Market Watch & Musings

November 22, 2022

Need a last minute Thanksgiving recipe for those sweet potatoes?  

In the spirit of keeping this food tradition alive but adding a tweak - here's a sweet potato recipe that Ana's family has been incorporating into their Thanksgiving menu for years - but, fair warning - there is not a marshmallow to be found! Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sweet Potatoes and Onions with Rosemary and Parmesan.

This goes perfectly with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and the acidity from a little sprinkle of Balsamic vinegar on top, make it even more divine. And I thank Bon Appetit for introducing me to this yummy dish 20 years ago!

2 3/4 pounds tan-skinned sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes

8 tablespoons olive oil or butter (that’s my switch to keep the Thanksgiving same fat theme)

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds red onions (about 3 medium), halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

November 15, 2022
New Rules on Texting
What’s Your Texting Etiquette?
We recently saw an article on texting etiquette in the Washington Post by Lizzie Post, Emily Post’s great-great granddaughter. The Post women are the undisputed queens of all things etiquette – so, of course, we had to examine our texting etiquette and see if we agree with their rules. How about you – do you agree?

RULE 1: Think of a group text like a dinner party - Don’t text to a group without introducing everyone; don’t invite everyone to an event that may put someone in an awkward position; and don’t get into a hot back-and-forth with one participant in front of the other texters. Just as at a dinner party or any group activity, leave the room and discuss an issue in private with another person. It’s awkward to air your grievances in front of everyone. But if you are aspiring to be on one of the Housewives shows and love involving people in your drama – go at it. But know that we and Ms. Post would not approve. Don’t want to be involved in your drama – we have enough of our own.

RULE 2: Capital letters and punctuation – that ship has sailed - This writing style has fallen by the wayside while texting. However, we are old school and sticklers about complete sentences – even while texting. Would never want to mistake “Let’s eat, Grandma” with “Let’s eat Grandma”!!

RULE 3: Responses aren’t mandatory, but it is nice - Texting has really increased in the last few years and sometimes texts can get buried in a minute, hour or day when getting so many from different sender. How do you end a texting conversation without an abrupt silence? We hate to be left hanging – so a quick ‘thumbs up’ or liking the last text is always the way to go for us.

RULE 4: No Scary Mysteries - The “hey can we talk” or “do you have a minute” leaves us wondering what we did and unprepared for a conversation that sounds like it’s going to be dead serious. Hate it – give a clue to what you want to discuss. Should we find a private place when we call you, sit down, pull over, etc – don’t make us guess.

RULE 5: It’s okay to get serious - So, it’s still definitely NOT OK to break up with someone or tell them that a loved one died over text. But Lizzie suggests that you can still have serious discussions over text – but getting the tone right is key. Call us immature, but we agree that if we were teenagers we would take the easy way out and break up with someone over text. Ouch.

RULE 6: Workplace texting boundaries – There should be an established, agreed upon rule on how you communicate with colleagues and bosses, and also boundaries on which hours of the day can you answer texts in each workplace. We say, ‘yes, yes, yes and yes.’

RULE 7: Don’t text during important real-world moments – Put your phone away when it counts – meals, movies, performances and conversations with anyone you value. We agree 100% and then some – but one of us has a much harder time of this than the other. One of these days we are going to have a contest to see who can go longer without their phone. You should probably not put your money on anyone who’s name rhymes with BANANA. Just sayin’…..
June 28, 2022
When you browse thru kitchen trends, you can begin imagining how they might appear to your kitchen. But as you quickly begin to fall in love with a color or style, you once in a while understand that it’s not trending. Out with the old, in with the new, update the heart of your house accurately with the aid of using noting those waning kitchen trends.

Kitchen layout trends, now no longer in contrast to style trends. And much like a number of the extra everlasting ones, a few live longer than the others. To help, four top designers are sharing the kitchen traits that must be retired immediately—further to what to replace it with instead.

Read more. 4 Kitchen Trends That Need to Be Retired ASAP, According to Designers
June 28, 2022

The Ana & Melissa Team is proud to announce that Washingtonian Magazine has named them Top Realtors 5 years in a row by Washingtonian Magazine. Every 18 to 24 months, Washingtonian Magazine asks hundreds of people who work in the local real estate industry whom they would trust with listing their home, whether its home selling or home buying. The Top REALTORS list includes professionals who received the strongest recommendations.

We couldn't do it without our amazing and supportive clients, friends and colleagues. THANK YOU!
June 2, 2022
We are honored to have been named Chairman of the Board by Weichert for the 5th year in a row.

Thanks to all our partners and clients! We couldn’t have done it without you.

Ana and Melissa Are Here to Help
Don't hesitate to call us for home valuations, mortgage questions, buying in another state.  Just pick up the phone and we will help you, your friend and family.  That's what we love to do! Here's how to reach us! 
Ana 703.772.3526 
Melissa 703.407.5847
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March 29, 2022

Having a garden is both visually appealing and can provide you some utility! Let’s help you get some great ideas for your home garden!

 Why do you need a home garden?
It’s peaceful and relaxing to have a lovely outdoor setting to enjoy and it also adds value to your home! Nicely landscaped and hardscaped homes can increase the purchase price of your home. 

Utilize whatever open areas you can find in limited spaces.
Owners of small houses and studio apartments may find it challenging to create home gardens. Here are some great ideas to maximize the limited space you have for a garden –

You can create small vegetables gardens like this one.

Create a cluster of beautiful pots that grow your favorite herbs!

There are also bungalow gardens or little porch compartment gardens if you have a small area outside your home.

Hanging baskets are always aesthetically pleasing as well!

Pay attention to the direction of your home garden
Consider the East side of your house while planning your garden, where the plants will receive enough of sunshine from morning to dusk.

Pick native plants and succulents alongside vegetative assortments
Always consider native plants, succulents, and rock gardens which are excellent air purifiers and circulators.

Ana and Melissa Are Here to Help
Don't hesitate to call us for home valuations, mortgage questions, buying in another state.  Just pick up the phone and we will help you, your friend and family.  That's what we love to do! Here's how to reach us! 
Ana 703.772.3526 
Melissa 703.407.5847
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March 25, 2022
We #justsold! This newly updated 1 bedroom/1 bath townhome is move-in ready with luxurious features. The kitchen was updated in 2021 and features a brand new $4k ILVE imported Italian stove, Italian Carrara marble backsplash, designer porcelain tiles, and large windows with warm morning light. An attached spacious outdoor deck is perfect for a morning cup of coffee or al fresco dinners. The newly renovated 2019 bathroom also makes a statement, with Carrara marble floor and wall tiles, a modern glass shower, and a barn door entrance.

In the evenings, the spacious bedroom glows with gentle golden hues from the western windows and recently refinished original hardwood floors. It also features two generous closets and is large enough to comfortably accommodate both a workstation and a king-sized bed.

The Condo Association maintains the exterior of the building, as well as the landscaped gardens and lush grounds. The home features a private entrance, a newly replaced HVAC system (2019), and a Nest thermostat to monitor your carbon footprint… and your bank account.

Situated in the historic community of Arlington Village, which backs up onto the Army Navy Country Club. The amenities include tennis and basketball courts, a pool, nature walk and community center, as well as Sunday farmers markets, local coffee shops, and boutique restaurants all within walking distance. This unique property offers all the benefits of suburban and city living at an affordable price point. And! It has TWO parking spaces!
March 25, 2022

Our Sellers #JustSold! Welcome your new neighbors! The community is just minutes from the Van Dorn Metro stop and is also minutes away from shopping, restaurants in Kingstown, Springfield Town Center, Old Town and the future Landmark Mall project. It is also just steps away from I-95/395 and 495 making it an easy commute to DC, Arlington and Maryland.

If you or someone you know is considering a move or selling, let us know!
February 9, 2022
Herndon, Virginia!  We love Herndon.  It’s an unassuming community that was established in 1879.  It includes a cute downtown area that reminds us of a small town anywhere in America. And the great thing about Herndon, it’s only 22 miles from downtown DC and minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport.

We just helped relocate one of our clients from Texas to Virginia and they bought a great house in the $500K price range. They LOVE Herndon, as Alexi put it, “friendly doesn’t even really cover it… we’ve had a neighbor come ring our doorbell because our blow up Santa was swept up by the wind and traveling halfway down the street! …. We also had several neighbors we never even met bring baby gifts because they saw that we had our baby. People here are just SO SO nice!”.

Herndon offers a great location because of its easy and accessible transportation commute to  Tyson’s Corner, Arlington and DC.  The Metro is easily accessible by walking, public bus or a kiss and ride.  One of the best DC Museum’s is located just minutes away!  And walking trails and parks are found in practically every neighborhood.  The W&OD trail, which goes through the core of old town Herndon can take you as east as DC and as west as West Virginia. 

So you are asking what does it cost you to live in Herndon?

Median Single Family Homes are priced between $525,000 to $815,000.

Townhomes are priced between $385,000 to $600,000.

Condos start at $400,000.
Cromwell Lefrak

If you plan to visit, don’t leave without grabbing a bite to eat!  We, our friends and clients enjoy Zeffirelli Italian restaurant, The Breeze Mediterranean (they have an awesome outdoor area that started during covid), and the Aslin Brewery, which started in Alexandria and now has a new location in Herndon!

Ana and Melissa Are Here to Help
Don't hesitate to call us for home valuations, mortgage questions, buying in another state.  Just pick up the phone and we will help you, your friend and family.  That's what we love to do! Here's how to reach us! 
Ana - 703.772.3526 
Melissa - 703.407.5847
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January 21, 2022
Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is seven days in length festivity of region restaurants; for local diners Restaurant Week is something other than a "bargain" - it is a valuable chance to attempt another food, investigate cafés in various areas or visit old top picks. For visitors to the area, it's a potential chance to encounter the best of our local cafés without burning through every last cent. As one of the most profoundly expected food-related projects in area, eateries in the advancement offer 3-course menus for lunch at $22, meals for $35 and $55, or then again on the off chance that you love a decent informal breakfast, enjoy menus at $22. Restaurant Week starts January 17th through January 23rd in DC. 

You can also enjoy Alexandria Restaurant Week from January 21 to 30, 2022 and show your backing for the city's enormous local area of privately possessed cafés. For 10 days and two ends of the week, in excess of 60 restaurants in Alexandria, Virginia will offer a $35 prix fixe supper for a couple of individuals. Unique menus will be accessible in person at taking part restaurants, numerous with warmed open air eating choices and in excess of 50 cafés will likewise offer to-go choices.

 Which are your favorite restaurants in Metropolitan Washington or in Alexandria? Visit the official Restaurant Week site for thr participating restaurants and make the Reservations now!

See Metropolitan Washinton Participating Restaurants
See Alexandria Participating Restaurants
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