Top (4) Major Areas To Evaluate During An Open House In Alexandria

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During an open house in Alexandria buyers may not be afforded a lot of time to critically evaluate all the areas in the potential home. There are some major areas in an open home that will need to be evaluated with full scrutiny before a potential buyer can decide on making a purchase. The top (4) major areas that need to be fully evaluated are:

  1. Front Door – this is after all the major doorway to your home. Buyers will need to evaluate the front door to decide if it makes a good impression or if it will need repairing before they move in.
  2. Roof – this is a major area as without a roof there is no home. Buyers need to ensure the roof is not streaking or they is discoloration. They will need to ensure the roof has no cracks or a potential for any leaking.
  3. Chimney – not all homes in Alexandria has a chimney but if the potential home a buyer is seeking has a chimney, the buyer will need to check that the mortar is in place and the cap has not started to disintegrate.
  4. Basement – this should be the first place visited in an open house to determine if the area has any form of musty smell or any forms of mechanical appliances which will need evaluation.

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Typical Homeowner In Alexandria Increase Home Equity By $10k

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Homeowners in Alexandria have increased their home values along with their equity by $10k in the past year. Home prices in Metro had an increase of nearly 4% in the first quarter with existing single family home price at $254,800. In Alexandria the price in single family homes rose by 86% with metro areas seeing double digit increases. Due to higher home prices affordability decreased last year however family median incomes rose in the first quarter. A homeowner making a 5% down payment would need an income of $60,143 to purchase single family home while a homeowner making a 10% down payment will need an income of $56,978 and a homeowner making 20% down payment will need $50,647.

In Alexandria existing home sales rose 4.3% in the first quarter which was a decrease of 4% from the previous year. Existing single family home prices had an increase of 2.5% at $225,700. Continue reading

The Art Of The Small Garden In Old Town Alexandria

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Old Town Alexandria in bloom

Having a big outdoor space does not always mean that it is better. Small gardens in Old Town Alexandria are jewel boxes that delight the senses at minimal maintenance and cost compared to their larger counterpart.

Many years ago, residential backyards in Old Town Alexandria that are most appealing are the ones that feature sprawling plots with multiple rooms. These usually have separate areas for cooking and dining, a garden for flowers and vegetables, and a pool or playground for recreational place. Recently, residential owners in Old Town Alexandria have been looking for ways to cut down housing costs and maintenance. These homeowners are paring down on the time and funds going toward landscape upkeep.

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What You Should Know Before Living At Harborside Condominium

high-rise townhouse
Harborside is in Alexandria

Harborside Condominium is a waterfront townhouse-style condominium located at 52 Wolfe St in Old Town Alexandria. The condominium was constructed in 1993 with 63 Georgian Architectural style townhouse condominiums. The residential building is located near many areas of dining, shopping and commuter routes. Residents can walk to King Street in Old Town where they can enjoy the many dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

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Updated Listing At 4901 Franconia Rd Alexandria VA 22310 ~ $554,000


4901 Franconia Rd, Alexandria 22310

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Minutes to DC, Shopping Malls,3 Metro Station, Springfield, Huntington, Van Dorn, renovated, House is beautiful 3 level , Main level one bedroom and full bath, 3 steps up 2 bedrooms, master bedroom with full bath, … [Read more]

$554,000 ~ 4 BR ~ 3 BA ~ 0 HB ~ 1,745 SQFT ~ 4901 Franconia Rd Alexandria 22310 VA

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4901 Franconia Rd, Alexandria 22310

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Minutes to DC, Shopping Malls,3 Metro Station, Springfield, Huntington, Van Dorn, renovated, House is beautiful 3 level , Main level one bedroom and full bath, 3 steps up 2 bedrooms, master bedroom with full bath, … [Read more]

Price: $554,000 : 4901 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310
|| Beds: 4 || Baths: 3 || Half-Baths: 0 || Living Area: 1,745 || Days On Market: 217 ||
|| Franconia || Buyer’s Rebate From Nesbitt Realty: $2,934 || MLS: 1009797662


Why You Should Live At Pavilion On The Park Condominiums

5340 HOLMES RUN PKWY, Unit 400, Alexandria VA, 22304

Pavilion on the Park was built in 1967 and it is located at 5340 Holmes Run Pkwy in Alexandria. The The high rise condominium consist of 16 floors with one (1), two (2) and three (3) bedroom units. The residential building is closely located within walking distance of other  residential areas, Landmark Mall, grocery stores, restaurants, entertainment facilities,  public service bus stops and the Metro. Continue reading

Facts About Greenhouse Condominiums


Greenhouse Condominiums built in 1975 is a high rise condominium located at 5300 Holmes Run Parkway. The 13 floor condominium consists of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and ac units. Most condominiums have balconies which overlook Alexandria while some condominiums have an enclosed terrace.  Grocery Stores, Medical Facilities,Pharmacies and other business can be accessed via foot from Greenhouse. Greenhouse is located within close proximity to four farmers markets. It is also located just 10.5 miles from the capital Washington D.C.

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Why You Should Consider Ford’s Landing In Old Town Alexandria

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Ford’s Landing is located at Ford’s Landing Way east of S Union Street on the banks of the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria. Ford’s Landing is an established luxury sunny waterfront townhome community which was constructed in 1998 after the demolition of an old Fort Plant.

The community now boasts a 4-story 136 unit townhome development with 3 bedroom townhomes. The homes also offers a scenic view of the Potomac River and the DC Skyline. Many homes in the community feature back patios or small yards.Continue reading

Is Owning A Home Easier Than Renting In Alexandria?

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Owning a home is a major achievement and a great investment for many individuals living in Alexandria. The City of Alexandria features many residential areas where individuals own their own home while other are currently paying rent. A recent survey conducted by Lendingtree shows that individuals believe owning a home isn’t difficult as renting. More than 2,000 homeowners were surveyed and 15% believe that renting is easier compared to 67% who believe owning is easier. Continue reading