What do buyers vote for?
Next Tuesday, if we haven’t already, we can vote for congressional representatives, governors, state representatives, mayors, attorneys general, council members, and more, according to the where we live. There may also be new laws or resolutions in play.
Voting is a right that should not be taken lightly and I encourage everyone who is eligible to do so. What I want to cover this week, however, is what buyers vote for when choosing a home. Whether they choose their preferred candidates over the Internet or in person, it is important that candidate information is available before selecting a favorite.
Location: When people travel to the DMV from outside the area, I often hear “I want to live in DC”. Often that feeling changes when they find out how much house you can get for the money inside the district.
They can solicit Arlington County, City of Alexandria, and Fairfax County in Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince Georges counties in Maryland, but some of these areas can also be quite expensive.
Nonetheless, voters are looking for their candidates’ credentials, including proximity to work, quality of schools, crime rates and nearby amenities.
Type: Once they have chosen their location, the price can also have an impact on the type of accommodation they choose. Single-family homes, townhouses and townhouses, condominiums, and sometimes co-ops are up for debate.
The detached houses inside the Beltway seem to be reserved for those with the most money, while the townhouses often represent our middle class. Condominiums are often preferred by the masses, especially if they are located near transportation and food. Cooperatives are lesser-known entities favored by some. It’s good to know that there are still people interested in cooperating.
Style: People often arrive with preconceived notions about house style candidates here. Imagine coming from an area where the standard house is a 4,000 square foot ranch with a white picket fence, located on a cul-de-sac and you find it has to be custom built or it’s two hours to get to work. .
While our area caters to the 2,200 square foot, two-story Colonial with basement, other entrances into single-detached home primaries may include two-level split foyers, four-story Victorian squares with wrap-around porches, splits tiered, clean-lined contemporaries, and yes, the occasional ranch.
In the townhouse and townhouse category are Victorian homes with rounded fronts and square fronts, Federals with flat fronts, guardhouses with covered porches (named in honor of architect Harry Wardman ) and traditional or halfway houses that are in the “equally popular” category because, like some politicians, no one knows what they stand for.
In DC, you can also find something innocuous that is simply a two-story box with no distinctive architecture or name, but with an affordable price tag. They may be old and indescribable, but they are reliable and plentiful.
Outside: Our exteriors are transparent in how they present themselves to the public. We have the bricks – red, beige, whitewashed and brightly painted – or the siding: wood, vinyl, aluminum or Hardie plank. A few stone or stucco outliers may also attract attention.
Porches and patios are popular, and yards always get a lot of votes. Some voters see rooftop terraces as reserved for elites; however, the desire for a parking space is a unifying position throughout DC and in inner-city suburbs near Virginia and Maryland.
Interior: Two major parts make up the interiors of our homes: the traditional floor plan part and the open floor plan part. The Green Party, a third, smaller entity, showcases popular ideas that can transcend the other two parties, such as electric vehicle chargers, smart home features, and energy-efficient systems and devices.
Currently, the open floor plan party is ahead. It eschews a formal dining room in favor of a smaller dining room and breakfast bar in the kitchen. This party’s agenda may include luxury vinyl flooring that mimics driftwood, along with a plethora of stainless steel appliances, white cabinets, solid surface countertops, and gray walls. for a clean, sterile look.
The traditional part enhances the architecture, the unpainted woodwork, the original parquet floors in heart of pine or red oak, and the fireplace mantels in tiger oak from the beginning of the 20e century homes. Interiors may feature darker colors or wallpaper, emphasizing more historic and institutional standards.
It remains to be seen what shoppers will vote for next, but I’ll keep an eye out for the latest trends, hoping our picks remain diverse, vibrant, and welcoming.
Valerie M. Blake is a licensed associate broker in DC, Maryland and Virginia with RLAH Real Estate / @properties. Call or text her at 202-246-8602, email her through DCHomeQuest.com or follow her on Facebook at TheRealst8ofAffairs.