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Featured Home – A Crown Jewel in Sumner

4905 Scarsdale Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816

4905 Scarsdale Rd. Bethesda, MD 20816 in the Sumner Community

Community: Sumner

NEW Price: $1,689,000

Seven Bedrooms, Five and a Half Baths plus Main Floor Office

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A rare opportunity in Sumner, this elegant and expanded center-hall colonial with 5,000+ sq. ft. of living space has been lovingly maintained.

Perfectly designed for entertaining with its open-concept kitchen and breakfast area to a spacious family room and large screen porch.

Formal living and dining rooms with butler pantry, and main floor private office, are sure to please the most discerning buyer.

Family room addition with perimeter bench seating is open to kitchen area

The upper floor offers 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and a laundry room plus two additional bedrooms and a bath on a third level. The sumptuous master suite offers a dressing room, walk-in closet and heated floors too.

Other fine features of this home include a whole house generator, deep 2-car garage, replacement windows, recessed lights, 2-zone HVAC and refinished hardwoods. Check the floorplan tour to review the spacious layout and elegant, circular floorplan.

Ideally situated close to the Capital Crescent Trail, shopping at Westbard and Sumner Place shopping centers and with easy access to the Metro Bus to Friendship Heights and the D5 Commuter bus, the location is sure to please.  The Sumner Community is one of the finest in Maryland.

Delightful and spacious screened porch

Schools include Woodacres Elementary, Thomas W. Pyle Middle and the award-winning Walt Whitman High School.

For more information or a private showing, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.

Brian cell: 301-325-4914  |  Amy cell: 301-832-0864

Listed by Compass: 301-304-8444

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Chic Contemporary in Bethesda with Natural Light

Gorgeous contemporary home at 7212 Grubby Thicket Way in Bethesda

7212 Grubby Thicket Way, Bethesda – Whitman Schools

NEW PRICE!  $900,000

5 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms & Powder Room

Home Tour Link

Nestled beneath a canopy of mature trees this beautifully renovated contemporary-style home features a circular floorplan with five bedrooms, three full and one-half baths, and Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors.

The updated kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a pantry, and a convenient breakfast room.  The elegant dining room offers a brand new chandelier and outdoor access.

Main level office/TV room or guest suite with attached full bathroom

The dramatic living room with its vaulted ceiling and skylights is an entertainer’s dream. Artistic, custom cable-mounted lights, brick accent wall and sliding doors open to the spacious deck with a private, wooded view.

Chic contemporary bathrooms

The main floor also offers two connected rooms that could serve as a guest suite, or as a TV room/office or main floor bedroom suite with walk-out to a private balcony.  A walk-in closet with abundant storage space and a full bathroom are adjacent to those spaces.

All of the bathrooms have been completely renovated and feature chic contemporary designs, Porcelanosa finishes, and skylights for natural lighting.

Enjoy a cul-de-sac location and some of the best schools in the country including newly Burning Tree Elementary, Thomas W. Pyle Middle School and Walt Whitman High School.

Here is a link to view the tour.

Whitman schools and a cul-de-sac location

For more information please contact:

Brian and Amy Maury, Maury Real Estate

301-229-3652

SOLD! Renovated Grosvenor Park Townhome

5421 Grove Ridge Way three-story townhome in popular Grosvenor Park

Welcome to 5421 Grove Ridge Way, Rockville, MD 20852

Price: $627,000 –  UNDER CONTRACT

Subdivision: Grosvenor Park Townhomes

Property Tour: https://tour.TruPlace.com/property/912/71694/

Rarely available and beautifully updated with lots of light and an open concept, this townhome is truly special.  Nestled against a quiet, wooded area of the community in Grosvenor Park, it offers a premium location.

Open concept living and dining room

This home is just steps from all the conveniences of Wildwood Shopping Center, Pike & Rose, Strathmore, and a convenient underground access tunnel to the Grosvenor Metro! Just across the street is the much acclaimed Grosvenor Market – the area’s best-kept secret!

Beautifully renovated kitchen

This updated home features substantial recent improvements including a beautifully renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, updated lighting and fixtures and custom cabinetry.

Plus, you will enjoy hardwoods floors throughout the main level and an open concept living and dining room with sliding doors to a large deck overlooking the wooded view.  A convenient powder room is located on the main floor plus a large coat closet.

Gorgeous wooded view from the large deck off the living room

Upstairs you’ll find vaulted ceilings with fans in the bedrooms and two full renovated bathrooms.  The private master bath offers a large shower and gorgeous finishes. The lower level of the home has another renovated, full bathroom and a third bedroom, front-loading washer and dryer, family room with wood-burning fireplace and sliding door access to a lower deck.

The home is located in the popular Grosvenor Park Townhome Community where you will enjoy award-winning schools including Ashburton Elementary, North Bethesda Middle, and Walter Johnson High School.

Contact Brian or Amy Maury for more details.

Listed by Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652

SOLD in 4 Days! Beautifully Renovated Randolph Hills Home

4609 Creek Shore DR, Rockville, MD 20852

4609 Creek Shore Dr – Randolph Hills Community

LIST PRICE: $495,000 – UNDER CONTRACT

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms and Sunroom Addition

Home Tour Link

Impeccably updated and cared for, this charming Randolph Hills home is sure to please.  The home features three bedrooms and two nicely updated bathrooms, living room with wainscotting, dining room open to renovated kitchen with eating bar.

Gorgeous kitchen!

Stainless steel appliances, granite counters, new glass tile backsplash, pendant lighting and maple cabinets are just some of the many upgrades.

Vaulted sunroom addition is ideal for entertaining

A light-filled, vaulted sunroom addition on the back of the home overlooks the spacious, fenced backyard.  Deck, patio and a convenient shed are some additional amenities.

The home has many recent updates including replacement windows throughout, new doors and knobs and newly refinished hardwood floors on the main level.

The miles of trails along Rock Creek Park are just steps away and it’s just a short distance to Grosvenor and White Flint Metro stops, parks, playgrounds, shopping and dining at Pike & Rose, and downtown Bethesda.

Roomy, fenced backyard with shed, patio, and deck

Open concept layout

The lower level features an open recreation room with a cozy gas stove and recessed lighting.  Currently the room is used as a guest bedroom and family room/playroom.  A renovated full bath with a shower is ideally located off the guest area. Walk-out to the backyard, utility room with large storage closet, spacious laundry area and workbench are additional perks!

For more information or a private showing, please contact:

Brian and Amy Maury

Maury Real Estate

301-229-3652

301-832-0864

Sold in 4 days! Elegant Sumner Dutch Colonial

Welcome to Sumner and 5114 Nahant Street.

5114 Nahant St, Bethesda, MD 20816

Community: Sumner

List Price: $799,000 – SOLD!

Three Bedrooms, One Full Bath (two vanity areas) plus Main Floor Half Bath

Click HERE to see the full property tour.

Beautifully renovated kitchen overlooking the backyard

Welcome to Sumner and this beautiful Dutch Colonial home with many upgrades.  As you enter the home you step into the spacious and elegant living room with hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace with mantel and built-in bookshelves.  The adjacent formal dining room has a lovely bay window.

The renovated kitchen offers custom cabinets & updated lighting, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a deep, garden window overlooking the private backyard.  You’ll also find a convenient half bath on the main floor.

The home enjoys plenty of natural light and through the high quality Pella replacement windows.  A main floor family room has an exposed brick wall and french doors to the patio and backyard.

Formal living room with wood-burning fireplace

Upstairs there are three bedrooms – all with hardwood flooring plus one full bath.  The bathroom has two entrances – a private entrance from the master bedroom and another door from the hallway.  The bathroom offers two separate vanity areas – so it’s almost like having TWO bathrooms.

On the lower level of the home the basement is unfinished and features high ceilings making it a great space to finish for whatever your heart desires –  game room, guest space, au pair suite, exercise or dance studio.  It’s all possible!  The deep, one-car garage with automatic opener can be accessed through the basement and offers space for additional storage as well as car parking.

Family room with french doors to the patio and private backyard

You can’t beat the Sumner neighborhood location!  The Capital Crescent Trail is close by and it is an easy commute to DC using the RideOn Bus or D5 direct commuter line. You will also enjoy shopping nearby at Westbard, Kenwood Station and Sumner Place shopping centers including Starbucks, CVS, Safeway, Praline Bakery & Bistro and more.

Schools include Woodacres Elementary, Thomas W. Pyle Middle and the award-winning Walt Whitman High School.

For more information, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.

Listed by Maury Real Estate: 301-229-3652

Real Estate Fall Market 2018 Snapshot

Brian and Amy Maury, Maury Real Estate

Brian and I like to say that a crystal ball would sure come in handy in our line of work!  While we can’t offer that, we do have the benefit of decades of collective frontline experience and have witnessed several market ups and downs during that time, including the Great Recession that began in 2008.

Since the 2008 collapse, prices have rallied across the country, particularly over the last 5 years and now hover at or above the previous market peak in most areas.  However, there is talk on the real estate beat that some steam is leaking out of the hot market. Many major metropolitan locations are seeing market slow downs this year, indicating that incomes are not keeping pace with the rising costs of housing.  In California, there was an almost 10 percent drop in sales in the last year, according to CoreLogic.

The tax bill changes limiting home equity loan interest and property tax deductions, lack of affordable housing supply, wage stagnation and higher interest rates are all problems California shares with the rest of the country,” according to Eric Sussman adjunct professor in accounting and real estate at UCLA Anderson who was quoted in a Bankrate article on August 13th, 2018.

In the lead-up to the crash in 2008, extremely relaxed credit standards created a huge sub-prime housing market that, when it imploded, caused short sales and foreclosures to skyrocket throughout much of the country, gutting home values nationwide.  Borrowers had been granted purchase money using “NINA loans” (no income, no asset verification) and “Stated Income” loans (you could “tell” the lender your income without verification and qualify for a home purchase based on your word and your credit).  Homes were considered to be the nearest thing to an ATM in the lead up to the collapse of 2008.

Although today’s housing prices are historically high, they have not been bolstered by the hysterical sub-prime lending practices of bankers playing fast and loose.  While we have started to notice the return of “Stated Income” loans just recently, the market resurgence we have experienced was not built upon those types of weak lending practices.

What seems to have pushed the prices ever higher in recent years has been a lack of inventory coupled with rising employment and low interest rates.  Millennials have now entered the purchase pool en masse, particularly in urban areas, and the overall demand for housing has far exceeded the inventory available – simple supply and demand economics.  This is especially true in our Bethesda/Chevy Chase area and, of course, in the DC market.

According to a report issued in September 2018 from the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS based on multiple listing service data, the active listings in Montgomery County“heading into August represent 2.3 months of supply given the average sales pace over the last twelve months, favoring the seller slightly more than the 2.4 months of supply last August. Half of the homes sold in August were on the market 17 days or less, four days quicker than the median DOM in August 2017.

Chart by Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS (GCAAR)

The $443,000 median price in August was 4.2 percent higher than last August ($425,000), and represents the highest August value since 2007. The average sales price in August was $549,035, a 2.5 percent increase over the August 2017 average of $535,508.”  Modest but favorable improvements overall.

Although the Fed has raised the rate three times in 2018, mortgage loan interest rates remain historically low at around 4.625% for a 30-year fixed conforming loan.  We don’t expect that to last and most mortgage lenders are predicting a modest 1.0-1.5% rise in 2019.

So even though we don’t have a crystal ball, the market changes do not seem to suggest a collapse but a cooling off of sales prices and activity.  Real estate remains an excellent investment in the greater DC and Bethesda area.

If you are considering a home sale or purchase, please contact us for a complimentary consultation to discuss your plans.  We can provide a market analysis of your home, tips for preparing your home for sale and counsel on the home purchase process as well.

Please contact us at 301-229-3652 or Brian@BrianMaury.com or Amy@AmyMaury.com.  We are always happy to help!  Thank you for your referrals to friends and family too.  We always treat your referrals with the utmost respect and professionalism.

Sold! Gorgeous Townhome with Open Concept Design

6658 Hillandale Rd
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Kenwood Forest

Welcome to 6658 Hillandale Rd, Chevy Chase, MD

Price: $695,000 –  SOLD for full price

Subdivision: Kenwood Forest

Property Tour: http://tour.truplace.com/Property/912/60487/

This is it!  Rarely available and beautifully updated with lots of light and an open concept, this townhome is truly special.

Gorgeous, light-filled living space

Nestled among a quiet enclave of townhouses, this home is just steps from all the conveniences of downtown Bethesda – restaurants, shopping and specialty stores at your door-step. Easy access to both the Bethesda and Friendship Heights Metro stops, Capitol Crescent Trail, Bethesda Pool, and nearby playground, tennis courts and ball fields of Norwood Park.

This updated home features substantial recent improvements including new hardwood floors, wall removed creating open living room and dining room, and a walk-in closet added in the master for a total of two master bedroom closets.

All new appliances, new windows, new hardwood floors, new HVAC and more!

Plus, you will enjoy updated electrical featuring recessed lights (’13), a new heating and air-conditioning system (’16), all-new windows with lifetime warranty (’16), stainless-steel G.E. kitchen appliances (’17), new entry and rear patio storm doors (’16), new G.E. washer and dryer and specialty laundry closet in kitchen (’15), new Bosch dishwasher (’14), and new hall bath quartz vanity top and faucet (’18).

The home is situated in a quiet spot in the popular Kenwood Forest Community where you can walk to the Capital Crescent Trail, Bethesda and Friendship Heights, Red-line Metro and more.

Enjoy award-winning schools including Somerset Elementary, Westland Middle, and Bethesda-Chevy Chase (BCC) High School.

Contact Brian or Amy Maury for more details.

Listed by Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652

Median Prices in MoCo Top the Charts in May 2018

May Median Home Prices and Sales Volume in Montgomery County – graphic courtesy of GCAAR.com

The Federal Reserve recently raised the federal funds rate for the second time this year. In addition, most analysts predict the likelihood of two more rate increases by year-end and additional increases in 2019. The Federal Reserve has suggested that the rate hikes are being implemented to stave off inflation and are made in response to strong economic indicators and low unemployment statistics. Household spending is on the rise as well.

As a result of these Fed rate increases, mortgage interest rates have also seen an uptick and hover just above 4.5% for a 30-year fixed mortgage. This figure remains historically quite low, but buyers worry about additional near and long-term future rate hikes. This may be in part why the 2018 Spring Market has achieved new record-high activity both in terms of sales prices and number of sales.

According to a report issued June 13, 2018 from the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS based on multiple listing service data, in May 2018 closed sales in Montgomery County were the highest on record since 1997.  Median sales prices also topped the charts at $475,000, which is 6.4% higher than May 2017.  Pending sales are down however by 1.2% as compared to 2017, largely due to limited available inventory.

Heading into June 2018, there was approximately a 2.3 months supply of housing inventory, suggesting that we are still experiencing a seller’s market. While the news is great if you are selling your home, most people need to buy a replacement home and inventory is tight nationwide.

Buyers have struggled for some time now to find available homes that meet their needs and work within their budgetary restraints.  The lack of options has caused many would-be sellers to stay put. Some are instead opting to renovate their existing property, while others are “waiting it out” to see if the right house ever comes along.  However, as they wait it out, prices and interest rates continue to rise making it even more difficult to find the “dream home” at a reasonable price.

Our advice: buy now if you can.  Rates are unlikely to go down (not by much anyway, if at all) and the most important value in real estate is the land.  In the words of Mark Twain, “Buy land. They aren’t making it anymore.”

If you are considering a home sale or purchase in the greater Bethesda area, please feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation to discuss your plans.  We offer a free market analysis, tips for preparing your home for sale and counsel on the home purchase process as well.  Please contact us at 301-229-3652 or Brian@BrianMaury.com or Amy@AmyMaury.com.  We are happy to help!

 

 

Sold! Updated Charmer in Beautiful Parkwood

4509 Delmont Ln, Bethesda - Parkwood Community

4509 Delmont Ln, Bethesda – Parkwood Community

4509 Delmont Ln, Bethesda – Parkwood Community

LIST PRICE: $699,000 – Sold for $735,000 with multiple offers

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms and Sunroom Addition

Home Tour Link

Impeccably updated and cared for, this charming Parkwood colonial is sure to please.  The home features three bedrooms and two nicely updated bathrooms, formal living room with wood burning fireplace and mantel, formal dining room and updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances.  A light-filled sunroom addition on the back of the home overlooks the spacious, fenced backyard.

4509 1/2 Delmont Lane...didn't you always want a tree house?

4509 1/2 Delmont Lane…didn’t you always want a tree house?

As an added bonus, at this property you get not one but TWO homes!  Check out 4509 1/2 Delmont Ln, nestled against the tree in the backyard.  Kids and adults alike will love the little private getaway.  Artists might use it as a studio, kids as a fort…use your imagination!  Either way it will charm your guests as you share a backyard BBQ on the spacious deck.

Gorgeous sunroom addition

Gorgeous sunroom addition

Should you wish one day to add on to the home, the lot is spacious enough to accommodate your dream addition.  In the meantime, enjoy plenty of room to run and play in the grassy yard.

The home has many recent updates including a 200 AMP electrical panel, new roof, all new HVAC system and updated replacement windows throughout!

The miles of trails along Rock Creek Park are just steps away and it’s just a short distance to Ride-On and Metro bus stops, NIH, parks, playgrounds, shopping and downtown Bethesda.

Updated kitchen

Updated kitchen

Some of the best schools in the country are affiliated with this community including the ever-popular Kensington Parkwood Elementary, North Bethesda Middle School and Walter Johnson High School.

Here is a link to view the tour.

For more information please contact:

Brian and Amy Maury

Maury Real Estate

301-229-3652

SOLD! Contemporary Spa-like Retreat

6104 Namakagan Rd A Spa-like Retreat

6104 Namakagan Rd
A Spa-like Retreat

6104 Namakagan Rd, Bethesda – Glen Echo Heights

LIST PRICE: $990,000 – Sold for $1,070,000 with multiple offers

4 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Bathrooms and Sunroom Addition with over 440 sq. ft.

Home Tour Link

Nestled beneath a canopy of mature trees this beautifully renovated contemporary-style home features four bedrooms, two full and one-half baths, and Brazilian Koa hardwood floors.  The completely renovated kitchen features high-end stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and an abundance of custom cabinetry.

Gorgeous Gourmet Kitchen with Sub-zero and Wolf appliances

Gorgeous Gourmet Kitchen with Sub-zero and Wolf appliances

Fantastic sunroom addition with over 440 sq. ft. of space ideal for entertaining.  Sunset views are spectacular.

All of the bathrooms have been completely renovated and feature designer wall and floor tile, Porcelanosa vanities. accent lighting, frameless glass doors, and luxury plumbing and lighting fixtures.

A master bathroom to rival a 5-star hotel

A master bathroom to rival a 5-star hotel

A new roof was just installed in 2012. There is ample storage space located in the crawl space beneath the home.

The home is conveniently located near Ride-On and Metro bus stops, Westbard (soon to be the New Westwood), Kenwood Station, and Sumner Place shopping centers as well as the popular C&O Canal, Capital Crescent Trail, and Glen Echo Park.

Enjoy some of the best schools in the country including newly expanded Woodacres Elementary, Pyle Middle School and Walt Whitman High School.

Fantastic sunroom addition with over 440 sq. ft and unbelievable sunset views!

Fantastic sunroom addition with over 440 sq. ft and unbelievable sunset views!

Here is a link to view the tour.

For more information please contact:

Brian and Amy Maury, Maury Real Estate

301-229-3652

Sold! Updated Wood Acres Colonial

6121 Ramsgate Rd - Charming colonial on a spacious corner lot

6121 Ramsgate Rd – Charming colonial on a spacious corner lot

Tour this Home: 6121 Ramsgate Rd, Bethesda

Subdivision: Wood Acres

LIST PRICE:  $899,000 – SOLD after 2 days on the market

This charming colonial is one-of-a-kind! It offers a circular floorplan with a family room off the kitchen.

The main floor is enhanced by a convenient half-bath and foyer plus a sunroom/office addition.

Park several cars in this convenient driveway with level entry into the home.

Park several cars in this convenient driveway with level entry into the home.

There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs including an en-suite master.  All bathrooms in the home including the master, hall bath, powder room and basement bath have been beautifully renovated.

Off-street parking is available in the extra-long driveway.  Outdoors you will enjoy a Trex deck off the kitchen and sunroom which leads to a beautiful flagstone patio.  A convenient storage shed is situated in the back.  A spacious side yard is perfect for play.  Convenient sidewalks available to walk to the nearby MetroBus stop.

Located in popular Wood Acres, the community offers festivals and events throughout the year for its residents including the famous 4th of July celebration at Wood Acres Park.

Flagstone patio and Trex deck are ideal for entertaining

Flagstone patio and Trex deck are ideal for entertaining

The location of Wood Acres Community offers easy access to buses and a quick driving commute to DC.  Plentiful shopping options with nearby Whole Foods, Giant, Starbucks, RiteAid, CVS, Praline Bakery and more!  The nearby Capital Crescent Trail is also a convenient and popular community feature.

Enjoy some of the best schools in the countryWoodacres Elementary, Thomas W. Pyle Middle, Whitman High Schools

Contact Brian or Amy Maury for more information.

Listed by Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652.

 

Sold! Your Dream Home Awaits in Glen Mar Park!

Fantastic Glen Mar Park Home with gorgeous high-end finishes and a beautiful yard!

Fantastic Glen Mar Park Home with gorgeous high-end finishes and a beautiful yard!

5213 Carlton St, Bethesda, MD 20816

Community: Glen Mar Park

List Price: $1,775,000  – SOLD for full price!

Five Bedrooms, Four and a Half Baths plus Main Floor Office

Click HERE to see the full property tour.

Room to play in this beautiful yard - such a rare find with a newly built home.

Room to play in this beautiful yard – such a rare find with a newly built home.

Built by the award-winning architectural & construction firm Natelli Homes, this better-than-new home built in 2014 is located on a quiet street and features 5,600+ interior square feet over three finely crafted finished levels. It includes five bedrooms and four and one-half bathrooms, upstairs laundry, fantastic walkout, finished lower level and an entry level two-car garage.

Dramatic stone fireplace and open concept in this unique home

Dramatic stone fireplace and open concept in this unique home

The main floor features an elegant and inviting open floorplan with central hallway, den or office, open dining and family rooms with dramatic stone fireplace, and a large eat-in kitchen. The kitchen offers a large center island with seating and an abundance of custom storage cabinets, walk-in pantry, and high-end stainless steel appliances.

The perfect master bathroom with soaking tub, dual vanities and a roomy shower.

The perfect master bathroom with soaking tub, dual vanities and a roomy shower.

The master bedroom suite is to-die-for with two large walk-in closets and a sumptuous master bathroom with a soaking tub, tile floors, large ceramic tiled shower, and double basin vanities.

Ideally situated close to a neighborhood playground, tennis court, Capital Crescent Trail, shopping at Westbard and Sumner Place shopping centers and offers easy access to the Metro Bus to Friendship Heights and the D5 Commuter bus.

Schools include Woodacres Elementary, Thomas W. Pyle Middle and the award-winning Walt Whitman High School.

For more information or a private showing, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.

Listed by Maury Real Estate: 301-229-3652

SOLD! Elegant Sumner 5-Bedroom Home

Welcome to 5900 Overlea Rd in Sumner

Welcome to 5900 Overlea Rd in Sumner

5900 Overlea Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816

Community: Sumner

List Price: $1,199,000  – SOLD for full price!

Five Bedrooms, Four Full Baths plus Main Floor Office

Click HERE to see the full property tour.

Fantastic fenced yard with flagstone patio and extensive landscaping.

Fantastic fenced yard with flagstone patio and extensive landscaping.

This elegant Sumner home has been meticulously cared-for inside and out. The front entry opens to a center hall foyer and the elegant circular floor plan provides spacious rooms for entertaining.  The kitchen is updated and offers a table space area and a window over the sink that enjoys the view of the flagstone patio and private fenced yard.  An abundance of storage is available throughout the home including large walk-in attic storage rooms.

The master suite offers an ensuite full bath and all upstairs bedrooms have hardwood floors in place under the carpet.

The finished basement is spacious with a generous bedroom/office, full bath and recreation room with a wood-burning  fireplace.  Direct access is available to the backyard.  There is also an abundance of storage space and a separate laundry room.

Sunroom opens to patio and back yard. Includes heat & A/C & two ceiling fans.

Sunroom opens to patio and back yard. Includes heat & A/C & two ceiling fans.

The property features a level-entry, two-car garage which opens to the three-season sunroom.  With over 400 sq. ft. of space in the sunroom, it’s a fantastic space for entertaining or just relaxing.  It also includes heat and A/C and ceiling fans.

The home has a newer roof installed in 2014 plus all new gutters and downspouts, exterior paint, chimney crown and more.

An elegant home with center hall foyer and beautiful rooms throughout.

An elegant home with center hall foyer and beautiful rooms throughout.

Ideally situated in the popular Sumner community this home is hard to beat! Enjoy the nearby Capital Crescent Trail, convenient shopping at Westbard and Sumner Place shopping centers and easy access to the Metro Bus to Friendship Heights and the D5 Commuter bus.

Schools include Woodacres Elementary, Thomas W. Pyle Middle and the award-winning Walt Whitman High School.

For more information, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.

Listed by Maury Real Estate: 301-229-3652

Selling your home? Our Top 10 Seller’s To-Do List

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.

OMG#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!

Scrub#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