Last of the Summer Days in Alexandria

Jessica Richardson Blog , Local Lifestyle , Real Estate

There’s been a lot of talk about Fall being right around the corner but we’re not ready to give up on Summer just yet. We’ve got a month of summer left to enjoy wearing flips flops and shorts while having an ice cream at the Old Town market square. There are several outdoor events in Alexandria to keep you entertained …

Shop Local ~ The Driftwood Home

Jessica Richardson Blog , Client Stories , Real Estate

The best thing about being a Realtor is the opportunity to meet a wide range of people who have very diverse and interesting backgrounds. Recently, we helped a young, dual-military couple find their perfect home in Fairfax County. What made the house perfect for them is the large workspace for their furniture refurbishing business called The Driftwood Home. They have …

Books to pack this spring break

5 Books to Pack this Spring Break

Jessica Richardson Blog

With Alexandria Public Schools going on Spring Break March 26-30, it’s time to start planning what books to pack for the plane or car ride and, hopefully, to enjoy by the beach.  Below are some favorites I’ve been seeing on social media and popular in book clubs.   1. All the Light We Cannot See This novel by Anthony Doerr …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …