2nd Annual Free Community Paper Shred

Apr
19
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Cleanse your file cabinets & get rid of boxes of unwanted documents in a safe & secure way. This event is free, however cash donations to benefit the Glebe Elementary School PTA are welcome, but not required.

• When: Saturday, April 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

• Where: Glebe Elementary parking lot: 1770 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207

• Why: Doesn’t everyone have unwanted documents to shred?

• Hosted by: Evan Lacopo & Holly Tennant Billy from 3877 Group of Wydler Brothers Real Estate. Please contact them at 703.655.7955 / 703.928.3764 or evan@wydlerbrothers.com / holly@wydlerbrothers.com for any additional information.

Shredding your items can help you…

Save timeProtect your familySave our land fills
Save moneyResponsibly recycleProtect the environment
Prevent ID theftPrevent data breachesKeep your information private
Peace of mindProtect your brandComply with privacy legislation

This is a paper shredding service. Because the paper we shred is recycled, there are certain items we avoid shredding with paper.

1. We avoid shredding plastic such as plastic bags, zip-lock bags, plastic sleeves, plastic sheet protectors, plastic file folders, corrugated plastic, garbage pails, plastic file boxes.

2. We avoid shredding items that collect and hold paper, such as 3 ring binders, zipper binders, specialty binders, very large and medium sized binder clips that grip large amounts of paper together. Paper needs to be removed from these type items before shredding. Regular size paper clips and staples are acceptable.

3. We do not shred heavy duty cardboard such as corrugated cardboard boxes. If paper is brought to us in boxes or bags, we dump the paper into our shredding bins and return the box or bag to the patron or will leave the boxes for the event organizer as we have no capacity in the shred truck to transport boxes away at the end of the event. Paper grocery bags are acceptable for shredding.

April 2017 News

Apr
18
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Dear Friends and Neighbors –

We hope you and your families have enjoyed, or are enjoying, a little “spring break.” Warmer temps bring greener lawns, blossoming trees & flowers, and people outside everywhere! Spring has sprung!

And if being outside makes you want to paint the house or get a jump start on landscaping, see the article below that discusses where you will get the most bang for your buck with home renovations. And if you need help finding a handyman, painter or electrician, check out our preferred vendor directory.

Market Overview

Those of us in the DMV think of I-495 traffic when we hear the word “gridlock.” But a recent report from Trulia has used the word to describe the housing market both at a national scale, and in hot markets like Washington DC. After the market crash in 2008, home values dropped severely; owners either stayed put because they weren’t going to break even, or had to foreclose their home. More often than not, foreclosures were bought up by investors who converted them to rental properties, thus decreasing inventory.

Home values in the DC Metropolitan area are recovering nicely, but primarily impacting premium homes. This has caused a large price spread: first-time homebuyers can get an affordable starter home, but find the price gap to jump to a long-term residence nearly impossible to bridge. Meanwhile, potential sellers are still feeling nervous (despite regaining their equity) and are not in a hurry to “trade-up.” This means there is little inventory, and buyers are getting priced out of the few available options. However, the good news is that builders have begun to see strong profit margins again, which allows for expanded new construction at all price levels, heating up the frozen market. Sellers are starting to get wind of that so if you’re thinking about moving, it’s a great time to contribute to the inventory!

Some good news for buyers though. Mortgage rates are dropping for the third week in a row. At the start of the year, rates went up about 1/2 a point. Since then, they’ve been going up and down, around the 4.1-4.3% mark. This is one of those low points, so take advantage of it! And there couldn’t be a better time for it than the beginning of the spring season – when there are 25-55% more listings in the area than last month, and those sales happen in fewer days on market. Spring has sprung!

Wydler Brothers Is Growing: We proudly welcome the newest member of our brokerage!

Kyle-ShortKyle Short

Kyle comes to Wydler Brothers from Arizona, where he has held his real estate license for 6 years. During his time in real estate he has focused on developing lead systems, CRM and recruiting strategies to not only help the brokerage grow but also help agents grow as well. Kyle graduated from Fairfield University, where he double majored in Economics and Management, and was captain of the Mens Cross Country Team.

In The News

4 home improvements that add major resale value4 home improvements that add major resale value

Which improvements will add the most value to your specific home will depend on a variety of factors including the value of your home, the value of the houses in your neighborhood, the performance of the housing market in your general area and the quality of the work you commission.
Quiz: Which D.C. neighborhood should you live in? Quiz: Which D.C. neighborhood should you live in?

Have you been searching for your true neighborhood love? Let Curbed help you find your match made in D.C. heaven. Below, you will be able to find a tailor-made quiz with totally scientific questions that – if you answer as truthfully as you can – will help you discover the neighborhood that most closely aligns to your personality.

March 2017 News

Mar
16
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Dear Friends and Neighbors –
May the luck of the Irish be with you today! As we celebrate all things green – green lawns, green trees, and yes, maybe even green beer – we also celebrate that Spring is within reach!
And for those who enjoyed what we hope is the last of the winter weather, we’ve got some great pics here of DC’s magical snow day! You’re welcome!

Market Overview

The market is showing some positive signs that should encourage both buyers and sellers. If you’re thinking about listing your home, you will be happy to know that sellers are getting what they ask for (and in some cases, even more!). Homeowners received an average of 97.4% of the original list price – this is up from January. But if you’re a buyer, don’t fret! You actually have more options now, with over 1000 new homes to see (22.4% of the current inventory). Sellers are saying “carpe diem” and listing while inventory is low, and buyers are competing for homes in the No. 4 “Best Place to Live” according to the 2017 U.S. New & World Report.

But don’t think we’ve found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow just yet. The DC Metropolitan area, as you know, is comprised of a variety of unique communities that are all responding differently to the current economy. Every jurisdiction in our area saw a decrease in the “Median Days on Market” from last month and from this time last year (averaging 28 days on market, while listings last year took a median of 44 days to sell). However, some locales saw a dramatic change in sale price that may account for this quicker turnaround: in Alexandria, it dropped 10.8%. The area on the whole saw an increase in sales price, but it’s about as predictable as the weather forecast of that “blizzard” this week!

Wydler Brothers Is Growing: We proudly welcome the newest members of our brokerage!

Elizabeth Bucello

Elizabeth Bucello

Elizabeth Bucello

After 10 years of working in private and international banking in Manhattan, NY, Elizabeth moved to Bethesda, MD and instantly fell in love with the Washington DC area. She decided to combine her love for Real Estate and the beautiful D.C. area with her desire to help Buyers and Sellers achieve their dreams.

Having moved from South America to North America and also within the U.S. a few times, Elizabeth has a lot of empathy for anyone relocating, upsizing or downsizing. Elizabeth’s goal is to make her clients’ experiences as easy and enjoyable as possible. She realized early on that all of us (regardless of background, culture or country of origin, etc.) want what is best for our families. Elizabeth is fluent in English and Portuguese and in her spare time she loves to travel with her family, exploring new countries and cultures.

Lindsay Clark

Lindsay Clark

Lindsay Clark

Lindsay has lived and worked in Washington, DC for more than 15 years and and loves exploring the diverse neighborhoods of the DC metro area. Lindsay brings an analytical mind, sharp negotiation skills, and in-depth market knowledge to every transaction. She is a true partner and advocate for every client. Additionally, her professional and collaborative approach with colleagues keeps the process moving forward for her clients. Currently, she lives in the Shepherd Park neighborhood of DC with her husband, four daughters, and their dog Stella. She loves running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You

Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You

Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You

If you’re in the mood to do some Spring cleaning, be on the lookout for our newly printed Vendor Directory. Inside, we have a comprehensive list of our favorite service providers who can help with painting, landscaping, lighting, cleaning the gutters – you name it and it’s in there. If you do not receive one, please reach out to us and we will drop one in the mail to you right away.

In The News

D.C. makes list of top 10 happiest places to live

D.C. makes list of top 10 happiest places to live

D.C. makes list of top 10 happiest places to live

You know how your mom would always tell you “money can’t buy happiness?” Well, as much as we hate to contradict mom, the findings of a recent Wallethub study say she’s wrong. Financial well-being does contribute to an individual’s happiness, but only up to an income level of $75,000 annually– any higher, and money ceases to influence a person’s contentment with life. Read more here.

Winter Storm Stella’s effects on D.C.’s cherry blossoms

Winter Storm Stella’s effects on D.C.’s cherry blossoms

Winter Storm Stella’s effects on D.C.’s cherry blossoms

For the first time in nearly a century, the cherry blossoms may not hit peak bloom

Read more here.

February 2017

February 2017 News

Feb
14
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Dear Friends and Neighbors –

It may be cold outside, but love, chocolate and flowers can warm the heart and hearth! With love in the air, we wanted to share some quotes about kindness, as we all know that a helping hand can lift a spirit. We hope you know we are always here to help – so please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can be of any assistance on the real estate front.

Market Overview

January was a relatively active housing market. The market is tightening, with a median sales price of $390,000 at the highest January level of a decade, sales and pending sales at decade highs and declining inventory levels for the ninth consecutive month. Sales volume across the DC metro area was nearly $1.5 billion, up 19.5% from last January (which probably has something to do with the snowstorm last year).

While the overall DC market tells one story, you really have to dig deeper to understand the nuances of submarkets. For example, in McLean, the total sold dollar volume is down month-over-month by 12.3%, closed sales are down by almost 10%, and days on the market are up by 20%. That said, the average sold price is up by almost 9% at an average price of $1,447,953. In Chevy Chase, the data is similar: total sold dollar volume and closed sales are down by 22%, although the average sold price is relatively unchanged at $1,227,813. In spite of the decrease in sales, the lack of inventory signals that the DC Metro Area is still a strong seller’s market.

Wydler Brothers In The News

Great tips on how to take care of your home with the eyes of a buyer, brought to you by Hans and Steve Wydler.
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Keeping it REal:
Your Real Estate Questions Answered

What is your best quick tip(s) for clients who need to make their house look clean in a pinch for a last-minute showing?

The best advice is to DECLUTTER! Here are some quick ways to do this:

  • clean off tops of all tables
  • replace all towels/dishtowels with clean or new ones
  • clean up yard (and if seasonally appropriate, buy potted plants for front steps)
  • light a candle and put on nice, soft music

Cleaning your front door also makes a big difference! If you have the time to paint it, great. If not, be sure to clean the windows in the door (if applicable) and wipe it clean.

We would really love to hear from you if you have Real Estate questions/topics you’d like to see covered. Please send your questions here and we will be happy to answer these in our next newsletter.

In The News

How D.C. home prices stack up, neighborhood by neighborhoodWith 20 neighborhoods to choose from, see which areas of the city are the most and the least expensive for buying
Read more here.
Nestlé USA, the maker of Häagen-Dazs, Baby Ruth, Lean Cuisine and dozens of other mass brands, is moving its U.S. headquarters to Arlington’s Rosslyn area, bringing roughly 750 jobs to a part of Virginia struggling with widespread office vacancies.
Read more here.

January 2017 News

Jan
23
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Dear Friends and Neighbors –

Each new year brings a fresh start, new ideas and a renewed sense of possibilities. It also seems to be the time when we are more focused on our indoor space due to the colder temps. What better time to declutter your space and help with that fresh perspective?! See article below for a great way to declutter your home and your life. Get started!

Market Overview

Three weeks in and 2017 is shaping up to be anything but ordinary. On the real estate front, we are seeing signs of an early Spring market, and hope that with the inauguration now behind us, things will really start to pick up. We are hopeful for a few reasons:

1. Mortgage Rates:
With rates increasing, we expect buyers to come out of the woodwork early to lock in rates. If the rate of increase is measured, we think the medium/long term impact to the market will be minimal. However, if there is an unexpected spike in rates, the market could seize temporarily.

2. Inventory:
Inventory is still low. We are encouraging our sellers to get their homes to market as early in the season as feasibly possible to take advantage of reduced competition.

3. Financing:
Even though rates are on the rise, credit is easier to come by. In fact, the FHA recently announced it will increase lending limits for 2017 which will provide more flexibility, especially for first time home buyers. Lenders are bringing a number of new mortgage programs to the table, and smaller banks and non-bank lending institutions are entering the playing field as well, all of which should increase available options to consumers.

So if you’re thinking of buying or selling, it is NOT TOO EARLY to call us. The Spring market is here NOW. January is off and running, so please give us a call if we can help you get started with a search or sale.

Sue Hutchings HazenSue Hutchings Hazen

Sue Hazen is a native Washingtonian. Born overseas, yet raised primarily in McLean, Sue has a unique understanding of the area and the specific strategies necessary for success in this fast paced and challenging real estate market. Extremely well organized and technologically adept, Sue promises to provide her clients with the utmost in customer service, delivered efficiently, decisively, and with compassion and confidence. She is a graduate of McLean High school (’88) and Radford University (’92) and lives in McLean, with her teen sons, Trevor and Nathan.

Gitika KaulGitika Kaul

Gitika is a four time Emmy award winning television producer turned REALTOR. After nearly two decades working for ABC News, Gitika is now applying her creativity, strategic thinking and high energy style toward helping her clients achieve their real estate dreams. Gitika appreciates the nuances of each client’s needs and prides herself on providing hyper-personalized service, keeping in close contact with her clients every step of the way.

Gitika holds a B.S in Journalism from Boston University. In her free time she enjoys exploring D.C.’s exploding culinary scene (without kids), hosting playdates (with kids), and shopping for a good bargain.

Keeping it REal

We would really love to hear from you if you have Real Estate questions/topics you’d like to see covered. Please send your questions here and we will be happy to answer these in our next newsletter.

In The News

Everyone has some junk or clutter lying around the house that they’d be better off without…
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 We love stunning renovations and exquisite remodels as much as anyone…
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 Various real estate entities have weighed in with their prognostications for the 2017 housing market…
Read more here.