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Alexandria Condos Housing Market Update February 2018

Alexandria Condos Housing Market Update February 2018

Condo sales in Alexandria saw an increase in median sale price from January. Less condos sold but, that doesn't mean the market isn't strong. Days on the market are low and sellers are enjoying a strong sale to list price ratio. 

February 2018 Condo Sales in Alexandria

•Number of Sales: 118 (decrease from 131 in January)

•Highest Priced Sale: $1,755,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $106,000

•Median Sales Price: $268,000 (increase from $245,000 in January)

•Median Days on Market: 22 (decrease from 37 in January)

•Median Sale to List Price Ratio: 97.43% (increase from 95.97% in January)



How Does February 2017 Compare to February 2018?
The number of condos sold saw very little change, higher this year by only six units. Median sale price increased by slightly under $5,000 in 2018. Days on the market saw no change and the median sale to list price ratio also remained consistent 2017 – 97.32% vs. 2018 – 97.43%.


Current Condo Inventory in Alexandria
There are 222 condos for sale in Alexandria, no change from inventory levels at this time last month. There continues to be low inventory in Alexandria. New inventory that comes on the market and goes under contract quickly have similar characteristics – priced correctly, reasonably updated, shows well, and has convenient showing instructions. Although inventory is low that doesn’t mean buyers don’t resist overpriced condos, they 100% do. Buyers are savvy and know when a property isn’t priced correctly.  


Is it a Buyers or a Seller’s Market?
The market is still favoring sellers. Rising interest rates and rising home prices have buyers out actively seeking their next home. Interest rates make the biggest impact on buying power and buyers are looking to secure their next home and lock in their interest rate before rates rise again. Rates are predicted to hit 5% by the end of 2018. Whether or not that will happen we can’t honestly say but, they have already increased multiple times this year and it’s something to monitor if you are considering buying a home this year.


Thinking of selling? There really has never been a better time to do so. Record-setting median sale prices and record low inventory makes the market very favorable for sellers. The median sale price in the DMV was up 2.6% as compared to February 2017 which translates to over $10,000. This is the 17th consecutive month of year over year price increases. This doesn’t mean you can overprice your home though. We’ve been witnessing many homes go on the market that are priced too high and in turn, they continue to sit on the market. You only get one chance to make a first impression and you want it to be the best one possible. That means proper pricing, proper staging, and the right marketing plan.


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If you’re buying or selling a condo in Alexandria and have questions reach out to us and let’s connect. We welcome the opportunity to learn about your real estate goals.


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Selling Your Kingstowne Home - 5 Maintenance Items You Need To Do Prior To Listing

Selling Your Kingstowne Home - 5 Maintenance Items You Need To Do Prior To Listing

Home buyers are out in full force in the Kingstowne area – hello spring market! If you are going to sell your Kingstowne home this year tackling maintenance items before it goes on the market is key for a successful sale. Check out the below tips to get an idea of the areas you should be focusing on.

Service The HVAC – it’s guaranteed a home inspector will check the HVAC once your home goes under contract. Have it in tip-top shape before that happens. This is something you should have done twice a year as a homeowner to keep the system in good working order. Having the HVAC serviced before listing your home will not only have it ready for the home inspection it’s a chance for you to know upfront if any repairs are needed. If they are, take care of them prior to listing your home.

Check The Smoke Detectors – if you didn’t just change the batteries and test them when we went on daylight savings time make sure you do it before you list your home. This is another item a home inspector is guaranteed to check. If your smoke detectors are getting a yellow look to them it’s time for a replacement.

Deep Clean – this isn’t just your weekly dusting and vacuuming. We’re talking baseboards, molding, cabinets (including the top of them if they don’t go to the ceiling, all appliances, windows, floors, light fixtures, and ceiling fans. Every nook and cranny of your house needs to be cleaned when you’re doing a deep clean. You might want to hire a professional to tackle this task. If you decide to do it yourself break your house up into different sections and focus on one at a time. The details matter for a deep clean.

Organize The Garage – the garage is an area that becomes a catch-all for many homeowners. It’s also an area that’s frequently overlooked when selling a home. Showing buyers that every area of your home has been maintained is key to getting top dollar. Organize the garage and get rid of clutter. Do the walls have holes or cracks in them? Do they need painting? How does the floor look? Maybe it needs painting too. The garage shouldn’t look like a storage unit and is another area of your house that will need attention prior to going on the market.

Make The Exterior Shine – the first thing a potential buyer will see is the exterior of your home. Some buyers drive by a home before going for a tour and if it’s not appealing they never come to see the interior. Never underestimate the power of curb appeal. Trim bushes, mulch, clean the gutters, power wash, wash the exterior of the windows, clean the front door, replace the hardware if it’s worn, and look for any areas that need paint or repair.

Kingstowne home buyers are looking for homes that are well maintained inside and out. It takes time to properly prepare a home to go on the market and an eye for detail. Your investment of time and money towards the maintenance of your home before you go on the market will pay off in the form of strong offers and less time on the market. Have questions about preparing your home for the market? Contact me, Amanda Davidson at 703-431-3755 or 





Under Contract! 5868 Langton Dr Alexandria VA 22310 | RunnyMeade Townhouse for Sale


Be the proud owner of this gorgeous townhome!

Do not miss this charming, move-in ready townhome in Runnymeade, a community located just a mile away from the Capital Beltway and off of South Van Dorn Street.

This townhome in Alexandria features 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms. You’ll love its open floor layout. It creates a seamless flow through the different areas of the home.  

Other features of the home include a lovely dining area, a spacious and modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a welcoming living room, a fully finished walkout basement, and two decks.


This Alexandria townhouse for sale is listed at ONLY $450,000.

Call me, Amanda Davidson, at (703) 431-3755 for a private showing today.


Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
2 Half Bathrooms
Interior: 1,400 sqft
Lot: 1,499 sqft
Year Built: 1984
MLS #: FX10177155
5868 Langton Dr
Alexandria, VA 22310

Amanda Davidson
Amanda Davidson

(703) 4313755

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How Did Real Estate Sales Perform in Alexandria in February 2018?

How Did Real Estate Sales Perform in Alexandria in February 2018?
February 2018 home sales for Alexandria are in and very telling of the current seller’s market this area is experiencing. The median sale price saw a strong increase from January and sellers aren’t having to negotiate much (if at all) when selling their home, just slightly over 2%.

Here are the stats for February 2018 in Alexandria…

•Number of Sales: 331 (increase from 287 in January)

•Highest Priced Sale: $1,950,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $96,500

•Median Sale Price: $516,000 (increase from $429,000 in January)

•Median Days on Market: 21 (decrease from 29 in January)

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 97.77% (increase from 96.89% in January)

 To gain some perspective let’s go back and compare to February 2017…

•Number of Sales: 329

•Highest Priced Sale: $1,925,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $90,000

•Median Sale Price: $445,000

•Median Days on Market: 14

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 97.80%


Comparing the same timeframe from the previous year allows us to analyze how the market has changed. Median sale price is up by over 15% as compared to February 2017 – the number of homes sold and sale to list price ratio saw very little change.

Active Listings in Alexandria
As of today there are 656 homes for sale in Alexandria. An increase from 539 at this time last month. Certainly not a big jump in inventory but, we’ll take it! The lowest priced property is a studio condo with 471 square feet listed at $109,000 and the highest is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome with 2,831 square feet listed at $5,745,000. Current active listings in Alexandria have an average of 31 days on the market.

Pending Sales in Alexandria
As of March 8, 2018 there are 611 homes under contract. Median days on the market for the pending homes is 13.

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The real estate market in Alexandria continues to be a seller’s market but, sellers need to understand that buyers in today’s market are well informed on inventory levels and continue to resist homes that are overpriced. Knowing that it’s a seller’s market doesn’t erase the need to properly prepare a home for sale and price it correctly. Failure to do that will without a doubt impact a seller’s bottom line. Making the best first impression when listing your home is critical to a successful sale for the highest price in the shortest time. Be the home that sets a record high selling price for the neighborhood not the home that sits and becomes stale inventory.

Homes that sell quickly in Alexandria all have similar characteristics: they are clean and well maintained, reasonably updated, uncluttered, and they are priced according to the current market. As a seller, when you meet these conditions your home will not only stand out from the competition it will also have the best opportunity to sell for top dollar.

Reach out to Amanda at 703-431-3755 or email to talk about the marketability of your home. Market reports are great for general information but, nothing replaces a comprehensive market analysis from an agent who understands the intricacies of the Alexandria real estate market. Every home is different and its features influence its price. Achieving the maximum dollar for your home regardless of the current market conditions is always our goal. You need a full service agent who has a successful track record not only selling homes but, selling them for top dollar!


The Crest of Alexandria A 55+ Community

The Crest of Alexandria A 55+ Community
The Crest of Alexandria is a community that’s been anxiously awaited by many. I drive by on my way to the office every day and while it took some time to get the actual building going they are off and running now. The community is located off Telegraph Road just a few minutes from Hilltop Village Center – home to the sought after Wegmans.


The Crest of Alexandria is being constructed on a portion of land that at one point was owned by Hilltop Golf. The Active Adult Community will be home to single family homes, townhomes with elevators, and condos. Once complete it will feature a clubhouse, outdoor kitchen, and yoga area. The clubhouse will be designed to offer social and wellness activities. There will be a fire pit, gardens, Koi pond, and walking trails. The Crest of Alexandria has been thoughtfully designed to encompass nature and serenity while still being minutes to daily conveniences.

We stopped by to check out the townhomes with elevators being constructed by Craftmark Homes. Lori Windsor the sales manager and I worked together in the past and it was great to catch up with her and get the grand tour. We were wowed to say the least – the attention to detail in the floorplan to cater to the 55+ client is impressive. Craftmark really thought out their product and it’s simply beautiful but, also quite functional.

On the ground level you’ll find a 2 car garage, mud room, workshop/flex room, powder room, and spacious rec room. You can take the stairs or the elevator to get to the second floor – your choice! It offers a kitchen fit for any entertainers dream, absolutely gorgeous, cabinet space galore, gas cooktop, Quartz countertops, and GE Stainless Steel appliances. The center island is perfect for gatherings and has room for everyone to sit and watch the chef prepare the meal. No being stuck in the kitchen and missing out on the fun here. The dining room is over 17’ x 12’ and we immediately pictured kids and grandkids gathering around for a family meal. Have a lot of friends you’d want to have over? Plenty of room for everyone to enjoy each other’s company. We can’t forget the family room with a gas fireplace on the 2nd level either, coming in at 22’ x over 13’ it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind or watch your favorite sporting event. Want to enjoy the outdoors? Just step out onto your covered terrace and enjoy the fresh air.

The 3rd floor really impressed us with its design as well – again take the stairs or the elevator to get there, your choice! The master suite is exceptional. It’s very apparent by its size and setup a lot of thought was put into it, including the walk-in closet that has space to accommodate even the biggest shopping fan. There are two additional bedrooms upstairs, the model is staged having one as an office but, both have ample space for queen size beds if you wanted to have two guestrooms. Having the laundry upstairs will be very convenient as well.

Our office is right up the street in Hilltop Village Center and we’ve been watching the neighborhood since they broke ground, it’s really starting to come to life. If you’d like to learn more about The Crest of Alexandria a 55+ community reach out to us. We always welcome questions and can arrange a private tour for you. Call 703-431-3755 to reach Amanda or email


Top 3 Features That Can Sell Your Kingstowne VA Home

With new and future construction reshaping Kingstowne VA, remodeling is key to your home selling success.

Not only will remodeling put back more cash in your pocket, but it will also turn your home buyers into the happiest campers. Win-win!

The good news is you don't have to break the bank to spruce up homes for sale in Kingstowne VA. If cash flow is an issue, you need only to focus on top three home essentials that most buyers are clamoring for.

These features topped home buyers' "Most Wanted" essentials list in the 2016 Housing Preferences Across Generations report of the National Association of Home Builders.

What are these top three essential home features that will help you sell your Kingstowne VA house today?


Laundry room is a #1 home essential

Did you know that almost 50% of home buyers consider a laundry room as a home essential in Kingstowne VA homes for sale? So essential that this ranked #1 in the NAHB report across all generations of buyers.

Who wouldn't, when everyone needs clean clothes?

While laundromats abound in Kingstowne VA, it's almost inconceivable to visit one, especially with a family of three or more.

Imagine its laundry day but the weather won't cooperate, the baby's getting colicky or an emergency needs attending to. Those unwashed clothes will pile up.

With a laundry room, clothes can be washed anytime, day or night, colic or no colic. Likewise, unfolded garments can be kept here until they're ready to be folded and stored away--all without the unsightly mess.


Get an Energy Star®-rated ceiling fan

Among 86% of home buyers, 44% of them across all generations ranked this fixture as a home essential.

If you'd like to give this a go in your remodeling plans, consider getting an Energy Star®-rated appliance. This type of appliance, according to the report, is a top choice among Millennial’s, Gen X'ers, Baby Boomers and Seniors, alike.

In general, all groups gave a two thumbs-up to Energy Star®-rated appliances. When it comes to energy consumption in your house for sale in Kingstowne VA, give them a reason to tick that box in their “Most Wanted” list.

When it comes to saving energy at home, these tick another box in their "Most Wanted" list.


Place a full bath on the main level

Again, based on the 2016 Housing Preferences Across Generations report, having a full bath on the main level is enough to influence home buyers' purchasing decision. Nearly half of 86% of home buyers will seriously consider buying your home if this one feature alone is present.

Home owners who love to entertain guests think this home feature is a must. Guest rooms located on the main level with a full bath would truly be a nice added touch in houses for sale in Kingstowne VA 22315.

Before you begin remodeling your home, give me a call and we can go over these home improvements in detail. I want to help you sell your home fast! Take the first step in the right direction. Call me, Amanda Davidson, at 703-431-3755.