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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 homes throughout Alexandria that just hit the market this past week. Click on each link to be directed to more information including Virtual Open House times.

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 Karisue Wyson, Director of Recruiting & Agent Support at McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article, contact Karisue at 703-615-0876 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: Coronavirus took my job. Can I turn what I know into a career in real estate?

Answer: The Coronavirus pandemic has led to many professionals unexpectedly reevaluating their current career paths. Jobs in the hospitality, travel, retail and education industries are in peril as unemployment reaches double-digit figures due to containment measures that have restructured so much of our lives.

Real estate offers an attractive option for those with excellent customer service, managerial, education and sales skills as these are the building blocks to becoming a successful agent. If your current industry is undergoing upheaval, here are ways to translate what you do well to cultivating clients and becoming a trusted advisor in real estate.

Hospitality: Working with the public has taught you how to listen to guests and anticipate their needs. You’re a multitasker who knows how to prioritize your day and adjust as needed when confronted with a challenge — or an opportunity. You have an attention to detail that ensures nothing is left to chance for the maximum enjoyment of your guest. You know that you will only get the job done well with the assistance of others and collaborate easily.

You are comfortable assisting a wide range of guests with diverse backgrounds and needs and thrive on the unpredictable nature of working with new people. The opportunity to learn something new every day keeps you going and ensures your guests recall it was you who helped create that memorable stay, meal, or event that they will never forget.

Travel: Logistics and deadlines are your native language! You are a planner who does your research based on the dreams, aspirations and experience of your clients. You are managing many moving pieces at once and know that your carefully crafted plan can be upended with one missed connection, so you’re prepared to assist at a moment’s notice and are ready with back-up plans.

Clients appreciate your clear communication skills and will return to your company year after year and refer others to you because you gave them an experience they will remember forever. (Being paid on a commission basis doesn’t scare you and you know what it’s like to do the work upfront without payment. You know how to have conversations about commission because you know how much value your services bring.)

Retail: There are a lot of people who claim to be great salespeople, but you have what it takes to make great deals come together. You are a natural connector because you are naturally curious about others. You ask questions, probe deeper, listen for what is not being said, ask more questions, offer alternatives and help your client narrow their choices. You know how to apply your professional knowledge and not your personal opinion when a client asks, “What do you think?”

You guide your clients through the decision-making process so that they feel empowered in their choices and not stuck in “analysis paralysis.” As a manager, you know how to create a team that maximizes the strength of all its members and increases the bottom line. You earn the trust and repeat business of your clients and the loyalty and respect of your colleagues because you listened, cared and delivered exactly what they needed.

Education: It’s not easy to take something complex and make it understandable to everyone, but you do it with ease. You are patient and can adapt your lessons to the level of the student you are working with. You have excellent leadership skills and can command the attention of even the most distracted minds. You are organized and have a plan that works, but you also know how to adapt it as new tools and information become available. You are also creative, finding new ways to solve problems and bring fun into what can be an unfamiliar and unnerving process.

Most importantly, you are empathetic and don’t take it personally when someone gets frustrated that things aren’t going the way they expected. As a result, you’ve got a wide network of people who trust you and count you as one of the most important people in their lives.

There are many paths to becoming a realtor and every agent started with their own unique story about what led them to real estate. What’s your story? Visit www.joinmcenearney.com and then call me at 703-615-0876 to see how McEnearney Associates can help you write the next chapter.

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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It was another busy week in Alexandria.

Our readers overwhelmingly responded to Sunday’s protest at the Alexandria home of acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, and the story has more than 380 comments. This week also saw its first homicide, which occurred in the West End, in addition to a number of crime events in the Braddock area.

Not included in our weekly list is late-breaking news on Friday that Alexandria City Public Schools want a virtual-only school year starting in September. Residents have been waiting throughout the summer for the school system to make up its mind, and ACPS has conducted numerous virtual chats with students, parents and staff over the last several weeks.

Here are our top stories this week in Alexandria.

  1. Activists Protest at Alexandria Home of Acting DHS Chief Chad Wolf
  2. BREAKING: Police Investigating Homicide in West End Residential Community
  3. Former APD Officer Peter Laboy Gets His Driver’s License Seven Years After Being Shot in the Head
  4. Just Listed in Alexandria
  5. Students and Residents Putting Daily Cover Over T.C. Williams High School Name
  6. BREAKING: Flooding Reported in Parts of City, AFD Responding to Multiple Emergency Calls
  7. Shots Fired Tuesday Night in Braddock Neighborhood
  8. Alexandria Delegate Wants City to Fire Officials or Police Who Espouse QAnon Theories
  9. Save the Tree Petition at T.C. Williams High School Garners Nearly 1,000 Signatures
  10. Man Injured in Violent Carjacking in Old Town
  11. COVID-19 Update: Deaths at 57, Case Count at 2,735 in Alexandria

Have a safe and fun weekend!

Staff photo by James Cullum

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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.

3507 Halcyon Drive, Alexandria, VA 22305 — The Jen Walker Team

Enter into the foyer that leads to a spacious office with French doors — perfect from working/school at home! From there, head into the large living room and kitchen. The wood burning fireplace features ceramic tiling and a beautiful mantle and anchors this space to the kitchen and bar area. Featuring an oversized island, quartz countertops, Viking appliances — including a chef’s 6 burner stove/range — white apron-front farmhouse sink, crisp shaker style cabinetry and gorgeous bask splash, you will never want to leave this gourmet kitchen! The bar area has additional cabinetry and glass upper cabinets, making entertaining a breeze.

Off the kitchen is a large built-in banquette with piano-hinge storage and additional cabinetry and a door to the deck — great access for a grill area. Take a step down to the family room, and you will find a great playroom tv area or even a 5th bedroom — this room has a full bathroom and closet and sliding door access to the rear deck. The upper level has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths and a stacked washer/dryer.

The master is very spacious with oversized windows, two walk-in closets and an en-suite bath. The three additional bedrooms have great closet space and share a hall bathroom. On the lower level you will find a recreation room, full bath, utility space and additional laundry. This room would be great for movie night and could easily double as a guest area/au pair suite. This home has a gorgeous rear yard and patio. Off the deck, step to the left for access to the patio.

Completely redone, this is perfect area for a socially-distant get together around a fire-pit or to relax in the shade. To the right is a sodded lawn — great for a game of catch, a garden or just relaxing. Beautiful landscaping adorns the front and rear of the home making the yard magical and private. Just a few minutes to “the Pit” park and located close to Del Ray, Old Town, I395 and Washington, D.C., you will love living in Beverly Hills! Welcome 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 for the first half of 2020 compare to 2019 in the City of Alexandria?

Answer: As was true across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic had significant impact on Alexandria’s real estate market. From January 1 to March 15 of this year when the COVID-induced shut down orders began, total new contract activity in Alexandria was almost identical to that of the equivalent time period of 2019. The market was off to a solid start and would have been even stronger had there been a greater inventory of available homes. More on that in just a moment.

Beginning in mid-March it became more challenging to physically show homes, and consumers were correctly concerned about going out. The chart below shows the significant drop in showing activity (2020’s activity is the green line) that reached the bottom of the trough in mid-April and began to reach “normal” levels by mid-May as phased re-openings began.

In June, reflecting the pent-up demand, showing activity eclipsed last year’s activity. And contract activity unsurprisingly reflected the drop in showing activity. From mid-March through the end of June, there was a 13% drop in the number of newly ratified contracts in Alexandria. Condos — almost half of Alexandria’s market — were hit a little harder with a 14% drop, while attached and detached homes were off 11%.

The other big story in Alexandria is the shortage of inventory. In the first half of 2017, there was an average of 412 available homes on the market at the end of the month. In the first half of 2018 that had dropped to 378 and after the Amazon HQ2 announcement inventory plummeted to an average of just 178.

Inventory has not rebounded, as the average month-end inventory is now just 173. That means the market has essentially half of “normal” inventory levels, and buyers are returning to the market more rapidly than sellers.

Despite the market contraction brought on by COVID-19, 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 keep 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.

Our Just Listed properties this week features 2 properties in Alexandria that just hit the market! To start is this charming, storybook, detached Old Town home! With curb appeal for days, this 2 bed/2.5 bath home is charming yet efficient in every way. Enter through the white picket fence to the covered front porch and into the bright and sunny living room.

We will be featuring this home on a Virtual Open House this Saturday, July 25 at 11 a.m. on our Instagram. Move-in ready, updated and close to Metro, you don’t want to miss this one.

911 Princess Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 — The Jen Walker Team

With gorgeous plantation shutters, this room is great for lounging or hosting movie night. This room flows into the dining area, which features a dining area, a side entry to the exterior and a renovated half bathroom with carrara tiling and flooring. Continue on to the kitchen area with stainless appliances and ample cabinetry for storage. From the kitchen, French doors lead to the patio space in the rear — ideal for entertaining or additional living space. From the main level, head up the spiral staircase to two bedrooms and two full baths.

The primary bedroom has vaulted, wood ceilings, nice closet space and an ensuite bathroom. The second bedroom is charming and could be a guest area, nursery or office — also with en suite bath. French doors lead to an upper-level deck that overlooks the rear patio. Don’t miss the crawl space with outside entry — ideal for additional storage. Located in the heart of Old Town, this detached home is close to Metro, the waterfront and just three blocks to the shops and restaurants of King Street. Welcome home!

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Address: 4512 Dolphin Lane
Neighborhood: Yacht Haven
Listed: $1,397,000

Spectacular California Contemporary in Yacht Haven. Completely redesigned and reimagined custom contemporary where California and Florida meet in Alexandria!

Modern design elements include an open floor plan on the main level with stone gas fireplace, state of the art kitchen with bar counter for casual dining. The dining room is staged as a billiards room with an amazing moat where koi swim lazily by as you and your friends play a friendly game or watch TV. The master bedroom, with walk-in closet, laundry facilities and custom bath, overlooks a beautiful deck with koi pond and fire pit, leading to the outdoor kitchen and in ground pool.

The detached oversized garage offers a full bath for guests, and an enormous “party room” above with full bar! In the main house, there is an upper level guest bedroom and en-suite bath, while on the lower level there is a Zen-like family room with gas fireplace opening to a covered hot tub pavilion, office or third bedroom and full bath, storage and wine cellar.

Listed by:
Kate Patterson
McEnearney Associates Realtors
703-627-2166
[email protected]
www.KatePattersonHomes.com

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

Question: How hot is the summer real estate market?

Answer: Like the weather, it’s really HOT!

The last time I wrote an article about the market, it was March, and we were at the beginning of closures due to COVID-19. We were all very nervous about what lay ahead for our health, wealth and employment. For some, it has been a very challenging and heartbreaking time; for others, it has been okay.

Here we are, four incredibly unusual and stressful months later. So what happened in the real estate market? And what does it look like now?

The Northern Virginia real estate market saw a very quick slowdown at the end of March. The bottom of the market for contract activity over the same week the year before occurred during  the week of April 5 to April 12 in the D.C. Metro area with a drop of 44%. The following week, NOVA contracts bottomed out with a 40% drop over the same time last year. Surprisingly, only three weeks after the shut down, the market started to show signs of rebounding. This made sense, as the beginning of 2020 started strongly.

Since the beginning of July, we have seen an incredibly active and extremely competitive market. The biggest part of the story is the lack of inventory. Active listings are down 35% from this time last year and a whopping 52% down from same time in 2018. With spring level demand and exceedingly low summer inventory, we have ourselves a very strong seller’s market. In some pockets, we are seeing 15 or more offers on a property. Contingencies are being thrown out the window. It’s very challenging for buyers.

So what to do? Sellers thinking about listing, PLEASE do! We know there are still some sellers nervous about their health safety and therefore are holding off putting their homes on the market. Our industry has done a fabulous job of trying to make seeing properties as easy and as safe as possible through such avenues as online showings, virtual showings, 3D floor plans, FaceTime Live and more. If you search through previous McEnearney posts on ALXnow or visit our company website, you will see all the wonderful things we are doing as a community to keep you safe.

Buyers, buckle up! It’s going to be rough. Here are a few things you can do in order to put yourself in the best position to make an offer.

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After two years on the market, the boyhood home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Old Town has been sold for $4.7 million, according to the Washington Business Journal.

The 8,145-square-foot Potts-Fitzhugh House at 601-607 Oronoco Street went on the market in 2018 for a much higher price — $8.5 million.

The Georgian-Federal home was built in 1795 and takes up approximately a half-acre. It is also part of the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half bathrooms, according to the Washington Fine Properties listing.

The Daughters of the Confederacy recently removed the Appomattox monument in Old Town amid racial and social unrest following the murder of George Floyd — also after the state legislature authorized the city to remove it. Additionally, Alexandria City Public Schools is looking at changing the name of T.C. Williams High School, since Williams was an avid segregationist.

Lee was the commanding general of the Confederate Army for the final three years of the Civil War. His family touted a fine Virginia pedigree, since his father, Light-Horse Harry Lee, was the ninth Governor of Virginia and who also served as a cavalry officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Recent days have not been sympathetic to Lee, as there are efforts underway to have his statue removed in Richmond and for his name to be stricken from West Point buildings.

ALXnow has not confirmed the name of the buyer.

Photos via HRL Partners with Washington Fine Properties

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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 fabulous properties throughout Alexandria City!

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 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: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a real estate agent?

Answer: Over the past few weeks, two of my neighbors have asked me about getting into the business.

They were interested in exploring the types of skills and experience required. How to get started? How to build their business? And, of course, the big one… what sort of income should they expect?

In my case, I had wanted to be an agent right out of college, but my father said something like… “Absolutely not! No one is going to trust a 22 year old to help them buy or sell a house!” At that time, he was probably right, but now we are seeing more and more students majoring in real estate and using their technology and social media skills to market their services. It’s a good thing the excellent training at McEnearney has helped me keep up with the times!

Having been in sales, service and marketing for my entire career, the transition into real estate was natural for me. As an event planner and a promotional products consultant for many years, I am skilled at managing multiple projects simultaneously, tight deadlines and developing creative ways to achieve my clients’ desired outcome. Some of my colleagues were bankers, lawyers, dog trainers, travel agents, teachers, nurses and contractors before hanging up their shingle and have successfully brought those experiences to the field.

I will be forever grateful to a number of agents and brokers who took the time to discuss the business in length before I took the class to get my license. Their guidance was tremendously valuable in helping me determine what type of business model would work best for me. I went to open houses every Sunday for six months to learn about the types of homes available in various neighborhoods. Not only was I able to learn from the agent holding the open house, but I  experienced what it was like to be a potential buyer in that situation.

Developing clientele has been extremely rewarding for me. My first year, I held open houses 39 out of 52 Sundays. Some were for my own listings, however, a large percentage were for other agents at McEnearney. I met potential buyers that became clients, received referrals from my friends and neighbors, and remained active in my neighborhood, my volunteer organizations and throughout Alexandria.

I am honored to say that referrals from my past clients, friends and neighbors continue to be my number one way of growing my business, and I am grateful for the trust that has been placed in me.

Annual income is the question that is the one that is best answered by… “It depends!” Do you want to work part or full-time, during the evenings or on weekends? Would you feel more comfortable being part of a team or as an independent agent? Would you rather be paid a salary or on commission? What is the price range of the homes where you are best known? How far are you willing to drive to show or list houses? Would you prefer to work with a full-service brokerage or one offering limited services?

There are many variables to creating your business model. My suggestion would be to sign up for a class and see how you like it. If you do… start talking to people and develop an initial game plan. The good thing is… you can always change it!

Good luck!

Lisa Groover is a licensed real estate agent with McEnearney Associates, Inc. in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. As a resident of Alexandria since 1989, Lisa is thrilled to introduce her clients to such a dynamic place to live, and to market homes based upon their unique features, communities and neighborhoods. Having had seven Golden Retrievers, she is also dedicated to helping other dog owners through the challenges of renting, buying and selling their home.

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

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

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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 two fabulous properties in Alexandria City! This immaculately updated and maintained, this charming Del Ray two bedroom, two full bath row house is just what you’ve been looking for in a home. We will be featuring this home on a Virtual Open House this Saturday, July 11 at 11 a.m. on our Instagram.

543 Duncan Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301The Jen Walker Team

Enter into the perfectly landscaped front yard and on to the shaded front porch. Enter the home and into the living room that features a wall of newer windows and feels light and airy. The living room easily flows into the dining room and kitchen. With updated fixtures and appliances, the kitchen and dining rooms are perfect for entertaining or cooking everyday meals. The rear patio is just off the kitchen and is great for a BBQ or working from outside.

On the upper level you will find two bedrooms and a beautifully updated bathroom. The lower level is ideal for cozy movie nights or an extra guest area — with plush carpeting, this cozy space also includes a renovated full bathroom. Laundry, storage and utility space are also found on the lower level, which has a rear entry up to the backyard.

Walk to all that Del Ray has to offer with restaurants and shopping on “the Avenue” just blocks away. Less than a mile to Braddock Road Metro and close to Potomac Yard, the location is ideal! Home updates since purchased include: crown molding throughout living/dining, Bosch dishwasher, updated lighting, Moen touchless kitchen faucet, new, larger HVAC system and thermostat (Carrier, via FH Furr) and water heater in 2018, re-wired the master bedroom and installed Hunter fan, refinished tub, new exterior lighting, added power to front and rear porches, re-stained fencing and steps, new gutters and drainage in rear (2019), replaced front fence.

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