Buying A Home In Kingstowne | What You Need To Know About Financing

Buying A Home In Kingstowne | What You Need To Know About Financing

Buying a home, whether it’s your first or your fifth comes with a lot of “I didn’t know that.” Real estate is constantly changing and there are always going to be questions about choosing the right home to determining what loan is best for you. Lending is a big part of real estate and it’s also always changing. Below is what you’ll need to know about mortgages and how they relate to buying a home in Kingstowne.

What’s The First Step To Buying A Home In Kingstowne?
Kingstowne, like many other areas of Northern Virginia, and the United States for that matter is experiencing low inventory. When supply isn’t keeping up with demand competition comes into play and makes getting a pre-approval for a home loan more important than ever. It’s always important but, when inventory is low it’s a downright must. Being a pre-approved buyer not only signals to sellers you’re serious, it also gives them confidence you can actually buy their house. If you’re considering buying a home starting with getting pre-approved is your first step. Consult with your agent for recommendations and team up with a lender who you not only trust but, one that can close your loan promptly after you go under contract on a home.

How Much Can I Afford?
This is a question I get a lot and there are multiple factors that are considered in order to determine affordability. It’s not one I can answer as a real estate agent and always reaffirms why talking to a lender is the first step in home buying. Debt to income ratio, credit score, and credit utilization all factor into a pre-approval. Not all lenders are created equal and you need to work with one that reviews your credit and your finances, not only to determine how much you can afford but, also to determine if there is anything that needs improvement before you buy.

Are Interest Rates Rising?
Yes, interest rates have risen this year but, buyers are still buying because historically rates are still low. Buying now means locking in an interest rate that is very likely lower than it will be in the future. If rates keep rising (they’re predicted to do so) and you wait to buy it will impact your overall buying power. According to NerdWallet’s 2018 Home Buyer Report millennials make up the largest share of current first time home buyers and 82% state buying a home is a priority.

Do I have To Have Perfect Credit?
This is another question I get a lot and while perfect credit can be a subjective term we always tell our clients you certainly don’t need an 800 credit score to buy a home. In general, the minimum score lenders look for is a 620. There are some that can and will go lower than that. An average credit score is in the mid 600’s. If your credit score is 740+ you’re considered to have an extremely strong credit score. When obtaining a mortgage the higher your credit score the better your rate will be but, that’s not to say you can’t get a mortgage without perfect credit, you absolutely can.


Do I Need To Put 20% Down?
It’s a common misconception that you need to put 20% down to purchase a home. It’s absolutely a myth that you need to put 20% down, right now the average in the nation is 10% down. There are programs that offer 3% and 5% down as well. There are cases where if for example, you’re in a multiple offer situation where 20% down could make your offer stand out more but, that’s going to be case by case and shouldn’t deter you from wanting to buy. There are plenty of ways to make your offer stand out if you have competition that doesn’t include a higher down payment.

How Long Does It Take For A Loan To Close?
The closing timeframe will vary by lenders and even states. In the Kingstowne area, an average closing time is 30 days. We work with a handful of preferred lenders and all can close in as quickly as 2 weeks if needed. This can set our buyers apart if they’re in a competing situation. That said, often times if a home is still occupied the sellers need a few weeks to move out. Working with a loan officer that gives you the flexibility to close on the seller’s timeframe is important in the current market conditions because sellers are in the driver’s seat. In the Kingstowne area, it’s not advisable to work with a lender that needs more than 30 days to close your loan.


Are you looking for help with your Kingstowne real estate needs? Contact me at 703-431-3755 or Whether its questions about buying a home or looking for a recommendation for a local lender I’m always glad to assist.




Runnymeade Homes For Sale in Alexandria | August 2018 Market Update

Runnymeade Homes For Sale in Alexandria | August 2018 Market Update

Why Do People Live Here?

Runnymeade is conveniently located off South Van Dorn Street. It’s just two stop lights to 495 and less than 15 minutes from National Harbor and Old Town. There is a beautiful wooded area in the community where you’ll often see residents playing with their children, walking their dogs, or enjoying a game of catch or kickball. The neighborhood has tennis courts and tot lots.

Looking For A Home In Runnymeade?

Interested in finding homes for sale in the Runnymeade neighborhood of Alexandria VA? Click that link to find homes currently available in this area of Alexandria.

What’s The Neighborhood Like?

Runnymeade is home to 346 townhomes. They were constructed in the 1980’s and range from 2,080 square feet up to 3,000 square feet depending on the model. All of the homes are three levels, some offer one car garages while others sell with an assigned surface parking space. The homes range from 2-4 bedrooms and 2-3 full bathrooms. The homes are typically in the $415,000 to $500,000 price range.

What’s Going On Nearby the Runnymeade Neighborhood?

There’s no shortage of things to do if you live in Runnymeade. Kingstowne Towne Center is less than 5 minutes away. You’ll find multiple grocery stores, Kingstowne 16 Movie Theater, World Market, Home Goods, Panera Bread, Pasara Thai, Bonefish Grill, Bath and Body Works and many other dining and retail options in the center. The center is home to over 25 dining options. Runnymeade is also close to Springfield Town Center, home to Maggiano’s, Yard House, Chuys, LA Fitness, Target, and many retail stores. Check out the movie theater while you’re there – it’s a great experience from the comfortable seats to the delicious food. You can even have an adult beverage while you watch the latest release. Hilltop Village Center, home to the sought after Wegmans grocery store is less than ten minutes from the neighborhood. Van Dorn and Franconia Springfield metro stations are easily accessible and there is a bus stop located in the front of the neighborhood that’s in walking distance to all residents. 395, 495, 95, and Fairfax County Parkway are all just minutes away.

What Schools Will The Kids Attend?

Children living in the Runnymeade neighborhood will attend Bush Hill Elementary, Twain Middle, and Edison High School. Visit GreatSchools for reviews and information on test scores.


Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?

If you are interested in the current homes for sale in the Runnymeade neighborhood of Alexandria VA click on the link. Our property information is a direct feed from the Bright MLS and is updated multiple times per day.

If you have questions about the neighborhood just let us know. We'd be happy to help!



Kingstowne Home Sales July 2018 Market Update

Kingstowne Home Sales July 2018 Market Update

The housing market in Kingstowne continues to see strong sales. Days on the market inched up just a bit but, remain extremely low. Median sale price decreased as compared to last month but, as compared to last year is up by over $20,000. 

Let’s check in on what happened in the Kingstowne market during July 2018.

•Number of Sales: 56

•Highest Priced Sale: $865,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $300,000

•Median Sales Price: $483,150

•Median Days on Market: 9

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 98.69%


Is It A Buyer’s Or A Seller’s Market?
It is still a seller’s market in Kingstowne. Throughout 2018 it has remained a seller’s market. Supply in Kingstowne is not keeping up with demand.

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Current Inventory In Kingstowne

There are currently 66 homes for sale in Kingstowne. An increase from this time last month by 7 but, important to point out that the Crest Of Alexandria a 55+ active adult community has added new construction listings and they account for part of the increase. Overall inventory levels saw very little change month over month. The Kingstowne real estate market is strong and homes continue to move quickly but, only when they show well and are priced correctly. By priced correctly we mean according to the market. Even though it’s a seller’s market overpricing a home is a big mistake that will cause it to sit and become stale inventory. Buyers are savvy and looking for a turnkey product. There’s no doubt it’s a great time to sell your Kingstowne home but, what if you’re looking to buy in Kingstowne? While inventory is low that doesn’t mean its non-existent. Having the right strategy and understanding that sellers are in the driver’s seat will prepare you to be successful. With interest rates slowly rising waiting to buy will cost you more. Interest rates are by no means high, they’re still historically low but, they are higher than they were, for example, this time last year. If prices continue to rise waiting will cost you more in the form of a higher sale price as well. While there are always exceptions, in general, this market is not conducive to much if any negotiation. Often times it takes offering above list price to be successful. Work with your agent to make your offer as appealing to the sellers as possible from minimal contingencies to a flexible closing date there are lots of ways to stand out to a seller and secure your dream home.

If you’d like to know more about the Kingstowne real estate market or have questions about buying or selling reach out to us. We are a small boutique brokerage focused on personalized service and always happy to help.

Find out the value of your Kingstowne home here – free estimate. Our home value tool is just a guide if you are looking for an accurate analysis of the current value of your home nothing replaces the expertise of a local agent with years of experience selling homes.

Kingstowne Home Sales June 2018 Market Update

5 Things To Do In Kingstowne




Osaka Japanese Steakhouse in Kingstowne

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse in Kingstowne

If you’re in the mood for great food and entertainment in Kingstowne I highly recommend Osaka. The restaurant has been in Kingstowne for years and it’s tucked away in Kingstowne Towne Center. I hadn’t been in ages and we went for date night last weekend. Same great service, high-quality food, and lots of tricks from our chef.



Osaka has wonderful hibachi but, it doesn’t end there. They have fun specialty drinks and their sushi is excellent. Their specialty drink list has over 15 options – the Geisha is a favorite of mine. Pineapple juice, lemon, rum, and a splash of Curacao give it its fun turquoise color. It always makes me think of vacation. If you’re just looking to keep it simple beer and wine are also served. The bar is a great place to sit if there’s a wait. You can enjoy a beverage while you watch them make sushi.

The hibachi entrees are served with soup and salad. Osaka offers the most options for hibachi that I’ve ever seen. Instead of just steak, you can choose from the cut of meat you like; filet, ribeye, or strip. Shrimp, scallops, lobster, and chicken are all choices as well. I opted for the ribeye and chicken combination, of course, I didn’t get anywhere near finishing it but, it was perfect for leftovers the next day. Osaka also offers a kids menu that’s a great value for young diners.



Our chef was excellent, the entertainment of spinning an egg and cracking it over a knife along with shrimp being tossed always makes for a great time. There isn't a time we visit that we don't have a great meal and always enjoy the company of other guests at the table.



Homes For Sale in the Landsdowne Neighborhood in Alexandria Virginia

Homes For Sale in the Landsdowne Neighborhood in Alexandria Virginia

Why Do People Live Here?
Landsdowne is a beautiful neighborhood of single family homes and townhomes that are conveniently located in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria. It’s not uncommon to see people out enjoying the mature tree-lined streets or kids out riding their bikes. From a 25-meter outdoor swimming pool complete with a deep and shallow play area to tennis and basketball courts, wading pool, picnic area with grills, tot lots, and walking paths there’s a lot for residents to enjoy.

Looking For A Home In Landsdowne?
Interested in finding homes for sale in the Landsdowne neighborhood of Alexandria VA? Click that link to find homes currently available in this area of Alexandria.

What’s The Neighborhood Like?
The homes you would expect to find for sale in the Landsdowne neighborhood are generally going to range between 1000 and 2700 square feet. The homes were constructed by Pulte and Richmond American homes in the late 80’s. The smallest homes in the neighborhood start with 2 bedrooms while the larger floor plans have 5 bedrooms. The homes range from 2 to 3 levels and some offer garage parking.


What’s Going On Nearby the Landsdowne Neighborhood?
Landsdowne is located right off Beulah Street and is in walking distance to shopping and dining. Hilltop Village Center is just across the street and has everything from a grocery store to a coffee shop. If you’re looking for a good meal walk on over to Burton’s Grill, a great local spot with a chefs menu that changes weekly. Landsdowne Centre is also within walking distance and home to some wonderful local restaurants. Check out Olympians Family Restaurant or Mission Barbeque.


What Schools Will The Kids Attend?
Children in the neighborhood will attend Island Creek Elementary and Hayfield Secondary schools. To see local school scores and more information check out the GreatSchools website.



Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?

If you are interested in the current homes for sale in the Landsdowne neighborhood of Alexandria VA click on the link. Our property information is a direct feed from the Bright MLS and is updated multiple times per day.



Do you have a question about Landsdowne?
Just let us know if you'd like to ask us something specific about this neighborhood. 


Under Contract In Brambleton: 42346 Benfold Square Ashburn, Va 20148

Under Contract In Brambleton: 42346 Benfold Square Ashburn, Va 20148

Pristine and 4 Years Young Van Metre Townhome!

You won’t find another home with as much pride of ownership as 42346 Benfold Square and it was no surprise that it went under contract after just 5 days on the market. Inspections and the appraisal are complete and everyone is looking forward to closing later this month.


42346 Benfold Square was built in 2014 by Van Metre and features 2 levels, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 1 half bath. You’re greeted with upgraded 5” hickory engineered hardwood floors on the main level. Entertain guests in the open kitchen with upgraded appliances, granite, backsplash, and a center island. The upgraded maple cabinets offer plentiful storage.

Relax in the great room with the gas fireplace featuring granite surround. The ceiling fan, recessed lighting and crown molding add the perfect accents to the main level.

Step out into the fully fenced backyard with a patio and enjoy the outdoors.

As you walk up to the upper level you’ll find additional upgraded 5” hickory engineered hardwood flooring in the hall with a retreat area that’s perfect for an office. The laundry room is located off the retreat – nothing more convenient than upper-level laundry!

The exceptionally large master suite is located on the right as you come up the stairs and in addition to the generous space boasts 2 walk-in closets. Upgraded tile, dual vanities with a granite top, and a large shower await you in the master bathroom.

On the opposite side of the retreat are two additional bedrooms and a full bath. Both bedrooms are well sized and have ample hanging space in the closets.

Enjoy all that the Brambleton lifestyle offers- outdoor pools, parks, community center, fitness center, clubhouse, sports courts, and tot lots. High-speed internet and cable are included in the HOA fee. 42346 Benfold Square is also located within minutes to the future Silver Line Metro.

This home is already gone but, if you're looking to live the Brambleton lifestyle we can find you your dream home. Browse homes for sale in Brambleton and contact Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group to start your home search today, 703-988-1711 or



How Did Home Sales Perform in Alexandria in June 2018?

How Did Home Sales Perform in Alexandria in June 2018?
June was another strong month for home sales in Alexandria. Sellers continue to enjoy an over 98% sale to list price ratio and low days on the market.



Here are the stats for June 2018 in Alexandria…

•Number of Sales: 653 (increase from 614 in May)

•Highest Priced Sale: $2,875,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $113,490

•Median Sale Price: $504,500 (increase from $496,300 in May)

•Median Days on Market: 10 (increase from 7 in May)

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 98.57% (decrease from 99.03% in May)

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

•Number of Sales: 652

•Highest Priced Sale: $3,900,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $100,000

•Median Sale Price: $482,300

•Median Days on Market: 9

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 98.50%

Comparing the previous year highlights changes in the market. In this case, the market has remained consistent with the exception of the median sale price which saw a 4.6% increase.



Active Listings in Alexandria
As of today, there are 877 homes for sale in Alexandria. An increase from 857 at this time last month. The lowest priced property is a studio with 467 square feet listed at $115,000 and the highest is a 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath single family home with 8,145 square feet listed at $8,500,000. Current active listings in Alexandria have an average of 48.5 days on the market, an increase of 13.5 days as compared to last month.


Pending Sales in Alexandria
There are currently 614 homes under contract. Median days on the market for the pending homes is 35.

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Is Alexandria Experiencing A Buyer’s Or A Seller’s Market?

In general 0-3 months of inventory is considered a seller’s market. Alexandria currently has less than 1 month of inventory. A trend that we’ve experienced throughout the year. Demand continues to outpace supply. It’s an excellent time to sell your Alexandria home. The fact that it’s a seller’s market doesn’t mean there aren’t pitfalls to avoid. Buyers know they are (in most cases paying) top dollar and in turn, they expect a product that has a reasonable amount of updates, shows well and is priced correctly. They resist homes that are overpriced and steer clear of them. Sellers who overprice their homes will still see the market react in the form of the home sitting and becoming what we like to call stale bread. No one pays top dollar for stale bread! With the right agent to guide you and the proper marketing plan in place that’s customized to your home, you will have a successful sale. It’s not just about selling, it’s about selling for the highest price in the shortest time possible. 

Homes that sell quickly and are in high demand have similar characteristic; 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.

Buyers have to be prepared to make quick decisions in the current market. Have your pre-approval in hand, know what your must-haves are, and work with an agent who has full-time availability to show you homes as soon as they come on the market. Days on the market remain very low and delaying in making an offer when you find a home you love can mean it’s already under contract. In general, the current market is not conducive to negotiating power for buyers but, there are some homes that will be an exception. If the home you want has only been on the market for a couple days be prepared to make your highest and best offer upfront, it’s the smallest details that are making one buyer stand out from the next. Price is, of course, an important factor but, seller concessions, contingencies, and closing date are also details buyers need to consider. Rely on your agent to help you construct an offer that’s going to stand out to the sellers.

Reach out to Amanda at 703-431-3755 or email to talk about the marketability of your home. Market reports provide general information but, they sure don’t replace a custom market analysis from an agent who understands the intricacies of the Alexandria real estate market. Every home and its unique features influence where it should be priced. Achieving top dollar for your home regardless of the current market conditions is always our top priority.


5 Things To Do In Kingstowne

5 Things To Do In Kingstowne

Kingstowne is located about 25 minutes outside of Washington DC. The planned community is home to single family homes, townhomes, and condos. Residents enjoy mature trees, walking paths, and easy access to daily needs. It's no secret we love Kingstowne and all it has to offer so we decided to highlight just a few of the things we enjoy doing in the area. 

Kingstowne Lake
I was thinking the other day about what made me fall in love with Kingstowne and the lake is one of the first places I saw when I was looking to buy a home here. It’s a wonderful place to walk, sit, or enjoy nature.


Kingstowne Lake is situated off of South Van Dorn Street and Kingstowne Village Parkway just across from Kingstowne Towne Center. The .75 mile path around the lake is perfect for walking or jogging. Benches are situated around the lake as well as a gazebo. It’s very common to spot turtles, ducks, geese, and fish swimming in the water. When I drive by during the week I often see people having their lunch while they enjoy the view of the water and in the evening lots of people (and pets) are out for a stroll. 

There’s something calming and relaxing about the water and the lake provides a perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. When fall comes it’s always fun to watch the leaves change, the vibrant colors against the water are beautiful.

Can a grocery store really be an attraction? Just ask all of the raving fans in Kingstowne and they’ll tell you Wegmans is not just a grocery store. There isn’t a week that goes by that we don’t visit Wegmans, whether it be to shop for groceries or to get lunch from their impressive hot bar. If you’re looking to sit down and enjoy a meal or happy hour stop 
at The Pub. The staff is always friendly and the food is excellent.

Wegmans premade meals are great if you’re short on time or just don’t feel up to cooking. All you have to do is pop them in the oven for the recommended time and you’re set. It’s a challenge not to stop as you walk past the bakery. Their Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are a favorite in our house. You can also enjoy their outdoor seating area. It's a great spot to take your lunch break.

Looking for a quick and affordable dinner? Check out their large cheese pizza (it’s huge) for only $12! Call ahead and they’ll have it ready for you.

Top Golf
Top Golf is a must visit if you’re in Kingstowne. The high-tech driving range is located off South Van Dorn Street just across the street from Kingstowne Towne Center. Top Golf has since expanded internationally and into 28 states but, it got its start right here in Kingstowne. Top Golf not only offers 74 climate-controlled bays; there’s also a restaurant, bar, outdoor patio, private event space and meeting room, two 18 hole miniature golf courses and free Wi-Fi. You don’t even have to leave your bay to grab a bite and refuel. Drinks and food can be delivered right to your bay.

Top Golf is opening a location near National Harbor and while it remains unconfirmed the property owner at the Kingstowne location has reportedly filed plans with Fairfax County to replace Top Golf with townhomes, multifamily units, and commercial space. No hearing dates have been sent yet so the outcome remains undetermined. Don’t delay in visiting the beloved Kingstowne location – you won’t regret it!



Nalls Produce
Nalls is an absolute staple to the Kingstowne community. Cary Nalls started selling vegetables from a wagon in 1961. At the time it was on a dirt road and word spread to the point that the wagon grew into a store. Cary started adding plants and produce from his network of local growers and the rest is history. Nalls has expanded but, remains family owned and operated by 3 generations of Nalls. We absolutely love that this business has remained family owned. It’s a special place and welcoming from the minute you pull in.


Nalls offers veggies and produce, plants and flowers, mulch, and so much more! Be sure to check out their crop share. In the fall they have a wonderful pumpkin patch and when winter comes you’ll find them fully stocked with trees and live wreaths. Penny the pig and the free-range chickens are always popular with visitors, they’re just plain adorable.

Boardwalk Fries
You don’t need to go to the beach to get Boardwalk Fries! Kingstowne residents enjoy having this delicious dining option right in their backyard. Boardwalk Fries is in the Festival at Manchester Lakes shopping center.



Whether you’re craving a burger, fries, or one of their delicious shakes it’s the perfect option for a quick meal. Tasting their fries always makes me think of strolling down the boardwalk at the beach with my family. We love that Kingstowne is home to their only Virginia location!

Check in on the Yelp app while you’re there and receive 10% off your order.



Homes For Sale In Hayfield Farm Market Update July 2018

Homes For Sale In Hayfield Farm – Market Update July 2018

Hayfield Farm is located in Alexandria off of Telegraph Road between Fort Belvoir and the US Coast Guard Station. This neighborhood offers both convenience and privacy, as you drive through you’ll enjoy the well-established trees and landscaping. The community is composed of 691 single family homes; construction of the neighborhood began in the mid-1960’s and the last homes were completed in 1972. Hayfield Farm offers different home styles including; colonial, rambler, split level, and split foyer. There is no HOA for the neighborhood but, community members are encouraged to join the Hayfield Citizens Association.

What’s Nearby Hayfield Farm?

Kingstowne is just a few minutes from the neighborhood where you’ll find access to multiple grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores, and Kingstowne 16 Movie Theater. Check out Hilltop Village Center home to Wegmans, Burtons Grill, Verizon, Sprint, Green Turtle, Massage Envy, NY Bagel, LA Fitness, and many other dining and retail options. Old Town Alexandria is also just a short drive from Hayfield Farm. Enjoy a stroll along the waterfront or take in all the unique shopping the area has to offer. Commuting from Hayfield Farm is very convenient. Access to 395, 495, 95, and Fairfax County Parkway are all within minutes from the neighborhood. Metro, VRE, and Amtrak are all also easily accessible from Hayfield Farm.

What Schools Will The Kids Attend?

Kids that live in Hayfield Farm will attend Hayfield Elementary and Hayfield Secondary both of which are in walking distance from the neighborhood. To learn more about these schools check out the GreatSchools site.

Hayfield Farm Real Estate Market

The following is a review of activity in Hayfield Farm since January 2018.

•Number of Sales: 20

•Highest Priced Sale: $616,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $471,000

•Median Sales Price: $537,500

•Median Days on Market: 5

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 99.88%

There are currently four homes for sale in Hayfield Farm. The neighborhood is still experiencing a seller’s market but, it’s not as extreme as it was this spring. Coming soon marketing and proper pricing are imperative to avoid your home sitting on the market and becoming stale inventory. Buyers are very savvy and overlook homes that aren’t properly priced. Whether you’re interested in buying or selling in Hayfield Farm we are always just a phone call or email away. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!

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10 Details You Can't Overlook When Preparing Your Kingstowne VA Home for Sale

Homes for Sale in Kingstowne VA

Is it your first time selling a home in Kingstowne VA? If yes, then be prepared. Buyers are not only pickier these days, they also have more tools in their belts to make sure that they only end up with the property that is best for them. 

With hundreds of properties vying for homebuyers’ attention, how do you make sure that your Kingstowne VA property stands out among the rest? 

When it comes to selling a home, first impressions are everything. A prospective buyer forms this impression in as fast as a tenth of a second, and this impression is what makes him decide whether he likes your home or not. Considering that, ensuring that your home is able to make the best impression possible is a must. 

Here are the details you shouldn’t overlook when preparing your home for sale: 

1.    Curb Appeal

While some home sellers tend to attach less importance to this part of the home, you shouldn’t. When selling a home, it is imperative that you clean up your yard because that is what prospective buyers see first before they enter your home. Make sure that your curb is not only clean but is visually appealing as well. 

2.    Paint

Paint is another very important detail you shouldn’t overlook when selling your home. Since first impressions are key to attracting buyers, you need to make sure that you give both the exterior and interior of your home a fresh coat of paint. If you fail in this part, chances are you won’t be able to get prospective buyers to buy your home. 

3.    Homey Feel

When checking out a home for sale, most homebuyers try to picture themselves in that home. If your home is full of clutter and too many personal details, a prospective buyer might not be able to see your home as his future home. 

4.    Closets

Homebuyers want closets that are spacious and functional. As you prepare your home for sale, make sure that you have organized your closets, especially in the master bedroom.

5.    Front Door

Since most homeowners are accustomed to paying more attention to the interior of their homes, they tend to forget that their front doors accumulate dirt as well. Buyers usually stare at the front door as they wait for it to be opened during a visit, so make sure that it is always clean. 

6.    Neutral Art Pieces

Pack all those personal, brightly colored art pieces in your home and replace them with neutral ones. With less personal details, it will be easier for prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in your home.

Houses for Sale in Kingstowne VA

7.    Fresh Smell

One of the things that initially turn prospective buyers off is a foul smell inside a home. Buyers love scents, so you might want to put some air fresheners in your home to make it smell more inviting. Nothing too strong, just a welcoming aroma.

8.    Clean Surroundings

Remember that even before prospective buyers get into your home, their first impressions begin as they drive towards your property. Make sure that you keep your yard trimmed all the time and that your surroundings are not littered with trash. 

9.    Garage

Your garage tells a lot about how you maintain your property. If your garage is full of junk and is a complete mess, prospective buyers might think that the seemingly well-maintained interior of your home is just a façade. 

10.    Professional Photos and Listing

You can never underestimate the value of appealing photos when selling a home, especially nowadays. With the advent of technology, homebuyers research homes for sale in Kingstowne VA online first before checking out locations in person. Hire a professional photographer to take photos of your well-staged home and ask your agent to create an appealing listing online before actually showing your place to prospective buyers. 

These tips may sound simple to you, but missing out on any of them can make or break the sale of your home. If you want to sell your home fast, pay attention to these details and make sure that you don’t overlook any of them. 

Looking for help with your real estate needs? Contact me at 703-431-3755 and I’ll be glad to assist you! I’m Amanda Davidson, your top real estate agent in Kingstowne VA!


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