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Looking to find a new place to call your own in the Bethesda, Chevy Chase or Northwest DC area? Check out the latest open houses this weekend and CONTACT Brian and Amy Maury of Maury Real Estate for assistance as your Buyer Specialists!
$1,850,000 : 4702 WEST VIRGINIA AVE, Bethesda6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
$869,000 : 5903 CONWAY RD, Bethesda3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
$630,000 : 9711 HOLMHURST RD, Bethesda3 beds, 2 full baths
$899,000 : 6303 WYNKOOP BLVD, Bethesda5 beds, 3 full baths
$1,200,000 : 5505 SPRUCE TREE AVE, Bethesda5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
$1,499,000 : 5 WYOMING CT, Bethesda5 beds, 5 full baths
$1,139,000 : 7612 DWIGHT DR, Bethesda6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
$944,900 : 9323 CORSICA DR, Bethesda4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
$1,560,000 : 4609 GLENBROOK PKWY, Bethesda5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
$1,175,000 : 6223 VERNE ST, Bethesda4 beds, 6 full baths
$1,685,000 : 8803 BRADMOOR DR, Bethesda5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
$1,725,000 : 6121 TEMPLE ST, Bethesda6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
$1,425,000 : 8919 RIDGE PL, Bethesda5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
$2,199,000 : 6422 BROOKES LN, Bethesda6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
$848,000 : 8305 STILL SPRING CT, Bethesda3 beds, 3 full baths
$2,445,000 : 7306 BROXBURN CT, Bethesda6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
$1,395,000 : 7801 BEECH TREE RD, Bethesda4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
$1,575,000 : 6618 WILSON LN, Bethesda5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
$2,095,000 : 5304 BROOKEWAY DR, Bethesda5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
$945,000 : 5624 NEWINGTON CT, Bethesda4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
$249,000 : 5225 POOKS HILL RD, Unit 401N, Bethesda1 bed, 1 full bath
$849,000 : 5913 GLOSTER RD, Bethesda3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
$3,995,000 : 7125 ARROWOOD RD, Bethesda5 beds, 5 full, 3 half baths
$789,000 : 5205 DANBURY RD, Bethesda4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
$1,699,000 : 6114 MADAWASKA RD, Bethesda5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
$1,325,000 : 10004 MAYFIELD DR, Bethesda5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
$3,495,000 : 5114 EDGEMOOR LN, Bethesda6 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
$957,750 : 6019 KINGSFORD CT, Bethesda4 beds, 3 full baths
$385,000 : 5101 RIVER RD, Unit 214, Bethesda2 beds, 2 full baths
$899,000 : 5201 WESTBARD AVE, Bethesda4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
$1,349,000 : 5806 JOHNSON AVE, Bethesda5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
$350,000 : 5101 RIVER RD, Unit 816, Bethesda2 beds, 2 full baths
$899,900 : 7916 ROBISON RD, Bethesda5 beds, 4 full baths
$945,000 : 8409 CARLYNN DR, Bethesda5 beds, 4 full baths
$210,000 : 7501 DEMOCRACY BLVD NW, Unit B-415, Bethesda1 bed, 1 full bath
$1,775,000 : 7008 BRADLEY BLVD, Bethesda6 beds, 6 full, 2 half baths
$419,000 : 7420 WESTLAKE TER, Unit 1204, Bethesda3 beds, 2 full baths
$1,699,000 : 4502 WEST VIRGINIA AVE, Bethesda6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
$1,994,000 : 5607 CHESTERBROOK RD, Bethesda5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
$1,895,000 : 7803 WESTFIELD DR, Bethesda7 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
$1,975,000 : 6024 WALHONDING RD, Bethesda5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
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(all data current as of 2/13/2016)
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See Property Photos and Floorplans: 5108 Lawton Dr, Bethesda, MD 20816
LIST PRICE! $829,000 – Call for final sales price
This remodeled rambler is ideally located on a quiet cul-de-sac in popular Sumner. Updated kitchen with painted wood cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances.
Fully remodeled baths on the main level. Newer windows and hardwoods throughout main floor.
The family room with its vaulted ceiling opens to a roomy deck overlooking the private backyard. Office or 4th bedroom option adjacent to family room.
The master bedroom offers a private fully renovated bath with vanity and shower. The spacious basement with 440 sq. ft. offers a generous second family room with fireplace, plus tons of storage space, a half-bath and a laundry area.
The home offers off-street driveway parking and street parking on the quiet cul-de-sac.
Conveniently located in Sumner, it is within approximately one mile of the DC line and an easy commute via Massachusetts Ave. Ideally located near the Capital Crescent Trail, MetroBus, RideOn, parks, restaurants & shopping at Westbard, Kenwood Station, and Sumner Place shopping centers.
Contact Brian or Amy Maury for a private showing anytime!
Listed by Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652
Are you thinking about selling your home? Perhaps you’ve explored a major renovation and/or adding an addition to your home to meet your needs. After the contractor’s estimate comes in (and you have picked yourself up off the floor) you are beginning to think it might make more sense to find another house. In the meantime you know intuitively that your house needs some attention, especially if you are going to get top-dollar for it. If you’re like most people you didn’t want to make any improvements if a full-scale renovation was in the works but now —that’s not likely. So what should you do?
Here’s our Top 10 Seller’s To-Do List to help you get on your way.
#10 Remove the fear.
Nothing will kill a potential sale faster than fear. Home buyers are a nervous bunch, looking for reasons not to buy your home. Don’t let a minor repair create unnecessary fear in a potential buyer’s mind. Remember that roof leak from years ago? The stained ceiling that never got repainted could send a buyer running for the hills. Ask your agent for a referral to a quality contractor to patch, sand and paint the old damage. Basement leak? We’ve all had them. If the issue has been resolved let’s get things cleaned up and looking like new. If the issue is on-going consult your agent for a referral to the right contractors to solve the problem before you list your home for sale.
#9 Make strategic upgrades.
Some improvements can make the difference between selling quickly for top-dollar or languishing for sale on the market for months. The challenge is figuring out what the buyer hot-buttons are and making the right upgrades without breaking your bank account. This is where your real estate agent’s experience and advice can be invaluable. For example, installing a brand-new kitchen is very expensive and rarely makes sense. However, perhaps a few new appliances, a new counter- top, new shiny knobs on the cabinets, painting and updated lighting might be all that’s needed and just do the trick.
#8 Give a strong handshake.
One of the first lessons my father gave me was to give a good handshake. Your front door is like your handshake to the world. Buyers linger at the front door while their agent wrestles with the keys. Does the lock work easily? Is the door freshly painted? How is your entry light (filled with bugs)? Would a new light be more welcoming?
#7 Give yourself some curb appeal.
We all want an attractive home. Sure it’s a 1950’s brick home but look how charming the house is! That’s the sentiment you’re after. Hire a professional landscaper to trim, edge and mulch. First impressions matter and what your home says on the outside communicates what a buyer will find inside. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way!
#6 Clean. Then clean again.
“Did you see that bathroom? That was so gross!” We’ve heard buyers utter these very words as they quickly piled back into our car and on their way to the next house. Pay close attention to bathrooms and the kitchen where dirt and grime often build up. Remove mildewed caulk and give the refrigerator and stove a good scrub. Watch for offensive odors. Can you see out the windows? Sometimes hiring a professional house cleaning service is best.
#5 Should I paint that? The answer is YES!
There is truly no better pre-sale home investment than painting. Our home stager can provide color advice. Grey hues are the new beige and white semi-gloss remains the safe color of choice for trim.
#4 Professionally stage your home.
Home searches today begin on the Internet. The photos of your home will be your first (and often last) opportunity to make a good impression. We provide our clients with a complimentary professional home staging consultation because we know our stager can make a big difference in the visual appeal of their home and that ultimately creates more buyer interest. We also offer virtual staging services, an exciting new cutting-edge real estate tool, in situations in which it makes the most sense for a space.
#3 Great photos and a floor plan.
The most important step in any home marketing plan is great photography. Today your home is being shown first on-line, then in person. If you don’t make the cut on-line you might not ever get the chance in person. Professional photography is a must and a floorplan of the house is critical too. Check out a sample of our photography and floorplan tours here.
#2 Know thyself.
This timeless wisdom, passed down from nearly all the ancient civilizations, applies to selling your home as well. You need to look at your home as an observer (buyer) from the outside. Put your own personal feelings and emotional attachment aside and candidly assess your home’s value and appearance. Ask your agent take you on a tour of the homes you will be competing against.
#1 Call a real estate agent. (hint: Call Brian & Amy)
In addition to helping you with the aforementioned “to-do’s”, your agent will help you establish an accurate price. Nothing is more important than pricing your home correctly. Lean into your agent’s experience and advice.
Heed this list and we’re sure you’ll have no trouble selling your home.
If you are considering the sale of your home in the future please call us for a free consultation! We’re here to help.
~ Brian and Amy Maury
After the epic blizzard, Snowzilla, last weekend many Bethesda residents are experiencing cabin fever! We found today that a delectable dessert like Lemon Almond Cake at Praline Bakery in Bethesda chased the blues away!
Sick of the melting snow everywhere? There’s nothing like a sunny slice of heaven melting in your mouth to make your day a little brighter. We highly recommend a slice…or maybe the whole cake!
Praline Bakery is located at 4611 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816 in The Shops at Sumner Place.
It was a solid year of price performance for homes in our Bethesda area in 2015. The average price of detached home in Bethesda (zip codes 20814, 20816 and 20817) climbed to $1,117,073, an increase of 2% over 2014. The median price of a detached home was $945,000, an increase of 2.6% over 2014. That may not seem like much but by way of comparison, the S&P 500 index finished a choppy year just under where it started.
The big story this past year was the increase in the number of homes sold in our area. There were 813 detached homes sold in Bethesda this past year, an increase of 12% over 2014. By way of comparison, the high-water mark of detached home sales in Bethesda occurred in 2003 (four years before the financial crisis began) with 1,030 homes being sold that year.
Low interest rates, combined with a steadily growing economy, have helped consumers feel more confident in their jobs and financial future. Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board, summed it up this way,
“As 2015 draws to a close, consumers’ assessment of the current state of the economy remains positive, particularly their assessment of the job market. Expectations regarding their financial outlook are mixed, but the optimists continue to outweigh the pessimists.”
There has been much hype recently about the Federal Reserve’s hike in the discount rate (the first rate-hike in nearly a decade) and the impact on interest rates. The 0.25% Fed rate hike won’t have an immediate effect on mortgage rates. However, 30-year fixed rate mortgage rates have risen over the past year, from 3.75% at the beginning of the year to 4.0% at the end of December, and will likely go higher. The Office of the Chief Economist at Freddie Mac recently gave these insights, “We don’t expect tighter monetary policy to generate a spike in longer-term interest rates in the foreseeable future…While mortgage rates will rise modestly, they will remain at historically low levels.”
Most economist are predicting that mortgage interest rates will gradually rise into the 4.25% to 4.5% range over the coming year. This is bad news for first-time and trade-up buyers but overall still very attractive and considered “affordable” interest rates. In contrast, interest rates were hovering around 6.5% just before the financial crisis began in 2007.
We predict 2016 will be another solid year for real estate in Bethesda with price appreciation expected again to be around 2%. Our area receives a multiplier effect locally as the national economy continues to improve and bring more people to the area for employment. As you can see by the number of cranes hovering over the downtown Bethesda skyline, our area is experiencing significant growth and development. It’s a bittersweet experience as we transition from a small town to a small city.
If you are considering the sale of your home in the future please call us! We’re here to help. We live in Bethesda and are never too busy to answer any question you may have.
~Brian & Amy
The Year 2015 brought with it some important changes for homeowners and would-be home buyers in Montgomery County and nationwide. Here are the top 3 changes this past year:
- Federal Reserve Rate Hike
On December 16th, 2015, the Fed raised interest rates by 0.25% for the first time since June 2006. While mortgage rates will not drastically increase quite yet, you can certainly expect to a see a gradual and continuous rise in mortgage interest rates in the year ahead. If you’re thinking about buying, act sooner rather than later.
In addition, if you have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) or home equity line of credit (HELOC), it will likely adjust upward upon your next anniversary date especially if the Fed continues to raise rates incrementally in 2016. Most economist are predicting that mortgage interest rates will remain at historically low levels but gradually rise into the 4.25% to 4.5% range over the coming year.
2. Mandatory Radon Testing Required to Sell Your Home
In November 2015, the County Council approved a new regulation requiring home sellers in Montgomery County to perform radon testing before the sale of any single-family home – the first such regulation in the entire country. There are a few exceptions to this testing rule – estate sales and tear-down properties are among them. The new regulation goes into effect in October 2016. While there is no requirement for the installation of a remediation system based on testing results, a buyer will be permitted to cancel a home sale contract if the seller should refuse to do so. The cost of installing a radon remediation system is usually around $1,000.
There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding this new legislation. While proponents assert that buyers need to be informed about radon and the impacts of this odorless, colorless carcinogenic gas that may be present in homes, opponents challenge that the testing requirement is ridiculous for a number of reasons including flawed test results (home kits can be purchased from stores for around $40 for a 2-day test; however, the World Health Organization and the EPA state that 90-day testing is much more accurate). Opponents have also suggested that buyer educational requirements should suffice versus mandatory testing.
- Massive Overhaul in Home Sale Closing Process Nationwide
Thinking of buying or selling a home in 2016? As of October 2015, MASSIVE changes occurred in mortgage lending laws across the country. Thanks to the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken over the administration of RESPA (Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act) from HUD (Housing and Urban Development). With this new government agency comes sweeping changes including new forms, new rules and new time frames for a typical home sale. These changes are nationwide affecting home sellers, home buyers, settlement attorneys, mortgage lenders and real estate agents alike.
The goal of this reform was to simplify the information provided to buyers and make mortgages more transparent and easier for the consumer to understand. As with most any government agency created to “simplify” things, complaints run rampant that these new changes are more confusing, more time consuming and more expensive for everyone.
If you are planning to buy or sell a home in 2016, expect longer settlement times (45-60 days versus 30 days), new procedures and new forms you have never seen before. Contact Brian and Amy Maury or your mortgage lending professional to discuss these changes in more detail.
Subdivision: High Point
List Price: $835,000 (Call for sold price)
We helped a local family find a home that would be ideal for a large scale renovation/expansion. We assisted our clients in a competition for the property with another well qualified buyer and helped them prevail in a multiple offer situation. We further assisted the clients by providing guidance on renovation ideas in terms of floorplan development and general cost estimates.
What can Brian and Amy help you do?
For questions, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.
Maury Real Estate has unveiled a new company website featuring information about the team, the services offered and home buying and selling information.
Maury Real Estate agents are highly educated and offer decades of experience, specializing in the greater Northwest DC and Montgomery County, Maryland area. Their agents offer a complimentary home buyer and seller consultation to anyone thinking about an upcoming home purchase or sale.
Custom marketing plans for each home coupled with the latest technology tools are a few of the keys to their success. Maury Real Estate agents care most about client satisfaction as evidenced by the fact that most of their business is generated from satisfied customers referring friends, family and business associates. High quality communication is the foundation of their business model.
Property Tour Link: 4910 Scarsdale Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816
List Price: $1,495,000
This elegant and stately center-hall colonial is one of the most impressive homes in Sumner. Located on a generous corner lot, the home has a commanding view. Featuring four finished levels, it offers six bedrooms, four full baths and two additional half-baths.
Conveniently located in Sumner, it is within approximately one mile of the DC line and an easy commute via Massachusetts Ave. Ideally located near the Capital Crescent Trail, MetroBus, RideOn, parks, restaurants & shopping at Westbard, Kenwood Station, and Sumner Place shopping centers. The home offers generous living and dining rooms off the foyer.
The updated kitchen is open to the family room with high ceilings, gas fireplace and lots of light. The sliding Pella doors to the flagstone patio and overhead pergola offer a perfect entertaining indoor/outdoor space.
The well-planned kitchen offers an eating bar, Corian counters and stainless-steel appliances including double-wall ovens and a gas cooktop.
Additional living spaces on the main floor include a den/office with a wet bar as well as a sunroom with a vaulted ceiling. The finished basement has a recreation room with wet bar, 1/2 bath, utility room and one-car attached oversized garage open to a workshop/storage area . The home also offers the security and convenience of a whole-house generator and comfort of a two-zone HVAC system. New roof installed in 2014.
Contact Brian or Amy Maury for sale price and other details.
Listed by Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652
Property Tour Link: 4601 Chevy Chase Blvd., Chevy Chase, MD 20815 – Click on the address to see floorplan and additional photos.
Subdivision: Chevy Chase Terrace/Somerset
List Price! $1,299,000 – Sold! Call for sale price
This is a truly special home offering an incredible value! Situated in Chevy Chase Terrace between Bethesda and Friendship Heights, it is conveniently near two Red-Line Metro stops. Schools include Somerset Elementary, Westland Middle School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. It’s an easy stroll to Norwood Park, downtown Bethesda restaurants and Friendship Heights shopping.
This center-hall colonial has four levels with 7 bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms. It is ideal for entertaining with gracious rooms and a circular flow.
It includes an updated kitchen, open family room addition, two main floor baths, spacious dining room, grand living room with a fireplace and a small catering kitchen nearby plus an office (7th bedroom) on the main level. The design is perfect for a live-in nanny or as a separate suite for multigenerational family arrangement.
On the second floor there are four spacious bedrooms and three full baths (two baths are brand new!). The 4th floor offers two additional bedrooms and a small full bathroom. Updated windows throughout the home keep it quiet inside!
Basement recreation room, half bath, laundry and large storage area. Backyard is fenced, level and roomy with a large deck for entertaining. Off-street driveway parking too – long enough for three cars. This is a unique home with lots of updates!
Contact Brian or Amy Maury for details of the sale.
Listed by Maury Real Estate, Office Phone: 301-229-3652
Property Tour Link: 5102 Marlyn Drive, Bethesda, MD 20816
Subdivision: Mass Ave Hills/Sumner
List Price: $949,000 – Contact us for final sales price.
There have been many recent updates to this wonderful, roomy home! The neighborhood is within one mile of the DC line for an easy commute down Massachusetts Ave and ideally located near the Capital Crescent Trail, MetroBus, RideOn, parks, restaurants & shopping.
The generously-sized kitchen is perfect for entertaining with an eating bar, cozy breakfast nook with built-ins, wine refrigerator, double ovens, granite counters, stainless steel appliances & abundant cherry cabinets.
The master bedroom with its full bath is located on the main floor. The main level also offers an additional office or guest bedroom and a another full bath in the hall. Newly refinished hardwoods on main level so you can move right in!
The spacious living room is elegant with room enough for a grand piano. There are built-in bookshelves and a wood burning fireplace with a marble surround. The formal dining room is perfectly sized and opens to the screened porch with ceiling fan. The level backyard has been extensively landscaped including a flagstone patio, fountain and small pond and plenty of privacy.
The upstairs offers four additional bedrooms, a full bath and a large walk-in attic storage room. Architectural plans are available to convert to an upper level master suite with a walk-in closet and private master bathroom. The two-car garage has an automatic opener for convenience and the paver driveway is a nice upgrade to the home. Enjoy some of the best schools in the country – Walt Whitman High School, Pyle Middle School and Woodacres Elementary. This home is a rare find!
Listed by Maury Real Estate
Property Tour Link: 5007 Sentinel Dr. #43, Bethesda, MD 20816
Subdivision: Sumner Court
List Price: $305,000 – Call for sale price.
Sold Sept. 2015
This renovated two-bedroom condo is located in one of the most popular areas in Bethesda just off MacArthur Blvd and Sangamore Road and near Massachusetts Ave. Situated just steps over the DC line and within walking distance to the Capital Crescent Trail, shopping, restaurants, METRO bus (D5) and RideOn Bus, you just can’t beat the location! Easy commute to DC or Virginia.
The condo offers newly refinished hardwood floors and a renovated kitchen with new wood cabinets, appliances and granite counters. The unit is located on the ground floor corner of the building offering extra light. It is in a quiet spot in the community away from the road. Conveniently park right outside the door! Parking is plentiful at Sumner Court.
The condo fee of $590 per month includes ALL UTILITIES – heating, air conditioning, electricity, water and sewer. It also covers snow removal in the winter plus management of an abundance of community amenities. Some of those amenities include an outdoor community swimming pool with lifeguard services, a newly renovated playground, picnic area, bike storage, laundry facilities and storage cages are available too.
The condo offers an excellent investment opportunity or rental alternative. Turn-key condition!
Listed by Brian and Amy Maury, Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652.
Property Tour Link: 5307 Wakefield Road, Bethesda, MD 20816
List Price: $869,000
This charming 4-bedroom colonial is situated on a quiet street in the popular Green Acres community, close to the Friendship Heights Metro and just steps over the DC line. Enjoy the nearby Metro Bus, RideOn, shopping, Whole Foods, restaurants, Capital Crescent Trail and Little Falls Pool. Westbrook Elementary can be conveniently accessed via a private walking trail from the Green Acres neighborhood.
The home has been meticulously maintained and offers a first-floor addition which includes a master bedroom suite with a full bath and a separate washer and dryer, plus a large breakfast room open to the kitchen and a screened porch. At the time of its construction, the addition was reinforced to support a second floor should someone wish to add additional bedrooms to the home upstairs as well. Easy and affordable future expansion!
The spacious living room has built-in shelves and a gas fireplace. The main floor with hardwoods throughout also includes a den/office near the foyer. The home has newer windows & a young roof.
Exterior amenities include a fenced yard, tool shed and a paved driveway for convenient off-street parking. The basement has a recreation room, laundry and a utility space. Newer hot water heater.
Contact Brian or Amy Maury for a private showing anytime!
Listed by Maury Real Estate
List Price: $889,000 (Call for sold price)
We helped a couple who were relocating from California find a great home in the sought after Hillmead neighborhood. With multiple offers potentially swirling around the house we helped them present an attractive offer to the seller and secure a contract. After the sale we helped the couple find several contractors to make the home just right for them.
What can Brian and Amy help you do?
For questions, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.
NEW PRICE on this wonderful two bedroom condo in The Connecticut has it all! Click here to view the property tour.
Listed at $539,000
The Connecticut is a sought-after community for its ideal location within easy proximity to TWO Metro stops (Cleveland Park and Van Ness/UDC), restaurants, shopping and the Uptown Theater. The building is set back behind another condo complex so it’s away from the road – more quiet and private than others on Connecticut Ave, yet enjoying all the conveniences of this amazing DC location.
The Connecticut offers full service including 24-hr security, on-site property management and concierge services such as dry cleaning pick-up and drop off, mailing services and guest arrival notification. The building’s lobby has recently been remodeled too.
The building includes a rooftop pool with a view, outdoor shower, sun deck and BBQs, a fitness center, business center, party room and a community lounge.
The condo unit offered for sale is unit #204, a light-filled, freshly painted 2 Bedroom, 2 bathroom unit. It includes an in-unit washer and dryer and a garage parking spot that happens to be right next to the elevator!
The unit also offers a balcony, hardwood floors in the main living areas and NEW carpet in bedrooms. Central air conditioning and heat in each unit is separately metered and controlled in this modern building constructed in 2002 and remodeled in 2005.