shoppingwithdana: Homes Sell Fast in Falls Church - 06/10/21 04:21 PM
This beautifully maintained Falls Church home went live Thursday and went Under Contract on Tuesday. My team of agents at JPAR Stellar Living did an excellent job getting this home ready, staged, photographed, marketed and SOLD. 
 
 
Although this is a seller's market due to the incredibly low inventory of homes for sale, this week we saw a lot more listings hit the market. Buyers had choices. 
 
Each spring the National Capital Area has a period of low inventory so what we're seeing is not unusual. However, this year it seemed longer. I suspect some of the delay had to do with concerns about … (2 comments)

shoppingwithdana: April 2021 Virginia Real Estate Report - 06/08/21 10:49 AM
Curious about the real estate market and what is happening in Virginia? This video by Virginia REALTORS gives you an overview of the Market in April of 2021. You may be hearing a lot in the news about the low inventory and multiple offers, but it's important to focus on the facts rather than anecdotal information.
 
 
If you are interested in information about specific citites or neighborhoods, give me a call at 202-271-5301.
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shoppingwithdana: What happened in Maryland in April 2021? - 05/26/21 08:04 AM
Curious about the housing market and what happened in April 2021?
Well, let's take a look at the lovely infographic that Maryland REALTORS puts out each month. 
As you can see, sales and prices have gone up from 2020, the year of Covid uncertainty. Inventory, however, is down. Even though there is low inventory, sales are rising and this trend seems to be continuiung. Now is a great time to be a seller.
 
Curious about the numbers for you neighborhood in Maryland, DC or Virginia? Give me a call and I'll send you a more localized report.
 
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shoppingwithdana: Charred Oak Estates - Market Report for March 2021 - 04/12/21 08:24 PM
Charred Oak Estates Market Report
Bethesda, MD
March 2021
 
Curious about what's going on with real estate in Charred Oak Estates and how the vaccine roll out is impacting home sales?
Let's look at the numbers:
  
As you can see from the charts, the numbers of Sold properties is below the 5-year average, the number of New Pendings is above and the number of Active Listings is below that of the 5-year average. This low inventory is consistent throughout the DC Metro Area. Nothing is sitting on the market.
 
  
March's inventory of homes for sale was a bit lower than the 5-year average with less than … (4 comments)

shoppingwithdana: What I've learned about growing my business - 03/28/21 05:16 PM
When I first began in real estate, I worked with two very experienced men in our office who had very different, yet successful styles. 
One was very direct and was the first to pick up the phone and have a direct conversation with his clients or with agents. Everything about his marketing was direct. He hosted fun, large-scale events and smaller dinner parties at his home. He also made a customized premium item each year and hand delivered one to each of his past clients. 
His clients really liked his direct approach and referred him tons of business. He also had tons of … (15 comments)

shoppingwithdana: Has the Spring Market of 2021 Sprung? - 03/27/21 10:26 AM
How do we know when the Spring Market has sprung?
Each year there is a period of time where there are ALOT more buyers than sellers in the market. It begins on January 2nd and runs through a few weeks after the Super Bowl. Then we hit Spring Market and houses start hitting the market and we slide into Summer Market and the buyers learn what they need to do to win and we get homes sold and buyers into homes all before the school year begins. 
So what about this year? Will it be different because of the pandemic?
During 2020 there was … (5 comments)

shoppingwithdana: February 2021 Market Report - Charred Oak Estates - 03/17/21 08:04 PM
Charred Oak Estates Market Report
Bethesda, MD
February 2021
 
Curious about what's going on with real estate in Charred Oak Estates and how the pandemic has impacted home sales?
Let's look at the numbers:
  
As you can see from the charts, the numbers of Sold properties is above the 5-year average, the New Pendings is below and the number of Active Listings is equal to that of the 5-year average. This low inventory is consistent throughout the DC Metro Area. 
 
  
February's inventory of homes for sale was a bit lower than the 5-year average with no months inventory on the market. The number of new listings entering … (5 comments)

shoppingwithdana: Could you do me a favor if you're able? - 03/02/21 07:50 AM
I've been preparing to teach a Fair Housing class and talking to fellow agents and many seem surprised that most of the Fair Housing complaints each year come from the same group. In fact, according to the National Fair Housing Alliance, 58.9% of the complaints alleging discrimination in 2019 were on the basis of disability.
So here's the favor I'm asking of you:
Could you spend a few extra minutes when entering a listing into your MLS and be sure to list all of the accessibility features that apply to your listing?
Simple, right? You've probably heard the expression, junk in, junk out when … (21 comments)

shoppingwithdana: Charred Oak Estates Market Report - January 2021 - 02/23/21 12:27 PM
Charred Oak Estates Market Report
Bethesda, MD
January 2021
 
Curious about what's going on with real estate in Charred Oak Estates and how the pandemic has impacted home sales?
Let's look at the numbers:
  
As you can see from the charts, the numbers of Sold properties and the number of New Pending properties for January is above the 5-year average while the number of Active Listings is below that of the 5-year average. This low inventory is consistent throughout the DC Metro Area. 
 
  
January's inventory of homes for sale was a bit lower than the 5-year average with no months inventory on the market. The number of … (5 comments)

shoppingwithdana: Where did I go? - 02/05/21 10:44 AM
After many years at the same company, I made a move to a new brokerage. You may not have heard of us, but YOU WILL.
It's JPAR Stellar Living.
JP & Associates REALTORS (JPAR - pronounced Jay-Par) is the fastest growing real estate company in the country and though it's been in other states for some time, we are bringing it to the DMV.
JPAR Stellar Living's first office is located in Gaithersburg at the Eugene B Casey Building at 800 S Frederick Ave in Suite 200.
Stop by and see us! We'd love to show you around. And yes there is an outdoor patio … (8 comments)

shoppingwithdana: What is good faith money or earnest money? - 11/18/20 07:18 AM
There seems to be some confusion around Earnest Money Deposits. Also called EMD or Good Faith Money. 
Some questions I've received include...
What is good faith money?
Where does good faith money go?
What does good faith money mean?
Do you get good faith money back?
So I thought I'd answer these questions in a video...
If you have any other questions about Earnest Money, give me a call at 202.271.5301.
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shoppingwithdana: Are residents actually migrating away from cities? - 09/18/20 08:32 AM
 
So, are people REALLY fleeing the cities because of the pandemic?
It’s been months since the first stay-in-place and social distancing orders were announced and people are finding ways to combat cabin fever – including moving.
Why are they moving? Homebuyers are looking for more dedicated office/work spaces in their homes and more private outdoor space. With the relaxing of telecommuting rules in many workplaces, many city residents are less concerned about living as close to work as they were before Covid-19. And moving further outside the city gets more space for less money which is appealing to many first time buyers.
According to the National Association … (3 comments)

shoppingwithdana: Charred Oak Estates Market Report - June 2020 - 08/06/20 03:14 PM
Charred Oak Estates Market Report
Bethesda, MD
June 2020
  
Curious about what's going on with real estate in Charred Oak Estates and how the pandemic has impacted home sales?
 
Let's look at the numbers:
 
  
As you can see from the charts, the numbers of Sold properties is steady and number of New Pending properties for June is above the 5-year average for June while the number of Active Listings is below that of the 5-year average.
 
  
 
June's inventory of homes for sale was a bit lower than the 5-year average with a 0 months inventory on the market. The number of new listings entering the market in June was also below the 5-year average. The uncertaintly around the pandemic may be part of the reason. 
 
Are … (1 comments)

shoppingwithdana: Charred Oak Estates Market Report - April 2020 - 05/31/20 05:07 PM
Charred Oak Estates Market Report
Bethesda, MD
April 2020
  
Curious about what's going on with real estate in Charred Oak Estates and how the pandemic may be impacting sales?
 
Let's look at the numbers:
 
  
As you can see from the charts, the numbers of Sold properties is up and number of New Pending properties for April is below the 5-year average for April while the number of Active Listings was double that of the 5-year average.
 
 
 
April's inventory of homes for sale was a bit lower than the 5-year average with a 0 months inventory on the market. The number of new listings entering the market in April was also below the 5-year average. This was likely called by the changing … (3 comments)

shoppingwithdana: Is your house ready for the cold weather? - 03/02/20 11:11 AM
 
One winter weekend morning, my family was surprised by an early morning knock at the door. It was our neighbors who had noticed that the holly bush in front of our home looked like a giant ice sculpture. Our front hose bib had not been winterized and the pipe froze and burst. We were lucky that the leak was under our front porch and outside of our home. It could have been much worse.
You want to avoid this happening...
During most home inspections, I've heard the home inspector talk about winterizing the hose bibs of your home as part of home maintenance. Here is … (2 comments)

shoppingwithdana: How a cable tie can save you time and money. - 12/14/19 01:03 PM
Over the years, I've attended hundreds of home inspections with my buyer clients and noticed some trends in the items that inspectors note as not to code, not in normal workingorder, or improperly installed. While some of these items, like a missing anti-tip bracket forthe kitchen stove, can easily be installed by a handyman, others require a licensed contractor to complete the repair. For example, when a plumbing issue like a missing air gap and high loop is discovered, sellers are typically asked to hire a licensed plumber to fix the problem and that can be very expensive.
Preparing Your Home for Market
If you're thinking about … (3 comments)

shoppingwithdana: Retiring or Downsizing? Move to Leisure World - 11/07/19 08:56 AM
Are you thinking about selling your home to move into something smaller and easier to maintain? Are you curious what your home is worth? Not sure where you might live next?
Consider Leisure World!
If you're thinking about staying in the area, consider Leisure World. This age-restricted, gated, adult living community in Silver Spring, Maryland offers a wide variety of property styles that may meet your needs. Take a look at this market report for a properties in Leisure World of Silver Spring, Maryland. 
Condos and Co-ops
In Leisure World, Silver Spring, MD, the median sold price for Condo & Coop properties for September was $192,500, representing a decrease of 30% compared to last … (0 comments)

shoppingwithdana: Is it the end of a holiday tradition? - 10/27/19 06:48 AM
All I want for Christmas is...
Each year I tell my husband there is one thing I want for Chrismas - a photo of our daughters in their Halloween costumes. And each year he has taken a photo, framed it, wrapped it and put it under the Christmas tree for me. I have quite a lovely collection.
This year my daughters feel too old to go Trick-or-Treating and aren't sure they will dress up at all. Teenagers making plans can be so unpredictable.
So, is it the end of a Hill Family Tradition? 
 
 
Since we host a huge Halloween Party in our home every other year, maybe it … (9 comments)

shoppingwithdana: Should I BUY NOW or WAIT until next year? - 10/23/19 06:36 AM
Should I Buy Now or Wait Until Next Year?
I've been looking for an easy way to answer this question in a general way. I mean, when I'm asked this question, which is quite often, I usually answer with very specific insights into local market data. When I saw this infographic by Keeping Current Matters, I thought it was worth sharing because it takes a more generic approach and it calculates a cost for waiting. 
All of their data comes from CoreLogic, Freddie Mac, and Bankrate and they make a few assumptions. 1) That interest rates will go up by 0.2% and 2) that home … (3 comments)

shoppingwithdana: Yes. I'm THAT mom. - 09/03/19 08:09 AM
Are you THAT mom?
I know I AM and I have no shame about it. My kids know it too. They roll their eyes, but have learned to accept it. And truthfully, all the other kids in the neighborhood know that I'm THAT Mom. While none of them like it, they seem to be glad it's not their mom who is THAT mom.
I mean, most of their moms allow them some sense of privacy by doing it at home alone in an awkward, but less public way. 
 
You know what I mean don't you?
I'm THAT mom. The one who makes all the kids pose together … (6 comments)

 
Dana Hollish Hill, REALTOR * Broker * Coach (Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living)

Dana Hollish Hill

REALTOR * Broker * Coach

Bethesda, MD

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Author Bio: Dana Hollish Hill is an experienced real estate professional licensed in Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia. She serves as REALTOR, Broker and Coach at JPAR Stellar Living



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