DC Metro Real Estate News

May 8, 2017

For Washington DC Homes, Smart Space as Important as Square Footage

Choose smart design for Washington DC homes.Lots of people dream of a huge house, with extra room for crafting, a playroom, a media room, and a guest room. Of course, there are Washington DC homes that do have tons of space for all these extra rooms. However, that much space usually comes at the cost of a long commute from the suburbs into the city. And the truth is that often a home with a smart layout can feel quite spacious and have a lot of room for life as it’s lived.

Check out Modern DC Metro Real Estate for Great Flow

In fact, in many cities it’s older homes that are selling the fastest. Modern design, especially mid-century modern, emphasizes functionality of the space. They tend to favor open spaces, with a clean and simple design. They also tend to integrate the natural environment with large windows and outdoor living space. In fact, there is starting to be a demand for this style of home in new building. More and more people are discovering that a house with good flow and elegant design can have many of the advantages of a larger space, but with some advantages not found in larger homes. For instance, a smaller home will have a smaller utilities bill. And if you have to watch movies or pursue hobbies with your partner or family members around, you will be able to share your passions more easily than if you isolate yourself.

Give us a call if you’re interested in touring Washington DC homes with modern design.

 

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May 1, 2017

DC Metro Home Owners Get Funky at the Funk Parade

DC metro home owners go to the Funk Parade.Spend some time away from your DC metro home getting funky. Funk Parade is coming on May 6th to celebrate the amazing music, art, and culture from this area. More than 70,000 people are expected at this year’s free event. It is no wonder how fast it has grown because the line up is off the hook. Start off your day with the day fair along with live music going from noon to 7 p.m. Next check out the parade from 3 to 4 p.m. and finish out your day with the music festival from 7 to 10 p.m. and beyond.

Washington DC Real Estate Lets Its Hair Down at the Parade

Stroll through the abundance of vendors. Who knows what treasures you will find to take back to your DC metro home. Feel good about supporting local artisans and crafters as well. Participate in contests, watch artistic displays, and learn some yoyo tricks. Take in the funky costumes, artistic displays, dancers, music, and so much more during the parade. Lastly, dive into the music. Dance and get funky or sit and relax while listening to the tunes and hum them all the way back to your Washington DC real estate. There is a awesome, long list of artists who will be playing at Funk Parade, including Black Masala, Empresarios, Mokoomba, and Okayafrica Party featuring DJ Underdog closing out the night at who knows what time. See a full list of artists as well as location and vendor information for the Funk Parade

 

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April 24, 2017

Reasons to Think Small When Shopping Washington DC Homes

Consider smaller Washington DC homes to live better.The “tiny house movement” is big news nowadays. These micro houses, often on wheels, are touted as a way to save money, reduce environmental impact, and be more conscious about living choices. Not everyone can take to the road with a truck and a mobile tiny house, but more cities are making small spaces available for rent or to buy. If you’re shopping around Washington DC homes, you might want to consider a smaller space.

On the DC metro real estate market, most people feel they cannot afford a house or condo in the city, so they look in the suburbs. That usually means commuting to work, which is time-consuming and exhausting. A smaller space in the city can eliminate the commute, as well as landing you in a fun and exciting neighborhood. You’ll actually have time to explore your cool neighborhood, too, if you don’t spend an hour to two hours getting to and from work.

Consider DC Metro Real Estate with Less Space and Shorter Commutes

Smaller Washington DC homes have other advantages, too. A house that’s 1000 square feet or less will use much less in utilities, be easier to clean, and, in general, cost less to renovate.

The important thing to think about is your priorities. For single people, couples, or even families with very young children, the trade-off in space might just be more time to live life and more money to enjoy it.

Feel free to call our office to find out more about DC neighborhoods and housing options.

 

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April 17, 2017

Get Our Top 5 Recommendations for Improving a DC Metro Home

Read our top 5 ideas for DC metro home improvement projects.Prime selling season is just gearing up, and a lot of agents are going to be advising DC metro home owners about upgrades and repairs to do before putting their houses on the Washington DC real estate market. We have a round up of the top five projects that have been shown over time to have the best return on investment.

1. Start with the exterior of the home. A new front door, good porch lighting, and clear house numbers all attract buyers. Splurge on a few new plants that can be seen from the curb. The first impression of the home is made in the first few minutes, so be sure to go for maximum impact.

2. Paint. This is one of the cheapest ways to transform a space. A creamy, warm white is a great choice. It’s neutral, yet inviting, and leaves space for people to imagine their own furniture and style in the house. In the kitchen and bathrooms, painting cabinets is an inexpensive way to update the look.

Simple Projects Make Washington DC Real Estate Shine

3. New fixtures. Swap outdated door knobs, drawer and cabinet pulls, and light fixtures. These are all pretty simple projects, but it’s surprising how much better a room will look after new fixtures are installed. Even just putting in brighter lights or a few new lamps can dramatically enhance the feel of a room.

4. Redo floors. If possible, rip out wall to wall carpet and install a laminate, hardwood, or ceramic tile floor. Most people prefer these to carpet, as they are easier to keep clean and cut down on allergy problems. At the very least, get carpets steam cleaned by a professional.

5. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. These are the rooms to spend money on. A new sink or backsplash in the kitchen and new tile and grout in the bathroom are pretty quick to do. These types of changes will instantly make these rooms feel fresh and cared-for.

If you have questions about how much your DC metro home is worth now, be sure to speak to an experienced agent. The tools at some of the big real estate aggregators can be wildly inaccurate!

 

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April 10, 2017

Everyone from Washington DC Homes Is Invited to the Zoo for an Animal-tastic Easter

Celebrate Easter near Washington DC homes at the Zoo.Families living in Washington DC homes get to take advantage of a great annual Easter tradition. Come to the National Zoo on Easter Monday, April 17th for a day of fun with the animals. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hunt for Easter eggs, and win prizes. Play field games. Meet the Easter Panda. Hear Dezmo and the L-Squad perform and meet them, too. There will be lots of live music throughout the day. Don’t forget to visit the interesting education booths. Head to Big Killer Come in Small Packages to learn all about viruses, DNA, and the ways the zoo is working to keep the animals healthy. Get a fascinating explanation of the similarities between birds and spacecraft at the National Air and Space Museum Explainers Program. Find out which plants attract butterflies and create fun crafts, too, at the Butterfly Gardening booth.

Meet all Sorts of Creatures at this DC Metro Real Estate Location and Help Feed Them, too!

DC metro real estate owners will want to attend not only for the fun and games but also for the animal demonstrations that will take place that day. Meet an armadillo, meet farm animals, and learn about elephant training. Feed a mongoose, make the acquaintance of a rainbow boa, and see sea lions in action. This is just a small sampling of the many ways guests from Washington DC homes can interact with animals at the zoo.

For more details about the Easter Monday events, visit the Zoo.

 

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April 3, 2017

Why Is New Development so Challenging in the DC Metro Real Estate Market?

Read about DC metro real estate and new development fears.It’s no secret that the DC metro real estate market is a tight one. It’s a desirable area, with great jobs and schools. There is usually a lot of competition for home buying and even finding an apartment. As an older city, new development is tricky to do while preserving the historic character that people love. However, development can also be hampered by people’s attitudes and fears. This is often called NIMBY-ism, as in “not in my backyard”. It’s a factor that most big cities have to cope with when trying to deal with housing shortages and building new housing.

Homeowners and Renters Wary of New Development for Different Reasons

The NIMBY stereotype is homeowners who are afraid that their property will lose value because of a new housing development, particularly if it is billed as affordable housing. However, a new study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University finds that in big cities with high rents, apartment dwellers can be as averse to new housing developments as homeowners. There are several explanations for this. The most likely has to do with the fear of being priced out of a neighborhood that suddenly becomes trendy. It’s not easy to achieve a balance on the complex issues of what a neighborhood wants versus what it needs. One way to signal to renters that they won’t be displaced may be to strengthen measures designed to mitigate displacement.

If you’re ready to make an investment in residential DC metro real estate, get in touch with our office. We’re happy to help first time buyers navigate the challenges of home buying to achieve the stability of homeownership.

 

Posted in News
March 27, 2017

A Few Thoughts on Expectations of Women Real Estate Agents

Women real estate agents are experienced professionals.Real estate is a fascinating industry to work in. It’s constantly changing, and it demands a high level of commitment to learn the ins and outs of the laws that govern real estate transactions, to gain an understanding of the broad market in DC metro homes, as well as a strong sense of the individual neighborhoods and cities clients are interested in. Both men and women real estate agents have to be all-in if they’re going to make it to the top of the profession. As someone who has spent nearly two decades in DC real estate, it’s a commitment I’ve made and understand well.

Search for DC Metro Homes with One of the Top Agents in the Country

It’s interesting to me, not to mention disheartening, that even today, some people consider women real estate agents to be working a side job, rather than the committed, educated professionals we are. Real estate can be a side job, but you don’t get to be at the top of the field by selling a couple of homes a year. When I talk to women who are thinking of getting a real estate license, I always tell them to be committed to their own success as professionals. No matter what anyone else may think, we have to present ourselves as the knowledgeable, tenacious agents we are.

 

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March 20, 2017

Check out New Arlington Real Estate Development!

Shop new Arlington real estate condo building.People looking to purchase Arlington real estate should check out a new condominium development currently under construction. Located at 1114 Key Boulevard in the Rosslyn neighborhood, the building will have front desk concierge service. The plan is to have 63 units. Four of them will be designated as affordable units. There will also be six, three-storey townhouses. An underground parking garage will have 64 spaces and room for bicycles. Residents will also be able to use a fitness room in the building, as well as a billiard lounge and roof terrace. The new building is replacing an outdated structure of four storeys and 33 units. 

New Building in Rosslyn Would Make a Perfect DC Metro Home

Owning a condo in this building would be an ideal DC metro home for those working in the capital. Rosslyn is located across the Potomac River from Georgetown. The Rosslyn Metro Station is around the corner from the building, which makes travel easy. Rosslyn is a great neighborhood. There is a great variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

We’re excited about this new Arlington real estate development. Construction is expected to be finished late this year. Units are already on sale. If you’re planning a move to the DC metro area in the near future, get in touch with our office. We’d love to show you this new building as well as others that will meet your needs for a fun neighborhood and easy travel into DC.

 

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March 13, 2017

Crunch the Numbers, but Listen to Your Gut, too, When Searching for DC Real Estate

Read about how to choose DC real estate you'll really love.If you’re doing a DC real estate search, you’re going to run into lots of advice about how to buy a DC metro home. You should think about where you work and how far you want to commute. You should make a budget and decide how much house you really need. Don’t forget to check out the local shopping options and schools. All of these things are very important to have sorted out. And they are all pretty objective measurements. However, if your to do list ends there, you’ve left out a really important aspect of home buying: how you respond emotionally to a house and a neighborhood.

It’s an Art and a Science to find the Right DC Metro Home

A really good DC real estate agent can help you sort out what’s really vital to you and what is not. Good agents will really listen to what you want. They will be able to sort out the best neighborhoods for you in ways that the big real estate sites can’t. There’s no filter for trees that remind you of your cousin’s house, or for the feel in the kitchen that takes you back to cooking with your grandfather. And yet, it’s those emotional connections that really make a house feel like home. Home buying is an intensely emotional process. Honor that, so you end up with a house that will be the home you make wonderful memories with family and friends.

 

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March 6, 2017

On a DC Metro Home Hunt? Read About the Top 3 Counties for Public Schools

DC metro home owners have great schools.Families on the market for a DC metro home have to balance several different needs. A reasonable commute time, proximity of shopping and public transportation, and good schools for the kids. Fortunately, there are several DC metro real estate areas whose public schools get top marks both for academics, college preparation, graduation rates, and in reviews from parents and students.

Of the top 10 counties for public schools, Virginia has six. Arlington County in Virginia is the top county for public schools. It’s also adjacent to Washington, DC, making it a great choice for those who would like a short commute. There are 37 different schools in Arlington, which serve more than 23,000 students. Next to Arlington County is Falls Church County, which ranks second for its four schools. Nearly 2,500 students are served.

Find the Best Schools for Kids on DC Metro Real Estate

For house hunters who would like to live in Maryland, the third place county is Montgomery County, which is just north of the capital. It’s the second-place county in Maryland overall. There are 207 schools in the county, with more than 15,000 students.

To find out about the schools where you’re looking at houses, check out the Great Schools website. You can also get information about private and parochial schools. Call our office if you’d like to discuss your DC metro home needs.

 

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