Janet Price, a long-time Alexandria resident, began her career in the real estate industry in 1994, capitalizing on more than twenty years’ experience in marketing to apply to the fine art of promoting and selling residential properties. With Carlyle Real Estate Services, a long time local boutique brokerage firm, Janet topped $20 million+ and $25 million+ in sales in 2005 and 2006. She then joined McEnearney Associates in 2007 and earned the coveted NVAR Lifetime Top Producer award in that same year. She continues as a Top Producer in market rankings in sales and service to her clients.
Janet hails from a small town in Northeastern Pennsylvania and thrives in taking the best of those traditional, hard working, always above-board roots to serve her clients with the utmost honesty and integrity. She loves the daily challenge of matching the wants and wishes of buyers and sellers, and bringing those often competing factions to a common ground closing table.
Janet holds a BS in Food Services and Housing Administration from Penn State University- she brings the practical experience of small business ownership, attention to detail and high performance standards into every aspect of her service to her clients. Prior to entering the real estate business she was co-owner of Albert Caterson Distinctive Caterer and served as Business Administrator/ Legal Assistant for a mid-sized law firm specializing in insurance defense often representing Realtors in Errors and Omissions claims. Her background combined with 20 years of real estate experience has been the perfect combination to enhance her burgeoning real estate practice.
“Nothing is more satisfying than being right in the middle of active and aggressive negotiations between parties, and ultimately reaching a compromise at which time both sides come away knowing a fair deal was made”, she says in describing her principal professional philosophy.
“Sure it’s great to see the properties and help my clients envision and eventually realize their dreams, but the fun part is bringing people together, finding that magic formula, and watching their faces light up when the deal is struck. It all comes together then, for them, and for me” Price explains.
Price says she would not trade her job, or where she works for anything- “the number one office for sales in the state of Virginia for 18 years- it’s not possible to be involved with a company finer than that. The name McEnearney symbolizes honesty, integrity and exceptional business savvy- it’s interesting to see new real estate companies pop up, have their moment in the sun, and then fade away while McEnearney continues to ride the crest of the market.”
And as for her primary sales location: “I adore Northern Virginia. Yes, it is part of a major metropolitan center with all the challenges life in the big city presents, but particularly in Alexandria, one can bask in a small town atmosphere exhibiting small town values while still taking advantage of what Washington, DC has to offer. It’s the best of both worlds. I love the vast array of architecture and the wonderful, lush environment, but above all, the diversity of its citizens. That’s what makes this place and my profession so rewarding. Those are the exact reasons why I live and work right here” she says.
Price’s interests extend well beyond her passion for her work to encompass good literature, especially historical biographies. A recent “good read” was the autobiography of Mary Gallagher, her friend and neighbor, who wrote a personal account of her life and times as the personal private secretary to the late former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Janet’s other favorite author is her husband R.K. Price who has written three novels: I’ve Already Met the Devil (the historically accurate story of a soldier at D-Day); and The Thunderbird Conspiracy (the story of Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald’s unknown conspirator) and just recently released Love, Spies and Cyanide- a true account of a Colorado still-unsolved mystery.
Price is an avid student of interior design, and second only to applying her craft in making the best real estate deal possible she enjoys helping her clients stage their properties for quick top dollar sales.
On the civic front, Janet was a Board Member of Belle Haven Citizens Association for four years; and for two years chaired a major fundraiser at her daughter’s school. Further as a Girl Scout troop leader, Belle Haven House Tour Chair; a volunteer for the Homeless Bag Lunch program and Alexandria Senior Services Janet’s leadership abilities become evident as she gives back to the community she so greatly appreciates.
No one is more optimistic about the advancement of the housing market than Price. With the local residential market rebounding at all levels, now is the time to buy. Sellers have come full circle to realize where their pricing needs to be to move the inventory.
With interest rates remaining low and values creeping back up, this is the time to make the investment. “I am busier now than I was in 2006. Deals take longer to put together, but I seek out the solid ones that go to settlement”.
Lenders have mostly shed the effects of the subprime drag on the market of 2007, and are now looking for good borrowers with good credit and when they find them, they have plenty of money to lend at historically low rates. With the lenders back, buyers eager, and sellers realistic, that’s another great combination for a steady, sustained recovery.
Price resides in the Belle Haven section of Alexandria with her husband Rick, a commercial lender and author; and daughter Sara, a Senior at Bishop Ireton High School.