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Kingstowne Home Sales March 2019 - Market Update

Kingstowne Home Sales March 2019 - Market Update
Home sales in Kingstowne really picked up during the month of March and competition is fierce. Sellers enjoyed an over 100% sale to list price ratio which is telling as to just how competitive the market currently is.
 

March 2019 Kingstowne Home Sales

•Number of Sales: 46

•Highest Priced Sale: $746,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $236,000

•Median Sales Price: $480,000

•Median Days on Market: 10

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 101.6%

Is It A Buyer’s Or A Seller’s Market?
It remains a seller’s market in Kingstowne, supply just isn’t keeping up with demand. There are currently 36 homes for sale, 14 of which are located in The Crest Of Alexandria, a 55+ active adult community.
 

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Inventory in Kingstowne

Inventory in Kingstowne is low – very very low. There is less than a one month supply of homes for sale in the area. It’s considered a seller’s market when there is up to a 3 month supply and we are well below that threshold. If you’re a buyer it’s important to understand there are very few homes for sale and homes are moving quickly. Multiple offer scenarios are very common and happening regularly. Be prepared to tour homes quickly and when you find a home you want to make an offer on put your best foot forward. You may not have a chance to make any changes if you’re competing with other offers so make it your best and final right from the start. The good news is rates are extremely low and purchasing now will ensure you can lock your rate in. Your interest rate is what impacts your monthly payment the most.
 


If you’re considering selling your home now is an excellent time. Although it’s a seller’s market that doesn’t remove the need to properly prepare your home for sale. Buyers are looking for homes that have a reasonable amount of updates (preferably turnkey ready) and providing them with the product they are seeking will deliver favorable results in the form of offers being made quickly and achieving top dollar for the sale of your home.

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Additional Kingstowne Real Estate Resources

Kingstowne Home Buyer Tips
 

Kingstowne Home Seller Tips
 

Selling Your Kingstowne Condo
 

 

Should Sellers Get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection?

Should Sellers Get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection?

A pre-listing home inspection is something I rarely see homeowners want to do. I can count on my fingers how many times I’ve had a client agree to one and while I see both sides of the story I think the benefits of having one outweigh the drawbacks. I’m not going to say one is needed on every single home but, more often than not I do recommend one be conducted.
 


The majority of the time a buyer is going to have a home inspection conducted, even if the market is competitive and it’s a void only contingency an inspection is highly likely going to be part of the puzzle that has to be put together before closing can happen. If you possess a solid idea of the condition of your home and the opportunity to fix any major problems before going on the market you lessen your risk of your home sale falling apart.

Let’s look at the pros and cons!

 

BENEFITS

Identifying Serious Problems Upfront

Surprises and real estate are not a good match. Finding out you have a serious moisture problem before you list is far better than finding out once you’re under contract.

 

Timing For Repairs

In Virginia, most homes close in 30-45 days and in a typical situation the home inspection contingency is 7-10 days after ratification. This puts pressure on sellers to get any agreed upon repairs done FAST. There’s no time to waste. If you know about them before you list your home you control the timing and can get multiple estimates and have the work done without the pressure of a closing date looming over you.

 

Cost-Effectiveness For Repairs

Timing also plays into the cost of repairs. Whether it’s a contractor of your choice or the buyers if you’re on a time crunch your options for who can do the work in the allotted timeframe may be limited. If there isn’t enough time to complete the repair or if the buyer requests a credit you can bet they are going to want more than what the actual repair costs due to the burden being placed on them to then coordinate the repair after closing.
 

Fewer Repair Requests

If you’ve already taken care of any deal breakers or large repair items it’s less likely you’ll get a laundry list of repair requests from a buyer. The overall condition of your home is revealed during an inspection and it can either leave the buyer feeling comfortable or make them want to run.

 

Trust

I’ve never met a buyer who didn’t appreciate a transparent seller. You can’t get more transparent than sharing your pre-listing home inspection along with repair receipts for any items you took care of. It sends the message to buyers that you’re not trying to hide anything.

 

The Report

An inspection report is an excellent tool to have – not only does it allow you to advertise to buyers up front that your home has been professionally inspected it also gives you a great comparison tool to use when the buyer obtains an inspection as well.
 

POSSIBLE BENEFITS (keyword – POSSIBLE … not always going to apply)

Higher List Price

If you get an inspection done and based on the findings determine you need to replace your HVAC or have a new roof put on you may find your agent recommends listing higher than if they’re old and in need of replacement. This is going to apply to significant replacement items, caulking the bathroom isn’t going to make a difference on your list price so you’ll want to rely on guidance from your agent when it comes to what will impact the list price.

 

Faster Closing

The less there is to negotiate on the faster closing can occur. If repairs have already been identified and completed you’re setting yourself up to be able to close faster. Now, not everyone wants to close fast so I understand this might not be seen as a benefit for every buyer and seller but, even just knowing you’re waiting to close and everything is ready to go vs. worrying over repair negotiations and timing for repairs is a benefit.

 

Competition

Based on my experience the odds of another homeowner completing a pre-listing inspection are low. Think about if a buyer is torn between your home and another home. Knowledge of your pre-listing inspection could sway a buyer or even attract a buyer faster. There’s something to be said for peace of mind when it comes to the condition of a home and that goes for buyers and sellers.

 

DRAWBACKS
Cost

A pre-listing inspection is going to cost you somewhere in the range of $300-$600 depending on what size and type of home you have.

 

Doesn’t Replace The Buyer’s Inspection

Although it’s possible the buyer will waive their inspection if you’ve already had one done it's not likely. The majority of buyers will still want to hire their own inspector and quite frankly they should. The pre-listing inspection is provided to a buyer for information only, not in lieu of the buyer having an inspection conducted.
 

Variance

No two inspection reports are the same. Don’t expect for something new or different not to be found during the buyer’s inspection if you’ve had a pre-listing inspection. Inspectors are human and that factor alone means there’s going to be varying opinions and findings.

 

Disclosure

This is going to vary greatly by each state so I won’t go into much detail but, I will say in most states if you know of a serious issue with your house it needs to be disclosed. Some states require far more disclosure than others so this is something to check with your agent about.

 

This post was inspired by a comment from Jay Markanich, Northern Virginia Home Inspector who has also experienced the majority of homeowners opt not to have a pre-listing inspection conducted. Think about the confidence you could have when buyers come through the door of your home knowing that you’ve done everything you can to get your home ready to sell.

Have you sold a home before and conducted a pre-listing inspection? If so, were you glad you did?

 

 

Homes For Sale In Amberleigh Alexandria, Va 22315 - Market Report April 2019

Homes For Sale In Amberleigh Alexandria, Va 22315 - Market Report April 2019

Amberleigh is located in Alexandria off of Beulah Road. The tree-lined streets provide a peaceful setting and privacy all while being within minutes of popular Kingstowne.

 


What’s The Neighborhood Like?

Amberleigh consists of 502 townhomes constructed between 1981 and 1988. There are six different models; Ashleigh, Oakleigh, Ridgeleigh, Stoneleigh, Timberleigh, and Woodleigh. Homes in Amberleigh typically range from 2-3 bedrooms and 2-3 full baths. Residents have access to basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. There are multiple tot lots throughout the community and an active neighborhood association puts on events throughout the year for the community. Residents can also access walking trails through a peaceful wooded area in Amberleigh Park.
 


What’s Nearby Amberleigh?

Amberleigh is conveniently located in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria. As with many neighborhoods in the area, major commuter routes, dining, shopping, and daily needs are all easily accessible. Festival At Manchester Lakes, Hilltop Village Center, and Kingstowne Towne Center are shopping centers that are closest to the neighborhood.

 

Festival at Manchester Lakes has a grocery store, bank, pet store and many dining options. Check out Johnny’s Pizza if you’re in the center, it’s one of our local favorites.

 

Kingstowne Towne Center is home to Kingstowne 16 Movie Theater, Pasara Thai, East Moon Bistro, HomeGoods, World Market, TJ Maxx, La Madeline, two grocery stores and many other dining and retail options.
 


Hilltop Village Center is within walking distance from the neighborhood and home to the sought after Wegmans grocery store. You’ll also find Burtons Grill, LA Fitness, Green Turtle, Verizon, Hair Cuttery, Hilltop Dental Care, First Impression Orthodontics and many other retail and dining locations in the center

 

The Springfield Transportation center is minutes away from Amberleigh. Franconia-Springfield metro (blue line), VRE, Amtrak, and Greyhound are all available. Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon, the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center and Fort Myer are all nearby as well.

 

What Schools Will The Kids Attend?

Children living in Amberleigh will attend Island Creek Elementary and Hayfield Secondary Schools. To learn more about these schools visit the GreatSchools website. 

 

Amberleigh Real Estate Market Update

Below is a review of year to date homes sold in Amberleigh.

•Number of Sales: 6

•Highest Priced Sale: $465,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $420,000

•Median Sales Price: $433,750

•Median Days on Market: 9

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 100.01%

 

There are currently no active listings in Amberleigh

 

If you are considering buying or selling in Amberleigh and have questions please reach out. I welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and business. Inventory is low in the neighborhood making it an excellent time to list your home and interest rates are also low which makes it an excellent time to buy. The current market conditions offer the best of both worlds for buyers and sellers. If you’ve been thinking about moving up to a larger home you have the opportunity to sell for top dollar and still lock in a low-interest rate on your new home. That’s not something that happens regularly in the market and is something to really consider when thinking of your next move.
 


Receive an estimate of your homes current value by visiting www.northernvalocalmarketvalues.com – free and no obligation!

 

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For Sale By Owner Mistakes - Your Home Won't Sell If It Can't Be Shown

For Sale By Owner Mistakes - Your Home Won’t Sell If It Can’t Be Shown

Yesterday clients of mine who are targeting a specific neighborhood with very low turnover and no inventory contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to reach out to a home that’s a for sale by owner. We’ve driven past the home before, checked it out online but, they have passed on it for weeks because it’s overpriced and a FSBO. Average days on the market in this neighborhood are 3 and it’s been on for 90+ days.
 


I never mind reaching out toa FSBO. They’re not part of my business plan in terms of contacting them to try to get a listing. If I call it’s because a buyer of mine has expressed interest in a tour. Fortunately, we don’t see a ton of them in this area but, the few that I’ve ended up in a transaction with have always needed guidance on next steps, providing forms they don’t have, or even meeting an appraiser. You name it, I’ve had to do what an agent representing them would typically do but, like many of us in the business if it’s for the benefit of my client that’s what I’ll do.

I’ve seen a lot but, not one time have I had a FSBO not want to show their home. Typically the minute I say I have a buyer and would like to bring them for a tour their guard goes down and they are happy to answer questions and arrange for us to come.
 


When I called the FSBO yesterday I got yelled at for a few minutes. It started with that fact I called on a Sunday and then for calling at all. This owner was irate that I had disturbed her and said my clients can see everything they need to online. Real estate is 7 days a week and if you opt to list your own home you need to be aware you're committing to that. The insults were flying and I just sat and listened in shock. How can someone expect to sell a home without allowing potential buyers to come see it?

After this homeowner had unloaded on me I asked if she had toured the home before she bought it. I’m not sure why I decided to tempt fate and ask, I had nothing to lose at that point. There was a long pause and possibly steam coming out of her ears on the other end but, she admitted that yes she had toured it…not once but, TWICE!

I explained they’d simply like to be able to do the same thing she did and that while the 10 photos she has online give a sample of what the home looks like they don’t do enough to make my clients comfortable to make an offer sight unseen. She went round and round about how busy she is, she doesn’t have time to entertain calls from agents like me much less show the home, and she doesn’t want strangers in her home. Even stating that she knows it’s a seller’s market and buyers should know they need to just make an offer when this is the only house for sale in the neighborhood.
 


At thatpoint, I had already offered for us to come at her convenience so I told her if she changed her mind to please call me and then made the call to my clients to let them know what had happened. I suggested they try calling to see if it’s just the fact that I’m an agent that set her off but, at that point they were done. They have zero interest in pursuing this house because they know in the off chance a deal is put together it will be a nightmare to get to closing at best and at worst the seller will wreck the deal.

I don’t know what happened to her in the past to cause her to feel this way but, even if she despises “low life’s like me” she is never going to sell her house if no one can see it. Nothing else is going to matter if the door isn’t opened for showings. I don’t care how strong of a seller’s market we’re in, buyers want to see your product in person. They want to touch it, see if it feels like home and walk through every inch of it. If you’re selling your home without an agent be prepared for calls, welcome those calls, and be ready to arrange showings. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to selling a home. If you can’t execute those few steps you can kiss the thought of a sale goodbye.

 

 

First Time Home Seller Tips

First Time Home Seller Tips

When it’s time to sell a home for the very first time it can be downright intimidating and stressful. Where do you start, what should you expect, how do you prepare your home for sale are all questions that pop into first time home sellers minds. Below are tips I recommend for first time home sellers to not only get your home sold but, to do it for the highest price possible with the least amount of stress possible.
 

Hire A Real Estate Agent

Not just any real estate agent, one that you trust and who you know has a proven successful track record. You’re going to have a lot of questions before your home ever goes on the market and you need a trusted partner to give you honest answers. According to The National Association Of Realtors for sale by owners (FSBO) in 2018 accounted for only 8% of home sales and the typical FSBO home sold for $200,000 as compared to $265,500 when represented by an agent.

 

Allow Yourself Plenty Of Time To Prepare Your Home For Sale

As soon as you start to think about selling your home is when I recommend making your hiring decision for an agent and then enlisting their expertise to give you guidance on what your home needs to be market ready. Rushing your home to get it on the market never turns out well. You want a polished and well-presented product and that takes time. Very few of us live in our homes the way we position them to sell. Which is why allowing plenty of time to prepare for your sale is important, it will mean less stress and a favorable outcome than trying to pull an all-nighter to get your home ready.
 


Pricing

Pricing is the biggest reason a home doesn’t sell and getting it correct from the very start is the best way to sell quickly and for top dollar. I always tell my clients no one pays top dollar for stale bread and if your home sits on the market for months on end that’s exactly what it will become. Pricing is unique to each home, its location, and updates. If you’re considering making updates before you sell it’s another reason to enlist the expertise of an agent early on in the process. A great agent who knows your neighborhood will be able to tell you what updates are going to give you a strong ROI and what updates aren’t a good use of your money. From there the agent will then be able to tell you where your home should be priced. If they’re really on top of their game they’ll be able to give you a comparison to show you where you can list if you do XYZ updates and where you can list if you opt not to make changes.

 

Put On Your Buyer Eyes

Speaking of updates, do you remember when you were touring homes as a buyer? What stood out to you, better yet, was there something in particular about your home that made you feel like it was the one? As hard as it can be, putting your buyer eyes on before you list your home and really being honest with yourself about its current condition will give you a lot of insight. Buyers like updated and turnkey ready homes and they’re willing to pay top dollar for them. If your home has maintenance issues, has become outdated, or even just needs some minor repairs the time to do them is before you list.
 


Timing To List

Knowing when to list your home for sale is not something that comes up as often as it should. Most homeowners contact an agent when they’re ready to list their home – as in get it listed as soon as possible. This all goes back to contacting an agent early on in the process. An agent can help you plan ahead and create and implement coming soon marketing if they have the lead time to do it. Think of a big motion picture, it doesn’t just pop into theatres one day unannounced. There is marketing dispersed to build curiosity and put it on moviegoers radar long in advance which of course boosts box office sales. Targeting home buyers before your home is for sale decreases the number of days it’s on the market and has them waiting and ready for it to go active.

 

Prepare For Photos

Updates and maintenance items are part of the big picture when preparing your home for sale but, then there are all those little details that come into play when preparing for photos. Any clutter has to go, it’s rare I see a seller who doesn’t have items to get rid of or donate that they no longer need. I recommend looking at it and asking yourself if you want to pay to move it. That normally helps with the decision making process. After you’ve de-cluttered then focus on de-personalizing. You want your home to feel welcoming and inviting but, not over-personalized. This allows as many buyers as possible to envision themselves living there. Some level of staging will also likely be needed, this is one to rely on your agent to assist with. The amount of staging needed for each home varies and it could be as simple as removing or rearranging furniture or as advanced as hiring a professional stager.
 


Prepare For Showings

When your home is active your daily routine is going to change. If you leave for work every day you’re going to need to allow extra time each morning to get your home show ready. Making beds, doing dishes, straightening pillows, opening blinds, cleaning off vanities isn’t something all of us do as part of our daily routine and it takes time to accomplish. If you have pets have a plan in place to remove them from the home for every showing and be sure to have their belongings tucked away. Be prepared to not be able to come home at your normal time and be flexible. Not all showings are going to give you a ton of advanced notice. I always suggest my sellers have a basket on hand to put extra items from the counter or bathrooms in quickly. If you get a last minute showing request you can either stick it somewhere out of site or better yet just throw it in the car and take it with you. If your house can’t be shown it also can’t be sold.

 

After You’re Under Contract

Once you’ve accepted an offer on your home you may then need to be prepared to allow the buyers in for a home inspection, or your agent to meet the appraiser. Inspections that are needed vary and will be in the contract you’ve signed. Your agent will guide you on the next steps. You’ll also want to arrange for your actual move once you’re under contract. Whether it’s hiring movers or renting a moving truck it’s best to do so in advance to ensure you can get the date and time that’s best for your schedule.
 


Selling a home is a big undertaking but, when you work with an agent you trust to guide you through each step you’ll find your home goes under contract quickly and that all of your preparation pays off.

 

Additional Resources

7 Crucial First Time Home Seller Tips via Luke Skar with Inlanta Mortgage of Madison

Tips For First Time Home Sellers via Bill Gassett with RE/MAX

8 Successful Habits All Successful Home Sellers Have In Common via Realtor.com

 

5 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

5 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

Selling your home might look and sound easy on the surface but, behind the scenes, it’s complicated with a lot of details and hurdles to work out. Far too often I hear of someone who hired a real estate agent only to be completely unsatisfied, let down, or downright angry with how the sale turned out for varying reasons.
 


Selecting the right agent to sell your home is a very important decision. Many people work with the first agent they come across with, and that’s recipe for disaster. When you’re talking about selling (or buying for that matter) one of life’s biggest investments, you want to work with the best of the best. Selecting a real estate agent because they’re a family member, friend, or any other reason that isn’t tied to their skill, level of service, and how they conduct business is a mistake. Ask for recommendations, do your research and conduct interviews to find an agent you not only know is qualified for the job but, who is also an agent you like and trust.

One of the signs you should be looking for when looking for a quality real estate agent is the questions they ask you. Chances are, the more the real estate agent knows, the more questions they're going to ask you. 

In return, you should also be asking them questions on how they plan on selling your home. Here are some of the most important questions you should be asking them:
 

How Will You Market My Home?

I’m not talking about putting a sign in the yard or putting your home in the MLS. Those are basics. You want your home to sell for top dollar in the shortest time possible and that means you want an agent who has a custom marketing plan for your home. Ask to see what the agent has done to market their past listings. Seeing examples of their work will show you if it’s the quality of marketing you want for your home. Check to see how they market homes. Do they use direct email campaigns? How often would they advertise your home? What kind of photos would they use to make the home you are selling more appealing to potential buyers? Are the photos high quality with the right lighting? Photos are essential since these will be the primary visuals that potential buyers will see before they decide to visit your home for viewing.

How would the staging be? Staging is also important since this would be the initial preparation of your home to make a lasting and positive first impression on potential buyers. 

Do they have a well-established blog that ranks well with Google? Having a highly visible blog on Google will definitely increase the chance of your home to be bought in no time. The more visible the real estate agent's site is, the more people will be able to view the home you have for sale. 

Do they target market on social media? Aside from online marketing, a good real estate agent would think of other things to increase the visibility of your home. They could set up an open house so that potential buyers can get a better look and feel of the house that's for sale.

Have they thought about who is likely to buy your home? If you have a 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo, the odds of a family with children purchasing it aren’t high so you need an agent that knows who and how to target. Marketing is not just throwing things against the wall to see if they stick. Effective marketing should be planned out from start to finish, and a good real estate agent will be able to see the potential problems you could encounter along the way. 
 


What Do You Think My Home Is Worth?

Next up is determining a suitable price for your home before you put it up for sale in the real estate market. Pricing is a key component of a listing agent’s job. In order to determine the proper price for your home, a real estate agent must create a comparative market analysis. This would help them gauge the worth of your house by means of comparison with other homes for sale nearby. Having a comparison, you will have a better idea of what your house is actually worth, and how much people are willing to purchase your house.

An agent has to price your home just right and that means they need to understand the current market and be able to thoroughly research and correctly interpret data. Data is readily available to the public but, data is worthless if you don’t know how to analyze and correctly interpret it. Ask the agent why they think your home is worth the amount they tell you. If they’re a great agent, they’ll be prepared to show you the data and then explain it in detail.

And please, do not just go with the agent who gives you the highest number. Although a high price does sound attractive for you financially, remember that your home is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay and if an agent gives you a number that isn’t supported by market data, your home isn’t going to sell. There are unfortunately some agents who will tell you what you want to hear just to get you to agree to list with them and then you’ll be facing a price drop when your home doesn’t sell.
 

 


What Is Your Average Sale To List Price Ratio On Past Listings?

Determining a real estate agent's ration depends entirely on the market. If you are comparing agents and ask this question, you will get an idea of how accurate the agent is on pricing a home and how well they can negotiate. Remember, a good real estate agent has the capability to haggle sales prices that are close to the list prices. Be sure to ask for the ratio from the original list price. Working with an agent who has a strong sale to list price ratio average can be the difference in thousands of dollars. For example, with an average sale price of $500,000 - if one agent has an average sale to list price ratio of 95% and another agent has one of 97% that’s a difference of $10,000!
 

What Type Of Communication Will You Provide?

You’re entering into a relationship when you hire an agent to sell your home and while it might be tied to business it’s like any other relationship – good communication can be the difference in success and failure. As a seller, you need to be in the loop and be constantly updated with what's happening with your home for sale. Your agent should be able to tell you how often you can expect to receive updates, what hours of the day you can contact them, how long you can expect for it to take them to respond, and what methods of communication they use. Most of the time, real estate agents fail to give updates to their clients and would only contact them once an offer has been placed. Even though an offer hasn't been placed on your home yet, your real estate agent should be able to give you updates on what people are looking for in your home based on previous viewers. This way, you could make the necessary improvements in your home and be able to sell it as soon as possible. An excellent agent is going to ask you what methods of communication you prefer because they’ll want you to feel comfortable and well informed. Some real estate agents would offer to send you emails, give you daily calls, while others are even willing to go as far as seeing you personally to let you know the status of your house for sale. 

Another question to ask about communication is if you will exclusively be working with the agent or if the agent has a team that will be involved. If you want to work with an agent who operates their business by providing exclusive contact with you this is an important question to ask. There is no right or wrong answer, it’s just a matter of what you are looking for in an agent. Not every agent operates their business the same way. 
 


Do You Have Any Questions For Me?

I think this is the most important question you can ask an agent. Anyone can ask how much you want to sell your home for, how many beds and baths it has, or even what you want in a new home but, an agent’s priorities and mindset are exposed by the questions they ask you. As with any other professional, not all agents are created equal. An agent who takes the time to get to know you, learn about your goals and what your priorities are is priceless. What differentiates a good agent from a rock star agent is their ability to learn, understand, and deliver the level of service you’re looking for.
 

There are still a whole lot of other questions you could ask a real estate agent before you decide to hire them. This is far from an all-inclusive list of questions to ask an agent when it’s time to sell your home. These items are here to give you an idea of where to start to get a dialogue going with the agents you select to interview. Do your homework and work with an agent who you trust and feel confident will not only provide your home with the best marketing but, who will also provide you with the best service.

 

 

Homes For Sale In Landsdowne Alexandria, Va 22315 - Market Update March 2019

Homes For Sale In Landsdowne Alexandria, Va 22315 - Market Update March 2019

The Landsdowne neighborhood in Alexandria is home to 619 single family residences and townhomes. Pulte and Richmond American Homes built the neighborhood between 1987 and 1989. The single family homes in the neighborhood range from 3-5 bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms. All of the detached homes have a 1-2 car garage and some have fireplaces. While the majority of the single family homes have 3 levels there are some floorplans with 2 levels and some that are split level with 4. The townhomes in Landsdowne range from 2-3 bedrooms and 1.5 to 2.5 bathrooms. Some of the townhomes feature a garage and/or a fireplace. The homes range from 2-3 levels.

 


See homes for sale in Landsdowne 

 

Community Amenities

Landsdowne has excellent amenities for residents to enjoy. From a 25-meter outdoor swimming pool complete with a deep and shallow play area to tennis/basketball courts, wading pool, picnic area with grills, tot lots, and walking paths there’s a lot for residents to enjoy. The neighborhood has beautiful landscaping throughout and it’s rare to drive through and not see people out enjoying the area or taking their dog for a walk.

 

What’s Nearby The Landsdowne Neighborhood?

Landsdowne is conveniently located near major commuter routes, grocery stores, pharmacies, dining, and entertainment. It is in walking distance to two shopping centers. Landsdowne Centre and Hilltop Village Center. Hilltop is the newest shopping center in the area and home to Wegmans, Burtons Grill, Green Turtle, The Joint, Panda Express, Mattress Warehouse, Hair Cuttery and many other dining and retail locations. Kingstowne Towne Center is less than ten minutes by car from the neighborhood. You’ll find additional grocery, dining, and retail options in the Towne Center. Commuters find easy access from the neighborhood to 495, 395, 95, and Fairfax County Parkway. Access to the Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn metro stations is also within 10 minutes from Landsdowne.

 

What Schools Will The Kids Attend?

Children in the neighborhood will attend Island Creek Elementary and Hayfield Secondary schools. For more information on these schools including test scores check out the GreatSchools website.
 


2019 Year To Date Market Activity In Landsdowne

•Number of Sales: 4

•Highest Priced Sale: $612,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $352,250

•Median Sales Price: $376,750

•Median Days on Market: 7

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 99.30%

 

There are currently 3 homes for sale in Landsdowne and 1 home that's coming soon. It remains an excellent time to sell your Landsdowne home. The neighborhood continues to see low inventory and a seller’s market.
 


If you’re thinking about selling your Landsdowne home and would like a free, immediate estimate of its value in the current market visit www.northernvalocalmarketvalues.com. This tool is meant to give you an immediate estimate but, it’s not as precise as a current market analysis. Reach out to me directly if you prefer to know the precise value of your home. I would love the opportunity to earn your trust and business.

 

Thinking of buying in Landsdowne? You can browse homes for sale in the neighborhood, check back often as inventory changes regularly. For more information about buying a home feel free to reach out with questions. 
 


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Kingstowne Home Sales February 2019 - Market Update

Kingstowne Home Sales February 2019 - Market Update
The story of low inventory in Kingstowne continues. Supply is not keeping up with demand and sellers are enjoying close to a 100% sale to list price ratio. Inventory is needed in Kingstowne and surrounding areas. Let's look into the details of the current market. 
 

February 2019 Kingstowne Home Sales

•Number of Sales: 22

•Highest Priced Sale: $700,000

•Lowest Priced Sale: $278,000

•Median Sales Price: $479,600

•Median Days on Market: 19

•Median Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 99.73%
 


Is It A Buyer’s Or A Seller’s Market?
It is a seller’s market in Kingstowne. There are currently 41 homes for sale, 14 of which are located in The Crest Of Alexandria, a 55+ active adult community. While there is still less than a one month supply of inventory there are a few more homes on the market as compared to January. By no means is inventory plentiful, not even close. It remains a prime time to list your Kingstowne home for sale. 

 

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Low Inventory in Kingstowne
Kingstowne housing inventory remains very low, and listings are needed. Buyers have to put their best foot forward in the current market conditions and be prepared to act quickly. Sellers, however, can’t overlook the details that go into listing a home. Buyers are looking for homes with a reasonable amount of updates and that show well. Deliver the product buyers are looking for and with the proper marketing, you will see a quick sale for top
dollar in the current market.
 


As a buyer, you have to be prepared to make an offer when you find the home you want – waiting for days to think it over just won’t work, it will be gone. Work with an agent who has the availability to tour homes with you as soon as they become available and who has experience navigating competitive markets. Low inventory increases the odds of other buyers being interested in the same properties and factoring that into your strategy is important to achieve a successful purchase. Read more about how to make your offer stand out in a bidding war
 

Receive a free home value estimate within minutes by visiting www.northernvalocalmarketvalues.com. Our home value tool is just a guide, and to be used solely to receive an estimate. If you’d like to receive a free current market analysis for a precise value of what your home could sell for in the current market reach out to me and let’s connect! 703-431-3755 or amanda@amandadavidson.com.

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Home Selling Tips – How To Prepare Your Home For Picture Day

Home Selling Tips – How To Prepare Your Home For Picture Day

If you think taking a few random snaps of your home for sale is alright, then you might want to think again. Most of you might be thinking, "what matters is what the house looks like in person, not what it looks like in the photos." However, pictures can make or break a home sale. The first place potential buyers are going to see your home is online. Gone are the days that the first impression is when they pull up for a tour inside your home. I’d even venture to argue that the first showing for your home occurs online. Since we live in a technologically advanced era, people will take advantage of the convenience that the internet has to offer and check your home online first to see if it's worth their precious time. If buyers don’t like what they see online, chances are they’re not going to come to see a home in person. You want to make sure your home is staged and ready for picture day. Below are tips about how to prepare your home for photos as well as what key areas of your home you should be focusing on dolling up for potential buyers.
 


Interior Tips For Picture Day

Furniture

Although having plenty of furniture inside your home might look appealing for you, it's actually not as appealing as it is for potential buyers. Rooms that are packed with furniture will not only appear small in photos, they’ll also appear small for showings. Less is more. Work with your agent or your stager to determine which pieces should stay and which pieces should be removed. Anything you remove for picture day should stay out of the house for showings as well. Leave the task of filling up the room with furniture for the buyer. It's your job to make the house look like a beautiful blank canvas for them to paint on. 

 

Countertops

Countertops photograph best when they’re clear. Again, this creates the illusion of space and cleanliness. For the kitchen, this means small appliances, paper towel holders, cutting boards should be the only things visible. Clunky items such as knife blocks need to be removed or stored away. In the bathroom, take the toothbrushes, soap, makeup, lotion, and any other personal items off the top of the vanity and put them out of sight. The same goes for nightstands and dressers – have their surfaces clear. The fewer clutter countertops have, the more appealing they are for potential buyers. Think of it this way, if you were the one viewing your home, do you think it is necessary to see all those objects placed randomly all around the house?
 

 


Refrigerator

No magnets, photos, artwork, or calendars allowed. Have the exterior of your fridge completely clear to give a clean and classy impression of your kitchen. It should stay this way the entire time your home is on the market, as well. While it doesn’t have to be done for picture day, don’t forget that when it’s time for showings, the inside of your refrigerator needs to be organized and clean. No one wants to see the leftover meal you had from two days ago. It's just downright unhygienic. 

 

Cabinets

Make sure the exterior of all the cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms are clean. Wipe them down as needed prior to the photographer arriving. Pay close attention to spills, drips, and dried toothpaste. Potential buyers never want to see a dirty home as this would entail that they would have to clean up more once they decide to buy the house. 

 

Showers and Bathtubs

Shampoo and conditioner bottles, soap, razors, and anything else inside the shower or tub need to be removed. Showers and bathtubs should be completely clear including anything hanging on the wall. If you have glass shower doors, wipe them down and remove any soap scum or water spots. Again, you'd want your house to look as if it's brand new for its next owner. 
 


Lighting

Go through your entire house and replace any burned out lightbulbs. Consider replacing bulbs that don’t put off bright light to achieve better lighting the day of photos. On picture day, turn on every light in your home. Lights on ceiling fans should be on too but, the fan itself should be off. Better lighting would result to better photos. Better photos means better chances of reeling in a buyer. 

 

Throw Rugs

Entryway, hallway, and bathroom rugs need to be removed for picture day. Having them on the floor causes rooms to look small and cluttered. It also gives the impression that the house is untidy which is why there's always a need for throw rugs. 

 

Loose Wires

Lamp, TV, and electronic device wires should all be concealed. If that’s not possible, at the very least, they need to be wrapped neatly and zip tied to avoid being an eyesore in photographs. Imagine, if you get irritated at the sight of unruly wires from your computer or television, what more would potential buyers think? Also, loose wires tend to accumulate dust and dirt. We wouldn't want those to show in the photos. 

 

Beds

Every bed needs to be made, not just your everyday make-your-bed routine. Take time to make sure the sheets and blankets aren’t showing from under the comforter. Smoothen the comforter out and ensure it’s even on all sides. Add a throw pillow to the end of the bed for an added touch. Fluff and arrange all of the pillows. Getting a bed ready for photos isn’t a quick task. Allow plenty of time to arrange these during the morning when the pictures will be taken. You'll want the potential buyers to view your home as a relaxing space. What better way to give them that idea than to fix the bedroom? 
 


Toilet Seats

This one is a pet peeve of mine anytime I see it in photographs of a home for sale. Make sure toilet seats are all down. Nobody wants to see what the inside of your toilet looks like, regardless if there's nothing there to see. If you have a professional photographer, they’ll likely put them down for you or if your agent arrives prior to photos commencing to walk through your house, they probably will too. But, regardless of who takes care of it, just make sure it gets done.
 

Trash Cans

All trash cans need to be hidden and that includes the kitchen trash can. Your home is the product you are selling, not trash cans.

 

Pets

Sure, your furry friends might be the most adorable thing in the world for you but who's to say that the potential buyer thinks so, too? Not all people are animal lovers. Some might even be allergic or traumatized just by seeing animals. So, no matter how cute they are, make sure that your pets are out of thr picture when taking a photograph of your home. It goes without saying to remove your pet the day of photos but, don’t forget to remove your pet's belongings too. Beds, bowls, and food storage should not be photographed nor should they be present for showings either. Some buyers do not want to purchase a home if its apparent pets live there.
 


Exterior Tips For Picture Day

Don’t forget the exterior when preparing for picture day. It’s equally as important as the interior.
 


Front Door

You might easily ignore the importance of the front door, but this is usually a key factor in sealing the deal with a potential buyer. Place an attractive flower pot leading up the walkway or on a pedestal by the front door; something with an inviting color that doesn’t overwhelm the space. Adding something by or near the front door gives a welcoming vibe in photos.

 

Landscaping

The surrounding environment of your home plays a huge part in its attractiveness. Having a beautiful and neat landscape would send potential buyers flocking from all corners. Make sure to trim trees and bushes, pull weeds, mulch flower beds, and mow the yard. If the weather hasn’t warmed up enough for the grass to grow and there are bare spots with dirt showing in the yard, have sod put down. Having a touch of gorgeous nature would give potential buyers the idea of having endless days of peace and relaxation. 

 

Cars

Remove cars from the driveway and garage. If you have any sports equipment in the driveway or in front of the garage, it should be removed as well. Always remind yourself that you are selling the home. You wouldn't want potential buyers to think that your car is up for grabs too, right? This would save you possible inquiries in the long run. 
 


Trash Cans

Even the trash cans on the exterior of your home need to be removed for pictures too. Buyers aren’t interested in photographs with trash cans in them under any circumstances.

 

Yard

If you have pets, make sure the yard is free of any calling cards they’ve left. If you have children, remove their toys – there shouldn’t be any random items left out in the yard on picture day. The garden hose is an item that is often overlooked and it should be put away if it's lying on the ground.

 

Windows

All the windows in your home should be closed for picture day – blinds, however, should be open. Don’t forget to clean them prior to the photographer coming. Having open windows would make your house look more welcoming. From the inside, it also gives off beautiful natural lighting. 
 


Preparing your home for picture day takes a lot of attention to detail. I make it a point to arrive 45 minutes to an hour ahead of the photographer so that I can go through each room of the home and make any final adjustments. It’s easy to overlook little things when you don’t prepare a home for photos every day and it’s a costly mistake to make. Think of the photos you’d share if you were creating an online dating profile, they’d only be your absolute best. The same mentality applies to your home. Take the time to go room by room and get it ready to shine on picture day!
 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
Getting Your Home Ready For A Spring Sale via Luke Skar with Inlanta Mortgage of Madison

What Updates/Repairs Should We Do Before Listing via Joan Cox Broker-Owner House To Home in Denver Co


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5 Tips To Update Your Kitchen

5 Tips To Update Your Kitchen

The kitchen, no matter how big or small is where everyone ends up gathering. It’s a very important room in every home. Presenting your kitchen in the best light possible is imperative, you want buyers to imagine themselves there and feel invited.

Complete these 5 tips in order to see the highest return on your investment.
 


Kitchen Cabinets

The cabinets are a big part of every kitchen and they can really impact a buyer’s opinion. Sometimes painting cabinets is an option but, this isn’t as easy as it sounds and has to be done carefully. If your cabinets have doors that aren’t functioning properly or if they’ve already been painted over this might not be an option.

If your cabinets are laminate they should not be painted over. There are companies that specialize in re-facing laminate cabinet doors and this is a great way to create a new look without fully replacing your cabinets alaltogetherIf your cabinets need attention in the form of painting, re-facing, or replacement but, it’s not an option financially your home should be priced accordingly to account for their age along with their condition. If you want to get top dollar for your home updating the cabinets will help you achieve your goal.
 


Kitchen Counters

Take a look at your kitchen counters and determine if they need to be updated. Maybe they’re laminate or ceramic tile and give your kitchen an outdated look or maybe they’re just worn out in general.

All we’ve heard for years is granite, granite, granite but, granite takes a lot of maintenance. It’s porous and has to be sealed regularly, a task many homeowners don’t do at all or nearly enough. Years of neglect will leave granite looking dull and it is possible for stains to occur if not cleaned up quickly. If you’re going to replace your countertops check into Quartz, it is not a porous product and has become very popular. I prefer Quartz over granite, low maintenance and still looks very natural. Replacing counters in the kitchen is an affordable option to make it stand out to buyers.
 


Kitchen Appliances

This can in my opinion be a tricky one. Stainless steel is still sought after in my market and there are buyers who specifically want a home with stainless steel appliances. It’s also one that I tell buyers not to get hung up on because appliances are super easy to replace. For my sellers, if you are planning on selling your home soon and all of your appliances are fully functional I don’t recommend replacing them. If they’re ancient or don’t go well together (i.e. every appliance is a different color) that’s a different story and something I evaluate on a case by case basis. If you do opt to replace your appliances prior to putting your home on the market I don’t recommend going the high end route because you won’t see a strong ROI.
 


Paint

Kitchens see a lot of activity and it’s easy for the paint to get stained, chipped, and just plain worn out looking. Paint is another budget friendly way to give your kitchen (and the rest of your house for that matter) a fresh feeling. Kitchens are tedious to paint because of all the brushwork they require but, if you’ve got a little experience painting and some patience it’s a great way to see a solid ROI.

Don’t forget to look at the baseboards, they will need painting too but, also may need to be replaced depending on how much wear and tear has occurred. Paint the ceiling as well, paint on kitchen ceilings tends to deteriorate faster than other rooms in your home. Moisture, oils, and evaporation over time leave them stained and dull. Painting is one of the best investments you can make to give your kitchen a fresh and clean look.
 


Lighting

Lighting is another great way to give your kitchen a warm and welcoming feel without spending a fortune. Adding recessed lighting or pendant lights over your island will complement your kitchen. Above or under cabinet lighting is another option, both ensure there aren’t any dark spaces and are a nice added detail. I still see a lot of homes with one large rectangle fluorescent light in the kitchen and it gives off a dated vibe from the minute I walk in. For a nominal fee updating your kitchen lighting will do wonders for how it feels and looks.
 


If you are thinking about moving soon look at your kitchen and consider what should be updated or replaced. A great agent will be able to help you with your decision. It’s no secret that buyers love updated kitchens and there are some easy ways to make yours shine. Don’t forget cleaning – not just a once over. Deep cleaning your kitchen is a must before hitting the market. Clean the cabinets and drawers both inside and out. If they’re overflowing be sure to de-clutter. Buyers will be opening them and you want them to be organized. Clean the appliances inside and out as well. Think the way potential buyers are going to think when looking at your kitchen and make any necessary changes, all of your preparation will pay off when your home goes on the market.