Open House Today, Saturday 7/20 at this Elegant Colonial in Davidsonville!

Impeccably Maintained!

Impeccably Maintained!

I’ll be holding an Open House today from 1:00-3:00 at this gorgeous, well maintained home in the Wynnewood community of Davidsonville. Features include a welcoming 2-story foyer with hardwood flooring, separate formal living and dining rooms, large main level office, Kitchen with 42″ cherry cabinets and new flooring and sunny breakfast area. This home boasts 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms on a lovingly maintained 1.13 acre lot with stone walkways and patio. Currently being offered at $685,000. Please stop by for a visit to this beautiful home today!

Huge Landscaped Yard

Huge Landscaped Yard


2 Story Foyer

2 Story Foyer

Floor to Ceiling Stone Fireplace in Family Room

Floor to Ceiling Stone Fireplace in Family Room

Kitchen and Breakfast Area

Kitchen and Breakfast Area

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Market Update: We had a Fabulous June in Davidsonville!

I was just looking at the real estate statistics in Davidsonville for June and the numbers were so incredible I had to share. I love to be the spreader of good news!

There are currently 74 homes listed for sale in Davidsonville ranging from $319,900 to $1,850,000.   31 of these 74 homes were listed June 1st or later.  It has been a very busy Summer for real estate here in Davidsonville so far!

Here are some of the numbers showing what a great month June was:

Total Number of homes Sold:  13  This is up from 8 total homes sold in June of 2012.

Average Days on the Market in June 2013: 69  In June of 2012 the average days on the market was 132.  That’s a positive difference of over 47%.  It is taking a lot less time for sellers to get their homes sold.  Who doesn’t love that?

Average Sold Price in June 2013: $733,885   The average sold price is up over 9% from the same time last year.   If you are selling your house this year, good for you.  You’ll likely get a little extra cash in your pocket, you smart cookie.

Even with 74 homes on the market we are still experiencing a bit of an inventory shortage.  Buyers are out there looking and hoping to snag the perfect house when it comes on the market.   If you are thinking of selling, now is a really great time to do it.

If you know someone who is selling or thinking of selling, please share this good news with them!

Here’s to hoping for a fabulous July!

My fabulously wonderful, fantastically awesome neighbors

I have the best neighbors.  I mean THE BEST.   As often as Steve and I think about moving to a bigger house to have more room to entertain, we always come back to how wonderful our neighbors are here and we are scared of moving and not having them around.   We wonder: What if we move to a new neighborhood and the people next door are not awesome?  What if we don’t get along with them? Or worse What if they just don’t like us?  Nope, we can’t chance that one.  Not even for a bigger house. Neighborly awesomeness is a deal breaker for us.  We’re staying put.

Yesterday, while Steve was pushing the lawn mower across the yard cutting the grass across our medium-sized yard, our neighbor Wayne from across the street came over.  Wayne and his wife, Jean are some of our awesome neighbors.  They have rescued my dogs from roaming the neighborhood after their weekly fence breaking sessions more times than I can count and they always buy Girl Scout cookies from my kids which is surely a requirement of awesomeness.  Wayne explained to Steve that since he was getting older and didn’t want to have the huge responsibility of maintaining his large yard any longer, he had hired a lawn service to take care of that for him from now on.  He told Steve that is was just too much for him to have to worry with.  He explained to Steve that he would no longer be needing the riding lawn mower he owned and he wanted to give it to Steve.  For nothing.  Steve’s first thought was: I am going to look so cool mowing the lawn now! YES!  My first thought was: Is it broken?  I mean really, who just gives someone a perfectly good, well maintained, working lawn mower for nothing?  There had to be something that needed tweaking, or fixing of some sort on it.  Surely Wayne wasn’t really just offering a fully working ride-on lawn mower to my husband for nothing, right?  Wrong.  I told you Wayne and Jean were awesome.  They just wanted to give us the lawn mower out of the amazing goodness of their kind hearts.  And it works!  It is in perfect condition!

Steve brought the new riding lawn mower over to our house yesterday morning.  He has mowed the lawn three times since then.  Right now, he is outside on the riding lawn mower again.  He said something about working on sticks?  I have no idea what he is doing, but he is like a little boy who just unwrapped the most awesome Christmas gift he ever got.

Steve's 4th ride in 24 hours....

Steve’s 4th ride in 24 hours….

Thank you Wayne and Jean, you all are just the best.  We are so blessed to have you and your awesomeness so close to us.  Steve is endlessly thankful to you for making him look cool.

Sprucing Up to Sell

I am often asked by my clients what things they can do to improve their homes appearance to potential buyers.   While there are many improvements that can be made to any home to enhance it’s value, the following list sums up a few “must-do’s”  for anyone who is considering placing their home on the market.

Make them fall in love from the outside in

We all remember Mom telling us not to judge a book by it’s cover, right?  Well, clearly Mom was not referring to house hunting when she said this.  Buyers are evaluating your home from the moment they pull up outside, comparing it to other homes in the area.   Be the best one they’ve seen.  Let them see the pride of ownership that you have in your home.  Keep the lawn neatly manicured, trim the bushes and shrubs around your yard, sweep the sidewalks,  powerwash any brick or siding that looks dull, re-paint any exterior woodwork that is chipping or faded and definitely plant some colorful flowers.  Mulch around your flower beds to make them look fresh and new.    Consider installing an attractive front door if yours is looking a little outdated.  You might be surprised at how much difference a new entrance can make to the curb appeal of your home.  A colorful front door is always a plus.

I am in love with all things yellow these days

I am in love with all things yellow these days

my front door blue

The color blue gives a feeling of peacefulness and serenity, lovely feelings to portray inside and outside of your home

A door painted a bold shade of red can give your home a warm, formal feeling on the outside

A door painted a bold shade of red can give your home a warm, formal feeling on the outside

Less is more

Simply put:  The less clutter there is in your home, the more spacious it will seem to a potential buyer.   Scale down.  If there’s one thing almost all buyers are looking for, it’s closet space. If you have large walk-in closets and plenty of extra storage space then you are in luck, but if you don’t you’ll need to make the space you do have appear large and appealing to buyers.  Clean out all of your closets and pack away those winter clothes that might be hanging around.  A closet organizer is a great investment to make to get your shoes off of the closet floor and add storage to the top of the closet.  In the kitchen, try to show as much of the countertops as possible.  Put all of the small appliances away that you wont be using on a daily basis.  Buyers will be envisioning themselves cooking and entertaining there, let them see how much space they’ll have to work with.   If you are like me and your house has been overtaken with children’s toys, not to worry.  You won’t have to rush out to donate everything, just get creative with toy storage.  There are many great storage ideas for kids rooms online, you’ll be able to find something that works perfectly in your home.   If you want to make sure your kids keep their rooms in tip top shape for all of the showings you’ll have, come up with a fun way to help them do it.  In my home, bribery works wonders.  Cash and/ or  ice cream can make my kids do pretty much anything.

This is a great example of a small closet that looks spacious

This is a great example of a small closet that looks very spacious

The perfect way to get all of those small toys hidden away

The perfect way to get all of those small toys hidden away

Paint, paint, paint!

This is perhaps the least costly, most effective improvement you can make to your home.  For about $25 bucks you can completely transform the look and feel of a room.   Choose neutral colors that will lend themselves to any décor.  Stick with pretty shades of taupe, beige, sage and other light hues that buyers won’t have to paint over.  Now is not the time to see if the master bedroom will look nice in that deep wine color you’ve always dreamed of.  It won’t.  If you have wallpaper, remove it.  The chance that a buyer is going to like the same wallpaper that you liked years ago is very slim, and instead of seeing a beautiful room lined with fields of blossoming roses, all they will see is visions of themselves doing manual labor with scorers and scrapers and sticky wallpaper remover goo.  If your walls are looking a little scuffed, but you don’t want to go through the effort or expense of hiring a painter or painting yourself, then you must at the very least become well aquainted with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  It is magic, really.  This little sponge saved me from having to paint a townhome that I own before putting it up for rent.  It will take away all of those little shoe marks and scuffs that might be lingering on your otherwise bare walls.   I swear by it.

She looks like she's having fun, right?  Not so much.

She looks like she’s having fun, right? Not so much.

Leave the cleaning to the pro’s

You want your home to sparkle for buyers, right?  Of course you do.  Save yourself the time and energy it would take for you to do a deep, thorough cleaning on your home and hire a professional cleaning company to do it for you.  You’ll be so glad you did.   You could have every enhancement imaginable in your home; granite, marble, porcelain tile, custom cabinetry and more, but it will all disappear in a buyer’s mind if your home is dirty.  You want to show them how much pride you take in owning your home, make it shine.

Of course, there are many enhancements that you can make to improve your homes’ appearance to potential buyers.  The list of possibilities is endless, but I suggest starting with the minor, manageable things first.  There are so many things you can do that will get you big results without breaking the bank.  Start small, and you’ll be surprised at the differences!

Jennifer Novak

www.JenniferNovakHomes.com

Home in D’Ville just SOLD in 8.5 hours!

No, I’m not pulling your leg!  I am so excited to share this news with you!

I’ve been telling you about how the real estate market in Davidsonville is experiencing an inventory shortage.  Buyers are out looking,  just waiting to write an offer on a new listing when it hits the market.   An article in The Capital recently described the market in Anne Arundel County as a “feeding frenzy” with multiple buyers submitting offers on new listings.   The inventory shortage is causing buyers to have a very strong sense of urgency.

This was the case yesterday when a new home came on the market in Maple Creek in Davidsonville.   This lovely home came on the market yesterday morning at 8:20 AM and was placed under contract at 4:50 pm.

maple creek house sold

Wow, now that was fast!  8.5 hours fast!   This home has been lovingly maintained, inside and out.  Of course, the better condition a home is in, the more quickly it will sell.

Spread the news, let your neighbors who may be thinking of selling know.  Tell your friends!  The market here is amazing!

Great News for my Davidsonville Friends

 

Even though it may feel like we’re in the middle of July outside with the 90 degree heat, It’s April and the Spring market in local real estate is just getting started!  Here’s a snapshot of the Davidsonville market using the latest figures that were published for March 2013.

 

Average Sold Price March 2013: $600,429

Average Sold price March 2012: $519,375

Difference: +15.61%

This is really great news for anyone of the lovely residents of D’Ville who may be thinking of selling this spring.  Prices are up, and have been on a steady incline every month!  The increase in average sold price is an indicator that the market is stabilizing.  That’s great news for all of us.

 

Average Sold Price to Original List price ratio March 2013: 92.0%

Average Sold Price to Original List Price Ratio March 2012 : 79.0%

Difference: +15.49%

Let me explain:  The original list price is pretty self-explanatory; it’s the price that a homeowner originally places their home on the market for.  Over time sellers may make price improvements to their home periodically until they reach the “magic number” that gets it sold.  In March of 2012 sellers were netting about 80% of what they originally listed their home for.  No bueno.  Last month the figures were looking much better for sellers, homes were selling for about 92% of their original list price.   It looks like sellers are able to pocket more of their cash proceeds now than they were this time last year.  More good news!

 

Average Days on Market March 2013: 81

Average Days on Market March 2012: 144

Difference: -43.75%

Let me continue to spread the joy: Yes, the average time it will take to sell your beautiful abode in Davidsonville is down over 43%.  Who doesn’t want to sell their home quickly?  More wonderful news, right?   

Essentially what you now know is that the Spring market is in full swing in Davidsonville.  If you are thinking about selling, it looks like you’ll be able to sell for more money in less time than you could have before.  Who doesn’t love that?

Now, go out and spread the joy to all of your neighbors!

 

Jennifer Novak

www.JenniferNovakHomes.com

 

 

 

D’ville Love

In case you don’t already know this about me, I must tell you that I absolutely adore Davidsonville.   I fell in love with this community even before I ever lived here.

I remember when I was thinking abut moving and I started looking around at various cities and communities looking for the place that was The One.  The place that I could see myself raising my dogs, my kids, the many different small animals that would eventually be brought in to my home by my kids. The place where I could see myself growing dare I say it, old with my husband.  Well, Davidsonville is definitely that place for me. It’s The One.

I was hooked from the first visit.  I was charmed by the rolling hills, the beautiful homes, and the immediate sense of community I felt when I first visited what would eventually be my own neighborhood.  I experienced the feeling that makes so many people fall in love with this city.  As a Realtor, I have the pleasure of helping others find the places that make them feel the same thing; a genuine love and admiration for their community.

I hope to share with you my love for Davidsonville and bring news to you about the exquisite homes that are such a recognizable part of the landscape here.  I’ll be posting details about homes that are currently on the market for sale in Davidsonville, news about various community happenings, and spreading the word to you about some of the awesome local people who make this town such a great place to live.

Enjoy!

Jennifer Novak

http://www.JenniferNovakHomes.com