2120 Ver #220 sold postcard

2120 Vermont Ave., NW #220
Washington, DC 20001
619 square feet | $355.00 monthly condo fee
sold price | $425,000

Congratulations to my client for selling her sunny 1 bedroom/1 bath condo in 6 days!  This unit had hardwood floors, an open floor plan, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, juliet balcony in the bedroom, w/d in unit, and garage parking. Pet friendly. Building amenities include gym, roof top grill and deck. Minutes to Metro, restaurants & retail. Across street from upcoming Shaw Whole Foods. 97 walk score.

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big birthdays

birthday-group-dad's-70thLast weekend, my Dad celebrated a big birthday and I pulled off the surprise of all surprises. It was so much fun!

My Dad is a control freak and told me vehemently, on several occasions, that he “did not want to do ANYTHING for his 70th birthday”. I decided to totally disregard his sentiments. My rationalization: It only happens once. He should be celebrated because he’s beloved. Plus this Winter and Spring have been tough for the Angotti clan.  One of his younger brothers passed away earlier this year and it’s left a gaping hole in our reality.  After months of mourning, we needed a happy occasion to gather. Several months ago, I began plotting with my Aunt.

My Dad’s birthday plan was for my brother and me to spend the weekend with him at the beach house. This was our cover. My Aunt started looking at weekend rentals.  I called a small group of friends and invited them to join us. Everyone said yes, my Aunt booked the house and everything was put in motion.

I kept things casual.  There weren’t going to be crazy decorations or someone jumping out of a cake.  I knew if I planned anything elaborate, it’d tip him off.

On Friday morning, my husband and Dad went to play golf.  This is what they typically do when we visit.  With my Dad out of the house, I had everyone who was at the beach come over.  When my Dad and husband came back from golf, all the surprise guests hid in the bedrooms.  My brother had just arrived and my Dad was excited to see him.  As they talked, two friends trickled out of the bedrooms.  My Dad didn’t even notice and things became funny fast. Then my Uncle came out. Then two more came out. Finally Dad realized who was in the house and the surprise was sprung.

I’d been apprehensive my Dad may get mad (there were soooo many conversations about no birthday plans) but he wasn’t.  Although he freaked out for about two hours after the surprise, everything went well.  His freak out was about how to feed everyone but I’d already taken care of the dinner plans.  We had a pot luck cookout which went swimmingly.

Overall, this weekend was one of those weekends I’ll remember forever. It was full of great company, funny stories and lots of laughter.  I’m thankful everyone participated and most of all, my Dad had a ball. Happy birthday Dad!! We love you.

 

*thanks to everyone who spent the weekend with us. special shout out to Debra who helped with the all the details.*

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Please join me and the ladies of DC Wise at the Georgetown J. Crew today from 4-8pm.  The Georgetown J. Crew has CrewCuts and Men’s…shopping for everyone. If you can’t make it, call in your order at 202-965-4090. Mention DC Wise and you’ll receive your discount and support DC Wise.  I hope to see you!

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2120 Ver 220 entryWhenever I’m getting ready to list a new property, I follow these 7 steps to get the most money for my clients. This has led to many wonderful selling experiences and a lot of satisfied clients! (click here to see the reviews.)

1. De-clutter. I know you like your collection of troll dolls and think it’s wonderful. It isn’t. Box it up and utilize the space in a way that’s appealing to buyers. Clear the counter tops in your bathroom and kitchen. (Yes, even your toothbrush.) Take your photos and holiday cards off the refrigerator. It’s all a distraction to a buyer.

2. Re-paint in neutral colors. Red kitchens and dining rooms are so 2000. Don’t date your decor with bold colors. Buyers are picky and one terrible paint color can make them over look your property. A tan or greige paint color is the top choice for most buyers. Boring but it works.

3. Clean extensively. Nothing is worse than a grimy bathroom or kitchen when you’re viewing property. Hire a cleaning service. Your property should sparkle. Keep your place tidy while it’s on the market. Make your bed. Put away your soiled clothing and clean laundry. Hang up your coat and put away your shoes.

4. Re-arrange/remove furniture. Most sellers have too much furniture in their space. If you have belongings in every single corner, get rid of them. If it’s over sized and makes your space look small, store it for your next place. Rearrange your furniture to make the space open and inviting. Open your blinds/curtains to show the view and the sunlight.

5. Make sure it smells good. That old man/sock smell is not making your place more attractive. On the other hand, you don’t want to go over board. Strong, floral plug-ins can make buyers suspicious. The most appealing scents are cinnamon/apple, vanilla or citrus scents.

6. Take good photos. Use a professional photographer for photos of your property. “Homes with professional photographs were found, on average, to be viewed 61 percent more online than others in that price range shot with a lower-end camera. The listings that used digital SLR cameras also commanded a 47 percent higher asking price per square foot, according to the Redfin analysis.” The stats speak for themselves.

7. Don’t overprice your property. Sellers first inclination is to list their property for waaaayyy higher than it’s worth. That leads to more days on market, price reductions and less money in the long run. Price correctly the first time. Your house will likely sell in 7-10 days and you’ll get the money you want.

A little prep work goes a long way when you list your home. If you’re looking to sell in 2016, contact me at jen@dcreresidential.com or 202.285.4238. It’s a great time to be a seller in DC!

 

 

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funk parade mapThe funk parade is bopping down U St. this weekend.  Not only is there a parade, there’s a day fair, DJ parties and bands (see map for all the events).  DCRE is a sponsor this year and I’ll be at the DCRE Performance Area near the Reeves Center (#2 on the map) from 12-2 on Saturday.  Make sure you stop by and say “hello”.

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Sometimes, listing photos make you scratch your head and say “wth?”  A few of my favorites below.

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purple-bedroom

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