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THE VELOCITY 1025 1ST ST SE #1209 WASHINGTON, DC 20003

 

THE VELOCITY 1025 1ST ST SE #1209 WASHINGTON, DC 20003

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THE VELOCITY 1025 1ST ST SE #1209 WASHINGTON, DC 20003

OPEN HOUSE OCTOBER 4, 2015 – 14pm

Fabulous 1 bedroom, with separate den (could be used as a bedroom), 2 full bathrooms condo in the Velocity. Fantastic views can be seen from the floor to ceiling windows and balcony. The kitchen has granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, maple cabinets and center island with seating, and separate dining area.The master suite a includes a large bedroom, full bathroom with a vanity with a granite top and a washer and dryer. The den has closets and can also be used as a second bedroom. This building has spectacular amenities such as a root top pool and lounge area, grills and dining areas, a fitness center, underground reserved parking and 24 hour desk attendant.

THE VELOCITY 1025 1ST ST SE #1209 WASHINGTON, DC 20003

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Aging In Place

Aging In Place

When you’re in your 40s and 50s, it may seem too early to worry about what life will be like post-retirement. But if you are shopping for a place to settle down, the home you choose today will impact your options years down the road and be comfortable while aging in place. Here are some factors to consider before buying your next home — particularly if you plan to spend the rest of your life there.

Is the neighborhood walkable?

The best homes for aging in place are centrally located and allow you to either walk or take public transit wherever you need to go.

A walkable neighborhood is safe for pedestrians, with well-maintained and well-lit sidewalks. It is close to retail stores, restaurants and grocery stores. Bonus points if it is near your doctor and pharmacy. As you age, you will love not having to drive everywhere.

Are there local social opportunities?

A strong community makes aging in place fun. You will want your new community to offer plenty of things to do and people to meet.

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Look for parks, libraries, museums and places of worship. Keep an eye out for community centers with interesting classes and volunteer opportunities.

As you get older, these resources will become even more important. You will want access to fun things to do no matter what your age.

Is it the right size?

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You may love the looks of that big house with its sprawling green lawn, but are you prepared to maintain it? The bigger the house, the more upkeep it needs.

If you become unable to take care of the home yourself, are you able to hire a landscape or home maintenance company?

Moving can be the perfect time to downsize so you have less space to manage.

Is it accessible?

You want your new home to be easy to live in both now and during your retirement. That means you will need to check the accessibility of the property you are considering. You will want your new home to have:

  • A single-story layout, with no entry stairs
  • No random steps in the house to trip over
  • Thresholds that are flush with the floor
  • Wide walkways
  • Plenty of lighting
  • Extra floor space for easy maneuverability
  • A walk-in shower with a seat
  • Storage space that is not difficult to reach
  • Counters that are neither too low or too high

If you struggle with the house now, it will only get worse as you age. You can renovate the home, but it’s not worth fighting against a house that is simply too tight and small. Find a home that you’re comfortable in.

Can you modify it for aging in place?

House hunting can make you feel like Goldilocks trying to find a house that is just right. What if you have found a house you love, but it isn’t designed with accessibility in mind?

If that’s the case, some easy renovations can transform your new home into the perfect setting to age in place:

  • Add handrails to both outdoor and indoor stairs to help you keep your balance.
  • Replace round doorknobs with lever handles that are easier to open.
  • Add non-slip surfaces in the bathtub and shower to prevent falls.
  • Install handrails in the bathroom next to the toilet and bathtub for extra support.
  • Choose chairs and sofas with back support and sturdy armrests.
  • Install more lighting for better visibility, both outdoors and indoors.
  • Choose countertops and tables with rounded edges.

Keep your plan in mind

Make life easier for yourself: Choose a home that will support you as you age. That means a place that is comfortable now and that will continue to be comfortable when you are older.

Keep your aging in place plan in mind as you house hunt, and you are sure to find a house that can be your home for years to come.

by ARAR HAN- Zillow

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6641 Wakefield Dr #207 Alexandria, VA 22307

 

6641 Wakefield Dr #207 Alexandria, VA 22307

6641 WAKEFIELD DRIVE #207, ALEXANDRIA, VA 22307

Listing # FX8746769

Completely renovated- gourmet kitchen, ss appliances, granite counter-tops, cherry cabinets, stone back-splash and floor. Bathroom-designer tile, granite top vanity. New heating- A/C convectors, upgrades carpet, crown moldings, custom closet build out, fresh paint. Pool, exercise rm, laundry, roof deck, walk to shopping, public trans.& Potomac River! Small pets allowed! Condo fee incls utilities!

PROPERTY INFORMATION FOR 6641 WAKEFIELD DRIVE #207, ALEXANDRIA, VA 22307

Location Information
County: FAIRFAX Latitude: 38.77217
Longitude: -77.05876 Subdivision: RIVER TOWERS
Interior Features
Additional Rooms: Living Room, Bedroom-Master, Kitchen Room List: Living Room, Bedroom-Master, Kitchen
Interior: Floor Plan-Traditional Dining/Kitchen Description: Dining “L”
Amenities: Bathroom(s) – Ceramic Tile Has Fireplace: No
Number of Fireplaces: 0 Heating: Summer / Winter Changeover, Programmable Thermostat
Heating Fuel: Electric Cooling: Programmable Thermostat
Water Heater: Natural Gas Disabled Features: None
All Units Have: Common Laundry Room, Elevator, Exercise Room, Jogging / Walking Path, Pool – Outdoor, Common Grounds, Tennis – Courts Appliances: Disposal, Dishwasher, Microwave, Oven / Range – Gas, Refrigerator
Has Basement: No
Exterior Features
Style: Traditional Stories: 1
Is New Construction: No Exterior: Brick
Possession: Negotiable Septic or Sewer: Public Sewer
Water: Public Parking Description: Free
Has Garage: No Garage Spaces: 0
Has a Pool: Yes Exposure Faces: Street, Trees
Lot Size in Acres: N/A Zoning: 220
Has Waterfront: No
School
Elementary School: BELLE VIEW High School: WEST POTOMAC
Additional Information
ListDate: 2015-09-17 00:00:00.0 Community Rules: Pets-Allowed
Property Type: CND Property SubType: Hi-Rise 9+ Floors
Is Co-Op?: No Year Built: 1963
Status: Active Condo/Coop/Project Name: RIVER TOWERS
Community Fees Include: Air Conditioning, Electricity, Gas, Sewer, Trash Removal, Snow Removal, Water, Heat Home Owners Association: N
Tax Year: 2015 Condo / Coop Fee: 429.0

 

Agent: Tracy Tkac
Broker: Evers & Co. Real Estate Inc.
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Moving Apps

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Moving Apps

You’ve found your new home — congrats! But before you dream about settling in and cozying up on your couch for a Netflix binge, you have to actually prep for and execute that big move.

While the process of moving can be exhausting, planning your move doesn’t have to be. Check out these apps to help ease your transition into your new home — and get you closer to that movie night.

Home Inventory Photo Remote

Antsy to start planning your move, but feeling overwhelmed about where to begin? Creating an inventory of the items you intend to take with you is easy with Home Inventory Photo Remote. The app allows you to take photos of your items and then group them by category, collection and even location — keeping you so organized that none of your family members can use the excuse, “I don’t remember where anything goes!”

Once you’re unpacked, the information you’ve gathered in the app will serve as an inventory of your possessions should the unexpected happen and you have to file an insurance claim.

My Move

The My Move app lets you read moving company reviews, complete a moving checklist for every step of the process, calculate the weight of the items you plan to take with you, and more. Perfect for calculating potential costs, My Move helps you plan your move on your own terms — and your budget.

Moving Checklist Pro

If you’re just looking for a thorough moving checklist, Moving Checklist Pro comes with a list of 200+ common household moving items, and you can add your own, too. Creating your own custom lists — such as schools to research, services to cancel or items to return — ensures that you’ll never forget a thing. And if you find that this app doesn’t quite meet your needs, Jimbl Software Labs will even refund your purchase.

Bonus: Gogobot

Once your moving itinerary is planned and you’re on the road, Gogobot is a must to download. Referred to as “a Pandora for travel” by TechCrunch and named “one of the best free apps for travel” by Mom Aboard, Gogobot offers you personalized recommendations on where to eat, play and stay wherever you are on your moving journey.

Moving can be a pain, but these apps can make it a bit less of a headache. No need to wait until you have a moving date to try, though. Download a few of our favorite moving help apps today and see which one best meets your moving need.

 

by SARAH PIKE

Tips For Selling Your House

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1) Appeal to mobile buyers

Today nearly all home searches begin on a mobile phone or tablet— not on the Web, and not using the newspaper.

If you want to get the right kind of buyer activity on your home, you need to make sure that you optimize your listing and your photos for mobile devices.

2) Be ready to separate your “home” from your “investment”

Many sellers make the mistake of letting their emotions get the best of them. Selling a home is not like selling a used car — it holds memories and occupies a special place in your heart.

When it comes time to sell, however, it’s important to realize that your home is also an investment. Being able to change your homeowner hat to your investor hat is crucial.

If you are too sentimentally attached to your home, you may reject a good price or fail to negotiate with a serious buyer. Don’t let your emotions sabotage your sale.

3) Don’t list your home until you’re serious about selling

Do you have a place to go if you sell? Have you fully cleaned and de-cluttered your home? Have you taken your agent’s advice on staging and pricing?

Many sellers list their home before they are truly ready to sell, only to shoot themselves in the foot by overpricing it or not presenting it to the market in its best possible light. A stale listing is often overlooked by buyers and real estate agent alike.

4) Make the best impression online

Nothing frustrates an active and aggressive buyer more than getting an email or mobile notification alert for a new property listing only to get to the listing and not see any photos.

Buyer first impressions today are on the Internet. If you list your home without complete information — including photos, description and accurate data — not only will you turn them off, but they may simply not come back later.

5) Be ready to leave- with your pet!

Keep your home neat and clean and odor free and be ready to leave when an agent wants to show it to a prospective buyer, whether it is convenient or not. Listen to your agent’s advice and tips for selling your house. Your goal is to sell your home and move forward.

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FOR SALE Single Family House

$1,395,000 5 Beds, 4 Baths

Over $200K of new upgrades! Enjoy the best of indoor & outdoor living in this extraordinary residence. Sophisticated designs; NanaWall bifold glass doors, Phantom screens, radiant floor heating in the sleek, expansive kitchen & great room, whole house state-of-the art audio system, exceptional large, lot with amazing entertaining spaces all in a tranquil setting. You will be amazed!!

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What Buyers Need To Know

 

Purchasing real estate can be a complex process, and it’s essential for people who want to make a smart wealth-building decision to buy the right property that suits their long-term needs. To prepare yourself for this life-changing event, be sure you take the following steps before starting the process.

Plan to stay a while

Real estate purchases and sales have some of the highest transaction fees of any type of assets, so many people like to target a hold date of seven years or more to prevent losing equity on each transaction.

If you don’t think you’ll stay in the property for a few years, keep looking until you find a property that you can call home, or keep renting until you decide you’re ready for a commitment.

Get your financing in order

Meet with a lender and have them pull your credit report about six to 12 months before you start the purchasing process. This way if there are any derogatory marks on your credit, you can work toward clearing those issues.

Also, have the lender qualify you based on your income and credit so you know the price range you can afford. Check an affordability calculator first so you can go in with a general idea how much you can spend.

The lender can offer valuable advice, such as risky behaviors to avoid until you close escrow on your home. You’ll want to be sure you don’t make any large credit purchases, or transfer savings around between accounts. In addition, it’s essential to keep a consistent full-time work schedule, and make on-time payments for any loans, bills, or rent.

Find an agent

Ask friends and family, and do some online research to find a few real estate agents who know your area well and have good references. Interview at least three and discuss your plans with them.

The agent you choose should have at least five years experience in your local jurisdiction and be a full-time sales professional. It helps if they can show you that they’ve closed five to seven deals each year for several years. Verify that their license is in good standing with the state agency that regulates real estate sales professionals.

Take your time

You should study the local areas and take your time purchasing property. Buying real estate will most likely be the largest purchase of your life. Once you close escrow, there is no changing your mind. It’s all yours, and if you end up not liking the house and you sell within a few years, it could cost you significantly.

Be realistic

There are no “incredible deals” in real estate. There are only deals a buyer thinks is the deal of the century until they figure out (usually a few months after the purchase) why it isn’t the “incredible deal” they thought they bought.

Buying a home can be a great long-term wealth accumulation strategy, but it also can turn out to be a bad decision that will bring many regrets. It is a much more complicated process than most people know, and also significantly more involved than it was just 10 to 20 years ago.

Educate yourself as much as possible and plan the process well so you end up with a home you love and will keep for a long time. Doing the proper research and homework, plus making smart, deliberate decisions, is key to your real estate ownership success.

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Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.

The Home Buying Process

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The Home Buying Process

Basic guidelines for the first time home buyer and the home buying process, simplified.

by Tracy Tkac

Even when you love the house, making an offer to purchase it can be intimidating, it’s a big commitment that will require a chunk of your financial resources. It’s also exciting and wonderful! You will be building equity and getting tax breaks for mortgage payments, but importantly , you will have a place of your own to do with what you wish. When you make  improvements to your home, you will likely make a return on your investment while you enjoy living in your home. Most of all, your home will be the place where you will build memories and entertain friends and family. You will make your house into your lovely home. Below are the basic guidelines and the home buying process simplified.

 Making an offer

Even though it’s early in the buying process, you still must sign a legally binding contract. With your signature, you’re committing to moving ahead with the seller. Keep in mind you can add contingencies to many real estate contracts. For example, most real estate buying offers will be contingent on a property inspection, radon inspection, loan approval, appraisal and sometimes other matters. Such contingencies enable buyers to opt out of the contract if unexpected problems or concerns pop up.

 Disclosures

In most states, sellers are legally required to provide buyers with disclosure documents including any know defects, lead based paint information, real tax bills from the current year and the estimated property tax bill for the next year. In addition, sellers must disclose any known issues that might affect the property’s value or habitability. Usually, in a transfer disclosure statement, sellers must answer a series of “yes” or “no” questions about the property, and provide the neighborhood homeowners association/ or condo information. If there have been leaky windows,  work done without permits or plans for a major nearby development, the seller must disclose them. You will have the opportunity to view the areas master plan and the will be provided with a list of nearby airports. The disclosures will need to be signed by the purchaser and will become part of the offer to purchase and then after all terms are agreed to, they will be part of the contract.

The appraisal

Most buyers put a certain amount of money down toward the purchase price. The balance will come in the form of a bank loan (usually). But a bank isn’t going to hand over that money without due diligence. An appraisal is the financial institution’s way of making sure the contract price is the right price. So the lender sends out a third-party appraiser, which the buyer pays for, to confirm that the contract price is in line with the neighborhood’s comparable sales. If it’s not, the bank can deny the loan or change the terms.If a property does not appraise, the contract price can be renegotiated or contract voided.

Inspections

As part of the real estate contract, you have the right to a property inspection The most common is a “general” property inspection, in which the inspector checks the home from the foundation to the roof and investigates all major systems and components. As the buyer, you should follow along with the inspector to learn more about the property. For example, you’ll want to know about the components (such as the water heater) and have a plan in place for maintenance.

After the general property inspection, the inspector may suggest having a specialist come out. This could be a roofer, electrician, HVAC specialist or even an engineer. Listen to the inspector and have any recommended follow-up inspections. Remember: This is your one chance to approve the property from top to bottom. If issues arise, you may be able to negotiate repair or a buyer credit.  If something major arises and it’s not what you signed up for, you can void the contract via your inspection contingency.

Loan approval or commitment

In addition to making certain the property appraises at no less than the contract price, the bank will want to fully approve your credit, debt and income history. The bank will also want to approve the property’s preliminary title report to make sure there are no liens recorded against the property that might affect its value. The bank can take up to 30 days to complete its review, which should result in a loan commitment or full loan approval. Once that’s completed to the bank’s satisfaction, you’re guaranteed a loan, and you’re one step closer to closing.

Final walk-through

Just before closing, you will do a final walk through in the property to make sure it’s in the condition it was when you last saw it. Make sure the seller didn’t remove any fixtures, make modifications or leave behind garbage or debris. You also want to be sure any fixes you negotiated with the seller have been completed.

The closing

Depending on the market, the last step of the home buying process, the closing or the settlement, may happen at an attorney’s office or at a title company. In some situations, the buyer and seller don’t ever meet. Each goes in to sign their closing papers separately. In others, the buyers and sellers sign the closing documents together. Regardless of how a closing happens, if you’re a buyer and getting a loan, plan on signing dozens of documents at closing. You’ll need to show photo ID, as your signature will be notarized. Prior to the closing, your real estate agent or attorney should send over a closing statement to review. The statement details your final closing costs and the money you need to bring to the closing. The funds can be wired in or paid with a cashier’s check on closing day. Be sure to ask for the statement early, so there aren’t any last-minute surprises.

The home buying process will go more smoothly when guided by an experienced real estate professional.

 

Twelve Easy Tips For Decluttering Your Home

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Twelve easy tips for decluttering your home

Think about what you look for when you are shopping for a new house.

More closet space, bigger rooms, more counter top space in the kitchen just to name a few.

Buyers coming to see your home want to see that and more.

First, it’s important for buyers to see that the home has plenty of storage space.

Second, when buyers tour an organized, decluttered home it gives the impression that the home is well cared for.

Follow these 12 steps before putting your home on the market.

1. Clear off the kitchen counters.

Take everything off the kitchen counters that you don’t use every day. Also, hide away dish soap and sponges (Buyers don’t want to think about washing dishes. They want to dream about entertaining in your gorgeous kitchen.) Add one pretty decorative item to the kitchen counters and you’re done.

2. Take everything off the fridge.

Personal photos, magnets, and sticky notes all should be cleared away. That includes anything that’s being stored on top of the refrigerator.

3. Start boxing up kitchen items.

Buyers often focus on kitchen cabinet space, so you don’t want cabinets to be packed. To avoid this problem, simply look through your kitchen cabinets and take any item you don’t use on a regular basis and box it up.

4. Recycle old electronics.

If you have antiquated computer and printer, cell phones, and the like in your home office, stop by Best Buy, where they’ll recycle these items for free.

5. Donate

If you have excess furniture or household items that you don’t want,  You can usually find someone who needs these items and will pick them up for free.

6. Look for hazardous waste day.

Most towns periodically have a hazardous waste day when you can bring in old paint, pesticides, medications, and other items that aren’t safe to throw in the trash bin.

7. Clear off the bathroom counters.

Your master bath should feel luxurious to buyers, like a hotel suite. Stow away personal care products under the counter or in a little basket in the closet. This way they’re easily accessible to you but are out of the way when buyers are touring your home.

8. Put away personal photos as well as political and religious items.

Think about having your home look “magazine ready”.  Personal items only serve to distract a buyer. We want them to focus on the beautiful details of your home, not on your family photos. We want them to envision themselves living there.

9. Put away off season  clothes.

Box up clothing, shoes, and accessories to create more space in your closets. Rent a storage space if needed.

10. Organize your master bedroom closet.

Arrange clothing based on type and color, it’s an easy way to make the space look roomy and organized.

11. Purchase new bedding.

New bed covers and pillows create a fresh look for the bedrooms and new clean towels for the bathroom help make a great first impression.

12.Clear out garage and basement.

These two rooms are often overlooked. The garage and basement are catch all rooms and take up valuable storage space. Donate, discard or pack up for the move.

 

Tracy Tkac 301-437-8722

Why Buy Now?

 

 

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Why Buy Now?

 

Why buy now? Since the beginning of the year, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate has fallen by more than a half point, from 4.3 percent to 3.8 percent. A half point may not seem like a lot, but it can translate into significant savings on a monthly basis and over the life of a loan.

For example, mortgage rates have dropped off so much this year that a buyer who started shopping at the beginning of the year for a $375,000 house could buy a $400,000 house now for the same monthly payment — an extra $25,000 of spending power.

Despite industry-wide projections that mortgage rates would likely climb to near 5 percent by the end of 2014, they have dropped back to levels the market hasn’t seen since late 2012. The dip gives consumers more buying power.

Buyers who started shopping for a home loan two or three months ago should have their agent or lender run their numbers again before continuing their search.

We are entering the holiday real estate market, meaning generally activity slows down-which can be a great opportunity for buyers. Buyers may not have to compete with other buyers and might be able to negotiate a great deal on a property that has been around for while.

So Why Buy Now? Low interest rates and good timing can make for a very successful and happy real estate transaction!

Call us to help you determine how much home you can afford and lets get started.

by Tracy Tkac