When you have property to sell at a premium, you want to work with someone who keeps his finger on the pulse of DC’s housing market, with someone who sets realistic expectations for sellers and who does not jump on the first offer that comes in.

The last few months have been an unforgettable experience, trying find the right buyer in one of the hottest neighborhoods in D.C. Proudly representing the seller of this exchange and selling at 100% of list price. http://www.LukeTheRealtor.com

Luke Buchanan delivers in-depth, local knowledge regarding NW Washington neighborhoods. Luke is proficient in relative-valuation and formerly worked as a strategist for an advertising firm in Santa Monica. If you wish to learn more about your home’s worth, please call or email to schedule a free real estate consultation today. You may also visit Luke Buchanan’s blog or Facebook, to find additional information that may further guide your real estate decisions. Hobbies include: golf, grilling, image editing, photography, running, skiing, tennis, travel and yoga





Now is an excellent time to buy real estate, with elections drawing near; with the expansions of several Universities and Graduate Schools; and with mortgage rates ebbing lower and lower, than what has already been recorded as historically-low.  As the White House fills up, we should expect to see a tide of new buyers and sellers.  If you are interested in free real estate consultation please visit www.luketherealtor.com to schedule a time to speak.  I look forward to hearing from you!


1823 Newton St. NW, Washington DC, 20010

New Penthouse Listing! Old-World charm prevalent in the 1925 brick exterior of this 10-unit, converted condo building. Two-level, 1350sqft condo feels like a house, awash with light from two north-facing balconies that offer views of Rock Creek Park and a glimpse of the Ntnl Cathedral. 2BR/2BA, loft and laundry upstairs. Open Main Level, Community Garden, Pet Friendly, 1mi Metro, Two-Car Parking.

Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, loft and laundry upstairs and open main level with large powder room and coat closet.  Well-proportioned kitchen with modern appliances and handsome wood cabinets, leads to an enormous living room with dining area and private deck.  (click the photos for virtual tour)

Historic Facade
Historic Facade

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Soft vrs. Hard News

I mostly enjoy reading the softer news.  The difference between “soft” and “hard” news is illustrated by headlines like, “The Unveiling of the iPhone 6,” in contrast to headlines like, “US official: Russia knew in advance that Syria would launch chemical-weapons attack (Business Insider).

Soft news is human interest pieces designed to entertain the reader, appropriately dubbed “news you can use.”  Hard news is events that will be recorded in history.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/09/americas-new-war-president-111235.html#ixzz3E972KmzJ

The Zillow-Trulia Merger Could Radically Reduce America’s Realtor Population – but I doubt it!

As a realtor, I use both Trulia and Zillow.  These sites provide web exposure and occasionally generate weak leads causing me to wake up early, or work late to show a house to an unprepared buyer.  This merger means little to me beyond creating the convenience of only having to monitor one site.  If someone is relying on Zillow then they should expect a laundry list of irrelevant listings and many hours wasted.  Realtors scrutinize the housing market; isolate the the top 20% of homes; then cater the transaction specifically to the client.

The process follows the Pareto Principle, commonly known as the “80-20 rule,” which was introduced by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto in 1906.  The theory suggests that 20% of the input creates 80% of the result.  For example, in general, 20% of your customers represent 80% of your sales; 20% of your workers produce 80% of your revenue; 20% of your time produces 80% of your results; 20% of you errors contribute 80% of your problems. http://betterexplained.com/articles/understanding-the-pareto-principle-the-8020-rule/

Bottom Line: If you wouldn’t buy a house off Craigslist then you shouldn’t buy a house off Zillow/Trulia


The Zillow-Trulia Merger Could Radically Reduce America’s Realtor Population

Editor’s note: On Monday, Zillow agreed to purchase Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. This recent column nailed the significance of the deal.

If Zillow and Trulia join forces, could they take over the industry?

The real-estate selling industry will need to concede, either formally or informally.

Informally, we have already given up.

We are not a union and there is no real leadership among realtors. We are independent contractors spread all over the map, literally and figuratively, so trying to get us to rally for the cause will be met with indifference.

Many of us already think Zillow could be a big improvement for the business.

Let them spend the big money of advertising. We’ll contribute our share in exchange for specialized leads — consumers drawn to our own listings or those looking for a local expert in our target areas.

How will it evolve?

The Next Phase

1. Realtor.com-Move Inc. makes a wimpy attempt to compete by spending half of the advertising money being spent by Zillow-Trulia to attack their inaccuracies (campaign currently underway). If you want a chuckle, here’s an example:

2. Corporate real-estate companies join forces with Zillow (also underway).

3. Local MLS companies do nothing.

Zillow and Trulia will continue to dominate the headlines for the next few months, and Realtor.com will be forgotten by consumers.

The local MLS systems don’t have to die — they just need to be irrelevant or a duplicate. Our local Sandicor MLS is faster and more accurate than the listings on Zillow, but does the consumer really NEED listings updated every 10 to 15 minutes? Realtors might, but not the consumers — they are on auto-notifications and will get the new listings soon enough (the frenzy is over, reducing the need for speed).

Can we all coexist? Yes, but Zillow has shown a killer instinct and has loads of VC money behind it. I think they will pursue all angles — and here’s the one that will divide and conquer the realtor community.

The Kill Shot

Previous attempts by Realtor.com and Redfin to produce an agent-rating or -ranking site was met with vigorous opposition from realtors. Why? Because most realtors don’t want their sales history out in the open.

But the successful and powerful agents stand to benefit greatly — the same ones who can and will pay Zillow the big money for advertising.

It is a natural fit for Zillow to buddy up to the top producers and get them to help promote their new agent-ranking site.

The cabal will be shattered.

The local associations of realtors and the MLS companies who have feasted on having realtors paying dues regardless of production will suffer — and should die off completely if 20% of the realtors are doing 80% of the business. They can’t survive an 80% reduction in dues.

When consumers see that their agent-friend down the street hasn’t sold a house in six months – they will hesitate. The Zillow advertising will encourage you to select one of their top producers instead (the ones paying for advertising).

It should clear out the realtor population within a year or two, and turn upside down the local associations, MLS companies, and the top-heavy big corporations who own real estate franchises.

Realtors won’t really need a brand — Zillow will be the brand.

With Zillow-Trulia getting all the eyeballs, and realtors on the receiving end of those leads, Z-T would be smart to cater to the top producers. The momentum would shift rapidly as success stories appear on Zillow ads too.

I’ve been paying about $500 a month to each of the three portals.

Realtor.com: no calls or leads.

Trulia.com: unqualified leads.

Zillow.com: Listings get high traffic early, and I get calls looking for an agent in the area. It’s the kind of results that realtors want, and I’m already convinced that I can reach the consumers and sell homes using Zillow only.

The future is here, but I’m not sure it will get cheaper.

Yesterday, a Zillow rep called to offer me some exposure in another local ZIP code that was about the same as I already have. I pay $550 a month now, and the new but similar package offered $850 a month.

Zillow might keep the cost of commissions right where they are.