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JUST LISTED and SOLD in 1 day. Rare 1 bedroom w/den/2nd bedroom at The Residences at Liberty Center

JUST LISTED and SOLD in 1  day. Rare 1 bedroom w/den/2nd bedroom at The Residences at Liberty Center

Hi there!

One bedrooms with dens are hard to find in Arlington. Especially in such a premiere building.

We found a buyer in less than 24 hours! We know where to look for them.

Contact me for more information if you would like to buy or sell a similar unit.

Kitchen

Main living area

Please see more pics at the listing to the left of this post!

Cheers,

Ken

JUST LISTED and OPEN This Sunday 1-4pm. Rare 1 bedroom w/den/2nd bedroom at The Residences at Liberty Center

JUST LISTED and OPEN This Sunday 1-4pm. Rare 1 bedroom w/den/2nd bedroom at The Residences at Liberty Center

Hi there!

It is here! The one I told you about.

One bedrooms with dens are hard to find in Arlington. I have buyers looking for them all the time. This den is spacious enough to be a second bedroom – it even has a closet!

The Residences at Liberty Center are right by Metro and the area has tons of amenities – shops, restaurants, coffee bars, grocers, salons, etc.

This stunning oasis is on the 9th floor, has lots of windows and a great Eastern exposure for wonderful sunlight. It has a generous, open floor plan, including a layout that has the master bedroom and den / second bedroom on opposite sides of the unit, so the spaces are nicely private.

The kitchen features beautiful stainless steel appliances and gleaming granite counters. The unit is freshly painted in a soothing Restoration Hardware palette. There are stunning hardwood floors in the main area and new, upgraded carpeting in the master bedroom and den / second bedroom.

And your own parking spot! All this for under $500K!!!!!!!!! Only $487,900 – with a covered, garage parking space.

Contact me for more information and to be one of the first to see it at a private showing, or come to our open house this Sunday. I look forward to showing you this wonderful unit!

Please see two pics below and many at the listing to the left of this post!

Cheers,

Ken

Main living area

Kitchen

Do you know what’s on your home fall seasonal checklist?

Do you know what’s on your home fall seasonal checklist?

Hi!

One of the things that I love about being a Real Estate Consultant is helping people take care of the homes that I have assisted them in purchasing. A healthy home takes care of you, the people who own and live in it, especially when you take care of it first.

Here are my fall seasonal checklist items!

Interior

Replace smoke detector batteries.

Replace Carbon monoxide detector batteries.

Check and clean chimneys and fireplaces.

Have furnace checked by an HVAC company. Adjust dampers on the output vents, if needed, to give more heat to Northern-facing rooms which tend to be colder in the winter.

Lock windows to keep them square.

Exterior

Drain and shut off (before it gets cold outside) hosebibs.

Clean leaves and other debris from gutters and downspouts.

Be sure that all drainage is heading AWAY from your house.

Retouch exterior paint, and caulk seams and cracks.

I hope this helps. For referrals to any contractors or to have a whole home inspection, just contact me. A reminder that I specialize in green real estate, as an EcoBroker, so can provide anything you need in the way of an energy check as well. I would love to help!

Cheers,

Ken

What is a Settlement Agent? How can I find one in Virginia?

What is a Settlement Agent? How can I find one in Virginia?

Hi!

An important component in the sale or purchase of your home is a settlement agent. Who can perform these services in the state of Virginia?

A settlement agent is anyone, other than “a party to the real estate transaction,” who provides closing, escrow or settlement services in the state of Virginia, in connection with a sale, a transaction, involving real estate of not more than four residential units.

Who can legally provide these services in Virginia?

– A title insurance company or agent licensed by the State Corporation Commisison

– A real estate broker licensed by the Virginia Real Estate Board

– A financial institution, or an affiliate or subsidiary of one, authorized to do business in Virginia under Title 6.2 of the Code of Virginia, or under federal law. This includes state and federal savings institutions, state and national banks, credit unions, trust companies, state finance companies and state industrial loan associations.

Where can one find the best settlement companies?

As with referrals to great real estate agents and vendors used in connection with a home sale or purchase, the best source is a referral from someone you know and trust, and who really knows the value of a great settlement company. The best source is your real estate agent who works with settlement companies daily, and so sees the quality of their work.

A very established Realtor who provides a comprehensive service package for you will have the name of one on hand. And better yet, the Realtor, agent, will be affiliated with one – have an ownership interest in a joint venture with one, which best insures you are getting top-notch attention, because the company knows it has to do good business EVERY TIME.  The Realtor has a vested interest in the settlement company’s success and the settlement company has a huge invested interest in the success of the Realtor’s transactions, sales – ie, they have to answer to the Realtor at some level.

I hope this helps. Contact me if you have questions. And you can bet I have an incredible settlement company to refer you to. Only the best to take care of you. Have a great day!

Cheers,

Ken

7 Tips for Moving into a New Home

7 Tips for Moving into a New Home

Hi!

Moving  – AARGH!? Buyers find it equally as hard as buying a house, or harder than, to do the physical moving it takes to actually get into the house. I will share with you here some time-tested tips my buyers have used over my many, many years in real estate.

1. Fill out your change of address form at the post office. Do it sooner than later to ensure your mail is forwarded. You can actually do it online at USPS.com!

2. For electronics, get out your cell phone and take pics of all of your electronic hubs for a record of where each cord needs to go when you plug them in at your new place.

3. Back up all your mobile devices and computers.

4. Use contractor-sized trash bags to pack and protect your hanging clothes items. Leave just the hanger exposed so that they can be grasped for moving.

5. Pack plates vertically like one would pack records – vinyls (If you know how those were – or are – stored.). The plates will actually be less likely to break as it reduces pressure on the center of the plates.

6. Wrap drawer or other organizers, or any drawers you are taking, in plastic wrap. It keeps items in place and to save you time needing to refold or sort or whatnot, if you had not done it. (Using plastic wrap is an old trick I learned long ago in my days of catering.)

7. Call ahead to have a locksmith replace the locks on your new house the day you move in. There is no way of exactly knowing how many people have or have had copies in their hands for whatever reasons – tenants, handymen, next door neighbors, friends, etc. Think safety.

I hope these hints were helpful. For more tips, contact me and I will put you in touch with either my preferred mover or home organizer. Have a great day!

Cheers!

Ken

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