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.

Welcome to 41 Ancell, ideally located steps to “The Avenue” in Del Ray! This Warwick Village home is tastefully updated. A new stone patio greets you as you enter this beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 3 level townhome.

The kitchen is updated with modern shaker-style cabinetry, quartz countertops and new stainless steel appliances. Enjoy morning coffee sitting up at the huge island that features extra storage! Walk into the great room with warm hardwood floors and abundant natural light filtering through, overlooking the backyard. Upstairs, this home features 3 bedrooms and 1 updated full bathroom. Walk down to the lower level where comfortable living continues. The lower level features a large recreation room, another updated full bathroom, laundry and storage room.

Walk out onto the patio and enjoy this manicured outdoor space. There are great updates to this move-in ready home, including a new roof (2021), Nest front door lock, front patio (2019), new windows (2017), new boiler (2016), new HVAC (2016) and more. Live on one of the best streets in Warwick Village, so close to all the fun. Enjoy easy access to restaurants, coffee shops, parks, schools and farmer’s markets. It’s a friendly commute to 395, Route 1 and D.C. Welcome Home!

41 Ancell Street, Alexandria, VA 22305 — The Jen Walker Team
Open: Saturday, July 24, 12-2 p.m.

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].

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 Lisa Groover of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Lisa at 703-919-4426 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: How do I get a house ready to sell when I live out of town?

Answer: Funny you should ask… I have had the opportunity to help five sellers in the past year in this very same situation. One couple had been renting their home for over 10 years — they live in Canada. The second rented his townhouse for about 15 years — he lives 1.5 hours away. I am working on three more now. One is an estate with the executor living in South Carolina. Another is a large single-family home, and the owners have already moved to their farm in Tennessee. And one will close this week with the sellers signing remotely from California.

I cannot say that it is easy; however, working with an experienced team of professionals who can lessen the burden of getting a home ready for market makes a big difference in an already stressful situation.

Selecting a real estate agent who has long-standing relationships with contractors, painters, hardwood and carpet experts, plumbers, and decluttering and staging professionals will make your task more manageable. I have worked with long-distance sellers on projects from completely gutting and remodeling kitchens and bathrooms; selecting all new appliances, vanities, mirrors, window treatments and lights; to having the house painted and hiring contractors to make repairs and updates.

My list of contacts includes companies that specialize in clearing out unwanted furniture and taking items to donation sites and to the dump. I met with a decluttering and staging expert today to decide what to pack away or move out of the house and what items to use for staging. I am walking through a property with a landscaper later this week to discuss an expansive yard clean-up and ways to create more curb appeal.

I asked a current client to share some of her thoughts about working with me from another state, and she responded: “You managed the entire process of getting the house on the market so that I did not have to travel to Virginia at all. I also appreciated the way you handled the sensitive situation where the children had a difficult time going through their mother’s personal belongings.”

Here’s an example of the difference a powder room renovation can make. The old vanity was dated with a dark wood whereas the new one is crisp and bright.

In another situation, the seller initially said he did not want to do any updating to an older townhome. Once we explored a variety of options and compared the price of the renovations and the potential increase in value, he decided to do quite a bit of renovating. In the end, he made the decision to modernize his house, resulting in over $100,000 more in the sales price!

“In just several months Lisa valued my townhouse in relation to the market; made recommendations to help its presentation; suggested a pricing strategy for optimum positioning; and on an almost daily basis, managed, coordinated and communicated all the work being done,” the seller said. “Lisa has trusted loyal professionals she recommends, including painters, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and cleaners, and it seemed as though whatever needed to be done, she was able to make it happen.”

Check out some of these before and after pictures of the dining room and kitchen renovation that was done to list this home for sale.

Before the renovation, the dining room and kitchen were separated by a wall and the kitchen was very tight for food preparation.
After removing the wall, the ever-coveted open concept dining room and kitchen will elegantly play host to gatherings large and small.

Whether you are thinking of buying or selling — or just need suggestions for updating your home — I am happy to provide suggestions and ideas or recommend contractors for your specific projects. I am a resource for the duration of homeownership, not just the buying or selling process. Feel free to reach out anytime!

Lisa Groover is a licensed real estate agent with McEnearney Associates, Inc. in Old Town Alexandria, VA. As an active member of the community since 1989, Lisa specializes in Alexandria, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with her friends, neighbors, former clients, and their referrals.

In addition to enjoying the Old Town lifestyle and the art related events and activities, she is a member of a number of volunteer organizations. Having had eight Golden Retrievers, she is dedicated to helping other dog owners through the challenges of renting, buying and 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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Walking into a clean home is one of the best feelings. No toys to step over, no pet hair tumbleweeds to dodge, no countertops begging to be wiped down.

But these days, many of us are running low on time and energy. That’s why it’s worth calling in reinforcements.

Hiring a professional cleaner is a huge time (and sanity) saver. The only issue? Finding a cleaning company you feel good about hiring can be difficult.

But Well-Paid Maids, based right here in the D.C. area, is transparent about what they pay their cleaners. Wages start at $20 an hour, plus they offer benefits, like health, dental and vision insurance; 22 paid days off a year; and 100% employer-paid commuting costs.

“Not only are our labor practices the right thing to do, but they also lead to better results for our customers,” says Aaron Seyedian, the founder of Well-Paid Maids.

They also use healthy and sustainable cleaning products, rated “low concern” or “lowest concern” by the Environmental Working Group.

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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 $107 million in 2020!

Featured today is a fabulous 3 BD/2 BA home in the heart of Del Ray! With gorgeous hardwoods, great natural light and an ideal location, you don’t want to miss this one!

Enter into the living room where you will find spacious living space that flows easily into the dining room. Off the dining room is a kitchen with stainless appliances, granite countertops and a rear door that provides easy access to the large, fully-fenced backyard. And, as a bonus, there is a parking pad just beyond the rear gate with two off-street spaces — so easy to park and bring groceries straight into the kitchen!

Head upstairs to three bedrooms and a full bathroom. Need storage? You’ve got it with the large attic! The lower level of this home features a recreation room, an additional full bathroom, utility and storage space and a door to access the rear yard, great for bringing in tools or bikes.

The backyard is a paradise. A large deck is situated just off the kitchen and can accommodate a grill, patio furniture and more. Enjoy entertaining outside with plenty of yard space plus the great deck!

In the mood to go out? Leave your car and walk to everything Del Ray has to offer. From restaurants to coffee shops, yoga studios to cycling gyms, retail and more — you have it all at your doorstep! Minutes to Amazon HQ2 and VA Tech’s new campus, close to I-395, the GW Parkway, Reagan National Airport, and D.C., you will love living in Del Ray! Welcome home!

16 E. Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301 — The Jen Walker Team
Open: Saturday, July 17, 12-2 p.m.

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].

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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In the past seven days, 37 properties in Alexandria were reduced in price, according to Homesnap. In total, there are 471 homes for sale, including 309 condos, 107 townhomes and 55 condos. The median list price is $499,000.

Below, find several recently reduced properties:

Want more? Check out Just Listed properties in Alexandria.

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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: Should I rent or buy?

Answer: When considering a move, sometimes there’s a dilemma. Is this the right time to buy, or should I rent again? In some areas of the country, it’s a clear choice. If mortgage payments will be consistently lower than rent, or at least close, there is an obvious opportunity to see appreciation in your investment and come out ahead in a few years. In our area, it can be a little tricker.

The first step in your decision-making process is to find a good Realtor who will be patient, answer all of your questions and see you through the process — whether you decide to rent or buy this year. Your Realtor will guide you through the process of shopping for homes that fit your situation and budget and will negotiate diligently on your behalf when the time comes. They also have great resources and can refer you to trusted lenders, which is your second most important step in making your decision about a home!

Whether you want to buy now, or even in a year or two, an experienced local lender will provide all the important financial information that you need to make your decision. They will look at your credit score, job history, income, as well as your assets and debt. All this information will help them to map out the best plan for your future, regardless of where you already are in the process. A good lender will give you options for loan programs, helping you create the most competitive offer when you are ready to buy, and they will show what your interest rate would be depending on how much you put down on your loan. They will also have guidance for you on how your tax savings may allow you to make a mortgage payment higher than what you would be comfortable paying for a rental. Your Realtor and lender should be identified early, as they will become your close advisors in this journey to decide whether to rent or buy.

Let’s talk about the upside of buying. Clearly, there are many reasons to buy. First, you can truly make your home your own. Remodeling, updating and even just painting are all your decisions and to your tastes. Second, your investment will grow and make money for you as home values increase. Third, depending on the mortgage program chosen, your payments will remain almost the same for many years, except for minor changes in taxes and insurance. Lastly, the cost of waiting will be higher interest rates — now at all-time lows — and more expensive homes. Your buying power will lessen the longer you wait.

A few years back, we met Margaret and Devon (names have been changed) at a rental in Alexandria where the monthly rent was $2,700. It was a 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo about a mile from the center of Old Town. They were newlyweds and expecting their first child. They mentioned to us that they didn’t think that it would be possible for them to own a home in this area. We suggested they talk with one of our favorite lenders, and they discovered that a mortgage payment for a home up to $550K would be about the same monthly payment. Also — they could get away with just 5% down. Like many newlyweds, they didn’t have quite that much to put down, so their parents gave them a tax-deductible gift of $25K. In this instance, it made much more sense to buy than rent, and this family was thankful for the information. Several years later, their $549K purchase is now worth $635K and growing.

Now, let’s talk about the cons of buying and why some are deciding to rent.

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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 $107 million in 2020!

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].

927 Oronoco Street

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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Address: 521 Duke Street
Neighborhood: Old Town
Listed: $1,985,000

Built in 1789, this distinguished brick townhouse was once home to George Washington’s nephew and heir to the Mount Vernon Estate, Bushrod Washington. Today, this fine 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath residence embodies the historic beauty of yesteryear with modern conveniences including generously proportioned rooms, original floors, 12-over-12 windows, exquisite built-ins, off-street parking and a private patio.

This timeless home greets you with an airy entrance hall boasting 10-foot ceilings and an elegant hand-carved archway. Entertaining is effortless in the spacious library and stately dining room where two presidents have dined. The well-equipped kitchen adjoins the handsome family room featuring 18th century barn paneling, fireplace and a glass door opens to the outdoors.

Above the library sits a second-floor parlor showcasing the unparalleled craftsmanship of long ago with its arched entrance doorway and original glass fanlight, tall windows, fireplace and built-in cabinetry. Additional second floor highlights include a charming primary bedroom with original paneling and millwork, marble bath, light-filled guest suite, and a large cedar closet. The third level includes two bedrooms, a full bath and desk space.

The delightful patio with mature plantings offers the perfect setting for al fresco dining. One off-street parking space is located beyond the gate.

Listed by:
Babs Beckwith
McEnearney Associates
703-627-5421
[email protected]
BabsBeckwith.com

This week’s Q&A column is written by Rebecca McCullough of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Rebecca at 571-384-0941 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: What does the 2021 real estate market look like so far?

Answer: Real estate fascinates many people. The real estate market over the last year, however, has been particularly captivating to follow. Whether you’re actively in the market or just mildly interested, there’s been a lot to discuss this year (and we’re only halfway through!).

The headlines, the stories from neighbors and our personal experiences have inspired many a recent conversation in this busy, sometimes unpredictable market. Not surprisingly, we hear some useful analysis, but we might also hear the myths, misconceptions, and falsehoods about the state of the market and where it is headed.

What really happened in the real estate market between January and June 2021?

Did every house on the market sell? Did they all get a dozen offers and sell for $100,000 over the asking price?

The answer is no. (Well, one house really did sell for over $1 million over asking price, but that was rather exceptional, to say the least). The extreme demand and its effects were well-advertised events that happened to many but certainly not all. Most homes that received multiple offers and sold quickly (and sometimes over the asking price) had a few things in common: They were in desirable neighborhoods, they showed very well, they had good outside space and they were priced right (or some combination thereof).

Many sellers who invested in their homes in order to put their best foot forward did very well. This included painting their home interior in light neutrals, lightening up dark kitchen cabinets (more paint!), changing outdated countertops, updating bathroom vanities and fixtures, replacing worn carpets, refinishing scratched flooring, removing clutter, and freshening up the landscaping.

The other end of the spectrum also did well. Homes in original (or close to it) condition that had not been updated but were located in desired neighborhoods and — importantly — priced right, attracted contractors and those looking to purchase for renovation.

The homes that struggled were the ones somewhere in between. This is true in almost any kind of market. Homes that have been updated at some point in their history, but 10 to 20 years ago, struggled.

Sellers who thought the hot market meant that they could just put up a sign and get multiple offers were often disappointed. In some cases, these homeowners not only did not get multiple offers, but they may have received no offers at all. The unintended impact in many cases was that buyers saw the home remain unsold in a very active market and thus wondered what was wrong with it.

What do the stats say?

COVID has changed the way a lot of people are choosing to live. Home offices and backyards, for example, weigh more heavily than home theaters and chef’s kitchens this year. The first six months of 2021 continued the trend of increased condos on the market, and high demand for detached and attached homes with outdoor space.

To truly understand the market today, we need to understand two important statistics: The number of homes for sale and under contract, and the demand for those homes. Either in isolation means little.

The real estate housing headline of 2021 is, and will continue to be, “There is an inventory shortage.” Let’s unpack that.

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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 $107 million in 2020!

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].

3301 Russell Road

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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