The Importance Of Checking References

I was driving in Clarendon the other day and stopped behind this van. At first I laughed – it’s very funny and I never saw the side of the van to figure out what they were offering…van picture

 

however, it got me thinking about how we hire people to work with. Whether it’s a painter, a CPA, a swim coach for your kids, or your real estate agent, I would highly recommend asking around to see who people you trust have used. Maybe they’ll have a horror story (write that name down as a No Go!), maybe they’ll have a glowing recommendation. You can Google search by area to find an agent or look up names you get from friends or coworkers. But ask. Ask to talk to references or clients they’ve worked with in the past. Check them out.

Click for my reviews online…I use Trulia to ask past clients to review me. I recently started doing this so there’s only a fraction of my sales histories on there, but you’ll see many were repeat clients, which is a testimonial in and of itself.

February Real Estate Sales in Arlington Sees 2% Gain

Real estate sales in Arlington, VA during February saw an average 2% gain from last year. Days on the market averaged 63 and sellers averaged 96.9% of original asking price. Condo prices lagged a bit last month. A total of 151 properties sold during February.

Single Family Homes

N. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $1,003,828 in 45 days
Range: $490,000 – $2,028,406
S. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $713,385 in 48 days
Range: $420,000 – $1,525,000

Townhomes
N. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $828,307 in 25 days
Range: $595,000 – $1,355,000
S. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $602,444 in 72 days
Range: $357,000 – $802,000

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Condos
N. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $330,128 in 52 days
Range: $199,888 – $449,000
S. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $224,332 in 86 days
Range: $124,000 – $370,000

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Condos
N. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $686,750 in 48 days
Range: $460,000 – $1,200,000
S. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $419,485 in 26 days
Range: $299,900 – $525,000

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Coming Soon to Park Glen!

Here’s an exciting preview into a new unit for sale in Park Glen in Arlington coming next week!

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802 Arlington Mill Rd S #202, Arlington, VA 22204
$210,000
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom
700 sq ft
Storage In Building
All New Kitchen with Butcher Block Counters

For full virtual tour and floorplan, click here.

Full Cry Farm Home For Sale in Vienna

Print_Exterior-Front Elevation_1 (1)Rarely available in Full Cry Farm off Beulah Rd in Vienna: 9701 Layminster Lane

$1,435,000
6,400 Finished Square Feet on almost 1 acre
5 Bedrooms Upstairs with 3 Full Bathrooms
Main Level Office, Open Floorplan with 2-story family room
Finished Basement with Wet Bar, Den (used a bedroom) and Full Bathroom
3-Car Garage
Dual zone heating/cooling
New roof, gutters, HVAC, KitchenAid appliances, water heater

For floorplan and pictures, click here.

Shown by appointment.

 

Now For Sale in Fairfax Station

Print_Exterior-Front ElevationIntroducing the Breckinridge Model For Sale in Fairfax Station!

11104 Robert Carter Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039
$630,000
Over 4,000 sq ft inside, Lot is over half an acre!
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Upstairs
Main Level Office with Built Ins
Unfinished Basement
2-Car Garage
Ready for a new owner!

For pictures and virtual tour, click here.
Open Sunday 3/15 from 1-4pm

 

Selling or Buying a Home Can Be Stressful

divorceI’m going to let you in on a dirty little secret, selling or buying a home can be stressful. One of the top reasons people get divorced is over money. You fight when you have money, you fight when you don’t have money, you fight about spending it, you fight about not spending it. It can be STRESSFUL. It’s supposed to be this magical time of imagining decorating, family dinners, BBQs, but in reality, I often find buying a house or selling a house when you’re single, if much easier than when a couple is doing it. Having gone through both (I bought my first house when I was single and have now bought and sold while married), I can attest to this first hand – WAY harder when there’s someone else involved. Here’s why and hopefully how to help:

When it’s just you buying or selling, you make all of the decisions. Buying? You get exactly what you want, where you want and for how much you want. Selling? Only you can decide who you pick as an agent, when you sell it, for how much you sell it, etc. It’s YOURS. All yours. Only yours.

When it’s a couple, you have to agree on a location, agree on a budget, agree on a style, condition, timing, etc. Compromise, by definition, can tick someone off. Someone ends up having to concede on something and usually, it becomes a bone of contention. Rarely have I seen a couple truly agree on everything. Throw in a baby or pregnancy, and now you’ve got hormones involved on top of logic (or maybe I should say instead of logic, hey, I’ve been pregnant twice.)

How can you try to mitigate the stress?

  • Budget. Budget. Budget. Talk a lender to get preapproved then go through your finances to figure out how much you can actually spend comfortably towards a mortgage. What if one of you takes a pay cut? What if you have to pay for childcare? What if you need a new car? Etc. This is probably the hardest part since this guides the rest of the process.
  • Now that you have a budget, what can you realistically afford within that budget? A condo in Arlington? What about the same money out in Reston – a single family home? What do you really want – a condo, a townhouse, or a single family home? Now where can you get what you really want?
  • Wants vs. Needs. Do you really NEED a 2-car garage or is that a want? Do you really want something turn key or should you need to be open to some renovations? Do you need a large yard or will a small area do?
  • Location, location, location. This is the ONLY thing you can NOT change. So wherever you decide you want to plant down roots, think about all that will effect. Commute time, commute mode (metro, driving, walking, etc), future plans, schools, parks, dog parks, etc.
  • Communicate. I’ve been known to shut up when I’m really frustrated and keep it all in, let me tell you, that makes it worse. Talk to each other. Voice concerns. Talk through scenarios, so that everyone is comfortable with the decision.

I’m a low pressure real estate agent, as many of my clients have said. My main goal is for everyone to walk away from a transaction satisfied with the customer service, happy with their decision, and excited about the future whether it was buying or selling, because both area a new start to everyone involved.

Snow and Selling Your Home

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Does this look like your street today? Don’t forget if you’re selling your home you MUST keep sidewalks, driveways and walkways clear so buyers and agents can get into your home easily. If someone gets hurt on your property it could be your responsibility, but even more importantly, you don’t want someone to drive away without looking because they couldn’t get in!

If your home is vacant, go check on the roof, the pipes and your basement. Make sure nothing gave out under the weight of this heavy snow and ice, nothing is leaking, and no pipes burst in the cold weather! This is prime pipe bursting weather!

Sell Your Arlington Home! PLEASE!

I’m talking to you, yes you…if you have THOUGHT about selling your home, or just want to know what it might get in the market..SELL YOUR ARLINGTON HOME NOW! PLEASE! There are ONLY 29 detached homes on the market right now priced under $1,100,000. That is NOTHING. There is nothing to buy right now. In the last 4 months in North Arlington, which is the dead season of the real estate market, there were 175 homes sold or pending in that price range. 96 of them sold in under 10 days. 64% of them sold in under a month.

Sell your house. Now! Don’t wait until the “Spring” when everyone else is waiting to sell…sell NOW when you’re the only house for someone to buy. There are so many anxious buyers out there looking for the right house.

Examples:

9thST 6078 9th St N, Arlington, VA 22205 – Priced at $575,000, 3 bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, No Updates, No Yard. 8 offers. Still pending.

 

 

 

Stafford 1826 Stafford St N, Arlington, VA 22207 – Priced at $950,000, 1900 Farm House with 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, Radiator Heating. 10 offers. Still pending.

 

 

 

22ndST

5710 22nd St N, Arlington, VA 22205 – Priced at $929,900, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, 1 Car Garage, Nice Yard, Somewhat Updated. 6 offers. Sold for $954,500.

 

 

 

Those are just a couple of examples of our market. If you have ever even thought about it, let’s talk. 703-283-6120 or email me Laura@TheLJRGroup.com

January 2015 Arlington Real Estate Statistics

Below is a summary of the January 2015 Arlington Real Estate Statistics for Arlington, VA. Average sale price was up 17.8%, days on the market averaged 72, units sold was up over 4% to 146. Condos increased 4.2% from 2014, single family homes with 4 or more bedrooms increased 21.8%, and townhomes with 3 bedrooms increased over 32%.

Single Family Homes

N. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $1,066,808 in 58 days
Range: $520,000 – $2,300,000
S. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $611,540 in 31 days
Range: $340,000 – $905,600

Townhomes
N. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $891,794 in 59 days
Range: $561,000 – $1,300,000
S. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $604,483 in 20 days
Range: $471,000 – $725,000

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Condos
N. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $381,026 in 63 days
Range: $180,000 – $565,000
S. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $262,149 in 64 days
Range: $93,750 – $327,000

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Condos
N. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $545,636 in 40 days
Range: $394,000 – $769,020
S. Arlington Average Net Sale Price: $392,300 in 45 days
Range: $305,000 – $462,900

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Under Contract in 4 days at The Sierra Condo!

Under Contract in 4 days at The Sierra Condo in Arlington!

Web_Floor Plan-Kitchen_1Unit 111
2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 1,281 sq ft
$345,000
1 Parking Space
Balcony overlooking the terrace
Building amenities include: front desk staff, fitness center, garage parking, computer room, and bike storage

For a full gallery of pictures, click here.

 

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