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Patio Crashing in Old Town, Alexandria

Jessica Richardson Real Estate

Old Town, Alexandria has many wonderful restaurants with outdoor seating but nothing beats having friends and family over to your own home on a lovely summer evening. The next owners of 722 Fairfax will enjoy entertaining on two lovely courtyards which connect through the spacious living room. Step through French doors leading from the Chef-worthy kitchen to the first patio …

View of Old Town from the top of the Masonic Temple

Alexandria Staycation: 5 Top Things to Do for Springbreak

Jessica Richardson Blog , Local Lifestyle , Our Areas , Real Estate

Are you staying home for Spring Break? Has your extended family decided you’re “it” for the Easter holiday. If you find yourself staying in Alexandria, we’ve included art, music, dancing, Easter egg hunting and history in our top 5 top things to do. Stanley Clarke Band (America Jazz) will be playing at The Birchmere. Enjoy an evening listening to what …

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Rising Mortgage Rates – What Does it Mean?

Jessica Richardson Blog , Real Estate Trends

We all knew this would happen eventually….and now it has. Mortgage interest rates have finally increased and will likely continue in 2017 Since the late 1970s the interest rate for 30-year fixed rate mortgages has averaged 8.2%. From the beginning of 2000 through 2012, the average was just under 6.0%. But from early 2013 until mid-November of last year, rates averaged an …

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Client Story – The Move Up Buyers

Jessica Richardson Blog , Client Stories , Real Estate

The “S” Family  were fun clients to work with.  I helped them purchase their home in Old Town about 5 years ago when they were newly engaged.  That home was perfect for them at the time – a cute, updated row house that was walkable to everything. But five years and two kids later they had outgrown the space. They needed a yard and …

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Why I Won’t Be a Big Team

Jessica Richardson Real Estate

I’m often asked if I would ever consider growing my real estate practice into a big team. The answer is no and here is why. Real Estate agents work in many ways, The traditional and most common model is the “Solo Agent.”  In this scenario the Realtor  works one-on-one with their clients.  They do everything themselves, from showing homes and writing …

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20 Tips to Make Your Home Feel Bigger

Jessica Richardson Real Estate , Tips

1. Paint or wallpaper the ceiling.  Anything that draws the eye upwards makes a room feel bigger. 2. Paint light colors on walls and floor. While dark colors make a room stand out, they also absorb light instead of reflecting it which makes the space feel smaller.  Opt for lighter colored flooring as well as wall colors to make the …

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This Year’s Hottest Kitchen Trends

Jessica Richardson Real Estate , Real Estate Trends , Remodeling

You can’t upgrade your kitchen every year based on the latest trends, nor should you. But if you are thinking about making changes or just want to spruce things up for resale, you may want to incorporate some of the ideas below from ZillowDigs. Tuxedo kitchen cabinets: We’ve been seeing two-toned cabinetry for a while so the “tuxedo” concept should come …

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Why You Need House Plants Today

Jessica Richardson Blog , house envy , Real Estate , Real Estate Trends

Incorporating house plants into your decor is a quick and powerful way to add new color, shape and style to any space.  Nobody does this better than my friend, Shiloh, who has artfully woven fun and interesting plants into the decor throughout her home.  She has them in all kinds of interesting containers.  You can really feel their presence in every room and they make …

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Greenery – Color of the Year for 2017

Jessica Richardson Tips

Pantone’s 2017 Color of the year is “Greenery” and I am really digging it. Pantone describes, Greenery as  “a refreshing and revitalizing shade, symbolic of new beginnings.  A life-affirming shade,  emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.” Considered nature’s neutral, Greenery really speaks to me this time of year when everything outside is dull and grey.  With spring …