hill slowinski: PRESS RELEASE: Slowinski Honored as Multi-Million Dollar Producer - 05/06/12 08:17 AM
Hill Slowinski Named #9, in Top 28 Washington Metro, and in Top 139 Montgomery County/DC Regions


hill slowinski: Get Ready — This is Not Your Usual Spring Market! - 03/23/12 12:30 AM
It’s Going To Be More Active
Spring is officially here.  Buyers and sellers are ready once again to participate in the most active home market period of the year.  Sellers have painted everything inside and out and finished mulching their garden beds.  Buyers have drafted their wish lists, review their favorite real estate websites daily (or more frequently) for new listings, and are armed with their lender pre-approval letters.
Here is a great window of opportunity.  Know that this not your normal Spring Market.  Things are different:
Buyers have been out for weeks in the warmer-than-usual weather.  Interest rates are … (3 comments)

hill slowinski: House Prices: Where They Will Be in the Spring - 11/30/11 04:07 AM
(Reprinted from The KCM Blog, October 2011.  Disclaimer: This blog covers the national housing market as a whole. Please check with a local real estate professional to discover how the following information will impact your region. – The KCM Crew.)
Hill's Comment:  While the recent S&P/Case-Shiller Index data reflect an overall slight increase in Washington area house prices, this goes against the nationwide trends, in which residential real estate prices dropped more than forecast in the year ended September.  Prices rose and sales volume is highest in price ranges that meet the broadest market, the lower ranges.  Upper bracket properties prices are … (0 comments)

hill slowinski: A Federal Gem, Near The National Cathedral and Georgetown! - 10/14/11 05:33 AM
3800 Fulton Street, NW, Washington, DC  20007 MLS #DC7690818, Offered for $1,150,000 (WITHDRAWN)
This sun-filled 1920s Federal semi-detached home has been thoughtfully updated throughout.  The complete renovation, including new windows and systems, retains many of the original architectural details with a handsome contemporary flair.  There are three bedrooms, a sitting room or den, two new full and one half bathrooms, living room, dining room, foyer, central hall, abundant closet space, chef’s kitchen, and pantry. 
The home has a graceful wrap-around tiled front and side porch, which has French doors opening to it from the living room.  The tiered rear deck overlooks a large … (0 comments)

hill slowinski: Stimulating Offers from Prospective Buyers - 08/25/11 06:13 AM
Selling Clients Ask, 'What Methods Best Solicit Offers?' 
Each listing, each buyer, and each offer is different.  I apply several strategies in response to expressions of interest and to encourage potential offers to a particular listing.  I rarely have direct initial contact with buyers who are not my own clients as they are represented by their own agents, and the communication flows between buyers and their agents, and then between the listing agent and the buyer’s agent.  Buyers’ comments and negotiation strategies that would affect the advantage of buyer versus seller are confidential, as are mine with my sellers.   Nevertheless, in the … (1 comments)

hill slowinski: "The Waterford" Limited Edition Luxury Residence - 05/23/11 05:04 AM
A Private Estate Home in Bethesda, MD      (SOLD!)
"The Waterford"
 7220 Armat Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20817
Offered for $1,855,000
This luxury estate residence blends classic materials in a traditionally elegant yet very practical and comfortable home.  Key features include paneled library/study, elevator, in-ground heated pool with sub-meter, and five fireplaces. 
Multiple French doors lead to sunlit patios and mature gardens, which enjoy a warm Southern exposure for outdoor living and social events.  The highlights of the finished ground level are a wine cellar and reception hall, bar and family room, and a large area suitable for home theater or casual entertaining. 
The … (1 comments)

hill slowinski: Washington, DC Market: 2010 Review and 2011 Outlook - 02/21/11 06:05 AM
Low Inventory, Stable Prices, and Feeling the Worst Is Behind Us

Market Summary
The Washington, DC real estate market had an exceptional first half of 2010 with combined sales of single-family homes, condominiums, and cooperatives up 36% at the end of the second quarter.  That pace did not continue and the increase dwindled to 3% by the end of December.
The single-family market ended the year in much stronger position than the condo/co-op market with an 11% increase sales and just over 4 months worth of inventory.  Condo/co-op sales ended with a 6% loss and over 6 months of … (0 comments)

hill slowinski: "A Jewel of Old Town" Alexandria, VA - 01/11/11 09:30 AM
A Rare 1770 "Flounder" Beautifully Renovated  (SOLD!!)

202 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA
OFFERED for $1,410,000
This rare 1770 freestanding brick flounder, built well back from the street and surrounded by a formal garden with potting shed and high brick walls, is a jewel of Old Town.  The two and one-half story brick home, with a rolled tin roof and beautifully renovated and restored in 1995, is one of the few remaining freestanding flounder houses in Alexandria.  It features crown moldings, paneled foyer, library with original fireplace, and a full in-law suite with separate entrance.
William Mitchell, a sea captain, built … (0 comments)

hill slowinski: The Best of In-Town Living! - 01/11/11 08:39 AM
Old Town Alexandria:  Closes to Everything!  (SOLD!!)
211 South Payne Street, Old Town, Alexandria, VA  22314
Offered for $875,000  
          This two-story brick Colonial Revival style detached townhouse was built in 1900, with a three-bay façade with six-over-one windows and an abbreviated classical cornice.  It is in easy walking distance to the King Street shopping and dining corridor, Metro Station, Courthouse, and Patent and Trademark office. The home underwent a thorough renovation from the ground up completed in 1995 with all new mechanical and electrical systems, new double-pane windows, and new plumbing. 
            The formal living room is anchored by an … (0 comments)

hill slowinski: Winter Preparations Checklist for Homes on the Market - 12/20/10 01:20 AM
Owners' Continuing Responsibility for Snow/Ice Removal
With the arrival of Winter this coming week and the surprise snowfall we had last week, it is time to complete your winter preparations, if you have not done so already.  These are particularly important if you have a home listed for sale that is vacant or you are going to be away for part of the holidays.
A Quick Checklist:
If your listed property is vacant:
Have someone lined up to shovel snow promptly: Clear snow and ice for access from the street - driveways, paths, and walks  Snow-covered and icy walks may present … (3 comments)

hill slowinski: Washington DC: Sellers Experiencing Both Competition and Frustration - 11/09/10 03:14 AM
Third Quarter 2010 Report: Stable Prices and Lower Inventories
Market Summary
This has been a frustrating market for many buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals. Buyers in certain price ranges and neighborhoods are finding heavy competition and multiple offers on well-priced homes, while certain sellers are suffering through months on the market without an offer or serious interest. 
The third quarter statistics show a 21% decline from Q3 2009; but with the strong first half of the year, year-to-date sales are still up by 14% over 2009.  Initially it was unclear whether the expiration of the Federal Tax Credit for … (0 comments)

hill slowinski: Whether To Buy or To Sell During the Holidays - 11/07/10 09:31 PM
"Happy Valentine's Day!"

Clients are asking, "Should I put my house on the market now, or should I wait?" and "Should I buy now, or should I wait?"  What about Thanksgiving, the Holiday season, or New Year's?  What about buyer interest and showings and open houses? Why not wait?
It's November.  Prices have stabilized.  Inventories have come down in many areas.  Interest rates are at historic lows.  Financing has become more readily available.  Sellers planning to also buy can get more house for their money now than before.  Sellers who price not only competitively but also compellingly are successfully setting … (5 comments)

hill slowinski: Sparkling Potomac, MD Home offers Village Convenience and More! - 10/06/10 04:12 AM
Potomac Village Convenience!  (SOLD!!)

10209 Gary Road, Potomac, Maryland  20854
Offered for:  $849,000  MRIS #MC7428778
This very well-cared for home is conveniently located in a close-in an established Potomac Village neighborhood which also includes several large upper-bracket properties.  It is a beautifully refinished four-bedroom, two full bath and one-half bath split-level home on five levels. The large lot (27,000 sq. ft.) has an open rear lawn area which backs to a wooded lot for added privacy and room to expand!
            This home is less than ½ mile of Potomac Village, with shops, drug stores, banks, restaurants, markets, and other … (1 comments)

hill slowinski: THE Single Most Important Piece of Information to both Sellers and Buyers - 09/19/10 03:42 PM
Price - For a Listing and for a Contract of Sale. 
Sellers and buyers both rely on their agent's expertise and research to help them understand today's market and what are reasonable price expectations.  A wrong price can kill a listing or a deal. This single factor is so important. An agent who tries to "buy" a listing by providing or acceding to a seller's unreasonably high price expectations is not helping his client. Pricing high can negatively impact the house's real value, and can damage the agent's standing in the community. 

I spend hours on research and data analysis … (0 comments)

hill slowinski: Picking a Real Estate Agent? - 09/19/10 03:18 PM
Seven Exceptional Attributes to Look For
Finding an excellent real estate agent or Realtor® can be a challenge. There are many to choose from and they all appear eager to help you. But how do you know which will serve your interests and help you best?  There are so many to choose from - but how do you narrow your choices?
Refine your search. Among the many qualities you want to see, consider these too::
All Realtors® are agents; not all agents are Realtors®.  There is a distinction. A Realtor® is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the … (1 comments)

hill slowinski: Home Sale Contingencies Returning to Purchase Contracts - 07/17/10 11:13 PM
Buyers and Sellers Cooperating for Terms to Work
 As the market for the purchase and sale of residential properties continues to stabilize and return to normal, we are beginning to see more sellers accepting offers to buy their homes subject to the sale of the buyers' homes, this after a period where such contingencies were few and far between.  Even though these contingencies add to the complexity of offers, this arrangement works to the benefit of both buyer and seller to seal a deal and can be very satisfying and cooperative, so long as both parties adhere to the strict details … (6 comments)

hill slowinski: Several Washington DC Areas Among “Best” Places - 07/17/10 11:00 PM
Maryland and Virginia Among Highest for Technology, Business Friendliness
CNN Money.com and CNBC.com just released their 2010 lists - Top Earning Towns, Best 100 Small Cities to Live,and CNBC for Top States for Business- and The Washington Post announced the area's education level.
Bethesda, MD has the highest median family income in the US, according to CNN Money.com.  Ellicott City/Columbia, Maryland is named by a CNN survey as #2 Best Small City to Live in the country, up from #8 in 2008, with its  grand homes, a lovely 18th-century downtown, lots of restaurants, wide range of housing, tons of parkland, and a … (4 comments)

hill slowinski: Majestic 1913 Victorian in Cleveland Park, DC: New Listing! - 05/15/10 03:41 AM
3420 Porter St., NW, Washington, DC 20016 - Available for the first time in 65 years.

Offered for $1,350,000.  MRIS# DC7336115.  Open House 5/16, 1-4 PM This classic 1913 Victorian is filled with character and charm and is located in the heart of Cleveland Park. It features large sun-filled rooms, high coffered ceiling, handsome stone fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors, freshly painted throughout, original architectural details, and terrific space and storage areas. Its four levels include six large bedrooms plus a second floor library with fireplace, separate garage, and private landscaped rear garden.
With its orientation on the hillside, this is one of … (0 comments)

hill slowinski: Magnificent Mt. Vernon Estate on the Potomac River: FOR SALE - 02/22/10 11:01 AM
4003 Belle Rive Terrace, Alexandria, VA 22309   ▪   FOR SALE: $2,799,000  
Although this riverfront estate on almost an acre on the high Virginia banks of the Potomac River south of Washington is now in service as an elegant private residence, its uncommon security attributes and reinforced construction make it suitable for a variety of exclusively executive or sensitive functions.  The home is located on one of the five farms owned and operated by George Washington. 
The design of the home and its orientation over the Potomac River were influenced by the architecture of Frank Lloyd … (2 comments)

hill slowinski: Washington, DC Market: 2009 Review and 2010 Outlook - 01/20/10 06:48 AM
Positive Trend Reverses Declines Since 2004
New sales contracts in 2009 for residential properties were 21% ahead of 2008.   The number of properties on the market at the end of 2009 was 25% lower than the end of 2008 -- a five month supply. This is a market which most housing economists feel is in balance between buyers and sellers. 
Falling property values opened the door for a new group of homebuyers who had been priced out of the market for several years. Average and median sales prices of single family homes, still well below 2008 prices, are affected by the larger … (0 comments)

F. Hill Slowinski, JD,  #9 Agent in Long & Foster | Christie's (Long & Foster | Christie's International Real Estate)

F. Hill Slowinski, JD

#9 Agent in Long & Foster | Christie's

Bethesda, MD

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Long & Foster | Christie's International Real Estate

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