Monthly Archives: June 2012

In the Know: Latest Must Reads on DC Real Estate!

Recent articles on DC real estate not to miss…

Building an Optimistic Future for DC:  DC residents & future residents will love reading what Roger Lewis predicts is in store for the District of Columbia.

The Neighborhoods of 2015 Revisited: Investors and buyers looking to grow equity, this is a must read!  I’d add Woodridge and Walter Reed/Takoma DC to the list.

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How’s the Market? Washington DC May 2012

Check out this video for the latest data on the DC housing market.  A few highlights:

– Supply still low:  May inventory was 34% lower than May last year.

– Demand going up:  May days on market were down and closed sales were up relative to May last year.

– Prices may increase:  If these trends continue, laws of supply and demand suggest prices will go up.

Let me know if I can assist you with your real estate needs!

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Eye Candy: Dream Away!

Need a little escape this Monday morning?  Check out these beautiful dream houses on Houzz!

If you could buy any one of them, which would it be?

I think I like the rowhouse, being a city dweller.  But the water settings are pretty spectacular!

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Because Pretty Homes Sell! Preparing Your Home for Market

I see my clients’ faces as they walk into homes for sale.  One thing is certain, pretty homes sell!

Investing some money to prepare your home for market usually pays off.  But you want to invest wisely.

My recommendations…

1) Paint:  By far the biggest bang for your buck. Paint inside and outside if you can. Also do the trim throughout if you can afford it.  New walls with old trim won’t look as fresh. Go light and neutral – looks best in pictures and creates a clean slate for  buyers.

2) Staging:  Well worth the cost. Buyers buy on emotion and furniture and accessories make a space pretty! Plus, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled out a tape measure in an empty room to assure a buyer that a bed will fit.  Empty spaces look smaller. Focus staging efforts on the living room and master bedroom.

3) Kitchen and Baths:  Update faucets, light fixtures, and cabinet knobs – it’s relatively inexpensive. Counters, while a little more expensive, are easy to replace and can have a big impact.  Don’t worry as much about cabinets – just make sure they’re clean.

4) Front Door:  Replace the your lights with something that twinkles. Put on a fresh coat of paint. Put flowers on the front stoop.

5) Landscaping:  Bring in a yard crew to do a one-time mow, weed, mulch, and edging.

6) Window Washing:  I’ve seen this make a huge difference, especially in old houses with old windows!  Worth checking it out.

I’d love to help you make your home look its best and get it sold!  Contact me today!

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