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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

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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.

Hummingbirds visit us for a short period of time from the Spring until Fall. There are 18 species of Hummingbirds in North America. The most common hummingbird seen in Northern Virginia, is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

They commonly are referred to as the Emeralds and Rubies in our sky. These little beauties can fly backwards, upside down, weigh about the weight of a penny and lay the world’s smallest egg. They typically only lay 2 eggs a brood the size of a blueberry.

Hummingbirds eat about every 10 minutes and they drink up to twice their body weight in nectar every day. When using a Hummingbird feeder, we recommend filling them with a 4 part water to one part sugar solution. This solution can be made by using plain table sugar, no Splenda or Equal. Boil your water and add in the sugar, let it dissolve. Once it is cool you can pour some into the feeder and place the remaining solution in your fridge.

The solution should be changed every two to three days and every other day when it hits 90 degrees outside. Most WBU stores carry 8oz and 24 oz packages of sugar as a convenient way to make the solution for these flying jewels. We also recommend adding a rain guard to your feeder to help protect it from getting watered down. Another great tip is to keep it in the shade or near some flowers. Bee Balm, Cardinal Flower and Bleeding Hearts are great perennials to plant in your sunny garden. When the hummingbirds are not at your feeder they can be found drinking nectar from flowers, eating small gnats, spiders, aphid and flies.

How do you feed these little guys? Well we have a great selection of feeders to choose from. We have beautiful glass ones called droplets, or glass ones that look like a potted plant. The sphere feeders can do double the work, when it’s not a hummingbird feeder it can be used as a small watering dish or hold mealworms. Our number one best sellers are our Wild Birds Unlimited brand. That are easy to clean, can be put them in the top rack of your dishwasher or simple rinsed at the sink of your kitchen.

Our WBU feeders come with an ant moat molded into the nectar dish. Ant moats are an important item to add onto any hummingbird feeder to prevent the ants from getting into your nectar.  Just add a little bit of water to the ant moat and a drop of oil to keep it from evaporating too quickly. These can also be used when hummingbirds season is over, for bark butter bits, mealworms, or water.

The NEVER list: never add food dye to your feeders, flower nectar is colorless and pure, that’s what your hummers want. Never use honey, it spoils too quickly and if it ferments cause a fatal fungus to form on hummers tongues. Never use sports drinks, fruit juices or other sugary substances like soda.

Look for these little jewels flying through your yard this weekend. Then come into our store and put a pin in our “Hummingbird Location Map” so we can all see where these beautiful little emeralds and rubies are!

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

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:

2711 Arlington Blvd #202
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Andrew Acker
Listed: $271,999
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

4624-D 28th Road S.
2 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Kay Houghton
Listed: $314,900
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

4711 31st Street S.
2 Bed/2 Bath Townhome
Agent: Bradley Wisley
Listed: $475,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

4141 N. Henderson Road
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Pamela Hazen
Listed: $520,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1122 S. Harrison Street
2 Bed/1 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Susan Minnick
Listed: $639,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

5605 5th Road S.
3 Beds/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Michael Webb
Listed: $829,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2418 N. Monroe Street
3 Bed/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Julie Modaressi
Listed: $1,050,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 26, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Buyers once again were more active that sellers this week in Arlington. They ratified 89 contracts, while only 67 sellers braved to put their homes on the market. So the inventory level remains painfully low.

Freddie Mac reported that interest rates nudged about 7 basis points down to about 4.03% for a 30-yr fixed rate. Federal Reserve notes released Wednesday show an expected increase next month in the Fed’s benchmark rate which affects consumer interest rates like credit cards.

A report this week revealed the 20 most profitable cities for real estate appreciation. Nothing in our area came close. Topping the list were San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle. Arlington, on the other hand, showed zero percent appreciation in 2016 across the board for all types of housing; condos, townhomes, and single family. Can anyone explain how home values remained flat when there was only about 2.2 months of inventory and interest rates remained relatively stable? A conundrum…

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

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

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This biweekly column is sponsored by the Arlington Office of Emergency Management.

The end of the school year is fast approaching for many Arlington families. Judging by the number of “OBX” stickers on the back of local minivans and other family haulers, parents around Arlington have that trip to the beach, summer camp for the kids, or a week of playing tourist on staycation planned at this point.

As emergency managers, we have similar plans, but we’re always thinking about contingencies. Common events like a severe thunderstorm or major traffic accident can quickly alter the day’s plan and sometimes evening plans. Here are some thoughts about family preparedness potential chaos this summer.

For vacations, summer camp and other family options over the summer, parents who have been through the end of the school year process before may remember tumbling into a new daily routine of altered timelines in the morning and evening. This can often occur week after week and in an emergency, it is hard to remember simple things such as new contact numbers or find a list allergies or prescription information.

Summer Camp

There seems to be an endless number of summer camp options for Arlington kids (including HERricane), though they fill up quickly. Summer camp checklists usually include a quick list:

  • Backpack (labeled with name and phone)
  • Lunch and snack (nut-free)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunblock
  • Insect Repellent
  • Change of clothes for younger campers
  • Plastic bag (wet clothing)

Depending on the type of summer camp, other items may be on the list, and these camps typically have emergency contact information and health histories submitted during registration. Outside of camp, these items are a good starting place to ensure your child has a baseline go-bag. Parents may consider including a hard copy of the family emergency plan and a small bag with band-aids and other first aid items.

Home for the Summer / Staycation

There are many child care scenarios at home during the summer. Staying with grandparents, or at home with nannies and child care providers is a common summer solution for working families. Add their numbers to your Arlington Alert account, or better yet, have them sign up for Arlington Alert. In addition to your phone number(s) these trusted individuals need an adult oriented family communications plan, so they can reach parents or help give doctors and emergency responders important information.

This also applies to parents staying home with the kids. Mom or dad may be home with a slate of activities and field trips for the kids, but in the event of a tornado, will everyone know where to shelter during a tornado, or be able to return home a different way.

Vacation

Heading to the beach? Preparing for kids will be similar to the summer camp, especially when it comes to sunblock. If this is a road trip, car kits should already have things like emergency blankets, a flashlight, a few water bottles and jumper cables. Not all people plan ahead, so note pharmacies, grocery and convenience store locations close to the beach (look for seagulls), and remember to print an extra hard copy of the family communications plan for the glove compartment.

For more information, please visit www.readyarlington.com.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 25, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

4634 14th Street N.
Neighborhood: Waycroft-Woodlawn
Listed: $1,650,000
Open: Sunday, May 28 from 1-4 p.m.

This home in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood is an excellent opportunity to buy a new home by well-regarded Arlington builder, Dave Springberg of Springstreet Development.

Only a short walk to Ballston and Westover Village via the nearby bike trail, this home embodies an urban lifestyle with today’s most desired amenities.

Attention to important “behind-the-scenes” details sets Springstreet apart: 1 inch copper water service to the house rather than plastic piping; select sand-in-place hardwood floors on main and upper level rather than engineered wood; 80% AFUE natural gas heating, and 14 SEER electric air conditioning enhanced by R-38 blown fiberglass insulation in attic; R-19 open cell spray foam insulation in floors above unconditioned space, such as garages; R-13 cellulose wall insulation and R-12 fiberglass batt insulation in finished basement walls along with pre-drywall air sealing; 30 year architectural roof shingles; Miratek composite trim boards, corner boards and fascia for ease of maintenance, and durable HardiPlank siding.

Desirable interior details 9 foot ceilings, inviting foyer flowing into traditional dining room and office with an en suite bath; the family room, breakfast area and kitchen span the back of the home; walk in pantry; mudroom with cubbies and charging stations off the two car garage, and doors to the deck and deep, level, fenced rear yard.

Upstairs the master bedroom offers two walk in closets, a bathroom of human scale with double vanities, a second bedroom with ensuite bath and a shared bathroom between the third and fourth bedrooms.

A large rec room provides space for media, play, hobbies and a gym; French doors separate a versatile room for everything from an office to a craft space; the fifth bedroom and bathroom are on the level along with extensive storage.

Walk to Metro, easy commute to Washington, Rosslyn-Ballston business corridor, Pentagon, airport, Crystal City, Fort Myer and Foreign Service Institute. Easy reverse commute to Tysons.

A high quality new home with character and style – in a location you will value each day.

Listed by:
Betsy Twigg
Washington Fine Properties
703-967-4391
[email protected]

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 24, 2017 at 2:10 pm 0

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This biweekly sponsored column is written by the experts at Gordon James Realty, a local property management firm that specializes in residential real estate, commercial real estate and homeowner associations. Please submit any questions in the comments section or via email.

Leasing commercial real estate is very different than residential leasing. In an ultra-competitive market like DC, it’s important to understand the types of leases available and use the one that makes the most sense for your tenant.

Businesses have very different needs, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for every business tenant. Businesses with higher seasonal income cannot afford to pay high rents when things are slow. Manufacturing businesses and auto shops will use a substantial amount of utilities and require more building maintenance than retail tenants.

Traditional business such as consultants and corporations will want a fixed rent so they can budget accordingly.

We’ve listed the four types of leases below. Choose the one that works best for your situation.

Percentage Lease

Retail businesses who have higher seasonal sales are an excellent candidate for percentage leases. These tenants pay a monthly base rent plus a percentage of the business’ revenue.

Full-Service or Gross Lease

Full-service leases include all operating expenses and utilities included in the monthly rate payment. They also include an escalation clause that allows an increase in rent when expenses increase. If expenses are higher than estimated during any given month, these leases usually include language that allow the tenants to receive a bill for these expenses.

Triple Net Lease

The opposite of a full-service lease is the triple net lease. Landlords charge a base rent, and then bill for operating expenses. Expense categories include utilities, maintenance, property insurance and management. These leases are very common in free-standing properties and offices with multiple tenants.

Modified Gross

A modified gross lease is a full-service lease that allows the landlord to bill for additional expenses such as higher than average utility bills.

Managing commercial real estate is difficult. If you find yourself constantly struggling to handle your growing portfolio of commercial properties, it may be time to hire a property manager. They’ll save you time, money, and the headaches associated with dealing with commercial tenants and the complicated regulations of the DC real estate market.

by ARLnow.com — May 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pets of the Week are Beowulf and Grendel, two bulldogs who enjoy playing together.

Here is what their owner, Matthew, had to say about them:

Beowulf and his brother from a different mother, Grendel are English Bulldogs aged 7 years and 9 months, respectively. Despite what their names suggest, they are not Anglo-Saxon epic enemies and enjoy playing, wrestling and lounging in the sun together. They are as loving and loyal to one another as they are to their human family. In fact, Beowulf likely owes his life to his younger brother.

As you might be able to tell from his picture, Beowulf suffers from a non-contagious skin condition called Calcinosis Cutis, caused by heavy doses of prednisone previously taken to combat a life-threatening autoimmune disease, IMHA that attacks his red blood cells.

Beowulf’s resulting anemia required multiple blood transfusions and additional medications to save his life. Despite these medications and medical interventions, Beowulf’s condition never truly stabilized. That all changed when we brought his baby brother, Grendel home.

Grendel’s puppy energy, curiosity and mischievousness was contagious and Beowulf’s condition not only stabilized, he has regained his former energy and vitality. Beowulf has wholeheartedly taken on his responsibility as a big brother and does his best to teach Grendel the social pecking order (which he thinks goes him, Robin, Matt, then Grendel) and what should and should not be chewed into little pieces.

As our teeth marked sofa, carpet and shoes can attest, Grendel still has a lot of learning to do. All that really matters is that Beowulf and Grendel love each other as much as they love their human family and we love them too.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 24, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

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Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by 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 is not the listing agent of these homes.

Less than one week away is one of the most important days of the year: Memorial Day.

To all of the military families who have lost loved ones in battle, my heart is with you. And my gratitude is always (and I mean always) with those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

One of my favorite parts about living in Arlington County are the memorials — right at our doorstep — honoring America’s heroes. They can be easy to overlook, given our proximity – but these are destinations for so many Americans, providing an opportunity to pay respect to some truly incredible people.

I hope everyone has a nice Memorial Day weekend and takes a moment to reflect on our heroes. My family and I certainly will be.

And here are this week’s stats:

As of May 22 there are 233 detached homes, 72 townhouses and 271 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 54 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.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 23, 2017 at 3:15 pm 0

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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: Square footage seems randomly reported on different websites. Why is that and what is it supposed to include? Is the math on $/sqft the same across all sizes or is there a diminishing return at a certain point where more square footage doesn’t translate into more value?

Answer: Total square footage, above grade square footage, and $/sqft are some of the most common criteria and valuation metrics used in real estate, but square footage is also one of the most inconsistent data points we have. For purposes of this column, I will talk in terms of finished square footage used in real estate sales. County appraisers include unfinished space (e.g. storage, garage, decks) at a discounted rated in their tax assessment calculations.

How Is Square Footage Calculated?

I haven’t come across a published definition of how Arlington calculates finished/livable square footage, but in speaking with county tax appraisers it’s considered interior space with finished flooring and walls, and part of the home’s heating and cooling systems. I believe ceiling height (minimum 7 feet) is a factor as well. It does not include garages, decks, attics, or raw storage. It does include closets and bathrooms that are part of finished areas of the home.

Square footage is measured from the framing or exterior walls, so often times the County’s square footage is higher than the usable square footage inside the finished walls of a home.

What Do Most Websites Use?

MRIS, which is the database of record used by REALTORS and where most consumer-facing websites pull data, contains a few fields for square footage.

Taxable Living Area: Pulled from the tax record for above-grade (above ground) finished square footage. It’s a bit of a misnomer because it does not include taxable living space in the lower level(s) of a home.

Above/Below Grade Finished: This is an optional field entered by the Agent to calculate total square footage

Above/Below Grade Unfinished: This is an option field entered by the Agent and does not impact total square footage

Total Finished: Sum of above and below grade finished square footage, if entered by Agent

In my experience, most consumer-facing websites will use the total finished square footage if it’s available and default to the above-grade square footage from the tax record if it is not. Zillow seems to do the best job of pulling from multiple public data sources to get total square footage, even if the Agent hasn’t entered it into MRIS. On the other hand, Zillow allows homeowners and Agents to edit this data. Most square footage readings entered into MRIS by Agents are based on measurements between finished walls, not from the framing.

Common Data Problems

Be careful using square footage to define search criteria or for home valuations because the data can be flawed. Here are some common issues I run into:

Total square footage not entered: If an Agent doesn’t enter data for above and/or below grade finished square footage, the total square footage field is a null value.

New homes: In most cases new construction has a taxable living area in MRIS (from tax record) of zero or if it was a tear-down, it likely has the square footage of the original home which is generally much smaller.

Split Levels/Foyers: Split Levels and Split Foyers were a common design in the 1960s-1980s and usually about half of the total square footage of the home is considered lower level or below grade. In most cases, the square footage number pulled by MRIS from the tax record is only the upper level and thus only about half of the total size is automatically listed.

Additions: If a home has an unpermitted addition or the tax record was never updated, the MRIS taxable square footage will be low and unless the total square footage was entered, the extra space won’t show up.

Condos and townhomes are generally much more reliable when using square footage as a criteria/valuation factor than single family homes.

Price per Square Foot To Compare Values

$/sqft can be an effective valuation tool when you’re assured that the square footage values you’re using in your calculations are accurate and when you’re comparing properties of similar size.  For example, a 600sqft condo selling for $350,000 is nearly $600/sqft while a $2 million single family home with 6,500sqft is just over $300/sqft. Most condos trade in the $400-$700/sqft range and most single family homes trade in the $200s.

I generally avoid using $/sqft when valuing single family homes because the prevalence of inconsistent data introduces too much risk. However, $/sqft can be an effective valuation tool for condos and townhomes, especially when comparing values within the same community where fees and square footage measurements are consistent across each unit.

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 http://www.RealtyDCMetro.com. 

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.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm 0

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

By Kimberly Berry

The following are six tips that can be helpful when an employee in Virginia is facing significant employment issues like termination, discrimination, or retaliation.

  1. Try to Remain Calm.

It is extremely important that employees remain calm and keep their composure when facing an employment issue. As difficult as it may seem at the time, it is critical to stay calm while at work even when dealing with significant employment issues like termination, separation, or poor performance reviews.

Generally, it is not helpful to argue with a supervisor over an employment issue that arises. Doing so can put an employee at risk for discipline, placement on leave, or even retaliation. In addition, employers could contact law enforcement or security if they feel the employee is irate and getting out of control.

  1. Avoid Using Social Media to Talk About Employment Issues.

We advise employees not to advertise their employment issues on social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Almost inevitably, when employees discuss their employment issues on social media, one of their “friends” will pass it to someone who then passes it on to the supervisor who was a party to the problem compounding difficulties for the employee at work.

  1. Realize that Human Resources Supports Management.

A common misconception is that Human Resources is supposed to be a fair mediator of workplace disputes. This is not the case in 95 percent of employment issues. Human Resources is there to support management’s position in personnel matters. It is important to seek advice elsewhere before reaching out to Human Resources if an employee’s dispute involves a supervisor. HR generally tends to also pass on complaints by employees to supervisors and not treat them confidentially.

  1. Don’t Use Your Work Email Account or Computer for Employment Problems.

Employees should not use their employer’s email account to send personal or private information, especially related to their employment problems. We also recommend that employees not use work computers for drafting personal documents, storing pictures, or other storage. Otherwise, the information employees store on their work computers can potentially be used against them.

It is often very easy to use an employer’s email account or computer for private or workplace issues, but it can hurt an employee’s employment claims later or cause them to be terminated. The employer can potentially claim misuse of a work email account or computer. If an employer begins to suspect problems with an employee, the employer may take steps to review an employee’s email account or computer. Employers also usually archive emails for each employee.

  1. Don’t Talk With Co-Workers About Employment Problems.

It is important to be very careful about discussing employment problems with co-workers in the office, even if they are your friends. It is quite common for an employee to tell a co-worker about his or her employment problems with a supervisor, then the co-worker will (even inadvertently) tell another supervisor or other co-workers where it eventually makes its way back to the supervisor involved. This can result in workplace retaliation.

  1. If Terminated or Separated, Get Legal Advice Before Signing an Agreement.

If an employee is terminated or separated and is presented with a severance, separation, or other settlement agreement, he or she should consult with an attorney to discuss the rights that he or she may be waiving and the terms of the agreement before signing it.

If you need assistance with employment law matters in Virginia or the District of Columbia, please contact our office at 703-668-0070 or at www.berrylegal.com to schedule a consultation. Please also like and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BerryBerryPllc.

by Chris Teale — May 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

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Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow.com, Startup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders, plus other local technology happenings. The Ground Floor, Monday’s office space for young companies in Rosslyn, is now open. The Metro-accessible space features a 5,000-square-foot common area that includes a kitchen, lounge area, collaborative meeting spaces, and a stage for formal presentations.

A new startup is looking to help landlords and tenants through every stage of the rental process, from listing and vetting potential renters to dealing with maintenance requests.

Sisters Miriam and Brenda Bolanos started Clarendon-based Leaseably last year, and began serving customers in April. The pair also have experience managing Airbnb properties, and said they want to save potential landlords money and time when they look to lease out their property.

The service is aimed at those who are looking to rent out one or two properties, as opposed to being for large apartment buildings, which already have in-house management and maintenance.

“If you think about it just conceptually, the options that owners have today for property management is a real estate company or managing it by themselves,” said Brenda Bolanos. “There’s nothing in between. So we are that in-between that will offer assistance to owners to help them manage their property to save time and to save money so they don’t have to pay as much as real estate companies charge.”

After registering their interest in using Leaseably, a potential landlord must provide details on their property and some photographs. The company then takes care of listing the property and being the point-of-contact for interested renters, before then coordinating viewings.

Once vetting potential renters, homeowners have the option to either prepare the lease themselves or use Leaseably to go through a realtor to prepare the paperwork. After providing an inspection list for move-in, tenants are in place.

But Leaseably’s services extend beyond getting homeowners a tenant. Once the renter is in place, they can help troubleshoot problems in the home and coordinate with a contractor to provide maintenance.

And the pair said that doing everything through virtual assistant software should help maintain a relationship between the landlord and their tenant by addressing needs quickly and automating as much as possible.

“Property management and real estate overall hasn’t had a change like everything else we have experienced with embracing new technologies,” said Brenda Bolanos. “Things haven’t changed in years, and of course part of it is regulation. I think there’s an opportunity to do things in a cost-effective manner, not compromising the security or trust of people, but opening that space that will offer a service at a reasonable price and that also responds to tenants and landlords.”

The sisters began Leaseably having spent a decade working for international organizations and managing Airbnb properties in Arlington. They said they had heard about other people’s difficulties managing their rented properties while working abroad or traveling, and so wanted to make things easier for everyone.

“One of the lessons was to have clear communication channels with tenants,” said Brenda Bolanos. “To know what they can expect and be able to respond when they need something in the property. We had long-term people who were abroad working for the government, and good communication was the best experience.”

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 22, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

3600 27th Street N.
Neighborhood: Riverwood
Listed: $2,100,000

Discover this exceptional retreat just one stop light from D.C. sitting on a stunning 33,402 square foot site backing to parkland. A green-wall tree canopy completes the sense of urban isolation. More than a dozen 100+ foot tall oak, redwood, tulip, holly and magnolia trees grace the transition from lawn & garden to deep woods. Walk out the backdoor, and down to the Potomac River without crossing a street.

Unassuming from the curb of its quiet cul-de-sac, the substantial expansion executed by the owner-architect pays tribute to its natural surroundings. Walls of windows, multiple entryways, and numerous skylights bring the outdoors inside and invite you to experience the seasons. The 1,600 sq ft multi-level deck is your private oasis.

This 6,100 sq ft home offers 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, family room, library, recreation room and lots of storage. The generous floor plan makes this an ideal and impressive home for entertaining & family gatherings. Wide hallways and stairwells, multiple vaulted and beamed ceilings, glass paneled French doors and the many skylights create open spaces with an easy & logical circulation. Lateral separation between bedroom areas and entertainment spaces allow party time and naptime to cohabitate simultaneously. A wood-burning fireplace in the floor-to-ceiling fieldstone hearth is the focus of the living room.

Since pictures say so much more than words, below is a video of the property.

Listed by
Monika Kaiser, Weichert Realtors
4701 Old Dominion Drive, Arlington, VA 22207
(202) 415 4266, [email protected]

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

Have you been thinking about a home renovation, expansion, or new construction in 2017?  How about making it “green?”

More than 250 Arlingtonians have used Green Home Choice to help make their homes energy efficient, healthy, and comfortable. Green Home Choice is a county program that offers free consulting and certification for renovation projects and new home construction.

This year the county honored the homeowners, architects, and builders of 55 Green Home Choice certified homes. Green Home Choice projects go beyond just creating an energy efficient home, they include water efficiency, indoor air quality, waste reduction, stormwater management, tree and site preservation and more.

Congratulations to the homeowners, architects and builders that are helping to create more sustainable and healthy homes. Photos above note the projects that achieved certification this past year.

full list of builders, architects, and other Green Home Choice service providers is available online.

For more information about the program, visit the Green Home Choice website  or contact the program manager at [email protected]

by ARLnow.com — May 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

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:

1817 Queens Lane
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Brenda Stone
Listed: $270,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2609 S. Walter Reed Drive
2 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Harry Lilly
Listed: $289,500
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

3346 S. Wakefield Street
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: David Gray
Listed: $390,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

4125-A S. Four Mile Run Drive
3 Bed/2 Bath Townhome
Agent: Tyler Freiheit
Listed: $490,000
Open: Sunday 12-3 p.m.

 

2534-B Fairfax Drive
2 Bed/2 Bath Townhome
Agent: Ann Wilson
Listed: $625,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

890 N. Nottingham Street
4 Beds/2 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Ann Wilson
Listed: $725,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

6227 19th Street N.
3 Bed/2 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Shawn Battle
Listed: $848,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

259 N. Bryan Street
Neighborhood: Lyon Park
Listed: $918,000
Open: May 20 & 21 from 1-4 p.m.

This classic 3-bedroom/2-bath bungalow is coming to the market next week in the sought-after neighborhood of Lyon Park.

You can’t beat the location — a quiet street, blocks from the Pershing & Arlington Boulevard retail district, with its shops, restaurants, yoga studio and small grocer. It is an easy walk to the destination restaurants and retail of Clarendon.

With the Clarendon and Courthouse metro stations minutes away, Walkscore.com gives this neighborhood a near-perfect walkability score of 96.

As great as the location is, the house is even better — a custom kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, wine fridge, breakfast bar, and water purifier; a gracious master bedroom suite with a large walk-in closet, custom cabinets, and built-in desk; hardwood floors and Sonos stereo throughout; a charming porch and underground irrigation system, and a deck and patio out back; a large unfinished basement with tons of potential, and much more!

For more information contact Natalie U. Roy at [email protected] or 703-819-4915.  Keller Williams Realty Metro Center, www.bicyclingrealty.com.

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