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  June is National Homeownership Month! | Simplifying The Market    

Some Highlights:

  • Paying rent is not a good investment, but owning is a great way to start building family wealth.
  • Not only does homeownership allow you to provide your children with great education, but you can also decide whether or not your child grows up with a pet.
  • Owning a home provides you with tax benefits while also providing you with more living space to move around in.
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Wall Street Journal: Housing Recovery Picks Up Steam | Simplifying The Market

Yesterday, we ran a post quoting major housing experts on the increasing strength of the U.S. housing market. We were pleasantly surprised that, on the same day, the Wall Street Journal decided to run a front page story titled, “Housing Recovery Picks Up Steam” (article available to WSJ subscribers).

Wall Street Journal: Housing Recovery Picks Up Steam | Simplifying The Market

The first paragraph of the article says it best:

“Home prices are back to near-record highs across the U.S. amid rising demand and supply constraints, a sign that the lopsided housing-market recovery of the past five years is gaining some strength.” (emphasis added).

What about the struggles in the economy?

Some openly question how the real estate market can be gaining ground if the overall economy is still struggling. According to

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One rainy night many years ago, an elderly gentleman and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia. The man asked the clerk if he had any rooms.

The clerk was a friendly man who prided himself on superior customer service. He said that unfortunately the hotel was completely booked. “However,” he said, “rather than send you out in the rain at one o'clock in the morning, I would be happy to offer you my room. It’s not a suite, but it will be comfortable for the night.”

The elderly man tried to object, but the clerk insisted. The next morning, as he paid his bill, the elderly gentleman said to the clerk: “You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel in the United States.”

Two years passed. One day the

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3024 Porter Street NW

Updated & pristine!  Cat friendly 2 bedroom loaded with old world charm in the heart of Cleveland Park. High ceilings, wood floors, large windows, tree views, BBQ area & extra storage. Parking available. Small building, steps to Metro, movies, Post Office, library, restaurants, shops & zoo.

Monthly coop fee of $469/month includes: Heat, water, laundry, property taxes, trash & snow removal, custodial services, exterior building maintenance, common area maintenance, lawn care and landscaping, management company fees, reserve funds contribution & sewer.

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3601 39th Street NW

Sun drenched, updated 2 bedroom, 2 bath duplex in McLean Gardens with three exposures! Enjoy views of both the morning light as well as the evening sky. Living room with wood floors, lower level family room, Washer & dyer, central air & 2 separate entrances. Quiet, yet one of the most convenient locations in the community! Pool, BBQ areas, tot lot, public tennis, dog park, garden & playground. Around the corner from new Cathedral Commons Shopping Center. Grocery, pharmacy, restaurants and more. Less than one mile from Cleveland Park & Tenleytown Metro stations. 1 dog plus 1 cat or 2 cats permitted.

Monthly condo fee $660 includes management, general maintenance of common areas, landscaping, trash removal, snow removal,

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Today we are going to talk about 'Making More Money' by getting your home 'Market-Ready' and how it helped my Cleveland Park seller make an extra $400,000!

Initially, things were a bit chaotic. It was the holidays and the seller was packing to move, so we decided to quietly market the property 'Under the Radar' to over 20,000 neighbors.

About eight people took a look at the house and we got an offer of $1.1 million. The seller turned it down, finished packing and moved out.

Our seller got $400,000 more once the home was market-ready!


Then, the owner touched up the paint and redid the kitchen cabinets. My stager worked her magic

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How much is your house worth? FIND OUT HERE!

Affordable interest rates continue to fuel demand.

While the inventory of homes for sale is up 21.9% compared to last year, it remains very low, continuing to frustrate buyers.

This seller's market is all about supply & demand, with competing offers above full price. This year my sellers are getting 107% of list price in an average of 3 days.

Multiple offers jumping $100,000...$200,000... even more than $500,000 above asking price!


But if you are thinking of selling, don't get complacent. In my next video, you'll find out what a savvy seller did to get an extra $400,000 for her home in Cleveland Park.

And if you're ready to

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3722 Van Ness Street NW

Please stop...OPEN 1-4pm Saturday, May 7th.

Charming, updated semi-detached 3 bedroom, 2 bath Tudor. New open kitchen, living room with fireplace, leaded windows, wood floors, original woodwork, newly finished basement, large flat fenced back yard & detached garage. Close to Metro, restaurants, library, post office & shops.


  • Foyer
  • Living room with fireplace
  • Dining room
  • Updated kitchen opens to dining room
  • Patio


  • Master bedroom
  • Second bedroom
  • Third bedroom
  • Full bathroom


  • Rec room
  • Kitchenette
  • Pantry
  • Second full bath
  • Washer/dryer
  • Storage space
  • Separate entrance
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2725 39th Street NW, Washington, DC 20007


Please stop by...OPEN 1-4pm Saturday, May 7th

Top-floor, pet friendly treehouse with 2 large bedrooms and updated kitchen & bath on quiet tree lined street. Dining room, living room, hardwood floors, large windows, extra storage and parking included. New washer/dryer & convector. Walkable to Glover Park, AU & Georgetown as well as many restaurants, shopping, parks & walking trails. Move in condition!

Condo fee: $726/month includes utilities, management fee, common maintenance & master policy.


  • Complete Bathroom renovation in summer 2014 that included new, tub, toilet, vanity, shower door, tile and cabinetry.
  • New Washer/Dryer installed January 2015
  • New convector installed in 2015
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Hello, and welcome to my new real estate blog. This is all dedicated to helping you have a better experience and greater success as a buyer, seller, or investor in DC real estate.

My goal is let you know "What's Working Now" so you can make better decisions. So, I'm going to send out two new informational videos and articles each month. I'll focus on tips for frustrated home buyers and strategies for savvy home sellers. Plus, I'll update you with current real estate market trends and insights.

This is your #1 place for local real estate information...everything you 'need to know' about "What's Working Now!" in Cleveland Park & nearby

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