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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 rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky, Micki MacNaughton, and Adrianna Vallario, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $175 million in 2021.

3112 Circle Hill Road

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

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This week’s Q&A column is written by Trudy McCullough, VP of Relocation & Client Services, and Britni Spurlock, Relocation Specialist, at McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article, contact Trudy at 703-639-7387 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: How can my local real estate agent help me move long distance?

Answer: Buying and selling a home can be exciting and stressful all at the same time. Locally, most people know at least one real estate agent; whether an agent they have used before or someone they are acquainted with. If not, recommendations from a friend, family member, or trusted advisor are a great place to start.

However, there may come a time when you have a real estate need outside of your local real estate market. When looking for an agent, you have to remember that anyone can build a beautiful website and hire a professional marketing team to support them, that doesn’t guarantee they are experienced or the best agent for your needs.

We want to ensure you receive the same professional service anywhere in the world that you receive from us. The three most common reasons clients reach out for recommendations outside our local area include: job relocation, family needs, and life-style changes.

Job Relocation

Many employers offer a variety of packages from full relocation to flat-fee services, while other employers are not equipped to provide relocation services. If Realtor recommendations are part of your relocation program or suggested by a co-worker, you should still do your research. Job relocations add an extra level of stress due to time constraints of the position start, selling your current home, relocating family, and more.

The right Realtor is experienced in your market but also “relocation best practices,” fully understanding the relocation processes, additional paperwork, and requirements of the employer so that you can take full advantage of all relocation benefits. When you are not offered relocation benefits by your employer, you must find the right agent on your own; not just an experienced one, but an agent with a true relocation background, because it will make all the difference in your move.

Family Needs

From growing families to downsizing, inherited homes to vacant land, relocation trained agents are equipped to assist with all types of family situations as they arise. For example, when parents are no longer able to age in place, relocation agent services can include: complimentary market analysis noting as-is and repaired/improved values; supplier introductions from repairs to improvements and cleaners to movers.

A relocation trained agent is a full-service Realtor who specializes in the area and type of transaction you are navigating, as well as proficiency in working with out-of-town clients.

Life-Style Changes

Often buyers are comparing multiple areas as a potential destination for retirement, investment property or even a second home. Relocation specialists offer more than housing information; they provide cost of living comparisons, area tours, local life-style information, and market trends to assist you in decision making.

How is McEnearney Associates able to help?

Knowing a Realtor who is part of a truly global network of vetted professionals is key. At McEnearney Associates, we are fortunate to be a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE). LeadingRE is home to the world’s market-leading independent residential brokerages in over 70 countries, with 550 firms and 136,000 sales associates making 130 client introductions, producing 1.2 million global transactions in 2021. Our by-invitation-only network is based on the unparalleled performance and trusted relationships that result in exceptional client experiences.

When you need an agent recommendation, anywhere in the world, McEnearney Associates are happy to help. We are your Trusted Relocation Resource.

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 rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky, Micki MacNaughton, and Adrianna Vallario, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $175 million in 2021.

416 Underhill Place

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

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Happy Hour Concert Series tonight!

Meet us on the plaza at Carlyle Crossing from 6-8 p.m. tonight (Oct. 20) for live music with Rock Creek Kings, pumpkin decorating station, lawn games and pop up beer garden featuring fall fest beer selection.

Chairs provided but feel free to bring a blanket to lounge on and pets are encouraged!

Bring the whole family down for this free fall night of fun — learn more and free rsvp here.

#Fraylife

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: Am I ready to turn the page?

Answer: Are you feeling either unsettled or bored?

Take a look at challenges faced by five of my recent buyers and see if you find yourself in their shoes.

  1. Active, handsome fellow using lots of energy walking his dog, but cursing his aching knees when climbing stairs in his townhouse.
  2. Dynamic, world-traveler in need of pizazz, after years in her large Arlington house, proud of her garden but tiring of lawn-mowing and repair responsibilities.
  3. Couple well-known in Atlanta for their neighborhood parties, transferring and forced to give up their famous outdoor pizza oven for urban living.
  4. Busy professional woman deciding whether to up-light the dramatic landscaping around her estate-sized home ($$$) or explore a totally new lifestyle instead.
  5. Fun duo living with history, contemplating stepping away from years of renovation and restoration to find classy new one-level living with water views.

For so many reasons and personal experiences, I am finding buyer after buyer wanting to turn the page. These wise ones are not following, but creating, a trend to reward themselves with their own “happy” place. They are figuring out what they want but do realize that some compromises will be required. I hear them saying to themselves “step away from the warming drawer and embrace the wine refrigerator,” “let’s bag snow shoveling and applaud the work of doormen and porters,” and “next steps, no steps.”

Consider me your part-time life whisperer. I ask questions such as “how often do you really have houseguests?” “Would you like to simply pack a bag and head to the airport for Nantucket or Florence?” “Is that cherry buffet from your great-grandmother cherished by other family members who would like it delivered next week?” “Will you read those books a second time?” and “Do you need the phone number for 1-800-GOTJUNK?”

After “whispering,” it’s time to consider individual concerns and get real life suggestions. Do you need that amount of square footage? If you’ve always wanted a place for a piano, go for it. Concerned about making paint selections and appropriately-sized furniture choices — hire a designer! What really will make your life more enjoyable?

So, what happened to each of my friends above?

  1. He happily garages his car, takes a short elevator ride up to greet the waiting dog ready for her walk and lives in a glamorous, one-level condominium complex at the north end of Old Town. (We sold the pretty townhouse to younger-kneed people).
  2. Three days after settlement of her detached house, she moved into a very hip-and-cool new condominium in D.C.’s Dupont/Shaw, took delivery of all her furniture stored in a POD during house marketing and is getting to know her neighbors.
  3. Amazingly, their big NW D.C. luxury residence gives them almost more useable space than their detached Atlanta home, so they are inviting lots of friends and family to visit this special historic condo while searching for the best brick oven pizza in town — ideas?
  4. Still a work in progress, she is looking toward a 2023 move, while we study a wide range of striking D.C., Alexandria and Fairfax properties which must accommodate a grand piano or two.
  5. Since those wished-for water views might not be in Florida but in Alexandria instead, they are enjoying the fruits of their labors in their restored circa 1880 townhome, now almost ready for the market when the time is right, and the special water view residence is found.

So where are you in your journey — beginning, middle or already “in your happy place?” There is no script for getting there, just decisions, compromises and making it up as you go along. Without naming names, I can share the experiences of others and provide resources that will help… from suggesting handymen/women, painters, designers, movers and more. We Realtors are important partners in your “page turning.” Of course, the stocking of that wine refrigerator for those discussions is a good place to start, too!

See you soon.
Hugs, Ann.

These thoughts and years of experience are brought to you by Ann Duff, Realtor, with McEnearney Associates. Based in Alexandria, Ann is busy day-in and day-out in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, listing, selling, and leasing distinctive properties with and for wonderful people — and all with a splash of fun! Let’s Get Busy… 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, Virginia. I, along with my rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky, Micki MacNaughton, and Adrianna Vallario, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $175 million in 2021.

202 W Myrtle Street

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

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by 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 703-244-6115 or email [email protected] You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: When is the best time to put my home on the market?

Answer: Many sellers I have spoken with lately are worried that they may have missed the best time to sell their home, with the recent increase in interest rates. However, according to the latest data, in our area we’re still in a modest sellers’ market for most property types. It’s definitely cooled off a little, but the market is still busy, and we expect early spring to be even busier.

Our company, McEnearney Associates, does a great job of tracking the market on a weekly basis, looking at over 9 jurisdictions in Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. We are fortunate to have such localized and specific data at our fingertips, to guide both sellers and buyers on the state of the market. Our team closely looks at “Absorption Rates” — which are measurements of how quickly homes sell within a certain time frame.

To arrive at the absorption rate for a specific market, the number of homes that have recently sold is divided by the number of currently available homes. Absorption rates over 60% are considered an extreme sellers’ market, and we saw this in some areas of Northern Virginia in 2021.

In Alexandria, the absorption rate for “attached homes” — such as the many historic townhomes we have — has hovered around 55% for the last couple of years. The rate in September of 2022 for Northern Virginia homes was at 44%, so it has slipped. It’s still considered a sellers’ market, just not an extreme sellers’ market.

Although the market has cooled compared to this time last year, there were some significant anomalies influencing the market in the past couple of years. While the stats from September 2022 may seem to be in stark contrast from September 2021, it’s not significantly different from September 2019, before the pandemic and before interest rates dropped below 3%.

To quote McEnearney’s recent Market-in-a-Minute report: “Unit sales and contract activity in August 2022 were only slightly lower than August 2019, there were 500 fewer homes on the market, seller concessions were lower, and the urgency index was higher. Perhaps most importantly, the 1.4 months overall supply of homes was actually a little lower than August 2019’s 1.5 months. The real estate market in Northern Virginia is no longer overheated, but it most certainly isn’t crashing either. It’s normal.”

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Located in the heart of Alexandria just minutes from Amazon HQ2 and I-395, The Blake takes advantage of both amenities and access in one of Northern Virginia’s most active and connected communities.

Here, convenience and community come together to create an elevated lifestyle. With outdoors-in amenities, fresh and modern apartments and attention poured into every detail, The Blake delivers peace of mind in every piece of your home.

At The Blake, you can choose from a wide range of apartment layout options with beautiful features including wood inspired flooring throughout and stainless-steel appliances with quality features and fixtures

The Blake offers first-class amenities that prioritize active, connected lifestyles, including:

  • Resort-style pool and cabanas
  • Landscaped courtyard with grill and fire pits
  • Fitness center with yoga studio
  • Club room with ping pong and foosball
  • Comfortable co-working area with collaboration space
  • Secured access
  • Pet spa
  • WiFi in common areas
  • Package room
  • Transit screen to plan your commute
  • On-site parking

The Blake is located at 2000 N Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA 22311. Stop by or call us at (703) 844-9529 to make The Blake your next home!

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 rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky, Micki MacNaughton, and Adrianna Vallario, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $175 million in 2021.

You don’t want to miss this beautiful Beverly Hills listing! There is no shortage of space in this impeccably maintained 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom home that features an updated, gourmet kitchen, 3 fireplaces, and gorgeous spaces inside and out. The main level is bright and inviting while offering functionality for everyday living with a formal living room, a main level bedroom with a full bathroom (could be a great office too!), and a large dining room that opens to a great family room!

The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream with a 36 inch gas range, ample countertop space and tall white cabinetry. Entertain inside or outside in the well manicured, fully fenced yard with a stone patio. Relax around the fire-pit or enjoy crisp fall evenings on your screened-in porch. Upstairs, the primary bedroom is a true retreat that is adorned with a gas fireplace, walk-in closet, and a large ensuite bathroom. Three other spacious bedrooms and two full bathrooms on this level allow for easy and comfortable living. In need of a playroom, recreation room, or a space for movie night? Head to the lower level for a very versatile space perfect for any occasion! A full bathroom and access to the garage completes this level. Located in one of Alexandria City’s coveted neighborhoods, you will love living in picturesque Beverly Hills!

814 Chalfonte Drive, Alexandria, VA 22305Jen Walker Team

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