SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER 2015
     
Greetings from Kara & Wayne Johnson,

I n this newsletter, we will learn about Kara's client's successful renovation in Shaw, take you to a family olive ranch in Seville, Spain, find inspiration in contemporary architecture, and introduce you to one of our preferred lending partners. We will also show you our featured property this month and give you a preview of our coming soon listing. Let's get started!

Sincerely,
Kara & Wayne
Client Success Story: Insane Equity in 1 Year Josh

Josh Zimmerman, an engineer who works for the U.S. Patent Office, is a savvy investor whose sweat equity paid off big time. Josh purchased his purple 2-unit rowhouse in Shaw in October 2014 for $625,000. He used a 203K renovation loan to help finance the critical renovations (mold remediation, gutting the lower level unit, structural and roof repairs) and he put a lot of sweat equity into the kitchens, master bath, and cosmetic updates. In August 2015, he refinanced and his new and greatly improved home appraised at $925,000. That's almost a 50% increase in value in less than 1 year and $300K in equity! Way to go, Josh! Click here for more before and after photos.

Upper Level Master Bath Demolition

Master Bath AFTER
Lower Level In Progress
Lower Level Kitchen and Living Area AFTER

SevilleSeville, Spain: A Family's Olive Ranch
 

Located just 20 km outside Seville (about a 3-hour train ride from Madrid), Hacienda La Bodeguilla is a villa situated on 12 hectares (about 275 acres) of land housing over 45,000 olive trees that has been in our colleague, Ignacio Sagarminaga's family for over 50 years. September is the time of year for the harvest. Hundreds of workers pick 300,000 kilos (over 300 tons) of olives. Most are sold to shop owners throughout Spain and the rest are pressed into olive oil and sold to other European countries. The family villa is protected by friendly Mastiff guard dogs who enjoy sunbathing in their cobblestone courtyard and cooling off on the marble floor in the home's foyer. Sadly, this home isn't for sale. Click here for more photos of the property (and the dogs).  

 

 Sunset at the ranch
   Guard Dogs
Villa entrance
Design: Contemporary Architecture contemporary

The jewel box villa sits on a long, narrow plot with a significant level change throughout. overlooking the shores of one of Lausanne, Switzerland's largest lakes, the client wanted a home to maximize views to both the south and west. to deal with the site's topography, it was decided that the residence would take similar shape and be split into two levels. in addition to the primary rectangular form, an outer shell juts outwards and up, functioning as a green wall...Click here for full article. 

Southern fa├žade
Interior
Driveway and footpath to backyard

*Article from designboom. All images courtesy of design paradigms
FEATURED LISTING: 1820 Clydesdale Place NW #200FeaturedListing

Welcome to this  fabulous two-bedroom apartment in one of Washington's best locations between Adams Morgan and Woodley Park.  Built in 1927 and located on charming Clydesdale Place, this home has gorgeous hardwood floors throughout. The beautifully renovated kitchen has a center island open to the living room and dining area.  Front-facing windows bring in light all day long.  You will love the updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gas cooking, Silestone counter tops, wood cabinetry, and new marble flooring. The bathroom features a tub with shower, vanity and ceramic tile.  The master bedroom is spacious and has a walk-in closet with light.  The second bedroom is also large and has double windows and Elfa closet organizers.   You'll love all the closets and extra storage space and having your own in-unit washer-dryer.  This prime Adams Morgan location is within a few-minute walk of the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro station on the Red Line.  Coop fee includes real estate taxes, water, gas, and heat.  There is no underlying mortgage. List Price: $475,000 . Coop fee: $535 monthly. Contact Wayne for more information. 
 

COMING SOON: 1415 Chapin Street NW #408ComingSoon
Another Chapin Street Listing!

Spacious 2-bedroom (1BR + large den), 2-bath condo in the heart of 14th Street Corridor. This unit f ea tures nearly 1,000 square feet of living space, 9 1/2' ceilings, solid oak hardwood floors  throughout, and recessed lighting. Unit #408 was combined with unit #409 to create a unique and desirable floor plan with a kitchen open to the living area, separate dining area, which accommodates a large dining table, and a nook off the kitchen ideal as an office or breakfast area. The sunny master bedroom has an en-suite bath with marble countertop and plenty of closet space. The large den with windows and a closet can accommodate a queen bed and is easily converted to a true 2nd bedroom. In-unit washer/dryer. Conveniently located half a mile between U Street and Columbia Heights Metro stations. Meridian Hill Park, restaurants, Trader Joe's, Yes! Organic Market, CVS, and shops just around the corner along 14th Street Corridor. Pet-friendly. Contact Kara for more info.

Meet One Of Our Exceptional Mortgage PartnersLendingPartner
Mark Eigenbrode is a consistent and trustworthy loan officer at First Home Mortgage with offices in DC and Bethesda. He joined First Home in 2012 after successful careers at big banks so that he could provide his clients with the high-end service that comes with in-house processing, underwriting and closing.

He has been an affiliate partner with Keller Williams Capital Properties for 5+ years. During this time, he has had the pleasure of being a helping hand in the dramatic success story that defines the Kara and Wayne Johnson Team. Mark enjoys working with buyers to achieve their dreams of buying a home. He is especially happy when working with first-time homebuyers and as a result is a top DC Open Doors loan originator.

An especially fulfilling area of Mark's expertise is getting VA condo project approvals.  His attention to detail drives this key component of a large segment of the DC real estate market.  In addition to VA loans, Mark has a full complement of loan products (Conventional, Non-Conforming and FHA) to finance primary residences, second homes and investment properties.

Mark has lived inside the beltway his entire life except while earning a Business Degree from Towson University.  He currently resides in Bethesda and likes to spend his free time traveling to both coasts - Rehoboth where he has a vacation home and San Francisco to visit his daughter Lindsey.  Other non-loan related hours are spent golfing and hanging out with his version of man's best friend: Morrison his 8-yr old golden retriever.  Mark also serves as President of Living in Pink, a 501C-3 non-profit he and his late wife, Michele A. Conley, founded in 2003 to raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness programs.

Mark Eigenbrode
Sr. Loan Officer
8401 Connecticut Ave. Suite 650
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Cell:  202-449-2650
E Fax:  888-435-0752
Direct:  240-479-7660

Kara Johnson
Keller Williams Capital Properties 
1918 18th St NW
Washington,DC  20009 
202.243.7700 office
202.378.4240 cell
202.315.3889 efax
karajohnson@kw.com  
Keller Williams Capital Properties        
1918 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009  
202.243.7700 office
202.494.0714 cell
202.315.3889 efax 
waynej@kw.com   

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