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The Rock ‘N’ Roll Realtor: Vinyl DJ + DMV Actual Property Agent Daisy Lacy

Daisy Lacy affords up her recommendation on the housing market and vinyl procuring in D.C.

My first Daisy Lacy sighting was in 2017, after I stumbled upon her “Biff Bang Pow” DJ evening at Slash Run in Petworth. I walked into the rock ‘n’ roll venue and burger joint to the sounds of ’60s storage and psych rock on vinyl, all handpicked by Lacy and husband Dan McNabb. It was a complete vibe — full with Lacy’s completely curated mod outfit, a trademark of her private fashion.

I instantly began following her on Instagram and observed she was popping up at different D.C. vinyl go-to spots like Showtime in Bloomingdale and Grand Duchess in Adams Morgan. Her units had been normally marketed utilizing posters crammed with retro eye sweet collages and descriptions like this one, courtesy of Showtime: “Grind yer thoughts with pslithery psych and groovy storage grippers.”

Vinyl dance events clearly got here to a halt throughout the pandemic and have appeared to return extra slowly to the town than many people would really like. Lacy is considered one of a number of DJs I stored scouring web sites and Instagram accounts for, to see if and when she was again in enterprise. Whereas she had paused her dwell units, I discovered she DJs the primary Thursday of the month for WFMU’s Rock ‘n’ Soul Radio on “Rotations with Daisy Lacy.” And I discovered that she lately turned a realtor.

The Northern Virginia native spent 20 years dwelling in Mount Nice, however lately moved with McNabb to mid-century trendy enclave Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church, Virginia. They labored with a Compass Actual Property agent, and she or he loved the expertise a lot that she determined to get licensed in D.C., Virginia and Maryland and work for Compass.

It appeared solely becoming to achieve out for an interview for our Transfer Subject, so I may decide her mind in regards to the native actual property market and discover out extra about the place to listen to her epic vinyl picks. And naturally, so I may point out my “Biff Bang Pow” expertise — and the enjoyable indisputable fact that District Fray’s new artistic director Claire Smalley was my date on that evening six years in the past.

On a quiet February morning, I had a unbelievable dialog with Lacy about her new profession, what suggestions she has for homebuyers in 2023, after we may see her carry out dwell once more and far more. She even put collectively an epic move-themed playlist to accompany our April difficulty, which you’ll be able to try on web page 56.

District Fray: What sparked your curiosity in turning into a realtor?
Daisy Lacy: I acquired into actual property via shopping for a house. We had a unbelievable realtor, and I cherished the method a lot that I noticed I wished to assist individuals purchase and promote property. Compass is the highest brokerage within the nation, so I set my sights on turning into an agent. And the remaining is historical past!

What are a few of your favourite neighborhoods across the DMV?
There are hidden gems and lesser-known — however [still] nice — neighborhoods everywhere in the DMV, and realtor can assist you discover them. For instance, Takoma [in Northwest D.C.] is commonly ignored, however affords walkability to downtown Takoma Park, Maryland.

Do you gravitate towards a sure fashion of residence?
I’m an enormous fan of mid-century trendy homes, and pockets of each mid-century trendy and mid-century modest houses exist all through the DMV. Charles Goodman, the world’s preeminent trendy architect, designed many houses throughout Maryland and Virginia — past well-known neighborhoods like Hollin Hills and Rock Creek Woods. I like discovering these secret Goodmans.

What does mid-century modest imply?
They’ve among the hallmarks of mid-century trendy houses. It’s not a full-blown wall of home windows, nevertheless it has plenty of glass and it’s far more reasonably priced.

While you’re not promoting actual property, you’re including to your insane report assortment. The place do you discover vinyl regionally?
My favourite place to buy vinyl within the DMV is CD Cellar. Different nice spots are Crimson Onion in Hyattsville, Maryland; Crooked Beat in Alexandria, Virginia; and Som Information, Joint Custody and Smash! in D.C.

The place do you go to listen to music within the metropolis?
The Black Cat is, was and can all the time be considered one of my favourite spots to see a band or catch a DJ set. I like The Runaway in Brookland, which opened final 12 months. DC9 is one other longtime favourite. I believe the native music scene is unquestionably making a post-Covid comeback.

What suggestions do you may have for locals out there for a brand new residence?

  1. Select a realtor — ideally, somebody who’s accustomed to the areas you’re seeking to purchase in.
  2. An important realtor could have native lender suggestions, and mortgage preapproval is the second step within the residence shopping for course of.
  3. Decide your timeline and begin your search early. It could take a while to search out the appropriate property.
  4. Take into consideration what you worth in a house and contemplate the situation you’re snug with shopping for. Would you like one thing turnkey, or would you contemplate one thing that wants work? For patrons open to doing somewhat work, there are nice alternatives on the market.

What’s the highest piece of recommendation you’d give patrons within the D.C. space?
Backside line: Whether or not shopping for or promoting property, it’s necessary to work with somebody you get together with. You’re getting into right into a relationship with them in some ways. I attempt to make the house shopping for course of enjoyable and love the chance it affords to fulfill new individuals and assist them via a significant funding. Shoppers typically find yourself pals!

Observe Daisy Lacy on Instagram @daisy.lacy and shoot her an electronic mail at [email protected] if you’re on the lookout for a realtor. Lacy can be a vendor’s agent within the DMV and affords free residence evaluations and suggestions for itemizing your property.

Try to stream her “Rotations” set the primary Thursday of the month and hearken to her playlists at And hold your eyes peeled for a possible vinyl-only evening that includes Lacy someday later this 12 months (our fingers are crossed!)

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