Alexandria, VA

Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature  is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates Realtors®. 

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria. I, along with my two rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky and Micki MacNaughton, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $107 million in 2020!

Our featured Just Listed property this week is this 3 BD/2 BA condo in Seminary Walk. It has a bright, open floor plan with a separate dining room. The kitchen boasts stainless appliances and granite countertops. Management, gym, bike and party rooms, and storage units are all conveniently located on-site. The condo comes with two permit parking spaces. For further information, please reach out to us!

49 Skyhill Road, #203, Alexandria, VA 22314The Jen Walker Team

Click here for Just Listed properties in Alexandria and call The Jen Walker Team to schedule a home tour at 703-675-1566 or email [email protected].

In this midst of COVID-19, we will not be hosting any in-person open houses. We will, however, be going live on our Instagram every weekend for our virtual tours. Stay updated with our virtual tours by following us on our Instagram page for updates.

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears, and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Ann Duff of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Ann at 703.965.8700 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: What’s the process of divesting look like, and why is it important to do it sooner than later?

Answer: So many people have had to tackle this task, but it was new to me, and I want to share what I have learned from a long weekend. (Yes, this relates to real estate and the human condition.)

My parents were married for 70-plus years, and they traveled the world, read voraciously and raised three remarkable daughters. (Well, two are remarkable, and I’m the outlier.)

Their out-of-state home needs selling, but first, it needs sorting out, and they aren’t around to tackle it. On Valentine’s Day weekend, the family convened to open boxes, files, envelopes and trunks of tax returns, holiday cards, keepsakes, jewelry, silverware, art, and decades of darling correspondence from “the girls.”

This is what I can share from what we all learned:

  • Organization was critical. We are scattered across the U.S., and an Excel list was created by one special granddaughter with photos identifying the special, keep-in-the-family items. Sign on and claim your favorites or forever hold your peace.
  • Hire a trustworthy, experienced estate salesperson or company. Sign a fair contract splitting the proceeds by certain percentages and give them the freedom to price, arrange and accomplish the goal of emptying the house.
  • Find your Realtor (hoping you’ll find someone like a seasoned McEnearney Associate) — and I did! She will do all of the things I wrestle with in D.C., Maryland and Virginia — from getting rugs cleaned, appliances shined and touch-ups accomplished. Using her Realtor resources from afar, we’ve been able to treat for termites, tackle some landscaping and totally replace the two-zoned HVAC system.
  • Shred, shred, shred — especially when you find check stubs from the 1980s, tax returns from the 1990s and years of medical records. Alas, there won’t be a taker for the thousands of unlabeled travel photos, which might be of Sweden, Italy or Ireland… we are clueless.
  • Keep an eye out for surveys, landscaping plans and blueprints. The Realtor and the buyers will appreciate them. Open every cupboard and drawer. Surprises await!
  • Go home and do the same at your home. Sit down with your immediate heirs, and tell them what you have. Laughter will ensue because you will find out that your “treasures” are simply yours and there is a limited audience for your books, vacation art and certainly clothing. After doing this deep purge and donating items to charities, you will feel a great relief. Clients often feel lighter and more nimble — able to think about moving with less stress or continuing to love living in a home, which now feels distinctly less cluttered.

When buyers come into my parents’ home now — or yours in several years — they will be able to imagine their own lives and lifestyle within the home, instead of seeing every closet jammed with boxed memories and every wall covered with personal photos of mystery people.

Carry on, hang on to the memories, save only the best and shred the rest.

Ann Duff is a licensed real estate agent in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland with McEnearney Associates, Inc. in Old Town Alexandria. If you would like more information on selling or buying in today’s complex market, contact Ann at 703-965.8700 or visit her website AnnDuff.com.

If you would like a question answered in our weekly column or to set up an appointment with one of our Associates, please email: [email protected] or call 703-549-9292.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. www.McEnearney.com Equal Housing Opportunity. #WeAreAlexandria

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature  is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates Realtors®. 

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria. I, along with my two rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky and Micki MacNaughton, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $103 million in 2019.

Join us this Saturday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. for a Virtual Open House featuring this beautiful 3 BD/2 BA Del Ray gem — located on a quiet street just blocks from all that Del Ray has to offer.

This semi-detached home has been meticulously maintained and is move-in-ready. Enter into the living room, where beautifully stained hardwood floors greet you. This light-filled room is spacious and flows easily to the kitchen and dining area. As you enter the kitchen, prepare to be wowed. The rear door was moved, and the kitchen totally opened-up to truly maximize the space. Plenty of upper and lower cabinets with stainless appliances and granite countertops — cooking is a dream in this spacious kitchen.

Exit to the rear deck, and you will feel transported. The large, private yard is fully fenced and has a great deck, gorgeous landscaping and a shed for exterior storage. This is truly the ideal yard for outdoor entertaining — perfect for socially distanced gatherings and barbecues in the summer.

Back inside, head upstairs and you will find three bedrooms with beautiful hardwoods and an updated full bathroom. The lower level is a great space for movie night or could be used as an extra bedroom. This area has a full bathroom for convenience, laundry and plenty of storage. There is access to the rear of the home through the basement — very convenient!

You will absolutely love living in Del Ray. Stroll to “The Avenue” and the weekly farmer’s market. You’re close to shops, restaurants, the library and parks. An easy commute into D.C., minutes to 395 or take the MetroWay bus. Amazon HQ2 just a few minutes away with the new Metro stop opening — an easy walk. Updated and convenient… Welcome home!

2501 Leslie Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team

Incredible, updated, spacious and full of light — this colonial beauty has it all! Completely updated and renovated in 2019 — all-new roof and trusses, systems, kitchen, bathrooms, screened porch and a redesigned layout.

The main level features a gracious foyer, large office with french doors, large dining room with plenty of table space, kitchen with island and eat-in area, walk-in pantry, living room, half bath, and a family room with a wall of built-ins and huge storage closets. The flow is truly spectacular, and this floor provides space for working from home, entertaining, movie nights or daily living.

The screened-in porch off the family room is a quiet escape and overlooks the large, fully fenced rear yard that backs up to Monticello Park. A deck sits off the family room and is great for a barbecue or outdoor dining with friends.

The upper level features three bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a laundry room. The master is spacious with a fabulous walk-in closet. The en-suite bath has a double vanity, oversized stall shower and a jacuzzi tub — truly a spa-like retreat. The two additional bedrooms are spacious with large closets and tons of light.

The lower level is everything you’ve been waiting for — and more. A recreation room is great for hang-out space, a game room, school room or music room. There is also a workout area, a full bathroom, lots of storage space and a bedroom. Not to be missed is the mudroom area on this level, which is attached to the two-car garage.

With an amazing location that’s walkable to Del Ray and close to Old Town, an easy commute to DC with close access to I-395, and a feeling of a serene retreat, this is a home you don’t want to miss. Welcome home!

3106 Russell Road, #A, Alexandria, VA 22305The Jen Walker Team

Click here for Just Listed properties in Alexandria and call The Jen Walker Team to schedule a home tour at 703-675-1566 or email [email protected].

In this midst of COVID-19, we will not be hosting any in-person open houses. We will, however, be going live on our Instagram every weekend for our virtual tours. Stay updated with our virtual tours by following us on our Instagram page for updates.

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears, and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Susan Craft of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Susan Craft at 703-216-4501 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: I want to remodel my kitchen. Where do I start?

Answer: Everyone can’t be the star of the show.

Just like any good movie or TV series, everyone can’t be the star of the show. Someone has to play a supporting role, which adds depth and texture to the storyline and balances out the heroine or hero. The supporting cast members are important in their own right, but they don’t outshine the star. On occasion, it is said that someone ‘stole the show’ as an unexpected character touched more deeply than expected.

Let’s translate this to your next renovation project: a kitchen. First, gather everything you love — your favorite cabinetry, countertop, backsplash, flooring, light fixtures, appliances and paint color. OK, now, decide who will be the star of the show. Evaluate the supporting cast members and the role they play compared to your star. Do they add the depth of design and contrasting texture that you’re looking for, or do they steal the show? Perhaps have a second focal point, but let the supporting cast give the eye a rest to create serenity of style. Far from boring, this will make the star shine even brighter.

For example, if you select white or solid color cabinetry, then you can add a dramatic countertop or backsplash. But if you pick an exotic wood grain, like Zebrawood, for your cabinets, then you will want to have a solid color countertop and/or backsplash.

Imagine if you chose a very patterned woodgrain for cabinets, a busy design on the countertops and a completely different color palette for the backsplash. All could be gorgeous on their own, but the combination detracts from each and diminishes the whole. This is much like all the cast members of a play speaking at once — where to look and to whom to listen? It’s too confusing. Everyone is competing to be the star since it wasn’t decided beforehand.

The entire space doesn’t have to be serene; punches of color and pattern are essential to design. There has to be some fun and excitement, a reason to shout encore!

Lastly, if you find that you have competing cast members that simply can’t get along, then save one for the next show, perhaps the bathroom.

Susan Craft is a licensed real estate agent with McEnearney Associates, Inc. in Old Town. Her success has been built on the art of listening and providing excellent personal service to deliver the results people want, expect and deserve. For a no-obligation consultation, call or text 703-216-4501 or email [email protected] today!

If you would like a question answered in our weekly column or to set up an appointment with one of our Associates, please email [email protected] or call 703-549-9292.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. www.McEnearney.com Equal Housing Opportunity. #WeAreAlexandria

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The biggest question a homeowner faces when taking on a $15K+ bathroom renovation is, “Will I be happy with my new bathroom?”

The answer will be based primarily on the bathroom’s design. Finding a reputable contractor who can do the work takes effort — but it is doable. The real challenge of creating a beautiful space is aligning design concepts with personal taste. Enter a professional designer. However, even for a small bathroom that service typically costs thousands.

Until now.

Local bathroom renovation startup Remodelmate has introduced a tech-based service allowing homeowners to pair with a professional designer for $650 — a fraction of the traditional cost.

It starts with a link sent to the homeowner’s smartphone allowing them to quickly scan their existing bathroom. The app takes thousands of photos and measurements, creating a 3D model of the space.

The designer references homeowner inspiration images and uses photorealistic rendering technology to apply an initial design to the 3D model, which is then refined until the final image matches the homeowner’s vision.

The homeowner ends up with a magazine-worthy design that matches their personal style, including virtual photographs of the finished bathroom — all before any materials are ordered or construction begins.

Learn more at remodelmate.com.

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature  is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates Realtors®. 

Welcome back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria. I, along with my two rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky and Micki MacNaughton, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $103 million in 2019.

Join us this Sunday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. for a virtual open house featuring this charming single-family home that just hit the market.

The front porch welcomes you into this classic beauty. Enter into the living room, with original hardwood flooring, that easily flows into the kitchen and dining room areas. The kitchen features white shaker-style cabinetry, granite countertops, and stainless appliances and overlooks the dining room through a breakfast bar. The rear of the home boasts a large sunlit family room with full bath and access to the expansive deck and private back yard.

On the upper level, you will find four bedrooms and two full baths. The primary bedroom features vaulted ceilings, a luxurious en-suite bathroom with heated floors, and a fabulous walk-in closet. The lower level rec room is a great place for a game night or family movie night! Leave your cars in the driveway and walk to all that Del Ray offers, just two blocks away to “The Avenue.” Welcome home!

314 E. Del Ray Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team

Click here for Just Listed properties in Alexandria and call The Jen Walker Team to schedule a home tour at 703-675-1566 or email [email protected].

In this midst of COVID-19, we will not be hosting any in-person open houses. We will, however, be going live on our Instagram every weekend for our virtual tours. Stay updated with our virtual tours by following us on our Instagram page for updates.

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears, and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Kim Peele and Hope Peele of The Peele Group and McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact The Peele Group at 703-244-5852 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: What are your top three tips for getting ready to sell a home?

Answer: This is a question that we are asked frequently, as sellers begin to think about their home sale.

First, and most importantly, use a Realtor AND choose that Realtor early in the process!

Why? Many sellers think they should get their home looking fantastic before they invite a Realtor to walk in the door to discuss their plans for selling. First, we have seen every stage of selling a home, so nothing will surprise us, and we don’t judge — we kick into gear and help. Realtors are problem solvers, and we can often save you lots of time and worry.

Along the way, there are lots of steps, starting with a complete evaluation. Your Realtor should be the one to conduct this early evaluation of your home, give input on which improvements will increase your return and which repairs are most important for the sale. They will conduct a market analysis, show you what your financial return should be if you do the recommended tasks and then assist with coordinating contractors. Your Realtor should also bring in a professional staging consultant to weigh in, getting your home in the best shape possible for presentation to the market.

These steps are all just the beginning of the sale process, the part leading up to your home going on the market. If you wait and hire your Realtor after you’ve worked hard getting ready, you may have missed some important things, and you are doing yourself a disservice, as it does not cost you any extra to take advantage of the full array of services your Realtor offers. More importantly, you may possibly do the wrong things to prepare.

The average “For Sale by Owner” home sold for 26% less than homes sold by Realtors, according to the 2020 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. That’s because Realtors know what works. Most sellers have only bought or sold one or two homes in their lives. A professional Realtor sells two to four homes a month. Their tips and suggestions for selling your home at the highest price possible are based on experience and reliable data. They know what upgrades and repairs sell homes and what will matter most to buyers in today’s market. Their suggestions are made from solid evidence for the things that will help you sell your home for the highest sale price.

So, bring a Realtor in early to guide you through this journey. You are paying them to sell your home — why not get them started working for you early in the process? They will have you on the right path from the beginning, making sure you do the “right” updates and repairs and are getting them done by reliable, trusted contractors.

Our second tip is to clear the clutter — ALL of the clutter!

We live one way and sell another. What seems stark to you, looks open and spacious to a buyer. It’s important to clear every surface, except for a few accent pieces. Bookshelves should be culled, systemized and only partially full. Each room should be evaluated for style, to show the space, but should appear uncrowded. All evidence of pets should be minimized. Floors should be free of extra items, and carpets should be neutral and used sparingly. Bold, unusual colors and interesting decorations are what makes a home “our home.” However, open, neutral space is what’s needed for a buyer to realize the beauty of a home and to picture themselves and their own personality in the home.

Your Realtor’s staging consultant can help you identify which of your belongings can best be used to stage your home and what should be packed up and put in storage or the garage. Remember: You are selling your home, so make it the buyers home.

Our third tip: Make all of the repairs and updates needed. Don’t leave it so “the buyer can choose what they like.”

Trust your Realtor to give you guidance on what needs to be done to look great and to get the buyers into the home. Your Realtor will help you balance the cost of the list against the likely return. Sometimes, the cost of updating a bath is as simple as a new light fixture, new hardware on the cabinets and some paint. A kitchen may just need a new countertop, which can make a huge difference and costs less than most expect. We even have contractors that will take payment at settlement, if needed.

Contrary to what some believe, most buyers do not have the money or the time to do the updates after settlement. They look online and if the photos don’t look great, they won’t come see the home unless it’s priced significantly lower than market value. The overwhelming majority of buyers want the home to have basic updates, and they want them to be neutral so they can just add the accents to make it their home. If they have to do the work, then they will want to pay considerably less than the cost of those updates, and the home will sit on the market longer.

A good Realtor will help you to get quotes and will coordinate with the contractors to get the work done on the timeline needed. Your photos will look fantastic, the buyers will come and your potential for multiple offers increases.

Don’t forget about curb appeal. As soon as buyers park in front of your home, they should be welcomed by a tidy lawn, trimmed bushes, a wreath on the door and maybe even a power-washed walkway. When they walk in, they should be happy with the condition and the degree to which you have updated your kitchen, baths, flooring and fixtures. So don’t shrink your pool of buyers by leaving the work to the buyer. Remember, more buyers equal more contracts, which translates into a higher sale price.

So once you’ve done the first most important step and hired your Realtor, how long will all of the prep take? It really depends on your preference and your ability to swing into gear quickly. If you start out four to five months early, you will have a slow, leisurely approach to getting your home on market. This may be what works best for you. However, with a dynamo Realtor and your willingness to trust their judgment and recommended contractors, you can accomplish great things in just a week or two. If needed, a home can be painted from top to bottom in seven to eight days. Decluttering, purging or moving things to storage can happen within days as well. Granite counters can be measured for and installed within a week, at the same time other tasks are happening. Presto! You could be ready to go on market within two weeks or less!

To figure out and implement the best approach for your home sale, pick your Realtor early, talk through the process and your goals. Your plan should be written out, with some flexibility for the unexpected, but should be a very clear path to your projected launch date.

Kim and Hope Peele sold 40 homes in 2020, and their listings sold on average for 102% of list price. For a no-obligation consultation, call or text 703-244-5852 today!

Kim Peele is a licensed real estate agent with McEnearney Associates, Inc., lives in Old Town and works in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. She and her daughter Hope Peele are The Peele Group. Kim is a second-generation Realtor and fourth-generation Washingtonian and is dedicated to helping owners through the challenges of selling their home.

If you would like a question answered in our weekly column or to set up an appointment with one of our Associates, please email: [email protected] or call 703-549-9292.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. www.McEnearney.com Equal Housing Opportunity. #WeAreAlexandria

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Virginia Tech Launches Online MBA

Virginia Tech is launching its newest MBA program option, the Online MBA, in response to the changing needs of students and the workplace in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The new format allowed us to combine some of the tried and true features of our established in-person MBA formats and online master of information technology to craft the best possible educational experience for students who value consistent interaction with their classmates and also want the flexibility of an online program,” said Parviz Ghandforoush, associate dean for graduate programs.

“We’ve sought to include the best aspects of our top-ranked Evening MBA, experiential-focused Executive MBA and hybrid Professional MBA, both in curriculum development and online delivery,” said Dana Hansson, director of MBA programs. “We’ve integrated feedback from students in all formats to determine how we can offer the best educational experience online.”

It’s this feedback that informed some of the unique features of the 22-month Online MBA that distinguish it from other online MBA offerings in the marketplace.

While fully online, delivery of the new program will be evenly split between synchronous and asynchronous experiences. “While students appreciate the flexibility of asynchronous learning, many shared with us that meeting synchronously best mirrors an on-campus experience. It allows students to participate actively in class discussions and study teams, develop working relationships with their peers and engage with Virginia Tech’s top-notch faculty,” Hansson said.

The program is cohort-based, which means that students complete their studies in lockstep and have the opportunity to build meaningful professional relationships with their classmates.

Students can choose to specialize their MBA in areas where Virginia Tech has significant expertise, such as cybersecurity, entrepreneurism, health information technology and business data analytics. The program also includes an option to study abroad through the international business specialization.

Online MBA students will also share the support and resources available to all Virginia Tech MBA students. Hansson said this includes access to an established MBA alumni mentoring program, personalized academic advising and membership in Virginia Tech’s vast alumni network.

“We’re excited to provide this new opportunity to professionals across the globe who want to further their careers and join our talented group of students and alumni who are proud to call themselves Hokies.”

Applications for the inaugural cohort are due May 1, with classes starting in July and graduation expected in May 2023.

Learn more at mba.vt.edu/online.

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature  is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates Realtors®. 

Welcome back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria. I, along with my two rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky and Micki MacNaughton, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $103 million in 2019.

Join us this Sunday, Feb. 7, at 2-4 p.m. in person for an Open House featuring this soon-to-be Just Listed townhome in Stonegate. Fabulously updated and ready for move-in! From the shutters and windows to the updated kitchen and beautiful paint — you don’t want to miss this gorgeous townhouse in the heart of Alexandria.

Park in the rear of the home in the large two-car garage. The entry-level features a laundry room, closet and half bathroom. Head upstairs, where the living room’s soaring ceilings greet you. This spacious and light-filled room features recessed lighting, beautiful high ceilings, gorgeous windows and a gas fireplace. Great for entertaining, a dining room is found just off the living room. Head to the kitchen where crisp cabinetry, updated counters and stainless appliances await — truly a chef’s dream!

Upstairs you will find two bedrooms and a full bath. And finally, on the top floor, you will find a true retreat. With vaulted ceilings, a double vanity, a walk-in closet and a large bedroom area, you will love relaxing in this space. Located close to the pool, you will love living in Stonegate. A commuter’s dream located just minutes to D.C., Old Town, Amazon HQ2, Reagan National Airport, the Pentagon and more. Welcome home!

4657 Lambert Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311The Jen Walker Team

Click here for Just Listed properties in Alexandria and call The Jen Walker Team to schedule a home tour at 703-675-1566 or email [email protected].

In this midst of COVID-19, we will not be hosting any in-person open houses. We will, however, be going live on our Instagram every weekend for our virtual tours. Stay updated with our virtual tours by following us on our Instagram page for updates.

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears, and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.

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This week’s Q&A column is written by Sallie Seiy of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Sallie at 703-798-4666 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: What does a millennial buyer look for?

Answer: Tell me what you want, what you millennials really want!

Clearly my millennial mind was fueled by Spice Girls while writing this article…

Homeownership has been a cornerstone of the American dream for centuries. Despite the ever-changing landscape of urban and suburban lifestyles, it still rings true today. According to a 2019 Bankrate survey,  79% of Americans “still believe that owning a home is a vital component of achieving the American dream.”

Those Americans wanting to own a home are now from a different generation. It is the millennial generation that has surpassed baby boomers, reports the Pew Research Center. Not only have millennials taken the top spot in adult population size, but they make up the largest share of homebuyers. And, man, are they showing up in droves to the settlement table.

Over the past two years, millennials have held the top spot as homebuyers in the nation. According to the 2020 National Association of Realtors Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report, about 38% of buyers are born in the millennial generation (1981-1996) and roughly 69% are doing so for the first time. The majority of sellers are not in this generation. With a majority generation flooding the market as homebuyers, you start to see trend commonalities. Understanding what a typical homebuyer wants in their home can better position you as a seller to make your home desirable, thus making a larger profit.

Our area is in an inventory drought. Properties rarely stay on the market long enough to even make your scheduled showing the next day. With that being said, I still highly encourage sellers to envision their home through the buyer’s eyes. And, most often, that’s a millennial. I’ve listed a few of the hottest millennial buyer must-haves for sellers to consider in making their home stand out even more. Major renovations certainly are desired, but even minor tweaks can go a long way to get top value for your home.

Outdoor Space

As Mark Twain said, “Buy land — they’re not making it anymore.”

Although lot size can vary, it’s what you do with the space you have that matters. Many millennials are moving from a rental apartment that comes with none or very little outdoor space. They are seeking space and its versatility — a place for the dog to run, a space for small social gatherings, a patio to take work calls, etc. Some ideas to spruce up an outdoor space regardless of size are:

  • Refresh your landscaping to the correct season and make your curb appeal pop.
  • Power-wash your siding, windows, walkways, etc. to brighten your space and make it appear larger.
  • Replace window screens if your outdoor space is limited so you can bring the outdoors in.
  • Stage the outdoors! People want to see how a space could function.

Open Concept

The first option, of course, is to tear down the walls. However, that can be a huge expense for your budget and time. If that’s not in the cards for you, seller, the right staging can go a long way. Believe it or not, many millennials actually want space for a dining room table. To play up the space you have:

  • Draw the eyes up to make the space feel big by adding open-air shelving all the way to the ceiling or installing curtains rods higher on the wall above the windows.
  • Know that mirrors are your friend.
  • Brighten up the room with a fresh, light color of paint or simply replace all your light bulbs to a brighter, cohesive voltage.

Upgrade the Heart of the Home

The kitchen is a room you go in every day. I’d argue it’s the most used room in the house and, also, usually the room with the most wear and tear. Without breaking the bank, try the following:

  • Hire a professional to paint your cabinets — buyers can tell the difference!
  • Replace your faucets and/or hardware for a more contemporary style. (Matte black is very popular!)
  • Freshen up the backsplash.
  • Revitalize island lighting fixtures.
  • Meet a buyer halfway by installing modern appliances.

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