1901 Wyoming Avenue NW #12
Washington, DC 20009
This property closed on May 29th.
From Staging to Sale
I have a particular affinity for this property, as this is now the second time I have sold it. In 2015, I represented both the buyer and seller, and now in 2018, I represented my previous buyer as the seller of this home.
First floor homes in buildings can be challenging sales because some buyers shy away from them. In 2015, the home was listed at $429,000, and closed at $420,000. It took six weeks to sell in 2015 and required a price reduction from the original $450,000.
One of the challenges with the 2015 sale was that the seller did not want to stage the property. As the home is on the ground floor of the building, it was especially important to present it property. This is a virtual tour of the 2015 listing.
My client this time made good use of my expertise of the building and renovated the kitchen shortly after her move in 2015 to optimize it based on the kitchen in another apartment on the tier. In addition to that, she modernized the lighting and fireplace tile and refinished the floors.
To sell in 2018, we employed my favorite strategy – proper pricing and presentation. Unlike in 2015, we were able to professionally stage the unit, and what a difference staging can make! The incredible Tanya Breck of TW Breck Designs did a beautiful job creating a clean, modern setting that photographed beautifully. This time, we sold the apartment for $475,000 in just six short days. This is a virtual tour of the 2018 listing.
Left: #12 in 2015 Right: #12 professionally staged in 2018
I like to joke that getting this property sold was a comedy of errors akin to an episode of I Love Lucy! Due to some unanticipated delays preparing the home for the stager and photographer, I was very hands on in getting this property to listing, and not without a little bit of stress. By the time I had the listing public, I was definitely ready to celebrate its launch by turning in early for a well deserved rest! Full disclosure, I was off the clock and winding down with a nightcap when I received a phone call at 8:30pm.
The front desk of the Altamont had a prospective buyer without an appointment. I later learned that the prospective buyer had simply wanted to get a view of the lobby and common areas before she scheduled an appointment through her agent, but the front desk misunderstood and called me to request I show her the apartment. I threw on something resembling business clothes and rushed to meet them. Fortunately, the potential buyer was a client of my colleague, very kind, and very interested! We toured #12 (which thanks to our earlier efforts was looking stunning) and the buyer was very impressed. She returned the next day with her agent, and made an offer a few days later.
We officially closed this deal on May 29th, and I am so thrilled to have provided my seller with a sale price over $50k higher than her original purchase price, and my colleague’s buyer with a home she loved.
Sammy Dweck, REALTOR
TTR Sotheby’s International Realty