have a great 4th!

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3844 Dominion Mill sold

Congratulations to my clients on the purchase of their new home! I represented the buyers on this lovely townhome in Alexandria.

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unconventional diner

Have ya’ll tried the Unconventional Diner? I’ve eaten there 3 times and it’s  been fantastic. Perhaps in the highest compliment for this eatery was my Dad liked it. (Shocker! He doesn’t like anything because he always thinks he can make it better. *this is what happens when you used to own restaurants*)

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The highlight for both my Dad and husband was the fried chicken. It was everything fried chicken should be: there was dark meat. It was crispy and juicy. There was hot sauce. They also loved the biscuit and gravy.

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My go-to order has been the miso salmon with zucchini and pine nuts. It’s delicious!

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I also love the art in the restaurant. The mural near the bar is one of my favorite pieces of art in DC.

I’m thrilled to have a new restaurant in our rotation.

Unconventional Diner 1207 9th St NW WDC 20001

 

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sold!Congratulations to my client on the purchase of their condo! I represented the buyer on this super cute 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo that overlooks the pool.

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ciao bella!

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After a tumultuous Spring selling season (that’s not over yet. aiyiyi), I need a break. I’m off to Florence, Italy for an epic girl’s trip. There’s 8 of us renting a gorgeous villa outside of Florence. I’ve renting a mini van to tote us around the countryside. Let the adventures begin. I.can.not.wait. Ciao!

 

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2814 lo lr

2814 Lee Oaks Pl. #202

Falls Church, VA 22046

2 bed + den | 2 bathrooms

1180 sf | $280 condo fee a month

list price | $345,000

Bright 2 bed + den/2 ba condo in convenient Falls Church. Freshly painted, open floor plan, new floors, updated kitchen, maple cabinets, granite counter top, wood burning fireplace, sun room overlooking pool, full size w/d, master bedroom with ensuite bath, walk in closet with Elfa closet system. HVAC with a UV Filtration system, 1 parking spot. Community amenities include an outdoor pool, grills, and a clubhouse. 2A bus stop out front, EFC Metros or Dunn Loring Metros. Open Sunday 1-4pm.

For more photos, click here for the virtual tour.

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916 G St NW-lr

The DC real estate market has been hot for years but 2018 is proving to be unique. Inventory is low, multiple offers are still a reality and most listings are under contract in 7 days or less. Interested in buying but have no idea where to start? I’ve pulled together a cheat sheet for you.

Talk to a lender. Besides finding the place you want to buy, choosing a lender is the most important step in purchasing. Obtaining a loan is difficult. Your credit has to be good. You debt to income ratio has to be just right. Lenders need reams of documentation. Stay away from the big banks. Work with someone who’s local and knows the market. Once you’ve spoken to a lender and they have all the info they need (bank statements, salary stubs, financial records, your credit score. it’s invasive. get ready.) you’re pre-qualified and ready to start searching.

Find a property. While searching online is the place most people start, photos can only tell you so much. Visit properties. See as many properties as you can to see what appeals to you. The search can take a day or several months.

Make an offer. Once you find a property you love, write an offer. The DC market is competitive which means you’ll need to make quick decisions. If a listing is priced well, looks good and is in a desirable location, it’s going under contract in 1-7 days and often has multiple offers.

Execute the paperwork. After your offer has been reviewed and ratified, the contract is sent to the lender and the title company. The title company reviews the title work. Their job is to make sure the property is delivered with a clear title. The lender starts processing your loan and orders the appraisal.

Fulfill the contingencies (if there are any). With the increase in multiple offers, contingencies have been on the decline. If the sellers accept an appraisal, financing or home inspection contingency, fulfill them. If it goes smoothly, you head to closing.

Execute the final reviews. Before closing, you do a final walk through to see if the property is still in good shape. You will also review the CD (the closing document) 3 days before closing to make sure all your fees are correct. If everything is in order, you sign the documents at the closing table.

Complete the documents. Once all the documents are signed, you’re a homeowner! Congratulations!

The entire process: making an offer; its acceptance, ratification, expiration of any contingencies to closing usually takes 25-45 days. The days till closing starts the day you submit the offer to the listing agent. The new norm for closing is 25 days in competitive situations. If it’s not competitive, expect closing in 30-45 days.

A few definitions: Ratification means when all parties (the seller and buyer) agree to the terms of the contract. There are lots of variables to an offer. All terms stated in the contract are negotiable points: the price, the closing date, how many days you have for your home inspection, financing contingency and appraisal contingencies. Once ALL negotiating points have been agreed upon, the contract is ratified.

Contingencies are a fulfillment of a condition. There are 3 contingencies that are normally used in a contract that protect the buyer: the home inspection, financing and appraisal contingencies. All 3 of these contingencies have to be met before you can close on a property if they’re included in the contract. There are different reasons to have these contingencies. Essentially, they protect the buyer from losing their earnest money deposit. As I mentioned above, contingencies are used less frequently as the market become more competitive.

An  earnest money deposit (EMD) is the deposit that the brokerage or title company holds in an escrow account. It goes towards your closing costs. The earnest money deposit is usually 3-5% of the offer price. It’s not deposited into the escrow account until the contract is ratified. If the contract is not ratified, the EMD monies are returned to you.

Closing costs in DC run about 3% of the purchase price. The two biggest costs covered by the 3% is the title insurance and the recordation tax that goes to DC Gov. This tax is 1.45% of the purchase price over 400K and 1.1% of the purchase price under 400K. Until October 2018, DC passed a first time home buyers tax break and the recordation fee is .0725% if you qualify for the program.

While  buying a home can be a stressful, the end result is worth it.  You own a home!  2018 is shaping up to be a wonderful time to buy while interest rates remain low and the first time home buyers tax break is in effect. Ready to buy this year? Contact me via phone or email: jen@dcreresidential.com/202-285-4238 and we’ll get started!

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A couple weeks ago, my parents came to visit. While my Dad and husband hit the golf course, I took my Mom to see “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” at the Renwick Gallery.

The Renwick has been hitting it out of the park with their exhibits since they re-opened in 2015. The “No Spectators” exhibit was fascinating.

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Burning Man is a week long music and art festival that happens every year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. It’s legendary and if you’re a “burner”, you’re obsessed with the entire experience. The Renwick exhibit explains the history of the festival and gives you a tiny glimpse into the costumes, art and ingenuity that occurs during the festival.

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I loved the exhibit. It’s interactive and visually dazzling. I told my friends that were visiting for Spring Break to go with their four kids and it was one of the highlights of their trip. My Mom thought it was totally weird. (hahaha! You can’t win them all, right?)

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I also took my Mom to see Barak and Michelle Obama portraits, which she enjoyed.

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The portraits are popular! We went when the museum opened and there were lines at both.

michell port

While we were at the Portrait Museum, we also saw the Do Ho Such: Almost Home Exhibit. The concept of the show sounded intriguing: architectural sculptures of “home” made of transparent materials. Visually, it was interesting. Overall, I was underwhelmed. I guess that’s why art is subjective.

Next on my list of “things to do” is the Cézanne exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. I’m the epitome of a museum nerd, aren’t I?  Go check out these things yourself. Entry to all the exhibits is free.

 

 

 

 

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Please join DC Wise for our Georgetown Shopping Event on April 26th from 6-8:30 pm. It’s the first fundraiser in 2018 and we’re super excited that rag & bone AND hu’s shoes | hu’s wear are participating. Bubbles, bites and shopping is never a bad combo, right?

 

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Congratulations to my client on the purchase of this cute rambler! I represented the buyer on this transaction and she got a great deal. Spring has sprung officially (part 2!)

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Congratulations to my client on the sale of her condo! I represented the seller and we got it under contract in 4 days. The Spring market has officially sprung.

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915 E St lr1

915 E St. NW #514

720 sf | 497.47 monthly condo fee

list price | $448,000

Gorgeous condo in great location: steps to museums, restaurants, the Mall, Capital One Center, & 3 metro stops! New hrdwd flrs, new paint, ss appliances & granite counter tops in kitchen, dual entry bathroom, full size w/d, WIC in the bedroom & balcony overlooking courtyard. Building amenities: 24 hr concierge, gym, party room & roof deck. Pet friendly. Rental parking in building -$300 a month. For more photos, check out the virtual tour.

Open this weekend from 1-4pm on Sunday. Stop by!

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