Real Estate Tips + Community Happenings

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

July 3, 2024

Unveiling the Hidden Gem: Understanding Off-Market Opportunities in Real Estate


When it comes to buying or selling a home, most people are familiar with traditional listings on platforms like Zillow. However, there's an exciting and often overlooked aspect of the real estate market: off-market opportunities.


What Does "Off-Market" Even Mean?

Simply put, an off-market property is one that isn't publicly listed for sale. Here's how it typically works: a homeowner might be open to selling if the right offer comes along. This creates a unique off-market opportunity.


How Real Estate Agents Approach Off-Market Opportunities

Real estate agents often come across homes that are potential candidates for sale but haven't been officially listed. This insider knowledge allows agents to inform their buyers about properties they won't find on popular listing sites. If a buyer is willing to meet the seller's price, it can be a perfect match. The seller avoids the hassle of showings, open houses, and staging, while the agent gains valuable market insights.


The Challenge with Off-Market Properties

One of the main challenges is that most homeowners don't think to inform their agent about their interest in selling until they're fully ready. This means many potential off-market opportunities go unnoticed.


Why The Davenport Group Stands Out

As the Owners & Team Leaders of The Davenport Group, we pride ourselves on being different. Our extensive reach sets us apart from other agents. For instance, this blog post reaches 18,000 readers weekly, and we boast a social media following of over 56,000 across platforms like The Davenport Group and Discover Arlington.

Moreover, our strong network includes over 450 local agents within our brokerage, enabling us to share off-market information widely. This means we hear about numerous off-market opportunities that others might miss.


Making Off-Market Selling Simple

We understand that expressing interest in selling your home can be daunting, so we've simplified the process. We created a dedicated page on our website where you can add your home to our off-market opportunity list. Here's how it works:

  • Provide Basic Information: Share some essential details about your home.
  • Join the List: We add your property to our Off-Market Opportunity list.
  • Receive an Estimate: We provide an estimated value for your home.
  • Name Your Price: You set the price you're willing to sell for—seriously.
  • Matchmaking: We try to connect your home with buyers who meet your price.

Best of all, there's absolutely no cost or obligation. By filling out the form, you're simply indicating that you might consider selling at the price you name.

Click here to add your home to our off-market opportunity list


Interested in Off-Market Opportunities as a Buyer?

If you're a buyer eager to explore off-market properties, here's what to do:

  • Working with a TDG Agent: Great! Ensure they know your preferences and ask them to add you to our Off-Market Opportunity list.
  • Not Yet Working with Us? No problem! Click here to set up your criteria and save your search. This way, you'll stay informed about both on-market and off-market properties.

We hope you found this information helpful! Off-market opportunities can be a game-changer in the real estate market, providing unique advantages for both buyers and sellers.

Posted in Real Estate Tips
June 26, 2024

Crafting a Competitive Offer: Essential Tips for Home Buyers

Equip yourself with the knowledge to make a standout offer in the real estate market!

Crafting a Competitive Offer: Essential Tips for Home Buyers

In today’s competitive real estate market, making a compelling offer is crucial to securing your dream home. Our comprehensive guide, "Offers 101," provides you with essential strategies to craft an offer that stands out. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Sales Price

Understanding how to determine a competitive sales price is key. We’ll provide tips on researching comparable properties and working with your agent to make an informed decision.

2. Contingencies

Contingencies can make or break an offer. Learn which contingencies are essential and which can be waived to strengthen your offer while still protecting your interests.

3. Earnest Money Deposits

An earnest money deposit shows your serious intent to buy. Discover how to choose an appropriate amount and what happens to this deposit throughout the transaction.

4. Lender Choices

Choosing the right lender is crucial for a smooth buying process. We’ll guide you through the factors to consider when selecting a lender to ensure you get the best terms and service.

5. Down Payments

A larger down payment can make your offer more attractive. Learn about different down payment options and how they can impact your offer and overall financing.

6. Post-Settlement Occupancy

Post-settlement occupancy arrangements can be a valuable negotiation tool. Understand how to leverage this option to make your offer more appealing to sellers.

Arming yourself with these insights will help you craft a compelling offer that stands out in a competitive market. Download our free guide today and take the first step towards securing your dream home.

Download Your Free Guide to Crafting a Competitive Offer

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Posted in Real Estate Tips
June 25, 2024

Mastering the Home Selling Process: Your Comprehensive Guide

Unlock the secrets to a successful home sale with our expert Seller’s Guide!

Mastering the Home Selling Process: Your Comprehensive Guide

Selling your home can be a complex and daunting process, but with the right guidance, you can achieve a successful sale with confidence. Our comprehensive Seller’s Guide is packed with expert tips and invaluable information to help you navigate each step of the journey. Here’s what you can expect:

1. Preparing Your Home

First impressions matter. Learn how to prepare your home for the market by enhancing curb appeal, decluttering, and staging to attract potential buyers.

2. Marketing Your Home

Effective marketing is key to reaching the right audience. Our guide provides strategies for leveraging online platforms, professional photography, and open houses to showcase your home’s best features.

3. Handling Offers + Negotiations

Receiving offers is exciting, but negotiating can be tricky. We’ll equip you with tactics for evaluating offers, negotiating terms, and securing the best deal.

4. Navigating the Escrow Process

The escrow process can be confusing. Our guide breaks down each step, from inspections and appraisals to addressing contingencies, ensuring a smooth transaction.

5. Closing + Settlement

The final steps to selling your home involve closing and settlement. We’ll help you understand the paperwork, closing costs, and what to expect on settlement day to ensure a seamless experience.

Selling your home is a significant milestone, and with the right knowledge, you can make informed decisions that lead to a successful sale. Download our free Seller’s Guide today and start your journey with confidence.

Download Your Free Seller’s Guide

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Posted in Real Estate Tips
June 24, 2024

Navigating the Home Buying Journey: Your Ultimate Guide

Unlock the secrets to a seamless home-buying experience with our expert guide!

Navigating the Home Buying Journey: Your Ultimate Guide

Embarking on the home buying journey can feel overwhelming, but with the right guidance, it can be a smooth and rewarding experience. Our comprehensive Buyer’s Guide is designed to provide you with expert tips and valuable information to help you navigate every step of the process. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect:

1. Buyer's Process Timeline

Understanding the timeline of the home buying process is crucial. From initial research to closing, we’ll walk you through each phase, helping you stay organized and prepared.

2. Applying for Financing

Securing financing is one of the first and most important steps. We’ll provide you with tips on how to improve your credit score, gather necessary documents, and choose the right lender to ensure you get the best mortgage rates.

3. Finding the Perfect Home

Finding a home that meets all your needs can be challenging. Our guide offers strategies for narrowing down your search, evaluating potential homes, and working with a real estate agent to find the perfect match.

4. Writing a Competitive Offer

In a competitive market, making a strong offer is essential. We’ll teach you how to craft an offer that stands out, including tips on pricing, contingencies, and negotiation tactics.

5. Winning in Multiple Offer Situations

When you find yourself in a multiple offer situation, it’s important to have a winning strategy. Our guide provides insights on how to make your offer more attractive and increase your chances of securing your dream home.

Buying a home is a significant milestone, and with the right knowledge, you can make informed decisions that lead to a successful purchase. Download our free Buyer’s Guide today and start your journey with confidence.

Download Your Free Buyer’s Guide

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Posted in Real Estate Tips
June 24, 2024

Unlock Your Home Buying Success: Why You Need a Buyer Strategy Session

Why You Need a Home Buyer Strategy Session

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you'll ever make, and navigating the process can be daunting. Many home buyers find themselves overwhelmed, unsure of where to start, and confused by the complexities of the market. That's why we offer a free comprehensive Home Buyer Strategy Session to equip you with the knowledge and confidence you need. This session is designed to give you a clear understanding of the home buying process before you dive in, ensuring you're well-prepared for every step of your journey.

Taking Advantage of the Market

The real estate market can change week by week, making it crucial to work with a team that has a deep understanding of local trends. In our Home Buyer Strategy Session, we share how our clients are leveraging the market to their advantage. With over 350 contracts negotiated in the last three years, we have a proven track record of success. Our extensive experience and strong relationships with other agents help our clients get their offers accepted, often without having to be the highest bidder. We'll guide you on what it takes to get a deal done and how to position your offer for success.

Protection from Beginning to End

The home buying process can be intimidating, but our goal is to make it as smooth and transparent as possible. During the Strategy Session, we'll walk you through the entire process, from writing the offer to getting the keys. We believe that there should be no surprises along the way. You'll learn about the contingencies that protect you as a buyer and how to use them effectively to save thousands of dollars. Our clients leave the session feeling confident, knowing exactly what to expect at every turn.

Getting the Best Deal in Any Situation

Everyone wants to get the best deal possible, but it's important to understand that price isn't the only factor. In our Strategy Session, we teach you how to understand the seller's needs and leverage that information to create a win-win situation. By making your offer as attractive as possible without necessarily offering the highest price, you can increase your chances of securing the home you want. We'll share our insights on what sellers are looking for and how to craft an offer that stands out.

When and How to Schedule a Strategy Session

If you're even considering buying a home, now is the time to schedule a Strategy Session. Whether you're in a rush or just starting to think about your options, this session will provide you with invaluable insights and a solid game plan. Fill out the form linked below, and we'll reach out shortly to schedule your session. Don't wait until you're in the thick of the buying process to seek guidance—get the expert advice you need upfront and start your home buying journey with clarity and confidence.

Click here to Book Your Buyer Strategy Session today

Posted in Real Estate Tips
Oct. 19, 2023


🏡 NEW LISTING ALERT at $675,000



Listing info:

Discover modern living in this 3 bed/3.5 bath townhome 🏡. Refreshed hardwood floors, updated bathrooms, and a sleek kitchen with 2023 stainless steel appliances. Extend your relaxation to the Trex deck 🌳. Smart HVAC & garage tech for comfort & convenience 🚗. Just a short distance from Fort Totten Metro, fitness centers, trails & more. Abundant guest parking available! Experience it all in our latest video tour! ➡️🎥


Connect with our agent: Joe Gunerman | 202.658.5250 | for an exclusive look!

#DCHomeTour #DreamHomeRevealed #TheDavenportGroup

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Posted in Listings
Oct. 19, 2023

FOR SALE | 4605 31st Rd S #C2, Arlington, VA 22206

🏡 NEW LISTING ALERT at $459,900

➡️ 4605 31st Rd S #C2, Arlington, VA 22206


Listing info:

Welcome to Fairlington! 🌳 Dive into this 2BED/1BATH + LOFT gem featuring hardwood floors, fresh updates, and a spacious loft ready for your touch. Nestled near Shirlington & Bradlee Shopping, enjoy dining 🍽️, entertainment 🎭, and community vibes with local pools 🏊 and parks 🌲. Easy commute access & close to future Amazon HQ2, Old Town, and DC. Discover a home where history & modernity meet seamlessly. Experience it all in our latest video tour! ➡️🎥


Connect with our agent: Blake Davenport | 703.350.8800 | for an exclusive look!

#ArlingtonHomeTour #DreamHomeRevealed #TheDavenportGroup

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Posted in Listings
Oct. 19, 2023

FOR SALE | 5318 Chieftain Cir, Alexandria, VA 22312

🏡 NEW LISTING ALERT at $684,900

➡️ 5318 Chieftain Cir, Alexandria, VA 22312

Listing info:


Discover modern comfort and convenience in this 3 bed/3.5 bath end-unit townhouse 🏡✨. From refreshed baths to a newly updated kitchen, every corner reflects thoughtful renovations. Dive into smart living features and savor tranquil outdoor spaces designed for everyone. Become part of a vibrant community rich in events and traditions 🎉. With community pool access, proximity to a renowned sports complex, and effortless commutes to key locations, find the perfect balance of active living and peaceful relaxation here. Experience it all in our latest video tour! ➡️🎥


Connect with our agent: Blake Davenport | 703.350.8800 | for an exclusive look!

#AlexandriaHomeTour #DreamHomeRevealed #TheDavenportGroup

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Posted in Listings
Oct. 18, 2023

The Davenport Group Takes on Hustle at Amazon's HQ2!

The Davenport Group, your go-to team for all things real estate in the DMV, recently took a team trip to Hustle's sparkling new location at Amazon's Met Park, HQ2.

Founded by the spirited Sunny Miller during the challenging pandemic times, Hustle transformed from an online community into a beacon of physical and communal wellness. Now, with its doors open at Amazon's Met Park, HQ2, it's set to become a cornerstone of community fitness.

Immersing ourselves in the Hustle experience, our team participated in the "STRENGTH (UPPER BODY)" class led by Wes. Their 45-minute signature strength class is programmed daily with focused, tailored movements designed for all parts of the body. Emphasizing team synergy, their strength classes will challenge you and show you that fitness can be enjoyable too!

Beyond the world of properties and investments, The Davenport Group is deeply invested in community, bonding, and overall well-being. Our day at Hustle's brand-new HQ2 spot underscored this commitment. Let's keep moving, growing, and always hustling!

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Oct. 17, 2023

Restaurants of Arlington | Best Buns

Discover the Magic of Best Buns at Shirlington

Ah, the enticing aroma of freshly baked bread that warmly greets you as you stroll down the Village at Shirlington's tree-lined promenade! That delightful scent wafting in the air can be attributed to none other than Best Buns Bakery, an iconic Shirlington institution for almost three decades.


The Best Buns Experience

For 28 years, Best Buns has been the epicenter of delectable baked goods in Shirlington. Celebrated not just for its longevity, but more so for the craftsmanship and passion that goes into each product. Every day, artisan bakers meticulously hand mold and hearth bake their bread, embodying the essence of traditional baking methods. But Best Buns isn’t only about bread. From breakfast sandwiches that kickstart your day to scrumptious cupcakes that cater to your sweet cravings, this bustling bakery's offerings are a testament to the art of baking.

The cherry on top? It’s not just about the food. The bakery, located at 410 Campbell Ave., is an intrinsic part of the Great American Restaurants family and even provides all the bread for the neighboring Carlyle restaurant. What truly sets it apart, though, is the warmth with which the team greets each customer. At Best Buns, you're not just a transaction; you're part of a community.


Why Shirlington?

Set against the vibrant backdrop of Shirlington, Best Buns Bakery truly shines. The Village at Shirlington is the pulsating heart of arts and entertainment in Arlington, teeming with cultural vibrancy from the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre to the niche cinemas of AMC Shirlington 7. Dating back to the 1940s as a shopping center and evolving through various stages of urban planning, Shirlington now stands as a testament to how a community can reinvent itself.

With an ambience reminiscent of European towns, the Village offers an array of experiences. A mosaic of local boutiques, sidewalk cafes, and diverse restaurants cater to an eclectic crowd. The culinary range here is as diverse as the people, spanning American, Asian, Indian, and Mediterranean, ensuring there’s something for every palate.

Moreover, the arts and entertainment don't end with theater plays and movies. Busboys & Poets, a multifaceted establishment, often hosts poetry readings, adding another layer to the cultural fabric of the place.

In essence, Shirlington is more than just a location. It's an experience. As the Village at Shirlington aptly states, whatever suits your fancy, it's here.



Next time you're in Arlington, make sure to swing by the Village at Shirlington. Whether you're a foodie seeking to relish a breakfast sandwich from Best Buns, a culture enthusiast aiming to catch a play, or someone looking for the perfect blend of shopping and relaxation, this neighborhood has you covered. Remember, in Shirlington, every stroll holds the promise of a new discovery!

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