Blog :: 04-2018

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group is Northern Virgina's most trusted local, independent resource for real estate news and insight. Our team has its finger on the pulse of the real estate market in Alexandria and the surrounding counties. Here you'll find the latest market updates, local news, and tips for buyers and sellers.

5415 Brookland Road Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Stunning Single Family Home Sold!

5415 Brookland Road Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Stunning Single Family Home Sold!

5415 Brookland Road Alexandria, Virginia 22310

Some things are just meant to be and this was the case on 5415 Brookland Road. My buyers and I saw it was coming soon and I reached out to the listing agent. They had a home to sell first and the timing just wasn’t right due to the popularity of Brookland as soon as it hit the market. Multiple offers and under contract in a matter of days. The agent and I hit it off from the start and I asked her to let me know if by chance anything fell through. Two weeks later to my shock she called to tell me the buyers had backed out. My clients jumped on the opportunity and the rest is history! I am so grateful to Julia Martin with Long and Foster Old Town for making this all happen. Had she not called this could have played out very differently. An absolute professional and a pleasure to work with!
 

5415 Brookland Road in Arden Acres is stunning from the moment you walk in. The updated kitchen with custom cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a wine refrigerator will be perfect for entertaining. The glass-enclosed spa area will be great to relax in after a long day.
 

 

Brookland Road features 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. All of the bedrooms are generously sized. The custom master bathroom with dual vanities and spa-like shower is beautiful. The walkout lower level offers a wonderful open recreation room with a full bath. There’s ample storage in the laundry room.Hardwood floors grace the main and upper levels and the large living room is filled with natural light. Situated on a corner lot there is wonderful outdoor space to enjoy.

 

Congratulations to our lovely buyers! We are so excited for you and your new home. 

If you are looking to make a move in the Alexandria area contact us today. Preparation is key and we understand how to navigate through a home sale or purchase even when it's necessary to do both at the same time. Reach out to Amanda at 703-431-3755 or amanda@amandadavidson.com

 

Tips for Selling a House in Kingstowne VA

 

First time or not, selling a house is no easy feat. There are a lot of things to get done, from the paperwork to packing and everything in between!

Real Estate for Sale in Kingstowne VA

 

It really pays off to do your research before you begin this process. Keep reading to learn these tried and tested tips on house selling from Kingstowne’s top Realtor®!

 

Choose the right real estate agent

 

It all begins here. While the Internet may be a helpful resource from time to time, nothing beats having a professional Realtor® by your side to guide you from start to finish.

 

Each person’s house selling journey is different. You can’t really expect a post you read online to be 100% accurate for your needs. That’s why my first piece of advice is to find that professional who can help you through all your house selling worries and concerns.

 

How to choose the right real estate agent? Make a list of all your candidates. These can be agents you found online or a referral from a friend.

 

Narrow the list. Give each one a call, ask them some questions, and mark the ones that impressed you. Schedule an appointment with these ones, and sit down with them for some time before making your choice.

 

Houses for Sale in Kingstowne VA

 

Remember to read up on their history and background. Take note of how many years they’ve been in the industry, and ask people you know if they have anything to say about the Realtor® you’re considering.

 

Prepare your house for staging

 

Do you want to sell your house fast? Do you want it to sell for the best price? Staging is the way to go!

 

 

Staging is the process of making a house for sale look appealing to potential buyers. Think about the homes you see in magazines. That’s what we’re going for.

 

Home staging brings out the best in your home, accentuating its best features. Some minor repairs might be needed, but don’t worry, your agent should be able to identify the most practical ones with the highest return of investment.

 

One of the major things we have to consider is your home’s curb appeal. This means how attractive your house looks from the outside, including your lawn, trees, porch, doors and windows.

 

First impressions do matter in real estate. If you can’t get your buyer through the door, don’t expect them to buy your house.

 

Consult with your agent and ask them what you can do to improve your home’s overall appeal. If you don’t have one yet, you can begin by packing the things you won’t be needing anytime soon and disposing of all the things you’ll never use again.

 

Start now

 

This old Chinese proverb rings true until today: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.”

 

This last piece of advice is literally worth millions. Some people waste their lives wondering how to begin, when the first step was to just start.

 

Learned something from this article? Get in touch with Kingstowne’s top Realtor®, Amanda Davidson! Give me a call at 703-431-3755 and let’s get started.

In case you can not view this video here, please click the link below to view Tips for Selling a House in Kingstowne VA on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/XAKhsO8xJD4

6515 Old Carriage Way Alexandria, Virginia 22315 | End Unit Townhome in Landsdowne Just Listed!

6515 Old Carriage Way Alexandria, Virginia 22315 | End Unit Townhome in Landsdowne Just Listed!

6515 Old Carriage Way Alexandria, VA 22315
Immaculate townhome located in the sought after Landsdowne neighborhood!

 


Exceptional end unit townhome filled with natural light and loaded with upgrades. This 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home has modern finishes throughout and is immaculate. Lansdowne, a sought after neighborhood in Alexandria is walking distance to Wegmans in Hilltop Village Center and minutes to metro, 495, 395, and Fort Belvoir.
 


View the walkthrough tour of this beautiful townhome.
 

The updated and modern kitchen features custom cabinets, granite countertops, gas cooking, butcher block, and pot rack. Hardwood floors gleam throughout the main level. Step into the large fully fenced backyard and enjoy a custom patio, storage shed, and garden beds. On the upper level, you’ll find two spacious bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and a Jack and Jill full bathroom. The bathroom has been completely updated featuring Carrera marble and dual vanities.
 


Landsdowne is the definition of location, location, location. Walk to shopping, dining, and everyday needs. Residents in the neighborhood enjoy use of an outdoor pool, walking trails, and sports courts. Looking to purchase a home in Landsdowne? We’d love to show you this fabulous townhome. Call 703-988-1711 to set up a private showing.
 


6515 Old Carriage Way will be held open Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th from 2pm to 4pm. Feel free to stop by!
 

 

Just Listed! Belle View Condo in Alexandria Virginia 22307

Just Listed! Belle View Condo in Alexandria Virginia 22307

1601 Belle View Blvd #B2 Alexandria, Virginia 22307

If you’re looking for a condo in sought after Belle View look no further. This 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo with 793 square feet is now available for sale.

1601 Belle View Blvd #B2 is filled with natural light and ideally situated in the community facing the courtyard. The kitchen has been remodeled and features custom cabinets, granite countertops, and a breakfast bar that overlooks the dining room to create a welcoming open floor plan.
 


Relax in the spacious living room.
 


Two spacious bedrooms with ample closet space.
 


Hall full bath with new flooring.
 


Refinished parquet floors throughout the condo.
 


Belleview is known for its charm and exceptional location. Take a two-minute walk to popular Belleview Shopping Center. Minutes to metro, 495, and GW Parkway.
 


It won't be long before the community pool will be open and 1601 Belle View Blvd #B2 is just steps away. There are laundry facilities in the building and this condo sells with extra storage.
 

 

1601 Belle View Blvd #B2
 

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$245,000
Condominium
Main Features
2 Bedrooms
1 Full Bathroom
1 Unit
Interior: 793 sqft
Year Built: 1950
MLS #: FX10214609
Location
1601 Belle View Blvd
#B2
Alexandria, VA 22307
USA

Amanda Davidson
 
Amanda Davidson

(703) 431-3755
amanda@amandadavidson.com
http://www.amandadavidson.com

    
 


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Part Time Real Estate Agents, Do Not Give Part Time Service

Part Time Real Estate Agents – Do Not Give Part Time Service

Being a real estate agent comes with many challenges and if you’re part time if comes with even more challenges. I have no problem with an agent being part time but, what I do have a problem with is giving part-time service. Clients deserve full-time service – no exceptions. If you’re going to be in real estate part time you need to have the flexibility to be able to deliver full-time service and with that comes full-time availability.
 


I recently worked with a part-time agent on a transaction and it was disturbing to me how many times I heard something couldn’t be done for a couple days because of this agent’s full-time job or how often I was asked to do something because of her obligations at her day job. Everything revolved around what her schedule was for her full-time job. It made me wonder if her clients knew that her day job clearly came first. I got my answer the day they called and asked me how to order condo documents because she wasn’t available to guide them through it.
 


If I were buying or selling a home I’d want full-time representation, full-time commitment, and full-time expertise. Your clients deserve that and so does the agent you work with on a transaction. No client should have to contact the agent representing the other party in a transaction for guidance nor should the other agent you're working with have to complete tasks that are your responsibility because your day job prohibits you from doing them.

 

 

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

How Did Real Estate Sales Perform in Alexandria in March 2018?
Seller's in Alexandria continue to have to negotiate very little if at all in the current market conditions. Days on the market remain very low and sales have been brisk. Supply is not keeping up with demand. Let's go over the numbers and then discuss the market.

 


 

Here are the stats for March 2018 in Alexandria…

•Number of Sales: 478 (an increase from 331 in February)

•Highest Priced Sale: $1,950,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $85,000

•Median Sale Price: $479,975 (decrease from $516,000 in February)

•Median Days on Market: 11 (decrease from 21 in February)

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 98.48% (an increase from 97.77% in February)
 

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

•Number of Sales: 460

•Highest Priced Sale: $2,200,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $95,000

•Median Sale Price: $453,000

•Median Days on Market: 12

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 98.27%
 

Comparing the same timeframe from the previous year allows us to analyze how the market has changed. Median sale price is up by 5.95% as compared to March 2017 – the number of homes sold and sale to list price ratio saw very little change. Days on the market also remained consistent.
 

Active Listings in Alexandria
As of today, there are 796 homes for sale in Alexandria. An increase from 750 at this time last month. Certainly not a big jump in inventory and not nearly enough to keep up with demand but, we’ll take any increase we can get in the current market conditions! The lowest priced property is a studio condo with 471 square feet listed at $109,000 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 38 days on the market.

 

Pending Sales in Alexandria
As of April 22, 
2018 there are 811 homes under contract. Median days on the market for the pending homes in Alexandria is 9.

View homes for sale in Alexandria
 

Seller’s continue to be in the driver’s seat in the Alexandria real estate market. 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 inevitably 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. No buyer pays top dollar for a home that’s been sitting on the market.

 

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.

 

 

Buyers have to be prepared to act quickly in the current market. Having a pre-approval in hand and working with an agent who has the flexibility to show a home that’s new to the market on short notice is a must. Days on the market continue to be extremely low and that leads to buyers needing to make a decision quickly if they want to make an offer on a property.

 

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

Sold In Runnymeade Alexandria, Virginia 22310

5868 Langton Drive Alexandria, Virginia 22310

Langton Drive was on the market for just a day before going under contract. Receiving multiple offers within hours of going on the market and selling for $7,500 over list price. We are thrilled for our wonderful sellers. If you're considering selling your Runnymeade home and would like similar results, reach out to us. We welcome the opportunity to help.
 

Convenience and space are yours in this Alexandria townhouse.

Are you looking for a spacious townhouse in a convenient location?


 

If you are, you may want to check out this 3 level townhouse for sale in Runnymeade Subdivision.


It is a ready to move-in home featuring 3 spacious and well-appointed bedrooms, 2 full baths and 2 half bathrooms.


 

There’s also an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. You also get a lovely dining area, a welcoming living room, a family room on the fully finished walkout basement, and two decks!

On top of that, it is only minutes from the different towns, giving you plenty of options for shopping, dining or fun.

 

 

How Many Homes Should You See before Making an Offer?

Kingstowne VA home- Live the lifestyle youve always wanted when you buy a home for sale in Kingstowne VA.

Are you in search of your dream home?

 

House hunting can be an exciting experience. You get to tour different houses for sale in Kingstowne VA.

 

But how many should you see before making an offer especially considering a house is a huge investment?

 

The answer is there's no magic number!

 

It depends on your personal circumstances and what you're looking for.

 

If you're interested in just one neighborhood and you're focused in on that neighborhood alone, you're probably going to see fewer homes than someone who's focused on maybe multiple neighborhoods or maybe even multiple cities.

 

I also tell my clients that buying a home is an emotional experience. People make the decision to purchase based on their feelings. Research even shows that our emotions drive us more than we think when it’s time to make a home purchase.

 

The truth is people generally don’t select a house; they fall in love with it. You will know when you find the right home. There is a gut feeling and a connection when you find the right home. Trust your judgment.


 

You really don't have to think too much about how many homes you’ve seen. It really just depends on individual circumstances and it shouldn't come down to a number.

 

The right number of properties to view will be different for each person.  

 

For some, finding the right home comes quickly while for others, it can take much longer.

 

Let me share with you tips on how to streamline your house hunting process.

 

1. Identify your priorities

 

Before looking at any Kingstowne VA homes for sale, sit down and write out everything you want in a home. Differentiate between what you need and what you want in your new home.

 

Identify your lifestyle. Where do you work? What do you do for fun? Where do your friends live? Is the neighborhood you’re looking at ideal for that?

 

Homes for sale in Kingstowne VA- Amanda Davidson is the real estate agent you should look for when buying a property in Kingstowne VA.

 

2. Determine what you can afford

 

Nothing spoils house hunting more than discovering a home is beyond your budget after you've fallen in love with it. Before you start looking for your potential home, calculate how much you can afford. You may use an online mortgage calculator or consult with a mortgage specialist to create your budget.

 

3. Work with the right agent

 

Looking for your next home can be a confusing and exhausting experience if you don’t have the right agent. That’s why I’m here to assist you!

 

As an experienced real estate agent, I can help you narrow your focus and your expectations right from the get-go. As your agent, I will listen to your needs and direct you to the homes in the neighborhoods you are interested in that fit your criteria and your budget. I will not waste your time by showing you homes that are out of your price range, or that don't have the features you want.

 

Buying a home is a great learning experience. With the right help and support from an experienced real estate agent, it can also be a rewarding journey.

 

Call me, Amanda Davidson, at 703-431-3755. Let’s find your next home together!

 

 

In case you cannot view this video here, please click the link below to view How Many Homes Should You See before Making an Offer? on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YzRqWom8V8&feature=youtu.be

 

Condo Sales In Alexandria March 2018 Market Update

Condo Sales In Alexandria March 2018 Market Update
The stats are in for condo sales in Alexandria for March 2018. Let's look at the numbers and then go over the story behind them. 



March 2018 Condo Sales in Alexandria

•Number of Sales: 181 (increase from 118 in February)

•Highest Priced Sale: $775,897

•Lowest Priced Sale: $85,000

•Median Sales Price: $255,000 (decrease from $268,000 in February)

•Median Days on Market: 13 (decrease from 22 in February)

•Median Sale to List Price Ratio: 97.59% (increase from 97.43% in February)

 

How Does March 2017 Compare to March 2018?

The number of condos sold saw very little change, higher this year by ten units. Median sale price decreased this year by slightly under $11,000. Days on the market saw no change and the median sale to list price ratio also remained consistent 2017 – 97.70% vs. 2018 – 97.59%. Overall there was very little year over year change.
 


Current Condo Inventory in Alexandria
There are 238 condos for sale in Alexandria, a minor increase, really minor (16 units) from 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 is convenient for agents to bring their buyers to for a tour. Although inventory is low that doesn’t mean buyers don’t resist overpriced condos, buyers are savvy and they do not go after condos that are overpriced. It’s very telling if a condo has been sitting for weeks on end, it’s overpriced. Do not make the mistake of overpricing your Alexandria condo if you are considering selling.

Is it a Buyers or a Seller’s Market?
The market remains
a seller’s market. Supply is not keeping up with demand and the low days on the market is telling of how quickly properties are moving. Buyers have to be prepared to act quickly when making an offer and making your very best offer right out of the gate has become a necessity.
 


If you’re considering selling the current market is in your favor. With that said, it does not mean you can overprice your home. Supply might be extremely low but, that doesn’t mean buyers won’t spot an overpriced home and eliminate it from their search. Planning ahead and teaming up with a local real estate agent that’s an expert in your area to properly execute a successful sale remains imperative. The details if preparing your home for sale, properly pricing it, and launching the right marketing plan will take you from listed to sold in the shortest time possible for the highest sale price possible.
 


To receive a free estimate on what your condo is worth in the current market visit our free home value tool.

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 and are always happy to answer your questions.

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A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way

A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way
In many areas the market is tight – low inventory, multiple offers, and rising interest rates
put the pressure on buyers, sellers, and agents. When the pressure is on it’s important to remember to remain calm and kind. No matter what the market conditions are bad behavior has no place in a real estate transaction.
 


As I reflect on the first quarter of 2018 and analyze its challenges a lack of kindness and respect stands out most. Everyone deserves both kindness and respect. Egos, attitudes, and demands do nothing but, raise tensions. They do not accomplish anything positive. Buying or selling a home is a marathon, not a sprint and it takes patience from all parties involved. I understand buyers and sellers getting stressed and acting emotionally but, I do not understand real estate agents that take that path. An agents emotions should never enter a real estate contract – NEVER.
 

There’s been a consistent flow of agents threatening, cursing, and making demands that aren’t reasonable. An example being submitting an offer on a listing and demanding my sellers respond within hours and accept the offer because they don’t want their buyer in a bidding war. On the opposite side when assisting buyers the listing agent who doesn’t return calls, texts, or emails can be a challenge as well. The current seller’s market won’t last forever but, the impression agents leave will. It’s a very small world and if there’s one thing we all remember it’s how people treat us. I often wonder if buyers and sellers know how their agent acts. Our clients deserve our absolute best at all times and that includes interaction with other agents.
 


 

Agent relationships are an important part of this business. That applies no matter what the market conditions are but, I think it makes an even bigger impact when the market is tight. A healthy and productive relationship with other agents only helps our clients. No one wants to work with a bully agent. While we represent different parties in the transaction we share the goal of getting both sides to closing with terms and conditions that are a win-win for the buyer and the seller.
 


 

As agents we can’t let stress get to us. No matter how much stress we’re feeling we should always treat others how we would like to be treated. A little kindness goes a long way.