Whether you're a DC resident or just visiting the area, you'll find an abundance of activities in this historic city. If you're looking for a place to spend a relaxing afternoon with family or friends, our real estate agents can recommend some lovely picnic areas located in scenic parks around the city.
Summer is the perfect time to re-imagine your favorite outdoor spaces, especially if you've just finished shopping for D.C. homes for sale and want to customize your yard to suit your unique style. Whether you're interested in updating décor or creating an entirely new outdoor living space, you have endless options to consider. Our real estate agents are here to provide some inspiration for how to breathe new life into your outdoor spaces this summer.
Few cities can compete with the dining scene of DC, and the wine lists at many restaurants in the city are just as impressive as the entrees that you'll find on the menu. Many local restaurants rely on local farms to provide fresh, seasonal ingredients all year long, with constantly evolving menus that offer something new to try during every season. Pair those seasonal dishes with award-winning wine lists, and you truly have something special. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 of the best places for wine and dinner in DC.
Buying a house starts with smart financial planning, and when you're in the market for a home, it's never too early to start saving. How much should you save, and what costs exactly will that money be going toward? While the exact details depend on the type of home and market, there are plenty of general guidelines you can use to come up with a plan. Our real estate agents have the details on how much you'll need when saving up for a house.
The little things matter when selling your home, both in terms of quickly generating interest and ultimately selling for the best possible price. When you're competing with other D.C. homes for sale, you always want to put your best foot forward. Our real estate agents have some proven tips to help get a better price when selling your home.
There's a special feeling that comes with walking into a locally owned bookstore, browsing the stacks, and picking out something new for your collection. Every April is National Poetry Month, marking the perfect occasion celebrate with a poetry reading or shopping trip at one of the many great, locally-owned DC bookstores found all around the city. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 of the best local bookstores to celebrate Poetry Month this year.
There's nothing like the feeling of walking into your own home for the first time after closing the deal, but there are many steps to take care of between now and the big day. If you're buying a home for the first time, it's important to be prepared before you start shopping for D.C. homes for sale and making offers. Our real estate agents have the key details on what you'll need to buy your first home.
What could be better than a fresh, fluffy waffle, served hot with all of your favorite toppings? That's the motivation behind International Waffle Day, which is celebrated every year on March 25 in many countries worldwide. But with so many great breakfast spots around D.C., you won't have to travel the world to satisfy your craving on International Waffle Day. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 6 of the best D.C. restaurants where you can celebrate International Waffle Day this year.
What's the one thing you don't want when planning a large home improvement project? Too many surprises. Coordinating your own home renovation project is as rewarding as it is challenging, and achieving your desired result starts with having a plan. Our real estate agents have some key tips to help you take charge of your next home improvement project, and get results that you'll enjoy for years to come.
Some of the best restaurants in D.C. create award-winning seasonal menus that take advantage of the different varieties of fresh ingredients which are available at varying points of the year. Ever wish that you could do the same thing at home? Our real estate agents have more information on how to start cooking seasonally, and where you can find fresh, seasonal ingredients in the D.C. area.
Valentine's Day is around the corner, and now is the time to start planning the perfect gift. Why settle for the standard box of chocolates from the grocery store when there are so many boutique chocolate shops near DC homes for sale where you can find a truly distinctive, delicious gift? Our real estate agents have the decadent details on 7 of the best DC chocolate stores where you can find the ideal gift just in time for Valentine's Day this year.
Whether you've just finished shopping for D.C. homes for sale or you've already owned your current home for a while, the beginning of the new year is the perfect time to start planning your next home improvement projects. It's not too late to start dreaming up your own home improvement New Year's resolutions, and our real estate agents have some inspiration to help you think of some great projects for your home this year.
Want to warm up on a cool winter day in DC? Digging into the menu at one of the city's many excellent American comfort food restaurants is the perfect place to start. Enjoy classic American comfort food in upscale, elegant restaurants, with menus that elevate comfort food to an art form. Our real estate agents have the delectable details on six great spots for American cuisine in DC this winter.
If you're like most people, you probably spend a lot of time in your living room visiting with family and entertaining friends. Our real estate agents see the living room as a multi-purpose space for most families, so it's the perfect place for quiet conversations, family gatherings, special parties and events, or just curling up with a good book.
One of the perks of living in D.C. is a variety of special holiday activities during the Christmas season. Our real estate agents watch the entire city light up with Christmas light and fireworks events, festive downtown markets, holiday art exhibits, and magical holiday musicals that bring the Christmas spirit to people of all ages.
Whether you're a D.C. resident, looking for D.C. homes for sale, or visiting family and friends for the holidays, you'll find a variety of fun-filled holiday events to celebrate the season. Take a look at some of the special events you don't want to miss.
The holidays are just around the corner, so it's time to finish your holiday shopping. If you're still searching for those perfect gifts for family and friends, our real estate agents suggest visiting some of the local area markets and fairs where you'll find an assortment of special holiday treasures. Take a look at some of our favorite places.
Spooky season is upon us, and DC is brimming with fun things you and your family can do to celebrate all things pumpkins, bats, and black cats. Whether you're looking for a haunted adventure or you want something a bit more relaxing, our real estate agents have put together a list of some fun and frightful activities you can anticipate this weekend.
Air And Scare At Home
Your living room is an essential space because it's an entryway into your home. As the first room that guests see, your living room should welcome guests with comfort and style. Our real estate agents know just how important first impressions can be to potential buyers. The living room sets the tone for the rest of the house, so it should make a great first impression. When showing D.C. homes for sale, buyers look for comfortable homes with style, character, and exciting features. By making costly design mistakes, you can quickly turn interested buyers away.
Whether you're relaxing in your backyard garden or diving into a sultry new romance novel, there's nothing like a cup of tea to get you in the mood. Since the beginning of the Shang Dynasty in China, tea has been celebrated for centuries for its many health benefits and wonderful aromatic flavors.
If you're in the market for D.C. homes for sale, you're in the right area to experience a variety of wonderful teas. There are numerous tea houses scattered around the city that brew organic, exotic, and herbal-infused teas from around the world. For all of you tea lovers, our real estate agents would love to share some of our favorite places to find the perfect cup of tea.
Fall and winter are around the corner, which makes now the perfect time to make sure that your home is prepared for the change in weather. Many outdoor home improvement tasks are easier to handle while the weather is still warm, and there are quite a few systems in your home that you'll want to make sure are in good working order before the cold weather arrives. Our real estate agents have all the details on how to get a head start on fall and winter prep this year.
Making sure that your electrical is safe should be an important priority for any homeowner, and electrical safety is something to consider when shopping for D.C. homes for sale. There is a significant risk of fire with some electrical issues, and power surges can cause substantial damage to electronics that may not be covered by homeowner's insurance. Our real estate agents have some tips to help keep the electrical systems in your home as safe as possible.
Still looking for some things to do to fill up your summer schedule? Living near DC means there is no shortage of wonderful activities to do all summer long. The best part is, many of them a free! Free cultural events are just one of the perks of living in such a large, diverse community.
Our real estate agents love attending and supporting local community events. If you're looking for some great free activities to round out your summer, below are some of our top recommendations.
Window sills are not just home spaces that collect dust. If you have window sills, you have hidden gems that can increase your home's functionality and design appeal. Although often overlooked, window sills offer a variety of solutions for great home improvement ideas.
At AveryHess, our real estate agents show numerous properties with unique features that attract home buyers. Many Arlington homes for sale are built with large windows and deep window sills that create additional, useable space and endless design opportunities for creative homeowners.
If you're interested in buying or selling a home in Arlington, contact us about available properties and prices in desired communities. We have a variety of properties that may be the perfect fit for your lifestyle.
Craving a sweet treat? Nothing beats the initial smell of freshly baked pastries, which is why our real estate agents love walking into our local bakeries.
Bakeries serve an important role in every community. They bring people together by serving as both a community gathering spot and also supply baked goods that help us celebrate some of the best moments in life. Arlington has no shortage of wonderful bakeries, so it's difficult to pick a favorite. If you're in the area, check out this list of our top choices.
If you have a sweet tooth, The Arlington area has no shortage of delicious bakeries. For more recommendations on local businesses, contact us today.
Want to add a clean, crisp, modern style to your home? Minimalist interior design has been increasing in popularity over the last several years and for good reason. The objective of a minimalist design is to create a simple modern look by eliminating clutter and creating the right balance between the essential objects and remaining space in the room. Minimalist interior design can actually have a calming effect and can even prove beneficial to your mental health.
Our real estate agents are seeing a lot of minimalist designs across many homes on the market, so they're prepared to share some tips on how you can take advantage of this simplistic design strategy in your home:
You know the great thing about vintage? It never goes out of style. Washington, D.C. happens to be an outstanding place to shop for vintage goods. Whether you're looking for vintage clothes to fill out your wardrobe or antique furniture for your new house in D.C., be sure to check out our real estate agents' favorite vintage shops in Washington!
Summer is just around the corner, which means many of us will be spending weekends and evenings in the backyard. Before inviting family and friends over for a BBQ, why not tackle some of those long-awaited outdoor projects so your home, yard, and facade really stand out? Our real estate agents absolutely love creating beautiful outdoor spaces, so if you're looking to revamp your exterior this year, consider getting started with one of these DIY projects:
Spring cleaning is never a favorite thing to do, but it's necessary for a sparkling clean home. When warm weather arrives, it's time to roll up your sleeves and tackle some cleaning chores that you've been putting off throughout the year. With a little effort, you can create a spotless home!
At Avery Hess, our real estate agents know that a clean, well-organized home sells much faster. Messy homes with dust and clutter are a turn-off to buyers looking for D.C. homes for sale, even if they have great potential. So if you're thinking about listing your home, follow these tips to make spring cleaning chores easier, faster, and less stressful.
After a long day of exploring Silver Spring homes for sale, there's nothing quite like kicking back and relaxing with a cold, frosty beer. Whether you prefer a stout, an IPA, or a Belgian sour, you're in luck — "Beer Day" is right around the corner!
That's right, there's an entire day dedicated to celebrating the history and contributions this delicious drink has made to the world. Luckily, there are several great craft breweries nearby where you can celebrate in style. Here are a few we recommend.
There's nothing quite as satisfying as starting off your weekend by going out for a delicious breakfast or brunch. If you've been looking at D.C. homes for sale, you'll be glad to know there's no shortage of great area restaurants serving up breakfast classics and a few signature dishes that belong on your "must try" list.
We asked our real estate agents to name their favorite breakfast spots and were surprised to hear the same names coming up again and again. Here are five that topped our list.
Whether you've been busy exploring Middletown homes for sale or you're happy in your home, sprucing up your bedroom is a great idea! As the room where you start and end every day, your bedroom should have a calm, relaxing vibe. If you're like most people, you love this idea but aren't quite sure how to execute it. While everyone's style is different, the following tips will help you find some inspiration.
Choose a Subtle Color
It's amazing how much of an impact a coat of paint can have. When choosing the color palette for your bedroom, stay away from bold primary colors and instead opt for soft, soothing shades. To create a calm, serene vibe, look for lighter hues of lavender, green, and blue.
Fredericksburg's history is deeply connected with the early days of our country. Founding Father George Washington grew up nearby, President James Madison was involved in local politics, and the city's business and industry helped the post-Civil War economic recovery.
Today, the downtown area is a charming blend of Fredericksburg's past and present. Experience the full flavor of our delightful city with these five activities and shops recommended by our REALTORS®.
Interior design seems to come easy to some, but it's a struggle for most of us. Our real estate agents understand the importance of decor on a space, especially when you're getting ready to sell your home.
But decor isn't just important when you're listing Fairfax homes for sale. It also has an impact on your day-to-day happiness and wellbeing. Decor can make your home feel warm, welcoming, cozy, spacious — really any way you want it to feel. And it all starts with finding your style.
Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, and its appliances can have a lot to say about how the space looks and functions. Older appliances can make everything from storing food to preparing meals more difficult and time-consuming.
Although you may be tempted to put off upgrading your kitchen appliances, it's an investment that can pay big dividends as you live in and enjoy your home. A kitchen appliance upgrade can also make your home compete more favorably with other Fairfax homes for sale or Alexandria homes for sale if you decide to put it on the market, our real estate agents point out.
The following are 5 good reasons to upgrade your kitchen appliances:
The holidays are almost here, and we're definitely feeling the spirit! While we all do some seasonal decorating, a few of our real estate agents truly go above and beyond. This year, we've asked them to share some of their best holiday decorating tips. Here's what they had to say.
There are many things to love about the holidays, and ending a delicious meal with a piece of fresh-baked pie is one of our favorites. While nothing beats grandma's homemade desserts, a few of our local bakeries come pretty close.
We asked our real estate agents where they were planning to get their holiday pies this year, and, not surprisingly, the same names came up time and again. If you're ready to start a tasty new tradition, consider ordering your holiday pies from one of these popular area bakeshops.
Indoor plants are a lovely addition to any home. Not only do they enrich your decor, but they improve the air quality in your home and enhance mood levels while lowering stress levels. Our real estate agents find that properties with indoor plants also appear more welcoming and inviting to potential buyers.
If you're looking for a place near the D.C. area to spend some quality time with a canine pal, then you're in luck! There are many fun dog-friendly places to visit in the surrounding area. Our real estate agents have found some great places to explore with your dog in and around town.
Does the day really begin before your morning cup of joe? We won't argue if you want to call every day National Coffee Day, but there is a special day devoted to everyone's favorite morning pick-me-up. The official National Coffee Day takes place every year on September 29th, and there are plenty of great coffee shops around D.C. where you can celebrate. Our REALTORS® have the delicious details on 5 great coffee shops located near D.C. where you can enjoy a delightful drink.
Buying a house can always be an intimidating process, but buying your first house is truly nerve-wracking. But it's also fun and exciting, and our REALTORS® are here to get you through the hard parts so you can enjoy becoming a homeowner for the first time. Here's how you can get ready to buy your first home.
Our team has years of experience connecting first-time homebuyers with D.C. homes for sale, and we're committed to helping you through the entire process. Contact us today to learn more about finding your dream home in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas.
A home with a spare bedroom can present nearly endless opportunities if you'd like to convert it to a different use. By using your imagination and making a few adjustments, you'll end up with a room that suits you and your family's needs and increases your enjoyment of your home.
Our real estate agents suggest the following 7 ways to utilize a spare bedroom:
D.C. is packed from end to end with amazing food trucks ready to serve up delicious bites! From American comfort foods to classic pub fare, our real estate agents encourage you to catch your next meal at one of these D.C. food trucks.
According to a study by the National Association of Realtors, 25% of buyer's agents said home staging generated a one to five percent increase in dollar value offered compared to similar, unstaged homes on the market. As the housing industry continues to adapt to an ever-growing digital marketplace, home staging is not just important for showings, it's necessary for your listing to garner online attention as well.
Are you up for a game of pickleball? Our real estate agents sure are! Pickleball is sweeping the nation, becoming the new favorite sport for men and women of all ages. This game is a combination of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Two or four players play on opposite sides of a net and use solid paddles to hit a pickleball back and forth. Despite being quite a fun and competitive game, it's becoming just as popular in schools as it is in senior centers. If you're hoping to play a few rounds of pickleball this summer, head over to these local pickleball courts.
If your moving plans involve relocating to a new state, it's important to give your move the time and resources it needs to make the process a smooth experience. Follow these tips to make sure your move is as stress-free as possible.
Technology has made it possible to stay in touch, even when you can't physically be with your friends and family members. Of course, phone calls, Messenger and Whatsapp usually do the job, but extraordinary times call for extraordinary apps.
Our real estate agents have found the following to be helpful apps for creating digital hangouts while social distancing.
Just because you're feeling all cooped up doesn't mean you can't stay busy. Our REALTORS® have discovered that working from home provides ample time to tackle some much needed DIY projects around the house!
These simple (and inexpensive) home improvement projects will have your house looking better than ever.
As the National Association of Realtors® says, more than 90 percent of home buyers look for homes online. And for most of those shoppers, it's eye-popping photos that reel them in. Further, many potential home buyers these days use virtual tours to help them narrow down their choices.
There's no doubt that a well-planned open house is a vital tool for getting your home sold, and how you prepare makes a huge difference in how buyers perceive the property. With the right prep and the help of your real estate agent, you can make sure your home shines on the big day. Our real estate agents have you covered, starting with our open house checklist.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ~ Dr. Seuss
Monday, March 2nd, is National Read Across America Day, and our real estate agents are taking Dr. Seuss's words to heart by cracking open an exciting new book. Created by the National Education Association, National Read Across America Day encourages people of all ages to pick up a new title or an old favorite and dive into a great story. If you're looking for a cozy place to page through the latest best-sellers, head to one of these great local bookstores around Washington DC.
Our real estate agents are always excited for Presidents Day, and for a good reason. We live in a region with a lot of great presidential history, and past presidents have visited some of our favorite local haunts over the years. Get a presidential experience the history books can't offer and check out these local Alexandria places past presidents have visited.
One of the top benefits for service members, certain military spouses, and honorably discharged veterans is the VA home loan program. A VA home loan makes it possible for eligible individuals to buy a home with no downpayment; the terms of VA loans are favorable and help keep homeownership affordable for service members and veterans.
However, some changes are coming to the VA loan program in 2020, thanks to the passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. Before you start browsing Alexandria homes for sale, take a few moments to understand the changes coming to the VA loan program and how they'll impact your ability to buy a home.
The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act expands the availability of disability benefits to include more Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. While this part of the bill doesn't seem like it would impact homeowners, it's the driving force behind one of the most important changes to the VA loan program: the removal of VA loan limits.
As of December 2019, VA loans are capped at $484,350 in most areas. After January 1, 2020, this limit will be eliminated. This will make it easier for veterans and service members to purchase more expensive homes or purchase property in cities with a high cost of living. It's still possible for your lender to deny a large home loan, and you'll need to satisfy the lender's criteria, but loan denial for larger mortgages won't be due to VA loan limits. Our real estate agents can help you find a home that works for your family and adheres to your homebuying budget.
Allowing veterans and service members to take out larger mortgages makes it possible for the VA to raise more money from fees related to VA home loans to pay for the expansion in disability benefits.
Currently, veterans and service members must pay a one-time funding fee for their mortgage that's equal to 2.15 percent of the loan amount for first-time loan users and 3.3 percent for individuals taking out a subsequent VA loan. These funding fees will be increasing in 2020. The funding fee for first-time VA loan users is increasing to 2.3 percent, and the funding fee for taking out subsequent VA loans will be 3.6 percent.
The VA loan program also permits borrowers to roll the cost of this fee into their mortgage.
Take a moment to understand how these increases will impact your loan fees. Assume you're a first-time borrower taking out a VA loan for $300,000. When paying a 2.15 percent loan fee, this results in a funding fee of $6,450. Once the fee increases to 2.3 percent, your funding fee will increase to $6,900.
If you're on your subsequent VA loan, the funding fee currently results in a fee of $9,900. After the fee increases to 3.6 percent, your fee will be $10,800. As you can see, the increase in fee percentages raises the funding fees by less than $1,000 in both of these scenarios.
Ready to take advantage of the removal of VA loan limits? Contact us today to start searching for your new home.
There is no better way to ward away the winter chill than with a piping hot cup of hot cocoa. When you want a sweet treat that is guaranteed to warm you up, our real estate agents recommend these five fantastic D.C. establishments. These are the perfect places to rest and relax from the hustle and bustle of the beltway.
Our agents know that when you're chewing over your home buying options around DC, a bite to eat won't go amiss. Sometimes, it's tough to find low-carb options that offer you a true gourmet experience – but the DC area has what you're hungry for.
Low-carb dining is popular for losing weight and maintaining health. In the last few years, it's started to go mainstream. Here's the secret: Innovative restaurateurs around Washington DC have been cooking up some of the country's top low-carb meals for more than a decade.
Let's look at some of the DC area's best low-carb dining:
The holiday season seems to fly by every year, and if you're like our REALTORS®, you often find yourself scrambling for last-minute gifts. Thankfully, the Washington, D.C. area is full of fabulous shops that will help you cross off those final few presents. Here are a few of our favorite Georgetown shopping destinations for your last-minute holiday shopping trips.
'Tis the season for festive fun around Washington DC! Our REALTORS® are excited for all of the merry events taking place in the greater DC area, and we know you'll be too! If you love dazzling performances, fantastic music, unique craft fairs and discussing classic Christmas novels with other literature lovers, then be sure to plan for these winter events!