Alexandria, VA

This week’s Q&A column, sponsored and written by McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria, is a bit of a departure from our usual format. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact us at 703-549-9292. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

When McEnearney Associates was formed in 1980, John McEnearney knew that he wanted to create a firm that went above and beyond just selling and buying homes for clients… He wanted to give back to the communities that helped grow the firm to more than 350 associates today.

Every associate that joins our firm stands behind a brand that invests in the communities that we live and work in. They are responsible for our enviable reputation. They are McEnearney Associates.

With sincere gratitude, thank you to these organizations and non-profits that we have worked with to strengthen our communities in the past 40 years.

Our 2019 Community Partners

ACT for Alexandria, Alexandria Little League, Alexandria Rotary Foundation, Alexandria Sportsman Club, Boys & Girls Club, Carpenter’s Shelter, Community Lodgings, George Washington Parkway Classic, Historic Alexandria Foundation, Hopkins House, Inova Blood Donor Services, Mt Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Rebuilding Together Alexandria, SCAN of Northern Virginia, Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, Senior Services of Alexandria, Special Olympics of VA, Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria, Tall Ship Providence Foundation, The Campagna Center, The Fund for Alexandria’s Child, and The Twig.

Our current partnership with One Warm Coat aims to provide warm clothing items to those in need in Alexandria. No one should be cold this winter! Drop your warm clothing items (coats, hats, gloves, scarves) at our office thru January 10! All items are distributed back into our community to those in need by One Warm Coat!

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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. 

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Jillian Keck Hogan Real Estate Group and McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Jillian at 703-951-7655 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: Is now a good time to buy a home or rent?

Answer: Alexandria brings about thousands of new jobs year over year. We also are home to the Military, Government, contractors, self-employed people from all over the world, and soon to be home to Amazon HQ2 and Virginia Tech Innovation Campus. The question to buy or rent comes from these diverse individuals, but the answer is more complex than a simple yes or no.

The best way to begin navigating this very important question in your life is to separate your unique needs/desires by asking yourself these questions:

  • Goals: What is most important to me? Location of home/proximity to work, quality of life, lowest costs?
  • Timeline: How long am I going to be in this area?
  • Cost: How much is this going to cost me? Relocating costs? Cost of breaking a lease? Closing costs/taxes for a new home purchase
  • Benefit: Which is more beneficial, from a practical and financial standpoint?

Goals

“Resolutions” is a word thrown around quite a bit as we rapidly approach the new year. The definition is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Year over year we see a flood of new buyers enter the market at this time. Many have made a decision to look for a new home, but many have not asked themselves what exactly am I aiming for? Determining your underlying needs that are non-negotiable and deciding what is more of a “want” than a true “need” can be extremely helpful when making a hard decision on housing.

With low inventory in our marketplace, buyers and renters alike need to know what they can do without (washer/dryer, garage, backyard) and what is an absolute need (3+ bedrooms, attic space, basement). When the right property becomes available, you will then be confident in your decision to move forward.

Timeline

In addition to your goals, timeline is another huge factor influencing one’s decision to rent or to buy. How long will you be physically living in the area? Does your work potentially plan to move you out of the area? Also, five years goes much faster than you think. Think in 5-10 year increments for both renting and buying. What are the short-term and long-term effects of the decision you are making at this moment?

Cost

If you are considering renting an apartment, condo, or detached home for the next 1-2 years you will need to look at the costs involved. Standard in Northern Virginia is a one-month security deposit along with paying your first month’s rent. If you have pets you will be paying a pet deposit and possibly pet rent of $50-$100 per month. If you are relocating to the area and decide to rent then buy, PLEASE look at the lease agreement you are signing to know what it will cost you to break the lease.

Most require a 2-month cancellation fee, but some require tenants to pay out the entire rest of the lease term. If you are considering buying and will need to finance, speak with a lender now to find out what you would pay to settle on the home and what your monthly payment would look like. You would be surprised to see that often times these numbers are not far off, or even that the rental rates are much, much higher.

Benefits

Renting and buying each have their own benefits, whether it’s financially beneficial or based on practicality. If you are new to the area, renting can allow time to familiarize yourself with neighborhoods before buying. Renting is also a good opportunity to work on saving up for buying a home, reducing debt and working on improving credit.

As for purchasing a home, investing in your own home as opposed to paying rent to someone else is always liberating. The tax benefits are not too shabby either.

Whether renting or buying, always consult with your local real estate agent for advice. We’d love to help you with the process! Contact one of our team members today — Jillian Keck Hogan, Kristina Eells and Adrianna Vallario.

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 week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Brian Bonnet, Senior Loan Officer (NMLS ID# 224811) of Atlantic Coast Mortgage, LLC (NMLS ID# 643114). To learn more about current mortgage rates and the home loan process, contact Brian at 703-766-6702 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: Where do you think interest rates are going? Should I lock my interest rate now or float it?

Answer: Two very common questions asked by prospective borrowers who are either purchasing a home or considering refinancing their existing home mortgage. The hard truth is that even the most experienced mortgage banker cannot know for sure. The real questions being asked by the consumer of the mortgage professional are, “do you have a crystal ball” and “are you able to time the market?” Consumers should be wary of any mortgage professional who suggests he or she has that kind of clarity or ability.

The decision to lock your rate or float the rate is a question about gambling. You lock your interest rate to be protected against rates going the wrong direction between the lock date and your settlement date. You float your interest rate because you are betting interest rates will improve before your settlement date.

In a market environment where bond prices are steadily increasing and interest rates are steadily falling, it might not be a bad bet to float the rate. We do not, however, generally have that type of bond market. Instead, we usually have a bond market which experiences daily up and down prices resulting in the up and down movement of interest rates.

In our local real estate market, most residential real estate transactions go from contract ratification to settlement in under forty-five days which means there is generally not enough time for a true downward trend of interest rates. So, getting back to the question of whether to lock or float, I usually provide the numbers to the consumer and remind them that no one can guarantee rates will improve between that point and settlement. Most consumers understand and most choose to lock their rate.

Refinance transactions tend to be a little different. There is often no time frame for the consumer during which the transaction must be completed, so many consumers choose to hold out for lower rates. Sometimes it works in their favor, but often it does not. Consumers are usually in communication with mortgage professionals because rates have dropped below their current mortgage rate.

In many cases, the lower rates will allow the consumer to save hundreds of dollars per month. But often the consumer wants to hold out for even lower rates and more savings. Rates move the wrong direction faster than they improve and if that happens while a consumer is holding out for lower rates for a refinance, they may lose their opportunity to save at all.

I often advise consumers that once they choose to lock the rate, they should put that issue behind them. They can drive themselves crazy second guessing whether they made the correct decision to lock. The focus at that point should be on all the other aspects associated with purchasing the home and moving into that home, or how the savings associated with their refinance will impact their monthly budget.

If you would like more information to help plan your next move, please contact Brian Bonnet at [email protected] or call 703-766-6702.

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 week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Joan Shannon, Lifetime Top Producer, Diamond Award, of The Shannon Group and McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Joan at 703-507-8655 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: Should you decorate your home while it is on the market during the holiday season?

Answer: You may have a dilemma in trying to decide what to do — should you or shouldn’t you decorate? How much or how little can you decorate? Will you offend a prospective buyer if you decorate? The intersection at which the holidays and real estate meet can be a particularly stressful one. And while there are many factors that go into your decision such as cost, time and personal preference, I recommend first taking into account your family’s wishes and expectations.

For more than seventeen years, I’ve shown and listed hundreds of homes in Alexandria and neighboring areas during the holiday season and I’ve developed a list of suggestions for homeowners.

Unless you are traveling away from home for the holidays, you may be pining for your ole’ favorites and wishing to decorate up a storm, as usual. Almost everyone loves the added charm and magic we bring into our homes in the month of December and there are ways to use this brief time as an opportunity to showcase your home in its most spectacular light.

Very often, a home is its most beautiful during the holiday season and your efforts can bring a buyer to the table if you keep these helpful hints in mind:

  • Minimize your decorations. A little holiday decorating goes a long way, especially when your home is on the market. Remember, you aren’t decorating for a magazine shoot and buyers want to see the bones of the house without having to move your decorations.
  • Focus your efforts. Even if you skip a tree but want to have that holiday “feel” choose a special focal point such as the mantel(s) or a stairway and decorate that area. For instance, you may choose to decorate the mantels with fresh greens, pinecones, white candles, holly and red berries and suddenly you’ve brought your home into the holiday spirit without even opening the door to the attic. A visit to your neighborhood florist or garden center for a few items can give your home the sights and scents of the season.
  • Perhaps, the front door, entry or porch is where you’d like to focus your holiday decorations. Choose a fresh green wreath with new holiday ribbons and use fresh garland trim around the front door. Check out the Heather and Greens Sale (December 6-7) at The Campagna Center for some fresh boxwood, pine and heather.
  • “Sprinkle” some of the other rooms with a few hints of the special holiday season but don’t go full bore with them. A holiday pillow or candle is usually enough to keep the theme going.

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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 much work do I need to do to prepare my home for sale?

Answer: We all love our home exactly as it is…

In my case, I would have a ton of work to do before putting my house on the market. You see… I have a lime green kitchen, purple sofa, hot pink master bath and artwork everywhere you look. As happy as it makes me, my decor would distract buyers from picturing their belongings in my house.

As tough as it might seem, taking the advice of a professional about how to create a market ready home, is a key element to a successful sale. Starting at the curb and continuing throughout the house — review their suggestions for repairs, updates and modifications. Then remembering that you only have one chance for a first impression — decide what works for you.

Start with the three ‘Cs’ then stage your home to show at its best.

Clutter 

Most people are overwhelmed when they think of going through their closets, cabinets, bookshelves, attic and garage. Luckily, with the help of a team of experts, this step can be simplified and almost painless. By identifying “things” that you want to keep, donate, give to family and throw away in a systematic way, you will be surprised and relieved at how quickly your home seems larger and more organized.

Color 

Neutral is better when it comes to wall color, and paint makes a huge difference when setting the stage for photographs and visitors. One of my clients actually cried when we painted her red kitchen, dining room and master bathroom. She hated it! But… when she moved to her new home… she used the same neutral color on the walls!

Clean 

Deep cleaning is essential and sends the message that your home has been well maintained. Don’t forget your kitchen appliances, laundry room, garage and basement.

Staging 

Staging strategies vary from house to house and can range from bringing in furniture and accessories to a vacant home, to adding or subtracting from a seller’s personal possessions.

Some people do not have the ability to visualize how each room could be set up. When they start thinking about purchasing a home, they also tend to watch home makeover and real estate shows and expect a house to be move-in ready.

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Jillian Keck Hogan of Jillian Keck Hogan Real Estate Group and McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Jillian at 703-951-7655 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: What are your recommendations for updating our home with styles that will last?

Answer: I get this question a good bit from clients who are updating homes they are living in and also from those who have purchased investment properties. It is important to personally enjoy what you choose, but it is a great idea to keep in mind your plans for selling/renting down the line.

Your Personal Home

You either just bought a new home or are ready to refresh the space you currently call home — both are so exciting! Making updates to your kitchen and bathroom tend to always improve the value of your home. I would truly look at each space and see if little adjustments could be made versus a complete gut renovation.

In a bathroom you can change out a countertop, vanity, mirror and light fixtures and immediately see the entire space transform. Same could be said for a kitchen with new countertops, cabinet knobs, light fixtures, backsplash or faucets. After a great conversation with our friend Caroline Goree with Madigan Schuler, a Boutique Interior Design firm in Alexandria, she shared that fun wallpaper is a great way to enhance a space and can give it a personal touch.

For future changes you can reverse back to paint for a reasonable price. Caroline also suggests selecting “trend” items in areas that are easier to change out. For example, changing kitchen knobs, lighting and plumbing fixtures are typically less expensive than painting or refinishing the entire kitchen cabinetry. If this is a concern of yours, consider keeping those larger selections simple.

A geometric wallpaper adds a touch whimsy to the powder room of a historic Cameron Street home.

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Susan Hume of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Susan at 202-280-5735 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: What should I consider when looking for an investment property to be used as a short-term rental, like an Airbnb?

Answer: With Amazon moving in down the road, the economics of short-term investment properties versus long-term rentals are looking very attractive. In addition to the influx of business travelers, Old Town is already experiencing an upswing in tourists thanks to its proximity to the area’s major attractions, and to being named the #1 best value travel destination by Money magazine.

All this makes Old Town an ideal location for a short-term rental business. For instance, an investment property in Old Town may rent for $3,000 per month, while you can generate more than double that by renting it out on Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway or another online travel agent. While the math is enticing there’s a lot to consider in order to be successful.

Establishing a short-term rental is much more complicated than renting a property for a year or more. In identifying an investment property for a short-term rental, its location needs to offer what business travelers or tourists want. Because these guests frequently don’t have a car, they will prioritize a rental that has walking access to restaurants and shops as well as public transport options.

Homes that are not in a city center are unlikely to attract many guests. Guests also place a premium on having a patio or balcony to relax outdoors. Hosts don’t have to spend a fortune on furnishings, but they should be practical, tasteful and comfortable (especially the beds) and the home must have good wi-fi.

Guests are attracted to updated kitchens and baths, but also to Old Town’s historic charm. For this reason, Old Town’s traditional townhomes have special appeal to out-of-town visitors.

Although there’s a short-term market for all types of housing, rentals that are geared towards the business traveler, couples and small families — one or two bedrooms — are likely to rent more easily than larger homes that accommodate parties of five or more. While smaller properties will command a smaller nightly rent, you are likely to have a higher occupancy rate and earn more income to cover any mortgage and carrying costs (insurance, property taxes, maintenance).

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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 Hope 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: Some of my friends looked at just a couple of homes before buying, while others seemed to look at hundreds. How do I know that I’ve seen enough before making my decision?

Answer: Different sources can vary on the exact number, but on average a buyer tours between 10-14 homes before choosing the one that they will buy. This is an important decision, and many buyers I’ve worked with want to be sure that they have an opportunity to tour everything that is out there. There really is no perfect number.

That’s the short answer. My long answer is a bit more personal, so bear with me here.

I am recently engaged, and in the process of shopping for my wedding dress. While the market for homes in Alexandria is vastly different than that of wedding dresses, the decision-making process can be similar.

According to the advice blogs I’ve read (and believe me — I did my research), the recommended number of bridal boutiques to visit is three.

This is to ensure variety, while not overwhelming yourself with choices. Although my first appointment ended with me wearing a dress that I absolutely love, I was unsure that I’d seen everything that was out there.

Just like brides trying on dresses, most homebuyers have looked online and have some sort of idea of what they’re looking for. Once a target price has been established, you develop preferences for style, location, size, age and other things that are important to you. Some features will matter more than others and it’s crucial to talk with your trusted Realtor about what is non-negotiable, versus what you can live without.

Unlike bridal stores, there isn’t an exact number of homes that I’d recommend you visit, but most Realtors I know would advise against seeing dozens and dozens of homes. Making any big life choice is exhausting enough without factoring in driving all over town or zipping up thirty-pound dresses.

Viewing homes that don’t have the features most important to you will only make this process more convoluted. As the old saying goes “when you know, you know,” but if you continue to look for something better, the fear of missing out will always be in the back of your mind.

Of course, I am as typical a consumer as anyone. I am still going to visit one or two more dress shops, because I need to convince myself that I’ve seen what I could be missing out on. But at the end of the day, like any consumer in a social media world, I’ve done my research and I know what’s out there for me. I am confident that I can go with the first dress that I feel “at home in.” And that is how you will feel certain that you are not missing out on anything.

Sometimes you find the right house immediately and sometimes it does take several visits. However, in our busy market it’s more important than ever to have explored your priorities before exploring your options. A wedding dress can be put aside, but your perfect home will not wait around for when you’re ready, so be ready!

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 week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Philip G. Matyas, Associate Broker, of The Shannon Group and McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Philip at 703-507-8655 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: What’s the Skinny on Old Town’s Bus Barn?

Answer: The Bus Barn Days are numbered.

Having lived in Historic Old Town Alexandria for the past 22 years, I have seen tremendous housing developments dramatically change the local real estate markets. But few properties have evoked the curiosity of Old Town residents as much as the block-long, vacant WMATA “Bus Barn” site with its questions of how and when it will be developed.

Here’s the skinny.

Earlier this year, City Council rezoned the property, almost doubling the density of the existing townhouse zoning, and then approved a 287-unit apartment complex to be built by Trammel Crow Residential. Pre-construction may begin as early as the end of the year once the Final Site Plan and building permitting have completed the City’s administrative review.

The deteriorating site will be enlivened with four block faces of contemporary, urban-designed, LEED-certified construction, a pocket park, roof-top Open Space and Green Streets streetscapes. Units will be built using Energy Star appliances and WaterSense fixtures.

Bounded by Historic Old Town’s Pendleton, North Pitt, North Royal and Wythe Streets, the apartment complex will consist of 275 market rental units (about 18 studio, 180 one-bedroom and 75 two-bedroom) and 12 affordable-rate units for a 40-year duration (1 studio, 1 junior one-bedroom, 7 one-bedroom and 3 two-bedroom).

Buildings along Pendleton and North Pitt Streets will rise from 3 to 4 stories with up to 50-foot heights with facades that are enhanced with stoops and front entrances at street level. Buildings along Wythe and North Royal Streets buildings will rise from 4 to 6 stories with up to 70-foot heights to reflect a transition to the neighboring high-rise architecture of Annie B. Rose and Alexandria House.

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Jillian Keck Hogan of Jillian Keck Hogan Real Estate Group and McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Jillian at 703-951-7655 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: We have been reading all the headlines, but what really is the “Amazon Effect”?

Answer: The buzz of Amazon is something we have all been hearing and there is some truth to the stories being published, BUT as it relates to real estate, the effects are very situational with price point, condition and location.

We have been reading all the same publications, and we completely understand if all the news is making you a bit nervous as to when the best time will be to purchase or sell your home. Home prices have been increasing, but that is true of every year since 2010. There is a good chance you might be competing on a listing against another buyer, but that has been a possibility over the last 9 years, as well.

Here is a bit of advice from our COO, David Howell, at McEnearney Associates, Inc.: “Sell when you are ready to sell, and buy when you are ready to buy.”

The Most Competitive Markets

Now, competing as a purchaser is always a possibility in any price point. This is driven by a seller’s strategy. Some sellers can choose to market their home under the going market price in order to move a home sooner versus later. This does not mean the sellers are in distress or the property is falling apart. Sellers do this at times just to make their move easier and faster.

The Amazon Effect — in this case, the comparatively low number of homes on the market — has been the most notable in Alexandria and Arlington in price points under $900,000.

What Does That Mean?

Virginia selling tactics and competition have been progressively picking up, following the trend we see with the D.C. market having grown hotter and hotter over the last 5-7 years with increased new construction. With many agents in our area being licensed in D.C. and Virginia, the strategies to win out on a competing situation used in Virginia began to mimic what D.C. licensed agents had been doing for years: Escalating in price, waiving inspections (or completing them before the offer was submitted), and taking on more risk during the appraisal contingencies.

Sellers have a bit more control in negotiations and receiving multiple bids on their home over list price. As a buyer, this could mean that you write a few more offers, but do know that this does not mean you have to “overpay” for a home.

Overall

The Amazon Effect is nothing that our DMV has not seen before. If you are looking to purchase under the $900,000 price point, be assured that it is very possible to buy a great home at a great price when going in with a strong strategic offer. And sellers in this same price point, be sure to still give your home all the best finishing touches to show well and review your neighborhood comparable sales before selecting your final price.

No, home prices have not doubled — but you are in a very fortunate position to be getting some of the highest prices ever in your neighborhood and you can receive offers with less contingencies which otherwise could have cost you more money.

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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Ask McEnearney: Hello Alexandria!

This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. Please submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Hello Alexandria!

We are delighted for this opportunity to connect with you in our Ask McEnearney column where you can submit your real estate questions to us and we will provide you with informative answers from our industry experts at McEnearney Associates.

With forty years of experience, we’ve helped our clients navigate through some of the most complicated and interesting scenarios, and we hope this column will help you become more informed so you can make the most educated decisions about your real estate investment.

We thought that we would kick start this series by asking, Who is McEnearney?

McEnearney Associates is a firm founded in Alexandria by John McEnearney, who had a singular focus on providing clients with exemplary real estate services. As a graduate of the US Naval Academy, John retired as a Captain after a long, distinguished and interesting career and began his real estate career the next day.

Just a few years later, the firm became the market leader in Alexandria and has confidently held that position for 38 years. John’s goal was never to be the biggest, but to be the best, and our associates are the brightest and most experienced agents in the industry.

Today, McEnearney Associates is led by President Maureen McEnearney Dunn, who has grown the firm to more than 380 Associates and eleven residential, commercial, property management and relocation offices. The Alexandria office is led by Executive Vice President and Principal Broker, Dave Hawkins, and Executive Vice President, Michael Day.

Ranked by Washington Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work and recognized in the Top 100 companies nationally, the firm prides itself as being the trusted real estate resource in Alexandria. The most important thing that differentiates McEnearney Associates is: it’s not about us, it’s about you.

Most importantly, our goal is to always do the right thing for our clients.

When McEnearney Associates was formed, John wanted to create a firm that went above and beyond selling and buying homes for clients… He wanted to give back to the communities that helped make it the venerable and trusted firm it is today.

Every McEnearney Associate stands behind this dedication and a brand that believes in making an investment in the communities where we live and work. We are proud to partner with over 100 organizations and nonprofits that have helped support the Alexandria and wider community and make it the unique and special place that we call home.

To learn more about us, visit us at McEnearney.com. We look forward to answering your real estate questions and connecting you with your real estate goals! 

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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