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 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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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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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 …