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Should I Rent or Buy a Home?

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends

Choosing whether to rent or own a home is not an easy decision. It requires you to carefully examine the factors and costs associated with each option. Which is better? That depends. Your unique economic situation, lifestyle and goals play the largest part in deciding what is better for you. It’s important to go into your calculations with open eyes. …

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Curb Appeal Definitely Matters

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends

We spend a lot of time decorating the interiors of our homes but its important not to neglect the exterior. I can’t tell you how many times a buyer won’t want to look at a property because the exterior lacks curb appeal.  Often the exterior potential is harder for people to envision. Sometimes it really does take a lot of …

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Update or Sell “As Is”

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends

When you are selling your home it is almost always a good idea to make the updates. The level of updating depends on your neighborhood and what is most common but generally speaking, the less buyers have to do to a home, the better. That said, there are some home buyers out there who are looking for a fixer-upper, but …

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The Home Office – One of the top 5 “Must Haves” For Today’s Homebuyer

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends

If you commute to work, you’ve probably noticed that traffic is much lighter on certain days when many people telecommute.  When you live in the DC Metro area, working from home is an attractive proposition. So attractive  – that the “home office” is one of the top five features that home buyers in our area are looking for. The number of people working from home continues …

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Ring Video Doorbell for Smartphone

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

This is one of the best smart home products I’ve seen in a while. Leave it to my friends, Rob and Jill, to recommend another awesome product – the Ring Video Doorbell for Smartphone.  This is a doorbell that acts as both a camera and intercom so that you can see who is at your door and talk with them …

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The Best Home Decor Apps

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

After I bought my first house I poured through decor magazines like it was my job, cutting out everything I loved and saving it in my “inspiration binder.”   I never felt this way about my condo but there was something about having my own house that made me feel like the decorating possibilities were endless. I still have that …

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Cabinet Refresh

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

We are a few weeks into the remodeling project and so far its going well. The powder room has been removed, new hardwood replaced tile and the gigantic window has been switched out. For me, the kitchen refresh is the most exciting part of the project.  I call it a “refresh” because the appliances stay and I just could not …

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Why You Need a Mudroom

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

Most of the homes in Alexandria do not have a mudroom but we’re definitely seeing it more as a remodeling trend.  The mudroom just wasn’t a consideration when these homes were built. Historically mudrooms have been used in home in colder climates where people need to take off their boots and clothing wet from the snow before entering the home.   …

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Summer On The Porch

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

My house has a large front porch and one night,  not too long ago, my husband and I were sitting outside having a glass of wine and it occurred to me that sitting on the porch is so pleasant, yet in 8 years we’ve hardly spent much time out there. That’s because our house faces due West and gets hammered …