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In Remembrance

Posted On May 25th, 2015 by McEnearney | No Comments

Memorial Day

Let us commemorate those who lost their lives and paid the ultimate price for our freedom. As we celebrate what it is to be an American, we also celebrate the service and sacrifice of the untold thousands of brave men and women who make our everyday life possible. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and a great time to honor our veterans.

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.” – Thomas Campbell

 
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Local Farmers Markets

Posted On May 20th, 2015 by McEnearney | No Comments

Farmers Markets

Sweet as a peach. Home grown fruit and vegetables – you can’t get much better than that! There is a misconception that eating healthy is expensive, and thus people buy processed food; false. When you take the time to shop local and eat homegrown food, you will see you can save money and feed your body the nutrients it needs. Take a Saturday morning, grab a Starbucks, and check out one of these nearby local farmers markets.

Old Town Farmers Market
Saturdays from 7-12
A market that is actually open year round, so you never have to miss it. Over 70 vendors offering juicy fruits, crisp vegetables, flowers, and even potted plants. Head on down to historic Old Town with a cup of coffee to start your day, and bring your reusable bags to fill with delicious goodies.

Burke Farmers Market
May to October, Saturdays from 8-12
You can experience produce from farmers who live within 125 miles of Fairfax. You might even leave there with some fresh cider and local honey – great for seasonal allergies.

The Community Farmers Market
May to October, Saturdays 8-1 and Sundays 10-2
Voted as one of the top 3 markets in Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine! Offers a wide variety of options, including produce, coffee, salad dressings, Bolivian chocolate, soaps, and crafts by local artists. This farmers market has something for everybody.

14th & U Street Market
Saturdays from 9-1
Washington DC kick starts summer this May with good food, people and entertainment at the bustling 14th & U Street Market. Check out the events calendar and plan your visit!

Bethesda Central Farm Market
Sundays from 9-1:30
Every week different vendors visit the location with fresh milk, local wine, pottery, fresh produce and much more! This popular market continues to grow and expand into other areas, so check out the one closest to you!

 
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Energy Savers

Posted On May 13th, 2015 by McEnearney | No Comments

Energy Saving

As we begin to enjoy the warmth of the sun and look forward to those sorely missed hot summer days, we’re also starting to plan energy efficient ways to beat the heat this year. We have a few tips and tricks to share to help save energy in your home.

Thermostat 101 – During the summer months, try and keep the thermostat higher than usual but still comfortable. And while you are away on vacation, remember to turn it up to at least 78 degrees. Don’t cool the entire house while you aren’t there to enjoy it.

Don’t Heat your Home – As silly as that sounds, trust us, you will want to take this into consideration. Avoid using the oven and limit the use of lighting in your home. This will ensure your home stays cool. Fire up the grill and open up the blinds to let in natural lighting. Televisions and computers also produce heat – another reason to shut down the technology and enjoy the great outdoors.

Turning it Down – The most important thing is to have maintenance done on your cooling system. Be sure to ask the best way to properly use your cooling system, so you’re not over using it. Another helpful tip, don’t place electronics or appliances in front of your thermostat. It will sense heat and cause your cooling system to run continuously.

Cool Fans – Fans produce a cooling affect when the blades whip around and push down cooler air. When you have a fan in a room, it can also allow you to turn your thermostat up 4 degrees and still feel comfortable. Remember to shop around for style + energy star efficient fans.

Mother Nature is Cool – Take advantage of the cool nights and get a great night’s sleep – open your windows at night. The night’s cool air is free and will fill the house as you sleep. When you wake, it will be as if you had the A/C running all night. Yeah, Mother Nature is pretty cool.

 
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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted On May 10th, 2015 by McEnearney | No Comments

Mothers Day

Mom: n. definition – a mother, friend, listener, guidance giver, shoulder to cry on, our biggest fan. There are not enough words to define a mom. It’s with motherhood that a woman acquires an indescribable sense of wisdom and capacity to love unconditionally. And a “Happy Mother’s Day” greeting has a much deeper meaning than to just have a joyous day. Throughout the years and passing ages of time, one thing has always remained the same. This day is for honoring moms for all the good they do and the love they share. A mother may hold their child’s hands for only a short while, but they will hold their hearts forever. Home is where your Mom is.

Happy Mother’s Day to a wonderful woman and an extraordinary mother.
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The Move into Residential Real Estate: Five Tips for New Agents

Posted On May 8th, 2015 by Phillip Allen | No Comments

Residential row houses in US Capital during winter time.

The transition from being a cog in the education, corporate or government machine to an independent agent living 100% off commission is a drastic one. I experienced a lot of growing pains in transitioning into the world of real estate. Here is some advice for green agents trying to keep their heads above water in the fast-paced real estate industry.

1. You learn before you earn, so pick great teachers and learn fast

Come into the job with your eyes open. You can potentially make a lot of money relatively quickly but until that first sale closes, you are living off savings or the good grace of others. Don’t expect a pay check during your training period.

Find a firm who will pair you with a good mentor, team or program to get you started. Pair up with a seasoned agent and offer him or her a split in the commission. Your first few contracts are about learning and not earning so make sure to ask your new partner or broker every possible question and write down the answers for future reference. Find people who are busy in the office and ask to help. Go to every meeting and training and talk to someone new. A lot of agents would love a helping hand for a small fee and you need both the experience and any dollar you can get.

2. Look into groups or teams

Who is going to be your first, second and third client? If you don’t have an answer, find people who know who their next 10 are. Teams are the natural expansion a good agent takes after reaching the point where he or she has more business than they can handle. With a good team you will jump in as an administrative assistant, be in charge of coffee runs, be an agent and handle various transactional duties the team leader presents to you. Observe the inner workings of a successful business and team and soak what you learn in like a sponge. The more you know, the faster you’ll move up within the group and eventually adapt these systems into your own program. Learn from the best and you will save a lot of time you may otherwise waste.

3. Treat those first few clients like royalty

Find out what is important to your clients in their home search and in their lives. Then visit every listed residence that looks like it might fit and take videos and pictures for them. Do this faster and better than any other agent could; what you lack in experience, make up in delivery and quality. Sit down with your client and review the options and identify the pros and cons of each. Then take them on a tour of the selected properties and bring with you all the items you discussed in advance so you can check off the wants. These first few clients will likely love you for the effort and recommend you to friends and family.

4. Chase every lead but be prepared those leads can fall through

Can you tell if someone is sincere? I would have answered “yes” before I started in real estate but quickly learned that isn’t the case after taking more than one client on their sixth home tour. You want to help everyone but can only guide those who are serious about buying or renting to the finish line. The process should start broad and then narrow down to the home that best fits, but if your clients waiver, expand areas of the home search, talk about completely new home types or discuss the realities of their wish list v. their budget. Be upfront about the value of your time, make sure your clients get pre-approved and have decent credit and politely decline business if they look to be dragging their feet.

5. Don’t sell a price, sell a process

On your first few listing appointments you’ll be as nervous as you were at your third grade poem recital. Relax, prepare with your mentor and anticipate a few specific questions like:

How much do you think we can get for our house? How fast will it sell?

These questions are inevitable landmines and inseparably linked. Do not promise a price or a timeframe. However, do promise a system to maximize the former and minimize the latter. Have a set plan based off recent movements in the market, taking into account different pricing strategies, your clients’ needs and then list a few options before making a firm recommendation. If you promise them the world they will hire you, hold you too it and then fire you when you cannot deliver. Explaining your marketing strategy and weekly report system should be the bulk of your conversation, not price.

 
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Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

Posted On May 7th, 2015 by McEnearney | No Comments

Marsala
Pantone experts have announced a color that isn’t just for wine anymore – Marsala is the new hit color of the year that is daring for anyone to incorporate into their everyday style and decor. Marsala is as distinguished as a fine glass of red wine. Rich and bold, this dark and exciting color not only looks good on, but can look exquisite in your home too. Here’s how to incorporate this dramatic color in your decor.

Pillow Talk. An easy way to freshen up any room, not just with the Pantone color of the year, but all year long, is to toss out those old pillows and bring in new. Changing out pillows can completely redirect a room and its theme. And dramatic marsala accents will help spice things up and add a touch of exquisite, rich decor.

Paint and Sip. Pour yourself a nice glass of marsala-colored wine, and walk around your house to see where this rich color will look its best. Painting your dining room may be an option, especially so your dinner guests can see your excellent, in-the-know interior taste. Another daring option is the bedroom. If not the whole, then try an accent wall. So many exciting options to consider – keep pouring that wine and let your creative juices flow!

Accents are Hot. We don’t care what they say – accents are hot, and they can add warmth to a room covered in beautiful wood floors or marble tile. Include shades of marsala in a shag, oriental, or other large area rugs to bring depth and color to a room without being too bold. This is a great way to help those who want to add the color but in a more subtle way.

Show Off. Have you ever wanted a plush, velvety sofa, wingback chair or chaise lounge? Make the focal point of your room an exceptional piece of marsala! The rich look of a velvet sofa or leather accent chair can be a timeless piece that will make a statement for years to come.

Marsala Dreams. If you don’t feel confident enough to splash marsala on your bedroom walls, consider the color in new bedding or an upholstered headboard. Switching out your bedding or headboard can be an easy way to update your bedroom decor, and if you get tired of it, then you can easily change it back or to something new again.

 
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May Events

Posted On May 6th, 2015 by McEnearney | No Comments

Nationals

Washington Nationals
Looks like someone else is having a birthday! While we celebrate our 35th year, Nationals is also celebrating 10. Take me out to the ball game… When the weather gets warm there’s no place you’d rather be than at a ballpark. Get out there and support our beloved Washington Nationals!

Mount Vernon Wine Festival
May 15-17
One of the most popular events of the year, especially for you wine enthusiasts. Sample more than 15 popular Virginia wines and take a step back into time on the grounds of George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon.

Bike to Work Day!
May 15
Join over 10,000 commuters for a one day only event by bicycling to work to promote health, wellness, and clean transportation. And you won’t believe it, but have fun along the way with raffles, refreshments and giveaways!

Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 16, 10-6
This event will bring out your love for literature. Encounter over 100 best-selling and award-winning authors at panel discussions and book signings. Guests will also enjoy writing workshops, musical entertainment and a village for children. Seek your inner book worm at this fun-filled festival.

Blue Angels
May 20 and 22
If you ever wanted to see a Navy pilot in action, then this is your moment. Come see the dramatic, choreographed event displaying the flight skills of our very own U.S. Navy. You will get a chance to see different maneuvers of two, four and six jets flying in complete formation. You won’t want to miss this!

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
May 30-31
Who doesn’t want to take part in a delicious wine and food festival? This year will be the 34th annual two-day event sampling over 50 wines, including 250 award-winning Virginia wines. Attend an educational seminar on food pairing, live music, food trucks galore, and bring the kids because there are activities for them too!

 
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Vacation or Forever Home?

Posted On April 27th, 2015 by McEnearney | No Comments

Vacation Home

Sandy beaches and blue skies… When your travels take you somewhere new, be sure to look around and remind yourself that this could be a good investment for you. It’s never too late or too soon to realize your perfect retirement getaway.

Whatever your getaway dream may be, our Relocation Services can offer expert information on properties across the world. Thanks to our coveted affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, we are connected with top brokerages around the globe. We can personally help you find and select a company and agent that is best for you. Some important tips to remember when purchasing a vacation home are to buy what you can afford, calculate extra cost-insurance, utilities, and find a location that’s popular with renters. A good REALTOR® can help you navigate the many difficult questions and ensure you find a getaway that’s perfect for you.

If you have questions, we have answers!

 
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Results Matter – Homes Sold Over $1,000,000

Posted On April 23rd, 2015 by McEnearney | No Comments

Results Matter 1M+

In 2014, McEnearney Associates sold its luxury properties for a higher percentage of original list price as compared to other prominent real estate firms in the Metro DC Area.

We looked at our results compared to those of Long & Foster/Miller, Washington Fine Properties, and TTR Sotheby’s. As the table above indicates, our million dollar listings sold closer to list price than our key competitors and more than the overall market average.

We know it isn’t the number of agents or the number of offices in a company that matter. It’s the quality of the agents and the company, and their ability to deliver results for the client that matter. Our carefully assembled team of the most productive Sales Associates in the Washington Metro Area makes all the difference for our clients.

 
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The H.I.T. List (home improvement tips)

Posted On April 20th, 2015 by McEnearney | No Comments

Home Improvement Tools Paintbrush, Pipe Wrench And Hammer

 

Offering the best Home Improvement Tips – the H.I.T. List brings you fresh, new ideas every month! This spring, consider giving your home a facelift with minimal cost: update your doors. It doesn’t have to be expensive if you don’t want it to be, and we guarantee it will give your home a fresh start. There’s opportunity knocking…

Open a New Door to Spring – It is crazy to think what a new door can do to the front of your home – instant curb appeal. While it may seem to be a minor detail, your front door plays a more important role than you think! If you have a ho-hum front door, replace it or paint it yourself with a fun pop of color and update the hardware.

Look Inside – Are your interior doors dated? We go in and out of our doors every day, but when is the last time you stopped to have another look at it with its surroundings? Are the doors contrasting with your current home decor? A home with modest detail can be dramatically improved with new interior doors. Introduce new dimensional elements and architectural detail. And don’t be afraid to try something fun like the new barn doors that are “sliding” into style. Updating your interior doors can take your home from ordinary to extraordinary.

Paint it Black – A continuing new home trend, black doors are an easy DIY project requiring only a paintbrush and a can of paint. They may seem radical to some, but black doors can be transformative and look great with all different decorating styles – including contemporary, rustic, classic, and many more. Cover any white or wooden door with a coating of black and witness instant, drop-dead sophistication.

Trim Trim Cheree – What about that stuff around the door? Paint the trim! How many of you still have the basic wood trim? Yes, it’s beautiful, but if you want to modernize the place, go ahead and paint it. It’s simple, easy, and affordable; not to mention it will make your home look brand spankin’ new.

Park it – Let’s assume you haven’t replaced your garage doors in…well, forever. Your garage accounts for 20 to 40 percent of the total square footage of your home and can take up a lot of visual real estate. The first impression of your home is curbside, and new garage doors are one of the best ways to increase a home’s value. There are so many options to choose from, wood, steel, aluminum, tempered glass and even vinyl, and ranging in budget from $300 to $10,000+ there is something for everyone. Don’t let your guests or prospective buyers drive away!