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Neighborhood Spotlight: Get a Breathtaking View of D.C. From the Observation Deck in Rosslyn

Get a Breathtaking View of D.C. From the Observation Deck in Rosslyn

In this video, Cassidy Ginivan from the Keri Shull Team takes us up to the Observation Deck in Rosslyn. 👀🏙️🤩After passing through the box office just across the street from the Rosslyn Metro, you’re ushered into a glass elevator that starts up — and up, and up, an even longer ride than the Rosslyn escalator — as the streets shrink below you. Soon you’re hundreds of feet above the rooftop patios of Arlington, the clouds look closer, and you’re at eye level with blue sky through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.A dark blue, geometrically fascinating ceiling is glimmers with constellation-style lights overhead. As you walk the perimeter, your 360-degree view of Arlington, DC, and surrounding land is punctuated by touch panel displays — “Windows into History” — where you can get hands-on with fascinating facts about historic figures and famous landmarks. This is the Observation Deck.The Observation Deck is just across the street from the Rosslyn Metro stop — and 400 vertical feet above. It’s a space full of sleek glass and gleaming metal where you can gaze out of floor-to-ceiling windows for a sweeping view of D.C. and Arlington. It’s fun to pick out familiar landmarks, from Courthouse to the National Mall… and it will make you wonder yet again why your commute, which looks so small from above, has to take so long.Things to do above the skylineThe Observation Deck’s aerodynamic-looking interior is as beautiful as the view itself, and there are lots of fun things to do here.Don’t miss the Instagram experience, where you can get amazing photos above the skyline with perfect natural lighting. Hover D.C., an immersive flyover experience, allows you to see and feel what it’s like to hover over the city with actual birds-eye footage of the nation’s capital, even restricted airspace. See the rooftops pass beneath your feet as the wind blows in your face.There’s now a new lounge bar on the 32nd floor — called “The View” — pouring Champagne and displaying photos from local photographers. For a chance to get noticed and have your photo shared on screens in the champagne bar, tag your own photo from the Observation Deck or surrounding DC area with the hashtag #TheViewofDC on any social platform.Events include Sunrise yoga every month, the Revolutionary Rivalry event on March 9th to prepare for the George Mason versus George Washington basketball game, and many other events announced via @theviewofdc on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. What’s your favorite time of day and weather to take in the view from the Observation Deck?If anyone you know is looking to buy or sell a home in the DMV, contact the Keri Shull Team today!

Posted by Keri Shull Team on Friday, February 15, 2019

This content was written and sponsored by The Keri Shull Team, Arlington’s top producing residential real estate team.

In this video, Cassidy Ginivan from the Keri Shull Team takes us up to the Observation Deck in Rosslyn.

After passing through the box office just across the street from the Rosslyn Metro, you’re ushered into a glass elevator that starts up — and up, and up, an even longer ride than the Rosslyn escalator — as the streets shrink below you.

Soon you’re hundreds of feet above the rooftop patios of Arlington, the clouds look closer and you’re at eye level with blue sky through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

A dark blue, geometrically fascinating ceiling glimmers with constellation-style lights overhead. As you walk the perimeter, your 360-degree view of Arlington, D.C. and surrounding land is punctuated by touch panel displays — “Windows into History” — where you can get hands-on with fascinating facts about historic figures and famous landmarks.

This is the Observation Deck.

The Observation Deck is just across the street from the Rosslyn Metro stop and 400 vertical feet above. It’s a space full of sleek glass and gleaming metal where you can gaze out of floor-to-ceiling windows for a sweeping view of D.C. and Arlington.

It’s fun to pick out familiar landmarks, from Courthouse to the National Mall… and it will make you wonder yet again why your commute, which looks so small from above, has to take so long.

Things To Do Above the Skyline

The Observation Deck’s aerodynamic-looking interior is as beautiful as the view itself, and there are lots of fun things to do here.

Don’t miss the Instagram experience, where you can get amazing photos above the skyline with perfect natural lighting. Hover D.C., an immersive flyover experience, allows you to see and feel what it’s like to hover over the city with actual birds-eye footage of the nation’s capital, even restricted airspace. See the rooftops pass beneath your feet as the wind blows in your face.

There’s now a new lounge bar on the 32nd floor — called “The View” — pouring Champagne and displaying photos from local photographers. For a chance to get noticed and have your photo shared on screens in the champagne bar, tag your own photo from the Observation Deck or surrounding D.C. area with the hashtag #TheViewofDC on any social platform.

Events include Sunrise yoga every month, the Revolutionary Rivalry event on March 9th to prepare for the George Mason versus George Washington basketball game and many other events announced via @theviewofdc on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

What are some other good spots for a scenic view in Arlington? Let us know in the comments.

If anyone you know is looking to buy or sell a home in the DMV, contact the Keri Shull Team today!

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Your Beermonger: Through the Haze — How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Juice Bomb

This sponsored column is written by Nick Anderson, beermonger at Arrowine (4508 Lee Highway).

The rise of Hazy/Juicy/New England-style IPAs was probably my first “old man yells at cloud” moment as a beer “professional”, or whatever it is I am.

They weren’t bitter, and the “haze for haze’s sake” thing was almost immediately obnoxious to me. It felt like style was trumping substance, not to mention the difficulty in keeping up with the tide of frequent new releases.

The thing that might’ve irked me the most was that I really liked a lot of the beers that kicked off the movement, and have enjoyed many that followed. To name only a few: The Alchemist’s Heady Topper is great, and if anything I enjoy Focal Banger even more.

The Lawson’s Finest Liquids beers I’ve tried have been excellent. I adore Two Roads’ Two Juicy, Solace’s Partly Cloudy and mostly anything Commonwealth Brewing Company puts out, and have been on a recent kick with Fat Orange Cat’s Write Drunk Edit Sober (pictured — how did they know?).

So, as usually happens once I get over myself, I found myself far more open to new takes on the style, and more easily able to discern what I liked/disliked in a Hazy IPA, and whose versions I tended to prefer. Not much of a surprise there.

What did surprise me was something I started noticing before, but especially after I rejoined the staff here at Arrowine: how many wine drinkers were getting into Hazy IPAs.

Actually, the idea coalesced observing our own fearless leader himself, Doug Rosen. Where just a few years ago, you couldn’t pay him to drink the average IPA, now he’d try new Hazy IPA arrivals and note their flavors, and balance. This threw me for a loop. What balance? I would think. There’s little or no bittering hop here; little in the way of malt character — where’s the balance in that? 

But it wasn’t just Doug saying things like this; a number of our customers, especially our more wine-centric ones, were finding themselves enjoying IPAs, many for the first time.

I realize now that I was thinking of “balanced” IPA in terms of what it used to be — which I still love, mind you — back in the days of the IBU wars, when the more aggressively bitter your IPA was the more sought after it became.

With an emphasis on low bitterness, fruity aromas/flavors and specific varietal characteristics (from hops rather than grapes), Hazy IPAs are a great gateway beer for wine fans, many of whom are discovering that they didn’t dislike “hoppy” beer so much as overly “bitter” hoppy beer.

So, scoff at that orange juice-looking beer on Instagram (like I still do at more egregious examples), but bear in mind that it and others like it are expanding beer’s audience and consumer base at a time when between an explosion of new breweries, continued growth in hard liquor/cocktails and the looming competition of legalized marijuana (more on that at some point), new consumers are more important and more difficult to draw in than ever.

Until next time.

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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:

3187 17th Street N.
5 BR/6 BA single-family home
Agent: Ttr Sotheby’s International Realty
Listed: $2,095,000
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

 

4148 N. Round Hill Road
4 BR/3 BA, 2 half bath single-family home
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Listed: $1,324,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1730 S. Fillmore Street
5 BR/3 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Keller Williams Realty Falls Church
Listed: $1,000,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1245 N. Pierce Street #8
3 BR/2 BA condo
Agent: Rlah Real Estate
Listed: $800,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

4300 8th Street S.
3 BR/2 BA single-family home
Agent: Rlah Real Estate
Listed: $749,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

1600 N. Oak Street #927
2 BR/2 BA condo
Agent: Washington Fine Properties
Listed: $674,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1921 S. Quincy Street
2 BR/1 BA single-family home
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $528,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

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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.”

We’ve barely made it to Valentine’s Day (hope you remembered the flowers) and Arlington’s Spring real estate market has already blown up.

This week sellers listed 42 homes and buyers ratified 58 contracts, and 23 of those were on homes only seven days on the market. More than half the new listings sold within a week! Amazing. And of course there were bidding wars.

What’s a buyer got to do to win? To the best of your ability, go big on price and take out as many contingencies as you can. Remember, every home you lose becomes the comp for the next listing. A buyer needs to get out ahead of the market just once to win, otherwise the buyer gets farther behind.

Interests rates bounced upward a bit this week on news that some inflation factors bumped up. The 30-yr fixed rate is at about 4.5%-4.6%.

Nationally, there are already signs that the housing market is not keeping pace with the strong U.S. economy. The number of sales and total sales volumes are down from last year, which itself was a down year. Some economists point to three reasons: student debt holding back first time home buyers, inventory shortage nationwide and uncertainty about mortgage interest rates.

Buyers and sellers are both effected by these conditions. Many home owners want to sell and either move up, move down, or move out, but they can’t find a suitable replacement home. And home buyers are squeezed by rising prices, no choices, rising mortgage rates and relatively flat household income.

As economists generally agree, the U.S. housing market has a profound influence on the U.S. economy.

When you are thinking of buying or selling real estate, call Team Cathell for a free consultation at (703) 975-2500.

Click to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS.

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Boring Title: 2019 Real Estate Market Update — Everything You Need to Know

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.

We brought in Chris Heisey from Snead Custom Homes to tell you everything you need to know!

Have questions related to title insurance? Email Latane and Matt at [email protected]. Want to use Allied Title & Escrow when you buy a home? Tell your agent when you buy a house to write in Allied Title & Escrow as your settlement company!

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Listing of the Day: 2305 N. Monroe Street

Address: 2305 N. Monroe Street
Neighborhood: Lorcom Grove/Maywood
Listed: $1,025,000
Open: Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17 from 1-4 p.m.

Conveniently located just “two lights to D.C.” for driving and along a verdant trail for biking, this classic colonial offers both character and stylish, quality updates.

Desirable details include living room fireplace, gleaming wood floors on two levels, plantation shutters at many windows, main level bedroom and bathroom, and kitchen open to a sun filled family room. The kitchen provides crisp white cabinets, a Haier refrigerator, gas cooking and glistening countertops and backsplash.

Excellent for daily life and entertaining, the living room flows into the dining room, kitchen and then family room. With both a new skylight and windows on three sides, the family enjoys relaxing views of the private rear yard. A stone patio is ideal for al fresco meals.

There are sunny areas for play, gardening and sports, as well as shady spots for reading and a lazy day nap. The main level bedroom is now used as a den, and has a renovated bathroom with linen-look tile, bathtub and vanity storage.

Upstairs, the large master bedroom features two closets — one professionally organized — and space for a seating or desk. The second bedroom has a closet with built in drawers along with hanging space. The renovated bathroom has a large walk in shower and vanity space. A wide linen closet provides additional storage.

In the walkout lower level, there is a rec room with a large niche for media and storing games and toys. Several closets and the utility room have excellent storage space and the laundry is on this level. The sun filled fourth bedroom features a renovated bathroom with an oversized shower and vanity — ideal for an in law, au pair or pampered guest.

Walk to Cherrydale shops, restaurants, Safeway grocery with Starbucks and Maywood Park and Playground.

A well renovated home in pristine move in condition.

Listed by:
Betsy Twigg
Associate Broker, Licensed in Virginia
McEnearney Associates
4720 Lee Highway
Arlington, Va 22207
703-967-4391
[email protected]
betsytwigg.com

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The Rise of Coworking in Today’s Workplace

Since people have been working in offices, there have been trailblazers searching for different ways to structure the workplace.

Well, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but it’s undoubtedly true that innovators are always looking for different ways to engage with their environments. Naturally, that extends to the work environment. Enter coworking, stage right!

In a nutshell, coworking is the practice of shared workspaces. Multiple unrelated companies work in the same building, often utilizing the operator’s administrative and amenity functions. In today’s modern and ever-changing office world, the fastest growing alternative to a traditional office space is a coworking space.

So, where do coworking spaces fit into the tradition of office spaces? The way people work and want to work has changed over the years with the increased capabilities of technology as well as the way people want to work. In order to attract top talent and younger demographics, many companies are ditching traditional spaces in favor of the more flexible coworking model.

The coworking industry has become a global phenomenon. Around 2008-2010, more operators joined the market, but in recent years the industry has just exploded. According to Emergent Research, over 1000 new coworking spaces opened in the second half of 2018 — almost half of which are located in the U.S.

TechSpace, one of the first operators in the coworking space industry, was established in 1997 and opened in the Ballston area in June 2018.

Typically, new or growing companies don’t have the funds (or the desire) to start in traditional spaces, but they also don’t know where their company will be in one year, let alone five. Two to five-year terms are standard minimums for traditional offices.

Most start-ups don’t want to tie up their capital with office leases — they like the flexibility of shorter terms provided by coworking spaces, as they can easily accommodate growth and change. However, large enterprise companies are now housing divisions of their companies at coworking spaces.

Coworking isn’t just for large companies or start-ups, though. What other uses can coworking spaces provide? Many coworking spaces, including TechSpace, provide on-demand conference rooms for members and non-members. For those who are working at home but need to meet clients in a professional environment, coworking spaces are ideal.

At TechSpace, you can book by the hour for a variety of size meeting spaces. TechSpace also offers virtual services, such as mailing addresses and business phone numbers, and call answering by a professional receptionist.

Many people ask what kinds of companies are best served by coworking spaces? The answer is many industries are actually well-suited to work in coworking spaces. Since opening in June 2018 at our newest Ballston location at 4075 Wilson Boulevard, we’ve experienced a rapid influx of businesses that have ties to the federal government, but also see a lot of growing tech companies. It’s interesting to note that despite the different sectors in which they operate, all businesses have become reliant on a superior technology infrastructure like the one TechSpace provides.

Our Ballston location has experienced rapid growth and has quickly leased up in less than one year. “This is a very obvious indicator that businesses in this market were starved for flexible, short-term office space,” said Brendan McGee, VP at TechSpace. “In addition to our rapid growth, it has been wonderful to see how warmly TechSpace has been embraced by local businesses in the Ballston community.

In our first year alone we’ve established great relationships with Taste of Arlington and ARLnow. It was also a great omen for us when on our Grand Opening night, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup!” (We’re neighbors — their practice facility is just down the street)

So — is coworking the right path for your start-up or company? Learn more about why TechSpace’s coworking offices can be the right fit for your business!

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Arts Focus: The Library’s Groovin’ On the Pike Dance Party Series Continues

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

The Groovin’ On the Pike: After Hours at the Library dance party series continues for March.

The collaboration between Arlington Cultural Affairs/Arlington Arts and Arlington Public Library features a diverse line-up of musical groups routinely drawing upwards of 200 patrons to dance in the stacks and enjoy a brew from the cash bar every first Friday of the month at 7 p.m.

Here’s a quick look at the schedule for March and April:

March 1 — Bitter Dose Combo

The Bitter Dose Combo is D.C.’s premiere gypsy jazz band, playing swing and hot jazz standards at social dances, bistros, supper clubs, weddings and special events in and around the District.

The BDC’s sound combines the improvisation and swinging guitar made famous by Django Reinhardt with spirited jazz vocals, Paris musette accordion and upright bass.

April 5 — Los Gallos Negros

From rural son jarocho to urban mariachi styles and contemporary Caribbean rhythms, Los Gallos are an eclectic musical ensemble working to make the modern more traditional and the traditional more modern. Members of the group hail from throughout the U.S. and all have strong roots in Mexico. Los Gallos perform regularly across the East Coast, including National Mall marches, Smithsonian museums and even the 2016 White House Cinco de Mayo celebration for President Barack Obama.

Come on out and discover another side to your local library! Click this link for free tickets.

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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.

Hello there, lovebirds.

In case you forgot, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. So, if you’ve failed at getting your boo a little somethin’-somethin’, I’m trying to help you remember here.

Speaking of love, let’s review a few of the reasons you’ll love living in Arlington:

  • The diversity of our neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for hopping nightlife (in Clarendon) or an expansive, green front yard (options galore in Aurora Highlands), Arlington has it. And, a good chunk of our neighborhoods are connected by public transportation.
  • Our schools rock. Niche.com (among other sites) named us the No. 1 school district in the state. ‘Nuff said.
  • And, our employment scene is among the best nationally. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report, Arlington’s unemployment rate is hovering at 2.0%. The region continues to be anchored by comparatively high salaries as well.

When you’re ready to turn your Arlington crush into a full-fledged romance (with a beautiful home), our team is ready to help you GET MORE out of your transaction.

As of February 11, there are 112 detached homes, 17 townhouses and 101 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 15 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 Aaron Seekford.

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Local IT Master’s Program Ranked #1 for Cybersecurity

Virginia Tech’s Master of Information Technology program has been ranked the No. 1 online graduate degree for cybersecurity in the 2019 rankings list from CyberDegrees.org, a Washington, D.C.-based company.

In addition, the program was named one of the three best online graduate information technology programs nationwide for the seventh consecutive year in the annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

Based at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center, the 100% online program is offered jointly by the Pamplin College of Business and College of Engineering. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to develop a range of skills and focus their studies in a topic that best serves their career goals.

Cybersecurity is one of 11 areas of specialization that students can use to tailor their degree. Other areas include Analytics and Business Intelligence, Big Data, Health Information Technology and Software Development.

The program also offers six Graduate Certificate options for professionals that are not looking to pursue a full degree.

The program plans to continue adding new courses and Graduate Certificates that keep up with current trends in tech, particularly as the wider university takes on a central role in the cybersecurity ecosystem.

In 2010, Virginia Tech launched the Hume Center to lead the university’s research and experiential learning programs in national security. The center now has a research facility in Ballston.

In 2018, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced that Virginia Tech will lead its $25 million Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.

For more information about Virginia Tech’s 100% online Master of Information Technology Program, visit www.vtmit.vt.edu or sign up for an upcoming information session.

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Ask Eli: Dealing With Homes Selling Above Asking Price

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: Are you seeing people use Escalation Addendums in their offers now that the supply of homes has dropped?

Answer: The use of Escalation Addendums in multiple offer situations is not new, but the frequency with which they are being used is. In the last three months over 25% of sales have been for over the asking price (another 24% have been for full ask). All-time low inventory levels + strong demand = price increases and a lot of competition from well-qualified buyers.

In the last 24 hours our team has submitted three offers on properties with multiple offers that will no doubt sell for over the asking price. In many cases, using an Escalation Addendum is the best strategy for buyers and sellers so let’s take a look at what that means.

What is an Escalation Addendum?

An Escalation Addendum provides the maximum value a buyer will pay and an escalation factor, the amount their offer is to increase over the next highest offer. Sellers may use the escalation without further approval from the buyer, but they must deliver to the buyer the entirety of the contract used to escalate the accepted offer. Escalations are based on “Net Price” meaning purchase price less any seller credits.

Understand the Risks

The obvious risk in using an Escalation is that buyers are exposing their maximum purchase price and some sellers may ask for that max, regardless of whether or not another offer allows them to get there contractually. There are strategies buyers can use to prevent a seller from doing this and, in my experience, most sellers use Escalations as they’re meant to be used.

The other not-so-obvious problem is with non-financial differences between two contracts. The Escalation Addendum says nothing about differences in settlement date, contingencies and other non-financial terms that make a material difference between contracts (e.g. no Home Inspection Contingency vs full Inspection Contingency is treated equally in the Escalation Addendum).

When to use an Escalation Addendum

Escalations are best used when there are multiple confirmed offers and the seller has set a deadline for “best-and-final” offers. It’s important for buyers to establish expectations with the seller before they include an Escalation Addendum to maximize the benefit and reduce the risks.

This is where having an experienced agent working for you can be the difference between making a smart decision and irresponsible one or securing a home and helping somebody else secure it.

Proper Communication is a Win-Win

I strongly believe that with proper communication between sellers and buyers, Escalation Addendums benefit both parties by allowing the seller to draw out the highest available price for their home and allowing buyers to confidently maximize their chance of securing a home. Improper communication leads to a lack of trust and a lack of trust will almost always earn sellers less and may keep the most motivated buyer out of the home of their dreams.

I can think of a recent example where a seller left 2% on the table by failing to communicate appropriately which compromised the trust of our client leading them to hold back on their offer terms. A lack of trust kept 2% out of the seller’s pocket and kept our client out of a home they loved.

It’s Not Always About Price

Being the winning offer amongst multiple offers isn’t always about price. Buyers need to focus on non-financial terms as well to set themselves apart and it’s important to understand how you can increase the strength of your offer without taking on excessive risk, but that’s a topic for another day.

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home and would like to discuss the right strategies in today’s market feel free to email me at [email protected] to set-up a meeting.

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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Legal Insider: Early Retirement for Federal Employees

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 Kimberly H. Berry, Esq.

The Federal workforce is presently undergoing significant changes in size and scope.

In some instances, this has led to the Federal government providing incentives for Federal employees to retire early. Federal agencies that are undergoing substantial organizational changes such as reorganization, reduction in force, reshaping or downsizing can be given the option to offer federal employees voluntary early retirement based on the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA). OPM provides guidance on VERA here.

The purpose of VERA is to help agencies complete the necessary organizational change with minimal disruption to the workforce and make it possible for federal employees to receive an immediate annuity payment years before they would be eligible.

The voluntary early retirement provisions are the same under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).

Requirements for Early Retirement

In order to be eligible to retire under VERA, a federal employee must usually meet the following requirements:

  •  Meet the VERA minimum age and service requirements set by statutes in the U.S. Code for CSRS and FERS employees (i.e., the employee has completed at least 20 years of creditable service and is at least 50 years of age or has completed at least 25 years of creditable service regardless of age).
  • Have been continuously employed by the agency for at least 31 days before the date that the agency initially requested the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approval of VERA.
  • Hold a position that is not a time-limited appointment.
  • Have not received a final removal decision based upon misconduct or unacceptable performance.
  • Hold a position covered by the agency’s VERA authority or program.
  • Retire under the VERA option during the agency’s VERA acceptance period.

It is very important for federal employees considering a VERA offer or whether one is available to seek the advice of an attorney regarding their retirement issues prior to initiating the VERA process.

Our law firm represents federal employees that are considering early retirement and in other federal retirement matters.

Conclusion

If you are in need of federal employee retirement law representation, please contact our office at 703-668-0070 or through our contact page to schedule a consultation. Please also visit and like us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Rethink Energy: Free Green Renovation and Home Building Resource

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.

Have you been thinking about a home renovation, expansion or new construction in 2019?

You aren’t alone. More than 300 Arlingtonians have used Green Home Choice to help make their homes energy efficient, healthy and comfortable.

Green Home Choice is a FREE County program that helps homeowners make renovations, additions and new home construction healthier and more sustainable. Not only does the Green Home Choice certification program make your home more energy and water efficient, it also makes your home more comfortable with better indoor air quality, stormwater management, tree preservation and reduced waste.

When buying a car, fuel efficiency and a comfortable ride are central considerations. Given the investment you make when renovating or building a new home, comfort and efficiency are equally important.

On average, a Green Home Choice home uses 50% less energy than Arlington homes of the same size and saves between $600 and $1600 per year on utility bills.

Green Home Choice also helps homeowners renovate their kitchens and bathrooms in a more sustainable way and offers a certification for participation.

Whether you are a homeowner, developer, architect or builder, Green Home Choice can help you rethink your next construction project to enhance the quality, value and overall sustainability of your home.

For more information about the program, visit the Green Home Choice Website at www.greenhomechoice.us or contact [email protected].

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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:

2626 N. Nelson Street
4 BR/3 BA single-family home
Agent: Casey Margenau Fine Homes and Estates Inc.
Listed: $1,525,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

50 N. Fenwick Street
4 BR/3 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Samson Properties
Listed: $1,195,000
Open: Saturday 12:30-3:30 p.m.

 

4409 S. Pershing Court
4 BR/3 BA, 1 half bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $924,900
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

1109 S. Rolfe Street
5 BR/3 BA single-family home
Agent: Compass
Listing: $849,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1530 N. Key Boulevard #324
2 BR/2 BA condo
Agent: Washington Dulles Real Estate Group
Listing: $680,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

4119 S. Four Mile Run Drive #102
2 BR/2 BA condo
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $410,000
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.

 

900 N. Stafford Street #1711
1 BR/1 BA condo
Agent: Century 21 Redwood Realty
Listed: $385,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

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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.”

Sellers got the memo this week that Arlington’s Spring real estate market has arrived and they listed 57 homes of all types and prices.

Incredibly, 18 of those homes sold within a week. In total, buyers ratified 43 contracts. Stories are being told in real estate offices of multiple offers on many of those sold this week, some homes attracting 13 offers. Lower to medium priced homes up to $750,000 are more likely to enjoy the bidding wars primarily because there are just more buyers in those price ranges.

Also, in most cases homes in pristine move-in condition get the most attention and sell quickly. Of course all homes will sell when priced properly for their location, size and condition. The abundance of fresh new listings this week helps to improve Arlington’s problem of low inventory.

Nationally, home prices rose just 4.7% last year, according to CoreLogic. That’s the lowest rate of increase since 2012. Rising interest rates and lowered affordability were to blame. “For 2019,” says CoreLogic, “we are forecasting an annual average price growth of 3.4%.”

Arlington should expect a higher rate of appreciation with continued bidding wars fueled by strong housing demand, low inventory and a healthy economy with only 1.9% unemployment. Memo to buyers: the longer you wait, the less home you can afford.

Right now is the best time to buy. Mortgage rates have flattened at 4.5% for a 30-yr fixed mortgage, but could start going up again anytime. With prices rising, the only way a buyer can get ahead of the market is to score a significant boost in their income.

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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