Jan Kennemer's Blog

Posted on 03/14/2021
Add a Rain Chain to Your Garden
Image by Kaitong Yepoon from Shutterstock Rain in its due time is every gardener's dream. Saving and reusing rainwater is a great way to save resources for the garden. One way to collect rainwater and store it for future use is to install a rain chain. A decorative rain chain can be used in place of a downspout...
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Posted on 03/12/2021
6206 Bren Mar Drive, Alexandria, VA 22312 is now new to the market!
Comfortable and convenient living at beautifully updated, light-filled 5 BR 3BA brick home inside the Beltway set back on large level lot with mature trees, landscaping, and raised garden. Sparkling main-level hardwoods, custom high-efficiency windows, ceiling fans, recessed lighting and fresh paint. New heating and A/C systems in 2019. Sunny open kitchen has granite counters, maple cabinets & breakfast bar. Five good-size carpeted bedrooms. Three nicely updated ceramic tile bathrooms. Large Family Room, work room & 2 bedrooms with full bath on lower level. Entertainment options abound in open floor plan as well as in the spacious,...
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Posted on 03/12/2021
2700 16TH Street S #673, Arlington, VA 22204 is now new to the market!
Light filled 2 BR Townhouse is Arlington Village. Generous room sizes & hardwood floors. Kitchen features cabinets to the ceiling and GAS cooking. Separate Dining room with access to deck. Large living room has hardwoods & roomy coat closet. MBR easily fits a king size bed, has 2 sunny windows and lighted ceiling fan. Second BR is also good-sized, has a lighted ceiling fan and a nook just right for desk space. Newer deck for relaxing or entertaining while enjoying the outdoors. Two parking passes included for off -street parking out front & ART bus a few yards from door. Bus to Pentagon Metro and more at Walter Reed Drive. ...
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Posted on 03/07/2021
How to Approach a Bidding War
Image by Amy Hirschi from Unsplash Situations arise where prospective buyers find themselves in a bidding war with another buyer over the house they desire. Circumstances like this occur in a seller’s market where the demand for property is higher than the market can provide. It’s not uncommon to see multiple buyers vying over the same property in...
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Posted on 02/28/2021
Tips For Staying on Track With Home Improvements
One of the most satisfying aspects of being a new homeowner is the process of "making it your own." That could include everything from painting walls and hanging pictures to replacing window treatments and assembling shelves. (Then, of course, there's the unpacking, furniture arranging, organizing, and room cleaning!) For some people, one of the biggest challenges in getting unpacked,...
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Posted on 02/21/2021
Ideas for Choosing your Home Floor Plan
Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels Before you can start building your dream home, you must decide on a floor plan. This can be an overwhelming process with so many options available. These five tips will help you narrow your choices down to choose one that is perfect for your needs. 1. Consider Your Lifestyle This is going...
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Posted on 02/20/2021
1201 S Barton Street #180, Arlington, VA 22204 is now new to the market!
This Brick TOWNHOUSE has updated, open kitchen w/cabinets to ceiling, custom lighting, stylish backsplash & tile floor. Appliances include GAS stove, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and Bosch Washer & Dryer. Big MBR has 2 sunny windows & good closet. 2nd BR good-sized w/built-in bookshelf. Beautifully renovated bathroom with subway tile and marble floor. Over sized deck in landscaped courtyard backs to woods. Steps to plenty of parking – you get 2 parking passes. ART bus stop steps from door. Walk 3 blocks to Columbia Pike for METRO buses & express bus straight to DC. Walk to shops, grocery, many restaurants, Rec...
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Posted on 02/14/2021
Reasons to Buy a Small Town Home
For those who are on the lookout for a great house, it may be beneficial to explore homes in small towns. In fact, there are many reasons to pursue a small town residence, and these include: 1. You can avoid the hustle and bustle of big city living. Purchasing a house in the city may prove to be difficult....
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Posted on 02/07/2021
Home Loans: Fixed vs. Adjustable
Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash Once you are ready to buy a house, you need to check your finances to determine how much you can put down, and how much you can afford to pay on a monthly mortgage. Knowing this helps you determine how much house you can afford. However, your interest rate is going to play...
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Posted on 01/31/2021
Multi-Generational Living is a New Trend
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Housing priorities of young families and retired couples can vary. More and more households are combining by necessity or for the added convenience. When households combine, invariably, some adjustments will be necessary. However, the needs of young families with babies and toddlers are not really so different from the "aging in place"...
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