This year, my real estate license celebrates its 40th birthday. And it's been a wonderful ride.
My market area, the Washington, DC metropolitan area, has some of the most interesting homes in the country, many with histories that include a president sleeping there or a hiding room from the Underground Railroad days. And I've had the opportunity to work with some wonderful buyers and sellers who are as interesting as the homes they purchase and sell.
My background? I graduated from Hunter College in New York with a double major in Flute and Political Science and studied flute with Julius Baker, Harold Bennett, and Jean-Pierre Rampal. My love is Baroque chamber music, and I've played with several local professional groups, including the Washington Bach Consort.
Before going into real estate, I was the Associate Director of Ralph Nader's Aviation Consumer Action Project and then served as a senior staffer at the old Civil Aeronautics Board, working on the regulations covering airline overbooking, lost luggage and transportation for disabled people. And most of these rules survived airline deregulation - they were useful enough to remain on the books.
During my time working for Nader, I was appointed as a consumer representative on several US Delegations that negotiated aviation treaties with foreign governments including the Netherlands, Italy, France, Mexico. And watching our professionals at the State Department rstart with huge issues and whittle down the differences to an agreemnt has helped me learn to work out what can seem like even bigger issues that home buyers and sellers may have during their real estate transactions.
In real estate, being a strong negotiator iw what it's all about.
Writing is also something I love to do, and my book, The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate, really needs an update! I"ve written for the WashingtonPost's "Where We Live" section, including my favorites about the honeymooning raccoons who invaded my attic and another about restoring my house.
I live in the District of Columbia in This Old House near Rock Creek Park. My housemate is an energetic dog, a beagle mix named Picco. It seems like some part of my house has been under renovation since I bought the place. I am the Secretary of the Crestwood Citizens'Association.
Whether you want to live a downtown condo or townhome or a place in one of the DC suburbs, I can help you. I'm licensed in the District, Maryland and Virginia.
In Washington and the close-in suburbs, the market is brisk. I'm an experienced agent and can help you to avoid or navigate the bidding wars - and keep you from doing something completely crazy in order to win one.
If you are selling, Evers' marketing will get your home maximum exposure, with professioal photography and layout for our brochures and virtual tours.
During my 30-years in real estate, I have tried to learn a new neighborhood each month, and by now, I know the territory.
People relocating to the nation's capital are often floored by housing prices, and in the popular close-in neighboroods, they can be high. At the same time, there are many wonderful communities, both in the city and in the close-in suburbs where I've found perfect homes for clients in all price ranges.
And when the time comes to make your move, please contact me. I'd be honored to help.
Mind reading, good driving, keeping secrets, calming Realtor-eating dogs, spotting bad plumbing, and listening.
|I chose Patricia Kennedy as my buyer broker when I set out to buy a new condo. She was great. She found good places, pointed out the pluses and minuses of each, and worked with the other agent, the bankers and everyone else very effectively. She helped me get a great price, lower than comps, plus the seller paid most settlement costs that I expected to pay. There were issues with the seller, a trust, but she kept everything smooth and easy. Settlement was quick and easy, something it has not always been in the past. I would definitely use her again.|
|Thomas & Cheryl Richards|
|Pat Kennedy is a real estate goddess!|
|Susan and David Miller|
|Pat was wonderful to work with. She listened carefully to our wants and needs, then we bought a house she found that was nothing like what we described. It's totally fabulous, and we thank Pat every day we're here!|
Author of "The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate" and guest blogger for the Washington Post, I've been selling homes in the Washington, DC area for almost 30 years. I'm licensed in DC, MD and VA.