So far this year, I’m finding that the four reasons listed in this concise Realtor.com article are consistent with overall 2019 housing activity and projections. So let’s get moving!
When I see general articles like this one from the Washington Post, I always like to remind folks that real estate functions on a hyper-local scale. The market in one NoVA neighborhood can differ from the market in a different NoVA neighborhood.
This week, I was privileged to be published in HOUSE METHOD, a stylish national-scale magazine dedicated to being our best resource for all things home. The article 7 Mistakes Homeowners Make When Listing to Sell features my candid advice for determining your home’s ideal listing price. Take a look!
It’s cold out… don’t risk having your home’s plumbing burst in these frigid temperatures!
While this discussion was recorded with Arlington in mind, I highly recommend you watch it wherever you happen to live in our area-- this roundtable of experts is chalk-full of facts/figures, trends, case studies, and projections applicable to our broader region.
Kitchen islands are a nice amenity, but I’ve learned that if you’re ready for cabinet/counter upgrades yet your kitchen is narrow, you can opt for an equally functional peninsula. You may have to sacrifice some upper cabinetry, but you’ll gain an open-style kitchen (great sight lines!) while still defining the space.
Fannie Mae: If mortgage rates trend sideways next year, as we anticipate, and home price appreciation continues to moderate, improving affordability should breathe some life into the housing market. We also expect residential fixed investment to resume a positive growth trajectory amid continued rising housing starts and stabilizing home sales.
For the second year in a row, the DC metro area ranked first for all moves to (and within) a city. And within our region, it was Alexandria that was the #1 most popular destination area.
HomeAdvisor, TaskRabbit, and Centriq. Have you tried any of these home maintenance apps? What did you think? Send me your recommendations!
Anyone else struggling with Fixer Upper withdrawal? Well now you can get your shiplap fix with Joanna’s beautiful, new book… hot off the presses!
NY Times: The federal government encourages home-energy audits through the Department of Energy’s Home Performance with Energy Star program. States also run their own programs, offering incentives to utility companies, contractors and homeowners, in hopes of easing pressure on the power grid. Here’s info on Virginia’s program.
WaPo: In some renovation shows, the city, state or even country (a surprising number airing in the US are produced in Canada) are omitted. This becomes a honey pot for misinformation when numbers are then, inevitably, discussed. Pricing for materials and labor are not consistent across the US.
Washington Post: When you move into a new home — whether it’s your first foray into homeownership or your 10th move — it’s time to celebrate. After you’ve tipped the movers, finished your pizza, popped the champagne cork and started unpacking, you’ll need to take care of a few responsibilities.
Elle Decor offers 20 small living rooms that are bursting with inspiration! One strategy I like: hide most of your trinkets, clutter, and other small items in cabinetry or attractive baskets that blend in with the color of your walls. But be sure to display a few of your most favorite items that make you smile!