It’s Our Intern Kelsey’s Last Day! Check Out Her Goodbye Blog Post!

It’s hard to believe today is my last day as the marketing intern at DC Home Buzz; time flies! For the past four months, I’ve been working on many projects here from pitch writing, designing graphics, updating the website, crafting social media posts, sending email campaigns and more. I’ve learned a lot about creativity, promoting events, writing, PR and even a little about the real estate industry. It’s been great seeing the behind-the-scenes work that goes into marketing for a real estate company, and I’ve enjoyed working with the DC Home Buzz team. I will miss interning here!

Now, a little about me. My name is Kelsey and I’m a Minnesota native currently completing my junior year at American University studying Public Communication with minors in Marketing and Sociology. I participate in a few organizations on-campus, especially community service. This has been my fourth internship so far, and I will be interning again in PR/marketing this coming summer here in DC. When I’m not studying, interning or volunteering, I also enjoy traveling the world, scrapbooking, running and cooking.

Thanks again for a great semester, DC Home Buzz!

Check Out 2 of Our Most Recently SOLD Listings!

 

SOLD in 9 Days $206K Above List Price!

Gorgeous 2 level Condo with Roof Deck Steps from U Street

DC Home Buzz is excited to feature 2124 11th St NW #3 on our “Just Sold!” blog. This gorgeous condo was featured in The New York Times & The Washingtonian’s Open House Blog, Listings We Love. With our expert realtors, complimentary staging, and tailored marketing efforts, including a virtual tour, special brokers email, professional property photography, social media blasts and exposure on over a dozen websites, DC Home Buzz was able to close on another beautiful listing.2124-11th-3Collage-SOLD

Here are some details about the property:

Address: 2124 11th St NW #3

Stunning 3 bedroom 3 bath, 2 level condo in 3 unit building just steps from all of the action on U Street. Main level features an open gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances & breakfast bar, living/dining area with soaring ceilings, huge light-filled windows & an HD video projector with retractable screen. The WiFi thermostat provides remote access for easy temperature control. Two bedrooms on the main level both feature ensuite baths, one with balcony and access to parking via a private staircase. Upper level offers a wet bar and Master Suite. The luxe master bath features a claw foot tub and separate walk-in shower. Access to the gorgeous private roof deck with west-facing views is just off the master suite and is perfect for entertaining. Off street parking is included directly behind the building.

List Price: $995,000

Sale Price: $1,200,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3.5

 

DC Home Buzz is excited to feature 1218 Florida Ave NE on our “Just Sold!” blog. With our expert realtors, complimentary staging, and tailored marketing efforts, including a virtual tour, special brokers email, professional property photography, social media blasts and exposure on over a dozen websites, DC Home Buzz was able to close on another beautiful listing.Sold-1218FloridaAveNE

Here are some details about the property:

Address: 1218 Florida Avenue NE

Stunning 3 bedroom home with den and 1 and a half baths. This lovely home offers an unfinished basement with 7’6″ ceilings and tons of potential to add living space. Kitchen updated in 2010 and all appliances new in 2013-2014. Spacious back yard with deck and separately deeded 4 car parking directly behind home available for an additional $10K. Just 2 blocks from all the great dining, shopping and nightlife of H Street & the new H Street Trolley Line!

List Price: $499,000

Sale Price: $559,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1.5

Do either of these listings look like a property that you have and are looking to sell? If so, DC Home Buzz could be the perfect agency to list with. We offer a $9900 flat fee listing rate, which includes a committed team of realtors, customized marketing, staging and more. If you have questions, or just want more details, send us an email at info@dchomebuzz.com.

Open Sunday 2-4! Stunning 4 BR, 2.5 BA Home with Outstanding Vintage Details in Columbia Heights!

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Open House on Sunday, April 19th from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Address: 1214 Girard St. NW (Click address for Google Map)

Price: $999,500

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2.5

FEATURES AND AMENITIES:

Stunning 4 BR, 2.5 BA home with loads of vintage detail in great location in Columbia Heights. This gem on the Hip Strip offers gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings, original wood moldings & stained glass, 2 fireplaces, beautifully updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops. Laundry area in lower level with unfinished storage space with potential for apartment with separate entrance. Off-street parking for 2 cars. Walk to Columbia Heights Metro, plus shopping restaurants & nightlife on 11th Street.

  • Elegant living room with bay window and tray ceiling
  • Ornate original moldings & stained glass windows
  • Two original fireplaces with tile surround on main level
  • Huge galley kitchen open to dining room and to backyard with stainless steel appliances, granite counters
  • Half bath on main level
  • Stairwell to laundry room & basement storage, potential for apartment with separate entry in front
  • Master suite offers walk in closet and bath with dual sinks, walk in shower with glass door, light filled bay window with bench seating
  • Two additional bedrooms on upper level with good closet space
  • Additional full bath on upper level with wainscoting, light filled window and claw foot tub
  • Finished attic with plush carpet is perfect for an office or extra bedroom with huge storage space
  • Landscaped fenced backyard with patio, perfect for entertaining
  • Walk score of 90! Walk to Columbia Heights Metro (Green & Yellow Lines), plus shopping restaurants & nightlife on 11th Street.

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Ati Williams

(202) 213-1765 (cell)

ati@dchomebuzz.com

Just Listed in Lyon Village! Gorgeous 4 BR Craftsman with Impeccable Details, Open Sunday!

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Address: 1817 North Bryan Street Arlington, VA (Click address for Google Map)

Price: $1,750,000

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3 Full 2 Half

Open Sunday April 19th from 2-4pm

FEATURES AND AMENITIES:

Outstanding Lyon Village/Clarendon 4BR Craftsman home with impeccable detail located a short walk to Courthouse Metro. Open floor plan with gourmet kitchen including Subzero/Wolfe appliances. Generous room sizes, custom crown molding, wood inlay flooring. Attractive stonework and whole house sound wiring. Shop, live, wine and dine in one vibrant neighborhood!

  • Welcoming & spacious front porch great for relaxing outside
  • Beautiful stonework on front walkway, porch and exterior
  • Expansive, open floor plan with gleaming hardwood floors & custom crown molding throughout
  • Formal Living Room with huge light-filled windows
  • Elegant Dining Room with bay window extension, chandelier & chair railing
  • Gourmet eat-in kitchen offers huge pantry, Subzero/Wolfe appliances, granite countertops & tile backsplash, breakfast bar with pendant lighting open to Family Room
  • Family Room with integrated sound system, stone fireplace & French doors to large deck
  • Master suite with chandelier, French doors to private deck, walk-in closet
  • Master Bath offers separate whirlpool tub & walk-in shower with multiple shower heads, ceramic tile, dual vanity with granite counters
  • Three additional bedrooms offer plush carpeting and generous closet space (one with walk-in closet)
  • Lower level features a spacious Rec Room, Powder Room, loads of storage, access to the 2 car garage and rear entrance
  • Great location in sought after Lyon Village, walking distance to Courthouse Metro (Orange & Silver Lines) and all of the shopping and dining in Courthouse, Clarendon & Virginia Square

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Ati Williams

(202) 213-1765 (cell)

ati@dchomebuzz.com

V.I.Bees Soireé Recap

2015 has proven to be a successful year for DC Home Buzz thus far, thanks to our amazing clients and friends! 

In order to celebrate everyone who has made the last year great, we held our first ever V.I.Bees Soireé, an appreciation party for our biggest supporters on the evening of Thursday, March 12th. Our V.I.Bees met at the DC Home Buzz office in Columbia Heights for a champagne toast and were whisked away in a complimentary Uber ride to the top secret location, top restaurant: Rogue 24 in Blagden Alley. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, getting their photos taken on our red carpet, music, conversation and more great food. Check out the video below and click the photo collage for the whole album featured on our Facebook page.

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Confessions of a First Time Homebuyer: Vashti

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Check out what this recent homebuyer, Vashti, had to say about her experience with DC Home Buzz. Congratulations on your new home Vashti!

What was the moment you decided to find a new place?

The second I saw the apartment! I wasn’t looking to buy but I just fell in love with the place.

Why did you choose to live in the neighborhood you chose? 

I’ve been living in DC for almost seven years and have always loved the hustle and bustle of U Street. I travel to NYC for work a lot and being in this neighborhood (sometimes) reminds me of that.

What were some of the complications you encountered during your home search?

No complications! I had my eyes on the prize and DC Home Buzz made it a smooth process.

How did the DC Home Buzz team help you overcome these complications?

My realtor was always by my side; always available to answer questions or walk me through any part of the process I didn’t understand.

Did you purchase a fixer upper? Do you plan to do any renovations?

Not a fixer upper. Just a blank canvas for me to decorate (I’m really enjoying the process).

Anything you wish you knew before you started the process?

I wish I’d learned about this apartment sooner! But the timing was perfect. No complaints.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Meche is the best. *Drops the mic*

image1(Vashti at home in her new reading nook, with her DC Home Buzz blanket in the background.)

New Listing! – Beautiful Brookland 4 BR 2.5 BA Semi-Detached Home

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1226 Randolph St. NE

Beautiful Brookland Semi-Detached Home. Practical & soulful. Stunning chef’s kitchen. Great living space with outdoor balcony. Tons of light everywhere. Good size bedrooms and spa like bathrooms. Garage parking and a driveway with permeable stones. The yard: Fido will be so happy! Two blocks to Yes! Organic Market & all the great dining on 12th St, Five blocks to Brookland Metro & Monroe St Market

  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout
  • Open Gourmet Kitchen with huge island breakfast bar with pendant lighting and stainless steel appliances
  • Recessed lighting throughout main level
  • Bright and sunny Living Room open to balcony
  • Spacious sun-lit Dining Room off kitchen
  • Four spacious bedrooms with good closet space and light-filled windows
  • Master Bedroom offers en suite Bath
  • In-Unit Washer & Dryer on upper level
  • Huge fenced backyard
  • Great location Brookland, just 2 blocks to Yes! Organic Market & all the great dining on 12th St, 5 blocks to Brookland Metro & Monroe St Market

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

New Listing, Open Sunday, 3/29 2-4pm! Completely Renovated 4 BR 4.5 BA Stunner with Roof Deck in Shaw!

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1720 5th Street, NW (Click for Google Map)

Open Sunday, March 29th from 2-4pm

Don’t miss this fabulous, completely-renovated stunner in Shaw with soaring lofted ceilings, exquisite designer baths, multiple walk-in closets, and an expansive roof top deck complete with Capitol & Monument views. Experience perfection just blocks from all of the exciting dining and nightlife options of Shaw & U Street. Two blocks to Shaw Metro. Walkscore=95. Private off street parking. Offered at $1,100,000.

FEATURES & AMENITIES:

  • Beautiful exposed brick wall in living room
  • Bright open layout in living/dining/kitchen
  • Den/ breakfast area off kitchen with French doors to backyard patio for al fresco dining
  • Bright Kitchen with tons of storage & SS appliances
  • Off street secure parking with garage door
  • All 4 bedrooms with ensuite designer baths & huge closets
  • Expansive roof top deck complete with Capitol & Monument views
  • Perfect location just 2 blocks to Shaw Metro (Green/Yellow Lines)
  • Walk score of 95!
  • Just steps to all the dining & nightlife in Shaw & U St

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

What You Should Do in DC This Weekend: Vol. 15

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Check out these events and activities in the Washington, DC area this weekend!

Friday, March 27th:

For Film Buffs: Running through Sunday, March 29th, check out the DC Environmental Film Festival featuring more than 160 documentary, animated, feature, experimental and children films at various DC venues. Most screenings are free to the public.

Saturday, March 28th:

For Outdoor Lovers: From 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. go to the grounds of the National Monument for the Blossom Kite Festival! This event includes demonstrations, kite displays, activity tents, a family field and a public field. Come out for a day of fun!

For Environment Enthusiasts: Make the trip to Montgomery County for a fun day focused on the environment at the Montgomery County GreenFest. Events run all day beginning at 11 a.m., including an electric car show, short films, children’s activities, lunch in the park and more.

For Athletes: Come watch the Marine Corps 17.75K running race! Held just outside the Marine Corps Base Quantico, this is a very unique course.

Sunday, March 29th:

For Investigators: Pay a visit to the new permanent exhibit at the International Spy Museum! This exhibit enters the lives of secret agents and puts you right in the action. This is an ongoing exhibition.

For Music Connoisseurs: Enjoy some live music at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Situated in the heart of Bethesda, this is the perfect spot to unwind on a Sunday.

Have a great weekend!

Confessions of a First Time Homebuyer: Marshall


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Check out what this recent homebuyer, Marshall, had to say about his experience with DC Home Buzz. Thanks for speaking at our first time home buyer workshop and congratulations on your new home!

What was the moment you decided to find a new place?

I always knew that I wanted to buy in DC as soon as I could – and before I was priced out! I grew up in Bethesda, and my family is still here, so I wanted to be in DC. After college and grad school, I worked internationally for a few years where I was able to save up the money for a down payment. Once I moved home, I jumped right into my housing search, ready to buy.

Why did you choose to live in the neighborhood you chose?

I initially wanted to buy in an established neighborhood – Columbia Heights, Dupont, Shaw – where amenities and shopping and restaurants were already open and I could be in “the center of the action.” I toured a place in Eckington early on, and while I could tell the neighborhood would eventually improve and gain those amenities, I remember telling Des, my agent, that “I don’t want to have to wait 3-5 years to like the neighborhood I live in.”

However, once I revisited Eckington with the experience of weeks of showings, I came around. My money went so much further – I got an extra bedroom in a full house, compared to the 2 bedrooms (maximum) I found in the condos I saw closer in. I work on the Red Line, so while Metro proximity was a must, the RI Avenue station was more convenient than, say, Columbia Heights. And finally, the value proposition was unmistakable – with two roommates, my mortgage payment is easy, and I can already see the property values increasing. I love my neighborhood, and while we don’t have the dining or bar scene of Shaw, I’ve met great neighbors and I’m sure the amenities will be here before long!

What were some of the complications you encountered during your home search?

I was under contract for a condo in Truxton Circle for a few weeks, which fell through. We dealt with a difficult seller/agent, who refused to negotiate on price, and who even kept showing the unit to other buyers once my offer was accepted. I pushed forward anyway, because it seemed like a great deal in a great location. When the inspection came back with a few small but essential fixes, we requested they be repaired or I be given a credit. The seller refused, and I made the hard decision to walk away from the contract.

How did the DC Home Buzz team help you to overcome those complications?

Desmond was fantastic. Not only did he deal with my constant stream of stressed, worried emails and texts, but he kept me calm and level-headed during the up-and-down process. He provided excellent perspective on whether the seller’s actions were normal or unusual, and helped me map out various possibilities as I faced the decisions of whether to make a second initial offer, to insist on repairs, and eventually to walk away. His advice and moral support helped me to know I was making the right decision – and watching the condo sit on the market for months, and eventually sell for tens of thousands less than my offer, gave us both the last laugh.

Did you purchase a fixer upper? Do you plan to do any renovations?

I had planned to purchase a fixer-upper. Not only would it have been cheaper, but I didn’t mind (and would even enjoy) a bit of design and renovation work. I also didn’t want to pay for a place designed to meet someone else’s tastes. However, I eventually bought a brand-newly renovated house, fresh from the developer – it matched my tastes perfectly, and was within my budget, so there was no need to do any work at all.

I’m now on the hunt for a 2nd/income property, and am looking at homes that might require a bit of work.

Anything you wish you knew before you started the process?

To be honest, I felt very well informed. Desmond kept me up to speed on new listings, house-hunting strategy, the processes for making an offer, inspection, closing, etc. I learned an immense amount during the search, but at no point did I feel blindsided, lost, or otherwise surprised by something I didn’t know. In retrospect, there’s no one thing that, had I known it initially, would have drastically changed my approach.

As I said, I’m now searching again for a second property – and I’ll put all the lessons learned the first time around to work in this search.

Any tips or tricks for homebuyers looking to buy soon?

Ask questions when something is unclear. I felt at times like I as annoying the hell out of my agent with incessant questions, but no one benefits if you’re unsure of what’s going on, or of the implications of a decision you’re about to make.

Consider the whole value proposition, especially cash flow of the home purchase – the money doesn’t stop at list price and down payment. Rental income from two roommates is a huge factor in my personal budget, and spending more money upfront on a place with a 3rd bedroom made an enormous impact on my day-to-day cash flow. Appreciation, value of improvements, and other aspects can also really change the value proposition in ways you might not expect.

Your first place is not likely to be your dream place. Find something affordable and manageable – you can put in that new kitchen later. Consider a roommate, even if you’ve always wanted the privacy of living alone. Look at transitional, further-out neighborhoods – today’s hot neighborhoods were dangerous and devoid of new investments just a few years ago. We all want to find the perfect house, but keeping realistic expectations  in your search will make sure you end up with a workable situation.

Don’t be afraid to walk away from a suspicious situation. I walked away from that condo in Truxton Circle, after putting down an earnest money deposit and the non-refundable cost of an inspection, because I no longer felt I was being dealt with in good faith. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was tough at the time but I’ve ended up in such a better situation.

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