hbc group kw: Where We Live - Hamel Hill - 04/01/20 12:05 PM
Where We Live: Hamel Hillby Karen Briscoe
April 1, 2020 
 
Where We Live: Hamel Hill
Location, location, location… If you are looking to buy a home in McLean, this is the right spot to start your search! A unique feature of this property, is how it backs up right to Lewinsville Park. Crisp turf fields, outdoor basketball courts, and a well-maintained baseball diamond are a few of the attractions this park has to offer. Other than athletics, this park offers a community garden, which contains a diverse number of flowers and herbs.  A delicious farmers market is also open from May 8th … (0 comments)

hbc group kw: Where We Live: Waverly Hills, Arlington - 07/24/19 11:02 AM
Waverly Hills is an area within Arlington, VA consisting of over 400 single family homes, many of which were built in the 30s and 40s. The key features of this neighborhood are the recently renovated Woodstock Park, the nearby Lee Heights shops, and it’s amazing location. You’re minutes from Ballston-MU Station and many in this neighborhood choose not to use a car as their primary transformation.
Woodstock Park sits in the middle of Waverly Hills and was renovated in 2015. The park has a large, modern playground and a drop-in basketball court. Insider tip - there is also a great hill for … (0 comments)

hbc group kw: First Half of 2019 Market Study - 07/03/19 01:13 PM
Real Estate Market Update
First Half 2019 vs.
First Half 2018 and 2009 Comparison
 McLean and Great Falls Flat is the best description of the real estate market performance for the first half of 2019.  Truly I am surprised as there were signs and indicators of more robust activity.  The numbers speak for themselves though!  There were 576 total transactions in McLean and Great Falls in the first half of 2019.  In the same time frame for the previous year, 2018, there were 571.  
The segment that showed the most improvement is the price range of $1 to $1.25 m.  The move-up buyer in … (0 comments)

hbc group kw: The Value of a High Walk Score - 05/01/19 04:33 PM
There are numerous factors that determine whether a location is considered highly walkable.  The first is that there is a central location where people congregate. Typically there are numerous businesses and access to public transportation.  The infrastructure design is pedestrian oriented and planned for bicyclists and mass transit. Daily shopping needs can be met without having to get into a car, usually vehicular parking is not as accessible which discourages use.  The neighborhood has mixed use with workplaces, schools, recreation integrated with housing and shopping.
 
Visit www.walkscore.com to assess how walkable a particular address is.  The HBC Group at KW has two … (0 comments)

hbc group kw: You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs... - 02/13/19 11:52 AM
You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs, Before You Find Your Handsome Prince!
This is the popular moral of the fairy tale The Frog Prince by the Brothers Grimm.   The princess is encouraged to seek out true love, and yet in the process may have to endure some ugliness along the way.  There can be a moral here for home Buyers and Sellers of homes as well. 
From the Buyer’s perspective it may take viewing quite a few homes before “true love” is discovered.  Each time a Buyer views in a house, inside their mind they are putting it through a “kiss test”.  Could … (2 comments)

hbc group kw: National Media vs. the Local Real Estate Market - 01/25/19 12:58 PM
The headline from Reuters on January 23, 2019 is certain to grab attention for anyone considering buying or selling a home this spring:  US Home Sales Hit 3 Year Low.  It cites National Association of Realtors® statistics that existing home sales declined 6.4%, the lowest level since November 2015.
That may appear to be good news for buyers and more bad news for sellers of real estate.   But that statistic is not taking into consideration that all real estate is local.  Otherwise why would “location, location, location” be the most often repeated mantra when discussing real estate values. 
The SUP Core Logic Case-Shiller … (0 comments)

hbc group kw: Chesterbrook Woods 2018 Market Wrap Up! - 01/23/19 02:45 PM
Chesterbrook Woods experienced an active real estate market in 2018.  21 homes traded hands last year vs. 26 in 2017.  With a total of 540 homes in the Chesterbrook Woods Citizens Association geographical area, this is about 3.9% of the market in 2018 vs. 4.8% in 2017.  Real estate is cyclical and is affected by several factors including interest rates, demographic shifts, changes in employment, technological advances, zoning and even the weather.  Although the market was down about 20% year-over-year vs. a 9% decrease in all of 22101, the pronounced change is not necessarily a trend.
The average sales price in 2018 … (2 comments)

hbc group kw: "It's a Wonderful Life" and Profession! - 12/19/18 02:10 PM
It is a tradition in our family every year during the holiday season to watch the Frank Capra classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”. In fact I’ve seen it so many times that I can quote word-for-word many of the scenes. Perhaps it is because of all the real estate lessons contained within!
The heart of why it is so meaningful for me to be a real estate agent is played out in the scene where the family is at the dinner table. George Bailey’s younger brother Harry is preparing for a party that he is trying to get his big brother to … (2 comments)

hbc group kw: All In The Family - 12/12/18 01:56 PM
“All in the Family” is a sitcom circa 1970’s. As the purchase and sale of a home has such significant ramifications, I’ve found that in almost all cases there are peripheral people involved.  Usually it is family members but also there can be financial advisors, close friends, neighbors and business associates.  All seem to have an opinion on what the client should be doing.  And like the telephone game of old, that message can come through to the agent in a distorted fashion.  This being during the holiday season, seems like an appropriate time to discuss how it affects the purchase … (2 comments)

hbc group kw: Yes Virginia. There IS a real estate market - 12/05/18 03:33 PM
DEAR EDITOR:  I am a Seller of a home in Northern Virginia.  Some of my friends say that this is not a good market to sell real estate.  Others say, “If you see it in the HBC Group-Keller Williams articles, you can believe it.”  Please tell me the truth; is this a good time to be in the market?
Yes, Virginia, this is a great time to be in the market in Northern Virginia.  Virginia, your friends are wrong.  They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age.  In many sub-markets of the Northern Virginia, Washington DC and suburban Maryland … (2 comments)

hbc group kw: Holiday Classic Home Swap - 11/28/18 05:59 PM
“The Holiday” is a movie about two ladies who are both coming out of bad relationships and decide to “home swap” as a means of getting away.   One is a society column editor from London and the other is a movie producer from LA.  The homes are stereotypical for the locale.  The London home is actually a “quaint cottage” in slow paced Surrey and the Los Angeles home is top shelf glamor amongst Hollywood stars.  
The movie portrays as well that homes take on the owner’s personality – or perhaps is it the other way around?  Swapping for the characters … (0 comments)

hbc group kw: Pause to Express Thanks - 11/21/18 10:00 AM
Thanksgiving is a holiday special to America, although other countries too have adopted the concept of a day of gratitude. In a desire to live a more purposeful live, I am taking the time to pause and express thanks!First, I thank all of the clients and customers over the year that we have been given the privilege and pleasure to work with. On an average annual basis it is usually around one hundred families and over the years has grown into the thousands. It is because of clients that we can proclaim the Keller Williams motto:  “A career worth having, a … (4 comments)

hbc group kw: Reston Real Estate Market Up for 2017 - 01/31/18 11:48 AM
The number of real estate transaction in Reston closed out the year 3% greater in 2017 than in 2016.  In comparison to the 2007 market just one decade ago, the number is up 7%.  This is significant as 2007 was the last peak year in Northern Virginia for real estate. Anytime there are more buyers than the previous year indicates an environment for potential price appreciation, which is very good news as we look towards the 2018 spring season.
Breaking down into price segments, most price segments performed better or remained steady in 2017 compared to 2016 and the benchmark year of … (2 comments)

hbc group kw: Housing "Black Friday" and the New Year - 12/27/17 07:36 PM
The holiday season is in the past and the New Year is upon us. While many are still in celebration mode active professional real estate agents are busy. It happens that "Housing Black Friday" is frequently the first Friday after Christmas. That's right, immediately after the holiday people began actively searching for homes. I have several theories for this phenomenon.In many cases people have been busy entertaining guests over the holiday season. All of the flaws of the home have become that much more apparent. People decide that next year they are going to do something about it. Moving becomes the … (0 comments)

hbc group kw: All in the Family! - 12/13/17 02:04 PM
“All in the Family” is a sitcom circa 1970’s. As the purchase and sale of a home has such significant ramifications, I’ve found that in almost all cases there are peripheral people involved. Usually it is family members but also there can be financial advisors, close friends, neighbors and business associates. All seem to have an opinion on what the client should be doing. And like the telephone game of old, that message can come through to the agent in a distorted fashion. This being during the holiday season, seems like an appropriate time to discuss how it affects the purchase … (3 comments)

hbc group kw: It's a Wonderful Life and Profession - 12/06/17 02:07 PM
It is a tradition in our family every year during the holiday season to watch the Frank Capra classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”. In fact I’ve seen it so many times that I can quote word-for-word many of the scenes. Perhaps it is because of all the real estate lessons contained within!
The heart of why it is so meaningful for me to be a real estate agent is played out in the scene where the family is at the dinner table. George Bailey’s younger brother Harry is preparing for a party that he is trying to get his big brother to … (31 comments)

hbc group kw: Yes Virginia, there is a real estate market - 11/29/17 12:17 PM
DEAR EDITOR:  I am a Seller of a home in Northern Virginia.  Some of my friends say that this is not a good market to sell real estate.  Others say, “If you see it in the HBC Group-Keller Williams articles, you can believe it.”  Please tell me the truth; is this a good time to be in the market?
Yes, Virginia, this is a great time to be in the market in Northern Virginia.  Virginia, your friends are wrong.  They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age.  In many sub-markets of the Northern Virginia, Washington DC and suburban Maryland … (1 comments)

hbc group kw: Pause to Express Thanks! - 11/22/17 08:43 PM
Thanksgiving is a holiday special to America, although other countries too have adopted the concept of a day of gratitude. In a desire to live a more purposeful live, I am taking the time to pause and express thanks!
First, I thank all of the clients and customers over the year that we have been given the privilege and pleasure to work with. On an average annual basis it is usually around one hundred families and over the years has grown into the thousands. It is because of clients that we can proclaim the Keller Williams motto:  “A career worth having, a … (5 comments)

hbc group kw: Should Home Sellers Decorate for the Holiday Season? - 11/15/17 09:50 AM
The holiday season for many people begins at Thanksgiving and extends through December until after the first of the year. Many Sellers that have their home on the market wonder if they should decorate their home for the holidays.
Holiday decorations can contribute to a home feeling warm and friendly. Further special decorating can show different uses for spaces and features of the home. Lights can accent areas that may be “lost” to darkness and cheer up the front of a home in the bleak mid-winter season.
What has been found best is that the client should proceed with what the family normally … (0 comments)

hbc group kw: Why Sell Now in the Fall? - 11/02/17 09:21 AM
The primary reason why an owner should sell real estate is because it is the right time for their particular situation.  In any given market at any given time there are buyers ready, willing and able to purchase real estate.  However, many Sellers want to “time the market” thinking that if they do so they will optimize what they will realize on the sale of their home.  As a professional Realtor®, I’m frequently asked the question:  “Why sell in the fall?  Should I wait until the spring?”
This past week I listed a home in McLean, Virginia for $970,000.  When I met … (4 comments)

 
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Karen Briscoe

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