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What’s New in Old Town? Walkable Luxury Apartments

Sophisticated and elegant, to be sure; contemporary, modern and luxurious, absolutely; quieting quality concrete construction and unobstructed rooftop views of iconic regional landmarks, yes, yes, yes.

But what the managers of The Dalton want you to know most about the new 270 unit apartment building at 1225 First Street in Old Town Alexandria is a characteristic not usually associated with Old Town — walkability.

It starts with transportation options. The Dalton, which opened earlier this year, is so close to the Braddock Road Metro station, it might as well be a private entrance to the train. In fact, there’s a transit screen in the lobby to tell you when your next train is arriving. The Dalton’s sidewalk quite literally terminates at the Metro station.

“But what else can you walk to besides Metro?” we ask Kettler Property Manager Kara Swieconek. Her reply: “It all depends on what direction you are going.”

And it’s true: Go one way and you find the restaurants, bars and nightlife of Old Town West, just blocks away; the shopping boutiques and entertainment establishments of the King Street-Washington Street nexus are just beyond.

Go in the other direction for less than a mile and you are in Potomac Yard, home of your neighborhood Target, Best Buy, Home Goods, Shoppers Market, Regal Potomac Yard Stadium 16 and dozens of other lifestyle-sustaining merchants.

Step out in the direction of the nearby Potomac River and its developing waterfront and catch the water taxi to District Wharf, National Harbor and the MGM Casino, Nationals Park or Georgetown. That transit screen in The Dalton lobby also tells you when the water taxi is arriving and departing.

On the other hand, they’ve made it tempting to never leave The Dalton. There are the rooftop swimming pool, firepit and grills; there’s a 12th floor clubroom and outdoor terrace, a fitness center and yoga studio, meeting spaces and a dog grooming spa; there’s Monterey’s Pizza onsite, as well as the Click Café, with complementary Wi-Fi and Macs at communal tables and lounge seating. Plus, events!

Schedule a tour today at this site. There are a limited number of select apartments that boast, as a move-in special, two months’ rent for free. Visit DaltonApts.com or call 833-769-1878.

Run, don’t walk, to The Dalton.

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The Chew: Thanksgiving With Pets

The following bi-weekly column is written and sponsored by Bark + Boarding, which provides a heart-centered and safe environment for your pets. Conveniently located at 5818-C Seminary Road in Bailey’s Crossroads, Bark & Boarding offers doggy daycare, boarding, grooming, walking and training services, plus in-home pet care.

by Chelsea Pennington, Bark + Boarding Writer and Animal Enthusiast

A table full of food and a house full of people to pet them — Thanksgiving seems like every pets dream! Before letting your dog or cat join in on the fun, it’s important to know which Thanksgiving favorites can be dangerous.

To make sure your furry friends have a safe holiday, check out this guide to what holiday treats you should and shouldn’t feed your pet.

Keep the Feast Fat-Free

Fatty or rich foods, like beef fat, poultry skin and gravy can cause severe gastrointestinal issues for animals. These include vomiting, diarrhea and excessive gas, but can also lead to more serious conditions like pancreatitis, which can be fatal.

Save the Sweets for Humans

Most desserts will be harmful to your dog’s digestive system. Chocolate is highly dangerous for dogs and can be fatal if too much is consumed.

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener used in many candies, low-sugar desserts and sometimes even peanut butter. Just a small amount of it can cause a drastic drop in blood pressure for dogs and lead to liver damage.

While many vets recommend feeding plain pumpkin to help dogs with bowel and stomach issues, pumpkin pie is not okay for dogs to consume. Not only does it have a variety of spices that can be problematic for canines, too much pumpkin for dogs will only lead to a mess you don’t want.

Say Bye to Bones

While we often associate dogs with chewing on a nice bone, tossing them the leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal will almost certainly do more harm than good.

At the very least, swallowing the bones can cause an upset stomach, but frequently the bones splinter and cause serious damage to the intestines that can quickly become fatal.

Pick up a dog-friendly bone from the pet store if you want your pup to have something safe to chew on.

Clean Up Quickly

The trash is tempting enough to most dogs on a normal day, but with the remains of a Thanksgiving feast in there, it becomes just about irresistible.

Make sure the trash can is in a place the dog doesn’t have access to and be sure any visitors in the house know to keep the dog out. Don’t leave leftovers on the table or counter where a daring dog might attempt to reach them and don’t forget to put leftovers in the fridge quickly.

Packaging around the turkey such as string, plastic holders and bags may smell like meat and convince some dogs to chew on them. These foreign objects can cause dangerous blockage in your dog’s digestive system if swallowed. If you choose to brine your turkey, make sure your dog doesn’t drink the brine afterwards, as the excessive salt can lead to salt toxicosis.

Be Aware of Decorations

The danger for pets isn’t just found on the table — many popular seasonal plants can pose a problem too.

Amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, hydrangeas, Poinsettias and more can be toxic to dogs and cats when chewed or eaten. It’s best to keep any plants out of reach to make sure your pet doesn’t get into something they shouldn’t.

What’s OK to Share?

There are some Thanksgiving favorites that are okay to give your pooch.

Turkey is fine as long as it doesn’t have any bones or skin. Plain, undressed mashed potatoes are okay to share, but once you add butter or other toppings, it’s best to keep them to yourself.

Plain green beans and carrots are a great snack to share with dogs even when it’s not the holidays. Of course, to be on the safe side, it’s usually best to pick up some doggie treats from the store before the holiday to make sure your pup can have fun and be safe.

If you believe your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t, acting quickly is key. Call your veterinarian or local animal emergency hospital. You can also call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4435.

Sometimes it’s best for you, your guests and your pet if your furry friend has a safe place to play and enjoy the holiday away from home. Whether you’re traveling or just want peace of mind for Thanksgiving, boarding or daycare are great, safe options for your pup.

Looking for more tips, interested in adorable pet pics or just want to get more information on what we do? Stay connected with Bark + Boarding on FacebookInstagram and our website.

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Mention this article for a free evaluation and click here to sign up for one today. If you have a question about your pet, feel free to come in or email [email protected] any time.

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Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference Shows It’s Never Too Late to Start

Women owned 12.3 million businesses, or 40 percent, in 2018 and are starting 1,821 new businesses each day in the U.S. Yet, 98% of all venture funding goes to men.

To successfully launch and scale a company, it is critical for women to have access to the right tools, expertise and resources.

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference on Wednesday, November 14 at George Mason University’s Founders Hall, was inspired by the missions of two of its sponsors: Freedom Start Foundation Founder Richard Fink and 30 Second Pitch founder Joseph B. Sprung, who passionately believe venture capital should not just be for the well-connected, but for the hard workers with the best ideas.

Both organizations — along with third partner and host George Mason University School of Business — seek to create an environment of encouragement, support, knowledge and funding opportunities for those looking to take the next steps in their career.

Entrepreneurs are invited to submit a 30-Second Pitch for $5,000 in startup funding: the deadline is Monday evening, November 12 at 7 p.m. Three finalists will pitch to a panel of expert judges and the winner will be announced at the conference Wednesday, November 14.

Also at the free, full-day conference, attendees will:

  • Hear the inspiring stories of top women in business who have become successful entrepreneurs.
  • Learn and ask questions about how to make the changes necessary to fulfill your dream business and how to navigate the obstacles involved.
  • Learn about funding opportunities for those looking to take the next steps in their career.

Submit a 30 Second Pitch here and learn more about the Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference here.

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Eat Creative, Authentic Southern Revival at Tupelo Honey Café

Tupelo Honey Cafe: Best Southern Comfort Food

Welcome to our neighborhood spotlight series where we highlight our favorite places in the Arlington area! In our third episode, we bring you along with us to Tupelo Honey, a restaurant that has an all-day menu of Southern comfort food with a creative twist. Check it out at 1616 N Troy St, Arlington, VA 22201!

Posted by Keri Shull Team on Friday, August 3, 2018

Stepping inside this Courthouse neighborhood restaurant, you’ll first notice the striking warm tone interior, with its American Flag in a nook and artfully spaced rows of honey in mason jars. Weathered window panes suspend from the ceiling, crisscrossing pulleys and cables connect three two-blade ceiling fans. It’s a rustic and comfortable atmosphere. This is Tupelo Honey.

Tupelo Honey Café is a North Carolina-centered chain that specializes in Southern Revival dishes made from scratch. Tupelo Honey pride themselves on cooking with sustainably-sourced seafood, pasture-raised beef, chicken raised without the use of antibiotics and fruits and vegetables grown responsibly. In the video above, see Drew Carpenter of the Keri Shull Team take us inside Tupelo Honey.

Southern dishes have their roots in American history, as the south was the farming center of the nation in its infancy. Simple dishes depend on the quality of their ingredients, so early southern cooking was focused on grains and vegetables that flourished in pre-industrial farming days. Southern Revival cooking explores the heritage of southern cooking and then builds on that history.

Tupelo Honey’s creations will appeal to those open to a new take on Southern food. Here you can order grits with goat cheese and chorizo; or sweet potato pancakes with pickled blueberries, apple cider bacon and grilled fruit. For brunch you can get avocado toast points with a sriracha honey drizzle.

Tupelo Honey’s general manager Ryan Daly recommends the honey-dusted fried chicken, a half bird brined for 24 hours, flavored with 19 different spices, and sprinkled with the house’s signature “honeybee dust.”

Handmade Cocktails

Stepping up to the bar you’ll see the bar front is reclaimed wood. Above the bar you’ll see a row of plants behind hexagonal-patterned chicken wire. Behind the bar, liquor bottles nestle inside metal honeycomb shelves.

At the bar you can get cocktails shaken, muddled and mixed using handmade syrups and house-made liqueurs. The Tupelo Bloody Mary is made with Dixie black pepper vodka, and comes garnished with pickled okra, pimento cheese-stuffed olives, shrimp and more. Ryan also recommends the Tupelo margarita — made with El Jimador tequila, house-made honey liqueur, lemon, lime, mint and chili-salt on the rocks.

If you prefer a pint, Tupelo carries 20 draft beers, including DMV-made favorites like Right Proper’s “Raised by Wolves,” Center of the Universe’s “Chin Music” lager, Port City “Optimal Wit,” Triple Crossing’s “Paranoid Aledroid” American pale wheat ale. and “Suns Out Hops Out” Session IPA by Solace brewing.

Your Turn

Southern Revival has been increasingly popular for years now in the DMV. What’s your favorite spot for delicious Southern Revival in Arlington?

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Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend

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:

4036 35th Street N.
7 bed/6 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
Listed: $1,895,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2203 19th Court N.
4 bed/3 bath, 1 half bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Classic Cottages Realty
Listed: $1,189,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

33 N. Garfield Street
3 bed/2 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $889,900
Open: Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2334 S. Rolfe Street
4 bed/3 bath, 1 half bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Samson Properties
Listed: $785,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m

 

4911 22nd Road N
3 bed/2 bath single-family home
Agent: Redfin Corporation
Listed: $650,000
Open: Sunday 12-4 p.m.

 

851 N. Glebe Road
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Compass
Listed: $415,000
Open: Sunday 12-2 p.m.

 

2811-A S. Woodrow Street #1
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $390,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

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Flying Colors: Naked Nature

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Flying Colors is a sponsored column on the hobby of backyard bird feeding written by Michael Zuiker, owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store at the Lee Harrison Shopping Center. Visit the store at 2437 N. Harrison Street or call 703-241-3988.

You see it with your eyes, with the dimming of the day. You feel it on your face, when the winds blow hard from the north. You hear it with the calls of migrating flocks of geese and leaves rustling under your feet. The season has changed and fall is upon us.

There is beauty in the colors. There is energy with a crispness in the air. There is a sadness in the nakedness of nature. oaks, elms, maples, all stand structurally sound and bare with their strength to see.

Shrubs that bare fruit, are all being devoured by flocks of birds. The living flowers in gardens, once pollinating, are withered and have fallen.

Yet, the front, back and side yards of our little kingdoms are packed with birds. Busy preparing for the changes to their world. Looking for sources of food, water and shelter as the long nights and short days of survival begin.

Flocks of juncos and white throated sparrows have made their way from the northern forest to take up residence in my backyard.

Juncos have been commonly called “snowbirds,” because they show up so strikingly on the ground after the first snowfall. It is always a challenge for me to try and pick them out of the myriad of autumnal colors of leaves that cover my grounds.

If you see a leaf bouncing on the ground in the early morning, there is a good chance it is a junco or white throat right next to it. When you spot the one, your eyes will soon after discover twelve more. They flock well in numbers. They winter here, so tray feeders with sunflower chips and a “little” millet will help sustain them.

Even though natures colors may be waning, you can add color to your habitat by attracting reds and blues in the form of cardinals and bluejays. Both species will flock in the Winter to find food and shelter and protection from predators.

Whole peanuts, peanuts that are shelled and tree nuts in a good mix will bring in 6-10 strikingly beautiful bluejays like magic. Any really good mix of black oil sunflower, peanut meats, and safflower will brighten your winter yard with blazing red and orange of the male and female cardinals.

Thirty cardinals, queuing up on tree branches in my yard during a snowstorm, waiting their turn at the feeders, is a striking image.

These are just a few of the dozens of different species of birds you will attract in your yard this winter with good feeders and good food.

Here is a warning for you: do not be tricked into buying the “cheap blends” because they are cheap in price. They are useless in terms of foods that provide fat for the birds.

The number one food that the birds need to survive the long, cold, winter nights is fat. Cheap blends, with mostly millet, have no fat. Avoid those at all costs, even though the cost is minimal.

Don’t let the nakedness of nature dampen your spirit. Clothe your yard with many colorful birds. We can help you do this! Watch our video to learn how. Hint-Hint you get something for free!

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Just Listed in Arlington

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.”

Arlington’s real estate market revved up this week after coming out of last week’s coma. Buyers ratified 63 contracts and sellers listed 50 homes. But inventory remains painfully low for buyers. With 479 homes actively for sale, and with the current rate of absorption, Arlington has only 1.9 months of inventory indicating it should still be a seller’s market. A market is considered in equilibrium when it has about 5.5 months of inventory.

Arlington is eagerly awaiting Amazon’s decision on HQ2, and hoping the nod will go to Crystal City. Property owners are already expecting their values to increase, but I would urge them to lower their expectations. Most of Amazon’s hiring would be local. Only a small percentage would be hired from outside of the area, so increased demand on housing, if any, would likely be insignificant.

Zillow fans were stunned this week when the website giant announced it lost 26% of its value on Wall Street. It blamed rising interest rates and a downward market shift. It’s revenues from selling leads to agents dropped dramatically. We will all have to wait and see how this plays out.

Click here to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.

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Off-Market Source: Nov. 8

Every week the Eli Residential Group scours our network for off-market and pre-market homes to give home buyers and investors access to properties they can’t find anywhere else onlineIf you are interested in a property you see here or have specific needs you cannot find on the market, please reach out to us at [email protected] to talk to a real person, not an automated response system.

If you are a homeowner, investor, builder or agent who would like your off-market or pre-market property featured for a half million local readers on PoPville, ARLnow or Tysons Reporter, please email us at [email protected].

Studio in Crystal City w/ Tenant
Belle Vista, 1211 S. Eads Street
Arlington, Va 22202

Description: Investment opportunity in Crystal City before Amazon HQ2 arrives. This is one of the few condo buildings in the Crystal/Pentagon City corridor with modest condo fees. Building has full amenities including 24 hr front desk, gym, pool and garage parking. Current lease conveys through April at $1,500/month.
Price: $300,000
Courtesy of RLAH Real Estate

North Arlington New Construction
North Edison Street
Arlington, Va 22207

Description: New construction with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. 4,350 sq. ft., two-car attached garage and flat lot. Available for showings now. Expected delivery, winter 2019.
Price: $1,200,000
Courtesy of RE/MAX

To view all of our off-market or pre-market properties, visit the off-market section of our website. We add new properties every week.

The Eli Residential Group is a real estate team with RLAH Real Estate, 2420 Wilson Blvd #101 Arlington VA 22201 (703) 390-9460. Office locations also include Dupont Circle, Georgetown, H Street, and Chevy Chase. Contact the team directly at [email protected]

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The Only Workout You Need is at E60 Fitness

Every fitness genre from barre to boxing claims to provide the best workout for your body.

These claims force people to either commit to one type of exercise or bounce around between gyms and fitness studios trying to fit in every type of workout our body needs.

What if there was one workout structure that covered all aspects of exercise? One training program that incorporates the best from all fitness platforms?

That one workout structure exists, and it’s available in Arlington at E60 Fitness. Their comprehensive 60 minute workout packed with variety is designed to burn-fat, build lean-muscle, enhance conditioning and improve functionality for people of all fitness levels.

E60 Fitness’ Elevate 60 class was designed by athletes and fitness professionals to incorporate the best of all exercise disciplines into a single game-changing workout. Here’s everything you need to know about how it works:

  • The action-packed workout includes several exercise stations, each with varying routines and purposes, all programmed to compliment each other for a well-rounded and comprehensive, total-body workout.
  • In one station you may go through sprint intervals on a spin bike, in another you may perform a series of lower body exercises (i.e: weighted squats and deadlifts), and in another station you might strap on the boxing gloves and unleash your energy on a punching bag.
  • Each station is capped between 5 and 10 minutes so you’ll never be subject to a long distance run or forced to perform excessive volumes of the same exercise. Intensity intervals are used in cardio based stations to pack greater benefit into a short amount of time and increase performance. Majority of the exercises will involve resistance to enable lean-muscle growth and fat-burn long after the class is over.
  • Heart Rate devices are worn throughout class and large monitors within the facility display real-time heart rate and Calorie statistics so you know how you are performing. These stats are also tracked historically, so you can analyze trends and make adjustments to improve your performance over time.
  • Each workout activates the entire body, but specific muscle groups are targeted in the strength training stations. This ensures you have an intentional focus for each day, and a comprehensive breakdown of the body over each week.
  • Each workout is designed to accommodate and challenge all fitness levels. Each participant has the ability to choose their own resistance levels and determines their own speed based on the instructor’s guidance. Each instructor is prepared with modifications for every movement.
  • No two workouts are ever the same. A new high variety workout is programmed daily (within the same overall structure) so your body is constantly challenged, firing up your metabolism, igniting muscular growth and reducing chances of plateau or boredom.
  • Unlike most group fitness platforms this class uses full gym equipment, not just accessories, and you’ll even see some custom built equipment hanging around the large turf area or underneath the monkey bar rig.
  • All instructors are certified fitness professionals prepared to coach, encourage and inspire every participant to achieve greater health.

And if all of that wasn’t enough to convince you to try E60’s top-rated group training program, E60 is offering a full week of classes for free to any newcomer. So grab a friend and claim your free week of classes at E60 Fitness before the New Year rush!

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Boring Title: How Will HQ2 Affect the Real Estate Market?

Title insurance is boring, but Allied Title & Escrow is here to decode the jargon and make it (somewhat) more interesting. This biweekly feature will explore the mundane (but very necessary!) world of title insurance while sharing interesting stories of two friends’ entrepreneurial careers.

Allied Title’s CEO Latane Meade speaks on the recent news of HQ2 possibly landing in Crystal City and asks readers to share how it could potentially affect the real estate market in the DMV.

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Small Biz Focus: ‘Tis the Season to Celebrate Local Biz

This column is sponsored by BizLaunch, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

By Tara Palacios

Act local. Think local. Let’s Celebrate.

Small Business Saturday is almost upon us! The day after Black Friday is the day to formally celebrate the local businesses where we love to shop. Shopping local keeps our community unique, and what better way to support our independently-owned businesses than by patronizing them on November 24.

According to American Express, in 2017 an estimated 108 million consumers across the United States reported shopping or dining at independently-owned business on Small Business Saturday. These consumers generated $12 billion in reported spending.

Join BizLaunch online for an interactive pre-celebration of shopping local on Monday, November 19. We will visit area retail businesses throughout the day and promote our local shops in Arlington, VA on both Twitter and Facebook. Follow our hashtags as we visit local retail businesses to help you figure out which local shops you should visit on Small Business Saturday.

We invite you to tag your favorite local small business all day. Businesses can also join in on the fun if they’d like to tag themselves. Let’s celebrate our local businesses. Join us on Twitter by following #ShopSmall#ArlingtonVA#SmallBizSat and #ShopArlington.

Another great pre-celebratory event to support our local businesses is the, “Shop Local Walking Tour,” of Crystal City and Pentagon City on Saturday, November 17. BizLaunch is partnering with WalkArlington, Netwalking and the Crystal City BID to host the event.

Enjoy the area’s walkability, hear stories from local business owners and get a jump start on shopping local for the holidays. The event is free but registration is required. More information can be found here.

We hope you plan to #ShopLocal and #ShopArlington this Small Business Saturday!

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Just Reduced Properties in Arlington

Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!

Please note: While Aaron Seekford provides this information for the community, he may not be the listing agent of these homes.

Black Friday is coming, folks.

By now you’ve likely seen some of the specials unveiled from your favorite retailers, with the usual gadgets and seasonal bargains topping your list for November 23 shopping.

Well, as it turns out, November is a great time for some home and real estate related bargains as well. So, as you shop for your loved ones, don’t forget about your home, too.

Number one on the list? Kitchen items. If you’re looking for small appliances or kitchen go-tos — from a new coffee pot to a griddle to a crock pot — November is the month to save some dough. Also, if you’re looking to make your home “smarter,” gadgets like Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa are typically heavily discounted throughout the month as well.

And, when you’re ready to get the most bang for your buck when buying a home, our team is ready to help you get more out of that big transaction, too.

As of November 5, there are 208 detached homes, 44 townhouses and 213 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 56 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.

Here is this week’s selection of Just Reduced properties:

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 Aaron Seekford.

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Ask Eli: Can I Use a Gift from My Parents for My Down Payment?

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

Question: Am I allowed to use a gift for the down payment on a home purchase? If so, are there any restrictions I should be aware of?

Answer: How else do you think many first-time homebuyers (second and third timers too) are able to afford the steep cost of real estate in Northern Virginia and D.C.?

Sometimes the gifts are just that, gifts from generous family members who want to help a loved one or child purchase a home, but many “donors” consider these contributions to be a way to invest in the local market.

The good news is that it’s easy for family members to help each other out with down payments and closing costs. I reached out to one of the area’s top lenders, Jake Ryon of First Home Mortgage (can be reached via email at [email protected]), to provide some general guidelines on gifts:

  1. There is no limit to the total gifts funds you can receive or how many gifts you can receive from multiple eligible sources.
  2. The gift must come from an eligible source. For most loan products, that means a relative or spouse. The donor cannot be an interested party (seller/developer/realtor/lender/title attorney) to the transaction.
  3. For Conventional or VA loans, we just need to show the borrower has received the gift funds. FHA requires “donor-ability”, meaning we need to look at the donor’s bank statements.
  4. For best practices, we typically recommend the donor wire the gift funds directly to the title company so there aren’t delays waiting for a check to clear.

Oftentimes a lender will require a signed letter from the gift donor stating the purpose of the funds and there may be a need to establish the source of the gift, but those details are circumstantial and it’s best to notify your lender up-front of any gifts you will receive so that they can advise you on the proper steps.

I have noticed a sharp increase in the number of buyers I’m meeting whose parents are gifting down payments in order to help their children purchase a home before Amazon (likely) announces its move into Crystal City/D.C. Metro.

For those of you who don’t have the luxury of financial assistance helping you get to 20-25% down, there are plenty of great loan programs available that allow you to put 3-10% down and make home ownership much more accessible.

If you’d like a question answered in my weekly column, 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 DC, and Maryland with Real Living At Home, 2420 Wilson Blvd #101 Arlington, VA 22201, (202) 518-8781.

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Virginia Tech MBA Programs Offered in Arlington and Falls Church

Since 1969, Virginia Tech has served local residents, government and industry in the National Capital Region. It now boasts more than 45 graduate degree and certificate programs, as well as many laboratories and research centers, spread across the region from Alexandria to Leesburg.

Among those degree offerings, the Pamplin College of Business offers two different MBA program options that serve working professionals looking to advance their careers without leaving the workforce.

The Evening MBA program option provides students with maximum flexibility while still allowing them to choose their timeline for completion and focus their studies in an area of particular importance to their career.

Classes take place at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center, which is adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro station and convenient to I-495 and I-66.

In 2018, the Evening MBA program was named one of the top 20 part-time MBA programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report for a fourth consecutive year.

The Executive MBA program option offers an accelerated, cohort-based option for mid-career professionals. The cohorts meet bi-monthly for weekend classes at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Ballston.

The curriculum focuses on leadership and strategic management in a global environment with an emphasis on business analytics, innovation and globalization.

Graduates of both the Evening and Executive MBA programs create lasting professional connections and join the university’s vast alumni network in the D.C. Metro area to help advance their careers both now and in the future.

To learn more about the Virginia Tech MBA Programs, visit mba.vt.edu or register to attend an upcoming information session.

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Celebrate This Holiday Season with The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City will offer festive holiday activities to celebrate the coziest time of the year with friends, family and loved ones. The hotel greets the upcoming season with spirited brunches, delightful holiday teas and an engaging workshop to create lasting memories. Festivities include:

  • Thanksgiving Day Brunch — Thursday, November 22
  • Holiday Tea — Starting Thursday, November 29
  • Breakfast with Santa — Saturday, December 1
  • Gingerbread House Workshop — Sunday, December 9
  • Christmas Day Brunch — Tuesday, December 25

Enjoy these one-of-a-kind offerings, and more, this holiday season at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City!

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