Our Real Estate
Q & A
Where is Loudoun County, Virginia?
Loudoun County is in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, and
more specifically is one of the counties considered as the “Northern
of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Leesburg, the County seat, is approximately
45 minutes from DC. Loudoun is bordered on the north by the Potomac
River and the Eastern portion of the county is the location of
the Dulles International
Airport and the fast growing high tech industry.
How fast is Loudoun County growing?
Loudoun County has been deemed in recent years to be the “fastest growing
county in the United States”. It is also the largest county, geographically,
in Northern Virginia.
What is “Western Loudoun” and what is “Hunt Country”?
Western Loudoun is considered to be the area west of Route 15, James Monroe
Highway, which runs north and south through Leesburg. Western Loudoun is
comprised of small historic towns and villages, farms, horse properties
and custom homes situated on large rural lots. “Hunt Country” refers
to the equestrian sporting lifestyle pursued by many residents in the area
including historic Middleburg in the southern portion of the county.
What is “Eastern Loudoun”?
This is a descriptive of the more urban areas of Loudoun County consisting
of large planned communities and industry.
Can I find a lot to build my dream home in Loudoun County?
Yes, there are lots available of varying acreage in Western Loudoun. Lot
sizes will generally range from 3 to 10 acres in size. Click here and we will be happy to find a perfect home for you..
Are the residential building lots further sub-dividable?
Generally, building lots offered for sale have already been subdivided to
minimum acreage allowed under zoning ordinances.
What is a private driveway for a country property?
A private drive is an access easement for ingress and egress to a County/State
maintained road. It is for the exclusive use, and is maintained by the
property owners served by the roadway.
What are restrictive, or protective covenants?
Covenants are private deeded and recorded protections for all lots within
a specific subdivided area of land. Generally, they govern the size and
design of the house to be built along with the permitted uses of the land.
What is a Homeowners Association?
Planned communities generally have a Home Owners Association that provides
many amenities and management. Generally, there is a fee collected from each
owner on a monthly basis to provide for the maintenance of common areas,
roads, facilities and many amenities that may include community and recreation
centers, pools, tennis courts, jogging trails, etc.
With the most recent Western Loudoun County zoning rules now declared invalid
by the Virginia Supreme Court, what is the current zoning?
It appears that we are back to previous zoning in Western Loudoun which was
predominantly A-3, (Agricultural 3 acres minimum size for residence). However,
no determination has been made at this time by our current Board of Supervisors.
What is Buyer Agency?
have represented the Sellers’ interest, even
if they were working with a Purchaser. Now, Buyers have an opportunity to
form their own brokerage relationship with a Realtor, thus becoming a Client
who the Agent can freely advise. In most cases, the Seller still pays the
commission, though it’s clearly understood that the Buyers Agent’s
obligation is to the Buyer. This gives the Purchaser sole representation
in their real estate transaction.
is Land Use and Roll Back Taxes?
Some parcels of land in Loudoun County are in "Land Use", meaning
the owners receive a tax break for having the land in agriculture
or forestry use. Purchasers of property in Land Use have certain
amount of time after settlement to apply to the county to keep
the property in Land Use. If application is not made within that
timeframe, back taxes, or roll back taxes, may be assessed to the
purchaser and not to the previous owner. Group can assist
you with the sometimes confusing process of purchasing land.
If you desire any further information or if you have further questions, call
Long & Foster
508 East Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20176
Office: (703) 777-6777
Pager: (800) 618-0118
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