September 2012 - Jen Walker Team named to the Wall Street Journal Top Teams by Volume AND Real Trends’s Real Estate Top 250
McEnearney Associates, REALTORS® is pleased to announce the recognition of The Jen Walker Team among the Top Teams by Volume in the Wall Street Journal and Real Trends' Real Estate Top 250.
McEnearney’s President Maureen Dunn said, “We are extremely proud of Jen Walker and the team she leads not just for their outstanding production, but for their service to their clients. They are among the best of the best in the country and they exemplify McEnearney’s tradition of exceptional sales associates who are focused on doing the right thing for their clients, every time.”
The Jen Walker Team was responsible for sales of over $47 Million in 2011.
February 2010 - Jennifer Walker voted "Heart of Del Ray"
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 2010
By Jeanne Theismann
Jen Walker, a real estate agent with McEnearney Associates, has been named the 2010 winner of the Heart of Del Ray award by the Del Ray Business Association.
Voters were asked to cast their ballot for a nominee based on the commitment and generosity to the community as well as the overall contributions to what makes Del Ray a unique place to live, work and shop.
"Jen is, without a doubt, synonymous with Del Ray and everything great about it" said one online voter. "Our vote is for super-realtor Jen Walker, who does so much for the community, from supporting our elementary school and neighborhood newsletters to serving hot dogs at our Halloween festivities to sponsoring Cinema Del Ray during the summer," said another.
Walker took time out of her Valentine's Day weekend, which included many hours shoveling snow as a volunteer 'Snow Buddy,' to receive the trademark giant red heart from from Gayle Reuter in front of last year's winner A Show of Hands.
Other finalists for this year's award were Artfully Chocolate, Cheesetique, Del Merei Grille and Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota. This is the second year that the DRBA has sponsored the award in an effort to recognize the outstanding businesses in Del Ray.
Jennifer Walker ranked in The Washington City Paper's
"Best of D.C. 2008"
Jennifer Walker, Best Neighborhood Realtor
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Best Neighborhood Realtor, Jennifer Walker at McEnearney Associates, Realtors
Grow up. Have a kid. Move to Del Ray. Jennifer Walker rules the Alexandria neighborhood; you'll need to give her a call. The Griffin, Ga., native reinforces her unofficial mayor-of-Del Ray role by driving her electric car along Mount Vernon Avenue and during local events such as the Halloween parade, Art on the Avenue, and Cinema Del Ray, which she sponsors. "I got so into it I went and bought my own popcorn machine," says Walker. Oh yeah, and she also sells real estate.
On any given day, you're just as likely to see a blue McEnearney sign with Walker's name on it as you are a pair of married intellectual-property lawyers pushing twins in a caramel-colored Phil and Teds. Walker's been selling Del Ray since 2000, when Nancy Dunning, a fellow real-estate agent, took her under her wing. In 2003, Dunning was killed in her home on West Mount Ida Avenue. Walker had big shoes to fill: Dunning "really did everything here," Walker says. "I decided I was just gonna be myself. You look at real-estate agents and they have big hair and big fur coats and big cars, and I just didn't fit that profile." Del Ray's rough edges are mostly gone-"There was a lot of drug use, some prostitution," says Walker of the neighborhood at the turn of the century, noting that the Evening Star Cafe is in the former location of a biker bar. Even harder to imagine, the neighborhood wasn't a haven for fecund Type A's. "I tell everyone who moves here, I'm like, ‘Don't drink the water,'" says Walker. "They're like, ‘It's too late. We're already pregnant.'" -Andrew Beaujon
Jen Walker Goes Green! Read On!
This Just In from the January 2008 issue of....
Small Wonders. . . . A stylish neighborhood electric vehicle can help the environment and your budget
When Jennifer Walker zips around town in her sporty set of wheels, heads turn. It's not because the northern Virginia resident drives the latest speed-hungry roadster. No, her unique ride tops out at a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour and glides along neighborhood streets almost silently. Walker is the proud owner of a new breed of car that soon could be making tracks near you: the neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV).
But Walker says her curvy, doorless car built by Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a Chrysler company, is more than just an attention getter. "I'm happy about it because this car is also helping the environment," she explains. "We all need to pitch in and do that."
Long a common sight in gated neighborhoods in warm climes, NEVs are gaining traction in communities nationwide as consumers seek answers to global warming and high gasoline prices. Indeed, with zero tailpipe emissions, and energy efficiency equivalent to more than 150 miles per gallon, the vehicles offer an environmentally friendly transportation option that helps reduce dependence on foreign oil.
NEVs get their power from a standard 110-volt electric outlet. Plug them in overnight, and the cars will whir along for roughly 30 miles before needing another charge. But don't call them golf carts. NEVs are required to have certain car-like features, such as windshield safety glass, lights, turn signals, seatbelts, and four-wheel brakes.
Walker says her NEV is ideal for running around her community of Del Ray, Va., a leafy neighborhood of homes and small businesses. "Because Del Ray is so small, and this is where I do 95 percent of my business, I thought it made economic sense to have something that didn't use gas," she says. "When I got this, gas was costing me $60 a tank." So far, she adds, the NEV hasn't caused a spike in her electric bill.
The NEV market is growing by at least 5,000 vehicles annually, analysts say, and GEM's cars - which are easy to identify with their swept-back, over-sized windshield and oval doorways - account for a majority of that number. But other companies have made inroads recently. These include Miles Automotive Group, which markets a line of electric station wagons built in China, and ZENN Motor Company, which sells vehicles with European styling and appointments. Also entering the race is American Electric Vehicle Co., which makes a perky and brightly colored two-seater called the Kurrent. Prices for NEVs range from around $6,000 to roughly $15,000.
Today, there are more than 35,000 GEM vehicles on the road, says Richard J. Kasper, president and chief operating officer of GEM, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. A vehicle that will go 30 miles on a charge is more than enough for a variety of uses, Kasper notes. They're ideal for quick jaunts to school, play, work, or the grocery store. "And," he adds, "we're proud to say, they're very fun to drive."
Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, notes that a community should make some accommodations for such vehicles. "You definitely have to have a broader environment that supports them, and their slower speeds. If you don't, it can be dangerous. Usually these things are taken on the side roads."
In fact, more than 40 states have passed legislation allowing the operation of NEVs.
And some localities actively encourage their use, installing electric outlets outside shops and restaurants where commuters can charge up while running errands.
"It clearly is a mind shift," acknowledges Wynne. "People are in the process of questioning their transportation options now, given that the price of fuel is reaching levels that make other alternatives sensible. Inevitably people are saying, from an economic standpoint, this would make good sense."
Walker, for one, is sold on driving life in the slow lane. "If you're looking for a car that is going to take you to the beach or to the mall, it's not going to work for you," she says of NEVs. "If you live in an urban area like we do, it can meet all your day-to-day needs. It's really cool."
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- Neal Learner
Jennifer Walker: Alexandria Realtor
and philanthropist extraordinaire
By Tina Games-Evans, December 6, 2007
Behind every "For Sale" sign is a Realtor who, it is hoped, knows his/her market well enough that a lifestyle can be created around the house.
Whether it's a Realtor who specializes in working with new home buyers or a Realtor who specializes in a particular area, the best that any prospective home buyer could hope for is the purchase of a lifestyle. For many, this means buying into a community that takes living beyond the four walls.
In the Del Ray community, Jennifer Walker is considered an expert. As a Realtor with McEnearney Associates, she has invested quite a lot in the neighborhood. Not only does she live there, but she's also involved in the day-to-day happenings.
You can find her at any neighborhood event. She's more than likely one of the individuals who either planned or sponsored the event - and in many cases, she's done both.
You can also find her at any of the local coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants. She knows many of the local business owners and residents on a first-name basis.
Living in Del Ray
"I bought my first house in Del Ray in 1999, after living in the Northern Virginia area for 12 years," said Walker. "I'm originally from Georgia and I'm used to speaking to everyone. When I moved to Del Ray, I knew I had found home. My neighbors came over to introduce themselves and to see if I needed anything. This just doesn't happen in big cities. It happens here."
Walker is committed to knowing everything she can about the Del Ray neighborhood. She makes her rounds, getting to know the people and places that have put Del Ray on the map.
Pat Miller, Del Ray resident and co-owner of A Show of Hands on Mount Vernon Avenue, said Walker's knowledge of Del Ray never ends.
"She knows more about Del Ray's houses and business buildings than anything you could ever find in any history book. When you talk about a building, Jen is always there with her ‘did you know.... ' information."
And beyond Walker's community knowledge is her work ethic. "She is a very honest person," noted Miller. "And when you think of trusting someone to help you find your home, that can be pretty overwhelming. Jen [elicits] trust, confidence and her ethics are needed in such a strong people-oriented business."
Walker said she loves being able to be out in the neighborhood on a day-to-day basis: "I love connecting with people and having fun while working hard for the causes that need attention in order to make our community even better."
Giving back to the community
Perhaps one of the best-known things about Walker is her philanthropic side. "I like to give back to Alexandria. It's such a great city. I try to keep my resources here."
As an active member of the Del Ray Citizens Association and a board member for the Potomac West Business Association, Walker has been an integral part in maintaining the community spirit that Del Ray is known for. She continues to sponsor "Cinema Del Ray" - an outdoor summer movie venue that has been popular with local families. She's also an active volunteer and sponsor of other community events, such as PWBA's annual Halloween Parade, the Del Ray Farmer's Market and the very successful Art on the Avenue.
Walker serves on the advisory board for Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Co. as well as the board for Rebuilding Together Alexandria (Christmas in April).
Her leadership abilities were recently recognized as she was welcomed into the Leadership Alexandria Class of 2008. "I am thoroughly enjoying meeting new people and learning more about how to lead in the City of Alexandria from those currently doing so," she noted.
Pat Miller has long admired Walker's giving spirit, coupled with her leadership talents. "I love her perseverance. She never quits. Jen is truly one of those rare individuals that is constantly giving and she gives from the heart. Her spirit, her laughter, her voice yelling across the street to bid you a hello - she lets no rock go unturned. She is welcoming to all who cross her path."
Local television star
Because Walker is well-known for her real estate knowledge of Del Ray, it was no surprise that she was chosen by HGTV to be featured in a local segment of their popular television show, "House Hunters."
"I remember the day I got the call from Hollywood. I was floored - and a little nervous," remembered Walker. "We filmed for three days. It was fun - and stressful. We had two camera guys, a lighting person and a sound check director, so it was hard to act natural.
"I also learned that you never want to film on Mount Vernon Avenue. Every time a bus, truck or loud car came by, we had to stop filming. It probably took us two hours to film a one-minute segment."
The entire episode ran in 2005, and Walker says the publicity did wonders for the Del Ray neighborhood.
"People saw the show and started inquiring about moving here. I felt good about being able to bring Del Ray into the national spotlight," she said.
A career in real estate
Walker joined McEnearney Associates as its first new agent in 2000 after working for a small Del Ray realty company. Prior to that, she had a long stint in the restaurant business.
"I believe in small independent companies. I knew if I ever went to a bigger company, it would be McEnearney - or nothing. It's a company that was started in Alexandria with a focus on local communities," said Walker. "It's also a great thing to be able to walk in [owner] John McEnearney's office and talk to him."
Walker has also had her share of real estate successes. In 2006, she was recognized as one of the top 20 residential sales agents by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. She's also a top producer and a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club.
"I have always been dedicated to providing top-quality customer service. I believe this has contributed to my success in real estate," Walker noted.
"And I love being able to do this in Alexandria. I think it would be hard to find another place where you can walk down the street and run into the mayor, City Council members, state delegates or state senators. This is a city that's accessible and involved."
May 19, 2007
Bright Spots Why Some Homes Are Able to Inspire Bidding Wars in a Slow Market
By Allan Lengel
In a cloudy real estate market, Mike Cason saw few rays of sunshine.
He and his wife, Rebecca, wanted to sell their three-bedroom townhouse in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. They paid $430,000 in 2004. They were asking $499,000.
"We were pretty apprehensive," he said. "All through the fall, we had friends in Springfield who couldn't sell their house. We watched the market. We read everything. We were hoping just to break even."
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May 13, 2007
Upgrade to Granite? It's Not Written in Stone
By Elizabeth Razzi
In quite a few neighborhoods, especially the new ones and the pricey ones, granite countertops have become as ubiquitous in kitchens as the teakettle used to be.
Ads for new and resale homes alike usually note if the kitchen has been upgraded with granite. That raises a question for someone planning to put a home up for sale in this competitive marketplace: To draw the best price, should you tear out the old laminate countertops and replace them with shiny new granite? Is that what buyers expect around here?
. . . And you may not get as big a boost in price from expensive countertops as you would from spending your money on a variety of cheaper upgrades, such as paint and basic landscaping. "Typically, if the house has older countertops, it also has older cabinets, and the new buyer may want to replace the whole thing."
Jennifer Walker, an agent with McEnearney Associates' Old Town office, specializes in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood. Although the neighborhood is an eclectic mix of the old and the updated, she noted, "Outdated kitchens do bother people here."
But, again, money is an issue, for seller as well as for buyer. "Prices have gotten so high, people are walking in and expecting everything to be done. They can't afford to do anything else." A less-expensive Corian countertop, or even the least-expensive new laminate top, could be a reasonable compromise, she said. "There are pretty nice laminates now."
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The Alexandria Housing Market Continues It's Boom
By Tina Games-Evans
Special to The Alexandria Times
Alexandria Homes Section Dec 29 - Jan 5 2006
The roof continued to rise on the Alexandria housing market this past year, but has it met the ceiling? For the past decade, the city has seen substantial increases in home values, adding to the increases in property taxes.
Forecasters, however, are seeing signs that the market may be slowing down and predict that it may finally stabilize in 2006. But there are no indications that the ceiling will fall anytime soon.
According to a report from the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), prices in the D.C. Metro area posted the fourth-biggest year over year gains, up 20.53 percent. Housing prices in this area remain among the highest in the nation. While the OFHEO does not list specific prices, data shows D.C. prices have more than doubled in the past five years and have risen 471.22 percent since 1980.
In Northern Virginia, where the average assessed value of a home has almost doubled since 2000, Assessor Cynthia A. Smith-Page says that officials are expecting values to grow sharply in 2006. Alexandria homeowners will see increases of about 18 percent which will be slightly less than 2005, but still significant. That would raise the average value of a single-family Alexandria home from $441,823 to $521,351. At the current tax rate of 91.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, the property tax bill for such a home would rise from $4,042.68 to $4,770.36.
Jennifer Walker, a local realtor with McEnearney Associates, noted that, "The market is adjusting itself. This is not to say that homes aren't still selling at or above the asking price. It is just becoming more the exception than the rule."
Walker said that buyers have become more patient, keeping homes on the market longer while sellers are still holding hard and fast to their list prices. "I see 30-plus days on the market becoming more of the norm. In real life, 30 days isn't a long time. But to sellers who have heard and read all the stories of home sales in the last three years, it seems a lifetime. A home can be on the market for 30 days with nothing going on. Then you get two contracts and the house sells for over the asking price. Unpredictable - is all I can say."
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Technicolor Dream Coats - Little Pink Houses (Purple and Blue, Too) Spring From a Palette of Vivid Colors
By Stephanie Cavanaugh
Special to The Washington Post
Saturday, May 28, 2005; F01
A violet house blooms in Chevy Chase, and it looks as if someone spilled the Crayolas in Del Ray. Throughout the region, homeowners are flourishing peacock hues over a once-staid world of black and white and brick.
When it came time to paint their petite Victorian, Maria Getoff and Peter Hayes, brought out the giant box of crayons. The walls are bright blue, the fish-scaled gable is purple and the window boxes are raspberry. The green that trims the windows is one they invented, mixing this shade and that and naming the result Molly Green, after their daughter.
"We spent a lot of time throwing up shades to see what worked," Getoff said. "And the whole neighborhood got involved. People I didn't know would walk by and say, 'I like the one on the left.' "
A little more than six months later, they lucked into a larger house around the corner. "We didn't expect to be selling the house, or I would have done something more traditional," she said. "I was afraid we'd get fewer contracts."
Real estate agent Jennifer Walker of McEnearney Associates cocked her eyebrow when she first saw the place, then huddled with the interior designer who does the company's home staging.
"We thought it might turn people off," she said. "But we put it on the market Thursday and had two phenomenal offers at the open house -- it basically took four days."
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