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Neighborhood Expert: The housing market is exhausting

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA and D.C. with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or

Despite headlines all over the world about interest rates bouncing up and down around 7% and buyer affordability at an all time high, homes in our area are still selling quickly, with multiple offers and sometimes above list.

I publish my list of “buyer needs” on my social media monthly, but this time, I’d like to extend an offer to the community.

If you have been thinking of selling but perhaps you’re overwhelmed with the idea of prepping, or you don’t want to deal with the masses trekking through your home, or you just want an easy private sale, I’m throwing out my list of buyer needs in case you want to explore selling privately:


  • $1.8-$2.1M, newer construction, 5,000 sq. ft. or more prefer SE/SW side of Town Of Vienna
  • Up to $1.8M, in TOV any side, prefer a 1 mile radius to Church Street
  • $1.2M-$1.45M, prefer to feed to Madison HS, 4+ bedrooms
  • Up to $1.6M, prefer TOV with flat yard and must have a 2 car garage
  • Up to $1.5M, prefer Vienna ES, must have 4 bedrooms on upper level and garage
  • Up to $1.3M detached home, 4+ bedrooms
  • Up to $1M, detached, prefer split level to live in, not tear down
  • Up to $950k detached, feeds to Marshall HS (will also consider Vienna*) 4+ Bedrooms
  • Vienna Condo up to $500K, 2 bed/2 bath (prefer Marquis/Acadia)


  • Up to $1.5M detached, tend to lean toward colonial but open to any model

Falls Church

  • Detached home up to $1M, feeds to Marshall HS (will also consider Vienna*) 4+ Bedrooms


  • $725k Townhouse with garage, feeding to Mosaic ES/Oakton


  • Up to $500k, 2 bed/2 bath condo in an elevator building (prefer close to Reston Town Center)


  • Up to $2.3M detached home feeding to Science Focus ES, 4+ bedrooms
  • Condo up to $400k, prefer 2 bedrooms or 900 sq. ft. or larger (not facing 395!)
  • Condo up to $700k, prefer 2 bedrooms around the Courthouse metro


  • Detached up home to $850k, 2 car garage, some yard for a dog, prefer not backing to or on a major road

If you know of anything that might be a good fit, please reach out!

Any and all opportunities are welcome!

Photo via Tierra Mallorca/Unsplash

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