The DC housing market … why is it so hot

Every recent market report seems to add the caveat that DC is an anomaly. Most markets are still attempting to recover from the 2006 crash. DC took a bit of a dip, but is roaring back. How can this be happening?  The economy is certainly not much better today than it has been for several years. Federal workers haven’t seen a raise in pay for a few years. If all economic indicators remain uncertain, why are homes in DC costing more every month?

The answer is as plain as day.  DC has jobs.  Very few places across the country can make the same claim. DC is a small 10 square mile area. There are only so many homes that will fit. Engineers and builders and architects can do a lot of things …. they can not create more dirt. Space is limited in DC. Put those two factors together and you have recipe for rising home prices (regardless of the economy).

This little chart covers the phenomena.  At the top, the various places new residents come from are depicted.  People moving to DC come from Universities (college dorms or off campus shared housing), their parent’s home, homes they own in other parts of the country or homes they rent elsewhere.  They want to live in or near DC and begin a search. Almost every last one of them jumps on the internet and begins their search there.  After all, there are hundreds of thousands of websites that share available homes in DC.  The majority of the people searching do not understand that the accuracy of the data is often outdated or limited at best.  For every single home/town home/row home/condo listed there is just one property. How that property is displayed has more to do with syndication by agents and brokers than it has to do with the actual property. (A word to the wise: If you want to be more successful in your search, contact an agent in the area. Talk to someone that knows more about the area than can be revealed in wikipedia or some local towns site. Boots on the ground, an ability to listen and then share information is the best way to discover DC (or any other area for that matter).

housing flow chart

As always, DC has more people wanting to live here than there are places to live.  More buyers than available homes creates an imbalance and that old supply and demand process takes over.  Multiple bids appear, prices continue to rise and the market remains “hot”.  Regardless of promises that might be made by some, the truth is you may not find a home you are seeking for the price you are willing or able to pay.  I certainly would never guarantee that home prices will continue to rise, but I promise you that I can see nothing in the marketplace that will slow down the DC market in the near or distant future.

If you are considering a move to DC, you need factually based assistance.  You need to begin the process now, rather than later. You need to begin putting together a comprehensive home buying plan today.  Remember, a comprehensive plan begins with a discussion with a lender. Know what you can comfortably afford. Then, and only then, take the next step. Contact an agent that knows DC. Speak with someone that knows the difference between Adams Morgan and Madame’s Organ. Have a conversation with some one that understands the difference between Petworth and what is a pet worth, the difference between NOMA and no mas or the difference between the Capitol and Capitol Hill.  Subtle differences of a few blocks can add 30 minutes to an hour or more to your commute each day. A map of the subway (Metorail Line) does not include information regarding ease of use or ease of transfer.  A google map of DC will not reveal the walking score of a neighborhood.

DC is my town. I was born here. I know the neighborhoods. I know the Metro stops. I know the nightlife. This is a great place to live. Before you move here and decide on an address, don’t you think we might need to talk.  My phone number is 301-509-5111.

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13205 Clifton Road Silver Spring MD 20904

The home at 13205 Clifton Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904 looks a lot like the other homes in the Buckley Downs neighborhood.  You drive down Clifton Road from Randolph Road and you quickly notice a change in your surroundings. There are trees and birds and the hustle and bustle of the city that is just blocks away fades into the serenity of a suburban neighborhood.  Depending on the time of day, you may see neighbors out walking dogs or chatting with one another from one yard to another.  The occasional wave is subtle acknowledgement, folks are friendly here.  13205 is located about half way down Clifton. Not much farther down the road is the site of the Cannon Ridge Elementary School.  Mornings from September to June share the weekday parade of little ones as they head to class.

The neighborhood itself was born back in 1964 or 1965.  This section of Silver Spring was the distant suburbs.  New Hampshire Avenue carried a lot less traffic and the McDonalds on Randolph Road was the new kid on the fast food block.  It was a time of innocence in the suburbs. Ford had started selling the Mustang. The biggest news was the United States officially began sending combat troops into Viet Nam.  Musicals dominated entertainment with the “Sound of Music” opening and “My Fair Lady” capturing the best picture oscar.

Good things came into being in 1965, that have stood the test of time and remain sought after today.  The 1965 Ford Mustang is coveted by classic car collectors. “The Sound of Music” continues to be viewed and enjoyed by new audiences.  Homes in the Buckley Downs neighborhood, when they come on the market, are a target destination for new home buyers.

13205 Clifton Road is now on the market and available for purchase.

Walk Score for this home.

Real estate listings in the MLS (multiple listing service) always share the details. Cold hard facts if you will. They seldom have the ability to share the ambiance of the home. You really have to visit the house, explore the neighborhood and get a feel for the area.  Nothing written can replace or substitute the actual experience of being there. Once you visit, you will discover …

Guess what … the home is a perfect place for anyone and everyone.

This foyer will lead you into a remarkable house.  It is a raised rambler.  Walk through that front door, an eat in kitchen is to your left. Sure, it needs updating, but it is clean. No one is quite sure what happened to the 24″ double oven (rumors abound that an unscrupulous repairman made off with it).  The seller will certainly make an allowance towards one. Why not just put one in? Well, if a new double oven is being put in, shouldn’t the new owner pick one they like? Seems like a better way of doing things to me!

Off the kitchen, is a good-sized formal dining area that opens to a large living room.  Head down the hallway and you will find two large bedrooms on your right, a full bath on your left, two linen closets and a large master suite on your left. Oh, that’s right, the floors beneath your feet are wood (not some pretend laminate, these are the old school tongue in groove wood floors).  Just like that 1965 Mustang, they don’t make floors like this anymore.

The downstairs area is finished. Sure, the tile floor is old, but it is serviceable. The family room is huge!  There is a wood burning fireplace and sliding doors that open to a small patio.  Move through the family room and you discover a new, updated, double vanity, jetted soaking tub large bathroom. It is situated next to a very large bedroom and a smaller bedroom.  But wait…there’s more. The lower level also has a good-sized laundry room with a washer/dryer and deep sink. Beyond the laundry room, there is a storage area that is about 6 feet wide and 30 feet long.  Nestled in the back corner are the darn near new furnace and hot water heater.

The back yard includes the patio, a large storage shed and about 1/2 acre of open space and woods. The property goes all the way to the small creek that is at the bottom of the hill.  This is the suburbs, but you will see Bambi and her mom, woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks and an occasional fox.  On clear nights, you can enjoy the moon rising over the patio.  You are far enough from the city glare that you can even watch the Perseid Meteor showers every August.

Transportation thoughts?  The metro stop in Glenmont is right down the road. New Hampshire Avenue is right up the street. The ICC exit is a short distance away. You really can get on the highway quickly and that puts Baltimore, Washington, downtown Silver Spring, Rockville, Bethesda and Gaithersburg within in easy driving time.

Interested? Oh, how much?  This home can be yours for less than $350,000.  Undecided?  Call me. I will be glad to meet you there and show you around.  You might just fall in love with the place.  I can be reached at 301-509-5111

Lourdes Tudela-MacArthur  John MacArthur

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Buying a home in Washington, DC

Buying a home in Washington, DC?  There are a few things you should know before beginning the process of buying a home in Washington, DC.  As with a home purchase anywhere, you need to know how much home you can afford to purchase.  If you have not had a conversation with a mortgage lender, now is the time to do so.

The mortgage lender will evaluate your financial situation.  Your credit score will be pulled and analyzed. Your credit report will be reviewed.  Your employment, salary records and available cash on hand will be part of the mix as well.  Lenders have specific guidelines to follow when determining how much money you can borrow.  When buying a home in Washington, DC the lender’s decision is just one piece in the puzzle.  While it is important, it is only a guideline for you.  You have to decide how much money you are comfortable spending for housing on a monthly basis.  It is quite possible that your lender will be ready to offer you a loan that is more expensive each month than you are prepared to pay. You don’t have to take out a loan for the lender’s maximum.

A word of advice when tallying up your monthly housing costs.  Be sure to factor in the amount you will have to pay for insurance, taxes, home owner’s association and/ or condo fees. Buying a home in Washington, DC may seem challenging, but I have helped many homeowners and I would love to help you.

Once you have a clear understanding of how much money you can spend on a new home, it is time to sit down and determine what type of home you want.  When buying a home in Washington, DC, you have many choices.  Your choices will be narrowed down by a combination of your “ must have list “and your “wish list”.

The “must have” list will include the things that you deem absolutely necessary in your new home. This list begins with the number of bedrooms and bathroom in the home.  It may also include parking,  distance from public transportation, a certain school district, the type of home (condo, town home or single family detached), a first floor bedroom and anything else that you “must have” in your new home.

The “wish list” may include just about anything your heart desires. Some people would prefer a brand new home while others really would like to have that “man cave” possibility. You are buying a home in Washington, DC. Let your imagination be free to dream.

The next step in buying a home in Washington, DC is to select a real estate agent.  The agent does not have to be the first one you meet, nor do you have to interview several. Choose an agent that is experienced and gives you a comfort level that they are more concerned with helping you than earning a commission on a sale.  Of course the agent will earn a commission, but that should occur because you’re needs are being fulfilled and not because they happen to be the one that writes your offer.

The agent you select should be familiar with the steps that must be taken when you are buying a home in Washington, DC.  They should always listen first and continue to streamline your search as your desires come into greater focus.  They should be able to communicate with you in a timely fashion using whatever means you are most comfortable.  Today, that might include texting, email or phone calls.

The agent has to be accessible for you.  This is the one person that will be involved with every facet of your purchase.  Agents have to fill the role of dream weaver, hand holder, reality checker and negotiator.  When buying a home in Washington, DC the agent is your key player.  Choose wisely.

Once you have found the home you wish to purchase, the process of making it yours begins.  An offer must be prepared and submitted.  The final terms of your contract to purchase must be negotiated. Once you have an offer and acceptance, the road to settlement is undertaken.  Clearing the conditions of your contract will begin.  Buying a home in Washington, DC may include an appraisal, a home inspection, a termite inspection or a survey to name a few items that must be dealt with before settlement can take place. Your agent will play a large role in coordinating each of these steps.  There is no substitute for experience here.  A smooth transaction is not always possible, but your agent has to know the lay of the land and what steps are necessary to guide you home.

Buying a home in Washington, DC may not be as easy as ordering dinner or planning a vacation. It can be the next step you take in your personal journey to fulfillment. If the time is right and you are in position to make the move, buying a home in Washington, DC can easily become a reality. No essay can answer every question. No short article can put you at ease.  Most people prefer a little give and take in the form of a conversation. Blogs don’t reveal body language or tone.  I know that buying a home in Washington, DC may seem challenging.  I would welcome the opportunity to discuss your dreams with you. You can call me at 301-509-5111 or text me at the same number.  I will make the time to sit down with you at your convenience a priority.  Take the next step in making your dreams come true.

If you are just beginning the process of buying a home in Washington, DC and just want to see what might be available, click on this highlighted link and search the available listings from the comfort of your computer …HOME SEARCH NOW

Whole Foods Market … a good neighbor

           At Whole Foods Market, they strive to serve their customers competently, efficiently, knowledgeably and with flair. They go to extraordinary lengths to satisfy and delight their customers and design their stores, train their Team Members and select their products with that goal in mind. By most accounts, they have been very successful. Visit anyone of their stores and you will enter into a world of healthy food choices. The older generation will continue to find comfort in Giant Foods selections. The AARP followers will still sip latte at Safeway while trolling aisles of store brand processed food products.

         Whole Foods Market is not your grandmother’s grocery store. They cater to generation that is educated and make informed decisions about what goes in their body. One thing that we have discovered about Whole Foods Markets, they make great neighbors. Their values are recited on their website.

We know we’ve always been a little out of the ordinary. Those 19 people who started our first store were quite an idealistic bunch!

Early on, we adopted a set of core values to guide our purpose:

We now number over 50,000 team members and are glad to report that our idealism and commitment to our core values are as strong as ever. (Sit in on a meeting and you’ll hear team members asking questions like “How does that action support our Core Values?” It’s a tough crowd!)

Yes, we are a publicly held company and have to make a profit to survive in the marketplace. But we’ve proven that a company can do good and do well if the doing comes from the heart. Luckily, our success helps us bring about change in the marketplace, which we hope will lead to good things for you and us and the planet.

If you would like to be a Whole Foods Neighbor, click on the name of the store near you. You will see what homes are available. See one you like, give me a call at 301-509-5111 and I will make arrangements for you to see it up close and personal!

Washington DC

Foggy Bottom 2201 Eye St NW Washington DC 20037

Georgetown 2323 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington DC 20007

Tenley Town 4530 40th St NW Washington DC 20016

Maryland

Annapolis Towne Center 200 Harker Place Annapolis, MD 21401

Fells Point 1001 Fleet Street Baltimore MD 21202

Mount Washington 1330 Smith Avenue Baltimore MD 21209

Silver Spring 833 Wayne Avenue Silver Spring MD 20910

Like a good neighbor…Whole Foods is there !!!

I C C – inter-county connector (a home selection game changer)

It has been planned for over 50 years. It has withstood protests and lawsuits.  Regardless or which side of the battle you were on, the battle is over and the ICC is a reality.  One small stretch between 270 and Georgia Avenue opened in early 2010 with a great deal of fan fare and very little traffic.  Apparently, not many folks in the Olney area had a need to be in Rockville and there were not many westbound travelers that needed to make their way to Georgia Avenue.

Right around Thanksgiving the dynamics changed. The portion from Georgia Avenue to Interstate 95 was opened and lives were changed.  Obviously, there are many folks travelling south on 270 or 95 that wish to make the trek from one side of the county to the other without using the capital beltway.  For those out-of-towners reading this, the capital beltway (also know as 495) is a fancy name for a bumper to bumper parking lot that circles around Washington DC.

This is a map of the ICC.  The important points are the interchanges. The ICC can be accessed via 270 by using the 370 exit. There are exits at Shady Grove Metro, Georgia Avenue, Layhill Road, New Hampshire Avenue, Colesville Road, Briggs Chaney Road and 95.  A final exit at Virginia Manor Road with access to Route 1 will open later.

Rather that reprint the information regarding the ICC and the need for an E Z Pass, let me just add the link to the official website here….  EZ Pass   The EZ Pass is also used on other toll roads in the region. The devil is not in the details regarding the ICC.  The ICC is a time saver and opens many communities that used to be local road traffic stymied.

This may look like mortar and stone

but

it is really a great big job magnet

          It is no secret that a great majority of people living in the Maryland suburbs work in Washington, DC.  Access to DC in the past was limited to the use of 270 and then to feeder roads. There were other roads available, but 270 became the main funnel from Montgomery County into Washington DC.  The Metro, more specifically, the Redline of the Metro was and remains another conduit into the Nation’s Capital.  This created a lot of development along the 270 corridor.

The ICC opens up the Eastern portion of the County

         Now,  those that choose to live in Olney, Ashton, Sandy Spring, Layhill, Norbeck, Spencerville, Cloverly, Burtonsville, Laurel and areas close to them have a smooth access to Bethesda, Rockville, the 270 corridor, the redline at Shady Grove or Glenmont and many other commuter routes.  The time spent getting from here to there has been reduced.

         Those moving to the area and feeling they had to only focus on the 270 corridor have more choices.  Those people that used to think they had to move to Clarksburg or Urbana because of the need to use 270 now have more neighborhoods to choose from when moving.

          The eastern portion of Montgomery County has wonderful neighborhoods, lots of green space and plenty of things to do.  The ICC has created the opportunity to not only live a little closer to town, it has ended the long days journey into night of commuting into town using Colesville Road or New Hampshire Avenue.

         If you would like to know more about the neighborhoods that have become more desirable because of the ICC, let me know.  I have lived and worked here all my life. I not only know the roads, I have driven them and I know where the potholes exist.  My phone number is 301-509-5111.

Same sex couples find refuge in DC

         Back in March, the District of Columbia began allowing same sex couples the opportunity to marry.  The usual suspects attempted to reverse this decision, but in July the courts upheld the original law.  DC already had a reputation for being “gay friendly” ( I personally think that the term should be “somewhat tolerant if you stay in limited areas and keep your fondness for one another private”).  Friendly is not the word that immediately comes to mind when considering the vitriol and animosity shared by the narrow minded neanderthalic and religious conservatives. To my way of thinking, the human race has bigger fish to fry than expending so much energy on trying to prevent basic human rights and considerations being afforded to EVERYONE.

          I do not live in a vacuum and I am perfectly content to accept that there is room on this mortal coil for people of all persuasions.  As long as one’s chosen lifestyle does not infringe on the right’s of another, they should have the opportunity to seek “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. ( If that sounds vaguely familiar, it is taken directly from the Declaration of Independence. A little document our founders put together without reference to marital relationships. It was directed to everyone, well almost everyone, it took the Civil Rights Act to increase the African American from 3/5th’s to a whole.)

          The DC law has ” leveled the playing field” for same sex couples. Concerns about the right to do something as basic as visiting a partner in the hospital or whom to list as an emergency contact are no longer an issue in the District of Columbia.  The law does not mean that those opposed will be silenced, it does mean that if you are in love and want to be married, DC will grant you that opportunity. It’s about time that the removal of stigmas associated with caring for a same sex partner were legislatively removed.  It’s about time we allowed couples to legally marry.

          I am sure that there will be those that decide to not do business with me because I support this basic human right.  Truth be told, I won’t miss them. I would prefer not to do business with people that have a warped sense of supremacy.  Business transactions are much smoother when you deal with people that are comfortable in their own skin.

         Had the law been passed sooner, I could have attended family members weddings (I was not able to travel to a past wedding that had to take place hundreds of miles away because two people in love happened to be of the same sex.)  I won’t drop that old ” I have lots of (gay,black,jewish, insert any group) friends” line.  Truth be told, everyone has friends from every walk of life and lifestyle (some of you just don’t know it!).

         You see, I don’t care what consenting adults do in their bedroom. Professionally, I want to be sure that they find the bedroom they want.  I don’t care who is relegated to cooking. Professionally, I want to be sure that the kitchen they find is suitable for their culinary skills.  I don’t care about the ethnic, racial, religious or sexual persuasion of the friends enjoying a backyard barbecue.  Professionally, I want to be sure that the backyard is the size they desire. My job is to help people find a place they can call home.  I like what I do.

          I am a Realtor. I am licensed in the District of Columbia.  I don’t believe that your personal comfort zone eliminates me from representing you.  I happen to believe that people want experienced assistance.  The experience may include people from all walks of life, but the common denominator is the ability to find a home, negotiate a transaction while protecting the client’s interests.  The practice of solid real estate is the basis of my business.  I love the challenge of finding the right home at the right price for my clients.  I think everyone deserves that sort of representation.

          I was born in Washington DC and I have seen it go through growing pains and metamorphis into the city it is today. I have watched it move from a sleepy southern town to vibrant metropolis.  I miss Griffith Stadium but love the new ballpark.  I still sneak a bowl of Chili at Bens now and then.  I know the traffic patterns.  I am happy that the P Street beach remains and still find spending an afternoon at Dupont Circle relaxing. I am glad the DC government seems to be functioning more smoothly and I share the angst of many with the foibles that are ongoing in the Mayor’s Office and City Council.  The city continues to improve despite their short comings.

         DC is a Capital City.  DC has taken a large step towards equality for all it’s residents.  DC is a great place to live. If you are interested in moving to the District of Columbia, I would welcome the opportunity to assist you.  I can be reached at 301-509-5111.  Isn’t it nice that same sex couples find refuge in DC?

Washington’s Fine Properties

Washington DC has some of the finest properties in the area for sale.  The thing that amazes me is that those that own these properties and are attempting to sell them seem to have forgotten the basics of selling your home.  Maybe over the years, these folks have missed the changes that have taken place in real estate sales.  The only difference between these homes and homes in the suburbs is the number of zeros in the asking price and the location of the dirt they occupy.

They are still homes.  If marketed properly, they will sell.

I have had the opportunity to represent buyers seeking one of these fine Washington properties.  They did not use one of those out of date, flashy publications to do their search.  They did not flip through the Washington Post looking for a home.  They did not receive a post card in the mail that brought the home to their attention.

They found the information they were seeking right here on the world wide web.  

When representing these buyers, I have been perplexed by the limited opportunity to view homes.  Everyone can understand the desire to limit viewings to people that actually are in the market to buy.  It doesn’t matter if you are in a two bedroom condo in Germantown, Maryland or 6 bedroom home in Georgetown, Washington DC.  No one wants people that have neither the inclination nor wherewithal to purchase wandering through their home.  That being said, it is safe to share that bringing a buyer to one of the million dollar plus properties is often next to impossible.

During the listing appointment, I have no doubt the agents showed the glossy magazines and shared that they had a bevy of interested parties, etc.  I am sure they poo pooed negotiating commission.  Everything was shared in a manner that implied the agent was on the same social level as those wanting to sell.  Somebody forget to share that this is not a social endeavor, it is an attempt to sell your home for market value as quickly as possible. End of story.

It doesn’t matter if you are selling a home for $250,000 or $2,500,000.  The home has to be available.  Far be it from me to suggest a nefarious purpose behind making homes difficult to view.  There are some that might suggest that the listing agent is more available if they can get both sides of the deal.  Perish the thought.  It did strike me as odd that several weeks of attempting to view some homes have been met with excuses like the listing agent had to work at a charity event and could not make arrangements for the home to be shown.  Do the sellers really believe that the home will be sold quickly when it is not available to be seen?

Let me share.  If you list with me, your home will be available to anyone that is qualified to buy it.  Your home will be marketed where buyers are actually looking for homes.  I will be available to show your home as necessary. Oh, and I will do all of that for 4.5%.  My commission rate does not change.  Keep that in mind as your property just sits there waiting for a buyer.

If you are interested, just click on this CONTACT ME link.

Nobody does Spring like Washington DC

Washington DC in Springtime

You can read about neighborhoods elsewhere on this website.  You can listen to the nightly news and hear what’s happening or not happening on Capitol Hill.  There is no shortage of news about what goes on in the Capitol of the United States.  What you may not have heard and you may not know…Nobody does Spring like Washington DC.

 

This is but a taste of the visual delights we enjoy each Spring

The area around the Tidal Basin draws the most attention.  There is the Cherry Blossom Festival that draws crowds from all over the world.  It is a spectacular sight, blooming cherry trees against a backdrop of our Nation’s monuments. It is but the tip of the floral iceberg.  If you have the time and inclination, you can drive out Rock Creek Park and enjoy Forsythia, azaleas and tulips and jonquils and a smorgasboard of color.  Weeping willows green up and dance in the breeze.  Tiny flowers spring through soil awakening from and long winter’s nap.  It is Springtime in Washington and we bloom from the shores of the Potomac to the foothills below Sugarloaf Mountain.

If you decide to make the journey, don’t be fooled by the narrow window offered on the festival blooming.  Our area is blessed with a relatively long process. If you miss them on the Tidal Basin, you can see them in Olney. If you would like to find out more about moving to this area, you can contact me via this form.

This is your Nation’s Capitol, Washington DC and I promise you Nobody does Spring like Washington DC

7601 Dew Wood Drive, Derwood, Md $515,000

Maybe you have a job with an office in downtown Washington DC. Maybe you work in Rockville or Bethesda. There’s a good chance that where ever you spend your day earning your hard earned pay, it is part of the giant urban concrete jungle that extends from Alexandria to Rockville. At the end of the day, you will face the same challenges everyone else faces in just getting home.

Wouldn’t it be nice if home made the daily grind worthwhile? There are so many things to consider when buying a home, wouldn’t it be nice to know that you have a chance at that elusive nightly nirvana. Well, I am here to tell you that you do… Welcome to 7601 Dew Wood Drive, Derwood, Maryland. Reasonably priced at $515,000, this King George model in Mill Creek Towne is available for purchase today.

Let’s get traffic and commuting and how do I get there from here out of the way. If the President of the United States invited you to dinner, it might take around 30 minutes to drive to his house. The rest of the offices located downtown are reachable within the same time frame. If you have to travel to Crystal City or Rosslyn, they are just over the bridge and minutes from downtown proper. Bethesda is about the same travel time from your door. Rockille? Why Rockville is but minutes away.

The important thing to know about commuting in this area concerns not how but how many. They say all roads lead to the city, how many are available to you in Derwood? Well, you have Muncaster Road that heads north and south. You are close to Shady Grove Road which will take you over to the new ICC or 355 or 270. You have a lot of choices and that becomes very important if traffic backs up on one of your roads home.

Home, that is 7601 Dew Wood Drive in a nutshell. Yes, there is a virtual tour. If you just have to see the pictures, you can click on this LINK.  There is a lot more to this area that you can’t see in a picture.  You pull into your circular driveway and get out of the car.  Before you open the door, turn around. You are surrounded by a mature, well landscaped neighborhood.  The noise of the city is far from your doorstep.

And from that front door, you are only about 5 minutes away from Lake Needwood.  Consider that. Five minutes from a lazy afternoon picnic by the lake.  If you would prefer a round of golf, Needwood Golf Course is next to the lake and it is just one of about a dozen public courses within that same 5-10 minutes away.  Montgomery County has no shortage of strip centers and there are a few within a short drive of your home.  McDonalds, Ledo’s Pizza, CVS, 7-11 and a couple gas stations are close enough to be convenient and far enough to be out of mind until needed.

We all find that we have to work (well most of us anyway).  Often, we just can’t decide where we want to work. We end up where we can earn the most and feel the most comfortable each day.  The stress of work usually increases from Monday to Friday. You deserve a home that will release the tension and offer you a chance to unwind and enjoy your family, your friends and your life.

You are looking for a new house.  Consider 7601 Dew Wood Drive. It may become your private haven from the hustle and bustle of the work day and your opportunity to slow down and enjoy the good things a great neighborhood has to offer.

If you would like to see this home, have your agent contact Centralized Showings. We represent the seller of the home and will not tiptoe into the gray area of writing an offer for someone that is willing to reject representation in hopes of getting a better deal. In Maryland, you have a right to have an agent represent you, since we represent the sellers, we can’t represent you. We will be glad to refer you to an agent. This could be home.

12107 Red Stream Way Columbia Maryland $450,000

12107 Red Stream Way Columbia Maryland

$450,000

Oops, when property was listed owners insisted on attempting to get $550,000. They missed the window and ended up selling for $430,000 with a $13,000 subsidy.  Creig Nothrup’s fine team stepped in, cut the price and moved the property.  Maybe it was the billboard?

Sometimes not listening to good advice can cost you over $25,000.

It would be easy just to share the pictures of this home. People have been telling me that “a picture tells a thousand words”.  Maybe. But maybe pictures only tell part of the story.  You might want to experience the house one snap shot in time, but we recommend stopping by for a visit.  The house has been cleaned and the kids toys have been put away.  The owners have dusted and polished.  Everything was done to prepare for your visit.

I sold the Johnson’s this house.  It was perfect for them at the time.  As I walked through the home with them, they proudly pointed out all of the changes and upgrades.  Pictures can’t capture the feeling shared.  I remember it then and it is so much better now.  A house was made a home.  But, buyers want pictures, so we took them.

Pictures can not capture how easily one can commute from this home to Baltimore or Washington. Next year, when the ICC opens completely, it will be even easier to get to Rockville and the rest of Montgomery County.  The beauty of the location is partly found in the fact that there are several ways to get from here to there. This is not a one road home community or location.

This is a picture of the nearby Lake Elkhorn.  The community has access to other lakes as well.  The picture does show one view of the lake.  You have to dig a little deeper in your imagination to really understand the quality of life that exists in Columbia.  Close your eyes and feel the warm Summer sun, visualize the trees as they turn red, yellow and gold in the Fall, you can almost hear the geese and the good-byes they shout. Try to imagine your breath dancing through the air as you walk the shore on a December morn. Remember that every Spring, flowers will bloom, petals will dance in the wind and the grey will become green again.  Pictures can’t tell that story, but it happens every year here.

A virtual tour will depict the home in “perfect” condition.  It will not show you the joy that can be shared spending an afternoon with friends on the nearby championship golf course.  Pictures can only show a two dimensional view of all the pools, the community amenities and other attractions in and around Columbia.  Sure, we could share a picture of the crowd at one of the concerts at Merriweather Post ( located right smack dab in the middle of Columbia), but would that snapshot even begin to share the fun, joy and good times that occur all summer long?  You have to actually sit on a blanket with friends, enjoy the sights and sounds… you are minutes from your front door. What may have been a long, post concert ride home, will now be a drive of but a few minutes to your front door.

One other piece of the puzzle that makes Columbia such a wonderful place to live is the fact that Howard Community College is located here. (It is next door to the Howard Community Hospital which is also nice to have in the neighborhood)

Howard Community College has a wide range of course and schedules and events that are open to everyone.  You can finish a degree or just take a course to enrich your life.  If you have high school age children, sending them to college here offers them the chance to learn from some of the areas best educators and still do homework at the kitchen table.  Is it fair to say that when times are tight, your children deserve a comfort level. The ability to obtain a higher education in your hometown, saving on housing costs looks better every day.

I sure wish I had a magic camera that could capture the sense of community and fellowship that exists in Columbia.  The focus on neighborhoods and people actually knowing one another is the foundation of friendships that last.  12107 Red Stream Way is but one home in Columbia.  It is well taken care of by the owners.  It is one home in a community that waits to welcome a new owner.

If you would be interested in seeing the home, let me know, I will  make arrangements.  If you do not have an agent representing you, I will gladly refer you to an agent. I want to sell the house, but I also want the buyer to have full representation. (This is a nice way of saying that if you think you can get a better deal by asking me to write the offer for you, the answer is no. No deal, no lack of representation.)  My name is John MacArthur and I can be reached at 301-509-5111.

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