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East Bethesda MD 20814 Homes for Sale 3/28/14

said on March 28th, 2014 filed under: Bethesda

Daffodils in East Bethesda 3/12Update for 3/28/14. One new listing. Two under contract. No price changes. Cati and I have a new listing in the neighborhood coming up next week.  5BR/5FB, listing in the $1.2′s.  Feel free to call for details.

All the homes in this article are currently for sale within East Bethesda. The top of the list features the newest listings, while the bottom showcases those that have been on the market for quite some time. I’ll be updating this post every Friday, so be sure to check back to see what’s new, what’s gone, & what might be coming (and check out the date up top… if it’s not current, neither is this information!). I’ve lived in East Bethesda for over 18 years. I’ve sold real estate in East Bethesda for over 15 years. It’s a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of Bethesda Metro AND NIH/Walter Reed. While all of this information is available to you on the various search engines (and please keep in mind that these are not all of my own listings), I’ve taken the time to inject my opinion on the condition, pricing, and likelihood of each property selling… or not. I hope you’ll give me a call if you have any questions. I have loved living here over the years, and I want to share it with other enthusiastic people!

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8611 Lancaster8611 Lancaster Drive, $939,000
Nice new listing, backing to the golf course. 4BR/3.5BA.  It’s defining feature is the lovely circular porch at the entryway. I think it’s charming. Inside you’ve got an updated kitchen which opens to a nice family room with a bunch of windows. Small yard, but it overlooks the course. Basement is quite narrow. Master bedroom addition with a big walk-in closet. Pricing a little aggressive. FSBO. Days on Market: 0

4513 Fairfield4513 Fairfield Drive, $729,000
Big, open kitchen. Refinished hardwood floors. Older baths. Funky configuration. Buyers: you really gotta love yellow paint. Pricing is enthusiastic. Listed with Luxmanor Real Estate. Days on Market: 21

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East Bethesda MD 20814 Homes for Sale 3/21/14

said on March 21st, 2014 filed under: Bethesda

Almost Spring?Update for 3/21/14. Only one of the active listings is priced under $1-million. I find this pretty astonishing. This week: One under contract. No new listings. No price changes.

All the homes in this article are currently for sale within East Bethesda. The top of the list features the newest listings, while the bottom showcases those that have been on the market for quite some time. I’ll be updating this post every Friday, so be sure to check back to see what’s new, what’s gone, & what might be coming (and check out the date up top… if it’s not current, neither is this information!). I’ve lived in East Bethesda for over 18 years. I’ve sold real estate in East Bethesda for over 15 years. It’s a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of Bethesda Metro AND NIH/Walter Reed. While all of this information is available to you on the various search engines (and please keep in mind that these are not all of my own listings), I’ve taken the time to inject my opinion on the condition, pricing, and likelihood of each property selling… or not. I hope you’ll give me a call if you have any questions. I have loved living here over the years, and I want to share it with other enthusiastic people!

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8611 Terrace Garden8611 Terrace Garden Way, $1,050,000
Four-level townhouse with 2-car garage, 3BR/2FB/2HB. Big deck and walk-out patio. Hardwood floors. And pretty darned close to Metro. Across from soon-to-be Harris Teeter. Listed with Keller Williams. Days on Market: 14

4513 Fairfield4513 Fairfield Drive, $729,000
Big, open kitchen. Refinished hardwood floors. Older baths. Funky configuration. Buyers: you really gotta love yellow paint. Pricing is enthusiastic. Listed with Luxmanor Real Estate. Days on Market: 15

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The Evers & Co. February 2014 Real Estate Report

said on March 19th, 2014 filed under: State of the Market

DC Real EstateThe February 2014 sales numbers were lower than we might have expected at the end of last year, but not surprising in view of the bad weather we’ve had so far this year. Dollar volume of sales was up only 6.6% from the previous year, but prices were up 10.5 % over last February, due to exceptionally low inventory and high demand.

Because bad weather slowed down the market, there will very likely be compression during the rest of the spring, with tremendous activity in the second half of March, April, May, June and probably even July. Buyer demand is strong and the inventory is still relatively low, so pressure on prices will very likely result in an annual price increase closer to 10% in 2014 over 2013, instead of the 5.6% we saw from 2012 to 2013. In short, it will be a “wild ride” for agents and buyers. Sellers need to understand that they still cannot overprice their properties, since the asking price for a property remains the most important single element that buyers consider.

*Statistics are taken from the Metropolitan Regional Information System for three areas: Washington, D.C.; Montgomery Country, Maryland; and Fairfax County, Arlington and Alexandria in Virginia.

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East Bethesda MD 20814 Homes for Sale 3/14/14

said on March 14th, 2014 filed under: Bethesda

Wisconsin AvenueUpdate for 3/14/14. Nothing new to report this week. Hate that. Although one long time listing did drop out and convert to a rental. 

All the homes in this article are currently for sale within East Bethesda. The top of the list features the newest listings, while the bottom showcases those that have been on the market for quite some time. I’ll be updating this post every Friday, so be sure to check back to see what’s new, what’s gone, & what might be coming (and check out the date up top… if it’s not current, neither is this information!). I’ve lived in East Bethesda for over 18 years. I’ve sold real estate in East Bethesda for over 15 years. It’s a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of Bethesda Metro AND NIH/Walter Reed. While all of this information is available to you on the various search engines (and please keep in mind that these are not all of my own listings), I’ve taken the time to inject my opinion on the condition, pricing, and likelihood of each property selling… or not. I hope you’ll give me a call if you have any questions. I have loved living here over the years, and I want to share it with other enthusiastic people!

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8611 Terrace Garden8611 Terrace Garden Way, $1,050,000
Four-level townhouse with 2-car garage, 3BR/2FB/2HB. Big deck and walk-out patio. Hardwood floors. And pretty darned close to Metro. Listed with Keller Williams. Days on Market: 7

4513 Fairfield4513 Fairfield Drive, $729,000
Big, open kitchen. Refinished hardwood floors. Older baths. Funky configuration. Buyers: you really gotta love yellow paint. Pricing is enthusiastic. Listed with Luxmanor Real Estate. Days on Market: 8

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East Bethesda MD 20814 Homes for Sale 3/7/14

said on March 7th, 2014 filed under: Bethesda

Downtown BethesdaUpdate for 3/7/14. Nothing under contract. No new listings. No price reductions. Newsflash 3/8/14: Two new listings!

All the homes in this article are currently for sale within East Bethesda. The top of the list features the newest listings, while the bottom showcases those that have been on the market for quite some time. I’ll be updating this post every Friday, so be sure to check back to see what’s new, what’s gone, & what might be coming (and check out the date up top… if it’s not current, neither is this information!). I’ve lived in East Bethesda for over 18 years. I’ve sold real estate in East Bethesda for over 15 years. It’s a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of Bethesda Metro AND NIH/Walter Reed. While all of this information is available to you on the various search engines (and please keep in mind that these are not all of my own listings), I’ve taken the time to inject my opinion on the condition, pricing, and likelihood of each property selling… or not. I hope you’ll give me a call if you have any questions. I have loved living here over the years, and I want to share it with other enthusiastic people!

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8611 Terrace Garden8611 Terrace Garden Way, $1,050,000
Four-level townhouse with 2-car garage, 3BR/2FB/2HB. Big deck and walk-out patio. Hardwood floors. And pretty darned close to Metro. Listed with Keller Williams. Days on Market: 0

4513 Fairfield4513 Fairfield Drive, $729,000
Big, open kitchen. Refinished hardwood floors. Older baths. Funky configuration. Buyers: you really gotta love yellow paint. Pricing is enthusiastic. Listed with Luxmanor Real Estate. Days on Market: 1

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East Bethesda MD 20814 Homes for Sale 2/28/14

said on February 28th, 2014 filed under: Bethesda

BCC High School in the winterUpdate for 2/28/14. Three under contract! No new listings this week. No price reductions.

All the homes in this article are currently for sale within East Bethesda. The top of the list features the newest listings, while the bottom showcases those that have been on the market for quite some time. I’ll be updating this post every Friday, so be sure to check back to see what’s new, what’s gone, & what might be coming (and check out the date up top… if it’s not current, neither is this information!). I’ve lived in East Bethesda for over 18 years. I’ve sold real estate in East Bethesda for over 15 years. It’s a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of Bethesda Metro AND NIH/Walter Reed. While all of this information is available to you on the various search engines (and please keep in mind that these are not all of my own listings), I’ve taken the time to inject my opinion on the condition, pricing, and likelihood of each property selling… or not. I hope you’ll give me a call if you have any questions. I have loved living here over the years, and I want to share it with other enthusiastic people!

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Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 5.13.21 PM4524 South Chelsea Lane, $839,500
Expanded colonial with 4BR & 4FB. Prized screened porch (at least, in my mind). Nice neutral colors throughout. First floor offers up large family room & updated K. 3BR on 2nd level, 4th on the main. Basement is tiny. Nice block, & close to metro. Listed with Beasley Real Estate. Days on Market: 8

4613 Harling4613 Harling Lane, $1,629,000
Not too big, not too small. Pretty home, built in 2005. Meticulously maintained. Handsomely decorated. Open floor plan. So close to everything! Walk score of 95! There are 5BR/4.5BA’s. Nice first floor office. Gas burning fireplace. Listed with Evers & Company. Days on Market: 11


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Maryland Scenic Byways

said on February 26th, 2014 filed under: History, Just For Fun

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 11.35.39 AMSpring is near (oh please, oh please) and it’s a great time to shake off the winter doldrums and plan some road trips! The state of Marlyand provides plenty of opportunity. Visit the Mason Dixon line.  Check out Booth’s escape route. The Chesapeake Bay offers up all sorts of wonderful areas for exploration. Learn more about the Antietam campaign, or the Harriet Tubman underground railroad.

Click here for an on-line catalog of Maryland Scenic Byways. Enjoy!

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Sell Directly to a Builder? Pros & Cons “2″

said on February 24th, 2014 filed under: Information for Sellers, State of the Market

CarelessPAY NO COMMISSION! Heard that one before?

Sounds attractive, right?  For a $700,000 home most sellers pay a commission around $40,000. It’s a lot of money. Is it worth it? I like to think so. My services extend well beyond merely finding a buyer for your home. Sure, I’ll see to it that you comply with all local regulations, and I’ll monitor the transaction to make certain that nothing falls through the cracks. My most important responsibility, however, is to make sure that your interests are promoted AND protected.  Commission pays for a lot of things, including advertising, marketing, signs, open houses, a healthy internet presence… items necessary to generate the most exposure for your property, which should generate the largest number of offers. When you deal directly with a builder, there’s only one offer out there.

Builders ARE buying properties on the open market (the multiple listing service). Given the competition for buildable lots in the area, they have to! They are also appealing directly to homeowners through flyers or door-to-door campaigns.  It’s a way to cut out the competition (multiple bids… the new norm).

A lot of properties in the area have a pretty clear set price dependent upon a variety of factors, including location, condition, lot size, additions, renovations, etc. Builders tend to focus in on the grading and lot size. Us realtors place more emphasis on condition and updates. Often the two sides don’t share the same price opinion.
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East Bethesda MD 20814 Homes for Sale 2/21/14

said on February 21st, 2014 filed under: Bethesda

Lynbrook ParkUpdate for 2/21/14. Three new listings (wow!). And a couple of them are under $1-million. Nothing under contract this week. One price drop. Judging by my activity level, I’d say the spring market is upon us.  

All the homes in this article are currently for sale within East Bethesda. The top of the list features the newest listings, while the bottom showcases those that have been on the market for quite some time. I’ll be updating this post every Friday, so be sure to check back to see what’s new, what’s gone, & what might be coming (and check out the date up top… if it’s not current, neither is this information!). I’ve lived in East Bethesda for over 18 years. I’ve sold real estate in East Bethesda for over 15 years. It’s a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of Bethesda Metro AND NIH/Walter Reed. While all of this information is available to you on the various search engines (and please keep in mind that these are not all of my own listings), I’ve taken the time to inject my opinion on the condition, pricing, and likelihood of each property selling… or not. I hope you’ll give me a call if you have any questions. I have loved living here over the years, and I want to share it with other enthusiastic people!

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Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 5.12.40 PM4524 Middleton Lane, $949,900
Handsome 4BR/3.5BA brick colonial on one of the more walkable blocks in East Bethesda.  Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than a WalkScore of 97 for a single family home. I have friends on the block- it’s a fun one! Fairly open floor plan. 3rd floor Master suite. Did I mention how convenient the location is? Ditch the second car. Listed with Long & Foster. Days on Market: 1

Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 5.13.21 PM4524 South Chelsea Lane, $839,500
Expanded colonial with 4BR & 4FB. Prized screened porch (at least, in my mind). Nice neutral colors throughout. First floor offers up large family room & updated K. 3BR on 2nd level, 4th on the main. Basement is tiny. Nice block, & close to metro.  Listed with Beasley Real Estate. Days on Market: 1

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East Bethesda MD 20814 Homes for Sale 2/14/14

said on February 14th, 2014 filed under: Bethesda

Willie in the snowUpdate for 2/14/2014. Happy Valentine’s Day! No new listings. Nothing under contract this week. No price drops. And one whopper of a storm.  

All the homes in this article are currently for sale within East Bethesda. The top of the list features the newest listings, while the bottom showcases those that have been on the market for quite some time. I’ll be updating this post every Friday, so be sure to check back to see what’s new, what’s gone, & what might be coming (and check out the date up top… if it’s not current, neither is this information!). I’ve lived in East Bethesda for over 18 years. I’ve sold real estate in East Bethesda for over 15 years. It’s a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of Bethesda Metro AND NIH/Walter Reed. While all of this information is available to you on the various search engines (and please keep in mind that these are not all of my own listings), I’ve taken the time to inject my opinion on the condition, pricing, and likelihood of each property selling… or not. I hope you’ll give me a call if you have any questions. I have loved living here over the years, and I want to share it with other enthusiastic people!

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4413 Maple Av. 4413 Maple Avenue, $1,575,000
5BR/4.5BAs.  Looks really nice.  Not yet finished. Find the pricing a bit high. No new construction home on a lot this size (to be more accurate, on a lot less than 4,800 s.f) has sold for more than $1.4.  This one is 3,755 s.f. Time will tell, eh? Listed with Long & Foster. Days on Market: 7

4516 Windsor Ln. 4516 Windsor Lane, $1,399,000
On the other hand, this house seems very well priced. “Priced to sell” some would say. It also sports 5BR/4.5BAs. Because I fritted away the day getting my oil changed, I have not seen it. Promise to preview it over the weekend. Pictures make it look quite lovely. Listed with Coldwell Banker. Days on Market: 7

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