The Color of Real Estate
Contributing Blogger, Parker Hill @ www.NewHomeSource.comIf someone were to ask you, “What color would you describe real estate?” you might say gray because of the foundation or even tan because of the framework. However if one were to ask me, I’d ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on June 15, 2012 in Commentary
Washington DC Ranks #9 For Young Entreprenuers
Washington DC Ranks in Top Cities for Young Entrepreneurs
Under30CEO, an online resource for young entrepreneurs, recently asked its followers to let them know what cities in the US were friendliest for starting businesses. Among the items ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on January 14, 2011 in Commentary
Green Guilty Pleasures in Bethesda / Washington DC
So "Green" is in…everyone knows that. It’s totally uncool to be non-Green…we all need to have an awareness of the environment and a commitment to doing our part.
About a year ago, I stopped by the see ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on September 15, 2009 in Commentary
Paging President Obama: Where's The
The stimulus plan signed into law this week and the new efforts the President announced today to shore up the credit markets are likely to have numerous favorable effects on a rapidly eroding economy, but at least from the sound bites he and ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on February 18, 2009 in Commentary
What To Expect From a Home Inspection…a DC Metro Area Focus
Now that we’re back to the days when purchasers can “safely” make a home inspection contingency part of their purchase offer, I find that first time buyers are curious about the inspection process and what to expect. I personally ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on January 17, 2009 in Commentary
Cool Dupont Circle Video
First, I'd like to wish everyone a happy belated New Years. Here's to a a year health, happiness, and "prosperity" - however you'd like to define that word:-)
Dupont Circle Video
I bought this video from a stock footage website ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on January 7, 2009 in Commentary
Mending a River(Road) - Reflections After The Bethesda Water Main Break
Since the 911 calls made their way onto CNN, there are probably not too many people who don’t know about the 66 inch water main that broke in suburban Maryland two days before Christmas, turning a main road into a river and trapping 9 ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on December 29, 2008 in Commentary
Baby Boomers 2.0, Real Estate, and Trends, Oh My!
A recent survey prepared for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), which was released within the past few weeks, concludes that one in four baby boomer households expects to move from their current home in the future. This really ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on December 14, 2008 in Commentary
Kensington MD Real Estate |
…as in, “It’s the economy, stupid.”
We’re marketing a luxury property in Chevy Chase View (in Kensington MD) where the builder stepped way beyond the norm in terms of finishes.We don’t just have hardwood floors, ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on May 20, 2008 in Commentary
State of Maryland Imposing Tax Penalties Before Taxes Are Due?
So, it’s come to this.Revenues are obviously down throughout the country and state and local governments are facing shortfalls.But the State of Maryland has an interesting way of dealing with the problem, if a letter we received yesterday is ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on April 18, 2008 in Commentary
The Super Bowl Theory Proved?
Hello all: as many of you know from speaking to me directly or reading my previous blog posts, I firmly believe that there is a specific time-frame where the Washington DC area real estate market is most active. I just posted a new ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on February 9, 2008 in Commentary
The Super Bowl: not just football and great commercials for DC Metropolitan Real Estate
When you think of Superbowl Sunday, you probably have visions of two football teams in hot pursuit of a national title. I’m sure you also conger up the million dollar commercials that often bring more excitement than the game; and perhaps ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on January 30, 2008 in Commentary
Metro Stops & Mountain Views?
Update: One of Gretchen Koitz's Many Contributions Here attributed to me (Kevin Koitz). Blame it on our developers :-) Greetings from Telluride Colorado where I’m sitting in our condo watching a few people making their way to the Gondola…trying to ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on January 25, 2008 in Commentary
A Special Side Benefit
When you have the privilege of helping people buy and sell houses…especially if those properties are for their own use…you have an opportunity to share a very personal time with the buyers and/or sellers. Some people say that you ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on January 17, 2008 in Commentary
How does an Emotion Property Fit Into Theory of Micro-Niches?
So if you buy into the idea of micro-niches, and I’d argue that you’d be silly not to buy in, then where do “emotion” properties fit in? By definition, an “emotion” property is one that has that special ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on December 14, 2007 in Commentary
Different Markets Breed Different Requirements...
Gretchen's Real Estate Reflections SeriesI’ve been doing this (selling real estate in the Washington, DC area) so long that I remember going thru this seller’s market before. During the last such market, I got a call from the family ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on December 11, 2007 in Commentary
Micro, Micro Niches. What's a Balcony Have to Do With It?
In a previous blog post, we discussed the issue of micro niches…how you can’t talk about the Washington Metropolitan market, or even the Bethesda market, or even the Downtown Bethesda market. Instead, you have to go almost ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on December 9, 2007 in Commentary
Tis The Season
Even in the greatest exuberance of a seller’s market, there are seasonal changes in real estate transactions. Historically, the time between Thanksgiving and the beginning of the new year is a great time to be a buyer. Why? It ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on December 7, 2007 in Commentary
Micro Niches in The Washington, D.C. Area Real Estate Market
Articles from Realtor Magazine, a national publication sent to every Realtor in the country, rarely resonate with me. Because real estate is so local, much of the content is normally not applicable to the Washington DC area real estate market....
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on December 2, 2007 in Commentary
Greater Bethesda, MD & NW, Washington DC Condos - Time to go Big
With all the talk about it being a sellers’ market, there is at least one type of housing in the Washington Metropolitan Area that is in short supply and high demand – condos of over 2500 square feet. Maybe because condos were ...
Posted by Gretchen Koitz on November 30, 2007 in Commentary