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The Hangout House

Jessica Richardson Real Estate

We all remember the “hangout house.” It was the friend’s home where everyone wanted to be, after school and on the weekends. The parents were around, but not hovering. There were always plenty snacks and fun things to do. Other parents were reassured knowing that their kids were at a friends house. So what are the features that make a great hangout house?  I recently …

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Buying From Overseas – A Client Story

Jessica Richardson Client Stories , Real Estate

I recently got a call from prospective buyers ( Steve and Marie) who were living overseas in Belgium and had been referred by past clients of mine. During the phone call we went over their checklist…3 bedrooms, 2 baths, in a fantastic neighborhood in Arlington or Falls Church under $750,000. Totally doable – I was ready to get started. I asked when …

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Saving The Deal – A Client Story

Jessica Richardson Client Stories , Real Estate

One of my most memorable sales was a beautifully restored historic property in Old Town.  I was representing the sellers.  The husband was a retired Navy officer and the buyers were active duty Army officers. The buyers were using VA financing – something we see frequently in this area. Everything was going along smoothly until 2 days before closing when …

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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 …

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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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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 …