Address: 6246 19th Street N.
Neighborhood: Highland Park
Open: Sunday, November 1 from 1-4 p.m.
Walk to East Falls Church Metro from this beautifully remodeled 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom home. Commuters will love the proximity to metro, I-66 and Washington Boulevard; and a short stroll to Westover’s restaurants and shops.
This stunning 4-level house — featuring a main level bedroom — has been thoughtfully updated throughout with a new 1,000 sq. ft. addition, an all-white kitchen with calacatta laza quartz counters, tastefully renovated baths, two fireplaces, lower level with wet bar, newly rebuilt deck, brand new hardwood floors, new carpet and paint, and so much more.
The master bedroom suite has a master bathroom with sparkling white quartz vanity and double sinks, freestanding tub, shower with clear tempered glass doors plus designer tile.
Along with the new addition, this home also features a refinished roof with a 5-year warranty, newly rebuilt deck, new water heater and new HVAC on the third level.
The lower level rec room features a wet bar with sparkling white quartz countertop and beverage refrigerator, wood fireplace, brand new carpet and recessed lighting.
For more photos, a video, 3D virtual tour and an interactive floor plan visit 6246n19thst.com.
Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.
2700 N. Beechwood Place
7 BD/4 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Weichert Realtors
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.
1710 21st Road N.
4 BD/3 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Open: Sunday 1:30-3:30 p.m.
1708 S. Nelson Street
5 BD/3 BA single-family home
Agent: Kw United
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.
1008 N. Jefferson Street
3 BD/3 BA single-family home
Agent: Re/Max Real Estate Connections
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.
2013 Patrick Henry Drive
4 BD/2 BA single-family home
Agent: Spicer Real Estate
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.
851 N. Glebe Road #820
2 BD/2 BA condo
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.
888 N. Quincy Street #1406
1 BD/1 BA condo
Agent: Century 21 Redwood Realty
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.
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.
Happy Halloween, ARLnow readers! Wishing you and your families a fun and safe holiday weekend!
Inventory in Arlington might have finally leveled out, after months of expansion. Fall usually brings fewer new listings, but with buyer demand still extremely strong, I anticipate we’ll continue to see small declines in available inventory week over week.
Mortgage interest rates are holding steady, at about 2.8% on a 30-year fixed. The 15-year is at 2.125%. These low interest rates seem to be here to stay, and that will bolster demand through the winter at least.
This past week in Arlington, sellers listed some 67 properties for sale while buyers ratified 55 contracts. 25 of the ratified contracts were on homes listed just within the past week.
There are currently 539 homes for sale in Arlington, 2 less than last week. This is our second decline in available listings in as many weeks. 137 are detached homes, 45 are townhouses/semi-detached and 357 are condos.
Average days on market (DOM) for currently available homes is 54 and median DOM is 36. The median list price of currently available properties is $569,000, while the average is $765,436.
Last year for the same week, sellers listed 45 homes and buyers ratified 36 contracts.
Click here to search currently available Arlington real estate — if you see a home you’re interested in purchasing, we’d love to help!
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.
- 2016 N. Adams Street #805, Arlington, VA 22201 — $385,000
- 3511 S. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22206 — $544,900
- 1301 N. Courthouse Road #801, Arlington, VA 22201 — $572,000
- 1168 N. Vermont Street, Arlington, VA 22201 — $849,900
- 631 23rd Street S., Arlington, VA 22202 — $874,900
- 6246 19th Street N., Arlington, VA 22205 — $1,249,000
- 3115 1st Place N., Arlington, VA 22201 — $1,299,900
- 3325 N. Kensington Street, Arlington, VA 22207 — $2,050,000
With the heightened emphasis on continuous sanitation and comprehensive disinfecting of residential and work environments, it’s remarkable to find a professional cleaning company that is managing to save clients an average of 10 percent on cleaning costs.
Northern Virginia commercial and residential cleaning specialists WellNest Professional Cleaning has developed data-driven, evidence-based methods that allows them to clean when and where it is most efficient, and in doing so, has discovered cost-effectiveness that remains within budgetary restraints.
In other words, WellNest Professional Cleaning is working smarter, not harder. Here’s how:
The vetted, trained and dedicated “certified infection prevention” crew members of WellNest reallocate the frequency of cleaning from low-traffic areas to high-traffic areas by assessing building usage, density, traffic patterns, construction materials and ventilation systems. Applying the results of these studies, cleaners address areas of more frequent need with modern technologies, including electrostatic sprayers, autonomous vacuums, an autonomous floor scrubbers.
The combination of strategic emphasis and technological advancement is, indeed, working smarter, not harder. And each assessment is customized based on the client’s particular needs.
This innovative approach to cleaning has proven successful for WellNest since its inception in 2016, advancing the company to today’s status of 40 full-time employees — each trained by a janitorial industry veteran of 20-plus years — and helping thousands of commercial and residential clients throughout the region. Clients include office buildings, residential apartment buildings, banks, law offices, churches, private schools, fitness facilities, art studios, day-care facilities and, of course, home residences.
WellNest considers itself a strategic partner with its clients, emphasizing two-way communication, trust and transparency. During the pandemic, sanitation and disinfecting the work and home environment is more crucial than ever — it only makes sense to do it the smart way while remaining within or below budget.
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.
This fall, many students are not returning to their college campuses as they normally would, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
If the Trump Administration can have its way, many foreign national students also won’t be continuing their education in the United States as easily as they did in the past. If you find discussion of regulation boring, you won’t like this post — our advice to you is to start drinking heavily.* (Sentences with Animal House references are marked with a *).
There is a little-known codicil in the United States Constitution which gives the Secretary of Homeland Security power to issue regulations affecting the administration of the F-1 visa program.* Acting on that authority, the Trump Administration has issued a new proposed regulation that would only allow students to enter the country for a maximum of four years.
Currently, a student who enters the United States with a valid visa is admitted for “duration of status,” which means that as long as the student is properly registered for classes and following all of the rules, the student remains in valid status. Some students, like Bluto, abuse this privilege by watching — Christ! — seven years of college go down the drain.* But many students have excellent reason to extend their stay — for example, by starting a Ph.D after finishing an undergraduate degree.
The Trump Administration’s four-year limit could be problematic for a few reasons. First, some students do not finish a degree in exactly four years; some programs, like PhD programs, are significantly longer. This means that students would likely have to request an extension in the middle of their academic program in the hopes that they will receive the extension and finish their degree.
To qualify for an extension, the proposed regulation requires “a compelling academic reason, documented illness or medical condition, or circumstances beyond the student’s control.” (Post-traumatic stress from frightening an innocent horse to death presumably does not count.* Whether a simpler reason would count — e.g., changing majors — is unclear.)
This puts a heavier burden on students, and could affect initial enrollment if students are concerned that they will not be permitted to finish their degree program in the first place.
Second, this regulation will put an additional burden on Designated School Officials (DSOs). Under the new rules, the DSO’s recommendation to extend would only be half of the equation; USCIS would take the DSO’s extension recommendation into account, but the DSO’s recommendation is not the end all be all.
Therefore, DSOs may have to provide multiple recommendations just so an international student can finish a single degree program, stretching the DSOs’ resources thin and increasing the administrative cost of education — which is already so high that it resembles extortion.*
Address: 2208 18th Street N.
Neighborhood: Lyon Village
Fantastic location in sought after Lyon Village. Just a few blocks from the Courthouse metro and all the retail and restaurants Clarendon has to offer.
This gorgeous, environmentally friendly craftsman exceeds all of Arlington’s Green home choice program standards. Featuring a large open living and kitchen combo on the main with energy star built in Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, custom solid wood cabinets, 10 foot ceilings with Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring and LED recessed lighting run throughout. An additional bed/bath above the garage provides for the perfect au-pair suite.
Solar panels on this home produce a large percentage of your monthly energy needs throughout the year. Come see this beautiful home in person or walk the property virtually.
This October, Arlington Economic Development attended the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) 2020 Annual Conference.
IEDC is the largest organization serving the economic development profession, with more than 5,000 members around the world. Like most conferences in 2020, IEDC’s Annual Conference was held in a virtual format, connecting economic developers from all over the globe to discuss a wide range of topics and trends affecting communities and organizations.
During the conference, IEDC held its annual Excellence in Economic Development Awards program, which recognizes organizations with gold, silver and bronze awards for their efforts to promote economic development in urban, suburban and rural communities. This year, IEDC received over 500 submissions to be considered for awards, which are judged by a diverse group of economic developers from around the world.
At this year’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards program, Arlington Economic Development was honored with five awards in several categories for communities with a population of 200,000 to 500,000.
The awards included:
- GOLD for Regionalism and Cross-Border Collaboration, recognizing the regional effort to attract Amazon HQ2 to Arlington County.
- GOLD for Creative Financing, recognizing Arlington County’s Gazelle Grant program — a deal-closing incentive program created in 2017 for fast-growing or “gazelle” technology companies.
- GOLD for Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Initiatives, recognizing the county’s Arlington Premiere event — an annual event where Arlington’s new business owners have the opportunity to meet key leaders of the Arlington business community and learn about resources and assistance available to them.
- SILVER for Resiliency, Recovery and Mitigation, recognizing Arlington’ Small Business Emergency GRANT Program, which provided financial assistance to Arlington’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- BRONZE for Economic Equality and Inclusion, recognizing the Innovations in Healthy Aging Startup Competition that took place in November 2019, which was a collaborative initiative between multiple Arlington County departments.
These awards recognize Arlington Economic Development’s best-in-class initiatives and programs to help businesses in Arlington County start, grow and expand in the community.
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.
Halloween is upon us, guys and ghouls.
In case you’ve totally been slacking on a Halloween costume this year, perhaps this friendly reminder will help nudge you to the costume store or send you rummaging around your residence for some inspiration.
After all, Halloween is this Saturday, October 31!
Yes, we are the first to admit that this has been a wild year that has certainly impacted so many of us. But, Halloween is always a wonderful time to unwind a bit, whether you choose a spot to celebrate out and about or at home.
Regardless, here is to a safe and happy Halloween! And, once you’re done celebrating and dressing up like Carole Baskin, a mail-in ballot or whatever your heart may desire, the team at Arlington Realty, Inc. is here to help you achieve your real estate dreams.
Now on to this week’s Just Reduced figures.
As of October 26, there are 171 detached homes, 50 townhouses and 368 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 56 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.
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: We just finished out home inspection and are a bit overwhelmed by the list of recommended repairs. How do we know what to ask for and what’s reasonable to expect from the seller?
Answer: As we head into the colder months and the market slows down a bit, buyers will start picking up more leverage to include home inspection contingencies with the right to negotiate, not just the right to void. I thought it would be helpful timing to revisit some tips, applicable for buyers and sellers, on home inspection negotiations.
Inspection negotiations can be frustrating for both parties so it’s helpful to establish some ground-rules heading into negotiations. Unless you’re buying a new home, you should expect the inspection to turn up at least a handful of items and you’ll need to quickly and reasonably determine which items are the responsibility of the seller or buyer.
What Is A Home Inspection?
After ratifying (signed by both parties) a contract to purchase a home, most buyers will hire a home inspector to inspect the entire home and produce a report of any issues/risks, from foundation cracks to missing door stops.
Depending on the contract terms, the buyer usually has the right to negotiate for repairs or credits, based on the results of the inspection, and the right to void if an agreement can’t be reached OR no negotiation period, just a right to void (aka a Pass/Fail Inspection). In either case, if the buyer voids under the terms of the inspection contingency, they will receive their full deposit back.
What Should You Look For?
In my opinion, the goal of an inspection is to ensure that the property is in the condition both sides expected while negotiating the purchase price. Items that have a material impact on the value of the home should be on the table for negotiation.
Generally, you can divide findings into big-ticket items that impact the value of the home and must be addressed and smaller punch-list items that are good housekeeping practices. The big-ticket items I look for during an inspection are:
- Structural Flaws
- Water Penetration
- Safety Hazards
- Inoperability (e.g. AC not working)
System Life Expectancy
You should also determine the age of major systems like the roof, windows, appliances, HVAC and water heater prior to making your offer, and verify these are accurate during the inspection. Make sure you’re clear on the projected life expectancy of these systems while you’re negotiating the purchase price and factor this information into your offer. You’ll have a tough time convincing most sellers they’re on the hook for crediting you the cost of a 17-year-old water heater if that information was made available prior to your offer, assuming the system is working.
What Can You Ask For?
Negotiations can include all sorts of solutions, but most frequently the conversation is about whether a seller will handle the repairs or provide the buyer a credit (against closing costs) instead. Often times an inspection agreement includes both — a credit for some items and a request to fix/replace others. Sellers must use licensed contractors and provide works receipts for any work they do.
In general, if something you’re asking for involves personal preference or you want to have control over the quality of the result, it’s best to ask for a credit and handle it yourself. For example, if the deck is falling apart and needs to be replaced, you don’t want the seller managing the design and construction of a new deck so ask for a credit for the replacement cost and make sure you’re getting the deck you want.
Inspections Don’t Need To Be Contentious
Inspections are one of the most common points of contention between buyers and sellers, but with the right preparation and expectations going in, it can be a smooth process that both sides are happy with. Like the negotiations you had on the sale contract, the inspection period is also a negotiation that requires both parties to be understanding and reasonable to reach a win/win.
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.
Address: 1401 Oak Street, Unit 608
Neighborhood: The Weslie | Rosslyn
Spectacular two-level condo with a 180-degree view of the magnificent Washington, D.C. cityscape.
Enjoy entertaining family and friends in this elegant 2118 square foot condominium featuring soaring 13 ft ceilings, a full wall of windows with sliding glass door that leads out to the spacious balcony, offering sweeping views along the Potomac, from Arlington to Alexandria. You will be front row for the fireworks, spring blossoms, fall foliage and picturesque sky views.
This home is perched on the hill behind Iwo Jima, overlooking the magnificent monuments, Kennedy Center, bridges into the city, and planes taking off and landing at Reagan National.
The open floor plan on the main level features a formal living room with built-in bookcases, a formal dining room, and an open kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The elegant primary bedroom suite has a Juliet balcony with amazing views, walk-in closet with built-in organizers, and spa bath offering a soaking tub, separate shower and double vanity. The upper level is complete with its own entrance, two additional bedrooms and a full bath. Enjoy the private elevator entrance to the upper level, and shared vestibule entrance on the main level which is unique to these units.
This unit also features assigned garage parking, a storage unit and easy temporary guest parking in the front of the building. The Weslie provides full-day concierge service, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., for excellent security, and helps with visitors and packages. The premium location allows you easy commuter access to D.C., Arlington and Alexandria as well as all the restaurants, shopping and entertainment these areas have to offer.
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Certain beers just have something about them. They can evoke a personal memory or signal the changing of the season.
This week’s return of Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA is certainly one of those for me. Brewed since 1981, its piney, citrusy goodness serves as the unofficial beer kick-off to the holiday season.
And it got me thinking, what beers from around the D.C. area do the same thing? Here’s my list of 10, no order. A couple minor ground rules. I tried to include beers that have been made more than once and are seasonal or sporadic releases.
DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon — 9.2% Imperial IPA: The original “hype beer” in the D.C. area. Coveted by beer traders and hop heads across the country. Intensely hoppy with orange citrus, grapefruit and pine. Oh, and in stock this week!
Port City Oktoberfest: Picking which Oktoberfest to use for this list was unspeakably hard. We’re blessed with dozens of worthy versions in our area. But Port City’s version is world class, as evidenced by its multiple Great American Beer Festival medals. Perfectly balanced with toasty malt and light noble hops — and the perfect transition from summer to fall.
Ocelot Talking Backwards — 11% Triple IPA: A beer that I had a hand in creating when I was at Meridian Pint — brewed once a year in late December and released around February 1. The recipe has changed slightly over the years as tastes have evolved, but it’s too drinkable for the hefty ABV and heavily charged with Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops.
Hellbender Dunkelweisse — 4.8% Dunkelweizen: A favorite of mine and perhaps the most unique beer on this list. Hellbender’s unique mash filter system allows them to produce beer using 100% wheat. Hugely flavorful at the minuscule ABV, with a nutty malt backbone and banana fermentation character that screams fall.
Fair Winds Hell’s Navigator — 6.5% Maibock: I’ve been drinking Charlie Buettner’s lagers since his early days at Mad Fox and this is one of his best. A strong, golden lager brewed to usher in spring. Clean with subtle citrusy hops and immense drinkability.
3 Stars Brewing Trouble in Paradise — 6.5% Mango/Guava Sour: As a rule, I tend to avoid heavily fruited sours. Too sweet, too thick. Too much smoothie and not enough beer. This is the exception to that rule. Threads the needle perfectly with balanced acidity and big, authentic, vibrant fruit. A summer cocktail in a can.
Flying Dog Barrel-Aged Gonzo — 11.3% Barrel-Aged Stout: My progression into beer sort of went backwards. I got hooked on big stouts and barrel-aged beers before making my way into lagers, IPAs, and more sessionable offerings. And as big barrel-aged beers go, this is one of the best. Full bodied with notes of dark chocolate, roast, whiskey, vanilla, oak and more. It’s not winter without some BA Gonzo on hand.