Spring is Here!

Spring is Here!

Exterior_editedQuiet, spacious, two-levels with walk-in closets! Seller has done all money-saving upgrades:windows,HVAC,wood blinds,fresh paint, LL flooring, bath updates and more mean lower cost of ownership!





  • New Microwave 2007  
  • New Lighting in baths  2007
  • New Vanity in LL bath  2008
  • New LL Flooring  2008
  • New Oven/Range  2008
  • New Kitchen  (cabinets refaced, new floor, new sink,  new countertop)  2009
  • New Windows (triple pane windows main level)  2010
  • New Dryer  2011
  • New Trane HVAC system  2013
  • New Washer  2015
  • New Hot Water Heater  2015
  • New Garbage Disposal 2015


As an historical landmark that spans Arlington and a corner of the City of Alexandria, Fairlington is among buyers favorite community. It’s a wonderful location, beautifully maintained and one of the most reasonable condo fees around.

One of Fairlington’s favorite floor plans is this Barcroft. These condo homes offer generous rooms on two levels of living spaces plus a fully-fenced rear patio perfect for outdoor enjoyment or entertaining.

This particularly Barcroft is nestled in the back of the court in Fairlington’s south side. That means assigned parking, more green space, trees, and steps to shops, restaurants, and conveniences at Bradlee and Shops at Fairlington including Reunions, CVS Pharmacy, Cafe on Fern, Ramparts, Green Street Nursery, Great Harvest Bread Co., and Baskin-Robbins. Yes, you can walk to ice cream AND pizza! Keep reading…we haven’t even covered our favorite things about this wonderful home.

Tons of natural light pours through replacement windows that brighten the space. Wood floors and decorative touches welcome all who enter. A complete top-to-bottom kitchen renovation offers tons of counter and cabinet space for cooking and storage in style. Entertaining is easy with kitchen access to the backyard patio and pass through to the separate dining room. There’s a main level bedroom with great closet space, bright light, wood floors offer guests or roommates privacy and comfort including an updated full bath across the hallway.

Wonderfully separate and spacious is a lower level turned master suite retreat! A private back stairwell leads to the family room and recreation room updated in style and luxury. You’ll find warm designer paint, wood laminate floor at the base of the stairs. It’s a great exercise space, reading room, or added storage space including linens, closet space underneath the stairs as well. The possibilities are limitless. Adjacent, updated bath turns this entire level into a master suite retreat created by owner and utilized by current occupants.

Fairlington is a favorite community for its location, convenience, brick construction and slate roof composition. It’s one of the few condo communities in the area that connect Alexandria City to Arlington County with walkable amenities and attractions in between. Fairlington association fees are among the lowest in the area and among the few where you can truly witness the value of a full-service grounds maintenance, pools, courts, Community Center, sidewalks, dog park and more. Oh, and the commute?! Express Metro Bus and ART Bus at just about every corner. Minutes to I395, Old Town Alexandria, and Rte. 7!

It’s one of the best stories about many of our favorite things about the story behind the home. This beautiful Barcroft ranks among the best properties available with a functional floor plan, highly desirable building,and community location. Seller is serious. Put this one at the top of your favorites list. You won’t be disappointed.Top of Your List

#ABuyerStory #YourStoryStartsHere #StoryBehindtheHome #AnInvestorStory #FairlingtonFavorite #Backyard #LowCondoFee #LotsofAmenities #WalktoEverything #YourHomeStory #RealtorKristinMango YourStoryStartsHere

Health.Wealth.Home Equity.

hand holding mobile phone with house sale offerAs we close out 2015 and look ahead into 2016 projections, let’s take a stroll down a path of memory lane that most homeowners would likely choose to forget. It’s a town, street, locale where no one wants to go but many may have wandered unwillingly over the last several years. Where is this horrible place? It’s the galaxy of negative equity and a place not so distant for the market as a whole or most homeowners. The good news? Thanks to increases in home prices, the future looks brighter and negative equity is quickly becoming a galaxy, further and further away.
You’ve likely read, heard, or seen reports about the 1/4 point rise in Federal Interest rate announced by Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen. If you’ve considered selling your home you have likely seen or may have even heard your neighbors talk about rising home prices in the neighborhood.
Rising Home Prices + Interest Rate Increase= ???
As these forces converge–if you’ll excuse the Star Wars reference–sellers can’t help but look forward to a sale that results in a faster sale at a higher price which increases their wealth. Simply put into words, “Homeowner equity is the largest source of wealth for many Americans. The rise in home price is expected to be at leaset 5% in 2016…” according to Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic.
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If you’re more of a visionary, I present to you, along with KCM, this infographic that explains the same and spells it out with positive equity reported across the U.S.A.
In short, the average homeowner now has 91.9% positive equity in their home. Positive equity often helps homeowners determine their wealth.
CoreLogic also released a year-over-year comparison which adds an historical perspective regarding the National home equity turnaround stating,
For the homes in negative equity status, the national aggregate value of negative equity was $309.5 billion at the end of Q2 2015, falling approximately $28.5 billion from $338 billion in Q1 2015. On a year-over-year basis, the value of negative equity declined overall from $350 billion in Q2 2014, representing a decrease of 11.6 percent in 12 months.
Own a home in MD or VA? Here’s where your equity stands:
If you own your home in VA, you rank among 91.2% of homeowners with positive equity.
If you own your home in MD, you rank among 87.9% of homeowners with positive equity.
Convergent forces are upon us. The force of positive equity is here and with us. Put the past behind you and look ahead to a prosperous, powerful, and happier real estate experience in 2016.
Contact Me! Let’s get your put together a plan to make this positive equity work for you.
The Story Behind the Home can make if happen.#storybehindthehome #asellerstory #yourhomestory #nationalharborhomes #MDrealtor #VArealtor #fedsraiserates #galaxyrising #realestate

If it were easy everyone would do it.

If it were easy everyone would do it.

This little adage or cliche’ however you may read it could very well apply to just about anything challenging.  Most writers will tell you it applies to writing whether or not they are published. Every runner will likely tell you that it applies to running whether or not you win races. And well, realtors may or may not mention it. I will offer that finding the right realtor to help you find the right home will be a challenge. Understanding the meaning behind the right information, the right realtor, and the right experience for you when selling or buying a home is the key to your best results. I’ve found that my own knowledge, experience, and success has challenges and rewards that can be described in motivational slogans, adages, and some cliche’ peppered with a smidge of humor.  There are as many ways to find a realtor as there are realtors. We’re not difficult to find. You may want to consider the how AND the why when you interview agents to help you start your real estate story.

Don’t Just Do It.

There’s so much information, great tips and how-to’s for everything real estate related. I’m as pro-DIY as they come and aspire to create each post I share on Facebook or pin I add to my favorite boards on Pinterest. For listings, just Google it! Get the latest listings online. Type in simple key words, zip codes, community names, etc., and you can watch a video, take a virtual tour, and read property descriptions and ads, too. Then, Voila! Visit the house online. Find the right home. Find the right neighborhood. Easy peezy, right?If the above information, searches, visits, and videos were all it takes to sell or buy a home then anyone with a phone or computer could and would do it. Some, even my own family members insist on trying it and turn their home sale or search into a DIY of sorts.The results in most cases? Less than stellar. Motivation turns to exhaustion and shock that it takes more than a sign in a yard or a short visit to several homes for three days straight to actually sell or buy a home. There’s more to it that means more for you and to you when you find the realtor for you to make it happen.

Motivation Means Something

It’s happened to every runner. The hills, ugh! Just. Can’t. Make It. It’s happened to every writer. Writer’s block. No inspiration. There are definitely challenges, uphill battles, and road blocks for everyone. Yes, realtors too.  Each of us is inspired by something, someone; change, job, charity, faith, and more. That inspiration gives meaning to the things we do and the purpose behind our goals and actions we take toward achieving them. So while you search and sift through all of the information at your fingertips. Your motivation is paramount.

Think about it. Take inventory about what you like and don’t like about your current home, life, finances, and situation. Why are you moving? Career move,military orders, family, life reasons is a short list of reasons behind recent client motivation to find certain home style, features, location, and community. Sure bedrooms, baths, yard, garage, location are all important and common criteria for most of us. When I meet with sellers, it’s often the home specs that they describe as we tour the home. When working with buyers, it’s often the first question they answer when I ask them for the most important criteria in their new home. I often hear about design details, layout, style and space. These important and relevant preferences about common criteria and design details play an important part in the process obviously. Dig deeper and consider what these attributes actually mean for your new home.

Consider the why behind them. Then, think about your most favorite home you have ever lived in and how it felt being there. The good, the bad and the ugly can all come into play, too. It can be an eye-opening experience to consider how much you hated that tiny little back bedroom in your childhood home because there was barely enough room for a desk to do your homework. Yet, just passed that initial gut reaction lies the memories of sitting on the floor of your room, talking on the phone, listening to loud music and ignoring your little’s sister’s knock on the door. What does this have to do with your next move as an adult? That’s up to you. Does that mean that 4 large bedrooms are more important than 5 smaller ones? Is a two-story house with a basement really right for you if the basement of your most recent home would flood during heavy rain or snow? Then, turn it around. Like the runner who takes the hill or the writer who writes through and tears down the barriers and blocks, know how your preferences can create more room for possibilities that will tell a similar or different story that means the most to you. Then, you may find that as you make sense of what this criteria means to you and for your life, the home search takes on a different, deeper meaning bringing you closer to your life goals. A steady, focused search and sorting homes, criteria, community, and locations takes you to the best properties available so you find the right place to call home.

Every Mile Gets You Closer

Slowing down the pace helps a runner refine form, strength, and endurance. A writer writes, revises, and edits with thoughtful deliberation and focus. Both progress with precision pushing through the pain of every step. It doesn’t matter if you’re running or writing, this precision and tenacity is required. I’ve put these traits to work in real estate as well. What makes this persistence pay off is the focus on motivation regardless of how long it takes, the missteps, hills, wind, sun, rain and snow. The meaning in each step that makes every mile provides purpose. It’s critical to stay focused, keep going, keep revising, revisiting, evaluating the criteria, how inventory matches up, and redirect or act when the meaning meets the road regardless of how many miles you’ve gone or haven’t gone.

The Finish Line

Once the inspiration and process means something then you can imagine what the finish line looks like. If you’re a runner, it may be a marathon, 10K, 5K or a recreational 5 miles run along the Mt. Vernon Trail. If you’re a writer, it may be a journal, a published article. It is often the case that most consider real estate transactions all about getting to closing. Certainly on a literal level, that is true.  And some come to me at first with that expectation without a considering or understanding the purpose, process, and professionalism required to get there. In simple terms,  anyone,any internet, any device offers access to real estate information, listings, searching, touring, the contract to closing and service. But from my own experience writing, running and selling real estate, the approach, analysis, negotiations, and challenges presented along the way require a smart, meaningful, deliberate, proven approach to push through the process with thoughtful determination and strategy. Running keeps me strong and I perservere to get where I want to go. I’m prepared for analysis, negotiation, storms, hills, rough roads. Writing helps put words to experiences, thought to analysis, and communication throughout the process. Working with clients to uncover or create the story behind the home so they can continue a home’s existing story or they can write their own creates a memorable and meaningful experience. As a runner, writer, and realtor, I bring more knowledge, skill, and experience to every client. I suppose if it were easy everyone would do it.

Holiday Homes

I saw a Facebook post and news video about a Texas family decorating for Christmas. There were lights and yard ornaments common during this time of year. I love driving through my neighborhood to see homes lit up. And, there’s nothing like a candlelight tour at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Photo courtesy of KHOU in Houston, TX
Photo courtesy of KHOU in Houston, TX

I love living close to Mount Vernon and so appreciate where we live so close to National and State Parks, Monuments, and Museums. There are so many places to go to celebrate living here in this country and Free! They add up each and every day if we pay attention. So, as I read this post and watched this video, I added another really wonderful reason to love the ways we decorate our homes for the Holidays with Christmas lights and yard ornaments.

Each stood tall, bright, and bold in the front yard. The United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines were all represented. The homeowners, a family of first-responders and neighbors to a number of military veterans wanted to let everyone know that people appreciate, honor, and pray for our country, our military, and our neighbors near and far. Notably absent in the yard, the video, the interviews was biased, hate, and fear. Santa bows down before each branch of military service to say thank you. Simply put, support and prayer for military families and our country is an integral part of this great nation. It CAN be about faith. It most definitely IS about the strength, support, and celebration of peace, hope, and love for those who protect us each and everyday.

There would be little to celebrate without military families and their commitment to serve. So, remember those who are away from their homes, families, and loved ones for the Holidays. I’m not sure words are enough. So, it makes a small display, actions, and expressions like these decorations in a small Texas town mean a lot. For military and foreign service families across the globe, this is so often their story. Brambleberry CottagePhoto courtesy of Brambleberry Cottage

The Story Behind the Home dedicates this post to you with a heart-felt, “THANK YOU”!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Come home safely and soon.