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Have a very Merry Christmas!

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November Recap of Home Sales in Arlington County

November Recap of Home Sales in Arlington County

Hi!   Some good news for Arlington – after a sluggish start to the fall home selling season.

The median home price in Arlington is up from a year ago for the same month:  $498,500 to $590,000. That’s an 18.4% increase. Year-to-date, median price is up 1% From $525,000 to $530,000. That’s not a stellar, tho welcomed decent increase, considering what has been a lackluster showing overall this year, including fairly low inventory and what seem to be fewer buyers in the market. There is no tracking system for buyers. I rely on my working knowledge of being at work and networking in Arlington’s market full-time, and meeting and talking to buyers at open houses every weekend.

Closed sales were 182 units which was up 4.6% for the same month in 2013. New Listings were 190 units – down 11.6% from same month last year. New pending sales are 216 and down from ly 2.3%. Stats provided by RBI.

What does all of this mean? While we had a respectable increase in sales for the month over last year, not many homes were placed on the market the same period, so it is going to be more difficult for those buyers still in the market to have a decent choice of homes to buy. Meanwhile, the lower than last year for the same month pending sales means that fewer homes are under contract to close, so sales in December, at year end, may be softer than last year.

All-in-all, it’s a good time to be a seller, and and a good time to be a buyer. There are fewer homes asking for attention, so there is less competition from sellers, so it is a good time to list your home. And some buyers are distracted, as usual, by the holiday season and the colder weather, so there is less competition from buyers. It is a good time to find your home and to pay less for it.

Please let me know what questions you have!

Cheers,

Ken

Where to find Christmas in Arlington? The 12 days of Christmas in Arlington, Va.

Where to find Christmas in Arlington?

The 12 days of Christmas in Arlington, Va.

Hi! It’s that time of year when Arlington is clad is a splendor of red and its complimentary holiday colors: white, silver, and green. It’s the Christmas season! Where to go to see some incredible decorations? If you are not in the holiday mode or mood yet, you should be after seeing these wonderful decorations:

1. Your own home?

3. Ballston Mall Christmas Tree. In the lobby of the mall.

4. 1610 N. Abingdon St., One block north of N. 16th St. Private home on the left. Traditional, complete with a train. WOW!

5. 1713 N. Quebec St. – one block west of N. Quincy St. – A perennial favorite of mine. Quirky beyond quirky. On East Side of Street. Private home.

6. Private home at 5612 24th St N.  The owner takes donations to The Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

7. Wreaths on tombstones at Arlington Cemetery

8. Santa at Ballston Mall

9. Clarendon Commons

10. Whitlow’s on Wilson

11. House on the corner of N. Harrison and Patrick Henry. You’ll know which one.

12. Please tell us number 12! Leave a comment!!

Cheers,

Ken

It’s Friday! What do you have planned? A reminder about our Weekly Local Weekend Calendar!

It’s Friday! What do you have planned? A reminder about our Weekly Local Weekend Calendar!

Hi!

I hope you are looking forward to a super weekend. So much to do in the Fall in the DC area. I plan to be out in the VA countryside, as weekends often find me these days. How about you?

A reminder that we send our Local Weekend Calendar of Events out every Wednesday via email. If you are not receiving it and would like to, please leave a comment here. We will add you to the list right away.

Here is this week’s, for a sample: CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Additionally, if you would like to receive, complimentary, our 5-times a year magazine: American Lifestyle, please let me know, and we will add you to that list. It’s an incredible collection of many things that we enjoy in our wonderful country – towns, food, artisans – and, of course, homes! Request a one-time sample, if you like.

HAVE A SUPER WEEKEND!

Cheers,

Ken

Wonderful listing in Shirlington, Arlington! Open House, Sunday, 11/23, 1-4pm – Price Reduced

Wonderful listing in Shirlington, Arlington! Open House, Sunday, 11/23, 1-4pm – Price Reduced

Hi!

We have a wonderful 2 bedroom / 2 bath unit in the heart of Shirlington for sale – and the seller just reduced the price by $20K to just $315K.

Exterior

In Courtbridge of Arlington, this condo is cozily tucked under towering pines. Sit on your own private patio off the living room in your Adirondack chair and enjoy the beautiful area.

Freshly painted throughout, this home is inviting, spacious and warm. It has a wonderful and rare floor plan with a huge two level master bedroom featuring an ensuite bath and a sitting area. The home’s sunken living room has a great fireplace and French doors that lead to your own private patio.

Living Room with Fireplace

See more pics at listings scrolling to the left of this post. Come see this stunner at our Open House this Sunday, November 23, 1-4pm.  Or contact us for your a showing at another time this week. We look forward to seeing you at the open house or even before.

Cheers,

Ken

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