5 Curb Appeal Tips for Fall

Posted On September 30th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments

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Fall is here, and as the trees begin shedding their leaves your home becomes more exposed, making its exterior appearance extra important. Whether or not you are thinking of buying or selling a home, these simple tips are sure to make your home look its best this fall season.

Spruce Up Your Lawn - Are you seeing brown spots? Dig up the area, breaking up the clumps, and mix in compost to improve soil quality. Apply moist sod, grass seed and fertilizer, or another lawn patch product of your choice, and then use a fine spray from a hose to keep soil moist but not drenched, watering day and night until spots are repaired.

Remulch! - Your garden also needs some maintenance. Remove those dying summer annuals and add a fresh layer of mulch. This not only helps freshen the look of your beds, but will feed and protect the soil for any perennial plants you have trying to make it through the winter.

Pot Your Fall Flowers - Once your lawn is looking its best, spice it up with bright punches of color. As your summer landscape starts to fade, grab some beautiful flower pots and place them strategically throughout your front garden and patio steps filled with vibrant mums, pansies, sedum, asters, ornamental cabbage and flowering kale.

Highlight Your Front Door - Making your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior is a good tactic no matter what the time of year. During the fall, a fresh coat of paint and a simple wreath of fall foliage and flowers can add an impressive touch. Painting your door a vivid red can also really make your entrance stand out in the fall foliage.

Add Outdoor Lighting - As the days get shorter, it becomes increasingly important to provide potential homebuyers and guests with a safe path to your front door. Use decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas and cast a warm glow on your home.

 

 

 

Is it Time to Fall into a New Home

Posted On September 23rd, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments

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Statistically, the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area experiences an increase in home sales during the fall. There are several reasons why it may be just the right time to buy or sell a home.

Not as busy as spring market. While home demand is not as high as during the springtime, fall buyers and sellers tend to be more motivated. Buyers enjoy less competition from other buyers in the slower season. Sellers that didn’t sell during the peak market may entertain new offers. With fewer clients, both buyers and sellers can appreciate more attention from REALTORS® and mortgage professionals during the course of their real estate transaction.

Cooler weather is good for moving. Moving is a huge chore as is. With the heat and humidity of summer gone, making the actual move can be physically more comfortable.

You don’t have school-age kids. Late August and September kids are going back to school, and parents usually like being settled into a routine. If you do not have school aged children, moving in September and October may be a great option for your schedule.

New home for the holidays. Perhaps you want extra space to entertain friends and family. Settling into a new home for the fall and the winter holidays allows you to start new traditions and create lasting memories.

 

Where We Live: Rock Spring in Arlington, Va., is unapologetically residential

Posted On September 22nd, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments

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By Audrey Hoffer


Since school started, the children line up at 8:15 a.m. at the corner of Williamsburg Boulevard and North Edison Street in North Arlington’s Rock Spring neighborhood. Not at the bus stop. They wait impatiently, hopping from one foot to the other, for a turn on the blue swing hanging from the huge tree next to the bus stop.

“Can you imagine a better tree?” asked Mark Luncher, a neighbor from around the corner, one of two Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee representatives and vice president of the Rock Spring Civic Association. “The schools are great, and they were one of our motivations to buy here.”

He lives with his wife, Julie, and three children, Kait, 17, Adam, 14, and Bryce, 9, in a 1952 red-brick rambler they bought from the original builder and owner in 2006.

Driving is required: Rock Spring is only a few miles from the frenzy of downtown Washington, yet it’s a serene single-family residential community with some houses backing up to woods and others on tree-lined streets.

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“There are no apartment houses, no businesses. It’s like a desert island with nothing but homes,” said Carl Cunningham, president of the civic association and a 35-year resident with his wife, Lucy. “Some areas look almost rural. Our access to everything is so easy, even though it depends on the automobile.”

“The fact that we have to go somewhere to get to a store, we like that,” said Lynn Pollock, the other NCAC representative and a resident since 1999 with her husband, Bob, and three sons, ages 17, 20 and 22.

“A lot of people moved here so they could live in a suburban setting, let their kids walk to school and not worry when they’re out playing,” she said.

 

Calming traffic: Houses stretch along tranquil streets that are curvy, flat and hilly. Many are modest older red-brick ramblers, Colonials and mid-century structures, but renovations and additions are common, including second stories built on rooftops, as are “tear-down” homes — new construction where an outdated, typically much smaller house once stood.

Some houses have front porches and garages, and others don’t. Some remakes meld seamlessly with adjoining properties. Others have decorative features such as columns that seem incongruent with the prevailing style.

Arlington County “only regulates lot coverage — how much of a footprint the house and driveway occupy — it doesn’t regulate taste, so you can put up whatever you want,” said Luncher. “Developers tend to max that out,” which is why new builds are typically larger than older homes, he said.

“I’m hoping that as the county continues its urbanization, which has been good so far with the Metro corridor, it’ll try to preserve the basic character of the neighborhood,” said Cunningham. “That’s what the people love.”

On the bus corner, Luncher pointed out improvement projects shepherded by the civic association. Williamsburg Boulevard is a major thoroughfare especially during weekday rush hours. “It’s as busy as Connecticut or Nebraska avenues in Northwest. We’re trying to manage that traffic and create safer pedestrian crossings,” he said.

“We’ve reduced the number of lanes from four to two, added bike lanes, are working on safety crossings with medians,” he said, pointing to orange cones down the street where construction is in progress, “and we’re creating storm-water retention basins” to retard water runoff.

Living there: The neighborhood is bordered roughly by the Fairfax County line to the northwest; Albemarle and North Glebe roads to the northeast and east; and Rock Spring Road, Little Falls Road and North Kensington Street to the south and west.
According to Betsy Twigg, a realty agent with McEnearney Associates in Arlington, the housing is primarily single-family, owner-occupied plus a few rentals.

Eight properties are on the market, at prices ranging from $749,900 for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom rambler to $1.895 million for a five-bedroom, 41 / 2-bath Craftsman.

Four properties are under contract, ranging from $875,000 for a four-bedroom, two-bath Colonial to $1.699 million for a five-bedroom, 51 / 2-bath Craftsman.

Over the past year, 21 properties sold, ranging from $625,000 for a four-bedroom, two-bath tear-down to $1.850 million for a five-bedroom, 51 / 2-bath Craftsman.

Shopping: Lee Harrison Shopping Center, with Harris Teeter, Cardinal Bank, Chesapeake Bagel Bakery, Starbucks, H&R Block, Wild Birds Unlimited, Baskin-Robbins and other shops, is three-quarters of a mile away. Development in Clarendon, Rosslyn and Ballston has pushed a lot of small retail to Lee Highway, just a mile away, said Luncher. A FreshFarm Market at the intersection of North Courthouse Road and North 14th Street is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon and across from the Ballston Metro station on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

Transit: Rock Spring sits between two Metro stations on the Orange and Silver lines, East Falls Church and Ballston. Arlington Transit operates two ART bus routes and Metrobus operates one through the community. Both connect to the two Metro stations.

Downtown Washington is a short drive from the neighborhood. The National Zoo is seven miles away.

Schools: Jamestown and Notthingham elementary schools, Williamsburg Middle, and Yorktown High. A new elementary school is under construction on the Williamsburg Middle School campus and is expected to open for the 2015-2016 school year.

Crime: According to the Arlington County Police Department, the neighborhood had one robbery, five aggravated assaults and 23 burglaries between August 2013 and August 2014.

 

Sale of Jefferson Park Home Commands Record Price

Posted On September 12th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments

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By Catherine Probst


The Goodhart Group of McEnearney Associates has announced the sale of 208 Virginia Avenue, an estate home in Alexandria‘s Jefferson Park neighborhood that has set a record in real estate circles.

The estate was the first home built in the neighborhood, in 1920. It sold for $2,662,500, commanding what the Goodhart Group calls the highest sales price outside of Old Town since the summer of 2011.

Known as Journey’s End, the 2-acre estate was the home of Judy and Charles R. “Charlie” Black, Jr. Charles Black is chairman of Prime Policy Group and is known in political circles for his work advising Republican presidents and helping run presidential and congressional campaigns. Judy Black is a policy director at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

There was some creative thinking behind the sale, worthy of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing.” Goodhart explains how it happened:

“When we listed the house initially, it was with three lots and listed for $3.9 million May 6, 2013. The house sits on lot 10 and the other two lots, 9 and 11, flank the house on either side.

Since we had interest but no contracts on the combined property at $3.9 million, in November 2013 we decided to break the lots out and listed the lots separately from the house. The house was listed at $2.5 million and the lots at 700k each. We had immediate activity on both lots with several contracts.

In the meantime, a couple who had been watching the property and was alarmed that it would be divided up decided to write an offer for the entire property but make it contingent on the sale of their Old Town home. The owners preferred selling the entire property and since it was heading into winter we decided to accept the contingent offer.

As spring arrived however, the Old Town home did not sell and the owners and I decided to let that contract go and market the property again as a whole package or three separate parcels. Lot 9 would require a boundary adjustment to make it developable. Again we received offers on the lot.

In the meantime, I was meeting with one of my past clients who was looking for a special property and I asked him if he had ever considered Virginia Avenue. He had but the price tag, at $3.9 million, was beyond what he was looking to spend.

I told him that we had a firm contract for Lot 11 and therefore the remaining two parcels would be available. After some work and some very creative financing we were able to sell the two lots to him at $2,662,500, settled recently, and lot 11 to a developer for $787,500 which settled in June. So the entire deal for the three lots was $3,450,000.”

 

Your First Home: What Every New Homeowner Needs in Their Brand New Kitchen

Posted On September 12th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments
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Are you a first-time homeowner with a sleek, contemporary kitchen like this one at Lookout North Residences by Hudson Harbor in Tarrytown, N.Y.? Then you’ll need a few essentials to stock up on.


By Patricia L. Garcia,  NewHomeSource


If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you likely have a few items that you’re carrying over from your rental or parent’s house. But, as time goes on, you’ll realize that you might be missing a few practical items.

So, to help those who are experiencing their first home, we’ve come up with a series of articles to help you stock up on handy items you may not have even considered before moving in. Since you’ve purchased a newly built home, you’ll save time by not having to do any repair work or deal with old plumbing. In the first of our “Your First Home” posts, we’ll cover the basics of kitchen necessities — can opener, anyone?

1. Be Practical

As Wendy Santantonio, a Realtor with McEnearney Associates in Alexandria, Va., says, “Forget the customized gadgets and small appliances.” If you go for trendy items that aren’t practical – like, say, that fondue set that you’ll probably use once or twice a year – they’ll likely go unused and take up valuable storage space.

Instead, you’ll find more value from items that are practical and that serve many purposes. “Focus your budget and your space on items that can serve multiple functions and lay a good foundation for your culinary and entertaining needs,” Santantonio says. “Consider investing in durable pots and pans and a good set of knives. Choose basic white dishes that can be dressed up or down, as well as lidded glass bowls that can meet your prep, serving and storage needs.”

2. Go For Quality

You may be tempted to purchase inexpensive cooking items, like those that come in sets, to hold you over until the pricier house gifts start rolling in. However, while these sets may be inexpensive, they might not be of the highest quality. Now that you have a new home, it’s time to stop skimping.

“Having been a chef for a long time, I’ve always believed that a few quality items beats a collection of cheap gizmos,” says Tannar Agar, founder and CEO of The Chef Shelf based out of Fort Worth, Texas. “Quality knives and pans make cooking safer, easier and more fun. If I could only spend $500 on my kitchen, those (items) would be the first purchase.”

3. Knives

As mentioned above, quality knives are critical for any kitchen.

“The knife is the most important – and also most dangerous – tool in the kitchen,” says Rachel Sherwood, a Minneapolis, Minn.-based food stylist, culinary expert and author of The Pretty Plate.

Dull or low-quality knives are dangerous because you have to work harder to cut food, making it easier to “slip” and cut yourself. You don’t have to have a set of professional knives, which can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars for just one, but you should have three basic knives for all of your cooking needs, suggests Sherwood:

- paring knife: for cutting small fruits or cutting a piece of cheese;

- serrated knife: for breads and cakes; and

- chefs’ knife: for all of your main chopping tasks.

While, you’re at it, don’t forget the cutting board!

4. Appliances

A food processor may not seem like a necessary kitchen item, but it will help keep your menu varied and recipes manageable. From dough to hummus, this kitchen workhorse will make cooking and baking a breeze. “It chops, kneads, slices and blends, so you’ll be making pizza dough, croquettes or veggies burgers, chapped salads and dips like hummus, in minutes,” says Rachel Asher, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based food writer.

Sherwood also suggests a crock pot, which can make easy dinners while you are away at work, and a mixer, which will make mixing easier than doing so by hand.

5. Pans

Also on Sherwood’s list? Pans of all types:

- Sheet pan: for cookies and bacon;

- Baking pan: for cakes, brownies, casseroles;

- Sauté pan: for cooking meats and vegetables; and

- Sauce pan: for soups and sauces.

6. Utensils

Don’t get lost in the sea of kitchen gadgets out there. There are a few basics that Sherwood suggests to perform basic tasks:

- Mixing bowls: for holding items and mixing salads, cookie or cake batter;

- Whisk: use to make fluffy eggs, creaming batters, blending sticky substances, blending sauces and whipped cream;

- Rubber spatula: to scrape up all the goodness from a pan or bowl;

- Spatula: for turning food that is being cooked in a pan, such as burgers;

- Tongs: to easily grab things or flip them;

- Grater: to shred cheese, vegetables, chocolate or cinnamon sticks;

- Strainer: to separate a solid from a liquid, draining pasta, vegetable and removing particles from sauces or soups;

- Peeler: for peeling veggies, but can also make “vegetable ribbons” and shave items like chocolate and cheeses;

- Slotted Spoon: for removing items from a liquid;

- Garlic press: to easily mince garlic; and

- Zester: to remove rinds from citrus, to grate fresh spices like nutmeg and to finely grate chocolate and hard cheeses.

Now that you have your list, go forth and prosper, er, cook well in your new kitchen!

 

Top 5 Recommendations for Preparing Your Home for Sale

Posted On September 9th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments

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By Michelle Sagatov, McEnearney Associates Realtor


As one of my colleagues likes to say, “It’s time to get your Martha Stewart on!” The closer you can get your home looking like a model home, the greater your chance for creating emotional appeal and therefore maximizing the sales price. Below are the Top 5 Items I recommend for a seller to do before listing any home that is not being sold as a fixer upper or tear down.

1. Curb Appeal

Ever hear of the term, “Never Judge a Book by its cover”, well buyers judge and if your front yard is not welcoming, maintained and kept up, chances are the buyers may ask to “Keep on going” once they see your front yard and never make it inside. Schedule to have your lawn trimmed and edged, planting beds mulched & plants lightly trimmed if needed, and add a little “pop” of color with flowers. Make sure you have a fresh welcome mat, fresh coat of paint on your front door and polish and clean your door hardware.

2. Spic and span

Whether you are going to do it yourself or hire professionals, make sure you deep clean your house. This includes cleaning windows, dusting trim, bleaching grout & caulk, dusting blinds & ventilation grills, cleaning the oven & microwave, sweeping the garage… basically the ultimate spring cleaning. While you’re at it, replace old shower curtains and decorative towels. They will look crisp and smell new.

3. Declutter

The object is no longer about function so put away all the small kitchen appliances and miscellaneous items on your kitchen countertops. You want them to feel as spacious as possible. Do the same for bathroom counters. Box up any unnecessary knick knacks and personal photos. Organize your closets and box up anything not being used for this season. Walk through each room in your house and collect anything that may be considered clutter. If necessary, rent a storage pod for items you do not have room for.

4. Walls and Floors

In case you were wondering… it is almost always better to paint and address the floors than to offer a credit. If you are selling your home as move-in ready, potential buyers want to see the full potential. A credit sounds nice, but it is not as powerful as a well presented home. Paint the walls if necessary. You can get away with touch-up paint or use a magic eraser if there are just a few minor scuffs. If the carpet is just lightly soiled then try a good steam clean first.  If the carpet is worn down, then it needs to be replaced. If the hardwood floors are scratched or worn, then sand & refinish them.

This may be more work than you were hoping for, but I guarantee it will be worth the return on investment. If you are on a tight budget, most of these items can be done yourself.

5. Depersonalize

Let’s face it we all have our own unique style, whether it is art, bright colors or having 100’s of pictures of our beautiful family. However, when you are putting your house on the market, the goal is to sell the house and in order to do so a potential buyer needs to be able to see themselves living in your house. In order to maximize your price and sell your home quickly, appealing to a broad range of buyers is towards your advantage. The only way to do this is to tone down the wall colors, take down the personal photos, and remove any art work that maybe too extreme.

 

How Low Should Your Price Go?

Posted On September 8th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments

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By Erik J. Martin


 

The goal of every home sale is to sell high, but when a house lingers on the market for longer than anticipated, the sellers may need to consider a price reduction.

Reducing your asking price, however, is a move that has to be handled carefully and timed appropriately, say real estate experts.

Ask different real estate agents when they advise making a price cut, and you’ll get a variety of recommendations – although the general consensus is within a few weeks of listing a home for sale.

“It depends on the local market, how many days on the market that are typical for the region, how the property compares to other similar homes that have received offers, and other factors,” says Cori McGrath, Realtor with Olde Port Properties in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “If a home has had several showings with no offers and has no other stigmas, then it’s time to drop the price.”

For Greg Williamson, senior vice president at Douglas Elliman Real Estate in New York, a solid month is the rule of thumb.

“If there is no offer in four weeks, then it’s most likely not priced right,” Williamson says.

If the seller needs to move quickly, a price reduction may be necessary much sooner – every 10 to 14 days, suggests Sue Goodhart, an agent with McEnearney Associates, Inc., in Alexandria, Virginia.

When it comes to deciding the amount to discount, agents equally differ in opinion.

“The reduction has to be meaningful but not necessarily a set number,” says Glenn S. Phillips, CEO of Lake Homes Realty in Birmingham, Alabama. “It’s often based on how off the market the home is prior to a reduction, so a set percentage can be dangerous. For example, a 10-percent reduction on a home that is priced 20 percent above the market is not as meaningful as 5 percent off a home that is already at expected market pricing.”

McGrath says most properties in her area sell within 5 percent of the listing price, “so I typically recommend a reduction of about half that (2.5 percent).”

However, many professionals caution that listing prices (including reduced prices) should fall within big, round number-search parameters so that house hunters shopping online – where most home shopping begins – can more easily find the property for sale.

“A home priced at $412,000 would not appear in searches for homes priced at $400,000 and less, so a reduction to $402,000, for example, still does not introduce the home to buyers that top out at $400,000,” says Phillips.”

Given the current real estate climate, which favors sellers in many markets, a price cut may not be needed at all – especially if the home was priced correctly from the start based on comparable properties, low inventory/high demand conditions, and the patience of the seller. But sellers that are considering a discount should consult closely with their agents.

“The consideration should never be, ‘Let’s cut a little and hope it gains attention.’ It should always be, ‘What positions this house over the competition for buyers’ attention and money,’” Phillips says.

Before making a reduction, think about how it might impact the ultimate sales price, be aware of your bottom line, and allow for some wiggle room in negotiations. Lastly, realize that there’s no shame and little risk in having to lower your price.

“One or two price reductions are fine – it shows that you are a real seller,” Williamson says. “However, three or more price cuts suggest a desperate seller, lack of confidence and that the property was priced incorrectly from the onset. So, it’s better to do one substantial price cut rather than two or more.”

 

Exclusive listings are popular, but they may not be in the sellers’ best interest

Posted On August 28th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | Comment (1)

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By David Howell, Vice President & CIO at McEnearney Associates


 

You may have seen a sign in front of a home that says “Coming Soon” or you may have heard the terms “pocket” or “whisper” listings.  Well, those are not the same things, but they all represent areas of possible concern when it comes to doing the right thing for sellers.

Let’s start with some basics.

First, we firmly believe that sellers will get the most for their property in the shortest amount of time when it is exposed to the broadest possible market.  And doesn’t that make sense?  After all, you never know where that buyer is coming from.  No real estate company and no real estate agent have all the buyers, so why hide a listing?

Second, a property gets the most traffic and the most exposure in the first few weeks of that broad exposure to the market.  We know that to be the case in good markets and bad — and everything in between.  So “testing” or teasing the market in a limited way may not be the best idea.

Third, a home shows best when it is fully ready for the market, when all improvements or repairs have been made.  You don’t see a new car showroom with a model on the sales floor that needs a paint job.

Fourth — and this is the most important one — the sellers of any home should give their informed consent to have their home marketed prematurely or to a limited audience.

So, with all that being said, and with inventory being tight in so many parts of the Washington metropolitan area, we see a fair number of homes with a Coming Soon sign in the yard.  There can be some very legitimate reasons for that — a home may be a couple of weeks away from being ready to go on the market and the sellers want to be sure that buyers looking in their area are aware that they will have another option in the near future, and they don’t want to run the risk they’ll lose that buyer to a home already on the market.

But remember that the people who are aware of that sign may be limited to the people who drive by.  One of them may approach the sellers to see the house before it’s fully ready to be shown — or even make an offer so they get the jump on other buyers. On the surface, that may seem like a good thing: The sellers get interest and maybe even an offer before the house is fully exposed to the market, and are spared the hassle of having to make the beds every day.  But sellers don’t know what they’re missing; they don’t know how many potential buyers there are who might have been interested in their home if they had known it was on the market.

But sometimes that Coming Soon sign is up so that the listing agent increases his chances of selling the house himself.  And that’s even more true of a “pocket” or whisper” listing — when the agent only tells a handful of people that a house is available.  And who is best served by that?  It’s hard to see how a seller benefits, and lots of would-be purchasers are deprived of the chance to buy.

The point is simply this: Sellers should know the pluses and minuses of marketing their home to a limited audience, and it should be their decision whether to cut off part of the pool of potential purchasers.

 

Share Your Morning Coffee with an Antelope

Posted On August 26th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments

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By Michele Lerner


If your favorite TV shows run on Animal Planet and your favorite recent movie was “We Bought a Zoo,” the home at 1315 Dasher Lane in Reston may be your perfect retreat.

The house backs to the Reston Zoo where you can see antelope, buffalo and other animals as they graze in the grass fields. In addition, the National Wildlife Federation has certified the home’s back yard as a national wildlife habitat.

Just in case you want something besides animals near your residence, the home is within walking distance of Lake Fairfax, a 10-minute drive to the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and 2.5 miles to the new Wiehle-Reston East Silver Line Metro station.

The six-bedroom, 4.5-bath home has nearly 5,000 square feet of living space, including a lower level bedroom with a full bath, kitchenette, media room and walk-out to a patio. The home is priced at $948,900.

For more information, visit http://1315dasher.mcenearney.com or contact real estate agent Debbie Miller of McEnearney Associates at 703-241-0223.

 

McEnearney Associates’ Delaine Campbell Receives GRI Designation

Posted On August 25th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments

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By Catherine Probst


McEnearney Associates, Inc., is proud to recognize Delaine Campbell, REALTOR® in the Alexandria, Virginia Old Town office for earning her GRI designation and in completing the additional education to become an Associate Broker in Virginia and Maryland.

The nationally recognized GRI® designation requires real estate practitioners to demonstrate an ever-increasing level of professionalism, experience, and knowledge in the industry; thus equipping him/her to further assist buyers and sellers with today’s more complex real estate transactions. GRI candidates are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of coursework in a variety of areas including sales contracts, negotiations, legal and regulatory, technology and professional standards.

Campbell becomes one of only 12 percent of REALTORS® in Virginia and 21 percent of REALTORS® nationwide to hold the GRI designation. In addition to achieving the GRI designation, she also completed the requirements for a real estate broker license in Virginia and Maryland. This requires the completion of 180 classroom hours of approved real estate broker courses specific to each state.

“It is a true accomplishment to have completed the Graduate REALTOR Institute, which is a testament to the level of commitment I hold for the industry and for each and every one of my clients,” said Campbell. “I am happy to be able to offer my skills, experience and education to my clients to help them with their needs in this ever changing real estate market.”

Before joining McEnearney Associates in 2011, Campbell worked in the Northern Virginia offices of another local real estate company. In addition to her work as a real estate agent, Campbell uses her background and experience as a successful interior designer and renovator to help her clients not only buy or sell a home, but also to help with their sales preparation – staging, fixing and improving – or with post-settlement updates – new kitchens, bathroom, flooring, painting, decks, landscaping and more.

Throughout her career, Campbell has been a Top Producer in the NVAR Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club; she was named by The Realty Alliance in the Top 5% of real estate agents nationwide; was named to the Top Achievers Club; and continues to be a Top Producer at McEnearney.

“I continue to use out-of-the-box thinking to help my clients achieve their goals, so by helping them, I’ve been successful at my job,” said Campbell. “I love my clients and many of them become good friends. And I always appreciate their repeat business and referrals. It says to me that I’ve done a good job.”

More information about Delaine Campbell, visit her website: http://delainesells.com/