Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Our Debut in the Washington Post

This year in April 2011, my mother and I got to experience cooking a meal for the editor of the Washington Post.
Our task was to create an entree with duck, another main dish and then create a meal the way we usually eat on any day. So we made our version of a Duck Confit with Gratin de Pomme de Terre, Olive Chicken Provencal, Couscous with pine nuts, and a Provencal Veggie Tian. Of course, after the main course, we eat salad, bread and cheese, so we made our homemade dijon vinaigrette, and for desert, my mom's amazing-yet-easy Apple Trottoir!!

We believe cooking should be fun and a way of creativity, whether you prefer to stick to a recipe or like to go with whatever ideas come to mind.

~Chef Cat

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Evers & Co. November 2011 Real Estate Report

November was the second month in a row where the average price in the close-in Metro area market was down slightly, after 16 consecutive months of the price being up over the same month of the previous year. So, while our numbers are significantly better than the rest of the country and we can chart the bottom of our local housing recession as having occurred late 2008 and early 2009, we are still moving uphill slowly.

What does this mean for buyers and sellers?

 Buyers can see that we are well past the bottom of the market, and interest rates continue to be at record lows, so now would be the best time to buy before prices go up. While buyers may need a 20% down payment for the conventional market, FHA loans can still be had up to $729,750 with only 3.5% down payment, another good reason to buy now.

 For sellers, it means that we have the healthiest market in the country, so you can get your property sold if you price it according to other recent sold comparables and take the time to make sure it shows well and outshines the competition.

With low inventory in much of the close-in Metro area, and interest rates at their all-time low, we should be poised for a strong market this spring.

*Statistics are taken from the Metropolitan Regional Information System. The area referenced includes Washington, D.C.; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Fairfax County, Arlington and Alexandria in Northern Virginia.

 By: Donna Evers

Saturday, December 17, 2011

SOLD on Capitol Hill, Avenel, and more...

Here are a few properties we sold in 2011... We just closed on the townhouse in Capitol, Washington, DC!

SOLD in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
Asking Price: $1,299,000

RENTED in Avenel, Potomac, Maryland
Asking Price: $5,900
SOLD in Rockville, Maryland

RENTED in Grosvenor, Rockville, Maryland

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Real Estate Chefs have arrived!

 Welcome to our blog creation! My parents and I have been in the real estate business for many years in the D.C. metro area, but have been cooking our whole lives. Our world whole world revolves around our passions, which include food, cooking, real estate, and our loved ones.

Catherine (Me), my Father (Al), and my Mother (Michele)

My Father, Al, has been in the real estate business for a few decades now, and past this passion on to my Mother, Michele, and finally onto me, Catherine. We now work for a wonderful company in Washington D.C., Evers & Co Real Estate Inc.. We love helping people sell, buy, rent or lease a property, go through all the steps of those stressful real estate transactions as easily as possible. Bottom line is, we enjoy our profession.

I grew up in this french family who is obsessed with feeding people until their pant button pops, and remember my parents and grand-parents letting me help them in the kitchen when I was a few years old, scrambling eggs, mixing sugar with butter, decorating cookies, and of course, peeling potatoes. Ever since, we have been fighting over who cooks what, from beouf bourguignon, beignets, quiche lorraine, to my mom's amazing whole roasted chicken... mmmm this is making me hungry...

~ Catherine