Brett West


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McEnearney Associates, Inc. REALTORS

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The Expected vs The Unexpected: Planning for the Future

In my capacity as Realtor, I am often asked how to navigate the potentially stormy waters around the death or pending passage of family members.

My answer comes down to this: a plan will always simplify the complex and emotional time when a loved one meets her or his maker.

I recently sat down with estate attorney, Lisa McCurdy, managing partner at The Wealth Counselor, LLC for some additional direction. She offered some terrific food for thought, including that each individual should set up the five following basic estate planning documents:

1) Last Will and Testament;
2) Power of Attorney for Property;
3) Power of Attorney for Healthcare;
4) HIPPA Authorization; and
5) Living Will.

Lisa suggests strategies and tactics that we can all take to secure the the appropriate direction for our estate. If interested, I'd be happy to facilitate introductions. READ MORE

If information is power, my goal is to help make you the most powerful consumer on the real estate market.


- Brett

News and Trends




Contract activity in September 2014 was up 5.6% from September of last year --- DC was one of only 2 jurisdictions in the region with an increase. Even though total new contract activity is down 1% year-to-date, we've turned the arrow up to reflect the most recent trend. READ MORE




Buyers, Sellers Hopeful for Strong End to 2014


Consumer optimism in the housing market may lead to a stronger close to the year for real estate, according to Prudential Real Estate's third-quarter Consumer Outlook Survey of more than 2,500 Americans who are in the market to buy or sell. READ MORE





Millennials Continue Urbanization Of America, Leaving Small Towns


"Most of the young people that go to college go away, and then they don't come back," says Lee Bianchi, a retired engineer who lived in Clinton, Iowa (pop. 26,647), from 1961 to 2008. That's long been the storyline in small-town America, which for decades has bled citizens - especially young ones - to the glamorous big cities. READ MORE


Housing Inventory that Rocks!
As of November 3, 2014, DC boasts 1,461 properties actively on the market for sale. That excludes FSBOs (For Sale By Owner) and pocket listings. Here's a look at inventory by price range throughout DC's hot 20011 zip code, which includes 16th Street Heights, Crestwood, Petworth and Brightwood 155 total properties on the market):

(28 total units available)

(48 units available)

(72 units available)

(9 units available)

(1 unit available)

Not shopping in the 20011 zip code? Feel free to check out plenty of inventory throughout the DC Metro Areaor book some time with me for a free discussion about your real estate goals.