Monthly Archives: July 2012

In the Know: What’s happening in DC?

DC Tops Lists:  Apparently we’re cool, caffeinated, and fit.

Union Station:  Future plans look stunning.

Union Market:  Fabulous food market to open September 8.

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How’s the Market? Washington DC June 2012

The number one question I get as a Realtor(R)  is “How’s the market”?

Check out this short video for the latest on the DC market, with some important national context.

In a nutshell:  Dynamics of the local market suggest increasing demand, higher prices, and quicker sales in the coming months.

For sellers, things looks good.  Buyers too can benefit in this market with the historically low interest rates.

Contact me today if I can help with your real estate needs!

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Decorating Dilemma: What decorating decisions affect my resale?

As a real estate professional and decorator, I am often asked what decorating decisions affect resale.  Here’s my list:

1) Tiling:  You can’t go wrong with simple and white.  I know the colors and patterns look pretty in the store, but they are taste specific.  In fact, you yourself could tire of them after a few years.  Add color via paint, a shower curtain, towels, or art – things that are easy to change.

2) Taking Out Too Many Walls:  Resist the urge to “open it up” too much.  Taking out walls can hurt the house’s flow, create dead space, and throw off scale.  That’s not to say “open” isn’t important – it really is!  But consider widening or raising the height of doorways.  Or punch in more doorways, especially if it creates a circular flow between rooms.

3) Continuity in Flooring:  If you have wood floors in your house, spend the extra money to have wood floors in your kitchen and foyer.   If you’re worried about softness under your feet, invest in a runner or wellness mat.  Having the same floors throughout makes a space look bigger and more put together.   Make sure you have all wood or all laminate – don’t mix.

4) Hire a Painter:   Don’t try to paint yourself.   You can’t do as good of a job as a professional and it will show.  Painting is one of the least expensive home improvements and you definitely get your money’s worth.

Need help?  Contact me to schedule a decorating consult or for real estate assistance.

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Color Library: Great Grays!

If you love gray paint, don’t miss this excellent list of 50 Shades of Gray recently featured on Houzz  – including pictures and labels!

Pictured to the right is one of my favorite grays – Benjamin Moore’s Horizon OC-53.

Which shades do you like?  Other favorites?

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