"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." - Henry James
Read on for everything you should do this July and discover lifestyle tips curated just for you!
Real Estate in the News
Luxury Home Sales Soar, Even Helping Houses That Languished on the Market for Months
Americans looking to buy a home have struggled with bidding wars and a limited number of houses for sale.
But one area of the cutthroat real estate landscape is improving. It's the luxury segment, where listings are up and homes are selling at a rapid clip. The demand is so great that even "white elephants" – high-end homes that sat on the market for months before the pandemic began – are selling quickly as their owners willingly splurge on remodeling projects to spruce them up.
With temperatures rising, there's no better way to cool off than some ice cream. Washingtonian has highlighted some of the newest DC-area ice cream shops HERE.
Get Your Kicks on the Mall
Athletes who rely on the fields around the National Mall for recreation can rejoice — the National Park Service has opened its reservation system for 24 athletic fields around the Mall. Learn more about the improvements made from DCist, HERE.
Lifestyle Tips & Tricks
Tips For a Successful Open House
For a home on the market, a Sunday open house feels like a tradition to most home sellers, real estate agents and curious neighbors who love to peek inside properties on their street. Still, an open house can be a productive way to show a home, take a tour and connect with a real estate professional. Here are 10 tips for both buyers and sellers to make for a successful open house!
Backyard Envy: Spotlight the Outdoors in Your Listings
Since the start of the pandemic, homeowners have put more weight on their outdoor spaces. As such, real estate listings may want to highlight what a home has to offer in the backyard, front yard, balcony, deck, or lawn space.
With the hottest days of the year upon us, you may think it's too late to plant a few last vegetables and herbs—but don't fall for this misconception. Here, we take a look at 10 different types of flowers, vegetables, and herbs that thrive in the heat of July. Happy planting!
Refreshing Summer Cocktails to Cool Off with This Season
Nothing tastes better than cooling cocktails at the end of a hot day. After a day at the beach or working outdoors (or if you're hosting a patio get-together), these summer cocktail recipes are the perfect way to punch up any menu.
Compass is a licensed real estate brokerage that abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is not guaranteed. All measurements and square footages are approximate. This is not intended to solicit property already listed. Compass is licensed as Compass Real Estate in DC and as Compass in Virginia and Maryland. DC office: 202.386.6330. Maryland office: 301.298.1001.
Bryan Zupan is a leading real estate agent in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
He has helped hundreds of buyers find their dream home, sellers see a high return, and renters find a comfortable space.