A Feature in UrbanTurf & Coronavirus Market Insights

We love when our listings get noticed by local real estate blogs like UrbanTurf. Check out their recent article about how the current DC market is benefiting sellers due to the lowest supply of inventory for April in 10 years.

We’re putting new listings on the market during this time and would love to help you if you’re thinking of selling!


Our listing at 142 Kentucky Ave SE sold for $51,000 above list price in less than a week!

Real Estate in the Time of Coronavirus

Our dear friend and colleague, David Bediz, recently authored an article in The Blade on the current state of the market in the time of Coronavirus. Kara was quoted about her recent listing on Capitol Hill that just sold for $51,000 above list price. Check it out here.

“Some properties, like the recent listing at 142 Kentucky Ave., S.E. in Capitol Hill, listed by my colleague Kara Johnson, received three offers and sold in just 4 days.

Kara, a long-time agent at Keller Williams Capital Properties, attributes her success to the character of the property, its price and the desirability of the location. “It just fits for so many buyers out there. It was a great price and it was move-in ready,” she said.”

For more insight on the current market, contact us!



Kara Top Agent in KW MD/DC Region for March

Kara was the top-producing individual agent for the month of March in the Keller Williams Maryland/DC Region. We are humbled by this honor and the privilege to continue to serve our clients during the global health crisis. Please let us know how we can be of assistance in any way during this time. We are here for you.

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Market Prep Matters: A Return on Your Investment

Whether you’re moving across the country for a new job or want to upgrade to a larger space, Kara and Wayne are here to support throughout the process of preparing your home for sale. We will ensure it makes the best possible impression on the market. Most homes need a bit of design help and staging, and some need more attention. After an initial tour of your property, Kara and Wayne will prepare a customized plan and budget to get your home ready for the market.

We know your home is also an investment and you want to benefit from the best return the market will support. So, is the market preparation work worth it? Yes! A few strategic upgrades can add value to your property and make it show well to buyers. Design updates and staging will appeal to that feeling buyers get when they tour a home. It will make them want to say “this is the one!”. Keep in mind, buyers buy with their heart and not always with their head. This added value can lead to a higher property value and higher list price and ultimately yield a higher sales price. Take a look at a couple of our recent examples.

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Wayne’s recent one-bedroom Coop listing in Kalorama only had an arched opening between the living room and the adjacent bedroom. With no door to the bedroom, the appraiser was inclined to appraise it as a studio. After discussing this with the sellers, they quickly saw the value of adding French doors to the opening. For a small added cost, they also added an arched transom to maintain the architectural integrity of the original 1917 apartment. The cost of the materials and labor was $4,600 and added $10,000 to the appraised value. This structural update combined with a fresh coat of paint and chic staging yielded a full-price offer!

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Kara’s spacious two-bedroom boutique condo listing on Capitol Hill felt a bit dated and drab having been last renovated in 2003. At Kara’s suggestion, the seller chose to make some minor kitchen and bathroom updates, add a fresh coat of paint and invest in professional staging.  This investment of about $6,000 meant that we could list the condo for $10,000 more than we would have without the cosmetic updates. These strategic updates highlighted the large kitchen and allowed this sunny corner unit to shine, ultimately resulting in multiple offers and a sales price of $18,500 above list price.

You’re In Good Hands When You List With Kara and Wayne

This September, Kara and Wayne kept busy preparing listings for the market and, of course, representing buyers! 

Our approach is full-service and hands-on. We customize our services according to your needs. We will coordinate everything from replacing lightbulbs and re-caulking to kitchen and bath updates. Since we also work with buyers, we are experts in what today’s buyers are looking for.

When you work with us you get agents who have:

  • More than 15 years of experience
  • Sold over 190 homes
  • An Average List Price-to-Sold Price Ratio: 102.74%
  • Median Days on Market: 6
  • Exceptional customer service throughout the entire process

What does that mean for you? 

We use our years of experience, hyper-local market knowledge and expertise to get you top dollar in the shortest amount of time possible. 

A little about our process, we will:

  • Guide you throughout every stage of the sale of your home
  • Tour your home with a buyer’s eye and develop a personalized plan and coordinate any and all repairs and updates needed to make your property shine
  • Oversee the professional staging so your home will make the best first impression
  • Advise you on pricing strategically for the current market
  • Market your home through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), social media, email blasts, the expansive Keller Williams International network, and hundreds of consumer sites 
  • Negotiate fiercely on your behalf to get you the best value for your investment 

Check out some of our Before and After photos from recent listings:

DC Home Prices Break June Records

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Prepared by the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® based on analysis of Bright MLS multiple listing data by MarketStats by ShowingTime.

The median price for District home sales reached a new June record of $620,000 last month, according to the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR).

  • The median home price in June was up 2.75% from the June 2018 median sales price of $603,000.
  • This is up 57% percent from the June 2010 sales price of $385,000.
  • The total number of June home sales, 857, was down relative to June 2018 – 890, representing a 3.7 percent decline.
  • Finally, half the homes sold in June were on the market 16 days or less prior to contract,  which is much less than the 26 days on market in June 2018.  

The recent GCAAR release provided the following analysis, “Supply remains scarce relative to demand, continuing to drive a strong seller’s market.”

Kara and Wayne are ready to represent you!


Our latest listing made Curbed DC!

We love it when our listings get a little extra attention! This charming one-bedroom and one-bath flat with an open layout on Corcoran Street was featured in Curbed DC! Highlights of this boutique condo are a spacious living room with bay window, real hardwood floors and high ceilings, and renovated open Euro-style kitchen with white Carrara marble countertops complete with breakfast bar. The pièce de résistance is the large 13′ x 15′ south-facing private deck!

Our latest listing made the Washingtonian!

We love it when our listings make the news! This affordable, charming, and bright unit at The Clydesdale was featured in the Washingtonian‘s list of Best Open Houses! We like to get creative with our marketing to showcase when a Condo or Coop listing we have is pet-friendly and, in this case, we asked the photographer to take a photo of our clients’ adorable Yorkie pup to include in the virtual tour and marketing materials. Sorry, Manchego does not convey with the property.