Family Homes,  81 Townhomes and 39 Condominiums SOLD in LOUDOUN COUNTY VA during the month of JANUARY 2011.

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA

JANUARY, 2011 PREVIOUS  MONTH JANUARY, LAST YEAR 
TOTAL UNITS SOLD       
     Single Family  131 UNITS  194 UNITS  127 UNITS
     Townhomes   81 UNITS  153 UNITS  100 UNITS
     Condominiums  39 UNITS   51 UNITS  41 UNITS
MEDIAN SALE PRICE       
     Single Family  $450K  $501K  $460K
     Townhomes  $287K  $320K  $300K
     Condominiums  $160K  $198K  $205K
AVERAGE SALE PRICE      
     Single Family  $475K  $514K  $520K
     Townhomes   $287K  $316K  $297K
     Condominiums  $178K  $198*K  $198*K
AVERAGE List Price vs. Sold Price      
     Single Family  96.7%  97.3%  97.4%
     Townhomes   97.6%  97.1%  98.3%
     Condominiums  98.2%  98.7%  100.0%
AVERAGE DAYS-MARKET      
     Single Family   97 DAYS  80 DAYS  94 DAYS
     Townhomes   57 DAYS  48 DAYS  45 DAYS
     Condominiums  70 DAYS  60 DAYS  66 DAYS
AV-GE SELLER SUBSIDY      
     Single Family  $3,737  $4,900  $4,534
     Townhomes   $4,101  $5,350  $3,439
     Condominiums  $1,449  $2,000  $1,432
TOTAL ACTIVE LISTINGS       
     Single Family  * UNITS
     Townhomes  * UNITS
    Condominiums  * UNITS

Loudoun County Virginia real estate and homes for sale,  single family homes, townhomes, and condominiums for sale in Aldie VA (20105), Ashburn VA (20147, 20148), Bluemont VA (20135), Chantilly VA (20152), Great Falls VA (22066), Hamilton VA (20158, 20159), Lovettsville VA (20180), Middleburg VA (20117), Paeonian Springs VA (20129), Purcellville VA (20132), Round Hill VA (20141), Sterling VA (20164, 20165, 20166), Waterford VA (20197) and Leesburg VA (20175, 20176, 20177)

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Graph of the Listed Price for the 131 Single Family Homes SOLD  in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia during the month of  JANUARY 2011

The MEDIAN PRICE was $450,000, the AVERAGE PRICE was $475,000, and the AVERAGE DAYS ON THE MARKET was 97 DAYS for the 131 SINGLE FAMILY HOMES SOLD during the months of JANUARY 2011 in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia

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Graph of the Listed Price for the 81 Townhomes SOLD  in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia during the month of  JANUARY 2011

The MEDIAN PRICE was $287,000, the AVERAGE PRICE was $286,600, and the AVERAGE DAYS ON THE MARKET was 57 DAYS for the 81 TOWNHOMES SOLD during the month of JANUARY 2011 in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia

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Graph of the Listed Price for the 39 Condominiums SOLD  in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia during the month of  JANUARY 2011

The MEDIAN PRICE was $160,000, the AVERAGE PRICE was $178,270, and the AVERAGE DAYS ON THE MARKET was 70 DAYS for the 39 CONDOMINIUMS SOLD during the month of JANUARY 2011 in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia.

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NOTE: Numbers rounded to the nearest thousand – (*) indicates NO change in month-to-month data, or month-to-previous year data.

NOTE: All information presented here is believed to be accurate, but is subject to errors and omissions and should not be relied upon without verification.
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NOTE: Table cannot be reproduced or copied without written permission of the author.
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SOURCE: MLS – MRIS, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems

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Table and Graphs compiled by:

VIVIANNE RUTKOWSKI
REALTOR, Licensed in Virginia
ABR, GRI, SFR, CDPE, CHRE
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
Toll-Free: 877.765.3799
Mobile: 540.229.5429
E-Fax: 888.864.3374
E-mail: VivianneRutkowski@MRIS.com
WEBSITE: www.RealtorVivianneRutkowski.com
WEBSITE: www.RealEstateWithViv.com
BLOG:  http://VivianneRutkowski.WordPress.com

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Residential Real Estate Statistics, MLS Property Listings and Homes for Sale in LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA for the month of DECEMBER 2010.

The data in the table below applies only to properties that were Listed and Sold through the MLS and does not take into account For Sale By Owner, FSBO, and other privately sold properties.

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 To search all Washington, D.C. area, Northern Virginia & LOUDOUN COUNTY VA, MLS real estate and Homes for Sale by COUNTY, TOWN, ZIP CODE, LISTING NUMBER, or MAP, directly from the source, MLS-MRIS, visit my web site: http://www.RealtorVivianneRutkowski.com/  or   www.RealEstateWithViv.com

To save your searches  in Property Wizard and receive automated e-mail real estate market updates and new listings that meet your criteria: http://www.realtorviviannerutkowski.com/pw_login.shtml

To search all Northern Virginia and Loudoun County OPEN HOUSEShttp://www.realtorviviannerutkowski.com/openhousesearch.shtml

To research Schools and Neighborhoods in LOUDOUN COUNTY VA,  Arlington County VA, Fairfax County VA,  Prince William County VA, Fauquier County VA visit http://www.realtorviviannerutkowski.com 

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TABLE below shows LOUDOUN COUNTY Virginia Inventory of MLS ACTIVE real estate listings and Homes for Sale, as well as  Homes SOLD during DECEMBER 2010,  Average & Median Sale Price,  Average Seller Subsidy, and Average Days on the Market for the  194 Single Family Homes,  153 Townhomes and 51 Condominiums SOLD in LOUDOUN COUNTY VA during the month of DECEMBER 2010.

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA

DECEMBER, 2010 PREVIOUS  MONTH DECEMBER, LAST YEAR 
TOTAL UNITS SOLD       
     Single Family  194 UNITS  199 UNITS  240 UNITS
     Townhomes   153 UNITS  107 UNITS  150 UNITS
     Condominiums  51 UNITS  57 UNITS  56 UNITS
MEDIAN SALE PRICE       
     Single Family  $501K  $520K  $471K
     Townhomes  $320*K  $320*K  $305K
     Condominiums  $198K  $185K  $169K
AVERAGE SALE PRICE      
     Single Family  $514K  $510K  $494K
     Townhomes   $316K  $321K  $301K
     Condominiums  $198K  $192K  $175K
AVERAGE List Price vs. Sold Price      
     Single Family  97.3%  97.4%  98.1%
     Townhomes   97.1%  96.7%  99.5%
     Condominiums  98.7%  98.0%  98.5%
AVERAGE DAYS-MARKET      
     Single Family   80 DAYS  72 DAYS  75 DAYS
     Townhomes   48 DAYS  53 DAYS  31 DAYS
     Condominiums  60 DAYS  41 DAYS  36 DAYS
AV-GE SELLER SUBSIDY      
     Single Family  $4,900  $4,159  $3,700
     Townhomes   $5,350  $3,850  $3,900
     Condominiums  $2,000  $1,816  $2,700
TOTAL ACTIVE LISTINGS       
     Single Family  879 UNITS
     Townhomes  274 UNITS
    Condominiums  131 UNITS

Loudoun County Virginia real estate and homes for sale,  single family homes, townhomes, and condominiums for sale in Aldie VA (20105), Ashburn VA (20147, 20148), Bluemont VA (20135), Chantilly VA (20152), Great Falls VA (22066), Hamilton VA (20158, 20159), Lovettsville VA (20180), Middleburg VA (20117), Paeonian Springs VA (20129), Purcellville VA (20132), Round Hill VA (20141), Sterling VA (20164, 20165, 20166), Waterford VA (20197) and Leesburg VA (20175, 20176, 20177)….

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Graph of the Listed Price for the 194 Single Family Homes SOLD  in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia during the month of  DECEMBER 2010

The MEDIAN PRICE was $500,750, the AVERAGE PRICE was $514,150, and the AVERAGE DAYS ON THE MARKET  was 80 DAYS for the 194 SINGLE FAMILY HOMES SOLD during the months of DECEMBER 2010 in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia

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Graph of the Listed Price for the 153 Townhomes SOLD  in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia during the month of  DECEMBER 2010

The MEDIAN PRICE was $320,000, the AVERAGE PRICE was $315,800, and the AVERAGE DAYS ON THE MARKET was 48 DAYS for the 153 TOWNHOMES SOLD during the month of DECEMBER 2010 in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia

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Graph of the Listed Price for the 51 Condominiums SOLD  in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia during the month of  DECEMBER 2010

The MEDIAN PRICE was $198,000, the AVERAGE PRICE was $198,270, and the AVERAGE DAYS ON THE MARKET was 60 DAYS for the 51 CONDOMINIUMS SOLD during the month of DECEMBER 2010 in LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia.

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NOTE: Numbers rounded to the nearest thousand – (*) indicates NO change in month-to-month data, or month-to-previous year data.

NOTE: All information presented here is believed to be accurate, but is subject to errors and omissions and should not be relied upon without verification.
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NOTE: Table cannot be reproduced or copied without written permission of the author.
.
SOURCE: MLS – MRIS, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems

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Table and Graphs compiled by:

VIVIANNE RUTKOWSKI
REALTOR, Licensed in Virginia
ABR, GRI, SFR, CDPE, CHRE
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
Toll-Free: 877.765.3799
Mobile: 540.229.5429
E-Fax: 888.864.3374
E-mail: VivianneRutkowski@MRIS.com
WEBSITE: www.RealtorVivianneRutkowski.com
WEBSITE: www.RealEstateWithViv.com
BLOG:  http://VivianneRutkowski.WordPress.com

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