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Wendy Carpenter-Israel

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Modernizing a 1929 Colonial while still honoring its history. Sandy Spring Builders and GTM Architects collaborated on a plan for this home that would honor its history while also increasing the living space and incorporating a more modern style.

Modernizing a 1929 Colonial while still honoring its history

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post) When Debbie Berger Fox and her husband, Nick Fox, decided it was time to give up their glamorous London lifestyle to live in the Washington area, they discovered their ideal neighborhood was a throwback to an earlier America. “The town of Somerset is like living in Mayberry in the 1950s,” said Debbie, a communications consultant for the Democratic National Committee.

“It’s a self-contained bubble with charming houses and suburban amenities like the swimming pool and tennis courts, yet you also get the urban ability to walk to the Friendship Heights Metro station and restaurants and shops.” Somerset, Md. — an incorporated Montgomery County town near Chevy Chase — has about 400 residences, including 54 designated by the county as part of a historic district. Buyer Beware: Picture-Perfect Flipped Homes Can Become the Nightmare on Elm Street.

How to Buy a Home - Don't be a Crazy Bird. Dupont - Kalorama DC Real Estate Listings For Sale Now. Dupont - Kalorama Homes for Sale Dupont Cirlcle and Kalorama are some of the most desired locations in all of Washington, DC real estate.

Dupont - Kalorama DC Real Estate Listings For Sale Now

Just north of downtown in Northwest, the neighborhoods’ elegant row houses on tree lined streets border Rock Creek Park and famous Embassy Row. In fact, the word Kalorama in Greek translates to “beautiful view,” speaking to how many of the homes and condos boast views of both the National Mall and National Cathedral. Historically, the area has been home to Washington’s political elite, including four Presidents and the late Senator Edward Kennedy. The hub of activity around the Dupont Circle and its Metro Station functions as the neighborhoods’ commercial zone. The residential areas themselves are noted for their historic feel. Buyers in Dupont Circle and Kalorma benefit from their location in Northwest with public school students attending the well regarded Woodrow Wilson High School. How to Buy a Home in a Competitive Market. House Hunting in the Spring Market?

How to Buy a Home in a Competitive Market

Get ready for the competition The Spring market came early to the Greater Washington DC area. In fact, throughout the winter in the District, there has been competition for condos and single family homes. Buyer beware: Those picture-perfect flipped homes can be masked money pits. Investors are flipping houses like it's 2006 again.

Buyer beware: Those picture-perfect flipped homes can be masked money pits

This time it's not easy mortgages fueling the movement but fast-rising prices, hungry buyers, record profits, and a panoply of home-flipping reality TV shows that make it look fun and easy. Some flippers are turning historic homes into modern, hybrid treasures, but others are slapping cosmetic fixes on truly troubled properties, ignoring mechanical and structural issues. 21 Incredible Detailed Ceiling Design Ideas From EXPERTS - AlexMoulding.com. Here is a Dining room that connects kitchen with Great room together.

21 Incredible Detailed Ceiling Design Ideas From EXPERTS - AlexMoulding.com

This pattern is chosen after few dozens of different approaches discussed. There were lots of options to choose from, and some are better than others but this ceiling design was the winner, and a client is very happy about it. However while selecting a perfect ceiling design for your particular space or room you might hit some distinct challenges: Every house is Different! CHECKLIST FOR WINTER BUYER'S EDGE-BuyersAgent.com. Buyer's Edge Real Estate Promotes Valerie Winebrenner to Vice President.

"I am thrilled for Buyer's Edge and for the Washington DC Real Estate community to have Valerie Winebrenner accept the position as Vice President," said Stephen Carpenter-Israel, President of Buyer's Edge.

Buyer's Edge Real Estate Promotes Valerie Winebrenner to Vice President

"Her twenty plus years of exclusively representing home buyers and heartfelt dedication to the consumer is extraordinary. " Exclusive Buyer Brokerage firm, Buyer's Edge is pleased to announce that Valerie Winebrenner has been promoted to Vice President. She has been one of the top residential real estate specialists providing buyer services in the Washington DC Metro area since joining the firm over twenty years ago. "I am privileged to work with a talented team of individuals committed to the same values I hold," said Winebrenner. "While there have been many changes since I first started in real estate, most notably in technology, the core concepts of common courtesy, good listening skills and honesty remain the same.

" Happy Valentine's Day - Love the Colors of the World. Get Ready for Winter! Here're the Top 5 Fall Home Maintenance Tips from Stephen Mercer. By Stephen Mercer, Exclusive Buyer's Agent with Buyer's Edge DC, MD, VA Furnace: Probably the most important system heading into winter.

Get Ready for Winter! Here're the Top 5 Fall Home Maintenance Tips from Stephen Mercer

Have a HVAC company check or tweak your system $50 - $100. You can change air filters every couple of months or longer with better quality filters. If your HVAC includes a built-in dehumidifier make sure you or the service contractor changes that one as well. Best DC Realtors: Washingtonian’s Top Real Estate Agents.

HIRE AN EXCLUSIVE BUYER'S AGENT. 8 Steps to Creating Pretty DIY Holiday Tablescapes. By: Wendy Carpenter-Israel I always have loved trying to create a pretty dining room table when entertaining family and friends in our home.

8 Steps to Creating Pretty DIY Holiday Tablescapes

I enjoy changing the theme each month. Steve and I often invite folks over last minute, so I like having my table ready to go. I'm ready for a dinner party of 10+ guests with 24 hours notice. The Trump Effect -Washington, DC Luxury Homes Prices Skyrocket. By Wendy Carpenter-Israel "The Trump Election has had a dramatic effect on prices of high-end, luxury Washington, DC properties for sale.

The Trump Effect -Washington, DC Luxury Homes Prices Skyrocket

" says Stephen Carpenter-Israel, President and Broker of Buyer's Edge an Exclusive Buyer's Brokerage Real Estate Company in the Washington, DC Metro area. Caveat Emptor "Buyer Beware" Steve Israel found that "List Prices of properties above $3,000,000 compared to the values of properties that sold before the election have risen 31% in the Posh Neighborhoods of Georgetown and Kalorama. " There are currently 21 listings in this Buyer's Edge survey which includes fee simple properties (no condos or coops). The total combined prices of these properties is $131,934,900 according to the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS Search). Exciting First-Time Homebuyers Pilot Program - Takoma Park, MD. "There are First-Time Homebuyers out there who have always wanted to live in Takoma, Park MD, but can't come up with the down payment needed to buy their first home.

Exciting First-Time Homebuyers Pilot Program - Takoma Park, MD

" explains Stephen Mercer, Exclusive Buyer's Agent with Buyer's Edge an Exclusive Buyer's Brokerage Real Estate Company in the Washington, DC Metro Area. As a Takoma Park resident, Stephen shares with homebuyers, "Luckily, there's a pilot program being offered in Takoma Park, Maryland that might help out First-Time Homebuyers, but they have to hurry. There're just 5 grants being offered. " The Home Stretch: Down Payment Assistance Program #1 Some of the Eligibility Requirements: Villa Escarpa / Mario Martins. Villa Escarpa / Mario Martins Architects Location Team Rita Rocha; Rui Duarte; Sara Glória; Sónia Santos; Fernanda Pereira; Ana Filipa Santos Technical projects Nuno Grave, Engenharia, Lda Project Year 2012 Photographs From the architect.

Villa Escarpa is located near the village of Praia da Luz, in the district of Lagos, Algarve, in the South of Portugal. A condition of the planning permission was that the new house be constructed in the space occupied by a previous building. This had little architectural or technical merit, but was located in an exceptional position on an escarpment overlooking the Algarve coastline and village of Praia da Luz. The footprint was therefore predetermined; on a very steep slope, and exposed to the prevailing winds. In an architectural language, pure and contemporary, we created sheltered terraces and courtyards for outside living. The house merges with a long water surface which dissects the wide living and kitchen spaces. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like the Holidays are Here!

Top 8 Simple Tips When Selling Your Home! So Why Do So Many Sellers Fail? Buy DC Condos Luxury Logan Circle, DC for $249,000. Stranger Danger – Why Buying a Home at an Open House is Crazy Bird. April 4, 2016 By Wendy Carpenter-Israel Are you a Crazy Bird? Here are the Top 5 Questions to ask yourself before you buy a home or condominium in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland from the real estate agent at the Open House. See fun video at the end of the blog. #1 When you’re hungry and want to go out for a super, expensive dinner would you walk into a OPEN HOUSE, sit down, eat and share your entire life story with a stranger?

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Top 6 Questions to Ask Your Buyer's Agent in DC, MD, VA Before you Give Them the Green Light. Updated: March 25, 2016 Wendy Carpenter-Israel Buying a home should be a joyful journey and the buyer’s agent that represents you in the exciting adventure will determine how happy and successful you believe you've been after you've purchased your home or condominium. Take your time, research your many options, and truly understand how real estate agency affects every aspect of a real estate transaction in the Washington, DC metro area.

Make a thoughtful and educated decision. 4 Sites That Will Tell You More than You Want to Know About Your Home. The anxiety of buying a new home can form in any number of ways, and you might find yourself questioning the property you’ve chosen – is the backyard really that small? Is the soil contaminated from the nasty-looking stream nearby? Is your house haunted? Maybe you’re not asking the last one, and maybe you’re trying to convince yourself you’re not asking the last one – but it’s not unreasonable to wonder. Rest assured you can investigate your concerns before you purchase a home, and you can do most of it online. Four websites provide a wide of range of property details, and then some – from historic aerial images to documents that show the home was used as a meth lab. DiedinHouse.com True to its name, DiedinHouse.com can tell you the name of every person associated with the address at any point in time, if someone has died in a home, if there were any previous fires on the property or if it was ever used as a meth lab.

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In fact, the nuclear free zone was Maryland’s first region to legalize gay marriage and has won acclaim for its environmentally friendly policies. Neighborhoods in Takoma Park can be noted for their pleasant atmosphere and tree lined streets. Takoma Park’s commercial district remains relatively small, but features several good restaurants and boutiques. Houses for Sale Rockville MD. Rockville, MD Homes for Sale Situated between Bethesda, MD and Gaithersburg, MD, Rockville, MD represents the heart of Metropolitan Washington’s I-270 corridor.

The incorporated city is the third largest in the state of Maryland and 61,000 residents make the suburb their home. Kensington MD Real Estate Current Listings. Kensington, MD Homes for Sale Located just two miles north of the beltway on Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD is one of Washington’s most popular bedroom communities. Central to the area’s long term popularity is the town’s historic business district, which boasts one of Metropolitan Washington’s most popular farmer’s markets and the well regarded “Antique Row” on Howard Avenue. Glamorous Georgetown Real Estate Homes For Sale. Georgetown Homes for Sale. Gorgeous Cleveland Woodley Park Real Estate For Sale. Cleveland - Woodley Park Homes for Sale Located along the Connecticut Avenue corridor, Cleveland Park and Woodley Park are some of Metropolitan Washington’s most picturesque neighborhoods.

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