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by Ethan Rothstein — October 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm 503 0

There are two weeks until Halloween, so for some of you this weekend is about finding a costume before it gets too last-minute. For the rest, check out a full slate of open houses in the area.

See our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

1593-n-colonial-terrace1593 N. Colonial Terrace
1 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Meg Ross, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $287,000
Open: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2220-fairfax-drive2220 Fairfax Drive
1 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Howard Tate, Re/Max Premiere Selections
Listed: $395,000
Open: Sunday, Oct. 19, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2906-s-buchanan-street2906 S. Buchanan Street
2 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Susan Haughton, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $449,000
Open: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

631-s-barton-street631 S. Barton Street
3 BD / 1 BA single family detached
Agent: Ted Joseph, E.B. Joseph & Associates
Listed: $639,000
Open: Sunday, Oct. 19, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

5218-25th-place-n5218 25th Place N.
3 BD / 2 BA single family detached
Agent: Robin Cale, McEnearney Associates
Listed: $849,000
Open: Sunday, Oct. 19, noon to 2:00 p.m.

4625-35th-street-n4625 35th Street N.
5 BD / 5 full, 2 half BA single family detached
Agent: Dean Yeonas, Yeonas & Shafran Real Estate
Listed: $2,425,000
Open: Sunday, Oct. 19, noon to 4:00 p.m.

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by Ethan Rothstein — October 17, 2014 at 5:30 am 359 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”‘

The big news this week is mortgage interest rates. Buyers will love to hear that the 30-year fixed rate dropped below 4 percent to a national average of 3.97 percent. Turmoil abroad is credited with lowering the rates as scares about Ebola, the Middle East, and economic weakness in Europe have prompted flight of capital to the safety of 10-year US Treasury bonds.

Watch for a spike in buyer activity starting to show up in next week’s data. For those who already own property, this could be a good time to consider refinancing.

Meanwhile, Arlington enjoyed a rush of 79 active new listings this week with a broad variety of types and prices that should give buyers lots to choose from and take advantage of those low rates. Also this week, 45 properties went under contract ranging in price from $180,000 to $2.4 million. The average list price of those ratified is $693,000 and average days on market is 43, an increase prompted by four outlier properties that had been on the market for 10 months. It’s good to see that sellers are listing, and buyers are buying in this busy fall market.

You can access all active listings in Arlington on the Cathell Team website.

by Ethan Rothstein — October 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm 492 0

The housing market has settled in for the fall, but there’s still plenty of variety to choose from this week, from a duplex in Arlington Ridge for $420,000 to a seven-bedroom house in Williamsburg.

See our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

2910-13th-road-s2910 13th Road S.
2 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Kathryn Loughney, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $299,900
Open: Sunday, Oct. 12, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

3109-s-high-street3109 S. High Street
2 BD / 1 1/2 BA duplex
Agent: Janet Callander, Weichert, Realtors
Listed: $419,950
Open: Sunday, Oct. 12, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2039-n-vermont-street2039 N. Vermont Street
3 BD / 1 BA single family detached
Agent: Carol Wilder, McEnearney Associates
Listed: $619,000
Open: Sunday, Oct. 12, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2529-s-kenmore-court2529 S. Kenmore Court
3 BD / 3 1/2 BA townhouse
Agent: Jane Jensen, Century 21 New Millennium
Listed: $799,900
Open: Sunday, Oct. 12, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1153-s-monroe-street1153 S. Monroe Street
4 BD / 3 1/2 BA townhouse
Agent: Brett Billington, Re/Max Gateway
Listed: $879,990
Open: Saturday, Oct. 11, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday Oct. 12, 11:00a.m.-5:00 p.m.

6506-36th-street-n6506 36th Street N.
7 BD / 5 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Robert Ferguson, Re/Max Allegiance
Listed: $1,699,900
Open: Sunday, Oct. 12, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 10, 2014 at 5:00 am 873 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

The pace of the Arlington real estate market remains steady, with buyers again this week busily ratifying 56 contracts while 73 home owners put their properties up for sale.

Of the 56 ratified deals, some 38 were condos and townhomes and only seven homes were priced over $1 million. The high ratio of condo sales pulled the average list price of ratified contracts down to $512,000 from the previous week’s average of $766,000. Of those ratified, the average days on market was 42, almost identical to last week’s average DOM.

The total inventory in Arlington of actively available homes stands at 667, providing a good variety of choices for buyers. Mortgage interest rates also dropped this week with a conventional 30-year fixed rate moving from 4.25 percent last week to 4.15 percent this week.

You can access all active listings in Arlington on the Cathell Team website.

by Ethan Rothstein — October 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm 547 0

It’s the first weekend in October. Leaves are already accumulating on the ground and this weekend might be the coldest in months. That hasn’t slowed the real estate market, however, and there are plenty of houses to be viewed.

See our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

851-n-glebe-road851 N. Glebe Road
0 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Nathan Johnson, Keller Williams Capital Properties
Listed: $320,000
Open: Saturday, Oct. 4, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1800-wilson-blvd1800 Wilson Blvd
1 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Renee Reymond, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $432,900
Open: Sunday, Oct. 5, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

604-15th-street-s604 15th Street S.
2 BD / 2 1/2 BA condominium
Agent: Maria Princi, Allison James Estates & Homes
Listed: $540,000
Open: Sunday, Oct. 5, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4945-17th-road-n4945 17th Road N.
4 BD / 2 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Tonya Nelson, Redfin Corporation
Listed: $619,000
Open: Sunday, Oct. 5, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

500-n-longfellow-street500 N. Longfellow Street
3 BD / 2 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Ann Wilson, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $800,000
Open: Sunday, Oct. 5, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4851-williamsburg-blvd4851 Williamsburg Blvd
5 BD/ 5 full, 2 half BA single family detached
Agent: Omar Leon, Fairfax Realty
Listed: $1,620,000
Open: Sunday, Oct. 5, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 3, 2014 at 5:00 am 767 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Buyers responded to last week’s boost of fresh inventory by ratifying 58 contracts this week, an increase of 23 percent. And there was a surge of 14 ratified contracts over $1 million, indicating that the upper price bracket may be rebounding in Arlington.

The average list price of ratified contracts this week also increased from $711,000 last week to $766,000 this week. And the average days on market dropped from 51 to 41 this week. Meanwhile, some 75 fresh new listings came on the market for buyers to choose from, ranging in price from $61,000 to $2.45 million.

While the fall real estate market in Arlington got off to a slow start, it now appears to be in full swing. A good sign for both buyers and sellers. Listing of the week: a $2.45 million condo in Waterview with two bedrooms and four bathrooms.

You can access all active listings in Arlington on the Cathell Team website.

by Ethan Rothstein — September 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm 621 0

Warm temperatures this weekend after a chilly, rainy week mean being outside and checking out a few open houses should be on your agenda the next two days.

See our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

4659 28th Road S.4659 28th Road S.
2 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Christopher Rendall, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $299,900
Open: Sunday, Sept. 28, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1020-n-highland-street1020 N. Highland Street
1 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Diane Schline, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Listed: $459,900
Open: Sunday, Sept. 28, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1300-crystal-drive1300 Crystal Drive
2 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Mimoza Puce, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $549,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 28, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

855-n-frederick-street855 N. Frederick Street
3 BD / 2 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Priti Malhotra, Keller Williams Falls Church
Listed: $699,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 28, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

5801-5th-road-s5801 5th Road S.
6 BD / 3 BA single family detached
Agent: Viktar Kutsevich, Samson Properties
Listed: $749,000
Open: Saturday, Sept. 27, noon-3:00 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 28, noon-3:00 p.m.

3116-n-nottingham-street3116 N. Nottingham Street
5 BD / 3 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Margaret Hamaker, William G. Buck & Associates
Listed: $1,075,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 28, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 26, 2014 at 5:00 am 888 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

We’ve had another good week for buyers, with 70 new listings coming into the inventory ranging in price from $125,000 to $2.4 million. Buyers now have a total of 648 active listings to choose from in Arlington.

But the pace of sales was slow this week. Only 47 properties went under contract, compared to 70 last week. The average price of ratified contracts this week jumped to $711,000 with the average days on market also increasing to 51. One good trend: of the 47 ratified contracts, 8 of them were over $1 million. The listing of the week for best price/value: 804 S. Veitch Street.

You can access all active listings in Arlington on the Cathell Team website.

by Andrea Swalec — September 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm 1,237 0

A Ballston building that served as one of three U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service headquarters buildings will get "modern" renovations.One of three Ballston buildings that served as headquarters for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will remain vacant for months as it undergoes extensive renovations.

Built in 1988, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr. will receive upgrades to its offices, hallways and lobby, according to Jackson Prentice, vice president of developer MRP Realty. The renovations to the eight-story, 144,000-square-foot building will aim to create “open space, with a more modern feel,” he said.

“The whole building will feel brand new,” Prentice said. “The work will bring the building to a better prominence.”

The FWS moved out of 4301, 4401 and 4501 N. Fairfax Dr. in July and August after the General Services Administration announced last September that the headquarters would be moved to Falls Church. Under the government’s base realignment and closure plan, or BRAC, the GSA estimated moving to 5275 Leesburg Pike would save the government more than $3.8 million annually for 15 years, a news release said.

Pre-leasing on 4401 N. Fairfax Dr. has begun, Prentice said, with work expected to be complete by spring or summer 2015.

The office vacancy rate in Ballston was 16 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to figures from the real estate company CoStar cited by Arlington Economic Development. This was an increase from 14.7 percent last year. The overall office vacancy rate for the county was 20.4 percent in the second quarter of 2014, up from 16.4 percent last year, the figures state.

Representatives for the other two ex-FWS buildings did not immediately respond to inquiries.

by Ethan Rothstein — September 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm 689 0

This might be the last perfect weather of the year, with temperatures in the mid-80s and sunny skies expected, so take advantage and explore some of the open houses in your neighborhood.

See our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

1300-s-barton-street1300 S. Barton Street
1 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Laura Mensing, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $315,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 21, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1200-n-nash-street1200 N. Nash Street
1 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Walid Ashoor, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $468,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 21, noon to 3:00 p.m.

2245-n-buchanan-street2245 N. Buchanan Street
2 BD / 1 BA single family detached
Agent: Heidi Ellenberger-Jones, Washington Fine Properties
Listed: $599,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 21, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

5729-8th-street-n5729 8th Street N.
4 BD / 2 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Michael Manuel, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $829,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 21, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

3074-pollard-street3074 N. Pollard Street
3 BD / 3 BA single family detached
Agent: Carole Schweitzer, Weichert, Realtors
Listed: $925,000
Open: Saturday, Sept. 20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4909-34th-street-n4909 34th Street N.
5 BD / 5 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Jack Work, Re/Max Preferred Properties
Listed: $1,675,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 21, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 19, 2014 at 5:00 am 451 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Buyers are back picking off choice properties and ratifying contracts. This week saw 71 homes go under contract making for a busier week than last week.

Fresh new inventory brought the buyers out. And this week enjoyed more new inventory with a rush of 73 new listings for buyers to choose from ranging from $169,000 to $2.2 million. Of those, 14 are over $1 million. The exciting news is this was the most ratified contracts in a week since June. Arlington’s real estate market normally gets very busy right after Labor Day and stays busy until Thanksgiving.

Another notable stat: the average sales price of those ratified contracts this week jumped from $657,000 last week to $770,000 this week. It will take another week or two to determine if this jump is a trend, or just an anomaly, but it could indicate the upper price bracket is regaining some strength.

Mortgage interest rates might be a factor. Lenders reported this week that many jumbo loan products were offering better rates than conventional loans. After many months of stagnant mortgage rates and products, there are now more options of products for buyers that should help stimulate our market.

You can access all active listings in Arlington on the Cathell Team website.

by Ethan Rothstein — September 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm 611 0

As our Just Listed columnist wrote, “helloooo inventory.” There is plenty of variety among the real estate listings this week, including a two-bedroom condo right off Lee Highway and a $2.2 million house in Woodmont.

See our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

2030-n-woodrow-street2030 N. Woodrow Street
2 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Eric Hernandez, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $240,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

4638-31st-road-s4638 31st Road S.
1 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Margaret Baldwin, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $372,500
Open: Sunday, Sept. 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

1732-s-fillmore-street1732 S. Fillmore Street
4 BD / 3 BA single family detached
Agent: Joyce Becker, Weichert, Realtors
Listed: $589,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

1713-n-edison-street1713 N. Edison Street
5 BD / 3 BA single family detached
Agent: Keri Shull, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $749,900
Open: Sunday, Sept. 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

2422-13th-court-n2422 13th Court N.
3 BD / 3 1/2 BA townhouse
Agent: Ruth Boyer, American Realty Group
Listed: $949,000
Open: Saturday, Sept. 13, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

2608-24th-street-n2608 24th Street N.
5 BD / 5 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Kevin Love, Re/Max Allegiance
Listed: $2,199,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 12, 2014 at 5:00 am 605 0

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Hellooooo inventory! This week unleashed a torrent of fresh new inventory totaling 105 new properties on the market ranging in price from $130,000 to nearly $4 million.

About 40 percent of that inventory is single family detached homes, and the rest is condos and townhomes. Buyers should be thrilled that finally there is fresh product to review. The market typically jumps just after Labor Day, and this year is no exception.

Buyer activity also surged this week with 65 ratified contracts with an average days on market of 36 and average sales price of $657,000. Only three of those ratified contracts were over $1 million indicating the market is still soft in the higher price brackets.

Adding to buyers’ delight is the fact that mortgage interest rates either held steady, or with some types of loans dipped just a little bit. Also good news, lenders are reporting more new loan products are now available for buyers with low down payments. The conditions appear favorable so far this fall for strong buyer activity.

You can access all active listings in Arlington on the Cathell Team website.

by Ethan Rothstein — September 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm 555 0

The kids are back in school, the traffic is back up to mind-numbing levels and your office is fuller than you’ve seen it in months. The summer is over, but that means the August lull in the housing market is over, too.

See our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

1300-s-arlington-ridge-road1300 S. Arlington Ridge Road
0 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Giovanni Santa Ana, Move4Free Realty
Listed: $173,900
Open: Saturday, Sept. 6, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 7, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2100-lee-highway2100 Lee Highway
1 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Craig Mastrangelo, Re/Max Allegiance
Listed: $349,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 7, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1029-n-stuart-street1029 N. Stuart Street
2 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Barak Sky, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $489,000
Open: Saturday, Sept. 6, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2205-s-nelson-street2205 S. Nelson Street
3 BD / 2 BA single family detached
Agent: Clinton Courtney, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $599,000
Open: Friday, Sept. 5, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1524-n-ohio-street1524 N. Ohio Street
3 BD / 3 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Audrey Shay, Keller Williams Realty Falls Church
Listed: $774,500
Open: Sunday, Sept. 7, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

3514-36th-street-n3514 36th Street N.
5 BD / 4 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Kevin Love, Re/Max Allegiance
Listed: $1,399,900
Open: Sunday, Sept. 7, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 5, 2014 at 5:00 am 883 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Buyers will be delighted this weekend to see a nice burst of fresh new inventory come on the market. Typically the market gets fresh inventory right after Labor Day weekend, and this year is no exception.

Some 70 new listings came on the market with most in the price range of $350,000–$900,000, and most of those are condos and townhouses. Only six new listings are over $1 million. Also, good news for buyers: interest rates have remained steady, and some types of loans have slightly improved rates.

Meanwhile, this last week following the holiday, only 30 properties went under contract. Not surprising since so many buyers were at the beach or on the river enjoying the last days of summer break. Of those sold this week, only eight were single family homes. All others were condos and townhomes. Next week we are likely to see a spike in ratified contracts, so watch for it.

You can access all active listings in Arlington on the Cathell Team website.

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