June Is National Homeownership Month & There’s No Better Time To Buy A New Home

Home is now more important than ever, so why not celebrate National Homeownership Month in a new Birchwood at Brambleton home!

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First-time homebuyer? Moving up? Down-sizing? Whatever your motivation may be, NOW is the time to act because 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages have hit record low rates. Freddie Mac has just announced that rates are now as low as 3.13% — some of the lowest in US history! Buying a new home may sound counter-intuitive right now, with so much negative economic news these days, but a couple of factors make it easy to understand. In most parts of the country, construction is still categorized as an essential industry, so new homes continue to be built. The Federal Reserve’s recent interest rate cuts have helped reduce mortgage rates to these history-making lows.

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Why NOW is the Right Time to Buy in Birchwood

Birchwood’s new homebuilders are still going strong, continually showcasing innovative new designs that offer low-maintenance, never-before-built condominiums, courtyards, villas, bungalows, carriages and single family homes by Miller & Smith, Van Metre Homes and Winchester Homes. Urban style homes are especially popular here because they offer a modern style and most are within a few miles of the stores, restaurants and events at the Brambleton Town Center. That’s a great lifestyle combination for any buyer, but especially for mature buyers who are down-sizing after raising their families in favor of a more urban way of living. Builders help make the buying process easy here, too. Many offer services like virtual home tours to make comparison shopping simple and convenient.

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Aside from the new homes themselves, Birchwood offers the amenities and character fitting the more active, engaged lifestyle that people now seek.

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It’s in a convenient urban setting, everything is integrated, and walkability is a top priority. As noted earlier, the bustling Town Center’s shops, restaurants, cafes, fitness, salons and even physicians’ and dentists’ offices, are close to home. And the Brambleton Town Center offers one of the most technologically-advanced new public libraries in the nation.

The focus on urban-inspired homes goes beyond the homes themselves – Birchwood’s shared spaces are woven into the urban-influenced design for more ways to get to know neighbors and a much more refreshing vibe than suburban settings of a generation ago.

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Nature and recreation are intertwined with the urban sensibility, too. Open public green space, miles of trails and inviting parks are just as close to new homes as the city-inspired amenities. Birchwood at Brambleton is no mere “development” – this is a complete hometown, and unlike anything in the DC metropolitan area.

If you’re ready for a renewed lifestyle, check out Birchwood at Brambleton. Located in award-winning Brambleton, in the heart of Loudoun County, Virginia, Birchwood has become the best-selling active adult community around. Buyers have fallen in love with this new, walkable community where everything you want is at your fingertips including a 20,000 square foot clubhouse with indoor and outdoor pools, open spaces and trails, shopping and dining. Birchwood is within easy access to Dulles International Airport, the nation’s capital, the new Metro extension and dozens of wineries, breweries and historic sites. Choose from condominiums, courtyard homes, villas, carriages and single-family homes with furnished models by nationally recognized homebuilders Miller & Smith, Van Metre Homes and Winchester Homes. Priced from the upper $300s to $600s.

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People are talking about Birchwood, read what resident Fred has to say!

Meet Fred S. Van Metre Birchwood Resident If you see Fred at the Birchwood clubhouse, you might ask if he’s seen Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, or Martin Sheen lately.

Fred and his wife, Catherine, live at “The Townes” built by Van Metre in Birchwood, that is when he’s not on a movie or commercial set somewhere between Baltimore and Richmond. As a longtime extra, Fred occasionally rubs elbows with Hollywood’s elite. But he’ll tell you that they are “just people after all.”

Moving to Loudoun County from Springfield after 30 years, Fred and Catherine are now enjoying first floor living after selecting Birchwood and moving in last fall to their two-level townhome. “The Townes” offer residents low maintenance living within close proximity to amenities and retail. Featuring a wide range of floor plans, these models feature three-and-four bedroom options, as well as patios and balconies.

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“A lot of things led us here,” Fred says, noting that their new home and community in Birchwood met everything on their list including the location, quality of the homes and the neighborhood. Probably tops on that checklist is the fact that their daughter and her family, including grandchildren ages 1, 6 and 8, live in Brambleton. Frequent babysitting is something the couple enjoys when they are not traveling, working on their new home, or when Fred is “on location.”

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Catherine, a special education teacher, is now partly retired, but still working as a consultant. Working to create positive environments within schools, she can be found traveling to various cities where she trains teachers and administrators. Fred retired 10 years ago after 36 years working at the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Highway Administration, finding the time for his extra roles when he could break away from the office. “Retirement fills up your day,” he says with a laugh. “There are so many things to do and it frees you up to do spur of the moment things…your day is easily filled.”

Fred is used to short notice as a call to take an extras part from the Screen Actors Guild never provides much time to make a decision to accept the role. He has enjoyed the work for years and doesn’t mind the long hours involved. “Sometimes it’s a 16-hour day for two minutes of film time,” he adds.

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A new member of the Birchwood Resident Ambassador program, Fred says he won’t have any problems introducing new residents to the community and its focal point community center. “The staff is very helpful and friendly and all the amenities at the center are very high end,” he says, “they have really thought of everything.” As an example, he points to the multiple ports for charging cell phones and the top grade utensils and party ware in the center’s demonstration kitchen.

He’s a frequent visitor to the center, as the grandchildren love the pool, the art room and fishing at the lake. “They think it’s a resort,” he adds with a laugh.

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