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This column is written and sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

Recognizing the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on arts and culture organizations throughout the region, the Greater Washington Community Foundation and The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation have joined with seven other funders to launch the $1 million Arts Forward Fund to support arts and culture organizations in the D.C. region as they make essential shifts needed to continue their work during the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to the nationwide movement for racial justice.

Arts Forward Fund will make grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to support short-term capacity-building, training, and innovation.

Arts Forward Fund will prioritize organizations that serve Black, Indigenous and other communities of color, and organizations with limited access to philanthropic capital. It will also prioritize requests that address longstanding racial inequities in organizations, in the arts and culture field, and in the broader community.

Arts and culture organizations with annual revenue of less than $10 million in their most recently completed fiscal year are eligible to apply, provided they serve the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland, and Arlington and Fairfax counties and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax in Virginia.

Informational webinars will take place on August 14 and 20, in advance of the deadline for application. The application deadline is August 27, and grant decisions will be made on or before September 21. More details and the call for applications are available here.

#ArtsForwardFund

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Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by Arlington Realty, Inc. Maximize your real estate investment with the team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6000 today!

Please note: While Arlington Realty, Inc. provides this information for the community, it may not be the listing company of these homes.

We may only be halfway through the week, but some relaxation (hopefully) is just over the horizon.

Saturday, August 15 is National Relaxation Day.

And yes, even on the outskirts of our nation’s capital and within Arlington County’s diverse landscape, there are plenty of places to unwind and relax. Throughout the years, we’ve heard it directly from so many clients: People love living in Arlington County because there are the many comforts that come with urban living as well as plenty of tranquil places to enjoy, too.

Among our team’s favorite spots are the Crystal City Water Park, which boasts ample shade, an expansive water feature and spots primed for a picnic. There’s also Long Bridge Park, with Potomac River views and a scenic garden. And, we’re just touching on a couple of places here, folks.

If and when you’re ready to call the multifaceted paradise that is Arlington County home, the time-tested team at Arlington Realty, Inc. is ready to roll on your behalf. Until then, here’s to wonderful week and relaxing weekend.

Now on to this week’s Just Reduced figures.

As of August 10, there are 146 detached homes, 39 townhouses and 232 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 35 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week:

Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Arlington Realty, Inc.

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Address: 1020 N. Highland Street #413
Neighborhood: The Phoenix (Clarendon)
Listed: $489,900

Welcome to unit 413 at The Phoenix! This is a beautiful one-bedroom condo that features a private balcony, an open kitchen and 734 square feet of living space. Hardwood floors are found throughout the living area.

This large floor plan allows for a separate dining space adjacent to the living room. The residence receives excellent natural light from the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door. The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The lighting is controlled by a Caseta by Lutron smart lighting system.

The bedroom features soundproof windows and the walk-in closet comes with custom closet built-ins. One full-size parking spot (B4-041) conveys with the property.

The Phoenix has an excellent amenity package that features a rooftop pool, front desk, fitness center, party room, conference room, library and more! The community is located in the heart of Clarendon, just 1.5 blocks to the Clarendon Metro and steps from shops, restaurants, retail and everything the neighborhood has to offer.

Contact the Orange Line Condo team or your buyer’s agent for more information or to set up a showing.

Listed by:
Matt Leighton
Century 21 Redwood Realty
703-472-0574
[email protected]
TheMattLeighton.com

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This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Eli Tucker, Arlington-based Realtor and Arlington resident. Please submit your questions to him via email for response in future columns. Enjoy!

Question: Is it normal for sellers to leave appliances behind for the next owner?

Answer: A friend of mine is moving in Southern California and mentioned having to move his refrigerator to the new house, which I found odd, but apparently, it’s common in California and other parts of the country. My theory is that one day somebody decided to take their coveted refrigerator with them and it created a chain reaction of everybody having to take their appliances with them after that!

Over the years, I’ve picked up on customs and contract terms that differ significantly here from other markets. I thought I’d come up with a list of standard customs and contract terms in Northern Virginia that often come as a surprise to buyers and homeowners who have transacted in other markets.

I’d love to hear from readers in the comments about other local practices that surprised you if you were used to real estate customs and contracts in another market.

  • Appliances Convey: All of the appliances, including washer/dryer, have conveyed (transferred to the next owner) in every transaction I’ve been part of. Buyers and sellers have to agree during negotiations what appliances and other items do or do not convey.
  • No Individual Attorneys: It’s rare for an attorney outside of the Title Company to be involved in a transaction. The same Title Company almost always works on behalf of both parties (without bias).
  • (Lack of) Seller Disclosures: Virginia is one of the few “Buyer Beware” (Caveat Emptor) states in the country; which essentially means that sellers in Virginia do not have to disclose any property defects, but they can’t hide them or lie about them either. For homes built before 1978, there’s a one-page lead disclosure form for a seller to note if they’re aware of the existence of lead paint on the property. Most states, including D.C. and MD, have lengthy seller-disclosure forms.
  • Dual Agency Allowed, Not Common: Dual Agency, as defined in Virginia, is when one agent represents the buyer and seller on the same transaction. While allowed, if both parties sign-off, it is pretty uncommon.
  • No Response/Counter Deadline: The contract does not require either party to respond to an offer or counter within a certain period of time unless one party writes in their own deadline.
  • Earnest Money Deposits/Escrows: It is customary for the deposit (EMD/Escrow) buyers make to secure the contract to be due within 3-5 days of ratification (terms accepted by both parties) and the deposit is usually 1-5% of the purchase price.
  • Days: Contractual obligations are usually measured in days from ratification. A “day” in Northern Virginia contracts is any calendar day, no skipping weekends or holidays, and ends at 9 p.m.

What’s the takeaway here? Even if you have real estate experience in other markets or past experience in our local market, it’s always good to refresh yourself on local customs and contracts.

If you’d like to discuss buying or selling strategies, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected].

If you’d like a question answered in my weekly column or to set-up an in-person meeting to discuss local real estate, please send an email to [email protected]. To read any of my older posts, visit the blog section of my website at www.EliResidential.com. Call me directly at (703) 539-2529.

Eli Tucker is a licensed Realtor in Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland with RLAH Real Estate, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr. #10C Arlington, VA 22203, (703) 390-9460.

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This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement and private sector employee matters.

By John V. Berry, Esq.

The U.S. Supreme Court, on June 15, 2020, by a 6-3 vote, in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, ruled that federal law protects gay and transgender workers (or applicants) from employment discrimination. A copy of the new landmark Supreme Court case is provided here.

In short, the new court case found that “an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII” of the Civil Rights Act.” This is a landmark decision, the extent of which will evolve in the years to come as other courts start hearing these types of employment discrimination cases.

Why is the Ruling Important?

The major reason why the Supreme Court decision is so important is that there have been few protections against sexual orientation discrimination (even fewer for transgender discrimination) under various state laws. Less than one-half of the states have laws banning sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination (Virginia enacted one recently).

For the first time, employees in all 50 states have protections from this type of discrimination. This ruling makes it just as illegal under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for an employer to discriminate against someone for being gay or transgender as it does for employers to discriminate against employees based on race, sex or religion.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, in drafting the Supreme Court’s decision, reasoned that while the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, the language used at the time by Congress had many unintended consequences at the time which have come to light over the past 56 years. Justice Gorsuch believed that the language in the 1964 law applied to gay and transgender employees:

“In Title VII, Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee’s sex when deciding to fire that employee. We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.”

Three Justices disagreed, including Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh.

What does the Ruling Mean?

The new Supreme Court ruling means that employees (or applicants) who are fired, not hired, or otherwise discriminated against at work because they are gay or transgender, will be able to file equal employment opportunity (EEO) complaints and sue their employers in federal court for illegal discrimination.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is currently revising their website to account for this new decision and their role in enforcing the decision of the Supreme Court in the 50 states.

Because the Civil Rights Act applies to employers with 15 or more employees, there remains a gap in protections for gay and transgender employees in the 25 or so states without state law protections. There is also the hope that some states that don’t specifically protect gay or transgender employees from discrimination may interpret their own civil rights laws to now include such protections taking a cue from the U.S. Supreme Court.

In short, it is the first federal step in protecting gay and transgender employees from employment discrimination. It is also long overdue.

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Clarendon’s new restaurant and bar, The Pinemoor, is now open for indoor and outdoor dining.

The spacious interior exudes a down home country vibe and the patio allows guests to experience outdoor dining rain or shine, thanks to its retractable roof. The Pinemoor offers something for everyone, with its interplay of creative American comfort, craft cocktails and personality.

You will find everything from a 14oz grass fed Ribeye topped with burgundy sauce and herb butter, to a house made veggie burger, stacked high with avocado, lettuce and tomato.

Whether you are stopping by for lunch or dinner, a craft cocktail from The Pinemoor’s scratch bar is always a good idea. An extensive selection of bourbons, house made brandied cherries, syrups and shrubs, are combined to create an array of cocktails that are sure to tingle your senses.

The Pinemoor also brings another brunch spot to Clarendon. We all know Clarendon loves brunch, and this is one you want to check out! During Saturday and Sunday brunch, enjoy $5 bottles of champagne and a menu with a classic spin on all your brunch favorites.

Visit their website at www.thepinemoor.com.

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This regularly-scheduled sponsored column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment.

Arlington’s Solar Co-op is still open to new members — but only for two more weeks!

The sign-up deadline is August 21!

You’re invited to our last free webinar to learn about going solar with the co-op.

You’ll get the scoop on:

  • Things to consider when putting solar panels on your home
  • Ways to finance your new solar system
  • How to add a charger for your electric vehicle
  • What it means to go solar with the Arlington Solar Co-op. (Spoiler alert: going solar at a discounted group rate, with expert guidance throughout the process.)

You’ll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Is my roof good for solar?
  • How does solar technology even work?
  • What are the benefits of going solar?
  • What local and federal laws do I need to know about?
  • How can the solar co-op save me money?
  • How can I get an electric vehicle charger for my home?

Take advantage of one of the last big federal solar tax credits. This year the solar tax credit will be 26 percent. In 2021, it will be 22 percent and in 2022 and beyond, it won’t be available for homeowners at all.

Please RSVP and join us to learn more:

August 11 at 12 p.m. — Solar and Electric Vehicle Charger Info Session

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Address: 5729 8th Street N.
Neighborhood: Bluemont/Bon Air
Listed: $915,000
Open: Sunday, August 9 from 2-4 p.m.

This lovely 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home is situated on a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac a little over a mile from bustling Ballston. Close to Ballston Metro, I-66 and downtown D.C., and with two nearby bus stops, this home is a commuter’s dream!

Hardwood floors, brand new paint, beautifully remodeled bathrooms, wood-burning fireplace and awesome family room addition are just some of the features that make this home so special. The master bedroom suite features an elegant bath with stand-up shower and beautiful decorator tiles, along with a huge walk-in closet.

Enjoy the fully fenced and private backyard from the large covered and screened-in deck, which features a no maintenance composite floor. And, if you love walking or biking — you’ll have easy access to the Washington & Old Dominion, Bluemont Junction and Four Mile Run trails, along with Bluemont and Bon Air parks, right from your front door.

This home has been lovingly cared for by its owners and it shows, now it ready for you to make it your own.

For more photos, a video, 3D virtual tour and an interactive floor plan visit 5729N8thSt.com.

Listed by:
Meg Ross
Keller Williams Realty
703-447-0970
[email protected]
MegRoss.com

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Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

6507 36th Street N.
5 BD/5 BA, 2 half bath single-family home
Agent: Weichert Realtors
Listed: $2,095,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

5113 25th Place N.
4 BD/3 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Century 21 Redwood Realty
Listed: $1,570,000
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

4621 26th Street N.
4 BD/3 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Re/Max Distinctive Real Estate, Inc.
Listed: $1,059,000
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

1881 N. Nash Street #1708
1 BD/1 BA, 1 half bath condo
Agent: Compass
Listed: $935,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

1320 N. Wayne Street #406
3 BD/3 BA condo
Agent: Kw Metro Center
Listed: $799,900
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.

 

1020 N. Highland Street #812
2 BD/2 BA condo
Agent: Compass
Listed: $674,999
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

2825 S. Abingdon Street B
2 BD/2 BA condo
Agent: Pearson Smith Realty, Llc
Listed: $545,000
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.

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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 Andors Real Estate Group.

Every once in a while, a truly unique, captivating and inspiring home comes to market in Arlington. This week, the Andors Real Estate Group is proud to present a home that has had the same owner since 1960 and is actually two-of-a-kind.

In 1796, the original (Arch Hall) was built in Alexandria and served as the residence for Lewis Lawrence, Nelly Parke Custis and their children when they were not at their Woodlawn Plantation. That property would later be deconstructed and rebuilt in Belmont Bay on a prominent piece of land overlooking the Potomac.

In 1941, a replica of the original was built in Arlington, at 2515 Fort Scott Drive. It was painstakingly built to be as true a rendering of the original as possible, and it has had only two owners.

2515 Fort Scott Drive boasts a grand entry, generous rooms and a graceful flow that will capture your imagination and provide a home for generations. Beautifully sited on a nearly 14,000 sq. ft. corner lot with mature trees and plenty of privacy, it has over 4,300 sq. ft. of finished space on the main and upper levels with a partially finished walk-out lower level. The grand arched entryway runs from front to rear and provides a central focal point for gracious living in this unique home. Its incomparable close-in location is near Metro, schools, shopping, the Pentagon and Amazon’s new National Landing headquarters.

This past week in Arlington, sellers listed some 88 properties for sale while buyers ratified 68 contracts. There are currently 351 homes for sale in Arlington. 126 are detached homes, 25 are townhouses/semi-detached, and 200 are condos. Average days on market (DOM) is 51 and median DOM is 29.

The median list price of currently available properties is $799,900, while the average is $997,537. As these prices continue to fall, and inventory among condos steadily builds, it’s starting to look like condos are falling more out of favor, while the availability of affordable single-family houses is low and new ones get absorbed weekly.

Last year for the same week, sellers listed 41 homes and buyers ratified 57 contracts.

Click here to search currently available Arlington real estate. Call the Andors Real Estate Group today at (703) 203-1117 to talk more about buying or selling Arlington real estate. Below are eight homes that are new this week that I think you might like to check out.

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This sponsored column is by James Montana, Esq. and Doran Shemin, Esq., practicing attorneys at Steelyard LLC, an immigration-focused law firm located in Arlington, Virginia. The legal information given here is general in nature. If you want legal advice, contact James for an appointment.

We warned you that USCIS fees were skyrocketing. We were right.

Now, thanks to the publication of a new Final Rule in the Federal Register, we can give you the details. We’re hoping that this article will prevent someone, somewhere, from having a benefit application rejected due to an improper fee. So please read this carefully, and then pay a lawyer to do it for you anyway.

First, the highlights (and lowlights):

$50 Fee for Asylum Applications

For the first time in memory, asylum applicants will be charged a fee to apply for asylum. This fee applies to every asylum applicant. It applies to asylum applicants who are sitting in detention facilities without the ability to work and earn money; it applies to asylum applicants who are five years old. This fee is not waivable.

$550 Fee for First Asylum-based Work Permit Application

For the first time in memory, asylum applicants will be charged a fee to apply for their first work permit. (The logic was: if you aren’t allowed to work legally, it would be immoral to charge you a fee to apply to work.)

Green Card Application Fees Technically Decrease by $95 but Effectively Increase by About $1,000

This is extremely unwelcome news. The application for a green card formerly cost $1,225; now it costs $1,130. However, as a matter of ordinary, prudent practice, most immigration attorneys file work permit and travel permit applications with the green card application. These applications were formerly ‘bundled’ with the I-485 fee, and included at no additional cost. That is no longer true. Now, to apply for a green card, a work permit and a travel permit, the total cost is $2,270. In addition, if USCIS fails to adjudicate the application within a year — as it frequently does — the applicant will have to pay a further $1,040 to renew his work and travel privileges.

Green Card Renewal Fees Decrease by $125 

This is welcome news. The current fee for a green card renewal is $540; the new fee is $415. USCIS will also discount the renewal fee by a further $10, to $405, if you file online. Caution: the online system is as useless as a bag of hammers. We recommend filing on paper.

Form I-751 Petition Fees Increase by $120  

If you have your green card via a relatively new marriage to a U.S. citizen, the green card is only valid for two years. After one year and nine months, you generally have to apply to make your green card ‘permanent’ and valid for ten years. The fee for that was $680; now it is $760.

Naturalization Application Fees Increase by 60%

This is a huge deal. Right now, it costs $725 to apply for naturalization, which is already a heavy burden for poorer folks. The new fee will be $1,160. Ordinary economic incentives matter. This will mean fewer immigrants naturalizing, and therefore fewer naturalized voters. (Side note: We work pro bono with a nonprofit that helps low-income Arlingtonians naturalize for free: PM us if you have a referral.)

There are lots of other adjustments to the fees; read here for the details. The new fees go into effect on October 2, 2020. If you apply before then with the higher fee, your application will be rejected; if you apply later with the lower fee, your application will be rejected.

Now as ever, we suggest hiring competent counsel. Having a work permit application rejected delays starting your job for six weeks — in our experience, that’s how long it takes USCIS to open an envelope, see the check, and spin it around.

Our fees aren’t going up, and we don’t charge to answer questions on ARLnow. As always, we welcome any comments and will do our best to respond.

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