December 2013

Found 9 blog entries for December 2013.

New Year's Eve brings thoughts of Times Square and revelry; of Dick Clark and music; of silly hats and glasses, of resolutions and Miley Cyrus (hopefully less of this next year). In realty, who would want to be stuck in Times Square, crowded with a million other strangers, when it's freezing cold outside, to stand there and watch a horribly gaudy giant electric disco ball drop from the top of a building, when they could spend the night in DC instead? There are no shortage of great New Year's Eve options and New Year's Day (if you find yourself able to function) in DC, so read on to find out how to ring in the new year with style in the District.

Nothing says swag, sexy, and style quite like 007. For spies and civilians alike, the Washington Plaza Hotel

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2013 was a record breaking year for Brookland. 

It all began in January with the roundest house ever sold in DC, 1001 Irving Street, listed by Abbott Klar Real Estate Group, selling for $760,000, which almost broke the record for the highest priced houses in Brookland.  Not to worry, we quickly followed that by selling 1335 Lawrence for $790,000 which broke the record for the highest priced Brookland house to ever sale!  But, alas, this record did not last for long and just a few months later we sold 3714 13th St NE for $957,983- which remains the record holder as the most expensive house ever sold in Brookland.  We are proud members of the Brookland community.  We live here and are constantly working to improve the neighborhood and shine the spotlight

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Dec 2013 Brookland Real Estate Market update.

Rbi just released their data set for Real Estate Market activity in Brookland for November 2013.  Here is the data for zipcode 20017 for single family detached houses:

That's right!  In zipcode 20018, there was a 60% increase in listings, and an amazing 77.8% in new pendings of single family detached houses in November 2013 compared with November 2012!   This means that nearly all single family houses that come on the market in November in Brookland went under contract.  Simply amazing.  Of course this level of demand for Brookland houses resulted in an increase of 7.8% in the median sold price.

For zipcode 20017, the numbers are similar.


In zipcode 20017 in Brookland, there was a 20% increase in listings,

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Chart from Rbi on government shutdown effect on DC real estate market
Novemeber 2013 RBI data for Washington DC
As real estate agents we already knew this, but now Rbi has done the math and proved it!  The shutdown of the Federal government had a serious impact on the Washington DC real estate Market.  In a report just released, Rbi calculates that year over year sales in November were down 14%.  So call your congressman (not you DC residents... you don't have the right to representation in the Congress- just taxation) and voice your frustration.

END Taxation without Representation in DC!

We heard directly from many sellers who decided to wait to sell their property until the dust settles, perhaps in the Spring they said.  We heard from many buyers -some who are Federal workers, and others who support Federal operations in one way or another- that they are

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Abbott Klar Real Estate Group is excited to announce that we recently represented the buyer of a large 2 bedroom condo at 1360 kenyon Street NW DC.  This 2 bedroom and t full batthroom condo in a small boutique building is perfectly located just a few blocks  from the METRO.  A really great condo with hardwood floors, modern kitchen, washer/dryer, and parking! 

1360 Kenyon St NW DC exterior
1360 Kenyon St NW DC living room
1360 Kenyon St NW DC kitchen
1360 Kenyon St NW DC bedroom 1
1360 Kenyon St NW DC bedroom 2

Looking for a great condo in DC?  Contact us!  We are the local experts

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We are #2!

Prudential just announced the Sales professional Awards for the 3rd quarter 2013 and we are #2 in production and units.

Of course we already knew that.  We love being #2  as our clients are #1!

  Sales Professional Awards - 2nd Place in Award - 'Top 3 Agents/Teams in District of Columbia
  Sales Professional Awards - 2nd Place in Award - 'Top 3 Agents/Teams in District of Columbia for Residential Units


Thank you to all our current and past clients for your continued support and referrals. 

We love our job!

Thank you.

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 Here are ten good reasons to sell your house during the Holidays:

1)    People who look for a home during the holidays are more serious buyers.
2)    Houses show better  when decorated for the holidays
3)    Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the holidays, so you have less competition.
4)    Buyers are more emotional during the holidays.
5)    Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays.
6)    Many people want or need to buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.
7)    January is traditionally the month for transferees.  Transferees can’t wait until Spring to buy.  You must be For Sale to capture  that market.
8)    You may still restrict showings during your personal, family events.
9)    You can sell now but specify

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Mary house is a volunteer organization, based in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington DC,  working directly with homeless and refugee families.  Managing 9 houses and 40 apartments for over 50 families.  Providing shelter, transitional and long term supportive housing, food, clothing and furniture.  (They are a very well run charity organization and spend only 3.7% on administrative costs)  Jake actually came to DC as an Americorp volenteer and worked with Mary House for 2 years. We continue to support their efforts through Charity Golf tornement and helping with their annual "help the Homeless" Walkathon.

Please consider donating to this great cause.  You can also contribute through CFC (#33368)

Mary House was recently honored and featured in the

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Brookland is a diverse, thriving community in the Northeast quadrant of Washington, DC. It's streets are lined with trees and gorgeous Victorian beauties standing tall with relaxing wrap-around porches. Sounds pretty idylic, huh? Well, in our opinion, it is! For most of it's historical existance, Brookland was farmland owned predominantly by two families, the Queens and the Middletons. In the 1820s Jehiel Brooks (the same Jehiel Brooks from the former, beloved, Colonel Brooks' Tavern) married Ann Queen and built the Brooks Mansion located on Newton Street. (The building is currently being used by the DC government, but go down and take a walk by it sometime, it is a beautiful Greek-revival style building.)  In the 1880s, their son sold the family's home

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