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REALTORS: Discover The Secrets of Branding to Boost Business

Dave Mangan

Realtors who attended the Central Properties Mentors Series event on “Branding for Success” were treated to a crash course on the importance of defining and positioning their personal brands in real estate. The presenter, Dave Mangan founder of Idea House, explained that branding is shorthand for what people think of you, and that managing your brand is a way to influence how you’re perceived in the marketplace.

Personal branding is tied to your reputation and to the perception of others and, for better or worse, “branding” is happening whether you think about it or not. So it’s a good idea to put some thought into defining your personal brand to increase the chances that customers will find you and choose to work with you (again) in the future. continue reading »


5 Tips To Prepare Your Home for Sale

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If one of your goals for 2014 is to sell your home, here’s five easy ways to improve the odds of getting the offer you are looking for:

Price it right
First thing is to set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range. A home that’s priced right for the market attracts serious buyers. An overpriced home may miss out on the all important first few weeks of showings, after which time the listing will appear stale. continue reading »


10 Tips to Make Your Home More Sustainable

Green Your Home

Making your home more sustainable is easier than you might think. Here are 10 easy tips to help you along the way continue reading »


The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington and Central Properties team up

Washington, DC August 11, 2012- Central Properties, a top new Washington, DC real estate brokerage, has teamed up with the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington to provide support in preparation for the opening of the Anthony Bowen YMCA later this year. In addition to providing office space and business services for YMCA staff, Central Properties will host a pre-opening reception at its DC office in the U Street Corridor neighborhood.

“We are thrilled to welcome the YMCA to our neighborhood and look forward to helping them get ready for the official opening of their state-of-the-art new facility,” said Central Properties president, Paul Sliwka. “As a company committed to helping the neighborhoods we serve, this opportunity seemed like a great fit for us.”

The YMCA is delighted to begin the next chapter of serving the Shaw/U Street Community with an exciting menu of new programs and services. The YMCA of Metropolitan has a long history of building capacity in the Shaw/U Street community through the generosity and support of partners and volunteers. We are grateful to Central Properties for providing the YMCA a temporary home to showcase our new program services. The YMCA thanks Central Properties and looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership as we strive to serve the Shaw/U Street Community.

About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development,healthy living and social responsibility. We’ve been connecting and supporting men, women and children in Greater Washington for 160 years – regardless of age, income or background. Anchored in Washington, DC, southern MD, and northern VA, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington creates a positive difference in the lives of more than 200,000 people each year through its 17 branches and program centers. We have the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information, visit www.ymcadc.org or follow us at www.facebook.com/ymcadc.

About Central Properties Real Estate, Inc.
Founded in 2011, Central Properties, llc. is one of the top new real estate brokerages operating in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Central Properties has a growing team of Associates and Partners who offer diversified backgrounds, experience and expertise across all aspects of real estate. The company specializes in residential brokerage, development and property management. For more information, or to search for homes for sale visit Central Properties online at www.centralpropertiesdc.com


Announcing Our New Director Of Business Development & Communications

Central Properties is pleased to announce the addition of David Fabian as director of business development and communications. As one of the area’s leading new residential and commercial real estate brokerages, Central Properties will leverage traditional and new media communication techniques, and offer cutting-edge training and coaching to provide an advantage for the company’s agents and clients alike.

Central Properties is primed for growth, and this position will be critical to maintaining consistent and polished branding and corporate communications strategies. David will also aid in the recruitment and retention of agents by helping them grow their business through the use of effective marketing and communication tools. Central Properties is ahead of the competition in offering such in-house services and support.

David brings a wealth of experience in digital communication strategy, most recently working as the digital strategist for an innovative start-up creative agency. He is also actively involved in his community, having recently managed a complex tenant purchase and cooperative conversion in a desirable Logan Circle apartment building. David has a well-rounded set of experiences that includes sales, nonprofit management and paralegal support. David is an alumnus of George Washington University, having received his B.A. in political science.

Central Properties launched in 2011 with the idea that people should be able to go to one place for all of their real estate needs. The brokerage offers services across all aspects of real estate, and its agents have diversified experience and a unique regional approach. This not only increases convenience for clients, it means that Central Properties knows the complexities of the markets in the DC, MD and VA region. Find out more about our services today!


Charming Cottage in American University Park – REDUCED

4849 Brandywine NW

Welcome to 4849 Brandywine Street NW in American University Park!

This charming, sun-filled cottage is surrounded by flowering gardens and lush outdoor entertaining spaces. From its recently updated gourmet kitchen, with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, to its new marble bath 4849 offers comfortable living at a rare value in this sought-after location!

Hardwoods, custom windows, two skylights, a wood-burning fireplace and cozy sunroom are just some of the special features that make this home memorable.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Dupont Circle City Living At Its Best!

1751 U Street reduced

Our listing at 1751 U Street is just blocks away from farmer’s markets, shops, delicious food and jazz clubs on the U Street Corridor. This listing is surrounded by three DC neighborhoods with vibrant nightlife scenes and great shopping areas. Twins Jazz, located on the corner of 14th & U offers an Ethiopian-American style menu and some smooth, top-notch local jazz music. You can also walk up just a few short blocks to Adam’s Morgan, home to many of the locals’ favorite bars. Madam’s Organ is a great spot to hear local blues and southern rock talent and they also have an open mic night every Wednesday! If you’re a coffee  and breakfast lover also check out Tryst for delicious all-day brunch specials.

One of the most popular neighborhoods surrounding this property is Dupont Circle. With its abundance of restaurants, shopping, and late-night hot spots this area never disappoints.  Firefly is a neat restaurant with interesting décor and even better food!  Madhatter, Front Page and Commissary are all excellent restaurants with great happy hours. The circle even has a farmer’s market year-round every Sunday with fresh vegetables, fruit and other locally-grown/made products.

Three amazing neighborhoods in the surrounding area with endless dining and entertainment spots make 1751 U Street is a great property to put down urban roots.


Great 3 Bedroom in Ledroit Park! – SOLD

Ledroit Park condo_sold

Welcome to Ledroit Park’s newest and most beautiful renovation!  This spacious and sunny end unit townhome has been transformed into a comfortable and thoroughly modern masterpiece!

Three bedrooms including a spacious master suite with sitting area, luxury bath and two closets, and two and a half baths.  The main level features separate living and dining rooms plus a sunroom with entrance to a deck.  A large fenced rear garden completes the owners’ living space.  Below this gorgeous living space is a spacious in-law suite featuring a large living room, convenient second kitchen, ceramic bath and bedroom with two closets and a special entrance to the garden.

There is a detached car garage with additional parking!  Special features of this home include a gourmet kitchen with two-tone wood cabinetry, marble countertops, stainless appliances and a ceramic subway tile back spalsh!  Hardwood floors, exposed brick, recessed and custom lighting complete this picture!

 


Spacious Condo in Columbia Heights – SOLD

Columbia Heights 3500 13th St NW

Welcome to this large sun-drenched home in the desirable Columbia Heights neighborhood.

This home is a spacious one bedroom, one full bath with large walk-in closet, washer/dryer combo and warm pristine hardwood floors throughout.  The open floor plan allows for a perfect entertaining flow for guests while providing great views of the city.

An updated kitchen includes new custom cabinets, decorative granite countertops, gas stove and stainless steel appliances.  It’s convenience also adds to its value–just minutes from coffee shops, restaurants, shopping, the Metro and much more!

View this property here.  3500 13th Street


Stunning Waterfront Condo – UNDER CONTRACT

700 7th Street SW_undercontract

Welcome to Unit 827 at 700 7th Street, SW!

This stunning 2 bedroom + den, 2 bath penthouse condo boasts an open floor plan with soaring 15+ foot ceilings and huge sun drenched rooms with expansive walls of window throughout.  Two balconies provide sweeping views of the Potomac River and Washington, DC.  The galley kitchen has been tastefully renovated and includes a top-of-the-line gas range with mosaic tile backsplash, beautiful ceramic tile floor, 42” white cabinets and Silestone countertops.

Both baths are large in size and updated with new tile, vanities and lighting.  Two garage parking spaces are included–a rare find in this price range.  This condo is situated in a superb location in the heart of DC just minutes from parks, Capitol Hill, the waterfront, ballpark, Metro, the National Mall and countless other notable landmarks!

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