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In 2017 It’s All About Simplicity

Jessica Richardson Blog , Listings , Local Lifestyle , Real Estate

As the calendar turns over, we’re surrounded by list of what’s “in” and what’s “out.” I don’t always agree with those lists, but they’re certainly entertaining.  And this year, one thing is clear – simplification is in. We’re all trying to simplify our lives just a little to find more time for family and friends. It’s hard to steal time …

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Getting Out and About on Christmas Day

Jessica Richardson Our Areas

Christmas day is a wonderful time to spend with family, sitting around the fireplace, watching Christmas themed movies and football. Many will even stay in their pajamas all day. But if you have out-of-town guests who want to be entertained, or you just want to get out for while, here are a few activities to consider on Christmas day: The …

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Top 5 Christmas Light Shows in the DC Metro Area

Jessica Richardson Our Areas , Real Estate

There are several beautiful, sparkling Christmas Light Shows in the DC Metro area but listed below are the Top 5 most popular displays: Zoo Lights at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo This is a favorite for families with young children. In addition to the animated light displays, there are winter-themed crafts & ice sculpting demonstrations, choral groups and storytellers. The zoo …

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November Market Update

Jessica Richardson Real Estate , Real Estate Trends

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a new home, now is a perfect time to hop off  and begin looking.   While interest rates are creeping up,  there is still time left to take advantage of certain tax benefits if you purchase a home in 2016. We’ve been talking about rates for a while now and this upward trend is expected …

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Alexandria,VA is on HGTV’s Top 10…

Jessica Richardson Local Lifestyle

…Christmas Towns in the United States!  Alexandria, VA goes all out for the Holidays. The celebrations begin with the canopy of white lights along King Street and the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Market Square the day after Thanksgiving. The festivities then ramp up on December 3 when the annual Scottish Christmas Walk, the Holiday Tour of Homes and …

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Tips for Maintaining Your Home This Fall

Jessica Richardson Real Estate

This is a great time to go through your home maintenance checklist. Minor repairs and preparations can keep your home safe and warm for the upcoming winter months. OUTSIDE  • Close and drain hose bibs. • Rake debris away from side of house and other structures. • Clean out gutters, downspout elbows, and check for roof leaks. • Check foundation …

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10 Biggest Mistakes First-Time Buyers Make

Jessica Richardson Buying , Real Estate Trends

Buying your first home is a milestone and one of the largest financial decisions most people will ever make.  Having worked with hundreds of first-time homebuyers throughout the years I feel like I’ve seen it all. I’ve witnessed people make good decisions and not so good decisions.  To help you avoid some of the common pitfalls, I’ve compiled a list …

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Housing Facts – Then and Now

Jessica Richardson Real Estate

This week the National Association of Realtors released their 35th annual profile of home buyers and sellers.  So what’s changed and what hasn’t among home buyers and sellers over the past 35 years? Internet and Technology Not surprisingly, one of the biggest changes is the use of the Internet by buyers looking for a  home. In 1995, 2% of buyers …

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Poof… and Just Like That it Was Gone

Jessica Richardson Blog

Dear Alexandria Lifestyle Readers, You might have noticed that you haven’t received any updates in a while. That’s because after a lot of agonizing I’ve decided that it’s time to write the next chapter. I began Alexandria Lifestyle in 2011 with the mission of sharing everything that I thought made Alexandria such a fun and unique place to live. At …

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From Dark to Dazzling: A Kitchen Reveal

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

These clients purchased their charming Colonial about five years ago and although they loved their home the kitchen became an issue. The cabinetry was dark and outdated, the tile floor was cracked and although spacious, the layout left something to be desired.  When they decided it was time for a remodel they thought long and hard about changing the layout …