It Started With A Referral

One referral turned into two resulting in two happy clients. Now we are all connected.

Congratulations to Chad, Katie and Logan.

It started with a reciprocal referral from a California agent whose son’s best friend wanted a bigger home for his expanding family. As a recent grad from the
United States Naval Academy, becoming a parent to a son and adopted dog Lucky, with mom planning to go back to work and what looked like, job wise a longer stint in Maryland it was time to move, Covid-19 and all. We are currently operating in a highly competitive market with historically low interest rates. After 27+ house tours, interviewing 2 lenders, investing in a pre-home inspection, 3 written and submitted yet rejected offers, they closed on the house that was meant to be. 10,000 lower than list price, plus a seller credit. Well worth the effort. Congratulations! #BestClientsEver


Urban to Suburban Lean

Congratulations Dave and Gulmira! After 14 years in Cleveland Park, DC it was time for more space and a sprawling yard. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, three rejected offers, a rent back and a short time rental they ended up with the perfect house and location for them. Thank you for trusting me to facilitate listing one home and buying the next.

Cleveland Park, DC to Kensington, MD – view listings

Two New Surveys Indicate Urban to Suburban Lean

There has been much talk around the possibility that Americans are feeling less enamored with the benefits of living in a large city and now may be longing for the open spaces that suburban and rural areas provide.

In a recent Realtor Magazine article, they discussed the issue and addressed comments made by Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR):

“While migration trends were toward urban centers before the pandemic, real estate thought leaders have predicted a suburban resurgence as home buyers seek more space for social distancing. Now the data is supporting that theory. Coronavirus and work-from-home flexibility is sparking the trend reversal, Yun said. More first-time home buyers and minorities have also been looking to the suburbs for affordability, he added.”

NAR surveyed agents across the country asking them to best describe the locations where their clients are looking for homes (they could check multiple answers). Here are the results of the survey:

  • 47% suburban/subdivision
  • 39% rural area
  • 25% small town
  • 14% urban area/central city
  • 13% resort community/recreational area

According to real estate agents, there’s a strong preference for less populated locations such as suburban and rural areas.

Real Estate Brokers and Owners Agree

Two New Surveys Indicate Urban to Suburban Lean | MyKCM

Zelman & Associates surveys brokers and owners of real estate firms for their monthly Real Estate Brokers Report. The last report revealed that 68% see either a ‘moderate’ or ‘significant’ shift to more suburban locations. Here are the results of the survey:

Bottom Line

No one knows if this will be a short-term trend or an industry game-changer. For now, there appears to be a migration to more open environments.


It’s All About RE|lationships

It’s our goal as agents but we don’t always get too many opportunities to work with people more than once. I am so glad that Sam and Ben were some of those clients. It’s been so rewarding watching their progress and their success come to fruition.

One of the best benefits of working with first time home buyers is that I get to watch how their lives unfold.
I first met Sam and Ben in 2016. What a great starter home!

“Laurel is not only an amazing realtor but our friend for life. We met her when we were looking to buy our first home and she walked us through each step in the process, she was kind and patient. We felt like we could take our time finding the right fit. We called Laurel again, as our family grew and realized we needed something bigger, our forever home. This was at the beginning of COVID and we were anxious about the challenges that may come with selling and buying at this time. Laurel again, walked us through the process and was there for us when we had questions. She helped ease our fears and frustrations. She helped us sell our home quickly while ensuring we got the best deal possible, and was able to help us find our forever home in which we needed a very short time to close. Laurel was honest each step of the way and spoke honestly about the pros and cons of each home we looked at to ensure we found the right home for our needs. Laurel is not only knowledgeable but also trustworthy and personable. She made a journey that can sometimes be painful, fun and easy. The only downside to finding our forever home is not being able to work with her again!”

– Sam and Ben

Four years later, plus one little one, a masters degree and a whole lot of hard work and success, they bought their forever home.


DC Metro Area Real Estate Trends | 2020 Summer

Have you noticed that as soon as a property goes on the market, it seems that within days they’re under contract? All indicators point to a strong summer real estate market.

  • New pending sales up 25.5% ( Zillow June Report)
  • New listings taken up 19.3% month -over -month ( Zillow June Report)
  • Demand for housing is out pacing supply = competitive market for buyers, excellent time to be a seller ( DC Metro area months supply is 1.4)
  • Our area is above average when it comes to exposure to low risk jobs by market. Meaning, there are more DC metro area residents who remain working in sectors including federal, state and local government, information technology, military and utilities.


#LMRE Most Current Under Contract or Sold Properties

Under Contract in 6 days
3601 38th Street NW #202
Washington, DC 20016
Under Contract in 2 days
Closed in 21 days

13305 Burnt Woods Place
Germantown, MD 20874
Didn’t make it one day on the market.
Shown once.
8101 Connecticut Ave C505
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

For Those Sellers and Buyers On The Fence

Inman News Latest Market & Economy Report

Homesnap found that American homeowners will spend an average of 25.1% of their monthly income on their housing while renters will spend 37.9%

Despite high home prices, putting off a purchase to wait for a better deal may not be the best idea after all. Long-term, owning is more affordable than renting almost anywhere in the country, according to a new report released by home search platform Homesnap.

Looking at factors like the average monthly wages, monthly rents, monthly rental insurance payments and median home values, Homesnap has found that owning is more affordable than renting in 94.39 percent of cities in the United States.

*Real estate industry professionals from around the world turn to Inman first for accurate, innovative and timely information about the business. Known for its award-winning journalism, cutting-edge technology coverage, in-depth educational opportunities, and forward-thinking events, Inman is the industry’s leading source of real estate information.


Paying Someone Else’s Mortgage vs. Your Own

With interest rates at historical lows, it may be a good time to start paying your own mortgage down instead of someone else’s.

As reported by CoreLogic, (the leading provider of property insights and solutions)

2019 Saw the Fastest Annual Rent Appreciation Since 2016 US Single-Family Rents Up 2.9% Year Over Year in December.

Read the full CoreLogic article here

Learn more about the Home Buying Process, start building equity now.

Low rental home inventory, relative to demand, fuels the growth of single-family rent prices. The SFRI shows single-family rent prices have climbed between 2010 and 2019. However, overall year-over-year rent price increases have slowed since February 2016, when they peaked at 4.2%, and have stabilized at around 3% since early 2019. – CoreLogic


Prepared Clients Are The Most Successful Clients

SOLD: #TheCarleton – 4550 N Park Ave 907 #ChevyChaseRealEstate

As the article published in Inman suggests, there are more that a few ways a buyer can sabotage their own home purchase.

Buyers sometimes can potentially sabotage a home purchase? Some factors to be aware of…: – You can read the full article here

  • Having unrealistic expectations – Balancing market realities with the price point that they can afford is important.
  • Hesitating – There is often a short window to pull the trigger when buyers come across “the one,” especially if it has just hit the market.
  • Making low-ball offers -Buyers risk alienating the seller, leaving the door open for other offers and, perhaps, losing out on what they want.
  • Being inflexible – The ability to adapt and function from a position of give-and-take is a must.

My clients illustrate success when one is realistic, stays within budget, is ready and willing to act quickly, then can make an offer based on market conditions and information shared about the seller’s priorities. Such clients  were able to close on exactly what they were searching for without compromise. ….and $50,000 below asking price.


Real Estate Market Conditions Are Optimal Right Now For Home Buyers To Wield Their Increased Buying Power

This is a good time to use your increased buying power. The majority of buyers are occupied with holiday preparations and family gatherings. This means competition is lower when writing offers for a pre-Spring move-in date.

Although home prices were up 5.7% in the last year, according to First American, this is balanced by low interest rates and increasing wages. 

Concerned about the reports on inventory levels? This is another reason to combine the recourses available to you to navigate the process. Not only Searching on the internet, but more important working with a real estate professional and the network they have built will help ensure your success.