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Focus on: Old Town, Alexandria in Virginia

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

Old Town is the commercial center and the historic heart of the City of Alexandria. The Old Town lifestyle is extremely walkable ~ you can park your car and have most everything you need with a short walk or bike ride. Residential streets are surrounded and, in some areas, intermixed with retail and commercial businesses. King Street is the main …

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From Drab to Fab in Beverley Hills

Jessica Richardson Blog , Real Estate , Remodeling

When some of my favorite clients purchased this home in Alexandria’s Beverley Hills  neighborhood 3 years ago, they knew they would eventually have to do something about the kitchen. The floorplan was a little awkward and the kitchen was small and closed off from the living and dining rooms. It was also dated with 90s style pickled cabinets, mismatched appliances and …

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Why You Really Do Need a Realtor

Jessica Richardson Blog , Buying , Real Estate

Occasionally I come across someone who wants to buy or sell without using a Realtor. Knowing what I do I wonder why anyone would want to do that.   But with so many real estate listing websites and advertising channels readily available one might think, “Do I really need a Realtor? I am here to tell you that yes, unequivocally  you do need a Realtor.  And here …

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2017 Real Estate Outlook

Jessica Richardson Blog , Real Estate , Real Estate Trends

While there may be a lot of uncertainty about the upcoming changes in Washington DC, there is one thing that seems to be trending in a positive direction: a strong and robust real estate market. Despite the holiday season typically being a slower time of year for real estate, we had a strong finish to 2016 in the DC area. In November contract …

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Save Money Money on Heating Your Home

Jessica Richardson Blog , Real Estate , Real Estate Trends

Heading into the winter months, most of us begin to see an increased energy bill.  With fewer hours of daylight we turn on our lights sooner, and cold weather forces us to crank up the heat inside. Winter and summer are typically the most energy-intensive times of the year, but there are steps you can take to reduce costs while …

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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 …