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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, Virginia. 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.

This week, our Just Listed property features this gorgeous Del Ray home that just hit the market! This home has it all! We will be featuring a Virtual Open House this Saturday, October 3 on our Instagram!

Gorgeous, bright and expanded 4 bed/3 bath Del Ray home! Just two blocks from “The Avenue” and a short walk to the Metro, this fabulous home welcomes you with its fabulous front porch.

507 E Alexandria Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301 — The Jen Walker Team

The main level features a study, formal living room, dining room and gorgeous family room with cathedral ceilings and a fireplace. The kitchen has great space for meal prep and has a breakfast bar for everyday living. Rounding out the main level are two bedrooms and a full bathroom.

Upstairs you will find a huge primary bedroom with dual closets. A large bathroom, laundry room, a fourth bedroom and a loft overlooking the great room are also found on this level. Just off the rear of the home is a screened porch — perfect for outdoor social distancing or entertaining.

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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, Virginia. 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.

This week, our Just Listed properties feature three beautiful homes throughout Alexandria that will all be available to see this weekend (Saturday, October 24) on our Instagram via a Virtual Open House!

First we have this fabulous, bright and spacious Potomac Yard townhome! Join us Saturday, October 24 at 11 a.m. for our Virtual Live Tour on our Instagram! You don’t want to miss this former model home with hardwood floors and many other upgrades throughout. Featuring three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half baths, and a dedicated home office, this home has all the space you need with every update you want.

Enter the main level into the foyer and you will find a bright and sunny office with French doors. This space could easily be used as a main level bedroom, gym or playroom and has a half bath off the hallway for convenience. To the rear of the home is a two car garage with loads of storage.

2311 Main Line Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22301  — The Jen Walker Team

When you head up the stairs prepare to be amazed. A large, exposed brick wall greets you to this open area that boasts a spacious living room with oversized windows, great dining room with updated lighting and a gourmet kitchen with wine refrigerator, plentiful storage and upgraded cabinetry, gas range, stainless appliances, wall oven, quartz counters. The patio just off the kitchen is a convenient area for grilling or just getting some fresh air. A half bathroom rounds out this level, which is truly ideal for entertaining or everyday living!

Head upstairs and you will find three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a conveniently located laundry area. Two bedrooms share a gorgeously updated hall bath with soaking tub, carrara marble tiling, updated lighting and spectacular finishes. The primary bedroom features two large windows, a walk-in closet with Elfa storage and an en-suite bath with an oversized shower. The upper level is not one to be missed! This area can be used as a bedroom, recreation room or entertaining space. Another wall with exposed brick makes this room feel warm and inviting, but modern at the same time.

This level includes a wet bar area with beverage fridge, full bathroom, large recreation room, tons of storage and a fabulous upper deck overlooking the city. Enjoy fantastic views of the fireworks from the deck on July 4th! The double sided fireplace will keep you warm on cool nights, whether you’re hosting friends outside on the patio or getting cozy inside for movie night. From top to bottom, this four story townhouse has everything you’ve been looking for in a home.

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This week’s Q&A column is written by David Howell, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant market news, contact David at 703-738-9513 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: How did the real estate market in the City of Alexandria for the 3rd quarter of 2020 compare to 2019?

Answer: As we discussed back in July, the first half of the year saw a significant impact on Alexandria’s real estate market from the COVID-19 pandemic. After a solid start from January 1 to March 15, contract activity dropped off 13% through the end of June. Decreases were greatest through April and almost “normal” by mid-May. Activity in June actually surpassed 2019 and that growth has increased significantly through the third quarter of this year.

Overall contract activity in the City of Alexandria increased 33.3% in the 3rd quarter of 2020 compared to the 3rd quarter of 2019. As the chart above indicates, homes priced $300,000-$749,999 saw the most significant increases by quantity, but the number of contracts for homes priced $1+ million has more than doubled in that time period.

If we look more closely at contract activity by property type, the most significant increase was for attached homes which includes townhomes and duplexes — up 64.6% for the third quarter. Detached homes are the smallest part of the Alexandria market. The modest increase of 5.2% may have been held down by lack of inventory, not lack of demand. Contract activity for condos in Alexandria City also saw a sizeable increase of 26.5%.

Despite the market contraction brought on by COVID-19 in the spring, contract activity has come back strong. Inventory is low and we expect to see very tight supply for the foreseeable future, which is great for sellers and a bit challenging for buyers. That tight supply will put upward pressure on home prices.

For more in-depth, local real estate news and to search for your next home, please visit our website.

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, Virginia. 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.

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

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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: Two-Way Street — Interviewing Each Other

Answer: Not looking for love, not looking for a forever commitment, but also not simply looking for a vacuum cleaner either… critical decisions await.

Out of the blue, we realtors all get phone calls from phone numbers we don’t recognize and hear previously unheard voices asking for a meeting to possibly list their property.

And, we begin… preliminary questions batted softly back and forth with sellers checking that they have identified the perfect agent for their special home and, though it is sometimes not realized, agents are digging into whether someone might just be testing the market without the intention of actually using our skills to sell properties.

Why would sellers ever do that, you ask… humans have lots of reasons to take actions… maybe there is a potential split coming in the household and one party wants to have a plan put together; maybe greedy heirs are fussing with each other and may never agree on listing terms or division of proceeds; maybe a job transfer is possible and a seller only wants data for negotiating a corporate buy-out; or other reasons.

Listening is important for all parties. Make an appointment to talk without distractions — either on the phone, in person or via ZOOM. Just the other day an out-of-town seller started what ended up being a two-part, serious conversation first calling from her car while stuck in traffic with twin 3-year olds in the back seat. Those little ones were bouncing around vociferously while she was trying to have me sell Grandma’s home in Rosemont. Calmer times prevailed after nap time and we now have information exchanged and a plan for January 2021!

Two weeks ago, again listening was critical… a tough break-up had left the house half-furnished and two horses soon to be homeless. This was a case where I had to bow out, let the spouse sort many, many issues out first, and offer to meet again in six to twelve months.

Then, a beloved couple in Old Town told me upfront that they only wanted a price or market analysis so that some neighbors could purchase it from them, having always loved their home. Jump ahead three weeks, when the friends declined the opportunity and I was unexpectedly signed on as their listing agent, did intense historical research, heavy marketing and received five lovely contracts from the broad market. You just never know.

And, finally, just when you think this business is simply transactional and transient, I got a call from a client wanting to switch lifestyles from a cool, three-level townhouse to upscale one-level living. He was serious and, within weeks, we sold his home and contracted for a classy condo.

As we sat, socially-distanced at back-to-back settlements last week, we laughed when counting that these represented our Settlements #7 and #8 for him, finally beating out my other long-haulers, who have maxed out at 7 settlements, for now!

Stories for everything indeed, but the matching of experience, energy and true interest in selling, makes a successful match. Listen carefully to each other, ask lots of questions, both directions, and work toward creating a team effort to happily, smoothly head toward settlement.

Ann Duff — Your positive advantage for residential and commercial properties throughout the area. Experience and Energy, Negotiations and Knowledge — All with a splash of fun! Let’s Get Busy!

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, Virginia. 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.

Our Just Listed properties this week features this fabulous semi-detached home in Del Ray! Located on a quiet street, this home has an updated kitchen, recently added lower level bathroom, hardwood flooring on main and upper levels, and a fabulous private rear yard!

Enter into the living room, which flows easily into the dining room and open kitchen. The kitchen has a peninsula that’s great for entertaining or everyday living, updated cabinetry, appliances and beautiful countertops. The kitchen opens to a rear deck, private patio and fully fenced yard with large shed. On the upper level you will find two bedrooms and a full bathroom.

The lower level features recreation space, a full bathroom, laundry and utility/storage. Leave your car in the driveway and walk to all that Del Ray has to offer! Welcome home!

13 W Uhler Avenue #A,  Alexandria, VA 22301 — The Jen Walker Team

We will be hosting a Virtual Open House this Saturday, October 4th at 2:00 pm on our Instagram. Join us!

Click here for more 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

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This week’s Q&A column is written by Ann McClure of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant market news, contact Ann at 301-367-5098 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: What is the top contributor to household wealth?

Answer: The top contributor to wealth in the United States IS homeownership, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Unsure of taking your statistics from a trade organization? Well, U.S. Census researchers found that the biggest determinants of household wealth are owning a home, followed by a retirement account.

Visit the most recent “Survey of Consumer Finances” conducted every three years (last in 2019) by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System — a federal agency and HQ of the nation’s central bank. They’re tasked with surveying the public to gain an understanding of the financial condition of U.S. households and to study the effects of our ever-changing economy. They consistently share data that the net worth of a homeowner is more than 40x greater than that of a renter!

No matter where you look, the data unwaveringly shows that buying starts most consumers on a path toward financial freedom. Of course, there are other ways — but buying property “forces” an owner into saving. As a homeowner makes their mortgage payment each month, they slowly realize gains in equity. While markets do ebb and flow, holding a property for long enough also means realizing gains in equity as values rise.

But, buying a home can be ridiculously challenging in our region. A buyer must go in with eyes wide open and a good strategy to make the most of this herculean effort. The good news? Buying is not impossible. The equity gains and tax write-offs start early on in ownership and continue. Plus, in a pandemic year when people want more control of their space, it may now even be among the strategies for staying healthier — who knew that would be a benefit of homeownership?

So, what does a buying strategy look like? The founder of McEnearney Associates, John McEnearney said that the three most important things to consider when buying are: Location, location, location. Buy where others want to buy or where you see upward trends. Yes, that means competition, but once in, it means greater gains.

Look at Alexandria and Arlington right now — the “Amazon Effect” has made inventory a trickle of what it once was (in fact, to look at it graphically, the stranglehold following the November 2018 announcement about HQ2 is very obvious). There’s a mad scramble of contract activity for good property. Imagine throwing breadcrumbs into an over-crowded duck pond and be careful not to lose your hand!

Start by meeting with a good realtor and locally-based loan officer (personally, I believe in the power of referrals to locally-based businesses — ask friends and family who they used). Read, listen and learn. Buying a home is a process, like anything else, and there are LOTS of moving parts.

Carefully analyze your income. Consider not only the mortgage, but potential maintenance or repair costs and rising utility and property tax costs. When meeting with a loan officer, instead of asking what you’re approved to purchase, back into the numbers — share what you’re comfortable paying monthly and then see what that, paired with your down payment, will buy you.

Think about your lifestyle… Consider commuting options and travel along with nearby major arteries/transportation hubs. While traffic is less than it used to be, it’s still a big factor. Do you like to be closer to the city and able to mosey over to the local coffee shop to enjoy a socially-distant cup of java with friends? Maybe you enjoy birdsong while looking over a generous lawn and watching the sun rise and deer meander. Don’t buy where you’ll hate living — trust your instincts. Stats and facts are great, but you need to like living there and coming home to what makes you feel happy and restored.

I’ve heard it argued that buying means a loss of freedom — you can’t just pick up and go. What’s great about owning in Northern Virginia and the D.C. Metro area is that you often CAN just pick up and go. We’re in a very transient area — people come and go all the time — whether that means a need for short-term rentals, or the longer-term lease…

Contractors, military, state department, researchers and others move here regularly and need housing. What if the little condo you bought becomes a money-making investment for you while you channel your inner David Letterman and leave the big city for a fly-fishing adventure in Whitefish, Montana?

Buying is good. The process is hard, but worth it. It gives you options and financial freedom and that investment in your future is nearly priceless!

Ann McClure is a licensed real estate agent in Virginia and Maryland with McEnearney Associates, Inc. If you would like more information on selling or buying in today’s complex market, contact Ann at 301-367-5098 or visit her website AnnMcClure.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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This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement and private sector employee matters.

By John V. Berry, Esq.

As many have heard, as of July 1, 2020, the new Virginia Human Rights Act began to provide new protections from discrimination for employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A lesser-known form of discrimination was also prohibited as of that date, which prohibits race discrimination based on hairstyle. Governor Northam signed the VHRA into law on March 4, 2020.

The Virginia legislature, in amending the VHRA, included a ban on discrimination “because of or on the basis of traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists.”

Governor Northam stated, in approving the law: “It’s pretty simple — if we send children home from school because their hair looks a certain way, or otherwise ban certain hairstyles associated with a particular race — that is discrimination… This is not only unacceptable and wrong, it is not what we stand for in Virginia. This bill will make our Commonwealth more equitable and welcoming for all.” The Governor’s press release also cited to comments by Virginia Delegate McQuinn: “A person’s hair is a core part of their identity… Nobody deserves to be discriminated against simply due to the hair type they were born with, or the way in which they choose to wear it. The acceptance of one’s self is the key to accepting others.”

The Commonwealth of Virginia is now the fourth state to ban race-based hairstyle discrimination after California, New Jersey and New York passed similar laws. Colorado is in the process of enacting a similar law presently, and more than 20 other states have similar legislation proposed or pending.

This new legislation is likely to need to a 2-3 year period of adjustment as employers in Virginia start to realize that such forms of discrimination are against the law either through the complaint process or in court. A link to the new Virginia law is located here.

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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, Virginia. 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.

Our Just Listed properties this week features this spacious and meticulously maintained 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, detached Cape Cod in the heart of Alexandria. The main level features a large living room with wood burning fireplace, a charming screened porch, dining room that flows easily into the kitchen, an office and a half bathroom.

Access to the side and rear yard is found just off the kitchen, making entertaining a breeze! On the upper level you will find three very large bedrooms and one full bathroom. The lower level features a recreation room, bedroom, full bathroom and an exit to the backyard. Flat and fully fenced, the yard is great for working from outside or socially-distant togethers! The home features a whole house generator, newer roof, newer systems and so much more!

2016 Scroggins Road, Alexandria, VA 22302 — The Jen Walker Team

Click here for more 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

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Jen Baca of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Jen at 703-826-5158 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: What is it like being a new agent during COVID-19?

Answer: COVID has changed how every business operates and real estate is no different. From virtual open houses to Zoom listing appointments, the real estate industry has pivoted quickly in order to sustain business.

I am no stranger to pivoting. In March, I was working for The Atlantic magazine in live events. With an MBA in marketing, I had spent the last 10 years working in live events and sales alongside executives across the Fortune 500.

When COVID hit, we had to pivot our entire business model to virtual events in a matter of days. We went from producing 150+ events a year across the globe to having only a handful of virtual events on the books. A few weeks later, 67 of my colleagues and I were laid off.

While some may look at being laid off as a setback, I quickly realized that this was the time I had been waiting for. I had been considering a move to real estate for years, but just never thought I’d have the time to do it while working full time. Now, all I had was time. I gave myself a day to feel sad with my former colleagues, but then I got to work.

Licensing classes were held via Zoom and I had to work a little harder to connect with my classmates. We exchanged phone numbers and started texting to host virtual study sessions. We made it a point to check in with each other, to send each other practice test questions and to cheer each other on. That has been one of the most surprising things about getting into real estate. Although all agents compete with each other, there is a real desire to see each other succeed. A rising tide lifts all boats.

When it came time to take my exam, I had to wash my hands and have my temperature taken before entering the room. We were spaced out in the testing room so I would not come in contact with others. And of course, we wore masks. I actually had a potential COVID exposure and had to change my exam date while I waited out my quarantine. I looked at this as just more time to study.

Once I passed my exam it was time to meet with brokerages. Most every brokerage I contacted held their interviews via Zoom. It was a little challenging trying to connect on a screen, but we have all learned to adapt. I think the best part of this new Zoom-life is the humility it has brought us all.

I did interviews with my 2-year-old listening to Baby Shark in the background. We no longer have to pretend that we’re not a mom, or a wife, or a dog owner. The lines are blurred because we have to be all of those things at the same time while we work! On camera!

But even after never meeting in person, I knew McEnearney was the right choice. They took time to listen to me, showed me that they heard my value and understood what I was looking for. And that is exactly how I treat my clients. I listen. I show them that I heard them. And I deliver on what was promised.

Starting a new job remotely has its own funny quirks. I saw the office for the first time three weeks in. My broker, my mentor and myself laughed when we discovered we were all very tall in real life! I have to stop myself from feeling guilty for sending 100 really annoying emails with basic questions because there is no one’s office that I can just pop-in to ask. But we’re all in this together and everyone has been so helpful throughout the process.

I’ve really leaned into what I came into real estate already knowing. I know how to market digitally so I’ve translated those skills into creating a strong digital presence. I know how to use social media to build a brand. As a trained opera singer, I know how to perform, especially on camera. I’ve leaned into video platforms to connect with buyers and sellers when we can’t be in person.

What better time to start a new business than a global pandemic?

If you’re looking for a high-tech agent and want to learn more about how McEnearney has pivoted during COVID to keep our buyers and sellers safe, reach out to me!

Jen Baca is a licensed REALTOR® with McEnearney Associates, Inc. in Old Town Alexandria, VA. If you would like more information on selling or buying in today’s complex market, contact Jen today at 703-828-5158 or visit her website JenBaca.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, Virginia. 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.

This week, our Just Listed properties feature three stunning homes throughout Alexandria! To start, is this incredible, updated, spacious and full of light home in Braddock Heights!

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 night 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 bbq 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, game room, school room or a music room. There is also a workout area, 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 D.C. 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 22305 — The Jen Walker Team

Second, we’re featuring this stunning, sunny and semi-detached home on one of the prettiest streets in Del Ray — just one block from the Avenue shops and a short walk to Braddock Road Metro! Large lot with huge front and back yards provides plenty of outdoor space. Enter into the living room — spacious and light-filled, this room easily flows into the dining room and kitchen. The kitchen has stainless appliances, granite countertops and island, as well as an entry to the rear deck and yard. A great flow for entertaining or everyday living.

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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: I am getting my house ready to put on the market and wanted to ask if everything really needs to be all beige or gray?

Answer: The best way to answer this question is…it depends upon the type of property, the target buyer pool, if you are using your furniture and accessories, or if it will be staged.

When I am working with a seller, my first step is to have them give me a tour of their home to discuss what they are planning to keep, move, give away or sell. We also review the paint colors, artwork, accessories and bedding. I then come back on my own and walk through the house making a list of suggested repairs, painting, modifications, items to keep in the same room, items to move elsewhere, items to put into storage, and options for staging. Then we get together to review and make decisions on how to move forward.

I generally suggest a neutral wall color throughout the house. It does not have to be the same color in every room, but a pallet that keeps the home light and bright and flows nicely from room to room. In cases where each room is a different bold color, it can be a distraction to the potential buyer and an expense that they prefer not to incur before moving into their new home.

I personally have a lime green kitchen and a hot pink master bathroom and would definitely need to make some changes before putting my own house on the market.

With neutral paint, bedding, shower curtains and towels, carpet, or in most cases furniture, you can always add color and personality with your artwork and accessories. I just sold a home in Old Town Alexandria with creamy white walls, light hardwood and tile floors, and white blinds. We used grey and white linens and white towels, and brought in large colorful contemporary art and fun accessories to make it pop! The photos and feedback were fabulous and it sold in a few days.

In another listing, the contemporary townhome had dark hardwoods, white cabinets and countertops, light grey walls and beautiful neutral tile. The furniture, artwork, and accessories were bright greens and oranges. It was gorgeous!

In other situations, however, I have worked with sellers that, like me, love colorful walls and bold artwork and accessories, and were not open to making changes. The feedback I received from potential buyers was that they could not picture themselves or their furniture in the house, and the listing lingered on the market until the price or condition was modified.

Another thing to keep in mind is that most buyers keep up with TV shows, social media, and magazines about flipping houses, before and after makeovers, and how to decorate a new home. They will feel a neutral background offers them more options.

Whether you decided to go with a completely neutral look, or one with colorful accents, keep in mind that in order to get top dollar, your home should be move-in ready.

If you would like a professional, confidential evaluation of your home, please give me a call. I am happy to meet with you, tour your home, and offer suggestions for updates, repairs, or staging prior to listing your home.

Good luck!

Lisa Groover is a licensed real estate agent with McEnearney Associates, Inc. in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Having had seven golden retrievers since moving to Alexandria in 1989, she is dedicated to helping other dog owners through the challenges of renting, buying and selling their home.

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