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by Ethan Rothstein — September 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm 612 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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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.

by Ethan Rothstein — August 29, 2014 at 10:55 am 520 0

There won’t be too much house-hunting happening over Labor Day weekend — presumably — so if you’re in the area, now’s the time to find a hidden gem. Could one be among these open houses?

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

5101-8th-road-s5101 8th Road S.
2 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Arlene Da Cruz, Weichert, Realtors
Listed: $199,900
Open: Sunday, Aug. 31, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

3835-9th-street-n3835 9th Street N.
1 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Nathan Johnson, Keller Williams Capital Properties
Listed: $368,500
Open: Sunday, Aug. 31. 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

847-s-glebe-road847 S. Glebe Road
3 BD / 2 1/2 BA townhouse
Agent: Leta Poskute, Spring Hill Real Estate
Listed: $499,000
Open: Sunday, Aug. 31, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

501-s-highland-street501 S. Highland Street
4 BD / 2 BA single family detached
Agent: Heidi Swenson, Re/Max Allegiance
Listed: $675,000
Open: Sunday, Aug. 31, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

1049-26th-street-s1049 26th Street S.
4 BD / 3 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Tonya Finlay, Neighborhood Real Estate
Listed: $949,000
Open: Saturday, Aug. 30, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2324-n-quebec-street2324 N. Quebec Street
5 BD / 5 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Nicholas Pasquini, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Listed: $1,595,000
Open: Sunday, Aug. 31, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 29, 2014 at 5:00 am 1,057 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.”

As expected the week before a long holiday weekend, we saw fewer new listings, numbering only 45. Not a lot of new inventory for eager buyers.

Most of the just listed properties this week are condos with only a few single family detached. In this last week of the summer, we also saw 50 homes go under contract with seven over $1 million. The average list price of ratified contracts is the exact same as last week at $654,000 and average days on market at 37. Typically we can expect to see a jump in new listings right after Labor Day. So next week should be more promising for buyers.

Listing of the week: 1610 N. Queen Street with private elevator and grand views.

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

by Ethan Rothstein — August 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm 682 0

It’s the last weekend before Labor Day, so if you don’t have a vacation planned — and if it stays dry — head out to some of the open houses around the area this weekend.

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

104-a-n-bedford-street104 A N. Bedford Street
1 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Scott MacDonald, Re/Max Gateway
Listed: $250,000
Open: Sunday, Aug. 24, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

3008-s-columbus-street3008 S. Columbus Street
1 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Joan Bready, McEnearney and Associates
Listed: $399,950
Open: Sunday, Aug. 24, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

6431-lee-highway6431 Lee Highway
4 BD / 3 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Janet Callander, Weichert, Realtors
Listed: $599,000
Open: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1800-wilson-blvd1800 Wilson Blvd
2 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Shawn Battle, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Listed: $699,900
Open: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4871-old-dominion-drive4871 Old Dominion Drive
4 BD / 3 BA single family detached
Agent: Patrick Flynn, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $825,000
Open: Sunday, Aug. 24, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

5656-5th-street-n5656 5th Street N.
5 BD / 4 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Scott Shawkey, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $1,275,000
Open: Sunday, Aug. 24, noon to 2:00 p.m.

Just Listed in Arlington

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 22, 2014 at 5:00 am 1,016 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 Arlington real estate market just keeps chugging along, nothing spectacular but nothing horrible either. It remains steady and consistent with 50 new listings coming on the market this last week, only a few of which were over $1 million.

During that time, 53 properties were ratified with an average sales price of $654,000, which includes condos, townhomes and detached homes. But of those, seven were over $1 million signaling a slight improvement in the high end market over the last several weeks.

Also, this week the days on market jumped to 63. This jump was caused by two outlier sales that had been on the market for 510 and 473 days, both well over $1 million, and both ratified after price adjustments. Check out the cute little cottage as listing of the week: 4502 32nd Road N.

by Ethan Rothstein — August 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm 631 0

There are just a few weeks left before schools open and summer as we know it is officially over. In between picnics and lamenting the time gone by, there are several open houses around the county worth checking out.

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

5300-columbia-pike5300 Columbia Pike
2 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Brace Kennedy, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $289,500
Open: Sunday, Aug. 17, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4827-28th-street-s4827 28th Street S.
2 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Gina Paxton, Redfin Corporation
Listed: $409,500
Open: Sunday, Aug. 17, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1320-n-wayne-street1320 N. Wayne Street
2 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Raynelle Araque, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $569,000
Open: Sunday, Aug. 17, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4710-2nd-street-n4710 2nd Street N.
3 BD / 3 BA single family detached
Agent: Howard Gholson, Re/Max Premier
Listed: $669,500
Open: Sunday, Aug. 17, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

120-n-granada-street120 N. Granada Street
5 BD / 4 BA single family detached
Agent: Joseph Frangipane, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $875,000
Open: Saturday, Aug. 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 17, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

4502-32nd-road-n4502 32nd Road N.
5 BD / 5 full, 2 half BA single family detached
Agent: Diane Lewis, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $2,995,000
Open: Sunday, Aug. 17, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Just Listed in Arlington

by Ethan Rothstein — August 15, 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.”

The Arlington real estate market continues to be steady and consistent this summer. The numbers this week track almost identically to last week with 61 new listings and 49 properties going under contract.

Of those ratified, only four were over $1 million. Of the new listings, only seven were above $1 million. The last few weeks of August are typically the second slowest time of the year for real estate activity, the Christmas holiday period being the slowest.

Meanwhile, interest rates have remained virtually unchanged, which is great for buyers and anyone needing to refinance before rates start to move later this year. Two interesting new listings to check out: a $3.775 million townhouse on N. Glebe Road overlooking Washington Golf; and a $1.35 million condo on N. Nash Street in Turnberry Towers with wonderful views.

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

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