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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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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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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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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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How the Right Smell Can Sell Your Home

Jessica Richardson Real Estate

Who hasn’t heard that the smell of freshly baked brownies or chocolate chip cookies will sell a home more quickly?  Is that a myth or does that really work? And which smells are the most effective? “When you’re in the real estate business, you want someone to walk in and want to stay in the house, so you want (the scent) …